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.
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.
May 19 – Lots and Lots of Ladybugs
June 2 – Get to the Root of It
June 16 – The Industrious Ant
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?
Homeschool Workshop Series for Spring 2015:
- The American Civil War. Remember the final months of the Civil War during the 150th anniversary in this four-part series. Tuesday, February 24th, Tuesday, March 24th, Tuesday, April 28th and Tuesday, May 26th.
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
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
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.
- Grades 1-5: Program Brochure & Content Standards
- Grade 1: A Home Away From Home
- Grades 2, 3: Lessons From The Garden
- Grades 2, 3: Through the Keyhole
- Grades 1 – 5: Meeting Mr. Macculloch
- Grades 4 – 5: Building the Morris Canal
- Grades 5-11 Programs Overview, Content Standards
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:
- Meet the Press: Civil War Weekly Newspapers
- Curbing the Copperheads: Nast and the 1864 Election
- Portraying Post-War Presidents: Johnson and Grant
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:
- A Call to Arms (life of Lindley Hoffman Miller)
- The Blockade Begins (life of Henry Miller)
- The Home Front (life of Jacob Miller)
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.