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Last Updated April 27, 2016
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Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Address: County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
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ART CLASSES
UPCOMING ART CLASSES - Download Flyer
FOR ADULTS:
Painting
Beginner and Intermediate Drawing
Landscape Painting: Summer Morning Light - sold out
Thursday Morning Art Studio
Thursday Afternoon Art Studio
Thursday Evening Art Studio
CHILDRENS ART CLASSES
Young Artists Drawing and Painting
Artists-in-Training Drawing and Painting

 

ADULT ART CLASSES:
PAINTING


Adult Painting Class with Charles DDavid Viera
Put a paintbrush in your hand and…

NEW: PAINTING WITH CHARLES on Fridays
Session B2: Six Fridays, April 22 to May 27
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.   An approximate $5 model fee will be collected at the first session.  Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com).

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 2 to April 6- sorry sold out
Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 20 to May 25
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.  An approximate $5 model fee will be collected at the first session.  Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com).

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BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE DRAWING


Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 2 to April 6
Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 20 to May 25
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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LANDSCAPE PAINTING: SUMMER MORNING LIGHT

 

Landscape Painting Class for Adults with Charles David Viera
Landscape Painting / Landscape painting with Charles Viera offers the chance to paint various scenic locations at Echo Hill.

Dates: Six Wednesdays, June 22 to July 27 - sold out
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 15 through adults
Cost: $140 (materials not included)

Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light.  In this class, artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them.  Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park and draw inspiration from these beautiful and historic sites as they improve their skills.  Beginner and advanced instruction in drawing, composition, color theory, and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations and historical references.  Open to students of all levels and working in any medium.  Experienced students should bring their favorite medium while beginners should bring drawing materials to the first class where color materials will be discussed.  Light easels and chairs are provided.  Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com).

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THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO


Thursday Morning Art Studio for Adults with Lena Shiffman
We are offering a new time slot for Thursday Art Studio!.

Session A: Five Thursdays, March 3 to March 31
Session B: Five Thursdays, April 7 to May 5
Session C: Five Thursdays, May 12 to June 9
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. (www.lenashiffman.com)

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO


Thursday Afternoon Art Studio for Adults with Lena Shiffman
Make that color pop!


Session A: Five Thursdays, March 3 to March 31
Session B: Five Thursdays, April 7 to May 5
Session C: Five Thursdays, May 12 to June 9
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


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

Session A: Five Thursdays, March 3 to March 31
Session B: Five Thursdays, April 7 to May 5
Session C: Five Thursdays, May 12 to June 9
Session D: Five Thursdays, August 4 to September 1
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Teens and Adults
Cost: $100 (materials not included)

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

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CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES

YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING
Painting by Lena Shiffman
Painting by Lena Shiffman.  Study under the helpful eyes of artist/instructor Lena Shiffman.



Session A: Six Saturdays, February 27 to April 9 (no class March 26)
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 23 to June 4 (no class May 28)
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


Kids!! Learn to capture what you see on canvas with Instructor Lena Shiffman
Learn to capture on a canvas what you see


Session A: Six Saturdays, February 27 to April 9 (no class March 26) - SORRY SOLD OUT
Session B: Six Saturdays, April 23 to June 4 (no class May 28)
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 PROGRAMS WITH LIZ BRAIDWOOD FULMER
FOR ADULTS:
Trinket Basket Woven on a Mold
Wax Linen Berry Basket
Chitimacha Style Tray
UFO...Unfinished Objects
Figure 8 Basket
Flag Basket
Carol Peterson's Desk Basket
FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS:
For children 6 to 9 accompanied by an adult. Solo children 10 and up and adults are welcome. Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project.
Children's Simple Basket with Beads
Children's Flag Basket

 

BASKETRY FOR ADULTS:
TRINKET BASKET WOVEN ON A MOLD  


Trinket Basket
Weaving over a wooden mold helps you shape this basket.

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $26 (includes materials)

Make a 6” round by 4” tall basket.  Students will insert spokes into a slotted wooded base that is temporarily attached to a wooden mold.  Weaving over a mold helps create a nicely formed basket.  This sweet treasure is personalized with a choice of colors and weaving techniques.  Advanced students, please contact Liz about doing a spoon basket.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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WAX LINEN BERRY BASKET   

 

Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time:  6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $18 (includes materials)

Using wax linen thread we will weave a very small approximately ¾” diameter and 1” high Berry Basket.  You could use it as a holiday ornament, in a shadow box, as a charm for a necklace, as a sweet friendship gift, or just to collect.  This project offers lots of fun exploration with a large variety of colored wax linen & seed beads.  Please note that this basket is very small, so good eyesight is a plus, and bring your glasses!  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.

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CHITIMACHA STYLE TRAY
Chitmacha Tray
Student Lynn Ebeling’s Chitimacha Tray awaiting a rim.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 8 & 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 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 are approximately 7 x 7 x 2”.  SKILL LEVEL: Very difficult.

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UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

 

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $5

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

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FIGURE 8 BASKET

 

Dates: Mondays, April 18 & 25
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $35 (includes materials)

Five pieces of round reed tied into a figure 8 create the handle and the ribs for this basket pouch.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult. 

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FLAG BASKET

Date: Wednesday, May 11
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $12 (includes materials)

Make an American flag basket to celebrate our nation.  Students will stamp stars on shaker tape.  Two different size baskets will be offered: 4” x 2” x 5” high with a small handle to hang the basket on, or 4” x 3” x 3” high.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy. 

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CAROL PETERSON’S DESK BASKET


Dates: Friday, May 20
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $25 (includes materials)

Let’s make a simple 10” x 12” x 5” high flat rectangular basket embellished with three heart-shaped curls on each side.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

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BASKETRY FOR CHILDREN
These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 9 accompanied by an adult, solo children 10 and up and adults are welcome. Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project.
CHILDREN’S SIMPLE BASKET WITH BEADS

 

Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 and up accompanied by an adult
Cost: $8 (includes materials)

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  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.

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CHILDREN’S FLAG BASKET
Flag Baskets
Make a flag basket with basket maker Liz Braidwood Fulmer

 

Date: Friday, April 8
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 and up accompanied by an adult
Cost: $12 (includes materials)

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  Make an American flag basket to celebrate our nation.  Students will stamp stars on blue shaker tape.  Basket measures 4” x 3” x 3” high. 

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BIRDING TRIPS AND PROGRAMS
WEEKDAY TRIPS:
Thursday Morning/Tuesday Afternoon Bird Walks
Birding Miquin Woods - May 13th
WEEKEND TRIPS:
Tundra Swans and Wintering Ducks - February 21st
Middle Creek WMA & Woodcock - March 5th
Salem County Bayshore Exploration - April 10th
New York State Overnighter - May 14th/15th- sold out
Sussex County Birds - June 4th
Lakehurst & Uppies - June 7th
Breeding Brids of Hunterdon County - July 2nd

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.

THURSDAY MORNING / TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIRD WALKS

 

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

Thursday Morning Walks
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Dates & Locations:
April 7:            Assiscong Marsh
April 14:          Deer Path Park Soccer Lot
April 21:          County Arboretum
April 28:          Bernadette Morales/Uplands
May 5:             Echo Hill Park
May 12:           Sunnyside Picnic Area
May 19:           Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 26:           Hoffman Park

Tuesday Afternoon Walks
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Dates & Locations:
April 26:          Deer Path Park Main Lot
May 3:             Echo Hill Park
May 10:           County Arboretum
May 17:           Hoffman Park
May 24:           Bernadette Morales/Uplands

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BIRIDING MIQUIN WOODS

 

Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Miquin Woods
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5

At the height of migration, let’s bird a new location, Miquin Woods in Lebanon Township.  Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush will guide the group through the forest, stream, and pond habitats of this former Boy Scout camp.  Birds noted there in the past include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Pileated Woodpecker, and a variety of warblers.  For birders of any ability level; binoculars will be available to borrow.  Meet at Miquin Woods. 

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TUNDRA SWANS AND WINTERING DUCKS

 

Tundra Swans

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

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

Join us for a southern loop through Central NJ for swans and wintering ducks.  We will first head to Whitesbog, the birthplace of the modern blueberry, as we look for Tundra Swans wintering amongst the cranberry bogs.  From there, we will come back north to the Trenton Marsh and walk the trails for wintering ducks.  The marsh has always hosted large rafts of ducks, including shovelers, teal, and other species.

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MIDDLE CREEK WMA & WOODCOCK
Middle Creek Watershed Management Area and Woodcock

Snow Geese flying in front of the
Middle Creek Center.

Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Cost: $25

March is a time for waterfowl.  This year we will journey into Pennsylvania and visit one of the top 100 sites in PA—Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County.  We will explore their self-guided driving tour over several hours.  Before concluding our day, we will make a stop at a Hunterdon County park at sunset to attempt to view breeding and calling woodcocks. 

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SALEM COUNTY BAYSHORE EXPLORATION

 

Date: Sunday, April 10
Time: 5:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

Join us for a trek through the southwest corner of the state – Salem County.  We will start our journey near Fort Mott and work east through Money Island to Stow Creek, the border with Cumberland, looking for shorebirds and other early migrants.  Time permitting we will then investigate the Johnson Sod Farm and/or Parvin State Park. 

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NEW YORK STATE OVERNIGHTER
Lets go to Doodletown!!

In Doodletown, snuggled in the Bear Mountain, we will hunt for Cerulean Warbler and more.  

Golden-winged Warbler

Hopefully this treasure, the Golden-winged Warbler, will make itself known in Sterling Forest.

Depart: Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 AM SOLD OUT
Return: Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 PM
Cost: $120 (limit of 8 people on this trip; price is based on willingness to share a room with another participant)

Take advantage of this birding excursion as we explore some of the sites across the New York border.  Our first stop will be Doodletown, where we will have a moderate hike uphill to ruins of former buildings and an old cemetery.  We will be searching for Cerulean Warblers and other migrants.  From Doodletown, we will drive to the Shawangunk Grasslands and attempt to find Clay-colored Sparrow.  Our day will conclude at the Basha Kill WMA where highlights could be Alder Flycatcher and either of the two cuckoos.  Afterwards, we will retire to our hotel and have a late dinner.  The next morning, we will depart for Sterling Forest and search for what will hopefully be the trip’s highlight – Golden-winged Warbler.  We will then head for home. 

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

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SUSSEX COUNTY BIRDS

 

Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25

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

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LAKEHURST & UPPIES

 

US Naval Air Base in Lakehurst

Lakehurst is home to the last of the breeding Upland Sandpipers in New Jersey. 

Date: Tuesday, June 7
Time: 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: $20
Limited Seating: 12 participants; all must register two weeks prior to date of trip

Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, for a special morning birding trip to the Lakehurst Naval Base (now officially the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst) for a visit to one of the best grasslands in the state.  Natural Resources Manager John Joyce will guide us through the base as we look for Upland Sandpiper, the only place that they still nest in NJ.  Other possible sightings include Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Summer Tanager, and Vesper Sparrow.  The base is also interesting from a military and historical standpoint and John will share that information.  Only American citizens are allowed on the base and participants must have a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license.  The trip is limited in seating and registration will be closed two weeks before the trip

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BREEDING BIRDS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

 

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

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

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CAMPING TRIPS, WEEKEND
Backpacking: Pennsylvania Section 3 - May 14/15 - sold out
Let's Go Camping - August 20/21
Overnight Canoe Trip - June 25/26
BACKPACKING: PENNSYLVANIA SECTON 3

 

 

Appalacian Trail Overlook - Backpacking Camping Trip
This trail in Pennsylvania promises some nice overlooks!

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 - sold out
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 5:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $50
Note: Limit of 9 participants on this trip

Backpack along Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania!  We will discuss the importance of the Appalachian Mountains 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 Saturday morning and drive to Lehigh/Carbon Counties in PA, in a county van.  We will start at Lehigh Gap and hike 7.4 miles to camp at Bake Oven Knob Shelter.  Sunday we will hike to Route 309 (5.9 miles).  This section contains several viewpoints and is considered to be one of the most scenic sections of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.  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 May 11 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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LET'S GO CAMPING

 

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

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

Campout: Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21
Time: Saturday at 9:00 AM to Sunday at 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast)

Do you dream of camping in the woods?  Do you know what you would need and how to prepare for a campout?  Would you like to cook on an open fire?  Well, Let’s Go Camping!  Join Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard for an overnight campout at Echo Hill.  At the preparation workshop, we will plan a menu together, discuss equipment needed for different types of campouts, discuss strategies on packing, and learn how to prevent raids by animals.  During the campout, the staff will demonstrate fire building (several techniques), pitching a tent correctly, knot tying, and using camp tools safely.  All participants will get the chance to help cook a meal and be on kitchen patrol.  During free time, enjoy Echo Hill pond and trails.  When night falls, we will have an evening campfire and prepare traditional snacks.  There are no more excuses… Let’s Go Camping!  There is a flush toilet in the lodge, a short distance from the site.  We have tents available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own.

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS
CLINTON POND PADDLES
FLATWATER PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY - updated 04/27/16
RIVER TRIPS
OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP
CANOE TRIPS - FAQS
NEW! DOWNLOAD OUR BROCHURE

OUR 39TH YEAR!

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

CLINTON POND PADDLES ... A GOOD FIRST TRIP


Clinton Pond Paddle
Learn canoeing skills in flatwater!

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

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

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FLATWATER PADDLE: SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR


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

Treat yourself to a leisurely evening sunset paddle.  The group will meet at Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch (look for the white van with a trailer with green canoes).  Bring a flashlight and an extra jacket, as it can get much cooler by the water when the sun goes down. 

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RIVER TRIPS


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

Time: Arrive at 8:15AM
Location: Leave from Arboretum
Cost: $35 per trip

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.

Saturday, April 16: Lamington
Sunday, May 1: South Branch
Saturday, May 21: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Sunday, June 5: Musconetcong
Saturday, June 11: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Sunday, July 10: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, July 23: South Branch
Saturday, August 6: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, August 20: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Saturday, September 3: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, September 24: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, October 8: South Branch
Saturday, October 22: Leaders’ Choice

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

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OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 4:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $65 (includes cookout dinner on Saturday night, breakfast, and lunch on Sunday)

Join us on an overnight canoe trip to the Delaware Water Gap area.  We will leave the Arboretum at 8:00 AM on Saturday and head to the Water Gap where we will put in.  We will paddle for about two hours, stop to have a picnic lunch (please bring lunch for Saturday), paddle for several more hours, and then camp at one of the wilderness sites on the river.  We will set up camp, cook dinner, and enjoy the nature around us.  The next day, we will cook breakfast and head down the river.  We will stop and have a picnic lunch (provided by Parks).  There will be time to swim both days as we travel.  All participants must attend a pre-camp meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  On your registration form, please indicate any dietary restrictions and if you will need to borrow a tent from Parks.  No kayaks for this trip. 

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F.A.Q'S - PLANNING YOUR TRIP

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY NATURE PROGRAMS
Spring Break Camp
Spring Nature Club for Kids - Ages 3rd to 4th Grade
Tot Walks
SPRING BREAK CAMP

 

 

Making s'mores during our spring break camp
Spring Break Camp will involve camp favorites
like s’mores!

Date: Wednesday, March 30 or Thursday, March 31
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Cost: $25 per child (drop-off program)
Session A: Grades 3-5, March 30
Session B: Grades K-2, March 30
Session C: Grades K-2, March 31
Session D: Grades K-2, March 31

Do you miss camp?  Never been but want to try it out for a day?  Join the naturalist staff for a day of summer nature camp fun over spring break!  We will revisit traditional camp favorites such as catching insects, shelter building, and s’mores.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine (or cold!).  Please note: this year, we are offering two days during the same week.  Curriculum will be the same both days, so we ask that campers sign up for one day only.  There are two groups for grades K-2 on March 31, and we will split up campers by the order in which they sign up. 

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SPRING NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS AGES 3RD TO 4TH GRADE

 


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

This spring each session is for a different age group, age three through fourth grade.  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 in order to spend more time inside. 

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

Spring Break Camp
This spring, kids ages 3 through 4th grade can join our nature clubs! 
 

Session A
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, April 5 to May 24
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: ages 3 to 5

Session B
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, April 5 to May 24
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: kindergarten through 1st grade

Session C
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, April 5 to May 24
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Ages: 2nd through 4th grade

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TOT WALKS

 

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

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

Tots Walk and Explore
Bring your 2- or 3-year-old to Echo Hill for a Tot Walk this spring!

WORMS
Session A: Wednesday, March 23, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Wednesday, March 23, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Thursday, March 24, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

TURTLES
Session A: Wednesday, April 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Thursday, April 21, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

SALAMANDERS
Session A: Wednesday, May 25, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Wednesday, May 25, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Thursday, May 26, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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CRAFT WORKSHOPS
Hypertufa: Make a Garden Flower Pot

 

HYPERTUFA: MAKE A GARDEN FLOWER POT


Hypertufa Flower Pot
Hypertufa flower pot… you could put on your deck

Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 14 through adult
Cost: $15 (includes materials)

Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County are coming to help us make a beautiful garden container that will last for years with this wonderful hypertufa technique.  The term “hypertufa” refers to a type of artificial stone, and is a conglomerate of the words “tufa,” a natural volcanic rock, and “hyper,” a prefix meaning excessively or extremely; hypertufa are extremely rock-like containers.  Mix up the recipe of concrete, sand and more, and form it into a mold to create a light pot measuring between 8 and 10 inches.  Please wear old clothing and bring gloves.  In the week following the class very simple drying homework is necessary.

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DISCOUNT SKI TICKETS

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

Blue Mountain Gate Price Discount Price
Weekend/Holiday     $70.00 $62.00
Midweek $55.00 $49.00
Tickets start at the time of guest first lift ride and expire after six hours of skiing or riding.

 

Mountain Creek        (open to close)

   
Adult (19 & up) $69.99 $56.00
Youth (7-18) $53.99 $44.00

 

Jack Frost/Big Boulder (open to close)

   
Weekend Adult (19 & up) $55.00 $45.00
Holiday Adult $57.00 $49.00
Midweek Adult $48.00 $39.00
Holiday Youth (5-18) $45.00 $41.00
Weekend Youth $43.00 $37.00

We also expect to have discounted amusement park tickets available in May. 

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
Owls - February 3rd
Wildflower Folklore - February 24th
Maple Sap Collection - February 27th
Build a Bluebird Box Workshop - March 17th
Woodcock Watch - March 21st
Our Wild Neighbors - March 22nd
Geological Exploration of Northern Hunterdon - April 2nd
Signs of Spring Walk - April 6th
Exploring Your Stream and What Lies Within - April 9th
Harvesting Invasives: Japanese Knotweed - April 25th
Waterfall Tour of Hunterdon County - May 4th
Evening Moon Walk - May 13th
Resolving Wildlife Conflicts - Living with Wildlife in NJ - May 18th
Shad Cruise on the Delaware - May 21st
Evening Hike & Campfire - June 1st

 

OWLS
All About Owls

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

 

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

Come learn about these nocturnal birds of prey.

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

 

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WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE
Wildflower Folklore

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

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

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

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

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

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MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

 

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

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

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

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

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BUILD A BLUEBIRD BOX WORKSHOP

 

Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $15 per box (limit one box per family) 

Welcome bluebirds to your home by building and installing a nesting box for them.  During this program, we will learn about our Eastern Bluebirds and the challenges they face.  We will then assemble the boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own Phillips head screwdriver. 

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WOODCOCK WATCH

 

Date: Monday, March 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Tower Hill springhouse
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person

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

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OUR WILD NEIGHBORS

 

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, 676 County Route 513, Pittstown
Cost: $12 per person
Ages: 7 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Visit Woodlands Wildlife Refuge to learn about the wildlife around us.  Melissa Anahory, Program and Operations Assistant, will take us through an in-depth learning experience investigating individual species, habitats, ecosystems, and animal behavior.  Participants will get an introduction to Woodlands and an exploration into wildlife rehabilitation, release, and research projects.  Learn how to avoid human and wildlife conflicts and what to do if you find a wild animal in need.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, a 501c3 dedicated to caring for orphaned and injured wildlife.  Meet at Woodlands. 

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GEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF NORTHERN HUNTERDON

 

Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: adults
Cost: $15
Guest Leader: Mandy Apgar, Geologist

Join Mandy Apgar for a tour of our local County parks as we explore Hunterdon’s two geologic provinces (the Highlands and the Piedmont); examining how they originated, their impact on the state as a whole, and how time has shaped them.  Mandy will discuss the local rock types and the effects of groundwater, glaciers, faults, and volcanism on the region.  This tour will be by county van.  Some of the places we will visit include but are not limited to: Round Valley, Jugtown Mountain, Ken Lockwood Gorge, and Musconetcong Gorge.  Please pack a lunch for the trip

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SIGNS OF SPRING WALK
Signs of Spring Nature Walk
The springtime offers so much to discover!  Walk the Arboretum with a naturalist and look for flowers, frogs, and birds!

 

Date: Wednesday, April 6
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $3 per person
Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come explore the Arboretum in early spring!  We will look for signs of the changing seasons, including hunting for wildflowers, listening for wood frogs, and checking to see which animals are out of hibernation. 

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EXPLORING YOUR STREAM AND WHAT LIES WITHIN

 

Raritan River Headwaters Association

Our Watershed Ambassador from with Raritan Headwaters Association will lead us in exploring our stream and learning about the creatures that live there. 

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $5
Ages: 10 through adult


Join Mara Tippett, your Raritan Headwaters Watershed Ambassador, for a fun and educational time exploring stream life.  Learn to collect, identify, and analyze the insects that help paint a picture of overall stream health.  We will discuss the wonderful world of benthic macroinvertebrates and their role as water quality indicators.  Get better acquainted with your local waterways!  We will begin with a classroom component learning about our stream, and then head outside to catch some creatures ourselves!  Dress in close-toed shoes that can get wet, and bring a change of shoes/pants if desired.  Registration is through Hunterdon County Parks; for more information contact Mara at (908) 234-1852 x323 or americorps@raritanheadwaters.org

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HARVESTING INVASIVES: JAPANESE KNOTWEED

 

Date: Monday, April 25
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Teetertown Stone House
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

Japanese knotweed is a common invasive plant that resembles bamboo when it is older.  In the spring, the shoots can be eaten like asparagus.  In this program, we will spend the first hour or so walking, identifying, and gathering the shoots, then go inside to prepare several knotweed dishes, including delicious dandelion-knotweed muffins.  Each participant will take home a few muffins.  Meet at the stone house (30 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray). 

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WATERFALL TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

 

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 10 through adult
Cost: $10

Although Hunterdon County has no Niagara Falls, several of the parks in our area contain gushing streams with small waterfalls after the spring rains.  Bring a packed dinner and enjoy an evening of hiking along the water.  Depending on timing, we will visit one or two sites in the Kingwood area.  Transport will be by county van.  Expect to hike two to three miles in the course of the excursion. 

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EVENING MOON WALK

 

Go on a Moon Walk!!
Enjoy a virtual walk across the features of the moon.

Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3 (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Guest Leaders: John Andrews & Wayne Petko

John & Wayne are both astronomers with the New Jersey Astronomical Association based at the observatory in Voorhees State Park.  They have volunteered to share their evening and take the participants on a virtual walk through the features and landscapes of the Moon.  Join them to use a telescope to view craters and mountain ranges along the terminus of the Moon (where the light and dark meet) at about half phase.  If time permits, they will use the telescope to offer a look at Jupiter and Mars and some hidden wonders in the galaxy. 

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RESOLVING WILDLIFE CONFLICTS - LIVING WITH WILDLIFE IN NJ

 

Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5

Guest Presenter: Melissa Anahory of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge

Join Melissa for a discussion identifying the most common causes and resolutions of human/wildlife conflicts.  Learn easy and effective ways to resolve conflicts with a variety of species from a wildlife professional.  Ask about the issues you are currently facing.  Prevention of wildlife encounters will also be discussed.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, a 501c3 dedicated to caring for orphaned and injured wildlife. 

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SHAD CRUISE ON THE DELAWARE
Steve Meserve - will tell us about Shad
Charlie Groth with also discuss Shad

Steve Meserve (top) and Dr. Charlie Groth will be our guest presenters on this trip. 

Shad River Cruise on the Delware in Lambertville
Our ride for the Shad Cruise.

 

Date: Saturday, May 21 (Rain Date: Saturday, May 28);
Register: by May 13
Session A: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session B: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Delaware River Boat Access in Lambertville. (D&R Canal Park behind the Inn at Lambertville Station.)  For directions & parking info: http://www.steamboatclassroom.org/contact.html
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost:  $35 per person

Guest Leaders: Steve Meserve, 4th generation shad fisherman, whose family has operated the Lewis Island Shad Fishery since 1888.  Dr. Charlie Groth, Associate Professor at Bucks County Community College and Lambertville folklorist who has studied and helped with the fishery for many years. 

The Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, aka “SPLASH” is offering two trips to explore the return of the American shad to the Delaware River and the importance of this migratory fish to local cultures.  This trip is timed to coincide with World Fish Migration Day.  Your hosts will share with you the important place of shad in local culinary cultures, the history of the Lewis Family Shad Fishery and efforts to restore the population of American shad in the Delaware, and the critical need to maintain and improve the quality of the Delaware River.

 As you enjoy the beautiful river and scenic towns of Lambertville and New Hope, you will be able to sample shad delicacies prepared in several traditional ways, along with some non-alcoholic beverages.  These delicacies were profiled by Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern in October on the Travel Channel.  For more information on World Fish Migration Day, visit www.worldfishmigrationday.com.

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EVENING HIKE & CAMPFIRE
Campfire and evening hike

Let’s explore the park and then enjoy a campfire!

 

Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $5 per person

We will start with a hike around Echo Hill to see which animals are out at dusk, one of the most active times of the day for wildlife.  Then we will finish up the night with a campfire and s’mores!  Please bring a flashlight for your return to your car.  Meet at the Echo Hill playground. 

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EVENTS
Maple Sugaring Living History Program
16th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Spring Volunteer Day
Public Lands Day Volunteer Opportunity
MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

 

Maple Sugar Living History
Jason Strauss shows visitors a tapped maple tree

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
Date: Saturday, March 12
Rain date: Sunday, March 13 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration is not required.

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AND OTHER ORGANIZED GROUPS
Dates: Wednesday through Friday, March 9 to 11
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tours begin every 30 minutes and last about 1 hour. 
Pre-registration required; call 908-782-1158.

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

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

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

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

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16TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

 

DOWNLOAD 2016 EARTH DAY FLYER

Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: All
Cost: free!
Celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  This year, we will be celebrating Earth Day on two different days, Friday evening and Saturday all day.  Participants need to register for Friday night but Saturday is an Open House.  For more information about the events, please call us at (908) 782-1158. 

Earth Day Celebration at Echo Hill
Raise your hand if you care to celebrate the planet earth! 

FRIDAY NIGHT: EARTH DAY
Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration required.

Enjoy a round robin of activities.  Throughout the course of the night, you will have a chance to partake in a campfire and storytelling; attend a square dance with our affiliated organization, the Hunterdon Flutterwheels; try your hand at archery; and experience the magic that exists around honey bees with the Northwest NJ Beekeepers Association.  Please register for the Friday event!

SATURDAY EARTH DAY OPEN HOUSE
Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join us for a day of fun with a variety of outdoor activities!  Partake in a stream study to catch insects and crayfish in the Prescott Brook with NJ Water Authority and the NJ Watershed Ambassadors.  Make some nature crafts at the art tables.  Visit the 4-H animals.  Join the 4-H robotics club as they demonstrate their robot, or the Deadeyes for some archery practice.  Go behind the scenes and learn how the weather forecast is produced for television with meteorologist John Marshall.  Of course, we will also be hosting a Pond Paddle on the Echo Hill Pond with our affiliate, the Hunterdon County Canoe Club. Tickets are required for a timeslot and are only available that day on a first come/first serve basis.  The day concludes with a wild animal presentation by Eyes of the Wild.  No registration is required for the Saturday event. 

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SPRING VOLUNTEER DAY
Spring Volunteer Day
During last spring’s volunteer project, we constructed and installed a Clemson Leveler to allow water to flow through a large beaver dam at Miquin Woods. 

 

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Musconetcong Mountain
Cost: Free!
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

The County recently acquired a new parcel that connects to Musconetcong Mountain Preserve on Ellis Road in Holland Township.  Help us create a new trail through this property to open it up for hiking.  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. 

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

 

Public Lands Day - a great way to volunteer

Help keep the parks looking beautiful—pitch in and help us improve a park!


Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Wescott Preserve
Cost: Free!
Ages: 12 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

This year for Public Lands Day we will make repairs to the Wescott Trail at Wescott Preserve, the first Hunterdon County park.  The group will work on the water bars and drainage for the trail.  We will provide a continental breakfast and full lunch after the event.  Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.  Bring any safety gear you want.  Gloves, safety glasses, and tools will be provided.  The parking lot is at 70 Raven Rock - Rosemont Road, Stockton (Delaware Township).  

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HISTORY THROUGH AREIAL PHOTOGARPHY
New Jersey from Above - February 19
Hunterdon from Above - March 18

 

NEW JERSEY FROM ABOVE
New Jersey From Above

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

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

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HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE
Hunterdon From Above
You should not miss this chance to see this fabulous presentation… even by seeing it over and over again you can see more and learn more each time!

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

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

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PARK VAN & COACH BUS TRIPS
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament - February 20th - sold out
Castles Full of Treasures in Bucks County - February 27th- sold out
2016 Philadelphia Flower Show - March 8th
Philadelphia Zoo Trip - March 19th
Railroad Stations of Hunterdon County - April 9th
Eastern State Penitentiary Day Trip and Lunch - April 16th
Covered Bridges of Bucks County (west) - May 14th
Bronx Zoo Trip - May 21st - sold out
Diggerland USA - June 4th

 

MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT
Medievel times

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

Date: Saturday, February 20- sold out
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Departs from Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 per person
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Come meet King Don Carlos and the royal family while we travel back to the Middle Ages for an unforgettable experience.

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

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

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CASTLES FULL OF TREASURERS IN BUCKS COUNTY

 

Fonthill Castle in Bucks County

Visit Font Castle, Mercer Museum, and The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works… a study of Henry Chapman Mercer.

Date: Saturday, February 27- sold out
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: Adults and children 10 and up accompanied by an adult
Cost: $35, plus bring $5 for entry fee (lunch not included)

Tour Fonthill and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, and visit the Mercer Museum all in one fun-filled day!  If you have not seen the eccentric castle, Fonthill, you should join us on this guided tour.  Fonthill was built by and once the home of Henry Chapman Mercer, a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America.  This maze is comprised of 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces, 32 stairwells, and 200 windows all of various shapes and sizes.  At Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, staff are still making handmade decorative tiles and storytelling mosaics.  Tile!  Mosaics!  History!  All of that awaits visitors in this “working museum” and National Historic Landmark.  Also, see Henry’s incredible collection of early American everyday objects, which fills the six stories of the Mercer Museum; over 60 crafts and trades are represented.  We will stop for lunch in Doylestown (lunch is not included in the price).  Please bring $5 for the entry fee to the Moravian Pottery and Tile works.  Please dress warmly in layers as these facilities are heated but can be chilly.  Transport is by County Parks van. 

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2016 PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW

 

Date: Tuesday, March 8 - SORRY SOLD OUT
Time: 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Leaves from Deer Path Park
Ages: Adults
Cost: $65 (includes admission & coach bus ride)

Sit back and relax as we take you by coach bus to the famous Philadelphia Flower Show!  The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March.  It is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.  The show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.  Visitors are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, gardening how-to workshops, and lectures by experts.  The 2016 theme is Explore America.  From steamy to petrified, hot springs to arctic, and Redwood to Yellowstone, the largest Flower Show in the United States celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service.  You can shop for plants and gifts, sample wines, and attend different seminars.  For lunch, consider visiting the Reading Terminal Market across the street (on your own).  For more information on this year’s theme, visit www.theflowershow.com

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PHILADELPHIA ZOO TRIP

 

Philly Zoo Cat Walk

See big cats at the first zoo in the United States!

Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum 
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $32 per person

The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first zoo in the United States.  Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874.  It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents.  For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo in the 1850s.  The Philadelphia Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that have been found difficult to breed in captivity.  The zoo also works with many groups around the world to protect the natural habitats of the animals in their care.  The zoo is 42 acres and today is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered.  The zoo features many interactive and educational exhibits.  A children’s zoo, a paddleboat lake, and a rainforest-themed carousel are also available for an additional fee.  Several snacks stands and tables to eat lunch brought from home are located at the zoo.  Transport is by Parks van. 

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RAILROAD STATIONS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

 

Railroads of Hunterdon County

Our personal tour guide will impart on us much of his knowledge of railroad information as we visit many old railroad stations… some in disrepair, many repurposed, and one (the Califon Station seen here in 1940) that is now a museum.

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

All aboard!  This Parks van tour will chug through history and travel to selected train stations that have been rehabilitated for adaptive reuse.  We will learn about several railroads that criss-crossed the county and the important roles that they played in its development.  We will make a stop for a refreshment break (lunch is not included in the price).  We will travel in a County Parks 15-passenger van.  Please note, it is a little tricky getting in and out of the van.  Dress in layers, be prepared to be outdoors, and wear appropriate footwear.  Trips depart and return to the County Arboretum. Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo

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EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY DAY TRIP AND LUNCH

 

Eastern State Penn Day Trip

Eastern State Penitentiary was the first prison to have a central surveillance rotunda.  Join us for a tour of this unique facility!

Date: Saturday, April 16
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 (includes van ride, tour, and lunch)

Join us for a visit to Philadelphia’s famous prison, Eastern State Penitentiary.  In 1829 Eastern State Penitentiary opened, becoming one of the most expensive American buildings of its day, and soon the most famous prison in the world.  Over the years there have been many escapes, riots, and of course, some very famous prisoners.  Join us in exploring the history of the Eastern State Penitentiary with a guided tour and then lunch at Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, which is situated in a 19th century firehouse across the street.  Lunch will include soup or salad, choice of five different entrées, dessert, and soft drinks.  Transport is by Parks van. 

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COVERED BRIDGES OF BUCKS COUNTY (WEST)

 

Covered Bridges of Bucks County
Explore a different era… visit six covered bridges in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: teens and adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $20, lunch not included

Circling through beautiful western Bucks County, Pennsylvania, step back in time on this scenic tour exploring six 19th century covered bridges.  Twelve covered bridges are all that remain of the fifty built in historic Bucks County.  Some say that they provided shelter for the traveler.  Others say that they protected animals from their natural fear of crossing water, while still others say that the roof kept winter snows off the flooring.  The more romantically inclined called them “kissing bridges” or even “wishing bridges.”  Actually, the roof was designed to protect the supporting beams on either side from being ravaged by the weather.  When thus covered, the bridge had a much longer life expectancy.  Grab a seat in the Hunterdon Parks’ 15-passenger van and we will visit six covered bridges located in western Bucks County (due to popularity, this is the same trip as we offered fall 2015).  We will stop for lunch in Perkasie, at The Perk, a local eatery that offers a superb menu at reasonable prices (lunch is not included in the price of this trip).  Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for short hikes.  Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo. 

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BRONX ZOO TRIP

 

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States. 

Date: Saturday, May 21 - sold out
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $50 (includes admission and additional attractions mentioned below)

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

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DIGGERLAND USA

 

Diggerland USA
Diggerland USA is a construction-themed adventure park where children and families can drive, ride, and operate ACTUAL machinery

Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM     
Location: Leaves from Arboretum
Ages: Children 36” tall and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $35 per person (food is not included )

Diggerland USA is a Construction-themed Adventure Park.  Diggerland USA has been recognized in Fodor’s Travel as one of the Best 10 Family-Friendly Amusement Parks in the U.S. and named in Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly 2015 as the Best Amusement Park!  Enjoy a day focused on togetherness and camaraderie while providing the opportunity to drive, ride, and operate REAL construction equipment, including backhoes, tractors, UTVs, ATVs, skid-steer loaders, mini dumpers, and small excavators!  Guests can also enjoy a Machinery Stunt Show featuring heavy equipment acrobatics and climb both the 32-foot-tall Rock Wall Challenge and 66-foot-tall Ropes Adventure.  All Diggerland attractions require a minimum height of 36” to ride on, some under the assistance of a parent of legal guardian.  A few attractions require 42” to participate.  Please review the rides and their guidelines at www.diggerlandusa.com/attractions/rides to ensure a pleasant experience at the park!  We will travel in a Parks 15-passenger van, leaving the Arboretum at 10:00 AM. 

The commute takes 1 1/2 hours each way; we plan to arrive at Diggerland at 11:30 AM and assemble at 5:00 PM to return at 6:30 PM.  Diggerland USA has a full service café.  Outside food or beverage is not permitted.  You are welcome to bring a snack for the van ride and leave it in the van for the ride back.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS
40th Music Under the Stars FREE Concert Program
Free Recreational Walks
Fishing Clinics
CPR For the Community Course

40TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS FREE CONCERT PROGRAM

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

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

We hope everyone enjoyed last summer’s concert series!  This year, the concerts will run every Thursday from June 30 through August 18.  We are looking for entertainers; if you would like to be considered, please contact Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us before March 25. 

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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  
Ages: adults
Cost: Free; please pre-register
Locations and dates:
March 16, Tower Hill: 944 Mountain View Road, Asbury 08802 (Bethlehem Township)
March 30, Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 State Highway 31, Lebanon 08833 (Clinton Township)
April 13, Columbia Trail, 79 Main Street, High Bridge 08829
April 27, Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner 08826 (Lebanon Township)
May 11, Laport Reserve, 216 Mountain Road, Ringoes 08551 (East Amwell Township)
May 25, Cold Brook Reserve, 65 Old Turnpike Road, Oldwick 08858 (Tewksbury Township)

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!

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FISHING CLINICS

fishing clinics

Fishing is a great skill and also fun.  Learn how to cast a line and maybe catch a fish!

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

Let us show you the basics of fishing, including safety, etiquette, equipment, and casting. Meet Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader, at Echo Hill pond.  Fishing rods are available to borrow.  Bait, hooks, bobbers, and weights are provided.  If you have your own fishing equipment, you may bring it with you.  If you have a group and want to do a Fishing Clinic on another date, please contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us or (908) 782-1158. 

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CPR FOR THE COMMUNITY COURSE

 

Learn CPR
CPR is something everyone should know.  Get certified at CPR for the Community.

Date A: Thursday, May 19
Date B: Wednesday, September 14Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $25 per person

If you have ever wanted to learn CPR, this is the time.  This CPR course is taught by Patrick Eckard, American Heart Association (AHA) Instructor.  You will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and Choking, and be ready to help anyone of any age.  This is not a course for health care personnel.  If you have a group of 2 to 6 people, you can set up a private class for Heartsaver or Basic Life Support for the Health Care Personnel; contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us or (908) 782-1158.   

*The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR and instructional material for this purpose.  Use of these materials in an educational 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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SQUARE DANCING

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

 

COUNTRY SQUARE DANCE: OPEN HOUSE

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

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

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SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

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

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

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

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

Here is a list of the programs:

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

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

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

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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

OUTDOOR SKILLS

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

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

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

LECTURES

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

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

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REGISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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

 

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

 

Session A: August 8 to 12
Session B: August 22 to 26
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM     
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 10
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen.  Instructor Lena Shiffman (website www.lenashiffman.com).

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ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

 

Session A: August 8 to 12
Session B: August 22 to 26
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM  
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 11 to 15
Cost: $110 (includes materials)

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen.  Instructor Lena Shiffman. (website www.lenashiffman.com).

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ART TOGETHER ART CAMP

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

 

Date: July 25 to July 29
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult
Cost: $100 (includes materials; adults attend for free)

ART TOGETHER is a process-based art class for adult and child teams.  Artist and certified art educator Sarah Ruppert offers a flexible, nurturing, and fun sensory-focused class encouraging the simple joy of creating.  Students will explore materials more than create product, experimenting with paint, print making, sculpture, drawing and more.  The class is very fluid with students moving to five different art stations.  Students take home no less than five pieces of art work per class.  Parents will be close at hand encouraging independent discovery.  Discussions on creativity and age-appropriate art exploration will be encouraged through weekly projects.  Parents will also be able to easily replicate processes at home.  All materials are included in the cost.  Please wear clothes that can get dirty.  Smock shirts will be available for students. Snacks are welcome.

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MODERN MASTERS ART CAMP

 

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

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

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CRAFT CAMP

 

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

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

This unique program will expose your child to a multitude of crafts.  Young artists will immerse themselves creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  An eclectic mix of artistic media such as clay, leather, tile, wood, rocks, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance designing with things from nature.  Campers should bring a drink, snack, and lunch.  We encourage reusable containers.  Send children in “old” clothing and shoes that can get a little dirty. 

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CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP

 

 

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

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

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the campers; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  We focus this class on listening, not only to the other actors, but also to the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM.  Campers should bring a drink and lunch.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website: www.artstechsolutions.com). 

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PERFORMANCE CAMP

 

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

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

Children love this Performance Camp taught by Flying Ship Productions, who combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Children will have the opportunity to stage an original musical.  The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a performance for family and friends at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 6:15, followed by a picnic.  In addition to working on the musical, campers also create the set, make costumes, create craft projects, and participate in theatre and water games.  Comments from parents of former Performance Campers: “Staff was great!  This was my son’s favorite camp,” and, “We loved the show on Friday Eve!  It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”  Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

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ORCHESTRA CAMP

 

Date: July 18 to 22
Time: 9:0

Orchestra Camp
Make music in a group setting!

0 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Ages: Entering grades 7 to 12
Cost: $185

This one-week camp will allow middle school and high school students who play orchestral instruments to experience, possibly for the first time, the feeling of sitting surrounded by a large group of instrumental musicians, making music in the same manner as the major symphonies of the world.  The camp has become an important piece in the music education puzzle for students of orchestral instruments (sorry, no piano).  The students work daily in small groups with professional coaches—players and teachers, members of the Hunterdon Symphony—and then join together as a full orchestra at the end of the morning under the direction of Hunterdon Symphony Conductor Lawrence Kursar.  A performance takes place on the final day in the evening.  Join us for our 17th year!  Please note which instrument you play when you register. 

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SCIENSATIONAL ROBOTIC CAMP *NEW*

 

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

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

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SCIENSATIONAL MAGNETIC CAMP *NEW*

 

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

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

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GARDEN CAMP

 

Dates: Monday through Friday, August 1 to 5
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $105

Dig into the Arboretum Gardens for five days as you explore, discover, and investigate the world of plants.  Each day is full of garden time, games, and activities with Senior Gardener Jaybird Strauss.  Participants will get some plants to take home.  Bring a snack, plenty of water, sunscreen, clothes that can get dirty, and a change of clothes if desired. 

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CANOE CAMP

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

 

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

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Then we have the camp for you!  Canoe Camp is for teens who enjoy or want to learn more about canoeing.  We will start out with the basics and work on improving your skills while having fun and learning teamwork.  Every day we will paddle on a different local waterway and then we will finish the week with a camping trip Thursday into Friday.  The Parks will supply everything you need to canoe and the food for the camp out.  

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SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Learn to Golf & Bowl

 

 

Date: Monday through Friday, August 8 to 12
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Ages: 10 to 17
Cost: $322 with bowling ball or bag & shoes or $270 for camp only

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

This camp is taught by professionals who will teach your child to golf and bowl!  We will meet at Deer Path Park and travel by county van to Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes.  Heron Glen offers a driving range with both grass and mat hitting areas and a large putting green.  After a week of practice, we will play some holes on Friday.  Each day we will head back to Deer Path to eat lunch, brought from home.  Next we will head up to Oakwood Lanes in Washington to learn how to bowl.  This state-of-the-art, 26-lane bowling alley is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has a great bowling experience.  For maximum comfort, you can purchase a bowling ball or bag and shoes for your child (additional $52).  Just when you think the fun is over, we will stop for ice cream on the way back (our treat)! 

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HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS

 

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

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

THE FOLLOWING FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED:

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

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM
Our Summer Nature Program is an opportunity for kids entering kindergarten through grade 10 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.  Campers and parents alike rave about camp, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings. 

Leaders for the Summer Nature Program are instructed in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10-12 campers depending on session and location, with each leader being aided by an assistant or volunteer.  Special canoeing instructors host the paddling clinics and canoe trips with our older campers. 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill and the Teetertown Nature Preserve.  Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located at 30 Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes northwest of Clinton.  Both sites offer wonderful and diverse habitats for the campers to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

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

Nature Bugs


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

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

The Nature Bugs program is the perfect half-day adventure for your young nature enthusiast.  Our full-time Park Naturalists teach about local plants and animals through hikes, observations, crafts, and games. A safe and fun way to foster your child’s interest in the natural environment. 

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Nature Discovery


Ages: Children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155   (Session B: $135)

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

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

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Pioneers

 

Ages: Children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155 (Session B: $135)

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

Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

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Junior Explorers


Ages: Children entering grades 5 & 6
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Note: Campout on second Thursday night
Cost: $305 (All A Sessions: $285; no camp July 4)

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

Please note that “1” and “2” reflects that there are two counselor groups (total of 20 campers) scheduled for each session of Junior Explorers except for Teetertown Sessions A and B, which will only host only one group.

These two-week sessions give campers the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.”  Juniors learn basic canoeing skills on the park ponds before embarking on a day trip on a local river.  A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature beyond the County Parks.  The Junior Explorer experience culminates in a campout full of fun night-time activities. 

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Senior Explorers

 

Ages: Children entering grades 7 & 8
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days
Note: Campout on second Thursday night
Cost: $305 (A Session: $285; no camp July 4)

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

Senior Explorers continue to expand their environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building activities, paddling clinics, river canoeing, and a field trip are all important components of the Senior Explorers program.  Seniors also enjoy a campout night that includes pitching tents, cooking over a campfire, and exploring nature after dark. 

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Environmental Camp

 

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

Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 27 to July 8 (no camp July 4)
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $335
B.  July 11 to July 22
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $355

Environmental Camp packs a lot of learning and adventure into an intensive two-week program.  The session begins with team-building activities and the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes personal challenge course.  On-site activities include wildlife studies and outdoor skills practice.  Participants are introduced to backpacking during an overnight on the Appalachian Trail.  A flatwater canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.  Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility. 

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Important Registration Information for Summer Nature Program

 

Registration for the Summer Nature Program is conducted via a lottery system.  Download a set of registration forms (3) from our website, or pick one up at the Arboretum.  Please take note of the following information: 

  1. The regular Parks Division program registration form CANNOT be used for Summer Nature Program. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORMS:
  2. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 9, 2016 or delivered to the Arboretum in person by 4:30 PM on this date.  All applications must be completed in full with payment.
  3. Please complete a separate set of registration forms (3) for each child.  You may send the forms for your children together in one envelope, with one check. 
  4. We cannot arrange to place unrelated children in the same sessions.
  5. Applications are selected through a random drawing.
  6. Applicants will be notified by mail.  Unsuccessful applicants receive a full refund.
  7. Any spaces left in the program will be available during walk-in registration beginning March 21 at 8:00 AM. 
  8. Children may initially enroll in only one session.  Starting on April 11, participants can be rolled in additional sessions as available. 
  9. All cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing.  Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of your child’s session will not receive a refund. 
  10. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED, OR NEARLY FILLED, DURING THE LOTTERY.  PLEASE APPLY THROUGH THE LOTTERY.

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