Apr 06, 2019 10:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Opening Day at Cooper Gristmill

Celebrate the 39th season at Cooper Gristmill! Discover the site’s historic machines, take a tour of the working water-powered mill, and try hands-on tools and puzzles. Last tour is at 3:30 p.m.

Apr 06, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Opening Day 2019

Welcome to a new season at Fosterfields with farm to table cooking demonstrations, a chance to plant in the garden, wagon rides, and fun spring crafts. Come for a bit or stick around all day! Wagon ride at 10 am, farming demonstrations at 11:30 am, cooking demonstration at 1 pm, and craft ongoing 1 pm through 3 pm.

Apr 06, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Sheep to Shawl

Work with wool, sing songs, do a “shear a sheep” game and make sheep-related crafts as you learn baaaa-sically all a preK kid needs to know about our fuzzy friends. Space is limited- registration required. To register, email ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5344.

Apr 11, 2019 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series

Join us at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor Center for the first in a bimonthly lecture series on such topics as local mills, Chester history, and the history of technology. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Apr 13, 2019 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Workers at the Farm: the 1900s Immigrant Experience

Step into the shoes of Irish immigrants, and learn what it was like to immigrate to Morristown. Discover Irish-American traditions through cooking demos, musical performances, and stories, and join a special ceremony honoring immigrants at 1 pm. Enjoy a wagon ride to the Willows, and step into a living theatrical performance about the Irish immigrants who settled at Fosterfields.

Apr 18, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Home School Day: Prep the Soil and Plant

Help us get ready for the upcoming season! Prepare the soil in our demo garden using tools to plant crops. See what planning goes into a good growing season and how the farmers decide when and what to plant. To register: https://tinyurl.com/MCPCHSHomeSchoolSpring2019

Apr 20, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Egg to Chick

Ages 3-5 with an adult. Have fun on the farm with your pre-K child. Collect eggs, make rooster calls, and pet baby chicks. Children must be accompanied by adult. Space is limited- registration required. To register online, first make an account with the Morris County Park Commission, using this link: https://tinyurl.com/y35n3pbr . Then, use the search functions for classes or click on this link directly to register your child: http://tinyurl.com/yy4m8erl

Apr 20, 2019 10:30 AM

Fosterfields

Plant Spuds

Dig in, and help the farmers plant potatoes. Return later in the season to harvest some spuds to take home.

Apr 20, 2019 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.

Apr 20, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

Tin Punch Design

Make a family-friendly version of a pushpin design. Create your own pattern, or trace an outline provided. Adult assistance needed.

Apr 27, 2019 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Born to Be Shorn

Join us for our newest special event and 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 a tour of the Willows.

May 03, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride

Join the farm staff for a leisurely narrated open-air wagon ride around the historic farm.

May 04, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Wake Up Baby Animals!

Ages 3-5. Spring is the season for new beginnings. Meet any new babies that live on our farm, sing songs, play games and make a craft celebrating our recent arrivals. To register online, first make an account with the Morris County Park Commission, using this link: https://tinyurl.com/y35n3pbr . Then, use the search functions for classes or click on this link directly to register your child: http://tinyurl.com/yy4m8erl

May 11, 2019 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! $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463

May 11, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Piglet Weigh-In

Meet the piglets born this spring, and help the farmers round them up for weighing. Guess which piglet weighs in as the heaviest!

May 11, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Farm to Table: Spring Shoots & Fruits

Help us celebrate the produce of the beautiful spring season! A costumed interpreter will be doing a cooking demonstration on the woodstove using spring produce.

May 16, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Home School Day: Spring Critters

Come to the farm and meet our newest spring arrivals. Learn all different facts about these babies and their parents. Registration may be completed at https://tinyurl.com/MCPCHSHomeSchoolSpring2019.

May 18, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Horses and Carriages

Meet your “neigh-borhood” horses, the draft horses of Fosterfields, in this fun morning of play, song, and games. Pet a horse’s nose! To register online, first make an account with the Morris County Park Commission, using this link: https://tinyurl.com/y35n3pbr . Then, use the search functions for classes or click on this link directly to register your child: http://tinyurl.com/yy4m8erl

May 18, 2019 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. $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

May 18, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

Yarn Dolls and Button Whirligigs

Create a yarn doll and button whirligig. See how much fun these toys of the past can be for children today! Parental assistance needed.

May 25, 2019 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 25, 2019 11:00 AM

Fosterfields

Memorial Day Tour: Call of Duty

Join museum senior staff for a special guided tour of the exhibit, Call of Duty: Patriotism During World War I.Learn the meaning behind America’s iconic symbols and discover the homefront activities of Caroline and Charles Foster and their peers. Free admission for current and past armed service members. To register email Alli Kong at AHartley-Kong@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5344.

May 25, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants at the Willows

During a special hands on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, the Willows, during the WWI era. Help the maid with some of the household chores, and assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

Jun 01, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride!

Join the farm staff for a leisurely open-air wagon ride around the historic farm.

Jun 01, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Garden Growers

Your littlest sprout will explore the flowers, fruits and vegetables of Fosterfields through song, stories and play. To register email Alli Kong at AHartley-Kong@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5344. $8 per child/parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes; $4 each for additional sibling participating.*

Jun 08, 2019 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. $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Jun 08, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

The Farm Know-How Day

Get a first-hand look in-depth at Fosterfields Farm. Visit drop-in stations at the creamery, the icehouse and the Willows. Stop into the farmhouse to see and smell what’s cooking.

Jun 13, 2019 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series

Join us at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor Center for the first in a bimonthly lecture series on such topics as local mills, Chester history, and the history of technology. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Jun 14, 2019 07:00 PM

Fosterfields

Farm Friday Summer Concert

Enjoy the unique sounds of the 1920s at Fosterfield’s Farm Friday Summer Concerts. Explore the farm and join us in the barnyard to listen to the sounds of the Long Hill String Band. Farm opens at 6:30 for the program, with the band beginning at 7.

Jun 15, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: How Now Brown Cow

Your preschooler will meet New Jersey’s favorite Jersey cattle herd—the resident brown cows at Fosterfields. Play games, make cow-related crafts, and even brush a cow. To register, email Alli Kong at ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5344. $8 per child/parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 each for additional sibling participating

Jun 15, 2019 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, and even some model train sets to enjoy.

Jun 15, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Build Your Own Birdhouse Class

Ages 8 & up

Caroline Foster loved carpentry. Join us for a special class at the Fosterfield’s auditorium for builders and creators where you can honor her legacy by building and decorating your own birdhouse. Cost: $15/per birdhouse built. Preregistration required. For more information, or to register, email agizzi@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5022.

Jun 20, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Home School Day: Farmhouse Afire!

Calling all fire brigade members! The Farmhouse burnt down in 1915 and was rebuilt 7 months later. Analyze the best way to put out a fire, which buildings should be saved, and figure out a water source that can be used to save the day! Preregistration required, $8 per student. Contact mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net for more information.

Jun 22, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Become a Cheese Monger!

In recognition of National Dairy Month, join a class with Fosterfields staff and resident cheese monger Allie Gizzi to make a selection of soft cheeses. Space is limited- registration required. For more information, email agizzi@morrisparks.net or call (973) 631-5022. $45 per person.

Jun 22, 2019 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.

Jun 22, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Hook, Line, and Sinker!

Cast a line to see if anything is biting at the pond. Catch of the day will be tossed back. Enjoy using our provided, historic fishing poles—no need to bring your own!

Jun 29, 2019 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! $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463

Jun 29, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Herbalicious

Gather at the Farmhouse herb garden to discover how herbs enhance the taste of food.Make a sachet to take home!

Jun 29, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants at The Willows

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores. At the end of the tour assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning stove.

Jul 06, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Gadgets and Gizmos

Did you know the entire four-story Gristmill building is a series of gadgets for grinding grain? Come explore machines with us – both the simple and complex. See an exhibit about Oliver Evans, the man who invented gristmills like ours, and we’ll have recycled materials on hand for you to make an invention of your own!

Jul 13, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Sail, Sail Your Boat

Decorate toy boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace, part of the Black River. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear close-toed shoes – no bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed, or you may bring your own.

Jul 18, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Blueberry Muffin Baking

Make delicious blueberry muffins using Cooper Gristmill-ground flour. While the muffins are baking, take a tour of the mill! Children must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration is required. Cost: $10 per half-dozen muffin tray ($5 Friends members). Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Jul 20, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Nature Art

Use grains and natural items collected around the Gristmill to create artwork. Explore painting, printmaking, rubbings, collage, and other art techniques. This event is in the air-conditioned Visitors Center and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Jul 27, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Sail, Sail Your Boat

Decorate toy boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace, part of the Black River. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear close-toed shoes – no bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed, or you may bring your own.

Aug 01, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Corn Muffin Baking

Make delicious corn muffins using Cooper Gristmill-ground flour. While the muffins are baking, take a tour of the mill! Children must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration is required. For more information, call 908.879.5463. $10 per half-dozen muffin tray ($5 Friends members). Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Aug 03, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

1880s Music Day at Milltown

Enjoy many of the folktunes and dances that were popular in the 1880s – you may recognize more of them than you expect! Join live musicians in playing with limberjacks and singing along.

Aug 08, 2019 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series

Join us at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor Center for the second installment in a bimonthly lecture series on such topics as local mills, Chester history, and the history of technology. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Aug 11, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Sail, Sail Your Boat

Decorate toy boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace, part of the Black River. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear close-toed shoes – no bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed, or you may bring your own.

Aug 22, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Peach Muffin Baking

Make delicious peach muffins using Cooper Gristmill-ground flour. While the muffins are baking, take a tour of the mill! Children must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration is required. $10 per half-dozen muffin tray ($5 Friends members). Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Aug 24, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Industrial Crafts Day

The Gristmill will host a festival of crafters from the late 1800s. Come visit a tinsmith, tin piercers, a blacksmith, weavers, spinners, and more! There will be hands-on activities and crafters will have items for sale.

Sep 07, 2019 10:00 AM

Cooper Mill

National Milling Day

Celebrate Oliver Evans’ 264th birthday with us! A famous 1780s inventor, Evans created the first automatic flour mill and many other machines, including an amphibious barge. See some of Evans’ inventions at work in the Cooper Gristmill, decorate our ‘happy birthday’ poster, and try your hand at some simple machines and puzzles.

Sep 21, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Gristmill, Cider Mill

Our mill grinds grain, but did you know that other mills grind up apples to make apple cider? Come learn about this historic process, and assist with our hand-powered cider press. Then make some apple-themed crafts to take home!

Oct 05, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Grains in the Garden II

Whether you joined us for spring planting or not, you are welcome to help us as we harvest grains from our garden! Compare our garden with your own and learn about these heirloom plants. Then help us get our garden ready for winter! $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Oct 10, 2019 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series

Join us at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor Center for the first in a bimonthly lecture series on such topics as local mills, Chester history, and the history of technology. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Oct 26, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

A Miller’s Halloween

Come in costume for a fun-filled afternoon! Enjoy spooky story-telling at 1:30 and 2:30, make cornhusk dolls, create creepy crafts, and play historic games. In the Gristmill, be alert for spooks, spiders, skeletons, and more!