Aug 24, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: This Little Piggy

Ages 3-5 with adult.

Get up and close with our pig friends! Help a farmer round up the pigs for weighing before making a oink-tastic craft.

Cost: $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

Aug 24, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Industrial Crafts Day

The Gristmill will host a festival of crafters from the late 1800s. Come visit a tinsmith, tin piercers, a blacksmith, weavers, spinners, and more! There will be hands-on activities and crafters will have items for sale.

Aug 25, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Dig Spuds!

Dig those potatoes that were planted this spring!At the Farmhouse, discover how potatoes are prepared in the kitchen.

Aug 31, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants at The Willows!

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores. At the end of the tour, assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

Aug 31, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

Granary & Ensilage Pits

Discover how the Granary building and Ensilage Pits were used on the farm. Help prepare ensilage, a livestock feed made by chopping green corn.

Sep 01, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Hands on Tools!

Peruse and use a variety of hand tools and equipment that were important to the farm technology of yesteryear.

Sep 06, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Art in the Making: Watercolor Masterclass


Ages 12+

Become acquainted with Fosterfields’ watercolor collection, and try your hand at watercolor painting. This special class includes an art tour, instruction, and supplies. Using basic techniques, participants will complete a project to take home.

Cost: $15 per person.* Registration required. To register, email Alli Hartley-Kong at ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net

Sep 07, 2019 10:00 AM

Cooper Mill

National Milling Day

Celebrate Oliver Evans’ 264th birthday with us! A famous 1780s inventor, Evans created the first automatic flour mill and many other machines, including an amphibious barge. See some of Evans’ inventions at work in the Cooper Gristmill, decorate our ‘happy birthday’ poster, and try your hand at some simple machines and puzzles.

Sep 07, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: It’s a Bird’s World

Ages 3-5 with adult.

Birds play an important role in a farm, helping crops grow by transporting seed. Learn about bird’s homes by building your own nest, then sing songs and make a craft to help you birdwatch. To register, email ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5344. $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 for each additional participating sibling.

Sep 07, 2019 10:15 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride!

Join the farm staff for a leisurely narrated open-air wagon ride around the historic farm.

Sep 08, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Who Cut the Wood?

Wood was crucial to Fosterfields long ago!Watch or participate in the cutting of wood for use around the farm then try drill bits to learn the process of working it.

Sep 18, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Willows Wednesdays: Unconventional Woman

Learn about Caroline Foster and her unconventional friends through the lens of women’s history in this special tour of the Willows. Learn about Caroline and Morris County’s relationship to women’s movements of the twentieth century, and learn how she persevered despite limited opportunities for women in the early 1900s.

Sep 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Engine Power!

See a real-life machine-powered ensilage chopper on the farm, and end your day by learning about a little engine that could. Make your own edible engine to take home!

Time: 10 am-11 am

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

Sep 21, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Gristmill, Cider Mill

Our mill grinds grain, but did you know that other mills grind up apples to make apple cider? Come learn about this historic process, and assist with our hand-powered cider press. Then make some apple-themed crafts to take home!

Sep 21, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Save Those Seeds!

As the growing season ends, help collect seeds from vegetables and flowers in the garden to sow next spring.

Sep 21, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

A-Maize-ing Corn Painting


Use corn from Fosterfields Farm to create a beautiful work of art. Children will roll cobs of corn covered

in fall paint colors and layer the colors to create a fantastic fall farm painting. This is a family activity where parents assist children in the completion of the project.Join us for a farm-tastic family activity!

Sep 22, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Turn of the Century Fashion

Caroline Foster had a very particular style of dress which she kept with her for over 70 years. Come see her clothes as well as other examples period clothing from the turn of the twentieth century on display on a special tour of the Willows.

Sep 28, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants at The Willows!

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores. At the end of the tour assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

Sep 28, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Wool for Kids!

Learn about Fosterfields 100 years ago as you meet our sheep as well as help clean, card, and spin wool.Try your hand at knitting, an important home-front activity that helped the troops during World War I.

Oct 05, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Grains in the Garden II

Whether you joined us for spring planting or not, you are welcome to help us as we harvest grains from our garden! Compare our garden with your own and learn about these heirloom plants. Then help us get our garden ready for winter! $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Oct 10, 2019 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series

Join us at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor Center for the first in a bimonthly lecture series on such topics as local mills, Chester history, and the history of technology. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Oct 26, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

A Miller’s Halloween

Come in costume for a fun-filled afternoon! Enjoy spooky story-telling at 1:30 and 2:30, make cornhusk dolls, create creepy crafts, and play historic games. In the Gristmill, be alert for spooks, spiders, skeletons, and more!