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190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 766-2489    EEC Home Page

Educational Public Programs for January 2017

Forest Fitness Let's Move
(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.
$25 for 5-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-52 Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  9:00am-10:00am

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 and a snack and please be dressed for all kinds of weather.
$36 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51740

EEC-23 Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28
  10:30am-Noon

Sunday Forest Fitness Let's Move
(Adult)
Join a weekend 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-53 Sundays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
  9:00am-10:00am

Wild Kids
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Is your child full of energy? Now is a great time to get outside and explore the swamp with your little one! This series will focus on using the five senses to experience the natural world. Dress appropriately, we will be outside as much as possible!
$30 per pair/$15 per additional child for 4-day session
Course Code: 51755

EEC-10 Sundays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
  10:30am-11:30am

The Young Explorers Club Let's Move
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
It is never too early to get little ones outdoors to experience the wonders of nature. This series will focus on developing their five senses through simple activities. Parents will share the excitement with their children during this special hour and return home with ideas to explore nature close to home.
$22 per pair/$11 per additional child for 3-day session
Course Code: 51667

EEC-49 Mondays, January 9, 23, 30 (no class January 16)
  10:30am-11:30am

KinderNats Let's Move
(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-49 Mondays, January 9, 23, 30 (no class January 16)
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Tree House Gang Let's Move
(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 going outside for hikes, 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. Please register for only the Tuesday session or the Thursday session per month. Both monthly sessions cover the same material on a weekly basis.
$50 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-27 Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24
  12:45pm-3:15pm
EEC-28 Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26
  12:45pm-3:15pm

Coyote Cries
(All Ages)
Perhaps you have heard a coyote howling at night or read about coyotes in the area. This PowerPoint presentation will help you sort the myths from the facts. Following a short discussion inside, hit the trails with a Naturalist and listen for coyote songs on a night hike through the swamp.
$9 per person
Course Code: 51668

EEC-6 Tuesday, January 10
  5:00pm-6:30pm

Frosty Footprints
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Animals leave behind clues that are fun to follow, especially in the snow and frosty dirt! Bundle up and we will head out to find evidence that animals are still busy, even in winter, then come in to get warm and do a footprint-y craft.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51033

EEC-15 Friday, January 13
  10:30am-11:30am

Sugaring by Moonlight
(All Ages)
By the light of the full moon, on this cold winter's night, gather round our hearth and hear tales of how the secret of the maple's sweetness was discovered. Learn about how you, too, can make it at home. Dress to be both inside and out.
$7 per person
Course Code: 51761

EEC-03 Friday, January 13
  6:30pm-7:30pm

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-G2 Saturday, January 14
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Snowshoe Hike
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist for some fun in the snow! We will snowshoe on some of the trails at the Environmental Education Center and enjoy the winter scenery. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from the Environmental Education Center (limited amount of snowshoes available – first come, first serve). Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51670

EEC-10 Sunday, January 15
  2:00pm-3:30pm


Tinicum NWR Birding - New
(Adult)
Join us for a day of exploring America's first urban refuge nestled within the setting of the city of Philadelphia and the Delaware River estuary. Refuge habitats include freshwater tidal marsh, open water, mudflats, and woodlands which support a diversity of wildlife species year-round. Bundle up and bring lunch and binoculars.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51793

EEC-01 Wednesday, January 18
  9:00am-4:00pm

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. 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-70 Saturday, January 21
  10:30am-11:30am

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-03 Sunday, January 22
  2:00pm-3:00pm

Diggin' Dinosaurs
(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-16 Wednesday, January 25
  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-G3 Saturday, January 28
  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-16 Sunday, January 29
  9:00am-8:30pm



Public Programs
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Speciality 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
    • County Caper
    • Events
    • Family Program Series
    • Festival of Trees
    • Swamp Search
    • Temporary Exhibits
    • Trail Scramble
Program Calendars
Trails & Facilities
    • Auditorium
    • Biomimicry STEM Lab
    • Discovery Room
    • EEC Brochure
    • Gift Shop/Library
    • The Great Swamp Experience
    • Pond View Room
    • Room Rentals
    • Temporary Exhibits
    • Trail Map
    • The Tree House
Volunteers

  Volunteers are needed and appreciated   throughout the year. Please contact
  Jane Bodnar at 908 766.2489 ext.323 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 Jane Parks at 908 766.2489 ext.336 or jparks@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!

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