Education & Family Programs


MHHM Museum Educator Cynthia Winslow with the Assumption School_Image Courtesy of Stan Freeny

Education & Family Programs:

Programs are available both at the Museum and in your classroom.  At the Museum, programs  may be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and vary from 1 to 2 hours in length. We offer Home School Workshops several times per semester, see below. All programs must be scheduled in advance. Please contact the Museum Educator for availability. April, May, and June dates are popular and should be scheduled a minimum of two months in advance. On-site programs have a 50-student-per-day limit.

 Pre-School Programs:

Growing in the Garden is a twice monthly, year-round Pre-school program for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.  The afternoon includes a story, a walk in the garden, and an art project.

Pre-registration is required. 1:15 to 2 pm and 3:45 to 4:30 pm.

July 7 – Stop, Look and Listen for Woodpeckers

July 21 – Fantastic Flowers

August 4 – Inch by Inch

August 18 – Water, Water Everywhere

September 1 – What’s the Buzz on Honeybees?

September 15 – Digging in the Dirt

October 6 – Seed Search

October 20 – Look Up, Look Down, Autumn Colors all Around

Growing in the Garden Flyer

Girl and Boy Scout Programs:

We offer Girl Scout programs for Juniors, Brownies and Daisies through the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.  Please contact the Museum Educator for details.

For Junior Girl Scouts and their friends: Summer Adventure Programs: Summer in the Secret Garden, July 27 – 30, 9 am – 12 noon

Investigate the life of Mary Lennox, the main character of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s book, The Secret Garden, and learn how she solves the mysteries of her uncle’s home and garden.  Girls will explore garden design, try their hand at planting, and compare animals native to New Jersey with animals living in other parts of the world.  Activities provide opportunities to earn three badges: Animal Habitats, Gardener, Detective.

2015 Summer Adventure Flyer – Junior Girl Scouts

For Brownie Girl Scouts and their friends: Summer in the Secret Garden, August 10 – 13, 9 am – 12 noon

Enjoy games, scavenger hunts, and art projects based on The Secret Garden novel.  Badges achieved: Making Friends, Making Games and Bugs.

 2015 Summer Adventure Flyer – Brownie Girl Scouts

The Secret Garden cover 1911 edition

For Webelos Scouts and their friends: Summer Adventure Programs Under the Trees, July 13 – 16, 9 am – 12 noon

Using the garden and 19th century home of George and Louisa Macculloch, Webelos and friends will explore nature in New Jersey, learn about different types of trees and how their wood was used in homes and for furniture in the 1800’s. Boys will also complete a portfolio of artwork for the Artist Webelos activity badge.  The activities meet the requirement for the Forester, Naturalist, and Artist Webelos Activity Badges.  Being a Scout is not a requirement.

2015 Summer Adventure Flyer – Webelos Scouts

Architecture: Past and Present – Tuesday, September 29th, 4:30-6:30 pm; Saturday, October 10th. 2:30-4:30 pm; Tuesday, October 13th, 4:30-6:30 pm

Boy Scouts working on the Architecture Merit Badge can explore the built environment at 19th century Macculloch Hall and the surrounding neighborhood, Morristown’s original historic district.  Activities include a walking tour and building challenges which meet the requirements for the Architecture Merit Badge.  Maximum group size is 20 participants. $10 per Scout; $5 per adult.

Contact the Museum Educator for details.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum_Lunch with the Librarian_courtesy of Stan Freeny_1Arbor Day 2014_14

Lunch with the Librarian returns Wednesdays in August and September at 12 noon.  Free.  Pre-school children and their caregivers are encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy stories under the Museum’s magnificent beech tree.  Please enter the garden through the side gate.  Courtesy of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

School Programs:

Thomas Nast School Programs – This new program series follows iconic American cartoonist Thomas Nast’s career from an up-and-coming artist with passion and courage, to an experienced political cartoonist who used his talent to influence public opinion over national issues in post-Civil War America:

Civil War School Programs – the Museum offers several interactive programs that focus on the lives of George Macculloch’s three grandsons who served in the Union Army and Navy during dramatic and critical moments during the war and Reconstruction:

For classes or groups wishing to schedule use of the historic gardens as an outdoor classroom, please contact the museum office for availability.

To schedule school programs, contact Museum Educator Cynthia Winslow  (973) 538-2404 ext. 16.