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.

February 20, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest has settled into the rhythm of winter. The length of the night has elongated allowing us to enjoy the forest in its quiet state. 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
REGISTRATION CLOSED
February 21, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Make a Felt Owl
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Make a fuzzy owl to bring home! 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 02/20/19
February 23, 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
February 24, 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-members family/four fee is $5. Walk Ins Welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 3, 2019 (Sunday) 1:00- 4:00 pm
Maple Sugaring Open House
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Discover our hands-on demonstration of maple sugar production with members of Schiff's educational staff, Board, and our friends from The Maple Store in Chester. The tradition of maple sugaring began centuries ago with the Native Americans and the process continues today in a more modern fashion. Participants are invited to experience the entire maple sugaring process from finding and tapping the tree (weather dependent), to viewing the evaporation of sap, to sampling the final product.

The educational presentation will illustrate the history of maple sugaring, the seasonal life cycle of the sugar maple tree, and provide an overview of the process of harvesting and evaporating the sap. Participants can view tapped trees, assist in collecting sap, experience the evaporator and finish with a tasting of Schiff Maple Syrup. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow. This program is FREE to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $3 per person or $10 for a family/4. Please register 24 hours in advance. This program will be held rain or shine. For more information about Schiff Nature Preserve, visit schiffnaturepreserve.org or call 973-543-6004.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/02/19
March 3, 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. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 9, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. Please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. 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 03/08/19
March 10, 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
March 13, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7. Advance registration required to run this program.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/12/19
March 14, 2019 (Thursday) 5:30-7 pm
Woodcock Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Spend an evening listening for these silly, beloved creatures as we take a moderate walk up to the Great Meadow to see if we can spot some Woodcock males performing their kooky mating dance! Schiff members may attend for free. Non-member fee is $5 each. Advance registration is appreciated, but not required. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 20, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest has begun to emerge from the depths of winter...... The length of day light has elongated allowing creatures to enjoy the day in full and then quiet in the evening... 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 03/19/19
March 31, 2019 (Sunday) 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
April 10, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 13, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. Please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. 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 04/12/19
May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 11, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. Please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. 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
June 12, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004