Apr 08, 2020 10:15 AM

Fosterfields

Spring Break Hitch a Ride

Celebrate spring break with a fun wagon ride around the historic farm. Cost: Admission.

Apr 09, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Spring Break Farmhouse Cooking

See what’s cooking on the woodstove in this special hands-on demo. Cost: Admission

Apr 09, 2020 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series: “Green” Business

Nature and industry go together – mills are one great example of this. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our first 2020 lecture will look at five other interesting cases of nature and industry: how they work together, and how they don’t. Light refreshments provided. For more information, call 908.879.5463 or email shartford@morrisparks.net.

Apr 11, 2020 10:15 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride

Join the farm staff for a narrated ride around the historic farm. Cost: Admission.

Apr 16, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

NEW! Home School Day: Seed Bombs Away!

Welcome spring! Students are invited to prepare the soil and plant seedlings in the farmhouse garden for use throughout the season. After planting, get your hands even more dirty by creating seed bombs out of clay and seeds for use in your own gardens! This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.Pre-registration required.Contact mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net for more information.

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Fosterfields.

Cost: $8 per student.*

Apr 18, 2020 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Pig Weigh In

Ages 3-5 with adult

Meet our pig friends! Help a farmer round up the pigs for weighing then make an oink-tastic craft. Cost: $10 per child-parent pair, $5 for each additional participating sibling.

Time: 11:00a.m. -11:45 a.m.

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $10 per child-adult pair, $5 per additional child. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

Apr 18, 2020 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

The Care and Keeping of Rivers

Here at the Mill, we rely on the Black River to run our machinery. For Earth Day, we’ll be honoring all things water power, with water toys and experiments, as well as displays on the life cycles of a river.

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: Suggested donation of $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for children 4-16.

Apr 25, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants: Walking Tour

The Willows will be closed for renovation, but work on the farm continues! Meet the Servants at the cottage to hear about their lives on the farm and participate in a hands-on activity. April topic: the cook Mary Cullinane.

Time: 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: Admission

Apr 26, 2020 10:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Arbor Day Observation on the Black River

Join us for a two mile walk along the Black River identifying local trees and discussing the ways our local landscape has changed throughout history. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring rainwear if appropriate.

May 02, 2020 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Baaa-bies, Chicks & More!

Meet the spring’s arrivals—chicks, lambs, piglets and more! Read a story and play games to learn how baby animals and their mothers help each other. Preregistration required.

Time: 11:00-11:45

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $10 per child-adult pair, $5 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

May 02, 2020 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Grains in the Garden I

Join us at the Mill as we plant crops that people have grown and ground for centuries! Learn about the plants, help us get our garden ready, and even take home a seedling of your own. Then stay tuned for our next garden program in the fall when it’s time to harvest.

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 noon

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: $5 per family. Preregistration is required.To register, call 908.879.5463 or email shartford@morrisparks.net.

May 02, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Baby Animal Day

Spring is the season for babies on the farm—everything from piglets to lambs! Meet any new babies that live on the farm, and make crafts at learning stations celebrating our recent arrivals.

May 07, 2020 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

NEW! Home School Day: Reduce, Reuse-Renew!

The Mill relies on water power, a renewable energy source. But water is just one of many sources of “green” energy! Join us for experiments exploring other types of renewable energy, and make a green machine of your own to take home. This program is recommended for all ages.Pre-registration required.Contact mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net for more information.

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: $8 per student.*

May 09, 2020 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Born to Be Shorn

Join us to turn fleece into woolen fiber. Visit the lambs, and watch the ewes’ fleece being hand-sheared without using electricity. Have fun with hands-on activities, such as weaving, spinning and crafting, and meet modern artisans in these trades. End your day with pop-up history talks throughout the site.

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $8 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 per child 3-16. FREE under 3. Friends members half price with a current membership card.

May 09, 2020 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Homemade Clay

Flour can be used for so much more than eating! Come to the Visitor Center at the Mill to try creating something using clay made from stoneground flour. If you like what you make, you can take it home!

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: $5 per family.Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463 or email shartford@morrisparks.net.

May 16, 2020 05:30 AM

Fosterfields

Golden Hour Photography Session: Spring

Hobbyist photographers are welcome to the farm during ‘Golden Hour’ to photograph the picturesque landscape, architecture, and animals in an atmosphere only previously known to our farmers. Preregistration required.

Time: 5:30 am to 7:30 a.m.

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $20/per person. To register email Leah Huss at LHuss@morrisparks.net or call 973-326-7645. Online registration at https://tinyurl.com/photogolden

May 16, 2020 10:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Black River Furnace Walk

Discover early industries along the Black River with industrial archaeologist Joe Macasek. This is a three-mile moderate walk. Meet at Cooper Gristmill parking lot; the Mill will open after the walk.

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 noon.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: $5 per family. Preregistration is required.To register, call 908.879.5463 or email shartford@morrisparks.net.

May 16, 2020 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Little Lambs

Meet our baby lambs through songs and stories, and make crafts using sheep wool.

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $10 per child-parent pair. To register email Alli Hartley-Kong at ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5344. Ages 3-5 with adult

May 21, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

NEW! Home School Day: Art on the Farm

It’s a beautiful time of year on the farm! Use your artistic talents to create beautiful paintings of the flora and fauna of Fosterfields. Start the class off with a character study of one of our friendly farm animals. Then make your way to Cara’s Cottage were the class will concentrate on landscape painting. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.Pre-registration required.Contact mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net for more information.

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Fosterfields.

Cost: $8 per student.*

May 23, 2020 10:30 AM

Fosterfields

Plant Pole Beans

Help farmers stake poles and plant a variety of beans.Once harvested and dried later in the season, beans will be shelled for winter cooking!

May 30, 2020 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Feeding Day

What do the animals eat? Join us for a special day getting to feed the animals, playing games about animal diets, and making crafts!

Time: 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $10 per child-parent pair, $5 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344.

Ages 3-5 with adult

May 30, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants: Walking Tour

The Willows will be closed for renovation, but work on the farm continues! Meet the Servants at the cottage to hear about their lives on the farm and participate in a hands-on activity. May topic: Andrew Gibbons, the carriage man.

Time: 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: Admission

May 30, 2020 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

People-Power Day

Our gristmill may be water-powered, but we have many people-powered machines on hand, too! Come to the Mill to test a simple machine like a lever or a pulley, or even try running a historic tool like a treadle scroll saw.

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: Suggested donation of $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for children 4-16.

May 30, 2020 06:00 PM

Fosterfields

Barnyard Concert: Long Hill String Band

Enjoy the unique sounds of the 1920s at Fosterfield’s Barnyard Concert. Join us for the music of the Long Hill String Band, a longtime crowd favorite at Fosterfields, with interactive fun activities for children including dancing limberjacks. Park opens at 5:30 for the concert. Sponsored by the Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill.

Jun 04, 2020 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Home School Day: Taken for Granite

A mill relies on expertise, lots of power, wood, brick – and some very important stones. When we think about history we often overlook geology, but that will end this afternoon! Learn about rocks and minerals and the ways that people have put them to use. We’ll try out geologic identification methods and go on a short hike to test our knowledge. Please wear comfortable shoes; this program is recommended for all ages.Pre-registration required.Contact mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net for more information.

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: $8 per student.*

Jun 05, 2020 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Crazy (Marble) Train

Help us build the most epic train track ever – for marbles! The best tracks will be left up for everyone to play with at our big event next weekend, the Chester Railroad Extravaganza. Come test out your engineering skills on our marble wall, and then visit again to see your creation in action!

Jun 06, 2020 10:15 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride

Join the farm staff for a narrated ride around the historic farm.

Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series: The Coal Wars

The power of coal changed milling forever, but it also changed many other aspects of life and has been at the center of continual conflict. Hear about the history of coal, including the armed clashes known as the Coal Wars, at our second 2020 lecture. Light refreshments provided. For more information, call 908.879.5463 or email shartford@morrisparks.net.

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: Free.

Jun 13, 2020 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Pollinator Palooza

Butterflies, bees and bugs, oh my! Have fun playing games as you learn about the littlest farm helpers that keep our crops strong!

Preregistration required. Cost: $10 per child-parent pair, $5 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

Jun 13, 2020 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Chester Railroad Extravaganza

Did you know that Chester had its very own railroad during the 1800s? Today we celebrate the Chester Railroad with hands-on activities, guided walks along the old railroad bed, displays about the history of trains, blacksmithing, live music, and more!

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: $3 adult, $2 senior, $1 children 4-16.

Jun 13, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Pig Weigh-In

Meet the piglets born this spring, and help the farmers round them up for weighing before making a fun pig craft. Guess which piglet weighs in as the heaviest! Crafts on-going, with weigh-in at 1:00 & 2:00.

Jun 18, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Home School Day: Pollinator Party

Come and see what the buzz is about on the farm. Learn why butterflies, bees and others are important to the eco system at Fosterfields and how pollinators work to keep our environment thriving. During class, create a useful craft to help these hardworking critters continue their work! This program is recommended for ages 7 and up.Pre-registration required.Contact mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net for more information.

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Fosterfields.

Cost: $8 per student.*

Jun 20, 2020 10:30 AM

Fosterfields

Farmers and Fairy Tales

Embrace the wonder of fairy tales! Explore historic relationship to farming and rural life as you hear a farmer read to you. Each story will be followed with an in depth look at the agricultural components of the tale with a family-friendly craft. Crafts ongoing, story time at 10:30 and 12:00.

Jun 20, 2020 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

Caroline Foster Goes to School – The Story of Miss Dana’s School for Young Ladies

Join local author and historian Becky Hoskins for a look at Miss Dana’s School for Young Ladies, the private academy Caroline Foster attended. Learn about the history of the school and how the school’s activities reflected the educational philosophy for women across the country at the time, as well as how Caroline Foster and other alumnae were affected by it.

Jun 27, 2020 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Creek Walk

Tighten up your boots, and join us for some wading in the creek and discovery of creek creatures! Preregistration required. Cost: $10 per child-parent pair, $5 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

Jun 27, 2020 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants: Walking Tour

The Willows will be closed for renovation, but work on the farm continues! Meet the Servants at the cottage to hear about their lives on the farm and participate in a hands-on activity. June topic: Lizzie Carroll, the cook.

Jun 27, 2020 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Homemade Clay

Flour can be used for so much more than eating! Come to the Visitor Center at the Mill to try creating something using clay made from stoneground flour. If you like what you make, you can take it home!

Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Cooper Gristmill.

Cost: $5 per family. Preregistration is required.To register, call 908.879.5463 or email shartford@morrisparks.net.