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.
Family Activities for National Public Gardens Day, Friday, May 8, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon of family activities in the Macculloch Hall garden to mark National Public Gardens Day. This free annual event is sponsored nationally by the nonprofit American Public Gardens Association in partnership with Rain Bird. Bring your cameras to share the beauty you will find in the garden and the family memories you’ve shared. Activities include:
- Follow the garden map and participate in the “Find the Flower” scavenger hunt.
- Investigate seeds in all their forms through hands-on activities and enjoy a story under the shade of one of our beautiful trees.
- Meet our friendly earthworms face-to-face while learning how they help the garden.
- For a more intensive study of plant life, borrow a Garden Study Kit from the classroom for activities in the garden.
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Tomaro Honey will present a program about honeybees including an opportunity to observe honeybees in a fully functioning observation hive.
Pre-Registration is required. Please call (973) 538-2404 ext. 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org and provide name, number and ages of children, contact phone number and email address. Activities are free but families must pre-register. In the event of inclement weather, the program will meet indoors. Please visit the Museum Facebook page for weather and related closings. For Flyer: 2015 Nat Public Gardens Day
Growing in the Garden is a twice monthly, year-round Pre-school Program for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.
Pre-registration is required. 1:15 to 2 pm and 3:45 to 4:30 pm.
April 21st – ‘Twas the Night Before Earth Day
May 5th – The Egg-ceptional Egg
May 19th – Lots and Lots of Ladybugs
Home School 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.
Arbor Day Activities for Homeschool Families, Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sycamore. Sassafras. Beech. Red Bud. Do you know your trees? Join other homeschool families to celebrate Arbor Day in the garden at Macculloch Hall. Enjoy hands-on activities, art projects and a special presentation by an instructor in the 4H Master Tree Steward program and take in the beauty of the trees while learning more about the largest plants on our planet. Activities include a “Tracking Trees” scavenger hunt through the garden and a group mural project to commemorate Arbor Day 2015. Meet Betsy Hays, author of the environmental adventure chapter book, Riding with the Wind, and John Gatti, musician who wrote a musical soundtrack that accompanies the book. Riding with the Wind is set in New Jersey and highlights our state’s natural and historical wonders.
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 Boy Scouts: Program Sold Out. Contact Educator for more information
- Architecture, Past and Present on Tuesday, April 14th and Tuesday, May 12th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
For Cub Scouts: Program Sold Out. Contact Educator for more information
- Where and When: Maps Now and Then, Tuesday, March 10th or Tuesday, March 31st. 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Contact the Museum Educator for details.
- 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.