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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

44th Music Under the Stars Concert Series
  June 25 to August 13 (updated 06/08/2020)

Thank You Volunteers!

Volunteer Opportunities

ART CLASSES
updated 06/08/2020

CANOEING/KAYAKING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
updated 06/26/2020

NEW VIRTUAL PROGRAMS!!
NATURE PROGRAMS
updated 06/10/2020

PHOTOGRAPHY
updated 06/26/2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR VISITORS AND PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:

COUNTY PARKS OPEN - SATURDAY, MAY 2020

By order of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders in accordance with Gov. Murphy’s Executive Order #133

TIPS FOR PHYSCIAL DISTANCING
From the National Association
of Parks and Recreation

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County Park staff will be working to ensure refunds are issued to those affected and continue to be available via email and telephone for public inquiries and reservations. Parks staff are sharing educational resources online through our website and Facebook page  and Distance Learning Website

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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
BioBlitz Extravaganza - SUSPENDED
44th Music Under the Stars FREE Concert Series - Thursdays June 25 to August 13
Thank You Volunteers!!
2019 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

 BIOBLITZ EXTRAVAGANZA - NEW! SUSPENDED

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: all ages welcome (10 through adult recommended; children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! 

Come celebrate and learn about the biodiversity at Echo Hill.  This event will focus on finding and identifying as many species as possible in our park over a short period of time.

Come join us, whether you are a student, scientist, naturalist, or an interested community member, to explore the natural world.  A BioBlitz is an opportunity to take a snapshot of the biodiversity of a place.  Participants of all ages can learn techniques for observing and collecting data on the plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, and other living species within Echo Hill during this specific time frame.  If you own a smartphone, download the iNaturalist app (iNaturalist.org); you will find collecting species data is easier and more engaging than ever before.  

We welcome everyone’s assistance in the identification of the flora and fauna at Echo Hill; if you are experienced and have a particular interest, please reach out to Debra at dreed@co.hunterdon.nj.us or (908) 806-5559.  Pre-registration not required for participants.

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 44TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES SUSPENDED

Wednesday, June 24 and Thursdays, July 2 to August 13
SUSPENDED June 24, July 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Deer Path Park
All ages
FREE!

We hope everyone enjoyed last summer’s concert series!  We are looking for entertainers for the summer 2020 concert series; if you would like to be considered, please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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 THANK YOU…

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation wishes to extend a great big thank you to all of our 2019 volunteers!  You helped the following programs run smoothly: Maple Sugaring, Spring Break Camp, Earth Day, Touch-a-Truck (vehicle owners & other volunteers), Tree Planting, Trails Day, Art & Basketry Classes, Summer Nature Program, Performance Camp, Theatre Camp, Craft Camp, Basketry Camp, Art Camp, LEGO Camps, Bluebird & Wood Duck Box Monitoring, Nature Club, Public Nature Programs, Van Trips, Community Yoga, Adopt-a-Trail, Concerts, 4-H Fair, advertising assistance, scout projects, and site improvements.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

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ART CLASSES with Lena Shiffman
Adult Art Boot Camp - August 24 to 28
Art Classes at the Hunterdon County Parks Division

Thursday Art Studios with Lena Shiffman
Thursday Art Studios with Lena Shiffman

Join the fun! 

ADULT ART BOOT CAMP

Date: Monday through Friday, August 24 to 28
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: adults
Cost: $100 per person (materials not included).  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Lena Shiffman, www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

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!

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 41ST YEAR
River Day Trips - udpated 6/26/2020
Planning Your Canoe Trip
Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

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. 

 

RIVER DAY TRIPS

Time: 8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $30 per person.  Pre-registration required.
Instructor: canoe staff

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle, drive to the river, discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety, and guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle about two more hours.  We are flexible with each trip’s time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as wind and water levels.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

  • Saturday, May 30: Kingwood to Bulls Island (Delaware River)  SUSPENDED
  • Saturday, June 27: Bulls Island to Lambertville (Delaware River) SUSPENDED
  • Saturday, July 25: Kingwood to Bulls Island (Delaware River) SUSPENDED
  • Saturday, August 15: Bulls Island to Lambertville (Delaware River)

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Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways

Canoe with Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation!

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 we may need to choose an alternative section of 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 trip, or getting 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 those made less than one week prior to the program will NOT receive a refund. 

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are best; wool keeps you warm even if wet and polypropylene fleece dries quickly.  Cotton is a poor 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 may be worn in warm weather; often we stop for a swim. 

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

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

SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TRIP: We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  What a great birthday party!  If you have questions or would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please call (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.   

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NATURE PROGRAMS

NEW VIRTURAL PROGRAMS:

  • WINGS & FEATHER WORKSHOP: July 1

  • COEXISTING WITH COYOTES LECTURE: Wednesday, July 8

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND TO REGISTER...

 

NEW VIRUTAL NATURE PROGRAMS NEW!

WINGS & FEATHER WORKSHOP: Wednesday, July 1
7:00-8:00 PM
Designed for ages 10 and up, Free!
Features and structure for the feather and wings are explored through exploration of their various traits.  By examining these traits, we can begin to appreciate how our avian friends live.  This workshop is available for initial exploration on our Distance Learning page under our Workshops offerings.  Chief Naturalist Tom Sheppard will go through the workshop on July 1 and also take your questions and inquiries. 
   Register by clicking here...

COEXISTING WITH COYOTES LECTURE: Wednesday, July 8
7:00-8:00 PM
Designed for 14 and up, Free!
Coyotes are part of our County’s population.  Their numbers are growing, and they are making their presence felt.  Join us for a night 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 and protect yourself from this creature.
   Register here by clicking here...

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Smartphone Photo Class - June 28  SUSPENDED
Photographic Sunset Trip (Digital SLR Manual Setting) - July14 SUSPENDED
Macro World Photo Class - NEW - July 18 SUSPENDED

These classes are taught by instructor Jim Rimi, who resides in Warren County, NJ.  He has been working in photography for most of his life.  He holds a BFA in photography and is an NJ-certified teacher of Art.  His work has been published and shown throughout the U.S., including a documentation in the early 1980s of The Fulton Street Fish Market in Manhattan.  Eleven prints from this project are in the permanent collection of The South Street Seaport Museum.  Another project specifically life giving to his career and role as an artist was his photo documentary entitled New York Underground.  This was a 10-year journey into the lives of the homeless, shelters, street people, and street musicians of New York City.  Jim works in both film and digital photography.  Although he has been predominately shooting in black and white and has a love for the traditional techniques and nostalgia that comes from the darkroom, he has also found an interest in the beauty of landscape.  Jim has a purest perspective with his work; he does not digitally enhance, change, or manipulate his images.  His goal as an artist is to bring forth unexpected or perhaps overlooked beauty directly into the viewers’ gaze.

SMARTPHONE PHOTO CLASS SUSPENDED

Dates: Sunday, June 28
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum Meeting Room     
Ages: adults
Cost: $45 per person.  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Jim Rimi

Learn how to take great photos with your smartphone, without the use of apps or manipulation.  Class meets at the Arboretum starting out in the meeting room and then moving into the field.  Jim will guide and encourage students to see in a new and exciting way.  Students will then meet back in the classroom for a critique of the photos they have taken.  This will be a fun and informative class.  Dress for the weather. 

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SUNSET TRIP (DIGITAL SLR MANUAL SETTING)  SUSPENDED

Dates: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park    
Ages: adults
Cost: $40 per person.  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Jim Rimi

Students will meet at Deer Path Park, where there is an excellent vantage point to photograph the sunset.  Instruction will be given by Jim at the site in order to achieve a pleasing sunset photo.  You must be willing and patient to wait for the right moment to take the perfect sunset photo.  Requirements are a digital camera with a manual setting, a flash light or light on your phone, and proper footwear.  A tripod is very helpful but not 100% necessary.

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MACRO WORLD PHOTO CLASS *NEW!  SUSPENDED

Dates: Saturday, July 18
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum Meeting Room     
Ages: adults
Cost: $45 per person.  Pre-registration required. 
Guest instructor: Jim Rimi

Explore the world of macro photography.  Jim will guide you through the ins and outs of taking a great macro photo.  Macro photography is what we don’t normally see.  It is close ups of bugs, flowers, plants, and trees to name just a few.  It’s a new and interesting way to see what you have already been looking at.  Come and learn to see in a very different way.  We will start out in the meeting room and then move out into the field.  Jim will guide the students in the field to see in macro.  We will then meet back in the meeting room to go over the photos taken.  This will be a fun and informative class!  Digital SLR cameras or smart phones are welcome! 

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SQUARE DANCING with the FLUTTERWHEELS
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SQUARE DANCING IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

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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). 

group programs

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

group programs

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

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