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Last Updated September 16, 2014

FALL 2014 Programs
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38TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS - CONCERT SERIES
HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING
ADOPT-A-TRAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORUNITY
ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND KIDS
BACKPACKING TRIP updated 09/15/14
BEADING WORKSHOP
BIRDING TRIPS & PROGRAMS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
GARDENING PROGRAMS
GUIDED NATURE WALKS
HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS updated 09/15/14
NATURE PROGRAMS
PROJECT WET
PUBLIC LANDS DAY...A Volunteer Opportunity
(September 20th)
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SCARECROW CONTEST - sponsored by the Flemington-Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee
TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY (November 1st) updated 09/10/14
TRIPS updated 09/08/14
PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
HUNTERDON COUNTY
DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Department of Land Use and Facilities Management

PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN & FAMILIES

View from Point Mountain

Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Address: County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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ADOPT-A-TRAIL PROGRAM:
A Volunteer Opportunity

Help keep our Hunterdon County parks clean, safe, and ready for use!  We are seeking citizen volunteers and volunteer organizations (scout troops, civic organizations, etc.) to adopt a specific trail for periodic walks and inspecting.  Volunteers would conduct litter clean-up, debris removal, minor pruning of bushes, and report any need for additional work that may have to be performed by the County (such as fallen tree removal). 

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation is looking for people who love nature and who would enjoy helping us keep the trails looking great.  We are seeking individuals and groups to make this program work.  We will post a sign at each park entrance announcing who has adopted the trail.  For groups and businesses this can be a great way to advertise! 

Some of the duties of a volunteer are: to walk the trail at least once a month for 10 months of the year; remove all litter from and around the trail; prune back bushes, plants, and small trees limbs to ensure that the trail is clear; and remove small trees and branches that are blocking the trail. 

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation has over 25 parks to choose from, some having more than one trail.  Picking a trail to adopt is not a problem!  Once you pick a trail, a park employee will meet you there to familiarize you with the area and go over what work needs to be done. 

In light of the crazy weather we have had in the last few years, our volunteers are absolutely vital in assisting us in keeping the trails clear and safe so that the public can enjoy their county parks as soon as possible! 

If you love nature and enjoy working outside, then please join the Adopt-a-Trail Program.  To sign up, please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us or (908) 782-1158.  Thank you and hope to see you on the trail! 

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ART CLASSES

CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES

KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED
(6 classes)
YOUNG ARTIST’S DRAWING & PAINTING
(6 classes)
ARTISTS IN TRAINING DRAWING & PAINTING
(6 classes)

Session A: Six WedSept. 17 – Oct. 29 (no class 10/22)
Session B: Six Wed, Nov 12 – Dec 17
Session C: Six Wed, Jan 14 – Feb 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 - 15
Cost: $90 (Includes materials)

Learn the principles of drawing and painting while studying artists of the past.  In this class, geared for the home schooled student, we will explore paintings from famous artists, such as Monet, Van Gough, Picasso, and many more. Students will study and discuss other artist’s style, use of color, and light, and then apply it to their own work.  Students will work using a variety of mediums such as charcoal, pastel, acrylic and watercolor, while painting from a variety of still life or photographs. We will enjoy pleinair painting when weather permits. Instructor Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

Session A: Six Sat, Sept 13 – Oct 18
Session B: Six Sat, Nov 1 – Dec 20 (no class 11/15, 11/29)
Session C: Six Sat, Jan 3 – Feb 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 - 10
Cost: $80 (Includes materials)

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Student s will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints using a variety of still-life subjects. These classes are designed to increase the students understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials. Instructor works well with beginners to very advanced students. 
Remember to dress in old clothing. Instructor Lena Shiffman

Session A: Six Sat, Sept 13 – Oct 18
Session B: Six Sat, Nov 1 – Dec 20 (no class 11/15, 11/29)
Session C: Six Saturdays, Jan 3 – Feb 7
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11-15
Cost: $90 (Includes materials)

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Student s will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints using a variety of still-life subjects. These classes are designed to increase the students understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials. Instructor works well with beginners to very advanced students. 
Remember to dress in old clothing. Instructor Lena Shiffman

ADULT ART CLASSES

PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE
(5 classes)
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
(5 classes)

Session A: Thursdays, Sept 11 – Oct 9    
Session B:  Thursdays, Oct 30 – Dec 4 ( no class 11/27)
Session C: Thursdays, Dec 18 – Jan 29 
(no class 12/25, 1/1)
Session D: Thursdays, Feb 19- March 26 (no class 2/12)
Time: 9:30 AM to Noon
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 and up
Cost: $100 (Materials not included)

Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects, photographs, and landscapes, the instructor 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 pencils, erasers, and newsprint pad to the first class. Material list will be supplied at the first class.
Instructor Lena Shiffman

Session A: Thursdays, Sept 11 – Oct 9    
Session B: Thursdays, Oct 30 – Dec 4 (no class 11/27)
Session C: Thursdays, Dec 18 – Jan 29 (no class 12/25, 1/1)
Session D: Thursdays, Feb 19 - March 26 (no class 2/12)
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 and up
Cost: $100 (Materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but you 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, or photographs, she 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 & charcoal pencils, an eraser, & a newsprint pad to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class. Enjoy an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!
All ability levels welcome!

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BACKPACKING TRIP

SOLD OUT
BACKPACKING: WAWAYANDA
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 4 to 5

Wawayanda is a great place to backpack!  Join us for an exciting hike there the first weekend in October. 

Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Pre-meeting: Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $50 per person
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

Hike and camp in Wawayanda State Park!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding wetlands 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 and drive into Northeastern New Jersey in a County van.  We will pick up the trail on Route 517 in Sussex County, take a nearly mile-long boardwalk across the Pochuck Swamp, and camp overnight at the Wawayanda Shelter (about 8 miles the first day).  Sunday, we will hike out through the trails of Wawayanda State Park and explore the wetland habitats (about 5 miles) before taking the van back to the Arboretum.  This is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 5-8 miles each day with a full pack. 

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on October 1 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  Because the campsite is near the van, we will “slack pack” by leaving our tents and sleeping bags in the van.  All participants must have a good day pack with the following items: lunch for Saturday, extra clothing, raingear, and at least two liters of water.  They must also bring the following supplies for the van: extra clothing, tent, sleeping bag, dinner for Saturday, breakfast and lunch for Sunday, and mess kit or bowl, fork, & spoon.  Participants provide all food. 

On your registration form, please indicate if you will need to borrow a tent.  For new backpackers, or experienced backpackers who want to hike with a group.

 

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BEADING WORKSHOP

Learn How To Make A Handknotted Necklace
with Regina Muster

HAND KNOTTED NECKLACE
Dates: Two Wednesdays, September 10 & 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adults
Cost: $45, includes materials

Hand knotting is a beading technique in which you use silk or nylon thread and tie evenly sized knots in-between the beads in your design.  It was originally used for pearl necklaces so that when they broke only one pearl was lost.  Now it is used with all types of beads for elegance and style.  It is a fabulous way to show off your most treasured beads.  In the class you will learn and practice how to knot using silk thread, attach clasps, design and create your own necklace.  All necessary tools and supplies will be provided by the instructor but you are encouraged to bring your own personal selection of beads, maybe an old favorite necklace that has broken.  Instructor Regina Muster.

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Come visit Sandy Hook and have a chance to see different types of birds such as this Red-Breasted Merganser.

Somerset County offers bountiful opportunities for exploration and fun with various species of plants and animals!
This Jetty is just one of the interesting features Barnegat has to offer!
Barnegat is known for being home to many different and rare bird species including these harlequins.
How many eagles can you spot?
Pictured above is one of central New Jersey’s wintering ducks, the Northern Shoveler.
BIRDING TRIPS & PROGRAMS

Birding Trips

2014 Press Release

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.

SANDY HOOK
Date: Sunday, September 14
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 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, thickets, and maritime forest offer diverse range of birding opportunities from shorebirds to songbirds and raptors.  Time permitting, we will stop at other locations based on observation reports.

 

Somerset County Fall Migrant Hotspots
Date: Sunday, October 19
Time: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $35
Guest Leader: Chris Aquila
Join us for a tour through Somerset County as we look for fall migrants.  Chris will help lead us through some of the county’s well known sites, such as Glenhurst Meadows and the Duke Estate.  We will end the trip with a stop at Chimney Rock to add a few raptors for our migration list.

 

Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge                  
Date: Saturday, November 8
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $25

The Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge is famous throughout the US as one of the two best birding spots in New Jersey.  “Brig” embraces more than 20,000 acres of coastal salt marsh, islands, open bays and channels.  Fresh-brackish impoundments created by diking off the salt marsh are the main attraction for birds.  We will spend the entire trip within the main area searching for all the bird species we can find.

 

Barnegat Light
Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $25

Barnegat Light State Park is a great winter birding spot, with lots of sea ducks, gulls, and winter shorebirds.  Dress warmly; a rigorous two miles of walking on beach and rock jetty required.  We will try and pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before heading back.

 

Eagle Watch 
Date: Saturday, January 17
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $25

The Bald Eagle may be off the federal endangered species list, but it is still a grand bird to see!  This trip will go where the eagles are, most likely along the Upper Delaware in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and/or New York State.  Winter finches, waterfowl, Golden Eagle, and other species may also be seen.  About 2 miles of walking; dress in layers for extreme cold.

 

Tundra Swans and Wintering Ducks
Date: Sunday, February 8
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

Join us on a southern loop through Central NJ for Swans and Wintering Ducks.  We will first head to Whitebogs for Tundra Swans, a traditional wintering site for the birds.  From there, we will come back north to the Trenton Marsh and walk the trails for wintering ducks.  The marsh has always hosted large rafts of ducks, including Shovelers, Teal, and other species.

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS

canoeing hunterdon's waterwaysOur 38th Year!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 37 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 (and a limited number of 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 otherwise stated, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

SCHEDULE A RIVER TRIP or CANOE CLINIC or POND PADDLE

We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, family, or service organization. A pond paddle makes a great birthday party! For questions or to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Hunterdon Park's canoe leaders have all successfully completed River Canoe Day Trip Leading Assessment in accordance with
the American Canoe Association guidelines for paddling safely and technical skill development. SAFETY FIRST!

 

Planning Your Canoe Trip

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

WHAT TO EXPECT: Please arrive at the Hunterdon County Arboretum by 8:15 AM, unless otherwise noted. We will meet behind the building where your canoe leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle. (Last chance to use an indoor bathroom.) The group will
shuttle to the river in our 15-passenger van.

Your leaders will talk about canoe safety & maneuvering at the put-in. The group will paddle for about two hours, stop on the river bank for lunch, then paddle another two hours. We are flexible about time because it depends in part on natural forces, such as the river's water level. We aim to return to the Arboretum at 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

WEATHER:Trips run rain or shine, but not in dangerous weather. Canoe leaders may elect to alter the trip, based on weather, water levels, and the aims of our canoeists.

CHILDREN: Must be accompanied by an adult. Most trips are appropriate for ages 8 years and older. Check with us about specific trips.

WHAT TO BRING:Lunch (packed in a waterproof container), plenty of water to drink, a rain jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and an extra set of clothes in a waterproof pack in chilly weather

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures. Cotton is not a good material for cool, wet outdoor activities. Polypropylene or fleece dries quickly and wool keeps you warm even if wet. Please wear sneakers—no sandals or leather boots.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Not permitted.

PETS: Not allowed, except guide animals.

KAYAKS: Call to discuss bringing your own kayak at your own risk.

QUESTIONS: Or if you would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please do not hesitate to give us a call on weekdays at (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Liz Fulmer at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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Calendar of Canoe Trips

none scheduled at this time

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River Trips

RIVER TRIPS
Time: Arrive at 8:15AM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Cost: $30 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 wind speed and the river’s water level.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

Saturday, September 13: South Branch
Saturday, September 27: Delaware: Kingwood to Bulls Island
Saturday, October 11: Musconetcong
Saturday, October 18: Leaders’ Choice

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

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Flat Water Paddles

none scheduled at this time

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2014 Kayaks

The Parks will be getting 4 Cross Over Kayaks in 2013. This is great news for all the people out there who want to try a kayak before buying one or the person who just wanted to try kayaking. We will not be putting the new kayaks into service until all our canoe leaders have received updated training on kayak safety. When they are available-please note your request for a kayak on the registration form first come, first served. If you would like to bring your own kayak please note this on your registration form when you sign up. If you do bring your own kayak it is at you own risk. For questions about the new kayaks please contact Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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FALL AND WINTER NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS

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 or Mountain Farm.  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. 

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 to spend more time indoors. 

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 eight 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. 

FALL NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL FALL NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN WINTER NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 30 to November 18
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B - SOLD OUT
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

Dates: Seven Thursdays, September 11 to October 23
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 13 to March 3
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

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GARDENING PROGRAMS

FRESH GREENS AT CHRISTMAS TIME
Date: Tuesday, December 2
Time 5:00PM to 8:00PM.
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Adults
Cost: $35

Join Senior Gardener “Jaybird” Strauss for a merry evening of holiday creativity.  Bring Christmas inside with an evergreen wreath, swag, or a boxwood topiary.  It will be an enjoyable evening to share with friends and family.  All basic material for the decorations will be provided.  Feel free to bring your own accessories as well.  Pre-registration required.

GIFTS FOR WILDLIFE
Date: Saturday, December 6
Time: 9:00am to 10:30am
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 5 and up with adult
Cost: $10 per parent-child team

Craft thoughtful gifts for their neighborhood birds.  Learn how to make tasty and decorative garlands, wreaths and feeders using cereal, fruit, lard, and other nutritious ingredients.  Please bring a shoebox or small plastic bin to transport your creations home.  Program with be led by Senior Gardener “Jaybird” Strauss.

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GUIDED NATURE WALKS

TOT WALKS *NEW*
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free
Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon on these 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.  Sign up for one, two, or all three!

BUTTERFLIES SEEDS SQUIRRELS

Date: Wednesday, September 17


Date: Wednesday, October 15

Date: Wednesday, November 19

 

Thursday Morning Bird Walks *FREE*
Cost: Free, pre-registration is required. 
Take an early morning stroll with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we look for the fall migrants and local birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are around.  Binoculars are available to borrow.

6:30 AM to 8:00 AM: 6:45 AM to 8:00 AM: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM:
9/11     Assiscong Marsh
9/18     Hoffman                    
9/25     Deer Path – Soccer Lot  
10/2     Arboretum
10/9     Bernadette Morales/Uplands
10/16   Sunnyside Picnic Area
10/23   Echo Hill


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HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES

Dates: Second Thursday of the each month, September 2014 to May 2015
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 5-12
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Cost: $30 per student for all 9 lessons

This series provides a terrific opportunity to meet 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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PUBLIC LANDS DAY...A Volunteer Opportunity
Septenber 20, 2014

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 to 12:30
Location: Miquin Woods 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner
Cost: Free
Ages: 12 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Pre-registration required.

Public Lands Day is a volunteer day focusing on trail work.  We will be installing water bars. These will divert water off of the trail and into the nearby vegetation.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.   Individuals and groups who would like to volunteer please call 908-782-1158 or email Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  

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RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

ORIENTEERING PROGRAM
Date: Tuesday, September 9
Time: 5:30PM to 7:00PM
Location: Echo Hill  
Ages: 13 and up
Cost $5 per person

Come to Echo Hill and learn what orienteering is and how navigate your way through the wilderness.  Orienteering is your chance to become a global explorer.  In this program, we will use county compasses and your portable nav-systems to locate different objects throughout the vast landscape of Echo Hill Park.  Get ready for a thrilling adventure! We will go over the basic program and then go out into the park to find the hidden treasure.  Organized groups can request this program.  For more information or questions contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us    

FREE RECREATION WALKS/PARK TOURS
Date Wednesdays, September 3 and 17, October 1 and 15
Time: 9:30 am to approx. 11:30 am
Cost: Free

Meet Patrick Eckard at each park location and join him as he introduces you to the beauty of each park.  While he inspects the trails systems, he will tell you the history of each park as you get some fresh air and exercise.  Then remember to come back on your own and hike the trails at your leisure!

September 3 Jugtown Mountain Preserve
September 17 Sourland Mountain Preserve
October 1 Point Mountain Reservation North Section parking lot off of Penwell Rd
October 15 Musconetcong Gorge Preserve

KNOT TYING
Date: Tuesday, November 18
Time: 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: 8 and up
Cost $5 per person

This program will show you a number of different knots that can be used in everyday situations. Some of the knots our Bowline, Clove Hitch, Sheet Bend, and more.  Great for anyone who works outdoors, or does sports like boating, fishing.  May also help you around the house.  Organized groups may request this program.  For more information or questions contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM
Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 5:00PM to 6:30PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 and up
Cost $3 per person

This bike program will cover the NJ state bicycling laws, what you need to ride your bike, how to pick the right bike, and where to ride your bike.  There will be demos on how to check and fix your bike and how to size it.  If you and your family bike the trails of Hunterdon County, you will benefit from this program.  Organized groups can request this program. For more information or questions contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us    

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

We have revised our Group Programs Brochure, which now includes scouting programs.  Please see the brochure here: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/brochures/programsforgroups.pdf.

Here is a list of the programs:

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). 

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
BEAVER FEVER, Grade 1+, 1-1.5, 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
*NEW* SCAT & TRACKS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
*NEW* WINGS & FEATHERS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
*NEW* 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

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
*NEW*OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
*NEW* BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
*NEW*FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
*NEW* KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 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 BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

*NEW*EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
*NEW* CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
*NEW*WOODWORKING, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials, 10 max
BASKETRY, Grade 3+, 2 hrs, $30 + $3/person materials, 10 max

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS 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
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS 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. 

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NATURE PROGRAMS
Art Classes
Let's Look For Fungi Together
On Our Mushroom Tour

MUSHROOM TOUR
Date: Thursday, September 11
Time: 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 13 through adult
Cost: $5 per person

Guest leader Rich Balsley, a local mushroom expert, will guide us through this walk.  We will meet at the Arboretum and take a short walk on the trails there to search for mushrooms.  Then we will take a quick ride in a county van to Rich’s home, Oakmoss Mycological Preserve, to spend most of the time mushroom hunting in this small but diverse property.  Rich will share his extensive knowledge of identifying mushrooms and will point out unique features of the various species. 

 

PINELANDS DAY TRIP: HIKING & HISTORY
Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 13 through adult
Cost: $20 registration fee, plus $3 mansion tour fee to be paid that day

The Pinelands National Reserve covers much of southern New Jersey.  It is a unique area with sandy soil dominated by pine and oak trees.  We will meet at the Arboretum and travel by County van to Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands.  Park Naturalist Laura Kroon will lead a hike along Batsto Lake, about four miles.  Then we will explore the historic Batsto Village.  Between 1766 and 1867, this town was a working bog iron and glass making center.  Now it consists of thirty-three historic buildings and structures including the Batsto Mansion, gristmill, sawmill, general store, workers’ homes, and post office.  We will plan to tour the Batsto Mansion ($3 tour fee to be paid that day), and we will do a picnic lunch.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water in a day pack.  About five miles of hiking required. 

 

NIGHT SOUNDS
Date: Monday, September 15
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 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?  We will take a night hike and Park Naturalist Laura Kroon will identify the prominent insect sounds around us.  We may also have the chance to view some insects, bats, or other night creatures. 

What animal left these?

 

SCAT & TRACK WORKSHOP
Date: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost $3 per person

Join Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard to examine replicas of tracks and scat of local animals.  This is meant to be an introduction to the techniques of how to identify a track or scat.  The program will use various stations to help participants learn and understand the different features of the tracks and scats used to identify the species. 

 

WOODLANDS WILDLIFE REFUGE
Date: Sunday, September 21
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $12 per person
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: All
Guest Speaker: Melissa Anahory, Program/Operations Assistant

Squirrels and raccoons and bears, OH MY!  Hunterdon County Parks is hosting an afternoon with Melissa Anahory from The Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit, state licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility dedicated to the care and release of injured and orphaned native wildlife back to their natural habitat.  Enjoy an afternoon full of fun and learning, find out about the exciting life of black bear and their place in our current society. Melissa will answer questions and have available for sale their new children’s book entitled Broke Leg Bear a true story that gives readers insight into many wildlife species and the compassionate care given daily at Woodlands.  With our new found understanding of black bears and the natural world around us, we plan to take a short walk around Echo Hill.

 

FALL SOLSTICE HIKE
Date: Tuesday, September 23
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Jugtown Mountain Preserve
Age: All
Cost: $3 per person

Autumn is an exciting time for change in nature! Join a park naturalist for a fall solstice hike on the first day of Autumn. We will explore the trails at Jugtown Mountain Preserve to look for early signs of fall including leave changes, animal activity and weather events!

 

Come explore the fields at Teetertown and discover flowers and the creatures that live on them!

FALL FIELDS
Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Teetertown Visitor Center
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3 per person

Hike around the fields at Teetertown Preserve with Park Naturalist Laura Kroon.  We will focus on fall wildflowers like goldenrod and milkweed, and the creatures that depend on them.  We will hope to see birds and insects which include butterflies.  Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them (we will have some to loan).  Meet at the Teetertown Visitor Center (the middle entrance, 30 Pleasant Grove Road). 

 

PLANET EARTH ROCKS!
Date: Tuesday, October 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Age: All ages, children with an adult
Cost: $10 per kit (1 kit per family)

Ever wonder how those looming mountains occurred?  Ever notice how the continents seem to fit together like a puzzle? “Planet Earth Rocks!” will give us an inside look at earth science and plate tectonics while also examining geology on the earth’s crust.  The program will end with the creation of your own volcano!

Come build a flicker box and maybe you will get a Northern Flicker living in your back yard.

 

Northern Flicker Box Workshop
Date: Wednesday, October 15
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Age: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $25 per box (1 box per family)

Woodpeckers are one the groups of birds that interest people.  Join us as we learn a little bit about this group and the Northern Flicker in particular.  We will then use the remainder of our time to construct the nesting box.  Please bring your own #2 Phillips screwdrivers.

 

FALL SCAVENGER HUNT
Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $3 per person
Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Enjoy the beauty of the season with this fun scavenger hunt at the County Arboretum!  We will search for signs of fall and the upcoming winter. 

 

BIG TREE TOUR: HUNTERDON/WARREN COUNTIES
Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $10 per person

Some of New Jersey’s trees have been around for hundreds of years, witnessing the native Lenni Lenape tribes, the birth of America, the growth of roads and development of our County.  On this van tour, we will see some fall colors as we drive around Hunterdon and Warren Counties checking out some of the biggest and oldest trees in the area as well as some state record trees.  We will visit the famous “shoe tree” in Belvidere.  We will leave from the Arboretum at 9:00 AM and return about 2:00 PM.  Bring a lunch and water to have a picnic under a big tree!  Please arrive 15 minutes early to load the van.  About two miles of hiking may be required. 

Beavers are fascinating creatures—let’s look for them and their signs at Hoffman Park in October!

 

BEAVER WALK
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park, Mechlin’s Corner Road entrance
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Did you know that beavers live in Hunterdon County?  Come learn how these fascinating rodents construct dams and lodges.  We will search for signs of these animals along our ponds.  Please dress to be outdoors and bring a pair of binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow).  We will meet at the satellite parking area on Mechlin’s Corner Road. 

 

 PHOTOGRAPHY NATURE HUNT
Date: Saturday, October 25
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $5 per person
Location: Teetertown
Age: All

This park-wide scavenger hunt will give you the chance to fully explore one of our county parks. During this event, you and/or your group will compete against all the other participating teams to complete a scavenger list by snapping a picture each item so as not disturb nature. At the end of the day, we will debrief about our findings and what they could mean.

 

RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON
Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

In the fall, hawks and falcons migrate through New Jersey on the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountains.  Come learn about these birds of prey in a slide show and view some mounted specimens. 

It’s not every day that you can find such a wonderful view of Uranus

 

THE NON-VISIBLE PLANETS
Date: Friday, November 14 (rain date is Saturday, November 15)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Age: 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult) (firm on age)
Cost: $3 per person
Guest Astronomers: Wayne Petko & John Andrews

Many of the past stargazing programs have usually included one of the visible planets.  The sky for this night has the two non-visible planets in position to be viewed.  Our Guest Astronomers are both members of the New Jersey Astronomical Association and have offered to join us for this program.  The focus will be on viewing the planets Uranus and Neptune.  Interested participants must understand that time will be needed to find these objects and that the group size will be kept so we can keep the targets in view.

 

SHELTER BUILDING
Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Build your own shelter and learn about survival during our Shelter Building program!
Let’s look for tracks this winter like these red fox tracks!

Come outside and learn the important survival skill of shelter building!  We will talk a little about wilderness survival, learn how to find a good spot to create a shelter, and build a debris hut out of sticks and leaves.  We will also talk a little about the type of shelter that animals use. 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE
Date: Tuesday, December 9
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: free!

Rosemary Dreger Carey from the Climate Reality Project will lead us in a slide show and discussion of climate change science, impacts, and solutions.  Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions.  The Climate Reality Project exists to forge unwavering bedrock of impassioned support necessary for urgent action.  With that foundation, together we will ignite the moral courage in our leaders to solve the climate crisis.  This is a free program but please pre-register. 

 

Waterfowl of the County
Date: Wednesday, January 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

The period from January through March is the peak time to observe waterfowl.  Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, for a night to discuss and view pictures of the typical ducks and duck-like birds that live and/or visit our the county.  After the discussion, we will also walk the location to physically see these birds.

 

WINTER TRACKING
Date: Saturday, January 24
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill playground
All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

A recent snowfall is the best time to look for animal tracks.  Although much of our wildlife is nocturnal and we do not always see it, we can see what animals are around us by the clues they leave behind.  Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon for a tracking hike around Echo Hill Park.  Please dress for the weather.  If there is no snow, we will look for tracks in the mud, and other signs of wildlife. 

 

MAPLE TREE TAPPING
Date: Saturday, January 24
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Have you come to our Maple Sugaring program in March and wondered how exactly we tap the trees, or where the Echo Hill sugar bush is?  Well, here’s your chance to find out!  We will meet at the playground and walk to the sugar bush (about five to ten minutes).  Then, Park Naturalist Laura Kroon will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will tap about 30 trees! 

 

OWLS
Date: Monday, February 2
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Cost: $3 per person
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come learn about these nocturnal birds of prey.  We will find out what kinds of owls live in Hunterdon County in a slide show, view some taxidermy specimens, and dissect owl pellets to find out what owls eat. 

Beavers as well as other aquatic mammals are very interesting mammals that will be featured during this study!
Help us collect sap and participate in the process of Maple Sugaring!

 

Aquatic Mammals
Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill - MPR
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person


Join Chief Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, for a night as we explore the four mammals of Hunterdon County that are linked to our waterways and ponds.  Through the use of slides, mounted specimens, furs and other artifacts, we will gain an insight into the lives of Muskrats, Beavers, Mink and River Otters.

 

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION
Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $3 per person
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

One aspect of Maple Sugaring that is not really covered during our March Maple Sugaring program is collecting the sap.  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come find out and participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes). Please note that the sap flow is weather dependent.   This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February or early March—please call us to schedule a group. 

 

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PROJECT WET

Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Adults
Cost: $15
Guest Instructor, Kevin Kopp, NJ Project WET Coordinator

The most critical element for human life on Earth is water, which people often take for granted.  The PROJECT WET (Water Education for Teachers) activity guide provides teachers of grades K-12 with over 60 science based lessons that focus on water quality, pollution and water supply concepts.  All participants will receive an activity guide during the program.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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PARK VAN AND BUS TRIPS

 

PINELANDS DAY TRIP: HIKING & HISTORY
Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 13 through adult

One of the top haunted attractions in the country!
Eastern State Penniteniary, opened in 1829.
Enjoy over 12,000 works of art including; paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and photographs!
A state of the art full dome video with totally immerse audiences within images covering the entire 360 degree inner dome.

Cost: $20 registration fee, plus $3 mansion tour fee to be paid that day

The Pinelands National Reserve covers much of southern New Jersey.  It is a unique area with sandy soil dominated by pine and oak trees.  We will meet at the Arboretum and travel by County van to Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands.  Park Naturalist Laura Kroon will lead a hike along Batsto Lake, about four miles.  Then we will explore the historic Batsto Village.  Between 1766 and 1867, this town was a working bog iron and glass making center.  Now it consists of thirty-three historic buildings and structures including the Batsto Mansion, gristmill, sawmill, general store, workers’ homes, and post office.  We will plan to tour the Batsto Mansion ($3 tour fee to be paid that day), and we will do a picnic lunch.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water in a day pack.  About five miles of hiking required. 

TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Eastern State Penitentiary)    SORRY SOLD OUT
Date: Friday, October 3
Time: 6:00 PM to about midnight
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $25
Ages: 13 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us as we experience “Terror Behind the Walls,” a massive haunted house in an 11-acre abandoned prison, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  This tour has consistently been ranked as one of the top haunted attractions in the nation.  We will be leaving from the Hunterdon County Arboretum on Friday, October 3 at 6:00 PM and returning around midnight.  We will travel by County vans.  The cost is $25 per person, which includes the van ride and the ticket.  The tour begins in a former exercise yard, surrounded by massive 30-foot high walls.  Next, walk down several real cellblocks, past the long abandoned cells that once held some 80,000 men and women who served time here.  Halfway through the 45-minute tour, you will have a chance to visit the penitentiary’s central surveillance hub.  Here you will have a magnificent view down all seven original cellblocks.  After surviving your haunted tour, you may wish to visit one of the historic site’s exhibits or gift shop or feast on some batter-dipped Oreos or fresh funnel cake at the snack bar.  We will park at the zoo and taking the ghost bus where we will hear ghost stories on the way over to the Penitentiary.  Please dress for the weather, as the Penitentiary is not heated.  For more detailed information, visit www.easternstate.org.

DAY AT THE NEW JERSEY STATE MUSUEM AND PLANETARIUM SHOW
Trenton, NJ
Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: Leave Arboretum at 12:30 AM, Return by 5 PM
Cost: 15.00 per person
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us for a day of adventure at the NJ State Museum – home to 4 floors of local history and a state-of-the-art Planetarium. We will be leaving the Arboretum at 12:30; feel free to bring a lunch or a snack for the ride down.  We will explore the museum’s array of New Jersey history, including exhibitions on Natural History, Fine Arts, Archeology & Ethnography, and Cultural History. Finally, we will finish off the expedition with a show at the newly renovated Planetarium. It’s a perfect day for the whole family!
Statemuseum.nj.gov

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS & HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW
Bronx, NY
Date: Saturday, November 22
Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm
Location: Deer Path Park - Soccer Lot
Ages: Adults
Cost: $55 per person (includes bus & ticket to show)

Join Sr. Gardener Jaybird Strauss as we travel in comfort to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx to see the famous Holiday Train Show!
The show is bigger and better than ever with more trains, including a new G-scale Metro North train that winds its way around a display of Hudson River Valley mansions in the Palm Dome pool! Visit the Holiday Adventures in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, where kids can embark on a journey through a variety of activity train station stops. Marvel at model trains zipping around over 100 New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. You will get an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed in The Artist's Studio. You can explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and do some holiday shopping too.  Explore the Holiday Dining Pavilion: "The Streets of New York", where classic twinkling lights greet you along an evergreen tree-lined path between inventive menu stations with comfortable family seating. Vintage historical canvases of street scenes complement this enchanting holiday experience. Let us do the driving! Visit their website for more information at Nybg.org.

There is no place quite like Rockefeller Center during the holidays!
See Megatron from the Transformers 3 movie!
The museum has a collection of nearly 100 bikes, cars, motorcycles and trucks.

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
Date: Sunday, December 7th
Time: Leave 8:30 AM and return 8:00 PM
Location: Leave from Deer Path Park
Ages: All (Must bring own car seat you may leave seat on bus)
(Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $33.00 per person

Hop on our coach bus for a trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center. Experience the Holiday season like never before, in historic Manhattan– where the smell of hot chocolate and pine waft through the air! You design your perfect day in the Big Apple. You can brunch at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, watch the skaters at Rockefeller Center, visit the American Doll store, lunch in beautiful Bryant Park, shop at Macy’s, take a bus tour or go to the Broadway show of your choice – the options are endless.  Our private coach bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM, and will head straight into the area of Radio City Music Hall. No more dealing with trains and traffic - we provide the transportation and you take it from there.

TOUR OF THE AMERICA ON WHEELS & THE MACK TRUCK MUSEUM Allentown, PA
Date: Saturday, January 10
Time: Leave 9:00 AM, return 5 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Cost: $20 per person
Ages:  Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Ever since the creation of the Ford Model T in 1908, the United States has been known around the world for its innovative approaches to transportation. Join us on a tour through Lehigh Valley’s world famous vehicle museums, including America on Wheels and the Mack Truck Museum. We will learn about the evolution of the car and truck and observe some of the rarest vehicles in the entire world. The tour will leave the Arboretum at 9:00 AM, reach Allentown by 10:00 AM, and return to the Arboretum by 5:00 PM. We will stop at a local diner so you can purchase lunch or you are welcome to bring your own.
 For more information, check out www.Americaonwheels.com & www.mactrucks.com

SAHARA SAM’S OASIS (INDOOR WATER PARK)
West Berlin, NJ
Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $35.00 per person
Ages: 8 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Leave from the Arboretum

Need a break from winter? Join us for a nice 84 degree day with low humidity at New Jersey’s only indoor water park.  Enjoy the flow river (surfing simulator), slides, a 3,000 sq. foot arcade and so much more. Have lunch at the Desert Palms Café. Rental lockers are available on a first come/first serve basis.  No outside footwear allowed and please bring your own towels.  Locker rooms are available for changing. saharasams.com       

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TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY
Touch-A-Truck
The Parade that Stands Still

Date: Saturday, November 1
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park       
Cost: Free (pre-registration is not necessary)
Ages: All ages welcome

This growing 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 1, at Deer Path Park, for this exciting event.  Deer Path is located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township.  From 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM you will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel up close at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 12th Annual Touch-A-Truck.

This event is free and open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).  No pre-registration is required; however, donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of the program.  The atmosphere is relaxed, pressure-free, and noncommercial.  The County Employee Appreciation Committee will be hosting a concession stand.  Don’t forget your camera!

Special Opportunity: The NJ chapter of the NY Blood Center will be bringing their Blood Mobile to this year’s event.  Willing attendees will be able to donate blood during the event.  Those who donate at the event will receive a small gift from the Parks as a “Thank You” for their support while the supply lasts

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REGISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS

Click here for Program Registration and Camp Registration Forms & Other Associated Paperwork

For additional information about any of the programs offered by the Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation, please contact us by calling VOICE: (908)782-1158 / TDD (908)788-1545, by email at: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Accessibility Statement: It is the policy of the County of Hunterdon Parks and Recreation to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities upon advance notification of need. Persons requiring accommodations in regard to facilities, programs, etc...should call the Park office at (908) 782-1158 ten days prior to program attendance or facility use.

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