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ART CLASSES

BASKETRY AND DRUM WORKSHOPS
BIRDING PROGRAMS -  updated 09/13/2018
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
DISCOUNT SKI RESORT TICKETS
GARDENING PROGRAM
HOMESCHOOL OFFERINGS
NATURE PROGRAMS
NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS - updated 09/04/2018
POTTERY PROGRAMS - updated 08/24/2018
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
SQUARE DANCING
WALKS (Free)
WEEKEND CAMPING TRIP - updated 08/22/2018
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SPECIAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Public Lands Day Volunteer Opportunity - September 22
Touch-A-Truck - November 3
Maple Sugaring Living History Program - starting March 2018
ALL 2018 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

PUBLIC LANDS DAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Public Lands Day Trail Repair at Wescott Preserve

Wescott Preserve

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 Wescott 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.

Wescott 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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MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

OPEN HOUSE for the PUBLIC

Maple Sugar Living History Program

Maple Sugar Living History

Date: Saturday, March 9… pre-registration is not required.
Rain date: Sunday, 3/10 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM… tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: All
Cost: $1 per person suggested donation

ORGANIZED GROUPS… School Field Trips, Scout Groups and Other Organized Groups

Dates: Wednesday, March 6 and Friday, March 8…pre-registration required; call 908-782-1158.
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM… Tours scheduled every 30 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: All
Cost: $1 per person suggested donation

Native Americans discovered the sweet quality of sugar maple sap before written history.  For hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, Native Americans would set up camp in a stand of sugar maples during the sap run.  The sugar they produced was an important food for them and for the colonists, who learned the process from the Native Americans.  It was only during the 1930s when maple sugar took the form we use today: syrup!

Experience first-hand the North American tradition of maple sugaring at Hunterdon County’s Maple Sugaring Program.  You’ll take a trip through time to experience the art of the sugaring process.  Along the way you will see an early American Frontiersman taping his trees, visit a sugar “farmer” at his evaporator, and enjoy a Native American story about the discovery of maple sap.  At the end of your walk everyone will get a free taste of real maple syrup on a silver dollar pancake. 

Also Available:

MAPLE SUGAR TO GO! 

Let us bring Maple Sugaring to your location with our new Maple Sugaring bus! 1 hour, $50 in-County, $75 out-of-County (limited range).  Call the office to schedule a program. 

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION…

Have your group help us collect sap!  On weekdays throughout February, we will schedule groups to visit the Sugar Bush.  We will discuss how we tap our trees, and we will collect the sap.  Experience a different part of Maple Sugaring!  Call us to schedule your group.  Echo Hill, 1 hour, 6-25 people, ages 5 to adult (kids with adult help), $30 for the group.  Families and individuals can sign up for a sap collection program on February 1 or February 16 (see Recreation Programs). 


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ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
FOR ADULTS with Lena Shiffman
Thursday Art Studios - Morning, Afternoon and Evening Sessions
FOR ADULTS with Charles David Viera
Beginner and Intermediate Drawing and Painting
Intermediate to Advanced Drawing and Painting
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)

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, September 27 – November 1 (no class 10/18) (snow-date Sunday 11/4)
Session B: Five Thursdays, November 8 – December 13 (no class 11/22) (snow-date Sunday 12/16)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 20 – January 17 (snow-date Sunday 1/20)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 24 – February 21 (snow-date Sunday 2/24)

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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ADULT ART with CHARLES DAVID VIERA www.charlesdavidviera.com

ADULT ART WITH INSTRUCTOR CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Thursday ARt Studios with Lena Shiffman

Learn to draw and paint with Charles David Viera!

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE DRAWING AND PAINTING
Session A: Six Wednesdays, September 26 – November 7 (no class 10/17)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, November 14 – December 19
Session C: Six Wednesdays, January 9 – February 13
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

This is a great place to start to learn the basics of painting and drawing in an educational, supportive, and fun environment.  Students begin each semester with instruction in the basic rules of drawing, which includes information on contour, value, and composition, and then move on to the study and use of color.  Working from a variety of subject matter, the instructor will offer information on the proper use of materials, composition, and color theory via frequent group and individual critiques.  Students should only bring black and white drawing materials to the first class.  The instructor will discuss the color materials (pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints) that you may utilize during the class.  

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INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING

Session A: Six Fridays, September 28 – November 2
Session B: Six Fridays, November 16 – December 28 (no class 11/23)
Session C: Six Fridays, January 11 – February 15
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $140 (materials not included.  Some sessions may require an additional $5 model fee, collected during the first class)

The curriculum of this class is devised to offer students with some previous instruction a structured, but open and supportive environment in which to create.  Working from a variety of studio assignments, or independent projects of their own design, each student will be encouraged to explore academic as well as more expressionistic and abstract options via group and individual critiques and illustrated lectures referencing the history of painting.  Open to pastel, oil, watercolor, and acrylic painters with some experience.  Some six-week sessions may require an approximate $5 model fee that will be collected the first class.

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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, September 22 – November 3 (no class 10/27)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 10 – December 22 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 5 - February 16 (no class 1/19)
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 or more session.

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, September 22 – November 3 (no class 10/27)
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 10 – December 22 (no class 11/24)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 5 - February 16 (no class 1/19)
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 more sessions. Remember to dress in old clothing. 

Meet Art Instructor Lena Shiffman

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BASKETRY and DRUM WORKSHOPS
Small Market Basket - October 10

Pyramid Basket - November14

UFO...Unfinished Objects - November 19
Hearth Basekt - January 4 & 11

Small Key Basket - January 18 & 25

Make a 14" Hand Drum - February 2 (snow date Febraury 16)

 

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.

SMALL MARKET BASKET

 

PYRAMID BASKET

Market Basket

Date: Wednesday, October 10
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Cost: $26 (includes materials)
Location: Arboretum

Make a rectangle basket measuring 9” wide x 12” long x 8” tall including the handle. Color pattern design your choice. SKILL LEVEL: Easy

 
Pyramid Basket

Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20, (includes materials)

Starts by making a basic round basket. After turning up the sides we will add pyramids of beads causing a wavy rim. Advanced students can explore design elements. Basket measures 6” in diameter by 2 ½ inch high. SKILL LEVEL: Moderate

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UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

 

HEARTH BASKET


Date: Monday, November 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5

Do you have a basket that you have not finished? Or a basket kit you always wanted to try? Join us for this UFO class. 

 

 
Hearth Basket

Dates: Fridays, January 4 & 11
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Cost: $30 (includes materials)
Location: Arboretum

Join the fun and make a useful basket: a smaller version of the basket pictured here with added embellishments called curls and a woven handle cover. SKILL LEVEL: Easy to Moderate

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SMALL KEY BASKET

 

MAKE A 14” HAND DRUM

Dates: Fridays, January 18 & 25
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials

Key Basket Key Basket

Make a small wall basket constructed using a round hoop and ribs. It looks like half an egg basket. Focus on working with a knife to whittle down the ribs. SKILL LEVEL: Advanced

 

Date: Saturday, February 2 (snow date February 16)
Time 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adults
Cost: $95 (You must register by January 10, no refunds will be awarded after this date.)

Hand Drum Hand Drum

Making your own wooden frame hand drum can be very rewarding and only involves a moderate amount of crafting skills to accomplish. Students stretch a deer hide tautly onto a 14” maple hoop and lash it tight.

*PLEASE NOTE: you will be handling wet deer hide. The surface of your drum will be of raw hide, that is an animal hide that has been dehaired, cleaned, stretched and dried but not tanned. Please bring a 12” long by 3/4” thick stick to make a drum stick with. Drum supplies need to be ordered in advance, please register by January 10 at which point no refunds will be awarded.

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BIRDING PROGRAMS
Sandy Hook - September 15 Sorry, sold out; call for wait list
Fall Sparrow Run - October 21
Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge - November 17
Cape Cod Winter Adventure - November 03 to December 2 Sorry, sold out; call for wait list
Barnegat Light - December 8
Eagle Watch - January 19
North Shore Run - February 10
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. 

SANDY HOOK

 

FALL SPARROW RUN

Sanderlings

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

Sorry, sold out; call for wait list

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.

 

 

Date: Sunday, October 21
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $30

We will spend the day birding various grassland habitats looking for different species of our fall sparrows. Focus stops will include Cold Brook Preserve and Glenhurst Meadows. Time permitting, we will include some other local spots. Participants should be prepared to walk about two miles by the end of the day. 

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BRIGANTINE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

 

CAPE COD WINTER ADVENTURE

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Ages: Adults
Cost: $30

This 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.

 

 

Sorry, sold out; call for wait list

Date: Friday to Sunday, November 30 through December 2
Time: 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $275
Note: Limited to 8 participants

Join us on a birding trek to Cape Cod for the weekend. Our first day will be the drive up to the cape. Once there, we will do some birding on local ponds and the bay for winter ducks and other species. We will then retire to our hotel. Day two will be a drive up to Provincetown at the tip to bird around the harbor for Razorbills and Murres and then over to Race Point. This will be our chance to seawatch for shearwaters, dovekie, and kittiwakes. Bring clothes for the weather; we will be on the beach for at least an hour. We will then work our way back down the cape hitting additional birding spot as time permits. Our last day will be a local stop or two if we are still missing any local species before we begin the ride back to New Jersey. 

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BARNEGAT LIGHT

 

EAGLE WATCH 

Date: Saturday, December 8
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $30

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 try and pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before heading back.

 

 
Eagle Watch

Date: Saturday, January 19
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $30

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, and other species may also be seen. About 2 miles of walking; dress in layers for extreme cold.

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NORTH SHORE RUN

   

Date: Sunday, February 10
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $30

Join us on a run along the North Shore of New Jersey looking for winter ducks and other species in and around the lakes, waterways, beaches and ocean in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. We will start in Ocean at the Manasquan River Inlet and work our way north at least as far as Lake Takanassee. The trip will have multiple stops so dress in layers and be prepared for climbing in and out of the va

 

   
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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - OUR 41ST YEAR
River Trips - various dates
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 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.

  • 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 SKI RESORT TICKETS AVAILABLE

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offer discount ski tickets for:

  • Blue Mountain
  • Jack Frost Big Boulder and
  • Mountain Creek.

Tickets will be available to purchase starting in December and will remain on sale throughout the winter.

We also offer discount tickets to local amusement parks through the spring and summer months. 

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

 

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GARDENING PROGRAM
Fresh Greens at Christmas

FRESH GREENS AT CHRISTMAS TIME

Session A: Wednesday, December 5
Time 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Session B: Thursday, December 6
Time 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 14 through adults
Cost: $35 per person

Join the dynamic duo of Laura and Liz for a merry evening or  morning of holiday creativity.  Bring Christmas inside with an evergreen wreath, swag, or a boxwood topiary.  It will be an enjoyable time to share with friends and family. 

A variety of greens and basic ribbons will be provided, but feel free to bring your own accessories as well.  Preregistration required

 

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HOMESCHOOL SERIES
Enviornmental Series - September 2018 to May 2019
Recreation Series - February 18 to May 2018

 

Homeschool Environental Series

Kids will be hands on to explore the various topics and elements of our Enviornmental Series

ENVIRONMENTAL 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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RECREATION SERIES

Date: Second Thursday of each month, February to May
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill 
Ages: 6 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $20 per child for 4 lessons; adults attend for free

This is a four-part recreation series designed for homeschooled children.  On February 14, we will make Valentine’s Day cards and other crafts.  On March 14, we will learn how we make sap into maple syrup.  On April 11, the group will focus on Native Americans and do some related crafts.  We will close with making food over a campfire on May 8. 

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NATURE PROGRAMS
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
Girl Scout Wow! Water Journey Introduction - October 13
Forestry Scouting Merit Badge - October 19
Uranus & the Evening Sky - Ocotber 26 (Rain Date - October 27)
Nature of the Night Halloween Hike and Campfire - October 26
Beaver Walk - November 1
Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy ) for Youth and Young Adults - November 8
Build a Screech Owl Box Workshop - November 8
Camoulfage - November 10
Wilderness First Aid - November 10 & 11
Climate Change - November 14
The Historic Lenape Lifestyle, Living with Nature - November 17
Conifers at Christmas - December 6
Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop - December 7
Bears in the Backyard - January 7
Lean About Lichens! - January 16 (snow date January 23)
Winter Tracking - January 19
Winter Scavenger Hunt - January 20
Emerald Ash Borer & Current Affairs - January 24
Owls - January 28
Wildlife of Hunterdon - February 2
Mercury & the Early Evening Sky - Febraury 27
Waterfowl Lecture - February 28
 

 

NIGHT SOUNDS

 

SHINRIN-YOKU (FOREST THERAPY)

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. 

 

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
Forest Therapy

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

 

EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF MUSCONETCONG GORGE

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.

 
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

 

TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TO EARLY LEARNERS

Natural Dyes

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.

 

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

 

MUSHROOM WALK

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.

 
Mushroom Walk

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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GIRL SCOUT WOW! WATER JOURNEY INTRODUCTION

 

FORESTRY SCOUTING MERIT BADGE

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: Brownies
Cost: $3

Come learn all about water and how precious it is as you take your first steps in earning the Wonders of Water Journey. Girls will learn how to make their homes clean and green. They will discover ways to save energy and water, and learn the benefits of recycling. This program will cover some of the requirements of the journey, leaving Brownies inspired to fulfill the Share requirement when they get home. This program is a great way to get Scouts thinking about water differently.

 

 
Forestry Badge

The Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Division offers a number of Merit Badges, including Forestry on
October 19. 

Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Miquin Woods Preserve
Ages: Boy Scouts or Venture Scouts ages 11 through 17
Cost: $10 per scout

Earn your Forestry Merit Badge with Counselor Laura Bush! 

We will get together on October 19 to prepare our field notebooks, identifying 15 species of forest plants and observing tree growth rings and animal/insect damage (requirements 1 and 2). 

Please bring a camera and a notebook and pencil for sketching.  Scouts will need to schedule an additional meeting time with Laura after they have completed the additional requirements for the badge on their own. 

Cost is per scout; adults may accompany their scout for free, or drop them off. 

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URANUS & THE EVENING SKY

 

NATURE OF THE NIGHT HALLOWEEN HIKE & CAMPFIRE


Date: Friday, October 26 (Rain Date: Saturday, October 27)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Age: 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3
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 Uranus at its closest point to the Earth’s orbit but it is still beyond our visual range without assistance. Our Guest Astronomers Wayne & John are both members of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, will help us view our closest non-visible planet and then other objects. Interested participants should understand that time will be needed to find these objects and that the group size will be small so we can keep the target in view while still being able to offer views of the planet.

 

 
Campfire

Get ready for Halloween with a hike and campfire! 

Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $5

On this non-haunted night hike, we will look and listen for nocturnal animals.  We will also learn about adaptations of the eyes and ears for nighttime survival.  We will finish the program with a campfire and a spooky snack.  Please notate any dietary restrictions on your registration form. 

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BEAVER WALK

 

SHINRIN YOKU (FOREST THERAPY) FOR YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS

Beaver Walk

Beavers have now lived at Miquin Woods for several years. 

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Miquin Woods
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Beavers are fascinating creatures!  They are the largest rodent in North America, and the animal that changes their environment the most after humans.  They use their ever-growing teeth to cut down trees and branches to build dams and lodges, and to eat the inner bark. 

We will look for signs of beavers along our pond, and hope to see the creatures themselves!  We will meet at Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner, and ride in a County van ¾ mile to the pond to save some time.  Please arrive ten minutes early so we can all board the van together!

 

 


Date: Thursday, November 8
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 9 through 25
Cost: $5 per person

Join naturalist Debra Reed in an effort to combat our indoor epidemic and reap the health benefits of a tranquil, relaxing, guided walk through the forest. Let go of the stress created by school and extracurricular activities and work on increasing your ability to focus.

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BUILD A SCREECH OWL BOX WORKSHOP

 

CAMOUFLAGE


Date: Thursday, November 8
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $20 per box

Eastern Screech Owls are beautiful birds and can easily adapt to most woodlots as long as a cavity hole is available. However, if your woodlot does not have a cavity hole to offer, fear not, they will easily adapt to an artificial nesting box. Join us for this program as we learn a little bit about Screech owls and then use the rest of our time to assemble the boxes together. Wood will be pre-cut and screws will be provided. Please bring your own Phillips screwdrivers. Limit one box per family.

 

 


Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3 per person

Don your best camouflage gear and join us to learn what camouflage means for animals!  We will play games to practice our camouflage skills.  We will also learn stalking techniques to determine how animals hunt. 

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WILDERNESS FIRST AID

 

CLIMATE CHANGE


Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11   
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $130

Do you work or travel in remote locations? Do you hike, backpack, ski, snowshoe or paddle in the backcountry where medical care is an hour away or more? This 16-hour Wilderness First Aid class will give you the knowledge and skills needed to manage common injuries and illnesses in remote settings. This class is taught by experienced outdoor trip leaders and emergency responders from BSA Venturing Crew 6194, an Emergency Care and Safety Institute authorized training center. Through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on skill scenarios, participants will learn how to assess, treat, and prevent common backcountry emergencies. Participants will receive a waterproof copy of the Wilderness First Aid Field Guide, supplemental handouts, and other class materials.

 

 


Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: free!
Guest presenter: Hal Benz

Hal Benz from the Climate Reality Project will lead us in a slide show and discussion of climate change science, impacts, and solutions.  The quantity of intense storms we have been having over the past several years point back to climate change.  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. 

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THE HISTORIC LENAPE LIFESTYLE, LIVING WITH NATURE

 

CONIFERS AT CHRISTMAS


Date: Saturday, November 17           
Time:  3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $5

Come learn how the Lenape people used the natural world around them. The ancestral Lenape who once lived in New Jersey made the most of the native plants around them for food, shelter, and medicine. They used trees for transportation, plants to add color to their clothing, and reptiles to create musical instruments. During this program we will get to explore these natural tools and some Lenape traditions. 

 

 


Date: Thursday, December 6 
Time: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $3

Needing to get out more often in the winter? Take a winter walk through our gardens to discover how many different evergreens grow here at the Arboretum. Conifers are an ancient and diverse group of trees, but are all conifers evergreens? Are all cones, pinecones? Do needles on trees grow the same and are they considered leaves? Join us to learn more about these amazing trees that decorate so many homes at this time of year.

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PROJECT LEARNING TREE EDUCATOR WORKSHOP

 

BEARS IN THE BACKYARD


Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: adults
Cost: $20 (cost includes lunch)
Guest instructor: Gina Provenzano, NJ PLT Coordinator

Project Learning Tree is a nationally recognized activity guide that provides educators with tools for increasing student environmental awareness. Whether you are a formal educator, 4-H leader, scout leader, or home school instructor, Project Learning Tree activities will engage your students in interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, evaluation, literacy and research. PLT supports Next Generation Science Standards and is correlated to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. PLT is sponsored by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry.  Cost includes the workshop, lunch, and the K-8 guide.  Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration. 

 

 
Bears in the Backyard

Date: Monday, January 7       
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $3

Have you seen bears in your area?  Are you concerned?

Come find out how we can co-exist with bears in our backyards.

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LEARN ABOUT LICHENS!

 

WINTER TRACKING

Lichenologist Dennis Waters
Lichens
Lichenologist Dennis Waters will help us identify this and many other lichens on January 16!

Date: Wednesday, January 16 (snow date January 23)
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $3
Guest presenter: Dennis Waters

Are they plants?  Are they fungi?  No, they’re both! 

Lichens are everywhere you look, and they are as fascinating as they are ubiquitous.  Join lichenologist Dennis Waters to learn about these remarkable botanical partnerships—how they work and how they have grown to be so dependent on each other. 

We will enjoy a slideshow, and then look at some local samples.

  Bring along lichens you have found to have them identified. 

 

 
Bird Tracks

Let’s hope for snow to give us a good variety of tracking options!

Date: Saturday, January 19
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: all
Cost: $3

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 Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush 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.  Meet at the playground parking lot. 

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WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT

 

EMERALD ASH BORER & CURRENT AFFAIRS

Date: Sunday, January 20      
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: All
Cost: $5

A scavenger hunt in nature is a great way to get kids outdoors and more in tune with their natural surroundings. We will head out on a winter-themed scavenger hunt; searching for seeds, tracks, leaves, twigs, birds, pinecones, and berries, followed by some hot chocolate by the fire.

 

 

Date: Thursday, January 24  
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Age: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free (preregistration is required)

Join Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard for the evening as he shares the current development of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the County and State. A history of the EAB will be given and an account of what the steps have been taken to mitigate the effects of the EAB in the County and State. A Q&A will be offered to delve into   homeowner’s concerns.

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OWLS

 

WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON

Owls

Great-horned Owls use stick nests leftover from other large birds.  Photo by William Wyman

Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3

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.

With Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush. 

 

 

Date: Saturday, February 2    
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $3

Naturalist Debra Reed is excited to present interesting facts and specimens of Hunterdon’s most interesting wildlife. Come learn about the animals living in your own backyard including the coyote, the bear, snakes, bats, and many more.

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MERCURY & THE EARLY EVENING SKY

 

WATERFOWL LECTURE

Date: Wednesday, February 27 (Rain Date: Thursday, February 28)
Time: 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Age: 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult) (Firm on age)
Cost: $3
Guest Astronomers: Wayne Petko & John Andrews

While Mercury is one of the five visible planet that we can see with the naked eye, it is actually the hardest one to view. Being so close to the Sun, Mercury is never more than 18 degrees from the Sun. This evening, the planet is approaching its furthest point from the star. Join us for a chance to see Mercury up close and then some other celestial features as the sky turns to night.

 

 
Waterfowl

Wood Ducks are one of the most beautiful ducks that live in Hunterdon County. 

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3

What makes a duck a duck?  Did you know that some ducks “dump” eggs in other ducks’ nests?  What about that ducks that dive in deep water have feet positioned further back on their bodies than ducks that dabble in shallower water?  Or that their courtship rituals may involve arching their necks, whistling, and then lowering their bills and spurting water toward the female?  This lecture by Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush will go through common types of ducks and duck-like birds in Hunterdon, and places to find them in our area.

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NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS - WEEKDAY
Fall and Winter Nature Clubs for Kids
Tot Walks - September 20 to November 16

 

FALL AND WINTER 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.  Park Naturalist Debra Reed 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 worldOur popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  Park Naturalist Debra Reed 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. 

FALL NATURE CLUB

 

WINTER NATURE CLUB

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

 

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 8 to February 26
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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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
WEATHER
Session A: Thursday, January 24, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, January 25, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Eastern State Penitentiary and Jack's Firehouse for Lunch - September 15 Sorry, sold out; call for wait list
Mount Tabor 25th Annual House Tour - September 29 ONLY ONE (1) SEAT LEFT
Nitty Gritty City Tour - October 5
Lake Hopatcong Lunch Cruise - New Trip Date: Thursday, October 11 (was October 18)
Mount Holly History, Pumkins and More - October 28
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens - November 9
Grey Towers Van Trip - November 16
Sahara Sam's Oasis (Indoor Water Park) - November 17
Candlelight Carol Sing at Cathedral Basilica - December 12
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament - January 12
Siteseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks South Branch Section - January 13
Glencairn Castle Van Trip - January 23
Martin Guitars and Mack Trucks - February 28
Sightseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks: South County Parks - February 10
9/11 Memorial Museum Coach Bus Trip - October 20
New York City Bus Trip - December 2
The Great American Outdoor Show (NEW BUS TRIP) - February 9
Philadelphia Flower Show "Flower Power" Bus Trip - March 5

 

EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY & JACK’S FIREHOUSE FOR LUNCH

Jack's Firehouse

Sorry, sold out; call for wait list

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

One (1) Seat Left - Sign up now!!!

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

Sorry, sold out; call for wait list

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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LAKE HOPATCONG LUNCH CRUISE


Lake Hopatcong Lunch Cruise

Join us on the Miss Lotta for a Lunch Cruise on Lake Hopatcong

New Trip Date: Thursday, October 11 (was October 18)
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $24 PLUS YOU MUST BOOK YOUR OWN CRUISE ASAP… cruise and lunch (gratuities and beverages not included) will be an additional cost of $43.18, you must contact Lake Hopatcong Cruises https://lakehopatcongcruises.com or call 973-663-5000 and book a seat on the Lotta, for October 18, lunch cruise, noon to 2:00 pm, off-season price $43.18.
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Every cruise on LHC’s Miss Lotta is both unique and enjoyable. The Captain will take us on a lovely two-hour cruise around beautiful Lake Hopatcong. We will enjoy a delicious meal, served buffet style with an array of different choices.

The Lotta is equipped with a cash bar, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost. This refurbished state-of-the-art 57 foot Skipperliner is outfitted with amenities that ensure customer satisfaction. Casual attire, please bring a jacket as it may get breezy on board. Our guest guide Chip Colombo will delight us with his plethora of history. Trip runs rain or shine!

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MOUNT HOLLY HISTORY, PUMPKINS, AND MORE

Mount Holly Tour

Burlington County Prison Museum

Date: Sunday, October 28
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Ages: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 plus $22 tour fees to be paid, by you, the day of the trip
Guest Guide: Doug Kiovsky

A day of history and pumpkins…Tour and learn about Mount Holly Quaker Friends Meeting lodge, the oldest school house in NJ built in 1756, the old Mount Holly fire station, and Burlington County Prison Museum… said to be haunted.

Please wear walking shoes, layered clothing and bring a bag lunch, drink, and money for pizza for dinner.

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PHILADELPHIA’S MAGIC GARDENS

Magci Gardens
Magci Gardens

Date: Friday, November 9
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM        
Location: Arboretum
Age: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $25 plus an $15 entry fee to be paid by you on the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)

Explore a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment.

Isaiah Zagar is an award-winning mosaic mural artist whose work can be found on more than 200 public walls throughout the city of Philadelphia and around the world.

We will go on a guided tour through the Magic Gardens main site, that includes a fully tiled indoor space, the outdoor mosaic sculpture garden, and some public murals. For more information visit www.phillymagicgardens.org.

Participants will have free time to get a bite to eat at one of the many dining options (lunch is not included in the price), to shop the 9th Street Italian Market, enjoy a self-guided walk into the alleyways along South Street to view Isaiah Zagar’s glittering creations or maybe a visit to the Eyes Gallery.

Wear good walking shoes, layered clothing, and you can bring a snack for the van ride.

 

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GREY TOWERS VAN TRIP

Grey Towers

Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM        
Location: Arboretum
Age: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $23 plus an $8 entry fee to be paid by you on the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Grey Towers, located in Milford, Pennsylvania, was originally the summer estate of the James Pinchot family and later the primary home of Gifford Pinchot, America’s first Forester and founder of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.  Gifford’s father, a wealthy wallpaper merchant, completed Grey Towers in 1886.  Richard Morris Hunt, a leading architect of the era, designed the summer home to utilize both local materials and reflect the French heritage of the Pinchot family.  For two decades, the Pinchots and their children enjoyed numerous summers at Grey Towers entertaining guests for afternoon teas and dinner parties.  Please dress in layers; be prepared to be outdoors and indoors and wear sturdy footwear. 

After the guided tour you will have some free time to check out the gardens before we go for lunch at the Waterwheel Café in Milford, PA (lunch is not included in the price of the trip; visit www.waterwheelcafe.com to view the menu).  After lunch, we will do some sightseeing in the Milford area.  You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks for the van ride. 

 

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SAHARA SAM’S OASIS (INDOOR WATER PARK)

Sahara Sams
Sahara Sams

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $35
Ages: 8 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Leaving from the Arboretum

Need a break from winter?  Join us for a nice 84 degree day with low humidity at NJ’s only indoor water park.  Enjoy the flow river, surfing simulator, slides, and so much more. They also have a 3000 sq. ft. arcade.

Have lunch at the Sand Dunes Café. 

Rental lockers available first come basis.  No outside food allowed and please bring your own towels.  Locker rooms are available for changing.     

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CANDLELIGHT CAROL SING at the CATHEDRAL BASILICA

Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM the concert starts at 8:00 PM)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $18 plus the Basilica welcomes donations

Let’s experience the forty-eighth annual Christmas Carol Sing at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The Carol Sing has become one of the most significant Christmas concerts in Northern New Jersey. The ambiance of candlelight and season décor, along with the Cathedral Choir, organ, brass, percussion, and thousands of participants combine to create an event that must be experienced.

Please feel free to bring a snack and drink for the van ride.

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MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT

Medieval Times
Medieval Times

Date: Saturday, January 12
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50

Come meet King Don Carlos and the royal family while we travel back to the Middle Ages for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy dinner while marveling at the Knights fighting, live jousting, and awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry.

His Majesty’s feast includes a four-course meal with oven roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, herb-roasted potatoes, and sweet buttered corn, alongside a pastry and non-alcoholic beverages.

Vegetarian meals are available upon request (if desired, please request when you sign up for the trip).

If you have any questions or you would like more information, please contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS (SOUTH BRANCH SECTION)

Cathedral Basilica
Hop into our new sightseeing van for a leisurely ride around Hunterdon County and a quick visit to park locations

Date: Sunday, January 13
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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GLENCAIRN CASTLE VAN TRIP

Glencairn

Explore this medieval-style castle.

Date: Wednesday, January 23
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $18 plus a $10 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (bring a bag lunch)

Cathedral
The Bryn Athyn Cathedral…be amazed with the beauty!

This unique medieval-style castle/museum is a must see!  Our tour guide will present Glencairn in the context of the history of the Bryn Athyn community, and explore the fascinating relationship between Glencairn and its neighbors, Cairnwood and Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Included is a ride in a small elevator to the Tower, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline (be sure to bring your camera!) 

We will visit the Pitcairn family’s Chapel, the master bedroom and bath, the stunning Great Hall, the Upper Hall, and some of the Museum’s collection of religious art.  At every turn, there is eye candy of artwork!  

We will also tour the breathtaking Bryn Athyn Cathedral.

Please bring a bag lunch, one-hour travel time to get there.

 

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MARTIN GUITARS AND MACK TRUCKS


Date: Friday, February 8
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $18 plus $6tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

Let’s go check out the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth Pa. and tour the factory.  More than 200 rare, vintage instruments are on display, from the Stauffer and Ditson models to the D-45 Pre-War and sustainable wood models. The Museum honors the artists who created music history, from Gene Autry and Johnny Cash to Elvis and John Mayer.  During the guided tour of the factory you will see just how committed to building the finest steel-string acoustic guitars in the world they are. Witness firsthand the detail of exquisite craftsmanship that goes into each and every guitar.  A fascinating blend of old world craftsmanship and modern technology. Mack Trucks Historical Museum in Allentown Pa.… What year did the Mack Senior model debut? When was the first Mack diesel engine produced? When did Mack adopt the bulldog as its mascot? Or a little closer to home: What transmission was outfitted on your grandfather’s 1940 Mack? If you’ve got questions – and perhaps a vehicle identification number – there’s a pretty good chance the Mack Trucks Historical Museum has the answers within their archives. We will stop for lunch at a local eatery; lunch is not included in the price.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS: SOUTH COUNTY PARKS


Date: Sunday, February 10
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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COACH BUS TRIP
9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM BUS TRIP

Glencairn
Glencairn


Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $50 per person

There are few places more sacred and solemn within our country than the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Join us this October as we wander the grounds of the tragic site, view informational presentations in the Museum Theater while touring through the Memorial Museum, and explore the surrounding cityscape.

This beautiful Memorial Museum is a grand testament to the sacrifices made on that fateful day, and is filled with informative exhibits and written accounts of what occurred. Guided tours with knowledgeable experts are offered by the museum if you wish to gain further insight on the events of 9/11.

The nearby city blocks offer stunning views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson Bay, as well as endless restaurant options. Security is tight at the Memorial, so plan accordingly, please visit https://www.911memorial.org/visit for more information.

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NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP

 

Glencairn
Glencairn

Date: Sunday, December 2
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: All (if need please bring own car seat, you may leave it on bus, children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $35

Join our coach bus trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center.  Here the Christmas spirit lasts all season, as the smell of hot chocolate and pine waft through the air. 

You can choose from either heading to the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center, or going down to Central Park and taking a carriage ride with family, friends, or that special someone.  You may also choose to spend the day shopping, or seeing the show of your choice.

The bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM sharp, heads straight into New York City and drops us off near Radio City Music Hall. 

We provide the transportation,

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THE GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOOR SHOW (NEW BUS TRIP)

Glencairn
Glencairn

Date: Saturday, February 9
Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park   
Ages: 8 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $55

The Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg Pennsylvania is the largest consumer event of its kind attracting outdoor enthusiasts from over 35 states to view and purchase hunting and fishing products, plan outdoor sport and camping vacations, shop for fishing boats, RVs, SUVs, motorcycles and ATVs, and participate in a wide range of outdoor seminars. The Great American Outdoor Show featured more than 200 seminars from leading outdoors experts, covering hunting, birds of prey, self-defense tactics and strategies, cooking with wild game demonstrations, fishing tips from angling experts, and much more!

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PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW “FLOWER POWER” BUS TRIP

Jack's Firehouse

Date: Tuesday, March 5 
Time: 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: adults
Cost: $65

Sit back & relax as we take you by coach bus to the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show!  The show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.  Visitors are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, gardening how-to workshops, and lectures by experts.  Designers spend more than a year planning, primping, pruning and growing the exhibits that will transform an empty space into a beautiful oasis of color and life in the waning days of winter. Their commitment to excellence is evident in creative, inspiring presentations and in the diversity of beautiful plants that are lovingly coaxed into bloom in March. You can shop for plants and gifts, sample wines, and attend different seminars.  For lunch, consider visiting the Reading Terminal Market across the street (on your own).  For more information on this year’s theme, Flower Power, visit www.theflowershow.com.

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NEW!!   POTTERY PROGRAMS - Pottery in the Woods

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

Leaf and Nature Ceramic Ornaments - August 26

Ceramic Leaf Tray - September 23

 

Nature Pottery for Adults - Sundays 3pm to 5pm

Ceramic Drinking Vessels - August 26

Ceramic Pocket that Hangs on the Wall - September 23

 

Nature Potter for All - Sundays 3pm to 5pm

Holiday Themed Ornaments/Decorations for ALL - November 18

Ceramic Drinking Vessels for ALL - January 13

Ceramic Garden Stepping Stone for ALL - February 10

We are excited to introduce a new course fusing both nature and ceramics! Take a leisurely walk through nature to collect inspiration and talk about textures and images observed for the clay project. Students bring a sketchbook and writing utensil for the 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 are 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 to 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 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.

HOLIDAY THEMED ORNAMENTS/DECORATIONS for ALL

CERAMIC DRINKING VESSELS for ALL

Date: Sunday, November 18
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult (children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 (includes materials and firing)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Design your own holiday themed ornaments to treasure forever! Using slab and coil techniques, as well as various decorating techniques including etching and sgraffito, we will create ornaments ranging from the size of a half dollar to the size of a coffee can lid.

different impressions

Date: Sunday, January 13
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult (children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 (includes materials and firing)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Pinch and coil your way to a unique drinking vessel! Students will utilize decorative skills such as Michima and sgraffito to achieve their own funky creation. Participants will learn the properties of clay and focus on rolling different impressions into their vessels.

CERAMIC GARDEN STEPPING STONE for ALL

 

Date: Sunday, February 10
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult (children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40 (includes materials and firing)
Instructor: Emma Rimi

Learn how to carve, etch, and sgraffito as we utilize all elements of clay to create a beautiful stepping stone fit for any garden! Participants will focus on various decorative techniques to form one-of-a-kind impressions on their pieces.

 

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
Free Recreation Walks - Various
Bicycle Safety Check - September 23
CPR and First Aid for the Community Course - October 6
Emergency Preparedness Course - November 9
Scout First Aid - December 7
Maple Treee Tapping - January 26
Maple Sap Collection - Febraury 16

FREE RECREATION WALKS

 

BICYCLE SAFETY CHECK

Free Recreation Walks

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

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.

  • 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) 

 

 
Bike Safety Check

FREE bike safety check!

Date: Sunday, September 23
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Columbia Trail (High Bridge Brough’s Commons Park: 79 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829)
Ages: All
Cost: Free, no pre-registration required

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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CPR AND FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COURSE

First Aid for the Community

Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CPR: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and First Aid: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: CPR $25; First Aid $25; or both $45

Taught by an American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) instructor.  Students will receive a two year certification in adult, child, and infant CPR, choking, and First Aid, allowing them to help anyone of any age.  Appropriate for public who want to learn these skills and Scouts working on their First Aid merit badge. 

This is not a course for health care personnel.  Bring a lunch if you are doing both classes. 

 

 
Emergency preparedness

Date: Friday, November 9
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: $5

The world we live in is a volatile one, and things can happen in a moment’s notice that put you in harm’s way. From weather events, to animal encounters, to unforeseen medical emergencies, there are many ways you can unexpectedly find yourself in an emergency. If you’ve ever wanted to educate yourself on how to properly handle these unforeseen emergency situations, this is the class for you. In this course, suited for ages 12 and up, you will be trained on the ins and outs of properly handling many types of emergencies. The course covers the fundamentals of First Aid, categorical emergency types, fire danger and prevention, handling and responding to motor vehicle collisions, and so much more, in a fashion that makes it easy to digest and engaging for the students.

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SCOUT FIRST AID

 

MAPLE TREE TAPPING

Scout First Aid

Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: all scouts (this is not a merit badge)
Cost $5 per person

We will cover all fundamental first aid for cub scouts and girl scouts.  We will cover most requirements for scout first aid badges.

NOTE: This is not a merit badge.

 

 
Maple Tree Tapping

Date: Saturday, January 26 
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, Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will collectively tap about 30 trees

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MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

   
Maple Sap Collection

Date:  Friday, February 1 or Saturday, February 16 
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

Collecting the sap is a crucial step of the maple sugaring process!  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 participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes).  This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February—please call us to schedule a group.

 

   

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

 

OPEN HOUSE ... DARE TO 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 Mary Moody 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 will be provided. Can’t make September 9?  Join us for a preview on September 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 

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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

First Aid for the Community

BASIC
Dates: 12 Tuesdays, September 18, 2018 to December 18, 2018 (no class 10/23, 11/27)
MAINSTREAM (Prerequisite is BASIC)
Dates: 12 Tuesdays, January 8, 2019 to March 26, 2019
PLUS (Prerequisite is MAINSTREAM)
Dates: 12 Wednesdays, February 13, 2019 to May 1, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults/teens
Cost: $60 per 12 week session, pre-registration required!


Square dancing is an official dance of New Jersey. It gives people the opportunity to make new friends while getting low-impact aerobic exercise at the same time. It is a great way to keep your heart healthy and your mind sharp. The instructor, Mary Moody, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting. She stresses repetition and review, building from easier to more complex moves for ease of learning. Students who have completed Basic lessons may dance at special area dances. Students who complete both Basic and Mainstream lessons may dance at clubs around the world, including bi-weekly Friday night Hunterdon Flutterwheels dances at Echo Hill Park.   After becoming proficient in Mainstream you are ready for lessons in the next square dance program – Plus – with instructor Mary Moody.

 

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FREE WALKS
Recreation Walks
Thursday Morning Bird Walks

 

RECREATION WALKS

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: all
Cost: free, pre-registration is required. 
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 08551 (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)
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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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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WEEKEND CAMPING TRIP: BACKPACKING BEARING MOUNTAIN
Let's Go camping

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

SOLD OUT, CALL FOR WAIT LIST!!

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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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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