Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning and Land Use | Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader


Laura  Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
Laura with the new flip board I built at the
Arboretum Wizard Walk children’s trail. 

My name is Laura Bush and I am the Principal Park Naturalist at Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation. I grew up in Hunterdon County and have always enjoyed spending time outside, whether it be hiking, birding, biking, or sitting outside reading a book and watching the hummingbirds.

I have been working at the Parks since January 2009. Since then, I have created a variety of nature programming for both children and adults. The Tot Walk series for 2- and 3-year-olds has become very popular. Each month I pick a theme, and participants enjoy a story, walk, and craft on that same topic.

I have many nature interests, from native plants to insects to birding, and I am excited to bring programs to the public. These programs change with the season and include guided seasonal walks, full moon hikes, and lectures on local wildlife.

I am also proud to bring in some outside presenters for special programs. Past programs have included visiting a local eagle nest, lectures on insects or climate change, a lichen walk, and a van trip to the salt marsh at Sandy Hook.

Group requestable programs are also a major part of my job. Some of the programs I offer are Seasonal Nature Walks, Incredible Insects, Birding, Pond/Stream Studies, Reptiles Alive, Nests & Eggs, and a variety of slide show lectures on wildlife, wildflowers, and trees. For a full listing of our programs, please see our brochure:  I also conduct these programs year-round.  Many of our groups are schools, scouts, and garden clubs, but six or more people can be a group, even family and friends.  Contact me at (908) 782-1158 or to set up a program!

Hunterdon County has 30 parks to explore, so I would encourage you to get out and enjoy what our area has to offer! 



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:       OFFICE HOURS: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday

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