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

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Educational Public Programs for september 2018

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.

Forest Fitness
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-79 Sundays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$20 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51708
EEC-80 Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25

New York Botanical Garden presents Georgia O'Keeffe Hawaii
Georgia O'Keeffe was a pioneering American modernist painter renowned for her ability to convey a sense of place; from the stark New Mexican landscape to abstract New York cityscapes. Yet plants and flowers were a subject she returned to throughout her career. This major exhibition will feature more than 15 O'Keeffe paintings from her time in the Hawaiian Islands (1939). Paired with a lush flower show that evokes the gardens and landscapes of Hawaii, this is a trip not to be missed.
$60 per adult/$50 per senior
Course Code: 51181

EEC-51 Thursday, September 6

Fossil Hunt
(All Ages, 12 years and older with parent)
Join a Naturalist on a day trip to collect Late Cretaceous Era fossils. This public collecting spot in coastal New Jersey has actively weathering fossil shark teeth and other fossils in loose gravel. Collection is in a stream. Wear sturdy pants; bring work style gloves, a small hand held soil cultivator, a hat, sunscreen, lunch, and plenty to drink. The site is exposed to the elements.
$40 per adult/$35 per student/senior
Course Code: 51816

EEC-02 Friday, September 7

Fall Frolic! - New program
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Join a Naturalist for a bit of early fall fun! We will take a nice hike, do a fall theme craft, and if time permits read autumn tales.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51841

EEC-01 Friday, September 7

Owl Prowl
(All Ages, 8 years and older with parent)
Join a Naturalist and explore the nocturnal world of these fascinating raptors. Whether with long or short ears., barred or great horned, these raptors are truly special. Fall is great time of year to hear, and possibly even see, a few of the owls that live in Lord Stirling Park. Registration is limited. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
$18 per adult/$15 per student/senior
Course Code: 51475

EEC-25 Saturday, September 8

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.
$22 per pair/$11 per additional child
Course Code: 51667

EEC-61 Mondays, September 10, 17, 24

(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, activities, and more! 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-63 Mondays, September 10, 17, 24

Glenhurst Meadows Bird Hike
What could be better than an early fall morning spent exploring a local spot with lots of fall migrants? Join a Naturalist and spend the morning at Glenhurst Meadows looking for a variety of species passing through our area.
$25 per adult/$20 per senior
Course Code: 51786

EEC-02 Tuesday, September 11

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 provide a small snack for your child. Waterproof boots are a must in the swamp. Please dress for the weather.
$50 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-55 Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25

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.
Course Code: 51214

EEC-87 Thursday, September 13

Swamp Kids
(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.
$18 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-09 Thursdays, September 13, 20, 27

Colonial Park Gardens - New program
There is no need to leave the county to enjoy this wonderful garden trip. Join our own rosarian for a tour of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden which won the 2015 World Federation of Rose Societies Garden of Excellence Award. Pique your senses in the sensory and fragrant garden and stroll through the perennial garden. Enjoy lunch under the picnic pavilion, please bring a bag/picnic lunch.
$25 per adult/$20 per senior
Course Code: 51829

EEC-01 Thursday, September 20

Midnight Meander
(All Ages, 10 and older with parent)
Join us for this rare opportunity to take a guided midnight walk by the light of the moon and the stars. We will listen for frogs, owls, and also try to spy bats and inquisitive insects. This is an excellent time of night and year to see and hear these wonderful animals. Do not miss out!
$21 per adult/18 per student/senior
Course Code: 51818

EEC-02 Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22

Cedar Swamp Shenanigans - New program
Join us on a High Point State Park adventure. We will learn about the history of the park, visit the monument and take a hike through the worlds highest elevation cedar swamp. Pack a picnic lunch and drinks. Binoculars and a camera are optional.
$40 per adult/$35 per student/senior
Course Code: 51837

EEC-01 Wednesday, September 26

Night Owls
Fall Migration is in full swing! Warblers, tanagers, orioles, thrushes, and sparrows are coming over New Jersey in full force. These birds have a long way to travel in a short amount of time, so how do the little guys do it? Have you ever stepped outside on a fall night and heard little chips, slips, blips or whips? To avoid predation during the day these migrants fly at night and can often be heard calling to each other as they do The program will include a presentation on migration and if conditions are right we will listen for these nocturnal travelers and talk about the spectacle of migration. If the conditions are not ideal, have no fear--we will look and listen for owls instead.
$14 per adult/$12 per senior
Course Code: 51813

EEC-03 Friday, September 28

Birding Identification Workshops: Raptors
Raptor migration is upon us and it is time to learn how to identify those specs in the sky. We will cover hawks, eagles, and falcons. This indoor program will be presentation based and lead into the scheduled hawkwatch program. Join us for this or both programs.
$6 per person
Course Code: 51822

EEC-06 Saturday, September 29

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.
Course Code: 51438

EEC-K1 Saturday, September 29

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Specialty 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
    • 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 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 .

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

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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