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Last Updated November 21, 2014

FALL 2014 Programs
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ADOPT-A-TRAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORUNITY
ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND KIDS
BASKETRY PROGRAMS updated 11/03/14
BIRDING TRIPS & PROGRAMS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
GARDENING PROGRAMS
GUIDED NATURE WALKS
HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING
HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS updated 09/15/14
NATURE PROGRAMS
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SCARECROW CONTEST - sponsored by the Flemington-Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee

TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY (November 1st) SORRY CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
BUT BLOOD DRIVE STILL ON

TRIPS updated 09/08/14
PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS

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HUNTERDON COUNTY
DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Department of Land Use and Facilities Management
PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN & FAMILIES
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
parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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ADOPT-A-TRAIL PROGRAM:
A Volunteer Opportunity

Help keep our Hunterdon County parks clean, safe, and ready for use!  We are seeking citizen volunteers and volunteer organizations (scout troops, civic organizations, etc.) to adopt a specific trail for periodic walks and inspecting.  Volunteers would conduct litter clean-up, debris removal, minor pruning of bushes, and report any need for additional work that may have to be performed by the County (such as fallen tree removal). 

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation is looking for people who love nature and who would enjoy helping us keep the trails looking great.  We are seeking individuals and groups to make this program work.  We will post a sign at each park entrance announcing who has adopted the trail.  For groups and businesses this can be a great way to advertise! 

Some of the duties of a volunteer are: to walk the trail at least once a month for 10 months of the year; remove all litter from and around the trail; prune back bushes, plants, and small trees limbs to ensure that the trail is clear; and remove small trees and branches that are blocking the trail. 

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation has over 25 parks to choose from, some having more than one trail.  Picking a trail to adopt is not a problem!  Once you pick a trail, a park employee will meet you there to familiarize you with the area and go over what work needs to be done. 

In light of the crazy weather we have had in the last few years, our volunteers are absolutely vital in assisting us in keeping the trails clear and safe so that the public can enjoy their county parks as soon as possible! 

If you love nature and enjoy working outside, then please join the Adopt-a-Trail Program.  To sign up, please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us or (908) 782-1158.  Thank you and hope to see you on the trail! 

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ART CLASSES

CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES

KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED
(6 classes)
YOUNG ARTIST’S DRAWING & PAINTING
(6 classes)
ARTISTS IN TRAINING DRAWING & PAINTING
(6 classes)

Session A: Six WedSept. 17 – Oct. 29 (no class 10/22)
Session B: Six Wed, Nov 12 – Dec 17
Session C: Six Wed, Jan 14 – Feb 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 - 15
Cost: $90 (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 artist’s 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 pleinair painting when weather permits. Instructor Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

Session A: Six Sat, Sept 13 – Oct 18
Session B: Six Sat, Nov 1 – Dec 20 (no class 11/15, 11/29)
Session C: Six Sat, Jan 3 – Feb 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 - 10
Cost: $80 (Includes materials)

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Student s 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

Session A: Six Sat, Sept 13 – Oct 18
Session B: Six Sat, Nov 1 – Dec 20 (no class 11/15, 11/29)
Session C: Six Saturdays, Jan 3 – Feb 7
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11-15
Cost: $90 (Includes materials)

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Student s 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

ADULT ART CLASSES

PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE
(5 classes)
THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
(5 classes)

Session A: Thursdays, Sept 11 – Oct 9    
Session B:  Thursdays, Oct 30 – Dec 4 ( no class 11/27)
Session C: Thursdays, Dec 18 – Jan 29 
(no class 12/25, 1/1)
Session D: Thursdays, Feb 19- March 26 (no class 2/12)
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

Session A: Thursdays, Sept 11 – Oct 9    
Session B: Thursdays, Oct 30 – Dec 4 (no class 11/27)
Session C: Thursdays, Dec 18 – Feb 5th (no class 1/15)
Session D: Thursdays, Feb 19 - March 26 (no class 2/12)
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!

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BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

Gourd Birdhouse

Weave a snowperson or two!

Pincushion Basket

Weave like a bird… make a random weave basket.

Hearth Basket

NEW PROGRAMS!! - download press release

ADULT PROGRAMS

GOURD BIRDHOUSE
Date: Friday, October 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum

Cost: $15, includes materials

Make a cute gourd birdhouse by adding a pine needle roof to a gourd.  
SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

SOLD OUT - SNOWMAN
Dates: Two Mondays, November 17 & 24

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30, includes materials

Let’s weave a cute snowperson or two!  Bring your own embellishments like an old sock for a hat, a few buttons, or a scrap of material for the scarf.  Some embellishments will be available.  DIMENSIONS APPROXIMATELY: 5” x 11”.  
SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.

PINCUSHION BASKET
Date: Wednesday, December 3
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $8, includes materials

Make a charming little pincushion basket.  DIMENSIONS APPROXIMATELY: 2 ¼” in diameter by 2” high.
SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

RANDOM WEAVE BASKET
Date: Friday, December 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30, includes materials

Homework… if you want your project to be completely filled in you will have to complete your basket at home.  You will leave the class with the knowledge of how to finish.  I have put as much a twenty hours of weaving into a 7” basket.  We will create a small birds-nest, melon, or hen basket frame and fill it in using random weave.  This is a very fun class for those who enjoy free form! SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

HEARTH BASKET
Dates: Two Tuesdays, January 13 & 20
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30, includes materials

This basket design has been used for years to carry wood and to sit near or on the hearth.  It also makes an ideal carrier or a magazine basket.
 DIMENSIONS APPROXIMATELY: 18” x 10”, height ranging from 5” to 9” with a 14” high D handle. 
SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

CHITIMACHA STYLE TRAY  
Dates: Two Wednesdays, February 11 & 18
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30, includes materials

You can’t go wrong by reinterpreting classic designs and helping to keep basketry traditions alive and fresh for generations to come.  This is Lyn Siler’s take on an original Chitimacha design, using a twist on the structure and a playful mirror image. 
DIMENSIONS APPROXIMATELY: 7” x 7” x 2”
SKILL LEVEL: Difficult.

 

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This Jetty is just one of the interesting features Barnegat has to offer!
Barnegat is known for being home to many different and rare bird species including these harlequins.
How many eagles can you spot?
Pictured above is one of central New Jersey’s wintering ducks, the Northern Shoveler.
BIRDING TRIPS & PROGRAMS

Birding Trips

2014 Press Release

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.


Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge                  
Date: Saturday, November 8
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $25

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

 

Barnegat Light
Date: Saturday, December 13
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 beach and rock jetty required.  We will try and pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before heading back.

 

Eagle Watch 
Date: Saturday, January 17
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 State.  Winter finches, waterfowl, Golden Eagle, and other species may also be seen.  About 2 miles of walking; dress in layers for extreme cold.

 

Tundra Swans and Wintering Ducks
Date: Sunday, February 8
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

Join us on a southern loop through Central NJ for Swans and Wintering Ducks.  We will first head to Whitebogs for Tundra Swans, a traditional wintering site for the birds.  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

canoeing hunterdon's waterwaysOur 38th Year!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 37 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 (and a limited number of 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 otherwise stated, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

SCHEDULE A RIVER TRIP or CANOE CLINIC or POND PADDLE

We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, family, or service organization. A pond paddle makes a great birthday party! For questions or to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Hunterdon Park's canoe leaders have all successfully completed River Canoe Day Trip Leading Assessment in accordance with
the American Canoe Association guidelines for paddling safely and technical skill development. SAFETY FIRST!

 

Planning Your Canoe Trip

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

WHAT TO EXPECT: Please arrive at the Hunterdon County Arboretum by 8:15 AM, unless otherwise noted. We will meet behind the building where your canoe leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle. (Last chance to use an indoor bathroom.) The group will
shuttle to the river in our 15-passenger van.

Your leaders will talk about canoe safety & maneuvering at the put-in. The group will paddle for about two hours, stop on the river bank for lunch, then paddle another two hours. We are flexible about time because it depends in part on natural forces, such as the river's water level. We aim to return to the Arboretum at 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

WEATHER:Trips run rain or shine, but not in dangerous weather. Canoe leaders may elect to alter the trip, based on weather, water levels, and the aims of our canoeists.

CHILDREN: Must be accompanied by an adult. Most trips are appropriate for ages 8 years and older. Check with us about specific trips.

WHAT TO BRING:Lunch (packed in a waterproof container), plenty of water to drink, a rain jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and an extra set of clothes in a waterproof pack in chilly weather

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest dressing in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures. Cotton is not a good material for cool, wet outdoor activities. Polypropylene or fleece dries quickly and wool keeps you warm even if wet. Please wear sneakers—no sandals or leather boots.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Not permitted.

PETS: Not allowed, except guide animals.

KAYAKS: Call to discuss bringing your own kayak at your own risk.

QUESTIONS: Or if you would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please do not hesitate to give us a call on weekdays at (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Liz Fulmer at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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Calendar of Canoe Trips

2015 Trip Information Coming Soon...

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River Trips

2015 Trip Information Coming Soon...

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

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

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Flat Water Paddles

2015 Trip Information Coming Soon...

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2014 Kayaks

The Parks acquired 4 Cross Over Kayaks. . This is great news for all the people out there who want to try a kayak before buying one or the person who just wanted to try kayaking. We will not be putting the new kayaks into service until all our canoe leaders have received updated training on kayak safety. When they are available-please note your request for a kayak on the registration form first come, first served. If you would like to bring your own kayak please note this on your registration form when you sign up. If you do bring your own kayak it is at you own risk. For questions about the new kayaks please contact Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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FALL AND WINTER NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS

Our popular 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 or Mountain Farm.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects.  The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. 

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

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

FALL NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL FALL NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN WINTER NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 30 to November 18
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B - SOLD OUT
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

Dates: Seven Thursdays, September 11 to October 23
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 13 to March 3, 2015
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

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GARDENING PROGRAMS

FRESH GREENS AT CHRISTMAS TIME
Date: Tuesday, December 2
Time 5:00PM to 8:00PM.
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.  Pre-registration required.

GIFTS FOR WILDLIFE
Date: Saturday, December 6
Time: 9:00am to 10:30am
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 5 and up with adult
Cost: $10 per parent-child team

Craft thoughtful gifts for their neighborhood birds.  Learn how to make tasty and decorative garlands, wreaths and feeders using cereal, fruit, lard, and other nutritious ingredients.  Please bring a shoebox or small plastic bin to transport your creations home.  Program with be led by Senior Gardener “Jaybird” Strauss.

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GUIDED NATURE WALKS

TOT WALKS *NEW*
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free
Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon on these 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!

BUTTERFLIES SEEDS SQUIRRELS

Date: Wednesday, September 17


Date: Wednesday, October 15

Date: Wednesday, November 19


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HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES

Dates: Second Thursday of the each month, September 2014 to May 2015
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 5-12
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Cost: $30 per student for all 9 lessons

This series provides a terrific opportunity to meet other local homeschooling families,
while your child learns about the natural world.  Participants will explore a new topic each month and enjoy hands-on activities that foster science, math, language arts and social skills.  Program includes “homework” projects to complete after each session.  Class size will be limited to 15 participants.

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RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

KNOT TYING
Date: Tuesday, November 18
Time: 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Location: Arboretum 
Ages: 8 and up
Cost $5 per person

This program will show you a number of different knots that can be used in everyday situations. Some of the knots our Bowline, Clove Hitch, Sheet Bend, and more.  Great for anyone who works outdoors, or does sports like boating, fishing.  May also help you around the house.  Organized groups may request this program.  For more information or questions contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM
Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 5:00PM to 6:30PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 and up
Cost $3 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 and how to size it.  If you and your family bike the trails of Hunterdon County, you will benefit from this program.  Organized groups can request this program. For more information or questions contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us    

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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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NATURE PROGRAMS

RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON
Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

In the fall, hawks and falcons migrate through New Jersey on the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountains.  Come learn about these birds of prey in a slide show and view some mounted specimens. 

It’s not every day that you can find such a wonderful view of Uranus

 

THE NON-VISIBLE PLANETS
Date: Friday, November 14 (rain date is Saturday, November 15)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Age: 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult) (firm on age)
Cost: $3 per person
Guest Astronomers: Wayne Petko & John Andrews

Many of the past stargazing programs have usually included one of the visible planets.  The sky for this night has the two non-visible planets in position to be viewed.  Our Guest Astronomers are both members of the New Jersey Astronomical Association and have offered to join us for this program.  The focus will be on viewing the planets Uranus and Neptune.  Interested participants must understand that time will be needed to find these objects and that the group size will be kept so we can keep the targets in view.

 

SHELTER BUILDING
Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Build your own shelter and learn about survival during our Shelter Building program!
Let’s look for tracks this winter like these red fox tracks!

Come outside and learn the important survival skill of shelter building!  We will talk a little about wilderness survival, learn how to find a good spot to create a shelter, and build a debris hut out of sticks and leaves.  We will also talk a little about the type of shelter that animals use. 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE press release
Date: Tuesday, December 9
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 12 through adult
Cost: free!

Rosemary Dreger Carey from the Climate Reality Project will lead us in a slide show and discussion of climate change science, impacts, and solutions.  Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions.  The Climate Reality Project exists to forge unwavering bedrock of impassioned support necessary for urgent action.  With that foundation, together we will ignite the moral courage in our leaders to solve the climate crisis.  This is a free program but please pre-register. 

 

Waterfowl of the County press release
Date: Wednesday, January 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

The period from January through March is the peak time to observe waterfowl.  Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, for a night to discuss and view pictures of the typical ducks and duck-like birds that live and/or visit our the county.  After the discussion, we will also walk the location to physically see these birds.

 

WINTER TRACKING press release
Date: Saturday, January 24
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill playground
All Ages (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 for a tracking hike around Echo Hill Park.  Please dress for the weather.  If there is no snow, we will look for tracks in the mud, and other signs of wildlife. 

 

MAPLE TREE TAPPING - press release
Date: Saturday, January 24
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 will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will tap about 30 trees! 

 

OWLS
Date: Monday, February 2
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Cost: $3 per person
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come learn about these nocturnal birds of prey.  We will find out what kinds of owls live in Hunterdon County in a slide show, view some taxidermy specimens, and dissect owl pellets to find out what owls eat. 

Beavers as well as other aquatic mammals are very interesting mammals that will be featured during this study!
Help us collect sap and participate in the process of Maple Sugaring!

 

Aquatic Mammals
Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill - MPR
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person


Join Chief Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, for a night as we explore the four mammals of Hunterdon County that are linked to our waterways and ponds.  Through the use of slides, mounted specimens, furs and other artifacts, we will gain an insight into the lives of Muskrats, Beavers, Mink and River Otters.

 

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION press release
Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $3 per person
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

One aspect of Maple Sugaring that is not really covered during our March Maple Sugaring program is collecting the sap.  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 find out and participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes). Please note that the sap flow is weather dependent.   This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February or early March—please call us to schedule a group. 

 

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PARK VAN AND BUS TRIPS


DAY AT THE NEW JERSEY STATE MUSUEM AND PLANETARIUM SHOW
Trenton, NJ
Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: Leave Arboretum at 12:30 AM, Return by 5 PM
Cost: 15.00 per person
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us for a day of adventure at the NJ State Museum – home to 4 floors of local history and a state-of-the-art Planetarium. We will be leaving the Arboretum at 12:30; feel free to bring a lunch or a snack for the ride down.  We will explore the museum’s array of New Jersey history, including exhibitions on Natural History, Fine Arts, Archeology & Ethnography, and Cultural History. Finally, we will finish off the expedition with a show at the newly renovated Planetarium. It’s a perfect day for the whole family!
Statemuseum.nj.gov

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS & HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW
Bronx, NY
Date: Saturday, November 22
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Location: Deer Path Park - Soccer Lot
Ages: Adults
Cost: $55 per person (includes bus & ticket to show)

Join Sr. Gardener Jaybird Strauss as we travel in comfort to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx to see the famous Holiday Train Show!
The show is bigger and better than ever with more trains, including a new G-scale Metro North train that winds its way around a display of Hudson River Valley mansions in the Palm Dome pool! Visit the Holiday Adventures in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, where kids can embark on a journey through a variety of activity train station stops. Marvel at model trains zipping around over 100 New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. You will get an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed in The Artist's Studio. You can explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and do some holiday shopping too.  Explore the Holiday Dining Pavilion: "The Streets of New York", where classic twinkling lights greet you along an evergreen tree-lined path between inventive menu stations with comfortable family seating. Vintage historical canvases of street scenes complement this enchanting holiday experience. Let us do the driving! Visit their website for more information at Nybg.org.

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
Date: Sunday, December 7th
Time: Leave 8:30 AM and return 8:00 PM
Location: Leave from Deer Path Park
Ages: All (Must bring own car seat you may leave seat on bus)
(Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $33.00 per person

Hop on our coach bus for a trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center. Experience the Holiday season like never before, in historic Manhattan– where the smell of hot chocolate and pine waft through the air! You design your perfect day in the Big Apple. You can brunch at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, watch the skaters at Rockefeller Center, visit the American Doll store, lunch in beautiful Bryant Park, shop at Macy’s, take a bus tour or go to the Broadway show of your choice – the options are endless.  Our private coach bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM, and will head straight into the area of Radio City Music Hall. No more dealing with trains and traffic - we provide the transportation and you take it from there.

TOUR OF THE AMERICA ON WHEELS & THE MACK TRUCK MUSEUM Allentown, PA
Date: Saturday, January 10
Time: Leave 9:00 AM, return 5 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Cost: $20 per person
Ages:  Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Ever since the creation of the Ford Model T in 1908, the United States has been known around the world for its innovative approaches to transportation. Join us on a tour through Lehigh Valley’s world famous vehicle museums, including America on Wheels and the Mack Truck Museum. We will learn about the evolution of the car and truck and observe some of the rarest vehicles in the entire world. The tour will leave the Arboretum at 9:00 AM, reach Allentown by 10:00 AM, and return to the Arboretum by 5:00 PM. We will stop at a local diner so you can purchase lunch or you are welcome to bring your own.
 For more information, check out www.Americaonwheels.com & www.mactrucks.com

SAHARA SAM’S OASIS (INDOOR WATER PARK)
West Berlin, NJ
Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $35.00 per person
Ages: 8 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Leave from the Arboretum

Need a break from winter? Join us for a nice 84 degree day with low humidity at New Jersey’s only indoor water park.  Enjoy the flow river (surfing simulator), slides, a 3,000 sq. foot arcade and so much more. Have lunch at the Desert Palms Café. Rental lockers are available on a first come/first serve basis.  No outside footwear allowed and please bring your own towels.  Locker rooms are available for changing. saharasams.com       

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TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY
Touch-A-Truck
The Parade that Stands Still

Date: Saturday, November 1 - SORRY CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
HOWEVER - BLOOD DRIVE IS STILL ON - SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION!!!
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park       
Cost: Free (pre-registration is not necessary)
Ages: All ages welcome

This growing 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 1, at Deer Path Park, for this exciting event.  Deer Path is located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township.  From 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM you will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel up close at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 12th Annual Touch-A-Truck.

This event is free and open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).  No pre-registration is required; however, donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of the program.  The atmosphere is relaxed, pressure-NJ Blood Servicesfree, and noncommercial.  The County Employee Appreciation Committee will be hosting a concession stand.  Don’t forget your camera!

Special Opportunity: The NJ chapter of the NY Blood Center will be bringing their Blood Mobile to this year’s event.  Willing attendees will be able to donate blood during the event.  Those who donate at the event will receive a small gift from the Parks as a “Thank You” for their support while the supply lasts. The Blood Mobile will be at the event 9am to 3pm BLOOD DRIVE IS STILL ON - STOP ON BY AND DONATE!!!

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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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