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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND PROGRAMS IN THE NEWS!!

Turtle TimeMUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES

Thursday, June 28th through Thursday, August 16th at 7pm, Deer Path Park. The entertainment line up is as follows:

  • June 28th: Hunterdon Symphony
  • July 5th: Citigrass
  • July 12th: Hutnerdon Harmonizers
  • July 19th: Slippery When Wet
  • July 26th: Best of the Eagles
  • August 2nd: Captain Billy Joel Tribute
  • August 9th: Frontiers
  • August 16th: The Morristones

Click here for more information about the Hunterdon County Parks Division Annual Concert Under the Stars Music Series.

Living with Black BearsKNOW THE BEAR FACTS!

Black Bears in New Jersey - from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Black bears are the largest land mammal in New Jersey. They are an integral part of the state's natural heritage and a vital component of healthy ecosystems.

Since the 1980s the Garden State's black bear population has been increasing and expanding its range both southward and eastward from the forested areas of northwestern New Jersey. Within the most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are thriving and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey's counties.

Division of Fish and Wildlife personnel use an integrated approach to managing New Jersey's black bear population, fostering coexistence between people and bears.

The most common bear problem New Jersey's residents experience is black bears getting into their garbage. Bears are attracted to neighborhoods by garbage odors, so properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in your community.

Residents are encouraged to work within their community to make sure all garbage is secured and kept away from bears. For tips on proper garbage management and coexisting with bears, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts_avoid.htm

Leave Fawns Be - 99% o f the time they are not abandonedHAVE YOU FOUND AN 'ABANDONED' FAWN?

PLEASE - Do Not Disturb!!!

This fawn is not abandoned, their behavior is to hide and not move when threatened. Sometimes their mothers will leave them in a ‘safe’ place so they can forage for food and return to their babies at a later time.

If you see a fawn laying by itself please do not touch it, the mother is near-by and she will be back for it. This may become a common practice for the mother, she may leave it in the same area again for several days.

If in doubt please give us a call to speak to one of our Naturalists or Rangers at 908-782-1158.

Turtle mating season - follow guidelines or just leave alone... TURTLE TIME!!!

Why did the turtle cross the road?!?

Because it was probably a pregnant female looking for a nesting site!


It’s that time of the year again, folks! Every year, from late spring into the early fall, its turtle nesting season for the various types of turtles in Hunterdon County! As you can imagine, they tend to be even a bit feistier and more mobile at this time. This means that there is a higher chance of pregnant (gravid) females crossing roads in an effort to find somewhere to nest. These soon-to-be moms will venture farther away from bodies of water in order to find soft, loose, loamy soil to lay their eggs in. They will deposit the eggs into a cavity about seven inches into the ground and carefully cover them up. This can be done several times in the season, most often at dawn or dusk.

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Hunterdon County Community DayCOMMUNITY EVENT TO BE HELD AT SOUTH COUNTY PARK

SAVE THE DATE!!     June 2, 2018

The 5th Annual Hunterdon County Community Day
South County Park (County Fairgrounds)
1207 Route 179 in Ringoes, NJ
Saturday, June 2, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Food - Music - Games!

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!

For more information visit www.hunterdonchamber.org or call the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce at 908-782-7115

GUIDELINES for GNOME & FAIRY HOUSES on the COLUMBIA TRAILOUTDOORS WITH ANDRE:  DISCOVERING GNOMES ON THE COLUMBIA TRAIL

  • Built from organic materials only ( no plastics/no cardboard )
  • Footprint, height/width not to exceed any more than a 12 inch squared area
  • All homes and structures to reside outside a 25 foot right of way. (12.5 feet on each side of center line of trail)
  • No more than 10 structures per 100 feet of trail (clustered or spaced)
  • No clearing /damage to live vegetation ( no nails in trees or permanent attachments)
  • No hanging or suspended structures / all structures at ground level
  • Small figurines are permitted in structure
  • No profanity
  • It is the responsibility of the individuals placing gnomes/homes to maintain & remove it when decay is evident.
  • A once yearly clearing of any decaying materials will be conducted by Hunterdon County Parks with notice on the trail to the public.
  • The Gnomes/Fairies are accepted and enjoyed by the residents and pedestrian traffic of the Columbia Trail, however Hunterdon County reserves the right to remove any structures within the park property which do not adhere to these guidelines.

NATIONAL TRAILS DAYVOLUNTEER EVENT - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY RIVER CLEANUP

The American Hiking Society established the first National Trails Day in 1993 to highlight the importance of the National Trails System and to enhance its quality and accessibility for the general public. Soon after that, the first Saturday of June became known as National Trails Day and focused around various trail events.

This year, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will be hosting our Annual National Trails Day Event on Saturday, June 2nd from 8:00am to 12:30pm. The event being held is a river clean-up by canoe, on the South Branch of the Raritan River. We will gather at the County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31 in Lebanon. Volunteers are required to participate in a safety talk as well as a canoe lesson before departing for the assigned locations on the river.

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HUNTERDON COUNTY HEALTH DIVISION:
East Asian Tick NOT a Threat to People
TICK FEARS UNFOUNDED

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Tadhgh Rainey, Division Head at Hunterdon County's Health Department and a leading entomologist, hosted a Facebook Live interview discussing the invasive East Asian Tick which was first spotted last year at a farm in Hunterdon County.

For more information, please contact Mr. Rainey at 908-788-1351 or email him at trainey@co.hunterdon.nj.us

2017 Annual ReportCOUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION 2017 ANNUAL REPORT

SUMMARY OF:

  • Visitor Services
  • Events
  • Programs
  • Shared Services Achievements
  • Blue Bird House Monitoring
  • Ranger Division Operations
  • Division Head and Office Duties and Operations
  • Heron Glen Golf Course
  • Horticulture Section

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County Press Release (April 24, 2018): Hunterdon Parks and Recreation Report: More Programs for Residents and Visitors than Ever Before

 

Hunterdon County Parks Division Park Naturalist Round Table MeetingHUNTERDON HOSTS NJ PARK NATURALIST ROUND TABLE MEETING

On April 6, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation hosted an in-house workshop on environmental and public issues challenging the Park Departments of New Jersey. Along with the Hunterdon Naturalist Staff, 18 other naturalists and environmentalists from Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Burlington, Essex, Bucks County – PA, New Jersey State Parks, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, and the Stony Brook & Milestone Watershed gathered to learn and share knowledge. The topics included; teaching youths with special needs, coexisting with Coyotes, threats related to the Emerald Ash Borer, and updates on the diseases and concerns surrounding the tick species found in New Jersey.

While representatives from Hunterdon presented many of the topics, we gained insight and constructive criticism from how our neighboring and surrounding counties are handling, or would handle their approaches to these issues. The networking and camaraderie that developed during this workshop will benefit our public as our resource pool expands with new friends and colleagues from around the state. We hope that this gathering will become an annual affair with each organization taking a turn to host the event.

For additional information, please contact Hunterdon County Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard at 908-782-1158 or email him at tsheppard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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Patrick Eckard, Recreation LeaderMEET PATRICK ECKARD, Hunterdon County Parks Recreation Leader
January 2018 Program Update

My name is Patrick Eckard, and I am a Recreation Leader at the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation. I have worked for the County for a total of 16 years, 6 years with the Parks. I grew up in Hunterdon County and I have a background in First Aid, camping, hiking, trail work, and canoeing/kayaking.  I am an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with two Hunterdon County Rescue Squads.  I am also a First Aid and CPR instructor with the American Heart Association. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, helping people, and reading.  Here at the Parks I have many job titles.  I am in charge of our Canoeing Hunterdon’s Waterways program, which is my favorite. The program includes canoeing as well as kayaking, which I love to do.

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LOCAL GIRL SCOUT COMPLETES HER GOLD AWARD MAINTAINING SEVERAL KESTRAL BOXES IN HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS - www.youtube.com

Girl Scout and Dickenson College Student (Environmental Sciences Study) Rachael Czerna completed here Gold Award Project in the Spring/Summer of 2017 at various Hunterdon County Parks.

Her project was to assess the conditions of (and if needed repair/replace) several Kestrel Boxes.

Click to play the video to the right to hear Racheal talk about the American Kestrel and her project or view on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/sJs7Fm2z-iw

NJ.COM PHOTO - WILDERNESS FIRST AID TRAINING - BOY SCOUTSBOY SCOUTS TAKE PART IN WILDERNESS FIRST AID TRAINING - www.nj.com

Boy Scout leaders from town across Hunterdon County and Bucks County in Pennsylvania were joined by staff of the Hunterdon County Park System for a weekend of Wilderness First Aid Training at the Echo Hill Environmental Education Center.  

The two-day class focused on injuries and illnesses common in remote outdoor settings and wilderness adventures, such as backpacking, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing and mountain biking.

Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions were followed by a two-hour "final exam" where Venturers from Crew 6194 served as the patients.

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New County Parks Director Dan BushHUNTERDON FREEHOLDERS CHOOSE EXPERIENCED COUNTY SUPERVISOR AS PARKS DIRECTOR

The Hunterdon County Freeholders, fulfilling their goal of joining experience with vision in a new Parks Director, have named Holland Township’s Dan Bush, a 23-year veteran of Hunterdon County service, including 13 years in Public Works’ supervisory positions, as the County’s new Parks Division Head.

Freeholder Director John E. Lanza stated, “Our over 8600 acres of parkland, owned or managed by Hunterdon County, are arguably the County’s most prized and valuable asset, therefore, the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of the parks and parks programming are a priority for the Freeholder Board. That is why the selection of the right Parks Director is so significant. And Dan Bush is that right choice, as he brings together the two vital components necessary for successful parks management; experience and vision.”

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OUTDOORS WITH ANDRE:  DISCOVERING GNOMES ON THE COLUMBIA TRAILOUTDOORS WITH ANDRE: DISCOVERING GNOMES ON THE COLUMBIA TRAIL

Hey, everybody, thanks for checking us out. We're launching a YouTube video channel, "Outdoors with Andre." It will be my chance to highlight the amazing things happening outdoors all across the Garden State.

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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