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190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 722-1200 Ext. 5002    EEC Home Page

Birding at the EEC

The Environmental Education Center Naturalists offer a variety of birding programs such as guided walks on our trails, day trips to near-by parks, and overnight trips throughout the year.  Most programs are designed for adults, but specific programs are offered for families and teens too.  All levels of birders are welcome to join the fun!

EEC Bird Companion Guide (pdf)

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Warblers                          
This program will take a look at the northeastern United States’ most iconic group of birds, the warblers!  Around 30 different warbler species pass through New Jersey in the Fall.  Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.   
$20 per household
Course Code: 57003
EEC-01          Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29                     

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Raptors and Sparrows                                    
October is a perfect time to focus our eyes on the sky in search of migrating raptors in flight and sparrows that will begin to frequent our meadows on their way south.  Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species. 
$25 per household
Course Code: 57004
EEC-01          Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30   

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Owls
Owls are fascinating!  Whether with long or short ears, barred or great horned, these raptors are truly special.  With the shared personal insights of a Natualist who has observed all of North America’s owl species, learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.   
$15 per household
Course Code: 57005
EEC-01          Fridays, November 6, 13, 20         

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Ducks
This program will be all about the wide array of ducks we have in New Jersey during winter.  Learn how to identify drakes and hens of each species and break the species into easy to remember groups.  Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.   
$20 per household
Course Code: 57006
EEC-01          Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22             


The Birds of the World
(All Ages, 10 years and older with parent)

Please contact Ben at for more information.

One of the greatest joys of birding is seeing beautiful jays, cardinals, chickadees, and goldfinches right in your backyard. However, there are over 10,000 spectacular bird species found throughout the world. Over the next several months we will be learning about each and every bird family in taxonomic order. The lectures will cover a few new families at a time and will introduce their life histories, ranges, descriptions, and interesting facts. Each presentation will provide you with a new appreciation for the world of birds! Pre-registration is not required. Check our Facebook page ( for any changes or cancellations to the programs.


(All Ages)
Saturday Bird Walks are currently canceled through December 2020 due to COVID-19.

Public Programs
    • January Programs
    • February Programs
    • March Programs
    • April Programs
    • May Programs
    • June Programs
    • July Programs
    • August Programs
    • September Programs
    • October Programs
    • November Programs
    • December Programs
Specialty Programs
    • Birding
    • Birthday Parties
    • Canoe & Kayak
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Family Program Series
    • Forest Fitness
    • Garden Discovery
    • Libraries, Senior Centers &
      Other Groups
    • Maple Sugaring
    • Other Day Trips & Overnight Trips
    • Scouts
    • Summer Camps
    • Workshops

School Programs
    • Field Trips
    • In School Programs
    • Biomimicry Programs
    • School Program Guide
Trips & Outings
    • Birding
    • Canoe & Kayak
    • Garden Discovery
    • Other Day Trips & Overnight Trips
    • 1770s Festival
    • By the Light of the Moon
    • Live Animal Show
    • County Caper
    • Events
    • Family Program Series
    • Festival of Trees
    • Swamp Search
    • Temporary Exhibits
Program Calendars
Calendar (PDF)
Trails & Facilities
    • Room Rentals
    • Auditorium
    • Biomimicry STEM Lab
    • Discovery Room
    • Pond View Room
    • The Tree House
    • EEC Brochure
    • Gift Shop/Library
    • The Great Swamp Experience
    • Temporary Exhibits
    • Trail Map

  Volunteers are needed and appreciated   throughout the year. Please contact
  Gretchen Rotondo at 908 722-1200   ext.5323 or email your completed   application and waiver to

Volunteer Application for Adult
Volunteer Application for Minor
   Volunteer Waiver for Adults
   Volunteer Waiver for Minors/Dependents

Corporate Volunteer Groups please contact Daniel Ross at 908 722-1200 ext.5336 or

Hours & Directions
The building is open 9am-5pm daily.
Exhibits are open 9am-4:30pm daily.
Registration is accepted 9am-4:30pm daily.
The building is closed on Holidays.
Trails are open dawn to dusk daily but closed on Deer Management days as scheduled.

 Click here for Directions
Donations & Sponsorship

Donations are gladly accepted.
Please make checks payable to:
The Somerset County Park Commission
and mail to Carrie Springer,
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Support Packet

Ask A Naturalist


Have a question about a plant or animal species you saw in Lord Stirling Park or northern New Jersey?

One of our naturalists can help you! Complete the form and an EEC staff member will do their best to solve your nature mysteries!

On-line Registration
Birding Brochure


Birding Brochure