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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND PROGRAMS IN THE NEWS!!

Fall Fun Events, Workshiops and ClassesFALL FUN

Upcoming Fall Events, Workshops and Classes

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS - Fall and Winter, 2017Upcoming Programs

Check out our upcoming programs and events happening October through December 2017

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MANAGING THE EMERALD ASH BOREREmerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in North America. The EAB, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of August 2017, it is now found in 31 states, and the Canadian provinces of Windsor and Quebec.

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Columbia Trail ClosureNOTICE: COLUMBIA TRAIL CLOSURE FOR MAINTENANCE

The Columbia Trail is closed from August 22, 2017 through September 5, 2017 for preventative maintenance between Cokesbury Bridge and the  Ken Lockwood Gorge Bridge.

For further information, please contact us at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Corn and tomatoes highlight Flemington festival at the Court Street Park - NJ.COM: August 07, 2017Hunterdon County Democrat Online

The weather was great for the borough's annual Corn & Tomato Festival held on Sunday in the Court Street Park

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Hunterdon County Democrat OnlineA brief, but passionate, romp through Bruce Springsteen's hits

Tramps Like Us performed a brief, but energetic, romp through Bruce Springsteen's hits on Thursday night at Deer Path Park as part of the Music under the Stars concert series.

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NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. RE: Amwell Lake located in Ringoes, NJ: July 28, 2017
https://www.facebook.com/NJFishandWildlife

AMWELL LAKE NOTICE: Due to a suspected algae bloom which can be harmful to humans and animals all contact with water should be avoided, and fish caught should not be consumed until further notice. An update should be available Monday.

Amwell Lake is in Ringoes. Residents have been alerted on the Facebook page for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, but if you aren’t an angler, you may not be aware of the dangers and closure.

 

Hunterdon County Democrat OnlineSummer Fun with Hunterdon County Parks

Summer is a great time to try something new!

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation has several options for you and your children to have some fun this  year.

We have art, camping, canoe trips, concerts and much much more

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Hunterdon County Democrat OnlineShopRite Sponsored Event - Hunterdon County Democrat Online

ShopRite's 5K Trail Run and 3k Walk for Hunger to aid NORWESCAP Food Bank

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MyCentralJersey FREE CONCERTS - from myCentralJersey.com

188 free Central Jersey summer and fall concerts, music festivals

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Turtle TimeMUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES

Starts Thursday, June 29th at 7pm, Deer Path Park.

The Hunterdon Symphony teams up with members of the School of Rock Lehigh Valley, to bring you Symphonic Rock! Music of the Moody Blues, the Who, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and more will be featured.

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The Hunterdon County News On-Line Nespaper FREE CONCERT IN THE PARKS - from the Hunterdon County News

Hunterdon County Parks Music Under the Stars Free Concert Series Bands Released - Great Season at Deer Path Park

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Turtle TimeIT'S TURLTLE TIME!! Egg Laying Season for Turtles - Be on the look out

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. This means that there is a higher chance of pregnant (gravid) females crossing roads in an effort to find somewhere to nest. These soon-to-be moms will venture farther away from bodies of water in order to find soft, loose, loamy soil to lay their eggs in. They will deposit the eggs into a cavity about seven inches into the ground and carefully cover them up. This can be done several times in the season, most often at dawn or dusk.

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2017 Hunterdon County Community Day41ST MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES - begins June 29, 2017

Summer is almost here and Hunterdon County Parks will be hosting the 41st free, open air “Music under the Stars,” concerts every Thursday, June 29th through August 17th. The concerts begin promptly at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Deer Path Park, is located at 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 (Readington Township.) This program’s longevity is more than great music, Deer Path Park offers incredible vistas, especially at sunset, for spectators to enjoy. The park also offers plenty of room for the entire family to spread out a blanket, have a picnic dinner, and enjoy the playground! So come and help the Parks celebrate 41 years of free concerts. There will be Maddalena’s Cheesecake, Pirate Cupcakes and Rita’s Ice available for your enjoyment. What a way to spend an evening with family and friends!

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2017 Hunterdon County Community Day A little rain, a lot of sun and fun at Hunterdon Community Day - June 3, 2017

The fourth Hunterdon County Community Day was held at the county fairgrounds at the South County Park from on Saturday.

A number of local organizations and businesses took part in the day.

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Woodfern Trail and Seciton of the South Branch The Woodfern Section of the South Branch - May 16, 2017

Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation offers a new walking trail in the Three Bridges Area. With aid from the County’s Roads & Bridges, the Woodfern Section of the South Branch of the Raritan River has been opened for public use and enjoyment.

The Woodfern Trail is a old section of the Black River and Western Rail line that has been converted into a hiking trail. It runs parallel to the river for about 7/10s of a mile before terminating at the county line. This past spring, a bridge was erected by the County Bridge Division that crosses the drainage creek for the area. Along this trail, public can enjoy looking into the surrounding woods and listen for the calls of our local wildlife.

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Heron Glen Golf Course Club House Ground Breaking Ceremony - May 04, 2017HUNTERDON COUNTY HOLDS GROUND BREAKING CERMONY AT HERON GLEN GOLF COURSE FOR NEW CLUB HOUSE - May 04, 2017

A ground breaking ceremony was held Thursday, May 04, 2017 at Heron Glen, Hunterdon County's public golf course, to mark the start of construction of a clubhouse.

The Freeholders approved a contract on April 18, 2017 with A.B. Designs Contracting Corporation to build the clubhouse, replacing trailers that have been on the course since it opened in 2002. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with a grand opening in early 2018.

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Adult Art Classes with Lena ShiffmanSUMMER ADULT ART - THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO WITH LENA SHIFFMAN

Five Thursdays, August 3 to August 31
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
At the Hunterdon County Arboretum
$100 per person (materials not included)

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OUTDOORS WITH ANDRE:  DISCOVERING GNOMES ON THE COLUMBIA TRAILOUTDOORS WITH ANDRE: DISCOVERING GNOMES ON THE COLUMBIA TRAIL

Hey, everybody, thanks for checking us out. We're launching a YouTube video channel, "Outdoors with Andre." It will be my chance to highlight the amazing things happening outdoors all across the Garden State.

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Adult Art Classes with and Charles DAvid VieraART CLASSES AT HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS WITH CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Artist, Charles David Viera will be teaching the following three classes, at the Hunterdon Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon and two outdoor class at Echo Hill, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington (908) 782-1158

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Adult Art Classes with Lena Shiffman and Charles DAvid Viera2017 STUDENTS' ART SHOW RECEPTION

Open Reception to the 2017 Hunterdon Students' Art Show at the Flemington Free Library. May 13, 2017 12:30 to 2:30pm and Meet the Artists.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS - 17TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION - March 29, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, at Echo Hill Park, all ages, free!

This year’s motif will focus around games and attractions of a Carnival Midway made from repurposed items. Along with our carnival event, old classic activities will be back, and 4-H clubs will be returning with their animals. Of course, we will also be hosting a Pond Paddle on the Echo Hill Pond with our affiliate, the Hunterdon County Canoe Club.

Free tickets are required for a timeslot and are available that day on a first come/first served basis.Adult Art Classes with Lena Shiffman and Charles DAvid Viera

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Adult Art Classes with Lena Shiffman and Charles DAvid VieraCELEBRATE SPRING WITH HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS - March 29, 2017

Spring is here and it’s time for a break from school! Spring Break Camp will be held on Wednesday, April 12 or April 19, from 9:00am - 3:30 pm at Echo Hill. The fee is $25 per child, per day. Do you miss camp? Never been but want to try it out for a day? Join the naturalist staff for a day of summer nature camp fun over spring break! We will revisit traditional camp favorites such as catching insects, shelter building, and s’mores. We will also enjoy a new wild animal show with Mercer County Wildlife Center. Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle. Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine. Children enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible to sign up.

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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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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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