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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

2021 CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS SERIES - Returning to Deer Path Park on June 17th

H.O.P.E.  Hunterdon Outdoor Park Exploration
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ACTIVITY BOXES

NATURE PROGRAMS

 - In-Person Nature Programs NEW!

 - Virtual Nature Programs

 - Virtual Nature Programs for Kids

VIRTUAL NATURE CLUB

VIRTUAL NATURE HOMESCHOOL LESSONS

RECREATION PROGRAMS

-   In-Person Recreation Programs NEW!

-   Virtual Recreation Programs

 -  Crafting and Basketry

ACTIVITIES

EDUCATIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

RAMBLINGS OF A COUNTY PARK NATURALIST

PREVIOUS VIRTUAL PROGRAM RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

PROGRAMS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATORS, SCOUT LEADERS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORM

Hunterdon County Parks Distance Learning Videos
Ramblings of a Park Naturalist Recreation
Activities on your own Nature Programs Nature Club virtual home schooling

 ACTIVITY BOXES: SNP IN-A-BOX




Summer Nature Program In-a-Box

Date: July 1 to August 30
Location: pick up at Arboretum
Ages: 4 to 8 recommended
Cost: $30 per box (pre-registration required)
Registration: return a Parks and Recreation Program Registration Form with payment. We will then contact you to pick up your activity box from the Arboretum.

Enjoy Summer Nature Program fun from home with your very own SNP-in-a-Box! Participants will receive a box containing self-paced instruction and fun on the topics of Stream Critters, Mammals, Reptiles, Butterflies, and Summer Trees. 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. All instructions and specialty materials will be included. Some projects will require basic materials found around the home, like crayons or glue. Special needs and requests can be considered on a case-by-case basis for all programming and materials. These boxes will make one of each project and are meant to be used by one child. Some included activities, like a tree 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. These boxes will be available for pick up around July 1. See our virtual programs for free live webinars that fit with the topics offered in SNP-in-a-Box.

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 NATURE PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Nature Programs

 

 

 IN-PERSON NATURE PROGRAMS

TOT WALK: FROGS
Date: Wednesday, July 21
Session A: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Session B: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 4 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Class size: 7 children accompanied by 7 adults
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist

Join Ms. Laura to discover nature at your local park! Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to learn about frogs. Dress for the weather as we will spend the entire 45 minutes outside. Please indicate whether you are registering for Session A or Session B.

FULL MOON HIKE
Date: Friday, July 23
Time: 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 14 participants
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist

Come explore the park after dark and see the moonlight reflecting off our pond! Under the light of a full moon, we will listen to summer insects and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals. We will also learn about the phases of the moon. Meet at the main parking area, 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton 08827. Please note: there is a portable restroom at this location.

FORESTRY TREE WALK - SORRY CANCELLED
Date: Sunday, July 25
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist

SUMMER FLOWER WALK
Date: Friday, August 6
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Teetertown
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 9 participants
Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Enjoy a walk at Teetertown Preserve while Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush points out flowers that bloom in August. We will focus on the meadows, where we will expect to see Common Milkweed, Goldenrod, Queen Anne’s lace, Oswego Tea, asters, and more. We will also see pollinators like bees and butterflies, and perhaps other insects or animals utilizing the plants. Bring a camera if desired! Meet at the parking lot near the stone house, 30 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray 07865 (the middle entrance). Enter at the first entrance from Sliker Road (40 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray 07865), and follow the park road to meet Laura at the parking lot near the stone house. Please note: there are no restrooms at this location.

TWO PLANETS AND A METEOR SHOWER
Date: Thursday, August 12
Time: 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 8 participants
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

The Perseids Meteor shower is to peak this night. This means it is possible to see up to 60 meteors per hour. Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, as he opens the park for a night of viewing. When we are not looking for the meteors, Tom will showcase the two largest planets of the system, Jupiter & Saturn, as well as some of the summer constellations. Please consider the late hours of this program. Please note: there is a portable restroom at this location.

TOT WALK: DEER
Date: Wednesday, August 18
Session A: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Session B: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 4 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Class size: 7 children accompanied by 7 adults
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist

Join Ms. Laura to discover nature at your local park! Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to learn about deer. Dress for the weather as we will spend the entire 45 minutes outside. Please indicate whether you are registering for Session A or Session B.

STREAM STUDY
Date: Sunday, August 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist

We often feel that there isn’t much to see underneath the surface of our streams, but once we look underwater an amazing world appears. Join Deb on an underwater nature hike and discover our amazing freshwaters. Experience the excitement and discoveries that can be found underwater and learn about the aquatic life of fish, insects, and amphibians that live below the surface. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet, such as water shoes or old sneakers.

BEAVER WATCH
Date: Sunday, August 22
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Crystal Springs
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist

Beavers are busy animals! They work with their sharp teeth, powerful tails, and big webbed feet to create wetlands. They live in family groups and build their own homes. Come explore their habitat, learn what they eat, how they raise their young, and much more. Meet at Crystal Springs, Washington Township, Morris County Land Trust section. Located off of Califon Road, when you enter Morris County, look for a small blue street sign on the left that reads “51-55,” make a left into a development, and proceed to the end of the road to the cul-de-sac. The road becomes gravel and is the park entrance. A grass parking area is on the right about 500 feet down the driveway. Please note: there are no restrooms at this location.

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 VIRTUAL 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 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.

AQUATIC MAMMALS
Date: Wednesday, July 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Age: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

BASH THE TRASH, LOST AT SEA LIVE PERFORMANCE
Date: Thursday, July 29
Time: 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Guest Instructor: Bash the Trash (sponsored by Hunterdon County Clean Communities)
Registration: Email lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us to receive the link.

Take a virtual voyage exploring environmental issues endangering our oceans! Featuring strange and wonderful musical instruments built from reused materials, Bash the Trash takes you on an online high seas adventure. You’ll encounter ocean trash, garbage patches and monster storms - and must think creatively to escape from a deserted island... This fun, educational and ultimately inspiring show opens up a conversation about the future of our oceans in a safe and family-friendly way. To get a sample of their music and learn more, visit bashthetrash.com. This program is co-sponsored by Hunterdon County Clean Communities and Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation.

VIRTUAL SUMMER NATURE WALK
Date: Tuesday, August 10
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

RECYCLING IS MAGIC WITH CYRIL THE SORCERER
Date: Tuesday, August 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Guest Instructor: Cyril the Sorcerer (sponsored by Hunterdon County Clean Communities)
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON
Date: Wednesday, August 18
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Age: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

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 VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS


Date: Wednesdays, July 14 to August 11
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 4 to 8 years old recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS (NOTE: The register link has an option to register for all programs or just one.)

Explore nature! Experience nature with interactive education wrapped up in fun! Each program will entice children to venture into the wonderful world outside. These programs are designed to enhance the fun and educational materials provided in our activity box called SNP-in-a-Box, but they can also be enjoyed separately.

STREAM STUDY
Date: Wednesday, July 14

TREE WALK
Date: Wednesday, July 21
  - SORRY CANCELLED

REPTILES
Date: Wednesday, July 28

BUTTERFLIES
Date: Wednesday, August 4

MAMMALS
Date: Wednesday, August 11

 

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 VIRTUAL HOMESCHOOL LESSONS




HOMESCHOOL LESSON: 10 STRATEGIES OF MAMMALS
Date: Wednesday, July 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
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: PHYSICS IN NATURE
Date: Wednesday, August 11
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
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

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 RECREATION PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Recreation Programs

 

 

 IN-PERSON RECREATION PROGRAMS

 

WALK for FUN: RIVERFIELD SECTION OF THE SOUTH BRANCH
Date: Monday, August 30
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM 
Location: Clinton Township, 1738 State Highway 31 North, Clinton, NJ 08809 
Ages: adults 
Cost: free (pre-registration required) 
Class size: 9 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Take a deep breath as we visit the river and listen to what the lowlands are sharing. Settlers of these river lands harnessed this river’s power! A twist of history, a splash of artistic inspiration, exploration of nature, exercise, and quiet time in the woods. Parking is in the Clinton Health Campus of the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center: pull in and turn right to the trailhead. Type of walking surface: flat, dirt path with some roots; sometimes it’s very muddy so please take note to wear the appropriate footwear for the weather. Please note: No restroom facilities available. 

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 VIRTUAL RECREATION PROGRAMS

Crafting and Basketry

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

Tree of Life PendantTREE OF LIFE PENDANT WEBINAR
Dates: Thursday, July 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  
Location: virtual program
Age: adults 
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: The WebEx link will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form on our website at https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html. Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. You will need to pick up a 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. 

Note: Your audio will be on and your camera off. Plans are to record each session; you will receive the link and password via the email you provide on your registration form.

The ancient Tree of Life symbol appears in many cultures, often symbolizing your life’s journey. Make your own Tree of Life pendant by following along with the step-by-step instructions.

Materials you supply: Small wire cutters, a small pair of needle nose pliers, a small bowl for beads, and a tray on which to work.
Photo: Tree of Life Pendant

Cabin BasketCABIN BASKET WEBINAR
Dates: Two Tuesdays, August 17 & 24
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM  
Location: virtual program
Age: adults 
Cost: $25 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: The WebEx link will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form on our website at https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html. Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. 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. 

Note: Your audio will be on and your camera off. Plans are to record each session; you will receive the link and password via the email you provide on your registration form.

This basket has built-in handles so you can put it on a shelf without a handle getting in the way. A flat reed rectangular basket that measures 12” long x 9” wide x 7” high. Skill Level: Intermediate, some basketmaking experience helpful.

Materials you supply: Scissors (for cutting basket material), a bucket of warm water, tape measure, pencil, 15 clothespins or small spring clamps, a weight or heavy book, a tuck tool (you could use a small standard head screwdriver or a butter knife), needle nose pliers, spray bottle and a blunt needle with big eye that will accommodate wax linen. Email Liz at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us with questions.
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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
Download

BACKYARD BINGO ANIMAL EVIDENCE
Download

WHAT MAKES A FLOWER A FLOWER
Download

SPRINGTIME CONSTELLATION WORKSHEET
Download

THREAT OF THE EMERALD ASH BORER
Download
SUMMER CONSTELLATION
Download
FALL/WINTER CONSTELLATION WORKSHEET
Download

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