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Last Updated August 19, 2015
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ART CLASSES
BACKPACKING: ECKVILLE TO PORT CLINTON
BASKETRY PROGRAMS
BIRDING TRIPS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
CRAFT WORKSHOPS
DISCOUNT SKI TICKETS
EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
FALL & WINTER NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
GARDENING PROGRAMS
GUIDED NATURE WALKS AND HIKES
HISTORY THROUGH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
PUBLIC LANDS DAY - A Volunteer Opportunity
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
RECREATIONAL SAFETY PROGRAMS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SQUARE DANCING
THEATRE PROGRAM
TOUCH A TRUCK
PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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HUNTERDON COUNTY
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PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN & FAMILIES

GREAT ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN!
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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:
Beginnering and Intermediate Drawing
Portrait Drawing and Painting
Painting & Drawing Beginnering & Intermediate
Thursday Evening Art Studio
CHILDRENS ART CLASSES
Art Together
Kidz Art for Home Schooled
Young Artists' Drawing & Painting
Artists In Training Drawing & Painting

 

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE DRAWING *NEW

 

Beginner and Intermediate Drawing

Session A: Six Wednesdays, September 16 – October 28 (no class 10/21)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, November 11 – December 16
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $120 (materials not included)

This class offers solid instruction in basic drawing. Studio projects are complemented with group and individual critiques, slide lectures, and historical references. Elements of contour, value, composition, and perspective are defined as students work from a variety of subject matter. This class offers patient and individual instruction in a supportive environment. A great place to begin!

Materials: Please bring to the first class an 18 x 24 inch all-purpose pad, vine charcoal (soft), compressed charcoal (soft) and a hard rubber eraser. Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com)

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PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING *NEW

Dates: Six Wednesdays, January 13 – February 17
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $120 (materials not included, plus one-time $20 model fee collected at first class)

The subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure have been learning tools and a challenge for artists over the centuries. In this class, students of all levels will receive basic academic instruction as well as more expressionistic options in dealing with the art of portraiture. Guided by the instructor, students will explore a variety of portrait and figure painting techniques, including creating a likeness, the use of color in representing flesh tones, and understanding elements of anatomy. Students can work with their favorite medium from figure casts, as well as a variety of portrait models (no nude models).

Students should bring drawing materials (pad, pencils, charcoal, eraser) to the first class. The instructor will discuss various color material options for the remaining class dates. An approximate $20 model fee will be collected at the first session. Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com)

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PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE

 

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

Use different mediums to create beautiful pieces of art.

Session A: Five Thursdays, September 10 – October 8
Session B: Five Thursdays, October 15 – November 19 (no class 10/22)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 3 – January 14 (no class 12/24, 12/31)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 28 – February 25
Time: 9:30 AM to Noon
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 and up
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Using a variety of subject matter including still life subjects, photographs, and landscapes, the instructor will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills. Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints. Students supply their own materials. Beginners please bring charcoal pencils, erasers, and newsprint pad to the first class. Material list will be supplied at the first class. Instructor Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com).

*Note: Make-up date in case a class is canceled, Session A: Sunday, October 11, Session B: Sunday, November 22.

 

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THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
Thursday Evening Art Studio

Photo by Margaret Conroy

Session A: Five Thursdays, September 10 – October 8
Session B: Five Thursdays, October 15 – November 19 (no class 10/22)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 3 – January 14 (no class 12/24, 12/31)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 28 – February 25
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 and up
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but you would like to give it a try? “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman. Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects or photographs, she will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills. Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints. Students supply their own materials.

Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks & charcoal pencils, an eraser, & a newsprint pad to the first class. Material list will be supplied at the first class. Enjoy an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish! All ability levels welcome! Instructor Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com).

*Note: Make-up date in case a class is canceled, Session A: Sunday, October 11, Session B: Sunday, November 22.
Photo: Art class adult 2015b Caption: Turn photographs in to a beautiful colored pencil drawing.

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES

 

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

Paint together to create a beautiful piece of art with your child.

Fun with finger painting!

Session A: Six Mondays, October 19 – November 23
Session B: Six Mondays, February 1 – March 14 (no class 2/15)
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location Arboretum
Ages: 2- 4 accompanied by an adult
Cost: $120 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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KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED

 

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

Paint your favorite animals with watercolor!

Session A: Six Wednesdays, September 16 – October 28 (no class 10/21)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, November 11 – December 16
Session C: Six Wednesdays, January 13 – February 17
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (please note time change)
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 - 15
Cost: $92 (includes materials)

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

 

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YOUNG ARTISTS’ DRAWING & PAINTING
Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

Use watercolor to paint a portrait.

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 19 – October 24
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 7 – December 19 (no class 11/28)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 9 – February 13
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 - 10
Cost: $82 (includes materials)

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

 

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ARTISTS IN TRAINING DRAWING & PAINTING

 

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

Where children bring their art work to life!

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 19 – October 24
Session B: Six Saturdays, November 7 – December 19 (no class 11/28)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 9 – February 13
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 - 15
Cost: $92 (includes materials)

Artists in training can learn the principles of painting and drawing. Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints using a variety of still-life subjects. These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials. Instructor works well with beginners to very advanced students. Remember to dress in old clothing. Instructor Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

 

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BACKPACKING: Eckville to Port Clinton
Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

Eckville to Port Clinton: Join us for a backpacking trip in the mountains of Pennsylvania!

Date: Saturday, October 3 to Sunday, October 4
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

H ike 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 the trail on Hawk Mountain Road in Eckville, take a break at each of two great views, The Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock, and camp overnight at Windsor Furnace Shelter (about 9 miles the first day). Sunday we will hike out to Port Clinton (about 6 miles), stopping at another view 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 9 miles each day with a full backpack.

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on Wednesday, September 30 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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BASKETRY PROGRAMS WITH LIZ BRAIDWOOD FULMER
FOR ADULTS:

Square Basket - September 11th

Gails' Daypack Backpack - September 16th & 23rd
UFO.. Unfinished Objects - October 19th & January 20th
Clay Pot with A Coiled Rim - October 19th & 26th
Eyeglass or Cellphone Holder Basket - November 20th
Christmas Bell Decoration - December 9th
Sunshine Rimmed Round Basket - January 8th & 15th
Potato Masher Basket - February 2nd & 9th
FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS:
For children 6 to 9 accompanied by an adult. Solo children 10 and up and adults are welcome. Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project.
Children's Beginner Basket - October 14th
Random Weave Basket - November 13th
Small Square Basket - January 22nd

 

SQUARE BASKET

Date: Friday, September 11
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $15 (includes materials)

Make a rectangular basket measuring 5” x 5” x 4” (no handle). Beginners will make a simple basket and more advanced weavers can design a more difficult basket.

SKILL LEVEL: Very easy to advanced.

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GAIL’S DAYPACK BACKPACK
Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

Pack a snack and take this basket with you on a nice hike through the trails.

 

 

Dates: Wednesdays, September 16 & 23
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $47 (includes materials)

Pack up this daypack to bring lunch and such on an adventure… This cute little backpack measures 6 ½” x 11 ½” x 12” tall. Basket features a fill base, seagrass and natural reed weavers, feet and Shaker-tape (cloth) shoulder straps.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy, but a large project.

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UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

Date: Monday, October 19 & Wednesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5

Do you have a basket that you have not finished and would like to work on? Or a basket kit you always wanted to try? Or just any craft project you want to work on? Join us for this UFO class.

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CLAY POT with A COILED RIM

 

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

Mold a clay pot and then add a coil rim to the top!

Dates: Mondays, October 19 & 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $20 (includes materials)

Drop by the UFO class (10/19) and make a clay vessel using self-drying clay. The clay project takes about 30 minutes to make so you might like to bring a UFO. The next week we will add a coiled jute rim to embellish your vessel. This is a good class to learn how to coil.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy; beginners welcome.

 

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EYEGLASS or CELLPHONE HOLDER BASKET
Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

A creative way to carry your glasses or your cellphone!

 

Date: Friday, November 20
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $23 (includes materials)

Make a small rectangular basket neckless that can be used to carry a pair of glasses or a cellphone. We will design the basket size to your needs.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate, small project with very tight weave.

 

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CHRISTMAS BELL DECORATION

Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $17 (includes materials)

Weave a Christmas bell or two and hang them with a ribbon to make this sweet door or wall decoration. Workshop focus will be on weaving tension.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

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SUNSHINE RIMMED ROUND BASKET

Dates: Fridays, January 8 & 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35 (includes materials)

Make a bowl-shaped round basket that has a wooden base and is woven with flat oval reed sides. Three rod wale determines the turning point and the basket is then gathered to a smaller diameter rim, and then finished with a unique (new for us) lash down rim that looks like a sun.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

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POTATO MASHER BASKET

 

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

Use an old potato masher and incorporate it as the handle of your basket.

 

Dates: Tuesdays, February 2 & 9
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $25 (bring your own potato masher)

Bring your own potato masher and we will incorporate it into a rectangular or square basket (basket size your choice). The handle of the masher becomes the handle of the basket. Or bring a dough cutter and the same goes for that!

I have a few potato mashers available, call Liz (908) 782-1158.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult

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BASKETRY WORKSHOPS for CHILDREN AND ADULTS

These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 9 accompanied by an adult, solo children 10 and up and adults are welcome. Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project.

 

CHILDREN’S BEGINNER BASKET

 

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

Make a simple round basket with beads as an adult/child team!

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

Starting with a wooden base, students will insert round reed spokes, weave a little, then add beads, weave a little more, then finish with a braided rim. Lots of color and bead pattern design. This workshop is great for introducing children to the art of making baskets.

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RANDOM WEAVE BASKET

 

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

Weave like a bird… make a random weave basket.

Date: Friday, November 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $18 (includes materials)

A really fun class for those who enjoy free form art work! We will create a small birds-nest like basket using rattan reed, vines, ribbons, strings, beads, and more.

 

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SMALL SQUARE BASKET

 

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

Weave this small square basket to hold your little treasures.

Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $18 (includes materials)

Make a very colorful rectangular basket measuring 6” x 6” x 4” (no handle).

 

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BIRDING VAN TRIPS
BIRDING TRIPS:
Liberty State park and the Meadowlands - August 22nd
Sandy Hook - September 20th
Tacony Palymra Nature Cove - October 17th
Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge - November 15th
Barnegat Light - December 12th
Eagle Watch - January 16th
Tundra Swans and Wintering Ducks - February 21st

The following bird trips are run by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist. Tom and his colleagues focus on helping all participants learn about the birds and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species. They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas the group is visiting. Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed. If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, please feel free to bring them. Binoculars are available for loan. Trips are designed for adults, but mature youth 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.

LIBERTY STATE PARK AND THE MEADOWLANDS

Date: Saturday, August 22
Time: 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Ages: Adults Cost: $25

Join us on a trip to look for birds of the shores and marshes of Northeastern NJ. Our first stop will be at Liberty State Park as we search the edges of the bay and salt marsh of the park. Then we will visit De Korte State Park and the Meadowlands.  We will take a walk around its boardwalks looking for additional species to add to our sightings for the day.

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SANDYHOOK

Date:  Sunday, September 20
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Ages: Adults Cost: $25

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

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TACONY PALMYRA NATURE COVE

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

Palmyra Cove Nature Park (PCNP) is a 250-acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. Habitats within include wetlands, woodlands, meadows, wild creek and river shoreline, and freshwater Tidal Cove. Possible sightings could include Purple Finches, Siskins, American Bittern and other fall migrants.

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BRIGANTINE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Date: Sunday, November 15
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $25

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

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BARNEGAT LIGHT

Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $25

Barnegat Light State Park is a great winter birding spot, with lots of sea ducks, gulls, and winter shorebirds. Dress warmly; a rigorous two miles of walking on the beach and rock jetties is required. We will try and pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before heading back. Photo: Harlequin Duck Caption: Our Barnegat Trip ends our 2015 birding season, and seeing the Harlequins is what makes the trip.

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EAGLE WATCH

 

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

Join us on a journey north as we search for our National Bird and their nests.

Date: Saturday, January 16
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $25

The Bald Eagle may be off the federal endangered species list, but it is still a grand bird to see!

This trip will go where the eagles are, most likely along the Upper Delaware in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and/or New York states. Winter finches, waterfowl, Golden Eagle, and other species may also be seen.

About two miles of walking; dress in layers for extreme cold.

 

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TUNDRA SWANS AND WINTERING DUCKS

 

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

Tundra Swans have been a regular sight in NJ for a couple of years now. White Bogs is one of the best places to see them.

Date: Sunday, February 21
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

Join us for a southern loop through Central NJ for Swans and Wintering Ducks.

We will first head to Whitesbog, the birthplace of the modern blueberry, as we look for Tundra Swans wintering amongst the cranberry bogs.

From there, we will come back north to the Trenton Marsh and walk the trails for wintering ducks.

The marsh has always hosted large rafts of ducks, including Shovelers, Teal, and other species.

 

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS

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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. 

 

RIVER TRIPS

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

Your leaders will fit you with a life jacket 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, June 13: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, July 11: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg - SOLD OUT
  • 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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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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CRAFT WORKSHOPS
Hypertufa: Make a Garden Flower Pot - September 27th
Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer
These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 9 accompanied by an adult. Solo children 10 and up and adults are welcome. Cost is per project.
Chia-Pet Tea Cup - September 15th
Book Page Pumpkin - October 27th
Homemade Cards for Many Occassions - November 10th
Person Picture Frame - December 1st
Birdhouse Kit - January 12th

 

HYPERTUFA: MAKE A GARDEN FLOWER POT

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

Make a beautiful garden pot that lasts for years!

Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $15 (includes materials)

Master Gardener’s of Hunterdon County are coming to help us make a beautiful garden container that will last for years with this wonderful hypertufa technique.

The term “hypertufa” refers to a type of artificial stone, and is a conglomerate of the words “tufa,” a natural volcanic rock, and “hyper,” a prefix meaning excessively or extremely; hypertufa are extremely rock-like containers.

Mix up the recipe of concrete, sand and more, form it into a mold to create a light pot measuring between 8 and 10 inches.  Please wear old clothing and bring gloves.

 

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CHIA-PET TEA CUP

Date: Tuesday, September 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $10

Paint a funny face on this ceramic tea cup. Fill it with potting soil and grass seed. Then take it home to watch its “hair grow.”

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BOOK PAGE PUMPKIN

 

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

Create a cute decorative pumpkin out of an old book!

Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $8

Great Craft Just In Time for The Fall!

Turn an old book into a perfect pumpkin decoration! We will cut the pages in a pumpkin shape, color it orange, and add a stem.

 

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HOMEMADE CARDS for MANY OCCASIONS

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $8

Using material scraps, string, your finger print, rubber stamps, glitter and more… you will make three (or more cards depending on time) for many occasions: Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, and more.

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PERSON PICTURE FRAME

 

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

Decorate a person picture frame that showcases your creation.

Date: Tuesday, December 1
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $9

Is your Dad a fireman or sis a cheerleader? Let’s dress-up a person-shaped picture frame to look like the character of your choice.

Using fun foam, felt, yarn, ribbons and more… let your creativity go wild.

PLEASE BRING a photo that contains the face of the person/character that you want to create. The face in the photo needs to fit in a 1 ½” round opening.

This will make a great gift!!

 

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BIRDHOUSE KIT

Date: Tuesday, January 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $10

This is a simple, fun project. Glue and nail together a small wooden birdhouse kit approximately 5 ½” x 5 ½”.

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DISCOUNT SKI TICKETS

Ski tickets will go on sale in December and will remain on sale throughout the winter. Through the spring and summer months, we offer discount tickets to local amusement parks.

To purchase tickets stop by the County Arboretum (cash or check only) or call (908) 782-1158 for more information.

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
An Edible Adventure - August 19th
Coexisting with Coyotes - September 22nd
Birding for Beginners - September 23
The Great Nature Quest - September 26th
Fall Tree Trek - September 29th
Harvesting Invasives: Autumn Olive Jam - October 14th
Project WOW: Wonders of Wetlands - October 22nd
Columbia Trail Hike & Picnic - October 24th
Night Hike - October 30th
Evening with the Nighttime Sky - November 6th/February 5th
Birding at South Branch WMA - November 14th
How Seeds Move - November 14th
Holiday Paper/Card Making - December 15th
Building a Kestrel/Screech-Owl Box Workshop - January 14th
Winter Tracking - January 30th
Owls - February 3rd
Wildflower Folklore - February 24th
Maple Tree Tapping - January 30th
Maple Sap Collection - February 27th

 

AN EDIBLE ADVENTURE

Date: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Teetertown Preserve
All ages, geared for families with children ages 8 to 12.
Cost: $10 per team

Before grocery stores and farmers markets, people had to live off the land.  Now a days people sometimes choose this life style.  If this is a new interest or idea to you, this may be the perfect program. Explore Teetertown Preserve on a short walk with a naturalist to discover edible plants that grow wild in the county. Afterwards, we will enjoy a few “wild snacks” while making blackberry jam.  There will be enough made for everyone to take home a sample

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THE GREAT NATURE QUEST

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 9 AM to NOON
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: All ages, geared for families with kids 8 yr. old and under
Cost: $10.00/team

Are you a nature guru?! Come test your knowledge and skills with this interactive scavenger hunt! Teams will be challenged with questions and tasks to broaden their understanding of the natural world around us. This event is designed to encourage explorers to learn and protect our parks and other natural areas. Teams should be 2-6 people.

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FALL TREE TREK
by Charles David Viera

Join a Park naturalist and explore a local forest.

Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Miquin Woods
Ages: All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Ah, Autumn! The perfect time of year to observe the beauty of trees. Every fall, tree enthusiasts flock to New England to see the famous rusty colors of the deciduous trees that we have in our own back yard. Join one of our naturalists, Em Granger, on a “Tree Trek” to explore a local forest while learning how the trees prepare for winter and what produces these brilliant colors!

 

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HARVESTING INVASIVES: AUTUMN OLIVE JAM
Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

Autumn Olive Jam: These beautiful but invasive berries can be made into a delicious jam!

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Teetertown Stone House
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

Autumn Olive is a ubiquitous invasive shrub with edible red berry-like fruit.

Instead of tediously cutting each plant down, let’s harvest the fruit! We will gather the berries, then go inside to cook up a delicious jam.

Each participant will leave with a small jar of jam.

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

Coyote populations are on the rise. Learn what is known about them and how to adapt.

Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park Lodge
Age: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost $3 per person

Coyotes are part of our County’s population. Their numbers are growing and they are making their presence felt.

Join us as we discuss the comeback of the Eastern Coyote and the issues, concerns, and benefits that surround this species.

Learn how you can adapt to coexist with these creatures.

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COLUMBIA TRAIL HIKE & PICNIC

Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Columbia Trail, (79 Main Street, High Bridge)
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $10 per person

Let’s get outside for a fall outing on the popular Columbia Trail. Learn the history of the trail while looking for fall colors and interesting plants and animals with Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush. Bring your lunch and water and enjoy a picnic! This is a seven-mile hike over flat gravel terrain. At the end of the hike, we will shuttle back to the beginning in a County van.

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

Learn basic bird ID skills and take a bird walk with Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush..

Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Do you like birds but want to find out more about them?  Want to learn how to use a field guide and tips for identifying birds?

We will watch a short PowerPoint, and then take a walk outside to find birds at the Arboretum.  Bring binoculars if you have them (also available to borrow).  For kids or adults.

 

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PROJECT WOW: WONDERS OF WETLANDS

Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park Lodge
Ages: Adult
Cost: $15 (includes WOW curriculum guide and lunch)

WOW!  The Wonders of Wetlands is a workshop that introduces and provides an instructional guide for educators with a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide. This workshop will introduce you to the three parameters of wetlands (soils, vegetation, and hydrology), wetland functions and values, as well as management options all through fun and engaging activities.  A lunch will be provided.

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NIGHT HIKE

Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Get ready for Halloween with a walk around the park at night! A few days after the full moon, we will explore nature after dark to learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations to their world. We will also do some fun nocturnal experiments to find out how our eyes work at night.

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EVENING WITH THE NIGHTTIME SKY

Date A: Friday, November 6 or
Date B: Friday, February 5, 2016 (Rain date Saturday, February 6)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person
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 with us the wonders of the evening sky. We will view any of the visible planets and look at hidden wonders in the galaxy.

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BIRDING AT SOUTH BRANCH WMA

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: South Branch Wildlife Management Area (Hillsborough Road in Somerset County)
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

South Branch Wildlife Management Area is a state-owned, county-managed property near the Raritan River on the border of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. The habitat consists of fields with hedgerows. We will explore this park for late fall migrants and winter birds, such as sparrows and ducks, and see if any eagles are spending time along the river. Hunting is permitted on this property; please wear bright colors.

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HOW SEEDS MOVE


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

Many seeds like dandelions travel by wind, water, or animal fur.

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum classroom
Age: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Plants don’t move! So how does a seedling sprout in the ground when the seed came from a tree across the yard?

We will discover the answer to this question with a nature walk around the park to look for seeds. Then we will go inside to design our own seed and see which one travels the farthest with the wind.

 

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HOLIDAY PAPER/CARD MAKING

Date: Tuesday, December 15
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum classroom
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Learn about the process of recycling as we make some recycled paper together! We will add some evergreen needles for a fresh holiday feel! Each participant will leave with a sample of handmade paper, perfect for a special holiday card or letter.

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BUILD A KESTREL/SCREECH-OWL BOX WORKSHOP
Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

Join us for a night of construction and offer a corner of your property to an owl or kestrel.

Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $20 per box

American Kestrels are beautiful birds, but their population is in decline and they were recently added to the state’s Threatened Species List. If you live near or on agricultural land or meadows, you can help them out by offering a home through a box. If you live in a wooded area, fear not, the box can also be used by Eastern Screech-Owls.

During the program, we will learn about both birds and then assemble the boxes together. Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided. Please bring your own Phillips screwdrivers.

Limit one box per family.

 

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

Looking for tracks in winter time is a great family fun activity!

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

A recent snowfall is the best time to look for animal tracks. Although much of our wildlife is nocturnal and we do not always see it, we can see what animals are around us by the clues they leave behind.

Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush for a tracking hike around Echo Hill Park. Please dress for the weather. If there is no snow, we will look for tracks in the mud, as well as other signs of wildlife.

 

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

Learn all about the owls that live in Hunterdon County, like this Great Horned Owl that was seen at Echo Hill.

 

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

Come learn about these nocturnal birds of prey.

We will find out what kinds of owls live in Hunterdon County in a slide show, view some taxidermied specimens, and dissect owl pellets to find out what owls eat.

 

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

Black-eyed Susan and Sweet William were lovers in an English poem. Learn more about traditional uses of local wildflowers in Wildflower Folklore.

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Although it is still winter, spring is just around the corner!

Get ready for spring hikes with Wildflower Folklore. We will view a PowerPoint to learn about some of our native and introduced wildflowers, and some of the traditional uses for food and medicine.

Find out what’s true versus mythical about these flowers!

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

Maple Tree Tapping: Help us tap our maple trees to get ready for maple sugaring season!

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

Have you come to our Maple Sugaring program in March and wondered how exactly we tap the trees, or where the Echo Hill sugar bush is?

Well, here’s your chance to find out! We will meet at the playground and walk to the sugar bush (about five to ten minutes). Then, Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will tap about 30 trees!

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MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $3 per person

Collecting the sap is a crucial step of the maple sugaring process! Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.

Come participate in the process at Echo Hill! We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes).

This program will also be availa-ble to groups during weekdays in February or early March—please call us to schedule a group.

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FALL & WINTER NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS 4-4TH GRADE
About Our Nature Clubs
Fall Nature Club at Echo Hill
Winter Nature Club at Echo Hill

 

ABOUT OUR NATURE CLUBS

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

This year we are offering Session C for first through fourth graders.

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.

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FALL NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

 

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

The Nature Club will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics like shelter building

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 15 to November 3
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons

Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session C
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Ages: 1st through 4th graders

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WINTER NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 12 to March 1
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons

Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: 4 through kindergarten

Session C
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Ages: 1st through 4th graders

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

Put together a beautiful wreath or swag to hang up during the holidays!

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

Join Senior Gardener “Jaybird” Strauss for a merry evening of holiday creativity.

Bring Christmas inside with an evergreen wreath, swag, or a boxwood topiary. It will be an enjoyable evening to share with friends and family.

All basic material for the decorations will be provided. Feel free to bring your own accessories as well.

 

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GUIDED NATURE WALKS AND HIKES
Free Recreational Walks/Park Tours - September 2nd - October 14th
Tot Walks - Septemer 17th to November 20th
Thursday Morning Bird Walks - September 10th to October 29th
 
FREE RECREATIONAL WALKS/PARK TOURS

 

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

Learn some history and take a walk around our County’s beautiful parks!

 

September 2: Round Mountain Section of Deer Path (Foothill Road Parking lot, 100 Foothill Road, Flemington)
September 16: Union Furnace Preserve (15 Van Syckle’s Corner Road, Clinton)
September 30: Stanton Station (30 Stanton Station Road, Flemington)
October 14: Charlestown Reserve (40 Charlestown Road, Hampton)
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: Free

Meet Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at the specified park location listed above. Join him for a guided recreational walk. Enjoy some fresh air, get exercise, and meet new people. While taking in the beautiful scenery, Patrick will share some history about the property and its previous owners.

This is a great introduction to your parklands and we invite you come back and hike the trails at your leisure!

Please note the 11:30 AM ending time is approximate, give or take by 15 minutes.

 

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TOT WALKS

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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. Sign up for one, two, or all three!

INSECTS
Date: Thursday, September 17 or Friday, September 18

LEAVES
Date: Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16

ANIMAL HOMES
Date: Thursday, November 19 or Friday, November 20

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THURSDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

6:30 AM to 8:00 AM 9/10 Assiscong Marsh
9/17 Hoffman
9/24 Deer Path – Soccer Lot
6:45 AM to 8:00 AM 10/1 Arboretum
10/8 Bernadette Morales/Uplands
10/15 Sunnyside Picnic Area
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM 10/22 Echo Hill
10/29 Deer Path – Main Lot
Age: Adult
Cost: Free (pre-registration is required)

Take an early morning stroll with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we look for the fall migrants and local birds of the county. We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are around. Binoculars are available to borrow.

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HISTORY THROUGH AREIAL PHOTOGARPHY
There Used to be a Railroad Here - January 15
New Jersey from Above - February 19
Hunterdon from Above - March 18

 

THERE USED TO BE A RAILROAD
There Used to be a Railroad

Date: Friday, January 15
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Teens and Adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

New Jersey and railroads go way back, all the way to 1815 when the state granted John Stevens of Hoboken the first railroad charter in the U.S. Although Stevens’s New Jersey Railroad was never constructed, the Camden & Amboy Railroad, under the direction of Stevens’s sons, began service between South Amboy and Bordentown in 1833, the first of many railroads to lay track across the Garden State. In There Used to be a Railroad, Mike McCann reaches into his twenty years’ experience researching the Department of Environmental Protection’s aerial photo library to provide a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone—one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail.

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NEW JERSEY FROM ABOVE
New Jersey From Above

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Teens and Adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

In 1930 New Jersey was a garden state. Aerial photography from that time depicts a grayscale checkerboard of farm fields, orchards, forests, and small towns. How it has changed! The state’s once expansive network of railroads disappeared and has been replaced with county routes, state highways, and interstates. Single lane steel truss or stone bridges have been replaced with concrete highway spans. Farms, old well houses, limestone kilns, and forests are now houses, malls, and asphalt. Explore the history of not-that-long-ago with Mike McCann, whose twenty years researching the state’s aerial photo library for the Department of Environmental Protection bring to life lost industries, amusement parks, canals, and bridges, with a liberal dose of Jerseyana.

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HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE
Hunterdon From Above

Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Teens and Adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

This presentation highlights the changing landscape of Hunterdon County from 1930 to the present using comparative interpretation of images from the aerial photograph library of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Retired from the NJDEP’S Green Acres Program, presenter Mike McCann’s job was researching the history of land being considered for purchase by the state. He spent numerous hours examining aerial photography under a microscope, researching records and maps, and interviewing long-time residents. Mike is eager to share his extensive knowledge. The striking visuals and intriguing narration of the slideshow highlight the transition from the farm fields, orchards, forest, railroads, and small towns of rural Hunterdon to the present-day environment of houses, malls, and roadways.

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire - September 12th
Terror Behind the Walls - October 16th
Covered Bridges of Bucks County (West) - October 24th
Adventure Aquarium - November 14th
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) Trip - November 22nd
New York City Bus Trip - December 6th
Philly Auto Show - January 30th
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament - February 20th

 

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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TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Eastern State Penitentiary)

 

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

One of the top haunted attractions in the country!

Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 6:00 PM to about midnight Location: Departs from Arboretum
Ages: 13 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $40

Join us as we experience “Terror Behind the Walls” at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia – a massive haunted house in an 11-acre abandoned prison. This tour has consistently been ranked as one of the top haunted attractions in the nation.

The tour begins in a former exercise yard, surrounded by massive 30-foot high walls. Next, we’ll walk through the long, abandoned cellblocks that once housed the 80,000 men and women who served time here. Halfway through the 45 minute tour, you will have a chance to visit the penitentiary’s central surveillance hub. Here you will have a magnificent view down all seven original cellblocks.

After surviving your haunted tour, you can visit one of the historic site's exhibits or gift shops as you feast on batter-dipped Oreos and funnel cake from the snack bar. We will be parking at the zoo and taking the ghost bus. Please dress for the weather – the Penitentiary is not heated.

For more detailed information visit www.easternstate.org.

 

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COVERED BRIDGES of BUCKS COUNTY (WEST)
Join us for a fun day paddling down the South Branch or another river!

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

Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Departs from Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $20, lunch not included

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’ 15-passenger van and we will visit six covered bridges (different from the spring, covered bridges east trip) located in western Bucks County. Lunch will be in Doylestown, which offers many dining options.

Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for short hikes. Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo.

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ADVENTURE AQUARIUM


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

Jump in and see the exciting exhibits Adventure Aquarium has to offer!

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Departs from Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Adult $21, Child $17

Discover the exciting world of the sea at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. With so much to offer, the aquarium is the perfect place to spend a day. Exhibits that are sure to catch your attention, like Dinosaurs of the Deep and Creature Feature, alongside hands-on “touch” exhibits that get you up close and personal with sharks & hippos, make this a day you won’t soon forget. We provide transportation and then you are free to explore the aquarium as you would like. We plan to arrive about opening time and leave around closing time.

You can also take a short walk next door and visit America’s most decorated battleship, the New Jersey BB62.

ww.battleshipnewjersey.org

 

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PHILADELPHIA’S MAGIC GARDENS (PMG) TRIP
Be the character you have always wanted to be at Creative Theatre Camp. 

Take a van trip to Philadelphia to see the magical creation of Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens.

Date: Sunday, November 22
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Departs from Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $25, (lunch not included in price)

Explore a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. Isaiah Zagar is an award-winning mosaic mural artist whose work can be found on more than 200 public walls throughout the city of Philadelphia and around the world. The PMG site, Zagar’s largest public artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar’s hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar’s artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences. Also don’t miss Edgar “Saner”: Fragments of the Soul exhibit on display at PMG. For more information visit www.phillymagicgardens.org

This trip includes transport in Parks’ 15-passenger van to the 9th Street Italian Market for free time to explore the market, grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining options, enjoy a self-guided walk into the alleyways along South Street to view Isaiah Zagar’s glittering creations, maybe a visit to the Eyes Gallery and an insiders’ view… a guided interpretive tour through the Magic Gardens main site and nearby mosaicked properties at 2:00 PM. The plan is to return to the Arboretum by 5:00 PM. You are welcome to bring a snack for the ride. Wear good walking shoes and layered clothing and bring an umbrella; tours run rain or shine! Please sign up by November 4. After that you will need to call for availability (908) 782-1158.

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MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT
Be the character you have always wanted to be at Creative Theatre Camp. 

Step back in time to the Middle Ages and witness live jousting!

Date: Saturday, February 20
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Departs from Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per person

Come meet King Don Carlos and the royal family while we travel back to the Middle Ages for an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy dinner while marveling at the knights fighting, live jousting, and awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry. His Majesty’s feast includes a four-course meal with oven roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, herb-roasted potatoes, and sweet buttered corn, alongside a pastry and non-alcoholic beverages.

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

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NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP


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

Take a carriage ride around Central Park.

Date: Sunday, December 6
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Departs from Deer Path ParkAges: All ages (bring your own car seat if needed, you may leave it on the bus; children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $35

Join us December 6th for our coach bus trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center. Here the Christmas spirit lasts all season, as the smell of hot chocolate and pine wafts through the air. You can choose to head to the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center, or going down to Central Park and taking a carriage ride with family, friends, or that special someone.

You may also choose to spend the day shopping, or seeing the show of your choice. The bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM, and from there will head straight into New York City and arrive in the surrounding area of Radio City Music Hall. We provide the transportation and you design your schedule from endless New York City winter activities! Led by Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard.

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PHILLY AUTO SHOW

 

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

Experience the Philly Auto Show and test drive your dream car!

Date: Saturday, January 30 Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Departs from Deer Path Park
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50

Sit back and relax on a couch bus to experience the thrill of the Philly Auto Show. The 650,000 square-foot display floor of the Auto Show features more than 700 concept, classic, luxury, and exotic cars on display. Adults can discover dream cars or find their next car while children soak up the atmosphere or test drive mini Jeeps, provided they are over the age of 3 and under 130 pounds.

The price of one ticket will guarantee you a day of excitement and allow you to explore the cutting edge of the automobile industry during a hassle-free trip.

Come with the group to save money on parking while you relax into the luxurious transportation of a coach bus which eliminates the stress of normal travel. Led by Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard.

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY - A Volunteer Opportunity

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

Volunteer and help us make our trails and parks more beautiful!

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 to 12:30
Location: Riverfield
Cost: Free
Ages: 12 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Pre-registration required

PDuring this year’s Public Lands Day volunteer opportunity, we will be making a new trail on the Riverfield Section of the South Branch Reservation (1738 Route 31 North, Clinton). This trail will replace the pre-existing trail that keeps getting washed out due to several creek crossings. This will make it safer for people using the trail. We will provide a continental breakfast and lunch after the event. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Bring any safety gear you want. Gloves and safety glasses will be provided

Individuals and groups looking to volunteer should call (908)-782-1158 or email peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

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RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

GEOCACHING 101
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

Geocaching is an exciting modern day treasure hunt with universal appeal. In the world of geocaching, geocaches are the treasure chests and the maps are coordinates loaded onto a GPS receiver. Geocaches are usually hidden and invisible to the naked eye, but with the use of hints and coordinates you become an explorer and detective ready to seek out your bounty. The search is sure to be a thrilling adventure! Join us for an introduction to the world of geocaching and learn the basics. With over 2.6 million geocaches hidden all over the globe, these skills can be utilized wherever your life takes you. You’ll leave equipped with the skills needed to become an explorer! To pique your interest visit www.geocaching.com.

Instructor Patrick Eckard.

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RECREATIONAL SAFETY PROGRAMS
NEW! CPR for the Community Course - October 6th or January 12th
Bike Safety Program - November 17th
NEW! Emergency Preparedness - December 8th

 

CPR FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE - NEW

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

Become CPR certified by an American Heart Association instructor

Date: Tuesday, October 6 or Tuesday, January 12
Time: estimated 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 thruogh adult (children must be accompanied by and adult)
Cost: $25 per person

If you ever wanted to learn CPR, this is the time. This CPR course is taught by an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor. You will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and Choking. Because this course teaches all the CPRs, you will be ready to help anyone of any age. This is not a course for health care personnel. For more info, please contact Patrick Eckard.

*The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR and instructional material for this purpose. Use of these materials in an education course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.

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BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM

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

Join us and learn some great safety tips when riding your bike

Date: Tuesday, November 17
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

This bike program will cover the NJ state bicycling laws, what you need to ride your bike, how to pick the right bike, and where to ride your bike.

There will be demos on how to check and fix your bike as well as how to size it.

If your child rides a bike then you will benefit from this program. Instructor, Patrick Eckard.

 

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

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

Learn what to do in an emergency!

This is a presentation of knowledge for First Aid & CPR emergency preparedness, not a certification.

We will go over what to do in an emergency including basic bandaging, bleeding, choking, as well as other medical emergencies. This program also includes a CPR demo.

The program is taught by an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Instructor, Patrick Eckard.

 

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SQUARE DANCING

Country Square Dance: Open House - February 14th
Square Dance Lessons - Febraury 21st to May 22nd

 

COUNTRY SQUARE DANCE: OPEN HOUSE

Date: Sunday, February 14
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Age: Adult, teens welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 donation, pre-registration not required

Co-Sponsored by the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club and the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation. There is no better way to enjoy a mid-winter afternoon than to experience the brisk music and lively dancing of a square dance. Dance caller, Ed Kerns will be there to ensure that both beginner and experienced dancers enjoy the afternoon. The event will introduce participants to modern square dancing. Come and enjoy the atmosphere of the Echo Hill Lodge’s fireplace, wagon wheel lighting, fresh country air and wonderful wooden floor, and get an introduction to what square dancing is all about.

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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

Dates: Ten Sundays, February 21- May 22 (no class 3/13, 3/27, 4/24, 5/8)
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Age: Adult, teens welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 (pre-registration required)

Square dancing is the official folk dance of the State of New Jersey and it gives people the opportunity to gather, spend time with a warm and friendly group, meet new friends, and get some low impact, aerobic exercise all at the same time. What a great way to keep mentally and physically fit! The instructor, Ed Kerns, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting. He begins with the more simple “calls,” and then progresses on to those of more complexity, stressing repetition and review for ease of learning. The course provides a good understanding of what square dancing is all about and is offered in a fun, supportive, and good-hearted manner. After completing the lessons, graduates will be able to join in many of the regular square dances offered in our area.

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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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THEATRE PROGRAM
Creative Theatre Camp

CREATIVE THEATRE
Dates: Six Saturdays, September 19 – October 24
Time: 10:00 AM to noon
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 to 15
Cost: $110

The Creative Theatre program is designed to get young people excited about being on stage by having them create their own original play. As we rehearse their play, they learn how theatre works, the way actors must move, speak, and carry themselves, along with stage terms. They also learn all the life skills the arts offer us, including confidence, working with a group, thinking on your feet, and more.

If you think your child might want to try acting, this is the perfect place for the first time stage experience. The program culminates in a performance for friends and family on the last day at noon. Students should bring a drink each day. Instructor Joe Nowosielski (www.artstechsolutions.com)

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

“A parade that stands still at Touch-a-Truck… Mark your calender.

 

13TH TOUCH A TRUCK DAY

Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Age: All
Cost: Free (pre-registration is not necessary)


This annual event has been described as “a parade that stands still!” Imagine dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps, and lots more, over 40 vehicles all in one place – parked so kids of all ages can get a close-up look! Join us on Saturday, November 7th at Deer Path Park, located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington, for this exciting event.

From 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM you will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 13th Annual Touch-A-Truck. This event is free with no pre-registration required; however, donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of the program. It is open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The atmosphere is relaxed, pressure-free and noncommercial. The County Employee Appreciation Committee will be hosting a concession stand.

Don’t forget your camera!


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