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Last Updated September 28, 2016
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PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
CHANGE IN OFFICE HOURS
NO FISHING - DEER PATH PARK POND
2016 MUSIC UNDER THE STARS CONCERT SERIES
ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
BASKETRY AND JEWLERY PROGRAMS
BIRDING PROGRAMS AND TRIPS
CAMPING/BACKPACKING TRIPS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK & SKI TICKETS
EVENING/WEEKEND FALL NATURE PROGRAMS
FALL & WINTER NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
GARDENING PROGRAM - FRESH GREENS AT CHRISTMAS TIME
PARK VAN AND COACH BUS TRIPS
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RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SQUARE DANCING
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS
TEACHER'S OPEN HOUSE
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Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Address: County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

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CHANGE IN PARK OFFICE HOURS

Please note that starting September 1st our office will close at 4:30 PM instead of 6:30 PM on Thursdays.  Hours will be Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

If you ever have something  to drop off after hours, please use the DROP BOX SLOT in the front door of the Arboretum located at 1020 Route 31, Lebanon. Your paperwork will be processed first thing the next business day. Thank you.

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NO FISHING - DEER PATH PARK

Due to the recent storms our pond at Deer Path Park has breached the dam. This took out the access road and the bridge to the other side. Unfortunately there will be No Fishing in the pond or track practices in that area until further notice.

Here is the link to our Fishing Guide for other park areas to fish. www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/guides/FishingInfo.pdf

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ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
FOR ADULTS:
Thursday Morning Art Studio
Thursday Afternoon Art Studio
Thursday Evening Art Studio
Sunday Afternoon Art
Painting on Wednesdays
Beginner and Intermediate Drawing
Painting on Fridays
Portrait Drawing and Painting - NEW!!
FOR CHILDREN:
Young Artists Drawing and Painting
Artists-in-training Drawing and Painting
ADULT ART CLASSES:
THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO
Thursday Morning Art Studio

Capture what you see on paper!!

Session A: Five Thursdays, September 8 – October 6 (snow-date Sunday 10/9)
Session B: Five Thursdays, October 13 – November 17 (no class 10/20) (snow-date Sunday 11/20)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 1 – January 5 (no class 12/8) (snow-date Sunday 1/8)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 12 – February 9 (snow-date Sunday 2/12)
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Using a variety of subject matter including still life subjects, photographs, and landscape photos, the instructor works with students to improve their drawing and painting skills. 

Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, bring charcoal pencils, erasers, and a newsprint pad (14 x 18”) to the first class; others bring preferred materials.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  http://www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO


Session A: Five Thursdays, September 8 – October 6 (snow-date Sunday 10/9)
Session B: Five Thursdays, October 13 – November 17 (no class 10/20) (snow-date Sunday 11/20)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 1 – January 5 (no class 12/8) (snow-date Sunday 1/8)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 12 – February 9 (snow-date Sunday 2/12)
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Using a variety of subject matter including still life subjects, photographs, and landscape photos, the instructor works with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.

Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, bring charcoal pencils, erasers, and a newsprint pad (14 x 18”) to the first class; others bring preferred materials.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.

Instructor Lena Shiffman. www.lenashiffman.com

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THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO


Session A: Five Thursdays, September 8 – October 6 (snow-date Sunday 10/9)
Session B: Five Thursdays, October 13 – November 17 (no class 10/20) (snow-date Sunday 11/20)
Session C: Five Thursdays, December 1 – January 5 (no class 12/8) (snow-date Sunday 1/8)
Session D: Five Thursdays, January 12 – February 9 (snow-date Sunday 2/12)
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Teens and Adults
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

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

Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks & charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.

Join us for an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  

All ability levels welcome!

Instructor: Lena Shiffmanwww.lenashiffman.com

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON ART
Sunday Afternoon Art with Lena Shiffman

Here is a chance to try a new medium guided by artist Lena Shiffman


OIL LANDSCAPEE: Sunday, September 11

ACRYLIC STILL-LIFE: Sunday, October 16
PASTEL ANIMALS: Sunday, November 6
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 15 through adult
Cost: $45 for each date, materials included.

Monthly art workshops, exploring 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 study 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.  http://www.lenashiffman.com/bio.html

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PAINTING ON WEDNESDAYS
Painting on Wednesdays

Acrylic painting by artist Charles David Viera entitled Farm Guest 2.

Session A: Six Wednesdays, September 14 – October 26 (no class 10/19) (snow-date 11/2)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, November 9 – December 14 (snow-date 12/21)
Session C: Six Wednesdays, January 4 – February 8 (snow-date 2/15)
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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BEGINNERING & INTERMEDIATE DRAWING


Session A: Six Wednesdays, September 14 – October 26 (no class 10/19 (snow-date 11/2)
Session B: Six Wednesdays, November 9 – December 14 (snow-date 12/21)
Session C: Six Wednesdays, January 4 – February 8 (snow-date 2/15)
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adult
Cost: $98 (materials not included)

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

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

Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com).

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PAINTING ON FRIDAYS
Painting on Fridays with Charles David Viera

A chance to study art with Artist Charles David Viera.

Session A: Six Fridays, September 16 – October 28 (no class 10/21) (snow-date 11/4)
Session B: Six Fridays, November 11 – December 16 (snow-date 12/23)
Session C: Six Fridays, January 6 – February 10 (snow-date 2/17)
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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PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING - NEW!!

 

Session A: Six Fridays, September 16 – October 28 (no class 10/21) (snow-date 11/4)
Session B: Six Fridays, November 11 – December 16 (snow-date 12/23)
Session C: Six Fridays, January 6 – February 10 (snow-date 2/17)
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 a challenge for artists over the centuries.  In this class, students of all levels will receive basic academic instruction as well as more expressionistic options in dealing with the art of portraiture.  Guided by the instructor, students will explore a variety of portrait and figure painting techniques, including creating a likeness, the use of color in representing flesh tones, and understanding elements of anatomy.  Students can work with their favorite medium from figure casts, as well as a variety of portrait models (no nude models). 

Students should bring drawing materials (pad, pencils, charcoal, eraser) to the first class.  The instructor will discuss various color material options for the remaining class dates.  An approximate $20 model fee will be collected during the first class.

Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com)

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES:
YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING
Children's Art with Lena Shiffman

Blooming Artist!!!

 

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 17 – October 22 (snow-date Sunday 10/23)
Session B: Six Saturdays, October 29 – December 3 (snow-date Sunday 12/18)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 7 – February 11(snow-date Sunday 2/12)
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $82 (includes materials)

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

Remember to dress in old clothing.

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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ARTISTS- IN-TRAINING DRAWING AND PAINTING
Children's Art with Lena Shiffman

The students really like Miss Lena!

 

Session A: Six Saturdays, September 17 – October 22 (snow-date Sunday 10/23)
Session B: Six Saturdays, October 29 – December 3 (snow-date Sunday 12/18)
Session C: Six Saturdays, January 7 – February 11(snow-date Sunday 2/12)
Time: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Arboretum    
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $92 (includes materials)

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

Remember to dress in old clothing.

Instructor Lena Shiffman.  www.lenashiffman.com

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Basketry Workshops

Escape from everyday life…weave a basket!

BASKETRY & JEWELERY WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS
FOR ADULTS:
Tree of Life Pendent - September 13th - SOLD OUT
Native American Pottery Basket - September 30th - SOLD OUT
Square Basket with Clay Base - October 7th and 14th
Wastebasket Basket - November 21st and 28th
Piggyback Basket - December 10th
Sewing Basket - January 10 & 17, 2017
UFO...Unfinished Objects - January 24, 2017
Tapestry Basket - February 10 & 17, 2017
FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS:
Simple Round Beginner Basket - September 19th
Square Basket - October 21st
Make a Birdnest Basket - November 18th
Trinket Basket - December 17th
Simple Round Valentine Basket - February 13, 2017

Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer

ADULT BASKETRY AND JEWLERY WORKSHOPS:
TREE OF LIFE PENDENT
Make a Tree of Life Pendent

Make a Tree of Life Pendent!!

SOLD OUT
Dates: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $15 (includes materials)

This is not a basket class it is a jewelry class. Make a beautiful tree of life pendent using a 1 ¼” round metal ring, wire and beads of your color choice. Now that we have the hang of it lets make another one!

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NATIVE AMERICAN POTTERY BASKET


SOLD OUT
Dates: Friday, September 30
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $25 (includes materials)

This urn shaped basket is reminiscent of southwestern Native American pottery.  Students twine rows that are spaced far apart complete the rim then filled in with a loopy vertical braid using ½” flat reed. Diameters 7” at base x 10” middle x 8” rim. SKILL LEVEL: Easy

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SQUARE BASKET WITH CLAY BASE
Square Basket with Clay Base

Square Basket with Clay Base

 

Dates: Fridays, October 7 and 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $25 (includes materials)

Students will sculpt a square basket base using air-drying clay. Insert round reed into the clay creating the baskets spoke and make clay beads. Next weave around the spokes creating a square basket on the clay base. The basket will be finished off by gluing beads to the top of the spokes. Basket size will be the student’s choice. SKILL LEVEL: Easy to difficult your choice.

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WASTEBASKET BASKET


Dates: Mondays, November 21 and 28
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35 (includes materials)

Weave a 12” rectangular tapered wastepaper basket using ¾”flat reed woven with ½” flat reed. SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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PIGGYBACK BASKET


Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 9:00 to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $30 (includes materials)

Create a basket atop a piece of driftwood (or deer antler supplied by you). Students will drill holes into the driftwood and insert round reed spokes and creating a small basket on the driftwood base. SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

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SEWING BASKET
Sewing Basket

Sewing basket


Dates: Tuesday, January 10 and 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35 (includes materials)

When making a lidded basket you make two baskets, one being the lid. And these two have tapered spokes so this is a project that includes homework! After tapering the spokes students will weave them together using raffia and seagrass creating a 9” round 2” tall basket bottom then start again to make the lid.  SKILL LEVEL: Difficult.

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UFO...UNFINISHED OBJECTS


Date: Tuesday, January 24
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5

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

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TAPESTRY BASKET
Adult Tapestry Basket Workshop

Adult Tapestry Basket Workshop

 

Dates: Fridays, February 10 and 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $27

Let’s explore tapestry weave, you will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Starting with a wood base and weaving with fine reed, strings, wax linen, raffia, wool yarn finishing the top with an angulating wrapped bulrush rim.

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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. 

 

SIMPLE ROUND BEGINNER BASKET
Childrens Simple Round Basket

Try your hand at weaving a basket.

 

Date: Monday, September 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 through adult
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

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

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SQUARE BASKET
Children's Square Basket

Children's Square Basket


Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $12 (includes materials)

Weave a simple 5” x 5” square basket using flat reed.

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MAKE A BIRDNEST BASKET


Date: Friday, November 18
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 birds-nest like basket using rattan reed, vines, ribbons, strings, beads, and more.

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TRINKET BASKET FOR KIDS
Children's Trinket Basket

Children's Trinket Basket

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 9 through adult
Cost: $22, includes materials

Hands on is fun! Weave a cute little round basket with a wooden base. Weaving over a wooden mold makes the shaping a snap. The finished basket measures approximately 6” in diameter and 5” tall.  Makes a great gift! Bring lunch and a drink.

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SIMPLE ROUND VALENTINE BASKET


Date: Monday, February 13
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 through adult
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

This workshop is great for introducing children to the art of making baskets.  Let’s weave and create a heart design using beads.

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BIRDING TRIPS AND PROGRAMS
WEEKEND TRIPS:
Sandy Hook - September 18th
Fall Birding in Middlesex - October 15th
Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge - November 13th
Barnegat Light - December 10th
Eagle Watch - January 21, 2017
Northern Shore Run - February 19, 2017
 

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

SANDY HOOK

 

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

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

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FALL BIRDING IN MIDDLESEX

 

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $25
Guest Lead: Eric Gehring, Open Space Coordinator/Park Naturalist w/ Middlesex County

Over a year ago, Eric hosted us for a tour through some of the parks of Middlesex County.  That offer has been extended again.  On this trip, we will focus on William Warren Park, Pin Oak Forest, Old Bridge Waterfront, and Deep Run Preserve, unless rare bird sightings force a change of plans.  Join us for this tour to see if birding in Middlesex County can live up to the county’s motto: “Greatest County in the Land.”

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BRIGANTINE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

 

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Cost:  $25

This 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.

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BARNEGAT LIGHT
Barenet Ligth - Harlequin Duck

A chance to spot a Harlequin!

 

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
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 try and pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before heading back.

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EAGLE WATCH
Eagle in a nest

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

 

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
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.

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NORTH SHORE RUN

 

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
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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CAMPING/BACKPACKING TRIPS
Backpacking: PA Section 5 - October 1/2
BACKPACKING: PA SECTION 5

Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 1 to 2
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $50
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

Backpacking Trip to PA Seciton 5
Spend some time in nature with
Let’s Go Camping!

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

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

All participants must attend a pre-hike meeting on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  All participants must backpack with the following items: clothing, sturdy shoes, raingear, bowl, fork, spoon, at least two liters of water, two lunches, dinner, breakfast, and a sleeping bag.  Also, if you have them, please bring: lightweight cooking dishes (mess kit), a stove, a tent, and a backpack. 

Participants provide all food.  On your registration form, please indicate if you will need to borrow a backpack or two-person tent.

For new backpackers, or experienced backpackers who want to hike with a group.  

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Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for many years.  It is fun, educational, and great exercise!  Spend a day with nature.  Just bring water, lunch, and a smile—we will do the rest.  We supply the canoes, kayaks, gear, training, and transportation.  Our experienced leaders teach the ways of currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks.  Tell us what you want to learn—we are eager to teach.  Unless stated otherwise, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

RIVER TRIPS


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

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

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

Sunday, July 10: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, July 23: South Branch
Saturday, August 6: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, August 20: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Saturday, September 3: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Saturday, September 24: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, October 8: South Branch
Saturday, October 22: Leaders’ Choice

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

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F.A.Q'S - PLANNING YOUR TRIP

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TRIP
We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  A pond paddle makes a great birthday party!  If you have any questions or would like to be added to our canoe trip announcement e-mail list, please do not hesitate to give us a call weekdays at (908) 782-1158, or e-mail Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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WALKS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Tot Walks - Updated 9/28/2016
Free Recreational Walks
Thursday Morning Bird Walks
TOT WALKS
Free Tot Walks

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

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

Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  This fall we are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C.  Sign up for one, two, or all three themes!

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

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

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

GROUNDHOGS
Session A: Thursday, February 2, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Friday, February 3, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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FREE RECREATIONAL WALKS

 

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

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

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

Meet Patrick Eckard at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trail systems.  He will tell you the history of each park as you get some fresh air and exercise.  Then come back on your own to hike the trails at your leisure.
Pre-registration is required.

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FREE THURSDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS
Free Morning Walks

6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

9/8       Stanton Station 
9/15     Hoffman   
                 
9/22     Deer Path – Soccer Lot          

6:45 AM to 8:00 AM

9/29     Arboretum
10/6     Bernadette Morales/Uplands
10/13   Sunnyside Picnic Area

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

10/20   Echo Hill
10/27   Deer Path – Main Lot

Ages: adults
Cost: Free, pre-registration is required. 

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

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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS

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

  Gate Price Discount Price
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom:    
Adult $57.75 $46.00
Hershey Park:    
Adult $63.80 $51.00
Junior $40.80 $38.00
Six Flags Great Adventure:    
Adult Theme Park & Safari $77.03 $43.00
Parking Pass $26.75 $22.00
Tickets are available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon.
Tickets are non-refundable
Tickets can be purchased by check or cash.
To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.
DISCOUNT SKI TICKETS

Ski tickets for Blue Mountain, Jack Frost Big Boulder and Mountain Creek will be available to purchase starting in December and will remain on sale throughout the winter. We offer discount tickets to local amusement parks through the spring and summer months.  To purchase tickets stop by the County Arboretum (cash or check only) or call (908) 782-1158 for more information.

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EVENING/WEEKEND NATURE PROGRAMS
Full Moon Hike - September 16th
Beginner's Mushroom Basics and Walk - September 16th
Native Plant Workshop - September 22nd
Physics in Nature - October 12th
Fall Foliage Walk - October 24th
Composting 101 - November 3rd
Chickadee Winter Roost Box - November 10th
Shelter Buildings - November 19th
Evergreen Walk - December 10th
Trees of Hunterdon, Lecture - January 25, 2017
Uranus - The Non-Visible Planet - January 27, 2017
Maple Tree Tapping - January 28, 2017
Owls for Everyone - February 16, 2017
Late Winter Walk - February 18, 2017
Maple Sap Collection - February 18, 2017
Maple Sugaring Living History Tours (SAVE THE DATES) - March 1, 2 & 3, 2017
FULL MOON HIKE

 

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

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

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BEGINNER'S MUSHROOM BASICS AND WALK

 

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

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

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NATIVE PLANT WORKSHOP - COLLECTION AND PROPER TREATMENT OF NATIVE PLANT SEEDS
Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildlife

Join Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildlife for this fun workshop.

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

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

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PHYSICS IN NATURE

 

Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill – lodge
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Through the use of practical experiments and participation from the group, we will look at and experience various forces of nature.  The group will have to anticipate what will happen prior to each activity and then figure out what actually happened.  Each force will be explained and how it occurs in and can affect a natural setting.

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FALL FOLIAGE WALK
Fall Foliage Walk

Let’s see some beautiful color along the South Branch of the Raritan River!

Date: Monday, October 24
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Landsdown Trail, Lower Landsdown Road, Annandale
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

Let’s take a fall walk to see colorful trees on this beautiful walk along the South Branch of the Raritan River.  We will identify some trees and look for late fall wildflowers and birds.  This is a flat, gravel trail that was formerly a railroad.  Designed for the whole family!  Meet at the roadside pull-off along Lower Landsdown Road.  With Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush. 

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COMPOSTING 101
Composting 101

Learn what goes into a compost bin, as well as ideas to create your own!

 

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

You’ve heard the hype about compost; come find out more about it.  Discover why it’s beneficial personally and for the earth, what goes and does not go in a compost pile, and what types of compost bins you can purchase or build yourself.  We will view a PowerPoint and take a walk to the Arboretum gardens where we have a display of several compost bins. 

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CHICKADEE WINTER ROOST BOX

 

Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill - lodge
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Cost: $20 per box (one box per family)

Although many people place the emphasis on nesting boxes, chickadees will roost in boxes for the winter.  There are differences in a nesting box and a winter roosting box.  During the program, we will learn a little about chickadees and then assemble the boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own Phillips screwdrivers.  Limit one box per family.

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SHELTER BUILDING
Shelter Building

Let’s learn about surviving in the woods and build our own shelter!

 

Date: Saturday, November 19
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

Get 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 about the type of shelters animals use. 

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EVERGREEN WALK

 

Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

The Arboretum has a large variety of trees that are still leafed out in winter.  We will learn the differences between pines, spruces, junipers, and hemlocks.  Also we will visit broad-leaved evergreens like hollies and rhododendrons, and deciduous conifers like our Dawn Redwood. Meet Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush at the garden gate. 

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TREES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE

 

Date: Wednesday, January 25
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill – lodge
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3

Do you struggle to tell white oaks from red oaks?  What do opposite versus alternate branches mean?  What about compound and simple leaves?  Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush for a new slideshow on local trees!  We will also learn about “world record” trees. 

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URNAUS - THE NON-VISILBE PLANET

 

Date: Friday, January 27 (rain date Saturday, 1/28)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person.
Guest Astronomers: Wayne Petko & John Andrews,

Uranus was the first modern planet to be discovered in 1781.  It is not possible to see this planet with you naked eye.  Let John and Wayne, use their equipment and show you this hidden wonder in the nighttime sky.  Once we finish observing Uranus, we will move on to other seasonal wonders in this winter sky such as the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula. Please note that we are firm on ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult.

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MAPLE TREE TAPPING
Maple Tree Tapping

We will tap about 30 maple trees this January.  Photo by Breck Kent. 

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

Have you come to our Maple Sugaring program in March and wondered how exactly we tap the trees, or where the Echo Hill sugar bush is?  Well, here’s your chance to find out!  We will meet at the playground and walk to the sugar bush (about five to ten minutes).  Then, Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will collectively tap about 30 trees! 

 

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OWLS FOR EVERYONE

 

Date: Thursday, February 16 
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Cost: $3 per person

Winter is the time to think about owls.  Come learn about owls and owl ecology of the County with Chief Naturalist, Tom Sheppard.  Along with the slide presentation, visual and auditory activities will be used to get participants involved in the program.  Afterwards, we will venture outdoors to listen and attempt to call an owl in the woods surrounding Echo Hill.

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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 bloom 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
Maple Sap Collection

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

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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SAVE THE DATE: MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY TOURS
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!

 

SAVE THE DATE: MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY TOURS


Dates for groups: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 1, 2, and 3, 2017

Public Open House: Saturday, March 4, 2017

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FALL & WINTER NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS
Fall Nature Programs

Kids ages 3 through 3rd grade can
join our nature clubs! 

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

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
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 13 to November 8 (no class 10/11)
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons

Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: kindergarten through 3rd graders

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

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GARDENING PROGRAM - FRESH GREENS AT CHRISTMAS TIME

Date: Tuesday, December 6
Time 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults
Cost: $35

Join Senior Gardener “Jaybird” Strauss for a merry evening of holiday creativity.  Bring Christmas inside with an evergreen wreath, swag, or a boxwood topiary.  It will be an enjoyable evening to share with friends and family.  All basic material for the decorations will be provided, but feel free to bring your own accessories as well.  Preregistration required.

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Historic Walking Tour of Hope New Jersey - September 24th
Brooklyn Botanic Garden/Prospect Park - October 8th
Terror Behind the Walls (Eastern State Penitentiary) - October 14th
Glencairn Museum...Medieval Festival - October 23rd

Rutherford Hall Trip - November 16th

New York City Bus Trip - December 4th
Glencairn Christmas in the Castle - December 8th
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms - January 13, 2017
Sahara Sam's Oasis (Indoor Water Park) - January 14, 2017
Adventure Aquarium - February 4, 2017

 

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF HOPE, NEW JERSEY

 

Walking Tour of Hope, NJ
Join in this tour of Hope New Jersey a beautiful little town full of old buildings and interesting history.

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

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

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BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN/PROSPECT PARK

 

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

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

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

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

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TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS - EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY
Terror Behind the Walls
The penitentiary housed over 80,000 inmates!

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM to midnight
Location: Arboretum 
Cost: $40
Ages: 13 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

“Terror Behind the Walls,” is a massive haunted house inside an 11 acre abandoned prison. This tour has consistently been ranked as one of the top haunted attractions in the nation. Your 45 minute tour begins in a former exercise yard, surrounded by massive 30 foot high walls. Next, walk through abandoned cellblocks that once held some 80,000 men and women who served time here. You will have a chance to visit the penitentiary’s central surveillance hub. Here you will have a magnificent view down all seven original cellblocks.  After surviving your haunted tour, you may wish to visit one of the historic site's exhibits or gift shop, feast on some batter-dipped Oreos or fresh funnel cake at the snack bar. For more detailed information visit www.easternstate.org

This is not a regular tour of the Penitentiary, this is a show they put on.  Any questions please contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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GLENCAIRN MUSEUM...MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
Glencairn Museum - medieval Festival
Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA
Glencairn Castle ARt
Intriguing religious art creations in every nook and cranny… don’t miss this trip!

 

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $15, plus a $10 entry fee to be paid by you the day of the trip. (lunch is not included in the price)

Glencairn is a museum of Eastern & Western religious art and history housed in a medieval-style castle.  Visitors explore beliefs and practices through renowned art collections, including ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. 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. Influenced by the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Pitcairn established on-site workshops to produce handcrafted creations in stone, wood, stained glass, and mosaic.

We will also attend the Medieval Festival. Have you ever heard a minstrel play a hurdy-gurdy, or tried your hand at spinning wool? Watch as J. Kenneth Leap and his apprentices paint and assemble stained glass windows by hand. Learn about the art of manuscript illumination, and see a Gutenberg-style printing press in action. Enjoy music played on replica period instruments, and learn about the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Explore the influence of religion on medieval weaponry and cheer your favored knight in a sword battle. Try spinning wool, view the galleries, take a cell phone audio tour, and rejuvenate at the Castle Café. If you dress in medieval costume you can win a prize!

Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 N, Lebanon NJ (Clinton Twp.) at 11:00 am, to journey in Park’s new tour van for one hour to lunch (lunch is not included in price http://newwildginger.com) at the Wild Ginger restaurant that offers a vegetarian & traditional Chinese cuisine entrée price ranges from $7 to $14. After lunch we will proceed to the museum and festival, estimated return time to the Arboretum is 6:00 pm.

 

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RUTHERFORD HALL TRIP
Rutherford Hall
Tour Rutherfurd Hall, a grand estate from the American Country House Movement in the early 1900s.

 

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $12 plus a $5 entry donation to be paid by you the day of the trip. (lunch is not included in the price)

Join us as we explore Rutherfurd Hall, a grand estate from the American Country House Movement in the early 1900s. During this era industrialization and urbanization created concentrated wealth, resources, and the opportunity for the most affluent to escape into the rural and picturesque settings that border metropolitan regions like Allamuchy, in Warren County NJ.

This National and State Historic Landmark was designed by famed architect Whitney Warren, who also designed Grand Central Station in New York City. The 18,000 square foot Tudor country home was built in 1904; construction included a mansion, boathouse, swimming beach, hydroelectric powerhouse, 9-hole golf course, gardens, and kennels. We will hear stories about how food production, hunts, animal breeding, boating, horseback riding, and hiking filled one’s days. Many important people, such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, were once entertained in this remote landscape. The tour provides information about the building, the family who built it, and many other interesting facts.

Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 N, Lebanon NJ (Clinton Twp.) at 11:00 am, to journey in Park’s new tour van for one hour. Before exploring the mansion we will stop for lunch at Stella G’s, a tasty local restaurant entrée’s range from $7 to $11 (lunch is not included in price http://www.stellags.com).  Estimated return time to the Arboretum is 4:30 pm.

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NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
NYC Winter Bus Trip
Explore New York City in the winter.

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $35
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Note: Must bring your own car seat, you may leave it on the bus.

Join us December 4th for our coach bus trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center.  Here the Christmas spirit lasts all season, as the smell of hot chocolate and pine waft through the air.  You can choose from either heading to the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center, or going down to Central Park and taking a carriage ride with family, friends, or that special someone.  You may also choose to spend the day shopping, or seeing the show of your choice.  The bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM. We will travel to New York City and disembark the bus in the surrounding area of Radio City Music Hall.  We provide the transportation, and you design your schedule from endless New York City winter activities!

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GLENCAIRN CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE
Glencairn Castel during the Holidays
Inhale holiday!

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016 (snow date 12/15)
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: adults (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $12 plus a $12 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip. (lunch is not included in the price).

How do you celebrate Christmas in a 20th-century castle? This guided tour reveals how Christmas was celebrated when the castle was the private home of the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family (1940-1970s). Visitors will also explore works of art in the Glencairn collection depicting the Nativity of Jesus Christ, dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Stops include the Great Hall, Upper Hall, Tower, Chapel, Master Bedroom, and Medieval Treasury. At the conclusion of the tour visitors may explore the Museum’s World Nativities and other seasonal exhibitions at their own pace.

Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 N, Lebanon NJ (Clinton Twp.) at 11:00 am, to journey in Park’s new tour van for one hour to lunch (lunch is not included in price http://newwildginger.com) at the Wild Ginger restaurant that offers a vegetarian & traditional Chinese cuisine entrée price ranges from $7 to $14. 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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STICKLEY MUSEUM AT CRAFTSMAN FARM

 

Stickly Museum
Arts and Crafts ideals of simplicity, honesty in construction, and truth to materials.

STICKLEY MUSEUM AT CRAFTSMAN FARMS
Date: Friday, January 13, 2017 (snow date 1/20)
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults (teens accompanied by an adult are welcome)
Cost: $12 plus a $10 tour fee to be paid by you the day of the trip. (lunch is not included in the price)

Travel back in time by visiting the historic Craftsman Farms and Stickley Museum. Gustav Stickley was a visionary spokesman and proponent for the Arts and Crafts philosophy and a major tastemaker of his era. His furniture designs in the late 1800s were a radical departure from the furniture of the Victorian era. They reflected the Arts and Crafts ideals of simplicity, honesty in construction, and truth to materials.

Craftsman Farms exemplifies Stickley’s philosophy of building in harmony with the environment by using natural materials. In 1908 Stickley designed the farm to be self-sufficient, with gardens for vegetables and flowers, orchards, dairy cows and chickens; the produce grown on the farm was used in the restaurant operated by Stickley as part of his furniture showroom and department store in Manhattan. The log house of Craftsman Farms proclaims the romance of our nation’s agrarian past. Although large, it is firmly rooted in the ideals and dreams of a simpler age.

Travelers will meet at the County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 N, Lebanon NJ (Clinton Twp.) at 11:00 am, to journey in Park’s new tour van for one hour to lunch (lunch is not included in price http://www.wildbasilnj.com) at Wild Basel Café and Pizza after lunch we will proceed to the museum, estimated return time to the Arboretum is 4:30 pm.

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SAHARA SAM'S OASIS (Indoor Water Park)
Sahara Sams
Enjoy an 84 degree day in the middle of winter!

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $35

Need a break from winter? Join us for a nice 84 degree day with low humidity at NJ’s only indoor water park.  Enjoy the flow river, surfing simulator, 3000 square foot arcade, and so much more.  Have lunch at the Desert Palms Café.   Locker rooms are available for changing, with rental lockers available on a first come basis.  No outside foods allowed and please bring your own towels. 

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ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
Adventure Acquarium
Check out the only Great Hammerhead Shark on exhibit in America!

 

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: adult $21, child $17

Discover the exciting world beneath the sea at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.  Kids can get up close and personal with sharks and hippos in hands-on “touch” exhibits. Exciting attractions like Dinosaurs of the Deep and Creature Feature will make this a day you won’t soon forget.  We will provide transportation and then you are free to explore the aquarium as you like until our departure around closing time. You can also take a short walk next door and visit America’s most decorated battleship, the New Jersey BB62. More information available at www.battleshipnewjersey.org and www.adventureaquarium.com

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
First Aid Course - October 12th
Emergency Preparedness - December 14h
CPR for the Community - January 11, 2017
Bike Safety Program - February 9, 2017

FIRST AID COURSE


Session A: Wednesday, October 12
Session B: Wednesday, November 30
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill 
Ages: 12 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $25

This First Aid course is taught by an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor.   You will learn basic first aid.  Course will cover minor injuries to cold and heat emergency. This is a great thing for everyone to know.   


*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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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS


Date: Wednesday, December 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $5
Ages: 12 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

This is a presentation of knowledge for First Aid & CPR emergency preparedness, not a certification. We will go over what to do in an emergency including basic bandaging, bleeding, choking, as well as other medical emergencies. This program is taught by an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and will include a CPR demo. This is a great opportunity for Girl and Boy scouts who may have missed the program with your group.

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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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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

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

Here is a list of the programs:

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

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

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

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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

OUTDOOR SKILLS

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

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

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

LECTURES

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

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

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REGISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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SQUARE DANCING

 

SQUARE DANCING LESSONS

Twenty-four, Tuesdays, September 20 to March 14 (no class 12/6 that class will be held on Wednesday 12/7)
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Echo Hill
Adult & teens welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult)
$120

Square dancing is the official folk dance of New Jersey and gives people the opportunity to spend time with a warm and friendly group, make new friends, and get low impact aerobic exercise all at the same time. It’s a great way to keep mentally and physically fit!  The instructor, Ed Kerns, has taught hundreds of people to square dance in an enjoyable, fun-filled setting. He begins with simpler “calls” and then progresses on to those of more complexity, stressing repetition and review for ease of learning. After the 12-weeks students will be able to dance at special area dances, and after graduating will be able to dance the mainstream program at the many area square dances and join the Flutterwheels at bi-weekly Friday night dances at Echo Hill.

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TEACHERS OPEN HOUSE

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

Come visit beautiful Echo Hill Park in Clinton Township, where many of our programs take place.  Echo Hill is a great place to bring your class on a field trip!  Before the sun goes down, talk a walk to see the pond, stream, field, and forest habitats that Echo Hill offers (dress in comfortable shoes), and learn about our nature and recreation programs from Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush.  In the historic Echo Hill Lodge, Laura will conduct short segments from several of the programs we offer. 

To see a list of requestable school programs, including how they align with Next Generation Science Standards and Core Curriculum Content Standards, please visit: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/educators.html

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

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THANK YOU
Thank you for participatin in our 40th Year Anniversary Celebration of the Concers Under th eStars
THANK YOU!!

The staff of the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation would like to send a big thank you to everyone who made our 40th Music Under the Stars Concert Series a great one!  Special thanks to Colalillo Shoprite for donating food and beverages for the performers and to Hunterdon Central High School for the use their auditorium as our rain location. 

We would like to extend our appreciation to the people who support the concert series, especially the residents of Hunterdon County. 

If you are interested in applying for a concert date next year, our 41st celebration, please contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.    

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TOUCH-A-TRUCK - 14TH YEAR!!!!
Touch-a-Truck Touch-a-Truck
Come on over to Deer Path Park and have lots of fun!

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park       
Ages: all  
Cost: free (pre-registration is not necessary)

This annual event has been described as “a parade that stands still!”  Imagine dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps, and lots more, over 40 vehicles all in one place – parked so kids of all ages can get a close-up look!  Join us on Saturday, November 5th at Deer Path Park, located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington, for this exciting event.  From 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM you will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 14th Annual Touch-A-Truck. This event is free with no pre-registration required; however, donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of the program.  It is open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).  The atmosphere is relaxed, pressure-free and noncommercial.  Don’t forget your camera!

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Volunteer for Public Lands Day

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

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

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

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

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