Growing Good Health

Children and Educator with caterpillars View of flowers from the back of MHHM View of vegetable garden

Growing Good Health

In partnership with Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is pleased to offer Growing Good Health, a FREE historic garden-based program focusing on:

  • gardening
  • healthy eating
  • exercise
  • creative time outdoors
  • sustainability
  • history
  • community

Programs held onsite in our garden and classroom:

  • National Public Gardens Day on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Maintenance of the kitchen garden June through July
  • Activities engaging preschool groups and after-care programs September through May
  • Ready, Set, Grow! A Garden Visit (Available Spring 2019) Enjoy time outdoors in a 2-acre landscaped garden with pollinator beds, vegetable beds and flower garden on land once owned by George Macculloch (1775-1858). Activities include helping tend and harvest vegetables and herbs, touring the historic kitchen and learning how food was prepared, and preparing a healthy snack with a nutritionist. Program length: 90 minutes

Programs held offsite in your classroom:

  • Honeybees: Alive in the Hive sharing the wonders of the honeybee and offering activities such as storytelling, building a honeycomb model, trying tools of the Beekeeper, and making a bee book.
  • Earthworms: Healthy Soil, Healthy Food learning about the life of an earthworm: their love of soil and their role in sustaining healthy plants and produce, offering activities such as storytelling, observing live “red wigglers,” preparing food for the earthworms, and learning about composting
  • Color by Nature: Natural Fibers & Plant Dyes learning about how cotton, wool, and flax are transformed from fiber to yarn using early textile tools and offering activities such as storytelling, preparing plant material for solar dyeing activity, and discovering natural fibers.
Program length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

The goal of Growing Good Health is to engage the full community with the historic gardens in a sustainable, integrated garden experience through creative learning and volunteer opportunities.

Onsite and offsite programs are available FREE to community partners but must be scheduled. To become a community partner, to schedule a program, or for more information please contact Cynthia Winslow, Curator of Education and Community Engagement at (973) 538-2404, ext. 16 or cwinslow@maccullochhall.org.