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MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM
17TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
SPRING VOLUNTEER DAY, MAY 13TH
41ST MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES

ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN

BACKPACKING BATONA TRAIL- SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
BASKETRY AND CRAFT WORKSHOPS
BIRDING PROGRAMS AND TRIPS - updated 3/20/2017
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
DISCOUNT SKI & AMUSEMENT TICKETS
EVENING & WEEKEND FALL NATURE PROGRAMS
NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS - updated 3/13/2017
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS - updated 3/13/2017
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM & SUMMER RECREATION CAMPS
TOT WALKS - updated 3/15/2017
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MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

 

Public Open House:

Maple Sugaring Living History Program
Learn how to make maple syrup at Echo Hill this winter!

Date: Saturday, March 4
Rain date: Sunday, March 5 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration is not required.

School Field Trips and Other Organized Groups:

Dates: Wednesday through Friday, March 1 to 3
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tours begin every 30 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration required; call 908-782-1158.

Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $1 per person suggested donation
Ages: All


Sugar White Snow and Evergreens - Sanzari Chernesky

New this year: Join local author Felicia Sanzari Chernesky for a reading of her children’s book Sugar White Snow on Evergreens!

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

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

NEW THIS YEAR!! Children’s storybook reading by Flemington author Felicia Sanzari Chernesky!  Ms. Chernesky will read her children’s book Sugar White Snow and Evergreens, appropriate for children up to age 7.  Learn about the colors of winter and the process of maple sugaring, and receive a bookmark and activity pages.  Due to space limitations in the room, we ask that all participants sign up using a registration form.  Cost of the reading is $1 to help offset the author’s fee.  The readings will occur during the Open House March 4 (rain date March 5) at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM; please specify which time you are interested in.  Join in one of our maple sugaring tours before or after the reading. 

*Also available: Maple Sugar To Go!  Let us bring Maple Sugaring to your location!  1 hr, $50 in-County, $75 out-of-County (limited range). 

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17th ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION - FREE!!
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Throw a ring on our milk jugs!  Play a Native American corn cob dart game!  Knock over the cans in our tin can alley!  Toss the bottle caps into the floating can!  This year Earth Day will feature a variety of recycled carnival games. 

Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: All

Parks and Recreation at Echo Hill Park as we celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  This year, we are celebrating the Earth on Earth Day itself.  This year’s motif will focus around games and attractions of a Carnival Midway made from repurposed items.  Along with our carnival event, old classic activities will be back.  4-H clubs will be returning.  Of course, we will also be hosting a Pond Paddle on the Echo Hill Pond with our affiliate, the Hunterdon County Canoe Club.  Free tickets are required for a timeslot and are available that day on a first come/first served basis.  The day’s activities conclude at 3:00 PM with a presentation by Rizzo’s Reptiles. 

For more information about the event, please call us at (908) 782-1158

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SPRING VOLUNTEER DAY - MAY 13TH
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens - Sanzari Chernesky
Thank you to Avery, Chris, and Seth Gould from Boy Scout Troop 65 in Ringoes for painting several signs in our parks. 
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens - Sanzari Chernesky

Help us create a new trail at Round Mountain this spring.  These volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 62 in Flemington assisted us last year in creating a trail at Musconetcong Mountain.  

Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Round Mountain Section of Deer Path Park
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free!

Help us construct a new trail at Round Mountain! 

We plan to connect an old logging road near the top of the mountain to another logging road near the western side of the property.  This will then connect to the Blue Trail to make a larger loop for hiking.  The work will include clipping branches, removing plants, and moving stones within the trail.

Volunteers may bring their own loppers, gloves, and goggles, 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.   We will meet at the main parking area of Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, and then carpool in County vans to the trailhead on Foothill Road.  

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41st Music Under the Stars - FREE Concert Series

Get up and dance during our outdoor concerts!

41ST MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT SERIES

Dates: Thursdays, June 29 to August 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: all
Cost: free!

We hope everyone enjoyed last summer’s concert series!  This year, the concerts will run every Thursday from June 29 through August 17. 

We are looking for entertainers; if you would like to be considered, please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us before March 24. 

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ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
FOR ADULTS:
Adult Art Thursdays with Lena Shiffman
Sunday Afternoon Art with Lena Shiffman - updated 01/19/2017
Painting on Fridays with Charles David Viera
Portrait Drawing and Painting Fridays with Charles David Viera
Drawing in Color: An Introduction to Pastels with Charles David Viera
Landscape Painting: Summer Morning Light with Charles David Viera
FOR CHILDREN:
Young Artists Drawing and Painting with Lena Shiffman
Artists-in-training Drawing and Painting with Lena Shiffman
Blooming Young Artists with Lena Shiffman

Studio Time for Artists-in-Training with Lean Shiffman

 

ADULT ART CLASSES:
Adult Art Thursdays with Lena Shiffman

Creativity flows during our Thursday art classes with Lena.

ADULT ART THURSDAYS with LENA SHIFFMAN

THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Session A: Five Thursdays, February 16 to March 16 (snow date Sunday 3/19)
Session B: Five Thursdays, March 23 to April 20 (snow date Sunday 4/23)
Session C: Seven Thursdays, April 27 to June 8 (snow date Sunday 5/28)

Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: Session A & B $100 each, Session C $140 (materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman.  Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects and photographs, Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.  Join us for a day or evening class of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome!

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON ART with LENA SHIFFMAN

WATERCOLOR: Sunday, February 19 - sorry cancelled
OIL PAINT: Sunday, March 26
ACRYLIC: Sunday, April 30
PASTEL: Sunday, May 14
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 through adult
Cost: $50 for each class (includes materials)

Join one or more of our art workshops to explore a new subject matter and medium each month: landscapes in oil, a still-life in acrylic, painting animals in pastel, and portraits in watercolor.  Lena will demonstrate each step of the process, developing the painting from sketch to finished art.  Students work along with the instructor on the same subject, learning proper use of material as well as studying anatomy, proportion, value, and color.  Materials are included, but you are welcome to bring your own.  Sign up for one or more workshops.  All levels welcome. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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DRAWING IN COLOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 1 to April 5 (snow date 4/19)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, May 10 to June 14 (snow date June 21)
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $120 (materials not included)

This class offers solid instruction in basic drawing and an introduction to color via the use of pastels.  A variety of studio projects are complemented with group and individual critiques, slide lectures, and historical references.  Elements of contour, value, composition, perspective and color theory are defined as well as the proper use of chalk pastels.  This class offers patient and individual instruction in a supportive environment.  A great place to begin!  Materials: During the first class the instructor will discuss chalk pastel options.  Students should bring only an 18 x 24 inch all-purpose pad, vine charcoal (soft), compressed charcoal (soft), and a hard rubber eraser to the first session. 

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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DRAWING IN COLOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 1 to April 5 (snow date 4/19)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, May 10 to June 14 (snow date June 21)
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $120 (materials not included)

This class offers solid instruction in basic drawing and an introduction to color via the use of pastels.  A variety of studio projects are complemented with group and individual critiques, slide lectures, and historical references.  Elements of contour, value, composition, perspective and color theory are defined as well as the proper use of chalk pastels.  This class offers patient and individual instruction in a supportive environment.  A great place to begin!  Materials: During the first class the instructor will discuss chalk pastel options.  Students should bring only an 18 x 24 inch all-purpose pad, vine charcoal (soft), compressed charcoal (soft), and a hard rubber eraser to the first session. 

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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PAINTING ON FRIDAYS with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Fridays, March 3 to April 7 (snow date 4/21)
Session B: Six Fridays, May 12 to June 16 (snow date 6/23)
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

This session begins with instruction in the basic rules of drawing, which includes information on contour, value, and composition.  This painting class will be a study and use of oils or acrylic paints.  Working from a variety of subject matter, the instructor will offer information on color theory and the proper use of materials via group and individual critiques.  Instruction is catered to the level of your experience; more advanced students will be offered more advanced techniques.  Students should bring only drawing materials to the first class as the instructor will discuss the various materials needed for the rest of the session. 

Some six-week sessions may require an approximate $5 model fee that will be collected at the first class. 

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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Painting on Fridays with Charles David Viera

Learn to draw and paint the subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure.

PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Fridays, March 3 to April 7 (snow date 4/21)
Session B: Six Fridays, May 12 to June 16 (snow date 6/23)
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Age: Adult
Cost: $98 (materials not included, plus a 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 challenges 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, and 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 during the first class.

Instructor Charles David Viera. www.charlesdavidviera.com

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING: SUMMER MORNING LIGHT with CHARLES DAVID VIERA

Session A: Six Wednesdays, June 28 to August 2 (snow date 8/9)
Session B: Six Fridays, June 30 to August 4 (snow date 8/9)
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 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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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES:
Blooming Young Artists

Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes! 

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS with LENA SHIFFMAN

BLOOMING YOUNG ARTISTS
Session A: Six Saturdays, February 25 to April 1
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 29 to June 3
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $84 (includes materials)

Learning the principles of creating art, with illustrator Lena Shiffman, is lots of fun!  Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, and more.  Ms. Lena’s gentle approach encourages and guides students.  Visit different media such as pencil, acrylics, watercolor paint, clay, and paper.  Students use still lifes… stuffed toys, taxidermied animals, photos, and something brought from home.  We might also go outdoors to draw nature!  The fundamental principles will be the focus: understanding color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Don’t miss this chance to have your blooming young artist put his or her heart and soul into creating keepsakes!  Ms. Lena works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one session or for both

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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STUDIO TIME FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING with LENA SHIFFMAN

STUDIO TIME for ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING
Session A: Six Saturdays, February 25 to April 1
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 29 to June 3
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 11 to 17
Cost: $94 (includes materials)

Explore, learn more advanced techniques, and improve your abilities with color, shading, composition, and perspective.  Instructor Lena Shiffman’s gentle approach and ability to work with beginners to very advanced students encourages and guides them to expand their creativity.  Students work during this studio time to complete their art at their own pace and style.  We will work from a variety of still life: taxidermied animals, photos, nature (outdoors if weather permits), and maybe something brought from home.  Artists may visit many different media including pencil, charcoal, pastel and paints.  Since practice makes perfect, students are encouraged to sign up for one session or for both. Remember to dress in old clothing. 

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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BACKPACKING BATONA TRAIL
Backpacking Batona Trail

This spring we will embark on a new adventure backpacking in the New Jersey Pinelands!

SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $50
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

Backpack in the New Jersey Pinelands!  The Batona (“Back To Nature”) Trail is a 50-mile trail in south Jersey created to encourage hikers to explore the Pinelands.  This unique area consists of oak trees, pines that need fire to release their seeds, and south Jersey wildflowers.  It is home to animals such as Northern Fence Lizards, Gray Foxes, and migrating warblers.  Learn the basics of backpacking as we set up tents, cook, and hike together.  The group will meet at the Arboretum Saturday morning and take a County van to Wharton State Forest in Burlington County, starting at Route 532.  We will pass Apple Pie Hill, the highest elevation in the Pinelands, and also the Carranza Memorial to the “Mexican Charles Lindbergh” in our 11-mile hike to Lower Forge Camp.  Sunday we will hike 7.5 miles along the Batsto River to the old mining town of Batsto, which consists of a preserved mansion, post office, workers’ houses, blacksmith shop, barns, and general store.  Although this is longer mileage than we have done in past County backpacking trips, there is hardly any elevation change so each mile will be easier.  Still, this is a very strenuous activity, and participants must be in good physical condition and ready to hike 7.5 to 11 miles each day with a full backpack. 

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on Monday, April 24 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 & CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS with INSTRUCTOR LIZ BRAIDWOOD FULMER
FOR ADULTS:
Cheese Basket - March 10, 2017
Potato Masher Basket - March 14 & 21, 2017
Wicker Laced Round Basket with Beads - April 3 & 10, 2017
Diamond Tote-It - May 19 & 26, 2017
UFO...Unfinished Objects - May 31, 2017
FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS:
Mexican Blanket Basket - March 17, 2017
Create Your Own Walking Stick - NEW! - March 18, 2017
Wooden Easter Container Craft - April 5, 2017
Make a Bird's Nest Basket - April 26, 2017
Wooden Birdfeeder Craft - May 9, 2017
Hypertufa: Make a Garden Flower Pot - May 21, 2017
Felting an Acorn - May 23, 2017
Cheese Basket

This basket with star-shaped holes was originally used to drain whey out of cheese. 

CHEESE BASKET FOR ADULTS

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

Originally designed as a cheese mold, this basket has large star-shaped holes that allowed the whey to seep out, like a colander.  It is an eye-catching decoration hanging on a wall or may serve as a fruit basket. 

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.  

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Potato Masher Basket
Incorporate an old potato masher as the handle of your basket.

POTATO MASHER BASKET FOR ADULTS

Dates: Tuesdays, March 14 & 21
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 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! 

A few potato mashers are available; call Liz at (908) 782-1158 to reserve one. 

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

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WICKER LACED ROUND BASKET with BEADS

Dates: Mondays, April 3 & 10
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $22 (includes materials)

Create a round urn-shaped basket with a lacey pattern made from number two reed.  The top of the side is embellished with long brown beads and the basket is completed with a braided rim.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.

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DIAMOND TOTE-IT

Dates: Fridays, May 19 & 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $37 (includes materials)

Let’s take the herringbone weave another step and add a diamond pattern.  This basket measures approximately 12” long x 5” deep x 10” tall and includes a center handle.

SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

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UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

Date: Wednesday, May 31
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5

Have a basket that you never finished weaving?  Or a basket kit you always wanted to try?  Join us for this UFO class.

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BASKETRY WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS


These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult, solo children 11 and up and adults are welcome.  Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project. 

All are welcome.  Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project. 

Mexican Blanket Baskets
The Mexican Blanket Basket uses lots of bright colors!

MEXICAN BLANKET BASKET FOR KIDS AND ADULTS

Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 9 through adult
Cost: $18 (includes materials)

Weave a simple 6” x 4” rectangular basket using flat reed woven with random colorful weavers.

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Create Your Own Walking Stick
Join instructor Brad Koller in making your own walking stick!

CREATE YOUR OWN WALKING STICK FOR KIDS AND ADULTS - NEW!!!

Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $32 (includes materials)
Instructor: Brad Koller

Imagine a fellow hiker admires your handcrafted walking stick and you can say, “I made it myself.”  Join in the fun and make your own walking stick.  Instructor Brad Koller will teach you how to, starting with an Eastern Red Cedar sapling, create a personalized walking stick. Participants will be shown how to work with a tool called a rasp.  To get your project even smoother, you will also use sandpaper.  Linseed oil will be applied to your stick to protect the wood.  All materials and tools will be supplied; bring an apron if desired.  The instructor will also cover creative pointers for future additions to your walking stick. 

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Wood Easter Container
Paint and decorate a cute little wooden Easter basket!

WOODEN EASTER CONTAINER CRAFT

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 through adult
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

Paint and decorate a cute little wooden Easter basket!

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Wood Easter Container
Weave like a bird and make a random weave basket.

MAKE A BIRD’S NEST BASKET

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $18 (includes materials)

Enjoy free-form art work!  Create a small bird’s nest-like basket using rattan reed, vines, ribbons, strings, beads, and more.

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WOODEN BIRDFEEDER CRAFT

Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $10 (includes materials)

Assemble this small bird feeder kit while sharpening your woodworking skills.  The instructor will teach how to use a hammer, screw driver, pliers, and saw.  Students will practice what they learn.  Other woodworking tools and information will be shared.

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Wood Easter Container
Create this unique garden planter in our Hypertufa class.

HYPERTUFA: MAKE A GARDEN FLOWER POT

Date: Sunday, May 21
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $15 (includes materials)
Instructor: Eva Burrell and assistants

Make a beautiful concrete-like 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, and form it into a mold to create a lightweight flower pot.  Please wear old clothing and bring gloves.  Note… in the week following the class very simple drying homework steps are necessary. 

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Wood Easter Container
Make this adorable acorn into a necklace

FELTING an ACORN

Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $6 (includes materials)

Have you ever washed a wool sweater in hot water and it shrunk?  Well, that is the basic principal behind felting.  Students will put wool into a plastic Easter egg and shake, shake, shake, and shake the egg. 

The wool becomes a small felted ball that we will make into an acorn necklace. 

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BIRDING TRIPS AND PROGRAMS
WEEKEND TRIPS:
Northern Shore Run - February 19, 2017
Waterfowl & Woodcock - March 25, 2017 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Delmarva Weekend Exploration - April 29, 2017 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Mine Road Excursion - May 20, 2017
Sussex County Birds - June 3, 2017
Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County - July 8, 2017
Thursday Morning/Tuesday Afternoon Bird Walks - starting April 6, 2017
Birding Wescott Preserve - May 12, 2017

 

The following bird trips are run by Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist.  Tom and his colleagues focus on helping all participants learn about the birds and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species.  They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas the group is visiting.

Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed.  If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, please feel free to bring them.  Binoculars are available for loan.  Trips are designed for adults, but mature youths under 18 can contact Tom for approval.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Transportation is by County Park vans.  All trips meet at the County Arboretum.  Trips are recommended for any interested birder at all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated.  Pre-registration is required.


NORTH SHORE RUN

Date: Sunday, February 19
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Join us on a run along the North Shore of New Jersey looking for winter ducks and other species in and around the lakes, waterways, beaches, and ocean in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  We will start in Ocean at the Manasquan River Inlet and work our way north at least as far as Lake Takanassee.  The trip will have multiple stops so dress in layers and be prepared for climbing in and out of the van.

 

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Waterfowl and WoodcockWaterfowl and Woodcock

A male American Widgeon is recognizable by the cream stripe on the forehead and green patch around the eye.  At the end of the trip, we will target the American Woodcock while it is courting for a mate.

WATERFOWL AND WOODCOCK

SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost: $25

March is a time when ducks migrate through Hunterdon and Warren Counties, stopping to rest at places like the Assiscong Marsh, Spruce Run, Round Valley, and Merrill Creek.  We will look for ducks and other water birds, as well as check on the eagles at Merrill Creek.  We will end the day looking for woodcocks with the hope of observing their interesting courtship display. 

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Delmarva Weekend Exploration

Blackwater NWR is one of our stops on the Chesapeake bayside while Chincoteague will be a stop on the Atlantic side

DELMARVA WEEKEND EXPLORATION- SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

Departure: 6:00 AM, Saturday, April 29
Return: 4:30 PM, Monday, May 1

Cost: $245 (limit of 8 people on this trip; price is based on willingness to share a room with another participant)
Join us on a two-night trip as we push through Delaware to explore the Maryland and Virginia portions of the Delmarva Peninsula.  Our first day will be a trip down to Cape May to cross on the Lewes Ferry, and then on to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for the afternoon hours where we will do the drive loop and at least one of the trails.  Day two will be a trip to the end of the peninsula where we will start at Kiptopeke State Park and work our way north to our hotel.  Our final day will include a stop at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, known for its large concentration of breeding Bald Eagles and the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel.  From here we will head for home. 

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

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Hooded Warblers Worm-eating Warblers

Hooded Warblers typically call from brush while Worm-eating Warblers are usually found in the upper branches of trees.  We hope to see both along Mine Road.

MINE ROAD EXCURSION

Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $25

Mine Road was once one of the oldest commercial roads in the Northeast.  Now, it is the main artery for the Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  Join us on the trip as we journey along Mine Road from Route 80 to Millbrook Village.  We will stop multiple times along the road and explore the surroundings for migrants and local residents.  Possible sightings could include Hooded Warbler and Worm-eating Warblers.

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Scarlet Tanagers Great Crested Flycatcher

As bright as Scarlet Tanagers are, they are very adept at hiding in trees.  The first clue that a Great Crested Flycatcher is around is its distinctive “Wheeep” call. 

SUSSEX COUNTY BIRDS

Date: Saturday, June 3
Time: 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25

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

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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

Date: Saturday, July 8
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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THURSDAY MORNING / TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIRD WALKS

Take an early morning stroll or an afternoon walk with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we look for the spring migrants and local breeding birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are in abundance, as well as to observe other signs of the spring season.  This is a great chance to brush up on your song identification skills.  Binoculars are available to borrow.
Ages: Adults
Cost: free, pre-registration is required. 

THURSDAY MORNING WALKS
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
April 6:            Assiscong Marsh
April 13:          Deer Path Park Soccer Lot
April 20:          County Arboretum
April 27:          Bernadette Morales/Uplands
May 4:             Echo Hill Park
May 11:           Sunnyside Picnic Area
May 18:           Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 25:           Hoffman Park

TUESDAY AFTERNOON WALKS
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
April 25:          Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 2:             Echo Hill Park
May 9:             County Arboretum
May 16:           Hoffman Park

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BIRDING WESCOTT PRESERVE

Date: Friday, May 12
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Wescott Preserve
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5

At the height of migration, let’s bird a new location, Wescott Preserve in Delaware Township.  Park Naturalist Laura Bush will guide the group through the forest and field habitats that border the Lockatong Creek.  Birds noted there include Baltimore Orioles, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and a variety of other warblers.  We will meet at the main parking area, 70 Raven Rock – Rosemont Road, Stockton.  If time allows, we will board a Park van and drive down the street to the adjacent Zega-Lockatong Preserve.  For birders of any ability level; binoculars will be available to borrow. 

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
Clinton Pond Paddle - April 8, 2017

Sunset Paddles on Roud Valley Reservoir - June 16 & July 14

River Trips - staring April 22, 2017
FAQS - Planning Your Trip
DOWNLOAD OUR 2017 BROCHURE - coming soon
Weekend Canoe Instructors Wanted

 

OUR 40TH YEAR!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 40 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. 

CLINTON POND PADDLES… A GOOD FIRST TRIP

Date: Saturday, April 8
Session A: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Clinton Town parking lot off of Halstead Street & Water Street
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $25

Paddle around the scenic “Clinton Pond”… past the lily pads, under the road bridge, past the historic Red Mill, up to the spillway of the Spruce Run Reservoir, and back.  Great for children ages six and up (with an adult), senior citizens, beginners, folks with special needs (please inform us in advance), or those with a hankering to take a leisurely paddle and commune with nature. 

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SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

Session A: Friday, June 16
Session B: Friday, July 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Cost: $25

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: it can get much cooler by the water when the sun goes down.   

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RIVER TRIPS

Time: 8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35 per person

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle, and then drive to the river, where they will discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety.  Our leaders will guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours. 

We are flexible with our time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as the river’s water level and whether or not there is a breeze.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

Saturday, April 22 Lamington (back-up river a Delaware River section)          
Saturday, May 6 South Branch (back-up river a Delaware River section)
Saturday, May 20 Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island  
Saturday, June 3 Musconetcong (back-up river a Delaware River section)
Saturday, June 24 Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, July 8 Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, July 22 South Branch (back-up river a Delaware River section)
Saturday, August 5 Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, August 19 Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Saturday, September 2 Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, September 16   Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, October 7      South Branch (back-up river a Delaware River section)
Saturday, October 21 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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F.A.Q'S - PLANNING YOUR TRIP

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

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

CANCELLATIONS: If we cancel the trip, you will be notified by phone and given the option of joining an upcoming canoe trip, holding a credit, or a full refund.  Our trips run rain or shine with the exception of extreme cold or thunderstorms!  Cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing, and cancellations made less than one week prior to program will NOT receive a refund. 

AGES: Most trips are appropriate for children ages 8 and older, accompanied by an adult.  Please check with us about specific trips so we can verify age-appropriateness.

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are the best; wool keeps you warm even if wet and polypropylene fleece dries quickly.  Cotton is not a good material for cool, wet outdoor activities.  Sneakers are recommended; please no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes.  Wool socks are best for cold weather.  A bathing suit can be worn, as sometimes we go swimming.

WHAT TO BRING ON DAY TRIPS: Lunch and a drink (packed in waterproof container), lots of water to drink, a rain jacket, a hat, eyeglass strap, etc.  In chilly weather a complete change of clothing can be packed in a waterproof bag to be carried in your canoe or to be in the van for the trip’s end.

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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DISCOUNT SKI AND AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS

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

  Gate Price Discount Price
Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA
Weekend/Holiday $70.00 $63.00
Midweek  $55.00 $50.00
Tickets start at the time of guest first lift ride and expires after eight hours of skiing or riding.
Mountain Creek, Vernon, NJ (open to close)
Adult  (19 & up) $74.99 $56.00
Youth (7-18) $59.99 $44.00

Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Blakeslee, PA (open to close)

 

Weekend/Holiday Adult (18 & up)

$58.00 $49.00

Midweek Adult $48.00 $39.00

   
Weekend/Holiday Youth (7-17)
$45.00 $41.00
Midweek Youth $35.00 $33.00

Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ

Adult (over 12 yrs.)
$28.84 $21.00
Child  (2-12yrs.) $21.35 $17.00

Sahara Sam’s Oasis, Indoor Water Park, West Berlin, NJ

Admission $36.95 $26.00

To confirm availability, please call (908) 782-1158. The Parks Department accepts check or cash only.

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
Late Winter Walk - February 18, 2017
Maple Sap Collection - February 18, 2017
Maple Sugaring Living History Tours & Open House - March 1, 2 3 & 4 2017
House Wren Nesting Box - March 16, 2017
Woodcock Watch - March 20, 2017
Native Bee House Construction - April 3, 2017
Edible & Medicinal Plants of Musconetcong Gorge - May 24, 2017
Butterflies and Moths - June 6, 2017

 

LATE WINTER WALK

Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Visit the Arboretum and see some early spring flowers!  What???  In February?  That’s right; we will seek out the earliest of the spring bloomers, including the unusual skunk cabbage flowers in our wetland and the witch hazel shrubs in our forest.  Learn about the special adaptations these flowers have to blooming this early.  In addition, we will look for other winter phenomenon like winter birds, animal tracks, and dried seed heads of fall flowers.  Meet Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush at the garden gate. 

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Maple Sap Collection

Help us collect sap from our maple trees to get ready for maple sugaring!

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill - playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Collecting the sap is a crucial step of the maple sugaring process!  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes).  This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February—please call us to schedule a group. 

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MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY TOURS AND OPEN HOUSE

Living History Tours

Natural maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees in the springtime, join us and learn all about the process… and have a taste!

MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY TOURS
Dates for groups: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 1, 2, and 3, 2017

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Date: Saturday, March 4
Rain date: Sunday, March 5 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration is not required.

Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $1 per person suggested donation
Ages: All

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

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

New this year: Children’s storybook reading by Flemington author Felicia Sanzari Chernesky!  Ms. Chernesky will read her children’s book Sugar White Snow and Evergreens, appropriate for children up to age 7.  Learn about the colors of winter and the process of maple sugaring, and receive a bookmark and activity pages.  Due to space limitations in the room, we ask that all participants sign up using a registration form.  Cost of the reading is $1 to help offset the author’s fee.  The readings will occur during the Open House March 4 (rain date March 5) at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM; please specify which time you are interested in.  Join in one of our maple sugaring tours before or after the reading. 

*Also available: Maple Sugar To Go!  Let us bring Maple Sugaring to your location!  1 hr, $50 in-County, $75 out-of-County (limited range).

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House Wren Nesting Box

House Wrens are the future tenants of our efforts for the evening.

HOUSE WREN NESTING BOX

Date: Thursday, March 16
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: $15 per box (one box per family)

House Wrens are one of the most common and vocal of our backyard birds.  Their bubbling sound often fills the summer air.  During this program, we will learn a little about House Wrens and then assemble the boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own Phillips screwdriver.  Limit one box per family.

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WOODCOCK WATCH

Date: Monday, March 20
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Tower Hill springhouse
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

American Woodcocks inhabit our wet fields and have one of the most fascinating courtship behaviors of any New Jersey bird.  As the sun sets on March evenings, the males begin to call for females and then take to the sky in a dizzying dance.  Come witness this spectacle for yourself!  Meet at the Tower Hill springhouse (944 Mountain View Road, Asbury) and dress warmly. 

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Native Bee House

Native Bee House Construction / Build a house for this beautiful native pollinator!

NATIVE BEE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $15 per house
You may have built a bird house, but have you ever built a house for native bees?  The Orchard Mason Bee is a small, iridescent blue bee that is highly valued as a native pollinator of early-blooming plants like fruit trees.  It is non-aggressive because there is no colony or hive to defend.  Instead, these bees nest inside a hollow plant stem or a hole previously bored by another insect in wood.  Park Naturalist Laura Bush will teach us about the life cycle of these bees, and then lead us in building a birdhouse-like structure filled with hollow plant stems to provide some habitat for these native bees. 

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of Musconetcong Gorge

Virginia waterleaf is a forest herb that thrives in moist, rich, shaded soils. Its beautiful leaves can be used as cooked greens, and are most tender in spring.

EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF MUSCONETCONG GORGE

Date: Wednesday, May 24
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Musconetcong Gorge Preserve
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $15 per person
Guest presenter: Jared Rosenbaum
Did you know that wild ginger makes an excellent tea? That Solomon’s seal shoots are an asparagus-like vegetable?  Can you identify different wild greens in the forest, including the bicolored Virginia waterleaf?  Explore the diverse mesic forest of Musconetcong Gorge while encountering the edible and medicinal uses of the many plant species found there.  Botanist Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants will weave together traditional plant uses, ecology, and field botany on a modest-paced hike through this rich, scenic habitat.

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Butterflies and Moths

Learn about the butterflies and moths of our area, including the Silver-spotted Skipper. 

BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS

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


What makes a butterfly a butterfly and a moth a moth?  What are the differences between the two?  How can we encourage them in our yards?

We will start with a short walk around the park to see if any Lepidopterans are flying around, and then go inside for a lecture on the different kinds of butterflies and moths of Hunterdon County. 

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NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS - weekdays
Winter Nature Club (Tuesdays - January 10 to February 28)
Spring Break Camp (Week of April 12th or April 19th)
Spring Nature Clubs (Tuesdays April 4 to May 23)
Important Registration Information


WINTER NATURE CLUB

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28
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

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. 

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Spring Break Camp

Join us for a day over Spring Break to relive some Summer Nature Program favorites!

SPRING BREAK CAMP

Date: Wednesday, April 12 or Wednesday, April 19
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $25 per child per day

Session A: Grades K-2, April 12
Session B: Grades 3-5, April 12
Session C: Grades K-2, April 19
Session D: Grades 3-5, April 19

Do you miss camp?  Never been but want to try it out for a day?  Join the naturalist staff for a day of summer nature camp fun over spring break!  We will revisit traditional camp favorites such as catching insects, shelter building, and s’mores.  We will also enjoy a new wild animal show with Mercer County Wildlife Center.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle. 

Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine. 

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Spring Nature Club

During the Spring Nature Club we will explore the field, forest, and stream habitats of Echo Hill. 

SPRING NATURE CLUBS

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, April 4 to May 23
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

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

This year we are offering Sessions A and B for ages 3 to 5 and Session C for kindergarten through third graders.  This is a drop-off program and children must be self-sufficient in the bathroom. 

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

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IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

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

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Castles Full of Treasures in Bucks County Van Trip - March 23, 2017 SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Covered Bridges of Bucks County (East) - April 1, 2017 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia - April 8, 2017 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Railroad Stations of Hunterdon County (South) Van Trip - April 18, 2017
Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge - May 6, 2017
Glencairn Castle Van Trip - May 16, 2017 SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Bronx Zoo Van Trip - May 27, 2017- SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Historic Sandy Hook Van Trip - June 10, 2017
Grey Towers Van Trip - June 13, 2017- SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Landmarks in Light.. Bryn Athyn Historic District Van Trip - June 20, 2017
Sightseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks (South) - TBA Fall
Sightseeing Tour of Hunterdon County Parks (South Branch) TBA Fall

 

Font Hill Castle Mercer Museum

Font Hill Castle and the Mercer Museum are two of the three stops in our March 23rd trip.

CASTLES FULL OF TREASURES IN BUCKS COUNTY VAN TRIP

SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

Date: Thursday, March 23 (snow date 3/30)
Time: 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult (children 8 and up accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $20, plus bring $27 for entry fees (lunch is not included in the price)

Tour Fonthill and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, and visit the Mercer Museum all in one fun-filled day!  If you have not seen the eccentric castle, Fonthill, join us on this guided tour.  Fonthill was built by and was once the home of Henry Chapman Mercer, a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America.  This maze is comprised of 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces, 32 stairwells, and 200 windows all of various shapes and sizes.  At the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, staff still makes handmade decorative tiles and storytelling mosaics.  Tile!  Mosaics!  History!  All of that awaits visitors in this “working museum.”  Next see Henry’s incredible collection of early American everyday objects, which fills the six stories of the Mercer Museum; over 60 crafts and trades are represented. 

We will stop for lunch in Doylestown (lunch is not included in the price).  Please dress in layers as these facilities are heated but can be chilly.  Transport is by the county park van. 

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Covered Bridge Tour (East)

Visit six covered bridges in this day trip!

COVERED BRIDGES of BUCKS COUNTY (EAST) VAN TRIP

Date: Saturday, April 1 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $20 (lunch not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Step back in time on this scenic tour exploring 19th century covered bridges as we circle through beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Twelve covered bridges are all that remain of the original fifty built in Bucks County; we will visit six bridges and a few other local attractions on this trip.  Some say that covered bridges 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 on the Hunterdon Parks’ van as we tour six covered bridges and other locations.  We will stop for lunch at the Piper Tavern (lunch is not included in the price of this trip; visit www.pipertavern.com to view the menu).  Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for taking short hikes. 

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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Liberty Bell is one of our stops on the Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia.

CONSTITUTIONAL WALKING TOUR OF PHILADELPHIA

Date: Saturday, April 8 - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for wait list
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 though adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $30 (lunch not included in the price)

On arriving in Philadelphia, our tour will begin and end at the National Constitution Center.  We will visit 21 sites in a 75-minute, 14-block guided walking tour.  The sites will include the Liberty Bell, Old City Hall, and Liberty Hall.  After the tour, participants will have time to eat lunch (not included).  Feel free to walk the couple of blocks to the Reading Terminal Market.  We will reconvene at National Constitution Center at 2:30 PM before taking the van back to the Arboretum.  Bring your walking shoes and camera and have some fun. 

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RAILROAD STATIONS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY (SOUTH) VAN TRIP

Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $20, (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

All aboard!  This Parks van tour will chug through history and travel to train stations that have been rehabilitated for adaptive reuse.  We will learn about several railroads that crisscrossed the county and the important roles that they played in its development.  We will make a stop for a refreshment break (lunch is not included in the price).  Please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing for taking a few short hikes.  Trip departs and returns to the County Arboretum. 

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Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ

Visit the two arches of High Bridge, and learn about the town’s beginnings growing up around the iron factory. 

HISTORIC WALKING/VAN TOUR OF HIGH BRIDGE

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $20 (lunch not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

High Bridge is the portrait of a factory town from colonial America to the 20th century.  This tour will include fresh air, exercise, local history, and interesting stories about the burg of High Bridge.  We will start at the Arboretum to look at some old postcards and then drive to High Bridge for a two-hour walking tour (please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing).  There will also be time for eating on your own [lunch is not included in the trip price; options include Casa Maya (Mexican), Circa (French), Peking Wok (Chinese), or Mrs. Riley’s Public House (Italian)].  Then we will drive about town in Parks’ touring van, take a short hike on a rustic trail to the footprint of the old Amesbury Furnace ruins, and more.

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Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ

From the tower with a commanding view to the large wooden doors surrounded by thousands of mosaic tiles, Glencairn was built to resemble a medieval castle. 

GLENCAIRN CASTLE VAN TRIP

SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

Date: Tuesday, May 16
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $15 plus a $10 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)

This unique medieval-style castle/museum is a must see!  Our guide will present Glencairn in the context of the history of the Bryn Athyn community, and explore the fascinating relationship between Glencairn and its neighbors, Cairnwood and Bryn Athyn Cathedral.  Included is a ride in a small elevator to the Tower, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline (be sure to bring your camera!)  We will visit the Pitcairn family’s Chapel, the master bedroom and bath, the stunning Great Hall, the Upper Hall, and some of the Museum’s collection of religious art.  At every turn there is eye candy of art work!  Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum at 10:30 AM to journey in a Parks van for one hour to lunch at a local eatery (lunch is not included in the price).  After lunch we will proceed to the museum for the tour; estimated return time to the Arboretum is 4:30 pm.

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Eagle in a nest Eagle in a nest

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Discover animals from all over the world at the Bronx Zoo. 

BRONX ZOO VAN TRIP- SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

Date: Saturday, May 27
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 (includes admission and additional attractions mentioned below.)

Join the Parks Division as we journey to the Bronx Zoo.  This is the world’s largest urban zoo with more than 600 species from around the globe!  Get up close with mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects.  Learn about their natural history, biology, cultural roles, and conservation status.  Enjoy the total experience at the zoo, which includes special attractions like the Butterfly Garden, the Children’s Zoo, the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Zoo Shuttle, the 4-D Theatre, and Jungle World.  You will have about five hours to enjoy yourself.  You can eat lunch in the main restaurant the Dancing Crane Café, or at the Terrace Café located by the Children’s Zoo (lunch not included).  There are many stands throughout the zoo offering snacks and also many tables available for you to eat your own boxed lunch.  So why not leave the driving and parking to us and spend a day at the Bronx Zoo?

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HISTORIC SANDY HOOK VAN TRIP

SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $25 (meals are not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Sandy Hook was amongst Henry Hudson’s first landfall sightings in the new world.  Today, as then, the Sandy Hook peninsula provides a protective barrier for Sandy Hook Bay from the storms of the North Atlantic.  The National Park Service’s visitor center exhibits the uniqueness and environmental importance of the Hook.  We’ll first experience the view of Sandy Hook, the New York skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean from Twin Lights, a lighthouse in the town of Atlantic Highlands.  This lighthouse also contains a museum depicting the nautical history of the area.  After that, we’ll tour the Hook where we’ll stop at points of interest, many of which tell the story of America’s coastal defense history.  Our tour guide will give an in-depth and informative interpretation of the military sites.  We’ll stop for dinner at Windansea Restaurant (dinner is not included in the price; lighter fare menu items range from $13 to $22, visit www.windanseanj.com to view the menu).  On the way home we will make a quick stop at Mt. Mitchill, the highest point on the eastern seaboard, to an overlook and the Monmouth County 9/11 memorial.  Participants should bring plenty to drink, a bagged lunch, and money for dinner.  Wear sturdy walking shoes, as you might choose to climb to the top of the lighthouses.  Dress in layers, be prepared for maritime weather, and don’t forget your camera and/or binoculars! 

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Grey Towers Van Trip

Tour Grey Towers, the home of America’s first Forester.

GREY TOWERS VAN TRIP

Date: Tuesday, June 13- SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM        
Location: Arboretum
Age: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $20 plus an $8 entry fee to be paid by you on the day of the trip (lunch is not included in the price)
Guest Guide: Chip Colombo

Grey Towers, located in Milford, Pennsylvania, was originally the summer estate of the James Pinchot family and later the primary home of Gifford Pinchot, America’s first Forester and founder of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.  Grey Towers was completed in 1886 by Gifford’s father, a wealthy wallpaper merchant.  Richard Morris Hunt, a leading architect of the era, designed the summer home to utilize both local materials and reflect the French heritage of the Pinchot family.  For two decades the Pinchots and their children enjoyed numerous summers at Grey Towers entertaining guests for afternoon teas and dinner parties.  The group will travel in a Parks van 1 hour and 35 minutes to Grey Towers.  Please dress in layers; be prepared to be outdoors and indoors and wear sturdy footwear.  After the guided tour you will have free time to check out the gardens before we go for lunch at the Waterwheel Café in Milford, PA (lunch is not included in the price of the trip; visit www.waterwheelcafe.com to view the menu).  After lunch we will do some sightseeing in the Milford area.  You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks for the van ride. 

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LANDMARKS IN LIGHT… Bryn Athyn Historic District Van Trip

 

Historic Walking/Van Tour of High Bridge, NJ  

Enjoy several beautiful buildings lit up at night!

Date: Tuesday June 20
Time: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight)
Location: Arboretum
Age: adult (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $15 plus additional/optional entrance fees to be paid by you the day of the trip.

Enjoy quiet reflection as you explore the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in lights. 

This property includes the Glencairn Museum, Cairnwood Estate and the Bryn Athyn Cathedral.

Glencairn Museum: Glencairn is a medieval-style castle that houses Eastern & Western religious art and history.  Its collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered to be one of the country’s finest.  Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn built Glencairn between 1928 and 1939; it was designed as a Romanesque-style “castle” for Pitcairn’s outstanding collection of medieval objects.  The first floor will be open, including exhibitions, an orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour; rides to the Tower will be an additional fee of $5 per person.

Cairnwood Estate: Visit the Garden House, including exhibitions and an orientation video; self-guided Cairnwood house tours will be an additional fee of $5 per person.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral: This spectacular medieval-style cathedral is a must see with many handcrafted creations of stone, wood, stained glass, and iron.  A cell phone audio tour of the building and gardens is available.  And don’t forget to visit the beautiful gardens! 

Photography for private use is permitted.  No flash, tripods, selfie-sticks, or videography.  Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum at 7:00 PM and return to the Arboretum at midnight; you may bring a snack and something to drink.

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SIGHTSEEING HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS - SOUTH

Date: in the fall TBA
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $10
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

Where are the parklands of Hunterdon County?  Did you know that there are over 28 beautiful pieces of preserved county parklands?  In addition, there are many state, town, and township parks that we will mention.  Let’s take a Sunday afternoon drive to see how many parks we can visit.  Fascinating history, cool facts and stories, and a plethora of other information will be shared by our guest leader, Chip Colombo.  Please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing for taking a few short hikes.  Feel free to bring a snack and drink as no food stops are planned, other than perhaps a visit to a local general store. 

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SIGHTSEETING HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS - SOUTH BRANCH

Date: in the fall TBA 
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adult
Cost: $10
Guest Leader: Chip Colombo

Where are the parklands of Hunterdon County?  Did you know that there are over 28 beautiful pieces of preserved county parklands?  In addition, there are many state, town, and township parks that we will mention.  Let’s take a Sunday afternoon drive to see how many parks we can visit.  Fascinating history, cool facts and stories, and a plethora of other information will be shared by our guest leader, Chip Colombo.  Please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing for taking a few short hikes.  Feel free to bring a snack and drink as no food stops are planned, other than perhaps a visit to a local general store. 

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
Free Recreation Walks - March through May
CPR for the Community - January 11, 2017
Bike Safety Program - February 9, 2017
Fishing Clinic - March 24, 2017
National Walking Day - April 5, 2017
CPR and First Aid for the Community Course - May 6, 2017

 

FREE RECREATION WALKS

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: all
Cost: Free

March 1: Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington 08822
March 15: Free Recreation Walk for March 15th is cancelled.
Hoffman Park back entrance, 751 Mechlin Corner Road, Hampton 08827
April 12: Sourland Mountain Preserve side entrance, 13 Ridge Road, Ringoes 08551
April 19: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 State Highway 31, Lebanon 08833
May 3:   Charlestown Reserve, 40 Charlestown Road, Hampton 08827
May 17: Columbia Trail (N) Califon Park, 98 Bank Street, Califon 07830
May 31:  Columbia Trail (S) Califon Park, 98 Bank Street, Califon 07830

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. 

These trails are easy to moderate hikes. 

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CPR FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE

Dates: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 12 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $25

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 Recreation Leader.

*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

Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 and up
Cost $3

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. There will be demos on how to check and fix your bike and how to size it.  If you are a parent of a child who rides a bike then you should register your child for this program.  For more information or questions contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us    

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Fishing Clinic

Learn how to fish with Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation!

FISHING CLINIC

Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill pond
Ages: 6 through adults
Cost: $8 (includes bait and supplies)

Come and enjoy an evening of fishing at the Echo Hill pond with Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard.  Bring a youngster and we will teach them the basics of fishing, including safety, etiquette, equipment, and casting.  There are a limited number of fishing rods available to borrow.  Bait, hooks, bobbers, and weights will be provided.  If you have your own equipment you may bring it with you.  This is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing!

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National Walking Day- April 5th

Celebrate National Walking Day by exploring the Columbia Trail.

NATIONAL WALKING DAY

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Columbia Trail, High Bridge end
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: Free

Meet Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at the Columbia Trail in High Bridge (79 Main Street, High Bridge 08829) to celebrate National Walking Day.  We will walk 7 miles from High Bridge to Vernoy Road in Califon.  The trail is an old rail bed and is essentially flat.  Get some exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery, including views along the South Branch of the Raritan River.  At the end of the 7 miles, we will take a County van back to High Bridge. 

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CPR and First Aid for the Community Course

Learn the lifesaving skills of first aid and CPR with an EMT.

CPR AND FIRST AID FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE

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

If you have ever wanted to learn CPR and First Aid, this is the time.  These courses are taught by an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor.  You will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, Choking, and First Aid, allowing you to help anyone of any age.  This is not a course for health care personnel.  Sign up for CPR and/or First Aid, and bring a lunch if you are doing both classes. 

*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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TOT WALKS

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 spring we are offering four sessions of each theme in a row; please select either Session A, B, C, or D.  Sign up for one, two, or all three themes!

Free Tot Walks

It’s never too early to start exploring outdoors!

BIRDS
Session A: Thursday, March 30, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Thursday, March 30, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Friday, March 31, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Session D: Friday, March 31, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

FLOWERS
Session A: Thursday, April 27, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Thursday, April 27, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Friday, April 28, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Session D: Friday, April 28, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist

FROGS
Session A: Thursday, May 18, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Thursday, May 18, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Friday, May 19, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM - SORRY SOLD OUT; call for waitlist
Session D: Friday, May 19, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

 

Are you an Educator, Scout Leader, Community Organization? Let us do a program for your group!  Unless otherwise noted, cost is $30 on-site, $50 off-site, $75 out-of-county (limited range). 

Free Tot Walks

Bring your group to a nature or recreation program, like Woodworking!

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

ANIMAL STRATEGIES, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max 
REPTILES ALIVE!, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
ROCKS AND MINERALS, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 20 max
INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max 
SKULL WORKSHOP, Grade 2+, 1 hr, 25 max
SCAT & TRACKS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
WINGS & FEATHERS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
NESTS & EGGS, Grade K+, 1 hr, 25 max
MAPLE SUGAR TO GO, All ages, 1 hr, 25 max, $50 (off-site)

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

RECYCLING, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max 
WATER ISSUES, Grade 1+, 1 hr, 25 max
COMPOSTING FOR THE HOME, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
WOODWORKING, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials, 10 max
BASKETRY, Grade 3+, 2 hrs, $30 + $3/person materials, 10 max
*For more information on advanced classes or larger groups, please ask for Liz. 

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CPR CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 4 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants
FIRST AID CERTIFICATION, Grade 7+, 3 hrs, $25/person, 4-6 participants. 
Call for price for CPR/First Aid together. 
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
GEOCACHING 101, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max 
Basic Carving class also available. 
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CANOE CLINIC, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, $175, 16 max
FISHING CLINIC, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + $2/person, 15 max
BIKE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
INITIATIVES/ TEAM BUILDINGGrade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

Free Tot Walks

Enjoy a walk in the park or at your school and take your group birding with a naturalist!

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
CO-EXISTING WITH COYOTES LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
HERPTILES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MUSHROOMS & MOLDS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
NEW JERSEY BLACK BEARS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
TREES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr 
HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr, free 

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

Call us to register at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us. 

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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