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

Educational Public Programs for May 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-77 Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  9:00am-10:00am

Squirmy Wormies!
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Wiggly worms are very important for many reasons. They make the soil much better for other plants and animals, and are a tasty treat for birds, frogs, and other critters. Learn more about worms, and create a habitat for your very own pet worm!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51209

EEC-18 Tuesday, May 1
  10:30am-11:30am

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 spending up to two hours outside exploring, 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-53 Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class May 22)
  12:45pm-3:15pm
EEC-54 Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24
  12:45pm-3:15pm

Swamp Kids let's move
(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, and waterproof boots are a must.
$30 for 5-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-08 Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Woodland Wildflowers
(All Ages)
In the springtime, woodland wildflowers are at their peak, 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-05 Friday, May 4
  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. 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-80 Saturday, May 5
  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-J7 Saturday, May 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-78 Sundays, May 6, 13, 20, 27
  9:00am-10:00am

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-60 Mondays, May 7, 14, 21
  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 hiking, games, and activities. Each week will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please be dressed for all kinds of weather.
$18 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51666

EEC-62 Mondays, May 7, 14, 21
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Birding the Gap - New Program
(Adult)
Birding the Gap is a full day birding trip and is intended for more serious birders. We will spend a good portion of our day in High Point State Park, Stokes State Forest, and Delaware Water Gap (Old Mine Road) area looking for migrants that have started to pass through our area. There are few better spots in New Jersey to be in early May. If time allows we may visit locally famous butterfly locations.
$50 per adults/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51834

EEC-01 Tuesday, May 8
  6:00am-4:00pm

Stonecrop
(Adult)
Stonecrop Garden is located in the Hudson Highlands and incorporates a diverse collection of gardens and plants into their 12-acre property. Tour will include at least two hours of walking through rolling hills and steps. Display areas consist of woodland and water gardens, grass gardens, cliff rock gardens, raised alpine stone beds, and an enclosed English-style flower garden. Join us and be inspired with ideas for your own garden. Please bring a bag lunch.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 56501

EEC-4 Thursday, May 10
  9:00am-4:30pm

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 animals on display, there is something 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. 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-56 Friday, May 11
  8:30am-4:30pm

World Series of Birding
(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. Once again this year, New Jersey Audubon's Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary and the Environmental Education Center will be fielding a joint team of budding birders. However this year we are increasing the intensity and are going for even more species than last year! 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; February 10, March 17, April 14, and May 5. Then on competition day, we will spend nearly all day birding in various parts of southern New Jersey trying to find as many species as possible. Dinner will be provided, but please pack a lunch for the day. While this is a commitment, it is led by an eight-time participant (two-time champion) in the World Series. For more information, contact Naturalist Ben Barkley, bbarkley@scparks.org, 908 766-2489 ext. 5326, to learn more about this exciting day of birding. Registration is limited to six participants, so do not miss out!
$20 per person
Course Code: 51798

EEC-02 Saturday, May 12
  3:00am-11:00pm

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. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51691

EEC-5 Tuesday, May 15
  6:00am-Noon

Lily Pad Ponding
(All Ages)
Please join a Naturalist to explore what is above and below the surface of lily pad pond. Home to turtles, frogs, dragonflies, and more this fantastic body of water is a great place to experience the great swamp. Please dress with mud and water in mind.
$9 per person
Course Code: 51654

EEC-6 Saturday, May 19
  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-J8 Saturday, May 19
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Presby Memorial Iris Garden
(Adult)
Prepare to be inspired. Join Naturalists for a visit to Essex County's famous Presby Memorial Iris Garden, which contains 14,000 irises of approximately 3,000 varieties and produce 100,000 blooms over the course of the season! Whether you are interested in classics or contemporary, antiques or heirloom, tall or dwarf, there will be irises here for you to see. After our visit to the garden we will be stopping at the Jersey-famous Applegate Farm Dairy for some amazing home-made ice cream.
$40 per adult/$30 per senior
Course Code: 51181

EEC-27 Tuesday, May 22
  9:00am-3:00pm

Tot Trek let's move
(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-83 Wednesday, May 23
  10:30am-11:30am


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    • Forest Fitness
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      Other Groups
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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 908 722-1200 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 Jane Parks at 908 722-1200 ext.5336 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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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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