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Last Updated April 14, 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 Programs
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14TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
2014 EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
38th MUSIC UNDER THE STARS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
ADOPT-A-TRAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORUNITY - NEW! - updated 4/11/2014
ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND KIDS - updated 4/14/2014
BACKPACKING TRIP - HIGH POINT - updated 4/07/2014
BASKETRY WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS
BIRDING TRIPS & PROGRAMS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
CRAFT WORKSHOPS - updated 4/14/2014
CREATIVE SCARECROW MAKING CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
EMPLOYMENT OPPORUNITIES
GARDENING PROGRAMS
HISTORY THROUGH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
INVASIVE PLANT PULL
MAPLE SUGARING PROGRAMS
NATURE PROGRAMS - - updated 4/11/2014
RECREATION PROGRAMS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SCOUT VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU!
SPRING BREAK CAMP/NATURE CLUBS
SQUARE DANCING
SUMMER CAMPS - updated 4/14/2014
2014 Summer Camp Brochure
TRIPS - updated 4/02/2014
PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
HUNTERDON COUNTY
DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Department of Land Use and Facilities Management

PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN & FAMILIES

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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
parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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14th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Our recycled carnival games were a bit hit at last year’s Earth Day Celebration!

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: All
Pre-registration is not required.

Join the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation as we celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  The celebration will be held at Deer Path Park located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington (Readington Township).

We are continuing our theme from last year, a round robin of carnival-like games and fun challenges all made from repurposed or recyclable items.  Let’s go green!  Loosen up your arm for the tin can alley, see how many ringers you get at the wisteria ring toss, flick your wrist for our frisbee golf challenge, and much more. 

Enjoy the live animal shows presented by Eyes of the Wild and Mercer County Wildlife Center.  Meet youth members of local 4-H animal clubs and their rabbits, ducks, sheep, goats, and more on the Great Lawn.  Float around the Deer Path Pond in one of the Parks’ canoes after a short safety talk presented by members of the Hunterdon Canoe Club.  Try your hand at make-it-take-it recycled crafts.  Grab a bite to eat at the food concession run by Boy Scout Troop 288.  Maybe the kids would like to throw a line into the pond and see what is biting. 

Let’s celebrate Planet Earth and the natural beauty it has to offer.  Hike a trail or take the children to the playground.  Don’t miss this chance to get outside with family and friends and reconnect with our Mother Earth! 

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38th MUSIC UNDER THE STARS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES


Dates: Eight Thursday nights, June 26 to August 14
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: Free!
Ages: all

We hope everyone enjoyed last year’s concert series.  A great big thanks to all the performers who donated their time for your enjoyment. 

The 2014 concert series is being brought to you by the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Celebration Committee.  The eight-week series will consist of period music from over the last 300 years.  Check their website for more information as it becomes available or visit our FREE CONCERT UNDER THE STARS web page.  It will be a music series you will not want to miss.  For more information on the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Celebration Committee, please visit www.hunterdon300th.org

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NEW! Adopt-a-Trail Volunteer Opportunity

We are forming an Adopt-a-Trail Program to help keep our parks clean, safe, and ready for use by everyone.  In order to accomplish this, we are seeking citizen volunteers and/or volunteer organizations (scout troops, civic organizations, etc.) to adopt a specific trail and to agree to periodically walk and inspect the trail.  Volunteers will walk the trail at least once a month for ten months of the year, conduct litter clean-up, remove debris, do minor shrub and vine pruning, and report any need for additional work that may have to be performed by the County (such as fallen tree removal). 

So if you love nature and enjoy working outside, please join the Adopt-a-Trail Program.  To sign up, contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us or (908)782-1158.  Thank you and hope to see you on the trail!

Interested participants and those who have already signed are invitedto join us at an introductory meeting at the Arboretum, 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon, on Thursday, April 17th from 7:30- 10:00pm.

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Art Classes for Adults and Kids

A beautiful piece of art by Henrieta Maneva made during Parks’ Adult Art Classes!

ADULT ART CLASSES  
Instructor Lena Shiffman

PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE
Session A: Five Thursdays, March 13 to April 10    
Session B: Five Thursdays, April 24 to May 22  
Time: 9:30 AM to Noon
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects, photographs, and landscape, the instructor works 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 pencils, erasers, and newsprint pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Others please bring preferred materials.  Material list will be supplied at the first class. 

THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
Session A: Five Thursdays, March 13 to April 10    
Session B: Five Thursdays, April 24 to May 22  
Session C: Five Thursdays, August 7 to September 4
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 to the first class (14 x 18”).  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!

KIDS ART CLASSES  
Instructor Lena Shiffman

 Be creative in Art Class with instructor Lena Shiffman!

KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED
Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 5 to April 9
Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 23 to May 28
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 15
Cost: $90 (includes materials)

Learn the principles of drawing and painting while studying artists of the past.  In this fun art class, we will explore paintings by famous artists, such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.  Students will study and discuss other artists’ style and use of color and light, and then apply these findings to their own work.  Students will work using a variety of media such as charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor, while painting from still life, photographs, or en plein air painting when weather permits.

YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING
Session A: Six Saturdays, February 22 to April 5 (no class 3/29)
Session B: Six Saturdays, May 3 to June 14 (no class 5/24)  SORRY SOLD OUT
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $80 (includes materials)

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints on a variety of still-life subjects.  These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  The instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING DRAWING AND PAINTING
Session A: Six Saturdays, February 22 to April 5 (no class 3/29) SORRY SOLD OUT
Session B: Six Saturdays, May 3 to June 14 (no class 5/24) SORRY SOLD OUT
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $90 (includes materials)

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints on a variety of still-life subjects.  These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  The instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

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Backpacking Trip - HIGH POINT

 Backpack in High Point State Park! 

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 3 to 4 SORRY SOLD OUT
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $60
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

 

Backpack in High Point State Park!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains while enjoying beautiful scenery.  Learn the basics of backpacking as we set up tents, cook, and hike together.  The group will meet at the Arboretum Saturday morning and drive to High Point in a county van.  We will start on Route 284 near the NY/NJ border and hike about 8 miles to camp at High Point Shelter.  Sunday we will visit the High Point Monument and a Cedar Swamp, and hike out through the trails of the state park back to the van (about 4 miles).  This is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 4 to 8 miles each day with a full backpack. 

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on April 30 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  All participants must backpack with the following items: clothing, sturdy shoes, raingear, bowl, fork, spoon, at least two liters of water, lunch for the first day, and a sleeping bag.  Also, if you have them, please bring: lightweight cooking dishes (mess kit), a tent, and a backpack.  Expect to also carry food and group supplies such as cooking gear.  We will supply dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday, lunch Sunday, stoves, and a water filter.  Backpacks and 2-person tents are available to borrow.  On your registration form, please indicate any dietary restrictions and if you will need a backpack or tent.  For new backpackers, or experienced backpackers who want to hike with a group. 

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Basketry Workshops for Adults and Kids

Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer

BASKETRY FOR ADULTS
Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer

Make a basket using a deer antler!  
Student’s basket.

DRIFTWOOD / DEER ANTLER BASKET
Date: Saturday, March 29
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35, bring your own driftwood / antler

First let’s brainstorm on how this basket will take shape using a piece of driftwood / deer antler as the handle.  Drill holes, insert ribs, then weave a ribbed basket.  You may need to finish weaving your basket at home.  Supply your own driftwood or antler, and bring lunch and a drink.

 

BYOB BASKET
Dates: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials except bottle)

Bring your own bottle or vase and we will weave over it.

GARLIC BASKET
Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

A round open weave basket that hangs, approximately 6” tall x 4” in diameter.

WAX LINEN ONE BERRY BASKET
Date: Friday, June 6
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

This miniature berry basket is made using wax linen thread and measures 1” tall and ¾” in diameter.  Makes a nice holiday ornament, charm for a necklace, or perfect for a shadowbox.  Lots of fun exploration with colors and embellishment with beads.  Very small work; bring your eyeglasses!

Make it, then tote it!

BASKETRY FOR CHILDREN
Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer

These workshops are designed for an adult/child team to make a basekt.

CHILDREN’S TRINKET BASKET
Date: Sunday, March 23
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 and up, accompanied by an adult
Cost: $22 (includes materials)

Participants will weave under/over and create this sweet little round basket.  Weaving over the wooden mold makes the shaping a snap.  A few color options will be available.  The finished product will be approximately 6” in diameter and 5” tall.  Makes a great gift!

CHILDREN’S TOTE BASKET
Date: Sunday, May 4
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 9 and up, accompanied by an adult
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Construct a rectangular base measuring approximately 10” long x 4” wide.  Next we will weave up the sides to create this sweet tote basket.  The cloth shoulder strap makes it comfortable to tote around your paper work, lunch, or whatnot. 

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Birding Trips & Programs

Birding Trips

2014 Press Release Buffleheads on a pond

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

Waterfowl & Woodcock
Date: Saturday, March 22
Time: 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost: $25

March is a time when ducks migrate through Hunterdon and Warren Counties, stopping to rest at places like the Assiscong Marsh, Spruce Run, Round Valley, and Merrill Creek.  We will look for ducks and other water birds, as well as check on the eagles at Merrill Creek.  We will end the day looking for woodcocks with the hope of observing their interesting courtship display. 
Photo: Buffleheads on a pond.jpg
Caption: Buffleheads on a pond

BRIGANTINE WITH PETE BACINSKI
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $25

New Jersey Audubon All Things Birds Program Director, Pete Bacinski will join us on this trip to Brigantine. Pete a resident of the Atlantic Highlands has over 40 years of birding experience. He is now blogging about New Jersey’s bird life.  Join us as we drive the loop twice. We will stop to climb the towers and get the scopes out. Potential sightings include Black-crowned Night Herons, Little Blue Heron, Caspian Terns, and several species of Plovers and Sandpipers that could include White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectorial Sandpiper and more.  

The Greater Yellowlegs is so named for the color of its legs.  We expect to see this bird in Brigantine and also in Cape May. 

Cape May WEEKEND
Date: Friday through Sunday, May 16 to May 18
Times: 6:15 PM Friday to 4:00 PM Sunday
Cost: $65
Note: Limit of 8 people on this trip

Join us on an overnight excursion to the NJ Hotspot of Birding – Cape May.  We will depart on Friday for Belleplain State Forest where we will be camping in yurts.  A yurt is a round tent on a platform and has a Plexiglas skylight, a lockable wooden door, window screens, and two sets of bunk beds.  We will start early on Saturday morning in the dark and search for singing Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will’s Widows.  After breakfast we will begin birding many of Cape May’s birding treasures along the bayside and stop at one of the Audubon Centers before returning to Belleplain.  Sunday, we will head down to Cape May Island and visit Higbee and other locations.  It is then up along the Atlantic coastline for Two Mile Beach, Stone Harbor, and other locations until time demands that we head for home.  Cost covers transportation and housing; food will need to be provided by the participant. 
Note:  This will be a fast-paced trip, and while participants do not have to be expert birders, they should understand basic birding skills.  Therefore, participants need to have been on two previous birding excursions.  Limited seating is available; participants need to limit themselves to one crushable bag for their personal belongs (not counting scopes or binoculars.) 

Sussex County Birds
Date: Saturday, June 7
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. 

SPECIAL TRIP: Lakehurst & Uppies
Date: Tuesday, June 10
Time: 5:00 AM to Noon
Cost: $20
Limited Seating: 12 participants
All must register 2 weeks prior to date of trip.

Great Blue Herons are often seen along our rivers and ponds.  Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, for a special morning birding trip to the Lakehurst Naval Base (now officially the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst) for a visit to one of the best grasslands in the state.  Natural Resources Manager, John Joyce will guide us through the base as we look for Upland Sandpiper, the only place they still nest in NJ.  Other possible sightings include Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Summer Tanager, and Vesper Sparrow.  The base is also interesting from a military and historical standpoint and John will share that information.  Only American citizens are allowed on the base and you must have a government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license.  The trip is limited in seating and registration for the trip will be closed two weeks before the trip occurs. 

Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County
Date: Sunday, July 6
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 up to the last moment depending on reports and findings.  We will hope to see Bobolinks, a variety of warblers, and more.  Two miles of hiking may be required. 

Thursday Morning / Tuesday Afternoon Bird Walks

Take an early morning stroll or an afternoon walk with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we 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.  Binoculars are available to borrow.

Ages: Adults
Cost: free, pre-registration is required. 

Morning Walks
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Dates & Locations:
Afternoon Walks
Time:  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Dates & Locations:
April 10:          Assicong Marsh
April 17:          Deer Path Park Soccer Lot
April 24:          County Arboretum
May 1:             Bernadette Morales/Uplands
May 8:             Echo Hill Park
May 15:           Sunnyside Picnic Area
May 22:           Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 29:           Hoffman Park
April 29:          Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 6:             Echo Hill Park
May 13:           County Arboretum
May 20:           Hoffman Park
May 27:           Bernadette Morales/Uplands

 

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Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

canoeing hunterdon's waterwaysOur 38th Year!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 37 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 (and a limited number of kayaks starting in June), 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 otherwise stated, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

SCHEDULE A RIVER TRIP or CANOE CLINIC or POND PADDLE

We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, family, or service organization. A pond paddle makes a great birthday party! For questions or to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Hunterdon Park's canoe leaders have all successfully completed River Canoe Day Trip Leading Assessment in accordance with
the American Canoe Association guidelines for paddling safely and technical skill development. SAFETY FIRST!

 

Planning Your Canoe Trip

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

WHAT TO EXPECT: Please arrive at the Hunterdon County Arboretum by 8:15 AM, unless otherwise noted. We will meet behind the building where your canoe leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle. (Last chance to use an indoor bathroom.) The group will
shuttle to the river in our 15-passenger van.

Your leaders will talk about canoe safety & maneuvering at the put-in. The group will paddle for about two hours, stop on the river bank for lunch, then paddle another two hours. We are flexible about time because it depends in part on natural forces, such as the river's water level. We aim to return to the Arboretum at 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

WEATHER:Trips run rain or shine, but not in dangerous weather. Canoe leaders may elect to alter the trip, based on weather, water levels, and the aims of our canoeists.

CHILDREN: Must be accompanied by an adult. Most trips are appropriate for ages 8 years and older. Check with us about specific trips.

WHAT TO BRING:Lunch (packed in a waterproof container), plenty of water to drink, a rain jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and an extra set of clothes in a waterproof pack in chilly weather

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures. Cotton is not a good material for cool, wet outdoor activities. Polypropylene or fleece dries quickly and wool keeps you warm even if wet. Please wear sneakers—no sandals or leather boots.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Not permitted.

PETS: Not allowed, except guide animals.

KAYAKS: Call to discuss bringing your own kayak at your own risk.

QUESTIONS: Or if you would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please do not hesitate to give us a call on weekdays at (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Liz Fulmer at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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Calendar of Canoe Trips

Canoeing is great fun, great exercise, great time with family and friends, and a great chance to view wildlife!

Dates: June 28 through 29 
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 4:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $60 (Price includes cook-out dinner on Saturday night, breakfast, and lunch on Sunday.)

Overnight canoe trip to the Delaware Water Gap area.  We will leave the Arboretum at 8:00 AM on Saturday and head to the Water Gap where we will put in.  We will paddle for a couple hours, stop to have a picnic lunch (please bring lunch for Saturday), and then camp out on one of the wilderness sites on the river.  We will set up camp and cook dinner and enjoy the nature around the camp.  The next day, we will cook breakfast and head down the river.  We will stop and have a picnic lunch (provided by Parks).  There will be time to stop and swim both days as we go down the river.  There will be a pre-camp meeting on June 26 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  On your registration form, please indicate any dietary restrictions and if you will need to borrow a tent from Parks.

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River Trips

RIVER TRIPS
Time: Arrive at 8:15AM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Cost: $30 per person

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

Saturday, April 19: South Branch
Saturday, May 3: Musconetcong 
Saturday, May 17: South Branch
Saturday, June 7: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Sunday, June 15: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg   
Saturday, July 12: Delaware: Kingwood to Bulls Island
Saturday, July 26: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, August 2: South Branch
Sunday, August 17: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, September 13: South Branch
Saturday, September 27: Delaware: Kingwood to Bulls Island
Saturday, October 11: Musconetcong
Saturday, October 18: Leaders’ Choice

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

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Flat Water Paddles

CLINTON POND PADDLES: A GOOD FIRST TRIP
Session A: Saturday, April 12- sorry cancelled
Session B: Sunday, July 20
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Clinton Town parking lot off of Halstead Street & Water Street
Ages: 6 through adults
Cost: $20

Paddle around the scenic “Clinton Pond,” past the lily pads, under the road bridge, past the historic Red Mill, up to the spillway of the Spruce Run Reservoir, and back.  Great for children ages six and up (with an adult), senior citizens, beginners, folks with special needs (please inform us in advance), or those with a hankering to take a leisurely paddle and commune with nature. 

SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR
Date: Friday, August 8
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Age: 8 through adults
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 a jacket: it can get much cooler by the water when the sun goes down.

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2014 Kayaks

The Parks will be getting 4 Cross Over Kayaks in 2013. This is great news for all the people out there who want to try a kayak before buying one or the person who just wanted to try kayaking. We will not be putting the new kayaks into service until all our canoe leaders have received updated training on kayak safety. When they are available-please note your request for a kayak on the registration form first come, first served. If you would like to bring your own kayak please note this on your registration form when you sign up. If you do bring your own kayak it is at you own risk. For questions about the new kayaks please contact Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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Craft Workshops

 

CLAY AND BASKETRY: a Mixed Media Container
Date: Two sessions: Friday, March 14 and March 28
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $12

Fashion a small round clay bowl at the first session.  At the next session, sew onto the rim, using a basket technique called coiling, three rows to extend the project’s height.   

JUTE DRAGONFLY
Date: Friday, April 4
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $6

Make a cute jute dragonfly using a square knot and half knot twist and English whipping. Finished project is about six inches long.

GARDEN ROCK
Date: Friday, May 2
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $7

Create a personalized design using small rocks, shells, beads, nature materials, plastic lids, and maybe a small treasure you bring from home, and make a concrete garden rock.  Finished project is approximately 10 x 10.”  Note: garden rocks will need to be picked up after a few days’ drying time.

Learn to make a hand knotted necklace.

 *NEW* ADULT CRAFTS

*NEW* HAND-KNOTTED NECKLACE SOLD OUT
Dates: Two Wednesdays, April 16 and April 23
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adults
Cost: $45, includes materials

Hand-knotting is a beading technique in which you use silk or nylon thread and tie evenly sized knots in between the beads in your design.  Originally used for pearl necklaces so that when they broke only one pearl was lost, it is used now with all types of beads for elegance and style.  A fabulous way to show off your most treasured beads.  In the class you will learn and practice how to knot using silk thread, attach clasps, and design and create your own necklace.  All necessary tools and supplies will be provided by the instructor, but you are encouraged to bring your own personal selection of beads, maybe an old favorite necklace that has broken.  Instructor Regina Muster.

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Creative Scarecrow Making Contest
Angry Alien

2013 CREATIVE SCARECROW WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to our winners, Angry Alien by Paul Debraski, Crafty and Sporty by the Creative Kids Club, and Iron Man by Home school Co-op. We had many fabulous scarecrows again this year, providing knock-your-socks-off fun.  Thank you to all the entries and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!

Iron Man
Crafty and Sporty

Angry Alien by Paul Debraski made out of a broken tri-cycle. 

Crafty and Sporty by the Creative Kids Club, Sam, Syndney, Gavin, Baibre, and Declan.  They reused sports balls for heads and used lots of creativity for the rest.

Iron Man by Home school Co-op made from an old tire, brake pads, hoses and a clock face for a face… how clever.


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Employment/Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the County's Employment Opportunities for additional information on various summer position available and our 2014 Volunteer Opportunities webpage at:

EMPLOYMENT OPPORUNITY:

STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY CREW MEMBER
Dates: July through August
Ages: Must be at least 15 years old or in high school
Note: This is a position with the SCA (not Hunterdon County)

New Jersey is home to several Student Conservation Association (SCA) summer high school job programs in areas throughout the state including Hunterdon County, Newark, and Camden.

The SCA fielded its first community-based conservation program partnering with Hunterdon County in 1999.  Over the past 15 years, the program has engaged over 300 high school students in conservation jobs.  Their contributions have had a tremendous positive impact on the Hunterdon County Parks’ trail system. 

The SCA New Jersey Community Program provides summer job opportunities (July through August).  This is a 6-week summer program which runs Monday through Friday.  It incorporates environmental education and job readiness training into the conservation service experience.  Participants build trails and restore habitat while exploring green career opportunities, building leadership skills, and learning about the local environment through field trips, outdoor recreation, and service projects. 

Eligibility Requirements:  Applicants must be at least 15 years of age or in high school.  Members will earn an hourly wage and get community service hours for their participation.  To contact SCA’s Community programs in New Jersey, email SCANJ@SCA.org.  Or check out their website for more information: http://thesca.org/serve/program/new-jersey.    

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORUNITY

GARDEN CAMP COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (CIT)
Garden Camp will be held June 23-25 at the Arboretum.  Please email us at parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call 908-782-1158 to ask about this new opportunity! 

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Gardening Programs

ANNUAL ARBORETUM PLANT SALE
Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Arboretum

Come and enjoy the beautiful Arboretum Gardens as you shop for Mother’s Day.  Check out our gorgeous two-story gazebo, our tumbling rock waterfall, and the peaceful benches and picnic grove, all here for your enjoyment.  We will have annuals, perennials, herbs, and hanging baskets!  Check out our selection of quality plants, just in time for Mother’s Day.  Senior Gardener Jaybird Strauss can help you select the best plants for Mom’s garden or your own.  Prices range between $2 and $15.  Cash or checks only.  

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History Through Aerial Photography

THERE USED TO BE A RAILROAD
Date: Friday, March 21
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Age: Teens and Adults
Cost: $3

New Jersey and railroads go way back, all the way to 1815 when the state granted John Stevens of Hoboken the first railroad charter in the U.S.  Although Stevens’s New Jersey Railroad was never constructed, the Camden & Amboy Railroad, under the direction of Stevens’s sons, began service between South Amboy and Bordentown in 1833, the first of many railroads to lay track across the Garden State.  In There Used to be a Railroad, Mike McCann reaches into his twenty years’ experience researching the Department of Environmental Protection’s aerial photo library to provide a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone—one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail.   

 

History from Above. 

HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE
Date: Friday, April 11
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Teens and Adults
Cost: $3

This presentation highlights the changing landscape of Hunterdon County from 1930 to the present using comparative interpretation of images from the aerial photograph library of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  Retired from the NJDEP’S Green Acres Program, presenter Mike McCann’s job was researching the history of land being considered for purchase by the state.  He spent numerous hours examining aerial photography under a microscope, researching records and maps, and interviewing long-time residents.  Mike is eager to share his extensive knowledge.  The striking visuals and intriguing narration of the slideshow highlight the transition from the farm fields, orchards, forest, railroads, and small towns of rural Hunterdon to the present-day environment of houses, malls, and roadways. 

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Invasive Plant Pull
Park Naturalist Laura Kroon and volunteer Dan Kroon remove invasive water chestnut at Hoffman Park. 
INVASIVE PLANT PULL - Volunteer Opportunity

Date: Saturday, May 31
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Cost: Free!
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

This spring, we will continue to combat invasive water chestnut at Hoffman Park.

We will use canoes to hand pull this plant from our ponds.  Volunteers should bring rubber gloves and waders if they have them (please do not purchase them for this event).  There may be additional tasks as well. 

Individuals and groups that would like to receive more information should contact the Parks office at
908-782-1158. 

Come help with this important effort!  A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided.   

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Recreation Programs

FREE RECREATION WALKS/PARK TOURS
Dates: Wednesdays, March 26 to June 4
Time: 9:30 AM to approximately 11:30 AM
Ages: Adults
Cost: Free

Meet us at each park location and join us as we introduce you to the beauty around us.  We will tell you the history of the park as we get some fresh air and exercise.  Once you’ve explored it with us, come back on your own and hike the trails at your leisure!

March 26: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Route 31, Lebanon
April 9: Cushetunk Mountain Preserve, 106 Old Mountain Road, Lebanon
April 23: Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington
May 7: Teetertown Preserve (formerly known as Mountain Farm), 30 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray
May 21: Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner
June 4: Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington

SPORTS PROGRAMS:

The County and U.S. Sports Institute are offering Soccer Squirts classes.  Soccer Squirts learn the fundamental skills of soccer through a program of structured activities, fun games, and scrimmages.  Each soccer session focuses on maximizing participation and learning through a variety of fun games designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and develop motor skills.  Children will also develop social interaction and communication skills.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and apply sunscreen. 

Sorry ALL SPORTS PROGRAMS with have been Cancelled EXCEPT FOR SOCCER SQUIRTS AT DEER PATH PARK (A&B) - We apologize for the Inconvenience.

SOCCER SQUIRTS
Ages: 3 to 5
Cost: $150 for 8 lessons    

SOCCER SQUIRTS AT DEER PATH PARK
Dates: Mondays, April 21 to June 16 (no class on May 26)
Session A: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B: 11:00 AM to Noon

SOCCER SQUIRTS AT ECHO HILL PARK Dates: Tuesdays, April 22 to June 10 
Session A: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Session B: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

SOCCER SQUIRTS AT SOUTH COUNTY PARK/FAIRGROUNDS Dates: Fridays, April 25 to June 13 
Session A: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Session B: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

SOCCER SQUIRTS AT TEETERTOWN PRESERVE (formerly known as MOUNTAIN FARM) Dates: Fridays, April 25 to June 13 
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

SOCCER SQUIRTS PARENT & ME
Date: Mondays, April 21 to June 16 (no class on May 26)
Session A: 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
Session B: 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 2 to 3
Cost: $150 per parent-child pair    

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS
Ages: 3 to 5
Cost: $150 for 8 lessons

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS AT SOUTH COUNTY PARK/FAIRGROUNDS
Date: Tuesdays, April 22 to June 10 
Location: South County Park/Fairgrounds 
Session A: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS AT TEETERTOWN PRESERVE (formerly known as MOUNTAIN FARM)
Date: Fridays, April 25 to June 13 
Location: Teetertown Preserve
Session A: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B: 11:00 AM to Noon

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS PARENT & ME
Ages: 2 to 3
Cost: $150 per parent-child pair

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS PARENT & ME AT SOUTH COUNTY PARK/FAIRGROUNDS    
Date: Tuesdays, April 22 to June 10 
Location: South County Park/Fair Grounds 
Session A: 9:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Session B: 10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS PARENT & ME AT TEETERTOWN PRESERVE (formerly known as MOUNTAIN FARM)
Date: Fridays, April 25 to June 13 
Location: Teetertown Preserve
Session A: 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
Session B: 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

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Requestable Nature & Recreation Programs - NEW!

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
*NEW* SCAT & TRACKS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
*NEW* WINGS & FEATHERS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
*NEW* 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
*NEW*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
*NEW* 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
*NEW*FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
*NEW* 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

*NEW*EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
*NEW* CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
*NEW*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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Scout Volunteers

Stop by the Arboretum and visit us! 

A BIG THANK YOU TO SCOUT VOLUNTEERS
THE HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION would like to thank several scouts for service projects:

  • Dan Bramley who repaired some of the trail from the Arboretum to Echo Hill for his Eagle project
  • Justin Bean who created a berm to divert water in front of the Ranger Cabin at Echo Hill for his Eagle project
  • Rachael Czerna & Kaitlin Doran who built and installed bluebird houses at Landsdown Meadows for their Silver Project 

We are very proud that we could offer the opportunity for these scouts to earn their honors. 

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Catching insects is one of the many activities we may enjoy during Spring Nature Club.

Spring Nature Clubs for Kids

Our popular spring nature club 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 or Teetertown Preserve (formerly known as Mountain Farm).  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. 

Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures in order to spend more time in the Lodge or the Nature Activity Center. 

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. 

SPRING NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL
Session A
Dates: Seven Tuesdays, April 8 to May 20
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Session B
Dates: Seven Tuesdays, April 8 to May 20
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Session C
Dates: Seven Tuesdays, April 8 to May 20
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
SPRING NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN
Session A
Dates: Seven Thursdays, April 10 to May 22
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Session B
Dates: Seven Thursdays, April 10 to May 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

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Nature Programs

EVENING PROGRAMS:

 

WOODCOCK WATCH
Date: Tuesday, March 18
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Tower Hill springhouse
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person
American Woodcocks inhabit our wet fields and have one of the most fascinating courtship behaviors of any New Jersey bird.  As the sun sets on warm March evenings, the males begin to call for females and then take to the sky in a dizzying dance.  Come witness this spectacle for yourself!  Meet at the Tower Hill springhouse (944 Mountain View Road, Asbury). 
                     
SUNSET HIKE & CAMPFIRE
Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person
We will start with a hike around Echo Hill to see which animals are out at dusk, one of the most active times of the day for wildlife.  Then we will finish up the night with a campfire and s’mores!  Please bring a flashlight for your return to your car.  Meet at the Echo Hill playground. 

 

EVENING WITH FOUR PLANETS - sorry sold out
Date: Friday, May 23
Time: 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Cost: $3 per person
Five planets are visible from Earth throughout the year, and on this night, four of them will be visible: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  Mercury will be low on the horizon and seeing it will depend on how quickly the darkness sets in.  We will take our time with the others and view them with the telescope.  If the sky darkens quickly, we can attempt to view some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. 

WILD TEA PARTY
Date: Wednesday, May 28
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person
Many of the wild plants around us can be used to make tea!  Come learn which are which during a walk around the park, and then join us for a tea party! 

FIREFLY HUNT
Date: Tuesday, June 10
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Teetertown (formerly known as Mountain Farm) Visitor Center
Ages: All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person
As dusk settles, come watch the sparkling lights of fireflies appear as we learn how and why they light up.  We will take to the fields with nets and jars to catch some to study up-close.  Meet at the Visitor Center (the middle entrance, 30 Pleasant Grove Road). 

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Spring Break Camp will involve camp
favorites like shelter building!

Spring Break Camp

 

Date: Wednesday, April 16 or April 23
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $25 per child per day

Session A: April 16
Hummingbirds A1 & A2: Grades K-2, April 16
Warblers A: Grades 3-5, April 16

Session B: April 23
Hummingbirds B1 & B2: Grades K-2, April 23
Warblers B: Grades 3-5, April 23

Do you miss camp?  Never been but want to try it out for a day?  Join the naturalist staff for a day of summer nature camp fun over spring break!  We will revisit traditional camp favorites such as catching insects, shelter building, and s’mores.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle, as well as shoes that can get wet and a change of shoes/pants for a stream study.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine.  Registration notes: There are two different days this year, Session A (April 16) and Session B (April 23).  Please indicate which day and age group you would like.  There are two groups of Hummingbirds on both days, and we will split up the campers in the order in which they sign up. 

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Square Dancing

The Flutterwheels demonstrate Square Dancing in Sergeantsville.

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS
Date: Ten Sundays, February 16 to May 4 (no class 3/9 or 4/20)
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Adults/teens
Cost: $50, pre registration required

Square dancing is the official folk dance of the State of New Jersey and it gives people the opportunity to gather, spend time with a warm and friendly group, meet new friends, and get some low impact, aerobic exercise all at the same time.  What a great way to keep mentally and physically fit!
The instructor, Ed Kerns, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting.  He begins with the more simple “calls,” and then progresses on to those of more complexity, stressing repetition and review for ease of learning.  The course provides a good understanding of what square dancing is all about and is offered in a fun, supportive, and good-hearted manner.  After completing the lessons, graduates will be able to join in many of the regular square dances offered in our area. 

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Summer Camps

NEW! 2014 Summer Camp Brochure - download it now!!!

Our Summer Nature Camp 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.  Cost includes a camp T-shirt used for tie-dying.  Do not forget to provide your child’s shirt size.

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 & 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 Teetertown Preserve (formerly known as Mountain Farm).  Echo Hill is located on Lilac Drive, in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located on 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.

Note that camp is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  Camp will not be held on Friday, July 4th, Independence Day.  These sessions have been pro-rated. 

Nature Bugs

Nature Discovery Pioneers Junior Explorers

Senior Explorers

Enviornmental Camp Art Camp for Young Artists Art Camp for Artists-in-Training Craft Camp Creative Theatre Camp
Performance Camp Hunterdon Youth Orchestra Camp Canoe Camp Sports for a Lifetime Camp Multi-Sports Camp
Sports Squirts Camp NEW! Garden Camp Heron Glen Junior Golf Camps    

NATURE BUGS
Ages: Children entering kindergarten
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: See Sessions
Cost: $105
One-Week Sessions:
A. July 21 to 25 (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)
B. August 4 to 8 (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. 

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A stream study is a popular part of our Summer Nature Program.

One of last year’s Pioneer groups sweeps for grasshoppers and other bugs in the field at Echo Hill
Enjoy s’mores around a campfire at Summer Nature Program!

NATURE DISCOVERY
Ages: Children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155   (B. Session: $135)
One-Week Sessions:
A. June 23 to June 27
B. June 30 to July 3
C. July 7 to July 11
D. July 16 to July 20 Correct Dates: July 14-July 18
E. July 21 to July 25
F. July 28 to August 1
G. August 4 to August 8
H. August 11 to August 15

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

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PIONEERS
Ages: Children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155 (B. Session: $135)
One-Week Sessions:
A. June 23 to June 27
B. June 30 to July 3
C. July 7 to July 11
D. July 16 to July 20 Correct Dates: July 14-July 18
E. July 21 to July 25
F. July 28 to August 1
G. August 4 to August 8
H. August 11 to August 15

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

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JUNIOR EXPLORERS
Ages: Children entering grades 5 & 6

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, except for Session A, which has the campout on the second Wednesday night
Cost: $305 (All A Sessions: $285)
Two-Week Sessions:
A1. June 23 to July 3
A2. June 23 to July 3 (Echo Hill only)
B1. July 7 to July 18
B2. July 7 to July 18 (Echo Hill only)
C1 & C2. July 21 to August 1

D1 & D2. August 4 to August 15

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

These two-week sessions give campers 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
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, except for Session A, which has the campout on the second Wednesday night
Cost: $305 (A Session: $285)
Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 23 to July 3
B. July 7 to July 18
C. July 21 to August 1
D. August 4 to August 15

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. 

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Last year’s Environmental Campers enjoy a break on their backpacking trip to High Point State Park. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP
Ages: Teens entering grades 9 & 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight trip each Thursday
Two-Week Sessions:
A.  June 23 to July 3
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $335
B.  July 7 to July 18
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $355

Environmental Camp packs a lot of learning and adventure into an intensive two-week program.  The session begins with team-building activities and the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes personal challenge course.  On-site activities include wildlife studies and outdoor skills practice.  Participants are introduced to backpacking during an overnight on the Appalachian Trail.  A flatwater canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.  Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility. 

Important Registration Information for Summer Nature Camp

Registration for the Summer Nature Camp is conducted through the mail via a lottery system.  Download a Summer Nature Camp application from our website, or call the Parks Division office or stop by to pick one up.  Please take note of the following information: 

  1. The regular Parks Division program registration form cannot be used for Summer Nature Camp.
  2. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 12, 2014 or delivered to the Arboretum in person by 4:30 PM on this date.  All applications must be completed in full with payment.
  3. Please complete a separate registration form for each child.  You may send the forms for your children together in one envelope, with one check. 
  4. We cannot arrange to place unrelated children in the same sessions.
  5. Applications are selected through a random drawing.
  6. Applicants will be notified by mail in mid-March.  Unsuccessful applicants receive a full refund.
  7. Any spaces left in the program will be available during walk-in registration beginning March 24 at 8:00 AM.
  8. Children may initially enroll in only one session.  Starting May 1, participants may enroll in additional sessions based on availability. 
  9. 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. 
  10. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED, OR NEARLY FILLED, DURING THE LOTTERY.  PLEASE APPLY THROUGH THE LOTTERY.

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Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
Session A: August 4 to 8
Session B: August 18 to 22  - 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 4 to 8
Session B: August 18 to 22 
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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One of many cool projects…tiled boxes made at Craft Camp last year.

CRAFT CAMP
Dates: July 14 to 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Age: 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 a clay vase and then fill it with felt flowers that you make, construct a freeform star decoration using wire and 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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Be the character you have always wanted to be at Creative Theatre Camp. 

CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP
Session A: August 18 to 22, Ages: 8 through 11 - sorry sold out
Session B: August 25 to 29, Ages: 12 through 15
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 7:00 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; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  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 6:00 PM.  Campers should bring a drink & lunch.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website www.artstechsolutions.com). 

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PERFORMANCE CAMP
Session A: June 23 to 27
Ages: Children entering grades 2 to 5
Session B: July 21 to 25
Ages: Children entering grades 6 to 9
Session C: July 28 to August 1
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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Orchestra Camp offers young musicians the opportunity to hone their skills over the summer with the conductor of the Hunterdon Symphony. 

HUNTERDON YOUTH ORCHESTRA CAMP
Dates: July 7 to 11
Time: 9:00 AM to Noon
Location: Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Ages: Entering grades 7 to 12
Cost: $185
Director: Nancy Roth    
Conductor: Lawrence Kursar

2014 will mark the 15th year for the one-week summer orchestra experience for middle school and high school students who play an orchestral instrument (no piano).  The camp has become an important piece in the music education puzzle for students of these instruments.  Conducted by Lawrence Kursar, conductor of the Hunterdon Symphony, it offers an intense symphonic experience using challenging music from the same standard repertoire played by major symphonies.  The students work daily in small groups with professional coaches—players and teachers who play with the Hunterdon Symphony—and then join together as a full orchestra at the end of the morning under the direction of Lawrence Kursar.  A performance takes place on the final day in the evening at Deer Path Park, weather permitting (we will move the concert to an indoor location if it rains). 

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CANOE CAMP
Dates: July 21 to July 25  
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight campout Thursday into Friday
Location: Meet at the Arboretum 
Ages: Entering grades 9 to 12,
Cost: $250

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Then we have the camp for you.  Canoe Camp is for teens who know about or who want to learn 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 finish the week with a canoe camping trip Thursday into Friday on the Delaware River. 

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Golf and bowl during Sports for a Lifetime Camp!

SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Learn to Golf & Bowl
Date: August 11 to 15
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at 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 professional instructors 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.  For maximum comfort, you can purchase a bowling ball or bag and shoes for your child (additional $52).  This 26-lane bowling ally is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has the best bowling experience.  Just when you think the fun is over, we will stop for ice cream on the way back, our treat! 

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MULTI-SPORTS CAMP
Dates: July 28 to August 1
Location: Deer Path Park
Session A: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Ages: 5 to 12, Cost: $205
Session B: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Ages: 5 to 12, Cost: $175
Session C: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Ages: 5 to 12, Cost: $115

The County and U.S. Sports Institute are offering a multi-sports camp.  During the week, children will have the opportunity to experience over 15 different sports from around the world plus building games and fun activities.  Campers will receive technical instruction in each sport, and then experience it in a realistic game.  Campers should bring enough water to last an entire day, snacks, and lunch.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and apply sunscreen. 

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SPORTS SQUIRTS CAMP
Dates: July 28 to August 1
Location: Deer Path Park
Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: 3 to 5
Cost: $90

The County and U.S. Sports Institute are offering Sports Squirts Camp.  All games and activities encompass hand/eye coordination, balance, agility, and movement—all key factors to the early development of children in sports.  In addition to having a great time playing six different sports, children will develop social interaction and communication skills.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and apply sunscreen. 

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*NEW* GARDEN CAMP
Dates: Monday through Wednesday, June 23 to 25
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 12
Cost: $75

Dig into the Arboretum Gardens for three days as you explore, discover, and investigate the world of plants.  Each day is full of garden time, games, and activities with 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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HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Heron Glen Golf Course
Cost: $400

BIRDIES CAMP
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 7 to 11, July 21 to 25, or August 4 to 8
Ages: 7 to 11
EAGLES CAMP
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 14 to 18 or July 28 to August 1.
Ages: 12 to 17

In this camp 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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Park Van and Bus Trips

VAN TRIPS

Eastern State Penitentiary

Don’t miss your chance to visit one of the world’s most famous prisons with our popular trip to Eastern State Penitentiary this March! 

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT: EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY & LUNCH
Date: Saturday, March 29
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Price $45
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us for a visit to one of the world’s most famous prisons, Eastern State Penitentiary.  In 1829 Eastern State Penitentiary opened, becoming one of the most expensive American buildings of its day and soon the most famous prison in the world.  Over the years there have been many escapes, riots, and of course, some very famous prisoners.  Come and join us in exploring the history of the Eastern State Penitentiary with a guided tour and then lunch at Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant which is situated in a 19th century firehouse.  Lunch will include soup or salad, choice of five different entrées, dessert, and soft drinks.   

MURAL MILE GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF PHILADELPHIA
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: Adults
Cost: $15, plus $20 tour fee paid that day

Since 1984, Mural Arts has created over 3,000 murals and works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”  This 90-minute walking tour (starting at 11:30 AM) of 12 Center City murals is led by trained guides and provides guests insight on the organization’s history and mission, mural-making process, and details on its award-winning art education and community engagement programs.  PLEASE BRING your lunch, snacks for the ride, and plenty to drink.  Wear good walking shoes and layered clothing; tours run rain or shine!

BRONX ZOO TRIP SORRY SOLD OUT
Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $45 (includes admission and additional attractions mentioned below.)

Join the Parks Division as we go to the Bronx Zoo.  This is the world’s largest urban zoo with more than 600 species from around the globe!  Get up close with mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects.  Learn about their natural history, biology, cultural roles, and conservation status.  Enjoy the total experience at the zoo which includes special attractions like the Butterfly Garden, the Children’s Zoo, the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Zoo Shuttle, the 4-D Theater, Jungle World, and others.  You will have about five hours to enjoy yourself.  You can eat lunch in the main restaurant the Dancing Crane Café, or at the Terrace Café located by the children’s zoo (lunch not included).  There are many stands throughout the zoo offering snacks and also many tables available for you to eat your own boxed lunch.  So leave the driving and parking to us and spend a day at the Bronx Zoo!  www.bronxzoo.com

oin us on an overnight trip to tour this historic battleship.  Sleep in the bunks, stow your gear in a locker, and chow down in the crew’s mess hall!BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY OVERNIGHT ENCAMPMENT TRIP
Date: Friday and Saturday, May 9 to 10
Time: 3:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM on Saturday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 15 (children must be accompanied by an adult) 
Cost: $73 per person
Pre-registration is required no later than April 18

Spend a night on the legendary Battleship New Jersey.  This boat is the most decorated battleship in US Naval history, and now a floating museum on the Camden Waterfront.  Live like a sailor: stow your gear in a locker and sleep in bunks.  “Chow down,” in the crew’s mess hall.  From the moment you walk up the gangway, you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking display of the battleship’s size, nearly three football fields long and eleven stories high.  Imagine her awesome power including nine 16-inch guns that once reached land targets nearly twenty-three miles away.  Visit the Combat Engagement Center, and participate in a simulated launch of a Tomahawk missile.  See the Captain and Admiral’s cabins and the Officer’s Wardroom while you climb up and down the ship’s ladders and companionways.  Take an exciting ride in the Flight Simulator.  Provide a lifetime of memories for your family with an Overnight Encampment aboard the Battleship New Jersey.  PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO CLIMB STEEP LADDERS! 

GREY TOWERS - sorry sold out
Date: Sunday, June 8
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: Adults
Cost: $15 registration fee; the $8 entry fee & lunch are not included.

Grey Towers, located in Milford, Pennsylvania, was originally the summer estate of the James Pinchot family and later the primary home of Gifford Pinchot, America’s first Forester and founder of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.  Grey Towers was completed in 1886 by Gifford’s father, James Pinchot, a wealthy wallpaper merchant.  Richard Morris Hunt, a leading architect of the era, designed the summer home to utilize both local materials and reflect the French heritage of the Pinchot family.  For two decades the Pinchots and their children enjoyed numerous summers at Grey Towers entertaining guests for afternoon teas and dinner parties. 

The group will travel in a County Park 15-passenger van; seating is snug.  It takes 1 hour 35 minutes to travel to Grey Towers.  Please dress in layers; be prepared to be outdoors and indoors and wear smart footwear.  The van departs from the County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North) at 8:00 am, we will join a guided tour of the three stories of Grey Towers at 10:00 am (there is an $8 entry fee to be paid by you).  Then you will have free time to check out the gardens before we go for lunch at the Waterwheel Café in Milford PA (lunch is not included in the price of the trip; visit www.waterwheelcafe.com to view the menu).  After lunch we will cross over the Delaware River to Sussex County, and if time allows, have a short visit to Buttermilk Falls.  There you may or may not want to hike up the stairs to the top of the falls.  You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks for the van ride. 

JIM THORPE DESIGN-YOUR-DAY: TRAIN RIDE, MUSEUMS, SHOPPING...
Date: Sunday, June 29
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM 
Location: Leaves from the Arboretum
Age: 12 through adult
Cost: $15, all entry fees and lunch are not included

All aboard the Hunterdon Van express to Jim Thorpe!  There you can take a train ride on the Lehigh Gorge Railroad ($12 adult, $9 child), visit the Harry Packer Mansion ($5 self-guided tour, just a 4-minute walk from the railroad), and visit the Old Jail Museum ($10 adult, $7 child—no children under 12 please; an 11-minute walk from the railroad).  You might like to shop the many unique shops, and lunch at one of the many restaurants.  Design your own agenda for the day and let us do the driving.

COACH BUS TRIPS

BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
Date: Saturday May 24, 2014
Times: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at Deer Path Park (soccer lot)
Age: Adults
Cost: $25

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is a botanical garden in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.  The 52-acre (21.0 ha) garden includes a number of specialty “gardens within the Garden,” plant collections, and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house, and an art gallery.  Founded in 1910, the garden holds over 10,000 taxa of plants and each year welcomes over 900,000 visitors from around the world.  We will explore the garden for about four hours.  The on-site Terrace Café will be open for lunch (visit www.bbg.org for a menu).  Picnicking is not permitted in the garden.  Transportation by coach bus. 

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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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