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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

-  - 20th Annual Earth Day Festival - April 18 CANCELLED
BioBlitz Extravaganza - June 6th
44th Music Under the Stars Concert Series - June 25 to August 13
Thank You Volunteers!
Volunteer Opportunities

ART CLASSES updated 03/25/2020 

BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

BIRDING TRIPS AND WALK updated 03/25/2020 

CANOEING/KAYAKING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS

CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY NATURE PROGRAMS updated 03/25/2020 

HOMESCHOOLED ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES updated 03/25/2020 

NATURE PROGRAMS updated 03/25/2020 

PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS

PHOTOGRAPHY updated 03/25/2020 
POTTERY IN THE WOODS

RECREATION PROGRAMS updated 03/25/2020 

SQUARE DANCING

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR VISITORS AND PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:

PLAYGROUNDS AND BUILDING FACILITIES ARE CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
PARKS ARE OPEN FOR TRAIL WALKING.

WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING AND NOT USE PICNIC AREAS AND PAVILIONS.

ANY INQUIRIES CALL THE MAIN OFFICE AT 908-782-1158.
TO CONTACT RANGER ON DUTY PLEASE CALL: 908-507-5236

County Park staff will be working to ensure refunds are issued to those affected and continue to be available via email and telephone for public inquiries and reservations. Parks staff are sharing educational resources online through our website and Facebook page

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Heron Glen Golf Course
110 State Highway 2020 & 31, Ringoes, NJ 08551

As a result of the Governor Murphy’s executive order Heron Glen golf course will be closed until further notice effective March 22,2020.  Please enjoy Hunterdon County Parks other outdoor trails and follow social distancing recommendations.
HERON GLEN GOLF COURSE WEBSITE

 

PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS

2019 Summer Camps

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Requestable Programs
Meet Our Staff
Employment Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
Controlled Hunting Program
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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
20th Annual Earth Day Festival - April 18 CANCELLED
BioBlitz Extravaganza - NEW! June 6
44th Music Under the Stars FREE Concert Series - Thursdays June 25 to August 13
Thank You Volunteers!!
2019 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 20TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

20TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

Make and take crafts and celebrate the Earth at the 20th annual Earth Day Festival!

CANCELLED

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free!  No need to pre-register. 

Join us for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 20th event for the Hunterdon County Parks!  Help us celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  At 11:30, learn about Lenape Lifeways with Carla Messinger of the Turtle Clan Lenape.  At 1:00, enjoy a live animal show with Rizzo’s Wildlife World.  Help beautify our park at 2:15 with a short litter pick-up (please bring water shoes or stream boots for crossing the stream) or trail pruning with the Hunterdon Hiking Club.  All day, meet animals and do other activities with local 4-H clubs.  Make and take home a seed bomb or other craft.  Visit the tables of local environmental organizations to find out what they do.  Get a free tree seedling handed out by Raritan Township Environmental Commission (first come, first served).  See what critters live in the stream with Raritan Headwaters and New Jersey Water Supply Authority (bring water shoes or boots).  Enjoy a poetry walk by the Haiku Poets of the Garden State!  Try out paddling with the Hunterdon County Canoe Club on the pond.  Grab a bite to eat at the food booth.  This year, we will also be collecting gently used shoes for reuse through Soles 4 Souls.  Any wearable shoes will receive new homes with small business owners in need in developing nations! 

The event will conclude with a campfire, s’mores, and an interactive reading of The Lorax at 3:00! 

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 BIOBLITZ EXTRAVAGANZA - NEW!

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: all ages welcome (10 through adult recommended; children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! 

Come celebrate and learn about the biodiversity at Echo Hill.  This event will focus on finding and identifying as many species as possible in our park over a short period of time.

Come join us, whether you are a student, scientist, naturalist, or an interested community member, to explore the natural world.  A BioBlitz is an opportunity to take a snapshot of the biodiversity of a place.  Participants of all ages can learn techniques for observing and collecting data on the plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, and other living species within Echo Hill during this specific time frame.  If you own a smartphone, download the iNaturalist app (iNaturalist.org); you will find collecting species data is easier and more engaging than ever before.  

We welcome everyone’s assistance in the identification of the flora and fauna at Echo Hill; if you are experienced and have a particular interest, please reach out to Debra at dreed@co.hunterdon.nj.us or (908) 806-5559.  Pre-registration not required for participants.

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 44TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES

Wednesday, June 24 and Thursdays, July 2 to August 13
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Deer Path Park
All ages
FREE!

We hope everyone enjoyed last summer’s concert series!  We are looking for entertainers for the summer 2020 concert series; if you would like to be considered, please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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 THANK YOU…

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation wishes to extend a great big thank you to all of our 2019 volunteers!  You helped the following programs run smoothly: Maple Sugaring, Spring Break Camp, Earth Day, Touch-a-Truck (vehicle owners & other volunteers), Tree Planting, Trails Day, Art & Basketry Classes, Summer Nature Program, Performance Camp, Theatre Camp, Craft Camp, Basketry Camp, Art Camp, LEGO Camps, Bluebird & Wood Duck Box Monitoring, Nature Club, Public Nature Programs, Van Trips, Community Yoga, Adopt-a-Trail, Concerts, 4-H Fair, advertising assistance, scout projects, and site improvements.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

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ART CLASSES with Lena Shiffman

Saturday Morning and Thursday Art Studios -various dates some sessions cancelled

Adult Art Boot Camp - August 24 to 28
Art Classes at the Hunterdon County Parks Division

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

Join the fun! 

SATURDAY MORNINGS and THURSDAY ART STUDIOS

SATURDAY MORNING ART STUDIO    *NEW DAY OF THE WEEK
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Session A-S:  Five Saturdays, March 7 to April 4 (snow date 4/11)
SORRY CANCELLED
Session B-S:  Five Saturdays, April 18 to May 16 (snow date 5/23) SORRY CANCELLED

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-T: Five Thursdays, March 12 to April 9 (snow date 4/16) CANCELLED
Session B-T: Five Thursdays, April 23 to May 21 (snow date 5/28

Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

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

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ADULT ART BOOK CAMP

Date: Monday through Friday, August 24 to 28
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: adults
Cost: $100 per person (materials not included).  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

Calling all artists to join us for a week of art boot camp at the Arboretum.  Spend five consecutive mornings in a fun and relaxed atmosphere creating with Lena Shiffman.  Use a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, and some “plein air” if the weather permits.  Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in just one week!  All ability levels welcome!

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BASKETRY AND DRUM WORKSHOPS with Liz Braidwood Fulmer
Divided Garden Tool Basket - March 16 & 23 - RESCHEDULED FOR May 4 and May 11th
Bean Pot Basket - April 22 & 29
Utensil Basket - May 6 & 13
UFO ... Unfinished Objects - May 20

Basketry Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer

Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer shows off a small percentage of her collection of baskets she has made.

 

DIVIDED GARDEN TOOL BASKET

Dates: Mondays, March 16 & 23 - RESCHEDULED FOR May 4 and May 11th
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum classroom
Ages: adults
Cost: $25 per person (includes materials).  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Coordinator Liz Braidwood Fulmer

Make a sturdy and useful basket for carrying garden tools, basket tools, or other stuff. Approximately 11” x 14” wide x 10” tall including the handle.  Woven using flat reed. The basket will be divided in the middle to create two sections. SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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Bean Pot Basket

Bean Pot Basket

 

BEAN POT BASKET

Dates: Wednesdays, April 22 & 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum classroom
Ages: adults
Cost: $30 per person (includes materials).  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Coordinator Liz Braidwood Fulmer

Make a wire handled reproduction of a traditional Bean Pot basket.  Weave a round basket measuring approximately 9” top diameter x 7” tall, using flat reed spokes and flat oval weavers.  A split spoke enables students to do continual weave. Workshop focuses on the rimming technique.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy to Moderate.

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UTENSIL BASKET

Dates: Wednesdays, May 6 & 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum classroom
Ages: adults
Cost: $27 per person (includes materials).  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Coordinator Liz Braidwood Fulmer

Join us and make a plaited basket… the base is woven in a twill weave and the sides are plaited diagonally.  SKILL LEVEL: Advanced.

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UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

Date: Wednesday, May 20
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum classroom
Ages: adults
Cost: $5 per person (materials not included).  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Coordinator Liz Braidwood Fulmer

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 WALKS
Brig in Spring - April 19 cancelled
Mine Road Excursion - May 16
Sussex County Birds - June 13
Thursday Morning / Tuesday Afternoon Bird Walks - various dates UPDATES SOME SESSIONS CANCELLED
Birding Jugtown Mountain - May 13
 

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. 

 
flycatcher

The “weep” call of this flycatcher will tell us it’s around, but we will still have to hunt the tree tops for the bird.

BRIG IN SPRING

CANCELLED

Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $30 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard

The Brigantine National Wildlife 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.  We normally go to Brigantine in the fall for the wintering birds in the marshes.  However, on this trip, we will look for early shorebird migrants and spring time birds.  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 also available for loan.  Trips are for any interested adult birder at all levels of ability.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.

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Hooded Warbler

The Hooded Warbler should make itself heard; the challenge will be to see one.

MINE ROAD EXCURSION

Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $30 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard

Mine Road was once one of the oldest commercial roads in the Northeast.  Now, it is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the main artery to explore the Jersey side of this recreational area.  Join us on the trip as we explore Mine Road from Route 80 to Millbrook Village.  Please be aware that we will stop multiple times along the road and explore the surroundings for migrants and local residents.  Possible sightings could include Hooded Warbler and Worm-eating Warblers.  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 also available for loan.  Trips are for any interested adult birder at all levels of ability.  Please dress appropriately for the weather. 

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SUSSEX COUNTY BIRDS

Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $30 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard

Most participants on Sussex trips of years past consider this destination one of the best.  With potential birds like Scarlet Tanager, Cerulean Warblers, Great Crested Flycatcher, 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 walking required.  PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START, which will put us in the field at prime time for birding.  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 also available for loan.  Trips are for any interested adult birder at all levels of ability.  Please dress appropriately for the weather. 

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THURSDAY MORNING / TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIRD WALKS

Ages: adults
Cost: FREE, pre-registration is required. 
Instructor: Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard and naturalist staff
Meet the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division at each park for an early morning stroll or an afternoon walk.  We will look for the spring migrants and local breeding birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are in abundance, as well as to observe other signs of the spring season.  This is a great chance to brush up on your song identification skills.  If you have your own binoculars, feel free to bring them, but they are also available to borrow.

Thursday Morning Walks

Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
April 9:     Assiscong Marsh - cancelled
April 16:   Deer Path Park Soccer Lot - cancelled
April 23:   County Arboretum
April 30:   Bernadette Morales/Uplands
May 7:      Echo Hill Park
May 14:    Sunnyside Picnic Area
May 21:     Hoffman Park

Tuesday Afternoon Walks

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
April 28:   Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 5:      Echo Hill Park
May 12:    County Arboretum
May 19:    Hoffman Park

Indigo Bunting

The Indigo Bunting is a highlight of spring walks.

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Jugtown Mountain Trail

Jugtown Mountain offers wooded habitat to view migrants

 

BIRDING JUGTOWN MOUNTAIN:

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Jugtown Mountain Nature Preserve
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

At the height of migration, let’s bird a new location, Jugtown Mountain Nature Preserve in Bethlehem Township.  Laura will guide the group through the forest habitat where Hooded Warblers, Worm-eating Warblers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been observed in the past.  We will meet at the parking area, 408 Mine Road, Asbury, 08802.  Expect to walk at least 1 ½ miles with a gradual slope on the return.  For birders of any ability level; binoculars will be available to borrow. 

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 41ST YEAR
Hoffman Park Pond Paddle - May 2
NEW! Naturalist Guide to Sunset and Full Moonrise Paddle - May 7
Sunset Paddle on Round Valley Reservoir - June 12 and July 10
River Day Trips - various dates
Planning Your Canoe Trip
Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 41 years.  It is fun, educational, and great exercise!  Spend a day with nature.  Just bring water, lunch, and a smile—we will do the rest.  We supply the canoes, kayaks, gear, training, and transportation. 

Our experienced leaders teach the ways of currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks.  Tell us what you want to learn—we are eager to teach.  Unless stated otherwise, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.   Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

HOFFMAN PARK POND PADDLE

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park, 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton 08827
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $20 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: canoe staff

We will spend time going over the basics of canoeing, and then you can go out into the water and have fun.  This pond paddle is great for people just starting out.  You can also use a kayak (please request in advance).  We will meet at the Hoffman Park parking lot and walk down to the pond together (about a ten-minute walk).

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NEW!  NATURALIST GUIDED SUNSET AND FULL MOONRISE PADDLE

Date: Thursday, May 7
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir canoe boat launch
Ages: 14 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $35 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed and canoe staff

Leisurely explore the Round Valley Reservoir in a kayak or canoe to watch the sunset and the rise of the full moon.  Join Debra on a guided paddle to see the sights, enjoy the sounds, and learn some history about the reservoir.  This paddle is focused on the natural setting of the reservoir.  We provide all required gear and basic paddle/safety instructions.  Please bring a flashlight and jacket, as it can get much cooler on the water when the sun goes down.  This activity is weather permitting.

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SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

Session A: Friday, June 12
Session B: Friday, July 10
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $20 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: canoe staff

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).  You can also use a kayak (please request in advance).  Bring a flashlight and jacket, as it can get much cooler on the water when the sun goes down. 

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RIVER DAY TRIPS

Time: 8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $30 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: canoe staff

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

  • Saturday, May 30: Kingwood to Bulls Island (Delaware River)
  • Saturday, June 27: Bulls Island to Lambertville (Delaware River)
  • Saturday, July 25: Kingwood to Bulls Island (Delaware River)
  • Saturday, August 15: Bulls Island to Lambertville (Delaware River)

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Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Canoe with Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation!

PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances we may need to choose an alternative section of river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience.

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

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are best; wool keeps you warm even if wet and polypropylene fleece dries quickly.  Cotton is a poor material for cool, wet outdoor activities.  Sneakers are recommended; please no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes.  Wool socks are best for cold weather.  A bathing suit may be worn in warm weather; often we stop for a swim. 

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

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

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

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CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY NATURE PROGRAMS

Nature Clubs for Kids Ages 3 - 3rd Grade - March 20 to May 22 DOWNLOAD FLYER some events cancelled - see below for information

Tot Walks - various dates DOWNLOAD FLYER some events cancelled - see below for information

Spring Break Nature Day - April 15th CANCELLED

NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS AGES 3 – 3RD GRADE

SPRING NATURE CLUB

 Join the Nature Club to explore and learn outdoors!

Learn, create, play games, and explore!  Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  Naturalist Debra Reed will guide the children during hikes as they discover the beautiful field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill.  Other fun hands-on activities include science experiments, games, and craft projects.  The children will be able to observe the surprising changes in nature from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also improve their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 

This year we are offering Sessions A and B for ages 3 to 5 and Session C for kindergarten through third grade.  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 they will be able to enjoy our time.  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 inside.   

SPRING NATURE CLUB

POSTPONED - information will be posted soon

DOWNLOAD FLYER
Dates: Eight Fridays, March 20 to May 22 (no sessions April 10 or April 17)
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed and naturalist staff

Session A:

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 3 to 5 years (drop-off program)

Session B:

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: 3 to 5 years (drop-off program)

Session C:

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: kindergarten through 3rd graders (drop-off program)

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TOT WALKS

Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush
DOWNLOAD FLYER

Join us on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  We are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C. 

Patterns

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

TOT WALKS

See what we discover around the park during tot walks this spring!

Maple Sugaring

Session A: Thursday, March 12, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, March 13, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, March 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Worms cancelled

Session A: Thursday, April 2, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, April 3, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, April 3, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Turtles

Session A: Thursday, May 7, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, May 8, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, May 8, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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SPRING BREAK NATURE DAY

all session on april 15 have been cancelled
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $25 per child.  Pre-registration required.
Session A: Grades 3-5 (drop-off program)
Session B: Grades K-2 (drop-off program)
Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed and naturalist staff

Come outside for a day!  Do you miss summer?  Join park staff for a day of nature fun over spring break!  We will revisit traditional favorites such as a stream study, shelter building, and s’mores.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will meet rain or shine.  Bring closed-toed water shoes for the stream and other shoes/pants to change into afterward

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HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
Homeschool Environental Series

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

THE APRIL 08 SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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

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

 

 

 

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NATURE PROGRAMS
Natural Egg Dyeing - April 8 SORRY CANCELLED Environmental Protection, What You Can Do!...More or Less - May 12
Nature Walk for Cub Scouts - April 19 SORRY CANCELLED Birding Jugtown Mountain - See Birding - May 13
Bluebells Hike - April 25 Rutgers Gardens & Geology Museum Van Trip - See Van and Bus Trips - May 15
Native Bulbs - April 25 Humming Birds: Jewels of the Animal Kingdom - May 18
Wonderful Water (Family Nature Club) - April 20 Rain Barrel / Rain Garden Workshop - March 26 RESCHEDULED - May 19th
Coexisting with Coyotes - May 7 Naturalist Hike at Point Mountain - May 30
Naturalist Guided Sunset and Full Moonrise Paddle - See Canoeing/Kayaking - May 7 Nightlife: New Jersey's Magnificent Moths - June 4
Beautiful Bugs (Family Nature Club) May 8 Full Moon Hike - June 5
Flowers of Spring, Mom and Me Walk - May 9  
 
 

Natural Egg Dyeing

Dye some eggs using plants!

NATURAL EGG DYEING

SORRY CANCELLED

Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

In time for Easter, we will experiment with natural dyes using wild plants and fruits and vegetables from the grocery store.  Please bring a dozen or more hardboiled white eggs.  Dress for a short walk outside to look for dye plants

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NATURE WALK FOR CUB SCOUTS

SORRY CANCELLED

Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed

Whether you are a tiger in the wild, a wolf on the paw path, or a Webelos going into the woods, this nature walk is for you.  Come learn about the wild world we live in.  Cost is per child; accompanying adult attends for free. 

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Bluebells Hike

Enjoy a morning hike to look for bluebells at Uplands

BLUEBELLS HIKE

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Bernadette Morales/Uplands
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Virginia Bluebells are one of America’s favorite wildflowers.  Native to our area, they bloom for a few weeks in early spring, and “hide” later in the summer.  They are also deer- and critter-resistant!  Explore Bernadette Morales and Uplands Reserve to enjoy the bluebells, stroll along a bubbling brook, and see the ruins of the estate of Judge Large (a prosecutor in the Charles Lindberg case).  This is a moderately hilly hike, about three miles in total.  Meet at the parking lot of Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve, 103 Capner Street, Flemington. 

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NATIVE BULBS

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $17 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Guest instructor: Judy Glattstein

Bulbs are those lumpy underground food reserves that plants use to get through hard times such as winter cold.  You are probably familiar with all the spring blooming “foreigners” such as daffodils and crocus.  There are native plants that also grow from bulbs, such as trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and even native lilies.  This class will begin with a well-illustrated lecture, after which we will go out on the Arboretum grounds to look for native bulbs.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  Judy Glattenstein has been a popular instructor at The New York Botanical Garden and Rutgers Gardens in college-level classes, as well as a lecturer across the United States and abroad at many garden clubs.  She has guided a variety of garden tours around the United States and Europe and is an author of nine books on gardening.  Explore her website at www.bellewood-gardens.com.

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WONDERFUL WATER (FAMILY NATURE CLUB)

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 5 to 12 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed

Water provides so many wonderful things.  Come learn the journey of water, its value, how humans have impacted our water sources, and how we can protect it for generations to come through hands-on fun.  This program is offered to families but is also appropriate for Brownie scouts working on their Wonders of Water journey.  Cost is per child; accompanying adult attends for free. 

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COEXISTING WITH COYOTES

Date: Thursday, May 7
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard

Coyotes are part of our County’s population.  Their numbers are growing and they are making their presence felt.  Join us 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 and protect yourself from this creature. 

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BEAUTIFUL BUGS (FAMILY NATURE CLUB)

Date: Friday, May 8
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed

Thousands of incredible insects live all around us!  They create our food, the dirt we walk on, and take care of unwanted pests.  Their size, shape, color, and biology are so diverse that it makes the study of insects absolutely fascinating.  Through hands-on fun take a closer look at these beautiful and bizarre bugs and other insects and arachnids.

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FLOWERS OF SPRING, MOM AND ME WALK

Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your children here at the Arboretum.  Explore a fresh breath of spring with Naturalist Debra Reed by taking a journey along our garden trails.  Enjoy some quality time walking through our beautiful spring flowers while learning about the fabulous changes that are happening in the natural world.  Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the oak picnic grove following our exploration.  

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, WHAT YOU CAN DO! . . . MORE OR LESS

Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person
Guest instructor: Marc Rogoff, NJ DEP

This “interactive” PowerPoint presentation was created by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to introduce audiences to environmentally friendly and unfriendly practices.  Using up-to-date statistics, common sense, and a bit of humor, we will explore common habits that we all share that affect the environment.  Some of these are environmentally beneficial and some are detrimental.  More of the good and less of the bad is the goal - saving time, money, and the earth can be the result!

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HUMMINGBIRDS: JEWELS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Date: Monday, May 18
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Hummingbirds are one of the most unique birds we have.  Did you know that they are the only birds that can fly backwards?  Or that they use spider webs and lichen to build their tiny nests?  Or that they weigh less than a nickel but fly 20 hours without stopping over the Gulf of Mexico in migration?  Join us for a lecture on hummingbirds, accompanied by beautiful pictures.  We will also have a chance to watch our local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visiting our feeder at Echo Hill. 

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RAIN BARREL/ RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP

RESCHEDULED
Date: Thursday, March 26 - RESCHEDULED May 19
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 13 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per barrel (includes materials) or $8 to attend the presentation and not create a rain barrel.  Pre-registration required.
Guest instructors: Lauren Theis (Education Director) and Shealynn O’Toole (Americorps NJ Watershed Ambassador), Raritan Headwaters Association

A rain barrel is attached to your home’s gutter and collects rainwater that can be used for watering plants.  This is a great way to prevent runoff that may collect pollution, and also to prevent erosion.  Rain gardens also collect storm water, but direct it straight into a garden that cleans the water by trapping pollutants in the stems of native plants while draining the clean rain water back into the groundwater.  Lauren Theis and Shealynn O’Toole of Raritan Headwaters Association will show us the importance of saving rain water, and will teach us how to do it effectively.  Those who are interested can create a rain barrel ($50 option).  To attend the presentation and receive literature but not create a rain barrel, the cost is $8. 

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NATURALIST HIKE AT POINT MOUNTAIN

Explore this beautiful hike with a naturalist

NATURALIST HIKE AT POINT MOUNTAIN

Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Point Mountain
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Laura will share her favorite hike in the County with you!  Point Mountain has everything: a scenic river walk, an excellent overlook over the fields and woods of Warren County, and good exercise.  In late May, Mountain Laurels are blooming, and we will hope to see or hear breeding birds like Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.  This is a challenging hike, about 4 miles long with 500 feet of elevation gain over ½ mile.  Please bring water to carry with you.  Meet at the main parking lot, 80 Point Mountain Road, Washington (Lebanon Township). 

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NATURALIST HIKE AT POINT MOUNTAIN

The Luna Moth is our biggest and one of our most impressive moths!  Photo by Jill Dodds. 

NIGHTLIFE:  NEW JERSEY’S MAGNIFICENT MOTHS

Date: Thursday, June 4
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Guest instructor: Jill Dodds

Butterflies get lots of attention, but their nocturnal cousins are often overlooked despite the fact that they are considerably more abundant and diverse.  New Jersey’s 2500+ moth species offer an amazing array of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes to anyone who takes the time to give them a closer look. 

Jill Dodds is a biologist and nature photographer from Kingwood Township who has spent the last few years focusing her lens on moths all around the Garden State.  Join her to view some of these beautiful creatures and learn what you might find in your own backyard.  We will enjoy a PowerPoint of Jill’s photographs and then go outside to see what moths are around the park if weather permits.

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FULL MOON HIKE

Date: Friday, June 5
Time: 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Come explore the park after dark and see the moonlight reflecting off our pond!  Under the light of a full moon, we will listen to summer insects and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals.  We will also learn about the phases of the moon.  Meet at the main parking area, 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton 08827.

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PARK VAN & BUS TRIPS
Roebling Museum - March 26 SORRY CANCELLED
Historic Walking Tour of Flemington, NJ - April 28
Rutgers Gardens & Geology Museum Van Trip - May 15
Historic Walking Tour of Hope, NJ - June 3

ROEBLING MUSEUM

Roebling Museum

SORRY CANCELLED
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $20 per person registration fee plus a $5 entry donation to be paid by you the day of the trip(lunch is not included in the price).  Pre-registration required.
Instructors: Recreation Coordinator Liz Fulmer and guest Chip Colombo

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 (not included in price).  After a one-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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HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF FLEMINGTON NEW JERSEY

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $20 per person (lunch not included).  Pre-registration required.
Instructors: Recreation Coordinator Liz Fulmer and guest Chip Colombo

Fresh air, exercise, and some history.  Meet at the Arboretum and drive in a Parks van to Flemington.  Join us for a walk about town to see eye-catching architecture and listen to stories full of local history.  We will eat lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is not included in the price).

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RUTGERS GARDENS & GEOLOGY MUSEUM VAN TRIP

Rutgers Gardens & Geology Museum Van Trip

Explore the Rutgers Gardens and Geology Museum!

Date: Friday, May 15
Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $21 per person registration fee plus bring cash for the garden tour ($10/adult, $8/senior 65 & older), plus the museum welcomes donations.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Let’s take a van to explore some natural treasures at Rutgers!  We will board the Parks van at the Arboretum and then drive to the Rutgers Gardens where we will do a tour with Director Bruce Crawford.  We will visit the Bamboo Forest, Annual Garden, Succulent Garden, and gazebo and giant Adirondack chairs.  After the formal tour, we will have a little free time to explore the garden and eat lunch.  Participants can bring food or purchase lunch like soup, salad, or sandwiches at the weekly Farmer’s Market.  There will also be some plants for sale at the gardens.  After lunch, we will visit the Geology Museum where we will take a tour and do a scavenger hunt.  The tour will focus on three areas: dinosaurs, the mastodon, and the Egyptian mummy.  Participants must be comfortable walking over uneven ground and navigating stairs. 

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HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF HOPE NEW JERSEY

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $22 (lunch not included).  Pre-registration required.
Instructors: Liz Fulmer and guest Chip Colombo

Enjoy fresh air, exercise, and some history of the sleepy burg of Hope, a Moravian village founded in 1769.  Topics will include: beginnings, the New World, the Hope Moravian experience from 1769 to 1808, a thriving community, daily life, the Revolutionary War, the decline of Moravian Hope, the Post-Moravian Era, and Moravian architecture.  This tour will visit a grist mill, the Howell-Turner House, Tom’s Barn, many period houses, churches and graveyards, a bank, a museum, a stone bridge, and much more.  The day will start with a short slide show at the Arboretum. Then we will drive to Hope, enjoy a two-hour walking tour (please dress for an outdoors in-town walk), have lunch at the Inn at Millrace Pond (innatmillracepond.com; lunch not included in the price) and have some free time to explore the museum, antique store, and the quaint little town of Hope.

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Beginning Photography Workshop (Digital SLR Manual Setting) March 14 Cancelled and May 9
Photography in the Parks Workshop (Digital SLR Manual Setting) - April 11 SORRY CANCELLED
Smartphone Photo Class - June 28
Photographic Sunset Trip (Digital SLR Manual Setting) - July14
Macro World Photo Class - NEW - July 18

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

 

BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (DIGITAL SLR MANUAL SETTING)

Session A: Saturday, March 14 SESSION A CANCELLED
Session B: Saturday, May 9
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Arboretum Meeting Room
adults, $55.

Students will learn how to use their cameras on the manual setting. Shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, lighting, use of lenses and composition will be discussed. Students will be taught in a small classroom setting with a hands-on approach. This class is taught in a laid-back, no-pressure atmosphere, so learning is fun and enjoyable! Students will start their journey in the classroom, and then move out onto the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum to put into practice the information just learned. Jim will be with the students in the field to assist and answer any questions they may have. Students will then come back to the classroom for a critique by Jim of their photos just taken. You will need to have a digital SLR that has a manual setting and a blank memory card dedicated for the class. If you have a laptop, bring it in order to download your photos for easy viewing. Please note there is walking involved and a portion of this class is outdoors. Please dress accordingly.

PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PARKS WORKSHOP (DIGITAL SLR MANUAL SETTING)

SORRY CANCELLED
Dates: Saturday, April 11
Times: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  
Location: Echo Hill 
Ages: adults
Cost: $55 per person.  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Jim Rimi

This is a 3-hour workshop that is designed for the photographer that has a grasp of their camera. This workshop is a perfect complement to the beginning photography workshop.  Jim will concentrate on how to see like a photographer.  Lighting, camera position, and angle will be discussed.  Jim will also go over the proper use of lenses, focal length, depth of field, and shutter speed.  In this class students are encouraged to be sensitive and aware of light and their surroundings.  Jim will discuss the makings of a great photograph and how to achieve it.  This workshop starts in a classroom environment and goes out into the field.  Students will venture out in the park with the new knowledge they have just been given.  Jim will be in the field with students to assist and answer any questions they may have.  Students will then meet back after the shoot for a group critique by Jim of the photos they have just taken.  This is a fun and relaxed workshop combining nature and the art of photography.  Bring your digital SLR camera and a blank memory card dedicated for the class.  A tripod is helpful but not necessary.  Please note that most of this workshop is conducted outside, and proper clothing and shoes for walking in a forest environment are necessary.  

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SMARTPHONE PHOTO CLASS

Dates: Sunday, June 28
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum Meeting Room     
Ages: adults
Cost: $45 per person.  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Jim Rimi

Learn how to take great photos with your smartphone, without the use of apps or manipulation.  Class meets at the Arboretum starting out in the meeting room and then moving into the field.  Jim will guide and encourage students to see in a new and exciting way.  Students will then meet back in the classroom for a critique of the photos they have taken.  This will be a fun and informative class.  Dress for the weather. 

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SUNSET TRIP (DIGITAL SLR MANUAL SETTING)

Dates: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park    
Ages: adults
Cost: $40 per person.  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Jim Rimi

Students will meet at Deer Path Park, where there is an excellent vantage point to photograph the sunset.  Instruction will be given by Jim at the site in order to achieve a pleasing sunset photo.  You must be willing and patient to wait for the right moment to take the perfect sunset photo.  Requirements are a digital camera with a manual setting, a flash light or light on your phone, and proper footwear.  A tripod is very helpful but not 100% necessary.

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MACRO WORLD PHOTO CLASS *NEW! 

Dates: Saturday, July 18
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum Meeting Room     
Ages: adults
Cost: $45 per person.  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Jim Rimi

Explore the world of macro photography.  Jim will guide you through the ins and outs of taking a great macro photo.  Macro photography is what we don’t normally see.  It is close ups of bugs, flowers, plants, and trees to name just a few.  It’s a new and interesting way to see what you have already been looking at.  Come and learn to see in a very different way.  We will start out in the meeting room and then move out into the field.  Jim will guide the students in the field to see in macro.  We will then meet back in the meeting room to go over the photos taken.  This will be a fun and informative class!  Digital SLR cameras or smart phones are welcome! 

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POTTERY IN THE WOODS
DOWNLOAD SPRING FLYER..
Ceramic Drinking Vessel/Mug - May 26
Ceramic Cereal Bowl and Spoons - June 16

 

Pottery in the Woods, Drinking Vessel/Mug

Try your hands at creating very useful items using clay!

 

CERAMIC DRINKING VESSEL/ MUG

Date: Tuesday, May 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 9 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 per participant (includes materials and firing).  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Emma Rimi

Take a leisurely walk through nature to collect inspiration and talk about textures and images observed for the clay project.  Students will create and decorate a hand-built ceramic tumbler or mug focusing on textures found in nature.  We will be learning slab, pinch, and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including Mishima and sgraffito.  Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on rolling different impressions into their creations.  Feel free to bring nature treasures or textured items to use for imprinting.  Every piece made is microwave, dishwasher, and food safe.  Students pick glaze colors for their projects, the instructor will fire the projects, and you will receive a phone call/email when your project is ready for pick-up at the Arboretum.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Cost is per participant; adults may assist children for free or pay the registration fee for their own project.  No experience required.

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CERAMIC CEREAL BOWL AND SPOONS

Date: Tuesday, June 16
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 9 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 per participant (includes materials and firing).  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Emma Rimi

Take a leisurely walk through nature to collect inspiration and talk about textures and images observed for the clay project.  In this workshop we will be creating two medium sized ceramic bowls and two spoons.  We will be learning slab, pinch, and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques.  Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on rolling different impressions into their creations.  Feel free to bring nature treasures or textured items to use for imprinting.  Every piece made is microwave, dishwasher, and food safe.  Students pick glaze colors for their projects, the instructor will fire the projects, and you will receive a phone call/email when your project is ready for pick-up at the Arboretum.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Cost is per participant; adults may assist children for free or pay the registration fee for their own project.  No experience required. 

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
Fishing Clinic (Boy Scout Merit Badge) - April 24
CPR and First Aid for the Community Course (Boy Scout Merit Badge) - May 13 & 14
Child and Babysitting Safety Class - June 4 & 5
Free Recreation Walks - various dates (UPDATED)
2020 SENIOR WALKING CLUB - "SENIOR STROLLS" - Guided Walks with a Theme
Co-sponsored with Hunterdon County Senior Health and Fitness Program

 

FISHING CLINIC (also Boy Scout Merit Badge)

Date: Friday, April 24
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 6 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $8 per fisher (includes bait and supplies).  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard

Let us show you the basics of fishing, including safety, etiquette, equipment, and casting.  Park at the main lot by the playground and walk down to the Echo Hill Pond to meet Patrick.  Fishing rods are available to borrow.  Bait, hooks, bobbers, and weights are provided.  If you have your own fishing equipment, you may bring it with you.  Organized groups can also request this program on another date.  Call us to set up this program for a group.  Cost is per person fishing; a non-fishing adult may accompany their child for free. 

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

Dates: Wednesday, May 13: CPR and Thursday, May 14: First Aid
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: CPR $30; First Aid $30; or both for $55 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard

If you have ever wanted to learn CPR and First Aid, this is the time.  Patrick is an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor.  You will learn adult, child, and infant CPR, choking, and first aid, allowing you to help anyone of any age.  This is not a course for health care personnel.  Sign up for CPR and/or First Aid.  Boy Scouts may obtain their merit badge by setting up an additional meeting with Patrick. 

*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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CHILD AND BABYSITTING SAFETY CLASS

Dates: Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 through 15 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard

This two-day class is for any young person who wants to learn how to take care of a child or baby.  We will go over everything you need to know to handle all problems that may come up like: how to deal with bad behavior, fire, water, falls, poison, sudden illnesses, and assessing for illness and injury.  We will go over basic first aid and CPR (not a certification).  Then we will go over safe sleep practices, feeding, and play time.  You will receive a certification card after the class.  Adults must accompany their teens and stay for free. 

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FREE RECREATION WALKS

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: adults
Cost: free; pre-registration required.
Instructor: Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard
Meet Patrick at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trail systems.  He will tell you the history of each park as you get some fresh air and exercise.  Then come back on your own to hike the trails at your leisure.  These trails are easy to moderate hikes. 

March 25: Hoffman Park, 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton 08827 SORRY CANCELLED
April 8: Point Mountain Central, 80 Point Mountain Road, Washington 07882 SORRY CANCELLED
April 22: Teetertown Preserve, meet at the stone house, 30 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray 07865
May 6: Point Mountain North, 219 Old Turnpike Road, Port Murray 07865 
May 20: Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington 08822
June 3: Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner 08826

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SQUARE DANCING with the FLUTTERWHEELS
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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

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

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

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

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

 

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

Are you an Educator, Scout Leader, Community Organization? Let us do a program for your group!  Unless otherwise noted, cost is $30 on-site, $50 off-site, $75 out-of-county (limited range). 

group programs

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

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

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

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
WOODWORKING, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials, 10 max
BASKETRY, Grade 3+, 2 hrs, $30 + $3/person materials, 10 max
*For more information on advanced classes or larger groups, please ask for Liz. 

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CPR CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 4 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants
FIRST AID CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 3 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants.  Call for price for CPR/First Aid together. 
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
GEOCACHING 101, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max 
Basic Carving class also available. 
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CANOE CLINIC, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, $175, 16 max
FISHING CLINIC, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + $2/person, 15 max
BIKE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
INITIATIVES/ TEAM BUILDINGGrade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

group programs

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

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
CO-EXISTING WITH COYOTES LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
HERPTILES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MUSHROOMS & MOLDS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
NEW JERSEY BLACK BEARS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
TREES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr 
HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr, free 

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

Call us to register at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us. 

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

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