Programs for school-aged children

We offer many educational programs specifically designed for school-aged children. These programs have been attended by many local elementary, middle, and high-school classes, as well as many Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops.  Small groups of students work with docents in the outdoor classroom to explore a topic.  If you don’t see a topic that fits your needs we can work with you to design a program.

If you are interested in scheduling your class or group for one of these programs, please reserve your spot now. Once you submit your request, a representative will contact you shortly to confirm whether the date you are requesting is available.

NOTE: A copy of the Certificate of Insurance will be required naming the Friends of the Glen Rock Arboretum, Inc. as additional insured. We will only need one Certificate of Insurance per year, per School District, so if you have already submitted one this year, you won't need to submit it again.

The Friends of the Glen Rock Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Tax Exempt organization. We depend on volunteers, memberships and contributions to maintain and preserve the Arboretum. As such, we charge a small fee per child to participate in these programs.

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Fees

School Groups:
  • $4.00 per student (Glen Rock Public Schools $2.00 per student)
  • No charge for teachers and chaperones
Scout Groups:
  • $4.00 per scout
  • No charge for scout leaders

SENSORY ADVENTURES
Duration: 1 hour
Grade(s): Pre-K - 1
Aligns with New Jersey State Standards
DescriptionStudents use their senses of touch, smell, sight and hearing to explore their environment.  As they walk through the Arboretum they will discover how plants and animals also use their senses.

POLLINATOR PARTNERS
​(Spring)

Duration: 1-1/2 hours
Grades: K-3
Aligns with New Jersey State Standards
Description: Through hands-on investigation learn about the parts of a flower.  Walk through the Arboretum and discover how plants, insects and animals work together to survive.

TREE POWER
​(Fall, Winter, and Spring)

Duration: 1-1/2 Hours
​Grades: K-3
Aligns with New Jersey State Standards
Description: Be a tree detective and use bark, twigs, buds, needles/leaves and shapes to help identify trees.  Participate in hands-on-activities and walk through the Theilke Arboretum and observe seasonal changes.

WETLANDS WALK
Duration: 1-1/2 Hours
​Grades: 2-5
Aligns with New Jersey State Standards
Description: ​Explore the wonders of wetlands through hands-on demonstrations and an observational walk. Learn to identify plants that thrive and survive in this habitat and discover the importance of wetlands in managing storm water.

POND ECOLOGY
(SPRING)

Duration: 1-1/2 Hours
​Grades: 3-5
Aligns with New Jersey State Standards
Description: ​Investigate a pond ecosystem and its components. Explore the interaction of plants and animals in this habitat and discover the impact people have on pond ecology.

HABITATS
Duration: 1-1/2 Hours
​Grades: K-5
NJCCCS: Aligns with New Jersey State Standards
Description: ​Identify and investigate the components of a habitat: water, food, shelter and space. Identify smaller habitats (pond, pine forest, vernal pool & log) within the large Thielke Arboretum wetland habitat. Find out who lives there and why.

FALL WALK
DescriptionCompare and contrast deciduous trees and conifers.  Discover fall changes in trees.

WINTER WALK
Identify winter trees and discover clues that indicate a tree is alive.

SPRING WALK
Discover what's blooming at the Arboretum. Examine buds and learn to identify trees in spring.
Friends of the Glen Rock Arboretum, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501( c)3 volunteer organization, dedicated to the preservation, maintenance and development of the Arboretum.