In-person Recreational Programs

Registration Instructions:

Pre-registration required. Submit our three registration and medical forms with cash/check payment to H.C. Parks. Mail to P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822 or drop off at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 State Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

CPR & First Aid for the Community Course

  • Session B: Sunday, February 19 
  • Time: CPR 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and First Aid 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Location: Echo Hill 
  • Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult) 
  • Class size: 6 participants per class
  • Cost: CPR $30; First Aid $30; or both for $55
  • Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Program Coordinator

If you have ever wanted to learn CPR and First Aid, this is the time. These courses are taught by an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor. You will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, Choking, and First Aid, allowing you to help anyone of any age. This is not a course for health care personnel. Sign up for CPR and/or First Aid. Bring a lunch if you are doing both classes.  

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

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  • Date: Sunday, January 29 
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM 
  • Location: Echo Hill playground
  • Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: $3 per person  
  • Class size: 15 participants
  • Instructors: Patrick Eckard and Debra Reed

Have you wondered how we tap the trees to collect maple sap, 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 (a five- or ten-minute walk). You will learn how to identify a sugar maple and see a demonstration on how to tap a maple tree. Participants will collectively tap about 30 trees.

Maple Sap Collection

  • Date: Saturday, February 11 
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Location: Echo Hill playground
  • Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: $3 per person
  • Class size: 15 participants
  • Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist

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 (a five- or ten-minute walk). This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February—please call us to schedule a group.   

National Walking Day

  • Date: Wednesday, April 5
  • Session A: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Session B: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Session C: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Location: Deer Path Park
  • Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
  • Class size: 14 per session
  • Instructors: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer and Patrick Eckard, Recreation Program Coordinators

National Walking Day is every year on the first Wednesday in April and takes place on April 5 this year. National Walking Day is exactly as it sounds—a day to celebrate the easiest way to be the healthiest version of you. Walking for thirty to sixty minutes per day may sound like it isn’t much, but studies have shown that it can drastically improve your health and even help prevent ailments such as type II diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Join the Parks recreation staff Liz and Patrick as we do three walks for National Walking Day at Deer Path Park. We will walk three different times: morning, afternoon, and evening. We hope that you can come out for one of those times and enjoy the park!   

Fishing Clinic

  • Date: Thursday, April 20
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Location: Teetertown Camper’s Lot, 20 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray
  • Ages: 6 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: $8 per participant (non-fishing adult attends for free; pre-registration required)
  • Class size: 10 participants
  • Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Program Coordinator

Let us show you the basics of fishing, including safety, etiquette, equipment, and casting. Meet Patrick Eckard, Recreation Program Coordinator, at the Teetertown Camper’s Parking Lot (the third entrance if coming from Califon). We have a limited number of fishing rods available to borrow. Bait, hooks, bobbers, and weights are provided. If you have your own fishing equipment, you may bring it with you.

Scout First Aid

  • Date: Sunday, May 21
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge   
  • Ages: all scouts (Not a Merit Badge; children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
  • Class size: 10 scouts
  • Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Program Coordinator

Did you miss the First Aid course in your scout group? We will cover all fundamental first aid for cub and girl scouts. This is not a Merit Badge!!! If you are looking for a Merit Badge please contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Fire Building

  • Date: Sunday, May 21
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Echo Hill
  • Ages: 12 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost free! (pre-registration required)
  • Class size: 10 participants
  • Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Program Coordinator

In this program, we will learn how to start a fire. We will go over the different steps to starting a fire with surrounding materials, and how to keep it going for as long as necessary. This program is great for scouts or anyone who likes to do outdoor activities.