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

 

ADULT ART CLASSES:

with LENA SHIFFMAN www.lenashiffman.com

FALL AND WINTER ART STUDIOS

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

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

Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 per session (materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman.  Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketchpad (14 x 18”) to the first class.

Material list will be supplied at the first class.  Join us for a day or evening class of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!

All ability levels welcome!

www.lenashiffman.com

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

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE DRAWING AND PAINTING

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

Art with Charles David Viera

Art instructor Charles David Viera

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

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

 Instructor Charles David Viera www.charlesdavidviera.com.

 

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING

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

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

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

Instructor Charles David Viera www.charlesdavidviera.com.

 

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PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING

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

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Adult
Cost: $98 (materials not included, plus a one-time $20 model fee collected at the first class)

The subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure have been learning tools and a challenge for artists over the centuries.  In this class, students of all levels will receive basic academic instruction as well as more expressionistic options in dealing with the art of portraiture.  Guided by the instructor, students will explore a variety of portrait and figure-painting techniques, including creating a likeness, the use of color in representing flesh tones, and understanding elements of anatomy.  Students can work with their favorite medium from figure casts, as well as a variety of portrait models (no nude models).

Students should bring a pad, pencils, charcoal and eraser to the first class. 

The instructor will discuss various color material options for the remaining class dates. An approximate $20 model fee will be collected during the first class.

Instructor Charles David Viera www.charlesdavidviera.com

 

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

Drawing & Painting with Charles David Viera

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

 

with LENA SHIFFMAN
www.lenashiffman.com

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS

Children's Art

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

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 9 – October 21 (no class 9/30)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 4 – December 16 (no class 11/25)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 6 - February 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $84 (includes materials)

Learning the principles of creating art, with illustrator Lena Shiffman, is lots of fun!  Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, and more.  Ms. Lena’s gentle approach encourages and guides students.  Visit different media such as pencil, acrylics, watercolor paint, clay, and paper.  Students use still lifes… stuffed toys, taxidermied animals, photos, and something brought from home.  We might also go outdoors to draw nature!  The fundamental principles will be the focus: understanding color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes!  Ms. Lena works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one session or for both.

www.lenashiffman.com

 

STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 9 – October 21 (no class 9/30)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 4 – December 16 (no class 11/25)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 6 - February 10
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 11 to 17
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

Explore, learn more advanced techniques, and improve your abilities with color, shading, composition, and perspective.  Instructor Lena Shiffman’s gentle approach and ability to work with beginners to very advanced students encourages and guides them to expand their creativity.  Students work during this studio time to complete their art at their own pace and style.  We will work from a variety of still life: taxidermied animals, photos, nature (outdoors if weather permits), and maybe something brought from home.  Artists may visit many different media including pencil, charcoal, pastel and paints.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one session or more sessions. Remember to dress in old clothing.

  www.lenashiffman.com

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BASKETRY WORKSHOPS
Simple Square Basket - November 29
Squishy Jute Bowl - December 12
Double Walled Tapestry Basket - January 19 & 26
UFO.. Unfinished Objects - February 5

All workshops are with Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer (unless otherwise mentioned). The Workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 10, accompanied by an adult; solo children 11 and up and adults are welcome.  Adult/child teams make one project.  Any questions contact Liz at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Basketry Classes

SIMPLE SQUARE BASKET

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

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

SKILL LEVEL: Easy

SQUISHY JUTE BOWL

Squisy Jute Bowl
Squishy Jute Bowl

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

Create a basket using seagrass spokes and jute weavers.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate

 

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DOUBLE WALLED TAPESTRY BASKET

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

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

SKILL LEVEL: Difficult

UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

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

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

 

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BIRDING TRIPS AND PROGRAMS
WEEKEND TRIPS:
Barnegat Light - December 9
Eagle Watch - January 20
Chase for Winter Surprises - February 11
Birding Trips and Programs

The following bird trips are run by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist.  Tom and his colleagues focus on helping all participants learn about the birds and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species.  They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas the group is visiting.

Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed.  If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, please feel free to bring them.  Binoculars are available for loan.  Trips are designed for adults, but mature youths under 18 can contact Tom for approval.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Transportation is by County Park vans.  All trips meet at the County Arboretum.  Trips are recommended for any interested birder at all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated.  Pre-registration is required.


BARNEGAT LIGHT

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

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

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

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

EAGLE WATCH

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

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

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

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CHASE FOR WINTER SURPRISES

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

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

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

 

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CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS
CRAFT WORKSHOPS :
Create Your Own Walking Stick - December 3
Intro to Woodworking: Make a Birdhouse - December 15
Rock People/Animals - January 8
Dream Catcher - February 12

All workshops are with Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer (unless otherwise mentioned). The Workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 10, accompanied by an adult; solo children 11 and up and adults are welcome.  Adult/child teams make one project.  Any questions contact Liz at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN WALKING STICK

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

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

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

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

INTRO TO WOODWORKING: MAKE A BIRDHOUSE

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

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

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ROCK PEOPLE/ANIMALS

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

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

 

DREAM CATCHER

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

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

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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation offers discount tickets to the following amusement parks, available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon.   Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.  To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.  Tickets are non-refundable.

AMUSEMENT PARK GATEE
PRICE
DISCOUNT  TICKET

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom:
   Adult


$58.80


$46.00

Hershey Park:
   Adult
   Junior


$65.80
$42.80


$53.00
$39.00

Six Flags Great Adventure:
   Adult Theme Park & Safari
   Parking Pass


$80.15
$25.00


$44.50
$22.00

Philadelphia Zoo:
   Children 2 under Free


$23.00


$20.00

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NATURE PROGRAMS
Shelter Building - December 2
Black Bears and Hunterdon - January 24
Mushrooms Galore - January 24
NEW! Shinrin-Yoko (Forest Therapy) - January 25 to May 24
Maple Tree Tapping - January 27
Love in Nature - February 15
Maple Sap Collection - February 10
Great Backyard Bird Count - February 17
Build a Nuthatch Box Workshop - February 8


Maple Sap Collection with the Evaorator

JOIN US FOR A FUN FAMILY/GROUP PROGRAM
MAPLE SAP COLLECTION
Saturday, February 10 - Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Echo Hill - playground

SHELTER BUILDING

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

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

 

MUSHROOMS GALORE

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

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

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SHINRIN-YOKU (FOREST THERAPY)

Maple Tree Tapping

Forest Therapy

Dates: Thursdays       
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $5 per session
Guest Presenter: Debra Reed

Stressed from work or the start of a new year?  Come experience what the Japanese have been doing for years; breathe, relax, smell, and listen to the forest around you.  “Shinrin-Yoku” means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing,” and is a cornerstone of preventative healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine.  Join the 2017 Seasonal Park Naturalist Debra Reed on a tranquil, relaxing, guided walk through the forest and let go of the stress created by our urban lifestyles.  Part of the program will involve sitting and experiencing nature; feel free to bring a camping chair if you are uncomfortable sitting on the ground (or indicate on your registration form that you would like to borrow one).  Please note that no restroom facilities are available.  Sign up for one or more sessions. 

Session A: January 25: Laport Reserve, 216 Mountain Road, Ringoes 08551
Session B: February 22: Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner 08826
Session C: March 22: Round Mountain, 100 Foothill Road, Flemington 08822
Session D: April 26: Musconetcong Gorge, 182 Dennis Road, Bloomsbury 08804
Session E: May 24: Wescott Preserve, 70 Raven Rock – Rosemont Road, Stockton 08559

BLACK BEARS & HUNTERDON

Black Bears and Hunterdon

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

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

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

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Maple Tree Tapping

Maple Tree Tapping

MAPLE TREE TAPPING

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

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

 

Maple Sap Collection with the Evaorator

Maple Sugar with 'The Evaporator'

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

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

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

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BUILD A NUTHATCH BOX WORKSHOP

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

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

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

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

 

LOVE IN NATURE

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

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

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GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

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

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

 

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FALL & WINTER NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
Fall Nature Club

The Fall Nature Club is a great way to explore the outdoors!

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

This is a drop-off program and children must be self-sufficient in the bathroom. 

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

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
For each child, a registration form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.  Included on the form are the date of last tetanus shot, known allergies, and special care notes; please have this information ready.  Each session is limited to ten children to ensure a quality experience for the participants.  The Division of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment, and give a full refund. 

FALL NATURE CLUB

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 12 to October 31
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 3 to 5
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A  Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B  Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

WINTER NATURE CLUB

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 9 to February 27
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

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Butterflies and Moths

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

HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
The Natural World - September 2017 to May 2018

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THE NATURAL WORLD

Date: Second Wednesday of each Month, September 2017 to May 2018
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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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Sightseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks (along the South Branch) - December 3   SOLD OUT; call us for wait list
New York City Bus Trip - December 3
Rutherfurd Hall Van Trip - December 18   SOLD OUT; call us for wait list
Sightseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks (South) - January 7   SOLD OUT; call us for wait list
Roebling Museum - January 11   SOLD OUT; call us for wait list
Winter Water Park Trip at H20 Water Park - January 20
Mount Holly Fire & Ice Festival - January 27

NYC Bus Trip
NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
Sunday, December 3
8:30 AM to 8:00 PM

 

 

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

South Branch of the Raritan River at Sunny Side Park

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

SOLD OUT; call us for wait list
Date: Sunday, December 3
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $10
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

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

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

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP

NYC Bus Trip
NYC Bus Trip

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

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

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

 

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RUTHERFURD HALL VAN TRIP

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

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

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

 

SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS (South)

SOLD OUT; call us for wait list
Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $10
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

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

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

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ROEBLING MUSEUM

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

Roebling Museum Trip

ROEBLING MUSEUM TRIP

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

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

WINTER WATER PARK TRIP AT H2O WATER PARK

H20 Water park
H20 Water park

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

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

Towels required, smiles recommended.

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MOUNT HOLLY FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL

Date: January 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $15 per person

Warm your tummy and see lots of artistic eye candy while having plenty of free family friendly fun.  Mount Holly will play host to professional ice carvers from up and down the east coast, an equal number of professional chili chefs plus a wide variety of interesting entertainment for young, old and everyone in between.   The ice carvers will transform 300 pound blocks of ice into beautiful crystalline works of art.  

 

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
WITH INSTRUCTOR PATRICK ECKARD, RECREATION LEADER - peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us
Scout First Aid - December 13
CPR and First Aid for the Community Course - January 27 SOLD OUT; call us for wait list or to set up a separate program for your troop. 

SCOUT FIRST AID

SOLD OUT; call us for wait list or to set up a separate program for your troop. 

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

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

CPR AND FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE

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

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

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

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

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Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ
Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ

Swing with Your Partner and Have some Fun!!

SQUARE DANCING
Square Dance Lessons

 

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

Session A: 12 Tuesdays, September 19 – December 19 (no class 10/31, 12/5)
Session B: 12 Tuesdays, January 9 – March 27 (must attend both sessions to graduate)
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $60 per session

Square dancing is the official folk dance of New Jersey. It gives people the opportunity to spend time with a warm and friendly group, make new friends, and get low-impact aerobic exercise all at the same time. It is a great way to keep mentally and physically fit!

The instructor, Ed Kerns, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting. He begins with simpler “calls” and then progresses on to those of more complexity, stressing repetition and review for ease of learning. After the 12-week mid-point, students will be able to dance at special area dances, and after graduating, will be able to dance the mainstream program at the many area square dances and join the Flutterwheels at bi-weekly Friday night dances at Echo Hill.  

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TOT WALKS
Free Tot Walks

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

Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free

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

LEAVES
Session A:   Thursday, October 19, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B:   Friday, October 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C:   Friday, October 20, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

ANIMAL HOMES
Session A:   Thursday, November 16, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B:   Friday, November 17, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C:   Friday, November 17, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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

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THANK YOU....

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

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

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

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

Free Tot Walks

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

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

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

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

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

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

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

Free Tot Walks

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

LECTURES

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

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

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

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

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