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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 2019

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.
$65 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-66 Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24
  12:45pm-3:15pm

Forest Fitness Tuesdays
(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-97 Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24
  9:00am-10:00am

Cherry Valley Birding - New program
(Adult)
Join us for a day of exploring Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Stroudsburg, PA! We will hike 3.5 miles through beautiful wetlands, grasslands, and rolling hills of forest while birdwatching on this former golf course tract. Bring binoculars and lunch.
$50 per adult/ $40 per senior
Course Code: 51861

EEC-01 Wednesday, September 4
  9:30am- 4:30pm

Bugtastic! - New
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
September is a great time to go out and look for bugs! We will hit the gardens and trails to look for butterflies, praying mantises, beetles, and other neat bugs! Observation tools will be provided. Exotic bugs from our building collection will also be shown and if time allows we will read a fun story about bugs! We are sure to have a bugtastic time in this program!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51866

EEC-01 Thursday, September 5
  10:30am-11:30am

Grey Towers
(Adult)
Grey Towers is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the US Forest Service, twice governor of Pennsylvania, and a founding father to the world of conservation. Tour the first floor of the mansion while hearing stories of the Pinchot Family and their impact on the environment. Walk through the hillside of trees Pinchot planted almost 100 years ago. Enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in vistas of beautiful fall foliage. On the way back, dependent upon time and weather, we will stop in Milford to see the historic town.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 56508

EEC-02 Friday, September 6
  9:00am-5:00pm

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.
$21 per adult/$18 per student/senior
Course Code: 51475

EEC-26 Friday, September 6
  8:00pm-11:00pm

Forest Fitness Sundays
(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-98 Sundays, September 8, 15, 22, 29
  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.
$30 per pair/$15per additional child for 4-day session
Course Code: 51667

EEC-70 Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30
  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 on the trails 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.
$24 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51666

EEC-71 Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Mohonk Mountain House
(Adult)
Since 1869, this prestigious Victorian castle has been hosting visitors at its 2,200 acre mountaintop setting. Hidden at the top of the Shawangunk Ridge in the Catskill Mountain Range, Mohonk offers spectacular views of an incredible landscape. Take a tour of Mohonk's award-winning formal annual gardens and greenhouse. Enjoy a picnic lunch, wander the trails, and take a moment to relax on the historic grounds. Please bring a bag lunch to enjoy as a late summer picnic.
$75 per adult/$65 per senior
Course Code: 51486

EEC-4 Tuesday, September 10
  8:30am-5:00pm

Fall Birding Workshop - New
(Adult)
Spend the day at the Environmental Education Center participating in our Fall Birding Workshop. The workshop will feature a morning bird walk searching for warblers, a hawk watch from the back deck, a series of identification lectures, and more. Lunch will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a full day of activities.
$40 per adult/$30 per senior
Course Code: 51864

EEC-01 Saturday, September 14
  7:00am-5:00pm

Meadowbrook Farm – Pennsylvania Horticultural Society - New
(Adult)
Lace up a pair of comfortable walking shoes, pack your favorite bag lunch, and join the Naturalists on a tour of the historic house and gardens of this beautiful 25 acre property. With a variety of formal gardens including a large display garden, pollinator garden, cutting garden, xeric garden, cacti and succulent garden, rain garden, rock garden, and a woodland path, there is something for everyone to admire. A late afternoon stop in New Hope/Lambertville to stretch the legs is planned as time and weather allows.
$60 per adult/$50 per senior
Course Code: 51857

EEC-01 Tuesday, September 17
  9:00am-6:00pm

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-94 Friday, September 27
  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-M5 Saturday, September 28
  1:00pm-4:00pm
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    • School Program Guide
Trips & Outings
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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
  Gretchen Rotondo at 908 722-1200   ext.5323 or email your completed   application and waiver to   grotondo@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

Support Packet

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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