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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 september 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.

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-62 Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26
  9:00am-10:00am

Chihuly at New York Botanic Gardens
(Adult)
Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Botanic Gardens with the colorful fall foliage. This year the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition with monumental installations within and around the most celebrated sites in the Botanical Garden's landscape. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring money for lunch in the Café, and be prepared to be wowed!
$55 per adult/$45 per senior
Course Code: 51181

EEC-46 Thursday, September 7
  9:00am-5:00pm

Animal Architects - New program
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Beaver dams, bird nests, and bee hives are just a few examples of the incredible structures that animals construct. They truly are amazing architects. We will try our hand at building like the animals do with a series of crafts, tasks, and fun challenges.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51812

EEC-01 Friday, September 8
  10:30am-11:30am

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-54
Mondays, September 11, 18, 25
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, 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-54
Mondays, September 11, 18, 25
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-77
Tuesday, September 12
10:30am-11:30am

Hawkwatch Hike @ EEC
(Adult)
The season for hawk watching has officially begun! Come hike the trails with a Naturalist but be sure to keep an eye to the sky for those awesome migrating birds of prey. We will discuss the different types of hawks as we trek around the swamp. Bring binoculars and be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51596
EEC-8
Friday, September 15
1:00pm-2:00pm

Fossil Hunt - New program
(All Ages 12 years and older)
Join a Naturalist on a day trip to collect classic Devonian era fossils. This public roadside collecting spot in New York is actively weathering out and has brachiopods, sponges, and other fossils in loose gravel. The site is exposed to the elements and there is no shade. 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 and there is no shade or facilities.
$40 per adult/$35 per student/senior
Course Code: 51816
EEC-01
Saturday, September 16
8:00am-6:00pm

Wild Kids
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Is your child full of energy? Now is a great time to get outside and 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!
$15 per pair/$8 per additional child for 2-day session
Course Code: 51755
EEC-13
Sundays, September 17, 24
10:30am-11:30am

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
(Adult)
Take a wildflower tour of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 134 acres featuring over 800 species of native plants. Late summer into early autumn can be an amazing time for wildflowers. Join a Preserve Naturalist on a walk to learn more about our native plant species. After lunch visit a local farm market for farm fresh products and produce! Wear good walking shoes; trails may be uneven in places. Please bring a bag lunch.
$40 per adult/$30 per senior
Course Code: 56192
EEC-03
Tuesday, September 19
9:00am-4:00pm

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.
$36 for 2-day session per person
Course Code: 51488
EEC-37
Tuesdays, September 19, 26
12:45pm-3:15pm

Hawkwatch Hike @ EEC
(Ages infant to 14 with parent)
The season for hawk watching has officially begun! Come hike the trails with a Naturalist but be sure to keep an eye to the sky for those awesome migrating birds of prey. We will discuss the different types of hawks as we trek around the swamp. Bring binoculars and be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51596
EEC-9
Wednesday, September 20
4:00pm-5:00pm

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.
$36 for 2-day session per person
Course Code: 51488
EEC-38
Thursdays, September 21, 28
12:45pm-3:15pm

Night Owls - New program
(Adult)
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. 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.
$12 per person
Course Code: 51813
EEC-01
Thursday, September 21
8:00pm-9:30pm
EEC-02 Thursday, September 28
8:00pm-9:30pm




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