My name is Laura Bush and I am the Principal Park Naturalist at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation. I grew up in Hunterdon County and have always enjoyed spending time outside, whether it be hiking, birding, biking, or sitting outside reading a book and watching the hummingbirds.
I have been working at the Parks since January 2009. Since then, I have created a variety of nature programming for both children and adults. The Tot Walk series for 2 and 3-year-olds have become very popular. Each month I pick a theme, and participants enjoy a story, walk, and craft on that same topic.
I have many nature interests, from native plants to insects to birding, and I am excited to bring programs to the public. These programs change with the season and include guided seasonal walks, full moon hikes, and lectures on local wildlife.
I am also proud to bring in some outside presenters for special programs. Past programs have included visiting a local eagle nest, lectures on insects or climate change, a lichen walk, and a van trip to the salt marsh at Sandy Hook.
Group requestable programs are also a major part of my job. Some of the programs I offer are Seasonal Nature Walks, Incredible Insects, Birding, Pond/Stream Studies, Reptiles Alive, Nests and Eggs, and a variety of slide show lectures on wildlife, wildflowers, and trees. For a full listing of our programs, please see our Group Program Brochure (PDF). I also conduct these programs year-round. Many of our groups are schools, scouts, and garden clubs, but six or more people can be a group, even family and friends. Contact me at 908-782-1158 or by email to set up a program!
Hunterdon County has 30 parks to explore, so I would encourage you to get out and enjoy what our area has to offer!