Schiff Nature Preserve Mendham NJ

WELCOME TO SCHIFF NATURE PRESERVE

All events take place at the Schiff Nature Center at 339 Pleasant Valley Road in Mendham.Registration is required for all events at http://schiffnaturepreserve.org/calendar.cfm 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.

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

 

Schiff Summer Nature Program registraion is now OPEN for the public!

If you think kids need more time in nature and less time using technology, then Schiff's Summer Nature Program for Kids is for you.

If you think that sunshine, fresh air, and a good dose of unstructured time in nature is beneficial to your child, then Schiff's Summer Nature Program for Kids is for you.

If you hope that time in nature will imprint a reverence for the envrionment and make them better stewards of the earth, then Schiff's Summer Narure Program for Kids is for you.

2019 marks the 16th year of the very popular Summer Nature Program for Kids! Information is available on our website for your viewing and planning.

Please feel free share this post with your network of families and neighbors. Let us educate and inspire our children with a summer of nature immersion.

 

March 14, 2019 (Thursday) 5:30-7 pm
Woodcock Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Spend an evening listening for these silly, beloved creatures as we take a moderate walk up to the Great Meadow to see if we can spot some Woodcock males performing their kooky mating dance! Schiff members may attend for free. Non-member fee is $5 each. Advance registration is appreciated, but not required. Walk ins welcome. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
March 20, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest has begun to emerge from the depths of winter...... The length of day light has elongated allowing creatures to enjoy the day in full and then quiet in the evening... Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 - Register by 03/19/19

 
March 21, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Make a Seed Bomb
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Make a seed bomb full of native wildflower seeds to spread some springtime cheer! Spend time learning about nature and making a simple craft with your little ones and enjoy connecting with other local families. All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. 24 hour advance registration is required. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 - Register by 03/20/19

 
March 28, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs only, please! Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome. Meet us at the Nature Center. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
March 31, 2019 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Drive. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toes shoes, and bring a beverage and snack. Walk ins welcome. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
April 7, 2019 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

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. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
April 10, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
April 13, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

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. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. Please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 - Register by 04/12/19

 
April 13, 2019 (Saturday) 9- 12 pm
Volunteer Day @ Schiff- Stream Clean up with RHA
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff Nature Preserve staff, trustees, and volunteers as we partner with Raritan Headwaters for their 29th Annual Stream Clean Up on Saturday, April 13th from 9- 12 noon. Meet us at the Schiff Nature Center. Register ahead on Schiff's website or here on Raritan Headwater's website at Site #37/The Valley- https://www.raritanheadwaters.org/stream-cleanup/ 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
April 14, 2019 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

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. Walk Ins Welcome. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
April 18, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Bees Knees
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Make a cute bee to bring home and learn about our local pollinators. Spend time learning about nature and making a simple craft with your little ones, and enjoy connecting with other local families. All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. Preregistration required. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 - Register by 04/17/19

 
April 19, 2019 (Friday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something invigorating and exciting about the coming of spring in the woods; the emerging plants, the sweet smell of new grass, moistness of the soil, and the glow of the moon. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 - Register by 04/18/19

 
April 25, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs only, please! Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome. Meet us at the Nature Center. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
April 28, 2019 (Sunday) 2:00-3:30 pm
Nature Art Walk
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Beginning and experienced artists of all ages are invited to join us for a collective creation hike on the trails of Schiff! We will explore the work of some nature-based artists and then head out to create some art of our own individually or as a group. Enjoy good conversation and getting your creative juices flowing, together! Members attend for free, Non-Member fee is $5 per family/four. Walk ins welcome. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
May 4, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

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. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. Please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
May 11, 2019 (Saturday) 3:00-4:30 pm
Speaker Series- Wildlife Photographer- Ashleigh Scully
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff's exciting new Speaker Series will explore various topics related to wildlife and local history affording our community an opportunity to gather in Schiff's Nature Center. The first speaker will feature Ashleigh Scully, an internationally acclaimed youth wildlife photographer. Ashleigh will share her captivating photos and her experiences documenting wildlife around the world. Photography will be on display and for sale. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly support the land stewardship activities and educational programs offered by Schiff Natural Lands Trust. Join us for light refreshments after the presentation and an opportunity to meet the artist. Space is limited, so please purchase advance tickets. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
May 19, 2019 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Drive. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toes shoes, and bring a beverage and snack. Walk ins welcome. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
May 19, 2019 (Sunday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Speaker Series- Scouts Reminisce
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The second of three Speaker Series will feature an afternoon of reminiscing with former Boy Scouts who participated in the Boy Scouts National Training Program when it was located at Schiff from the 1930's until the 1970's. Moderated by Barry Thomson and followed by a Q & A, attendees will gain a glimpse into the past while we continue to cement our future. Scout artifacts will be on display. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly support the land stewardship activities and educational programs offered by Schiff Natural Lands Trust. Join us for light refreshments after the presentation and an opportunity to meet the Scout elders. Space is limited, so please purchase advance tickets. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

 
June 12, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7. 
Contact: 973-543-6004

ational activities consistent with the preservation of natural areas.