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Please note: Headquarters of the Morris County Park Commission has recently moved to 300 Mendham Road, Morris Township, NJ. All contact information, including emails and phone numbers remain the same.

Summer Camps: Register NOW!


There are many different camps from ages 2 to 18 that appeal to kids with all kinds of interests. Close to home and reasonably priced, these camps are under the supervision of highly trained and certified professionals. Register now because space is limited.

19th Annual Plant Sale, Add Oomph to Your Garden

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‘Plants with Pizazz’ is the theme for the 2014 Annual Plant Sale at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Whether you select annuals to dress up containers, perennials to fill borders, a vine for softening hard edges, or a shrub to fill out an empty space, you can be certain that your plant is well-suited for New Jersey’s climate. Plants are carefully selected based on their vigor and suitability - in other words, all the hard work is done for you. Just come and exercise your personal style with confidence that your plants will thrive. Not sure what the proper care of your new purchases is? Ask a Plant Expert. Bring photographs or drawings of your garden and we help you.

Date: Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: FREE entrance
Contact: Call 973.326.7601 for more information.

All-County Garage Sale

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Get ready, get set, and GO! To the All-County Garage Sale. Last year, over 3,000 people attended the sale and many satisfied shoppers left with designer handbags, interesting antiques, delightful home goods, unique collectables, and so much more. Take the travel time out of shopping and find a variety of wonderful goods, at bargain prices, in one convenient location. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity; it’s a one-day shopper’s paradise!

Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Mennen Sports Arena, 161 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are admitted FREE.
Contact: Call 973.285.6550 for more information.

MOTHER'S DAY: A Tale of Two Gardens and Two Mothers at Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

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It’s a perfect way to cap off your brunch with Mom, a pleasant stop before your dinner, or an idyllic place to stage your Mother’s Day picnic. Visit Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum on Mother’s Day and enjoy guided tours, talks, a craft, and light refreshments. Tours of Willowwood’s gardens and the Tubbs House, and a craft activity for children are ongoing. Tours of Bamboo Brook are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Guided tours of the meadow between these spectacular gardens are ongoing from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes for all tours. Dress appropriately for the Meadow walk.
Date: Sunday, May 11
Time: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Location: Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township
Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Chester Township
Cost: FREE.
Contact: Call 973.326.7601 for more information.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

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The revolution is coming to Morris County, the Food Revolution that is! In conjunction with The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Foundation, the Morris County Park Commission is hosting a series of Food Revolution events throughout May. So get ready and arm yourself with information that’s key to staying healthy.

Learn more about our Food Revolution events!



Born to Be Shorn

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Take advantage of the rare opportunity to witness the hand-shearing of live sheep, up close and personal, as it was done in the past. Bring your friends and family to experience something unique and wonderful. The live sheep are so calm as they are sheared by a professional who works with only a pair of shears quickly and calmly, with skill and precision. It is astonishing to witness the trust demonstrated between human and animal in order to complete the job.

Following the shearing, enjoy the hands-on activities, such as skirting and washing the fleece, and carding, spinning, and weaving the yarn. You can also see how the fleece/yarn turns amazingly brilliant natural colors as it is dyed in a pot over an open fire.

Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 513, Chester Township
Cost: $3 for Adults, $2 for Seniors (65+), $1 for Children (4-16), and under 4 are admitted FREE.
Contact: 908.879.5463

Check Out Our School Programs

Teachers: Take advantage of our many excellent field trips that are close at hand and offer a wealth of educational experiences at affordable prices. Our lesson topics and objectives are closely correlated to the NJ Core Curriculum Standards as well as the most commonly taught science and social studies topics in local schools. Our programs include hands-on activities, pre- and post- trip lessons, and take home follow-up activities. Professional development courses are also available.

Click the skating bunny for Mennen Arena Learn to Skate Program informationLearn to Skate Program

Sign up for Mennen Arena's Learn to Skate classes. Programs available for three year olds to adults!


'Tree Cookie'"What is a Tree Cookie, Anyway?"

Natural ‘tree cookies,’ more special than any store bought cookies, are round slices of tree trunks, not edible, of course. They are now available for purchase at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Learn more and order your tree cookie!

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