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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND PROGRAMS IN THE NEWS!!

GROUP NATURE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER

For the first time this year, the requestable group nature programs that have always been available during the school year are now available during the summer as well!  These programs are perfect for summer camps and recreation programs, as well as other groups that continue to meet in the summer like garden clubs, Moms clubs, and youth groups.

Both field trips to the Hunterdon County Parks and programs that can travel to your location are available.  Field trips include Nature Walk, Animal Clues, Birding, Incredible Insects, Amazing Adaptations, Pond or Stream Study, and Plant Study.  Most of these last 60-90 minutes and cost $30 for the group.  Most programs take place at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, Echo Hill Park, and Teetertown Preserve, but they can be conducted in any County park.  Some may even be able to be conducted on your property, depending on your set-up. 

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Childrens Art with Lena ShiffmanCHILDREN'S ART AT THE COUNTY ARBORETUM WITH INSTURCTOR LENA SHIFFMNA

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 17 – December 29 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 5 ‐ February 16 (no class 1/19)
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Loca􀆟on: Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Rt. 31 North, Lebanon)
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $84 (includes materials)

STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS‐IN‐TRAINING
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 17 – December 29 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 5 ‐ February 16 (no class 1/19)
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Loca􀆟on: Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Rt. 31 North, Lebanon)
Ages: 11 to 17
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS WITH THE DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION

FRESH GREENS AT CHRISTMAS TIME
Session A: Wednesday, December 5
Time 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Session B: Thursday, December 6
Time 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 14 through adult
PROJECT LEARNING TREE EDUCATOR WORKSHOP
Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: adults
Cost: $20 (cost includes lunch)
Guest instructor: Gina Provenzano, NJ PLT Coordinator
CLIMATE CHANGE
Date: Thursday, January 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: free!
Guest presenter: Hal Benz

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Childrens Art with Lena ShiffmanCHILDREN'S ART AT THE COUNTY ARBORETUM WITH INSTURCTOR LENA SHIFFMNA

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 17 – December 29 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 5 ‐ February 16 (no class 1/19)
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Loca􀆟on: Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Rt. 31 North, Lebanon)
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $84 (includes materials)

STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS‐IN‐TRAINING
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 17 – December 29 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 5 ‐ February 16 (no class 1/19)
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Loca􀆟on: Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Rt. 31 North, Lebanon)
Ages: 11 to 17
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

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FALL TROUT FISHING IN NEW JERSEY

Fall Trout Fishing in New JerseyFall trout-stocking has become of the most popular stocking programs offered by Fish and Wildlife, particularly since 2006 when the Division began stocking only larger two-year old trout. Anglers enjoy the additional fish provided by the Division as well as the opportunity to fish the waters of New Jersey during one of the most beautiful times of year.

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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER PROGRAMS WITH CHIEF PARK NATURALIST TOM SHEPPARD OF HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION

October-November Programs with Chief Park Naturalist Tom SheppardURANUS & THE EVENING SKY
Date: Friday, October 26 (Rain Date: Saturday, October 27)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park

BUILD A SCREECH OWL BOX WORKSHOP
Date: Thursday, November 8th
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge

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ADULT ART CLASSES WITH INSTRUCTOR CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Art with Charles David VieraBEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE DRAWING AND PAINTING
Session A: Six Wednesdays, September 26 – November 7 (no class 10/17)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, November 14 – Dec. 19
Session C: Six Wednesdays, January 9 – February 13
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Arboretum, adults, $140 (materials not included)

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INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING
Session A: Six Fridays, September 28 – November 2
Session B: Six Fridays, November 16 – December 28 (no class 11/23)
Session C: Six Fridays, January 11 – February 15
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Arboretum, adults, $140 (materials not included

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October ProgramsOctober Programs with Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush of Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation

FORESTRY SCOUTING MERIT BADGE
Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

TOT WALKS: SEEDS
Thursday, October 18, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, October 19, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, October 19, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

NATURE OF THE NIGHT HALLOWEEN HIKE & CAMPFIRE
Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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Eagle Display at the Hunterdon County ArboretumBald Eagle Display at the Hunterdon County Arboretum

Our taxidermy mount of an adult Bald Eagle has arrived and is now on public display at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31 North, Lebanon, NJ.

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation, compared to other county parks is a small one, but we are mighty, and good at what we do. The care and dedication our staff puts into our everyday operations, through trips, programs, special events, concerts and nature camps, brings in thousands of people every year.  Now, each park visitor can revel in the fact that they are responsible for our request to have a Bald Eagle on display being granted. We could not have gotten this regal bird without them.

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Fall Fun with the ParksFall Fun with Hunterdon County Parks

The summer is almost over but the fun is always occurring at Hunterdon County Parks! We have a volunteer opportunity coming up on Public Lands Day to get your hands dirty and help us repair trails at Wescott on September 22. You can bring your bike over for a Bicycle Safety Check at Echo Hill on September 23 or join Senior Park Naturalist, Laura Bush on a backpacking trip in Bear Mountain State Park from September 29 & 30th. You still have time to catch a canoe trip on the Delaware Sept 23, October 1 or 27th. Leave everything to us, we drive and supply the canoes, paddles and life vests!

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Heron Glen Golf CourseHERON GLEN GOLF COURSE #PDWEEK - AUGUST 20TH TO AUGUST 26TH

Free clinics during the week of August 20th to August 26th

For more information visit www.heronglen.com

Square DancingSQUARE DANCING: MORE FUN THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!

September is National Square Dance month and the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club and The Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation have a perfect way to celebrate ... a square dance open house! Square dancing offers a total mind and body workout and is a great form of exercise and stress relief. An evening of square dancing can equal 3 to 5 miles of walking and burn 300 to 800 calories. If you can walk to music, you can learn to square dance. Eight dancers work together in each square, executing moves announced by the caller to music from classic rock to top 40, country, Latin, show tunes and "oldies."

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2018 Summer Nature ProgramMOST SIGN UPS EVER FOR HUNTERDON SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM FOR KIDS

The Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation Division’s Summer Nature Programs will have the largest ever level of participation of school children this summer, County Parks Director Dan Bush reported at the Board of Freeholders’ meeting, in East Amwell on June 19th.

Bush told the Freeholders, “Currently we have 540 school age children, our most ever, enrolled in our Summer Nature Programs, including environmental camp, the Senior and Junior explorers, Pioneer/Nature Discovery programs and even four sessions on Nature Bugs.

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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS - SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM2018 Summer Nature Program

Dear Parents:

If you are still making plans for your child’s summer, the Park’s Summer Nature Program (SNP) may be what you are looking for. SNP is more than just a summer camp. It will expose and teach your child about our surrounding environment while still offering summer fun. The program is offered simultaneously at Echo Hill Park and Teetertown Preserve. While space may be limited for certain weeks and locations, there are still plenty of opportunities available for your child to be involved in these exciting and educational programs.

For youth entering freshman or sophomore year of High School, we still have space in our Environmental Camp at Teetertown Preserve. This program is an intensive 2 week session that serves to expose your child to ecological stewardship in different corners of the state. Two overnights and a field trip will take your child to the Delaware Water Gap, NJ Pinelands and the Jersey Coast at Sandy Hook. The dates of this program are June 25-July 6 and the cost is $355.

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HUNTEDON COUNTY COMMUNITY DAY TURNED 5 THIS WEEKEND (6/4/2018)2018 Summer Nature Program

FROM: WWW.NJ.COM/HUNTERDON

 

The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Hunterdon County held its fifth annual Hunterdon County Community Day on Saturday (June 2, 2018) at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds/South County Park in the Ringoes section of East Amwell.

Since 2014, The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and the county have been hosting Community Day, featuring local businesses and non-profit organizations.

"Hunterdon County Community Day has truly become a place where we can showcase and celebrate all the great towns, organizations, non-profits, the business community and great resources of Hunterdon County," Chris Phelan, president of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, said in advance of this years event.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT ON NJ.COM

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: Hit-and-run 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 Rachel 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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