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ART CLASSES

BASKETRY & DRUM WORKSHOPS

BIRDING TRIPS AND WALKS - updated 01/09/2020

BOOKMOBILE AT ECHO HILL - new!
CANOEING/KAYAKING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK & SKI TICKETS
WINTER NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
HOMESCHOOLED ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
NATURE PROGRAMS - updated 01/23/2020

PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS - updated 01/08/2020

POTTERY IN THE WOODS
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

SQUARE DANCING

TOT WALKS - updated 01/10/2020

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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Maple Sugaring Living History Program - Open House - March 14
2019 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM - Open House

Public Lands Day 2019 Open House Celebration
Maple Sugaring Jason

Date: Saturday, March 14
Rain date: Sunday, March 15 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: all ages
Cost: FREE
Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration is not required.

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 tapping 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 your walk everyone will get a free taste of real maple syrup on a silver dollar pancake. 

Also available: MAPLE SUGAR TO GO: Let us bring the program to your location!  $55 for the group.

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ART CLASSES with Lena Shiffman

Thursday Evening Art Studios -various dates

Blooming Young Artists for Children - various dates
Studio Time for Artists-in-Training for Children - various dates
Drawing for Home Schooled Children -various dates
About Our Instructor - Lena Shiffman
Art Classes at the Hunterdon County Parks Division

 

THURSDAY ART STUDIOS

Thursday Art Studios with Lena Shiffman
Thursday Art Studios with Lena Shiffman

Join the fun! 

THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Session A: Five Thursdays, September 5 to October 3 (snow date 10/10)
Session B: Five Thursdays, October 17 to November 21 (no class 10/24; snow date 12/5)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 12 to January 16 (no class 12/26; snow date 1/23)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 30 to February 27 (snow date 3/5)

Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
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 and 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 a day or evening class of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome!

 

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BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 21 to October 26 (snow date 11/2)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 9 to December 21 (no class 11/30; snow date 1/4)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 11 to February 15 (snow date 2/22)
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $84 (includes materials)

Learning the principles of creating art with illustrator Lena Shiffman, is lots of fun!  Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, and more.  Ms. Lena’s gentle approach encourages and guides students.  Visit different media such as pencil, acrylics, watercolor paint, clay, and paper.  Students use still life… stuffed toys, taxidermied animals, photos, and something brought from home.  We might also go outdoors to draw nature!  The fundamental principles will be the focus: understanding color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes!  Ms. Lena works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one or more sessions.

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STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 21 to October 26 (snow date 11/2)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 9 to December 21 (no class 11/30; snow date 1/4)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 11 to February 15 (snow date 2/22)
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 17
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

Explore, learn more advanced techniques, and improve your abilities with color, shading, composition, and perspective.  Instructor Lena Shiffman’s gentle approach encourages and guides students to expand their creativity.  Students work during this studio time to complete their art at their own pace and style.  We will work from a variety of still life: taxidermied animals, photos, nature (outdoors if weather permits), and maybe something brought from home.  Artists may visit many different media including pencil, charcoal, pastel and paints.  Ms. Lena works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one or more sessions. Remember to dress in old clothing. 

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DRAWING for HOME SCHOOLED with INSTRUCTOR LENA SHIFFMAN

Session A:  Six Wednesdays, November 6 to December 11 (snow date 12/18)
Session B:  Six Wednesdays, January 8 to February 12 (snow date 2/19)
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 15
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

In this drawing class, students learn the basic principles of drawing including proportion, mass, light and shade, and line.  Working with charcoal, graphite, and pastels on a variety of still life and photo subjects, students will improve their drawing skills as they increase their understanding of structure and composition. 

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BASKERY AND DRUM WORKSHOPS with Liz Braidwood Fulmer
Tension Tray - January 15
Tapestry Basket on a Mold - January 25
Make a 15" Hand Drum - February 22

 

TENSION TRAY

 

TAPESTRY BASKET on A MOLD

Dates: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $10 (includes materials)

Students will learn how to make a round tension tray using #6 round reed.  This technique can also be made using vines! Dates: Wednesday, January 15

 

Dates: Saturday, January 25
Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Students will start by inserting flat oval spokes into a wooden base that is temporarily attached to a wooden mold.  Weaving over the mold helps make shaping the basket a breeze.  Next learn how create a landscape-looking tapestry using colorful reed, yarn etc.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

 

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MAKE A 15” HAND DRUM

 

 

Date: Saturday, February 22 (snow date February 29)
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adults
Cost: $95 (You must register by January 15; no refunds will be awarded after this date.)

Making a hand drum that you can play is very rewarding and only involves a moderate amount of crafting skills to accomplish.  Students stretch a deer hide tautly onto a 14” maple hoop and lash it tight using sinew.  *PLEASE NOTE: you will be handling wet deer hide.  The surface of your drum will be made from raw deer hide that has been dehaired, cleaned, but not tanned.  Please bring a 12” long by 3/4” thick stick to make a drum stick with.  Drum supplies need to be ordered in advance; please register by January 15 at which point no refunds will be awarded.

 

 

 

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BIRDING TRIPS AND WALKS
Eagle Watch - January 18 sold out; call for wait list
Tundra Swans and Wintering Ducks - February 16 sold out; call for wait list
 

The following bird trips are run 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. 

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EAGLE WATCH

 

TUNDRA SWANS AND WINTERING DUCKS

sold out; call for wait list
Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $30

The Bald Eagle may be off the federal endangered species list, but it is still a grand bird to see!  This trip will go where the eagles are, most likely along the Upper Delaware in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and/or New York State.  Winter finches, waterfowl, Golden Eagle, and other species may also be seen.  About 2 miles of walking; dress in layers for extreme cold.

 

sold out; call for wait list
Date: Sunday, February 16
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $30

Join us as we do a southern loop through Central NJ for Swans and Wintering Ducks.  We will first head to Whitesbog, the birthplace of the modern blueberry, as we look for Tundra Swans as they winter amongst the cranberry bogs.  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, Teal, and other species.

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BOOKMOBILE AT ECHO HILL- new!
Hunterdon County Bookmobile

The Hunterdon County Library on Wheels is headed our way! 

Have you visited the Hunterdon County Library Bookmobile lately?

The Bookmobile is now at the Echo Hill (42 Lilac Drive, Flemington) on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Check out the latest books and magazines, get a library card, or learn about eBooks.

Visit the County Library’s website www.hclibrary.us for updates, events, and all bookmobile stops and locations.

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 41ST YEAR
River Day Trips - various dates
Planning Your Canoe Trip
Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 41 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. 

 

RIVER DAY TRIPS

Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Canoe with Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation!

Time: 8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 per person  

*New for 2019!  If you purchase 3 river trips at full price, you will get $5 off any other river trip for 2019.  Must purchase all at the same time.  If the trip is canceled, you must move to another trip.   

Your leaders will fit you with a life-jacket and paddle, drive to the river, discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety, and guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle about two more hours.  We are flexible with each trip’s time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as wind and water levels.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

  • Sunday, Aug. 11: ​Delaware, Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, Aug. 31​: Delaware, Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Sunday, Sept. 8:​ ​Delaware, Kingwood to Bull’s Island
  • Saturday, Sept. 28: ​Delaware, Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Sunday, Oct. 13​: Upper South Branch or Musconetcong River
  • Saturday, Oct. 26: ​Leaders’ Choice

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

**PLEASE NOTE: Must register by Wednesday before the trip.  If we do not have enough paddlers, a trip will be canceled Thursday morning.  

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PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances we may need to choose an alternative section of 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 trip, holding a credit, or getting 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 those made less than one week prior to the program will NOT receive a refund. 

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 best; wool keeps you warm even if wet and polypropylene fleece dries quickly.  Cotton is a bad 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 may be worn in warm weather, often we stop for a swim.  

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

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

SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TRIP: We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  What a great birthday party!  If you have questions or would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please call (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  

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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK & SKI TICKETS

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offer discount tickets to the following amusement parks.  Tickets are available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Route 31, Lebanon.

AMUSEMENT PARK

GATE
PRICE
DISCOUNT TICKET
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom:
   Adult Ticket $61.95 $46.00
Hershey Park:
   Adult (ages 9 to 54 years) $69.80 $57.00
Six Flags Great Adventure    
   Adult Theme Park & Safari $88.49 $47.00
   Parking Pass $25.00 $22.50
Philadelphia Zoo:
   Ages 3 and above $24.00 $21.00
   Children under 2 years free free

Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.  To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.  Tickets are non-refundable.

DISCOUNT SKI TICKETS ON SALE 

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offer discount ski tickets for Blue Mountain and Jack Frost Big Boulder.  Tickets will be available to purchase starting in December and will remain on sale throughout the winter.  We also offer discount tickets to local amusement parks through the spring and summer months.  Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.  To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.  Tickets are non-refundable. 

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WINTER NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS - Ages 3 to 3rd Grade

Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  Park Naturalist Debra Reed will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill.  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. 

This year we are offering Sessions A and B for ages 3 to 5 and Session C for kindergarten through third graders.  This is a drop-off program and children must be self-sufficient in the bathroom. 

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. 

Fall Nature Club

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. 

WINTER NATURE CLUB - (DOWNLOAD)

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, November 19 to January 21
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: kindergarten through 3rd graders

 

 

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HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
Homeschool Environental Series

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

 

Date: Second Wednesday of each month, September 2019 to May 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 5 to 12
Cost: $30 per student for all 9 lessons

This series provides a terrific opportunity to meet with other local homeschooling families while your child learns about the natural world.  Participants will explore a new topic each month and enjoy hands-on activities that foster science, math, language arts, and social skills.  Program includes “homework” projects to complete after each session.  Class size will be limited to 15 participants.

 

 

 

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NATURE PROGRAMS
Woodpeckers of New Jersey - January 27 SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Family Nature Club: Groundhog Celebration- February 2
Eagles Through A Photographer's Lens - February 5
Rizzo's Wildlife World Van Trip - February 8
Winter Ecology While Cross Country Skiing Trip - February 16
The Wildlife of New Zealand - February 19
Build a Barn Swallow/Phoebe Platform Workshop - February 2

 

WOODPECKERS OF NEW JERSEY

 

FAMILY NATURE CLUB: GROUNDHOG CELEBRATION

SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list

Date: Monday, January 27
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

Woodpeckers have a variety of adaptations that make them great at pecking wood!  They have a tongue that is so long that they must store it behind their skull when it is not in use.  They have spongy tissue in their skull to absorb shock.  Their feet have two toes pointed backwards to help them grip vertically on trees.  Through the use of a PowerPoint and our taxidermied collection of the seven New Jersey woodpeckers, we will learn all about these unique birds. 

 

Date: Sunday, February 2
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: All
Cost: $5 per child, accompanying adult attends for free

We can’t wait for this year’s groundhog predication.  What does a furry, sleepy rodent have to do with seasonal change?  Come and see if our local Echo Hill groundhog has followed tradition.  Is he up and about?  Participate in fun activities and learn about the reason for the traditions created around these common mammals.

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EAGLES THROUGH A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LENS

 

RIZZO’S WILDLIFE WORLD VAN TRIP

Date: Wednesday, February 5 (snow date February 12)
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Guest Presenter: Bob Reith, Wildlife Photographer
Cost: $3

You are invited to look into the lives and behaviors of Bald Eagles through the camera lens of Bob Reith, wildlife photographer based in northern New Jersey.  Through photos and other multimedia actions, interactions among eagles will be displayed with commentary and discussion.  Compare the photos with the new taxidermied eagle at the Arboretum to see their size and power! 

 

Meet big snakes and more at Rizzo’s Wildlife World!

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adults
Cost: $27

Rizzo’s Wildlife World has provided quality animal shows in New Jersey and the surrounding areas for many years.  Recently, Rizzo’s opened an indoor zoo in Budd Lake, which spans nearly 5,000 square feet with an assortment of exhibit space, including over 2,000 gallons of aquatic exhibits.  Get up close and personal with birds, bugs, lizards, snakes, turtles, small mammals, and many other creatures.  We will meet at the Hunterdon County Arboretum and travel via a County LINK bus to the zoo, where we will enjoy a private one-hour wildlife show and then have about 30 minutes to view the other animals in the gallery.  Rizzo’s has performed at Parks events like Summer Nature Program and Earth Day, but we have asked them to showcase several non-travelling animals for this program to provide a new twist on their show. 

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WINTER ECOLOGY WHILE CROSS COUNTRY SKIING TRIP

 

THE WILDLIFE OF NEW ZEALAND

Date: Sunday, February 16
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $20 plus $45 rental fee to be paid the day of the trip

Discover the natural beauty of High Point State Park while gliding on skis.  Join Naturalist Debra Reed for a guided journey of New Jersey’s winter ecology.  The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills and lush valleys in three states.  It is one of most beautiful places in the northern part of the state.  Guaranteed as the snowiest spot in the metropolitan area, High Point is an alpine hollow of lakes, trees, and sweeping vistas.  Come dressed to be outdoors for the day.  No experience is necessary but be aware that cross country skiing can be a strenuous activity.  Bring a bag lunch.  This trip is weather dependent; the trip will become a naturalist guided day hike if there is limited snow.

 

Date: Wednesday, February 19
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

New Zealand is a small but beautiful country with scenery consisting of coastline, mountains, and sheep farms.  From parrots to kiwis to penguins, New Zealand has some unusual birds!  Human-introduced mammals are now also relatively common.  There are also a few species of rare reptiles, amphibians, and bats.  Join Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush on a photographic journey through this remarkable country!

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BUILD A BARN SWALLOW/PHOEBE PLATFORM WORKSHOP

 

 

Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 8 through adult Cost: $15 per kit (1 kit per family) Barn Swallows and Eastern Phoebes are both great birds to have around your home.  Both are fly catchers and will go after those “pesky” insects.  But, both birds have a unique nesting requirement: they build the nests out with mud and need a platform on which to build it.  As the old barns and other structures have disappeared from our county, they have had less areas to use.  This workshop will offer you the opportunity to construct a platform for these birds so that they may nest within your property.

 

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PARK VAN & BUS TRIPS
Rizzo's Wildlife Wold Trip - February 08- see Nature Programs
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament - February 15 SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Winter Ecology While Cross Country Skiing Van Trip - February 16 see Nature Programs
Philadelphia Flower Show "Riviera Holiday" Bus Trip - March 3 SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list

 

MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT

 

PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW “RIVIERA HOLIDAY” BUS TRIP

SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Date: Saturday, February 15
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 12 through adults
Cost: $50

Come meet King Don Carlos and the royal family while we travel back to the Middle Ages for an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy dinner while marveling at the knights fighting, live jousting, and awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry.  His Majesty’s feast includes a four-course meal with oven roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, herb-roasted potatoes, and sweet buttered corn, alongside a pastry and non-alcoholic beverages.

Vegetarian meals are available upon request (if desired, please request when you sign up for the trip).

 

SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Date: Tuesday, March 3 
Time: 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Meet at Deer Path Park
Ages: adults
Cost: $65

Sit back & relax as we take you by coach bus to the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show!  The show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.  Visitors are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, gardening how-to workshops, and lectures by experts.  Designers spend more than a year planning, primping, pruning and growing the exhibits that will transform an empty space into a beautiful oasis of color and life in the waning days of winter.  Their commitment to excellence is evident in creative, inspiring presentations and in the diversity of beautiful plants that are lovingly coaxed into bloom in March.  You can shop for plants and gifts, sample wines, and attend different seminars.  For lunch, consider visiting the Reading Terminal Market across the street (on your own).  For more information on this year’s theme, Riviera Holiday, visit www.theflowershow.com

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POTTERY IN THE WOODS
Garden Markers - February 4

 

GARDEN MARKER

 

Garden Markers

Pottery in the Woods. Garden Markers

Date: Tuesday, February 4
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult (children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 (includes materials and firing)
Instructor: Emma Rimi
Students will create and decorate hand built ceramic trays focusing on textures found in nature. Dependent on weather, at the start of each class participants take a leisurely walk through nature to collect inspiration and talk about textures and images observed for the clay project. No experience required. We will be learning slab and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including carving and etching. Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on making different impressions and patterns in their pieces. Using slab techniques, each participant will be able to make a handful of unique garden markers and or signs. Get ready for spring and beautify your garden!

 

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
Maple Tree Tapping - January 25
Maple Sap Collection - February 8

 

MAPLE TREE TAPPING

 

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

Maple Tapping

Maple Tree Tapping with Laura

Date: Saturday, January 25
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3

Have you come to our Maple Sugaring program in March and wondered how exactly we tap the trees, or where the Echo Hill sugar bush is? Well, here’s your chance to find out! We will meet at the playground and walk to the sugar bush (about five to ten minutes). Then, Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will collectively tap about 30 trees.

 

 
Maple Sap Collection

Maple Sap Collection Buckets

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3

Collecting the sap is a crucial step of the maple sugaring process! 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 participate in the process at Echo Hill! We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes). This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February—please call us to schedule a group.   

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SQUARE DANCING with the FLUTTERWHEELS
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Square Dance Lessons - various
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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

MAINSTREAM (Prerequisite is BASIC)
Dates: 12 Tuesdays, January 7, 2020 to March 24, 2020

PLUS (Prerequisite is MAINSTREAM)
Dates: 12 Wednesdays, February 19, 2020 to May 13, 2020 (no class 4/8)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $60 per 12-week session, pre-registration required!

Square dancing is an official dance of New Jersey.  It gives people the opportunity to make new friends while getting low-impact aerobic exercise at the same time.  It is a great way to keep your heart healthy and your mind sharp.  The instructor, Mary Moody, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting.  She stresses repetition and review, building from easier to more complex moves for ease of learning.  Students who have completed Basic lessons may dance at special area dances.  Students who complete both Basic and Mainstream lessons may dance at clubs around the world, including bi-weekly Friday night Hunterdon Flutterwheels dances at Echo Hill Park.  After becoming proficient in Mainstream you are ready for lessons in the next square dance program – Plus – with instructor Mary Moody.

 

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TOT WALKS
Tot Walks

Learn about nature with your little one
on a Tot Walk!

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
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Join Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush 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.  We offer three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C. 

ANIMAL TRACKS
Session A: Thursday, January 16, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, January 17, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, January 17, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

PATTERNS
Session A: Thursday, February 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, February 21, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, February 21, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

Are you an Educator, Scout Leader, Community Organization? 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). 

group programs

Bring your group to a nature or recreation program, like Woodworking!

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

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

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
*For more information on advanced classes or larger groups, please ask for Liz. 

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CPR CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 4 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants
FIRST AID CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 3 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants.  Call for price for CPR/First Aid together. 
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
GEOCACHING 101, 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
KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max 
Basic Carving class also available. 
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 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 BUILDINGGrade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

group programs

Enjoy a walk in the park or at your school and take your group birding with a naturalist!

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
CO-EXISTING WITH COYOTES 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
NEW JERSEY BLACK BEARS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
TREES 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 at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us. 

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PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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