Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

To ensure your attendance, register in advance.

Register in advance by clicking the Register Online button in the individual calendar entries. Once on the payment page, you may pay in advance to ensure your space is guaranteed by paying via PayPal. Or you may send a check made out to Schiff Natural Lands Trust to 339 Pleasant Valley Road Mendham, NJ 07945. Include participant's name, phone number, email, and the name and date of the event for which you are registering.

Space will not be guaranteed until full payment is received.

Online advance registration closes 24 hours prior to an event.

Some events may be canceled if minimum registration is not met. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email OR drop in and pay upon arrival, please so we know you're coming.

Unless noted otherwise, all programs meet at Schiff's Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, NJ 07945.

Refunds or credits are provided if we are notified of your cancellation seven days or more prior to the start of the program.

April 25, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs only, please! Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome. Meet us at the Nature Center.
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 28, 2019 (Sunday) 2:00-3:30 pm
Nature Art Walk
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Beginning and experienced artists of all ages are invited to join us for a collective creation hike on the trails of Schiff! We will explore the work of some nature-based artists and then head out to create some art of our own individually or as a group. Enjoy good conversation and getting your creative juices flowing, together! Members attend for free, Non-Member fee is $5 per family/four. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 5, 2019 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a brisk 5- mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at McVickers Brook parking lot at 239 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Vaccinated dogs on leash are welcome. FREE to members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 11, 2019 (Saturday) 3:00-4:30 pm
Speaker Series- Wildlife Photographer- Ashleigh Scully
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff's exciting new Speaker Series will explore various topics related to wildlife and local history affording our community an opportunity to gather in Schiff's Nature Center. The first speaker will feature Ashleigh Scully, an internationally acclaimed youth wildlife photographer. Ashleigh will share her captivating photos and her experiences documenting wildlife around the world. Photography will be on display and for sale. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly support the land stewardship activities and educational programs offered by Schiff Natural Lands Trust. Join us for light refreshments after the presentation and an opportunity to meet the artist. Member fee is $20. Non- member fee is $25. Student fee is $10. Space is limited, so please purchase advance tickets.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 05/10/19
May 11, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-9:00 pm
Music in the Woods
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Looking to connect with like minded nature and music lovers? Then come out and join us in the beautiful woods of the Schiff Nature Preserve for a wonderful evening of music, desserts, and community featuring Tom Rice and friends. Tom and his band mates will be playing blues, rock, and soul music featuring some of your favorites in the intimate setting of the Schiff Nature Center. Playful Banter will start the evening with the music of this eclectic duo of musicians and singers- Alexis von Aulock and Kimberly Sanchez. Playful Banter has performed at various fundraisers and most recently at the Middle Valley Community Center. All ages. BYOB. Member fee is $12. Non-member fee is $15. Space and parking is limited, so register in advance and car pool if you can.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 05/10/19
May 12, 2019 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Off The Grid at Schiff Nature Preserve for an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. We will begin with a meditation and centering session indoors, then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve, enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature. Yogis should bring their own mat (or a blanket/towel if you don't have one). Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. Walk Ins Welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 16, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Fern Prints
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Enjoy a short walk looking for ferns to make fun prints! Spend time learning about nature and making a simple craft with your little ones, and enjoy connecting with other local families. All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. Preregistration required 24 hours in advance. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 05/15/19
May 18, 2019 (Saturday) 8:30 - 10:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something invigorating and exciting about the coming of spring in the woods; the emerging plants, the sweet smell of new grass, earthy scent of the soil, and the bright glow of the moon. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 05/17/19
May 19, 2019 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff- Identifying Ash Trees
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Drive. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. This Volunteer Day, we will training volunteers as they prepare to assist us in identifying Ash Trees along our borders and roads as we assess the location of the trees and the possible damage Emerald Ash Borer presents on the preserve. Other days we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toes shoes, and bring a beverage and snack. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 19, 2019 (Sunday) 2:30- 4:00 pm
Speaker Series- Scouts Reminisce
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The second of three Speaker Series will feature an afternoon of reminiscing with former Boy Scouts who participated in the Boy Scouts National Training Program when it was located at Schiff from the 1930's until the 1970's. Moderated by W. Barry Thomson and followed by a Q & A, attendees will gain a glimpse into the past while we continue to cement our future. Scout artifacts will be on display. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly support the land stewardship activities and educational programs offered by Schiff Natural Lands Trust. Join us for light refreshments after the presentation and an opportunity to meet the Scout elders. Space is limited, so please purchase advance tickets.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 22, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather monthly to discuss a previously selected environmentally focused book together in the Nature Center of the Schiff Nature Preserve. New members are always welcome. Visit Schiff's website to become a member to register for the Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book club is Junk Raft: an ocean voyage and a rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution by Eriksen
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 30, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs only, please! Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome. Meet us at the Nature Center.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 1, 2019 (Saturday) 6:30pm
10th Annual Environmental Film Festival
Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for our 10th Annual Film Festival, a true community event that allows us to show inspiring environmental films, serve as a venue for community gathering, and promote discussion of environmental issues. The feature film, Reinventing Power: America's Clean Energy Boom, takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. The short film being shown this year is called Climate of Trust, produced by Our Children's Trust which tells of unprecedented legal actions took place across the United States. Single Member Adult Ticket: $15 (non-member $18); Member Family 4-Ticket Discount: $50 (non-member $55); Students: $10

Contact: 973-543-6004
June 9, 2019 (Sunday) 4:30pm
Farm to Table Dinner
Wendover Farm
306 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us as we dine alfresco at the home of Judy and Alan Weinstein. This casual evening begins with cocktails served as we take in the sweeping views across beautiful preserved farmlands, followed by an optional farm tour. The dinner menu, prepared by Chef Sebastien Destree of The Pastoral Pig, will feature Wendover Farm beef and an array of foraged and local vegetables expertly
paired with fine wines. We'll finish on a sweet note with homemade desserts enhanced by Schiff's own maple syrup.

This unique opportunity to support Schiff's mission to protect our natural lands and open space is limited to the first 30 guests to register by May 26th. To avoid disappointment, please register as soon as possible.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 26, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather monthly to discuss a previously selected environmentally focused book together in the Nature Center of the Schiff Nature Preserve. New members are always welcome. Visit Schiff's website to become a member to register for the Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book club is A Sting In The Tale: My Adventures With Bumblebees by Goulson.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 29, 2019 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Drive. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toes shoes, and bring a beverage and snack. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
September 18, 2019 (Wednesday)
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather monthly to discuss a previously selected environmentally focused book together in the Nature Center of the Schiff Nature Preserve. New members are always welcome. Visit Schiff's website to become a member to register for the Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environemtnal Book club is The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Davis.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 23, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather monthly to discuss a previously selected environmentally focused book together in the Nature Center of the Schiff Nature Preserve. New members are always welcome. Visit Schiff's website to become a member to register for the Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea by Gooley.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 4, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather monthly to discuss a previously selected environmentally focused book together in the Nature Center of the Schiff Nature Preserve. New members are always welcome. Visit Schiff's website to become a member to register for the Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is Nature Writings by John Muir - (selections from)
Contact: 973-543-6004