SCPC Home Page Hike In A Somerset County Park Facebook Instagram Twitter

Navigation General Information Parks & Facilities Activities Events & Programs News Releases On-Line Registration Site Index Bids/RFPs Navigation

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

Educational Public Programs for January 2019

Swamp Kids
(Ages 8-10)
Too old for KinderNats? Join Swamp Kids! This program is designed to let the child's curiosity and passion guide their learning. Nature is the greatest teacher! Each week this outdoor afterschool series will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please be dressed for all kinds of weather and warm, waterproof boots are a must.
$30 for 5-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-13 Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  4:00pm-5:00pm

River Rats
(Ages 5-8)
Come join us for this exciting weekend learning adventure. During each monthly session, we will hike, observe, interact with live animals, create crafts, and explore the Great Swamp. Each month's activities will be themed. Bring a water bottle, a snack, and dress to be both indoors and out.
$36 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51740

EEC-31 Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26
  10:30am-Noon

The Green Team
(Ages 12-15)
Is natural science a subject you find interesting? Do you like the outdoors? Is the Great Swamp a place you like to visit? If so, join us at the Environmental Education Center and contribute your talents to our fun and educational projects and special events. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51438

EEC-K8 Saturday, January 5
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Sunday Forest Fitness
(Adult)
Join a weekly walking group and enhance your exercise regimen with Mother Nature! Improve your health, clear your mind, and enjoy nature as you traverse the level trails of Lord Stirling Park with a Naturalist as your guide. Leave cool, calm, and collected. Participants must be able to walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks. Bring a water bottle and a desire to leave your troubles behind. Comfortable, waterproof boots are a must in the swamp.
$20 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-87 Sundays, January 6, 13, 20, 27
  9:00am-10:00am

Sleepy Snakes
(All Ages)
If you really and truly believe that snakes are slimy, then this is the class for you! We will dispel the incorrect myths about snakes, learn the real and amazing facts, and have the opportunity to meet a real, live snake! Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51361

EEC-07 Sunday, January 6
  2:00pm-3:00pm

KinderNats
(Ages 5-7)
KinderNats is a program designed and geared for children who love being outdoors. This afterschool series will get them outside to study science and explore the natural world. These Junior Naturalists will be engaged through games, activities, and much more! Each week will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please be dressed for all kinds of weather and waterproof boots are a must.
$18 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51666

EEC-67 Mondays, January 7, 14, 28 (no class January 21)
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Forest Fitness
(Adult)
Join a weekly walking group and enhance your exercise regimen with Mother Nature! Improve your health, clear your mind, and enjoy nature as you traverse the level trails of Lord Stirling Park with a Naturalist as your guide. Leave cool, calm, and collected. Participants must be able to walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks. Bring a water bottle and a desire to leave your troubles behind. Comfortable, waterproof boots are a must in the swamp.
$20 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-88 Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
  9:00am-10:00am

Tree House Gang
(Ages 3-5)
Bring your little ones to the Environmental Education Center for fun science and nature programming. These two-and-a-half hour afternoon classes will enhance learning by spending up to two hours outside exploring, hands-on activities, meeting live animals, and learning by experimenting. Each month has a different theme. Please provide a small snack for your child. Comfortable, waterproof boots are a must in the swamp.
$65 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-59 Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
  12:45pm-3:15pm

West Jersey Birding
(Adult)
Plenty of good birding is done out west...West Jersey that is. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and travel by van to areas with great birding history and potential. Locations may include Demott Park, Hoffman Park, Merrill Creek, Oberly Road in Alpha, and Spruce Run. Bring your binoculars!
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51543

EEC-9 Wednesday, January 9
  9:00am-4:00pm

Winter Wonderland
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Celebrate the wonderful season of winter! We will go for a winter's walk to see what the plants and animals are doing. We will also make something wonderfully wintery for you to take home!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51612

EEC-2 Friday, January 11
  10:30am-11:30am

Birding Destination Unknown - New Program
(Adult)
Join the Naturalists for an adventurous birding trip. Whether heading toward the shore or the highlands, eBird will help decide! Come with lunch, snacks, and water. Dress in layers and wear proper footwear to be in the field, forest or on the beach. The birds will decide where we go. New locations will be visited on each trip.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51843

EEC-01 Friday, January 18
  9:00am-4:30pm
$25 per adult/$20 per senior
Course Code: 51843
EEC-02 Wednesday, January 30
  9:00am-1:00pm

Story Hour
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Come and listen to a Naturalist read a story, relax in our comfortable library, and take a short walk. This program is a simple way to spend some quality time with your young one while enjoying wonderful environmentally-oriented books. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51628

EEC-82 Saturday, January 19
  10:30am-11:30am

The Green Team
(Ages 12-15)
Is natural science a subject you find interesting? Do you like the outdoors? Is the Great Swamp a place you like to visit? If so, join us at the Environmental Education Center and contribute your talents to our fun and educational projects and special events. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51438

EEC-K9 Saturday, January 19
  1:00pm-4:00pm
EEC-L1 Saturday, January 26
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Eagles Up Close on the Delaware
(Adult)
The upper Delaware River is home to bald eagles in the cold of winter. Join us for a day of admiring America's most majestic bird! We will visit the Delaware River above Port Jervis, New York, and the Lackawaxen River as well. Bundle up because it will be cold, and bring binoculars, lunch, and money for a dinner stop on the way home.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51201

EEC-17 Sunday, January 27
  9:00am-8:30pm

Diggin' Dinosaurs
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Even though dinosaurs are extinct, they are pretty interesting creatures! Join us as we become paleontologists and discover just what this type of scientist does all day. We will learn how fossils are formed, uncover some of our very own fossils, and learn some cool dinosaur characteristics.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51037

EEC-18 Thursday, January 31
  10:30am-11:30am



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
Events
    • 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
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

  Volunteers are needed and appreciated   throughout the year. Please contact
  Jane Bodnar at 908 722-1200 ext.5323 or   email your completed application and
  waiver to jcbodnar@scparks.org .

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 dross@scparks.org.

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

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
On-line Registration