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Searching for Spring at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Last updated on November 15, 2019 at 02:31 pm

I grew up in a very rural area and would often go camping with my parents. We’d go with other families and the effect was essentially a small (or sometimes large) tent village. Without the wonders of wifi, tablets and smartphones we still had a blast thanks to activities like stories and songs around campfires, swimming and games…especially scavenger hunts!

You don’t have to be a camper, or even own a survival knife, like me to enjoy a good scavenger hunt. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township will be holding a photo scavenger hunt every day from March 28 through April 4, 9 am to 3:30 pm. Reservations are not required and the cost is $10 per family.

Designed to encourage kids and adults alike to get outdoors, observe seasonal changes and explore the Arboretum grounds, their “Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt” can be done individually or in teams. Just bring your camera or cell phone and a pair of observant eyes and come to the Haggerty Education Center where you’ll be given a list of items both living and non-living. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find and photograph all of the listed items. Capture most of the items on the list and you just might take home a prize for the entire family! You can find more information about this event at

About Frelinghuysen Arboretum

An arboretum is essentially an outdoor museum for trees and shrubs. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is 127 acres of beautiful gardens, meadows, woodlands and a distinctive collection of trees and shrubs. It’s an ideal place to relax, enjoy the outdoors and take a run or leisurely stroll. Self-guiding trail booklets are available at reception.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is also a regional center for horticultural activities including educational programs, special tours and events, and a collection of botanical literature. Their calendar of events is guaranteed to have something for everyone.

Have you visited the Frelinghuysen Arboretum? Plymouth Rock in New Jersey would love to see your photos and hear your tales in the comments below!

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