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Popular Teddy Bear Parade Returning to Short Hills, Sept. 9

Participants enjoy the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum grounds after the Teddy Bear Parade. Credits: Regina Truitt
Dr. Whitman proclaims this bear to be "beary healthy!" Credits: Regina Truitt

SHORT HILLS, NJ - The teddy bears are coming back and will parade once more. The second annual Teddy Bear Parade takes place at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills on Saturday, September 9. Residents and surrounding community members are encouraged to bring their favorite fluffy friend for a special snack, adventurous stories and a visit to our Bear Hospital. Make sure your furry friend is in tip top shape and have them declared "Beary Healthy!"

Join the fun for an educational parade through the woods as bear and owner discover nature in the Arboretum's beautiful woodlands. 

Register you and your special stuffed friend online today at  Price: Member $10/Person Non-Member: $12/Person. 

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The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary (CHA) is a non-profit organization located in Short Hills, New Jersey. The origin of the CHA goes back to a gift of land that Stewart Hartshorn made to his daughter, Cora L. Hartshorn, in 1923. Cora developed the area as a place where wild things could grow without harm and where people could come to enjoy them. The “Stone House” was designed by Architect Bernhardt E. Muller, built using trap rock from Stewart Hartshorn’s quarry in Springfield, NJ and completed in 1933.

Cora Hartshorn died in 1958 and willed the CHA to Millburn Township. Through the efforts of the Short Hills Garden Club, in 1961 an Arboretum Association was formed to work with the Township in order to protect the area. Building renovations were completed in 2007, which included kitchen and lab facility, bird observatory, and office space. Today, the CHA includes 16.45 acres of woodlands, 3 miles of trails, and a diversity of floral and faunal species. Our woodland volunteers take great care to ensure that plant species indigenous to New Jersey are predominant.

The arboretum's goal is to promote an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment through programs that integrate arts, science, and the humanities. We provide many educational opportunities from school field trips, scout programs, family programs, adult workshops, summer camp, and more.

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