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Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, Millburn-Short Hills Chinese Association and MHS Environmental and International Clubs Host Lunar New Year Celebration

Everyone enjoyed the Lion Dance at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum's second annual Lunar New Year celebration. Credits: Regina Truitt
Arboretum Environmental Educator, Eric Jackson, shows a Corn Snake to interested attendees. Credits: Regina Truitt
The Lion greets visitors of all ages at the second annual Lunar New Year celebration. Credits: Regina Truitt
The Lion leads marchers through the Arboretum's woodlands making lots of noise to frighten away bad spirits! Credits: Regina Truitt
Attendees enjoy the Lion Dance at the second annual Lunar New Year celebration Credits: Regina Truitt
Environmental Educator, Wendi Mulvey, shows a Box Turtle to interested attendees at the Lunar New Year celebration at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum. Credits: Regina Truitt
Families enjoyed making and decoration Lunar New Year crafts at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum's Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Credits: Regina Truitt
Attendees enjoy delicious food donated by the Millburn - Short Hills Chinese Association along with sweet cookies baked by Short Hills' own, Erin Moore. Credits: Regina Truitt
Arboretum Environmental Educator, Wendi Mulvey, shows one of the Arboretum's bunnies "Holly" to an admirer. Credits: Regina Truitt
Everyone enjoyed meeting the friendly Lion at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum's second annual Lunar New Year celebration. Credits: Regina Truitt

In spite of gloomy weather, spirits were high on Sunday, January 22, as the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, in partnership with the Chinese Association of Millburn-Short Hills and members from Millburn High School’s Environmental and International Clubs, hosted the second annual Lunar New Year and Welcome Spring Celebration at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills. Attendees enjoyed games, crafts, stories and, to everyone’s delight, a parade with a traditional ceremonial “lion” through the arboretum’s woodlands led by professionals from the Wushu-Kung Fu Fitness Center. The annual celebration was held one week prior to the actual start of Chinese New Year as the Arboretum is set for a major renovation of its animal exhibit area beginning January 28, 2017. For more information about the excellent nature learning opportunities (camps, programs and events) for all ages, please visit

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