Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning and Land Use | GROUP EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS

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Free Tot Walks

Nature Studies
Environmental Education
Outdoor Skills
Lectures & Presentations
Craft Workshops
Scouting Programs
Next Generation Science Standards School Programs

Name this turtle and win a free group program!

Kids will be hands on to explore the various topics and elements of our Environmental Series


The Parks have recently acquired a Red-eared Slider, a pet trade turtle.  She needs a name that reflects her role in teaching the importance of research prior to pet purchases, as well as why we should not release pets into the wild. 

School classes and scout groups can submit name suggestions to Laura ( by March 31 (one name per group). 

The winning group will get a free program before the end of the school year. 


NEW FOR 2019:

Group requestable nature programs are now available in the summer as well as during the school year!

Call us at 908-782-1158 and ask for Laura to set up a program for your summer camp or recreation program!


Call (908) 782-1158 to speak with a naturalist or recreation leader to set up a program. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • the program/topic you are interested in
  • Potential dates for the program
  • which park area you wish to visit
  • the age and number of participants (minimum six)
  • name, phone number, and email address of a contact person

Programs can be tailored to the age and specific needs of the group. Event topics, schedules, and costs are subject to change at the discretion of the Division of Parks & Recreation.




We have 30 park areas around the County which can be used for certain programs. Many programs take place at: the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 State Highway 31, Lebanon), Echo Hill Park (42 Lilac Drive, Flemington), Teetertown Preserve (30 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray), or Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington).

Offsite programs can take place at a public location such as a school or church, but not at a private home.




Make sure your group is ready to learn and have fun during their park visit. For outdoor programs, encourage all participants (including chaperones) to dress for the weather.  Please let your group know that the program leaders expect all visitors to respect our parks and each other.




NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Programs:  Visual & Performing Arts, Comprehensive Health & Physical Education, Social Studies, Technology and 21st-Century Life and Careers

Next Generation Science Standards and Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Programs:  Includes Nature Studies, Environmental Issues, Indoor Explorations and more.

Please contact our staff for additional information on Programs for Educators by calling 908-782-1158 or emailing



The Division of Parks and Recreation sponsors many scout group education programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We have many ways that scouts (and other groups) can be involved such as volunteering. Activities include trail maintenance, picking up litter, assisting with festivals, CITs at summer camps, Eagle projects, and Gold Award projects. Please visit our website and click on “Volunteer Opportunities” or call us for more information.

Scouts and other groups may camp at Echo Hill Park or Teetertown Preserve with a permit issued through the Parks office. Family camping is also available at Teetertown. Visit our website and click on “Reservable Facilities” or call us for more information.

Download our Scouting Brochure.




Your group will visit with a Park Naturalist for a new lesson once a month. Each lesson will last an hour and is designed to fit into a seasonal theme. There are nine themes covering three school years.

Lessons focus on the relationships that exist between fauna, flora and humans. Each lesson includes instruction, group activities and 'homework'. We use a hands on approach and visual aids to reinforce the students abilities in not only science, but also math, language arts and social skills. We will be more than happy to discuss any lesson with you in advance or provide a program outline for you to review.  We can also provide resource information for follow up activities.

Your group is not committed to attend each month's lesson, although each lesson tends to build on the previous lessons. you can select those sessions that are best suited for your group.

For additional information contact our staff at 908-782-1158, email and download our Home Schooled Groups Programs brochure.




Other Group Programs consist of Lectures & Presentations, Basketry, Pottery and other Craft Workshops, Nature Studies, Outdoor Skills, Outreach Programs and much much more...




The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation is dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources, providing safe parks and facilities, and offering educational  and recreational opportunities, all contributing to an enhanced quality of life for present and future generations.




It is the policy of the County to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities upon advance notice of need. Persons requiring accommodations should make a request at least two weeks prior to program attendance.




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:

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