Reeves-Reed Arboretum 40.726° N -74.3497° W

Description

Reeves-Reed Arboretum's grounds, which include the Stackhouse Education Center, Roehm Greenhouse, 13 acres of gardens and woodland trails, our historic Wisner House, and of course, our spectacular trees, allow us to offer engaging and unique programs. Our field trips provide students with an inspiring, interactive educational experience that will perfectly complement their classroom instruction. Choose from one of our many Scout programs to meet your troop’s goals. Host your child’s birthday party in our Stackhouse Education Center to create memories that will last them a lifetime.

Grounds Open:
April 1 - October 31: 7am to 7pm
November 1 - March 31: 9am to 4pm


Lunch Notes

Grounds can be used for picnic-style lunch for school field trips. Please check for availability when booking. No food or drink sold onsite. Water fountain is available to refill bottles.

Bathroom Notes

Single bathrooms are available - two in the Education Center and one at the Wisner House, just off the patio.

Cancellation Policy

Field Trips:

Birthdays:
Non-refundable $50 deposit to reserve party. If for some reason you need to cancel, please let us know as early as possible, but no later than 1 week before the party. Cancellations made after that will result in full forfeiture of party fees.

Scouts:
Please give at least 48 hours notice.

Info

165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

+1 908-273-8787

a.llewellyn@reeves-reedarboretum.org

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Subjects
Biology, Botany, Sustainability, History, Native Americans, Conservation, Ecosystems, Animals, Adaptation, Nutrition, Agriculture, Geology, Team Building, Earth's Systems, The Water Cycle, Art, Colonial Times, Science
Activities
Field Trip, Scout Programs, Birthday Parties
Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, K, Preschool, 6, 7, 8
Cost
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Tree Essentials Field Trip

Grades: 1 - 5
The Arboretum's wide variety of impressive trees makes it an ideal setting to learn about these giants of the plant world. Not only will students gain a newfound appreciation of the many ways in which we depend upon trees in our daily lives, they will also learn through hands-on activities about the structure of a tree and how its different parts work together to make it function. As students explore our woodlands, they will gain an understanding of the diversity of trees by examining trees' leaves, bark, buds, fruits and flowers.

Pricing:
1st grade and up:
$220/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:10 (no charge for chaperones)

Pre-K, Kindergarten:
$175/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:5 (no charge for chaperones)

10% discount for inner city groups

Subjects Covered

biology, botany, sustainability

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Lenape Living Field Trip

Grades: 1 - 5
Long before European settlers came to our area, the Lenape, whose name means "the people," inhabited it. As students travel our woodland trails, they will learn how this Native American society based its way of life on the environment and utilized natural resources for food, shelter and other necessities. Students will also discover the lore, language and games of these first New Jersey residents.

Pricing:
1st grade and up:
$220/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:10 (no charge for chaperones)

Pre-K, Kindergarten:
$175/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:5 (no charge for chaperones)

10% discount for inner city groups

Subjects Covered

history, native americans, conservation

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Home Sweet Habitat Field Trip

Grades: 1 - 5
The Arboretum is home to many creatures. What do they need to survive? Students will discover the essential components of every habitat and will find out what happens when any of those components are missing or altered. Through games and activities, students will also explore the concepts of fluctuating wildlife populations and carrying capacity. A planting project is included.

Pricing:
1st grade and up:
$220/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:10 (no charge for chaperones)

Pre-K, Kindergarten:
$175/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:5 (no charge for chaperones)

10% discount for inner city groups

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, animals, adaptation

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Seed to Plant Field Trip

Grades: K - 5
Via hands-on activities throughout the Arboretum, students will embark on the incredible journey of a seed. Students will learn how seeds are made and will be "pollinators" helping flowers to produce seeds. They will discover the diverse adaptations plants have developed for dispersal of seeds and play a game to see what factors help or harm a seed's growth. In the greenhouse, students will closely examine a seed, then plant some in pots that they will take home at the end of the day.

Pricing:
1st grade and up:
$220/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:10 (no charge for chaperones)

Pre-K, Kindergarten:
$175/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:5 (no charge for chaperones)

10% discount for inner city groups

Subjects Covered

biology, adaptation, botany

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Food For Thought Field Trip

Grades: 1 - 5
The Arboretum's outdoor garden classroom is the perfect setting for students to learn how food grows from seed to plant and that insects are important partners in the process. Students will also be introduced to the Square Foot Gardening method and participate in seed starting activities in the Greenhouse. Through hands-on activities, they will develop a greater understanding of where food comes from and what parts of plants we eat; all while connecting with and forming a deeper appreciation of nature.

Pricing:
1st grade and up:
$220/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:10 (no charge for chaperones)

Pre-K, Kindergarten:
$175/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:5 (no charge for chaperones)

10% discount for inner city groups

Subjects Covered

nutrition, agriculture, botany, sustainability

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Sensing Nature Field Trip

Grades: Pre-k - 2
Using their 5 senses, children will explore the Arboretum and find out about the plants and animals living here. As they learn to be "Nature Detectives," they will discover clues of seasonal changes, animal signs and sounds, and plant textures and scents. Children will learn the ways in which their own senses compare to those of the creatures that live here.

Pricing:
1st grade and up:
$220/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:10 (no charge for chaperones)

Pre-K, Kindergarten:
$175/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:5 (no charge for chaperones)

10% discount for inner city groups

Subjects Covered

biology, animals, adaptation

Grades
1, 2, k, preschool
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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A Bug's Life Field Trip

Grades: Pre-k - 5
The Arboretum is the perfect natural classroom for introducing students to the incredible world of insects and their fascinating physical characteristics, special senses and life cycles. Students will learn what an insect is, its anatomy and function, life cycle, social structure and communication. Students will visit our Arboretum residents, the honeybees. A planting project is included.

Pricing:
1st grade and up:
$220/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:10 (no charge for chaperones)

Pre-K, Kindergarten:
$175/class (up to 20 students)
$5/child for each additional child over 20
Chaperone ratio 1:5 (no charge for chaperones)

10% discount for inner city groups

Subjects Covered

biology, ecosystems, animals

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k, preschool
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Birthday Parties

Animal Lovers Birthday Party

Ages: 4 and up

If your child is an animal lover, you may choose to have a live animal presenter for your entertainment. Choose Snakes-n-Scales for reptiles and amphibians, or Wallaby Tales for mammals. We provide the contact information, and you book and pay for the arrangements directly with the presenter. You may arrange the date and time with the presenter once confirmed with the Arboretum.

Birthday parties are held year-round in the Stackhouse Education Center at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and are a privilege of membership at the Family Level or above.

The first hour is entirely Educator-led; the last half hour of the party is led by the birthday parents, for cake and party food that you supply. The space is available to you 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot for setup and decorating, and 30 minutes afterwards for cleanup.

Must have an RRA membership at the Family Level or above

When booking, please enter your own name and address in the "organization" section.

Subjects Covered

animals

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, k, preschool
Capacity
16 stu.
Activity

birthday parties

Duration
90 min.
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Terrific Terrariums Birthday Party

Ages: 6 and up

Guests at this party will learn about the water cycle and how plants grow as they construct their own "mini greenhouses" to take home after the party.

Birthday parties are held year-round in the Stackhouse Education Center at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and are a privilege of membership at the Family Level or above.

The first hour is entirely Educator-led; the last half hour of the party is led by the birthday parents, for cake and party food that you supply. The space is available to you 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot for setup and decorating, and 30 minutes afterwards for cleanup.

Must have an RRA membership at the Family Level or above

When booking, please enter your own name and address in the "organization" section.

Subjects Covered

the water cycle, botany

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4
Capacity
16 stu.
Activity

birthday parties

Duration
90 min.
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Arboretum Explorers Birthday Party

Ages: 6 and up

Children will borrow one of our Explorer backpacks to look at the natural world one small square at a time. They will have an opportunity to examine insects up close, learn to identify birds with their binoculars, and go on a Nature Quest in search of some of the Arboretum's little treasures!

Birthday parties are held year-round in the Stackhouse Education Center at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and are a privilege of membership at the Family Level or above.

The first hour is entirely Educator-led; the last half hour of the party is led by the birthday parents, for cake and party food that you supply. The space is available to you 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot for setup and decorating, and 30 minutes afterwards for cleanup.

Must have an RRA membership at the Family Level or above

When booking, please enter your own name and address in the "organization" section.

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, animals

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4
Capacity
14 stu.
Activity

birthday parties

Duration
90 min.
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Paint-a-Pot Birthday Party

Ages: 4 and up

At this art and planting party, each guest will decorate a terra-cotta pot that they will fill with a beautiful flowering plant. The children will take home their masterpieces as a lasting memory of a wonderful experience.

Birthday parties are held year-round in the Stackhouse Education Center at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and are a privilege of membership at the Family Level or above.

The first hour is entirely Educator-led; the last half hour of the party is led by the birthday parents, for cake and party food that you supply. The space is available to you 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot for setup and decorating, and 30 minutes afterwards for cleanup.

Must have an RRA membership at the Family Level or above

When booking, please enter your own name and address in the "organization" section.

Subjects Covered

botany, art

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, k, preschool
Capacity
16 stu.
Activity

birthday parties

Duration
90 min.
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Scout Programs

Scouts - Webelos Program

Please choose from one of the following Webelos programs:

Castaway:
Scouts will learn about survival techniques by practicing shelter and fire building. This program helps scouts feel more prepared for survival situations.

Earth Rocks:
Scouts will investigate the rocks found at the Arboretum and get to explore the unique collection of rocks and minerals we have here. They will go on a rock hunt and make hypotheses about their findings.

Into the Wild:
Scouts will take a tour of the Arboretum and discover the wild living things that make this place their home. They will search for animals and learn that every animal in an ecosystem has its own important job to do.

Into the Woods:
Scouts will get to know the woods here at the Arboretum while they hike on our woodland trails. They will learn how to identify trees and discover the many important parts of a tree.

All Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per person for each additional scout. Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

geology, ecosystems, animals, team building

Grades
4, 5, 6
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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Scouts - Bear Program

Please choose from one of the following Bear programs:

Beat of the Drum:
Bears will learn how the Lenape people, who lived in this area before European settlement, based their way of life on the environment and utilized natural resources for food, shelter, and other necessities.

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns:
Bears will take a hike around the Arboretum to discover what types of plants and animals live in the area. Along the way, they will examine plants up close and learn about composting, too.

All Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per person for each additional scout. Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

native americans, sustainability, ecosystems

Grades
3
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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Scouts - Wolf Program

Please choose from one of the following Wolf programs:

Finding Your Way:
Wolves will embark on an adventure, equipped with a compass and map of the Arboretum. Using these tools, they will need to find clues in a scavenger hunt. Are you up for the challenge?

Grow Something:
Wolves will study some of the plants growing here at the Arboretum while taking a tour of the grounds and visiting the greenhouse. They will even plant a seed and take it home to grow something on their own!

Paws on the Path:
Wolves will prepare for a hike by discussing the essential items to bring and remembering Leave No Trace principles. Then, we will take a hike on the woodland trails of the Arboretum, looking closely at the many living things we find along the way.

All Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per person for each additional scout. Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, team building, botany

Grades
2
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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Scouts - Tiger Program

Please choose from one of the following Tiger programs:

Backyard Jungle:
Tigers will get to explore the Arboretum's "backyard" by hiking on our woodland trails, playing games, and learning about the plants and animals that live here. They will even get to take home a plant that can later grow in their own backyard!

Tigers in the Wild:
Tigers will discuss Leave No Trace and essential things to bring with them before going on a hike around the Arboretum's woodland trails. Along the way, we will look for different kinds of plants, animals, and animal signs.

All Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per person for each additional scout. Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, animals

Grades
1
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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Girl Scouts - Cadette Program

Trees Badge:
Cadettes will learn about the inner workings of trees while exploring the hundreds of trees in the woodland area of the Arboretum.

A Night Owl Badge program is also available. Please contact Linda Price, Environmental Educator, at l.price@reeves-reedarboretum.org separately to inquire about scheduling this specialized evening program.

Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per person for each additional scout. Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, earth's systems, adaptation

Grades
6, 7, 8
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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Girl Scouts - Junior Program

Please choose from one of the following Junior programs:

Animal Habitats Badge:
Juniors will explore the many habitats here at the Arboretum and talk about the animals that use them. We’ll play topical games, go for a hike, and even create miniature habitats.

Flowers Badge:
Juniors will have some fun with flowers as we learn about their many unique varieties, shapes, and properties. They will investigate flowers up-close while they explore what's in bloom here at the Arboretum and even get to plant a flower seed to take home!

Gardener Badge:
Juniors will explore the many unique gardens throughout the grounds of the Arboretum; learn about Square Foot Gardening; and observe the ways in which different plants grow. They’ll even get to plant their own seed to take home!

All Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per person for each additional scout. Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, animals, adaptation, botany

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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Girl Scouts - Brownie Program

Please choose from one of the following Brownie programs:

Bugs Badge:
Brownies will engage in hands-on activities to learn about bugs; visit a special insect that lives here at the Arboretum; and take a hike to hunt for bugs.

Hiker Badge:
Brownies will learn how to plan for a hike, talk about some essential items to pack, and then hike on the Arboretum's woodland trails to put our knowledge to the test.

Outdoor Adventurer Badge:
Brownies will discover what it means to be an explorer by going on a hike, playing outdoor games, and learning new camping skills.

Senses Badge:
Brownies will explore the Arboretum using their 5 senses and find out about the plants and animals that live here. Along the way, they will discover seasonal changes, animal signs, plant textures, and more! We’ll learn about the ways in which our own senses compare to those of the creatures that live here.

All Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per person for each additional scout. Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, animals, team building

Grades
1, 2, 3
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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Girl Scouts - Daisy Program

Please choose from one of the following Daisy programs:

Clover Petal:
Daisies will learn about ways that we can help protect the planet by using our resources wisely. We will read "Clover's Story" together; visit the Arboretum’s bee hives; and play a game to get us all thinking about ways that we can protect our environment. (also known as Use Resources Wisely)

Rosie Petal:
Daisies will learn about ways that we can help make the world a better place. We will read "Rosie's Story" together; go for a short hike; play a game; and pot up seeds to take home and plant in your own yard! (also known as Make the World a Better Place)

All Scout programs are $75 for 12 or fewer scouts, then $5 per child for each additional scout. (No charge for chaperones). Payment can be made the day of your trip.

Subjects Covered

earth's systems, sustainability

Grades
1, k
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

scout programs

Duration
60 min.
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