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Last Updated May 13, 2015
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ADULT ART CLASSES updated 05/05/15
ADULT BASKETY WORKSHOPS
BIRDING TRIPS - updated 03/11/15
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES updated 04/17/15
CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY NATURE PROGRAMS - updated 04/17/15
CRAFT WORKSHOPS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS NEW
EVENTS - - updated 04/27/15
EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS - updated 03/13/15
GARDENING PROGRAMS
LANDSCAPE PAINTING NEW
PARK VAN AND BUS TRIPS - updated 02/19/15
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
RECREATION PROGRAMS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
SUMMER RECREATION AND HORITCULTURE CAMPS
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WEEKEND CAMPING TRIPS
PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Address: County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833

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EVENTS:
Invasive Plant Pull - A Volunteer Opportunity!! - May 30th

 

INVASIVE PLANT PULL
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!!

 

Volunteers and staff remove invasives along the South Branch of the Raritan River during the 2014 Invasive Plant Pull.
Volunteers and staff remove invasives along the South Branch of the Raritan River during the 2014 Invasive Plant Pull.

Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Stanton Station; meet at Echo Hill
Cost: Free!
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
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This spring, we will combat invasive Japanese wisteria at Stanton Station.  We will use loppers and hand saws to cut this vine down from the trees that it has climbed.  Volunteers may bring their own gloves, loppers, or hand saws, but we will have tools available as well.  Come help with this important effort!  Please arrive a few minutes early to enjoy a light breakfast at Echo Hill before carpooling to the small satellite parking area of Stanton Station.  When we are finished, we will return to Echo Hill to enjoy a full lunch. 

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CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY NATURE PROGRAMS
Spring Nature Club for Kids at Echo Hill
Spring Nature Club for Kids At Teetertown
Tot Walks
Afterschool Program for Grades 1-4 NEW! Sold Out

 

SPRING NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

 

Our popular spring nature club will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  In this drop-off program, a professional Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill or Teetertown.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects. The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 

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

Session A
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, March 31 to May 19
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session B
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, March 31 to May 19
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session C
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, March 31 to May 19
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

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SPRING NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN

 

Birds, flowers, and insects are some of the exciting topics in our Spring Nature Club!

Birds, flowers, and insects are some of the exciting topics in our Spring Nature Club!

Our popular spring nature club will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  In this drop-off program, a professional Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill or Teetertown.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects. The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 

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

Session A
Dates: Seven Thursdays, April 9 to May 21
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session B
Dates: Seven Thursdays, April 9 to May 21
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Photo: Nature Club Birding

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TOT WALKS


Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free

Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon on these 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.  Sign up for one, two, or all three!

BIRDS: Friday, March 27
FLOWERS: Friday, April 24 - sorry sold out
FROGS: Friday, May 15- sorry sold out
FROGS: SECOND SESSION NOW OPEN: Friday, May 15, 11:00AM-12:00PM

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AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR GRADES 1-4 NEW!


Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: first through fourth graders
Cost: $5 per child per lesson

For the first time in years, we are offering an afterschool drop-off program for kids in grades one through four.  Our lesson will focus on outdoor time to explore the various habitats at Echo Hill.  We will also provide a snack.  Please make sure children are dressed for the weather, as we will meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we will shorten our outdoor time and spend more time inside the lodge.  We will meet once a month, but sign up individually for one, two, or all three lessons. 

THE FOREST: Wednesday, March 18 - sorry sold out
THE FIELD: Wednesday, April 29 - sorry sold out
THE STREAM: Wednesday, May 20 - sorry sold out

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
Evening with the Planets - May 8th - sorry sold out

 

EVENING WITH THE PLANETS
Jupiter (shown here in a telescope) is one of the three planets we hope to see on May 8!

Jupiter (shown here in a telescope) is one of the three planets we hope to see on May 8! 

Date: Friday, May 8 - sorry sold out
Time: 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3
Guest Leaders: John Andrews & Wayne Petko

John & Wayne are both astronomers with the New Jersey Astronomical Association based at the observatory in Voorhees State Park.  They have volunteered to share their evening with us and share the wonders of the evening sky. 

On this night, three of the five planets visible from Earth with naked eye are in position to be seen: Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  We will view each of them in the telescope.  Hopefully the sky will darken quickly, so we can attempt to view some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.  Time permitting, John and Wayne will show us some of the other hidden wonders in the galaxy.

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WEEKEND BIRDING VAN TRIPS & WALKS
BIRD WALKS:
Tuesday Afternoons - April 28th to May 26th
Thursday Mornings - April 9th to May 28th
WEEKEND VAN TRIPS:
Three National Wildlife Refuges Overnighter - May 23rd SOLD OUT
Sussex County Birds - June 6th
Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County - July 5th


THURSDAY MORNING / TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIRD WALKS

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.
Cost: free, pre-registration is required. 
Ages: Adults

THURSDAY MORNING WALKS TUESDAY AFTERNOON WALKS


Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Dates & Locations:

April 9:            Assiscong Marsh
April 16:          Deer Path Park Soccer Lot
April 23:          Hunterdon County Arboretum
April 30:          Bernadette Morales/Uplands
May 7:             Echo Hill Park
May 14:           Sunnyside Picnic Area
May 21:           Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 28:           Hoffman Park


Time:  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Dates & Locations:

April 28:          Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 5:             Echo Hill Park
May 12:           Hunterdon County Arboretum
May 19:           Hoffman Park
May 26:           Bernadette Morales/Uplands

 

 

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WEEKEND VAN TRIPS:

The following bird trips are led by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist.  Tom and his colleagues focus on helping all participants learn about the birds, and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species.  They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas the group is visiting.  Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed.  If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, please feel free to bring them.  Binoculars are available for loan.  Trips are designed for adults, but mature youths under 18 can contact Tom for approval.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Transportation is by County Park vans.  All trips meet at the County Arboretum.  Trips are recommended for any interested birder at all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated.  Pre-registration is required.

3 NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES OVERNIGHTER
Visit three National Wildlife Refuges on a weekend birding adventure!

Visit three National Wildlife Refuges on a weekend birding adventure!

SORRY SOLD OUT
Depart: Saturday, May 23 at 6:30 AM
Return: Sunday, May 24 at approx 4:00 PM
Cost: $130 (price based on single participants sharing a room)
Note: Limit of 8 people on this trip

Join us for a trip down into the state of Delaware.  We leave early to ensure plenty of birding time for our destinations.  Participants should pack a lunch.  Once away, our first stop will be the John Heinz NWR south of Philadelphia.  We will walk around for an hour or so and search the marshes.  Once in Delaware, we will spend the rest of the afternoon birding in Prime Hook NWR before checking into the Days Inn in Seaford.  We will do some inland birding before we pick a restaurant for a late dinner.  The next morning, we will head out after the continental breakfast for Bombay Hook NWR to finish off our excursion.  We will then head for home with a stop for lunch on the way. 

Note:  While participants do not have to be expert birders, they should understand basic birding skills.  Therefore, participants need to have been on two previous birding excursions.  Limited seating is available; participants need to limit themselves to one bag for their personal belongs (not counting scopes or binoculars).

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SUSSEX COUNTY BIRDS

Cerulean Warbler was one of our best finds last year in Sussex County.

Cerulean Warbler was one of our best finds last year in Sussex County.

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25

Most participants on Sussex trips of years past consider this destination one of the best.  With potential birds like Canada and Cerulean Warblers, Pileated Woodpeckers, and Northern Ravens, it is easy to see why.  Sussex County is just great for northern nesting birds.  We will be visiting portions of Stokes State Forest and High Point State Park.  Moderate to difficult walking required.  PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START, which will put us in the field at prime time for birding. 

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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

The Eastern Towhee is one of the breeding birds we expect to see during the July trip. 

The Eastern Towhee is one of the breeding birds we expect to see during the July trip. 

Date: Sunday, July 5
Time: 6:00 AM to noon
Cost: $20

Hunterdon has a rich variety of nesting birds.  Last year we went through the western edge of the county.  Prior to this trip, we will scout some of the best spots in the county, such as Hoffman Park, Spruce Run Reservoir, and Voorhees State Park.  However, the route of the trip may change at the last moment depending on reports and findings. 

We hope to see Bobolinks, a variety of warblers, and more.  Two miles of hiking may be required. 

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PARK AND VAN TIPS
Covered Bridges of Bucks County (East) - May 9th
Pennsylvania Gourd Festival - June 19th
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire - September 12th

 

COVERED BRIDGES of BUCKS COUNTY (EAST)

 

Visit this and five other covered bridges of Bucks County! Photo from www.visitbuckscounty.com. 

Visit this and five other covered bridges of Bucks County! 
Photo from www.visitbuckscounty.com

Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults
Cost: $20

Circling through beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, step back in time on this scenic tour exploring 19th century covered bridges.  Twelve covered bridges are all that remain of the fifty built in historic Bucks County.  Some say that they provided shelter for the traveler.  Others say that they protected animals from their natural fear of crossing water, while still others say that the roof kept winter snows off the flooring.  The more romantically inclined called them “kissing bridges” or even “wishing bridges.”  Actually, the roof was designed to protect the supporting beams on either side from being ravaged by the weather.  When thus covered, the bridge had a much longer life expectancy.  

Grab a seat in the Hunterdon Parks fifteen passenger van and we will visit six covered bridges located in eastern Bucks County, and the Stover-Myers Mill.  Please pack a lunch, dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for short hikes.  Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo.

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PENNSYLVANIA GOURD FESTIVAL

 

Date: Friday, June 19
Time: estimated 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Leave from Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults
Cost: $25 (workshop fees are additional)

This year’s Gourd Festival is scheduled to be held at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center & Fairgrounds, Lebanon, PA.  This event features free demonstrations, gourd suppliers, gourd art work, craft suppliers, classes, a silent auction, and the Pennsylvania Gourd Society Members’ Gallery. 

We will be traveling in the Parks’ 15-passenger van; it is a two-hour trip one way.  The plan is for the group to take a gourd class (optional) during the festival.  The exact trip timing will be determined when the class schedule is released; visit www.pagourdsociety.org for upcoming information about classes. There will be food available to buy and you can pack snacks for the van ride. 

Further information will be released via our email list and on our website.

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PENNSYLVANIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE

 

Date: Saturday, September 12
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: 9 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $42 for ages 12 through adult, $26 for children 9 to 11
Participants must sign-up by September 9th. 

The castle gates swing wide open for 13 weekends of mirth and merriment amidst jousting knights and royal delights! A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters fill the Shire with music, dancing, and more!  With over 90 stage shows daily, 22 Royal Kitchens, and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Renaissance Faire invites guests to immerse themselves in our 35-acre village and experience the fantasy!  There will be numerous activities for kids and adults alike, so the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is truly a festival for the whole family!

To learn more, visit www.parenfaire.com.  We will travel in the Parks’ 15-passenger van; it is a two-hour trip one way.  There will be food available for you to purchase and you can pack snacks for the van ride.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
39TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES - starts June 25th
FREE RECREATION WALKS - Starts March 25th

 

39TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARTS FREE CONCERT PROGRAM

 

Visit this and five other covered bridges of Bucks County! Photo from www.visitbuckscounty.com. 

We are looking for performers for this year’s Music Under the Stars Free Concert Series!

Dates: Thursdays, June 25 to August 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington

We hope everyone enjoyed last summer’s concert series and once again, a great big thank you to the Hunterdon Tricentennial Celebration Committee for sponsoring the concerts and the fireworks!  This year the concerts will run every Thursday from June 25 through August 13.  We are looking for entertainers; if you would like to be considered please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us before March 27. 

Watch our Music Under the Stars Concert page for updated information.

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FREE RECREATION WALKS

 

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM  
Ages: adults
Cost: Free; please pre-register

Locations and dates:

March 25: Wescott Nature Preserve, satellite parking, 63 Strimples Mill Road, Stockton
April 8: Hoffman Park, 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton
April 22: Pine Hill Section of the South Branch Reservation, 34 Pine Hill Road, Annandale
May 6: Riverfield Section of the South Branch Reservation, 1738 Route 31, Clinton
May 20: Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner
June 3: Bernadette Morales/Uplands Reserve, 103 Capner Street, Flemington

Meet Patrick Eckard at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trail systems.  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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WEEKEND CAMPING TRIPS
LET'S GO CAMPING AT ECHO HILL - May 14th
BACKPACKING: PENNSYLVANIA SECTION 4 - May 13th Meeting, May 16-17th Camping
OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP - See our Canoeing Hunterdon's Waterways Programs

 

LET'S GO CAMPING AT ECHO HILL

 

Let’s Go Camping! Pitch a tent, cook over an open fire, and learn how to tie knots in this two-day event. 

Let’s Go Camping!  Pitch a tent, cook over an open fire, and learn how to tie knots in this two-day event. 

Campout Meeting: Thursday, May 14
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Location: Echo Hill

Campout:
Saturday, May 16 to Sunday, May 17
Time: Saturday at 9:00 AM to Sunday at 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill

Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast)

Do you dream of camping in the woods?  Do you know what you would need and how to prepare for a campout?  Would you like to cook on an open fire?  Well, Let’s Go Camping!

Join Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard for an overnight campout at Echo Hill.  At the preparation workshop, we will plan a menu together, discuss equipment needed for different types of campouts, discuss strategies on packing, and learn how to prevent raids by animals.  During the campout, the staff will demonstrate fire building (several techniques), pitching a tent correctly, knot tying, and using camp tools safely.  All participants will get the chance to help cook a meal and be on kitchen patrol.  During free time, enjoy Echo Hill pond and trails.  When night falls, we will have an evening campfire and prepare traditional snacks. 

There are no more excuses… Let’s Go Camping!  There is a flush toilet in the lodge, a short distance from the site.  We have tents available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own.

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BACKPACKING:  PENNSYLVANIA SECTION 4


Experience nature like never before by backpacking!

Experience nature like never before by backpacking!

Backpack Meeting: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Backpack: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 to 17
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 along Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania!  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 Lehigh/Berks County, PA, in a county van.  We will start at Eckville and hike 7.4 miles to camp at Allentown Shelter.  Sunday we will hike to Route 309 (4.1 miles).  This section contains several viewpoints including Dan’s Pulpit, Balanced Rocks, and Tri-County Corner.  This is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 4 to 8 miles each day with a full backpack. 

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on May 13 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  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. 

 

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GARDENING PROGRAMS
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW - see Parks Van and Bus Trips

 

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING - NEW!!!

by Charles David VieraSUMMER MORNING LIGHT
Instructor Charles David Viera
Six Fridays, June 26th to July 31
9am to noon
Echo Hill Park
Ages: 15 through Adult
Cost: $140

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Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light. In this class,  artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them. Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park and draw inspiration from these beautiful and historic sites as they improve their skills. Beginner and advanced instruction in drawing, composition, color theory and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations and historical references.

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

Light Easels and chairs are provided.

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
FLAT WATER PADDLE: SUNSET PADDLE THE ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR - July 17th
RIVER TRIPS - Start April 25th
OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP - June 27th & 28th
PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIPS

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OUR 38TH YEAR!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 38 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. 

 

FLAT WATER PADDLE:  SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

 

Date: Friday, July 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $20

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

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RIVER TRIPS

 

Time: Arrive at 8:15AM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Cost: $30

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, April 25: South Branch
  • Saturday, May 2: Musconetcong
  • Saturday, May 16: South Branch
  • Saturday, June 13: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Saturday, July 11: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, August 8: South Branch
  • Saturday, August 29: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
  • Saturday, September 12: South Branch
  • Saturday, September 26: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
  • Saturday, October 10: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
  • Saturday, October 24: 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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OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP

 

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28
Time: Leave at 8:00 AM on Saturday and return around 4:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $70 (includes cookout dinner on Saturday night, breakfast, and lunch on Sunday)

Join us on an overnight canoe trip to the Delaware Water Gap area.  We will leave the Arboretum at 8:00 AM on Saturday and head to the Water Gap where we will put in.  We will paddle for about two hours, stop to have a picnic lunch (please bring lunch for Saturday), paddle for several more hours, and then campout at one of the wilderness sites on the river.  We will set up camp, cook dinner, and enjoy the nature around us.  The next day, we will cook breakfast and head down the river.  We will stop and have a picnic lunch (provided by Parks).  There will be time to swim both days as we travel.  There will be a pre-camp meeting on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  On your registration form, please indicate any dietary restrictions and if you will need to borrow a tent from Parks.  No kayaks for this trip. 

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PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

 

Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

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.

BRING: Your lunch, water to drink, and a big smile.

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, sunscreen, 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.

KAYAKS: A limited number of kayaks are now available, on a first come, first served based.  Please reserve kayaks on your registration form.  Many of our trips can also accommodate your own kayaks, at your own risk.  Please check with us about specific trips. 

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

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 weekdays at (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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ADULT ART CLASSES WITH LENA SHIFFMAN
PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE - 3 Sessions updated 04/21/15
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO - 4 Sessions
NEW - Landscape Painting with Charles David Viera

 

PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE

 

Pastels are one of the media adult art students can choose to work in.

Pastels are one of the media adult art students can choose to work in.

Session D: Five Thursdays, February 19 to March 19
Session A: Five Thursdays, April 2 to April 30
Session B: Five Thursdays, May 14 to June 11 - sorry sold out
Time: 9:30 AM to noon
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)


Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects, photographs, and landscape, the instructor works with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal pencils, erasers, and a newsprint pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Others, please bring preferred materials.  Material list will be supplied at the first class. 

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THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO


Session D: Five Thursdays, February 19 to March 19
Session A: Five Thursdays, April 2 to April 30
Session B: Five Thursdays, May 14 to June 11  
Session C: Five Thursdays, August 6 to September 3
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Teens and Adults
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 & 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 an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome!

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES WITH LENA SHIFFMAN
KIDZ ART FOR HOME SCHOOLED - 2 Sessions
YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING - 2 Sessions updated 4/17/15
ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING DRAWING AND PAINTING - 2 Sessions
ART TOGETHER - 2 Sessions

 

KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED

 

Kidz Art is a great place for homeschooled students to learn about famous artists, and do some of their own work. 

Kidz Art is a great place for homeschooled students to learn about famous artists, and do some of their own work. 

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 4 to April 8
Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 22 to May 27
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 15
Cost: $90 (includes materials)
Learn the principles of drawing and painting while studying artists of the past.  In this fun art class, we will explore paintings by famous artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.  Students will study and discuss other artists’ style and use of color and light, and then apply these findings to their own work.  Students will work using a variety of media such as charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor, while painting from still life, photographs, or en plein air painting when weather permits.

 

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YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING


Students in a previous Young Artists class created these paintings

Students in a previous Young Artists class created these paintings

Session A: Six Saturdays, February 21 to March 28 - sorry sold out
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 18 to May 30 (no class May 23) - sorry sold out
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $80 (includes materials)
Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints on a variety of still-life subjects.  These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  The instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

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ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING DRAWING AND PAINTING


Session A: Six Saturdays, February 21 to March 28
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 18 to May 30 (no class May 23) - sorry sold out
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $90 (includes materials)

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

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ART TOGTHER NEW


Session A: Six Mondays, March 2 to April 13 (no class 3/30)
Session B: Six Mondays, April 20 to June 1 (no class 5/25)
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult
Cost: $110 (includes materials); adults attend for free

ART TOGETHER is a process-based art class for adult and child teams.  Artist and certified art educator Sarah Ruppert offers a flexible, nurturing, and fun sensory-focused class encouraging the simple joy of creating.  Students will explore materials more than create product.  The class is very fluid with students moving to various stations exploring many art mediums including painting, sculpture, print making, and drawing.  Parents will be close at hand encouraging independent discovery.  Discussions on creativity and age-appropriate art exploration will be encouraged through weekly projects.  Parents will also be able to easily replicate processes at home.  Projects in Session A and B will be different.  All materials are included in the cost.  Please wear clothes that can get dirty; smock shirts will be available for students.  Snacks are welcome.

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ADULT BASKETRY WORKSHOPS WITH LIZ BRAIDWOOD FULMER
CHIPS AND DIP - May 4th & 11th
BASKET VASE - June 12th
PA GOURD FESTIVAL - see Park Van and Bus Trips

 

CHIPS & DIP


the outside basket holds the chips; the inside basket holds the dip! (under adult basketry)

the outside basket holds the chips; the inside basket holds the dip! (under adult basketry)

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

Using a wooden base that has two slots, students will create a basket inside a basket.  The inside basket will be sized to fit a bowl to hold the dip and the outer basket holds the chips!  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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BASKET VASE


Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.

Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.

Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)
Weave a basket over top of a flower vase.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult. 

 

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CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR ALL

TRINKET TILE BOX - May 13th

With Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer

These workshops are designed for solo adults or child/adult teams.  All materials supplied except as indicated. 

TRINKET TILE BOX


Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $8

Stain, decorate with tile, and grout a small 3½ x 2½ x 2” high wooden box.

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SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

About our Summer Nature Programs Natue Bugs
Nature Discovery Pioneers
Junior Explorers Senior Explorers
Environmental Camp sold out Important Registration Information for Summer Nature

Lottery Barrel

This is the famous lottery barrel...all of the registrations go in here and after March 11th we pick them out one at a time and fill up the camp sessions.

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM

Our Summer Nature Program is an opportunity for kids entering kindergarten through grade 10 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.  Children and parents alike rave about our Summer Nature Program, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings. 

Caption: There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend! Caption: There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend! Caption: There are many possible ways to turn an old paintbrush into a new friend!

Catching critters in the stream, live animal shows, and activities such as dissecting owl pellets are all part of the Summer Nature Program!

Leaders for the Summer Nature Program are instructed in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10-12 children depending on session and location, with each leader being aided by an assistant or volunteer.  Special canoeing instructors host the paddling clinics and canoe trips with our older participants. 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill and the Teetertown Nature Preserve.  Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located at 30 Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes northwest of Clinton.  *NOTE THAT WE HAVE MOVED TO THE STONE HOUSE THIS YEAR (THE SECOND ENTRANCE).  Both parks offer wonderful and diverse habitats for the children to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

Note that S.N.P. is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  The Summer Nature Program will not be held on Friday, July 3rd (Independence Day observance).

NATURE BUGS NATURE DISCOVERY

Ages: Children entering kindergarten
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: See Sessions
Cost: $105

One-Week Sessions:
A. July 20 to 24 (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)
B. August 3 to 7 (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)

The Nature Bugs program is the perfect half-day adventure for your young nature enthusiast.  Our full-time Park Naturalists teach about local plants and animals through hikes, observations, crafts, and games.  A safe and fun way to foster your child’s interest in the natural environment. 

Ages: Children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155   (Session B: $135)

One-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to June 26
B. June 29 to July 2
C. July 6 to July 10
D. July 13 to July 17
E. July 20 to July 24
F. July 27 to July 31
G. August 3 to August 7
H. August 10 to August 14

This full-day program allows children to explore all the wonders that the parks have to offer.  From searching for wildlife to toasting s’mores, Nature Discovery participants enjoy a great introduction to the world outdoors.

 

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PIONEERS JUNIOR EXPLORERS

Ages: Children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155 (Session B: $135)

One-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to June 26
B. June 29 to July 2
C. July 6 to July 10
D. July 13 to July 17
E. July 20 to July 24
F. July 27 to July 31
G. August 3 to August 7
H. August 10 to August 14

Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

 

Ages: Children entering grades 5 & 6
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Note: Campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A)
Cost: $305 (All A Sessions: $285)

Two-Week Sessions:
A1. June 22 to July 2
A2. June 22 to July 2 (Echo Hill Only)
B1. July 6 to July 17
B2. July 6 to July 17 (Echo Hill Only)
C1 & C2. July 20 to July 31
D1 & D2. August 3 to August 14

Please note that “1” and “2” reflects that there are two counselor groups (total of 20 participants) scheduled for each session of Junior Explorers except for Teetertown Sessions A and B, which will only host only one group.

These two-week sessions give the children the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.”  Juniors learn basic canoeing skills on the park ponds before embarking on a day trip on a local river.  A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature beyond the County Parks.  The Junior Explorer experience culminates in a campout full of fun night-time activities. 

 

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SENIOR EXPLORERS ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP

Ages: Children entering grades 7 & 8
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Note: Campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A)
Cost: $305 (A Session: $285)

Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to July 2
B. July 6 to July 17
C. July 20 to July 31
D. August 3 to August 14

Senior Explorers continue to expand their environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building activities, paddling clinics, river canoeing, and a field trip are all important components of the Senior Explorers program.  Seniors also enjoy a campout night that includes pitching tents, cooking over a campfire, and exploring nature after dark. 

 

Ages: Teens entering grades 9 & 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight trip each Thursday (second trip on Wednesday of Session A)

Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 22 to July 2
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $335
B.  July 6 to July 17
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $355
 
Environmental Camp packs a lot of learning and adventure into an intensive two-week program.  The session begins with team-building activities and the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes personal challenge course.  On-site activities include wildlife studies and outdoor skills practice.  Participants are introduced to backpacking during an overnight on the Appalachian Trail.  A flatwater canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.  Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility.  This year we will be taking an eco-tour of the Hackensack River Watershed in the Meadowlands.

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IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS


Registration for the Summer Nature Program is conducted via a lottery system.  Download a set of registration forms (3) from our website, or pick them up at the Arboretum.  Please take note of the following information: 

  1. The regular Parks Division program registration form cannot be used for Summer Nature Programs.
  2. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 11, 2015 or delivered to the Arboretum in person by 4:30 PM on this date.  All applications must be completed in full with payment.
  3. Please complete a separate set of registration forms (3) for each child.  You may send the forms for your children together in one envelope. 
  4. We cannot arrange to place unrelated children in the same sessions.
  5. Applications are selected through a random drawing.
  6. Applicants will be notified by mail.  Unsuccessful applicants receive a full refund.
  7. Any spaces left in the program will be available during walk-in registration beginning March 23 at 8:00 AM. 
  8. Starting on April 13, participants can be rolled in additional sessions as available. 
  9. All cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing. 
    Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of your child’s session will not receive a refund.
     
  10. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED, OR NEARLY FILLED, DURING THE LOTTERY.  PLEASE APPLY THROUGH THE LOTTERY.

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SUMMER RECREATION & HORTICUTLRE CAMPS

Art Camp for Young Artists - updated 04/17/15 Art Camp for Artists-in-Training
Craft Camp Performance Camp
Creative Theatre Camp: It Came from Outer Space Creative Theatre Camp: An Afternoon at the Improve
Orchestra Camp Sports for a Lifetime Camp
Canoe Camp Garden Camp

 

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

 


Session A: August 10 to 14 - sorry sold out
Session B: August 17 to 21
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM     
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman website www.lenashiffman.com.

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ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING


Session A: August 10 to 14
Session B: August 17 to 21
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM  
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman website www.lenashiffman.com.

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CRAFT CAMP


Basketry is always a favorite activity at Craft Camp!

Basketry is always a favorite activity at Craft Camp!

Dates: July 6 to 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ages: 10 to 15
Cost: $165 (includes materials)
Location: Arboretum

This unique program will expose your child to a multitude of crafts.  Young artists will immerse themselves creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  An eclectic mix of artistic media such as clay, leather, tile, wood, nuts, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, design with things found in nature, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance creating a nature mobile.  Campers should bring a drink, snack, and lunch.  We encourage reusable containers.  Send children in “old” clothing and shoes that can get a little dirty. 

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PERFORMANCE CAMP


Every child at Performance Camp is a star!

Every child at Performance Camp is a star!

Every child at Performance Camp is a star!
 

 

Session A: June 22 to 26, Ages: Children entering grades 2 to 5
Session B: July 13 to 17, Ages: Children entering grades 6 to 9
Session C: July 27 to 31, Ages: Children entering grades 4 to 7

Time: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM,
Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $235

Children love this Performance Camp taught by Flying Ship Productions, who combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Children will have the opportunity to stage an original musical.

The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a performance for family and friends at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 6:15, followed by a picnic.  In addition to working on the musical, campers also create the set, make costumes, create craft projects, and participate in theatre and water games. 

Comments from parents of former Performance Campers:

“Staff was great!  This was my son’s favorite camp,”
and
“We loved the show on Friday Eve!  It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”

Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP: It Came From Outer Space


Dates: August 17 to 21
Ages: 8 through 11
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $150

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the students.  They will build the show while following the structure of a story where the fate of the earth hangs in the balance.  Mad scientists, aliens, fun monsters, and more collide in this spoof of old sci-fi/monster flicks.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  We focus this class on listening, not only to the other actors, but also to the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM *please note the change in the performance time compared to previous years!  Campers should bring a drink and lunch to camp. 

Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website www.artstechsolutions.com). 

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP: An Afternoon at the Improv


Be the character you have always wanted to be at Creative Theatre Camp. 

Be the character you have always wanted to be at Creative Theatre Camp. 

Dates: August 24 to 28
Ages: 12 through 15
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $150

Something wonderful right away!  Something wonderful right away!  This class exposes students to the rules of improv (listening, saying yes, etc.) through games.  We work on building confidence with coming up with ideas off the top of our heads.  A lot of our games are just like the ones from the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”  The final performance is made up of the games we liked the most, completely made up in the moment with suggestions from the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM *please note the change in the performance time compared to previous years!  Campers should bring a drink and lunch to camp. 

Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website www.artstechsolutions.com). 

 

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ORCHESTRA CAMP


Orchestra Camp students will give a performance for family and friends at the end of the week. 

Orchestra Camp students will give a performance for family and friends at the end of the week.  

Date: July 6 to 10
Time: 9:00 AM to noon
Location: Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Ages: Entering grades 7 to 12
Cost: $185

This one-week camp will allow middle school and high school students who play orchestral instruments to experience, possibly for the first time, the feeling of sitting surrounded by a large group of instrumental musicians, making music in the same manner as the major symphonies of the world.  The camp has become an important piece in the music education puzzle for students of orchestral instruments (sorry, no piano).  The students work daily in small groups with professional coaches—players and teachers, members of the Hunterdon Symphony—and then join together as a full orchestra at the end of the morning under the direction of Hunterdon Symphony Conductor Lawrence Kursar.  A performance takes place on the final day in the evening at the Route 12 County Complex.  Join us for our 16th year!  Please note which instrument you play when you register. 

 

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CANOE CAMP


Date: July 20 to 24
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Campout Thursday into Friday)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Entering grades 9 to 12
Cost: $250

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Than we have the camp for you!  Canoe Camp is for teens who enjoy or want to learn more about canoeing.  We will start out with the basics and work on improving your skills while having fun and learning teamwork.  Every day we will paddle on a different local waterway and then we will finish the week with a camping trip Thursday into Friday.  The Parks will supply everything you need to canoe and the food for the camp out. 

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SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Learn to Golf & Bowl

Golf and bowling are two sports that your child can enjoy this summer with Parks & Recreation!

Golf and bowling are two sports that your child can enjoy this summer with Parks & Recreation!


Date: Monday through Friday, August 10 to 14
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 10 to 17
Cost: $322 with bowling ball or bag & shoes or $270 for camp only


This camp is taught by professionals who will teach your child to golf and bowl!  We will meet at Deer Path Park and travel by County van to Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes.  Heron Glen offers a driving range with both grass and mat hitting areas and a large putting green.  After a week of practice, we will play some holes on Friday.

Each day we will head back to Deer Path to eat lunch, brought from home. 

Next we will head up to Oakwood Lanes in Washington to learn how to bowl.  This state-of-the-art, 26-lane bowling alley is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has a great bowling experience.  For maximum comfort, you can purchase a bowling ball or bag and shoes for your child (additional $52).  Just when you think the fun is over, we will stop for ice cream on the way back (our treat)! 

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GARDEN CAMP

Garden Camp participants painted these garden rocks last summer!

Garden Camp participants painted these garden rocks last summer! 

Dates: Monday through Friday, June 22 to 26
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $105

Dig into the Arboretum Gardens for five days as you explore, discover, and investigate the world of plants.  Each day is full of garden time, games, and activities with Senior Gardener Jaybird Strauss.

Participants will get some plants to take home.  Bring a snack, plenty of water, sunscreen, clothes that can get dirty, and a change of clothes if desired. 

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

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

Here is a list of the programs:

Let us do a program for your group!  Unless otherwise noted, cost is $30 on-site, $50 off-site, $75 out-of-county (limited range). 

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

ANIMAL STRATEGIES, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
REPTILES ALIVE!, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
ROCKS AND MINERALS, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 20 max
INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
SKULL WORKSHOP, Grade 2+, 1 hr, 25 max
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

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CANOE CLINIC, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, $175, 16 max
FISHING CLINIC, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + $2/person, 15 max
BIKE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
INITIATIVES/ TEAM BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

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

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
HERPTILES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MUSHROOMS & MOLDS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr
HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr, free

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

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REGISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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