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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

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

Activity Box: SNP-in-a-Box

Virtual Nature Programs

 - Nature Programs for Kids

 - Nature Club

 - Nature Homeschool Lessons

Virtual Recreation Programs

 -  Craft-in-a-Box

 -  Crafting and Basketry

 -  History

Activities

Educational Video Resources for Distance Learning

Ramblings of A County Park Naturalist

Previous Virtual Programs - Recordings Available

Programs Designed for Educators, Scout Leaders and Communication Organizations

  PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORM

Videos
Ramblings Recreation
Activities

 ACTIVITY BOX: SNP IN-A-BOX

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

Enjoy Summer Nature Program fun from home with your very own SNP-in-a-Box! Participants will receive a box containing self-paced instruction and fun on the topics of Stream Critters, Mammals, Reptiles, Butterflies, and Summer Trees. Each topic will be explored with a short introductory video online (link comes in the box), an outdoor component like a scavenger hunt or walk, a game or activity, a craft, and recommendations for further study. All instructions and specialty materials will be included. Some projects will require basic materials found around the home, like crayons or glue. Special needs and requests can be considered on a case-by-case basis for all programming and materials. These boxes will make one of each project and are meant to be used by one child. Some included activities, like a tree scavenger hunt, will lend themselves to an entire family or group participating. A limited number of these boxes will be available, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. These boxes will be available for pick up around July 1. See our virtual programs for free live webinars that fit with the topics offered in SNP-in-a-Box.

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 VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Nature Programs

Free webinars. You must register for each program individually. These free programs will be conducted through WebEx and are best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. They can also be viewed through a tablet or smartphone. Register through the individual 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.

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

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

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

RIZZO’S WILDLIFE WORLD VIRTUAL SHOW
Date: Thursday, June 10
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Guest Instructor: Rizzo’s Wildlife World (sponsored by Hunterdon County Clean Communities)
Registration: Email lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us to receive the link.

Rizzo’s Wildlife World has provided quality animal shows in New Jersey and the surrounding areas for many years. From the comfort of your home, meet live animals and learn about how they survive! Learn how you can care for animals by not littering and keeping our environment clean. Learn about how using reusable materials, like metal water bottles and straws, keeps trash out of our waterways and forests. By doing so, it prevents the interaction between animal and litter material. Registration will be open to the first 100 email addresses. This program is co-sponsored by Hunterdon County Clean Communities and Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation.

THE BASICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Age: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

BUILD A BARN SWALLOW/PHOEBE PLATEFORM WORKSHOP
Date: Wednesday, June 30
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Age: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION: WHO WE ARE
Date: Tuesday, July 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

2021 Spring Nature Programs


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

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

STREAM STUDY
Date: Wednesday, July 14

TREE WALK
Date: Wednesday, July 21

REPTILES
Date: Wednesday, July 28

BUTTERFLIES
Date: Wednesday, August 4

MAMMALS
Date: Wednesday, August 11

 

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 VIRTUAL NATURE CLUB



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

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

TURTLES: Tuesday, May 18

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: virtual program
Ages: age 4 to 3rd grade recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS (NOTE: The register link has an option to register for both programs or just one.)

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

CICADAS: Date: Tuesday, June 8
ANIMAL BABIES: Date: Tuesday, June 22

 

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 VIRTUAL HOMESCHOOL LESSONS




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

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: TREES
Date: Wednesday, June 9
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: 10 STRATEGIES OF MAMMALS
Date: Wednesday, July 14
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: PHYSICS IN NATURE
Date: Wednesday, August 11
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM DETAILS

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 VIRTUAL RECREATION PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Recreation Programs

Craft-in-a-Box  |   Crafting and Basketry  |   History

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

CRAFT CAMP IN-A-BOX… you and I make it together!

Date: 6 Tuesdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 9 to 12 (children MUST be assisted /accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $100 (includes materials)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Registration: The WebEx links will be emailed to you upon receiving your registration form and check. The register link has an option to register for all programs or just one, please register for all programs. Find a Program Registration Form on our website at: https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html.  Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. After we alert you that it is ready for pick-up, you will need to pick-up a Craft Camp In-A-Box materials box at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call ahead (908) 782-1158 or knock on the front door.

Note:  Children’s audio will remain on mute and their cameras off; communication will be done through chat. Plans are to record each session; you will receive the link and password via the email you provide on your registration form.

Young artists will immerse themselves creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Experience Craft Camp from home via the weekly webinars. Participants pick up a box containing an eclectic mix of artistic media such as clay, gourds, beads, soda tabs, rocks, feathers, wood, and recycled items that keep enthusiasm high! Two sets of each hands-on project will be supplied. The second set is for the adult to work along with the camper or for the camper to repeat the project at a later time. Campers will join a two-and-a-half-hour instructional webinar each Tuesday, for six weeks. Working along with Miss Liz, campers will receive step-by-step instructions on how to make the craft-of-the-day. A simple task/homework project will be given in preparation for the next week’s session. Some projects will require you to supply basic materials and tools found around the home, such as scissors, tape, and a screwdriver. Sculpt with clay, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and learn new skills!

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Crafting and Basketry

BEAN POT BASKET WEBINAR SORRY SOLD OUT
Dates: Two Tuesdays, May 11 & 18
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM  
Location: The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your Program Registration Form; please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. 

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

Farmers Market BasketFARMER’S MARKET BASKET WEBINAR
Dates: Two Tuesdays, June 22 & 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Age: adults 
Cost: $27 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: The WebEx links will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form on our website at https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html. Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. You will need to pick up a basket materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call ahead (908) 782-1158 or knock on the front door.

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

Make a 13” x 9” x 9” tall rectangular basket with shaker tape cloth handles to carry your purchases at the farmer’s market.
Skill Level: Intermediate, some basketmaking experience helpful.

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

Tree of Life PendantTREE OF LIFE PENDANT WEBINAR
Dates: Thursday, July 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  
Location: virtual program
Age: adults 
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: The WebEx link will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form on our website at https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html. Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. You will need to pick up a materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call ahead (908) 782-1158 or knock on the front door. 

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

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

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

Cabin BasketCABIN BASKET WEBINAR
Dates: Two Tuesdays, August 17 & 24
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM  
Location: virtual program
Age: adults 
Cost: $25 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator  
Registration: The WebEx link will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form on our website at https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html. Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. You will need to pick up a basket materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call ahead (908) 782-1158 or knock on the front door. 

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

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

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

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History

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

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 ACTIVITIES

Activities and Workshops for any time

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

BIRD FEATHER AND WING WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

MIGRATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

TREES WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

HIBERNATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

SKULL WORKSHOPS
Questions  |  Answers

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

BACKYARD BINGO ANIMAL EVIDENCE
Download

WHAT MAKES A FLOWER A FLOWER
Download

SPRINGTIME CONSTELLATION WORKSHEET
Download

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