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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

2019 SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM FOR KIDS
2019 SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS FOR KIDS

ART CLASSES

BIRDING TRIPS AND WALKS
BOOKMOBILE AT THE ARBORETUM - new!!
CAMPING AND BACKPACKING TRIPS
CANOEING/KAYAKING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS
FALL NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
HOMESCHOOLED ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES

MEDITATION/SINGING BOWL CLASSES- new!!

NATURE PROGRAMS updated 08/15/2019

PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS

PHOTOGRAPHY

RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

SQUARE DANCING

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WANTED: WEEKEND CANOE LEADER
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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

43rd Annual Music Under the Stars Concert Series Thursdays, June 27 to August 15 download brochure

Public Lands Day - September 28
16th Touch-A-Truck Day - November 2
2019 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

43RD MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES

43rd Annual Music Under the Stars Concert Series

2019 Music Under the Stars Concert Series!!

Dates: Thursdays, June 27 to August 15 - NO PERFORMANCE ON JULY 4TH
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: all
Cost: free!

Download the 2019 Concert Brochure or visit our Concert Under the Stars webpage for information!!!

 


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PUBLIC LANDS DAY OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION

Public Lands Day 2019 Open House Celebration

Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum   
Ages: All
Cost: free!

FREE fun for all! Learn about what the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation is all about: YOUR open spaces, park lands, park programs, and your friendly park staff! 

This year on Public Lands Day, join us at the Hunterdon County Arboretum to celebrate over 50 years of open space in the county.  Activities will include learning about and seeing live animals, birding, guided walks, hands-on experiences and more.  Learn about opportunities to explore hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and cross-country skiing around the county.  Enjoy our open house and discover how to be a steward for our public lands.   

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16TH TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY

Date: Saturday, November 2… MARK YOUR CALENDER
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM,
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: all ages
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 2nd 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 16th 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!

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ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS

Thursday Evening Art Studios - August 1 to August 29

Art Boot Camp for Adults - August 26 to August 30
Art Classes at the Hunterdon County Parks Division

 

THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIOS

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

Join the fun! 

Dates: Five Thursdays, August 1 to August 29
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

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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ART BOOT CAMP FOR ADULTS

Date: Monday through Friday, August 26 to August 30
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: adults
Cost: $100 (materials not included)
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

Calling all artists to join us for a week of art boot camp at the Arboretum.  Spend five consecutive mornings in a fun and relaxed atmosphere creating with Lena Shiffman.  Use a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, and some “plein air” if the weather permits.  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.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in just one week!  All ability levels welcome!

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BIRDING TRIPS AND WALKS
Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County - July 7
Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge - August 10
Hawk Mountain - September 15
Birding the DC Jungle - October 19 to 20
Thursday Morning / Tuesday Afternoon Bird Walks - Various Dates
Birding Trips and Programs

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. 

 

BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

 

Date: Sunday, July 7
Time: 6:00 AM to Noon
Cost: $25

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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Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge

 

HAWK MOUNTAIN

Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $30

Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge is a classic for us in the winter, but some of its major sightings occur in the summer season.  Join us on this trek to this refuge as we look for different species of terns, herons, sandpipers, and more.  Participants need to be prepared for the “greenheads.”  Loose fitting, light colored, and long sleeved clothing is recommended
 
Hawk Mountain Birding Trip

Looking over the stones and vista of the North Overlook at Hawk Mountain

Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $40 (covers entrance fee to Hawk Mountain)
Hawk Mountain is part of the Kittatinny Ridge, and along with other preserved lands, it makes up one of the largest protected areas of contiguous forest in southeastern Pennsylvania.  Hawk Mountain is known for its thrilling migration of hawks, eagles, and falcons.  Mid-September is known for the movements of the Broad-winged Hawks.  There is a moderate hike to reach the observation location.

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BIRDING THE DC JUNGLE

 

THURSDAY MORNING / TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIRD WALKS

National Arboretum

View from the fountain looking at the National Columns

Theodore Rosevelt Island
The Presidential Memorial on the island in Autumn

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20
Time: 6:00 AM on Saturday to 9:00 PM on Sunday
Cost: $175 double occupancy / $225 single occupancy (must enroll by 9/15)
Note: Limit of 8 people on this trip 

This overnight excursion will take participants down to our Nation’s Capital for a bit of urban birding.  We will focus on the National Parks surrounded by the concrete sea of development. 

On our way down, we will make a stop at Conowingo Dam and see if there are any eagles flying around.  From there we will head to the National Arboretum and enjoy our packed lunch amongst the scenery.  In the afternoon, we will move over to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  It is then off to our hotel and dinner.  Sunday morning will be a stop and scan at Haines Point in the Potomac River, before we move upstream to Roosevelt Island. 

We will make a stop for lunch on our way to the last birding spot in Virginia – Great Falls.  Here we will look for species missing on our list and enjoy the vista of the falls.  We will then head for home with a dinner stop in Havre De Grace at a restaurant that was a tradition for Tom and his mother on vacation to DC.  A fair amount of walking will be involved on this trip.  Roosevelt Island can only be accessed by a pedestrian bridge.  NOTE… this will be a fast-paced trip, and while participants do not have to be expert birders, they should understand basic birding skills.  Therefore, participants need to have been on two previous birding excursions.

Limited seating is available; participants need to limit themselves to one crushable bag for their personal belongings (not counting scopes or binoculars.)  Participants should pack a lunch for Saturday and bring money for the other meals. 

 
White Throated Sparrow

The White-throated Sparrow is a wintering bird in NJ.  On which walk will it appear and be the harbinger of the coming winter?

7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
9/19     South Branch WMA 
9/26     Hoffman
10/3     Deer Path – Soccer Lot
10/10   Arboretum

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
10/17   Bernadette Morales/Uplands
10/24   Sunnyside Picnic Area
10/31   Echo Hill

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 around us.  Binoculars are available to borrow.

For Addresses of the Above Park Locations Click Here...

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BOOKMOBILE AT THE ARBORETUM - new!
Hunterdon County Bookmobile

The Hunterdon County Library on Wheels is headed our way! 

Have you visited the Hunterdon County Library Bookmobile lately?

Beginning June 4, the Bookmobile will be at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 north, Lebanon, Clinton Twp.) 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.  Watch for children’s events and the Summer Reading Club coming later this summer.  

Check out the library’s website www.hclibrary.us for updates, events, and all bookmobile stops and locations.

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CAMPING AND BACKPACKING TRIPS
Synchronous Fireflies Camping and Hiking Trip - June 29 to July 1
Overnight Canoe Trip - August 10 to 11
Backpacking: Route 301 to 52, New York - September 14 to September 15

 

SYNCHRONOUS FIREFLIES CAMPING & HIKING TRIP

 

OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP (also Boy Scout Merit Badge)

Join us for an exciting new camping trip to look for synchronous fireflies in Allegheny National Forest!

Join us for an exciting new camping trip to look for synchronous fireflies in Allegheny National Forest!

Date: Saturday, June 29 through Monday, July 1
Time: 12:00 PM on Saturday to 3:00 PM on Monday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $160 per person
Note: limit of nine participants on this trip

The Synchronous Firefly (Photinus carolinus) is only found in a few places in the United States, most famously Smoky Mountain National Park.  In 2012, it was also confirmed in Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania.  As individual females synchronize with males nearby, waves of alternating bright light and darkness seem to travel across the landscape. These insects flash as a group about six times over two to four seconds, followed by a dark pattern of eight to 12 seconds.  Another unusual species in the forest is the Chinese Lantern, of which the males are low and slow-flying, giving one-second, bluish-green glows repeated every 2 to 5 seconds.  On this camping trip, we will hope to see both species of fireflies.

We will meet at the Arboretum and drive about five hours to the Kellettville Campground, a rustic campground with a portajohn but no electricity or water.  This campsite is on a stream so we will provide a water filter for fresh water.  On Saturday, we will arrive in time to set up camp and cook dinner (please eat lunch before the trip or bring it to eat in the car).  Saturday night we will go on a guided walk to see the Synchronous Fireflies at about 10:00 PM.  Sunday we will have the option of a six-mile day hike (with leader Laura), a two-mile day hike, or enjoying the campsite.  At night, we will have a second opportunity to see the 15 species of fireflies the Alleghenies offer from in and around our campsite.  Monday we will drive back home, stopping at a casual restaurant on the way.  Participants will need to provide dinner Saturday and Sunday, breakfast Sunday and Monday, lunch Sunday, and bring money for the restaurant Sunday lunch. 

We will bring one cooler and a stove for participants to share; please limit yourself to a few refrigerated items.  Participants should also bring only one bag of belongings that includes a sleeping bag, tent, clothing, sturdy shoes, raingear, two liters of water, and eating/cooking dishes.  Let us know if you need to borrow a tent. 

 

Let's Go Camping

Enjoy the Delaware on a weekend canoe camping trip!

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, August 10 to 11
Times: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 4:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult 
Cost: $70 (includes dinner Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday)

This trip will leave the Arboretum at 8:00 AM on Saturday, when we will head to the Delaware Water Gap to the put-in. 

We will paddle for a couple hours, stop to have a picnic lunch (please bring lunch for Saturday), paddle for a couple more hours, and then camp out at one of the wilderness sites on the river.  The group will cook dinner and enjoy the nature around us. 

The next day, we will cook breakfast and head downriver.  We will stop and have a picnic lunch (provided).  There will be time to swim both days as we travel. 

All participants must attend a pre-camp meeting on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  On your registration form, please indicate any dietary restrictions and if you will need to borrow a tent.

Boy Scouts may obtain their Canoeing merit badge by setting up an additional meeting with Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard.  

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BACKPACKING:  ROUTE 301 TO 52, NEW YORK

 

 

 

Backpacking: Route 301 to Route 52 in New York

Enjoy the Delaware on a weekend
canoe camping trip!

Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 AM to Saturday, September 15 at 5:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 14 through adult, $55
Note: Limit of 8 participants on this trip

Backpack a new section in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, NY!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains while enjoying beautiful scenery.  Learn the basics of backpacking as we set up tents, cook, and hike together.  The group will meet at the Arboretum Saturday morning and drive to the trail in a county van.  We will start in Fahnestock at Route 301 in Putnam County and hike north to RPH shelter where we will spend the night (about 7 miles on Saturday).  Sunday, we will hike about 5.1 miles, passing the Stormville Mountain view on the way back to the van.

This is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 5.1 to 7 miles each day with a full backpack.  Al

l participants must backpack with the following items: clothing, sturdy shoes, raingear, bowl, fork, spoon, at least two liters of water, two lunches, dinner, breakfast, and a sleeping bag.  Also, if you have them, please bring: lightweight cooking dishes (mess kit), a stove, a tent, and a backpack. 

Participants provide all food.  On your registration form, please indicate if you will need to borrow a backpack or two-person tent.

For new backpackers who are used to full day hikes, or experienced backpackers who want to hike with a group and expect to hike at the pace of the group.  Participants who have not backpacked with Hunterdon County Parks in the past can expect a phone call from leader Laura Bush to discuss the trip and expectations. 

 

 

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Weekend Canoe Leader Wanted
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 41ST YEAR
Sunset Paddle on Round Valley Reservoir - July 12th
River Day Trips - various dates
Overnight Canoe Trip
Planning Your Canoe Trip
WANTED: WEEKEND CANOE LEADER
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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNSET PADDLES ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR       

Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Round Valley at sunset is beautiful!

Session B: Friday, July 12
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: meet at Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $30 

Treat yourself to a leisurely sunset paddle on Round Valley Reservoir. 

We'll meet at the Arboretum. 

Bring a flashlight and a jacket: it can get much cooler on the water when the sun goes down.  

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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 lifejacket 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.

  • Saturday, June 29: ​Upper South Branch or Musconetcong River
  • Sunday, July 14: ​Lehigh River
  • Saturday, July 27: ​Merrill Creek Reservoir
  • 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 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.

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FALL 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. 

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 10 to October 29
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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MEDITATION/SINGING BOWL/YOGA CLASSES - new!!
Nature Meditation Tours at Parks - Various Dates (*new start time because of the summer heat)
Midsummer Night Singing Bowls Meditation - July 31st

 

NATURE MEDITATION TOURS AT PARKS  *NEW

 

MIDSUMMER NIGHT SINGING BOWLS MEDITATION  *NEW 

Dates: Sundays
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (*new start time because of the summer heat)
Ages: teens and adult
Cost: $16 per session           
Instructor: Lisa Perry
July 28 MIQUIN WOODS PRESERVE
326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner (Lebanon Twp.)
August 11 POINT MOUNTAIN RESERVATION
80 Point Mountain Road, Washington (Lebanon Twp.)
August 25  HELD FOR RAIN DATE (replacement date if we cancel due to rain)

This summer, reconnect to the beauty of nature and to your own inner peace during this exploration of parks in the northern section of Hunterdon County.  Each session includes a silent hike with pauses for guided meditation along the way.  Beginners are welcome.  Bring a towel or mat to sit on. Once you have found your Zen, you may want to continue exploring the park further on your own.  Pre-registration is required.

 
MIDSUMMER NIGHT SINGING BOWLS MEDITATION with Lisa Perry

Dates: Wednesday, July 31
Time:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park (Cedars Pavilion)
Ages: teens and adult
Cost: $12 per session 
Instructor: Lisa Perry

On a midsummer evening, relax and absorb the healing vibrations from crystal and Tibetan singing bowls. As sunset approaches, everyone is invited to participate in a singing bowl circle.  Bring a mat or towel to lie/sit on and your own singing bowl (optional). 

 

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NATURE PROGRAMS
Mushroom Foray - August 18 - date changed to August 25
Family Fun Scavenger Hunt - August 20 SORRY CANCELLED
Evening Bat Walk - August 21  DOWNLOAD FLYER
Build a Bat House Workshop - August 27 DOWNLOAD FLYER
Grandparent and Me Nature Walk - September 8
Life List of Hunterdon County - September 14 date changed to October 05
Dragon Hunt - September 18
Beginner's Mushroom Walk - September 23
Twilight Autumn Equinox Hike - September 23
 

 

MUSHROOM FORAY

 

FAMILY FUN SCAVENGER HUNT

Mushroom Foray

Join the NJ Mycological Association for a Mushroom Foray at Teetertown in August

Date: Sunday, August 18
NEW DATE: Sunday, August 25
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Teetertown Group Parking area
Ages: all
Cost: free; no pre-registration required!
Guest presenter: New Jersey Mycological Association

Join the New Jersey Mycological Association for a survey of mushroom species at Teetertown Preserve!  From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, participants will split up into smaller teams to search the park for mushrooms and collect some samples.  Those new to mushrooming will be paired with experienced identifiers.  From about 12:00 to 2:00 pm, the Association will set up books at the group lean-to camping area and participants will work together to identify the mushrooms collected in the morning.  Identified fungi are separated into an area with identification tag so everyone can take pictures if they wish.  Feel free to join the NJMA for one or both portions of the day.  Please bring a basket for carrying mushrooms and lunch if desired.  Please note that the foray will focus on diversity and identification of mushrooms; we will not be eating them.  Meet at the Teetertown Group Camping Parking area, 20 Pleasant Grove Road, Lebanon Township (use Glen Gardner for GPS).  Overflow parking will be at the stone house, 30 Pleasant Grove Road.  No pre-registration required; check the Association’s website njmyco.org for more information or for weather questions (NJMA will collect rain or shine). 

 

 


SORRY THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Date: Tuesday, August 20
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 4 and up, must be accompanied by adult
Cost: $3 per child; adult attends for free

Families will work together to solve a series of nature riddles around Echo Hill Park.  Each family will receive a map to guide them to clues that will lead to tokens.  The first to collect all their tokens wins!  Upon completion of the hunt we will share what we have found and reward our winners.

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EVENING BAT WALK

 

BUILD A BAT HOUSE WORKSHOP

Evening Bat Walk

Bats are amazing and beneficial animals to people

Date: Wednesday, August 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill lodge
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3
Guest presenter: MacKenzie Hall, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
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Bats have a reputation as being spooky or even fearsome, but they are actually some of the most amazing and beneficial animals to people.  Don’t be scared… Join us for an evening bat program at Echo Hill on August 21.  We’ll learn all about these fascinating flying mammals, their importance to our communities, and work being done to conserve them here in the Garden State from NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist MacKenzie Hall.  After the slideshow, we’ll head outside to watch for bats over the fields and pond at nightfall with the help of an acoustic bat detector.

 

 

Date: Tuesday, August 27
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $40 per box
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There are many reasons for wanting bats in your backyard.  They are beneficial for their pollination services, pest control, and also perform nightly displays of aerial acrobatics.  Did you know that one little brown bat can eat over 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in one night?  Join us for this program as we learn a little bit about bats and then use the rest of our time to assemble the boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws will be provided.  Please bring your own Phillips screwdrivers.  Limit one box per family.

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GRANDPARENT AND ME NATURE WALK

 

LIFE LIST OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

Date: Sunday, September 8
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 4 to 12 (children must be accompanied by adult)
Cost: $3 per child, accompanying adult attends for free

Grandparents have the opportunity for real quality time with their grandchildren by spending time in the outdoors.  Away from phones, computers, and video games, the two generations are likely to have some great walks and talks.  Come join Park Naturalist Debra Reed for a guided nature walk, exploring the outdoors and the interesting wildlife we see here at the Arboretum. 
 

Date: Saturday, September 14
NEW DATE: Saturday, October 05
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adults
Cost: $3 per person

Looking for a way to expand your knowledge of local flora and fauna?  Join us using iNaturalist, a free program that runs as an app on smartphones (also accessible as a website).  Take a picture and let the app identify it!  We will identify and expand on a public digital list of things living in our county.  This session will start inside at the Arboretum to learn how to use iNaturalist and how to keep track of our findings as a project, “Life List of Hunterdon County.”  We will then head out into the park and begin adding observations in the app!  Please be sure to bring your iNaturalist-compatible smartphone with the free app downloaded

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DRAGON HUNT

 

BEGINNER’S MUSHROOM WALK

Dragon Hunt

Learn about dragonflies, like this Eastern Pondhawk female. 

Date: Wednesday, September 18
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3 per person

Dragonflies are fascinating creatures!  They can hover, dive, fly backwards, fly upside down, or pivot 360° using only three wingbeats.  The largest flying insects of all time were dragonflies with a 28-inch wingspan, 320 million years ago.  New Jersey has 182 species of dragonflies recorded. 

During the peak of dragonfly migration, let’s get out to the park and see what we can find!  We will be using binoculars (provided) to observe the dragonflies, and perhaps be able to catch some with hand nets.  Feel free to bring a camera if desired.  We will hope to submit some data to the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership

 

 
Begineers Mushroom Walk

Look for mushrooms like this earthstar on a guided walk in September. 

Date: Monday, September 23
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $8 per person
Guest presenter: Marion Barry

Have you ever walked through the woods and parks of Hunterdon County and found yourself wondering about the mushrooms and fungi you have seen growing?  Then join us for a walk with Marion Barry, a member of the NJ Mycological Association and an active mushroomer for the past thirty years.  She will introduce us to the world of fungi and take us on a mushroom walk around the Arboretum to see which mushrooms are growing around this area.

 

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TWILIGHT AUTUMN EQUINOX HIKE

 

 

Date: Monday, September 23
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Crystal Springs, (see directions in description below)
Ages: all
Cost: $3
Fall is one of the best times of the year!  The Fall Equinox means that the first day of autumn has finally arrived.  Come out and watch the sunset by going for a walk in the park.  Take some time to celebrate the beautiful colors that surround you in nature.  Join Park Naturalist Debra Reed to see what is happening in nature during this transition from summer to fall, and from daylight to darkness.  DIRECTIONS: The parking lot is located down a dirt road, turn into the neighborhood with a small blue sign on the left that reads “51-55”, off Califon Road, Long Valley 07853 (just over the border into Washington Township, Morris County). Continue strait to the dirt road.

 

 

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Sandy Hook Salt Marsh Tour & Beach Day - July 19 DOWNLOAD FLIER
Ocean Grove House Tour - August 9
Canal's Rich History & Canal Boat Tour - August 11
Lyndhurst Mansion - September 5
Valley Forge Tour - September 12

 

SANDY HOOK SALT MARSH TOUR & BEACH DAY

 

OCEAN GROVE HOUSE TOUR

Sandy Hook

Learn the secrets of the salt marsh on our van trip to Sandy Hook!

Date: Friday, July 19
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $45 per person
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Meet Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush at the Arboretum where she will drive you to Sandy Hook in a County van.  As a group, we will meet an instructor from NJ Sea Grant Consortium to spend two hours exploring the most productive ecosystem on earth—the salt marsh.  We will don waders and use nets to seine for fish, shrimp, and crabs.  We will also collect shells and go on a hike in this special environment.  After the program, we will have about three hours for lunch and swimming at a guarded beach.  Please bring water and wear closed-toed shoes for the salt marsh portion of the program.  A changing area and snack stand are available at the beach, but participants can also bring their own food.

 

Date: Friday, August 9
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM (rain or shine)              
Location: Arboretum                                     
Ages: adults
Cost: $25, plus $35 tour fee to be paid the day of the trip. (lunch is not included in the price)
Outstanding renovations, ocean views, and fantastic kitchens are featured on this acclaimed house tour.  To celebrate our 51st anniversary, we will feature some unique homes found in Ocean Grove.  The all-day, self-guided tour includes historic homes as well as a tent home, an inn, and other historic buildings.  You will receive a booklet that includes the walking tour route/ map and a blurb about each house.  Most homes have stairs and are not generally accessible for those with mobility impairment.  This trip goes rain or shine.  You should bring a snack for the hour and a half (each direction) van ride and a bottle of water for the walking tour.  For lunch you can go to your choice of a restaurant or join us, at a group of separate tables, at the Starving Artist Restaurant.  If being on your feet all day is a problem, this will not be the trip for you!

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CANAL’S RICH HISTORY & CANAL BOAT RIDE

 

LYNDHURST MANSION

Canal History and Boat Ride

Thanks to Jim and Mary Lee who saved this inclined plane remains, we will walk through and relive this interesting history.

Date: Sunday, August 11
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $23 plus a $16 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 and 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.

 

Date: Thursday, September 5
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $24, plus $28 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (bring a bagged lunch)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo
Lyndhurst, also known as the Jay Gould estate, is a Gothic Revival country house that sits in its own 67-acre park beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York.  The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.  You will see the majestic vestibule and entrance hall, reception room, parlor, library, cabinet room, Jay Gould’s private office, and the sumptuous Victorian dining room. The second-floor centers around the Grand Picture Gallery hung with its original and varied collection of European paintings.  Impressive Tiffany and La Farge stained glass windows and decorative wall paintings adorn the gallery and adjacent bedrooms.  Enjoy the charming, romantic Hudson River landscape and the stunning gardens.  We will also visit Sunnyside… America’s “Founding Father of Literature” who created a romantic, picturesque estate nestled along the Hudson riverbank.  The enchanted landscape of Washington Irving’s much-loved Sunnyside has been charming guests for generations.  His characters, from the Headless Horseman to Rip Van Winkle, are global icons, and Irving’s legacy lives on at his whimsical estate. Tentative… we will tour the house.  Bring a bagged lunch.

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VALLEY FORGE TOUR

   
Valley Forge Tour

The wooden cabins of Valley Forge

Valley Forge Tour
The von Stueben Memorial

Date: Thursday, September 12
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: adults
Cost: $25

Join Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard for a van trip to Valley Forge, the birthplace and almost the deathplace of Washington’s Continental Army. 

Once onsite, we will have a private guide through the park and see multiple sites within the park, including the cabins that sheltered troops through the devastating winter of 1777, Washington’s Headquarters, and the von Steuben Memorial. 

It would be the army that Washington and von Steuben created here that would go on and fight the British to a draw at Monmouth and eventually win the day at Yorktown. 

   

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PHOTOGRAPHY: new for 2019
About Our Photography Workshops
Photography in the Parks - July 17 and September 18
Photographic Sunset Evening - July 16
Beginning Photography - August 4

These classes are taught by instructor Jim Rimi, who resides in Warren County, NJ.  He has been working in photography for most of his life.  He holds a BFA in photography and is an NJ-certified teacher of Art.  His work has been published and shown throughout the U.S., including a documentation in the early 1980s of The Fulton Street Fish Market in Manhattan.  Eleven prints from this project are in the permanent collection of The South Street Seaport Museum.  Another project specifically life giving to his career and role as an artist was his photo documentary entitled New York Underground.  This was a 10-year journey into the lives of the homeless, shelters, street people, and street musicians of New York City.  Jim works in both film and digital photography.  Although he has been predominately shooting in black and white and has a love for the traditional techniques and nostalgia that comes from the darkroom, he has also found an interest in the beauty of landscape.  Jim has a purest perspective with his work; he does not digitally enhance, change, or manipulate his images.  His goal as an artist is to bring forth unexpected or perhaps overlooked beauty directly into the viewers’ gaze.

PHOTOGRAPY IN THE PARKS (Digital SLR Manual Setting)

PHOTOGRAPHIC SUNSET EVENING (Digital SLR Manual Setting)

Instructor Jim Rimi
Session B: Sunday, July 7 at Deer Path
Session C: Wednesday, September 18 at Echo Hill 
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM  
Ages: 16 through adult
Cost: $55 per session
Note: Maximum of 10 participants in each class. 

This is a 3-hour workshop that is designed for the photographer that has a grasp of their camera.  It is a perfect complement to the Beginning Photography Workshop.  You will concentrate on how to see like a photographer.  Lighting, camera position, and angle will be discussed.  You will also go over the proper use of lenses, focal length, depth of field, and shutter speed.  In this class, students are encouraged to be sensitive and aware of light and their surroundings.  You will discuss the makings of a great photograph and how to achieve it.  This workshop starts in a classroom environment and goes out into the field.  Students will venture out in the park with the new knowledge they have just been given.  Jim will be in the field with students to assist and answer any questions that they have.  Students will then meet back after the shoot for a group critique by Jim of the photos they have just taken.  This is a fun and relaxed workshop combining nature and the art of photography.  Please dress for the weather and walking in the park.  A blank memory card dedicated for the class is recommended and a tripod if you have one.  Curriculum is the same for each session; please select B or C.

Sunset by instructor Jim Rimi

Sunset by instructor Jim Rimi

Dates: Tuesday, July 16
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 16 through adult
Cost: $40
Note: Maximum of 13 participants. 

Participants will meet at the main parking lot at Deer Path Park.  This will give students the best vantage point to photograph the sunset.  Instruction will be given by Jim at the site to achieve a pleasing sunset photo. Students must be able to walk to the photo site, and be willing and patient to wait for the right moment to take the perfect sunset photo.  Please dress for the weather and walking in the park.  A tripod if you have one and flashlight may be helpful.

 

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BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (Digital SLR Manual Setting)

 

Stairs by instructor Jim Rimi

Stairs by instructor Jim Rimi

Date: Sunday, August 4
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum  
Ages: 16 through adult
Cost: $55 per session
Note: Maximum of 8 participants in each class. 
In this workshop students will learn how to use their cameras on their manual setting.  Shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, lighting, use of lenses, and composition will be discussed.  Students will be taught with a hands-on approach in a laidback, no-pressure atmosphere, so learning is fun and enjoyable!  Students will start their journey in the classroom, then move out onto the beautiful grounds of The Arboretum, putting into practice the information just learned.  Instructor Jim Rimi will be with the students in the field to assist and answer any questions.  Students will then come back to the classroom for a group critique of their photos by Jim.  Please note, there is walking involved and a portion of this class is outdoors.  Please dress accordingly.  A blank memory card dedicated for the class is recommended. 

 

 

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
CPR for the Community Course - September 25th
First Aid for the Community Course - October 2nd

 

CPR FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE (also Boy Scout Merit Badge)

 

FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE (also Boy Scout Merit Badge)

Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $30 for each session (register for CPR and First Aid together for $55)

If you have ever wanted to learn CPR and First Aid, this is the time.  These courses are taught by an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor.  You will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, Choking, and First Aid, allowing you to help anyone of any age.  This is not a course for health care personnel.  Boy Scouts may obtain their merit badge by setting up an additional meeting with Patrick, peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

*The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR and instructional material for this purpose.  Use of these materials in an education course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association.  Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.   
 

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $30 for each session (register for CPR and First Aid together for $55)

If you have ever wanted to learn CPR and First Aid, this is the time.  These courses are taught by an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor.  You will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, Choking, and First Aid, allowing you to help anyone of any age.  This is not a course for health care personnel.  Boy Scouts may obtain their merit badge by setting up an additional meeting with Patrick, peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

*The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR and instructional material for this purpose.  Use of these materials in an education course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association.  Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.   
     

 

 

SQUARE DANCING with the FLUTTERWHEELS
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Open House.. Dare to Dance Square - September 8 DOWNLOAD FLYER
Square Dance Lessons - various

 

OPEN HOUSE...DARE TO DANCE SQUARE

 

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

Square Dancing

OPEN HOUSE… DARE TO DANCE SQUARE
Date: Sunday, September 8
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $3 admission, no pre-registration required.
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Co-sponsored by the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club and the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation.  Caller Mary Moody 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 will be provided.  

Can’t make September 8?  Join us for a preview on September 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

 

Dates: 12 Tuesdays, September 10, 2019 to December 10, 2019 (no class 10/8, 11/26)

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

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

Tot Walks

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

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. 

INSECTS
Session A: Thursday, September 12, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, September 13, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, September 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
LEAVES
Session A: Thursday, October 17, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, October 18, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, October 18, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
ANIMAL HOMES
Session A: Thursday, November 14, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, November 15, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, November 15, 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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