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

Educational Public Programs for november 2017

Let's Move The Environmental Education Center has partnered with the national Let's Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity by encouraging participation in outdoor activities and promoting healthy eating. Those programs are listed with the Let's Move! logo by the program titles.

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.
$24 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-11 Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on November 22)
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Tot Trek
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Calling all tots! Leave the stroller behind and join a Naturalist for a walk on the trails of Lord Stirling Park. Explore the natural world around you by using all of your senses! You will be surprised to find out how much fun you can have outside! Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51214

EEC-89 Friday, November 2
  10:30am-11:30am

Maple Sweets - New program
(All Ages)
Would you like to learn how to maple sugar? Planning starts in the late fall for this fun, educational and super sweet winter activity. Join a naturalist and learn about maple trees, what supplies you will need and the sugaring techniques that will help you collect and process your own maple sugar.
$6 per person
Course Code: 51846

EEC-1 Saturday, November 3
  Noon-1:00pm

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-83 Sundays, November 4, 11, 18, 25
  9:00am-10:00am

The Young Explorers Club
(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. Please be dressed for all kinds of weather and waterproof boots are a must.
$22 per pair/$11 per additional child for 3-day session
Course Code: 51667

EEC-63 Mondays, November 5, 19, 26 (no class on November 12)
  10:30am-11:30am

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-65 Mondays, November 5, 19, 26 (no class on November 22)
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Animal Adaptations
(All Ages)
Animals have some amazing adaptations to help them survive. Let us take a close look at some of the animals, and their unique adaptations. We will see some interesting animal objects and meet some neat live animals! This program is planned for indoors but if the weather is nice we may go outside for a very short walk close to the building.
$6 per person
Course Code: 51709

EEC-02 Thursday, November 8
  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-81 Saturday, November 10
  10:30am-11:30am

Origami Birds
(All Ages, 8 years and older)
Origami is the ancient art of paper folding. Whether you are a novice or an experienced paper folder, join us and spend an hour relaxing while challenging yourself to make origami birds to take home. These festive birds make a memorable touch on a special occasion or holiday table.
$9 per person
Course Code: 51119

EEC-30 Saturday, November 10
  1:30pm-2:30pm

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.
$15 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-84 Tuesdays, November 13, 20, 27
  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.
$50 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-57 Tuesdays, November 13, 20, 27
  12:45pm-3:15pm

Washington Crossing & Beyond
(Adult)
Washington Crossing State Park is one of NJ's many Revolutionary War sites but it is also home to one of NJ's most historically important natural resources, the Delaware River. We will explore the park and then venture into the charming havens of Lambertville and New Hope for lunch and the remainder of the afternoon. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring money for lunch.
$50 per adult/$40 per student/senior
Course Code: 51181

EEC-58 Thursday, November 15
  9:00am-4:30pm

Turkey Walk - New program
(All Ages)
Autumn is a wonderful time of the year to be on the trails in Lord Stirling Park. Join a Naturalist for a hike though the park, to talk turkey, and find out why Ben Franklin thought this species should be the national bird of our Nation. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51847

EEC-01 Saturday, November 17
  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-K4 Saturday, November 17
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Turkey Talk
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
As Thanksgiving approaches people start thinking "turkey". Educate yourself on this fascinating bird and share your new found knowledge with family and friends at your Thanksgiving dinner.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51669

EEC-8 Tuesday, November 20
  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-K5 Saturday, November 24
  1:00pm-4:00pm



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    • School Program Guide
Trips & Outings
    • Birding
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    • Garden Discovery
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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.

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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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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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