Black & Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) at RRA (October 2018)
In This Issue
From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

It has often been said that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It's where stories happen and where family gathers.
So's the case with Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Thanks to Althea Llewellyn, our Environmental Educator, kids learn to plant, nurture, harvest, and cook from our own square foot garden plots. And the sight of these eager faces, prepped with aprons and chopping mats, about to create a meal from their very own garden, is joyfully breathtaking. In passing by, I hear giggles of excitement and anticipation. I hear stories related from their own home kitchens. Our Reeves-Reed family connecting with each and every one of their families. Magical.

The magic doesn't stop there. In my mind, if the kitchen is the heart of the home, then by extension, Reeves-Reed Arboretum is the heart of the community. The laughter from the summer camps has already spread into the cooler autumn months thanks to our recent Great American Backyard Campout. As the RRA staff prepares for our annual visit of "green goats", the expectation of delight created by these hooved visitors is already in the air. 
Let the stories and the magic travel from our kitchen to yours, from our home to yours, and from our hearts to yours.

To all of you, our Reeves-Reed family and friends, a bountiful and fanciful fall. 
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Adult Events  
Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden: 
Beer, Bourbon & Bacon
Friday, October 19 from 7 :00 pm to 9:30 pm

Enjoy the true pleasures of the South with RRA's next Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden. Sample juicy strips of bacon between sips of craft beer from Lagunitas and artisanal bourbon from Jersey Spirits. The chefs of David Ellis Events will be offering delights from a bacon infused menu to pair with tastings of the finest brews and whiskey.

Members receive a $25 discount per person on this event!

Please click here to register!

Mohonk Mountain House
Friday, October 26

Tucked away at the top of the Shawangunk Ridge and with over 85 miles of trails and a pristine mountain lake, Mohonk Mountain House offers spectacular views of an incredible fall landscape.

Trip includes:
  • round trip bus ride and entrance to the grounds
  • private tour of the grounds
  • lunch in the main dining room featuring locally-sourced Hudson Valley fare
  • 15% discount at the gift shop or greenhouse garden shop
  • complimentary tea and cookies before departure
  • Mohonk souvenir for memories of your unforgettable day
Bus departs from the Grand Summit Hotel at 9:00 am and departs Mohonk Mountain House at 4:00 p.m.
Any questions, please contact our Office Manager, Doreen Schindler at or 908-273-8787 ext. 1010. 

For more information, please click here.

Local Action/Global Impact Sustainability Series
Before the Flood
Documentary Screening & Reception

Saturday, November 3 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Please join us for the screening of the documentary Before the Flood, the third installment of our Local Action, Global Impact Sustainability Series. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change as well as the actions we as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.
Light refreshments will be served immediately following the conclusion of the film.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Please click here to register!

Family Programs

Arboretum Explorers: Merrill Creek Reservoir Kayak Tour (easy)
(for ages 10 and up)
Saturday, October 27 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Surrounding Merrill Creek (located in Warren County) is over 2000 acres of forests and fields, making this reservoir feel wonderfully isolated. In the fall, the shorelines are bursting with color making you feel as though you are paddling in a painting. A wonderful way to spend an autumn afternoon! For more information and to register, please contact Director of Education, Jackie Kondel, at

Children's Programs  
Oaks and Acorns
(for children ages 3-5 with an adult)
Wednesday, October 3 from 1 :00 pm to 2:00 pm

Our weekly program continues this week with a class on evergreens! 

Please click here  for more information and to register.

Kids Can Cook: Spooky Treats
(for children ages 5-10)
Wednesday, October 24 from 4 :00 pm to 5:30 pm

Come join us for a howling good time at RRA as we make spooky seasonal treats! Registration is required. 

Please click here  for more information and to register.

Let's Get Growing for Kids:
Garden Scavenger Hunt!
(for children ages 5-10)
Saturday, October 27 from 9 :00 am to 10:30 am

On the grounds of the Arboretum, we will search high and low for special hidden items. When our hunt is over, we'll head to the historic Wisner House kitchen to enjoy a special Fall treat.  R egistration is required. 

Please click here to register. 

NJEA Mini-Camps 
(for children ages 5-8)
Thursday, November 8 from 9 :00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, November 9 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

These mini-camps, offered during the NJEA convention, provide children with an opportunity to spend time outside exploring and learning in a fun and exciting way! Through games, crafts, stories and hikes children will learn all about animals' special features and behaviors. Sign up for one day or take advantage of the $25 savings by signing up for both Thursday and Friday! Please use the promo code "MULTI" when registering online to receive the discount. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  

Please click on the title below for more information and to register.

Discovery Saturdays
Most Saturdays from  9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Our weekly drop-in program, Discovery Saturdays, focuses this week on BATS!  No registration required.

Please click here for a listing of topics.

Adult Program
Women's Life School Series:
Balancing Better
(for all women)
Wednesday, October 24 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Every moment is spoken for and overflowing. You feel out of balance, as if your time is not your own. You're doing it all, but you know it could be better. In this workshop, you'll get some very clear steps on how to make decisions that serve you! 

Please click here for more information and to register. Registration is required.
Other News
Ground Force Volunteers
Most Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from  9:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Monday sessions, as well as Thursdays and Saturdays, to help the horticultural staff maintain and enhance the  beauty of our grounds and gardens!

For dates, details and registration, please click here.

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The Wild Horses of Sable Island

An extraordinary photographic journey captured by internationally acclaimed artist, photographer and environmentalist

Roberto Dutesco

On display at Wisner House through October 28.

Please click here for more information on this exhibit.


Santa Fe: through the lens of
Marilyn Pfaltz

 Photographs of eternally blue skies, beautiful multi-tone landscape palette and a colorful culture.

At the Hat Tavern
 in the Grand Summit Hotel

The artist will donate 100% of art sales to
Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, New Jersey  07901



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