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Release Date: January 11, 2018











All events take place at the Schiff Nature Center at 339 Pleasant Valley Road in Mendham.Registration is required for all events at but if you have missed the online deadline please register by email - environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve. 

Please call 973-543-6004 with any questions!

     Come out and explore our trails, take an environmental education class, hold a green-theme birthday party, or send the kids to our popular Summer Nature Program. There's so much to see and enjoy at Schiff that it’s no wonder this is the place where “Wild Things Happen Naturally!” We have 15 miles of marked trails, and protect approximately 768 acres of land in the heart of beautiful Morris County, NJ. Schiff is rich in history, too. From Revolutionary period artifacts to vintage buildings constructed by the Boy Scouts of America during the Depression era, there are still discoveries to be made! Come out and play, hike, explore and support our efforts to protect the natural beauty of our local communities.


The Schiff Natural Lands Trust, Inc., is a member-supported, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space, serving as a model of environmental stewardship, providing educational opportunities, and improving the ecological value of natural areas using best management practices. We maintain an active nature center and offer a variety of programs open to the public for environmental education, research and passive recreational activities consistent with the preservation of natural areas.


February 10, 2018 (Saturday) 7-8:15 pm

Monthly Gong Meditation

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited - please register and pay at Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. 


February 14, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00 pm

Outdoor Skills Club- Reading the Forest Landscape

Do you have sharp eyes, the ability to notice small details and uncover and discover the mysteries found in nature? Through hands-on inquiry games, led by Dave Alexander, we'll explore furs, feathers, tracks, scat, and other miscellaneous biofacts found in the wild and discuss what they inform us about the landscape. Each participant will make and take a clay animal track. Grades 6- 10. Member fee is $12. Non- member fee is $15.


February 15, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm

Family Time- Valentines for Wildlife

Spend an afternoon sipping hot chocolate and making bird feeder valentines for the little critters in your world! All crafts will be nut-free and ready to hang up or gift to a special person as soon as you get home! All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15.


February 18, 2018 (Sunday) 9-11 am

Yoga Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve

Join Off The Grid at Schiff Nature Preserve for an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. We will begin with a meditation and centering session indoors, then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve, enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature. Yogis should bring their own mat (or a blanket/towel if you don't have one). Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15.


February 19, 2018 (Monday) 9:00-12:00 pm

Schools Out Program- Tracking Time

Spend your day off at Schiff exploring the trails and looking for signs of animals! Bring warm clothes for an easy hike on the trails followed by indoor crafts and games! Ages 6-12. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20.


February 25, 2018 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am

Sunday Morning Fitness Hike @ McVickers

Join us for a brisk 5- mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at McVickers Brook parking lot at 239 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Vaccinated dogs on leash are welcome. Free to members. Non- member fee is $10. 


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