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Adult Art Classes with Lena Shiffman and Charles DAvid VieraART CLASSES AT HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS WITH LENA SHIFFMAN OR CHARLES DAVID VIERA - - March 22, 2017

How fortunate are we to have not one, but two well-known, talented, artists teaching at the Hunterdon County Arboretum? You can visit their websites at www.lenashiffman.com and www.charlesdavidviera.com, be inspired and sign up for a class, or two.

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Maple Sugaring ProgramsHUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION OFFERS MAPLE SUGARING PROGRAMSFRESH AIR FLOW: OUTDOOR YOGA SERIES - Hunterdon County Democrat - January 20, 2017

It's sugarin' time at Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation!

Collecting sap from maple trees to make sugar is a practice that has occurred in North America for hundreds of years.  The first people to do so were the Native Americans, who slashed a "V" into a maple tree and put bark in the gash to encourage the sap to flow into a bowl.  They then poured the sap into a wooden trough and added hot rocks to boil off the water.  They did not make the liquid syrup we produce today, but instead boiled off all the water to make actual brown sugar grains, or boiled meat in the sap to flavor stews. 

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ALEXANDRIA BOY SCOUTS HOST 275 SCOUTS AND LEADERS FOR KLONDIKE DERBY - TAP into Flemington/Raritan

Alexandria Boy Scout Troop 112 has completed its third consecutive year as the organizers of the Klondike Derby, which attracted 275 scouts and adult leaders to the Hunterdon County Park System’s Teetertown Preserve in Califon, Jan. 27-29, 2017.

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16TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION COMING TO ECHO HILL PARK - newjerseyhills.com - March 24, 2016

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation will celebrate the Earth at its 16th Annual Earth Day Event on Friday, April 22 (Earth Day) and Saturday, April 23, at 41 Echo Hill Park, 41 Lilac Drive, Clinton Township.

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HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR ANNUAL TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY - nj.com - November 05, 2016

There were vehicles of all kinds, from garbage trucks and boom trucks to fire engines, even antique bicycles, on Saturday. Members of the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad did a demonstration using the Jaws of Life.

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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARK SITE OF WORLD MUSIC DAY - nj.com - October 03, 2016

World Music Day began at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Music from Europe, Africa, South and East Asia, and the Americas was performed at four venues around the 104-acre county park.

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SCOUTS CLEAR TRAILS AT MUSCONETCONG MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE - TAP into Flemington/Raritan

The trails at Musconetcong Mountain Preserve are a little clearer today. That’s because Boy Scouts from Troop 62 in Flemington went to work recently to recognize Public Lands Day, which was Sept. 17, 2016.

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CENTRAL JERSEY JAZZ FEST ECHOES THROUGH DEER PATH PARK - newjerseyhills.com - September 16, 2016

A harvest moon rose over the ridge of Deer Path Park, outlining the rainbow colored Unity Bank hot air balloon as the sounds of jazz echoed through the fields during the Central Jersey Jazz Festival Friday evening, Sept. 16.

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THESE ARE NJ'S PRETTIEST AND UGLIEST COUNTIES ACCORDING TO YOU - nj.com - November 28, 2016

It's no surprise, given that any kind of computer-generated rating of beauty is going to run into some issues. So to help get a better idea of what counties are actually the nicest, we asked readers for their picks on the prettiest counties in New Jersey.

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OVER 5K TAKE PART IN TURKEY TROT - nj.com - November 25, 2016

The 24th annual CEA/Johanna Foods Turkey Trot 5K Run and 2K Fitness Walk drew some 5,613 participants on Thanksgiving Day.

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Yoga Series Fresh Air FlowFRESH AIR FLOW: OUTDOOR YOGA SERIES - Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation

Mondays and Wednesdays in July, and August, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Deer Path Park , $60 for four week sessions and $75 for five week sessions, for all ages
Session C: Four dates, Tuesday, July 5 and Mondays, July 11 to July 25
Session D: Four Wednesdays, July 6 to July 27
Session E: Five Mondays, August 1 to August 29
Session F: Five Wednesdays, August 3 to August 31
All are welcome to join Kristanna Hoffman at beautiful Deer Path Park for an hour of yoga, regardless of age, fitness level, or yoga experience. Join our new yoga series for an energizing practice, promoting a healthy mind and body through breath and movement.

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HUNTERDON STUDENT ART SHOW - Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation

The annual Hunterdon Students Art Show include work from students of all ages who take art classes with Illustrator, Lena Shiffman. These classes are offered through the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Hunterdon Art Museum and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

Reception Open to the Public - May 7, 2016
12:30 pm to 2:00pm
Flemington Free Public Library, 118 Main Street, Flemington, NJ.

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Earth Day CelebrationsEARTH DAY 2016 - Liz Fulmer

16 Annual Earth Day Celebration - Free for All Ages - Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington, NJ
Friday, April 22 - Friday Night Earth Day Celebration - 6pm to 9pm
Saturday, April 23 - Saturday Earth Day Celebration - 11am to 4pm

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WORKSHOP ON THE WORLD OF AQUATIC MACRO-INVERTEBRATES: APRIL 9TH - Hunterdon County Democrat

Who lives in the flowing waters of our streams and rivers? There is a fascinating world hiding just under the surface. On April 9, Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation and the Raritan Headwaters Association Watershed Ambassador will be hosting a workshop to further investigate the world of aquatic macro-invertebrates and their role as water quality indicators. Join us for a fun and educational time outdoors exploring stream life. Learn to collect, identify, and analyze the wonderful creatures that help paint a picture of overall stream health.

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EXPLORE NORTH HUNTERDON'S GEOLOGY - Hunterdon County Democrat

Are you a "rock hound?" Do you find yourself looking at rocks and formations and find yourself wanting to know more? If so, then on April 2, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation is offering a program for you. That day, we will be hosting geologist Mandy Apgar as she guides us on a van tour through Hunterdon's Piedmont and Highlands provinces.

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VISIT OUR WILD NEIGHBORS AT WOODLANDS WILDLIFE REFUGE - Hunterdon County Democrat

This spring season, the County of Hunterdon Division of Parks & Recreation and Woodlands Wildlife Refuge are working together to conduct two programs. The first is a behind-the-scenes tour on March 22, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge.

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BUILD A BLUEBIRD HOUSE WORKSHOP SET FOR MARCH 17TH IN FLEMINGTON - Hunterdon County Democrat

On March 17, the Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation, will be hosting a workshop to build a bluebird house. The Eastern Bluebird is one of the most colorful and attractive birds found in Hunterdon County. Like its larger cousin the American Robin, it is a thrush and with mild winters can be found year round

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HUNTERDON COUNTY NATURE AND RECREATION PROGRAMS OFFERED FOR SCHOOLS AND SCOUTS - Hunterdon County Democrat

Looking for something different to do with your group this year? Have a class, Scout group, youth group, or just a group of friends wanting to have fun while learning something new? Consider the programs offered by Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation.

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HELP MAKE MAPLE SYRUP WITH HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION - By Laura Kroon Bush, Park Naturalist

This time of year means one thing at the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation: Maple Sugaring!

Collecting sap from maple trees to make sugar is a practice that has been a part of North America for hundreds of years. The first people to do so were the Native Americans, who slashed a "V" into a maple tree and put bark in the gash to encourage the sap to flow into a bowl. Then they poured the sap into a wooden trough and added hot rocks to boil off the water. They did not make the liquid syrup we produce today, but instead boiled off all the water to make actual sugar grains, and used the sweet sap to flavor stews.

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UPCOMING BIRDING TRIPS

Chief Park Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, and his colleagues focus on helping participants learn about birds and their interesting characteristics. Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed. Bring your binoculars or spotting scope, a limited number are available for loan. Trips are designed for adults of any birding ability, unless otherwise stated. Transportation is by County Park Van.

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PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING WITH CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Six Wednesdays: January 13 – February 17
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
County Arboretum
Adults
$120 (materials not included, plus one time $20 model fee.)

The subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure have been learning tools and a challenge for artists over the centuries.  In this class, students of all levels will receive basic academic instruction as well as more expressionistic options in dealing with the art of portraiture.  Guided by the instructor, students will explore a variety of portrait and figure painting techniques, including creating a likeness, the use of color in representing flesh tones, and understanding elements of anatomy. 

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PHILADELPIA AUTO SHOW

January 30th - 8am to 8pm
Ages 8 through Adult
$50 per person

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MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT TRIP

February 20th - 3pm to 8pm
Ages 12 through Adult
$50 per person

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NEW HIKING TRAIL CONSTRUCTED AT ROUND MOUNTAIN, Noel Waldron, Student Conservation Association Crew Member

For many summers, Student Conservation Association (SCA) has provided trail maintenance work for Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation. SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Crews of teenagers and young adults work on building trails and other outdoor projects all over the country. This year, SCA worked in the Round Mountain Section of Deer Path Park in Readington Township to create a trail that successfully made a loop from the Foothill Road parking lot.

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LET'S MAKE ART TOGEHTER - Sarah Ruppert, Art Instructor

Remember when tearing open a fresh box of crayons sent vibrations to the back of your knees? Ok, well… maybe that was just me, but there was a palpable sense of joy and anticipation and it was about POSSIBILITY! When was the last time you felt creative possibility?

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KICK OFF THE 2015 FALL SEASON WITH SCARECROWS AND BLUEGRASS AT COURT STREE PARK
Flemington Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee

These Events will be part of the Family Fall Festival. The events are a partnership between Flemington Raritan Parks and Recreation, Family Success Center, United Way of Hunterdon County, Flemington BID, Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE BEES? -  Bob Kloss, Past President, Northwest Beekeepers Association

Bees are on the decline and no one is sure why.  Ever since the arrival of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in 2006, scientists have been trying to identify the cause.  With CCD, the bees vanish without a trace leaving the queen, a few larvae and some nurse bees in the hive.

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CANOE CAMP - JULY 20TH TO JULY 24TH

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water? Then we have the camp for you. Canoe Camp is for teens who know about or who want to learn about canoeing. We will start out with the basics and work on improving your skills while having fun and learning teamwork. Every day we will go on a different local waterway and then we will finish the week with a canoe camping trip Thursday into Friday

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FALL NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS

Our popular Nature Clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics. In this drop-off program, a Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill Park. Other hands-on activities include small experiments, field games, and 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.

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TURTLE TIME - May 2-, 2015

Why did the turtle cross the road?!? 
Because it was probably a pregnant female looking for a nesting site!

It’s that time of the year again, folks!  Every year, from late spring into the early fall, its turtle nesting season for the various types of turtles in Hunterdon County! As you can imagine, they tend to be even a bit feistier and more mobile at this time. 

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POND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT - May 26, 2015

Spring time is a wonderful time to get outside and give back to your community! Want to lend a helping hand but don’t know how? Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation has a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. What makes it even better is that these events are in the great outdoors! This upcoming weekend you have a chance to come get your hands dirty and your feet wet while helping to improve a pond ecosystem. The original planned event was to be an invasive plant pull at Sunnyside but has been changed to a pond improvement project at Miquin Woods Preserve where a beaver has built a dam!

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NEW ART PROGRAM - LANDSCAPE PAINTING WITH CHARLES DAVID VIERA - May 06, 2015

Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light. In this class,  artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them. Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park and draw inspiration from these beautiful and historic sites as they improve their skills. Beginner and advanced instruction in drawing, composition, color theory and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations and historical references.

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HUNTERDON CHAMBER RADIO GUESTS - APRIL 8TH FEATURING 'LET'S CELEBRATE EARTH DAY - April 06, 2015

Hunterdon Chamber Radio's "Raising Conscious Kids Radio (RCKR) show," with host Kim Primatic will have two special guests on live this Wednesday, April 8th, from 11:00 am – noon at www.hunterdonchamberradio.com/kim.htm.

You are invited to listen in as Maggie Conroy, from the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation and Teresa Wolf, creator of the online Project 1 event, discuss ways to celebrate Earth Day!

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HUNTEDON COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION OFFERS SPRING NATURE PROGRAMS - March 23, 2015
By Laura Kroon, Park Naturalist

March is notorious for being "in like a lion, out like a lamb." Even though we had yet another snow on Friday, spring is coming soon. We have much more daylight than two months ago, and our birds have begun singing their spring songs. Very soon, the buds of trees will turn into flowers and leaves. This spring, Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation is offering several children's nature programs to help get your child outside and exploring your local park.

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2015 HUNTERDON STUDENT ART SHOW - March 23, 2015
by Margaret Conroy

“Tangled,” by Skyler Krouse, will be among the artworks displayed during the annual Hunterdon Students’ Art Show at the Flemington Free Public Library, 118 Main Street, in Flemington. The show will run from April 4th through April 30th. There will be an Open Reception on Saturday, April 11th, from 1:00-2:30 pm, please join us.

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UPCOMING PARK VAN AND BUS TRIPS - March 20, 2015

  • MURAL MILE WALK (SOUTH), GUIDED TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA
  • AMESBURY FURNACE LECTURE/TOUR
  • COVERED BRIDGES of BUCKS COUNTY (EAST)
  • ENNSYLVANIA GOURD FESTIVAL

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CANOEING HUTNERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 38TH YEAR!! - March 20, 2015

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 38 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 (first come, first served—reserve ahead), 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.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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EARTH DAY - A 4 DAY CELEBRATION - March 20, 2015
April 18th through April 22nd

FIRE - WATER - AIR - EARTH

Join the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation as we celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  This year, our Earth Day Celebration will span four days with each day dedicated to one of the four elements: fire, water, air, and earth.  Over the four dates we will highlight our affiliated organizations, each presenting a program and information for you.  There will be make-it-take-it crafts each day.  Talented youth from a multitude of 4H clubs will be sharing their passions, be it archery, robotics, Seeing Eye dogs, animals, or many more.  Each day will include an educational, environmental component. 

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UPCOMING SPRING PROGRAMS - March 13, 2015

  • Fishing Clinic - April 14th
  • Birding Point Mountain - April 25th
  • Owls for the Environment - May 4th

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MURAL MILE WALK (SOUTH), GUIDED TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA - March 13, 2015
Sunday, April 2th
Teens and Adults

Since 1984, Mural Arts has created over 3,500 murals and works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the "City of Murals." This 2.5-mile walking tour is led by a trained guide who provides insight on the organization's history and mission, mural-making process, and details on its award-winning art education and community engagement programs.

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MORNING/AFTERNOON FREE BIRD WALKS - March 13, 2015
April - May, 2015

Take an early morning or evening stroll with the County Parks Division to look for spring migrants and local breeding birds of the county. We will use both eyes and ears to find birds, as well as to observe other signs of the spring season. This is a great chance to brush up on your song identification skills. Binoculars are available to borrow

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FREE RECREATION WALKS - March 13, 2015
March-June 2015

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

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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION ANNOUNCE SPRING PROGRAMS - February 06, 2015
By Margaret Conroy

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation is ready to entice the community to come out of hibernation and visit a park, attend a program, or take a hike.

Our Spring 2015 Hunterdon Parks Harbinger is currently available at our office and on our website (www.co.hunterdon.nj.us) Sign up today for a program for this spring or summer...

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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION OFFERS MAPLE SUGARING PROGRAMS - February 03, 2015
by Laura Kroon, Park Naturalist

It's sugarin' time at Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation.

Collecting sap from maple trees to make sugar is a practice that has occurred in North America for hundreds of years. The first people to do so were the Native Americans, who slashed a "V" into a maple tree and put bark in the gash to encourage the sap to flow into a bowl. They then poured the sap into a wooden trough and added hot rocks to boil off the water. They did not make the liquid syrup we produce today, but instead boiled off all the water to make actual brown sugar grains, or boiled meat in the sap to flavor stews.

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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION OFFERS SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - January 27, 2015
by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

Each summer the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation offers summer employment with connection to many of our summer programs. Opportunities range from conducting programs with our Summer Nature Program to supporting our recreation programs to leading summer canoe trips.

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CLIMATE CHANGE 101 COMES TO ECHO HILL PARK - November 19, 2014
by Rosemary Dreger Carey, Presenter for The Climate Reality Project

As the holidays arrive and more of us are spending time with family and friends, there’s one topic that’s no longer ‘off the table’: Climate change. Long considered too polarizing a subject for any gathering of mixed company, questions about how the climate is changing and how humans will produce the energy we need are on the forefront of many people’s minds. What makes 2014 different from other years? For one thing, the weather. According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), our nation’s top climate data center, every month to date in 2014, with the exception of February, has been among its four warmest on record, with May, June, August, and September reaching record highs.
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ATTEND A COUNTY RECREATION PROGRAM WITH LEADER PATRICK ECKARD - October 27, 2014
by Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader

Did you know Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation offers not only nature programs, but also many recreation programs?  What exactly is recreation, you might ask?  According to dictionary.com, recreation is “a pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment.”  Recreational activities in the county parks include hiking, wildlife watching, biking, jogging and other fitness activities, team sports, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing/snowshoeing, picnicking, and camping. 
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DONATE BLOOD AT TOUCH-A-TRUCK ON NOVEMBER 1ST - October 15, 2014
by Liz Braidwood Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Life-size hot wheels will be on display at Deer Path Park at Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation’s 11th Annual Touch-A-Truck Day.  Kids of all ages will love to discover the many unique vehicles and meet the owners who enjoy sharing information about their rigs!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 1st.  The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no early birds please.)  This year we will also host a blood drive. 
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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION VOLUNTEERS ADOPT TRAILS - October 3, 2014
by Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation has formed an Adopt-a-trail Program to help keep the parks clean, safe, and ready for use by the public. In order to accomplish this, they are seeking additional citizen volunteers and/ or volunteer organizations (scout troops, civic organizations, etc.) to adopt a specific trail and to agree to periodically walk and inspect the trail.
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FOR THE BIRDS - September 25, 2014
By Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

One in four people consider themselves some type of birder; ranging from the individual that simply watches his or her feeders to the die-hard chaser looking for the rare avian visitors. Unlike other wildlife, birds are always around us and visible regardless of the time of year. Throughout the year, more than 200 different species reside or pass through Hunterdon County. This includes a few unplanned visitors, like the Neotropical Cormorant and the European Golden Plover that were seen this year.
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