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Summer Nature Camper learn about insects

 

 

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SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS-IN-TRAINING (CITs)
The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation is looking for
teens ages 14 and older

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SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

IMPORTANT: SUMMER NATURE CAMP PROGRAM REGISTRATION & FORMS

Our Summer Nature Program (SNP) is a drop-off opportunity for kids entering kindergarten through grade 8 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.  Participants and parents alike rave about SNP, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings. 

Leaders for the Summer Nature Program are instructed in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10-12 participants depending on session and location, with each leader being aided by an assistant.  Special canoeing instructors host the paddling clinics and canoe trips with our older participants. 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill and the Teetertown Nature Preserve.  Echo Hill is located on Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located on Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes northwest of Clinton.  Both sites offer wonderful and diverse habitats for the children to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

Note that SNP is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  SNP will not be held on Friday, July 3, Independence Day observance.  These sessions are pro-rated.

NATURE BUGS | NATURE DISCOVERY | PIONEERS

JUNIOR EXPLORERS | SENIOR EXPLORERS

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Nature Bugs

The Nature Bugs showing off their captured bugs.

NATURE BUGS

Ages: Children entering kindergarten
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: $125
One-Week Sessions:
A. July 20 to 24
B. August 3 to 7
The Nature Bugs program is the perfect half-day adventure for your young nature enthusiast.  Our full-time Park Naturalists teach about local plants and animals through hikes, observations, crafts, and games.  A safe and fun way to foster your child’s interest in the natural environment. 

Nature Discovery

Nature Discovery and Pioneers build shelters in the woods.

NATURE DISCOVERY

Ages: Children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $190 (B Session: $170)
One-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to June 26
B. June 29 to July 2
C. July 6 to July 10
D. July 13 to July 17
E. July 20 to July 24
F. July 27 to July 31
G. August 3 to August 7
H. August 10 to August 14

This full-day program allows children to explore all the wonders that the parks have to offer.  From searching for wildlife to toasting s’mores, Nature Discovery participants enjoy a great introduction to the world outdoors.

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Nature Bugs

Pioneers learning the basics of trees
and how to ID them.

PIONEERS

Ages: Children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $190 (B Session: $170)
One-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to June 26
B. June 29 to July 2
C. July 6 to July 10
D. July 13 to July 17
E. July 20 to July 24
F. July 27 to July 31
G. August 3 to August 7
H. August 10 to August 14
Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

JUNIOR EXPORERS

Ages: Children entering grades 5 & 6
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Cost: $345 (A Session $325)
Two-Week Sessions:
A1. June 22 to July 2
A2. June 22 to July 2 (Echo Hill only)
B1. July 6 to July 17
B2. July 6 to July 17 (Echo Hill only)
C1. July 20 to July 31
C2. July 20 to July 31 (Echo Hill only)
D1. August 3 to August 14
D2. August 3 to August 14 (Echo Hill only)
Please note that “1” and “2” reflects that there are two separate groups (total of 20 participants) scheduled for each session of Junior Explorers at Echo Hill only.  Teetertown only hosts one group. 
These two-week sessions give children the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.”  Juniors learn basic canoeing skills on the park ponds before embarking on a day trip on a reservoir.  A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature beyond the County Parks. 

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SENIOR EXPLORERS

Senior Explorers
Ages: Children entering grades 7 & 8
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days.
Cost: $345 (A Session $325)
Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to July 2
B. July 6 to July 17
C. July 20 to July 31
D. August 3 to August 14

Senior Explorers continue to expand their environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building activities, paddling clinics, river canoeing, and a field trip are all important components of the Senior Explorers program. 

 

 

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

Attention: Date changes for Summer Nature Program Lottery

Registration for the Summer Nature Program is conducted via a lottery system.  Download a registration form from our website, or pick one up at the Arboretum.  Please take note of the following information: 

  1. The regular Parks Division program registration form cannot be used for Summer Nature Program.

  2. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 15 (note date change), or delivered to the Arboretum in person by 4:30 PM on this date.  All applications must be completed in full with payment.

  3. Please complete a separate registration form for each child.  You may send the forms for your children together in one envelope. 

  4. We cannot arrange to place unrelated children in the same sessions.

  5. Applications are selected through a random drawing.

  6. Applicants will be notified by mail.  Unsuccessful applicants receive a full refund.

  7. Any spaces left in the program will be available during walk-in registration beginning Wednesday, April 22 (note date change) at 8:00 AM. 

  8. Children may initially enroll in only one session.  On Monday, April 27 (note date change), participants can be enrolled in additional sessions as available. 

  9. All cancellations by participants must be in writing.  Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of your child’s session will not receive a refund. 

  10. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED, OR NEARLY FILLED, DURING THE LOTTERY.  PLEASE APPLY THROUGH THE LOTTERY.
 

SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS

IMPORTANT: SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS REGISTRATION AND FORMS

3-DAY BASKETRY CAMP CRAFT CAMP PERFORMANCE CAMP

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP

ORCHESTRA CAMP

HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS

SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS REGISTRATION AND FORMS

NOTE: If a session is sold out and you are still interested, please call to be placed on our wait list

 


BASKET CAMP

Experience this very useful art.

3-DAY BASKETRY CAMP

Dates: Monday to Wednesday, June 29 to July 1
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 10 to 15 (drop-off program)
Cost: $96 (includes materials)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood Fulmer

Come and explore how to make baskets and create unique and very useful pieces of art.  In this camp we will explore different basket making techniques and materials. 

Students will make three different baskets, each with their personal color design choice.

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CRAFT CAMP
Create one-of-a-kind masterpieces in Craft Camp!

CRAFT CAMP

Dates: Monday to Friday, July 6 to July 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 12 (drop-off program)
Cost: $160 (includes materials)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood Fulmer

This unique program will expose your child to a multitude of crafts.  Young artists will immerse themselves creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  An eclectic mix of artistic media such as clay, felt, gourds, tile, wood, rocks, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance designing with things from nature. 

Campers should bring a drink, snack, and lunch.  We encourage reusable containers.  Send children in “old” clothing and shoes that can get a little dirty. 

 

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PERFORMANCE CAMP

PEFORMANCE CAMP PEFORMANCE CAMP PEFORMANCE CAMP

Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

Session A: Monday to Friday, July 13 to July 17, children entering grades 2 to 5 (drop-off program)
Session B: Monday to Friday, July 20 to July 24, children entering grades 6 to 9 (drop-off program)
Time: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM *please note the time change.
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $200

Children love this Performance Camp taught by Flying Ship Productions, who combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Campers will have the opportunity to stage a musical.  The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a performance for family and friends at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 5:30, followed by a cast party (families will be asked to bring food to share). 

In addition to working on the musical, campers will create the set, make small craft projects, and enjoy water games! 

Comments from parents of former Performance Campers:

“This was my son’s favorite camp,”

“We loved the show on Friday Eve!, and, 

“It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”

 

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ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Session A: Monday to Friday, July 27 to July 31
Session B: Monday to Friday, August 3 to August 7

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM     
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 10 (drop-off program)
Cost: $110 (includes materials)
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen.

 

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ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: Monday to Friday, July 27 to July 31
Session B: Monday to Friday, August 3 to August 7
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 15 (drop-off program)
Cost: $110 (includes materials)
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen. 

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP


THEATRE CAMP

You will create theatre!

Dates: Monday to Friday, August 17 to 21
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 to 12 (drop-off program)
Cost: $150
Instructor: Joe Nowosielski, www.artstechsolutions.com

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the campers; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  We focus this class on listening, not only to the other actors, but also to the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM.  Campers should bring a drink and lunch.

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ORCHESTRA CAMP

Date: Tuesday through Friday, July 7 to 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: TBA
Ages: entering grades 7 to 12 (drop-off program)
Cost: $190

Orchestra Camp is excellent opportunity for students to work in small-group situations, as well as working together as a full orchestra.  The Hunterdon Youth Orchestra will perform on Friday night on the last day of camp for family and friends.  Please note which instrument your child plays when you register; sorry, no piano.  Led by the Hunterdon Symphony. 

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LEGO CAMP
Junior Golf Camps Available at Heron Glen Golf Course

HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS

Heron Glen Golf Course offers summer junior golf camps for children ages 7-16 who want to develop their skills in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.  The camps include lessons on the full swing, short game, and putting, as well as fun games and prizes. 

Lunch and camp goodie bags included. 

Visit www.heronglen.com for dates, pricing, and registration.   

 

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