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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Spring Activity Boxes

Nature Programs

Nature Club

Recreation Programs

 -  Crafting and Basketry

 -  History

Activities

Educational Video Resources for Distance Learning

Ramblings of A County Park Naturalist

Previous Virtual Programs - Recordings Available

Programs Designed for Educators, Scout Leaders and Communication Organizations

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Activities

 SPRING ACTIVITY BOXES

2021 Spring Nature Programs

Location: pick up at Arboretum
Ages: 4 to 8 recommended
Cost: $20 per box

Enjoy spring nature fun from home with your very own Spring Activity Box! Participants will receive a box containing self-paced instruction and fun on the topics of Birds, Wildflowers, Frogs, Insects, and Caring for the Earth. Each topic will be explored with a short introductory video online (link comes in the box), an outdoor component like a scavenger hunt or walk, a game or activity, a craft, and recommendations for further study (books or other Parks programs). All instructions and specialty materials will be included. Some projects will require basic materials found around the home, like crayons or a sturdy stick. Special needs and requests can be considered on a case-by-case basis for all programming and materials. To sign up for this program, please return our registration form with payment. We will then contact you to pick up your Spring Activity Box from the Arboretum. These boxes will make one of each project and are meant to be used by one child. Some included activities, like a wildflower scavenger hunt, will lend themselves to an entire family or group participating. A limited number of these boxes will be available, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 NATURE PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Nature Programs

Free webinars. You must register for each program individually. These free programs will be conducted through WebEx and are best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. They can also be viewed through a tablet or smartphone. Register through the individual program details links provided. Please note, for some webinars you will need to supply the materials and tools for the class. Some programming includes handouts; please download any attachments at the time of registration. Participants’ cameras will remain off and audio muted; communication will take place via chat. Plans are to record these events, and upon your request, you will receive the link to the recording so you can revisit the program.

VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT
Date: Sunday, February 28
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 4 through 10 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

FROGS AND OTHER AMPHIBIANS
Date: Sunday, March 7
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 4 through adults recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

BUILD A BUG MUG FOR NATIVE BEES
Date: Tuesday, March 9
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 5 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: HOW TO BIRD
Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

FORESTRY MERIT BADGE
Date: Sunday, March 14
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 11 through 17 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

BIRDING BY EAR
Date: Monday, March 22
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

ATTRACTING BIRDS TO THE BACKYARD
Date: Wednesday, March 24
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 10 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE
Date: Sunday, April 11
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 10 through adults recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

WARBLERS
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: adults recommended
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: ROCKS & MINERALS
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

VIRTUAL EARTH DAY WALK
Date: Tuesday, April 20
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

BLUEBIRD BOX WORKSHOP
Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 12 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS
Date: Sunday, May 2
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 10 through adults recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

VIRTUAL LICHEN WALK OF HUNTERDON COUNTY
Date: Monday, May 3
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual
Ages: adults only
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Guest presenter: Dennis Waters
PROGRAM DETAILS

SNAKES OF HUNTERDON: LIVE SNAKES!
Date: Wednesday, May 5
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: SNAKES
Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON
Date: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 10 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS.

MAGIC CICADAS
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

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 NATURE CLUB

2021 Spring Nature Club

Outdoor exploration is full of adventure! Join in the fun and discover what you might find in your own backyard or local park. Each week we will learn about a different topic in nature. Afterwards you and your family are encouraged to go out on your own and explore nature using your new knowledge. This is an interactive online program, with follow-up activities. You can register for all classes at once or select which classes you will attend.

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: age 4 to 3rd grade recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
PROGRAM DETAILS

MAPLE SUGARING: Tuesday, March 2
FROGS: Tuesday, March 23
TREES: Tuesday, April 6
FLOWERS: Tuesday, April 20
FISH: Tuesday, May 4
TURTLES: Tuesday, May 18

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 RECREATION PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Recreation Programs

Crafting and Basketry  |   History

These programs will be conducted through WebEx and are best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. They can also be viewed through a tablet or smartphone. For the free programs, register through the individual links provided. The paid programs require a registration form and a pick-up of a basket materials kit. Please note, for some webinars you will need to supply the materials and tools for the class. Participants cameras will remain off and audio muted; communication will take place via chat. Plans are to record this event, and upon your request, you will receive the link to the recording so you can revisit the event.

Crafting and Basketry

GARDEN BASKET WEBINAR
Dates: Two Tuesdays, March 16 & 23
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM  
Location: The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your Program Registration Form; please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. 
Age: adults 
Cost: $22 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: Print, fill out, and mail in our Program Registration Form  with a $22 check.  You will need to pick-up a basket materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call ahead (908) 782-1158 or knock on the front door.

Make this useful Garden Basket! This large rectangular basket has a woven center wall that divides the basket into two sections that measure 6” x 14” each. It’s great for carrying your harvest and garden or basket tools. A handy 9” tall handle runs the length of the basket. Skill Level: Intermediate, some basketmaking experience necessary.

Materials you supply: Scissors (for cutting basket material), a bucket of warm water, tape measure, pencil, 15 clothespins or small spring clamps, a tuck tool (you could use a butter knife or standard head screwdriver). OPTIONAL: spray bottle. Don’t forget to pick up a basket kit! 

STICK ART TREE WEBINAR 
Date: Tuesday, March 30
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Location: virtual program
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be assisted by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 
PROGRAM DETAILS

WEAVE A BIRDHOUSE WEBINAR 
Date: Tuesday, April 6 (during spring break)
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM  
Location: The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your Program Registration Form; please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. 
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be assisted by an adult)
Cost: $10 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: Print, fill out, and mail in our Program Registration Form with a $10 check.  You will need to pick-up a basket materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call ahead (908) 782-1158 or knock on the front door.

Make a home sweet home for a bird! Let’s weave a round basket with a door hole for our feathered friends! SKILL LEVEL: Beginner.

Materials you supply: Scissors (for cutting basket material), and a bucket of warm water. OPTIONAL: spray bottle. Don’t forget to pick up a basket kit! 

CREATING WITH GRAPEVINES WEBINAR 
Date: Monday, April 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Location: virtual program
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required) 
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
PROGRAM DETAILS

STICK ART STARS AND A WAND WEBINAR 
Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Location: virtual program
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be assisted by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 
PROGRAM DETAILS

BEAN POT BASKET WEBINAR
Dates: Two Tuesdays, May 11 & 18
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM  
Location: The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your Program Registration Form; please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. 
Age: adults 
Cost: $25
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: Print, fill out, and mail in ourProgram Registration Form with a $25 check.  You will need to pick-up a basket materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call ahead (908) 782-1158 or knock on the front door.

Make a wire-handled reproduction of a traditional Bean Pot basket. Weave a big round basket measuring approximately 9” top diameter x 8” tall. The swinging wire handle allows great access to the basket. We will use ½” flat reed for the spokes and round and ¼” flat reed for the weavers.  Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced. Shaping can be challenging.

Materials you supply: Scissors (for cutting basket material), a bucket of warm water, tape measure, pencil, 15 clothespins or small spring clamps, a tuck tool (you could use a butter knife or standard head screwdriver), needle nose pliers, spray bottle, blunt needle with big eye that will accommodate wax linen. Email Liz at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us with questions. Don’t forget to pick up a basket kit! 
Photo: Bean Pot Basket

STICK ART LOOM WEBINAR 
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Location: virtual program 
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be assisted by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required) 
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 
PROGRAM DETAILS

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History

VIRTUAL MAPLE SUGARING PROGRAM  
Date: Thursday, March 25
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
PROGRAM DETAILS

History of the Hunterdon County Parks Part 2
Date: Thursday, April 8
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 12 to adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
PROGRAM DETAILS

Virtual Tour of Hunterdon County Parks: Musconetcong
Date: Thursday, May 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 12 to adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
PROGRAM DETAILS

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 ACTIVITIES

Activities and Workshops for any time

These educational workshops and activities below are for you to explore several different components of our environment at your own pace.  Each activity will challenge you to answer questions and expand your knowledge.  You are encouraged to use any resource available to you: computer, books, personal knowledge, etc. 

BIRD FEATHER AND WING WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

MIGRATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

TREES WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

HIBERNATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

SKULL WORKSHOPS
Questions  |  Answers

WINTER ADAPTATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answer
INSECTS WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers
TRACKS & SCAT ONLINE WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers
SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT
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BACKYARD BINGO ANIMAL EVIDENCE
Download

WHAT MAKES A FLOWER A FLOWER
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SPRINGTIME CONSTELLATION WORKSHEET
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THREAT OF THE EMERALD ASH BORER
Download
SUMMER CONSTELLATION
Download
FALL/WINTER CONSTELLATION WORKSHEET
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