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FREE VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS:

Free Webinars. You must register for each program individually.

These free programs will be conducted through WebEx and are best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. They can also be viewed through a tablet or smartphone.

Register through the individual links provided.

Please note, for some webinars you will need to supply the materials and tools for the class. Some programming includes handouts, please download any attachments at the time of registration.

 

Shelter Building

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

SHELTER BUILDING

Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: 5 to adult
Cost: Free
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
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Learn the important survival skill of shelter building!  We will talk about wilderness survival, learn how to find a good spot to create a shelter, and build a debris hut out of sticks and leaves.  We will also talk about the type of shelters animals use.  Plan to tune in online and then get outside and build your own! 

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SCAT AND TRACK WORKSHOP WEBINAR

Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 10 through adult recommended
Cost: Free
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
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This is the time of year to review tracks with the winter season almost upon us.  This program will teach you how to look at tracks and scat with the mindset of how to use your reference material to identify what you find.  A Scat and Track Worksheet is available on the Parks’ website on the Distance Learning and Information page.  During this webinar we will go into details and review the questions on the worksheet and go over the answers in depth.

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WINTER NATURE CLUB: ANIMALS COPING WITH THE COLD

Date: Tuesday, December 1
Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 4 through 3rd grade (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist

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Outdoor exploration is full of adventure! This month we will learn how different animals adapt to the cold weather. Join in the fun, while discovering what you might find in your own backyard or local park. Afterwards, with the new knowledge you have learned, you are encouraged to go out and explore nature safely with your own family. This is an interactive online program, with follow up activities.

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Evergreen

 Let’s learn about evergreens

VIRTUAL EVERGREEN WALK

Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 5 through adult recommended (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist

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Do you know the difference between pines, spruces, and hemlocks? Can you find five different shades of green? What’s the difference between a conifer and an evergreen? Let’s find out the answers to these questions while virtually exploring the Hunterdon County Arboretum.

If desired, use your new knowledge to find evergreens on your property for MAKE A HOLIDAY WREATH/SWAG on Monday, December 7. 

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Evergreen

Create a beautiful wreath or swag from evergreens around your home.

MAKE A HOLIDAY WREATH/SWAG

Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 5 through adult recommended (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
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Learn how to make beautiful holiday decorations with natural materials found around your home! You supply the materials and we provide the instruction. Laura will show the process in a step-by-step format. You can have the materials on hand to create along with her, or you can choose to watch live and create later. Participants can ask questions through the chat feature. We plan to record this program so that participants can re-watch if needed. 

Materials you supply: Enough greens to create a wreath and/or swag, such as spruce, pine, fir, holly, and juniper. Clippers, thin wire, wire cutters, a wreath mold or wire coat hanger for the wreath, gloves, and decorations such as ribbon, bows, pinecones, and small ornaments. 

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HOMESCHOOL LESSON: SPECIES RELATIONSHIPS & POPULATION

Date: Wednesday, December 9 
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
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This class will focus on the factors that affect how species interact with other species and their surroundings. Once these relationships are reviewed, we will touch on how they influence a species population. By understanding these relationships, one can then begin to understand the complexities that biologists try to solve in managing our wildlife and their surroundings.

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Insect Study

Earn your Scout Merit Badge in Insect Study

SCOUT MERIT BADGE: INSECT STUDY MERIT BADGE

Date: Sunday, December 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 11 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
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There are a huge number of insect species… more than 950,000! That makes them the most common animals on earth. Insects play an important role in the ecosystem. Without insects, we would have fewer birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mammals because insects are an important food source. Join us to learn more about these fascinating animals while earning the insect study merit badge. This class is an introduction to the badge. Scouts will need to complete additional requirements on their own, and then meet with Debra at a later date for her to check their work.

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PHYSICS IN NATURE

Date: Wednesday, December 16
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Age: All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

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Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist as he demonstrates experiments that show off principles of physics. Each experiment uses items that can be found around most homes. If you want to play along, download a list of supplies at the time of registration. Tom will conduct each experiment and explain how those forces act and occur in the environment around us

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Winter Nature Club - Snow and Ice

Learn about snow and ice in our virtual Nature Club!

WINTER NATURE CLUB: SNOW AND ICE

Date: Tuesday, January 5
Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 4 through 3rd grade (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist

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Outdoor exploration is full of adventure! This month we will learn about the science of ice and how snow is formed. Join in the fun, while discovering what you might find in your own backyard. Afterwards, with the new knowledge you have learned, you are encouraged to go out and explore nature with your own family. This is an interactive online program, with follow up activities.

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HOMESCHOOL LESSON: TRACKING & ANIMAL EVIDENCE

Date: Wednesday, January 13
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

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This class will focus on how to examine an animal’s track print and pattern to help identify what animal it is and what it was potentially doing. Focus will be on species that are moving around during the winter season, so that attendees can take this knowledge outside, weather permitting, and investigate tracks in the snow around their home.  

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OWLS OF HUNTERDON

Date: Wednesday, January 13
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Age: 10 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
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We are at the beginning of the breeding season for owls. You may have heard one already calling at night. Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, as he introduces the owls that can be found in Hunterdon County and the state. Along with facts about each of the owls, he will also expose you to the calls each one makes.

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Wonderful Water

Wow! Wonderful Water

GIRL SCOUT WOW! WONDERFUL WATER

Date: Sunday, January 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online classes
Ages: 4 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
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Water provides so many wonderful things. We drink it, wash in it, cook with it, swim in it, and generally take it for granted. This clear, tasteless and odorless liquid is so much a part of our lives that we hardly ever think about its amazing properties. Come learn the journey of water, its value, how humans have impacted our water sources, and how we can protect it for generations to come, through fun activities. This program is offered to families but is also appropriate for Brownie scouts working on their Wonders of Water journey.

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Pileated Woodpecker

 Learn all about the Pileated and other woodpeckers this January

WOODPECKERS OF NEW JERSEY

Date: Wednesday, January 20
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 8 through adult recommended (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist

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Woodpeckers have a variety of adaptations that make them great at pecking wood! They have a tongue that is so long that they must store it behind their skull when it is not in use. They avoid headaches by the speed and duration of impact. Their feet have two toes pointed forward and two pointed backward to help them grip vertically on trees. Through the use of a PowerPoint and a taxidermied woodpecker, we will learn all about these unique birds. 

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Beaver Dam Engineering Challange

Learn about beavers and build
your own dam!

BEAVER DAM ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

Date: Monday, January 25
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 5 and up recommended (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
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Learn about Ms. Laura’s favorite animal, the North American Beaver. They are the largest rodent in New Jersey, weighing up to 60 pounds! They are built for life in the water with unique adaptations like webbed back feet, thick waterproof fur, and special clear eyelids so they can see while closing their eyes underwater. After a PowerPoint on cool facts about beavers, those who are interested will use engineering skills to build a model of a beaver dam!

Materials you supply: a paint tray or another tray that can be angled, clay or Play-do, small sticks (at least 10), small rocks (at least 10), and water.

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WATERFOWL OF HUNTERDON

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Age: 10 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
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February and March are the peak times for waterfowl in Hunterdon County and surrounding areas. This program will review some of the waterfowl that visit or make their home in our county. Also, if you are new to birding, waterfowl make for one of the easier groups to learn as you begin this hobby.

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WINTER NATURE CLUB: ANIMAL TRACKS

Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 4 through 3rd grade (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER...

Outdoor exploration is full of adventure! This month we will learn what evidence animals leave behind, telling us that they’ve been there. Join in the fun, then with the new knowledge you have learned, go out and explore nature with your own family. This is an interactive online program, with follow up activities.

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Shelter Building

Learn about the wildlife of Hunterdon

WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON

Date: Sunday, February 7
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 8 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
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Bears, coyotes, snakes and more! Learn about Hunterdon’s most interesting wildlife, where you are likely to encounter these animals, and the dangers and benefits they provide to the environment and your backyard. This is a lecture-style program.

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Learn about Hunterdon Turtles

Learn about Hunterdon Turtles

HOMESCHOOL LESSON: TURTLES

Date: Wednesday, February 10
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: 7 through 12 recommended (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist

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This class will focus on introducing you to some of Hunterdon’s native species of turtles. We will cover the details used to identify each species and the habitats needed to support these turtles. Live turtles will be featured on camera for attendees to get a close view of these various animals.

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Great Back Yard Bird Count

Learn the basics of how to identify birds and help with a citizen science project on bird populations!

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

Date: Wednesday, February 10
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: All (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist
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In the Great Backyard Bird Count, birdwatchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. This project is sponsored by the Cornell Lab and Audubon and has been active since 1998. So far, it has generated a wealth of data that real scientists have used to learn more about bird migration patterns, population dips due to disease, and the effects of climate change on wildlife. During this presentation, learn how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, some basic ways to identify birds, and how to enter data through e-bird. Then, spend at least 15 minutes over the weekend counting birds from your home or another favorite location. Makes a great supplement to school science projects!

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SPOTTED LANTERNFLY TRAP

Date: Wednesday, February 17
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online class
Age: 11 through adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
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It is almost time for the Spotted Lanternfly to hatch and make its return. This program will introduce you to the life cycle of the insect and how we can focus on its juvenile stages in an attempt to control its damage and population around us. Tom Sheppard will also demonstrate how to build a bag trap designed by Penn State to capture and dispose of the insect.

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Bird Tracks in the Snow

Join Miss Laura on a virtual walk to look for tracks and other signs of animals!

ANIMAL EVIDENCE VIRTUAL WALK

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Online class
Ages: All (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Senior Park Naturalist

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When animals move through an area, they leave behind evidence of their presence. Even if we don’t see an animal itself, we can tell who has been there by various signs. Join Ms. Laura as she looks for signs of winter wildlife, including tracks, scat, homes, and food waste. Get involved with the chat feature to ask and answer questions! Then get outside in your neighborhood or local park and see what animals live near you! 

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