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Winter Wonder at Reeves-Reed Arboretum



SUMMIT, NJ  Winter is an exciting time for children to explore nature! Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, New Jersey has upcoming programs that will be sure to inspire wonder, respect, and love for the natural world, AND keep the winter blues away!  With topics including groundhogs, bird feeding, snow people, maple sugaring, and leprechaun gardens, kids will get a chance to explore the Arboretum's grounds, take nature walks, traverse woodland trails, and maybe meet some friendly garden creatures along the way. 

The Oaks and Acorns program for children ages 3-5 with an adult, provides nature classes every other Wednesday from 1 to 2 pm. Outdoor exploration, story time and creative art projects are inspired by a different nature theme each week.

Arboretum Afternoons, a drop-off program for children ages 5-8, takes place every other Thursday from 4 to 5 pm. These after-school nature sessions give students a chance to get some fresh air after a long school day. There’s a different fascinating focus each week, and stories, games, experiments, and one-of-a-kind art projects are all part of the fun.

The Let's Get Growing program offers gardening classes for children ages 5-10, one Saturday a month from 9:30 to 11 am. Winter topics include growing an indoor "root view" garden in February, and how to sow seeds and plant a spring garden in March.

Holidays and celebrations are also part of the winter fun at Reeves-Reed Arboretum with special events for Lunar New Year (January 24), Valentine's Day (February 8 and 9), Mardi Gras (February 21), and Norooz (March 15).  The sweetest winter celebration of all is the Arboretum’s Maple Sugaring Fest on Sunday, March 3! Families with children of all ages will learn about tapping maple trees and making delicious maple syrup.

For full details and to register for classes and special events, visit Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a non-profit public garden located at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit, New Jersey. The grounds are open to the public free of charge, 7 days a week, from 9 am to 4 pm. Questions about programs or events? Call 908-273-8787, x1010.

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, 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, Department of Parks & Community Renewal.

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