Snow people, built by children in an "Oaks and Acorns" class.
Grounds open to the public daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Please practice social distancing
From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

As each week goes by, I am amazed at the number of programs that we are adding to our calendar. Our outstanding team of educators and horticulturists has been busy developing a range of programs to appeal to all interests. From in-person programs conducted outdoors or in well ventilated spaces, socially distanced, and masked, to virtual programs, I am proud of the way our team has risen to the challenge of finding ways to stay connected and provide quality programming to the community. Be sure to check out our calendar, and register early since space is limited.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for my favorite activity, the Maple Sugaring Fest! This annual outdoor event will be held on Sunday, February 28 and is something the whole family will enjoy. See below for all the details.

Until next time,
Maple Sugaring Fest
Sunday, February 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a brisk winter afternoon learning the steps involved in turning tree sap into delicious maple syrup. The whole family will enjoy spending the day outdoors, hiking on our trails, and learning something new!

This event will have staggered entry times (1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:00 pm). While pre-registration is not required, it is strongly recommended to ensure entry. Please be sure that you have signed up for the correct time slot, as changing will be based on availability. Please do not arrive before the time you are registered for. (Rain date: March 7)

Member registration is open! Non-member registration begins February 15.
Children's Education
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Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 23 - May 20,
10:00 - 11:30 am
(for children ages 6-10)

Calling all homeschoolers! Join us for our spring semester of environmental science classes. Learn through experience as we take in the beauty of nature while exploring the grounds of the Arboretum! Each week focuses on a different topic (Tuesday lessons are repeated on Thursday).

It's that time of the year again! Our 2021 Summer Camp offerings are up on our website. Check out all the fun we have in store for you this year! Member registration begins March 1. Non-member registration begins March 15.
Adult Education
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Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
(for adults)

Learn how to use bird foods, bird feeders, water and shelter to attract the widest variety of birds, as well as how to identify the common and not so common birds that may visit your feeder. This program will be offered virtually by Executive Director, Jackie Kondel. Registration is required.
Saturday, February 13, 2:00 pm
(ages 10 and up)

Join Executive Director, Jackie Kondel, for a snowshoe walk in our winter wonderland at the Arboretum! Enjoy the snow covered gardens and trails, and the beauty of the garden in winter. New to snowshoeing? We have a limited number of snowshoes for rent ($10 per pair). Registration is required. Contact Irene Druskin at separately to reserve your snowshoes.
Wednesday, March 10, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
(for adults)

Want abundant blooms and healthier plants? Join Deputy Director of Horticulture Julieanne Frascinella (via Zoom) as she demystifies the principles of pruning, demonstrates proper pruning techniques for boxwoods, roses, hydrangeas and more.

Union County Master Gardeners receive CEU's and member pricing. Please call 908-273-8787 x 1920 to register.
Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(for adults)

Learn a simple and efficient method of gardening which will have you growing all the fresh vegetables, herbs and edible flowers you want with less effort and the most efficient use of space and time.

Union County Master Gardeners will receive one hour continuing education unit (CEU) for this program and are eligible to receive the member rate. Please call (908) 273-8787 x1920 to register.
Volunteer Opportunities
Love Working with Children? Volunteer Today!

We are looking for volunteers who love working with children, either in the kitchen or in the garden…..or both!

At the Arboretum, we are offering exciting, educational classes to young children who enjoy cooking (Kids Can Cook), as well as those interested in gardening (Let’s Get Growing). We need a few volunteers to help our Educators during these fun classes.

Upcoming dates include:
  • Let’s Get Growing on February 20 and March 20. The class runs from 9:30 - 11:00 am and takes place outside or in our new tented classroom. 
  • Kids Can Cook on February 10 and 11, as well as March 10 and 31. The class runs from 4:00 - 5:30 pm and takes place in the Wisner House, following strict safety guidelines. Some of these classes will also be Zoom classes.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with any these classes, or you have any questions, email or call 908-273-8787 x1616.

Join the Horticulture Department as they continue their winter “housekeeping” both indoors and out! Sessions will be held Saturdays and Mondays from 2:00 pm through 4:00 pm.

Tasks may include cutting down the Daffodil Bowl, organizing the barn, planting daffodil bulbs, tool maintenance, snow-removal, raking leaves, and pruning of shrubs and roses.

To register, go to or email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at

Please note: For your safety, all tools and gloves are washed and sanitized, and masks are required. You are also free to bring your own gloves and tools.
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Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-8787
Grounds Open: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily (November - March)
7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily (April - October)
Programs and events at RRA are made possible, in part, by support from:
Novartis; Lois Schneider Realtor; Bartlett Tree Experts; Hall's Garden Center & Florist; Infantini Landscaping; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation; E.J. Grassmann Trust; Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation; The Summit Foundation; Hyde & Watson Foundation; Union Foundation; Kessler Foundation; Garden Clubs of America; Summit Garden Club; Junior League of Summit; Villani Bus Company; NJ Historic Trust; Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; DEP/Green Acres Grant Program; and the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Community Renewal.

Special thanks to our media sponsors including TapInto, Summit Living, and Renna Media.

Signature membership activities for 2021 are underwritten with generous support from Investors Bank.