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

Educational Public Programs for January 2018

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.
$25 for 5-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-69 Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  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. Please register for only the Tuesday session or the Thursday session per month. Both monthly sessions cover the same material on a weekly basis.
$65 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-45 Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
  12:45pm-3:15pm
EEC-46 Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30
  12:45pm-3:15pm

Swamp Kids - New program
(Ages 8-10)
Become a Swamp Kid! 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.
$24 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-04 Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Camden Adventure Aquarium - New program
(Adult)
Have you ever wanted to touch a shark, go eye to eye with a sea dragon or see a colony of penguins? Join us on this trip and re-ignite your sense of wonder for the oceans of the world.
$75 per adult/$65 per senior
Course Code: 51181

EEC-49 Friday, January 5
  9:00am-4:30pm

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-29 Saturdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27
  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-12 Saturday, January 6
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Sunday Forest Fitness
(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-70 Sundays, January 7, 14, 21, 28
  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-05 Sunday, January 7
  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-58 Mondays, January 8, 22, 29 (no class January 15)
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Birding "The Hook"
(Adult)
We will venture to Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area; an outstanding spot for migratory birds. This five- mile long peninsula is very unique both geographically and historically. Bring binoculars, lunch, and bundle up!
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51124

EEC-12 Wednesday, January 10
  9:00am-4:30pm

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-17 Thursday, January 11
  10:30am-11:30am

Animals in Winter - New program
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Stay cozy and warm and spend some time talking about animals and how they survive these cold winters. We will have winter-themed games, crafts, and stories to help us learn all about this snowy season.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51825

EEC-01 Friday, January 12
  10:30am-11:30am

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-77 Saturday, January 20
  10:30am-11:30am

Birding Identification Workshops: Gulls - New program
(Adult)
Introducing a new program series geared toward beginning, refining or reinforcing your birding skills. Throughout the course of the year we will spend either one or two hours on a Saturday learning about one specific group of birds. Whether it be ducks, raptors, gulls, warblers or sparrows we will address the ins and outs of how to identify some of birding's trickiest species. Depending on the season there will be an inside and outside component. This program will be all about gulls and the unique challenges they present to birders. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51822

EEC-03 Saturday, January 20
  1:00pm-2:30pm

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-13 Saturday, January 20
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Hudson Valley Eagles
(Adult)
The Hudson 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 Hudson River in the vicinity of Bear Mountain Bridge. Bundle up because it will be cold, and bring binoculars and lunch.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51688

EEC-5 Sunday, January 21
  8:30am-8:30pm

Penguin Party
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Chilly Willy the penguin is one cool guy! Did you know that some penguins live close to the equator? Through games and hands on activities you will learn all about the many different types of penguins, where they live, what they eat, and much more!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51032

EEC-17 Tuesday, January 23
  10:30am-11:30am

Wandering Around Wallkill
(Adult)
Wander with us up to northwestern New Jersey, as we explore the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge for winter raptors. We will walk the Liberty Marsh Loop, which encompasses part of the Appalachian Trail. As the sun sets, we will begin searching for Short-Eared Owls, a beautiful winter resident raptor of New Jersey. Bring a lunch, binoculars, and dress appropriately for the weather.
$45 per adult /$35 per senior
Course Code: 51029

EEC-15 Friday, January 26
  2:00pm-8:00pm

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-14 Saturday, January 27
  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-13 Sunday, January 28
  1:00pm-2:30pm



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
    • Live Animal Show
    • 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.

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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

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