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ART CLASSES
BIRDING TRIPS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS (updated 07/07/15)
CRAFT AND BASKETY WORKSHOPS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS
EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
FALL NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
PARK VAN TRIPS
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
PUBLIC LANDS DAY - A Volunteer Opportunity
RECREATIONAL WALKS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS (updated 07/07/15)
SUMMER RECREATION AND HORITCULTURE CAMPS
TOT WALKS
TOUCH A TRUCK
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PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Address: County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
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Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free

Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon 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. Sign up for one, two, or all three!

INSECTS
Date: Thursday, September 17 or Friday, September 18

LEAVES
Date: Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16

ANIMAL HOMES
Date: Thursday, November 19 or Friday, November 20

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
An Edible Adventure - August 19th
The Great Nature Quest - September 26th
Fall Tree Trek - September 29th
Coexisting with Coyotes - September 22nd
Birding for Beginners - September 23
Project WOW: Wonders of Wetlands - October 22nd

 

AN EDIBLE ADVENTURE

Date: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Teetertown Preserve
All ages, geared for families with children ages 8 to 12.
Cost: $10 per team

Before grocery stores and farmers markets, people had to live off the land.  Now a days people sometimes choose this life style.  If this is a new interest or idea to you, this may be the perfect program. Explore Teetertown Preserve on a short walk with a naturalist to discover edible plants that grow wild in the county. Afterwards, we will enjoy a few “wild snacks” while making blackberry jam.  There will be enough made for everyone to take home a sample

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THE GREAT NATURE QUEST

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 9 AM to NOON
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: All ages, geared for families with kids 8 yr. old and under
Cost: $10.00/team

Are you a nature guru?! Come test your knowledge and skills with this interactive scavenger hunt! Teams will be challenged with questions and tasks to broaden their understanding of the natural world around us. This event is designed to encourage explorers to learn and protect our parks and other natural areas. Teams should be 2-6 people.

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FALL TREE TREK
by Charles David Viera

Join a Park naturalist and explore a local forest.

Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Miquin Woods
Ages: All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Ah, Autumn, the perfect time of year to observe the beauty of trees. Every fall, tree enthusiast flock to New England to see the famous rusty colors of the deciduous trees that we have in our own back yard.

Join one of our naturalists, Em Granger, on a “Tree Trek” to explore a local forest while learning how the trees prepare for winter and what causes these brilliant colors!

 

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COEXISTING WITH COYOTES

Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park Lodge
Age: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost $3 per person

Coyotes are part of our County’s population.  Their numbers are growing and they are making their presence felt.  Join us for an evening as we discuss the comeback of the Eastern Coyote and the issues, concerns, and benefits that surround this species.  Learn how you can adapt to coexist with this creature.

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BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS

Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Do you like birds but want to find out more about them?  Want to learn how to use a field guide and tips for identifying birds?  We will watch a short PowerPoint, and then take a walk outside to find birds at the Arboretum.  Bring binoculars if you have them (also available to borrow).  For kids or adults.

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PROJECT WOW: WONDERS OF WETLANDS

Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park Lodge
Ages: Adult
Cost: $15 (includes WOW curriculum guide and lunch)

WOW!  The Wonders of Wetlands is a workshop that introduces and provides an instructional guide for educators with a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide. This workshop will introduce you to the three parameters of wetlands (soils, vegetation, and hydrology), wetland functions and values, as well as management options all through fun and engaging activities.  A lunch will be provided.

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FALL NATURE CLUBS
About Our Fall Nature Clubs
Fall Nature Club at Echo Hill
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ABOUT OUR FALL NATURE CLUBS

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

This year we are offering Session C for first through fourth graders.

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 eight children to ensure a quality experience for the participants.  The Division of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment, and give a full refund.

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FALL NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 15 to November 3 Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons

Session A:
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session B:
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session C:
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Ages: 1st through 4th graders

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BIRDING VAN TRIPS
BIRDING TRIPS:
Sussex County Birds - June 6th
Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County - July 5th
Liberty State park and the Meadowlands - August 22nd
Sandy Hook - September 20th

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

SUSSEX COUNTY BIRDS

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

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

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

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

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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

 

Date: Saturday, August 22
Time: 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Ages: Adults 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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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

 

Date:  Sunday, September 20
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Ages: Adults Cost: $25

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

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PARK VAN TIPS
Pennsylvania Gourd Festival - June 19th
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire - September 12th

 

PENNSYLVANIA GOURD FESTIVAL

 

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

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

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

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

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PENNSYLVANIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE

 

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

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

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

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RECREATIONAL WALKS

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

Locations and dates:

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

June 3: Bernadette Morales/Uplands Reserve, 103 Capner Street, Flemington

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

 

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS

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OUR 38TH YEAR!

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

 

FLAT WATER PADDLE:  SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

 

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

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

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RIVER TRIPS

 

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

Your leaders will fit you with a life jacket 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, June 13: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, July 11: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, August 8: South Branch
  • Saturday, August 29: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Saturday, September 12: South Branch
  • Saturday, September 26: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
  • Saturday, October 10: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, October 24: Leaders’ Choice

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

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PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CRAFT AMD BASKETRY WORKSHOPS
Adult Basket: Basket Vase - June 12th
Hypertufa: Make a Garden Flower Pot (NEW!) - September 27th

 

ADULT BASKET: BASKET VASE

Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.

Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.

 

Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Weave a basket over top of a flower vase. SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

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HYPERTUFA: MAKE A GARDEN FLOWER POT (new!)

 

Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $15 (includes materials)

Master Gardener’s of Hunterdon County are coming to help us make a beautiful garden container that will last for years with this wonderful hypertufa technique. The term “hypertufa” refers to a type of artificial stone, and is a conglomerate of the words “tufa,” a natural volcanic rock, and “hyper,” a prefix meaning excessively or extremely; hypertufa are extremely rock-like containers. Mix up the recipe of concrete, sand and more, form it into a mold to create a light pot measuring between 8 and 10 inches.  Please wear old clothing and bring gloves.

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ART CLASSES
LANDSCAPE PAINTING: SUMMER MORNING LIGHT - new!
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO

 

LANDSCAPE PAINTING: SUMMER MORNING LIGHT - NEW!


by Charles David Viera

Farm Guest #2, a 16” x 20” acrylic painting by Charles David Viera

by Charles David Viera

Terry Christie and Lori Langsner, painting during a Viera class.

Instructor Charles David Viera
Six Fridays, June 26th to July 31
9am to noon
Echo Hill Park
Ages: 15 through Adult
Cost: $140

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Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light. In this class, artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them. Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park and draw inspiration from these beautiful and historic sites as they improve their skills. Beginner and advanced instruction in drawing, composition, color theory and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations and historical references.

Open to students of all levels and working in any medium. Experienced students should bring their favorite medium while beginners should bring drawing materials to the first class where color materials will be discussed. 

Light Easels and chairs are provided.

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THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO

Instructor: Lena Shiffman
Dates: Five Thursdays, August 6 to September 3
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Teens and Adults
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

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

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY - A Volunteer Opportunity

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 to 12:30
Location: Riverfield
Cost: Free
Ages: 12 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Pre-registration required

Public Lands Day is a volunteer day focusing on trail work. This year during Public Lands Day we will be making a new trail at Riverfield to replace the trail that has many creek crossings that keep getting washed out.  This will make it safer for people using the trail.  We will provide a continental breakfast and lunch after the event.  Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes.  Bring any safety gear you want.  Gloves and safety glasses will be provided.

Individuals and groups looking to volunteer should call (908)-782-1158 or email peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

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

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

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

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

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

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

Leaders for the Summer Nature Program are instructed in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10-12 campers depending on session and location, with each leader being aided by an assistant or volunteer.  Special canoeing instructors host the paddling clinics and canoe trips with our older campers. 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill and the Teetertown Nature Preserve.  Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located at 30 Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes northwest of Clinton.  Both sites offer wonderful and diverse habitats for the campers to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.  Dates and locations listed below reflect current availability as of 5/26/2015 please call our office to obtain an update of these availabilities. *NOTE THAT WE HAVE MOVED TO THE STONE HOUSE THIS YEAR (THE SECOND ENTRANCE). 

Note that camp is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  Camp will not be held on Friday, July 3rd (Independence Day observance).

LOCATIONS AND AVAILABILITY:

ECHO HILL:

  • Nature Bugs: 8/3
  • Nature Discovery: 7/13, 7/27, 8/10

TEETERTOWN

  • Nature Bugs: 7/20, 8/3
  • Nature Discovery: 7/13, 7/27, 8/10
  • Pioneers: 7/13, 7/27, 8/10
  • Sr. Explorers: 8/3 ( for kids going into 6th, 7th & 8th grade) 6 spaces left!
NATURE BUGS NATURE DISCOVERY

Ages: Children entering kindergarten
Location: see location above for availablility
Time: See Sessions
Cost: $105

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

The Nature Bugs program is the perfect half-day adventure for your young nature enthusiast.  Our full-time Park Naturalists teach about local plants and animals through hikes, observations, crafts, and games.  A safe and fun way to foster your child’s interest in the natural environment. 

Ages: Children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: see location above for availablility
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155   (Session B: $135)

One-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to June 26
B. June 29 to July 2
C. July 6 to July 10
D. July 13 to July 17
E. July 20 to July 24
F. July 27 to July 31
G. August 3 to August 7
H. August 10 to August 14

This full-day program allows children to explore all the wonders that the parks have to offer.  From searching for wildlife to toasting s’mores, Nature Discovery participants enjoy a great introduction to the world outdoors.

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PIONEERS JUNIOR EXPLORERS

Ages: Children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: see location above for availablility
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155 (Session B: $135)

One-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to June 26
B. June 29 to July 2
C. July 6 to July 10
D. July 13 to July 17
E. July 20 to July 24
F. July 27 to July 31
G. August 3 to August 7
H. August 10 to August 14

Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

 

Ages: Children entering grades 5 & 6
Location: Tettertown Only
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Note: Campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A)
Cost: $305 (All A Sessions: $285)

Two-Week Sessions:
A1. June 22 to July 2
SORRY SOLD OUT
A2. June 22 to July 2
SORRY SOLD OUT
B1. July 6 to July 17
B2. July 6 to July 17
C1 & C2. July 20 to July 31
D1 & D2. August 3 to August 14

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

These two-week sessions give the children the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.”  Juniors learn basic canoeing skills on the park ponds before embarking on a day trip on a local river.  A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature beyond the County Parks.  The Junior Explorer experience culminates in a campout full of fun night-time activities. 

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SENIOR EXPLORERS ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP

Ages: Children entering grades 7 & 8
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Note: Campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A)
Cost: $305 (A Session: $285)

Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to July 2
B. July 6 to July 17
C. July 20 to July 31 SORRY SOLD OUT
D. August 3 to August 14

Senior Explorers continue to expand their environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building activities, paddling clinics, river canoeing, and a field trip are all important components of the Senior Explorers program.  Seniors also enjoy a campout night that includes pitching tents, cooking over a campfire, and exploring nature after dark. 

sorry sold out

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

Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to July 2 SORRY SOLD OUT

Cost: $335
B.  July 6 to July 17 SORRY SOLD OUT
Cost: $355
 

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IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS


Registration for the Summer Nature Program is conducted via a lottery system.
The regular Parks Divsion program registion form cannot be used for Summer nature Programs.   Download a set of registration forms (3) from our website, or pick them up at the Arboretum. 

Please take note of the following information: 

  1. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 11, 2015 or delivered to the Arboretum in person by 4:30 PM on this date.  All applications must be completed in full with payment.
  2. Please complete a separate set of registration forms (3) for each child.  You may send the forms for your children together in one envelope. 
  3. We cannot arrange to place unrelated children in the same sessions.
  4. Applications are selected through a random drawing.
  5. Applicants will be notified by mail.  Unsuccessful applicants receive a full refund.
  6. Any spaces left in the program will be available during walk-in registration beginning March 23 at 8:00 AM. 
  7. Starting on April 13, participants can be rolled in additional sessions as available. 
  8. All cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing. 
    Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of your child’s session will not receive a refund.
     
  9. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED, OR NEARLY FILLED, DURING THE LOTTERY.  PLEASE APPLY THROUGH THE LOTTERY.

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SUMMER RECREATION & HORTICUTLRE CAMPS

Garden Camp Performance Camp
Craft Camp Orchestra Camp
Canoe Camp (download flyer) Sports for a Lifetime Camp
Art Camp for Artists-in-Training Art Camp for Young Artists - sold out
Creative Theatre Camp: It Came from Outer Space Creative Theatre Camp: An Afternoon at the Improve
Heron Glen Junior Golf Camps  

 

GARDEN CAMP

Garden Camp participants painted these garden rocks last summer!

Garden Camp participants painted these garden rocks last summer! 

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

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

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

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PERFORMANCE CAMP


Every child at Performance Camp is a star!

Every child at Performance Camp is a star!

Every child at Performance Camp is a star!
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Session A: June 22 to 26, Ages: Children entering grades 2 to 5
Session B: July 13 to 17, Ages: Children entering grades 6 to 9
Session C: July 27 to 31, Ages: Children entering grades 4 to 7

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

Children love this Performance Camp taught by Flying Ship Productions, who combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Children will have the opportunity to stage an original musical.

The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a performance for family and friends at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 6:15, followed by a picnic.  In addition to working on the musical, campers also create the set, make costumes, create craft projects, and participate in theatre and water games. 

Comments from parents of former Performance Campers:

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

Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

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CRAFT CAMP


Basketry is always a favorite activity at Craft Camp!

Basketry is always a favorite activity at Craft Camp!

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

This unique program will expose your child to a multitude of crafts.  Young artists will immerse themselves creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  An eclectic mix of artistic media such as clay, leather, tile, wood, nuts, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, design with things found in nature, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance creating a nature mobile.  Campers should bring a drink, snack, and lunch.  We encourage reusable containers.  Send children in “old” clothing and shoes that can get a little dirty. 

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ORCHESTRA CAMP


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

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

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

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

 

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CANOE CAMP


DOWNLOAD FLYER

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

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

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SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Learn to Golf & Bowl

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

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


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


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

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

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

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ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

 


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

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman website www.lenashiffman.com.

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ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING


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

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman website www.lenashiffman.com.

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP: It Came From Outer Space


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

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the students.  They will build the show while following the structure of a story where the fate of the earth hangs in the balance.  Mad scientists, aliens, fun monsters, and more collide in this spoof of old sci-fi/monster flicks.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  We focus this class on listening, not only to the other actors, but also to the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM *please note the change in the performance time compared to previous years!  Campers should bring a drink and lunch to camp. 

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

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP: An Afternoon at the Improv


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

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

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

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

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

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HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS


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

BIRDIES CAMP
Dates: Monday to Friday
July 6 to 10, July 20 to 24, or Aug. 3 to 7
Ages: 7 to 11
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Heron Glen Golf Course
Cost: $400

EAGLES CAMP
Dates: Monday to Friday
July 13 to 17 or July 27 to July 31
Ages: 12 to 17
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Heron Glen Golf Course
Cost: $400

In these camps run by Heron Glen Golf Course, all campers will have on-course PGA instruction, including lessons with full swing (iron and woods) and lessons on putting, chipping, pitching, and sand play.  The staff will also cover golf rules, etiquette, and scoring, with fun games and prizes.  Lunch is provided.

Register through Heron Glen:  www.heronglen.com or 908-806-6804.

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

Memories being made at Touch-a-Truck… mark your calender.

 

TOUCH A TRUCK

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Saturday, November 7th

Deer Path Park.

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

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

Here is a list of the programs:

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

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

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

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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

OUTDOOR SKILLS

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

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

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

LECTURES

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

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

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REGISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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