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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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PUBLIC LANDS DAY - VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Round Mountain @ Deer Path Park ~ NOTE location change from previously released information
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free

We will be doing trail maintenance on the second part of the new trail at Round Mountain  at Deer Path Park.  There is still a lot to do.  The plan is 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 of branches and removal of plants 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.   

Public Lands Day 2017 at Round Mount Section of Deer Path Park Public Lands Day 2017 at Round Mount Section of Deer Path Park Public Lands Day 2017 at Round Mount Section of Deer Path Park

Volunteer to help do some trail maintenance on September 9th.

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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 with Lena Shiffman
  Fall Winter Thursday Art Studios: 3 sessions
FOR ADULTS with Charles David Viera
  Beginner and Intermediate Drawing and Painting: 3 sessions
  Intermediate to Advanced Drawing and Painting: 3 sessions
  Portrait Drawing and Painting: 3 sessions
FOR CHILDRENS with Lena Shiffman
  Blooming Young Artists: 3 sessions
  Studio Time for Artists-in-Training: 3 sessions
ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS:
  Lena Shiffman
  Charles David Viera
Art Classes at the Hunterdon County Parks Division

 

ADULT ART CLASSES:

with LENA SHIFFMAN www.lenashiffman.com

FALL AND WINTER ART STUDIOS

THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO: Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO: Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO: Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Session A: Five Thursdays, September 28 – November 2 (no class 10/19) (snow-date Sunday 11/5)
Session B: Five Thursdays, November 9 – December 14 (no class 11/23) (snow-date Sunday 12/17)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 21 – January 18 (snow-date Sunday 1/21)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 25 – February 22 (snow-date Sunday 2/25)

Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 per session (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 sketchpad (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!

www.lenashiffman.com

Adult Art Classes
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with CHARLES DAVID VIERA www.charlesdavidviera.com

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE DRAWING AND PAINTING

Session A: Six Wednesdays, September 13 – October 25 (no class 10/18)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, November 8 – December 20 (no class 11/22)
Session C: Six Wednesdays, January 3 – February 7

Art with Charles David Viera

Art instructor Charles David Viera

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

A great place to start to learn the basics of painting and drawing in a educational, supportive and fun environment. Students begin each semester with instruction in the basic rules of drawing, which includes information on contour, value, and composition, and then move on to the study and use of color. Working from a variety of subject matter, the instructor will offer information on the proper use of materials, composition and color theory via frequent group and individual critiques. Students should only bring black and white drawing materials to the first class. The instructor will discuss the color materials (pastels, oil, acrylic and watercolor paints) that you may utilize during the class.

 Instructor Charles David Viera www.charlesdavidviera.com.

 

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING

Session A: Six Fridays, September 15 – October 27 (no class 10/20)
Session B: Six Fridays, November 10 – December 22 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Fridays, January 5 – February 9

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $140 (materials not included. Some sessions may require an additional $5 model fee, collected during the first class)

The curriculum of this class is devised to offer students with some previous instruction a structured, but open and supportive environment in which to create. Working from a variety of studio assignments, or independent projects of their own design, each student will be encouraged to explore academic as well as more expressionistic and abstract options via group and individual critiques and illustrated lectures referencing the history of painting. Open to pastel, oil, watercolor and acrylic painters with some experience. Some six week sessions may require an approximate $5 model fee that will be collected the first class.

Instructor Charles David Viera www.charlesdavidviera.com.

 

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PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING

Session A: Six Fridays, September 15 – October 27 (no class 10/20)
Session B: Six Fridays, November 10 – December 22 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Fridays, January 5 – February 9

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 the first class)

The subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure have been learning tools and a challenge 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 a 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.

Instructor Charles David Viera www.charlesdavidviera.com

 

Portrait Drawing & Painting with Charles David Viera Portrait Drawing & Painting with Charles David Viera

Drawing & Painting with Charles David Viera

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES:
Portrait Drawing & Painting with Charles David Viera

 

with LENA SHIFFMAN
www.lenashiffman.com

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS

Children's Art

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

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 9 – October 21 (no class 9/30)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 4 – December 16 (no class 11/25)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 6 - February 10
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.

www.lenashiffman.com

 

STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 9 – October 21 (no class 9/30)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 4 – December 16 (no class 11/25)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 6 - February 10
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 more sessions. Remember to dress in old clothing.

  www.lenashiffman.com

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BACKPACKING: PA SECTION 6
Backpacking Trip to PA Seciton 6

Slip on the old backpack and let’s go camping

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 WORKSHOPS
Cute Little Wax Linen Basket - October 30
Simple Square Basket - November 29
Squishy Jute Bowl - December 12
Double Walled Tapestry Basket - January 19 & 26
UFO.. Unfinished Objects - February 5

All workshops are with Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer (unless otherwise mentioned). The 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 make one project.  Any questions contact Liz at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Basketry Classes

SIMPLE ROUND BEGINNER BASKET

Date: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

Starting with a wooden base, students will insert round reed spokes, weave a little, then add beads, weave a little more, then finish with a braided rim.  Lots of color and bead pattern design.  This workshop is great for introducing children to the art of making baskets.

 

Wax Linen Basket
Cute Pumpkin Wax Linen Basket

CUTE LITTLE WAX LINEN BASKET

Date: Monday, October 30
Time:  6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $15, materials included

Using wax linen thread make a small round one berry basket… approximately ¾ inches in diameter and 1 ½ inches high, including the handle.

This basket could be a charm for a necklace or a holiday ornament or it will fit in a shadow box as a decoration. Lots of fun exploration with colors & embellished with beads. Good eyesight (bring your glasses) and some basket making experience helpful.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate

 

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SIMPLE SQUARE BASKET

Dates: Wednesday, November 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $8, materials included

Make a 7”x7”x7” basket with a handle using ¾” flat reed spokes.  Color patterns designs will be the focus. You may choose to follow the sample basket or design your own.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy

SQUISHY JUTE BOWL

Squisy Jute Bowl
Squishy Jute Bowl

Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Create a basket using seagrass spokes and jute weavers.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate

 

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DOUBLE WALLED TAPESTRY BASKET

Dates: Fridays, January 19 and 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35

Weave a small basket using flat reed. Then weave another basket onto the first one. We will explore tapestry weave on the outside layer using very fine reed, strings, wax linen, raffia and wool yarn. We will complete the basket with a rim and two small side handles. 

SKILL LEVEL: Difficult

UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

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

Do you have a basket that you have not finished and would like to work on?  Or a basket kit you always wanted to try? Join us for this UFO class. 

 

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BIRDING TRIPS AND PROGRAMS
WEEKEND TRIPS:
Mercer County Exploration - September 16
Fall Birding at Cold Brook - October 14
Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge - October 21
Liberty State Park & The Meadowlands - November 12
Barnegat Light - December 9
Eagle Watch - January 20
Chase for Winter Surprises - February 11
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.  Pre-registration is required.


Birding Trip - Photo by Diane Tishler

Join us on a birding excursion as we visit area of the state for unique sightings and locations.

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.

 

NEW!! FALL BIRDING AT COLD BROOK

Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Cold Brook Reserve
Ages: 8 through adults
Cost: $5 per person

Let’s explore Cold Brook Reserve in Tewksbury Township and look for fall birds!  Cold Brook is one of the best spots in Hunterdon County for sparrows and other fall migrants.  We will take a walk through the rolling fields and hedgerow habitats, and check out the small pond on the property. 

Meet Park Naturalist Laura Bush at Cold Brook, 65 Old Turnpike Road, Oldwick. 

For birders of any ability level; binoculars will be available to borrow. 

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BRIGANTINE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $25

While we just went to the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge in August, this refuge is famous throughout the US as one of the two best birding spots in New Jersey. “Brig” embraces more than 20,000 acres of coastal salt marsh, islands, open bays and channels. Fresh-brackish impoundments created by diking off the salt marsh are the main attraction for birds.

We will spend the entire trip within the main area searching for all the bird species we can find.

 

LIBERTY STATE PARK & THE MEADOWLANDS

Date: Sunday, November 12
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $25

Join us on a trip to look for birds of the shores and marshes of Northeastern NJ.  Our first stop will be at Liberty State Park as we search the edges of the bay and salt marsh of the park.  Then we will visit De Korte State Park and the Meadowlands.

We will take a walk around its boardwalks looking for additional species to add to our sightings for the day.

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BARNEGAT LIGHT

Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost:  $25

Barnegat Light State Park is a great winter birding spot, with lots of sea ducks, gulls, and winter shorebirds. Dress warmly; a rigorous two miles of walking on beach and rock jetty are required.

We will try to pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before heading back.

Eagle Watch
Join us on our Eagle Watch Trip on January 20th

EAGLE WATCH

Date: Saturday, January 20
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost:  $25

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

About two miles of walking, dress in layers for extreme cold.

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CHASE FOR WINTER SURPRISES

Date: Sunday, February 11
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

This time of year some surprising birds can be reported in our region.  For example, last year there were reports of Pink-footed Goose, Bohemian Waxwings, Rough-legged Hawks, and some other species in the state.

Based on birding reports as the date for the trip gets close, Tom will pick a target or two and we will go birding in that direction.

 

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FREE GUIDED BIRDING WALKS
Eagle Watch

Join us for an early morning and free walk as we look for Fall migrants and our winter arrivals, such as the White-throated Sparrow.

THURSDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
September 7: Stanton Station 
September 14: Hoffman
September 21: Deer Path – Soccer lot

6:45 AM to 8:00 AM
September 28: Arboretum
October 5: Bernadette Morales/Uplands
October 12: Sunnyside Picnic Area

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
October 19: Echo Hill
October 26: Deer Path – Main Lot

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 in the area.  Binoculars are available to borrow.

 

CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
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. 

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, 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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CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS
CRAFT WORKSHOPS :
Tree of Life Pendant Craft - September 12
Simple Round Beginner Basket - October 25
Soda Tab Bracelet - November 17
Create Your Own Walking Stick - December 3
Intro to Woodworking: Make a Birdhouse - December 15
Rock People/Animals - January 8
Dream Catcher - February 12

All workshops are with Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer (unless otherwise mentioned). The 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 make one project.  Any questions contact Liz at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

 
Tree of Life Pendamt Craft

Create your own tree of life pendent!

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. 

 

 

SODA TAB BRACELET repurpose reuse!

Dates: Friday, November 17
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3 (includes materials)

Make a classy looking bracelet. Learn how to lash together soda can tabs to make a cool bracelet!

 

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CREATE YOUR OWN WALKING STICK

Create a Walking Stick
Join the fun and make your own walking stick

Date: Sunday, December 3
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $30 (includes materials)
Instructor: Brad Koller

Looking for that perfect gift for that hiker on your list? Or, just want to treat yourself to a made-by-your-own-hands hiking stick? Join in the fun and make your own walking stick. Instructor Brad Koller will teach you how to create a personalized walking stick starting with an sapling. Participants will be shown how to work with a tool called a rasp. To get your project even smoother, you will also use sandpaper. Linseed oil will be applied to your stick to protect the wood.  All materials and tools will be supplied; bring an apron if desired. 

The instructor will also cover creative pointers for future additions to your walking stick. 

 

INTRO TO WOODWORKING: MAKE A BIRDHOUSE

Dates: Friday, December 15
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $15 (includes materials)

Explore the art of working with wood. Students will learn about and then practice, safety, reading plans, clamping-down wood, measuring and drawing a line, cutting wood with a small handsaw, and using a drill and hammer safely. Using their newfound skills students will assemble their own bluebird house.

 

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ROCK PEOPLE/ANIMALS

Dates: Monday, January 8
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $3 (includes materials)

Creative fun… using rocks let us create an interesting human character or animal. Your imagination will run wild!

 

DREAM CATCHER

Dates: Monday, February 12
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $3 (includes materials)

Make a small wreath and then fill it with a dream catcher.

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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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NATURE PROGRAMS

Girls in the Wild Series - Friday Evenings:

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

Ash Trees - Soon to Be Extinct? - September 12
Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Therapy - September 13
Insect Study - Scouting Merit Badge - September 15
Endangered Wildlife - September 19 - NEW
Reptiles Alive - September 20
Hiking with Dogs - September 25
Family/Group Scavenger Hunt Competition - October 11
Mammal Study Merit Badge - October 13
Fall Birding at Cold Brook  (see birding programs) - October 14
Beaver Walk - November 2
Full Moon Hike - November 4
Evening with the Nighttime Sky - November 9
Shelter Building - December 2
Black Bears and Hunterdon - January 24
Mushrooms Galore - January 24
Maple Tree Tapping - January 27
Love in Nature - February 15
Maple Sap Collection - February 10
Great Backyard Bird Count - February 17
Build a Nuthatch Box Workshop - February 8


Family Scavanger Hunt

JOIN US FOR A FUN FAMILY/GROUP
SCAVENGER HUNT COMPETITION
ON OCOTBER 11TH AT ECHO HILL PARK

GIRLS IN THE WILD SERIES

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! 

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.

SHINRIN-YOKU, FOREST THERAPY

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
Eye Click Beetle
Insect Study for Scouts
Monarch Caterpillar

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. 

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

Participants will get up close and personal with our Reptile Colleagues.

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.

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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FAMILY/GROUP SCAVENGER HUNT COMPETITION!

Date: Wednesday, October 11
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $10 per group

This program is designed for families or groups of two to six people.  Explore Echo Hill to find plants and animals, learn about the overnight camp that once operated on the property, and take memorable photos of your afternoon.  Please bring a digital camera or phone with camera capability.  The program is appropriate for all ages and groups can move at their own pace, but a prize will be awarded to groups who complete all questions correctly.  The group to finish first with all questions correct will win a $20 gift certificate to use toward a future program!

Black Bears and Hunterdon

Scouts will have the opportunity to earn this merit badge.

MAMMAL STUDY MERIT BADGE

Date: Friday, October 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Open to BSA Scouts (limit 12)
Cost: $10

During this night’s activity, scouts will meet with Chief Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, and review the requirements for the Merit Badge and what the expectations are to meet requirements 1 - 4.  We will then start work on Requirement 5, the project for the Merit Badge.  Scouts will assemble six new Johnson Bat Boxes that will eventually go up in the county parks.  Each scout will be assigned some parks to investigate the conditions of the old bat boxes.  From these investigations, a list will be created in which the old house will be taken down and locations selected to install the new boxes.  A work date for this activity will be established that night.

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BEAVER WALK

Date: Thursday, November 2
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Miquin Woods
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Beavers are fascinating creatures!  They are the largest rodent in North America, and the animal that changes their environment the most after humans.  They use their ever-growing teeth to cut down trees and branches to build dams and lodges, and to eat the inner bark.  We will look for signs of beavers along our pond, and hope to see the creatures themselves!  We will meet at Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner, and ride in a County van ¾ mile to the pond to save some time.  Please arrive ten minutes early so we can all board the van together!

 

FULL MOON HIKE

Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Come explore the park during the night!  Under the light of a full moon, we will listen to lingering insects and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals.  We will also learn about the phases of the moon.  Meet Park Naturalist Laura Bush at the main parking area, near the restrooms, and dress to be outside for the hour. 

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EVENING WITH THE NIGHTTIME SKY

Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 and through adult
Cost: $3 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Guest Leader: Wayne Petko

Wayne is an astronomer with the New Jersey Astronomical Association based at the observatory in Voorhees State Park.  He has volunteered to share his evening with us and share the wonders of the evening sky.  This time of year offers us a chance to explore some late summer features and gives us a taste of what will become visible through the winter months.

 

SHELTER BUILDING

Date: Saturday, December 2
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Get outside and learn the important survival skill of shelter building!  We will talk a little about wilderness survival, learn how to find a good spot to create a shelter, and build a debris hut out of sticks and leaves.  We will also talk a little about the type of shelters animals use.  Dress to be outside for the whole program. 

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MUSHROOMS GALORE

Date: Wednesday, January 24
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $3 per person
Guest Lecturer: Rich Balsley

More than 2500 species of mushrooms have been collected, described, and preserved at the Oakmoss Mycological Preserve in Potterstown, which is probably the most mycologically diverse acre in America if not the world.  This program includes a slide show of some of the most beautiful and/or interesting mushrooms found at OMP and a display of some of the most unusual dried samples.

BLACK BEARS & HUNTERDON

Black Bears and Hunterdon

These guys have been our neighbors for almost 20 years.  Come out and learn about them.

Date:  Thursday, January 25
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park – MPR
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3 per person (children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Black Bear have made their presence felt all across the state.  Over 15 years has past since Hunterdon County was declared black bear country in 1999.  Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, for a night and learn the basic ecology on black bear and how to reduce your chances for a negative encounter with these animals and the future pressures that face the black bear in New Jersey. 

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Maple Tree Tapping

Maple Tree Tapping

MAPLE TREE TAPPING

Date: Saturday, January 27
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill - playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

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

 

Maple Sap Collection with the Evaorator

Maple Sugar with 'The Evaporator'

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

Date: Saturday, February 10
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill - playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Collecting the sap is a crucial step of the maple sugaring process!  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes).  This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February—please call us to schedule a group. 

 

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BUILD A NUTHATCH BOX WORKSHOP

Nuthatch Box
Nuthatches use a special type of box.  Let’s build it together.

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

With their nasal “ank ank” and being the only bird able to walk down a tree, Nuthatchs are one of the most enjoyable backyard birds.  During this program, we will learn a little bit about our Nuthatches and the breeding behavior.  We will then assemble boxes together. 

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

LOVE IN NATURE

Date: Thursday, February 15
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $3 per person

Male house wrens construct “dummy nests” of a few sticks in several different locations, and bring the female around on a “house-hunting” tour before she decides on the perfect spot for her nest.  Male nursery web spiders present a parcel of food wrapped in silk as a gift for their chosen female.  Male bowerbirds build a “bower” of sticks and decorate it with blue objects, and then dance for the females.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, enjoy a slide show of various courtship rituals in nature around the world. 

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GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Jointly sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual event that engages bird watchers to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the continent.  Join Park Naturalist Laura Bush to view a short PowerPoint on the GBBC, and go over some bird identification tips.  Then we will take a bird walk around the property to see what species are out there and how many of each.  This data will be submitted to the GBBC to aid in citizen science research.  For bird watchers of any ability. 

 
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FALL & WINTER 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

WINTER NATURE CLUB

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 9 to February 27
Location: Echo Hill
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

Kids will be hands on to explore the various topics and elements of our nature series

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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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
9/11 Memorial Museum Bus Trip - October 21
Glencairn Museum...Medieval Festival - October 29

Walk-About Philadelphia with Jerry Silverman - November 18

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament - November 18
Sightseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks (along the South Branch) - December 3
New York City Bus Trip - December 3
Rutherfurd Hall Van Trip - December 18
Sightseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks (South) - January 7
Roebling Museum - January 11
Winter Water Park Trip at H20 Water Park - January 20
Mount Holly Fire & Ice Festival - TBD (January 2018)

 

9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM BUS TRIP

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $50 per person

There are few places more sacred and solemn within our country than the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Join us this October as we wander the grounds of the tragic site, view informational presentations in the Museum Theater while touring through the Memorial Museum, and explore the surrounding cityscape.

This beautiful Memorial Museum is a grand testament to the sacrifices made on that fateful day, and is filled with informative exhibits and written accounts of what occurred.

Guided tours with knowledgeable experts are offered by the museum if you wish to gain further insight on the events of 9/11. The nearby city blocks offer stunning views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson Bay, as well as endless restaurant options.

Security is tight at the Memorial, so plan accordingly, please site www.911memorial.org/visit for more information.

9/11 Memorial Museum Bus Trip 9/11 Memorial Museum Bus Trip
9/11 Memorial Museum Bus Trip 9/11 Memorial Museum Bus Trip
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Glencairn Museum
Glencairn Museum Trip

Glencairn Museum

GLENCAIRN MUSEUM… MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome) Cost: $15, plus a $10 entry fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)

Glencairn is a museum of Eastern & Western religious art and history housed in a medieval-style castle.  Explore beliefs and practices through renowned art collections, including ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. Its collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered 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. Influenced by the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Pitcairn established on-site workshops to produce handcrafted creations in stone, wood, stained glass, and mosaic.  The Medieval Festival is a portal to the past: experience medieval life, art and beliefs through a Pilgrim’s self-guided Quest, demonstrations and activities. Watch as J. Kenneth Leap paints and assembles stained glass windows by hand. Learn about the art of manuscript illumination, and then see a Gutenberg-style printing press in action. Enjoy music played on replica period instruments, and try spinning wool. Learn about the influence of religion on medieval weaponry and cheer your favored knight in a sword battle. Explore the galleries, take our cell phone audio tour, and rejuvenate at our Castle Café. Come in medieval costume and get a prize!

Please note: at this event the elevator stops at the 1st and 5th floors and the Tower only. Please use the stairs while exploring Glencairn Museum’s galleries on all other floors.

No wheelchairs beyond the 1st floor. Travelers will journey in Park’s new tour van for one hour to lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is not include in the price), after lunch we will proceed to the festival at the museum, estimated return time to the Arboretum is 6:00 PM.

 

WALK-ABOUT PHILADELPHIA with Jerry Silverman

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Adult
Cost: $25 plus a $20 tour guide fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Leader: Jerry Silverman (for those who keep asking, yes this is the guy who led the mile mural walk!)

Let’s go learn about and see many of the “other interesting things” in Philadelphia.  Not just City Hall but some quirky stuff too. Like did you know there is a pipe organ in Macy’s? If we time it right maybe we could hear a song. Or how much does local real estate go for?  History and fun stories about the local art work, churches, architecture, murals…!  We will travel in the Park’s touring van to Philadelphia and meet up with our tour guide, Jerry. Jerry did such a great job on the mile mural walk that we asked him to give us a personal tour! We will walk about central Philadelphia for 2 1/2 hours of touring, ending near the Reading Terminal Market. Then you will have free time until 4:30 PM to have lunch (lunch is not included in the price) and do whatever you like. 

Liz plans to tour the Masonic Temple, library and museum if anyone would like to join me. This is an additional $15 entry fee.  Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear for miles of city hiking. If being on your feet all day is a problem, this might not be the trip for you.

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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Join us for this fun event.

MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 12 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50

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

Enjoy dinner while marveling at the Knights fighting, live jousting, and awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry.

His Majesty’s feast includes a four-course meal with oven roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, herb-roasted potatoes, and sweet buttered corn, alongside a pastry and non-alcoholic beverages. Vegetarian meals are available upon request (if desired, please request when you sign up for the trip).

If you have any questions or you would like more information, please contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS (along the South Branch)

South Branch of the Raritan River at Sunny Side Park

Learn about your parks and local history on a Sunday afternoon drive!

Date: Sunday, December 3
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $10
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

Where are the parklands of Hunterdon County?  Did you know that there are over 28 beautiful pieces of preserved county parklands?  In addition, there are many state, town, and township parks that we will mention.  Let’s take a Sunday afternoon drive to see how many parks we can visit.  Fascinating history, cool facts and stories, and a plethora of other information will be shared by our guest leader, Chip Colombo. 

Please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing for taking a few short hikes.  Feel free to bring a snack and drink as no food stops are planned, other than perhaps a visit to a local general store. 

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NYC Bus Trip
NYC Bus Trip

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP

Date: Sunday, December 3
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: All (if need please bring own car seat, you may leave it on bus, children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $35

Join our coach bus trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center.  Here the Christmas spirit lasts all season, as the smell of hot chocolate and pine waft through the air.  You can choose from either heading to the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center, or going down to Central Park and taking a carriage ride with family, friends, or that special someone.  You may also choose to spend the day shopping, or seeing the show of your choice.

The bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM sharp, heads straight into New York City and drops us off near Radio City Music Hall.  We provide the transportation, and you design your schedule from endless New York City winter activities!

RUTHERFURD HALL VAN TRIP

Date: Monday, December 18
Time: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $15 plus a $10 entry donation to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Explore Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, Warren County, a grand estate from the American Country House Movement in the early 1900s.  During this era, industrialization and urbanization created concentrated wealth, resources, and the opportunity for the most affluent to escape into the rural and picturesque settings that border metropolitan regions.  This National and State Historic Landmark was designed by famed architect Whitney Warren, who also designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City.  The 18,000 square foot Tudor country home was built in 1904; construction included a mansion, boathouse, swimming beach, hydroelectric powerhouse, 9-hole golf course, gardens, and kennels.  We will hear stories about how food production, hunts, animal breeding, boating, horseback riding, and hiking filled one’s days.  Many important people, such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, were once entertained in this remote landscape. 

The tour provides information about the building, the family who built it, and many other interesting facts. Before touring and exploring the mansion we will stop for lunch at Mama’s & Café Baci, a tasty local restaurant with entrées ranging from $8 to $12 (lunch is not included in price; www.mamascafebaci.com).  After touring we will go sightseeing around the local area.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS (South)

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $10
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

Where are the parklands of Hunterdon County?  Did you know that there are over 28 beautiful pieces of preserved county parklands?  In addition, there are many state, town, and township parks that we will mention.  Let’s take a Sunday afternoon drive to see how many parks we can visit.  Fascinating history, cool facts and stories, and a plethora of other information will be shared by our guest leader, Chip Colombo. 

Please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing for taking a few short hikes.  Feel free to bring a snack and drink as no food stops are planned, other than perhaps a visit to a local general store. 

ROEBLING MUSEUM

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $15 plus a $6 entry donation to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Roebling Museum Trip

ROEBLING MUSEUM TRIP

The mission of the Roebling Museum is to document, preserve and exhibit the history of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, the Roebling family and the village of Roebling. Its focus is not only on the industrial and technological achievements of the company but on the unique social history of its workforce and the town it created. The museum bridges a storied past to the present by providing exhibits and programs directed at the interests of the worldwide public while also serving as a valuable resource for school curriculum enhancement programs and academic research.

Before touring the museum we will stop for lunch at Piccolissimo Italian Grille $6 to $14 (lunch is not included in price; www.piccolissimogrille.com).  After a hour guided tour of the museum, you will have one hour of free time before we head back to the Arboretum.

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WINTER WATER PARK TRIP AT H2O WATER PARK

H20 Water park
H20 Water park

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $40

When the cold grip of winter’s got you down, come join us for some fun in the sun at Split Rock Resort’s H2O Indoor Water Park! The park at Split Rock is one of the largest indoor water parks in Pennsylvania, boasting three four-story waterslides, a wave pool, an indoor surfing Flow Rider, and so much more! Relax in the jumbo-jacuzzi tubs, or snack away from the comfort of your pool recliner with the Island Oasis Snack Shack nearby. With enough tropical paradise packed into one building, this trip is guaranteed to help you escape the winter blues!

Towels required, smiles recommended.

MOUNT HOLLY FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL

Date: TBA… January 2018
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: TBA

Downtown Mount Holly will be the place to warm your tummy and see lots of artistic eye candy while having plenty of free family friendly fun. Dozen professional ice carvers from up and down the east coast, an equal number of professional chili chefs plus a wide variety of interesting entertainment for young, old and everyone in between.   The ice carvers will transform 300 pound blocks of ice into beautiful crystalline works of art throughout town. In past years many popular exhibitors included Woodford Cedar Run’s Birds of Prey, The Garden State Discovery Museum, Loyal American Regiment, Jersey Sands Sled Dog Racing Association, Mount Holly’s very own Fire Truck rides, live Alpaca exhibition from Scotia Acres, and demonstrations from the Jersey Pinelands Curling Club.  The Women’s League conducts the Cupcake Decorating Contest for amateurs and professional bakers in RCBC’s Culinary Arts Building Cafe. So come out and vote for your favorite creation. The chili contest will heat up this festival: you can taste all of the offerings while you cast your vote for the people’s choice winner. 

Watch Hunterdon Park’s email “Program Release” for further information and the date.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
WITH INSTRUCTOR PATRICK ECKARD, RECREATION LEADER - peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us
Orienteering Class - September 14
Fire Building - September 21
Emergency Preparedness Course - October 5
Knot Tying - November 9
Free Recreation Walks - through November 15
Scout First Aid - December 13
CPR and First Aid for the Community Course - January 27
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 and missed the orienteering or compass program?  Or do you want to learn about orienteering or how to use a compass?  Come and meet Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at Echo Hill for instruction and then to try out your skills on our course. 

 

Fire Building

Fire Building

FIRE BUILDING

Date: Thursday, September 21
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adults
Cost $5 per person

This program will show how to start a fire. We will go over the different steps to starting a fire with surrounding materials and keeping it going for as long as necessary.

This program is great for scouts or anyone who likes to do outdoor actives. 

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COURSE

Date:  Thursday, October 5
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $5

The world we live in is a volatile one, and things can happen in a moment’s notice that put you in harm’s way. From weather events, to animal encounters, to unforeseen medical emergencies, there are many ways you can unexpectedly find yourself in an emergency. If you’ve ever wanted to educate yourself on how to properly handle these unforeseen emergency situations, this is the class for you. In this course, suited for ages 12 and up, you will be trained on the ins and outs of properly handling many types of emergencies. The course covers the fundamentals of First Aid, categorical emergency types, fire danger and prevention, handling and responding to motor vehicle collisions, and so much more, in a fashion that makes it easy to digest and engaging for the students.

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Emergency Preparedness Course Emergency Preparedness Course
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KNOT TYING

Glencairn Museum Trip

Knot Tying

Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost $5

This program will show you a number of different knots that can be used in everyday situations. Some of the knots we will be covering are the Bowline, Clove Hitch, Sheet Bend, and more. 

This course is great for anyone who works outdoors, or does sports like boating or fishing.  Who knows, it may also help you around the house! Organized groups may also request this program. 

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FREE RECREATION WALKS

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

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 up with Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader, 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.

 

SCOUT FIRST AID

Date: Wednesday, December 13
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: all scouts (this is not a merit badge)
Cost $5 per person

We will cover all fundamental first aid for cub scouts and girl scouts.  We will cover most requirements for scout first aid badges. This is not a merit badge. If you are looking for a merit badge please sign up for CPR AND FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE scheduled for January 27.

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CPR AND FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE

Date: Saturday, January 27
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CPR: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and First Aid: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: CPR $25; First Aid $25; or both $45

Taught by an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor.  Students will receive a two year certification in adult, child, and infant CPR, choking, and First Aid, allowing you to help anyone of any age.  Appropriate for public who want to learn these shills and Scouts working on their First Aid merit badge.  This is not a course for health care personnel.  Bring a lunch if you are doing both classes. 

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.   

 

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Great CPR and First Aid Course for all Community Members 12 through Adult

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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.

 

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

ANIMAL TRACKS
Session A: Thursday, February 22, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, February 23, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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THANK YOU....

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation would like to thank ShopRite of Hunterdon, the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, all the people who attend the concerts, and the Hunterdon County Freeholders for your help and support for the 2017 Music Under the Stars Concert Series.     

Sign painting volunteers… It is so sweet to drive by a Park sign and see them looking good! Sunnyside was painted by a mother-daughter team!

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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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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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