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Last Updated April 17, 2015
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EVENTS
CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY NATURE PROGRAMS - updated 04/17/15
EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS - updated 03/13/15
BIRDING TRIPS - updated 03/11/15
PARK VAN AND BUS TRIPS - updated 02/19/15
RECREATION PROGRAMS
SQUARE DANCING
WEEKEND CAMPING TRIPS
HISTORY THROUGH AERIALPHOTOGRAPY
GARDENING PROGRAMS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
ADULT ART CLASSES
CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES updated 02/19/15
ADULT BASKETY WORKSHOPS
CHILDREN'S BASKETRY WORKSHOPS
CRAFT WORKSHOPS
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
SUMMER RECREATION AND HORITCULTURE CAMPS
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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HUNTERDON COUNTY
DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Department of Land Use and Facilities Management
PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN & FAMILIES
 
Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Address: County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
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EVENTS:
Maple Surgaring Living History Program - Starts in March
15th Annual Earth Day Celebration of the Four Elements - April 7 to April 22
Invasive Plant Pull - A Volunteer Opportunity!! - May 30th

 

MAPLE SURGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

 

Download Our Brochure - MAKING MAPLE SYRUP

MAPLE SAP COLLECTON
Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $3
Ages: 5 through adult

One aspect of Maple Sugaring that is not really covered during our March Maple Sugaring program is collecting the sap.  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come find out and participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (ten minutes).

This program will also be available to organized groups during weekdays in February or early March—please call us to schedule a group. 

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Date: Saturday, March 14 Due to the predicted rain on Saturday our open house will be held on Sunday, the 15th
Rain date: Sunday, March 15 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration is not required.

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AND OTHER ORGANIZED GROUPS
Dates: Wednesday through Friday, March 11-13
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tours begin every 30 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration required; call (908) 782-1158.
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $1 per person suggested donation
Ages: All

Native Americans discovered the sweet quality of sugar maple sap before written history.  For hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, Native Americans would set up camp in a stand of sugar maples during the sap run.  The sugar they produced was an important food for them and for the colonists, who learned the process from the Native Americans.  It was only during the 1930s when maple sugar took the form we use today: syrup!

Experience first-hand the North American tradition of maple sugaring at Hunterdon County’s Maple Sugaring Program.  You’ll take a trip through time to experience the art of the sugaring process.  Along the way you will see an early American Frontiersman taping his trees, visit a sugar “farmer” at his evaporator, and enjoy a Native American story about the discovery of maple sap.  At the end of the walk, everyone will get a free taste of real maple syrup on a silver dollar pancake. 

Tom Sheppard tends the stove and shows visitors how to make maple syrup
Tom Sheppard tends the stove and shows visitors how to make maple syrup

MAPLE SUGAR TO GO
Let us bring the program to your location! 
$50 for the group. 
Call 908-782-1158 for information

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION:
Have your group help us collect sap!  On weekdays throughout February, we will schedule groups to walk to the Sugar Bush to visit our tapped trees and to collect the sap.  Experience a different part of Maple Sugaring!  Call us to schedule your group.  Echo Hill, 1 hour, 6-25 people, ages 5 to adult (kids with adult help), $30 for the group.

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15TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY
CELEBRATION OF THE FOUR ELEMENTS
Dominic Rizzo from Rizzo’s Reptiles shows the crowd a snake at a previous Earth Day event.
Dominic Rizzo from Rizzo’s Reptiles shows the crowd a snake at a previous Earth Day event. 

Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: all
Cost: free!

Join the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation as we celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  This year, our Earth Day Celebration will span four days with each day dedicated to one of the four elements: fire, water, air, and earth.  Over the four dates we will highlight our affiliated organizations, each presenting a program and information for you.  There will be make-it-take-it crafts each day.  Talented youth from a multitude of 4H clubs will be sharing their passions, be it archery, robotics, Seeing Eye dogs, animals, or many more.  Each day will include an educational, environmental component. 

PRE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY
Participants will need to enroll for each day they plan to attend, as well sign up for a canoeing timeslot for Saturday.  To enroll, call our office at (908) 782-1158 (no registration form necessary).  We will be adding more activities in the coming months, and will update our website and email list announcing the additions!

DAY ONE: FIRE - SOLD OUT!


Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Please arrive by 6:15 PM)

On the day of Fire, there will be a round robin of three stations; participants will meet in the parking lot where a Parks staff will assign them to their starting station.  Try your hand at shooting arrows, after a short safety and how-to talk with members of the 4H shooting club, the Dead Eyes!  Gather around the fire for some storytelling, a Native American talking stick craft, and a campfire snack on the upper field.  Join our affiliated group, the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club, to watch some square dancing demonstrations and try it yourself! 

DAY TWO: WATER


Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Paddle a canoe on the Echo Hill Pond led by members of our affiliate, the Hunterdon County Canoe Club.  Pick the brains of Hunterdon Parks’ canoe staff while learning more about the sport and water safety.  If that is not to your interest, come play in the creek and look for critters during a stream study led by folks from the New Jersey Water Authority.  Be prepared to get wet for either option!  Make a rain stick and/or rain gauge but hope we don’t have rain that day.  

DAY THREE: AIR


Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Join us for a day with air and things that fly.  Mercer County Wildlife Center will conduct a presentation with live birds.  HART will do a presentation on Sustainable Transportation.  HART is dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Hunterdon County by working with commuters, employers, and communities.  Get up close and cozy with some live bees presented by the New Jersey Beekeepers Association and experience a honey hive and learn about Bees For Gardening!  Make a wind sock craft project and more.

DAY FOUR: Earth


Date: Wednesday, April 22, EARTH DAY
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Please arrive by 6:15 PM)

The Hunterdon Hiking Club, one of our affiliated organizations, will be presenting a program focused on the book Last Child in the Woods.  This program will describe what fun, beautiful, and awesome miracles our great planet offers.  You can join our Park Naturalist and hiking club members for a short hike around Echo Hill.  A thermometer craft will be offered (adult participation necessary).  And don’t miss the conclusion with a live reptiles presentation from Rizzo’s Reptiles. 

While the event ends on the official Earth Day, we hope you remember that every day is Earth Day and as stewards of this planet, we are a piece of the puzzle so please do what you can do to help keep our Earth healthy! 

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INVASIVE PLANT PULL
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!!

 

Volunteers and staff remove invasives along the South Branch of the Raritan River during the 2014 Invasive Plant Pull.
Volunteers and staff remove invasives along the South Branch of the Raritan River during the 2014 Invasive Plant Pull.

Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Stanton Station; meet at Echo Hill
Cost: Free!
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

This spring, we will combat invasive Japanese wisteria at Stanton Station.  We will use loppers and hand saws to cut this vine down from the trees that it has climbed.  Volunteers may bring their own gloves, loppers, or hand saws, but we will have tools available as well.  Come help with this important effort!  Please arrive a few minutes early to enjoy a light breakfast at Echo Hill before carpooling to the small satellite parking area of Stanton Station.  When we are finished, we will return to Echo Hill to enjoy a full lunch. 

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CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY NATURE PROGRAMS
Spring Break Camp
Spring Nature Club for Kids at Echo Hill
Spring Nature Club for Kids At Teetertown
Tot Walks
Afterschool Program for Grades 1-4 NEW! Sold Out

 

SPRING BREAK CAMP


Date: Wednesday, April 1 or April 8
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $25 per child per day

Spring Break Camp will involve camp favorites like shelter building!

Spring Break Camp will involve camp favorites like shelter building!

Session A: April 1
Hummingbirds A1: Grades K-2, April 1
Hummingbirds A2: Grades K-2, April 1
Warblers A: Grades 3-5, April 1

Session B: April 8
Hummingbirds B1: Grades K-2, April 8
Hummingbirds B2: Grades K-2, April 8
Warblers B: Grades 3-5, April 8

Do you miss camp?  Never been but want to try it out for a day?  Join the naturalist staff for a day of summer nature camp fun over spring break!  We will revisit traditional camp favorites such as catching insects, shelter building, and s’mores.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle, as well as shoes that can get wet and a change of shoes/pants for a stream study.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine.  Registration notes: There are two different days, Session A (April 1) and Session B (April 8).  Please indicate which day and age group you would like.  There are two groups for grades K-2 on each day, and we will split up campers by the order in which they sign up. 

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SPRING NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

 

Our popular spring nature club will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  In this drop-off program, a professional Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill or Teetertown.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects. The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 

Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures in order to spend more time inside. 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
For each child, a registration form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.  Included on the form are the date of last tetanus shot, known allergies, and special care notes; please have this information ready.  Each session is limited to ten children to ensure a quality experience for the participants.  The Division of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment, and give a full refund. 

Session A
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, March 31 to May 19
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session B
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, March 31 to May 19
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session C
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, March 31 to May 19
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

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SPRING NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN

 

Birds, flowers, and insects are some of the exciting topics in our Spring Nature Club!

Birds, flowers, and insects are some of the exciting topics in our Spring Nature Club!

Our popular spring nature club will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  In this drop-off program, a professional Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill or Teetertown.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects. The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 

Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures in order to spend more time inside. 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
For each child, a registration form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.  Included on the form are the date of last tetanus shot, known allergies, and special care notes; please have this information ready.  Each session is limited to ten children to ensure a quality experience for the participants.  The Division of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment, and give a full refund. 

Session A
Dates: Seven Thursdays, April 9 to May 21
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session B
Dates: Seven Thursdays, April 9 to May 21
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Photo: Nature Club Birding

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TOT WALKS


Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free

Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  Sign up for one, two, or all three!

BIRDS: Friday, March 27
FLOWERS: Friday, April 24 - sorry sold out
FROGS: Friday, May 15- sorry sold out

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AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR GRADES 1-4 NEW!


Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: first through fourth graders
Cost: $5 per child per lesson

For the first time in years, we are offering an afterschool drop-off program for kids in grades one through four.  Our lesson will focus on outdoor time to explore the various habitats at Echo Hill.  We will also provide a snack.  Please make sure children are dressed for the weather, as we will meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we will shorten our outdoor time and spend more time inside the lodge.  We will meet once a month, but sign up individually for one, two, or all three lessons. 

THE FOREST: Wednesday, March 18 - sorry sold out
THE FIELD: Wednesday, April 29 - sorry sold out
THE STREAM: Wednesday, May 20 - sorry sold out

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HISTORY THROUGH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Hunterdon From Above - March 6th
There Used to Be A Railroad Here - March 20th
New Jersey From Above - March 27th

 

HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE


HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE
Date: Friday, March 6
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 through adult
Cost: $3

This presentation highlights the changing landscape of Hunterdon County from 1930 to the present using comparative interpretation of images from the aerial photograph library of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  Retired from the NJDEP’S Green Acres Program, presenter Mike McCann’s job was researching the history of land being considered for purchase by the state.  He spent numerous hours examining aerial photography under a microscope, researching records and maps, and interviewing long-time residents.  Mike is eager to share his extensive knowledge.  The striking visuals and intriguing narration of the slideshow highlight the transition from the farm fields, orchards, forest, railroads, and small towns of rural Hunterdon to the present-day environment of houses, malls, and roadways.

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THERE USED TO BE A RAILROAD


Date: Friday, March 20
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: 15 through adult
Cost: $3

New Jersey and railroads go way back, all the way to 1815 when the state granted John Stevens of Hoboken the first railroad charter in the U.S.  Although Stevens’ New Jersey Railroad was never constructed, the Camden & Amboy Railroad, under the direction of Stevens’ sons, began service between South Amboy and Bordentown in 1833, the first of many railroads to lay track across the Garden State.  In There Used to be a Railroad, Mike McCann reaches into his twenty years of experience researching the Department of Environmental Protection’s aerial photo library to provide a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone—one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail.

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NEW JERSEY FROM ABOVE


Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 through adult
Cost: $3

Take a flight through time over the lost landscapes of New Jersey of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.  Flight legs include “No Plate Like Home for the Waterways,” depicting the rise of minor league ball parks in Atlantic City, Bridgewater, Camden, Newark and Trenton; “We Are Not Amused,” the decline of amusement parks at Atlantic Highlands, Burlington Island, Cliffside Park, Lake Hopatcong, and Pattenburg;   “Jersey Firsts” featuring such things as the first traffic circle, first drive-in movie theater, the first U.S.-licensed commercial distillery,the only elephant in the world you can go through and come out alive”; and the first airplane engine to fly across the Atlantic!

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
Owls - February 9th (rescheduled from the 2nd)
Aquatic Mammals - February 19th
Maple Sap Collection - February 28th
Winter Tracking - February 28th (rescheduled from 1/24)
Rain Barrel Workshop - March 18th (snow date: March 25th)
Building a Bluebird Box Workshop - March 19th cancelled
Woodcock Watch - March 23rd
Birding Point Mountain - April 25th
Owls for the Environment - May 4th
Evening with the Planets - May 8th - sorry sold out

 

OWLS


Date: Monday, February 9 (rescheduled from the 2nd)
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3

Come learn about these nocturnal birds of prey.  We will find out what kinds of owls live in Hunterdon County in a slide show, view some taxidermy specimens, and dissect owl pellets to find out what owls eat. 

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AQUATIC MAMMALS


Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

Join Chief Naturalist Tom Sheppard to learn about the four mammals of Hunterdon County that are linked to our waterways and ponds.  Through the use of slides, mounted specimens, furs, and other artifacts, we will gain an insight into the lives of Muskrats, Beavers, Mink, and River Otters.

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MAPLE SAP COLLECTION
Help us collect sap and participate in the process of Maple Sugaring!

Help us collect sap and participate in the process of Maple Sugaring!

 

Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $3
Ages: 5 through adult

One aspect of Maple Sugaring that is not really covered during our March Maple Sugaring program is collecting the sap.  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come find out and participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (ten minutes).

This program will also be available to organized groups during weekdays in February or early March—please call us to schedule a group. 

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WINTER TRACKING

 

Date: Saturday, February 28th (rescheduled for January 24th)
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill playground
All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

A recent snowfall is the best time to look for animal tracks.  Although much of our wildlife is nocturnal and we do not always see it, we can see what animals are around us by the clues they leave behind.  Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon for a tracking hike around Echo Hill Park.  Please dress for the weather.  If there is no snow, we will look for tracks in the mud, and other signs of wildlife. 

 

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RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

 

Last’s year’s Rain Barrel Workshop was a great success!  We learned about rain gardens and conserving water, and built our own barrels!

Last’s year’s Rain Barrel Workshop was a great success!  We learned about rain gardens and conserving water, and built our own barrels!

Date: Wednesday, March 18 (snow date: March 25)
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 13 through adult
Cost: $50 per barrel (includes materials) or $8 to attend the presentation and not create a rain barrel

Lauren Theis and Alexandra Walczak of Raritan Headwaters Association will show us the importance of rain barrels in saving water, and will teach us how to use them effectively.  For those who are interested, Lauren and Alexandra will lead us in creating a rain barrel ($50 option). 

To attend the presentation and receive literature but not create a rain barrel, the cost is $8.  We will also learn about rain gardens, and participants will receive a free packet of native wildflower seeds. 

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BUILD A BLUEBIRD BOX WORKSHOP


Join us and build a bluebird house to attract these beautiful birds to your yard!

Join us and build a bluebird house to attract these beautiful birds to your yard!

SORRY CANCELLED

Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $15 per box (limit one box per family) 

Welcome bluebirds to your home by building and installing a nesting box for them.  During this program, we will learn about our Eastern Bluebirds and the challenges they face.  We will then assemble boxes together. 

Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own Phillips screwdrivers. 

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WOODCOCK WATCH


Date: Monday, March 23
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Tower Hill springhouse
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

American Woodcocks inhabit our wet fields and have one of the most fascinating courtship behaviors of any New Jersey bird.  As the sun sets on warm March evenings, the males begin to call for females and then take to the sky in a dizzying dance.  Come witness this spectacle for yourself!  Meet at the Tower Hill springhouse (944 Mountain View Rd, Asbury). 

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BIRDING POINT MOUNTAIN


Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Point Mountain, Point Mtn Road parking area
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

Point Mountain in the spring is a great place to look for migrating birds, including warblers and thrushes.  Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon for a walk along the river in this beautiful park to see and hear some of our avian friends!  For birders of any skill level.  Binoculars are available to borrow.  Meet at the main parking area (80 Point Mountain Road, Washington, Lebanon Township). 

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OWLS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT


Date: Monday, May 4
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: children in kindergarten through fourth grade (accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child (adult attends for free)

Nathan Charron, the Environmental Educator from HART Commuter Information Services, will be our guest presenter for this program.  HART is dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Hunterdon County by working with commuters, employers, and communities.  Nathan will use a children’s book about owls to teach how transportation and energy choices can impact not only the environment but personal health as well.  We will then transition to a matching game to reinforce concepts in the book.  Each family will also create an air quality tester to take home at the end of the program. 

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EVENING WITH THE PLANETS
Jupiter (shown here in a telescope) is one of the three planets we hope to see on May 8!

Jupiter (shown here in a telescope) is one of the three planets we hope to see on May 8! 

Date: Friday, May 8 - sorry sold out
Time: 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3
Guest Leaders: John Andrews & Wayne Petko

John & Wayne are both astronomers with the New Jersey Astronomical Association based at the observatory in Voorhees State Park.  They have volunteered to share their evening with us and share the wonders of the evening sky. 

On this night, three of the five planets visible from Earth with naked eye are in position to be seen: Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  We will view each of them in the telescope.  Hopefully the sky will darken quickly, so we can attempt to view some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.  Time permitting, John and Wayne will show us some of the other hidden wonders in the galaxy.

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WEEKEND BIRDING VAN TRIPS & WALKS
BIRD WALKS:
Tuesday Afternoons - April 28th to May 26th
Thursday Mornings - April 9th to May 28th
WEEKEND VAN TRIPS:
Tundra Swans and Watering Ducks - February 15th (rescheduled from the 8th)
Middle Creek WMA & Woodcock - March 7th
Belleplain & Heislerville - April 19th
Three National Wildlife Refuges Overnighter - May 23rd SOLD OUT
Sussex County Birds - June 6th
Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County - July 5th


THURSDAY MORNING / TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIRD WALKS

Take an early morning stroll or an afternoon walk with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we look for the spring migrants and local breeding birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are in abundance, as well as to observe other signs of the spring season.  This is a great chance to brush up on your song identification skills.  Binoculars are available to borrow.
Cost: free, pre-registration is required. 
Ages: Adults

THURSDAY MORNING WALKS TUESDAY AFTERNOON WALKS


Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Dates & Locations:

April 9:            Assiscong Marsh
April 16:          Deer Path Park Soccer Lot
April 23:          Hunterdon County Arboretum
April 30:          Bernadette Morales/Uplands
May 7:             Echo Hill Park
May 14:           Sunnyside Picnic Area
May 21:           Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 28:           Hoffman Park


Time:  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Dates & Locations:

April 28:          Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 5:             Echo Hill Park
May 12:           Hunterdon County Arboretum
May 19:           Hoffman Park
May 26:           Bernadette Morales/Uplands

 

 

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WEEKEND VAN TRIPS:

The following bird trips are led by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist.  Tom and his colleagues focus on helping all participants learn about the birds, and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species.  They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas the group is visiting.  Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed.  If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, please feel free to bring them.  Binoculars are available for loan.  Trips are designed for adults, but mature youths under 18 can contact Tom for approval.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Transportation is by County Park vans.  All trips meet at the County Arboretum.  Trips are recommended for any interested birder at all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated.  Pre-registration is required.

TUNDRA SWANS AND WINTERING DUCKS

Date: Sunday, February 8 15th (rescheduled due to bad weather)
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

Join us on a southern loop through Central NJ for Swans and Wintering Ducks.  We will first look for Tundra Swans in Whitesbog, a traditional wintering site for the birds.  From there, we will come back north to the Trenton Marsh and walk the trails for wintering ducks.  The marsh has always hosted large rafts of ducks, including Shovelers and Teal.

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MIDDLE CREEK WMA & WOODCOCK

Let’s scan a new location for

Let’s scan a new location for
waterfowl this year!

Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost: $25

March is a time for waterfowl.  This year we will journey into Pennsylvania and visit one of the top 100 sites in PA—Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County.  We will explore their self-guided driving tour over several hours.  Before concluding our day, we will make a stop at a Hunterdon County park at sunset to attempt to view breeding and calling woodcocks. 

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BELLEPLAIN & HEISLERVILLE

Pete Bacinski of NJ Audubon: All Things Birds will be our guest leader for a south Jersey trip!

Pete Bacinski of NJ Audubon: All Things Birds will be our guest leader for a south Jersey trip!

Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $35
Guest Leader: Pete Bacinski of All Things Birds

Pete is the Program Director for All Things Birds, a subunit of NJ Audubon that specializes in birding excursions.  Pete has been birding in NJ for over 25 years and is well-known in the birding community.  After stepping in to host last year’s trip, he has offered to take us to Belleplain State Park and Heislerville Wildlife Management Area, two key birding locations in Southern NJ. 

Join us for an all-day excursion looking for NJ southern specialties such as the Summer Tanager and Prothonotary Warbler.

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3 NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES OVERNIGHTER
Visit three National Wildlife Refuges on a weekend birding adventure!

Visit three National Wildlife Refuges on a weekend birding adventure!

SORRY SOLD OUT
Depart: Saturday, May 23 at 6:30 AM
Return: Sunday, May 24 at approx 4:00 PM
Cost: $130 (price based on single participants sharing a room)
Note: Limit of 8 people on this trip

Join us for a trip down into the state of Delaware.  We leave early to ensure plenty of birding time for our destinations.  Participants should pack a lunch.  Once away, our first stop will be the John Heinz NWR south of Philadelphia.  We will walk around for an hour or so and search the marshes.  Once in Delaware, we will spend the rest of the afternoon birding in Prime Hook NWR before checking into the Days Inn in Seaford.  We will do some inland birding before we pick a restaurant for a late dinner.  The next morning, we will head out after the continental breakfast for Bombay Hook NWR to finish off our excursion.  We will then head for home with a stop for lunch on the way. 

Note:  While participants do not have to be expert birders, they should understand basic birding skills.  Therefore, participants need to have been on two previous birding excursions.  Limited seating is available; participants need to limit themselves to one bag for their personal belongs (not counting scopes or binoculars).

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SUSSEX COUNTY BIRDS

Cerulean Warbler was one of our best finds last year in Sussex County.

Cerulean Warbler was one of our best finds last year in Sussex County.

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25

Most participants on Sussex trips of years past consider this destination one of the best.  With potential birds like Canada and Cerulean Warblers, Pileated Woodpeckers, and Northern Ravens, it is easy to see why.  Sussex County is just great for northern nesting birds.  We will be visiting portions of Stokes State Forest and High Point State Park.  Moderate to difficult walking required.  PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START, which will put us in the field at prime time for birding. 

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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

The Eastern Towhee is one of the breeding birds we expect to see during the July trip. 

The Eastern Towhee is one of the breeding birds we expect to see during the July trip. 

Date: Sunday, July 5
Time: 6:00 AM to noon
Cost: $20

Hunterdon has a rich variety of nesting birds.  Last year we went through the western edge of the county.  Prior to this trip, we will scout some of the best spots in the county, such as Hoffman Park, Spruce Run Reservoir, and Voorhees State Park.  However, the route of the trip may change at the last moment depending on reports and findings. 

We hope to see Bobolinks, a variety of warblers, and more.  Two miles of hiking may be required. 

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PARK AND VAN TIPS
Sahara Sam's Oasis (Indoor Water Park) - February 7th
2015 Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip - March 3rd - sold out
Eastern State Penitentiary Day Trip and Lunch - March 21st
Bronx Zoo Trip - April 11th
Mural Mile Walk (South), Guided Tour in Philadelphia - April 26th
Amesbury Furnace Lecture and Tour - May 3rd
Covered Bridges of Bucks County (East) - May 9th
Pennsylvania Gourd Festival - June 19th
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire - September 12th

 

SAHARA SAM'S OASIS - INDOOR WATER PARK

 

Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $35

Need a break from winter?  Join us for a nice 84-degree day with low humidity at New Jersey’s only indoor water park.  Enjoy the flow river (surfing simulator), slides, a 3,000 square foot arcade, and so much more.  Have lunch at the Desert Palms Café (lunch not included).  Rental lockers are available on a first come, first served basis.  Please bring your own towel.  Locker rooms are available for changing.  No outside food allowed.  For more information about Sahara Sam's Oasis visit: Saharasams.com

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2015 PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW BUS TRIP

 

The exhibit at the entrance to last year’s Philadelphia Flower Show was quite impressive. This year we will visit the show again, with an At the Movies theme! 

The exhibit at the entrance to last year’s Philadelphia Flower Show was quite impressive.  This year we will visit the show again, with an At the Movies theme! 

SORRY SOLD OUT

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Leaves from Deer Path Park
Ages: Adults
Cost: $65 (includes admission & coach bus ride)

Sit back and relax as we take you by coach bus to the famous Philadelphia Flower Show!  The 2015 Flower Show will pay tribute to At the Movies, so come and enjoy movie scenes depicted in flowers!  You can shop for plants and gifts, sample wines, and attend various seminars.  For lunch, consider visiting the Reading Terminal Market across the street (on your own).  For more information on this year’s theme, visit www.theflowershow.com

Photo from photos.visitphilly.com

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EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY DAY TRIP AND LUNCH

 

 

The exhibit at the entrance to last year’s Philadelphia Flower Show was quite impressive. This year we will visit the show again, with an At the Movies theme! 

Let’s take a trip to Eastern State Penitentiary and then eat lunch at Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant!

Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)

Join us for a visit to Philadelphia’s famous prison, Eastern State Penitentiary.  In 1829 Eastern State Penitentiary opened, becoming one of the most expensive American buildings of its day and soon the most famous prison in the world.  Over the years there have been many escapes, riots, and of course, some very famous prisoners.  Join us in exploring the history of the Eastern State Penitentiary with a guided tour and then lunch at Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, which is situated in a 19th century firehouse.  Lunch will include soup or salad, choice of five different entrées, dessert, and soft drinks.  Transport is by Parks van.

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BRONX ZOO TRIP

 

Spend a day seeing hundreds of animals from around the world at the Bronx Zoo!

Spend a day seeing hundreds of animals from around the world at the Bronx Zoo!

Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 (includes admission and additional attractions mentioned below)

Join the Parks Division as we travel to the Bronx Zoo.  This is the world’s largest urban zoo with more than 600 species from around the globe!  Get up close with mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects.  Learn about their natural history, biology, cultural roles, and conservation status.  Enjoy the total experience at the zoo which includes the Butterfly Garden, the Children’s Zoo, the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Zoo Shuttle, the 4-D Theatre, Jungle World, and others.  You will have about five hours to enjoy yourself. 

You can eat lunch in the Dancing Crane Café or at the Terrace Café (lunch not included).  There are many stands throughout the zoo offering snacks and also many tables available for you to eat your own boxed lunch. 

So why not leave the driving and parking to us and spend a day at the Bronx Zoo?  Transport is by Parks van.  

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MURAL MILE WALK (SOUTH), GUIDED TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA

 

 

Let’s visit the “City of Murals” and take a walking tour! Photo from www.muralarts.org.

Let’s visit the “City of Murals” and take a walking tour!  Photo from www.muralarts.org.

Date: Sunday, April 26
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults
Cost: $35

Since 1984, Mural Arts has created over 3,500 murals and works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”  This 2.5-mile walking tour is led by a trained guide who provides insight on the organization’s history and mission, mural-making process, and details on its award-winning art education and community engagement programs.  The group will walk south of Market Street to Lombard Street and back along the recently revitalized 13th street corridor, a different tour route than the Parks’ trip took last spring. 

The guide will share the stories of the people, places, and themes of the twelve murals along the way, and teach about the culture of the neighborhoods and how the murals compliment their environment. 

Please sign-up by April 8th.  After that, call for availability at (908) 782-1158. 

After the tour, participants will have an hour of free time to buy lunch at the Reading Terminal Market.  We will travel in a 15-passenger van; you are welcome to bring a drink and snack for the ride.  Wear good walking shoes and layered clothing and bring an umbrella; tours run rain or shine! 

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AMESBURY FURNACE LECTURE/TOUR

 

Date: Sunday, May 3
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults
Cost: $23 (includes pizza)

One of the most important colonial industries in north Jersey and the United States as a whole was the charcoal iron industry.  Of the few remaining furnaces that once dotted the iron-rich Highlands, Amesbury, although in ruins, is a historical jewel.  On our exploratory expedition we will discover the remains and learn about the workings of a typical charcoal blast furnace, which has been left untouched for 150+ years.  The program will begin with a short lecture and pizza and iced tea for lunch.  Then the group will travel in our 15-passenger van to visit the historic ruins of Amesbury Furnace in Clinton Township.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear for a two-mile hike with some difficult terrain.  Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo.

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COVERED BRIDGES of BUCKS COUNTY (EAST)

 

Visit this and five other covered bridges of Bucks County! Photo from www.visitbuckscounty.com. 

Visit this and five other covered bridges of Bucks County! 
Photo from www.visitbuckscounty.com

Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults
Cost: $20

Circling through beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, step back in time on this scenic tour exploring 19th century covered bridges.  Twelve covered bridges are all that remain of the fifty built in historic Bucks County.  Some say that they provided shelter for the traveler.  Others say that they protected animals from their natural fear of crossing water, while still others say that the roof kept winter snows off the flooring.  The more romantically inclined called them “kissing bridges” or even “wishing bridges.”  Actually, the roof was designed to protect the supporting beams on either side from being ravaged by the weather.  When thus covered, the bridge had a much longer life expectancy.  

Grab a seat in the Hunterdon Parks fifteen passenger van and we will visit six covered bridges located in eastern Bucks County, and the Stover-Myers Mill.  Please pack a lunch, dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for short hikes.  Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo.

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PENNSYLVANIA GOURD FESTIVAL

 

Date: Friday, June 19
Time: estimated 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Leave from Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults
Cost: $25 (workshop fees are additional)

This year’s Gourd Festival is scheduled to be held at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center & Fairgrounds, Lebanon, PA.  This event features free demonstrations, gourd suppliers, gourd art work, craft suppliers, classes, a silent auction, and the Pennsylvania Gourd Society Members’ Gallery. 

We will be traveling in the Parks’ 15-passenger van; it is a two-hour trip one way.  The plan is for the group to take a gourd class (optional) during the festival.  The exact trip timing will be determined when the class schedule is released; visit www.pagourdsociety.org for upcoming information about classes. There will be food available to buy and you can pack snacks for the van ride. 

Further information will be released via our email list and on our website.

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PENNSYLVANIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE

 

Date: Saturday, September 12
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: 9 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $42 for ages 12 through adult, $26 for children 9 to 11
Participants must sign-up by September 9th. 

The castle gates swing wide open for 13 weekends of mirth and merriment amidst jousting knights and royal delights! A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters fill the Shire with music, dancing, and more!  With over 90 stage shows daily, 22 Royal Kitchens, and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Renaissance Faire invites guests to immerse themselves in our 35-acre village and experience the fantasy!  There will be numerous activities for kids and adults alike, so the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is truly a festival for the whole family!

To learn more, visit www.parenfaire.com.  We will travel in the Parks’ 15-passenger van; it is a two-hour trip one way.  There will be food available for you to purchase and you can pack snacks for the van ride.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
39TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES - starts June 25th
FREE RECREATION WALKS - Starts March 25th
BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM - February 24th
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE - March 3rd
FISHING CLINIC - April 14th

 

39TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARTS FREE CONCERT PROGRAM

 

Visit this and five other covered bridges of Bucks County! Photo from www.visitbuckscounty.com. 

We are looking for performers for this year’s Music Under the Stars Free Concert Series!

Dates: Thursdays, June 25 to August 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington

We hope everyone enjoyed last summer’s concert series and once again, a great big thank you to the Hunterdon Tricentennial Celebration Committee for sponsoring the concerts and the fireworks!  This year the concerts will run every Thursday from June 25 through August 13.  We are looking for entertainers; if you would like to be considered please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us before March 27. 

Watch our Music Under the Stars Concert page for updated information.

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FREE RECREATION WALKS

 

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM  
Ages: adults
Cost: Free; please pre-register

Locations and dates:

March 25: Wescott Nature Preserve, satellite parking, 63 Strimples Mill Road, Stockton
April 8: Hoffman Park, 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton
April 22: Pine Hill Section of the South Branch Reservation, 34 Pine Hill Road, Annandale
May 6: Riverfield Section of the South Branch Reservation, 1738 Route 31, Clinton
May 20: Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner
June 3: Bernadette Morales/Uplands Reserve, 103 Capner Street, Flemington

Meet Patrick Eckard at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trail systems.  He will tell you the history of each park as you get some fresh air and exercise.  Then come back on your own to hike the trails at your leisure.

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BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM

 

Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

This bike program will cover the NJ state bicycling laws, what you need to ride your bike, how to pick the right bike, and where to ride your bike.  There will be demos on how to check and fix your bike and how to size it.  If you and your family bike the trails of Hunterdon County, you will benefit from this program.  Note: it is not necessary to bring a bike to this program.  Organized groups can also request this program on another date.  Call us to set up this program for a group. 

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CAMPING KNOWLEDGE

 

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 10 through adults
Cost: $5

Meet Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at Echo Hill to kick off the camping season with his Camping Knowledge program.  Consider how you need to prepare for camping before the trip begins, including what gear to bring.  Learn how to set up a safe and functional campsite.  Organized groups can also request this program on another date.  Call us to set up this program for a group. 

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FISHING CLINIC

Fishing is a great way for kids and adults to enjoy nature!

Fishing is a great way for kids and adults to enjoy nature!

 

 

Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill pond
Ages: 6 through adults
Cost: $8 (includes bait and supplies)

Let us show you the basics of fishing, including safety, etiquette, equipment, and casting.  Meet Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader, at Echo Hill pond.  Fishing rods are available to borrow.  Bait, hooks, bobbers, and weights are provided.  If you have your own fishing equipment, you may bring it with you. 

Organized groups can also request this program on another date.  Call us to set up this program for a group. 

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SQUARE DANCING
OPEN HOUSE COUNTRY SQUARE DANCE - February 8th
SQUARE DANCE LESSONS - Starts February 15th

 

OPEN HOUSE COUNTRY SQUARE DANCE

 

Date: Sunday, February 8
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Adults/teens
Cost: $2 donation, pre-registration not required
Co-Sponsored by the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club and the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation.


There is no better way to enjoy a mid-winter afternoon than to experience the brisk music and lively dancing of a Square Dance.  Square Dance caller Ed Kerns will be there to ensure that both beginner and experienced dancers enjoy the afternoon.  The event will introduce participants to Modern Square Dancing.  Come and enjoy the atmosphere of the Echo Hill Lodge’s fireplace, wagon wheel lighting, fresh country air, and wonderful wooden floor, and get an introduction to what square dancing is all about.  Refreshments will be available.

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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS


The Flutterwheels demonstrate Square Dancing in Sergeantsville.

FThe Flutterwheels demonstrate Square Dancing in Sergeantsville.

Date: Ten Sundays, February 15 to May 17 (no class 3/15, 4/5, 4/19, or 5/10)
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Adults/teens
Cost: $50, pre-registration required

Square dancing is the official folk dance of the State of New Jersey and it gives people the opportunity to gather, spend time with a warm and friendly group, meet new friends, and get some low impact, aerobic exercise all at the same time.  What a great way to keep mentally and physically fit!
The instructor, Ed Kerns, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting.  He begins with the more simple “calls,” and then progresses on to those of more complexity, stressing repetition and review for ease of learning.  The course provides a good understanding of what square dancing is all about and is offered in a fun, supportive, and good-hearted manner.  After completing the lessons, graduates will be able to join in many of the regular square dances offered in our area. 

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WEEKEND CAMPING TRIPS
LET'S GO CAMPING AT ECHO HILL - May 14th
BACKPACKING: PENNSYLVANIA SECTION 4 - May 13th Meeting, May 16-17th Camping
OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP - See our Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways Programs

 

LET'S GO CAMPING AT ECHO HILL

 

Let’s Go Camping! Pitch a tent, cook over an open fire, and learn how to tie knots in this two-day event. 

Let’s Go Camping!  Pitch a tent, cook over an open fire, and learn how to tie knots in this two-day event. 

Campout Meeting: Thursday, May 14
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Location: Echo Hill

Campout:
Saturday, May 16 to Sunday, May 17
Time: Saturday at 9:00 AM to Sunday at 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill

Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast)

Do you dream of camping in the woods?  Do you know what you would need and how to prepare for a campout?  Would you like to cook on an open fire?  Well, Let’s Go Camping!

Join Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard for an overnight campout at Echo Hill.  At the preparation workshop, we will plan a menu together, discuss equipment needed for different types of campouts, discuss strategies on packing, and learn how to prevent raids by animals.  During the campout, the staff will demonstrate fire building (several techniques), pitching a tent correctly, knot tying, and using camp tools safely.  All participants will get the chance to help cook a meal and be on kitchen patrol.  During free time, enjoy Echo Hill pond and trails.  When night falls, we will have an evening campfire and prepare traditional snacks. 

There are no more excuses… Let’s Go Camping!  There is a flush toilet in the lodge, a short distance from the site.  We have tents available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own.

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BACKPACKING:  PENNSYLVANIA SECTION 4


Experience nature like never before by backpacking!

Experience nature like never before by backpacking!

Backpack Meeting: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Backpack: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 to 17
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $50
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

Backpack along Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains while enjoying beautiful scenery.  Learn the basics of backpacking as we set up tents, cook, and hike together.  The group will meet at the Arboretum Saturday morning and drive to Lehigh/Berks County, PA, in a county van.  We will start at Eckville and hike 7.4 miles to camp at Allentown Shelter.  Sunday we will hike to Route 309 (4.1 miles).  This section contains several viewpoints including Dan’s Pulpit, Balanced Rocks, and Tri-County Corner.  This is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 4 to 8 miles each day with a full backpack. 

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on May 13 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  All participants must backpack with the following items: clothing, sturdy shoes, raingear, bowl, fork, spoon, at least two liters of water, two lunches, dinner, breakfast, and a sleeping bag.  Also, if you have them, please bring: lightweight cooking dishes (mess kit), a stove, a tent, and a backpack.  Participants provide all food.  On your registration form, please indicate if you will need to borrow a backpack or two-person tent.  For new backpackers, or experienced backpackers who want to hike with a group. 

 

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GARDENING PROGRAMS
DAD AND ME VALENTINES FLORAL ARRANGEMENT - February 13th
ARBORETUM PLANT SALE - The Arboretum Plant Sale will not be held this year. Thank you for your support over the years.
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW - see Parks Van and Bus Trips

 

DAD AND ME VALENTINE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

 

Date: Friday, February 13
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Arboretum Classroom
Ages: 3 and up with adult
Cost: $25 per father-child pair ($15 per additional arrangement)

No need for last minute chocolates or a dozen boring roses!  Join Senior Gardener Jaybird Strauss for a fun evening with your son or daughter making a memorable Valentine floral arrangement just for Mom. 

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
CLINTON POND PADDLES - April 11th
FLAT WATER PADDLE: SUNSET PADDLE THE ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR - July 17th
RIVER TRIPS - Start April 25th
OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP - June 27th & 28th
PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIPS

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OUR 38TH YEAR!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 38 years.  It is fun, educational, and great exercise!  Spend a day with nature.  Just bring water, lunch, and a smile—we will do the rest.  We supply the canoes, kayaks, gear, training, and transportation.  Our experienced leaders teach the ways of currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks.  Tell us what you want to learn—we are eager to teach.  Unless stated otherwise, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

CLINTON POND PADDLES... A GOOD FIRST TRIP

 

Date: Saturday, April 11
Session A: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Session B: noon to 2:00 PM
Location: Clinton Town parking lot off of Halstead Street & Water Street
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $20

Paddle around the scenic “Clinton Pond”… past the lily pads, under the road bridge, past the historic Red Mill, up to the spillway of the Spruce Run Reservoir, and back.  Great for children ages six and up (with an adult), senior citizens, beginners, folks with special needs (please inform us in advance), or those with a hankering to take a leisurely paddle and commune with nature. 

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FLAT WATER PADDLE:  SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

 

Date: Friday, July 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $20

Treat yourself to a leisurely evening sunset paddle.  The group will meet at Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch (look for the white van with a trailer with green canoes).  Bring a flashlight and an extra jacket, as it can get much cooler by the water when the sun goes down. 

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RIVER TRIPS

 

Time: Arrive at 8:15AM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Cost: $30

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle and then drive to the river, where they will discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety.  Our leaders will guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours.  We are flexible with our time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as the river’s water level and whether or not there is a breeze.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

  • Saturday, April 25: South Branch
  • Saturday, May 2: Musconetcong
  • Saturday, May 16: South Branch
  • Saturday, June 13: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Saturday, July 11: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, August 8: South Branch
  • Saturday, August 29: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Saturday, September 12: South Branch
  • Saturday, September 26: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
  • Saturday, October 10: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, October 24: Leaders’ Choice

PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to pick an alternative river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience.

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OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP

 

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28
Time: Leave at 8:00 AM on Saturday and return around 4:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $70 (includes cookout dinner on Saturday night, breakfast, and lunch on Sunday)

Join us on an overnight canoe trip to the Delaware Water Gap area.  We will leave the Arboretum at 8:00 AM on Saturday and head to the Water Gap where we will put in.  We will paddle for about two hours, stop to have a picnic lunch (please bring lunch for Saturday), paddle for several more hours, and then campout at one of the wilderness sites on the river.  We will set up camp, cook dinner, and enjoy the nature around us.  The next day, we will cook breakfast and head down the river.  We will stop and have a picnic lunch (provided by Parks).  There will be time to swim both days as we travel.  There will be a pre-camp meeting on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  On your registration form, please indicate any dietary restrictions and if you will need to borrow a tent from Parks.  No kayaks for this trip. 

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PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

 

Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

PRE-REGISTRATION: Required by the Wednesday before the trip for all canoeing programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to choose an alternative river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience.

CANCELLATIONS: If we cancel the trip, you will be notified by phone and given the option of joining an upcoming canoe trip, holding a credit, or a full refund.  Our trips run rain or shine with the exception of extreme cold or thunderstorms!  Cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing, and cancellations made less than one week prior to program will NOT receive a refund.

BRING: Your lunch, water to drink, and a big smile.

AGES: Most trips are appropriate for children ages 8 and older, accompanied by an adult.  Please check with us about specific trips so we can verify age-appropriateness.

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are the best; wool keeps you warm even if wet and polypropylene fleece dries quickly.  Cotton is not a good material for cool, wet outdoor activities.  Sneakers are recommended; please no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes.  Wool socks are best for cold weather.  A bathing suit can be worn, as sometimes we go swimming.

WHAT TO BRING ON DAY TRIPS: Lunch and a drink (packed in waterproof container), lots of water to drink, sunscreen, a rain jacket, a hat, eyeglass strap, etc.  In chilly weather a complete change of clothing can be packed in a waterproof bag to be carried in your canoe or to be in the van for the trip’s end.

KAYAKS: A limited number of kayaks are now available, on a first come, first served based.  Please reserve kayaks on your registration form.  Many of our trips can also accommodate your own kayaks, at your own risk.  Please check with us about specific trips. 

NOTES: No alcoholic beverages are permitted on our trips.  No pets are allowed, except for guide animals.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please do not hesitate to give us a call weekdays at (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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ADULT ART CLASSES WITH LENA SHIFFMAN
PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE - 3 Sessions
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO - 4 Sessions

 

PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE

 

Pastels are one of the media adult art students can choose to work in.

Pastels are one of the media adult art students can choose to work in.

Session D: Five Thursdays, February 19 to March 19
Session A: Five Thursdays, April 2 to April 30
Session B: Five Thursdays, May 14 to June 11  
Time: 9:30 AM to noon
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)


Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects, photographs, and landscape, the instructor works with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal pencils, erasers, and a newsprint pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Others, please bring preferred materials.  Material list will be supplied at the first class. 

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THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO


Session D: Five Thursdays, February 19 to March 19
Session A: Five Thursdays, April 2 to April 30
Session B: Five Thursdays, May 14 to June 11  
Session C: Five Thursdays, August 6 to September 3
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Teens and Adults
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman.  Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks & charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.  Join us for an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome!

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES WITH LENA SHIFFMAN
KIDZ ART FOR HOME SCHOOLED - 2 Sessions
YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING - 2 Sessions updated 4/179/15
ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING DRAWING AND PAINTING - 2 Sessions
ART TOGETHER - 2 Sessions

 

KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED

 

Kidz Art is a great place for homeschooled students to learn about famous artists, and do some of their own work. 

Kidz Art is a great place for homeschooled students to learn about famous artists, and do some of their own work. 

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 4 to April 8
Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 22 to May 27
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 15
Cost: $90 (includes materials)
Learn the principles of drawing and painting while studying artists of the past.  In this fun art class, we will explore paintings by famous artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.  Students will study and discuss other artists’ style and use of color and light, and then apply these findings to their own work.  Students will work using a variety of media such as charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor, while painting from still life, photographs, or en plein air painting when weather permits.

 

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YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING


Students in a previous Young Artists class created these paintings

Students in a previous Young Artists class created these paintings

Session A: Six Saturdays, February 21 to March 28 - sorry sold out
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 18 to May 30 (no class May 23) - sorry sold out
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $80 (includes materials)
Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints on a variety of still-life subjects.  These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  The instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

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ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING DRAWING AND PAINTING


Session A: Six Saturdays, February 21 to March 28
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 18 to May 30 (no class May 23) - sorry sold out
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $90 (includes materials)

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints on a variety of still-life subjects.  These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  The instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

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ART TOGTHER NEW


Session A: Six Mondays, March 2 to April 13 (no class 3/30)
Session B: Six Mondays, April 20 to June 1 (no class 5/25)
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult
Cost: $110 (includes materials); adults attend for free

ART TOGETHER is a process-based art class for adult and child teams.  Artist and certified art educator Sarah Ruppert offers a flexible, nurturing, and fun sensory-focused class encouraging the simple joy of creating.  Students will explore materials more than create product.  The class is very fluid with students moving to various stations exploring many art mediums including painting, sculpture, print making, and drawing.  Parents will be close at hand encouraging independent discovery.  Discussions on creativity and age-appropriate art exploration will be encouraged through weekly projects.  Parents will also be able to easily replicate processes at home.  Projects in Session A and B will be different.  All materials are included in the cost.  Please wear clothes that can get dirty; smock shirts will be available for students.  Snacks are welcome.

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ADULT BASKETRY WORKSHOPS WITH LIZ BRAIDWOOD FULMER
CHITIMACHA STYLE TRAY - Febraury 11th & 18th
UFO...UNFINISHED OBJECTS - Febraury 27th
SIMPLE RECTANGULAR BASKET - March 3rd
GOURD PLAY - March 22nd
SPRING-GIVING BASKET - March 24th & 31st
APRIL GREEN - April 24th
CHIPS AND DIP - May 4th & 11th
BASKET VASE - June 12th
PA GOURD FESTIVAL - see Park Van and Bus Trips

 

CHITIMACHA STYLE TRAY 


Dates: Wednesdays, February 11 & 18
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30 (includes materials)

You can’t go wrong by reinterpreting classic designs and helping to keep basketry traditions alive and fresh for generations to come.  This is Lyn Siler’s take on an original Chitimacha design, using a twist on the structure and a playful mirror image.  DIMENSIONS APPROXIMATELY: 7 x 7 x 2”.  SKILL LEVEL: Difficult.

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UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS


Date: Friday, February 27
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5

Have a basket that you never finished weaving?  Or a basket kit you always wanted to try?  Join us for this UFO class. 

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SIMPLE RECTANGULAR BASKET


Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $12 (includes materials)

Make a rectangular basket measuring 5 x 7 x 4” (no handle).  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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GOURD PLAY


There are so many ways to embellish a gourd!

There are so many ways to embellish a gourd!

Date: Sunday, March 22
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $25, plus a material fee ranging from $8 - $15 depending on the gourd you choose (or bring your own)

Students will cut open their gourd, scrape it out, and embellish it as they wish.  Embellishing techniques that you can choose from are coiling, adding basket material, dream catcher, incorporating a deer antler, or beading. SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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SPRING-GIVING BASKET


Date: Tuesdays, March 24 & 31
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30 (includes materials)

Working with many thin dyed weavers; numerous rows of twining; and three rod wale using #1 round reed, small sea grass, and dyed 11/64” flat reed; participants will weave a sweet 6½ x 8” wooden-based oval basket.  Weaving at home will be necessary if you want to make your basket tall.  Basket ends by braiding the spokes to create the rim.  Students will be offered spring colors to create with.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.

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APRIL GREEN


Dates: Friday, April 24
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30 (includes materials)

A new color and size twist on the June Blue basket.  The variegating color, from a light green progressively darker to a very dark green, makes this an eye-catching basket.  Students will start by inserting the flat reed spokes into a 5” round wooden base.  The basket will be woven using three rod wale weave.  The progressively thicker round reed weavers makes the size of this basket increase from a 5” round diameter at the base to a 9” round diameter at the top.  Total height is 3½”.  More advanced students can embellish with an arrow pattern.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.

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CHIPS & DIP


the outside basket holds the chips; the inside basket holds the dip! (under adult basketry)

the outside basket holds the chips; the inside basket holds the dip! (under adult basketry)

Dates: Mondays, May 4 & 11
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30 (includes materials)

Using a wooden base that has two slots, students will create a basket inside a basket.  The inside basket will be sized to fit a bowl to hold the dip and the outer basket holds the chips!  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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BASKET VASE


Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.

Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.

Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)
Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult. 

 

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CHILDREN'S BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

CHILDREN'S SIMPLE BASKET WITH BEADS - March 18th
SMALL RECTANGULAR BASKET - March 27th
SMALL MARKET BASKET - April 10th
RANDOM WEAVE BASKET - May 1st

 

CHILDREN’S SIMPLE BASKET WITH BEADS

Make a simple round basket with beads as an adult/child team!

Make a simple round basket with beads as an adult/child team!


Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 and up accompanied by an adult
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  Starting with a wooden base, students will insert round reed spokes, weave a little, then add beads, weave a little more, then finish with a braided rim.  Lots of color and bead pattern design.

 

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SMALL RECTANGULAR BASKET

This Simple Rectangular Basket can be dressed up with a variety of colors.

This Simple Rectangular Basket can be dressed up with a variety of colors.

Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 and up accompanied by an adult
Cost: $12 (includes materials)

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  Make a very colorful rectangular basket measuring 5 x 7 x 4” (no handle).

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SMALL MARKET BASKET

This Small Market Basket has many uses!

This Small Market Basket has many uses!

Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 and up accompanied by an adult
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  From a base, we will construct a rectangular basket measuring approximately 5 x 7 x 4”.  The workshop includes the handle and rim. 

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RANDOM WEAVE BASKET

This Small Market Basket has many uses!

Weave like a bird… make a random weave basket.

Date: Friday, May 1
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 9 and up accompanied by an adult
Cost: $25 (includes materials)
This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  A fun class for those who enjoy free form art work!  We will create a small birds-nest, melon basket frame and fill it in using random weave, creating a basket with open spaces in it.  If you want your project to be more filled-in you will have to complete it at home.

 

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CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR ALL

HOMEMADE CARDS FOR MANY OCCASIONS- February 17th
PLAY WITH CLAY - March 17th
PAINTBRUSH FRIEND - April 29th
TRINKET TILE BOX - May 13th

With Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer

These workshops are designed for solo adults or child/adult teams.  All materials supplied except as indicated. 

HOMEMADE CARDS for MANY OCCASIONS

Here’s a sample of some of the products you can create in Homemade Cards for Many Occasions!

Here’s a sample of some of the products you can create in Homemade Cards for Many Occasions!


Date: Tuesday, February 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $8

Using material scraps, string, your finger print, rubber stamps, glitter and more… you make three or more cards for many occasions: Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Thank You, Easter, or holiday cards.  Different cards than last year.

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PLAY with CLAY


Date: Tuesday, March 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $8

Fashion from clay a cool wall hanging, clay vessel, or three-dimensional sculpture…of your pet or Pop.  Projects will be made using self-drying clay; additional drying time at home is necessary.  Projects will not be fired, glazed or painted.

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PAINTBRUSH FRIEND

There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend!

There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend!


Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $8, bring an old used paintbrush at least 2” wide

Participants will sculpt a face onto an old paintbrush using Sculpty Clay.  The bristles of the paintbrush become the hair of the character you create.

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TRINKET TILE BOX


Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $8

Stain, decorate with tile, and grout a small 3½ x 2½ x 2” high wooden box.

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SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

About our Summer Nature Programs Natue Bugs
Nature Discovery Pioneers
Junior Explorers Senior Explorers
Environmental Camp sold out Important Registration Information for Summer Nature

Lottery Barrel

This is the famous lottery barrel...all of the registrations go in here and after March 11th we pick them out one at a time and fill up the camp sessions.

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

Our Summer Nature Program is an opportunity for kids entering kindergarten through grade 10 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.  Children and parents alike rave about our Summer Nature Program, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings. 

Caption: There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend! Caption: There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend! Caption: There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend!

Catching critters in the stream, live animal shows, and activities such as dissecting owl pellets are all part of the Summer Nature Program!

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 children depending on session and location, with each leader being aided by an assistant or volunteer.  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 at 42 Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located at 30 Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes northwest of Clinton.  *NOTE THAT WE HAVE MOVED TO THE STONE HOUSE THIS YEAR (THE SECOND ENTRANCE).  Both parks offer wonderful and diverse habitats for the children to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

Note that S.N.P. is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  The Summer Nature Program will not be held on Friday, July 3rd (Independence Day observance).

NATURE BUGS NATURE DISCOVERY

Ages: Children entering kindergarten
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: See Sessions
Cost: $105

One-Week Sessions:
A. July 20 to 24 (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)
B. August 3 to 7 (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)

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. 

Ages: Children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155   (Session B: $135)

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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PIONEERS JUNIOR EXPLORERS

Ages: Children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155 (Session B: $135)

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.

 

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
Note: Campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A)
Cost: $305 (All A Sessions: $285)

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 & C2. July 20 to July 31
D1 & D2. August 3 to August 14

Please note that “1” and “2” reflects that there are two counselor groups (total of 20 participants) scheduled for each session of Junior Explorers except for Teetertown Sessions A and B, which will only host only one group.

These two-week sessions give the 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 local river.  A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature beyond the County Parks.  The Junior Explorer experience culminates in a campout full of fun night-time activities. 

 

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SENIOR EXPLORERS ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP

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
Note: Campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A)
Cost: $305 (A Session: $285)

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.  Seniors also enjoy a campout night that includes pitching tents, cooking over a campfire, and exploring nature after dark. 

 

Ages: Teens entering grades 9 & 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight trip each Thursday (second trip on Wednesday of Session A)

Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to July 2
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $335
B.  July 6 to July 17
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $355
 
Environmental Camp packs a lot of learning and adventure into an intensive two-week program.  The session begins with team-building activities and the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes personal challenge course.  On-site activities include wildlife studies and outdoor skills practice.  Participants are introduced to backpacking during an overnight on the Appalachian Trail.  A flatwater canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.  Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility.  This year we will be taking an eco-tour of the Hackensack River Watershed in the Meadowlands.

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IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS


Registration for the Summer Nature Program is conducted via a lottery system.  Download a set of registration forms (3) from our website, or pick them 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 Programs.
  2. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 11, 2015 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 set of registration forms (3) 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 March 23 at 8:00 AM. 
  8. Starting on April 13, participants can be rolled in additional sessions as available. 
  9. All cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations 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.

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SUMMER RECREATION & HORTICUTLRE CAMPS

Art Camp for Young Artists - updated 04/17/15 Art Camp for Artists-in-Training
Craft Camp Performance Camp
Creative Theatre Camp: It Came from Outer Space Creative Theatre Camp: An Afternoon at the Improve
Orchestra Camp Sports for a Lifetime Camp
Canoe Camp Garden Camp

 

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

 


Session A: August 10 to 14 - sorry sold out
Session B: August 17 to 21
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM     
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

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. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman website www.lenashiffman.com.

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ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING


Session A: August 10 to 14
Session B: August 17 to 21
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM  
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

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. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman website www.lenashiffman.com.

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CRAFT CAMP


Basketry is always a favorite activity at Craft Camp!

Basketry is always a favorite activity at Craft Camp!

Dates: July 6 to 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ages: 10 to 15
Cost: $165 (includes materials)
Location: Arboretum

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, leather, tile, wood, nuts, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, design with things found in nature, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance creating a nature mobile.  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


Every child at Performance Camp is a star!

Every child at Performance Camp is a star!

Every child at Performance Camp is a star!
 

 

Session A: June 22 to 26, Ages: Children entering grades 2 to 5
Session B: July 13 to 17, Ages: Children entering grades 6 to 9
Session C: July 27 to 31, Ages: Children entering grades 4 to 7

Time: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM,
Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $235

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.  Children will have the opportunity to stage an original 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 6:15, followed by a picnic.  In addition to working on the musical, campers also create the set, make costumes, create craft projects, and participate in theatre and water games. 

Comments from parents of former Performance Campers:

“Staff was great!  This was my son’s favorite camp,”
and
“We loved the show on Friday Eve!  It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”

Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP: It Came From Outer Space


Dates: August 17 to 21
Ages: 8 through 11
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $150

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the students.  They will build the show while following the structure of a story where the fate of the earth hangs in the balance.  Mad scientists, aliens, fun monsters, and more collide in this spoof of old sci-fi/monster flicks.  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 *please note the change in the performance time compared to previous years!  Campers should bring a drink and lunch to camp. 

Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website www.artstechsolutions.com). 

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP: An Afternoon at the Improv


Be the character you have always wanted to be at Creative Theatre Camp. 

Be the character you have always wanted to be at Creative Theatre Camp. 

Dates: August 24 to 28
Ages: 12 through 15
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $150

Something wonderful right away!  Something wonderful right away!  This class exposes students to the rules of improv (listening, saying yes, etc.) through games.  We work on building confidence with coming up with ideas off the top of our heads.  A lot of our games are just like the ones from the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”  The final performance is made up of the games we liked the most, completely made up in the moment with suggestions from the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM *please note the change in the performance time compared to previous years!  Campers should bring a drink and lunch to camp. 

Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website www.artstechsolutions.com). 

 

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ORCHESTRA CAMP


Orchestra Camp students will give a performance for family and friends at the end of the week. 

Orchestra Camp students will give a performance for family and friends at the end of the week.  

Date: July 6 to 10
Time: 9:00 AM to noon
Location: Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Ages: Entering grades 7 to 12
Cost: $185

This one-week camp will allow middle school and high school students who play orchestral instruments to experience, possibly for the first time, the feeling of sitting surrounded by a large group of instrumental musicians, making music in the same manner as the major symphonies of the world.  The camp has become an important piece in the music education puzzle for students of orchestral instruments (sorry, no piano).  The students work daily in small groups with professional coaches—players and teachers, members of the Hunterdon Symphony—and then join together as a full orchestra at the end of the morning under the direction of Hunterdon Symphony Conductor Lawrence Kursar.  A performance takes place on the final day in the evening at the Route 12 County Complex.  Join us for our 16th year!  Please note which instrument you play when you register. 

 

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CANOE CAMP


Date: July 20 to 24
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Campout Thursday into Friday)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Entering grades 9 to 12
Cost: $250

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Than we have the camp for you!  Canoe Camp is for teens who enjoy or want to learn more about canoeing.  We will start out with the basics and work on improving your skills while having fun and learning teamwork.  Every day we will paddle on a different local waterway and then we will finish the week with a camping trip Thursday into Friday.  The Parks will supply everything you need to canoe and the food for the camp out. 

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SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Learn to Golf & Bowl

Golf and bowling are two sports that your child can enjoy this summer with Parks & Recreation!

Golf and bowling are two sports that your child can enjoy this summer with Parks & Recreation!


Date: Monday through Friday, August 10 to 14
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 10 to 17
Cost: $322 with bowling ball or bag & shoes or $270 for camp only


This camp is taught by professionals who will teach your child to golf and bowl!  We will meet at Deer Path Park and travel by County van to Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes.  Heron Glen offers a driving range with both grass and mat hitting areas and a large putting green.  After a week of practice, we will play some holes on Friday.

Each day we will head back to Deer Path to eat lunch, brought from home. 

Next we will head up to Oakwood Lanes in Washington to learn how to bowl.  This state-of-the-art, 26-lane bowling alley is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has a great bowling experience.  For maximum comfort, you can purchase a bowling ball or bag and shoes for your child (additional $52).  Just when you think the fun is over, we will stop for ice cream on the way back (our treat)! 

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GARDEN CAMP

Garden Camp participants painted these garden rocks last summer!

Garden Camp participants painted these garden rocks last summer! 

Dates: Monday through Friday, June 22 to 26
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $105

Dig into the Arboretum Gardens for five days as you explore, discover, and investigate the world of plants.  Each day is full of garden time, games, and activities with Senior Gardener Jaybird Strauss.

Participants will get some plants to take home.  Bring a snack, plenty of water, sunscreen, clothes that can get dirty, and a change of clothes if desired. 

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

We have revised our Group Programs Brochure, which now includes scouting programs.  Please see the brochure here: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/brochures/programsforgroups.pdf.

Here is a list of the programs:

Let us do a program for your group!  Unless otherwise noted, cost is $30 on-site, $50 off-site, $75 out-of-county (limited range). 

NATURE STUDIES

SEASONAL NATURE WALK, All ages, 1 hr, $20, 25 max
ANIMAL CLUES, Grade K+, 1 hr, 25 max
AMAZING ADAPTATIONS, Grade K+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
INCREDIBLE INSECTS, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
PLANT STUDY, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
POND/STREAM STUDY, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
BEAVER FEVER, Grade 1+, 1-1.5, 25 max

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

ANIMAL STRATEGIES, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
REPTILES ALIVE!, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
ROCKS AND MINERALS, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 20 max
INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
SKULL WORKSHOP, Grade 2+, 1 hr, 25 max
SCAT & TRACKS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
WINGS & FEATHERS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
NESTS & EGGS, Grade K+, 1 hr, 25 max
MAPLE SUGAR TO GO, All ages, 1 hr, 25 max, $50 (off-site)

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

RECYCLING, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max
WATER ISSUES, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max
COMPOSTING FOR THE HOME, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CANOE CLINIC, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, $175, 16 max
FISHING CLINIC, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + $2/person, 15 max
BIKE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
INITIATIVES/ TEAM BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
WOODWORKING, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials, 10 max
BASKETRY, Grade 3+, 2 hrs, $30 + $3/person materials, 10 max

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
HERPTILES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MUSHROOMS & MOLDS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr
HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr, free

For program descriptions, see our Group Programs brochure on our website or pick one up at the Arboretum.  Call us to register. 

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REGISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS

Click here for Program Registration and Camp Registration Forms & Other Associated Paperwork

For additional information about any of the programs offered by the Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation, please contact us by calling VOICE: (908)782-1158 / TDD (908)788-1545, by email at: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Accessibility Statement: It is the policy of the County of Hunterdon Parks and Recreation to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities upon advance notification of need. Persons requiring accommodations in regard to facilities, programs, etc...should call the Park office at (908) 782-1158 ten days prior to program attendance or facility use.

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