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Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Friday Night Skate

Looking for something fresh and exciting to do this Friday Night? Then come to Mennen Sports Arena and skate the night away! DJ Earl will be playing the newest hits and some of your favorite throw-backs under the psychedelic lights. Want to hear something special? Requests are always welcome. Gather your friends and meet on the ice every Friday night for skating, arcade games, and yummy treats from the snack bar.
Date: Every Friday
Time: 8 p.m. - 10 pm.
Location: Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: $7 admission, $3.50 skate rental
Contact: 973.326.7651.

Register for Summer Camp TODAY!

Register for 2015 summer camps!

The Morris County Park Commission’s ever-popular summer camps fill-up quickly, so now is the perfect time to register! At camp, kids will have memorable, fun-filled days, at some of Morris County’s most beautiful and unique facilities. Campers can explore new areas of interest and improve existing skills. These camps offer a range of programs for kids with a variety of interests: explore the wilderness of Morris County; travel back in time at historic site; enjoy lake activities including swimming, boating and the Wibit; develop ice hockey and figure skating skills; learn to garden vegetables; and investigate a law enforcement career!

All camps are led by certified, professional, counselors and are offered at affordable prices. Sign up today!

Winter Farmers' Market

Winter Farmers' Market

Enjoy a variety of local, farm-fresh, foods all year long! The Winter Farmers’ Market offers an assortment of meats, cheeses, winter produce, artisan breads, prepared foods, honey, preserves, and baked goods. This fabulous Market is brought to you by a partnership of The Morris County Park Commission, the Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network, Sustainable Morristown, and local farmers.

Date: Second Sunday of every month, December - May
December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: The Visitors Center at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
Cost: FREE entrance.

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

Maple syrup is winter’s sugary treasure! The sap is flowing and the sugaring season is underway at the Great Swamp OEC. Come experience all the sweet sights and smells at a maple sugaring demonstration. Discover the process from start to finish by identifying and tapping maple trees, collecting sap, and seeing syrup made over a wood-fired evaporator. Think you can identify the differences between maple syrups? Taste test three distinct maple syrups and let us know which one you enjoy the most!

Date: January 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31
February 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 28
March 1, 7 & 8
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township
Cost: $3 per person ages 3 & up
Contact: 973.635.6629

Maple Sugar FESTIVAL

Celebrate the peak of the sugaring season at the annual Maple Sugar Festival. Head outside and watch smoke billow from the evaporator and become entranced by the sweet smell of maple sugar. Experience making maple cream first hand and taste the final product. Enjoy crafts and games, sample a maple snow cone, and a take a ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History.’

New for 2015, the ‘ahh! la cart’ food truck joins the festival! Bring your appetite because there is a variety of delicious food available for purchase.

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township
Cost: $4 per person ages 3 & up
Contact: 973.635.6629

Fifth Annual Community Garden Conference

Community Garden Conference

The keynote speaker is the renowned botanical explorer Joseph Simcox. The impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their field, cover topics both relevant and pertinent to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. It’s a full day of education, networking, and camaraderie. Lunch is provided. Snow date is Sunday, March 8.

Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: $50 per person before February 1, $60 per person after February 1.
Contact: 973.326.7603

Luck of the Farm: Farm Hands and House Maids

Community Garden Conference

Join the celebration of the Irish who worked at Fosterfields during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Help with farm and domestic chores, and tour The Willows to discover what jobs house servants performed for the Foster family. Learn about the Irish culture through dance, crafts, and music.

Date: Sunday, March 15
Time: 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
Cost: $8/adult, $7 seniors (65+), $6/child 4 - 16 $4/child 2 & 3, FREE for children under age 2.
Contact: 973.326.7645

Winter Recreation

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Looking for Winter Recreation destinations?

Discover where to snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice skate, and sled in Morris County Parks.

Central Park of Morris County Rink #1 is now OPEN for ice skating. Lights will turn on at sunset and remain on until 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Please continue to check back for ice status.

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.

White-tailed Deer ManagementWhite-tailed Deer Management Program

The Morris County Park Commission is conducting a controlled deer hunt. Please refer to the hunt schedule for park and trail closures. Hunting is by Park Commission-issued special permit only. Contact 973-326-7600 with any questions.

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!

A Tour of Morris County's Open Spaces

Come walk with us through parks, at a wildlife refuge, on trails and at historic sites in this half-hour program about Open Spaces and Historic Places in Morris County, New Jersey. Thanks to Greener New Jersey Productions for making this video possible!

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