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RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

42nd Music Under the Stars Free Concert Series - Thursday Evenings June 28th to August 16th

Public Lands Day Volunteer Opportunity - September 22
Touch-A-Truck - November 3
ALL 2018 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

PUBLIC LANDS DAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Public Lands Day Trail Building

Many hands make light of the work…volunteers make it happen.

Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Westcott Preserve  
Ages: 12 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free!

This year Public Lands Day will be at the Westcott Preserve which was the first County park, donated in 1966.   We will be working to repair trails and water bars.  We will provide a continental breakfast and lunch after the event. 

Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes.  Bring any safety gear you want.  Gloves and safety glasses will be provided. Westcott Preserve, 70 Raven Rock-Rosemont Rd, Stockton, NJ 08559.  

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TOUCH-A-TRUCK

Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park      
Ages: All  
Cost: free (pre-registration is not necessary)

This annual event has been described as “a parade that stands still!” Imagine dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps, and lots more, over 40 vehicles all in one place – parked so kids of all ages can get a close-up look! Join us on Saturday, November 3rd at Deer Path Park, located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington, for this exciting event. From 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM you will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 15th Annual Touch-A-Truck. This event is free with no pre-registration required; however, donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of the program. It is open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The atmosphere is relaxed, pressure-free and noncommercial. Don’t forget your camera!

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ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
FOR ADULTS with Lena Shiffman
Thursday Art Studios - Morning, Afternoon and Evening Sessions
Art Boot Camp for Adults
FOR ADULTS with Charles David Viera
Landscape Painting: Summer Morning Light
FOR CHILDRENS with Lena Shiffman
Blooming Young Artists
Studio Time for Artists-in-Training
Art Classes at the Hunterdon County Parks Division

 

ADULT ART CLASSES with LENA SHIFFMAN (About Lena Shiffman)

FALL AND WINTER ART STUDIOS

THURSDAY ART STUDIOS

Thursday ARt Studios with Lena Shiffman

Instructor Lena Shiffman will teach you how to draw and paint! 

THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Session A: Five Thursdays, March 1 to March 29 (snow date Sunday 4/8)
Session B: Five Thursdays, April 5 to May 3 (snow date Sunday 5/6)
Session C: Five Thursdays, May 10 to June 7 (snow date Sunday 6/10)
Session D (EVENING ONLY): Five Thursdays, August 2 to August 30
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman.  Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.  Join us for a day or evening class of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish! 

 All ability levels welcome!

Meet Art Instructor Lena Shiffman

 

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ART BOOT CAMP FOR ADULTS with Lena Shiffman

Date: Monday through Friday, August 27 to August 31
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: adults
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Calling all artists to join us for a week of art boot camp at the Arboretum.  Spend five consecutive mornings in a fun and relaxed atmosphere creating with Lena Shiffman. Use a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, and some “plein air” if the weather permits.  Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in just one week!  

All ability levels welcome!

Meet Art Instructor Lena Shiffman

 

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ADULT ART with CHARLES DAVID VIERA www.charlesdavidviera.com

LANDSCAPE PAINTING: SUMMER MORNING LIGHT

Adult Art Classes

Old Farmhouse at Echo Hill
by student Lori Langsner

Session A: Six Wednesdays, June 27 to August 1 (participants who cannot come on July 4 can come on July 6)
Session B: Six Fridays, June 29 to August 3

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 15 through adult
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

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 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. 

Open to students of all levels and working in any medium.  Experienced students should bring their favorite medium while beginners should bring drawing materials to the first class where color materials will be discussed.

Light easels and chairs are provided. 

 Meet Art Instructor Charles David Viera

 

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES with LENA SHIFFMAN (About Lena Shiffman)

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS

Children's Art

Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes! 

Session A: Six Saturdays, February 24 to April 7 (no class 3/31)
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 21 to June 9 (no class 5/26 and 6/2)

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $84 (includes materials)

Learning the principles of creating art with illustrator Lena Shiffman is lots of fun!  Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, and more.  Ms. Lena’s gentle approach encourages and guides students.  Visit different media such as pencil, acrylics, watercolor paint, clay, and paper.  Students use still lifes… stuffed toys, taxidermied animals, photos, and something brought from home.  We might also go outdoors to draw nature!  The fundamental principles will be the focus: understanding color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes!  Ms. Lena works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one session or for both.

Meet Art Instructor Lena Shiffman

 

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STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Studio Time for Artists in Training

Instructor Lena Shiffman will teach you how to draw and paint! 

Session A: Six Saturdays, February 24 to April 7 (no class 3/31)
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 21 to June 9 (no class 5/26 and 6/2)

Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 11 to 17
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

Explore, learn more advanced techniques, and improve your abilities with color, shading, composition, and perspective.  Instructor Lena Shiffman’s gentle approach and ability to work with beginners to very advanced students encourages and guides them to expand their creativity.  Students work during this studio time to complete their art at their own pace and style.  We will work from a variety of still life: taxidermied animals, photos, nature (outdoors if weather permits), and maybe something brought from home.  Artists may visit many different media including pencil, charcoal, pastel and paints.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one session or for both. Remember to dress in old clothing. 

Meet Art Instructor Lena Shiffman

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BASKETRY and CRAFT WORKSHOPS
Create Your Own Walking Stick - August 5

All workshops are with Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer (unless otherwise mentioned). The Workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 10, accompanied by an adult; solo children 11 and up and adults are welcome.  Adult/child teams make one project. 

Any questions contact Liz at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

CREATE YOUR OWN WALKING STICK

Date: Sunday, August 5
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $32 (includes materials)
Instructor: Brad Koller

Imagine a fellow hiker admires your handcrafted walking stick and you can say, “I made it myself.”  Join in the fun and make your own walking stick.  Instructor Brad Koller will teach you how to, starting with a sapling, create a personalized walking stick. Participants will be shown how to work with a tool called a rasp.  To get your project even smoother, you will also use sandpaper.  Linseed oil will be applied to your stick to protect the wood.  All materials and tools will be supplied; bring an apron if desired.  The instructor will also cover creative pointers for future additions to your walking stick. 

First Aid for the Community
First Aid for the Community

Create a special walking stick!

First Aid for the Community

 

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BIRDING PROGRAMS
Newark's Pequannock Watershed - June 9
Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County - July 8
Mystery Bird Trip - August 18
Sandy Hook - September 15
Thursday Morning Bird Walks - various dates
Birding Trips and Programs

The following bird trips are run by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist.  Tom and his colleagues focus on helping all participants learn about the birds and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species.  They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas the group is visiting.

Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed.  If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, please feel free to bring them.  Binoculars are available for loan.  Trips are designed for adults, but mature youths under 18 can contact Tom for approval.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Transportation is by County Park vans.  All trips meet at the County Arboretum.  Trips are recommended for any interested birder at all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated.  Pre-registration is required.

NEWARK’S PEQUANNOCK WATERSHED

A Blackburnian Warbler is one of our targets for this trip

A Blackburnian Warbler is one of our targets for this trip

Date: Saturday, June 9
Time: 5:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $25

This trip is a tour through the other side of Sussex County into Morris County.  This trip offers many of the same species as the annual “Sussex Trip” but we will visit different locations.  Stops will be made around the Walkill and Pequannock regions.  Possible sightings could include Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Blackburnian Warbler, a variety of raptors, and other northern specialties.  The timing is designed to get us in the area for early morning bird activities.  (Participants can finish sleeping on the ride up.)

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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

Date: Sunday, July 8
Time: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: $20

Hunterdon has a rich variety of nesting birds.  Last year we went through the western edge of the county.  Prior to this trip, we will scout some of the best spots in the County, such as Hoffman Park, Spruce Run Reservoir, and Voorhees State Park.  However, the route of the trip may change up to the last moment depending on reports and findings.  We will hope to see Bobolinks, a variety of warblers, and more.  Two miles of hiking may be required.

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MYSTRY BRID TRIP

Date:  Saturday, August 18
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $25

August is a unique time to bird.  The breeding season has come to a close but fall migration has yet to start.  We will see what type of birding activities are going on and what is being reported in the state as the date gets closer.  Based on that information I will determine where we will go birding and what type of bird we will look for.

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SANDY HOOK

A Blackburnian Warbler is one of our targets for this trip

A stop at the beach will produce Sanderlings running back and forth with the waves.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $25

Sandy Hook is a 2,044 acre barrier beach peninsula that offers seven miles of beach line, salt marshes and a maritime holly forest.

The variety of coastal habitats from sand dunes, grasslands, salt and freshwater marshes to thickets and a maritime forest offer a diverse range of birding opportunities from shorebirds to songbirds and raptors.

Time permitting; we will stop at other locations based on observation reports.

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THURSDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

A Blackburnian Warbler is one of our targets for this trip

We will know winter is coming with the return of the Juncos

Take an early morning stroll or an afternoon walk with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we look for the spring migrants and local breeding birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are in abundance, 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.
Ages: Adults
Cost: FREE, pre-registration is required. 

THURSDAY MORNING WALKS
7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
September 20 Stanton Station 
September 27 Hoffman
October 4 Deer Path – Soccer Lot
October 11 Arboretum
   
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
October 18 Bernadette Morales/Uplands
October 25 Sunnyside Picnic Area
November 1 Echo Hill

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 41ST YEAR
NEW THIS YEAR: 10 KAYAKS! Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to use a kayak...
Sunset Paddle on Round Valley Reservoir - June 8 & July 13
River Trips - various
Planning Your Canoe Trip

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 41 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, 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.  Unless stated otherwise, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

Canoe Camping Trip

Spend a weekend paddling in the scenic Delaware Water Gap on our Overnight Canoe Camping Trip on June 2nd and 3rd

SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

Session A: Friday, June 8
Session B: Friday, July 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $25

Treat yourself to a leisurely evening sunset paddle.  The group will meet at Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch (look for the white van with a trailer with green canoes).  Bring a flashlight and an extra jacket: it can get much cooler by the water when the sun goes down.    

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RIVER TRIPS

Time: 8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $35 per person

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle, and then drive to the river, where they will discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety.  Our leaders will guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours.  We are flexible with our time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as the river’s water level and whether or not there is a breeze.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

  • Sunday, June 10 - Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, June 23 - Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Saturday, July 7 - South Branch
  • Saturday, July 21 - Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, August 4 - Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Sunday, August 19 - Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
  • Saturday, September 8 - South Branch
  • Sunday, September 23 - Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Saturday, October 13 - Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
  • Saturday, October 27 - Leaders’ Choice

PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to pick an alternative river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience.

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PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

PRE-REGISTRATION: Required by the Wednesday before the trip for all canoeing programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to choose an alternative river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience.

CANCELLATIONS: If we cancel the trip, you will be notified by phone and given the option of joining an upcoming canoe trip, holding a credit, or a full refund.  Our trips run rain or shine with the exception of extreme cold or thunderstorms!  Cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing, and cancellations made less than one week prior to program will NOT receive a refund. 

AGES: Most trips are appropriate for children ages 8 and older, accompanied by an adult.  Please check with us about specific trips so we can verify age-appropriateness.

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are the best; wool keeps you warm even if wet and polypropylene fleece dries quickly.  Cotton is not a good material for cool, wet outdoor activities.  Sneakers are recommended; please no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes.  Wool socks are best for cold weather.  A bathing suit can be worn, as sometimes we go swimming.

WHAT TO BRING ON DAY TRIPS: Lunch and a drink (packed in waterproof container), lots of water to drink, a rain jacket, a hat, eyeglass strap, etc.  In chilly weather a complete change of clothing can be packed in a waterproof bag to be carried in your canoe or to be in the van for the trip’s end.

SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TRIP: We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  A pond paddle makes a great birthday party!  If you have any questions or would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

NOTES: No alcoholic beverages are permitted on our trips.  No pets are allowed, except for guide animals.

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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS AVAILABLE

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offer discount tickets to the following amusement parks, available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon:

Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.  To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.  Tickets are non-refundable. 

AMUSEMENT PARK GATE PRICE DISCOUNT
PRICE

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom:

  Adult Guest $61.95 $46.00

Hershey Park:

  Adult Guest $67.80 $55.00

Six Flags Great Adventure:

  Adult Guest Theme Park & Safari $85.29 $46.00
  Parking Pass $25.00 $22.50

Philadelphia Zoo:

  All Guests $24.00 $21.00
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NATURE PROGRAMS
Firefly Hunt - June 8
Night Sounds - August 21
ShinrinYoku (Forest Therapy) - August 27, September 24 & October 22
Creating a Children's Garden for Wildlife - September 9
Edible & Medicinal Plants of Musconetcong Gorge - September 13 NEW!
Dye a Tote Bag with Natural Dyes - September 14
Teaching Environmental Science to Early Learners - September 17
Coexisting with Coyotes - September 20
Mushroom Walk - September 22


Maple Sap Collection with the Evaorator

JOIN US FOR A FUN FAMILY/GROUP PROGRAM
MAPLE SAP COLLECTION
Saturday, February 10 - Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Echo Hill - playground

 

FIREFLY HUNT

Fireflies

Date: Friday, June 8
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: all ages
Cost: $3 per person

As dusk settles, come watch the sparkling lights of fireflies appear as we learn how and why they light up.  We will take to the fields with nets and jars to catch some to study up-close.  We may also see or hear some other nocturnal insects

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NIGHT SOUNDS

Date: Tuesday, August 21
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

What are all those chirps and clicks at night?  Late summer is a great time to hear katydids and crickets.  We will take a night hike and Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush will identify the prominent insect sounds around us.  We may also have the chance to view some insects, bats, or other night creatures. 

 

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SHINRIN-YOKU (FOREST THERAPY)

Forest Therapy

Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $5 per session

Monday, August 27 - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Point Mountain
80 Point Mountain Road, Washington, NJ 07882

Monday, September 24 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Crystal Springs Preserve
Park at Teetertown Camping lot, 20 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray 07865

Monday, October 22 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Hunterdon County Arboretum
1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Stressed from work?  Come experience what the Japanese have been doing for years; breathe, relax, smell, and listen to the forest around you.  “Shinrin-Yoku” means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing,” and is a cornerstone of preventative healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine.  Join Seasonal Park Naturalist Debra Reed on a tranquil, relaxing, guided walk through the forest and let go of the stress created by our urban lifestyles.  Part of the program will involve sitting and experiencing nature; feel free to bring a camping chair if you are uncomfortable sitting on the ground (or indicate on your registration form that you would like to borrow one).  Please note that no restroom facilities are available.  Sign up for one or more sessions.

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CREATING A CHILDREN’S GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE

Date: Sunday, September 9
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: grades 1 through 12
Cost: $7 per youth (accompanying adult attends for free)

Come learn how to create a wildlife-friendly backyard by starting with a design plan and making your garden’s first animal home.  Providing a sustainable habitat for wildlife begins with your family’s backyard.  When you plant the native species that wildlife depend on, you create habitat and begin to restore your local environment.  With your children, create a wildlife habitat garden right outside your back door and introduce them to the wonders of the natural world.  Gardening for wildlife will allow your children a way to make a real difference for wildlife and the environment.

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EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF MUSCONETCONG GORGE

Medicinal Plants of Musconetcong Gorge

Join botanist Jared Rosenbaum on a hike to learn about edible and medicinal plants!

Date: Thursday, September 13
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Musconetcong Gorge Preserve
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $15
Guest presenter: Jared Rosenbaum

Did you know that spicebush makes an excellent ice cream?  That wild ginger makes a delicious tea?  Can you identify different fruit and nut trees in the forest?  Explore the diverse mesic forest of Musconetcong Gorge while encountering the edible and medicinal uses of the many plant species found there. 

Botanist Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants will weave together traditional plant uses, ecology, and field botany on a modest-paced hike through this rich, scenic habitat. 

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DYE A TOTE BAG WITH NATURAL DYES

Moth Night

Plants can be used to dye fabrics and yarn.  Try this out by making a tote bag!

Date: Friday, September 14
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $15

How do we get such vibrant colors in clothing?  Most of the dyes used today are synthetic and mineral dyes, but years ago people used plants and animals for dyeing. 

We will begin our program with a walk around the park in search of dye plants.  We will select two plants to make big dye baths to fit canvas tote bags. 

Participants will choose between yellow, gold, brown, and salmon-orange dyes.  We will be able to create designs by tie-dyeing the bags, but each bag will be only one color.  We may try some other colors out on yarn as well. 

Meet at the playground parking lot of Echo Hill Park.

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TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TO EARLY LEARNERS

Date: Monday, September 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $5

Are you an early childhood educator looking for a professional development class?  This program will focus on topics relevant to the study of environmental science in early childhood education.  Sample lessons and resources will focus on the fundamental understanding of ecosystems as well as healthy environmental practices.  Experience hands-on activities for learning through play while integrating environmental science with literacy, math, and art.  Certificates provided at the completion of class.  The instructor, Debra Reed, has a master’s degree in early childhood education and taught preschool for 16 years.  

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COEXISTING WITH COYOTES

Coexisitng with Coyotes

Have you seen him moving around your home?)

Date: Thursday, September 20
Time 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park Lodge
Ages: 10 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost $3 per person

Coyotes are part of our County’s population.  Their numbers are growing and they are making their presence felt.

Join us as we discuss the comeback of the Eastern Coyote and the issues, concerns, and benefits that surround this species.  Learn how you can adapt to coexist with this creature.

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MUSHROOM WALK

 

Moth Night

Chicken-of-the-woods is an exciting, colorful fungus native to Hunterdon County. 

Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: Cushetunk Preserve
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $5
Guest presenter: Rich Balsley

Rich Balsley, a local mushroom expert, will guide us through this walk.  We will meet at Cushetunk Preserve and walk the trails there to hunt for mushrooms. 

Rich will share his extensive knowledge of identifying mushrooms and will point out unique features of the various species.  Oakmoss Mycological Preserve, Rich’s property, is our back-up location in case there aren’t many mushrooms at Cushetunk due to lack of rain. 

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NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS - WEEKDAY
Tot Walks - May 24 to May 25 and September 20 to November 16
Fall Nature Clubs for Kids - September 11 to October 30

 

TOT WALKS

Tot Walks

Come on a Tot Walk and experience the wonder of nature!

Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free

Join Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  This spring we are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C. 

BUTTERFLIES
  Session A:   Thursday, September 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  Session B:   Friday, September 21, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  Session C:   Friday, September 21, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SEEDS
  Session A:   Thursday, October 18, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  Session B:   Friday, October 19, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  Session C:   Friday, October 19, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SQUIRRELS
  Session A:   Thursday, November 15, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  Session B:   Friday, November 16, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  Session C:   Friday, November 16, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM\

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FALL NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS AGES 3 – 3RD GRADE


Tot Walks

Our fall nature club will get your child out and exploring nature!

Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  A professional Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home 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. 

This year we are offering Sessions A and B for ages 3 to 5 and Session C for kindergarten through third graders.  This is a drop-off program and children must be self-sufficient in the bathroom. 

Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures in order to spend more time inside. 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
For each child, a registration form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.  Included on the form are the date of last tetanus shot, known allergies, and special care notes; please have this information ready.  Each session is limited to ten children to ensure a quality experience for the participants.  The Division of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment, and give a full refund. 

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 11 to October 30
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons

Session A
  Time:  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  Ages:  3 to 5 years
Session B
  Time:  1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  Ages:  3 to 5 years
Session C
  Time:  4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  Ages:  kindergarten through 3rd graders

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HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES

 

Butterflies and Moths

Kids will be hands on to explore the various topics and elements of our nature series

Date: Second Wednesday of each month, September 2018 to May 2019
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 5 to12
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $30 per student for all 9 lessons

This series provides a terrific opportunity to meet with other local homeschooling families, while your child learns about the natural world.  Participants will explore a new topic each month and enjoy hands-on activities that foster science, math, language arts and social skills. 

Program includes “homework” projects to complete after each session. 

Class size will be limited to 15 participants.

 

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Ocean Grove 50th Annual House Tour - August 3  SOLD OUT; call us for wait list
Eastern State Penitentiary and Jack's Firehouse for Lunch - September 15
Mount Tabor 25th Annual House Tour - September 29
Nitty Gritty City Tour - October 5
Siteseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks South and South Branch - Date TBA

 

OCEAN GROVE 50th ANNUAL HOUSE TOUR

Ocean Grove Tent City

Ocean Grove features a number of unique homes, including this row of tent homes. 

SOLD OUT; call us for wait list

Date: Friday, August 3
Time: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM                            
Location: Arboretum                                     
Ages: adults
Cost: $16, plus $25 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Outstanding renovations, ocean views, and fantastic kitchens are featured on this acclaimed house tour.  To celebrate their 50th anniversary, we will tour some of the unique homes found in Ocean Grove.  The all-day, self-guided tour includes historic homes as well as a tent home, an inn, and other historic buildings.  Participants are welcome to tour on their own (FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE) or join Chip & Liz as we walk about.  *Most homes have stairs and are not generally accessible for those with mobility impairment.  

This trip goes rain or shine.  Feel free to bring a snack and drink for the hour and a half (each direction) van ride.  If being on your feet all day is a problem, this will not be the trip for you!

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EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY & JACK’S FIREHOUSE FOR LUNCH

Jack's Firehouse

Jack’s Firehouse for lunch is a fun stop after our visit to Eastern State Penitentiary. 

Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $60 (includes lunch)

Join us for a visit to Philadelphia’s famous prison, Eastern State Penitentiary. 

In 1829 Eastern State Penitentiary opened, becoming one of the most expensive American buildings of its day, and soon the most famous prison in the world.  Over the years there have been many escapes, riots, and of course, some very famous prisoners. 

Join us in exploring the history of the Eastern State Penitentiary with a guided tour and then lunch at Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, which is situated in a 19th century firehouse, across the street.  Lunch will include soup or salad, choice of five different entrées, dessert, and soft drinks. 

Transport is by Parks van. 

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MOUNT TABOR 25th ANNUAL HOUSE TOUR

Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM                            
Location: Arboretum                         
Ages: adults
Cost: $18, plus $30 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip. Please note this fee is subject to change depending on 2018 prices and number of participants (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Sponsored by the Mount Tabor Historical Society.  Founded in 1869, the Mount Tabor Historic District embodies the distinctive characteristics of a permanent Methodist Camp Meeting Ground that evolved into a summer resort community.  Particularly notable is the architecture of the early camp meeting Stick-Style and Gothic Revival-influenced cottages with their prominent steep gables, open porches, and elaborate gingerbread embellishments.  Special features of the tour include a furnished replica Camp Meeting Tent and the Richardson History House, a camp meeting cottage museum.  Stop by the gift shop, which is stocked with Mount Tabor souvenirs and vintage items!  Boxed lunches and beverages will be for sale.  Proceeds of the tour fund building restoration, educational programs, and beautification projects in Mount Tabor.  This is a self-guided tour; move at your own pace or join Chip and Liz as they walk about.  This trip goes rain or shine.  Please bring a snack and drink for the van ride.  If being on your feet all day is a problem, this might not be the trip for you!

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NITTY GRITTY CITY TOUR

Date: Friday, October 5 (rescheduled)
Time: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $25 plus $30 (for a $20 tour guide fee and a $10 entry fee) to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)

Tour Guide: Jerry Silverman… back again!

Let’s go learn about and see many of the "other interesting things" in Philadelphia, not just City Hall but some quirky stuff too. "Would you do another tour for us, Jerry?" I asked. Jerry replied: "My initial thoughts would be to start at 30th Street Station and circle the area of Market, Pine, 19th, and the Schuylkill River… lots of beautiful bridges, the boardwalk in the center of the river, homes, trees, murals and history, so let’s book it!" The group will load up into the Parks’ touring van bound for Philadelphia and meet up with Jerry. We will walk for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours of touring. We will lunch at a local eatery, after which we will visit the Mutter Museum. America’s finest museum of medical history displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century “cabinet museum” setting. The goal of the Museum is to help visitors understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear for miles of city hiking. You may want to bring a couple energy bars and a drink for the van rides and the walk about! If being on your feet all day is a problem, this might not be the trip for you!

There are 4 seats open as of 7/2/18 on the rescheduled Nitty Gritty City Trip.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS (SOUTH & SOUTH BRANCH)

Date: in the fall TBA
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $10
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

Where are the parklands of Hunterdon County?  Did you know that there are over 28 beautiful pieces of preserved county parklands?  In addition, there are many state, town, and township parks that we will mention.  Let’s take a Sunday afternoon drive to see how many parks we can visit.  Fascinating history, cool facts and stories, and a plethora of other information will be shared by our guest leader, Chip Colombo.  Please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing for taking a few short hikes.  Feel free to bring a snack and drink as no food stops are planned, other than perhaps a visit to a local general store. 

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NEW!!   POTTERY PROGRAMS - Pottery in the Woods

Nature Pottery for Children - Sundays 1pm to 2:30 pm

Ceramic Nature Tray - June 24

Ceramic Garden Stepping Stone - July 29

Leaf and Nature Ceramic Ornaments - August 26

Ceramic Leaf Tray - September 23

 

Nature Pottery for Adults - Sundays 3pm to 5pm

Native Impression Clay Tray - June 24

Garden Markers - July 29

Ceramic Drinking Vessels - August 26

Ceramic Pocket that Hangs on the Wall - September 23

Introducing a new course, fusing nature and ceramics. Take a leisurely walk through nature to collect inspiration and talk about textures and images observed for the clay project. Students will be taking an introspective stroll, to journal and sketch what they see, think, or imagine. We will take those ideas to the classroom and translate them into a clay project! The instructor will supply objects and materials found in nature, but feel free to bring your own treasures to press into clay. Finished projects can be functional or decorative and microwave, dishwater, and food safe. Students pick glaze colors for their projects.

The Instructor will fire the projects and they will be ready for pick-up at the Arboretum two weeks after the class during office hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Bring a sketchbook, writing utensil, and feel free to bring nature treasures to use. No experience necessary.

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Take a leisurely walk through nature to inspire you… now make nature pottery!

 

NATURE POTTERY FOR CHILDREN NATURE POTTERY FOR ADULTS

CERAMIC NATURE TRAY: For Children

NATIVE IMPRESSION CLAY TRAY: For Adults

Sunday, June 24
$35 per person (includes materials)
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 to 13 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Each child will create and decorate a hand built ceramic tray/dish focusing on textures and nature impressions. We will be learning slab techniques as well as various decorating techniques such as layering objects to make beautiful patterns. You may choose to make one larger tray or two smaller sized trays.

Sunday, June 24
$40 per person (includes materials)

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $40 (includes materials)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Create and decorate a hand built ceramic tray focusing on textures found in nature. Instructor will cover slab and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including carving and etching, Mishima and sgraffito. Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on making different impressions and patterns in their pieces. Each person has the choice of making one large tray or 2 smaller sized trays.

 

CERAMIC GARDEN STEPPING STONE: For Children

GARDEN MARKERS: For Adults

Sunday, July 29
$35 per person (includes materials)
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 to 13 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Instructor: Emma Rimii

Make a clay garden slab stepping stone focusing on textures found in nature. Learn slab techniques as well as various decorating techniques including carving, etching, and sgraffito. Children learn the properties of clay and focus on making different impressions in their pieces.

Sunday, July 29
$40 per person (includes materials)

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $40 (includes materials)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Create and decorate garden and add a special touch to your garden. Make a handful of ceramic sign markers to better and more beautifully organize a garden. We will be learning slab and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including carving and etching, Mishima, and sgraffito to add a unique touch to their piece.

 

LEAF AND NATURE CERAMIC ORNAMENTS: For Children

CERAMIC DRINKING VESSELS: For Adults

Sunday, August 26
$35 per person (includes materials)
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 to 13 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Hand built ceramic ornaments focusing on textures found in nature. We will be learning slab and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including etching and sgraffito. Focus on making different impressions and patterns in their pieces. Each ornament will range in size from a half dollar to the size of a coffee can lid.

Sunday, August 26
$40 per person (includes materials)

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $40 (includes materials)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Students will create and decorate a hand built ceramic cup focusing on textures found in nature. We will be learning slab, pinch, and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including Mishima and sgraffito. Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on rolling different impressions into their creations.

CERAMIC LEAF TRAY: For Children

CERAMIC POCKET THAT HANGS ON THE WALL: For Adults

Sunday, September 23
$35 per person (includes materials)
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 to 13 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Create and hand built a ceramic leaf tray made using a real leaf! Each tray/dish will roughly be the size of a medium/large maple leaf. We will be learning slab techniques as we go over the various properties and possibilities clay has to offer.

Sunday, September 23
$40 per person (includes materials)
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $40 (includes materials)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Create and decorate a beautiful hand built pocket that is designed to hang/mount on a wall. Projects will range in size approximately 8” x 9”. We will be learning slab and coil techniques as well as various decorating techniques including Mishima and sgraffito. Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on making different impressions in their pieces.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
Free Recreation Walks - Various
Bicycle Safety Check - September 23

FREE RECREATION WALKS

Free Recreation Walks

Explore your local parks with Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard.

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: all
Cost: Free

September 5: County Arboretum,1020 Rt 31 North Lebanon 08833 (Clinton Twp) (Easy Trail) 
September 19: Cold Brook Reserve, 65 Old Turnpike Road, Oldwick 08858 (Moderate Trail) 
October 10: Sourland Mountain Preserve, 233 Rileyville Road, Ringoes 088551 (Easy Trail) 
October 24: Tower Hill Reserve, 944 Mountain View Rd, Asbury 08802 (Easy Trail) 
November 7: Jugtown Mountain, 408 Mine Rd, Asbury 08802 (Bethlehem Twp.) (Moderate Trail)
November 14: Charlestown Reserve, 40 Charlestown Rd, Hampton 08827 (Bethlehem Twp.) (Moderate Trail) 

Meet Patrick Eckard at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trails.  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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BICYCLE SAFETY CHECK

 

First Aid for the Community

FREE bike safety check!

Date: Sunday, September 23
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Columbia Trail
Ages: All
Cost: Free 

Bring your hybrid, mountain, or cross bike to the Columbia Trail!  The Bicycle Specialists from HART (Promoting Sustainable Transportation) will be on hand to do a safety fit with your helmet and a safety check on your bicycle before heading out.  Helmets are required for children under 17 and highly recommended for everyone else.

 Then enjoy the beautiful Columbia Trail where you can ride on your own over the breathtaking Ken Lockwood Gorge and continue through historic locations all along the trail.  Check out HART’s website at www.harttma.com.  

 

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SQUARE DANCING
Open House Country Square Dance - September 9
Square Dance Lessons - September 18 - December 18 and January 8 to March 26

 

OPEN HOUSE COUNTRY SQUARE DANCE

First Aid for the Community

Date: Sunday, September 9
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $3 admission, no pre-registration required.

Co-sponsored by the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club and the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation. Caller Ed Kerns will be on hand to provide an enjoyable afternoon of brisk music and lively square dancing.

Come and enjoy the atmosphere of Echo Hill Lodge’s fireplace, wagon wheel lighting, fresh country air, and wonderful wooden floor, while getting an introduction to what modern square dancing is all about. Refreshments provided.

 

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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

First Aid for the Community

Dates: Session A*: 12 Tuesdays, September 18 to December 18 (no class 10/23, 11/27)
Dates: Session B*: 12 Tuesdays, January 8 to March 26 
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $60 per session.

Square dancing is the official folk dance of New Jersey. It gives people the opportunity to spend time with a warm and friendly group, make new friends, and get low-impact aerobic exercise all at the same time. It is a great way to keep mentally and physically fit! The instructor, Ed Kerns, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting. He begins with simpler “calls” and then progresses on to those of more complexity, stressing repetition and review for ease of learning.

After the 12-week mid-point, students will be able to dance at special area dances, and after graduating (*you must attend both sessions A and B to graduate), you will be able to dance the mainstream program at the many area square dances and join the Flutterwheels at bi-weekly Friday night dances at Echo Hill.  

 

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WEEKEND CAMPING TRIPS
Let's Go Camping - June 30 to July 1
Backpacking: Bear Mountain - September 29 & 30

 

LET’S GO CAMPING (also Boy Scout Merit Badge)

Let's Go camping

Let’s Go Camping!

Arrive: Saturday, June 30 at 9:00 AM
Leave: Sunday, July 1 at 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday)

Do you dream of camping in the woods?  Do you know what you would need and how to prepare for a campout?  Would you like to cook on an open fire?  Well, Let’s Go Camping!  Join Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard for an overnight campout at Echo Hill.  All participants are required to attend a planning meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 at the Arboretum.  At this meeting, we will plan a menu together, discuss equipment needed for different types of campouts, discuss strategies on packing, and learn how to prevent raids by animals.  During the campout, we will demonstrate fire building (several techniques), pitching a tent correctly, knot tying, and using camp tools safely.  All participants will get the chance to help cook a meal and be on kitchen patrol.  During free time, enjoy Echo Hill pond and trails.  When night falls, we will have an evening campfire and prepare traditional snacks.  There are no more excuses… Let’s Go Camping!  There is a flush toilet in the lodge, a short distance from the site.  We have tents available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own.  Boy Scouts may obtain their merit badge by setting up an additional meeting with Patrick. 

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BACKPACKING:  BEAR MOUNTAIN

 

Let's Go camping

The West Mountain Shelter affords a beautiful view of the Hudson River. 

Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $50
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

Backpack in Bear Mountain State Park, NY!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains while enjoying beautiful scenery.  Learn the basics of backpacking as we set up tents, cook, and hike together.  The group will meet at the Arboretum Saturday morning and drive to Bear Mountain in a county van.  We will start in Harriman State Park near Seven Lakes Drive and hike about 8 miles to camp at the West Mountain Shelter, which affords a beautiful view of the Hudson River.  Sunday we will hike 6 miles to the van at the Bear Mountain Inn.  A very strenuous activity; participants must be in good physical condition, and be ready to hike 6 to 8 miles each day with a full backpack.  All participants must backpack with the following items: clothing, sturdy shoes, raingear, bowl, fork, spoon, at least two liters of water, two lunches, dinner, breakfast, and a sleeping bag.  Also, if you have them, please bring: lightweight cooking dishes (mess kit), a stove, a tent, and a backpack.  Participants provide all food.  On your registration form, please indicate if you will need to borrow a backpack or two-person tent.  For new backpackers, or experienced backpackers who want to hike with a group. 
Participants who have not backpacked with Hunterdon County Parks in the past can expect a phone call from leader Laura Bush to discuss the trip and expectations. 

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YOGA IN THE PARK at the Arboretum - *NEW*
Let's Go camping

YOGA IN THE PARK at the Arboretum
Dates: Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Arboretum   
Ages: all
Cost: $10 per session (pre-registration is required)
Guest Instructor: Karen Weis

Let’s welcome certified yoga instructor Karen Weis and join her on Saturdays for an hour of relaxation in the out-of-doors at the Hunterdon County Arboretum.  Karen will be offering morning yoga classes outside in this lovely park that offers beautiful gardens, a historic gazebo, a soothing water feature, a pond side gazebo, boardwalks through the marsh, grasslands and woods.  If it rains, class will move inside the building.  Pre-registration is required, $10 for each Saturday, sign up for one, two, or more.  Please bring your own mat.

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

Are you an Educator, Scout Leader, Community Organization? Let us do a program for your group!  Unless otherwise noted, cost is $30 on-site, $50 off-site, $75 out-of-county (limited range). 

Free Tot Walks

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

NATURE STUDIES

SEASONAL NATURE WALK, All ages, 1 hr, $20, 25 max
ANIMAL CLUES, Grade K+, 1 hr, 25 max
AMAZING ADAPTATIONS, Grade K+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
INCREDIBLE INSECTS, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
PLANT STUDY, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max
POND/STREAM STUDY, Grade 1+, 1-1.5 hrs, 25 max

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

ANIMAL STRATEGIES, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max 
REPTILES ALIVE!, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
ROCKS AND MINERALS, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 20 max
INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max 
SKULL WORKSHOP, Grade 2+, 1 hr, 25 max
SCAT & TRACKS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
WINGS & FEATHERS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
NESTS & EGGS, Grade K+, 1 hr, 25 max
MAPLE SUGAR TO GO, All ages, 1 hr, 25 max, $50 (off-site)

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

RECYCLING, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max 
WATER ISSUES, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max
COMPOSTING FOR THE HOME, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
WOODWORKING, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials, 10 max
BASKETRY, Grade 3+, 2 hrs, $30 + $3/person materials, 10 max
*For more information on advanced classes or larger groups, please ask for Liz. 

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CPR CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 4 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants
FIRST AID CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 3 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants.  Call for price for CPR/First Aid together. 
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
GEOCACHING 101, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max 
Basic Carving class also available. 
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CANOE CLINIC, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, $175, 16 max
FISHING CLINIC, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + $2/person, 15 max
BIKE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
INITIATIVES/ TEAM BUILDINGGrade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

Free Tot Walks

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

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
CO-EXISTING WITH COYOTES LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
HERPTILES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MUSHROOMS & MOLDS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
NEW JERSEY BLACK BEARS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
TREES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr 
HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr, free 

For program descriptions, see our Group Programs brochure on our website or pick one up at the Arboretum. 

Call us to register at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us. 

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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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