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SPECIAL EVENTS:

ART CLASSES

BACKPACKING TRIP: PA SECTION 6
BASKETRY AND CRAFT WORKSHOPS
BIRDING PROGRAMS AND TRIPS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT TICKETS
EVENING & WEEKEND FALL NATURE PROGRAMS
FALL NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
ORIENTEERING CLASS
PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
SPRING NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM & SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS
SQUARE DANCING
TOT WALKS
PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS

Summer Nature Program and Summer Recreation Camps

PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
MEET OUR STAFF
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (SCA) SUMMER JOB PROGRAM
HELP WANTED - CANOE INSTRUCTORS
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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SPRING VOLUNTEER DAY - MAY 13TH - NOW MAY 20TH
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens - Sanzari Chernesky
Thank you to Avery, Chris, and Seth Gould from Boy Scout Troop 65 in Ringoes for painting several signs in our parks. 
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens - Sanzari Chernesky

Help us create a new trail at Round Mountain this spring.  These volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 62 in Flemington assisted us last year in creating a trail at Musconetcong Mountain.  

Date: Saturday, May 13

PLEASE NOTE DUE THE PENDING WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 13TH, SPRING VOLUNTEER DAY HAS BEEN MOVED TO SATURDAY, MAY 20TH - SAME TIME, SAME PLACE!!

Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Round Mountain Section of Deer Path Park
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free!

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Help us construct a new trail at Round Mountain! 

We plan to connect an old logging road near the top of the mountain to another logging road near the western side of the property.  This will then connect to the Blue Trail to make a larger loop for hiking.  The work will include clipping branches, removing plants, and moving stones within the trail.

Volunteers may bring their own loppers, gloves, and goggles, but we will also have tools available. Through generous donations, volunteers will enjoy a light breakfast and full lunch.  A regular program registration form can be used to sign up for this event.   We will meet at the main parking area of Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, and then carpool in County vans to the trailhead on Foothill Road.  

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY - VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens - Sanzari Chernesky

Click here for more information about Wescott Preserve

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Wescott Preserve, 70 Raven Rock-Rosemont Rd. and 63 Strimples Mill Road,
Stockton 08559  
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free

This year Public Lands Day volunteer project will take place at Westcott Preserve. Lloyd Wescott donated 15 acres to Hunterdon County’s open space in 1966, this became the County’s first park. Volunteers with Park staff members will work to repair trails and water bars. Provided will be a continental breakfast and lunch. Please wear long pants, closed toed shoes and bring necessary safety gear. Gloves and safety glasses will be provided.          

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41st Music Under the Stars - FREE Concert Series

Get up and dance during our outdoor concerts!

41ST MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES

Dates: Thursdays, June 29 to August 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: all
Cost: free!

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Our concert series has always been family-oriented.  Please be considerate of your neighbors, so everyone may enjoy the music and the natural surroundings.  If you smoke, make sure the smoke does not bother anyone else.  Keep children in sight at all times, so that their safety is assured and their play will not disturb others.  Some guests may be afraid of dogs, so observe our park leash law and control your pet.  Please pick up all litter. 

Visit our CONCERT UNDER THE STARS page for more information about the 2017 Series

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15TH ANNUAL TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park       
Ages: all  
Cost: free (pre-registration is not necessary)

This annual event has been described as “a parade that stands still!” Imagine dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps, and lots more, over 40 vehicles all in one place – parked so kids of all ages can get a close-up look! Join us on Saturday, November 4th at Deer Path Park, located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington, for this exciting event. From 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM you will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 15th Annual Touch-A-Truck. This event is free with no pre-registration required; however, donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of the program. It is open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The atmosphere is relaxed, pressure-free and noncommercial. Don’t forget your camera!

Come on over to Deer Path Park and have lots of fun and see the parade that stands still!!!
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ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
FOR ADULTS:
Spring Thursday Evening Art with Lena Shiffman
Thursday Evening Art with Lena Shiffman

THURSDAY EVENING ART WITH LENA SHIFFMAN  press release

Painting on Fridays with Charles David Viera
Portrait Drawing and Painting Fridays with Charles David Viera
Drawing in Color: An Introduction to Pastels with Charles David Viera
Landscape Painting: Summer Morning Light with Charles David Viera

ART CLASSES WITH CHARLES DAVID VIERA press release

FOR CHILDREN:
Blooming Young Artists with Lena Shiffman

Studio Time for Artists-in-Training with Lean Shiffman

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS:
Lena Shiffman
Charles David Viera

 

ADULT ART CLASSES:

ADULT ART THURSDAYS with LENA SHIFFMAN

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, February 16 to March 16 (snow date Sunday 3/19)
Session B: Five Thursdays, March 23 to April 20 (snow date Sunday 4/23)
Session C: Seven Thursdays, April 27 to June 8

Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: Session A & B $100 each, Session C $140 (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!

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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Thursday Evening Adult Art with Lena Shiffman

A great way to spend your Thursday nights in August…  with art instructor Lena Shiffman.

SUMMER THURSDAY EVENING ART with LENA SHIFFMAN

Date: Five Thursdays, August 3 to August 31
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!  Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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DRAWING IN COLOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Painting on Fridays with Charles David Viera

Learn to draw and paint the subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure.

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 1 to April 5 (snow date 4/19)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, May 10 to June 14 (snow date June 21)
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $120 (materials not included)

This class offers solid instruction in basic drawing and an introduction to color via the use of pastels.  A variety of studio projects are complemented with group and individual critiques, slide lectures, and historical references.  Elements of contour, value, composition, perspective and color theory are defined as well as the proper use of chalk pastels.  This class offers patient and individual instruction in a supportive environment.  A great place to begin!  Materials: During the first class the instructor will discuss chalk pastel options.  Students should bring only an 18 x 24 inch all-purpose pad, vine charcoal (soft), compressed charcoal (soft), and a hard rubber eraser to the first session. 

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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DRAWING IN COLOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 1 to April 5 (snow date 4/19)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, May 10 to June 14 (snow date June 21)
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $120 (materials not included)

This class offers solid instruction in basic drawing and an introduction to color via the use of pastels.  A variety of studio projects are complemented with group and individual critiques, slide lectures, and historical references.  Elements of contour, value, composition, perspective and color theory are defined as well as the proper use of chalk pastels.  This class offers patient and individual instruction in a supportive environment.  A great place to begin!  Materials: During the first class the instructor will discuss chalk pastel options.  Students should bring only an 18 x 24 inch all-purpose pad, vine charcoal (soft), compressed charcoal (soft), and a hard rubber eraser to the first session. 

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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PAINTING ON FRIDAYS with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Fridays, March 3 to April 7 (snow date 4/21)
Session B: Six Fridays, May 12 to June 16 (snow date 6/23)
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

This session begins with instruction in the basic rules of drawing, which includes information on contour, value, and composition.  This painting class will be a study and use of oils or acrylic paints.  Working from a variety of subject matter, the instructor will offer information on color theory and the proper use of materials via group and individual critiques.  Instruction is catered to the level of your experience; more advanced students will be offered more advanced techniques.  Students should bring only drawing materials to the first class as the instructor will discuss the various materials needed for the rest of the session. 

Some six-week sessions may require an approximate $5 model fee that will be collected at the first class. 

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Fridays, March 3 to April 7 (snow date 4/21)
Session B: Six Fridays, May 12 to June 16 (snow date 6/23)
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Adult
Cost: $98 (materials not included, plus a one-time $20 model fee collected at first class)

 

The subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure have been learning tools and challenges for artists over the centuries.  In this class, students of all levels will receive basic academic instruction as well as more expressionistic options in dealing with the art of portraiture.  Guided by the instructor, students will explore a variety of portrait and figure painting techniques, including creating a likeness, the use of color in representing flesh tones, and understanding elements of anatomy.  Students can work with their favorite medium from figure casts, as well as a variety of portrait models (no nude models).  Students should bring drawing materials (pad, pencils, charcoal, and eraser) to the first class.  The instructor will discuss various color material options for the remaining class dates.  An approximate $20 model fee will be collected during the first class.

Landscape Paiting with Charles David Viera
Painting on Fridays with Charles David Viera
Treat yourself to this landscape painting art class led by artist Charles David Viera

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING: SUMMER MORNING LIGHT with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Wednesdays, June 28 to August 2 (snow date 8/9)
Session B: Six Fridays, June 30 to August 4 (snow date 8/9)
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 15 through adults
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light.  In this class, artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them.  Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park as they improve their skills.  Beginner and advanced instruction in drawing, composition, color theory, and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations, and historical references.  Open to students of all levels and working in any medium.  Experienced students should bring their favorite medium while beginners should bring drawing materials to the first class where color materials will be discussed.  Light easels and chairs are provided. 

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES:
Blooming Young Artists

Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes! 

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS with LENA SHIFFMAN

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS
Session A: Six Saturdays, February 25 to April 1
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 29 to June 3
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 lifes… 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 session or for both

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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STUDIO TIME FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING with LENA SHIFFMAN

STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING
Session A: Six Saturdays, February 25 to April 1
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 29 to June 3
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 and ability to work with beginners to very advanced students encourages and guides them 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.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one session or for both. Remember to dress in old clothing. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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BACKPACKING: PA SECTION 6
Blooming Young Artists

Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes! 

Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 30 to October 1
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

Hike and camp along Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains and native animals like migrating raptors 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 and drive into Schuylkill/Berks County, PA in a County van.  We will pick up the Appalachian Trail at Route 645, and hike north about 7.5 miles.  After passing several overlooks, we will camp overnight at Hertlein Campsite.  Sunday we will hike past another lookout and a monument to the former Fort Dietrich Snyder, before meeting up with the van at a parking area off Route 183 (about 4 miles).  Although part of this section is fairly rocky, it promises to have rewarding views.  This is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 4 to 7.5 miles each day with a full backpack. 

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on Monday, September 25 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  All participants must backpack with the following items: clothing, sturdy shoes, rain gear, 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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BASKETRY & CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS with INSTRUCTOR LIZ BRAIDWOOD FULMER
FOR ADULTS:
Diamond Tote-It - May 19 & 26, 2017
UFO...Unfinished Objects - May 31, 2017
FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS:
Hypertufa: Make a Garden Flower Pot - May 21, 2017 - SORRY CANCELLED
Felting an Acorn - May 23, 2017
Tree of Life Pendant Craft - September 12, 2017
Basketry Classes

DIAMOND TOTE-IT

Dates: Fridays, May 19 & 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $37 (includes materials)

Let’s take the herringbone weave another step and add a diamond pattern.  This basket measures approximately 12” long x 5” deep x 10” tall and includes a center handle.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

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UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

Date: Wednesday, May 31
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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BASKETRY WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS


These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult, solo children 11 and up and adults are welcome.  Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project. 

All are welcome.  Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project. 

 
Wood Easter Container
Make this adorable acorn into a necklace

FELTING an ACORN

Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $6 (includes materials)

Have you ever washed a wool sweater in hot water and it shrunk?  Well, that is the basic principal behind felting.  Students will put wool into a plastic Easter egg and shake, shake, shake, and shake the egg. 

The wool becomes a small felted ball that we will make into an acorn necklace. 

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Tree of Life Pendamt Craft
Make this adorable acorn into a necklace

TREE OF LIFE PENDANT CRAFT

Dates: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $15 (includes materials)

Create an eye-catching tree of life pendant using a 1 ¼” round metal ring, wire, and beads of your color choice. 

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BIRDING TRIPS AND PROGRAMS
WEEKEND TRIPS:
Mine Road Excursion - May 20, 2017 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Sussex County Birds - June 3, 2017
Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County - July 8, 2017
Sandy Hook - August 13, 2017
Mercer County Exploration - September 16, 2017
Thursday Morning Bird Walks

 

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.  Pre-registration is required.


Hooded Warblers Worm-eating Warblers

Hooded Warblers typically call from brush while Worm-eating Warblers are usually found in the upper branches of trees.  We hope to see both along Mine Road.

MINE ROAD EXCURSION - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list

Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $25

Mine Road was once one of the oldest commercial roads in the Northeast.  Now, it is the main artery for the Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  Join us on the trip as we journey along Mine Road from Route 80 to Millbrook Village.  We will stop multiple times along the road and explore the surroundings for migrants and local residents.  Possible sightings could include Hooded Warbler and Worm-eating Warblers.

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Scarlet Tanagers Great Crested Flycatcher

As bright as Scarlet Tanagers are, they are very adept at hiding in trees.  The first clue that a Great Crested Flycatcher is around is its distinctive “Wheeep” call. 

SUSSEX COUNTY BIRDS

Date: Saturday, June 3
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 Scarlet Tanager, Cerulean Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, and Northern Raven, 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 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

Date: Saturday, July 8
Time: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 up to the last moment depending on reports and findings.  We will hope to see Bobolinks, a variety of warblers, and more.  Two miles of hiking may be required.

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Wood Easter Container
Let’s bird the hook!

SANDY HOOK

Date:  Sunday, August 13
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $25

Sandy Hook is a 2,044-acre barrier beach peninsula that offers seven miles of beach line, salt marshes, and a maritime holly forest.  The variety of coastal habitats from sand dunes, grasslands, salt and freshwater marshes, to thickets and maritime forest offers a diverse range of birding opportunities from shorebirds to songbirds and raptors.  Time permitting, we will stop at other locations based on observation reports

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MERCER COUNTY EXPLORATION  

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $25

Join us for a trip to the south as we explore the areas of Mercer County for some fall birding.  Areas that we will focus on include Baldpate Mountain, St. Michael’s Orphanage, and perhaps the Trenton Marsh.  Our length of stay will be based on our sightings.  Around 2 miles of walking will occur.  If we have time, we will stop at other locations.

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THURSDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Ages: Adults
Cost: free, pre-registration is required. 

Take an early morning stroll with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we look for the fall migrants and local birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are near-by.  Binoculars are available to borrow.

THURSDAY MORNING WALKS

May 25:   Hoffman Park
September 7:   Stanton Station 
September 14:   Hoffman                    
September 21:   Deer Path – Soccer Lot

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS

Sunset Paddles on Roud Valley Reservoir - June 16 & July 14

River Trips
FAQS - Planning Your Trip
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Weekend Canoe Instructors Wanted

 

OUR 40TH YEAR!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 40 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. 

SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

Session A: Friday, June 16
Session B: Friday, July 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Cost: $25

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: it can get much cooler by the water when the sun goes down.   

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RIVER TRIPS

Time: 8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35 per person

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, May 20 Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island  
Saturday, June 3 Musconetcong (back-up river a Delaware River section)
Saturday, June 24 Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, July 8 Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, July 22 South Branch (back-up river a Delaware River section)
Saturday, August 5 Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, August 19 Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Saturday, September 2 Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, September 16   Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, October 7      South Branch (back-up river a Delaware River section)
Saturday, October 21 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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F.A.Q'S - PLANNING YOUR TRIP

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. 

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, 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.

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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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation offers discount tickets to the following amusement parks, available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon.   Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.  To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.  Tickets are non-refundable.

AMUSEMENT PARK GATEE
PRICE
DISCOUNT  TICKET

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom:
   Adult


$58.80


$46.00

Hershey Park:
   Adult
   Junior


$65.80
$42.80


$53.00
$39.00

Six Flags Great Adventure:
   Adult Theme Park & Safari
   Parking Pass


$80.15
$25.00


$44.50
$22.00

Philadelphia Zoo:
   Children 2 under Free


$23.00


$20.00

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
Butterflies and Moths - June 6, 2017

Girls in the Wild Series - Friday Evenings:

   Girls Rock - August 25, 2017
   Funny Bones - September 8, 2017
   Tree Huggers Friday - September 15, 2017
   Trash Talk - September 22, 2017

Ash Trees - Soon to Be Extinct? - September 12, 2017
Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Therapy - September 13, 2017
Insect Study - Scouting Merit Badge - September 15, 2017
Endangered Wildife - September 19,2017 - NEW
Reptiles Alive - September 20, 2017
Hiking with Dogs - September 25, 2017

 

Butterflies and Moths

Learn about the butterflies and moths of our area, including the Silver-spotted Skipper. 

BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS

Date: Tuesday, June 6
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person


What makes a butterfly a butterfly and a moth a moth?  What are the differences between the two?  How can we encourage them in our yards?

We will start with a short walk around the park to see if any Lepidopterans are flying around, and then go inside for a lecture on the different kinds of butterflies and moths of Hunterdon County. 

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Girls in the Wild Nature Series for Girls ages 6 thorugh 12

Create a love for science with the Girls in the Wild Series created specifically for girls ages 6 through 12 years old! 

GIRLS IN THE WILD SERIES

Dates: Four Fridays, August 25 to September 22 (no class September 1)
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Ages: 6 through 12
Cost: $20 includes all 4 programs/dates

Exposing girls to nature can foster a lifelong connection with the environment and create a love for the sciences. This four-week program focuses on taking a deeper look into our local natural environment.  Each study will be an interactive introduction to the natural sciences for young minds to explore.  Fee includes all four programs; you may NOT sign up for them individually.

GIRLS ROCK
Date: Friday, August 25
Location: Echo Hill
Millions of people find rocks and minerals interesting, you can too. In this hands-on study we will learn how geologists are like detectives, searching for clues among the rocks to see what happened in history.

FUNNY BONES
Date: Friday, September 8
Location: Echo Hill
Study skulls of the local wildlife and learn fun bone and skeleton facts about animals here in New Jersey. 

TREE HUGGERS’ FRIDAY
Date: September 15
Location: Arboretum
Trees provide many benefits to us every day. Join us to learn what these benefits are and how we can identify the trees around us.

TRASH TALK
Date: Friday September 22
Location: Sunnyside
Investigate our garbage and how to help prevent pollution from entering our local waterways; includes a child-directed conservation project.

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ASH TREES-SOON TO BE EXTINCT?

Dates: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM 
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 10 to adult
Cost: $3

Do you have Ash trees in your yard or purchase firewood in the winter?  Can you protect the Ash tree from the invasive Emerald Ash Borer?  Please attend this informational session on how to help protect the future of one of the greatest shade trees in North America.

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Forest Therapy

SHINRIN-YOKU, FOREST THERAPY

Date: Wednesday, September 13      
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Sourland Mountain Preserve  (233 Rileyville Road, Ringoes 08551)
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $3

Stressed from work or the start of a new school year?  Come experience what the Japanese have been doing for years; breathe, relax, smell, and listen to the forest around you.  Join us on a tranquil, relaxing, guided walk through the forest and let go of the stress created by our urban lifestyles. Please note no restroom facilities are available.

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Insect Study for Scots
Let’s get out and catch some bugs for the Insect Study Merit Badge, such as this Eastern Pondhawk female

INSECT STUDY SCOUTING MERIT BADGE

Date: Friday, September 15
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: Boy Scouts or Venture Scouts ages 11 through 17
Cost: $10 per scout

Earn your Insect Study Merit Badge with Counselor Laura Bush!  We will get together on September 15 to catch and document insects for our scrapbooks.  Please bring a camera, a notebook and pencil for sketching insects, and boots/old sneakers that can get wet for catching stream insects if we have time. 

Scouts will need to schedule an additional meeting time with Laura after they have completed the additional requirements for the badge on their own.  Cost is per scout; adults may accompany their scout for free, or drop them off. 

 

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Wood Turtle

Wood Turtle

ENDANERED WILDLIFE - NEW

Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages:  Adults (children over 12 welcome with an adult)
Cost: $3 

Did you know one in four mammals, one in eight birds, and one third of all amphibians are at risk of extinction? Join us to find out what species are endangered here in New Jersey and why the number of endangered species is 100 times greater than it was 100 years ago. Learn what is being done locally and how you can help.

 

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Insect Study for Scots

Would you like to carry around your home?

REPTILES ALIVE

Date: Wednesday, September 20
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location Arboretum – Meeting Room
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $3 per person (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Our reptiles are often misunderstood as scaly and slimy no good wildlife.  Learn the truth about some of the County’s reptiles.  During this program with Chief Naturalist Tom Sheppard, we will dispel some of those myths and meet a few live reptile friends.

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HIKING WITH DOGS

Date: Monday, September 25
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $3

Celebrate national dog week by bringing your dog to the park. In this program, we will learn more about taking a four-legged pal on a hike. We will discuss some things to keep in mind that will keep you, your dog, and other hikers happier, and the environment healthier.

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FALL NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
Fall Nature Club

The Fall Nature Club is a great way to explore the outdoors!

Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  Park Naturalist Laura Bush 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 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 to spend more time indoors. 

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. 

FALL NATURE CLUB

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 12 to October 31
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 3 to 5
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons

Session A  Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B  Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

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Butterflies and Moths

Homeschool Lessons

HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
The Natural World - Tuesdays September 2017 to May 2018

THE NATURAL WORLD

Date: Second Tuesdays of each Month, September 2017 to May 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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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SPRING NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS - weekdays
Spring Nature Clubs (Tuesdays April 4 to May 23)
Important Registration Information


Spring Nature Club

During the Spring Nature Club we will explore the field, forest, and stream habitats of Echo Hill. 

SPRING NATURE CLUBS

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, April 4 to May 23
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

Our popular spring nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  A professional Park Naturalist 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. 

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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. 

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Orienteering Class
ORIENTEERING CLASS

Date: Thursday, September 14 
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5

Are you a scout who missed the orienteering or compass program? Do you want to learn about orienteering or how to use a compass? Then come and meet Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard at Echo Hill where you will learn about both and go out on our course to try your skills. 

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Bronx Zoo Van Trip - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Historic Sandy Hook Van Trip - June 10, 2017 SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Grey Towers Van Trip - June 13, 2017- SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Landmarks in Light.. Bryn Athyn Historic District Van Trip - June 20, 2017
Canal's Rich History and Canal Boat Ride - August 13, 2017
Jim Thorpe Design-Your-Day: Train Ride, Museums, Shoppiing... - September 10, 2017

 

Eagle in a nest Eagle in a nest

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Discover animals from all over the world at the Bronx Zoo. 

BRONX ZOO VAN TRIP

SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list

Date: Saturday, May 27
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 journey 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 special attractions like the Butterfly Garden, the Children’s Zoo, the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Zoo Shuttle, the 4-D Theatre, and Jungle World.  You will have about five hours to enjoy yourself.  You can eat lunch in the main restaurant the Dancing Crane Café, or at the Terrace Café located by the Children’s Zoo (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?

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HISTORIC SANDY HOOK VAN TRIP

Date: Saturday, June 10 SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $25 (meals are not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Sandy Hook was amongst Henry Hudson’s first landfall sightings in the new world.  Today, as then, the Sandy Hook peninsula provides a protective barrier for Sandy Hook Bay from the storms of the North Atlantic.  The National Park Service’s visitor center exhibits the uniqueness and environmental importance of the Hook.  We’ll first experience the view of Sandy Hook, the New York skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean from Twin Lights, a lighthouse in the town of Atlantic Highlands.  This lighthouse also contains a museum depicting the nautical history of the area.  After that, we’ll tour the Hook where we’ll stop at points of interest, many of which tell the story of America’s coastal defense history.  Our tour guide will give an in-depth and informative interpretation of the military sites.  We’ll stop for dinner at Windansea Restaurant (dinner is not included in the price; lighter fare menu items range from $13 to $22, visit www.windanseanj.com to view the menu).  On the way home we will make a quick stop at Mt. Mitchill, the highest point on the eastern seaboard, to an overlook and the Monmouth County 9/11 memorial.  Participants should bring plenty to drink, a bagged lunch, and money for dinner.  Wear sturdy walking shoes, as you might choose to climb to the top of the lighthouses.  Dress in layers, be prepared for maritime weather, and don’t forget your camera and/or binoculars! 

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Grey Towers Van Trip

Tour Grey Towers, the home of America’s first Forester.

GREY TOWERS VAN TRIP

Date: Tuesday, June 13 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM        
Location: Arboretum
Age: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $20 plus an $8 entry fee to be paid by you on the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Grey Towers, located in Milford, Pennsylvania, was originally the summer estate of the James Pinchot family and later the primary home of Gifford Pinchot, America’s first Forester and founder of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.  Grey Towers was completed in 1886 by Gifford’s father, a wealthy wallpaper merchant.  Richard Morris Hunt, a leading architect of the era, designed the summer home to utilize both local materials and reflect the French heritage of the Pinchot family.  For two decades the Pinchots and their children enjoyed numerous summers at Grey Towers entertaining guests for afternoon teas and dinner parties.  The group will travel in a Parks van 1 hour and 35 minutes to Grey Towers.  Please dress in layers; be prepared to be outdoors and indoors and wear sturdy footwear.  After the guided tour you will have free time to check out the gardens before we go for lunch at the Waterwheel Café in Milford, PA (lunch is not included in the price of the trip; visit www.waterwheelcafe.com to view the menu).  After lunch we will do some sightseeing in the Milford area.  You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks for the van ride. 

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LANDMARKS IN LIGHT… Bryn Athyn Historic District Van Trip

Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ  

Enjoy several beautiful buildings lit up at night!

Date: Tuesday June 20
Time: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight)
Location: Arboretum
Age: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $15 plus additional/optional entrance fees to be paid by you the day of the trip.

Enjoy quiet reflection as you explore the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in lights. 

This property includes the Glencairn Museum, Cairnwood Estate and the Bryn Athyn Cathedral.

Glencairn Museum: Glencairn is a medieval-style castle that houses Eastern & Western religious art and history.  Its collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered to be one of the country’s finest.  Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn built Glencairn between 1928 and 1939; it was designed as a Romanesque-style “castle” for Pitcairn’s outstanding collection of medieval objects.  The first floor will be open, including exhibitions, an orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour; rides to the Tower will be an additional fee of $5 per person.

Cairnwood Estate: Visit the Garden House, including exhibitions and an orientation video; self-guided Cairnwood house tours will be an additional fee of $5 per person.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral: This spectacular medieval-style cathedral is a must see with many handcrafted creations of stone, wood, stained glass, and iron.  A cell phone audio tour of the building and gardens is available.  And don’t forget to visit the beautiful gardens! 

Photography for private use is permitted.  No flash, tripods, selfie-sticks, or videography.  Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum at 7:00 PM and return to the Arboretum at midnight; you may bring a snack and something to drink.

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Canal History and Boat Ride Trip

We will walk through and relive this interesting history.

CANAL’S RICH HISTORY & CANAL BOAT RIDE

Date: Sunday, August 13
Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: Adults
Cost: $15 plus a $12 entry fee paid by you the day of the trip.
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Come and explore the rich history of the Morris and the Lehigh Canals. We will visit three museums, a historic inclined plane, and take a ride on Pennsylvania’s only mule-drawn canal boat attraction.  At the Inclined Plane, 9 West, we will discover how these planes (the canal implemented 23 of them and 23 lift locks) overcame an elevation change of almost 1,700 feet, an unbroken world record. The tender’s house, turbine chamber, and tailrace tunnel are still in place making this site one of the best remaining examples of these engineering marvels. Bread Lock Park includes a learning center which houses detailed models and displays of Lock 7 West, ("The Bread Lock"), the inclined plane in Bowerstown, the Shippen Manor, and Oxford Furnace, all located in NJ. There are also many artifacts to view from this bygone era. The third museum, the National Canal Museum, interprets the history, science, and technology of canal construction and navigation, through exhibits and hands-on activities. The locktender’s house will also be open with a guide who will enlighten us on the importance of the locktenders and their families. Behind the house is a perennial flower garden to enjoy while taking in the beautiful views of the Lehigh Canal. Please pack a lunch and drink, bring $12 for the boat ride, and wear sturdy footwear. This trip will not run if hard rain is in the forecast, this decision would be decided on Saturday, August 12 and you will be notified via phone number from your Registration Form.

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JIM THORPE DESIGN-YOUR-DAY: TRAIN RIDE, MUSEUMS, SHOPPING…

 

Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ

Visit the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe, Pa!

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Age: 10 through adult
Cost: $20, entry fees and food not included

All aboard the Hunterdon Van express… the first stop is the Jim Thorpe train station (1 ½ hour travel time from the Arboretum), next anyone staying aboard will travel 10 miles to the No. 9 Mine and Museum for a tour (entry fee of $8) then back to Jim Thorpe. There you can take a  scenic train ride on the Lehigh Gorge Railroad, (11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM / $14 adult, $9 child), visit the Asa Packer Mansion (11:00 to 4:00 PM every ½ hour / $10 guided tour, just a 4-minute walk from the railroad), visit the Harry Packer Mansion (self-guided tours / $5 / 1:00 to 3:00 PM), visit the Old Jail Museum ($10 adult, $7 child—no children under 12 please; an 11-minute walk from the railroad) or take a St. Mark's and St. John's Episcopal Church Tour (noon to 4:00 PM). You might like to shop the many unique shops, and lunch at one of the many restaurants.  Design your own agenda for the day and let us do the driving. Feel free to bring food and drink for the ride.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
Free Recreation Walks - March through May

FREE RECREATION WALKS

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: all
Cost: Free

May 17: Columbia Trail (N) Califon Park, 98 Bank Street, Califon 07830
May 31:  Columbia Trail (S) Califon Park, 98 Bank Street, Califon 07830
September 6:

Cold Brook Preserve, 65 Old Turnpike Rd., Oldwick 08858 (Moderate) 

September 20: Teetertown, 30 Pleasant Grove Rd., Port Murray 07865 (Moderate) 
October 4: Schick Preserve, 486 Little York Rd. - Mt. Pleasant Rd./Route 631, Milford 08848 (Easy)
October 18: Hoffman, 2nd Parking lot, 751 Mechlin’s Corner Rd., Hampton 08827 (Easy)
November 1: Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Rd., Glen Gardner (Moderate) 
November 15: Columbia Trail, High Bridge Parking Lot, 79 Main Street, High Bridge 08829 (Moderate) 

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.

These trails are easy to moderate hikes. 

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SQUARE DANCING
Open House Country Square Dance - September 10, 2017
Square Dance Lessons - starts September 19th

Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ
Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ

Swing with Your Partner and Have some Fun!!

OPEN HOUSE COUNTRY SQUARE DANCE

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $3 admission, no pre-registration required.

Co-sponsored by the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club and the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation. Caller Ed Kerns will be on hand to provide an enjoyable afternoon of brisk music and lively square dancing. Come and enjoy the atmosphere of Echo Hill Lodge’s fireplace, wagon wheel lighting, fresh country air, and wonderful wooden floor, while getting an introduction to what modern square dancing is all about. Refreshments provided.

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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

Session A: 12 Tuesdays, September 19 – December 19 (no class 10/31, 12/5)
Session B: 12 Tuesdays, January 9 – March 27 (must attend both sessions to graduate)
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $60 per session

Square dancing is the official folk dance of New Jersey. It gives people the opportunity to spend time with a warm and friendly group, make new friends, and get low-impact aerobic exercise all at the same time. It is 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 simpler “calls” and then progresses on to those of more complexity, stressing repetition and review for ease of learning. After the 12-week mid-point, students will be able to dance at special area dances, and after graduating, will be able to dance the mainstream program at the many area square dances and join the Flutterwheels at bi-weekly Friday night dances at Echo Hill.  

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TOT WALKS
Free 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

Join 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.  This fall we are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C. 

INSECTS
Session A:   Thursday, September 21, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B:   Friday, September 22, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C:   Friday, September 22, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

LEAVES
Session A:   Thursday, October 19, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B:   Friday, October 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C:   Friday, October 20, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

ANIMAL HOMES
Session A:   Thursday, November 16, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B:   Friday, November 17, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C:   Friday, November 17, 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). 

Free Tot Walks

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

Free Tot Walks

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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