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CLUB DE NATURALEZA BILINGÜE PARA NIÑOS  DE 3º A  2º  GRADO

NATURE PROGRAMS

 - In-Person Nature Programs

 - Virtual Nature Programs

RECREATION PROGRAMS

-   Family & Adult Craft Programs

-   In-person Recreation Walks

-   In-person Basket-Weaving Workshops

-   Virtual Park Tours

 -  Virtual Basket-Weaving Workshops

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ACTIVITIES

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RAMBLINGS OF A COUNTY PARK NATURALIST

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 CLUB DE NATURALEZA BILINGÜE PARA NIÑOS  DE 3º A    GRADO

Dates: 2 Saturdays, April 30, May 14
Fechas: 2 sábados, 30 de abril y 14 de mayo
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Hora:  10:00 AM a 11:15 AM
Location: Court Street Park
Lugar: Court Street Park
Ages: 3 to 2nd grade (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Edades: Para estudiantes de 3º y 2º  grados (los menores deberán ser acompañados por un adulto)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Costo: Gratis (es necesario registrarse)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Naturalist
Instructora: Debra Reed, Naturalista
Class size: 7 children
Tamaño de la clase: 7 niños

Learn, create, play games, and explore! Our popular nature club, in partnership with the United Way will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics in both Spanish and English. Naturalist Debra Reed will guide the children during walks as they discover nature found right here in the center of town. Other fun hands-on activities include science experiments, games, and craft projects. Through our explorations, children will also improve their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 
Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so they will be able to enjoy our time.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.

¡Aprende, crea, juega y explora! Nuestro club popular de naturaleza, en asociación con United Way, le presentarán a su hijo muchos temas emocionantes de la naturaleza tanto en español como en inglés. La naturalista Debra Reed guiará a los niños durante las caminatas mientras descubren la naturaleza que se encuentra en el centro de la ciudad. Otras actividades prácticas divertidas incluyen experimentos científicos, juegos y proyectos de manualidades. A través de nuestras exploraciones, los niños también mejorarán su atención al detalle a medida que observamos los colores, formas, texturas y sonidos del mundo natural.

Por favor, asegúrese de vestir a su hijo para el aire libre para que pueda disfrutar de nuestro tiempo. Recomendamos encarecidamente ropa vieja y zapatos o botas que puedan ensuciarse.

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ACTIVITY BOXES

Winter Activity Box - VIEW THE FLYER
Location: pick up at Arboretum
Ages: 4 to 8 recommended
Cost: $20 per box

Enjoy winter nature fun from home with your very own Winter Activity Box! Participants will receive a box containing self-paced instruction and fun on the topics of Weather, Hibernation, Trees in Winter, Animal Evidence, and Owls. 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 an activity box, please return our registration form with payment. Once we receive your registration, we will contact you within a few business days to pick up your Winter Activity Box from the Arboretum. Boxes will be made to order and will not be available without pre-registration. These boxes contain 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. Please note: these are the same activities included with the winter 2020-2021 activity box.

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Spring Activity Box - VIEW THE FLYER
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. Please note that these are the same activities as in the 2021 Spring Activity Box.

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 NATURE PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Nature Programs

 

 

 In-Person Nature Programs


COVID-19 Guidelines: Program participants must follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
For information about health precautions, resources, updates, and guidance pertaining to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites.

MORNING BIRD WALKS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursdays
Time: 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Class size: 14 participants
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

The early morning bird walks are back. Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist as he looks for the spring migrants and local breeding birds around the county. We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are around us, as well as to observe other signs of the spring season. This is a great chance to brush up on your songbird identification skills. Binoculars are available to borrow.

May 12            Sunnyside (ONE SPACE LEFT)
May 19            Tower Hill (Mountainview Road) SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list.
May 26            Hoffman Park (Baptist Church Road) SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list.

HOMESCHOOL: STREAM STUDY - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, May 11
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill (meet at playground)
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Class size: 9 children
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

The ecology of the stream can tell us a lot about our surroundings. Join us for this activity and be prepared to get your feet wet as we collect and examine some of our freshwater macroinvertebrates and conclude what they tell us about Echo Hill.

BIRDING JUGTOWN MOUNTAIN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Jugtown Mountain Nature Preserve
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $6 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 14 participants
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist

At the height of spring migration, let’s bird a new location, Jugtown Mountain Nature Preserve in Bethlehem Township. Principal Park Naturalist Laura Bush will guide the group through the forest habitat where Hooded Warblers, Worm-eating Warblers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been observed in the past. We will meet at the parking area, 408 Mine Road, Asbury, 08802. Expect to walk at least 1 ½ miles with a gradual slope on the return. For birders of any ability level; binoculars will be available to borrow. Please note, there are no restroom facilities at this location.

INSECT STUDY MERIT BADGE
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Scouts ages 11 to 17 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per scout; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 8 scouts

There are a huge number of insect species… more than 950,000! That makes them the most common animals on earth. Insects play an important role in the ecosystem. Without insects, we would have fewer birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mammals because insects are an important food source. Join us to learn more about these fascinating animals while earning the insect study merit badge. This class is an introduction to the badge. Scouts will need to complete additional requirements on their own, and then meet with Debra at a later date for her to check their work.

BLOOD MOON AT HOFFMAN PARK - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 10:30 PM to 2:00 AM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: adults
Cost: $6 per person (pre-registration required)
Class size: 14 participants
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

A “Blood Moon” occurs when the Moon is in a total lunar eclipse. While the moon will not actually disappear, the view will still be striking as the usually whitish moon becomes a reddish-brown. Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist for this celestial event. A telescope will be on site to view other evening features as well as some close-ups of the moon itself.

NIGHT HIKE - SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list.
Date: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

Night hiking can be glorious with starry skies, moonlit vistas, and insect serenades. Come explore the park during the night and see the beautiful twilight while surrounded by nature. Under the light of the moon, we will listen to spring insects and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals. We will also learn about the phases of the moon.

BIRD STUDY SCOUTING MERIT BADGE - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Friday, May 20
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: Scouts ages 11 through 17 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per scout; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Class size: 8 scouts
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist

Earn your Bird Study Merit Badge with Counselor Laura Bush! The majority of the two hours will be spent on preparing our field notebooks, and identifying birds by sight and sound (requirements 5 and 6). We will also go over how to use binoculars and field guides (requirements 3 and 4, but scouts will have to be tested on this at a later date). Please bring a notebook and pencil, and binoculars if you have them (also available to borrow). Scouts will need to schedule an additional meeting time with Laura or her colleagues after they have completed the additional requirements for the badge on their own. 

HOMESCHOOL: BIRD WALK - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Deer Path – Cedars Pavilion
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 9 participants

Birds are one of the most visible group of wildlife around us. In this class, we will go over the proper use of binoculars and then spend the rest of our time walking around the park to view whatever species we can find and discuss field marks used to identify them. Please note that we are going about a half hour longer this day.

HOMESCHOOL: OWLS & PELLETS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Deer Path – Cedars Pavilion
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 9 participants

We will continue our exploration of the avian world by focusing on owls this day. We will review what makes an owl an owl, and how they live. The remainder of our time will be used to dissect owl pellets and students will use the bones discovered to make a small craft.

HOMESCHOOL: PHYSICS IN NATURE - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Deer Path – Cedars Pavilion
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 9 participants

While this program was offered virtually last year, it is not the same as when it is done in person. Join Tom as we explore the elements of physics that exist in nature and take part in the some of the experiments that will be demonstrated.

BREEDING BIRDS AT HOFFMAN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $6 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 participants

Explore Hoffman Park, one of the biggest birding hotspots in Hunterdon County! The fields, forests, and ponds make excellent habitat for many summer birds, including Bobolinks, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, and Willow Flycatcher. The three hours will give us plenty of time to explore the park, so expect to walk up to three miles. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

NESTS AND EGGS
Date: Sunday, June 12
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 4 through 12 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

Come explore how birds create homes for their young. We will look at real nests and learn how different birds use different techniques and materials to make the perfect house for their young. We will also discuss what animals lay eggs, explore what different eggs look like, and dissect a real egg.

FULL MOON HIKE - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park, Main Entrance
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 participants

Come explore the park after dark and see the moonlight reflecting off our pond! Under the light of a full moon, we will watch fireflies and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals. We will also learn about the phases of the moon. Meet at 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton (Union Township).

NATURE WALK AT THE SOURLANDS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sourland Mountain Preserve
Ages: adults
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 5 cars, up to 14 participants

The Sourland Mountain Preserve is located in East Amwell Township. Join us for a walk around the park as we look along the trail for amphibians, birds, and any signs of wildlife we can find. Signs of some history within the park will also be pointed out. Please note that the group will have to cross a shallow creek, so please wear the proper footwear.

SOLSTICE SUNRISE WALK
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

Walk with the warmth of the summer sun at sunrise. Join us in welcoming the longest day of the year. This is the time of year that Hunterdon begins its warmest season and nature is full of blooms and growth. Come discover what surprises nature has to offer us.

BIRD WALK AT MIQUIN WOODS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Miquin Woods Preserve
Ages: adults
Cost: $6 per person (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 12 participants

Miquin Woods is in Lebanon Township, within the NJ Highlands, and is divided by the Spruce Run River. Join Tom as he walks through the trails of this park looking for breeding songbirds. Trails can be wet and there will be some moderate changes in elevation; please be prepared for the conditions.

NIGHT HIKE & CAMPFIRE - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 7 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (children and adults; pre-registration required)
Instructors: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist, and Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 people
Registration: Submit a regular program registration form, medical form, and waiver with payment. First come, first served.

Explore the park at night to see what is happening in nature after dark! We will do a night hike to listen to night insects and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals. We will do a series of activities to learn about how our eyes work in the dark. We will also enjoy a campfire, with stories and songs! Feel free to bring your own campfire snack. Enjoy this as a supplement to one of our weeklong summer programs or as its own experience.

FLICKERING FIREFLIES
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

As dusk settles, come watch the sparkling lights of fireflies appear as we learn how and why they light up. We will take to the fields with nets and jars to catch some to study up-close. We may also see or hear some other nocturnal insects.

CLIMATE CHANGE WALK - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 participants

Walk around the park with a naturalist while we find out what climate change is and why it’s important. Bigger and more frequent storms are one of the direct impacts of climate change, and we will see some storm damage from Hurricane Ida. We will brainstorm some ways we can live more sustainably to help mitigate extra carbon in the air.

DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Teetertown
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

Dragonflies and damselflies are beautiful, from their delicate wings to their glimmering jeweled bodies. Did you know they are the deadliest hunters around? They track prey with pinpoint accuracy and incredible flying skills. Come join Debra Reed to watch and learn more about these fascinating jewels of the air, while learning how to distinguish between the damsels and the dragons. Not able to join us in person? A similar program is being offered virtually.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS
Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

Do you know what to do if something doesn’t go according to plan on your outdoor adventures? Join us to learn the essentials of preparing for the outdoors, how to build a basic shelter, and fire, and some basic first aid skills.

MERCURY & SATURN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult; firm on age)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 12 participants

There are five planets that are visible with the naked eye. Mercury is one of the five, and is the hardest one to view being so close to the Sun. On this date as Mercury sets, it will be near its highest angle from the Sun, and Saturn will be rising in the sky. Join us as we view these two planets and anything else that we can see that pops out early.

WILD & WOOLLY NATURAL DYES
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $10 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

How do we get such vibrant colors in clothing? Most of the dyes used today are synthetic and mineral dyes, but years ago people used plants and animals for dyeing. We will begin our program with a little history of the dye industry and a walk around the park in search of dye plants. Then we will make some natural dyes and try it out on some wool yarn! Participants will take home a sample of the dyed yarn.

WILD & WOOLLY NATURAL DYES - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $10 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

How do we get such vibrant colors in clothing? Most of the dyes used today are synthetic and mineral dyes, but years ago people used plants and animals for dyeing. We will begin our program with a little history of the dye industry and a walk around the park in search of dye plants. Then we will make some natural dyes and try it out on some wool yarn! Participants will take home a sample of the dyed yarn.

 

2022 IN-PERSON TOT WALKS

TOT WALKS - VIEW THE FLYER - UPDATED 3/8/2022
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Each walk $5 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Class size: 6 children
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist

Join Ms. Laura to discover nature at your local park! Leave the strollers behind as we read a book and take a walk outside to learn about the nature around us. Dress for the weather as we will spend the entire 45 minutes outside. Participants will also receive a take-home craft. Please select Session A or B for one or more themes.
TURTLES
Session A: Wednesday, May 11 at 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM - SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Session B: Thursday, May 12 at 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM - SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Wednesday, May at 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM - SOLD OUT; call for wait list
NEW SESSION: Wednesday, May 4 at 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM

 

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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.

ELEMENTARY SKILLS ON ANIMAL TRACKS AND OTHER SIGNS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

Hunterdon is home to over 40 different types of mammals. However, most of us will never see a large percentage of this group. But these species leave us other clues as to their nearby presence. Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, as he introduces you to animal tracks and other evidence of our local wildlife.

WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Monday, May 23
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, Principal Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

Did you know the flowers Black-eyed Susan and Sweet William were named after lovers in an English poem from the early 18th century? Or that Native Americans used Pokeweed berries as a dye and ink? In Wildflower Folklore, we will go over the folk uses and myths of local wildflowers. Through a slide show of photos, we will also go over identification of these species.

WOODPECKERS OF HUNTERDON - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Virtual Program
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

Woodpeckers are one of the more interesting families of birds. Let’s explore their adaptations that make them great at pecking wood. Discuss how they use their tongue to catch insects, how their tongue is stored, and more. We’ll review all the species of New Jersey and how to identify them. Along with how you might attract woodpeckers to your property and the issues of having them in an area.

THE BASICS OF SKULLS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Virtual Program
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

The skull is key in identifying an animal and it holds many of the clues of how the animal lives. This program will explore key features of the skulls of some local species and what these skulls reveal about said species. Participants can conduct the Skull Workshop available on our “Distance Learning Page” on the Parks Website at https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/programs.html#activities to prep for the program or to conduct as a review after the program.

NOCTURNAL INSECTS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Tuesday, August 2
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, Principal Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

Nature after dark is fascinating! Katydids sing, cicadas emerge, and wolf spiders hunt. With this lecture, we will learn about insects that are active at night in the summer. We will hear calls and learn about how they make their sounds. Participants are encouraged to explore their neighborhood after dark following the program!

VIRTUAL DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES
Date: Tuesday, August 16
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

Dragonflies and damselflies are beautiful and excellent hunters. They track prey with pinpoint accuracy and incredible flying skills. Learn more about these fascinating jewels of the air while learning how to distinguish between the damsels and the dragons.

US SPECIES INVADING EUROPE AND ASIA - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

The recent invasions of Spotted Lanternflies and the Emerald Ash Borer in our area have brought into the spotlight the issue of invasive species. However, have you considered that invasive species are not just an issue for the United States? With global trade occurring in both directions, species from the US are invading other parts of the world. Join Tom Sheppard as he explores this issue and discusses how US species, including some of our local species, are becoming worldwide species.

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 RECREATION PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Recreation Programs

 

 FAMILY AND ADULT CRAFT PROGRAMS

TUESDAYS MAKE-IT-TAKE-IT AT DEER PATH PARK - VIEW THE FLYER
DATE: Tuesdays
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM or 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (please indicate the time you choose on the Registration Form)
Location: Deer Path Park, Cedars Pavilion
Ages: 7 to adult (children must be accompanied by an adult, accompanying adult is free unless they want to make the project then they pay)
Cost: $8 per project (pre-registration is required)
Class size: 12 projects, 14 total participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Step by step instructions will be given by the instructor; you will make it and when you’re done take it home. Solo adults or child/adult teams are welcome. Classes will be held in a large open-air pavilion.

July 5 - SIMPLE ROUND BASKET
July 12 - YARD ART GRAPEVINE BALL
July 19 - CLAY BOWL with NATURE IMPRESSIONS
August 2 - CARDBOARD TUBE PLACEMAT
August 9 - SODA TAB BRACELET
August 16 - PARACORD BRACELET

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 In-person Recreation Walks

COVID-19 Guidelines: Program participants must follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
For information about health precautions, resources, updates, and guidance pertaining to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites.

 

SENIOR STROLL at JUGTOWN MOUNTAIN PRESERVE - SORRY, SOLD OUT; call for wait list.
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Date: Wednesday, May 11
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 944 Mountain View Road, Asbury (Bethlehem Twp.)
Ages: adults
Cost: free! (pre-registration required) 
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 
Class size: 11 participants

The stories it would tell, if only the mountain could talk. Imagine what it was like as we visit the remnants of the old Swayze Mine. Please note: No restroom facilities available. Type of walking surface: dirt trails through the woods. FYI: The trail map on our website groups Tower Hill Reserve and Jugtown Mountain on the same map.

FREE WEDNESDAY RECREATION WALKS
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: adults
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader

Meet Patrick Eckard at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trail systems. He will tell you the history of each park as you get some fresh air and exercise. Then come back on your own to hike the trails at your leisure. These trails are easy to moderate hikes.

May 18   HOFFMAN PARK (back entrance), 751 Mechlin Corner Road, Hampton, 08827

WALKS for FUN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Mondays
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: adult
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required) 
Class size: 11 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 

Expect a twist of history, a splash of artistic inspiration, a little exploration of nature, exercise, some quiet time in the woods, and friendly conversation. Please note: No restroom facilities available. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. 

April 25 SCHICK RESERVE (99 Schick Road & Hickory Corner Road, Alexandria Twp.) Type of walking surface: edge of fields and country road. 
May 23 POINT MOUNTAIN (259 Musconetcong River & Point Mountain Rd, Lebanon Twp.) Type of walking surface: very flat dirt, sometimes rocky with roots; trail goes along the river through the woods.

SENIOR STROLL at the COLUMBIA TRAIL - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: High Bridge Borough’s Commons Park: 79 Main Street, High Bridge
Ages: adults
Cost: free! (pre-registration required) 
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 
Class size: 11 participants

All aboard the High Bridge history express. Let’s talk as we walk down the old railroad bed. Please note: No restroom facilities available.  Type of walking surface: flat, well-groomed aggregate surface.

SENIOR STROLL at STANTON STATION - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, July 6
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 30 Stanton Station Road, Flemington, Raritan Twp.
Ages: seniors
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Class size: 11 participants

At this stop along the Leigh High Valley Railroad route, there was a train station that still stands after being moved to Echo Hill Park, and a general store that still stands, now a private home. We will get some fresh air, exercise, and a bit of history as we meander along the South Branch of the Raritan River. Please note: No restroom facilities available. Type of walking surface: undulating river trail and mowed grass path, sometimes wet. Please wear the appropriate footwear.

SENIOR STROLL at POINT MOUNTAIN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 80 Point Mountain Rd, Lebanon Twp.
Ages: seniors
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Class size: 11 participants

The rocks and river make for a nice stroll, and the conversation about old mills and such adds to the fun. Please note: No restroom facilities available. Type of walking surface: flat twisty well-worn dirt trail, some rocks with roots; trail goes along the river through the woods.

WALK for FUN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Mondays
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Ages: adult
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 11 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Expect a twist of history, a splash of artistic inspiration, a little exploration of nature, exercise, some quiet time in the woods, and friendly conversation. Please note: No restroom facilities available. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather.

July 11 CHARLESTOWN RESERVE (408 Charlestown Road & Mullin Lane, Hampton) Type of walking surface: uphill on a rocky trail through the woods to grassy hilltop circle.
August 15 JUGTOWN MOUNTAIN (944 Mountain View Road, Asbury, Bethlehem Township) Type of walking surface: dirt trails through the woods. FYI: The trail map on our website groups Tower Hill Reserve and Jugtown Mountain on the same map.)

 

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 Virtual Park Tours

 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS: SOURLAND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE
Dates: Wednesday, May 19

Time: 7:00 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: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

Join Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard, as he takes a virtual walking tour of Sourland Mountain Preserve. The boulder field and mining history of these lands make for an interesting tale. This is great program for guests who want to see the parks but who cannot walk far, or those who want to check it out before visiting.

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 Virtual Basket-Weaving Workshops

Create from the comfort of your own home! Let’s make baskets and crafts together via a webinar. Pick up a materials kit at the County Arboretum then join the webinar for step-by-step instructions. These programs will be recorded; therefore, you could revisit it if need be. Or if you cannot make the date, just watch it later (the recordings will be available for two months after the workshop date).

Registration: http://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. You will need to supply some tools; a list will be supplied. These programs will be recorded; therefore, you could revisit it if need be. Or if you cannot make the date, just watch it later (available for two months after the workshop date). You will need to supply some tools (see the list below). Note: Your audio will be on and your cameras off. Plans are to record each session; you will receive the link and password via the email you provide on your registration form.

CIRCLE SHELF BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: adults
Cost: $15 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Registration: The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form; you will need to pick up a materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum.

Create from the comfort of your own home! Make this 12” circular shelf made from basket material, using 3 hoops woven with ¼” flat reed.

Tools you supply: Scissors (able to cut basket material), bucket of warm water (to soak reed in), tuck tool or small flathead screwdriver (about ¼” wide, thin head), 10 mini clamps or clothespins, spray bottle (filled with warm water).

LITTLE SQUARE BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Friday, August 5
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: adults
Cost: $18 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Registration: The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form; you will need to pick up a materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum.

Join us for step-by-step instructions on how to make a little square base to round rimmed basket made with flat reed spokes and seagrass weavers.

Tools you supply: Scissors, bucket of warm water (to soak reed in), tuck tool or small flathead screwdriver (about ¼” wide, thin head), 10 mini clamps or clothespins, spray bottle (filled with warm water) and a dull darning needle that will take waxed linen.

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 In-person Basket-Weaving Workshops

COVID-19 Guidelines: Program participants must follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
For information about health precautions, resources, updates, and guidance pertaining to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites.

SWIRLING STAR BOWL BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park, Cedars Pavilion
Ages: adults
Cost: $27 (pre-registration required) 
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 
Experience level: Advanced

If you enjoy making a patterned basket this workshop is for you. Participants will weave a beautiful pattern, row by row using a chart to weave. This bowl-shaped basket has 6” X 6” square base and the sides build outwards to a 12” round rim.

MAKE A BASKET using WISTERIA VINES - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum Gardens
Ages: 9 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $15 per project (pre-registration required) 
Class size: 10 projectsInstructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator 
Experience level: Beginner to advanced

We will harvest wisteria vines and make a round basket using the vines. Cost is per project; families may work together on one project or pay per person to each create their own. 

GARDEN BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Dates: Monday, June 27
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: adults
Cost: $28 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

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.

BUTTERFLY BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Monday, July 25
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Age: adults
Cost: $26 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced

Make a very cute pouchlike ribbed basket using two hoops lashed together on the ends. The ribbed construction makes a very strong basket!

FARMER’S MARKET BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Dates: Mondays, August 22 & 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Age: adults
Cost: $37 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner who likes to work hard; it’s a big basket

Make a 13” x 9” x 9” tall rectangular basket with shaker tape cloth handles to carry your purchases at the farmer’s market. Note location: Echo Hill evening class.

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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
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WHAT MAKES A FLOWER A FLOWER
Download

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