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Last Updated June 22, 2016
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PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
2016 MUSIC UNDER THE STARS CONCERT SERIES
ART CLASSES
BIRDING PROGRAMS AND TRIPS
CAMPING TRIPS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS - updated 6/22/2016
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS
EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
FALL NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS - updated 5/23/2016
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SUMMER CAMPS
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS
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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

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
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ART CLASSES
FOR ADULTS:
Landscape Painting: Summer Morning Light
Thursday Evening Art Studio

 

 

 

ADULT ART CLASSES:
LANDSCAPE PAINTING: SUMMER MORNING LIGHT

 

Landscape Painting Class for Adults with Charles David Viera

Landscape painting with artist Charles David Viera offers the chance to paint various scenic locations at Echo Hill

 

Thursday Evening Art Studio for Adults with Lena Shiffman
By Artist Charles David Viera

Dates: Six Fridays, June 24 to July 29
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 15 through adults
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light.  In this class, artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them.  Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park 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color theory, and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations and historical references.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.  Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com).

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THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO


Thursday Evening Art Studio for Adults with Lena Shiffman
Capture a lifetime in a moment


Session A: Five Thursdays, August 4 to September 1
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!(www.lenashiffman.com)

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BIRDING TRIPS AND PROGRAMS
WEEKEND TRIPS:
Breeding Brids of Hunterdon County - July 2nd
Garret Mountain & Troy Meadows- August 27th
Sandy Hook - September 18th

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 also 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.

BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

 

Date: Saturday, July 2
Time: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: $20

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

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GARRET MOUNTAIN & TROY MEADOWNS

 

US Naval Air Base in Lakehurst

The pond at Garrett Mountain has often provided a birding surprise

US Naval Air Base in Lakehurst
Join Us for our First Trip to Troy Meadows

 

Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25

Garret Mountain, a Passaic County Park which sits atop the First Watchung Mountain, is a premier birding spot in New Jersey.  Troy Meadows is in Morris County and managed by a non-profit agency called Wildlife Preserves.  It is a remnant of the ancient Glacial Lake Passaic.  It has been a relatively new location in birding reports during the last few years.  Join us on a visit to these two locations as we search for our avian friends.

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SANDY HOOK

 

Date:  Sunday, September 18
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $25

Sandy Hook is a 2,044 acre barrier beach peninsula that offers seven miles of beach line, salt marshes, and a maritime holly forest.  The variety of coastal habitats including sand dunes, grasslands, salt and freshwater marshes, thickets and maritime forest offer diverse range of birding opportunities including shorebirds, songbirds, and raptors.  Time permitting, we will stop at other locations based on observation reports.

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CAMPING TRIPS
Let's Go Camping - August 20/21 (meeting 8/17)
Backpacking: PA Section 5 - October 1/2
LET'S GO CAMPING

 

Let's go Camping - Great for the enitre family ages 8 and up!
Spend some time in nature with
Let’s Go Camping!

Campout Meeting: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Location: Echo Hill

Campout: Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21
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: PA SECTION 5

Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 1 to 2
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

Let's go Camping - Great for the enitre family ages 8 and up!
Spend some time in nature with
Let’s Go Camping!

Hike and camp along Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains and native animals like migrating raptors while enjoying beautiful scenery.  Learn the basics of backpacking as we set up tents, cook, and hike together.  The group will meet at the Arboretum and drive into Berks County, PA in a County van.  We will pick up a side trail at Mountain Road that will lead to Auburn Lookout, and follow the Appalachian Trail to camp overnight at Eagles Nest Shelter, which also has a view (about 7.5 miles the first day).  Sunday we will hike out to a parking area off of Route 183 (about 5.7 miles) before taking the van back to the Arboretum. 

This is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 6 to 8 miles each day with a full backpack. 

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on Monday, September 26 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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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
FLATWATER PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY sold out
RIVER TRIPS
OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP
CANOE TRIPS - FAQS
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OUR 39TH YEAR!

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

FLATWATER PADDLE: SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR


Clinton Pond Paddle
Learn canoeing skills in flatwater!

Session A: Friday, June 24 - SOLD OUT
Session B: Friday, July 29 - SOLD OUT
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $25 per session

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


River Trips
This is our 39th year of Canoeing in and around Hunterdon!

Time: Arrive at 8:15AM
Location: Leave from Arboretum
Cost: $30 per trip updated 05/02/2016

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

Sunday, July 10: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, July 23: South Branch
Saturday, August 6: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, August 20: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Saturday, September 3: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, September 24: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, October 8: South Branch
Saturday, October 22: 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 25 and 26
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 4:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $65 (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 camp 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.  All participants must attend a pre-camp meeting on Wednesday, June 22 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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F.A.Q'S - PLANNING YOUR TRIP

 

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

CHANGE OF VENUE: 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 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.

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

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WALKS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Tot Walks
Free Recreational Walks

 

TOT WALKS
Free Walks and guided tours.

Bring your 2- or 3-year-old to Echo Hill for a Tot Walk this fall!

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 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 fall we are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C.  Sign up for one, two, or all three themes!

BUTTERFLIES
Session A: Thursday, September 22, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, September 23, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, September 23, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

SEEDS
Session A: Thursday, October 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, October 21, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, October 21, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

SQUIRRELS
Session A: Thursday, November 17, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, November 18, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session C: Friday, November 18, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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FREE RECREATIONAL WALKS

 

Free Walks and guided tours.
Taking a Recreation Walk is a nice way to
explore the parks.

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Meet at locations listed below

September 7:  Point Mountain North: 417 Penwell Rd, Port Murray 07865
September 21: Cushetunk Mountain: 106 Old Mountain Rd, Lebanon 08833
October 5: Tower Hill: 944 Mountain View Rd, Asbury 08802 (Highlands trail to Jugtown Mt.)
October 19: Musconetcong Gorge Preserve: 182 Dennis Rd, Bloomsbury 08804

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.
Pre-registration is required.

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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS

In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Parks Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation offers discount amusement park tickets for the following areas:

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Gate Price

Discount Price

Adult $57.75 $46.00

Hershey Park

   
Adult $63.80 $51.00
Junior $40.80 $38.00

 

Six Flags Great Adventure

   
Adult Theme Park & Safari $77.03 $43.00
Parking Pass $26.75 $22.00

Tickets are available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon.
Tickets are non-refundable
Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.
To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.

 

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
Wild About Wetlands Walk - August 20
Incredible Insects with Isabel! - August 22
Beaver Walk - August 29th
Full Moon Hike - September 16th
Beginner's Mushroom Basics and Walk - September 16th
Native Plant Workshop - September 22nd

 

WILD ABOUT WETLANDS WALK

 

Date: Saturday, August 20
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

This is a different kind of trip to the ‘boardwalk’ this summer…Join us as we explore the beautiful Arboretum wetlands as we wind along the Vincent Abraitys’ boardwalk. Discover why wetlands are unique and amazing ecosystems as our Naturalist points out the many plant and animal species that call wetlands home. We will also explore why wetlands are so important and their many benefits for humans, and what we can do to preserve them.

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INCREDIBLE INSECTS WITH ISABEL!
Campfire and evening hike

Come explore with park naturalist Isabel Esparza!

Date: Monday, August 22
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 6 through 14 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5

What makes an insect an insect? Why are they important anyway?  And why are they incredible? Answer these questions and more in this hands-on study of the insects at Echo Hill. You will get the chance to catch, identify, and study some of our county’s smallest but most incredible creatures with park naturalist Isabel Esparza.

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BEAVER WALK

Date: Monday, August 29
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Leave it to beavers to leave us many clues and evidence of their activity in our parks! Come explore a beaver’s life as we walk around beautiful Manny Pond and one other pond at Hoffman Park. On our nature walk, you will see the evidence of beaver activity, a beaver lodge, and learn a beaver’s natural history.

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FULL MOON HIKE

Date: Friday, September 16
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Come explore the park during the night!  Under the light of a full moon, we will listen to insects, look for bats, and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals.  We will also learn about the phases of the moon. 

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BEGINNER'S MUSHROOM BASICS AND WALK

Date: Friday, September 16
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5 per person
Age: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Guest Lecturer: Marion Barry

Have you ever walked through the woods and parks of Hunterdon County and found yourself wondering about the mushrooms and fungi you have seen growing?  Then join us for a night with Marion Barry.   She is a member of the NJ Mycological Society and has been an active mushroomer for the past thirty years.  She will expose us to world of fungi and take us on a mushroom walk around the Arboretum to see which mushrooms are growing around this area.

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NATIVE PLANT WORKSHOP - COLLECTION AND PROPER TREATMENT OF NATIVE PLANT SEEDS
Campfire and evening hike

Join Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildlife for this fun workshop.

Date: Thursday, September 22
Time 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Cost $15 per person
Age: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Guest Lecturer: Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildflower Farm

With today being the first day of autumn, it is not too soon to think about your plants for summer.  Native plants require different treatments to get their seeds to grow.  Randi will lead a workshop on how to properly collect, store and treat seeds for maximum germination. Initially dress to be outside as the first part of the workshop will involve taking a walk around Echo Hill collecting some native plant material.

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FALL NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
Campfire and evening hike

This fall, kids ages 3 through 3rd grade can join our nature clubs! 

FALL NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS AGES 3 – 3RD GRADE
Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush 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 sharpen 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. 

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

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

FALL NATURE CLUBS
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 13 to November 8 (no class 10/11)
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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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Historic Walking Tour of Hope New Jersey - September 24th
Brooklyn Botanic Garden/Prosect Park - October 8th

 

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF HOPE, NEW JERSEY

 

Diggerland USA
Join in this tour of Hope New Jersey a beautiful little town full of old buildings and interesting history.

Date: September 24
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: adults
Cost: $20 (lunch not included)
Guest Guide: Gail Jacobsen and Chip Colombo

Fresh air, exercise and some history of the sleepy burg of Hope, a Moravian village founded in 1769.  Beginnings…The New World…Hope Moravian Experience 1769-1808…A Thriving Community…Daily Life…Revolutionary War…The Decline of Moravian Hope… Post Moravian Era…Moravian Architecture…  This tour will visit a grist mill, the Howell-Turner House, Tom’s Barn, many period houses, churches and graveyards, a bank, a museum, a stone bridge, and much more.  The day will start with a short slide show at the Arboretum. Then we will drive to Hope, enjoy a two hour walking tour (please dress for outdoor in town walk), have lunch at the Inn at Millrace Pond Restaurant (lunch not included in the price) and have some free time to explore the museum, antique store and the quaint little town of Hope. innatmillracepond.com.

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BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN/PROSPECT PARK

 

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington.
Age: Adults
Cost: $35

Sit back and relax as we whisk you off to Brooklyn! We’ll get you there; you plan a day of fun. The fee covers the cost of the bus ride; the gardens are free admission before noon.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.  The 52-acre garden includes a number of specialty “gardens within the Garden,” plant collections, and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house, and an art gallery.  Founded in 1910, the garden holds over 10,000 taxa of plants and each year welcomes over 900,000 visitors from around the world.  We will explore the garden for about four hours.  The Yellow Magnolia Canteen will be open for lunch (visit www.bbg.org).  Picnicking is prohibited in the garden.  Visit the garden website to plan your day! www.bbg.org/visit.

After you visit the gardens (or instead of going to the garden) you could walk over to Prospect Park. Boasting 585 acres this is the masterpiece of famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park.  It has a 90-acre Long Meadow, a 60-acre lake and Brooklyn’s only forest, the nation’s first urban Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Zoo, and  a  Mangels-Carmel 1912 wooden carousel, to name just a few of the attractions that make their home at the Park. Plan your visit at www.prospectpark.org.

Also nearby are the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum (art) established in 1895, which holds nearly 1.5 million pieces of art work. Visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
40th Music Under the Stars FREE Concert Program
Fresh Air Flow: Outdoor Yoga Series - NEW!!

40TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT PROGRAM

Free Concert Under the Stars
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Parks’ Music Under the Stars Concert Series.

Dates: Thursdays, June 23 to August 18
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington

40thAnniversary!!!Hunterdon County's 40th Anniversary of Music Under the Starscelebration will feature local talents beginning each Thursday, starting June 23rd and run through August 18th at Deer Path Park (located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township {directions} (next to the Hunterdon County YMCA facility). Shows began 7:00 pm and ran until approximately 9:00 pm.

Deer Path Park offers incredible vistas, especially at sunset, for spectators to enjoy. The park also offers plenty of room for the entire family to spread out a blanket, have a picnic dinner, hold an impromptu game of frisbee or volleyball, as well as enjoy the playgrounds.

Check out our 2016 Schedule of great entertainment.....

 

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FRESH AIR FLOW: OUTDOOR YOGA SERIES - NEW!!


Dates:  Mondays and Wednesdays in June, July, and August
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $60 for four week sessions and $75 for five week sessions
Ages: All

Session A: Four Mondays, June 6 to June 27
Session B: Four Wednesdays, June 8 to June 29
Session C: Four dates, Tuesday, July 5 and Mondays, July 11 to July 25
Session D: Four Wednesdays, July 6 to July 27
Session E: Five Mondays, August 1 to August 29
Session F: Five Wednesdays, August 3 to August 31

All are welcome to join Kristanna Hoffman at beautiful Deer Path Park for an hour of yoga, regardless of age, fitness level, or yoga experience.  Join our new yoga series for an energizing practice, promoting a healthy mind and body through breath and movement.  Multiple sessions are encouraged.  Pre-registration is required 

 

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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

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
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

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. 

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. 

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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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SUMMER CAMPS
Art Camp for Young Artists
Art Camp for Artists-in-Training
Art Together Camp
Modern Masters Art Camp
Craft Camp
Creative Theatre Camp
Performance Camp
Orchestra Camp
Sciensational Robotic Camp - NEW!
Sciensational Magnetic Camp - NEW!
Garden Camp
Canoe Camp
Sports for a Lifetime Camp
Heron Glen Junior Golf Camps
DOWNLOAD OUR SUMMER CAMPS BROCHURE

 

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

 

Session A: August 8 to 12
Session B: August 22 to 26
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 8 to 12
Session B: August 22 to 26
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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ART TOGETHER ART CAMP

Art Together Camp
Experience the simple joy of creating
with your toddler.

 

Date: July 25 to July 29
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult
Cost: $100 (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, experimenting with paint, print making, sculpture, drawing and more.  The class is very fluid with students moving to five different art stations.  Students take home no less than five pieces of art work per class.  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.  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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MODERN MASTERS ART CAMP

 

Date: July 25 to July 29
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 to 7 accompanied by an adult
Cost: $90 (includes materials)

Join us for a week-long exploration of modern art!  From impressionism to minimalism, we will explore artists and styles throughout the time period.  In this fun, hands-on art class we will look at selected artists and try our hand at various styles of modern art.  The class will be a combination of group and station-based work.  Each day will be themed by artist and style with fun art history critiques and an exploration of that artist’s medium.  Artist and certified art educator Sarah Ruppert offers a lively art history-based class that will encourage new artistic skills and awareness.  All materials re 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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CRAFT CAMP

 

Dates: June 27 to July 1
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ages: 10 to 15
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $165 (includes materials)

Craft Camp Craft Camp Craft Camp
Try working with your hands at Craft Camp! Baskets full of creative juices are ramjet
at Craft Camp.
The Ballerina,” a creation made by a camper from pressed leaves and flowers at craft camp 2015.

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, rocks, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance designing with things from nature.  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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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP

 

 

Creative Theatre Camp
In Theatre Camp, children create their own play and stage it for their parents.

Dates: August 22 to 26
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $150

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the campers; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  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.  Campers should bring a drink and lunch.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website: www.artstechsolutions.com). 

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PERFORMANCE CAMP

 

Session A: July 11 to July 15, ages: children entering grades 2 to 5
Session B: July 25 to July 29, ages: children entering grades 6 to 9
Time: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $245

Performance Camp Performance Camp Performance Camp
Create the set, practice lots, and the show must go on… drama equals fun! Dance, Sing, Act... making summer camp memories Practice… and it all comes together for the show.

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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ORCHESTRA CAMP

 

Date: July 18 to 22
Time: 9:0

Orchestra Camp
Make music in a group setting!

0 AM to 12:00 PM
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.  Join us for our 17th year!  Please note which instrument you play when you register. 

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SCIENSATIONAL ROBOTIC CAMP *NEW*

 

Dates: July 18 to 22
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $145

Join us for this new camp to build robots with the company Sciensational.  Campers will make and take home the Space Nine Infra-Red Robot.  It is an eight-legged star explorer.  THAT IS RIGHT-- 8 legs.  Its moves and turns are controlled by its own infra-red remote transmitter.  Unlike most other robots, Space Nine can walk on rough surfaces, turn left and right, and even cross over rocks.  Campers can create a moon surface for the Space Nine to explore.  Better yet, the Space Nine Robot can dance and be controlled by campers.  Play some music and watch it go.  There are many steps in the assembly process.  Learn how the different gears mesh and are driven by a motor.  Working in small groups, campers will also get to build other robots.  Build a Sumo wrestler, have tug-of-war events, and make these robots do specific tasks.  Robots in this portion of the workshop are not taken home.  Be part of robot technology and have fun investigating the future effects it will have on our lives!  Campers who sign up for both Sciensational Robotic Camp and Sciensational Magnetic Camp may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free. 

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SCIENSATIONAL MAGNETIC CAMP *NEW*

 

Dates: July 18 to 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 to 12
Cost: $145

Join us for this new camp to learn about “Magnetic Levitation for Future Transportation” with the company Sciensational.  Build your own “futuristic Maglev” car to race and take home.  In 1999 a Japanese five-car maglev train (magnetism, electricity, and levitation) set a record of 345 miles/hour.  Yours won’t go that fast, but we will have fun building it and learning how it operates.  Learn about the relationship between magnetism and electricity.  Campers will also get to build a simple maglev track as well as a cool electromagnet.  Learn how motors work, as well as generators.  Build and take home the world’s simplest motor.  Make your own compass and take part in many other magnificent magnetic activities!  Campers who sign up for both Sciensational Robotic Camp and Sciensational Magnetic Camp may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free. 

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GARDEN CAMP

 

Dates: Monday through Friday, August 1 to 5
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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CANOE CAMP

Canoe Camp
Our Canoe Camp culminates in an overnight campout along the river. 

 

Date: July 11 to 15
Time: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Campout Thursday into Friday)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 to 18
Cost: $250

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Then 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

 

 

Date: Monday through Friday, August 8 to 12
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

Sport for a Lifetime Camp Sport for a Lifetime Camp
Sports for a Lifetime Camp is a great way to make new friends and learn
or improve skills in bowling and golf.

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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HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS

 

The Heron Glen junior golf camp is a great way to offer your child a safe, friendly, and fun golfing experience.  Our PGA professionals will provide a positive learning environment where juniors can learn at their own pace.  Juniors not only learn about the basic fundamentals of golf, but also how to interact with others.  After completing the four-day camp, juniors will have the knowledge and basic understanding of the rules, etiquette, and scoring so they can begin to play this wonderful game with friends and family.  Please visit www.heronglen.com or contact the pro shop at (908) 806-6804 for additional information.

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SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS
Nature Bugs
Nature Discovery
Pioneers
Junior Explorers
Senior Explorers
Environmental Camp

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

THE FOLLOWING FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED:

 
Summer Nature Camp Summer Nature Camp Summer Nature Camp
Campers will be hands-on with their activities.  They could discover what an owl eats, harness the power of the sun,
and discover new corners of the county’s wild places.

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.  Campers and parents alike rave about camp, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings. 

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 campers 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 campers. 

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.  Both sites offer wonderful and diverse habitats for the campers to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

Note that camp is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  Camp will not be held on Monday, July 4th, Independence Day.  These sessions have been pro-rated. 

Nature Bugs


Ages: Children entering kindergarten
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: $105

One-Week Sessions Echo Hill:
A. July 25 to 29
B. August 8 to 12

One-Week Sessions Tettertown:
A. July 25 to 29
B. August 8 to 12

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. 

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Nature Discovery


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 Echo Hill:


A. June 27 to July 1
B. July 5 to July 8
C. July 11 to July 15
D. July 18 to July 22
E. July 25 to July 29
F. August 1 to August 5 - sold out
G. August 8 to August 12
H. August 15 to August 19

One-Week Sessions Tettertown:
A. June 27 to July 1
B. July 5 to July 8
C. July 11 to July 15
D. July 18 to July 22
E. July 25 to July 29
F. August 1 to August 5 - sold out
G. August 8 to August 12
H. August 15 to August 19

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

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Pioneers

 

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 Echo Hill:
A. June 27 to July 1 - sold out
B. July 5 to July 8
C. July 11 to July 15 - sold out
D. July 18 to July 22
E. July 25 to July 29 - sold out
F. August 1 to August 5 - sold out
G. August 8 to August 12 - sold out
H. August 15 to August 19

One-Week Sessions Tettertown:
A. June 27 to July 1 - sold out
B. July 5 to July 8
C. July 11 to July 15
D. July 18 to July 22 - sold out
E. July 25 to July 29 - sold out
F. August 1 to August 5
G. August 8 to August 12 - sold out
H. August 15 to August 19

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.

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Junior Explorers


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
Cost: $305 (All A Sessions: $285; no camp July 4)

Two-Week Sessions Echo Hill:
A1. June 27 to July 8
A2. June 27 to July 8
B1. July 11 to July 22
B2. July 11 to July 22
C1 & C2. July 25 to August 5 - sold out
D1 & D2. August 8 to August 19 - sold out

Two-Week Sessions Tettertown:

A1. June 27 to July 8
B1. July 11 to July 22 - sold out
C1 & C2. July 25 to August 5 - sold out
D1 & D2. August 8 to August 19

Please note that “1” and “2” reflects that there are two counselor groups (total of 20 campers) 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 campers 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

 

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
Cost: $305 (A Session: $285; no camp July 4)

Two-Week Sessions Echo Hill:
A. June 27 to July 8 - sold out
B. July 11 to July 22 - sold out
C. July 25 to August 5 - sold out
D. August 8 to August 19 - sold out

Two-Week Sessions Tettertown:
A. June 27 to July 8
B. July 11 to July 22 - sold out
C. July 25 to August 5 - sold out
D. August 8 to August 19 - sold out

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. 

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Environmental Camp

 

Ages: Teens entering grades 9 & 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight trip each Thursday

Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 27 to July 8 (no camp July 4)
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $335
B.  July 11 to July 22 - sold out
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. 

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Important Registration Information for Summer Nature Program

 

Registration for the Summer Nature Program is conducted via a lottery system.  Download a set of registration forms (3) from our website, or pick one 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 Program. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORMS:
  2. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 9, 2016 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, with one check. 
  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 21 at 8:00 AM. 
  8. Children may initially enroll in only one session.  Starting on April 11, 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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PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS & GROUP LEADERS:
OPEN HOUSE

Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: adults (teachers)
Cost: free!

Come visit beautiful Echo Hill Park in Clinton Township, where many of our programs take place.  Echo Hill is a great place to bring your class on a field trip!  Before the sun goes down, take a walk to see the pond, stream, field, and forest habitats that Echo Hill offers (dress in comfortable shoes), and learn about our nature and recreation programs from Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush.  In the historic Echo Hill Lodge, Laura will conduct short segments from several of the programs we offer (many of which can also be done at your school).  To see a list of requestable school programs, including how they align with Next Generation Science Standards and Core Curriculum Content Standards, please visit: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/educators.html

We will also offer light refreshments. Pre-registration required.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Canoe Camp

Thank you to the hard working volunteers who helped create a new trail at Musconetcong Mountain Preserve during the Spring Volunteer Day!

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Musconetcong Mountain, note we will meet and park at Schick Reserve
Cost: free!
Ages: 12 through adult.

Our Spring Volunteer Day was a great success; with the help from many hard working volunteers we created a new trail. But there is still a lot more trial work to be completed, therefore we are changing the Public Lands Day project to working on the trails at Musconetcong Mountain Preserve on Ellis Road in Holland Twp. Please note the group will meet at the Schick Reserve parking lot, 250 Little York-Mt Pleasant Road, Milford. 

Volunteers may bring their own loppers and gloves, but we will also have tools available.  Through generous donations, volunteers will enjoy a light breakfast and full lunch.  A regular program registration form can be used to sign up for this event, pre-registration is required

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