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GROUP EDUCATION and PROGRAMS

Group Programs Brochure

EDUCATORS | SCOUT GROUPS | HOME SCHOOLED GROUPS | OTHER GROUP PROGRAMS OFFERED

To register, please give us a call. You should be ready to refer to the corresponding program you are interested in, provide potential dates for the program, which park area you wish to visit, the age and number of participants (minimum of 6), and provide the name, phone and email address of the main contact person fo r your group.

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

Program Locations: 

We have 28 park areas around the County which can be used for certain programs. Many programs take place at:

  • Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 State Highway 31,  Lebanon),
  • Echo Hill Park (42 Lilac Drive, Flemington),
  • Teetertown Preserve (30 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray), or
  • Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road,  Flemington)

Offsite programs can take place at a public location such as a school or church, but not at a private home.

Visiting our Parks:

Make sure your group is ready to learn and have fun during their park visit. For outdoor programs, encourage all participants (including chaperones) to dress for the weather.  Please let your group know that the program leaders expect all visitors to respect our parks and each other.

Free Tot Walks

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

 

EDUCATORS:

NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Programs

Visual & Performing Arts, Comprehensive Health & Physical Education, Social Studies, Technology and 21st-Century Life and Careers

Next Generation Science Standards and Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Programs

Includes Nature Studies, Environmental Issues, Indoor Explorations and more.

Please contact our staff for additional information on Programs for Educators by calling 908-782-1158 or emailing parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

Free Tot Walks

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

SCOUT GROUP PROGRAMS:

Download our brochure.

The Division of Parks and Recreation sponsors many scout group education programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

CUBSCOUTS (Lion - Tiger - Wolf - Bear - Weblows & Arrow of Light)

LION

  • Adventure: Animal Kingdom: Meet an EMT, learn what to do in an emergency, and learn how to save energy
    around your home (#1, 2, & 3).
    Ask for Emergency Preparedness.
  • Adventure: Mountain Lion: Prepare for an outdoor adventure, learn how to stay safe, and go on a short hike.
    Hiking Knowledge.

TIGER

  • Adventure: Backyard Jungle: Take a short hike to see and hear birds and other wildlife (#1, 2, & 5). Ask for Seasonal Nature Walk.
  • Adventure: Tigers in the Wild: Prepare for a hike, or look for animals and plants on a short hike. Hiking Knowledge or Seasonal Nature Walk.
  • Elective Adventures:
    • Floats and Boats: Learn about boats and water safety, and practice using a life jacket (#1- 6).
      Emergency Preparedness.
    • Good Knights: Create a shield and a recycled castle and do a service project (#2, 3,& 5).
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Rolling Tigers: Learn all about bike gear and safety.
      Bike Safety.
    • Sky is the Limit: Please call for information on limited star programs.
    • Stories in Shapes: Make several art pieces using shapes (#1B, 2A,& 2B).
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Tiger: Safe and Smart: Learn about fire safety and emergencies from an EMT.
      Emergency Preparedness.
    • Tiger Theater: Make a puppet, perform in a Reader’s Theater, and attend a story time (#3, 4, &5).
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.

WOLF

  • Adventures:
    • Call of the Wild: Prepare to be outside with knots, weather changes, and Leave No Trace.
      Ask for Camping Knowledge.
    • Council Fire: Meet a naturalist and complete #5 & 6, reduce, reuse, and recycle.
      Recycling.
    • Paws on the Path: Prepare for a hike and then take a short hike, or go on a nature walk.
      Hiking Knowledge/ Seasonal Nature Walk.
  • Elective Adventures:
    • Air of the Wolf: Make a paper airplane, musical instrument, and kite.
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Finding Your Way: Use a compass to go on a scavenger hunt at Echo Hill (#3 & 4).
      Orienteering.
    • Germs Alive: Learn how to prevent germs.
      Emergency Preparedness.
    • Motor Away: Build several simple vehicles!
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Spirit of the Water: Study the water cycle, water pollution, and conserving water (#1 & 2).
      Water Issues.

BEAR

  • Adventures:
    • Bear Claws: Learn how to safely use knives.
      Ask for Knife Safety.
    • Bear Necessities: Plan for a camping trip by preparing gear and setting up a tent. Or cook a meal outdoors.
      Camping Knowledge.
    • Fur, Feathers, and Ferns: Visit a park and learn about wildlife, or explore composting.
      Seasonal Nature Walk/ Composting for the Home.
    • Grin and Bear It: Present carnival games at our Earth Day festival in April!
  • Elective Adventures:
    • Baloo the Builder: Learn about tools and make a project out of wood.
      Woodworking.
    • A Bear Goes Fishing: Go on a fishing adventure!
      (#4) Fishing Clinic.
    • Beat of the Drum: Learn about the Lenape and make a Native American Craft.
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Marble Madness: Play some marble games and make a marble bag.
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Robotics: Learn about robots and build a robot hand (#1-3).
      Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Salmon Run: Learn safety, equipment, paddling form, and rescue for canoeing (#1-3).
      Canoe Clinic.
    • A World of Sound: Create instruments from around the world!
      Earth-Inspired Crafts

WEBLOS & ARROW OF LIGHT

  • Webelos Adventures:
    • Cast Iron Chef: Learn about fire building or outdoor cooking.
      Ask for Fire Building/ Camping Knowledge.
    • First Responder: Our EMT will teach you first aid and how to be ready in emergencies.
      Emergency Preparedness.
    • Webelos Walkabout: Prepare for a hike by learning about first aid and dangerous animals/plants.
      Hiking Knowledge.
  • AOL Adventures:
    • Camper: Prepare for your campout by setting up a tent, planning for emergencies, and tying a bowline, or go geocaching.
      Camping Knowledge/ Geocaching.
    • Scouting Adventure: Learn knots and rope care, and demonstrate knife safety (#5 & 6).
      Knot Tying/ Knife Safety.
  • Elective Adventures:
    • Aquanaut: Learn how to canoe safely and properly (#3, 4, 9, & 10).
      Canoe Clinic.
    • Art Explosion: Make a clay project and a project with natural or recycled materials (#3A, 3B, 3C,& 3D).
      Play with Clay/ Earth-Inspired Crafts.
    • Build It: Learn about tools and build a wood project (#1-4).
      Woodworking.
    • Castaway: Build a shelter and learn outdoor survival skills.
      Outdoor Survival.
    • Engineer: Build a catapult and another project using engineering skills (#4).
    • Into the Woods Discover trees and other parts of the forest.
      Seasonal Nature Walk.

BOY SCOUTS

Our staff are counselors for the following merit badges: Astronomy, Basketry, Bird Study, Camping, Canoeing, Cycling, Environmental Science, First Aid, Fire  Safety, Fishing, Fish & Wildlife Management, Forestry, Geocaching, Hiking, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Nature, Orienteering, Plant Science, Reptile & Amphibian
Study, Soil& Water Conservation, and Sustainability.

Price is based on time and equipment needed.

 

GIRL SCOUTS (Daisies - Brownies - Juniors - Cadettes - Seniors - Ambassadors)

DAISIES

  • Between Earth and Sky Journey
    • Seeds & Plants: Learn about seeds and plants, including invasive plants.
      Ask for Seasonal Nature Walk.
  • The Daisy Flower Garden Journey
    • Composting: Learn about different types of composting, including worm composting.
      Composting for the Home.
    • Garden Party: Visit our gardens and sur rounding property at the Arboretum with a naturalist. Bring your own refreshments and enjoy a picnic! Seasonal  Nature Walk.
  • 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! Journey
    • Nests & Eggs: Learn which animals lay eggs and make nests, and why, and touch some real nests.
      Nests & Eggs.

BROWNIES

  • Wonders of Water Journey
    • Water Issues: Learn how important water management is to humans and the environment.
      Ask for Water Issues.
    • Pond/Stream Study: Explore a wetland by using nets to catch freshwater critters!
      Pond/Stream Study.
  • Legacy Badges
    • Brownie First Aid: Meet an EMT who will teach you basic first aid.
      Emergency Preparedness.
    • Bugs: Study bugs with a Naturalist!
      Incredible Insects.
  • Skill Building Badges
    • Potter: Make a pot and an ar t piece.
      Play with Clay.
    • Hiker: Learn about hiking gear and places to hike nearby. Or learn the skill of orienteering at Echo Hill.
      Hiking Knowledge/ Orienteering

JUNIORS

  • Get Moving! Journey
    • Natural Nestings: Take a walk to learn about natural packaging and look for examples.
      Ask for Seasonal Nature Walk.
    • Recycling: Learn about recycling in this PowerPoint with related activities.
      Recycling.
    • Recycled Paper: Learn about recycling as we make our own paper !
      Recycling.
    • Animal & Plant Energy: Take a walk to look for animals and plants and learn about how they move and use energy.
      Seasonal Nature Walk.
  • Agent of Change Journey
    • Teambuilding: Our fun challenge activities foster teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.
      Initiatives & Teambuilding.
  • Legacy Badges
    • Junior First Aid: Meet an EMT who will show you fir st aid.
      Emergency Preparedness.
    • Flowers: Meet some wildflower s and learn about their importance.
      Seasonal Nature Walk.

CADETTES

  • Breathe Journey
    • Fresh Air Walk: Take a walk in the fresh air and learn about how plants care for our air.
      Ask for Seasonal Nature Walk.
  • Legacy Badges
    • Cadette First Aid: Meet an EMT to earn this badge.
      Emergency Preparedness.
    • Trees: Learn to identify types of trees and describe the function of each tree part. Or visit us in March to see maple syrup made!
      Seasonal Nature Walk/ Maple Sugaring.
  • Skill Building Badges
    • Woodworker: Learn tool use by making a wood project.
      Woodworking.
    • Trailblazing: Let an expert in backpacking help you prepare for your tr ip, or learn the skill of orienteering.
      Backpacking Knowledge/ Orienteering

SENIORS

  • Sow What? Journey
    • BioBlitz: Identify as many plants and animals as possible to learn about biodiversity.
      Ask for Seasonal Nature Walk.
    • Composting: Learn how you can turn organic household waste into r ich, healthy compost for your home and garden.
      Composting for the Home.
    • Mushrooms & Molds: Learn about the importance of fungi in a slideshow. 
      Mushrooms & Molds.
  • Legacy Badges
    • Senior First Aid: Meet an EMT to earn this badge.
      Emergency Preparedness.
  • Skill Building Badges
    • Textile Artist: Learn basketry as a unique textile art.
      Basketry Workshop.
    • Adventurer: Do teambuilding with our staff, who are experts in canoeing and backpacking.
      Initiatives & Teambuilding.

AMBASSADORS

  • Justice Journey
    • Nature Break: Take a Nature Break with a naturalist and search for signs of nature growing despite difficult circumstances!
      Ask for Seasonal Nature Walk

 

HOME SCHOOLED GROUPS

Your group will visit with a Park Naturalist for a new lesson once a month. Each lesson will last an hour and is designed to fit into a seasonal theme. There are nine themes covering three school years.

Lessons focus on the relationships that exist between fauna, flora and humans. Each lesson includes instruction, group activities and 'homework'. We use a hands on approach and visual aids to reinforce the students abilities in not only science, but also math, language arts and social skills. We will be more than happy to discuss any lesson with you in advance or provide a program outline for you to review.

We can also provide resource information for follow up activities.

Your group is not committed to attend each month's lesson, although each lesson tends to build on the previous lessons. you can select those sessions that are best suited for your group.

For additional information contact our staff at 908-782-1158, email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us and download our Home Schooled Groups Programs brochure.

 

OTHER GROUP PROGRAMS:

(Nature Studies - Outdoor Skills - Basketry Workshops - Craft Workshops - Outreach Programs)

Download our Group Programs Brochure

NATURE STUDIES:Join a County Naturalist to explore the habitats and wildlife of the County Parks. Except as indicated, Nature Study programs cost $30 per group and  run approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Maximum group size is 25, and minimum is six. Additional topics are available by special arrangement.

  • Seasonal Nature Walk All Ages
    Whether crunching through fall leaves, following tracks through the snow, or spying the first spring blossoms, a seasonal nature walk is fun outdoor exploration any  time of year.
    ($20). NGSS K-2: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A; 1. Patterns, 6. Structure & Function; Asking Questions& Defining Problems.
  • Animal Clues Grade K & up
    Animals leave behind many clues as they travel through the woods. In this program, we will look at footprints and other signs to unravel the mystery of “What   happened here?”
    NGSS K-2: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A; 1. Patterns, 6. Structure& Function; Asking Questions & Defining Problems.
  • Amazing Adaptations Grade K & up
    Explore the park while learning more about the adaptations that allow our local plants and animals to thrive. Along the way we will play games that demonstrate specific adaptations.
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.A, LS1.D, LS4.C; 6. Structure & Function, 7. Stability & Change; Asking Questions & Defining Problems.
  • Incredible Insects Grade 1 & up
    What makes an insect an insect? Why are they important anyway? This hands on program offers an up-close look at some of the park’s smallest inhabitants.
    (April—October).
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.D, LS2.A; 6. Structure& Function; Asking Questions & Defining Problems.
  • Birding Grade 3 & up
    Find and identify local birds with a naturalist. We will discover how field marks, songs, and behavior can help us distinguish our feathered friends.
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.A,  LS1.C, LS2.D; 3. Scale, Proportion, & Quantity, 6. Structure& Function; Developing & Using Models.
  • Pond or Stream Study Grade 1 & up
    Get your feet wet while finding and identifying the many freshwater organisms of the pond or stream. Learn what these creatures can tell us about the health
    of the water.
    (April—October).
    NGSS 3-5: ESS3.C, LS1.A, LS1.B, LS4.C, LS4.D; 6. Structure & Function, 7. Stability & Change; Planning & Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Plant Study Grade 1 & up
    We will identify different plants, and get specific about the reproductive structures, anatomy, and life cycles.
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C; 6. Structure & Function;  Asking Questions & Defining Problems.
  • Maple Sugaring Living History All ages
    At Echo Hill, learn to identify maple trees, learn about how Native Americans and settlers did maple sugaring, and see our stove cooking the sap into syrup.
    Tours are held in early March each year.
    ($1 per person suggested donation). NGSS K-2: LS1.A, LS1.C, PS1.B; 5. Energy & Matter, 6. Structure& Function; Developing & Using Models.
  • Maple Sap Collection Grade K & up
    Walk to the sugar grove at Echo Hill and learn about maple sugaring as we collect sap!
    Available during February. NGSS K-2: LS1.A, LS1.C, PS1.B; 5.

OUTDOOR SKILLS: These hands-on workshops get your group ready for outdoor adventure. Skill clinics cost $30 per group and run approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Unless
otherwise noted, recommended maximum group size is 15 participants, and minimum is six.

  • Emergency Preparedness Grade 3 & up
    Gain knowledge of First Aid and CPR (not a certification). We will go over what to do in an emergency: basic bandaging, bleeding, choking, other medical emergencies, and a CPR demo. Taught by an EMT.
    (10 maximum participants).
  • CPR Certification Grade 7 & up
    An American Heart Association instructor will teach you Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and Choking. Participants will be ready to help anyone of any age.
    (4 hours/ $25 per person/ 4 - 6 participants).
  • First Aid Certification Grade 7 & up
    This course will cover basic first aid, and can be combined with CPR (call for price for both together).
    (3 hours/ $25 per person/ 4 - 6 participants).
  • Orienteering Grade 4 & up
    Learn how to use a compass, then set out on our course through the forests and fields of Echo Hill.
  • Geocaching 101 Grade 4 & up
    Use the coordinates on your GPS receiver to seek out treasure in geocaches hidden in our parks.
  • Hiking Knowledge Grade 2 & up
    Prepare for a hike by learning about hiking gear, potential risks, and local trails. Then go on a short hike.
  • Backpacking Knowledge Grade 5 & up
    Learn the basics of backpacking before your first trip, including gear, useful tips, and safety.
  • Camping Knowledge Grade 4 & up
    Preparation is key to camping fun. Consider what your group needs to do before your trip begins. Learn how to set up a safe and functional campsite.
    Choose to focus on camping gear or campfire cooking. Hands-on activities will keep students engaged.
  • Knife Safety Grade 3 & up
    Participants will learn proper pen knife handling techniques, safety, and maintenance, and practice basic carving techniques.
    ($30 + materials fee/ 8 max + 2 adult assistants).
  • Camp Tools Grade 3 & up
    Learn safe use of a hatchet, bow saw, and camp shovel.
    (10 maximum participants).
  • Knot Tying Grade 2 & up
    Learn how to tie basic knots. Program will be tailored to the age group.
    (10 maximum participants).
  • Fire Building Grade 4 & up
    Learn the fundamentals and safety of building a fire.
    (10 maximum participants + 2 adult assistants).
  • Outdoor Survival Grade 4 & up
    Covers basic survival skills like shelter building, lost proofing, and navigating many outdoor hazards.
  • Fishing Clinic Grade 1 & up
    Let us show you the basics of fishing, including safety, etiquette, equipment, and casting. We have a limited number of fishing rods available to borrow. Bait, hooks, bobbers, and weights are provided.
    ($30 per group + $2 per person bait & supplies fee).
  • Bike Safety Grade 3 & up
    We will cover NJ bicycling laws, equipment, how to pick the right bike, and where to ride. We will demo how to check and fix your bike, and how to size it, and talk about helmets. Initiatives & Team Building Grade 4 & up Our fun challenge activities foster teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills. A great way to get your group acquainted with one another.
  • Canoe Clinic Grade 5 & up
    Clinic focuses on safety, equipment, and basic strokes. Includes plenty of practice time on the pond.
    ($175 per group/ 16 maximum participants).

BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

Taught by Liz Braidwood Fulmer (lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us). Please provide 2 adult assistants. We may be able to accommodate larger groups if volunteer basketry staff are available; please contact us. Most programs can be adjusted to be appropriate for older age groups. On-site workshops take place at the County Arboretum classroom. Off-site workshops require table space for each participant and a water source to fill a bucket. The Simple Basket with Beads workshop is a prerequisite for all other basketry  workshops. For off-site programs, add $20 to group program fee (add $45 for out-of-county).

  • Simple Basket with Beads Grade K to adults
    Introduces students to the craft/art of basket making. Students will insert round reed spokes into a round predrilled wooden base, weave a simple over-one-under-one
    weave, slide beads onto the spokes creating a color pattern of their choice, and finish with a simple braided rim. Finished basket measures approximately 6” in diameter and 5” tall.
    (2 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $3 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
  • Bird’s Nest Basket Grade 2 to adults
    Learn random weaving technique using materials such as vines, round reed and seagrass to create a very unique basket!
    (3 hours/ $35 group program fee plus $3 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
  • Clay Pot with a Coiled Basket Rim Grade 2 to adults
    During the first 1-hour session, we will fashion a clay pinch pot and incorporate holes around the top. At the next 2-hour session, we will coil a rim made of basket materials to the top of your clay pot. Coiling is a sewing technique using a figure 8 stitch. *We use air-drying clay. Projects will not be glazed or fired and therefore are  not suitable for holding food or water.
    (2 sessions of a total of 3 hours/ $35 group fee plus $5 per student material fee/10 maximum participants).
  • Trinket Basket Grade 3 to adults
    Create a 6” round by 4” tall treasure. Students insert flat reed spokes into a slotted wooden basket base. The base is temporarily attached to a wooden mold. Weaving over a mold helps students shape the basket. The highlighted weaving technique is twining using round reed.
    (4 hours/ $40 group program fee plus $7 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants ).
  • Flag Basket Grade 4 to adults
    This red, white, and blue basket is a good introduction to constructing a basket with flat reed. The finished basket’s rectangular base measures 4”x 3” and it is 3”tall.
    (4 hours/ $40 group program fee plus $6 per student material fee/ 6 max).
  • Mexican Blanket Basket Grade 4 to adult
    Using flat reed, weave a very colorful 6” x 4” rectangular basket that is 4” tall.
    (4 hours/ $40 group program fee plus $8 per student material fee/ 6 maximum).
  • Tote Basket Grade 4 to adults
    A very useful rectangular basket measuring 12” long x 6” wide x 8” tall boasts a comfortable cloth shoulder strap that makes this basket perfect for toting around books, paperwork, lunch, or whatnot! Please bring a snack and drink.
    (5 hours/ $45 group program fee plus $12 per student material fee/ 10 max).
  • Lecture: Show & Tell the World of Basketry Grade K to adults
    Basketry is the oldest craft known to man; even cavepeople made baskets! All cultures throughout all times have collected natural fibers and woven them into useful containers… baskets. Especially before the invention of cardboard, plastics, and metal, basket makers were an essential piece of a community. The group will examine and pass around samples of many styles, techniques, and basket materials involved in this craft/art form. Weaving techniques will be demonstrated. Participants can try their hands at weaving, if the group size, time, and amount of adult helpers available allows.
    (1 to 2 hours/ $30 group program fee/ 25 maximum participants).
  • White Oak Basketry Demonstration Lecture Grade 2 to adults
    Splitting white oak trees and making useful baskets is a skill that was introduced to the U.S. by Scottish colonists. White oak basket maker Liz Braidwood Fulmer learned the Appalachian white oak basket tradition to harvest and make baskets from fifth generation basket maker Rachel Nash Law in West Virginia. This lecture/ demonstration is comprised of information from how to pick a basket tree to the preparation of white oak basket materials to how to weave an egg basket. Included will be splitting wood, whittling spokes, using a shaving horse (foot vise), drawknife techniques, and weaver preparation and weaving processes. Props include some small pieces of oak tree, a shaving horse and tools of the trade, basket materials, and sample baskets.
    (1.5 hours/ On-site $60 per group / Off-site $100/ 25 maximum participants).

CRAFTS WORKSHOPS:Taught by Liz Braidwood Fulmer (lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us). Please provide 2 adult assistants. We may be able to accommodate larger groups if volunteer staff are available; please contact us. Most programs can be adjusted to be appropriate for older age groups. On-site workshops take place at the County  Arboretum classroom. For off-site programs add $20 to group program fee (add $45 for out-of-county).

  • Clay Workshops
    • Play with Clay Grade K to adults
      Let us get our hands on some clay and experience what a potter feels. Make a small clay pot plus another small project and decorate them. Choose one: Pinch pot  decorated by scribing, slap pot decorated by stamping, coil pot or sculpture (self-portrait, funny face, animal or object). In addition, choose one: some beads or a  project made using a cookie cutter (slab technique). We will discuss: clay, potters, throwing a pot, kickwheels, turning, wedging, glazing, firing, kilns, and more.  Participants will be transporting projects made of wet clay. These will need to air dry in a cool spot for about three days. Projects will not be glazed or fired and  therefore are not suitable for holding food or water. Students’ hands will get covered with clay; gloves are available upon request.
      (1.5 to 2 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $4 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Paint Brush Buddies Grade 1 to adults
      Repurpose an old paintbrush into art! Fashion sculpt clay into a character face on an old paintbrush. The bristles become the hair of your buddy. Old paintbrush  donations welcome.
      (1.5 hours / $30 group program fee plus $4 per student material fee/10 maximum participants).
  • Jewelry Workshops
    • Tab Bracelet Grade 3 to adults
      Repurpose and reuse by lashing together soda can tabs to make a cool bracelet!
      (1.5 hours / $30 group program fee plus $1 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Make a Gourd Pin (Brooch) Grade 3 to adults
      Let us play around with small pieces of gourd and see what we can make.
      (1.5 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $2 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
  • CRAFT WORKSHOPS Taught by Liz Braidwood Fulmer (lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us). Please provide 2 adult assistants. We may be able to accommodate larger groups if volunteer staff are available; please contact us. Most programs can be adjusted to be appropriate for older age groups. On-site workshops take place at the County Arboretum classroom. For off-site programs add $20 to group program fee (add $45 for out-of-county).
    • Tree of Life Pendant Grade 3 to adults
      Make a beautiful tree of life pendant using a round wire ring, wire, and seed beads.
      (2.5 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $3 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Parachute Cord Bracelet Grade 3 to adults
      Learn the knotting process to create a stylish bracelet out of parachute cord.
      (2.5 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $4 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
  • Woodworking Workshops On-site only.
    • Small Birdfeeder Kit Grade 2 to adults
      Explore the art of working with wood. Students will learn about and then practice: hammering in and pulling out nails, screwing in screws, and using a small saw. Covers types of wood, how to sand, wood glue, following directions, and assembling a small kit.
      (2 hours/ $30 group fee plus $4.50 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • You and Me Make a Bluebird House Grade 3 to adults
      Explore the art of working with wood. Students will learn about and then practice: safety, reading plans, clamping-down wood, measuring and drawing a line, cutting wood with a small handsaw, and using a drill and screw gun safely. Using their newfound skills, students will assemble their own bluebird house.
      (2 hours/ $30 group fee plus $12 per team for white pine/ cedar price available upon request/ adult/child teams make one house/ 8 maximum teams).
    • You and Me Make a Peek-a-Boo Birdhouse Grades 3 to adults
      Explore the art of working with wood. Students will learn about and then practice: safety, reading plans, clamping-down wood, measuring and drawing a line, cutting wood with a small handsaw, and using a drill and screw gun safely. Using their newfound skills, students will assemble their own birdhouse with a Plexiglas viewing window.
      (2.5 hours/ $30 group fee plus $18 per team for white pine/ cedar price available upon request/ adult/child teams make one house/ 8 maximum teams).
    • You and Me Make a Toolbox Grades 3 to adults
      Explore the art of working with wood. Students will learn about and then practice: safety, reading plans, clamping-down wood, measuring and drawing a line, cutting wood with a small handsaw, and using a drill and screw gun safely. Using their newfound skills, students will assemble their own wood toolbox.
      (2 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $6 per project material fee/ adult/child teams make one house/ 8 maximum teams).
  • Earth-Inspired Crafts
    • Wreath Grade K to adults
      Twist some vines together to create a beautiful wreath!
      (1 hour/ $30 group program fee plus $3 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Rock People Grade K to adults
      Using rocks, let us have fun creating an interesting human character or animal. Your imagination will run wild!
      (1.5 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $1 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Nature Mobile Grade 1 to adults
      Using visual balance, make a window decoration using things found in nature like a stick, seeds, shells, grapevine tendrils, and feathers. You may bring found items you might incorporate into your design.
      (1.5 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $2 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Garden Stone Grade 1 to adults
      Design a 10” x 10” picture/design using small rocks and/or small tiles. Fill a plastic mold with wet concrete and transfer your design into the Garden Stone! Projects must be picked up after a two-day drying time.
      (2 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $4 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Rock Cactus Plant Grade 1 to adults
      Paint rocks to look like cacti and put them in a flowerpot.
      (2 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $2 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Dream Catcher Grade 3 to adults
      Make a small wreath and then fill it with a dream catcher. We will use string, beads, and feathers to create a decorative design.
      (1.5 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $1 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Felting an Acorn Grade 1 to adults
      Have you ever washed a wool sweater in hot water and it shrunk? Well, that is the basic principal behind wet wool felting. Students will put wool into a plastic egg and shake, shake, shake, and shake the egg. After many shakes, the wool will become a small felted ball. At home, after the wool ball dries, you will glue the provided acorn-lid to it, creating an acorn necklace.
      (1 hour/ $30 group program fee plus $1 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Leaf Roses Grade 3 to adults
      Fold fall leaves to make a bouquet of roses. (September—October only).
      (1 hour/ $30 group program fee plus $1 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Wire Star Grade 2 to adults
      Make an eye-catching, three-inch wire star decoration. Participants will hammer nails into a board in the design of a star to make a form. Using thin colored wire and  colorful beads to embellish with we will fashion a star or two.
      (1.5 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $1 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).
    • Make Four Greeting Cards Grade K to adults
      Make your own personalized cards using rubber stamping, pop-up techniques, a snowman kit, fingerprint reindeer, birthday balloons, or sew-on buttons. Cards could be: thank you, birthday, thinking of you, holiday, or Valentine’s Day!
      (2 hours/ $30 group program fee plus $3 per student material fee/ 10 maximum participants).

OUTREACH PROGRAMS: Park outreach brings environmental education and nature study right to you. 

Lecture Series:Park outreach brings environmental education and nature study right to you. Or let our staff host your group at the Echo Hill Lodge, the  Arboretum, or Teetertown (seasonally). Programs run one to one-and-a-half hours. On-site $30/ Off-site $50/ Out-of-County $75 (limited range). Off-site discount: $10 off per program for 3 or more!

Slideshows provide striking visuals while our staff shares their expertise on the topic. Programs are for all ages, but we recommend third graders through adults.

  • Birds of Hunterdon
  • Butterflies & Moths
  • Co-Existing with Coyotes
  • Herptiles of Hunterdon (Reptiles & Amphibians)
  • Mammals of Hunterdon
  • Mushrooms & Molds
  • New Jersey Black Bears
  • Owls of Hunterdon
  • Planets of the Inner Solar System
  • Planets of the Outer Solar System
  • Raptors of Hunterdon (Hawks & Falcons)
  • Trees of Hunterdon
  • Waterfowl of Hunterdon
  • Wildflower Folklore
  • Wildlife of Hunterdon
  • Woodpeckers of Hunterdon
  • Attracting Birds to Your Backyard (Adults)
  • Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation (Adults, free)

 

Indoor Explorations

Park outreach brings environmental education and nature study right to you. Or let our staff host your group at the Echo Hill Lodge, the Arboretum, or   Teetertown (seasonally). Programs run one to one-and-a-half hours. On-site $30/ Off-site $50/ Out-of-County $75 (limited range) Off-site discount: $10 off per program for 3 or more!

  • Animal Strategies All Ages
    Students will learn about local animals and how they survive in their environments. Through the use of mounted specimens, the students will get a
    close look at the physical features of these animals.
    NGSS K-2: LS1.A, LS1.C;1. Patterns, 6. Structure & Function; Developing & Using Models.
  • Reptiles Alive All Ages
    Our scaly and slimy wildlife is often misunderstood. Learn all about reptiles and amphibians as we meet a few live animal friends. Students will get to see and touch native turtles and snakes as we learn how these reptiles survive.
    NGSS K-2: LS1.A, LS1.C; 6. Structure& Function; Asking Questions& Defining Problems.
  • Rocks and Minerals Grade 3 & up
    Discover the differences between “rocks” and “minerals.” We will learn about the rock cycle and conduct a short lab experiment to identify three mystery
    mineral samples.
    NGSS 3-5: ESS1.C, ESS2.A, ESS2.B, ESS3.A; 5. Energy& Matter, 7. Stability & Change; Planning & Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Introduction to Birding Grade 3 & up
    Students will learn how to use field guides to identify birds and participate in a fast-paced identification game. This lesson complements our outdoor  Birding Program.
    NGSS 6-8: LS1.B; 1. Patterns, 6. Structure & Function; Developing & Using Models.
  • Skull Workshop Grade 2 & up
    The group will answer a questionnaire about the skulls at each station. Then, we will explore as a group the key features of the skulls and what they reveal about our wildlife.
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.A, LS1.D; 1. Patterns, 6. Structure& Function; Planning & Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Scat & Tracks Workshop Grade 3 & up
    Using stations and a questionnaire, the group will explore the features of tracks and scat. Then, as a group, we will review what tracks and scat tell us about our wildlife.
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.C, LS2.A; 3. Scale, Proportion, & Quantity, 6. Structure & Function; Developing & Using Models.
  • Wings & Feathers Workshop Grade 3 & up
    We will explore the features and structure of feathers and wings with the aid of stations and a questionnaire, and will review as a group.
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.A, LS4.C; 1. Patterns, 6. Structure & Function; Developing & Using Models.
  • Nests & Eggs Grade K & up
    We will dissect an egg to see its composition, talk about different animals that lay eggs, and view some real nests & replica bird eggs.
    NGSS 3-5: LS1.A, LS1.B; 3. Scale, Proportion, & Quantity; Developing & Using Models.
  • Maple Sugar To Go All Ages
    Learn about maple trees, hear a Native American story, see the tools used to tap a tree, learn about the boiling process, and taste real maple syrup.
    NGSS K-2: LS1.A, LS1.C, PS1.B; 5. Energy & Matter, 6. Structure & Function; Developing & Using Models.
  • Physics in Nature Grade 3 & up
    Through practical experiments & group participation, we will experience various physical forces, and learn about how they occur in nature.
    NGSS 3-5: PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.B, PS3.C; 2. Cause & Effect, 4. Systems & System Models, 7. Stability & Change; Asking Questions & Defining Problems, Developing & Using Models.
  • Recycling Grade 1 & up
    Students will develop an understanding of the importance of recycling. They will explore how recycling and conservation go hand in hand and how they can help improve the environment. Older students will explore how cost plays a factor in recycling.
    NGSS 3-5: ESS3.A, ESS3.C, PS1.B; 2. Cause & Effect, 5. Energy & Matter; Asking Questions & Defining Problems.
  • Water Issues Grade 1 & up
    Learn how important water management is to both the environment and human needs. Through physical demonstrations and visual aids, explore how the water supply is limited and how pollution affects that supply.
    NGSS 3-5: ESS2.C, ESS3.C; 2. Cause & Effect, 5. Energy & Matter; Developing & Using Models.
  • Composting for the Home Grade 3 & up
    Learn how you can turn organic household waste into rich, healthy compost for your home and garden. We will consider different composting techniques and the benefits of each, as well as learn what goes in and what stays out of a compost bin.
    NGSS 3-5: ESS3.A, ESS3.C, LS2.A, LS2.B; 2. Cause & Effect, 5. Energy & Matter; Asking Questions & Defining Problems.

For additional information contact our staff at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

 

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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