Educational Pre-School Programs

Pre-School Programs We Currently Offer

In partnership with Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is pleased to offer Growing Good Health, a FREE historic garden-based program focusing on:

  • gardening
  • healthy eating
  • exercise
  • creative time outdoors
  • sustainability
  • history
  • community

Programs held onsite in our garden and classroom:

  • National Public Gardens Day
  • Maintenance of the kitchen garden June through July
  • Activities engaging preschool groups and after-care programs September through May
  • Ready, Set, Grow! A Garden Visit: Enjoy time outdoors in a 2-acre landscaped garden with pollinator beds, vegetable beds and flower garden on land once owned by George Macculloch (1775-1858). Activities include helping tend and harvest vegetables and herbs, touring the historic kitchen and learning how food was prepared, and preparing a healthy snack with a nutritionist. Program length: 90 minutes

Programs held offsite in your classroom:

  • Honeybees: Alive in the Hive sharing the wonders of the honeybee and offering activities such as storytelling, building a honeycomb model, trying tools of the Beekeeper, and making a bee book.
  • Earthworms: Healthy Soil, Healthy Food learning about the life of an earthworm: their love of soil and their role in sustaining healthy plants and produce, offering activities such as storytelling, observing live “red wigglers,” preparing food for the earthworms, and learning about composting
  • Color by Nature: Natural Fibers & Plant Dyes learning about how cotton, wool, and flax are transformed from fiber to yarn using early textile tools and offering activities such as storytelling, preparing plant material for solar dyeing activity, and discovering natural fibers.

Program length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

The goal of Growing Good Health is to engage the full community with the historic gardens in a sustainable, integrated garden experience through creative learning and volunteer opportunities.

Virtual programs are available FREE to community partners but must be scheduled. To become a community partner, to schedule a virtual program, or for more information please contact Cynthia Winslow, Curator of Education and Community Engagement at (973) 538-2404, ext. 103 or cwinslow@maccullochhall.org.

A year-round program for 2 to 5 year olds and their caregivers, this program includes a story and additional resources to learn more.

Join us the first and third Tuesday of the month in person at the museum at 10:30 a.m. or on Facebook Live at 2:00 p.m. to listen in. In person programs are $10 per child and free for members.

Lunch with the Librarian programLunch with the Librarian returns Wednesdays in July and August at 12:00pm. FREE. Pre-school children and their caregivers are encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy stories under the Museum’s magnificent beech tree. Please enter the garden through the side gate. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the MHHM’s Center Hall. In partnership with the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

Summer Garden Program for Youth and Adults

Through hands-on gardening, a tour of the Museum’s historic rooms, and an art-making experience with New Jersey artist, Lisa Madson, participants enjoy nature while learning about life in the past.

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! garden program offers a variety of experiences:

  • Cultivate and care for a kitchen garden
  • Create art with New Jersey artist Lisa Madson
  • Explore history and nature in the historic 2-acre garden

All ages. Children accompanied by parent/guardian.

Check the Museum's events calendar for spring and summer dates!

FREE but pre-registration is required. Pre-register online through the website Event page.

Program made possible through the generous funding of The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation.