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SCHIFF NATURE PRESERVE EVENTS
Release Date: January 11, 2018

http://www.schiffnaturepreserve.org/

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

    

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.

 

EVENTS AT SCHIFF NATURE PRESERVE

January 13, 2018 (Saturday) 9-11 am

Birding for Beginners

Join Bill Scullion from New Jersey Conservation Foundation for a primary in winter birding! Bill will talk about how to use field guides and phone apps to aid in bird identification and then lead an easy hike looking for winter birds like black capped chickadees, woodpeckers, brown creepers, and more. Dress warmly for the hike, and join us for a mug of hot chocolate afterwards! Kids of all ages, who are able to enjoy the quiet of the forest are welcome to join. Free to members. Non-members fee is $5.

 

January 13, 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 www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20.

 

January 15, 2018 (Monday) 9-12 pm

Schools Out Program- Wonder of Snow

Drop your kids off for a fun morning learning about snow! Through outdoor exploration, crafts, and games, children will delve into the mathematics and natural wonder of this beautiful precipitation. Ages 6-12. Bring a snack and water. Member fee is $15. Non- member fee is $20. 

 

January 17, 2018 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm

Environmental Book Club

Climate of Hope - How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Bloomberg and Pope. From Mayor Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club Pope comes a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense. They explore climate change solutions that will make the world healthier and more prosperous. Free to members. 

January 18, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm

Family Time- Responsible Bird Feeding

Make some yummy treats for your feathered friends! We'll be making nut-free "fat cakes" enclosed in biodegradable rustic willow balls for you to hang outside at home. All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. 

 

January 21, 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.

 

January 28, 2018 (Sunday) 8-10 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. 

 

February 1, 2018 (Thursday) 7-8:30 pm

Full Moon Hike

There is something contemplative and still about the depth of winter in the woods; the crunching of snow, the wisps of winds, the brisk cold and the high 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. 

 

February 2, 2018 (Friday) 7-8:30 pm

Owl Hike

Winter is the time for owls to do their mating calls and start nesting. Join a Schiff naturalist as we walk the trails of Schiff to listen for various owls as they call to each other. Member fee is $5. Non-member fee is $10. Please, no pets.

 

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 www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. 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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