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Last Updated July 30, 2014

Summer 2014 Programs
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38TH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS - FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
ADOPT-A-TRAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORUNITY
ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND KIDS
BASKETRY WORKSHOPS
BEADING WORKSHOP
BIRDING TRIPS & PROGRAMS
CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS updated 07/30/14
CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR ALL updated 07/30/14
CREATIVE SCARECROW ADVENTURE, GATHERING & CONTEST- sorry cancelled
DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS
GUIDED NATURE WALKS
HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
INVASIVE PLANT PULL
NATURE PROGRAMS
NATURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
PUBLIC LANDS DAY...A Volunteer Opportunity
(September 20th)
REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SUMMER CAMPS

2014 Summer Camp Brochure

TOUCH-A-TRUCK DAY (November 1st)
TRIPS
PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
HUNTERDON COUNTY
DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Department of Land Use and Facilities Management

PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN & FAMILIES

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

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

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38th MUSIC UNDER THE STARS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES


Dates: Eight Thursday nights, June 26 to August 14
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: Free!
Ages: all

We hope everyone enjoyed last year’s concert series.  A great big thanks to all the performers who donated their time for your enjoyment. 

The 2014 concert series is being brought to you by the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Celebration Committee.  The eight-week series will consist of period music from over the last 300 years.  Check their website for more information as it becomes available or visit our FREE CONCERT UNDER THE STARS web page.  It will be a music series you will not want to miss.  For more information on the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Celebration Committee, please visit www.hunterdon300th.org

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ADOPT-A-TRAIL PROGRAM:
A Volunteer Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ART CLASSES

 

Art Classes
Artwork by Student Kazu Hayashi

ART CLASSES  
Instructor Lena Shiffman

THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO
Session C: Five Thursdays, August 7 to September 4
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 to the first class (14 x 18”).  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!

 

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BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

WAX LINEN ONE

Hearth Basket

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

This miniature berry basket is made using wax linen thread and measures 1” tall and ¾” in diameter.  Makes a nice holiday ornament, charm for a necklace, or perfect for a shadowbox.  This is lots of fun to explore with colors and embellish with beads.  Very small work; bring your eyeglasses!

HEARTH BASKET
Dates: Two Mondays, September 8 & 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $30 includes materials
Location: Arboretum

This basket design has been used to carry wood and to sit near or on the hearth.  It also makes an ideal carrier for your garden produce, or a magazine basket.

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BEADING WORKSHOP

Learn How To Make A Handknotted Necklace
with Regina Muster

HAND KNOTTED NECKLACE
Dates: Two Wednesdays, September 10 & 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: Adults
Cost: $45, includes materials

Hand knotting is a beading technique in which you use silk or nylon thread and tie evenly sized knots in-between the beads in your design.  It was originally used for pearl necklaces so that when they broke only one pearl was lost.  Now it is used with all types of beads for elegance and style.  It is a fabulous way to show off your most treasured beads.  In the class you will learn and practice how to knot using silk thread, attach clasps, design and create your own necklace.  All necessary tools and supplies will be provided by the instructor but you are encouraged to bring your own personal selection of beads, maybe an old favorite necklace that has broken.  Instructor Regina Muster.

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BIRDING TRIPS & PROGRAMS

Birding Trips

2014 Press Release

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

Sussex County Birds
Date: Saturday, June 7
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 to difficult walking required
PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START, which will put us in the field at prime time for birding. 

SPECIAL TRIP: Lakehurst & Uppies
Date: Tuesday, June 10
Time: 5:00 AM to Noon
Cost: $20
Limited Seating: 12 participants
All must register 2 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 they still nest in NJ. 

Great Blue Herons are often seen along our rivers and ponds.
Great Blue Herons are often seen along our rivers and ponds. 

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 you must have a government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license.  The trip is limited in seating and registration for the trip will be closed two weeks before the trip occurs. 

Breeding Birds of Hunterdon County
Date: Sunday, July 6
Time: 6:00 AM to Noon
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. 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXPLORATION
Date: Saturday, August 23
Time: 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $25
Guest Leader: Eric Gehring, Open Space Coordinator & Park Naturalist

Join us as we get a chance to view some of Middlesex County’s unique birding locations with Eric Gehring.  Some of the planned locations include: Ireland Brook Conservation Area, Jamesburg Conservation Area (a unique Pine Barrens habitat), Deep Run Preserve (home to a nesting Bald Eagle), and Raritan Bay Waterfront Park.  The trip should offer a mixture of woodland, wetland, and shorebird species.

SANDY HOOK
Date: Sunday, September 14
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $25

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

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CANOEING HUNTERDON'S WATERWAYS

canoeing hunterdon's waterwaysOur 38th Year!

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 37 years.  It is fun, educational, and great exercise!  Spend a day with nature.  Just bring water, lunch, and a smile—we will do the rest.  We supply the canoes (and a limited number of kayaks), gear, training, and transportation.  Our experienced leaders teach the ways of currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks.  Tell us what you want to learn—we are eager to teach.  Unless otherwise stated, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

SCHEDULE A RIVER TRIP or CANOE CLINIC or POND PADDLE

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

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

 

Planning Your Canoe Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Not permitted.

PETS: Not allowed, except guide animals.

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

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

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Calendar of Canoe Trips

OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP

Canoeing is great fun, great exercise, great time with family and friends, and a great chance to view wildlife!

Dates: June 28 through 29 
Time: 8:00 AM on Saturday to 4:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $60 (Price includes cook-out dinner on Saturday night, breakfast, and lunch on Sunday.)

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 a couple hours, stop to have a picnic lunch (please bring lunch for Saturday), and then camp out on one of the wilderness sites on the river.  We will set up camp and cook dinner and enjoy the nature around the camp.  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 stop and swim both days as we go down the river.  There will be a pre-camp meeting on June 26 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.

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River Trips

RIVER TRIPS
Time: Arrive at 8:15AM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Cost: $30 per person

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle, and then drive to the river, where they will discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety.  Our leaders will guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours.  We are flexible with our time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as 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, June 7: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Sunday, June 15: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg  - sold out
Saturday, July 12: Delaware: Kingwood to Bulls Island
Saturday, July 26: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Saturday, August 2: South Branch
Sunday, August 17: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Saturday, September 13: South Branch
Saturday, September 27: Delaware: Kingwood to Bulls Island
Saturday, October 11: Musconetcong
Saturday, October 18: Leaders’ Choice

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

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Flat Water Paddles

CLINTON POND PADDLES: A GOOD FIRST TRIP
Session A: Saturday, April 12- sorry cancelled
Session B: Sunday, July 20
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Clinton Town parking lot off of Halstead Street & Water Street
Ages: 6 through adults
Cost: $20

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. 

SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR - sorry SOLD OUT
Date: Friday, August 8
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
Age: 8 through adults
Cost: $20

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

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2014 Kayaks

The Parks will be getting 4 Cross Over Kayaks in 2013. This is great news for all the people out there who want to try a kayak before buying one or the person who just wanted to try kayaking. We will not be putting the new kayaks into service until all our canoe leaders have received updated training on kayak safety. When they are available-please note your request for a kayak on the registration form first come, first served. If you would like to bring your own kayak please note this on your registration form when you sign up. If you do bring your own kayak it is at you own risk. For questions about the new kayaks please contact Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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CRAFT WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES

These workshops are designed for solo adult, children/adult teams (children 8 and up) and solo children 12 and up.

MAKE A LEATHER CHANGE POUCH - sorry cancelled
Date: Friday, July 11
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $7
Lash together this very useful Tom Thumb zipper pouch.

BUILD A BIRD HOUSE sorry cancelled
Date: Friday, August 8
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $10
Make a cool home for a feathered friend.

BEADED ALLIGATOR sorry cancelled
Date: Friday, September 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $5
Make a beaded alligator! Hang it on your backpack or key chain.

HAND KNOTTED NECKLACE
Date: Wed. September 10 & 17
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Arboretum, $45 (includes materials)
Learn this beading technique using silk thread. Originally used for pearl necklaces so that when they broke only one pearl was lost, now, it's used with all types of beads for elegance and style. In the class you will learn and practice how to knot using silk thread, attach clasps, design and
create your own necklace. All necessary tools and supplies will be provided by the instructor but you are encouraged to bring your own personal selection of beads including an old favorite necklace that has broken.
Instructor: Regina Muster.

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CREATIVE SCARECROW ADVENUTRE, GATHERING AND CONTEST!
Vistor Services Staff
Liz Braidwood Fulmer (Recreation Program Coordinator), Patrick Eckard (Recreation Leader), Tom Sheppard, (Chief Park Naturalist) and Laura Kroon (Park Naturalist).

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Make a Creative Scarecrow for the Scarecrow CONTEST.
Find the Scarecrows in the Parks, take an ADVENTURE.
Visit all the Scarecrows at the Arboretum at the GATHERING.

What is a creative scarecrow, you ask? A reused, recycled, or repurposed art sculpture that you create! Use your imagination to build a scarecrow with recyclables, or old household items that normally would be thrown away. Past entries, to mention only a very few, have included a cow made out of a laundry basket and plastic jugs, a naturalist from an old hoover vacuum, a goat with golf club legs, a man made of plastic bags and a robot from an old computer.  This year we are inviting participants to make a re-creation of one of our Naturalists, or Recreation Leaders! See photos below.

THE CONTEST: Make a creative scarecrow and enter it into the Scarecrow contest. This year park staff will pick the top three creative scarecrows, the winners will receive a Park Program Gift Certificate for $30! A SCARECROW ENTRY FORM can be downloaded or you can stop by our office at the Arboretum.  Please bring your scarecrow and the form to the Arboretum by September 26th. 

THE ADVENTURE: A scarecrow scavenger hunt.  During the month of October, the scarecrows will visit a few of the County Parks. We are inviting everyone to visit these parks and find the scarecrows. A list of parks and the number of scarecrows visiting each park will be available online or at our office on October 1st. You will have until October 27th to find them.

THE GATHERING: Come and see all of the scarecrows displayed at once! The scarecrows will reunite for the gathering on the Arboretum lawn on October 27th to celebrate Halloween.

Questions please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS

NITRO at Great Adventure - Six Flags, Jackson, NJNEW! In cooperation with the New Jersey Park & Recreation Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offerdiscount tickets to the following amusement parks:

Amusement Park  Gate
Price
Discount
Ticket


DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM:

   
  Adult $52.99 $43.00
HERSHEY PARK:    
  Adult $59.80 $50.00
  Junior $38.80 $37.00
SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE:    
    $71.69 $39.00
  Parking Pass $25.99 $21.00

Tickets can be purchased by check or cash only.
To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.
Tickets are non-refundable.

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FALL AND WINTER NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS

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

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

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

FALL NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 30 to November 18
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
FALL NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN
Dates: Seven Thursdays, September 11 to October 23
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WINTER NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 13 to March 3
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

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GUIDED NATURE WALKS

TOT WALKS *NEW*
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult
Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free
Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  Sign up for one, two, or all three!

BUTTERFLIES
Date: Wednesday, September 17
SEEDS
Date: Wednesday, October 15
SQUIRRELS
Date: Wednesday, November 19

Thursday Morning Bird Walks
6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
9/11 Assicong Marsh
9/18 Hoffman                    
9/25 Deer Path – Soccer Lot          
Ages: Adults
Cost: Free, pre-registration is required. 
Take an early morning stroll with the interpretive staff of the County Parks Division as we look for the fall migrants and local birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are around.  Binoculars are available to borrow.

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HOMESCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES

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

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

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INVASIVE PLANT PULL - Volunteer Opportunity
Invasive Plant Pull
Park Naturalist Laura Kroon and volunteer Dan Kroon remove invasive water chestnut at Hoffman Park. 

NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE!!

Date: Saturday, May 31
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park DUNHAM SECTION OF SOUTH BRANCH RESERVATION
Cost: Free!
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

This year, volunteers will help us combat invasive plants at the Dunham Section of the South Branch Reservation in Clinton.  This is the piece of land that sticks out into the Clinton Pond, on the opposite side of the bridge from the Red Mill.  We will meet at the Clinton Community Center (63 Halstead Street) at 8:30, and the road frontage of Dunham is right across the street.  You may park at the Community Center, along the road, or in the town lot next to the pond. 

We will focus on two invasives, Japanese hop and Japanese knotweed.  We will walk into the site and pull up these plants and bag them, and also pick up trash in the area that has washed in with recent storms.  So be prepared to get dirty but not necessarily wet! 

Individuals and groups that would like to receive more information should contact the Parks office at 908-782-1158. 

Come help with this important effort!  A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided.   

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY...A Volunteer Opportunity
Septenber 20, 2014

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 to 12:30
Location: TBA
Cost: Free
Ages: 12 & up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Pre-registration required

Public Lands Day is a volunteer day focusing on trail work.  The exact project and location is not yet determined.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Individuals and groups looking to volunteer should call 908-782-1158 or email peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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REQUESTABLE NATURE & RECREATION PROGRAMS

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

Here is a list of the programs:

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

NATURE STUDIES

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

INDOOR NATURE EXPLORATIONS

ANIMAL STRATEGIES, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
REPTILES ALIVE!, All Ages, 1 hr, 25 max
ROCKS AND MINERALS, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 20 max
INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
SKULL WORKSHOP, Grade 2+, 1 hr, 25 max
*NEW* SCAT & TRACKS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
*NEW* WINGS & FEATHERS WORKSHOP, Grade 3+, 1 hr, 25 max
*NEW* 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
*NEW*OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
ORIENTEERING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
HIKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 2+, 1.5 hrs, 15 max
*NEW* BACKPACKING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
CAMPING KNOWLEDGE, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
KNOT TYING, Grade 2+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
*NEW*FIRE BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
*NEW* KNIFE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 8 max
CAMP TOOLS, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 10 max
CANOE CLINIC, Grade 5+, 1.5-2 hrs, $175, 16 max
FISHING CLINIC, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + $2/person, 15 max
BIKE SAFETY, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max
INITIATIVES/ TEAM BUILDING, Grade 4+, 1.5-2 hrs, 15 max

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

*NEW*EARTH-INSPIRED CRAFTS, Grade 1+, 1.5 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
*NEW* CREATING WITH CLAY, Grade 1+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials fee, 10 max
*NEW*WOODWORKING, Grade 3+, 1.5-2 hrs, $30 + materials, 10 max
BASKETRY, Grade 3+, 2 hrs, $30 + $3/person materials, 10 max

LECTURES

BATTY ABOUT BATS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BIRDS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
HERPTILES OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MAMMALS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
MUSHROOMS & MOLDS LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
OWLS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
PLANETS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
RAPTORS OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON LECTURE, Grade 3+, 1 hr
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR YARD LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr
HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION LECTURE, Adult, 1 hr, free

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

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NATURE PROGRAMS
Art Classes
Let's Look For Fungi Together
On Our Mushroom Tour

FIREFLY HUNT
Date: Tuesday, June 10
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Teetertown (formerly known as Mountain Farm) Visitor Center
Ages: All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person
As dusk settles, come watch the sparkling lights of fireflies appear as we learn how and why they light up.  We will take to the fields with nets and jars to catch some to study up-close.  Meet at the Visitor Center (the middle entrance, 30 Pleasant Grove Road). 

MUSHROOM TOUR
Date: Thursday, September 11
Time: 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 13 through adult
Cost: $5 per person
Guest leader Rich Balsley, a local mushroom expert, will guide us through this walk.  We will meet at the Arboretum and take a short walk on the trails there to search for mushrooms.  Then we will take a quick ride in a county van to Rich’s home, Oakmoss Mycological Preserve, to spend most of the time mushroom hunting in this small but diverse property.  Rich will share his extensive knowledge of identifying mushrooms and will point out unique features of the various species. 

PINELANDS DAY TRIP: HIKING & HISTORY
Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 13 through adult
Cost: $20 registration fee, plus $3 mansion tour fee to be paid that day
The Pinelands National Reserve covers much of southern New Jersey.  It is a unique area with sandy soil dominated by pine and oak trees.  We will meet at the Arboretum and travel by County van to Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands.  Park Naturalist Laura Kroon will lead a hike along Batsto Lake, about four miles.  Then we will explore the historic Batsto Village.  Between 1766 and 1867, this town was a working bog iron and glass making center.  Now it consists of thirty-three historic buildings and structures including the Batsto Mansion, gristmill, sawmill, general store, workers’ homes, and post office.  We will plan to tour the Batsto Mansion ($3 tour fee to be paid that day), and we will do a picnic lunch.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water in a day pack.  About five miles of hiking required. 

NIGHT SOUNDS
Date: Monday, September 15
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill playground
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person
What are all those chirps and clicks at night?  We will take a night hike and Park Naturalist Laura Kroon will identify the prominent insect sounds around us.  We may also have the chance to view some insects, bats, or other night creatures. 

SCAT & TRACK WORKSHOP
Date: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost $3 per person
Join Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard to examine replicas of tracks and scat of local animals.  This is meant to be an introduction to the techniques of how to identify a track or scat.  The program will use various stations to help participants learn and understand the different features of the tracks and scats used to identify the species. 

PROJECT WET
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: Adults
Cost: $15
Guest Instructor, Kevin Kopp, NJ Project WET Coordinator
The most critical element for human life on Earth is water, which people often take for granted.  The PROJECT WET (Water Education for Teachers) activity guide provides teachers of grades K-12 with over 60 science-based lessons that focus on water quality, pollution, and water supply concepts.  All participants will receive an activity guide (2.0 version) during the program.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.  Although designed for educators, this program is open to any interested participant. 

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SUMMER CAMPS

2014 Summer Camp Brochure - download it now!!!

Our Summer Nature Camp 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.  Cost includes a camp T-shirt used for tie-dying.  Do not forget to provide your child’s shirt size.

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 & 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 Teetertown Preserve (formerly known as Mountain Farm).  Echo Hill is located on Lilac Drive, in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located on 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 Friday, July 4th, Independence Day.  These sessions have been pro-rated. 

Art Camp for Young Artists Art Camp for Artists-in-Training Craft Camp - SORRY SOLD OUT Creative Theatre Camp Performance Camp
Hunterdon Youth Orchestra Camp Canoe Camp Sports for a Lifetime Camp Multi-Sports Camp Sports Squirts Camp
NEW! Garden Camp Heron Glen Junior Golf Camps      

 

Important Registration Information for Summer Nature Camp

Registration for the Summer Nature Camp is conducted through the mail via a lottery system.  Download a Summer Nature Camp application from our website, or call the Parks Division office or stop by to pick one up.  Please take note of the following information: 

  1. The regular Parks Division program registration form cannot be used for Summer Nature Camp.
  2. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 12, 2014 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 registration form 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 in mid-March.  Unsuccessful applicants receive a full refund.
  7. Any spaces left in the program will be available during walk-in registration beginning March 24 at 8:00 AM.
  8. Children may initially enroll in only one session.  Starting May 1, participants may enroll in additional sessions based on availability. 
  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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Great artists in the making…Art Camp!

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
Session A: August 4 to 8 - sold out
Session B: August 18 to 22  - sold out
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 4 to 8
Session B: August 18 to 22  - sold out
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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One of many cool projects…tiled boxes made at Craft Camp last year.

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

CRAFT CAMP
Dates: July 14 to 18 - SORRY SOLD OUT
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Age: 10 to 15
Cost: $165, includes materials
Location: Arboretum

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, nuts, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt a clay vase and then fill it with felt flowers that you make, construct a freeform star decoration using wire and beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance creating a nature mobile.  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
Session A: August 18 to 22, Ages: 8 through 11 - sorry sold out
Session B: August 25 to 29, Ages: 12 through 15
Time: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $150

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the students; 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 6:00 PM.  Campers should bring a drink & lunch.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website www.artstechsolutions.com). 

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PERFORMANCE CAMP
Session A: June 23 to 27
Ages: Children entering grades 2 to 5
Session B: July 21 to 25
Ages: Children entering grades 6 to 9
Session C: July 28 to August 1
Ages: Children entering grades 4 to 7
Time: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park
Cost: $235

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 offers young musicians the opportunity to hone their skills over the summer with the conductor of the Hunterdon Symphony. 

HUNTERDON YOUTH ORCHESTRA CAMP
Dates: July 7 to 11
Time: 9:00 AM to Noon
Location: Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Ages: Entering grades 7 to 12
Cost: $185
Director: Nancy Roth    
Conductor: Lawrence Kursar

2014 will mark the 15th year for the one-week summer orchestra experience for middle school and high school students who play an orchestral instrument (no piano).  The camp has become an important piece in the music education puzzle for students of these instruments.  Conducted by Lawrence Kursar, conductor of the Hunterdon Symphony, it offers an intense symphonic experience using challenging music from the same standard repertoire played by major symphonies.  The students work daily in small groups with professional coaches—players and teachers who play with the Hunterdon Symphony—and then join together as a full orchestra at the end of the morning under the direction of Lawrence Kursar.  A performance takes place on the final day in the evening at Deer Path Park, weather permitting (we will move the concert to an indoor location if it rains). 

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CANOE CAMP
Dates: July 21 to July 25  
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight campout Thursday into Friday
Location: Meet at the Arboretum 
Ages: Entering grades 9 to 12,
Cost: $250

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Then we have the camp for you.  Canoe Camp is for teens who know about or who want to learn 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 finish the week with a canoe camping trip Thursday into Friday on the Delaware River. 

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Golf and bowl during Sports for a Lifetime Camp!

SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Learn to Golf & Bowl
Date: August 11 to 15
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at Deer Path Park
Ages: 10 to 17
Cost: $322 with bowling ball or bag & shoes, or $270 for camp only

This camp is taught by professional instructors 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.  For maximum comfort, you can purchase a bowling ball or bag and shoes for your child (additional $52).  This 26-lane bowling ally is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has the best bowling experience.  Just when you think the fun is over, we will stop for ice cream on the way back, our treat! 

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MULTI-SPORTS CAMP
Dates: July 28 to August 1
Location: Deer Path Park
Session A: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Ages: 5 to 12, Cost: $205
Session B: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Ages: 5 to 12, Cost: $175
Session C: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Ages: 5 to 12, Cost: $115

The County and U.S. Sports Institute are offering a multi-sports camp.  During the week, children will have the opportunity to experience over 15 different sports from around the world plus building games and fun activities.  Campers will receive technical instruction in each sport, and then experience it in a realistic game.  Campers should bring enough water to last an entire day, snacks, and lunch.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and apply sunscreen. 

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SPORTS SQUIRTS CAMP
Dates: July 28 to August 1
Location: Deer Path Park
Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Ages: 3 to 5
Cost: $90

The County and U.S. Sports Institute are offering Sports Squirts Camp.  All games and activities encompass hand/eye coordination, balance, agility, and movement—all key factors to the early development of children in sports.  In addition to having a great time playing six different sports, children will develop social interaction and communication skills.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and apply sunscreen. 

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*NEW* GARDEN CAMP - SOLD OUT
Dates: Monday through Wednesday, June 23 to 25
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 6 to 12
Cost: $75

Dig into the Arboretum Gardens for three days as you explore, discover, and investigate the world of plants.  Each day is full of garden time, games, and activities with 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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HERON GLEN JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Heron Glen Golf Course
Cost: $400

BIRDIES CAMP
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 7 to 11, July 21 to 25, or August 4 to 8
Ages: 7 to 11
EAGLES CAMP
Dates: Monday to Friday, July 14 to 18 or July 28 to August 1.
Ages: 12 to 17

In this camp run by Heron Glen Golf Course, all campers will have on-course PGA instruction, including lessons with full swing (iron and woods) and lessons on putting, chipping, pitching, and sand play.  The staff will also cover golf rules, etiquette, and scoring, with fun games and prizes.  Lunch is provided.  Register through Heron Glen: www.heronglen.com or 908-806-6804.

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SUMMER, FALL & WINTER NATURE PROGRAMS

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS | FALL NATURE PROGRAMS

At our Nature Clubs, your child will explore many exciting topics like reptiles/amphibians, insects, stream study and shelter buildings

NOTES:

  • We still have openings for some of Our Sumer Nature Programs.. See availabilitiy below or call (908) 782-1158.

  • At this time your child can be signed up for an additional week!

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

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

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

SUMMER NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS

Nature Bugs at Echo Hill
Nature Discovery Pioneers
Junior Explorers Senior Explorers Enviornmental Camp

 

NATURE BUGS
Ages: Children entering kindergarten
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: See Sessions
Cost: $105
One-Week Sessions:
A. July 21 to 25 (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM) sold out
B. August 4 to 8 (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM) TETTERTOWN AVAILABLE ONLY

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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A stream study is a popular part of our Summer Nature Program.

One of last year’s Pioneer groups sweeps for grasshoppers and other bugs in the field at Echo Hill
Enjoy s’mores around a campfire at Summer Nature Program!

NATURE DISCOVERY
Ages: Children entering grades 1 & 2
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155   (B. Session: $135)
One-Week Sessions:
A. June 23 to June 27 sold out
B. June 30 to July 3 sold out
C. July 7 to July 11 sold out
D. July 14 to July 18 TETTERTOWN AVAILABLE ONLY
E. July 21 to July 25 ECHO HILL AVAILABLE ONLY
F. July 28 to August 1 sold out
G. August 4 to August 8 TETTERTOWN AVAILABLE ONLY
H. August 11 to August 15 TETTERTOWN AVAILABLE ONLY

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 SOLD OUT
Ages: Children entering grades 3 & 4
Location: Echo Hill or Teetertown
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $155 (B. Session: $135)
One-Week Sessions:
A. June 23 to June 27 sold out
B. June 30 to July 3 sold out
C. July 7 to July 11 sold out
D. July 14 to July 18 sold out
E. July 21 to July 25 sold out
F. July 28 to August 1 sold out
G. August 4 to August 8 sold out
H. August 11 to August 15 sold out

Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, and other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building and fishing 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, except for Session A, which has the campout on the second Wednesday night
Cost: $305 (All A Sessions: $285)
Two-Week Sessions:
A1. June 23 to July 3 sold out
A2. June 23 to July 3 sold out
B1. July 7 to July 18 sold out
B2. July 7 to July 18 sold out
C1 & C2. July 21 to August 1 sold out
D1 & D2. August 4 to August 15 TETTERTOWN AVAILABLE ONLY

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 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 SOLD OUT
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, except for Session A, which has the campout on the second Wednesday night
Cost: $305 (A Session: $285)
Two-Week Sessions:
A. June 23 to July 3 sold out
B. July 7 to July 18 sold out
C. July 21 to August 1 sold out
D. August 4 to August 15 sold out

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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Last year’s Environmental Campers enjoy a break on their backpacking trip to High Point State Park. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP SOLD OUT
Ages: Teens entering grades 9 & 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Note: Overnight trip each Thursday
Two-Week Sessions:
A.  June 23 to July 3 sold out
Location: Teetertown
Cost: $335
B.  July 7 to July 18 sold out
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. 

 

FALL AND WINTER NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS

FALL NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 30 to November 18
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
FALL NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN
Dates: Seven Thursdays, September 11 to October 23
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $80 for all 7 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WINTER NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, January 13 to March 3
Ages: 4 through kindergarten
Cost: $90 for all 8 lessons
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

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PARK VAN AND BUS TRIPS

GREY TOWERS - sorry sold out
Date: Sunday, June 8
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Leave from the Arboretum
Ages: Adults
Cost: $15 registration fee; the $8 entry fee & lunch are not included.

JIM THORPE DESIGN-YOUR-DAY: TRAIN RIDE, MUSEUMS, SHOPPING...
Date: Sunday, June 29
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM 
Location: Leaves from the Arboretum
Age: 12 through adult
Cost: $15, all entry fees and lunch are not included

All aboard the Hunterdon Van express to Jim Thorpe!  There you can take a train ride on the Lehigh Gorge Railroad ($12 adult, $9 child), visit the Harry Packer Mansion ($5 self-guided tour, just a 4-minute walk from the railroad), and visit the Old Jail Museum ($10 adult, $7 child—no children under 12 please; an 11-minute walk from the railroad).  You might like to shop the many unique shops, and lunch at one of the many restaurants.  Design your own agenda for the day and let us do the driving.

PINELANDS DAY TRIP: HIKING & HISTORY
Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Meet at Arboretum
Ages: 13 through adult
Cost: $20 registration fee, plus $3 mansion tour fee to be paid that day

The Pinelands National Reserve covers much of southern New Jersey.  It is a unique area with sandy soil dominated by pine and oak trees.  We will meet at the Arboretum and travel by County van to Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands.  Park Naturalist Laura Kroon will lead a hike along Batsto Lake, about four miles.  Then we will explore the historic Batsto Village.  Between 1766 and 1867, this town was a working bog iron and glass making center.  Now it consists of thirty-three historic buildings and structures including the Batsto Mansion, gristmill, sawmill, general store, workers’ homes, and post office.  We will plan to tour the Batsto Mansion ($3 tour fee to be paid that day), and we will do a picnic lunch.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water in a day pack.  About five miles of hiking required. 

TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS (Eastern State Penitentiary)    
Date: Friday, October 3
Time: 6:00 PM to about midnight
Location: Arboretum
Cost: $25
Ages: 13 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us as we experience “Terror Behind the Walls,” a massive haunted house in an 11-acre abandoned prison, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  This tour has consistently been ranked as one of the top haunted attractions in the nation.  We will be leaving from the Hunterdon County Arboretum on Friday, October 3 at 6:00 PM and returning around midnight.  We will travel by County vans.  The cost is $25 per person, which includes the van ride and the ticket.  The tour begins in a former exercise yard, surrounded by massive 30-foot high walls.  Next, walk down several real cellblocks, past the long abandoned cells that once held some 80,000 men and women who served time here.  Halfway through the 45-minute tour, you will have a chance to visit the penitentiary’s central surveillance hub.  Here you will have a magnificent view down all seven original cellblocks.  After surviving your haunted tour, you may wish to visit one of the historic site’s exhibits or gift shop or feast on some batter-dipped Oreos or fresh funnel cake at the snack bar.  We will park at the zoo and taking the ghost bus where we will hear ghost stories on the way over to the Penitentiary.  Please dress for the weather, as the Penitentiary is not heated.  For more detailed information, visit www.easternstate.org.

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

Date: Saturday, November 1
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Deer Path Park       
Cost: Free (pre-registration is not necessary)
Ages: All ages welcome

This growing annual event has been described as “a parade that stands still!”  Imagine dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps and lots more, over 40 vehicles all in one place – parked so kids of all ages can get a close-up look!  Join us on Saturday, November 1, at Deer Path Park, for this exciting event.  Deer Path is located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township.  From 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM you will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel up close at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 12th Annual Touch-A-Truck.

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

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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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