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Events

Join us in the Passaic County Park System all year long for programs offered by our Parks & Recreation Department and Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs. From fitness classes to dog training to historic lectures, there's something for everyone!

For more information and to register for these events, visit PassaicCountyRec.org




Scratch Coding

Become a Game Designer with Scratch MIT
Virtual Program
Wednesdays: January 13, 20, 27 & February 3, 10, 17
6 PM
Ages: 3rd to 6th graders
Admission: $90 per student
Registration: Required 
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Learn how to code and create simple games using Scratch MIT, a block-based coding developed by MIT. In this 6 week session, our instructor will guide the participants to build a new and different game or program every week.

To take part in the program virtually, you must have access to a laptop or Chromebook with a webcam as well as an Internet connection with access to Zoom and Scratch MIT.



Homemade Pizza Night Homemade Pizza Night
Camp Hope, Stephen Tilton Dining Hall
Friday, February 12
6 PM
Admission: $15 per family
Registration: Required 
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Each family will get their own set of cooking supplies, equipment, and ingredients to make their own unique family pizza! Masks and social distancing will be strictly followed. The Camp Hope cooking staff will be wearing masks, gloves, and safety equipment to provide you the safest environment possible.

The Passaic County Parks & Recreation Department is excited to introduce Family Night Fun to the different parks within Passaic County! On Friday nights throughout 2021, the Parks & Recreation team is designing programs to bring families together to have fun! There will be cooking classes, movie nights, game nights, concerts and so much more! 


Wild Valentine's Day Wild  Valentine Program
Virtual Program
Saturday, February 13
1 PM
Ages: Recommended 5 - 12, all are welcome! 
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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Learn how animals show love in the animal kingdom, and how its similar or different from humans. Each guest gets to create their own valentine themed bar of vegan hand-soap and a wild Valentine’s Day card. Guests will get to mix their own hot chocolate drink and take it home with them in an environmentally friendly travel cup. (Recommended for ages 5- 12, but all ages welcome!)

This class will be held virtually. The link will be emailed after registration.


Winter Hike Winter Hike
Rifle Camp Park
Sunday, February 28
12:30 PM
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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As part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week our leader will lead a hike through Rifle Camp Park pointing out any possible invasive species on the hike and the impact they have on the local ecology.


Bendy Bookworm Yoga Yoga & Reading with Bendy Bookworm
Virtual Program
Wednesday, March 3
10 AM
Ages: 3 - 9
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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The Bendy Bookworm program is a 30 minute interactive storytime followed by a craft that usually takes anywhere from an additional 15-30 minutes (overall the entire program usually comes to about 60 minutes).

Our instructor will use movement and picture books to target and practice cognition, motor, and emotional developmental skills.

This class will be held virtually. The link will be emailed after registration. 


National Day of Unplugging Hike National Day of Unplugging Hike
Garret Mountain Reservation 
Saturday, March 6
12:30 PM
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign that promotes a 24-hour respite from technology annually observed the first weekend in March. Leave your cell phone in the car as our leader takes you on an early spring walk of Garret Mountain Reservation.


Garden to Table Garden to Table
Camp Hope
Saturday, March 13
1 PM
Ages: Recommended 5 - 12, all are welcome! 
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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Learn about the uniqueness of plants and why they make our food so special. Each guest will get to choose and plant their own garden nursery, and create a personalized care booklet for their plants. We will also discuss and meet some of the native pests and friends that may be visiting their garden. (Recommended for ages 5- 12, but all ages welcome!)


Forest Bathing, March 14 Forest Bathing Walks
Garret Mountain Reservation 
Sunday, March 14
11 AM
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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Forest bathing is a mindful walk in the woods with the specific intention to connect with the natural world and to gain benefit and energy from it. In other words, you are bathing in the energy of the trees, leaves, sky, and earth. Think of it as a guided, meditative, healing walk through the forests of Garret Mountain Reservation. Groups will meet at the boathouse parking lot. 
 
This event will be hosted by Gerti Schoen:
Gerti Schoen is a psychotherapist, spiritual counselor, and forest therapy guide in NYC and NJ. Over the past 20 years, she has studied eco-feminist spirituality, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral approaches, Eastern philosophy, energy healing, nature connection, dreamwork, and shamanic practices, and has come to greatly appreciate how much these teachings help in the healing process.


Creative Movement Creative Movement with Wiggle & Giggle
Virtual Program
Tuesday, April 6
10 AM
Ages: 3 - 6
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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This class is specifically designed for our youngest dancers! In this class children will use their imaginations while developing coordination, rhythm and listening skills through fun activities. Littles will be introduced to movement fundamentals and different types of music, while working on gross motor skills. Join us as we move like animals, dance to the music, and giggle through class. (starting with children 15 months old, can be run as a grown-up and me class). 

This class will be held virtually. The link will be emailed after registration. 


Incredible Journey of Water The Incredible Journey of Water / National Frog Day
Camp Hope
Saturday, April 10
1 PM
Ages: Recommended 5 - 12, all are welcome! 
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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Water is something that connects all living things on this Earth. Water travels through rivers, lakes, forests, and even through plants and animals! Join us for an incredible journey around the world as a single droplet of water to better understand the importance of this resource. Each guest will create their own water cycle bracelet and meet some ambassador animals that depend on clean water for survival. (Recommended for ages 5- 12, but all ages welcome!)


Arbor Day Hike Arbor Day Hike
Apshawa Preserve
Friday, April 30
5:30 PM
Admission: Free
Registration: Required 
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Arbor Day is a day to celebrate the trees that help support our ecosystems. Our hike leader will lead everyone through Apshawa Preserve pointing out the different types of trees and the roles they play in a healthy forest.
   
 



For more information and to register for these events, visit PassaicCountyRec.org