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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

ART CLASSES

BASKETRY & DRUM WORKSHOPS
BIRDING TRIPS AND WALKS - updated 10/29/2019
BOOKMOBILE AT ECHO HILL - new!
CANOEING/KAYAKING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK & SKI TICKETS
EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS - new!
WINTER NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS - updated 11/06/2019
HOMESCHOOLED ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES

MEDITATION/SINGING BOWL CLASSES

NATURE PROGRAMS - updated 10/31/2019

PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS - updated 11/07/2019

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POTTERY IN THE WOODS
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

SQUARE DANCING

TOT WALKS 
PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS

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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Maple Sugaring Living History Program - Open House - March 14
2019 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM - Open House

Public Lands Day 2019 Open House Celebration
Maple Sugaring Jason

Date: Saturday, March 14
Rain date: Sunday, March 15 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: all ages
Cost: $1 per person suggested donation
Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration is not required.

Native Americans discovered the sweet quality of sugar maple sap before written history.  For hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, Native Americans would set up camp in a stand of sugar maples during the sap run.  The sugar they produced was an important food for them and for the colonists, who learned the process from the Native Americans.  It was only during the 1930s when maple sugar took the form we use today: syrup! 

Experience first-hand the North American tradition of maple sugaring at Hunterdon County’s Maple Sugaring Program.  You’ll take a trip through time to experience the art of the sugaring process.  Along the way you will see an early American Frontiersman tapping his trees, visit a sugar “farmer” at his evaporator, and enjoy a Native American story about the discovery of maple sap.  At the end of your walk everyone will get a free taste of real maple syrup on a silver dollar pancake. 

Also available: MAPLE SUGAR TO GO: Let us bring the program to your location!  $55 for the group.

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ART CLASSES with Lena Shiffman

Thursday Evening Art Studios -various dates

Blooming Young Artists for Children - various dates
Studio Time for Artists-in-Training for Children - various dates
Drawing for Home Schooled Children -various dates
About Our Instructor - Lena Shiffman
Art Classes at the Hunterdon County Parks Division

 

THURSDAY ART STUDIOS

Thursday Art Studios with Lena Shiffman
Thursday Art Studios with Lena Shiffman

Join the fun! 

THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Session A: Five Thursdays, September 5 to October 3 (snow date 10/10)
Session B: Five Thursdays, October 17 to November 21 (no class 10/24; snow date 12/5)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 12 to January 16 (no class 12/26; snow date 1/23)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 30 to February 27 (snow date 3/5)

Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman.  Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.  Join us for a day or evening class of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome!

 

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BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 21 to October 26 (snow date 11/2)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 9 to December 21 (no class 11/30; snow date 1/4)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 11 to February 15 (snow date 2/22)
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $84 (includes materials)

Learning the principles of creating art with illustrator Lena Shiffman, is lots of fun!  Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, and more.  Ms. Lena’s gentle approach encourages and guides students.  Visit different media such as pencil, acrylics, watercolor paint, clay, and paper.  Students use still life… stuffed toys, taxidermied animals, photos, and something brought from home.  We might also go outdoors to draw nature!  The fundamental principles will be the focus: understanding color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes!  Ms. Lena works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one or more sessions.

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STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 21 to October 26 (snow date 11/2)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 9 to December 21 (no class 11/30; snow date 1/4)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 11 to February 15 (snow date 2/22)
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 17
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

Explore, learn more advanced techniques, and improve your abilities with color, shading, composition, and perspective.  Instructor Lena Shiffman’s gentle approach encourages and guides students to expand their creativity.  Students work during this studio time to complete their art at their own pace and style.  We will work from a variety of still life: taxidermied animals, photos, nature (outdoors if weather permits), and maybe something brought from home.  Artists may visit many different media including pencil, charcoal, pastel and paints.  Ms. Lena works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one or more sessions. Remember to dress in old clothing. 

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DRAWING for HOME SCHOOLED with INSTRUCTOR LENA SHIFFMAN

Session A:  Six Wednesdays, November 6 to December 11 (snow date 12/18)
Session B:  Six Wednesdays, January 8 to February 12 (snow date 2/19)
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 15
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

In this drawing class, students learn the basic principles of drawing including proportion, mass, light and shade, and line.  Working with charcoal, graphite, and pastels on a variety of still life and photo subjects, students will improve their drawing skills as they increase their understanding of structure and composition. 

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BASKERY AND DRUM WORKSHOPS with Liz Braidwood Fulmer
UFO...Unfinished Objects - November 13
Pocketbook Basket - November 18 & 25
Snowmen & Stars - December 6
Paper Napkin Basket - December 18
Tension Tray - January 15
Tapestry Basket on a Mold - January 25
Make a 15" Hand Drum - February 22

 

UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

 

POCKETBOOK BASKET

UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5

Do you have a basket that you have not finished?  Or a basket kit you always wanted to try?  Join us for this UFO class. 

 

Dates: Mondays, November 18 and 25
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30 (includes materials)

Start by inserting flat oval spokes into an oval wooden slotted base.  The sides are woven in an over three under two spiral pattern.  Three rows of lashed-on flat oval create an eye-catching top.  The basket features two side handles made of shaker tape cloth.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.

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SNOWMEN & STARS

 

PAPER NAPKIN BASKET

Dates: Friday, December 6
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $10 (includes materials)

Let’s get together and make flat snowmen and holiday stars using flat reed.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

 

Dates: Wednesday, December 18
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $17 (includes materials)

Weave a 6” x 6” x 4” tall square basket using ¼” flat reed spokes woven with #2 round reed, ¼ flat and round start stop style. SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult

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TENSION TRAY

 

TAPESTRY BASKET on A MOLD

Dates: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $10 (includes materials)

Students will learn how to make a round tension tray using #6 round reed.  This technique can also be made using vines!

 

Dates: Saturday, January 25
Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Students will start by inserting flat oval spokes into a wooden base that is temporarily attached to a wooden mold.  Weaving over the mold helps make shaping the basket a breeze.  Next learn how create a landscape-looking tapestry using colorful reed, yarn etc.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

 

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MAKE A 15” HAND DRUM

 

 

Date: Saturday, February 22 (snow date February 29)
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adults
Cost: $95 (You must register by January 15; no refunds will be awarded after this date.)

Making a hand drum that you can play is very rewarding and only involves a moderate amount of crafting skills to accomplish.  Students stretch a deer hide tautly onto a 14” maple hoop and lash it tight using sinew.  *PLEASE NOTE: you will be handling wet deer hide.  The surface of your drum will be made from raw deer hide that has been dehaired, cleaned, but not tanned.  Please bring a 12” long by 3/4” thick stick to make a drum stick with.  Drum supplies need to be ordered in advance; please register by January 15 at which point no refunds will be awarded.

 

 

 

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BIRDING TRIPS AND WALKS
Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge - November 16 sold out; call for wait list
Barnegat Light - December 14 sold out; call for wait list
Eagle Watch - January 18
Tundra Swans and Wintering Ducks - February 16
Birding Trips and Programs

The following bird trips are run by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist.  Tom and his colleagues focus on helping all participants learn about the birds and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species.  They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas the group is visiting. 

Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed. If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, please feel free to bring them. Binoculars are available for loan. Trips are designed for adults, but mature youths under 18 can contact Tom for approval.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Transportation is by County Park vans.  All trips meet at the County Arboretum.  Trips are recommended for any interested birder at all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated. 

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Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge

 

BARNEGAT LIGHT

sold out; call for wait list
Date: Saturday, November 16
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Ages: Adults
Cost: $30

The Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge is famous throughout the US as one of the two best birding spots in New Jersey.  “Brig” embraces more than 20,000 acres of coastal salt marsh, islands, open bays, and channels.  Fresh-brackish impoundments created by diking off the salt marsh are the main attraction for birds.  We will spend the entire trip within the main area searching for all the winter birds and waterfowl we can find.

 

sold out; call for wait list
Date: Saturday, December 14
Time: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $30

Barnegat Light State Park is a great winter birding spot, with lots of sea ducks, gulls, and winter shorebirds.  Dress warmly; a rigorous two miles of walking on beach and rock jetty required.  We try and pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before heading back.

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EAGLE WATCH

 

TUNDRA SWANS AND WINTERING DUCKS

Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $30

The Bald Eagle may be off the federal endangered species list, but it is still a grand bird to see!  This trip will go where the eagles are, most likely along the Upper Delaware in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and/or New York State.  Winter finches, waterfowl, Golden Eagle, and other species may also be seen.  About 2 miles of walking; dress in layers for extreme cold.

 

Date: Sunday, February 16
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $30

Join us as we do a southern loop through Central NJ for Swans and Wintering Ducks.  We will first head to Whitesbog, the birthplace of the modern blueberry, as we look for Tundra Swans as they winter amongst the cranberry bogs.  From there, we will come back north to the Trenton Marsh and walk the trails for wintering ducks.  The marsh has always hosted large rafts of ducks, including Shovelers, Teal, and other species.

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BOOKMOBILE AT ECHO HILL- new!
Hunterdon County Bookmobile

The Hunterdon County Library on Wheels is headed our way! 

Have you visited the Hunterdon County Library Bookmobile lately?

The Bookmobile is now at the Echo Hill (42 Lilac Drive, Flemington) on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Check out the latest books and magazines, get a library card, or learn about eBooks.

Visit the County Library’s website www.hclibrary.us for updates, events, and all bookmobile stops and locations.

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 41ST YEAR
River Day Trips - various dates
Planning Your Canoe Trip
WANTED: WEEKEND CANOE LEADER
Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 41 years.  It is fun, educational, and great exercise!  Spend a day with nature.  Just bring water, lunch, and a smile—we will do the rest.  We supply the canoes, kayaks, gear, training, and transportation. 

Our experienced leaders teach the ways of currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks.  Tell us what you want to learn—we are eager to teach.  Unless stated otherwise, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIVER DAY TRIPS

Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Canoe with Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation!

Time: 8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 per person  

*New for 2019!  If you purchase 3 river trips at full price, you will get $5 off any other river trip for 2019.  Must purchase all at the same time.  If the trip is canceled, you must move to another trip.   

Your leaders will fit you with a life-jacket and paddle, drive to the river, discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety, and guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle about two more hours.  We are flexible with each trip’s time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as wind and water levels.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

  • Sunday, Aug. 11: ​Delaware, Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, Aug. 31​: Delaware, Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Sunday, Sept. 8:​ ​Delaware, Kingwood to Bull’s Island
  • Saturday, Sept. 28: ​Delaware, Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Sunday, Oct. 13​: Upper South Branch or Musconetcong River
  • Saturday, Oct. 26: ​Leaders’ Choice

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances, it may be necessary to pick an alternative river.  Leaders may make this change at any time to provide a safe and fun experience.

**PLEASE NOTE: Must register by Wednesday before the trip.  If we do not have enough paddlers, a trip will be canceled Thursday morning.  

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PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

PRE-REGISTRATION: Required by the Wednesday before the trip for all canoeing programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances we may need to choose an alternative section of river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience.

CANCELLATIONS: If we cancel the trip, you will be notified by phone and given the option of joining an upcoming trip, holding a credit, or getting a full refund.  Our trips run rain or shine with the exception of extreme cold or thunderstorms!  Cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing, and those made less than one week prior to the program will NOT receive a refund. 

AGES: Most trips are appropriate for children ages 8 and older, accompanied by an adult.  Please check with us about specific trips so we can verify age-appropriateness. 

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are best; wool keeps you warm even if wet and polypropylene fleece dries quickly.  Cotton is a bad material for cool, wet outdoor activities.  Sneakers are recommended; please no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes.  Wool socks are best for cold weather.  A bathing suit may be worn in warm weather, often we stop for a swim.  

WHAT TO BRING: Lunch (in a waterproof container), lots of water to drink, rain jacket, hat, sunscreen, eyeglass strap, etc.  In chilly weather, a complete change of clothing may be carried in your canoe (in a waterproof bag) or kept in the van for the trip’s end. 

NOTES: No alcoholic beverages are permitted on our trips.  No pets are allowed, except guide animals.

SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TRIP: We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  What a great birthday party!  If you have questions or would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please call (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  

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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK & SKI TICKETS

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offer discount tickets to the following amusement parks.  Tickets are available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Route 31, Lebanon.

AMUSEMENT PARK

GATE
PRICE
DISCOUNT TICKET
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom:
   Adult Ticket $61.95 $46.00
Hershey Park:
   Adult (ages 9 to 54 years) $69.80 $57.00
Six Flags Great Adventure    
   Adult Theme Park & Safari $88.49 $47.00
   Parking Pass $25.00 $22.50
Philadelphia Zoo:
   Ages 3 and above $24.00 $21.00
   Children under 2 years free free

Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.  To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.  Tickets are non-refundable.

DISCOUNT SKI TICKETS ON SALE 

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offer discount ski tickets for Blue Mountain and Jack Frost Big Boulder.  Tickets will be available to purchase starting in December and will remain on sale throughout the winter.  We also offer discount tickets to local amusement parks through the spring and summer months.  Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.  To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.  Tickets are non-refundable. 

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EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS - NEW!!
Preschool Education Workshop on Environmental Science - November 7
Project Wilde Educator Workshop - November 22 (DOWNLOAD)

PRESCHOOL EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Project Wild

Date: Thursday, November 7
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $5
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
(DOWNLOAD)

Are you an early childhood educator looking for a personal development class?

This program will focus on topics relevant to the study of environmental science in early childhood education.  Sample lessons and resources will focus on the fundamental understanding of ecosystems as well as healthy environmental practices.  Experience hands-on activities for learning through play while also integrating environmental science with literacy, math, and art.

Certificates provided at the completion of class.

 

PROJECT WILD EDUCATOR WORKSHOP

Project Wild

Get your copy of the new Project WILD book and participate in a workshop to demonstrate some of the activities!

Date: Friday, November 22
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults
Guest Presenter: Pat Heaney, Senior Educator at The Watershed Institute
Cost: $45

Join Senior Educator Pat Heaney of The Watershed Institute for a day of fun and learning at Echo Hill.  All participants will receive the new Project WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide (updated in 2018).  This book contains over 75 different lesson plans which include Field Investigation Activities and STEM extensions.  Prepare for an active day of both indoor and outdoor activities.  Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on wildlife and habitat. 

The goal of Project WILD is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.

Project WILD’s mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment.  All curriculum materials are backed by sound educational practices and theory and represent the work of many within the fields of education and natural resource management from across the country.  Appropriate for classroom teachers and non-formal educators like 4-H instructors, scout leaders, naturalists, and homeschool instructors.  Cost includes the workshop, lunch, and the K-12 guide.  Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration.  Dress for the weather, as we will spend some time outdoors, weather permitting. 

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WINTER NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS - Ages 3 to 3rd Grade

Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  Park Naturalist Debra Reed will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects. The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 

This year we are offering Sessions A and B for ages 3 to 5 and Session C for kindergarten through third graders.  This is a drop-off program and children must be self-sufficient in the bathroom. 

Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures in order to spend more time inside. 

Fall Nature Club

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

For each child, a registration form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.  Included on the form are the date of last tetanus shot, known allergies, and special care notes; please have this information ready.  Each session is limited to ten children to ensure a quality experience for the participants.  The Division of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment and give a full refund. 

WINTER NATURE CLUB - (DOWNLOAD)

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, November 19 to January 21
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: kindergarten through 3rd graders

 

 

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HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
Homeschool Environental Series

Kids will be hands on to explore the various topics and elements of our Environmental Series

 

Date: Second Wednesday of each month, September 2019 to May 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 5 to 12
Cost: $30 per student for all 9 lessons

This series provides a terrific opportunity to meet with other local homeschooling families while your child learns about the natural world.  Participants will explore a new topic each month and enjoy hands-on activities that foster science, math, language arts, and social skills.  Program includes “homework” projects to complete after each session.  Class size will be limited to 15 participants.

 

 

 

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MEDITATION/SINGING BOWL/HIKE-YOGA CLASSES
Hike and Yoga in November - November 17
Hike and Yoga in December - December 8
Singing Bowls Meditation Winter Solstice - December 21

 

HIKE AND YOGA IN NOVEMBER

 

HIKE AND YOGA IN DECEMBER

Date: Sunday, November 17
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Musconetcong Gorge Preserve (Holland Twp., 182 Dennis Road, Bloomsbury)
Ages: 13 through adults
Cost: $16 per session           
Join instructor Lisa Perry and reconnect to the beauty of nature and to your own inner peace during this exploration of Hunterdon County parks.  Each session includes a silent hike with pauses for yoga positions along the way.  Beginners are welcome.  Bring a towel or mat to sit on. Once you have found your Zen, you may want to continue exploring the park further on your own.  Pre-registration is required.  SNOW DATE (make-up date if we cancel) December 15.

 

Date: Sunday, December 8
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Jugtown Mountain Preserve (Bethlehem Twp., 408 Mine Road, Asbury)
Ages: 13 through adults
Cost: $16 per session           
Join instructor Lisa Perry and reconnect to the beauty of nature and to your own inner peace during this exploration of Hunterdon County parks.  Each session includes a silent hike with pauses for yoga positions along the way.  Beginners are welcome.  Bring a towel or mat to sit on. Once you have found your Zen, you may want to continue exploring the park further on your own.  Pre-registration is required. SNOW DATE (make-up date if we cancel) December 15.

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SINGING BOWLS MEDITATION WINTER SOLSTICE

 

 

MIDSUMMER NIGHT SINGING BOWLS MEDITATION with Lisa Perry

Date: Saturday, December 21
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 13 through adults
Cost: $12 per session 
Instructor: Lisa Perry

Relax and absorb the healing vibrations from crystal and Tibetan singing bowls.  As sunset approaches, everyone is invited to participate in a singing bowl circle.  Bring a mat or towel to lie/sit on, a flashlight, and your own singing bowl (optional).  If it is raining, we will hold the meditation in the main lodge.  Pre-registration is required.

 

 

 

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NATURE PROGRAMS
Mammal Study Merit Badge - November 15
Late Fall Hike at Cushetunk - November 16 (DOWNLOAD)
Family Turkey Night - November 18
Family Evergreen Walk & Craft - December 7
Family Nature Club: Candles at Christmas - December 8
Raptor Trust & Lord Stirling Hike Van Trip - January 11 (updated for 18 yrs old and up)
Family Nature Club - Wonders of Winter - January 12
Learn about Lichens! - January 15
Owls of the County - January 16
Skull Workshop - January 19
Woodpeckers of New Jersey - January 27
Family Nature Club: Groundhog Celebration- February 2
Eagles Through A Photographer's Lens - February 5
Rizzo's Wildlife World Van Trip - February 8
Winter Ecology While Cross Country Skiing Trip - February 16
The Wildlife of New Zealand - February 19
Build a Barn Swallow/Phoebe Platform Workshop - February 2

 

MAMMAL STUDY MERIT BADGE

 

LATE FALL HIKE AT CUSHETUNK

Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 11 through adult
Cost: $10

Learn more about the furry animals that live in your backyard.  Mammalogy is a specialized field that deals specifically with the study and observation of mammals.  Experience hands-on activities with skulls, pelts, tracks, and scat.  Take steps to earning your Mammal Study Merit Badge with counselor Debra Reed!  Please bring a camera, notebook, and pencil for sketching.  Scouts will need to schedule an additional meeting time with Debra following the completion of the additional requirements for the badge on their own.  Cost is per scout; adults may accompany their scout for free or drop them off. 

 

The view of Round Valley makes Cushetunk a must-hike property in the late fall or winter. 

Date: Saturday, November 16
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Cushetunk Mountain Preserve
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $5
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Warm up on a cool hike with Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush.  We will meet at the parking lot at Cushetunk Mountain Preserve, 106 Old Mountain Road, Lebanon 08833.  Cushetunk offers stunning views of Round Valley Reservoir, towering hardwood trees like tulip poplars, and the potential of seeing birds like Pileated Woodpeckers.  We can only do this hike along the ridge at the end of the year as the trail is closed January through August due to Bald Eagle nesting.  Expect a challenging but rewarding hike over rocky terrain with 500 feet of elevation gain over ½ mile.  We will be hiking about three miles total. 

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FAMILY TURKEY NIGHT

 

FAMILY EVERGREEN WALK & CRAFT

Date: Monday, November 18
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: all ages
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free

Turkeys are the animal of the season!  Have you ever seen a wild turkey in the woods around your home?  Let’s learn about these huge birds by observing a taxidermied turkey, touching turkey wings and feet, and reading a story on turkeys.  If time allows, we might do a short walk outside.  Each child will make a turkey craft to take home. 

 

Eastern Hemlocks have small cones and flat needles.  Let’s learn about evergreens and make a craft together!

Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $5 per person

Warm up with a winter nature walk around the Arboretum!  Do you know the difference between pines, spruces, and hemlocks?  Can you find five different shades of green?  What’s the difference between a conifer and an evergreen?  Let’s find out the answers to these questions while exploring your local park.  We may also see colorful berries and signs of wildlife.  Bring your own clippers and a tote bag (or borrow ours) to collect a few greens during the walk.  We will then assemble a mini evergreen swag to use in your holiday decorating. 

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FAMILY NATURE CLUB: CANDLES AT CHRISTMAS

 

RAPTOR TRUST & LORD STIRLING HIKE VAN TRIP

Date: Sunday, December 8
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 4 through adult
Cost: $8 per person

Take a winter walk through our park to discover the sights and smells of the season.  We will discover how many different evergreens grow here.  Conifers are an ancient and diverse group of trees, but are all conifers evergreens?  Are all cones, pinecones?  Join us to learn more about these amazing trees that decorate so many homes at this time of year.  We will gather these crisp natural aromas and preserve them in homemade candles.  They will make a great gift for the season. 

 

Meet live birds at the Raptor Trust and enjoy a nearby winter hike.  (Photo courtesy of the Raptor Trust.) 

Date: Saturday, January 11 (snow date January 18)
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $33

Meet Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush at the Arboretum where we will take a County van to Lord Stirling Park in Somerset County.  We will take a winter hike there for about an hour (about two miles of hiking required).  Then we will visit the Raptor Trust, a bird rehabilitation facility in Millington that has 50 non-releasable birds of prey on display.  At the Raptor Trust, we will meet a live bird and enjoy a PowerPoint entitled Sharing the World with Raptors.  We will then have time to explore the display birds on our own.  Dress to be outside.  Feel free to bring lunch/snacks to enjoy in the van on the way home. 

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FAMILY NATURE CLUB: WONDERS OF WINTER

 

LEARN ABOUT LICHENS!

Date: Sunday, January 12
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 4 through adult
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free

Where do the animals go during the winter season?  How do they change?  Enjoy some hot chocolate and a campfire as we explore and learn about wild animals in the winter.  This time of year can be fun for everyone!  Families are invited to join local naturalist Debra Reed for nature activities at Echo Hill Park.  Bring your family outdoors to have fun, enjoy health benefits, and learn about the wonderful wild world we live in.

 

Enjoy a dynamic PowerPoint presentation on lichen with lichenologist Dennis Waters!

Date: Wednesday, January 15 (snow date January 22)
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $3
Guest presenter: Dennis Waters

Are they plants?  Are they fungi? 

No, they’re both!  Lichens are everywhere you look, and they are as fascinating as they are ubiquitous.  Join lichenologist Dennis Waters to learn about these remarkable botanical partnerships—how they work and how they have grown to be so dependent on each other.

We will enjoy a slideshow, and then look at some local samples.

Bring along lichens you have found to have them identified.

 

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OWLS OF THE COUNTY

 

SKULL WORKSHOP

Date: Thursday, January 16
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

Winter is the time to think about owls.  Come learn about owls and owl ecology of the County with Chief Naturalist Tom Sheppard.  Along with the slide presentation, visual and auditory activities will get participants involved in the program.  Afterwards, we will venture outdoors to listen and attempt to call an owl in the woods surrounding Echo Hill.

 

Skulls

Date: Sunday, January 19      
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $3

It is a great time to be a young biologist!  Discover what we can learn from skulls.  Learn why teeth grow the way they do.  Understand why animals have different shaped noses and how eye sockets tell us how animals see.  Develop the skills needed to help identify the signs left behind by the wild animals in the area.

 

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WOODPECKERS OF NEW JERSEY

 

FAMILY NATURE CLUB: GROUNDHOG CELEBRATION

Date: Monday, January 27
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

Woodpeckers have a variety of adaptations that make them great at pecking wood!  They have a tongue that is so long that they must store it behind their skull when it is not in use.  They have spongy tissue in their skull to absorb shock.  Their feet have two toes pointed backwards to help them grip vertically on trees.  Through the use of a PowerPoint and our taxidermied collection of the seven New Jersey woodpeckers, we will learn all about these unique birds. 

 

 

Date: Sunday, February 2
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: All
Cost: $5 per child, accompanying adult attends for free

We can’t wait for this year’s groundhog predication.  What does a furry, sleepy rodent have to do with seasonal change?  Come and see if our local Echo Hill groundhog has followed tradition.  Is he up and about?  Participate in fun activities and learn about the reason for the traditions created around these common mammals.

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EAGLES THROUGH A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LENS

 

RIZZO’S WILDLIFE WORLD VAN TRIP

Date: Wednesday, February 5 (snow date February 12)
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Guest Presenter: Bob Reith, Wildlife Photographer
Cost: $3

You are invited to look into the lives and behaviors of Bald Eagles through the camera lens of Bob Reith, wildlife photographer based in northern New Jersey.  Through photos and other multimedia actions, interactions among eagles will be displayed with commentary and discussion.  Compare the photos with the new taxidermied eagle at the Arboretum to see their size and power! 

 

Meet big snakes and more at Rizzo’s Wildlife World!

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adults
Cost: $27

Rizzo’s Wildlife World has provided quality animal shows in New Jersey and the surrounding areas for many years.  Recently, Rizzo’s opened an indoor zoo in Budd Lake, which spans nearly 5,000 square feet with an assortment of exhibit space, including over 2,000 gallons of aquatic exhibits.  Get up close and personal with birds, bugs, lizards, snakes, turtles, small mammals, and many other creatures.  We will meet at the Hunterdon County Arboretum and travel via a County LINK bus to the zoo, where we will enjoy a private one-hour wildlife show and then have about 30 minutes to view the other animals in the gallery.  Rizzo’s has performed at Parks events like Summer Nature Program and Earth Day, but we have asked them to showcase several non-travelling animals for this program to provide a new twist on their show. 

 

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WINTER ECOLOGY WHILE CROSS COUNTRY SKIING TRIP

 

THE WILDLIFE OF NEW ZEALAND

Date: Sunday, February 16
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $20 plus $45 rental fee to be paid the day of the trip

Discover the natural beauty of High Point State Park while gliding on skis.  Join Naturalist Debra Reed for a guided journey of New Jersey’s winter ecology.  The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills and lush valleys in three states.  It is one of most beautiful places in the northern part of the state.  Guaranteed as the snowiest spot in the metropolitan area, High Point is an alpine hollow of lakes, trees, and sweeping vistas.  Come dressed to be outdoors for the day.  No experience is necessary but be aware that cross country skiing can be a strenuous activity.  Bring a bag lunch.  This trip is weather dependent; the trip will become a naturalist guided day hike if there is limited snow.

 

Date: Wednesday, February 19
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

New Zealand is a small but beautiful country with scenery consisting of coastline, mountains, and sheep farms.  From parrots to kiwis to penguins, New Zealand has some unusual birds!  Human-introduced mammals are now also relatively common.  There are also a few species of rare reptiles, amphibians, and bats.  Join Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush on a photographic journey through this remarkable country!

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BUILD A BARN SWALLOW/PHOEBE PLATFORM WORKSHOP

 

 

Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 8 through adult Cost: $15 per kit (1 kit per family) Barn Swallows and Eastern Phoebes are both great birds to have around your home.  Both are fly catchers and will go after those “pesky” insects.  But, both birds have a unique nesting requirement: they build the nests out with mud and need a platform on which to build it.  As the old barns and other structures have disappeared from our county, they have had less areas to use.  This workshop will offer you the opportunity to construct a platform for these birds so that they may nest within your property.

 

 

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PARK VAN & BUS TRIPS
Hunterdon's Revolutionary War Connection Tour - November 7 sold out; call for wait list
Historic Van/Walking Tour of Chester - November 9
New York City Bus Trip - December 8
Candlelight Carol Sing at the Cathedral Basilica - December 12 sold out; call for wait list
Raptor Trust & Lord Stirling Hike Van Trip - January 11 - see Nature Programs
Rizzo's Wildlife Wold Trip - Febraury 08- see Nature Programs
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament - February 15
Winter Ecology While Cross Country Skiing Van Trip - February 16 see Nature Programs
Philadelphia Flower Show "Riviera Holiday" Bus Trip - March 3

 

HUNTERDON’S REVOLUTIONARY WAR CONNECTION TOUR

 

HISTORIC VAN/WALKING TOUR OF CHESTER

sold out; call for wait list
Date: Thursday, November 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $20 While New Jersey is known as the Crossroads of the Revolution, Hunterdon County has several connections to those Crossroads.  On this tour we will explore some of those connections such as Daniel Bray and Lord Stirling.  Some of our stops will be the buildings/sites of those connections (please understand that these are private residences and we will not be going inside), and others will be the gravesites of the individuals.  Two short walks are planned, the longest being about 10 minutes in one direction.

 

Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: adults
Cost: $22 (lunch not included)
Guest Leader: Gail Jacobsen

Enjoy fresh air, exercise, and some history while experiencing the sweet, classy town of Chester, New Jersey.  On this van/walking tour, we will visit the Cooper Grist Mill, Hacklebarney State Park, Halfmoon Falls, many period houses, churches, and more.  This walk-about will include 2 miles of walking (please dress for an outdoors in town walk).  Participants will walk to the restaurant of their choice for lunch; possibilities include Fresco Mexican, Sally Lunn’s Restaurant &Teahouse, New York Pizza, Sub Pub, or Benito’s Trattoria (lunch not included in the price).  We will also have some free time to explore the cute little shops.

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NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP

 

CANDLELIGHT CAROL SING at the CATHEDRAL BASILICA

Date:  Sunday, December 8
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: all (if needed please bring own car seat, you may leave it on the bus)
Cost: $35

Join our coach bus trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center.  Here the Christmas spirit lasts all season, as the smell of hot chocolate and pine waft through the air.  You can choose from either heading to the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center, or going down to Central Park and taking a carriage ride with family, friends, or that special someone.  You may also choose to spend the day shopping, or seeing the show of your choice.  The bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM sharp, heads straight into New York City and drops us off near Radio City Music Hall.  We provide the transportation, and you design your schedule from endless New York City winter activities!

 

 

Date: Thursday, December 12
SOLD OUT; CALL FOR WAIT LIST
Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert starts at 8:00 PM)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $20 plus the Basilica welcomes donations

Let’s experience the forty-eighth annual Christmas Carol Sing at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.  The Carol Sing has become one of the most significant Christmas concerts in Northern New Jersey.  The ambiance of candlelight and season décor, along with the Cathedral Choir, organ, brass, percussion, and thousands of participants combine to create an event that must be experienced.

Please feel free to bring a snack and drink for the ride via County LINK bus, and dress warm for we will be standing in line until they open.

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GLENCAIRN CASTLE VAN TRIP

 

MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT

Glencairn

Glencairn

Date: Wednesday, January 22
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $18 plus a $16 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (bring a bag lunch)

This unique medieval-style castle/museum is a must see!  Our guide will present Glencairn in the context of the history of the Bryn Athyn community, and explore the fascinating relationship between Glencairn and its neighbors, Cairnwood and Bryn Athyn Cathedral.  Included is a ride in a small elevator to the Tower, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline (be sure to bring your camera!)  We will visit the Pitcairn family’s Chapel, the master bedroom and bath, the stunning Great Hall, the Upper Hall, and some of the Museum’s collection of religious art.  At every turn, there is eye candy of artwork!  Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum at 10:00 AM to journey in a Parks van for one hour.  We will tour Glencairn and then eat lunch (please bring a bagged lunch).  After lunch we will tour the Cathedral; estimated return time to the Arboretum is 4:30 PM.  Feel free to bring a snack for the van ride.

 

 
Medieval Times

Medieval Times Knights

Date: Saturday, February 15
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 12 through adults
Cost: $50

Come meet King Don Carlos and the royal family while we travel back to the Middle Ages for an unforgettable experience.  Enjoy dinner while marveling at the knights fighting, live jousting, and awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry.  His Majesty’s feast includes a four-course meal with oven roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, herb-roasted potatoes, and sweet buttered corn, alongside a pastry and non-alcoholic beverages.  Vegetarian meals are available upon request (if desired, please request when you sign up for the trip).  

 

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PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW “RIVIERA HOLIDAY” BUS TRIP

 

 

Philadelpia Flower Show

Philly Flower Show

Date: Tuesday, March 3 
Time: 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Meet at Deer Path Park
Ages: adults
Cost: $65

Sit back & relax as we take you by coach bus to the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show!  The show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.  Visitors are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, gardening how-to workshops, and lectures by experts.  Designers spend more than a year planning, primping, pruning and growing the exhibits that will transform an empty space into a beautiful oasis of color and life in the waning days of winter.  Their commitment to excellence is evident in creative, inspiring presentations and in the diversity of beautiful plants that are lovingly coaxed into bloom in March.  You can shop for plants and gifts, sample wines, and attend different seminars.  For lunch, consider visiting the Reading Terminal Market across the street (on your own).  For more information on this year’s theme, Riviera Holiday, visit www.theflowershow.com

 

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY with Jim Rimi
About Our Photography Workshops
Beginning Photography Workshop - September 22, October 20 or November 3

These classes are taught by instructor Jim Rimi, who resides in Warren County, NJ.  He has been working in photography for most of his life.  He holds a BFA in photography and is an NJ-certified teacher of Art.  His work has been published and shown throughout the U.S., including a documentation in the early 1980s of The Fulton Street Fish Market in Manhattan.  Eleven prints from this project are in the permanent collection of The South Street Seaport Museum.  Another project specifically life giving to his career and role as an artist was his photo documentary entitled New York Underground.  This was a 10-year journey into the lives of the homeless, shelters, street people, and street musicians of New York City.  Jim works in both film and digital photography.  Although he has been predominately shooting in black and white and has a love for the traditional techniques and nostalgia that comes from the darkroom, he has also found an interest in the beauty of landscape.  Jim has a purest perspective with his work; he does not digitally enhance, change, or manipulate his images.  His goal as an artist is to bring forth unexpected or perhaps overlooked beauty directly into the viewers’ gaze.

BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (Digital SLR Manual Setting)

 

Sunset by instructor Jim Rimi

Sunset Photography

Session A: Sunday, September 22
Session B: Sunday, October 20
Session C: Sunday, November 3
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
Location: Arboretum  
Ages: 16 through adult
Cost: $55

This workshop is taught by professional photographer, Jim Rimi.  Students will learn how to use their cameras on the manual setting.  Shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, lighting, use of lenses and composition will be discussed.  Students will be taught in a small classroom setting with a hands-on approach.  This class is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere, with the goal of making learning fun and enjoyable for all!  Students will begin their journey in the classroom.  The group will then move outside to explore the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum.  Students will have the opportunity to apply the information learned in the classroom out in the field.  Jim will be with the students to assist and answer any questions along the way.  Students will then come back to the classroom to look at the photos they have just taken.  Jim will go over each student’s work individually.  You will need to have a digital SLR that has a manual setting, including a blank memory card dedicated for the class.  Please note that walking is involved and that a portion of this class will be held outdoors.  Please dress accordingly.

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POTTERY IN THE WOODS
Wind Chime - December 10
Garden Markers - February 4

WIND CHIME

GARDEN MARKER

Wind Chimes

Pottery in the Woods. Wind Chime

Date: Tuesday, December 10
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult (children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 (includes materials and firing)
Instructor: Emma Rimi
Students will create and decorate hand-built ceramic wind chimes focusing on textures found in nature.  Dependent on weather, at the start of each class participants take a leisurely walk through nature to collect inspiration and talk about textures and images observed for the clay project.  No experience required.  We will learn slab and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including carving and etching.  Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on making different impressions and patterns in their pieces.  Each participant will design and personalize a wind chime for their very own.  We will be using slab technique and create multiple pieces during the class that will later be assembled together to create a functional mobile/wind chime.  When complete, each piece will be approximately 12”-14” long.

 

Garden Markers

Pottery in the Woods. Garden Markers

Date: Tuesday, February 4
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult (children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 (includes materials and firing)
Instructor: Emma Rimi
Students will create and decorate hand built ceramic trays focusing on textures found in nature. Dependent on weather, at the start of each class participants take a leisurely walk through nature to collect inspiration and talk about textures and images observed for the clay project. No experience required. We will be learning slab and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including carving and etching. Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on making different impressions and patterns in their pieces. Using slab techniques, each participant will be able to make a handful of unique garden markers and or signs. Get ready for spring and beautify your garden!

 

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
Emergency Preparedness Course - November 7
Introduction to First Aide/Scout First Aid - December 6
Maple Tree Tapping - January 25
Maple Sap Collection - February 8

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COURSE

 

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST AID/ SCOUT FIRST AID 

Date: Thursday, November 7
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $5

The world we live in is a volatile one, and things can happen in a moment’s notice that put you in harm’s way. If you’ve ever wanted to educate yourself on how to properly handle these unforeseen emergency situations, this is the class for you In this course, suited for ages 12 and up, you will be trained on handling many types of emergencies. The course covers the fundamentals of First Aid, categorical emergency types, fire danger and prevention, handling and responding to motor vehicle collisions and so much more, in a fashion that makes it engaging for students.

 

Date: Friday, December 6
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: all scouts (this is not a merit badge
Cost: $5 per scout (accompanying adult attends for free)

We will cover all fundamental first aid for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. We will cover most requirements for scout first aid badges but this is not a merit badge. If you are looking for a merit badge please sign up for CPR AND FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE scheduled for September 25/October 2.  

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MAPLE TREE TAPPING

 

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

Maple Tapping

Maple Tree Tapping with Laura

Date: Saturday, January 25
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3

Have you come to our Maple Sugaring program in March and wondered how exactly we tap the trees, 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 (about five to ten minutes). Then, Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will collectively tap about 30 trees.

 

 

Maple Sap Collection

Maple Sap Collection Buckets

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3

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

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SQUARE DANCING with the FLUTTERWHEELS
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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

 

Dates: 12 Tuesdays, September 10, 2019 to December 10, 2019 (no class 10/8, 11/26)

BASIC: 12 Tuesdays
Dates: September 10 to December 10, 2019 (no class 10/8, 11/26)

MAINSTREAM (Prerequisite is BASIC)
Dates: 12 Tuesdays, January 7, 2020 to March 24, 2020

PLUS (Prerequisite is MAINSTREAM)
Dates: 12 Wednesdays, February 19, 2020 to May 13, 2020 (no class 4/8)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $60 per 12-week session, pre-registration required!

Square dancing is an official dance of New Jersey.  It gives people the opportunity to make new friends while getting low-impact aerobic exercise at the same time.  It is a great way to keep your heart healthy and your mind sharp.  The instructor, Mary Moody, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting.  She stresses repetition and review, building from easier to more complex moves for ease of learning.  Students who have completed Basic lessons may dance at special area dances.  Students who complete both Basic and Mainstream lessons may dance at clubs around the world, including bi-weekly Friday night Hunterdon Flutterwheels dances at Echo Hill Park.  After becoming proficient in Mainstream you are ready for lessons in the next square dance program – Plus – with instructor Mary Moody.

 

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TOT WALKS
Tot Walks

Learn about nature with your little one
on a Tot Walk!

Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free
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Join Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme. Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  We offer three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C. 

INSECTS
Session A: Thursday, September 12, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, September 13, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, September 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

LEAVES
Session A: Thursday, October 17, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, October 18, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, October 18, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

ANIMAL HOMES
Session A: Thursday, November 14, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, November 15, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, November 15, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

ANIMAL TRACKS
Session A: Thursday, January 16, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, January 17, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, January 17, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

PATTERNS
Session A: Thursday, February 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, February 21, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, February 21, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

Are you an Educator, Scout Leader, Community Organization? Let us do a program for your group!  Unless otherwise noted, cost is $30 on-site, $50 off-site, $75 out-of-county (limited range). 

group programs

Bring your group to a nature or recreation program, like Woodworking!

NATURE STUDIES

SEASONAL NATURE WALK, All ages, 1 hr, $20, 25 max
ANIMAL CLUES, Grade K+, 1 hr, 25 max
AMAZING ADAPTATIONS, Grade K+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
INCREDIBLE INSECTS, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
PLANT STUDY, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
POND/STREAM STUDY, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

ANIMAL STRATEGIES, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max 
REPTILES ALIVE!, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
ROCKS AND MINERALS, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 20 max
INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max 
SKULL WORKSHOP, Grade 2+, 1 hr, 25 max
SCAT & TRACKS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
WINGS & FEATHERS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
NESTS & EGGS, Grade K+, 1 hr, 25 max
MAPLE SUGAR TO GO, All ages, 1 hr, 25 max, $50 (off-site)

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

RECYCLING, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max 
WATER ISSUES, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max
COMPOSTING FOR THE HOME, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
WOODWORKING, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials, 10 max
BASKETRY, Grade 3+, 2 hrs, $30 + $3/person materials, 10 max
*For more information on advanced classes or larger groups, please ask for Liz. 

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CPR CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 4 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants
FIRST AID CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 3 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants.  Call for price for CPR/First Aid together. 
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
GEOCACHING 101, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max 
Basic Carving class also available. 
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CANOE CLINIC, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, $175, 16 max
FISHING CLINIC, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + $2/person, 15 max
BIKE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
INITIATIVES/ TEAM BUILDINGGrade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

group programs

Enjoy a walk in the park or at your school and take your group birding with a naturalist!

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
CO-EXISTING WITH COYOTES LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
HERPTILES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MUSHROOMS & MOLDS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
NEW JERSEY BLACK BEARS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
TREES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr 
HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr, free 

For program descriptions, see our Group Programs brochure on our website or pick one up at the Arboretum. 

Call us to register at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us. 

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PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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