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Environmental Education Center

190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ • 908 766-2489

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Educational Public Programs for May 2017

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.
$30 per pair/$15 per additional child for 4-day session
Course Code: 51667

EEC-53 Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22
  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 hiking, games, and activities. Each week will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please be dressed for all kinds of weather.
$24 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51666

EEC-53 Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22
  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.
$25 for 5-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-60 Tuesdays, May 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 going outside for hikes, hands-on activities, meeting live animals, and learning by experimenting. Each month has a different theme. Please send a small snack with your child. Please dress for the weather. 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-35 Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 30   (No class May 23)
  12:45pm-3:15pm
EEC-36 Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25
  12:45pm-3:15pm

Bronx Zoo & Animal Babies!
(Adult)
Take the day off and leave the driving to us! Join a Naturalist on a trip to this world famous zoo run by the Wildlife Conservation Society. With more than 4,000 species on display there is an animal for everyone to admire. The zoo is too big to see in just one day so we will prioritize our visit; start thinking about what you want to see! We will be covering a lot of ground so wear your walking shoes and bring your camera because there is always something happening at the zoo. Bring your lunch or money to purchase lunch in the café.
$75 per adult/$65 per senior
Course Code: 51181

EEC-45 Thursday, May 4
  9:00am-5:00pm

Woodland Wildflowers   
(Adult)
Woodland wildflowers are in their glory in the springtime, carpeting the forest floor in the dappled sunlight. Join a Naturalist for a leisurely walk through Lord Stirling Park in search of these spring beauties. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51751

EEC-04 Friday, May 5
  1:30pm-2:30pm

World Series of Birding - New Program
(Ages 12-15)
Are you an aspiring young birder? Do you want to be a part of the largest and most prestigious birding competition in the country? The World Series of Birding occurs every year in New Jersey and calls upon the toughest and brightest birders in the world. This year New Jersey Audubon's Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary and the Environmental Education Center will be fielding a joint team of budding birders. We will have four meetings prior to the event to build our team dynamics, discuss species identification, and plan our birding route for the day. The meetings will occur on Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm; January 14, February 11, March 18, and April 8. Then on competition day we will spend nearly all day birding in northern New Jersey trying to find as many species as possible. While this is a commitment, it is led by a seven-time participant (two-time champion) in the World Series. For more information contact Naturalist Ben Barkley (bbarkley@scparks.org, 908-766-2489 ext. 326), to learn more about this exciting day of birding. Registration is limited to six participants, so do not miss out!
$15 per person
Course Code: 51798

EEC-01 Saturday, May 6
  5:00am-9:00pm

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-61 Sundays, May 7, 14, 21, 28
  9:00am-10:00am

Wild Kids   
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Is your child full of energy? Now is a great time to 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-12 Sundays, May 7, 14, 21, 28
  10:30am-11:30am

Garret Mountain
(Adult)
Can you believe that such a fantastic birding spot is located in Paterson, NJ? Spend the morning birding around Garret Mountain Reservation looking for bright and colorful spring warblers.
$40 per adult/$30 per senior
Course Code: 51691

EEC-4 Tuesday, May 9
  6:00am-11:00am

Caramoor - New Program
(Adult)
The Caramoor Estate is both the legacy and vision of Walter and Lucie Rosen. They built their luxurious Mediterranean-style villa called the Rosen House to entertain friends from around the world and surrounded it with beautiful grounds and Italianate style gardens. Today Caramoor is a center which hosts outstanding musical performances in addition to offering tours of both the house and gardens. Our time at Caramoor will begin with a concert of Mediterranean themed music followed by a house tour, a mid-day luncheon, and end with a stretch of our legs on a garden tour.
$90 per adult/$80 per senior
Course Code: 56390

EEC-01 Wednesday, May 10
  8:30am-5:00pm

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. Story hour is a great 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-74 Saturday, May 13
  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-H2 Saturday, May 13
  1:00pm-4:00pm

South Jersey Breeders - New Program
(Adult)
Every birder knows about Cape May, but southern Jersey birding has much more to offer. Late May offers the chance to see some specialty southern breeders such as Yellow-throated Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, and Summer Tanager. Make sure to bring binoculars, lunch, bug spray, and sunscreen!
$65 per adult/$55 per senior
Course Code: 51800

EEC-01 Tuesday, May 16
  5:00am-7:00pm

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-73 Tuesday, May 16
  10:30am-11:30am

Birding at Scherman-Hoffman - New Program
(Adult)
Scherman-Hoffman is a fantastic birding spot in spring and it is right down the road! We will spend the morning looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more at this great local spot! Program begins and ends at the EEC.
$21 per person
Course Code: 51799

EEC-01 Friday, May 19
  9:00am-Noon

Sensational Spring Sounds - New Program
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
"Drink Your Tea", "Who Cooks, Who Cooks For You", "Sweet Sweet Sweet I Am So Sweet". The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means springtime has finally arrived. Just like us, the birds, frogs, insects, and other animals around the EEC are awaking from their winter slumbers and celebrating the return of spring. Join one of our Naturalists for an hour long program all about the sensational sounds that we can hear as we hike around this time of year.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51804

EEC-01 Friday, May 26
  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-H3 Saturday, May 27
  1:00pm-4:00pm


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