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NJBG Events

Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Donations are gratefully accepted. For events that require reservations, or for questions, please call the NJBG office at (973) 962-9534.

All events begin or take place at the Carriage House Visitor Center unless otherwise specified.

State Park Parking Fee: On summer Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, there is a State Park parking fee of $5 for New Jersey-registered vehicles and $7 for non-New Jersey-registered vehicles. Oversized vehicles (vehicles that occupy more than one normal parking space, including vehicles with trailers, RVs, etc.) are charged double the normal rate. At all other times, parking is free.

Skylands is a carry-in, carry-out State Park facility. Please carry your trash and litter back out with you and dispose of it properly.

Remember, no pets, picnics, alcohol, balls, frisbees, nor lawn games are permitted in the Botanical Garden.


Winter 2015-2016

** DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE **

Free Guided Garden Tours - Sundays, 2 p.m., May through October. Steady rain cancels. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center and wear comfortable shoes.

Download the entire Adobe Acrobat PDFFall 2015 NJBG calendar of events.

January 2016

  • January 1 (Friday), 1 pm-3:30 pm
    First Day Hike. Join State Park staff and Skylands Association volunteers on a self-guided family friendly hike in the Park woodlands. Weather permitting; we will climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail and return. Wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothes, small children may need to be carried. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center of Skylands Manor State Park between 1pm and 2pm. Allow 90 minutes for the hike. Map and hike directions will be provided at the start. Staff will be on the trail for assistance if required. Snow cancels; call 973-962-7031 for info. FREE.
  • January 3 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. Historic tours guided by NJBG docents. NJBG volunteer docents lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of Skylands Manor. The last tour begins at 3 pm. Manor House tour dates are subject to change; please check back. Adults: $7; Seniors: $5; Students 13-18: $5; Children 6-12: $3; Under 6: Free; summer parking fees apply.
  • January 16 (Saturday), 10 am
    Landscape Design at Skylands: A Historical Perspective. Join Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn for a slide program on the history of garden design at Skylands, originally created by some of the most famous landscaping names of the era. The program will be held in the Carriage House, and cancels only in the event of an ongoing snowstorm. $5 Donation requested.

February

  • February 7 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. Historic tours guided by NJBG docents. NJBG volunteer docents lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of Skylands Manor. The last tour begins at 3 pm. Manor House tour dates are subject to change; please check back. Adults: $7; Seniors: $5; Students 13-18: $5; Children 6-12: $3; Under 6: Free; summer parking fees apply.
  • February 21 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Family Woodland Hike. Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants, animals and geology around you on a hike designed to fit the group. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Snow/rain cancels. FREE.
  • February 28 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Return of the Raptors. Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society offers an indoor photo presentation on the dramatic return of Bald Eagles, Osprey, Peregrine Falcons and other fascinating birds of prey, touching on the many different species that inhabit our region. Ongoing snow cancels. FREE.

March

  • March 6 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. Historic tours guided by NJBG docents. NJBG volunteer docents lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of Skylands Manor. The last tour begins at 3 pm. Manor House tour dates are subject to change; please check back. Adults: $7; Seniors: $5; Students 13-18: $5; Children 6-12: $3; Under 6: Free; summer parking fees apply.
  • March 13 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Birding for Beginners. Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society offers an indoor introduction to birding, followed by a walk in the Gardens to look for some of our avian friends (weather permitting). Great for youngsters and the young at heart! At the Carriage House Visitor Center. FREE.
  • March 19 (Saturday), 10 am
    End-of-Winter Tree Walk. Join Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn as he leads this perennial favorite. Learn the differences between trees and how to tell them apart in this special tree walk. Meet at the Carriage House; wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. FREE.
  • March 20 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Family Woodland Hike. Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants, animals and geology around you on a hike designed to fit the group. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Snow/rain cancels. FREE.

YOUR GARDEN
Come visit often for a constantly-changing display of color and bloom sure to cheer your heart. The Botanical Garden is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm Garden admission is always free. $5 per New Jersey-registered car parking fee on summer weekends and holidays (weekends, Memorial Day to Labor Day), $7 for out-of-state registered cars. Weekday parking is free.

MANOR TOURS
...are offered on Sunday afternoons, March through November. Knowledgeable docents will introduce you to the architecture and history of beautiful Skylands Manor. Adults: $7; Seniors: $5; Students 13-18: $5; Children 6-12: $3; Under 6: Free. Please check the calendar for exact dates and times.

GIFT SHOP
Sunday afternoons from 12 noon-4 pm, April through December (weather permitting). Great gift ideas, shirts, books, garden supplies, and children's items. Credit cards accepted.

HIKE & BIKE
Always a pleasure on the Garden's many safe and beautiful hiking & biking trails.

FAMILY WOODLAND WALK
Our easy, child-friendly walks one Sunday afternoon each month are a great way to explore nature. Free.

VOLUNTEER IN THE GARDEN
NJBG volunteers help maintain the gardens, give tours, and offer many other public services. To volunteer, inquire at the office or call (973) 962-9534. We'd love to have you!

PLEASE REMEMBER...
Pets, picnics, alcohol, balls, frisbees, and lawn games are prohibited from the Botanical Garden. Skylands is a carry-in, carry-out State Park facility. Please carry your trash and litter back out with you and dispose of it properly.

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