Fall Programs for Kids

Health & Wellness, Gardening & Nature Classes and Camps

SUMMIT, NJ: Celebrating nature is what Reeves-Reed Arboretum does best. And who better to celebrate it with than our next generation of environmentalists! This fall Reeves-Reed Arboretum has an assortment of programs geared toward our younger nature lovers, from pre-school through grade 6.

Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world start early in the weekly Oaks & Acorns program. For pre-schoolers age 3-5 with an adult, they will discover some of the incredible plants and animals that make the Arboretum so special. This program includes nature walks, stories, singing songs, and creating one-of-a-kind art projects each week. Upcoming themes include Chipmunks, Falling Leaves, Glorious Goats and Pumpkins. Classes meet Wednesdays, 1-2pm.

Gardening isn't over in October and November. Kids in grades K through 3 can join the Let's Get Growing! Saturday Workshops from 9-10:30am. Upcoming topics include Garden Scavenger Hunt on October 14 and Garden Crafts & Treats on November 4.

Looking for fun and educational activities for the kids during NJEA Convention Week when school is not in session? Reeves-Reed Arboretum will be offering two Nature Mini-Camps on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10, from 9am-2pm. On Thursday, Nature Detectives will have the kids exploring the Arboretum's gardens and woodlands looking for clues that animals leave behind. Some very interesting discoveries will surely be uncovered! On Friday, Lost & Found will teach the children special skills like map reading, compass use, and shelter building. A fun way to connect with the beauty of nature and adventure! Receive a $20 discount if you register for both days.

And last, but certainly not least, Reeves-Reed Arboretum welcomes back Certified Master Life Coach Deborah Munies for a series of Health & Wellness workshops for both boys and girls in grades 3-7. The following workshops will help empower them to manage stress, overcome obstacles and learn how to be true to themselves: The Powerful Boy, His Original Medicine, October 6, 7-8pm, will take place around the campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying s'mores as the boys explore their strengths as they relate to nature, natural instincts, leadership qualities and uniqueness; The Powerful Girl, Creating Boundaries and Saying YES to YOU, October 7, 8:30-10:30am, will have girls learn what a boundary is, why they are important, how to determine what she wants and doesn't want, and how to set and maintain a boundary; The Powerful Girl, How Quiet is a Strength, October 21, 8:30-10:30am, will teach girls the benefits of quiet, how being quiet can help her, how to step out of her comfort zone, and how to come up with comfortable solutions; The Powerful Girl, Releasing "Perfect" and Embracing "Failure," will help girls discover how to redefine "failure," learn from it, laugh at it, try to take a step forward and release "perfection" and embrace "trying."

For details about all programs, classes and workshops and to register, please visit reeves-reedarboretum.org/learn or call (908) 273-8787, x1515.


About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as a historic public garden and education resource, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from 7:00 am till 7:00 pm from April 1 to October 31 and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from November 1 to March 31, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum....a place to grow, for everyone!