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VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAMS - NEW!!

VIRTUAL SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

Dates: July 13 to August 13
Time:  10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Location:  Webinar Via WebEx (registration links coming soon).  You must register for each day individually.
Ages:  Designed for elementary school age, but anyone can join!
Cost:  Free!
Instructors:  Miss Debra, Miss Liz, Miss Laura, Mr. Tom, Mr. Patrick, and summer staff

Come explore the out-of-doors for free!  Let’s experience nature with interactive education wrapped up in fun!  Each program will entice children to venture into the wonderful world outside, and intrigue youth to explore nature!

In preparation for registration please download the Webex application. These programs are best enjoyed on a desktop or laptop computer. Some features are not accessible on a tablet or cell phone.

Supplies Needed for Camp Journal:  To make a diary for drawings, to be used the entire five weeks of camp: 6 pieces of paper folded in half (one could be card stock for the cover), a pencil for drawing and an eraser (pencil sharpener too).  

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INCREDIBLE INSECTS WEEK

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Monday, July 13
STREAM SPLASH with Miss Debra.
 See who’s streaming live in our waterways.

Tuesday, July 14   
CRAFT A RING with Miss Liz.
  Caterpillar and Snail had a race; who changed into a butterfly ring?
Supplies for Caterpillar: 1 piece of construction paper (color of caterpillar), scissors, ruler, pencil, a nickel, a straw, a marker (correct size for drawing eyes).  Supplies for Snail:  2 pieces of construction paper (colors of snail), pencil, scissors, glue, markers, between 4 ½” to 5” round  tracing  template  and  between 3” to 3”1/2” round tracing templates (i.e. large yogurt container, roll of duct tape, plastic lids).  

Supplies for Butterfly Ring: 2 different colored 12” pipe cleaners and 1 black 6” pipe cleaner.  Supplies for Dragonfly: 3 pipe cleaners 12” long, 11 pony beads, glue, small google eyes (optional). 

Wednesday, July 15  
FIELD FULL OF FRIENDS with Miss Laura.
 Take a walk to see who will bee there.
Supplies for catching insects: net, jars or other small clear containers, magnifying glass.

Thursday, July 16:
WHAT MAKES AN INSECT AN INSECT with Mr. Tom.
   Learn more about insects and some wild fun facts!

 

FROM SEED TO FLOWER WEEK

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Monday, July 20
PLANT LIFE with Miss Deb.
Discover the amazing world of plants. Find out how plants make their food, live, and grow

Tuesday, July 21
CRAFT YOUR OWN ENT with Miss Liz.
Create a magical tree to hang in your window.
Supplies for Tree:  50” total of sticks in multiple pieces (straight and the thickness of a pencil), 12” piece of string, 2 pipe cleaners 12” long, ruler, pruning shears (*FOR ADULT USE ONLY). 
Supplies for Plant in a Bag:  4 popsicle sticks, scotch tape, white glue, ¼ cup of water, 3 dried beans or other seeds, 1 cup of potting soil or a paper towel, 12” of string, small Ziploc baggie. 
 Supplies for Flower:  5 coffee filters, 8” long stick (straight and 3/16” thick), scissors, glue gun or white glue. 
 Supplies for Loom:  4 12” sticks (straight, smooth, and the thickness of a pencil or thicker), a skein of yarn, scissors, flowers, grasses, thin sticks (can be added later).      

Wednesday, July 22
FLOWER POWER WALK with Miss Laura.
Traverse through the fields in search of a rainbow of colors

Thursday, July 23
CLIMB A TREE with Mr. Tom. 
Arboretums are a tree’s paradise. Come take a walk around ours to learn what’s growing

 

MANY MAMMALS WEEK

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Monday, July 27
ANIMAL STRATEGIES with Miss Debra.
Learn what helps animals survive in the wild

Tuesday, July 28
CRAFT: WHO POOPED HERE?  with Miss Liz.
Make some edible scat; yep, you read that correctly.
Supplies for Scat:  Mixing bowl, spoon, tray, wax paper, fork, ¼ cup margarine, 2 tablespoons oil, ¾ cup sugar, 4 tablespoons water, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup cocoa, available refrigerator. 
Supplies for Skunk:  94 Pony Beads: 2 for eyes (color of your choice), 22 white, 70 black, lanyard (plastic string; color of your choice)

Wednesday, July 29
ANIMAL EVIDENCE with Miss Laura.
Learn how to determine who's been sleeping in your backyard

Thursday, July 30  
SKULLS with Mr. Tom.
Oh my, what big eyes you have. Oh my, what big ears you have. Oh my, what big teeth you have

SCALY AND SLIMY CRITTERS WEEK

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Monday, August 3 THE SECRET LIFE OF SNAKES with Miss Debra.
Creepy, slimy, scary, NOT!

Tuesday, August 4
CRAFTING with Miss Liz.
Make a turtle and try your hand at finger weaving.
Supplies for Turtle:  3 popsicle sticks, 1 pipe cleaner 12” long, string, ribbon or yarn, marker, scissors.  Supplies for Snake:  Skein of yarn (thicker is best), scissors. 
 Supplies for Frog:  64 Pony beads: 2 black for eyes, 12 for feet (color of your choice), and 50 green, lanyard (plastic string; color of your choice). 

Wednesday, August 5
AMPHIBIANS with Miss Laura.
Explore these fascinating animals that spend time on land and in the water

Thursday, August 6
TURTLES with Mr. Tom. 
Knock, knock, who’s in there

 

CAMPING SKILLS WEEK

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Monday, August 10
KNOT TYING with Mr. Patrick.
Tie up loose ends and learn to tie a knot.
Supplies for Knots:  2 pieces of rope each 2’ to 3’ foot long.  
Supplies for Zen Wrapped Rock:  a couple cool, flat, smooth-edged square shaped rocks 3” to 5” long, lanyard or string or pipe cleaners, a few cool 5” long twigs.  

Tuesday, August 11
WHITTLING AWAY with Mr. Patrick.
Learn carving techniques and how to use a knife safely.
Supplies for Whittling:  a rectangular bar of soap (we use Ivory), a popsicle stick.

Wednesday, August 12  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
VIRTUAL CAMPFIRE with the team.
Enjoy some nighttime nature activities, fire building, stories and songs, and some s’mores.
Supplies: Marshmallows, chocolate bars, graham crackers. 

Thursday, August 13
SHELTER BUILDING FUN with Mr. Tom. 
An organized pile of sticks! Supplies for Shelter:  sticks, leaves.

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SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

PROGRAMS SUSPENDED

IMPORTANT: SUMMER NATURE CAMP PROGRAM REGISTRATION & FORMS

Due to COVID-19, PROGRAMS SUSPENDED

Our Summer Nature Program (SNP) is a drop-off opportunity for kids entering grades 1 through 8 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.  Participants and parents alike rave about SNP, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings. 

Leaders for the Summer Nature Program are instructed in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10 participants, with each leader being aided by an assistant. 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill and the Teetertown Nature Preserve.  Echo Hill is located on Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located on Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes northwest of Clinton.  Both sites offer wonderful and diverse habitats for the children to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

Note that SNP is held Monday through Friday—no weekends. 

NATURE DISCOVERY | PIONEERS

JUNIOR EXPLORERS | SENIOR EXPLORERS

PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED

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Nature Discovery

Nature Discovery and Pioneers build shelters in the woods.

NATURE DISCOVERY

Ages: children entering grades 1 & 2 (drop-off program)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $190

 

 

One-Week Sessions:

July 13 to July 17 at Teetertown
July 20 to July 24 at Teetertown
July 27 to July 31 at Echo Hill
August 3 to August 7 at Echo Hill
August 10 to August 14 at Echo Hill

From searching for wildlife to toasting s’mores, Nature Discovery participants enjoy a great introduction to the world outdoors.

Nature Bugs

Pioneers learning the basics of trees
and how to ID them.

PIONEERS

Ages: children entering grades 3 & 4 (drop-off program)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $190

 

 

 

One-Week Sessions:

July 13 to July 17 at Teetertown SORRY, SOLD OU
July 20 to July 24 at Teetertown
July 27 to July 31 at Echo Hill
August 3 to August 7 at Echo Hill
August 10 to August 14 at Echo Hill

Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

 

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JUNIOR EXPORERS

Ages: children entering grades 5 & 6 (drop-off program)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $190

One-Week Sessions:

July 13 to July 17 at Teetertown
July 20 to July 24 at Teetertown
July 27 to July 31 at Echo Hill
August 3 to August 7 at Echo Hill
August 10 to August 14 at Echo Hill SORRY, SOLD OUT

These sessions give children the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.” 

 

SENIOR EXPLORERS

Ages: children entering grades 7 & 8
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $190

One-Week Sessions:

July 13 to July 17 at Teetertown SORRY, SOLD OUT
July 20 to July 24 at Teetertown SORRY, SOLD OUT
July 27 to July 31 at Echo Hill SORRY, SOLD OUT
August 3 to August 7 at Echo Hill SORRY, SOLD OUT
August 10 to August 14 at Echo Hill

Senior Explorers continue to expand their environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building activities and a campfire cook-off challenge are all important components of the Senior Explorers program. 

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IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

Download a registration formmedical form, and behavioral form from our website.  Please take note of the following information: 

  1. The regular Parks Division program registration form cannot be used for Summer Nature Program.  The three forms mentioned above replace this form. 

  2. Please complete a separate registration form for each child.  You may send the forms for your children together in one envelope, with one check. 

  3. We cannot arrange to place unrelated children in the same sessions.

  4. Any sessions currently available will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please call us at (908) 782-1158 for current available openings. 

  5. Participants can now be enrolled in more than one session as available.

  6. We are currently taking registrations only through the mail, no walk-ins. 

  7. All cancellations by participants must be in writing.  Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of your child’s session will not receive a refund. 
 

SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS

PROGRAMS SUSPENDED

IMPORTANT: SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS REGISTRATION AND FORMS

3-DAY BASKETRY CAMP SORRY CANCELLED

CRAFT CAMP SORRY CANCELLED

PERFORMANCE CAMP SORRY CANCELLED

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTSSORRY CANCELLED

ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAININGSORRY CANCELLED

CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP SORRY CANCELLED

ORCHESTRA CAMP SORRY CANCELLED

SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS REGISTRATION AND FORMS

 

PERFORMANCE CAMP

PEFORMANCE CAMP PEFORMANCE CAMP PEFORMANCE CAMP

Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

Session A: Monday to Friday, July 13 to July 17, children entering grades 2 to 5 (drop-off program)
Session B: Monday to Friday, July 20 to July 24, children entering grades 6 to 9 (drop-off program)
Time: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM *please note the time change.
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $200

Children love this Performance Camp taught by Flying Ship Productions, who combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Campers will have the opportunity to stage a musical.  The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a performance for family and friends at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 5:30, followed by a cast party (families will be asked to bring food to share). 

In addition to working on the musical, campers will create the set, make small craft projects, and enjoy water games! 

Comments from parents of former Performance Campers:

“This was my son’s favorite camp,”

“We loved the show on Friday Eve!, and, 

“It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”

 

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ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Session A: Monday to Friday, July 27 to July 31
Session B: Monday to Friday, August 3 to August 7

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM     
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 10 (drop-off program)
Cost: $110 (includes materials)
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen.

 

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ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: Monday to Friday, July 27 to July 31
Session B: Monday to Friday, August 3 to August 7
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 15 (drop-off program)
Cost: $110 (includes materials)
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen. 

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP


THEATRE CAMP

You will create theatre!

Dates: Monday to Friday, August 17 to 21
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 to 12 (drop-off program)
Cost: $150
Instructor: Joe Nowosielski, www.artstechsolutions.com

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the campers; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  We focus this class on listening, not only to the other actors, but also to the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM.  Campers should bring a drink and lunch.

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ORCHESTRA CAMP

Date: Tuesday through Friday, July 7 to 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: TBA
Ages: entering grades 7 to 12 (drop-off program)
Cost: $190

Orchestra Camp is excellent opportunity for students to work in small-group situations, as well as working together as a full orchestra.  The Hunterdon Youth Orchestra will perform on Friday night on the last day of camp for family and friends.  Please note which instrument your child plays when you register; sorry, no piano.  Led by the Hunterdon Symphony. 

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