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NATURE PROGRAMS

 - In-Person Nature Programs

 - Nature Clubs

 - Tot Walks

 - Thursday Morning Bird Walks

 - Virtual Nature Programs

RECREATION PROGRAMS

-   Family & Adult Craft Programs

-   In-person Recreation Walks

-   In-person Basket-Weaving Workshops

 -  Virtual Basket-Weaving Workshops

 -  Virtual Recreational Programs

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 NATURE PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Nature Programs

 

 Nature Clubs

NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS AGES 3 – 2nd GRADE
Dates: Eight Tuesdays, September 13 to November 1
Location: Echo Hill
Cost: $90 per child for all 8 lessons; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 7 children

Learn, create, play games, and explore! Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics. Naturalist Debra Reed will guide the children during hikes as they discover the beautiful field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill. Other fun hands-on activities include science experiments, games, and craft projects. The children will be able to observe the surprising changes in nature from week to week as we progress through the season. Through our explorations, children will also improve 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 they will be able to enjoy these activities. We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.
Session A
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Ages: 3 to 5 years (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Session B
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Ages: 3 to 5 years (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Session C
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Ages: kindergarten through 2nd grade (children must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 TOT WALKS

TOT WALKS
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 2 to 3 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Each walk $5 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 children

Join Ms. Laura to discover nature at your local park! Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk to learn about the nature around us. We will also do a story and craft on the same theme. Please select Session A, B, C, or D for one or more themes.
SEEDS
Session A: Wednesday, September 21 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Wednesday, September 21 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Thursday, September 22 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session D: Thursday, September 22 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SQUIRRELS
Session A: Wednesday, October 19 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Wednesday, October 19 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Thursday, October 20 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session D: Thursday, October 20 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
ANIMAL HOMES
Session A: Wednesday, November 16 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session B: Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session C: Thursday, November 17 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session D: Thursday, November 17 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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 THURSDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

FREE THURSDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS
Date: Thursdays
Ages: adults
Cost: free! (pre-registration required) 
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 12 participants

Let’s look for fall migrants and resident birds around the county. We will use both eyes and ears to determine which birds are around us, as well as to observe other signs of the fall season. This may be your last chance to see some of these species until spring. Binoculars are available to borrow.

7:00 am to 8:30 am :
  • 9/22 Arboretum
  • 9/29 Hoffman
  • 10/6 Deer Path Soccer Lot
7:15 am to 8:45 am :
  • 10/13 Wings Section of the South Branch (please car pool, parking is limited)
  • 10/20 Sunnyside
  • 10/27 Sunnyside
7:30 am to 9:00 am :
  • 11/3 Echo Hill

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 In-Person Nature Programs


COVID-19 Guidelines: Program participants must follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
For information about health precautions, resources, updates, and guidance pertaining to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites.

HOMESCHOOL: PHYSICS IN NATURE - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Deer Path – Cedars Pavilion
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 9 participants

While this program was offered virtually last year, it is not the same as when it is done in person. Join Tom as we explore the elements of physics that exist in nature and take part in the some of the experiments that will be demonstrated.

DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Teetertown
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

Dragonflies and damselflies are beautiful, from their delicate wings to their glimmering jeweled bodies. Did you know they are the deadliest hunters around? They track prey with pinpoint accuracy and incredible flying skills. Come join Debra Reed to watch and learn more about these fascinating jewels of the air, while learning how to distinguish between the damsels and the dragons. Not able to join us in person? A similar program is being offered virtually.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS
Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

Do you know what to do if something doesn’t go according to plan on your outdoor adventures? Join us to learn the essentials of preparing for the outdoors, how to build a basic shelter, and fire, and some basic first aid skills.

MERCURY & SATURN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult; firm on age)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 12 participants

There are five planets that are visible with the naked eye. Mercury is one of the five, and is the hardest one to view being so close to the Sun. On this date as Mercury sets, it will be near its highest angle from the Sun, and Saturn will be rising in the sky. Join us as we view these two planets and anything else that we can see that pops out early.

WILD & WOOLLY NATURAL DYES
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $10 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

How do we get such vibrant colors in clothing? Most of the dyes used today are synthetic and mineral dyes, but years ago people used plants and animals for dyeing. We will begin our program with a little history of the dye industry and a walk around the park in search of dye plants. Then we will make some natural dyes and try it out on some wool yarn! Participants will take home a sample of the dyed yarn.

WILD & WOOLLY NATURAL DYES - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $10 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 participants

How do we get such vibrant colors in clothing? Most of the dyes used today are synthetic and mineral dyes, but years ago people used plants and animals for dyeing. We will begin our program with a little history of the dye industry and a walk around the park in search of dye plants. Then we will make some natural dyes and try it out on some wool yarn! Participants will take home a sample of the dyed yarn.

NIGHT HIKE
Date: Friday, September 9
Time: 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Teetertown Preserve, parking lot #2
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 15 people

Night hiking can be glorious with starry skies, moonlit vistas, and insect serenades. Come explore the park during the night and see the beautiful twilight while surrounded by nature. Under the light of the moon, we will listen to fall insects and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals. We will also learn about the phases of the moon.

HOMESCHOOL: EVERGREEN TREES
Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 children

We will walk around the Arboretum to focus on the evergreen trees and note the features that make them distinct from broadleaf trees. This will enable us to identify individual species. Please dress for the weather conditions, we will be outside the entire time.

RAIN BARREL/ RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP
Date: Thursday, September 15
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Main Lodge
Ages: 13 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $60 per barrel (includes materials) or $8 to attend the presentation and not create a rain barrel (pre-registration required)
Guest instructor: Lauren Theis (Education Director), Raritan Headwaters Association
Class size: 18 making a barrel and 7 attend presentation only

A rain barrel is attached to your home’s gutter and collects rainwater that can be used for watering plants. This is a great way to prevent runoff that may collect pollution, and also to prevent erosion. Rain gardens also collect storm water but direct it straight into a garden that cleans the water by trapping pollutants in the stems of native plants while draining the clean rain water back into the groundwater. Lauren Theis of Raritan Headwaters Association will show us the importance of saving rainwater and teach us how to do it effectively. Those who are interested can create a rain barrel ($60 option). To attend the presentation and receive literature but not create a rain barrel, the cost is $8.

CUSHETUNK WALK: ANIMAL EVIDENCE
Date: Friday, September 16
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Cushetunk Nature Preserve
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $6 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 people

Cushetunk is located on the northern slope of Round Valley and is the peak between the reservoir and Lebanon Boro. Join Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard as he walks the lower loop looking for signs of animal activity in the park. As we walk, other questions on our surroundings and discoveries are welcomed.

RAPTORS AT POINT MOUNTAIN
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Point Mountain
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 people

Fall is the time that raptors move south along the Appalachian Mountains in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We will hope to identify Broad-winged Hawks and other raptors from our vantage point on the rocks of the Point Mountain overlook. Expect a strenuous hike, uphill and back down about 500 feet of elevation over ½ mile. We will also spend about an hour on the summit watching for raptors, so expect some down time and bring a lightweight chair or sit-upon if desired. If we don’t see many raptors, we will enjoy the exercise and see what other birds and animals are about. Bring binoculars (also available to borrow).

ORIENTEERING
Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Teetertown Preserve, parking lot #2
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 people

Orienteering is a fun way to exercise your mind and your body at the same time. Learn how to use a map and a compass to navigate on and off the trails through Teetertown Preserve. This orienteering course is a mile long. This program will meet the orienteering requirement for a First-Class scout.

LIVE MONARCH EXPLORATION
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Teetertown Preserve, parking lot #2
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 people

Monarch butterflies travel as many as 100 miles a day during their migration south. Learn about metamorphosis and see up close the different stages of monarch butterflies: the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis (pupa), and adult. Understand the needs of the monarch, from egg/caterpillar habitat to adult habitat, to migration needs.

FALL SCAVENGER HUNT
Date: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 25 people

Let’s explore fall at the Arboretum! We will look for colored leaves, animals preparing for hibernation, and fall fruits and seeds. We will take a guided walk, but each family or individual will get their own BINGO card. See how many BINGOs you can get in the hour!

HOMESCHOOL: DECIDUOUS TREES
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 children

The group will walk around the Arboretum and focus on the trees that are dropping their leaves. We will discuss why leaves change color and the reason for the falling leaves. How to identify the species without their leaves will be studied. Students may collect a fallen leaf from each specimen if they wish to press them as a follow-up activity. We will be outside the entire time, so please dress for the weather.

BIRDING COLD BROOK RESERVE
Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Cold Brook
Ages: adults
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 12 people

Autumn is the time for fall migration and Cold Brook is a good location to investigate for the fall sparrow movement. Join Tom for a bird walk as we look for sparrows, birds of prey, and other species moving about during this year’s fall migration.

FALL FOLIAGE HIKE AT TEETERTOWN
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Teetertown Preserve
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 people

Teetertown is beautiful in any season, but especially in the fall! We will look down into the valley and see colorful trees and identify some up close. We will also enjoy goldenrod and other fall wildflowers in the meadows. Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles with some elevation change as we plan to visit the ravine. Don’t forget your camera! Meet at the brown garage, 40 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray. A porta potty is available at this location.

CREEPY CRITTERS: BUG AND BAT HUNT
Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Teetertown Preserve, parking lot #2
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 people

Have you ever looked up at the sky around the time of day when the sun is going down? Did you see some animals flying around, and diving in an unusual dance? Most likely you are seeing bats hunting for their dinner. Did you know that bats eat up to 8000 insects a night? Come explore what insects are available in the fields for bats to feast on and watch as the bats dance through the air to catch their meal.

BEAVER WALK
Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Crystal Springs
Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 20 people

Beavers are busy animals! They work with their sharp teeth, powerful tails, and big webbed feet to create wetlands. They live in family groups and build their own homes. Come explore their habitat, learn what they eat, how they raise their young, and much more. Bring binoculars for easier viewing (also available to borrow). Meet at Crystal Springs, Washington Township, Morris County Land Trust section, located off of Califon Road. When you enter Morris County, look for a small blue street sign on the left that reads “51-55,” make a left into a development, and proceed to the end of the road to the cul-de-sac. The road becomes gravel and is the park entrance. A grass parking area is on the right about 500 feet down the driveway. Please note: there are no restrooms at this location.

ANIMAL EXPLORATION HIKE
Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Point Mountain
Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 people

We’re going on a hunt to find evidence of wildlife! Come out and explore our park and learn about the wildlife that lives in the area and what tracks and signs they leave behind. See what is happening in nature during the colder days of fall.

HOMESCHOOL: ANIMAL EVIDENCE HIKE
Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Arboretum
Ages: 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 14 children

We will wrap up this series with a final walk around the Arboretum to look for evidence that our wild fauna is around us, even if we do not see them. First a group activity, then we will head out into the park, we may venture off the trail so please dress for the conditions.

BLACK BEARS
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park: Main Lodge
Ages: 8 through adult
Cost: $3 per person (children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 people

Black Bear sightings have almost doubled in the last year. Join Debra Reed, Park Naturalist, for an evening and learn the basic ecology on black bears. Interactions with these amazing mammals are becoming more common. Come learn how to reduce your chances for a negative encounter and the future pressures that face the black bear in New Jersey.

CONSTELLATIONS & THEIR MYTHS
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Hoffman Park: Baptist Church Road Lot
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 per person (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Class size: 10 people

Before the computer, TV, and even books, all civilizations had was the sky above them. Join Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist, as we gaze at the stars and share the season’s constellations and the myths/stories that go along with them.

CAMOUFLAGE!
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Echo Hill Park

Ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Class size: 25 people

Camouflage, also called cryptic coloration, is the blending in of an animal to its surroundings. Camouflage helps prey animals avoid their predators, and predators surprise their prey. Through a series of games and activities, we will study how camouflage works. Don’t forget to wear your best camo gear!

 

 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. Participants; cameras will remain off and audio muted; communication will take place via chat. Plans are to record these events, and upon your request, you will receive the link to the recording so you can revisit the program.

VIRTUAL DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES
Date: Tuesday, August 16
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

Dragonflies and damselflies are beautiful and excellent hunters. They track prey with pinpoint accuracy and incredible flying skills. Learn more about these fascinating jewels of the air while learning how to distinguish between the damsels and the dragons.

US SPECIES INVADING EUROPE AND ASIA - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration is required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

The recent invasions of Spotted Lanternflies and the Emerald Ash Borer in our area have brought into the spotlight the issue of invasive species. However, have you considered that invasive species are not just an issue for the United States? With global trade occurring in both directions, species from the US are invading other parts of the world. Join Tom Sheppard as he explores this issue and discusses how US species, including some of our local species, are becoming worldwide species.

MUSHROOMS & MOLDS
Date: Monday, September 12
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e574e05fe534835b4ba956a645f818d1f

Did you know that a mushroom is more closely related to an animal than a plant? The Fungi kingdom contains over 144,000 species, including poisonous and edible mushrooms, molds that are made into medicine and molds that ruin wood structures, and yeast that is necessary for baking and brewing. This slideshow will introduce you to fungi, and their interactions with plants, animals, and humans.

TREES OF HUNTERDON Date: Thursday, September 22
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2d321235f86cd3a80e9fe17ed6516da6

Trees provide homes for animals and shade for people on hot days. One of their big benefits is that they soak up and store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Learn about trees, how they grow, their role in our ecological system, and how to identify the common trees found here in Hunterdon County.

BIRDS OF PREY
Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef800d73705ee0424b5873a8cbb17aac5

Fall migration is upon us and that means migrating birds of prey. This program reviews the species that move through the county for the fall migration. Tom will cover tips on how to identify the species, facts of interest for each species, places to go, and when species might be seen.

BIRDS OF HUNTERDON
Date: Monday, October 3
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4f760a48ca30dfa1b2e48853071612cc

From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to Wild Turkeys, Hunterdon County has over 320 bird species documented. Learn how to identify birds you might see in forest, meadow, and wetland habitats. Learn which ones might be common in your backyard.

BUTTERFLY MIGRATION Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 6 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e081abffc61563edb5a0cb41e5ef086b8

The most famous migratory butterfly of all is the Monarch Butterfly. Amazingly, the Monarch is the only two-way migratory butterfly in existence. These tiny strong butterflies travel south to Mexico for winter and then return north to North America for spring. Join us to learn more about Monarchs and other techniques butterflies use to survive the cold snowy climate of New Jersey.

BATS OF HUNTERDON COUNTY
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e86f1ddbefa53b4885481e5bd92fe0536

This is a night to learn about the challenges faced by our flying mammals, and the benefits they provide to us. Along with debunking some myths about the species, we will cover their value to us and update you about the struggle with White-nose Syndrome. The individual species that exist within Hunterdon will be discussed in detail, as well as dealing with issues homeowners run into involving bats.

CHAOTIC ORIGIN OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Tom Sheppard, Chief Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e42d7080a128e79fff1ad5256c1bf2b9d

With the discovery of 5000+ planets around other stars, scientists have been able to postulate what these solar systems look like and how they compare to our own system. What is being discovered is that many of these systems are chaotic and do not look or behave like ours. This has changed how scientists think our solar system formed. Learn about the current theory that explores the origin of our Solar System and how it explains the anomalies within our own system.

MAMMAL STUDY MERIT BADGE
Date: Sunday, November 20
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 11 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Debra Reed, Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef9010d6de1b644651eb2556d09f3c5e7

Learn more about the furry animals that live in your backyard. Mammalogy is a specialized field that deals specifically with the study and observation of mammals. Experience activities with skulls, pelts, tracks, and scat. Here at the Parks, take steps to earning your Mammal Study Merit Badge with Counselor Debra Reed! Please print the mammal study workbook before class. Scouts will need to schedule an additional meeting time with Debra after they have completed the additional requirements for the badge on their own.

NATURE OF HAWAII
Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: 8 through adult recommended (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Laura Bush, Principal Park Naturalist
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebc1ca2c90a1390331b0ff93c55588a8f

Hawaii is a small state of 8 major islands formed by volcanic activity. There are over 3,000 plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, including ferns, trees, and flowers. The only native land mammal is the Hawaiian Hoary Bat. Hawaii is home to the only tropical rainforest in the United States. Hawaii has more endangered species per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Come learn about the geology and ecology of this tropical state!

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 RECREATION PROGRAMS

2021 Spring Recreation Programs

 

 FAMILY AND ADULT CRAFT PROGRAMS

TUESDAYS MAKE-IT-TAKE-IT AT DEER PATH PARK - VIEW THE FLYER
DATE: Tuesdays
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM or 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (please indicate the time you choose on the Registration Form)
Location: Deer Path Park, Cedars Pavilion
Ages: 7 to adult (children must be accompanied by an adult, accompanying adult is free unless they want to make the project then they pay)
Cost: $8 per project (pre-registration is required)
Class size: 12 projects, 14 total participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Step by step instructions will be given by the instructor; you will make it and when you’re done take it home. Solo adults or child/adult teams are welcome. Classes will be held in a large open-air pavilion.

July 5 - SIMPLE ROUND BASKET
July 12 - YARD ART GRAPEVINE BALL
July 19 - CLAY BOWL with NATURE IMPRESSIONS
August 2 - CARDBOARD TUBE PLACEMAT
August 9 - SODA TAB BRACELET
August 16 - PARACORD BRACELET

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 In-person Recreation Walks

COVID-19 Guidelines: Program participants must follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
For information about health precautions, resources, updates, and guidance pertaining to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites.

 

WALK for FUN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Mondays
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Ages: adult
Cost: $3 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 11 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Expect a twist of history, a splash of artistic inspiration, a little exploration of nature, exercise, some quiet time in the woods, and friendly conversation. Please note: No restroom facilities available. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather.

August 15 JUGTOWN MOUNTAIN (944 Mountain View Road, Asbury, Bethlehem Township) Type of walking surface: dirt trails through the woods. FYI: The trail map on our website groups Tower Hill Reserve and Jugtown Mountain on the same map.)

SENIOR STROLL at POINT MOUNTAIN - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sourland Mountain Preserve, 233 Rileyville Road, Ringoes, East Amwell Twp.
Ages: seniors
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Class size: 5 cars only

Take a leisurely stroll through these “sour” lands in this dark forest. We will snake our way up the hill and visit a boulder field. This mountain is steeped in mysticism and history. Type of walking surface: flat wide old road, which is sometimes wet, a gradual uphill twisty climb with a few rocks and then turn around and go back the same way. Please wear the appropriate footwear.

FREE RECREATION WALKS
Date: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages: adults
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
Class size: 11 participants

Meet Patrick at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trail systems. Learn about 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. These trails are easy to moderate hikes.
9/14 Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31, Lebanon, Clinton Twp.)
10/12 Round Mountain Section of Deer Path (100 Foothill Rd, Flemington, Readington Twp.)
11/9 Laport Reserve (216 Mountain Road, Ringoes, East Amwell Twp.)

SENIOR STROLL at SOURLAND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE
Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 30 Stanton Station Road, Flemington, Raritan Twp.
Ages: seniors
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Class size: 11 participants

At this stop along the Leigh High Valley Railroad route, there was a train station that still stands after being moved to Echo Hill Park, and a general store that still stands, now a private home. We will get some fresh air, exercise, and a bit of history as we meander along the South Branch of the Raritan River. Please note: No restroom facilities available. Type of walking surface: undulating river trail and mowed grass path, sometimes wet. Please wear the appropriate footwear.

SENIOR STROLL at WESCOTT PRESERVE
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Wescott Preserve, parking at Zega-Lockatong Preserve (Hunterdon Land Trust), Delaware Township, 119 Raven Rock Rosemont Road, Stockton, 08559
Ages: seniors
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Class size: 11 People

Let’s stroll along the beautiful Lockatong Creek. A third of the hike is a climb up a grassy hill and down the other side, one third includes crossing a small wash that might include walking through water or rock stepping and then walking in the woods, one third is strolling along the beautiful Lockatong Creek, and then we will turn around and walk back to the parking lot. Type of walking surface: a grassy hill, dirt trails in the woods along the creek. Please wear the appropriate footwear.

SENIOR STROLL at TETTERTOWN PRESERVE
Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Teetertown Preserve, 20 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murry 07865, Lebanon Twp.
Ages: seniors
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Class size: 11 People

Stroll across a field to the woods to a dirt trail through the woods. Includes a few elevation changes. Meet at the camper parking lot (the third lot), 20 Pleasant Grove Road. Type of walking surface: grassy field to well-worn dirt trail. Please wear the appropriate footwear.

 

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 Virtual Recreational Programs

 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF UNION FURNACE PRESERVE
Dates: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec8f20636e6dac28f30d6efafcbf10524

Take a virtual walking tour of Union Furnace Preserve. This is a great program for guests who want to see the parks but who cannot walk far, or for those wanting to learn about the park before visiting. You will see great views of Spruce Run.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY ARBORETUM
Dates: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3af9ba7cb61ef923a43f72eb4e5270c1

A virtual walking tour of Hunterdon County Arboretum. This is a great program for guests who want to see the parks but who cannot walk far, or for those wanting to learn about the park before visiting. We will also visit inside and check out all the neat things we have on display.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF CUSHETUNK
Dates: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free! (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader
Registration: https://hunterdoncountynj.webex.com/hunterdoncountynj/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8936a655b39362fd35656a3938f851bc

A virtual walking tour of Cushetunk. This park has lots of trails that are not very easy to hike due to rocks and steep slopes. It also has some great views. This is a great program for guests who want to see the parks but who cannot walk far, or for those wanting to learn about the park before visiting.

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 Virtual Basket-Weaving Workshops

Create from the comfort of your own home! Let’s make baskets and crafts together via a webinar. Pick up a materials kit at the County Arboretum then join the webinar for step-by-step instructions. These programs will be recorded; therefore, you could revisit it if need be. Or if you cannot make the date, just watch it later (the recordings will be available for two months after the workshop date).

Registration: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html). Please be sure to include your email address and phone number on the form. You will need to pick up a materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum (1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ). Office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. You will need to supply some tools; a list will be supplied. These programs will be recorded; therefore, you could revisit it if need be. Or if you cannot make the date, just watch it later (available for two months after the workshop date). You will need to supply some tools (see the list below). Note: Your audio will be on and your cameras off. Plans are to record each session; you will receive the link and password via the email you provide on your registration form.

LITTLE SQUARE BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Friday, August 5
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: adults
Cost: $18 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Registration: The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form; you will need to pick up a materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum.

Join us for step-by-step instructions on how to make a little square base to round rimmed basket made with flat reed spokes and seagrass weavers.

Tools you supply: Scissors, bucket of warm water (to soak reed in), tuck tool or small flathead screwdriver (about ¼” wide, thin head), 10 mini clamps or clothespins, spray bottle (filled with warm water) and a dull darning needle that will take waxed linen.

CATCH-ALL BASKET FOR YOUR BATHROOM - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Friday, September 9
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: adults
Cost: $15 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
This basket measures 5” wide x 13” long x 3” tall. Designed to sit on your toilet tank. An over two, under two step-up pattern makes a nice design.
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION
The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form; http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html; you will need to pick up a materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum.

This program will be recorded, therefore, you could revisit it if need be. Or if you cannot make the date, just watch it later (the recordings will be available for two months after the workshop date). Tools you supply: Scissors (able to cut basket material), a bucket of warm water (to soak reed in), tuck tool or small flathead screwdriver (about ¼” wide, thin head), 10 mini clamps or clothespins and a dull darning needle that will take waxed linen. Optional: a spray bottle (filled with warm water) and a spoke weight.

FLOWERPOT COVER BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: virtual program
Ages: adults
Cost: $12 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner

This basket is meant to hold a small potted plant, so it contains a repurposed plastic container. It is woven with seagrass and has a folded rim. 5” tall x 6” round
REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION
The WebEx address will be emailed to you upon receiving your check and Program Registration Form; you will need to pick up a materials kit at the Hunterdon County Arboretum. Tools you supply: Scissors (able to cut basket material), a bucket of warm water (to soak reed in), tuck tool or small flathead screwdriver (about ¼” wide, thin head), 10 mini clamps or clothespins and a dull darning needle that will take waxed linen. Optional: a spray bottle (filled with warm water)and a spoke weight.

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 In-person Basket-Weaving Workshops

COVID-19 Guidelines: Program participants must follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
For information about health precautions, resources, updates, and guidance pertaining to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites.

FARMER’S MARKET BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Dates: Mondays, August 22 & 29
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Age: adults
Cost: $37 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Beginner who likes to work hard; it’s a big basket

Make a 13” x 9” x 9” tall rectangular basket with shaker tape cloth handles to carry your purchases at the farmer’s market. Note location: Echo Hill evening class.

GAIL’S BASKET PICK- VIEW THE FLYER
Dates: Thursday, September 15
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Deer Path Park, Cedars Pavilion (rain location Echo Hill Main Lodge)
Age: adults
Cost: $25 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 9 people
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Some basket making experience helpful

Make a handsome Easter Basket shaped basket. Use round reed spokes woven with two sets of 3 rod wale chase, with one set being seagrass. We will cover how to make a wicker basket handle.

BROOM MAKING: MAKE A TURKEY WING BROOM - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Monday, September 19
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults
Cost: $25 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 people
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Made by you, this hand broom with its angled shape is excellent at getting those hard-to-reach places. It is often used as a fireplace broom or to sweep away pesky spider webs (or as I once heard them referred to as “our lace curtains”). Finished broom is approximately 19 inches long. Workshop includes weaving a rattan handle onto your broom. Bring a bag lunch.

HONEY POT BASKET - VIEW THE FLYER
Dates: Thursday, October 27
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Deer Path Park (rain location Echo Hill main lodge)
Age: adults
Cost: $26 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 9 people
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator
Skill Level: Some basket making experience helpful

After tapering their spokes, students will insert the spokes into a 4” wooden base. Tapered spokes help create this shapely basket. We will use three rod wale using seagrass, #3 natural round reed, and 2 pieces of honey colored #2 round reed.

UFO: UNFINISHED OBJECTS - VIEW THE FLYER
Date: Monday, November 28
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill
Ages: adults
Cost: $6 (pre-registration required)
Class size: 10 participants
Instructor: Liz Braidwood-Fulmer, Recreation Program Coordinator

Have a basket or basket kit or another project you haven’t finished? Well bring it with you and we will try to finish it up! Bring a snack.

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 ACTIVITIES

Activities and Workshops for any time

These educational workshops and activities below are for you to explore several different components of our environment at your own pace.  Each activity will challenge you to answer questions and expand your knowledge.  You are encouraged to use any resource available to you: computer, books, personal knowledge, etc. 

BIRD FEATHER AND WING WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

MIGRATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

TREES WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

HIBERNATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers

SKULL WORKSHOPS
Questions  |  Answers

WINTER ADAPTATION WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answer
INSECTS WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers
TRACKS & SCAT ONLINE WORKSHOP
Questions  |  Answers
SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT
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BACKYARD BINGO ANIMAL EVIDENCE
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WHAT MAKES A FLOWER A FLOWER
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SPRINGTIME CONSTELLATION WORKSHEET
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THREAT OF THE EMERALD ASH BORER
Download
SUMMER CONSTELLATION
Download
FALL/WINTER CONSTELLATION WORKSHEET
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