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2019 Special Events at the Environmental Education Center
The following annual events are conducted at the Environmental Education Center. The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. For directions, please click here. For additional information, please call the EEC at 908 722-1200 Ext.5002

Nature Through A Child’s Eye     
This annual children's environmental art exhibit features Somerset County kindergartners through sixth graders who have expressed their love of our natural world, our environment, and our Earth through their artwork.
FREE 
Friday, January 7 through Sunday, February 3, 2019 
9:00am-4:30pm except Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

“NOBODIES WATCHING”
Drawings, Paintings, Photography, Sculpture
February 9 - March 10

To counter the practice of “you know, pave paradise and put up a parking lot,” Ridge High School art students delved into the vast potential for activism and art as it relates to the environment. Taking a cue from the Great Swamp and the successful grassroots campaign that prevented its destruction from becoming a massive jetport project, students researched environmental concerns for this exhibition. The work is both sensitive and bold. It is a great example of how artwork can be immediate, or can recur as events linked over time. Nobodies Watching explores the role of artist and works of arts as a catalyst for social and political change. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Free
9:00am-5:00pm except Lincoln’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

Maple Sugaring
Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 90-minute program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow. Organized groups (such as schools) may schedule weekday demonstrations by calling the EEC at 908 722-1200, ext. 5002.
Suggested donation: $1 per person
February 16, 17, 23, 24
March 2, 3, 9, 10
Saturdays - 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Sundays - Noon and 2:00pm

Nip Invasive Species in the Bud!
March 14
This adult intended program presented by Dr. Michael Van Clef from the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST) will provide an overall summary of the invasive species problem here in the state, and inform homeowners how they can help make a difference! Learn which plant species to avoid, and which native plant alternatives to incorporate into your landscaping designs to help attract beneficial pollinators and birds!
Free
6:30pm–7:30pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

Bernards Township Community Art Show
March 16 - April 21, except Good Friday and Easter
Bernards Township is partnering with the Environmental Education Center to host the eighth annual non-juried art show with a wide variety of mediums and subjects. The artists are all Bernards Township adult residents and the subject matter is family friendly. Come to the EEC to see artwork created by your friends and neighbors. A reception will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 10am to 11am.
Free
9:00am - 5:00pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
722-1200 (ext. 5002)

Rare Herps!
April 7
Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey biologist, Allegra Mitchell, as she talks about some of the rarest reptile and amphibian species in the state. Learn what makes these animals special and why they are vital to maintain a balanced ecosystem. Allegra will discuss the threats to these species and how CWF, the state, and other agencies are working to protect these important and often misunderstood creatures!
Free                             
2:00pm–3:00pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

Project E.A.R.T.H – Swamp Search!
April 28
Join us for an exciting scavenger hunt on the Environmental Education Center trails to learn about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Learn interesting facts about the Great Swamp and its inhabitants. This event is for friends, families, scouts or other groups to get outside and travel our trails to find answers to our scavenger hunt questions. Return to the EEC for a program by Rick Mikula, “The Butterfly Guy” with his amazing butterfly exhibit including some live butterflies. Rain or shine, please call the EEC for scavenger hunt status in case of inclement weather.
Free
12 Noon - 4:30pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

The Butterfly Guy
April 28
As the grand finale to our “Project E.A.R.T.H. – Swamp Search!” meet Rick Mikula, the Butterfy Guy and his amazing collection of live and mounted butterflies and moths. See more information about our Project E.A.R.T.H. – Swamp Search in the Special Events section. The Butterfly Guy will present an entertaining and educational program for all ages. The program will be held rain or shine.
Free
3:45pm-4:30pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

“FOR THE LOVE OF FROGS”
May 1 - 26
This year the Ridge High School Advanced Ceramics Students are proud to showcase custom ceramic sculptures of some of the amphibious inhabitants of the Great Swamp! These hollow formed sculptures have been fabricated in the style and techniques of the ancient native cultures of the Western Hemisphere. As a tribute to work done by the Pre-Columbian Natives of Ancient Mexico, Central and South America, some of the sculptures have been crafted into  functional vessels, while still maintaining their swamp creature appearances! There will also be large scale sculptures of swamp inhabitants to wow those in attendance as well! A reception will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm 
Free
9:00am-5:00pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

The County Caper Accelerated! 
August 2
The County Caper Accelerated! is a one day game that takes adults on an interactive tour of Somerset County parks and facilities. Challenge your mental and physical capabilities while completing fun tasks throughout the day as your team races against the clock. This is an exciting event for those who crave adventure in their own backyard. Registration begins May 15.
Registration Fee: non-refundable $20 per team.
8:00am – 4:00pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

The County Caper     
August 25
The County Caper is a one day game that takes families and friends on an interactive tour of Somerset County parks and facilities. It is designed to encourage everyone to explore, learn, and protect our parks and other natural areas. This special event is open to everyone with a yearning to discover all Somerset County has to offer. Registration begins May 15.
Registration Fee: non-refundable $20 per team.
8:00am – 4:00pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

Hawkwatch at the EEC - New program
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist on the back deck of the Environmental Education Center and watch migrating raptors on their journey south. Stay for as long as you would like or drop in to see what has been spotted. Pre-registration is not required.
FREE
Saturday, September 29
10:00am-2:00pm

Birding Big Sit
(All Ages, 8 years and older)
Fall migration is in full swing, so let us see how many species of bird we can identify from the back deck of the Environmental Education Center in one day. Swing by the EEC whenever and for however long you w ant and join one of our Naturalists to find hawks, warblers, sparrows, and more. With your help we might be able to beat last year's total of 70 species! Pre-registration is not required.
FREE
Saturday, October 6
7:00am-5:00pm

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
October 6
Travel back in time as exhibitors and militias recreate colonial life on the site of Lord Stirling's Manor. Enjoy an educational and exciting day in the 1770's.
Suggested donation: $5 per person
11:30am – 4:30pm

Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5002

"By the Light of the Moon"
Friday, October 11
(All Ages)
Led by a Naturalist, adventurers will explore the Great Swamp while listening for animal sounds and using their night vision to walk the swampy trails beneath the stars. Walks will depart every 15 minutes with concurrent indoor activities including a maze, live critters, refreshments, and more. Rain date: October 13. Registration begins September 11
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fee: $6 per person
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5002

Live Animal Show
Sunday, October 13
All ages are welcome tojoin us for a wild afternoon of fun with a live animal show where you will meet some of nature’s coolest creatures. Pre-registration not required.
Suggested donation: $5 per person
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge 
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

42nd Festival of Trees
December 1 – 28 December 7 – 29
(closed December 24 & 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday)
December is the time to visit the Environmental Education Center and get into the holiday spirit. The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees by various community groups and individuals. Come and enjoy live holiday music on select Saturdays and Sundays. Snowflake Café on all Saturdays and Sundays.
Is open: 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge 
908 722-1200 (ext. 5002)

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Rider and her horse

2019 Special Events at Lord Stirling Stable
The following events are held at Lord Stirling Stable. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge. For directions, please click here. For additional information, please call the Stable at 908 722-1200, ext. 5010.  

Dressage Show (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
March 17
This show is open to Lord Stirling Stable riders and private horses/riders. Equestrians may enter to ride their choice of dressage tests. Ribbons awarded. Please visit the Friends' website (www.flss.org) for more information.
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Private Horse Hunter Pace (co-sponsored by Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
April 28
Open to private horse owners. The 6-8 mile marked course includes 30+ jumps, all with ample room to bypass for riders who prefer to stay on the flat. Ribbons will be awarded in Junior, Open, Senior, Hilltopper, and Family divisions.
Fee: $35 per Junior rider (under 18 years of age), $40 per Adult
Teams depart between 9am – 1pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

36th Annual Family Fun Day (co-sponsored by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
May 19  
Games on horseback are the centerpiece of this fun-filled day at Lord Stirling Stable, but that's not all we've got! Pony rides and hayrides make horses accessible to everyone; local vendors offer their specialties for sale; and child-friendly arcade games ensure that everyone is a winner. The Friends have food and beverages available for purchase, so bring the kids, bring your appetite, and enjoy a day on the farm.
8am – 3pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Spring Adult Horse Show (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
June 8
This event is open to students of the stable. Class levels range from beginners through advanced jumping. The Adult Drill Team performs at 1pm. The public is welcome; admission and parking are free. Ribbons awarded.
8:30am
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Spring Junior Horse Show
June 9
This event is open to students of the stable. Classes range from beginner through advanced jumping. The Junior Drill Team performs at 1pm. The public is welcome; admission and parking are free. Ribbons awarded.
8:30am
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Private Horse Hunter Pace (Co-sponsored by Friends of Lord Stirling Stable) 
September 8
Open to private horse owners. The 6-8 mile marked course includes 30+ jumps, all with ample room to bypass for riders who prefer to stay on the flat. Ribbons will be awarded in Junior, Open, Senior, Hilltopper, and Family divisions.
Fee: $35 per Junior rider (under 18 years of age), $40 per Adult
Teams depart between 9am – 1pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Fall Festival (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable) Cancelled
October 19; Rain date October 26
The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable offer themed hayrides, pony rides, and other child-friendly activities at the 4th Annual Fall Festival. For additional information please visit their website, www.flss.org.
5pm – 8pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Holiday Horse Shows
December 7-8 1-2
Cheer for Lord Stirling Stable’s students as they showcase the horsemanship skills that they have been working on in lessons. Enjoy a Drill Team Competition on Saturday, with a performance by the Adult Drill team at 1PM.  On Sunday, Junior riders will showcase their skills and the Junior Drill Team will perform at 1PM. Ribbons awarded. The public is welcome; admission and parking are free. 
9am
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Holiday Festival (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
December 7-8
Take a hayride to see Santa Claus, ride a pony, decorate ornaments, and enjoy many other activities. Find that perfect gift at the Silent Auction, which benefits the School Horse Retirement Fund. Fees vary; admission, and parking free.
10am – 3pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

Jingle Bell Trail Ride 
December 15
A short break from holiday preparations can feel like a vacation when you are on the back of a horse! Registration is open through December 12. For riders at Intermediate 2/C-2 and higher levels.
11am – Noon
Fee: $28 Somerset County resident/$36 non-resident
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge 
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

 


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Leonard J. Buck Garden

2019 Special Events at Leonard J. Buck Garden
The following events are conducted at Leonard J. Buck Garden. Buck Garden is located at Layton Road in Far Hills. For directions, please click here. For additional information, please call Buck Garden at 908 722-1200 ext. 5011.

Art and Photography Exhibit
February 19 – March 22
This exhibit will feature photographs, paintings, and drawings showcasing the four seasons at Leonard J. Buck Garden. See the garden's many faces through the works of talented artists and photographers. This exhibit will be held at the Leonard J. Buck Garden Visitor Center.
Suggested Donation
10am – 4pm Monday – Friday only
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Pruning Workshop
March 27
Is that shrub in your backyard getting too big? Do you want to prune it yourself, but need some guidance? Then join the Buck Garden staff to learn basic pruning techniques used in the Garden. Proper pruning tools will be discussed. There will be an outdoor presentation, weather permitting. So please dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Pre-registration required.
Fee: $15
10:00am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Woodland Walks
April and May
Sunday afternoons in April and May (except holiday weekends)
Brighten your spring with a captivating and informative tour of the Leonard J. Buck Garden. Enjoy the magnificent drifts of native wildflowers and spring perennials blooming throughout the garden, as well as azaleas, dogwoods, and many colorful flowering shrubs and trees. Discover the great variety of plants growing among the rock formations and woodlands, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Tours will be held on April 7, 14, 28 and May 5, 12, and 19.
Please no organized groups.
Fee: $7 per person
2pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration
April 27, 28
Enhance your garden with some spectacular new plant treasures, and help us celebrate Earth Day. Weekend highlights include a plant sale featuring many choice selections of perennials, ferns, and woody plants, and hypertufa planting troughs. There will be inspiring garden lectures, and guided tours of this magnificent naturalistic rock garden. This event is co-sponsored with the Watnong Chapter North American Rock Garden Society.
Suggested Donation
Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon – 5pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Flower & Landscape Garden Photography Workshop
April 30
This Flower & Landscape Photography Class is offered to beginner and intermediate photography enthusiasts by professional photographer Brien Szabo of Nature Images, Inc. This class will involve technical instruction in the Buck Garden Visitor Center, followed by outdoor photography of plant close-ups and landscape scenes. The workshop is designed for both digital and film photographers. Pre-registration is required; space is limited.
Fee: $35
9am -11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Honey Bees: One of our Favorite Pollinators
May 9
Do you know how a bee finds its way home? Join apiarist John Garretson and learn interesting facts about bees. Topics include a bee's life span, their jobs in the colony, who rules the hive, honey production and more. This educational and fun program is geared toward everyone who wants to know and learn the latest buzz on bees. Emphasis on honey bees.
Fee: $15
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

The Magical Mysterious Monarch
August 22
For years, scientists wondered about the wanderings of monarch butterflies. Large numbers of monarchs are seen during the summer and early fall in the northern regions of the United States, and then great swarms are seen flying south. But until the 1970s, no one knew where they went during the winter. Join Cynthia Hedin, Somerset County Master Gardener, to learn about the discovery of the monarch's winter destination, and about the magical life cycle of the monarch.
Fee: $15 per person
10am – 11:30amLeonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Make a Hypertufa Mini-Trough
September 27
Hypertufa is a handmade material which resembles "tufa," a rugged volcanic rock used to make planting troughs. These containers are especially suited for small rock garden plants. You will learn how to make your own hypertufa mini-trough and receive instructions for curing it at home. Wear work clothes as the process can be messy. Workshop fee includes the cost of supplies. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.
Fee: $45
10am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Flower & Landscape Photography – Autumnal Brilliance
October 29
While each season in Buck Garden has its own special qualities, none are quite as spectacular as the colors of the trees and shrubs in the fall. Lecture and field session will cover the use of light, composition, landscape photography, close-ups, and how to find the right picture. The workshop will be taught by Nature Photographer Brien Szabo. The class is designed for all levels of digital and film photographers. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $35 per person
9am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

Thankful Lights - Floating Luminaries at Leonard J. Buck Garden - FULL
November 15
Borrowed from a traditional Japanese ceremony, floating a candle on water is thought to awaken the spirit of nature within us all. You will create your own lantern and decorate it with a personalized message, attach it to your illuminated float, and release it on Buck Garden's Lower Pond. Come see and experience how magical the floating lights are as they drift on the water into the night. Materials will be supplied. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per person
5pm - 6:30pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5621

tour of the Perennial Garden

2019 Special Events at Colonial Park Gardens
The following programs/events will be held in the Colonial Park Gardens in Franklin Township. For additional information or to register for programs that have a fee, please call 908 722-1200 ext. 5721 or the NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with a hearing and/or speech impairment. Online registration is also available at www.somersetcountyparks.org. All programs are rain or shine, unless otherwise noted. If you have individualized needs due to a disability, please call the Therapeutic Recreation Department at 908 526-5650 and we will be happy to arrange reasonable accommodations. Three weeks notice is required to ensure that appropriate accommodations can be provided.

ATTRACTING BIRDS INTO THE GARDEN - CANCELED
Saturday, February 23    10am – 12:00pm    $15 per person (Rain date: March 2)
Pre-registration and payment received by February 18 is required.Attracting birds into your garden is good for your garden as well as for the birds.  In this informative lecture, Colonial Park Gardener Amy Westlye will discuss how providing food, water, nesting spaces, and a natural habitat will attract interesting, wildly amusing, and environmentally beneficial feathered friends into your garden all year round.  The program will be held in the Park Commission Headquarters at North Branch Park located at 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater.  Please meet at the reception area.

ROSE PRUNING WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 6    9am – 12pm
Pre-registration by April 3 is required.
Colonial Park Gardens will present a free Rose Pruning workshop in the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden. After the training, participants will have the opportunity to help prune the roses. Please bring a pair of sharp pruning shears and gardening gloves. A limited number of pruners will be available to borrow. Please meet at the entrance of the Rose Garden, Parking Lot A.

FLOWER BUDS – CHILDREN’S GARDEN WORKSHOP - CANCELLED
Saturday, May 18    10am – 12pm (rain date: May 19)
Fee:  $15 per child, ages 5 to 10 (Limit: 12 children and must be accompanied by an adult)
Pre-registration and payment received by May 13 is required.
Come join the Horticulture staff and create Colonial Park’s Children’s Garden.  Children will be creating a butterfly, hummingbird, and goldfinch friendly garden which will be enjoyed by all visitors throughout the growing season.   Participants will sow seeds, plant annuals and perennials and will take home a flower of their choice from seeds.  All supplies will be provided.  The program will be held on Colonial Drive in Colonial Park.  Please meet at the entrance sign of the playground.

FOREST BATHING   
Sunday, May 19; Saturday, July 20; and September 7   12 - 2pm
Fee: $25 per person per session (Limit: 12 people)
Pre-registration and payment received by May 13, July 15, & September 3 is required.
The Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, which translates as "forest bathing” is intended to help foster a connection with nature that feeds mind, body, and spirit.  Join yoga instructor Megan Soucy for a forest bathing experience at Colonial Park Gardens.  The experience will include an easy, slow hike through the gardens and arboretum.  It will also include meditation and centering sessions intended to encourage the nurturing qualities of being present within nature.  Participants are encouraged to bring a small blanket or towel to sit on, water, and suitable shoes for walking.   Please meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Rose Garden, Parking Lot A.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE RUDOLF W. VAN DER GOOT ROSE GARDEN
Thursday, May 30 at 6pm and Sunday, June 2 at 2pm    $5 per person
Pre-registration is not required. The public is invited to tour the internationally recognized Somerset County Park Commission Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden.  The garden is in full spring beauty in May and June when thousands of varieties of roses of both modern and historic significance are in peak bloom.  Tours for individuals and families will be led by the Colonial Park Gardens Rosarian or designated staff.  Please no organized groups.  Please meet at the entrance of the garden.

SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Sunday, June 2 and September 22    10am – Noon
Fee: $20 per person per class (Limit: 12 people)
Pre-registration and payment received by May 28 & September 16 is required.
They say the best camera for the job is the one you have with you. These days that camera is your smartphone!  Photographer Joy Yagid will lead this hands-on workshop where participants will learn the best tips and tricks to get the most out of smartphone photography in nature.  Joy will individually guide participants in identifying photo opportunities, and share how to edit these photos directly on their smartphones.  Please meet at the Colonial Park Gardens Horticulture Building, Parking Lot A.

ROSE DAY FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 8    11am – 5pm    Free (Donations appreciated)
Colonial Park Gardens annual Rose Day Festival celebrates one of the first signs of summer…Roses in Bloom!   In the heart of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of   many varieties, both modern and of historic significance.   Visitors are invited to celebrate and revel in the day by strolling through the gardens, enjoying music and live entertainment, meeting local artisans, and indulging in some great food!  Back by popular demand, rose plants will also be for sale.  You will be sure to find a fun activity for festival-goers of any age!

LITTLE WIGGLERS - HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COMPOSTING BIN
Saturday, June 15    10am – 12pm
Fee: $25 per child ages 5 - 12 (Limit: 10 children & must be accompanied by an adult)
Pre-registration and payment received by June 10 is required.
Vermicomposting is the term used for composting with worms.  In this fun and educational workshop, children will assemble their own  ‘take home’ worm bins; learn the basics of vermicomposting and the benefits of recycling their kitchen scraps in order to make compost.  All supplies will be provided.  Please meet at the Colonial Park Gardens Stone Cottage, Parking Lot A.

SENSE & SCENTS-ABILITY
Saturday, August 3    11am - 2pm    Free (Donations appreciated)
Begin the day with a tour of the Fragrance and Sensory Garden and learn about the many plants that highlight this beautiful garden. You will get a chance to see, smell, touch, and taste the essence of summer herbs. Following the tour, there will be a lecture on the benefits of herbs. Expect the unexpected while enjoying a relaxing visit to the garden.  Please meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Rose Garden/Fragrance & Sensory Garden, Parking Lot A.

BUILD YOUR OWN SCARECROW
Saturday, October 5    9am – Noon    Fee:  $25 per person (Limit: 15 people)
Pre-registration and payment by September 30 is required.
Big or small, frightening or friendly, silly or serious – build your own kind of scarecrow with Colonial Park Gardens’ staff this autumn.  Bring your own favorite scarecrow clothes, your creativity, and we will provide the rest.  Some scarecrow attire will be available on a first come first served basis.  Please meet at the Colonial Park Gardens Stone Cottage.  This event promises to be fun for friends and family members of all ages!

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE
Saturday, November 23    1 – 3pm    Fee: $50 per person (Limit: 12 people)
Pre-registration and payment by November 18 is required.
Pineapples can be found on door knockers, in foyers, and on welcome mats… they have been a symbol of hospitality for centuries.  Learn the history and step-by-step techniques of this tradition, straight from Colonial Williamsburg, and then create your own beautiful 18th century centerpiece to greet your holiday dinner guests in style using fresh evergreens, boxwoods, ivies, crabapples, small cones, ribbons, and a fresh pineapple. All materials will be provided, but please bring a box to carry home your beautiful creation.  The program will be held in the Park Headquarters at North Branch Park located at 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater.  Please meet at the reception area.

HOLIDAY KISSING BALL WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 7    10am – 12pm     Fee:  $50 per person (Limit 12 people)
Pre-registration and payment by December 2 is required.
Go beyond a wreath and garland this season and join the Colonial Park Gardens’ staff for a special holiday workshop.  Here we will share holiday styling tips, and demonstrate how to create a beautiful holiday kissing ball using fresh floral and evergreen materials.  All materials will be provided, but please bring a box to carry home your beautiful creation.  The program will be held in the Park Commission Headquarters located at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater.  Please meet at the reception area.

Turkey Trot

2019 Special Events in the Parks

Dog Walks (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable) 
January 1
The January 1st walk is 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Regular weekly dog walks are held on Saturdays 10:30am – 11:30am, except May 25 - August 24 when the walks are 9:30am – 10:30am.
Fee: $3 per dog
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 722-1200 ext. 5010

National Trails Day
June 1 @ 9am
Come celebrate National Trails Day and help us maintain the beautiful trails at Washington Valley Park. The Somerset County Park Commission will be taking part in the celebration in an attempt to improve and maintain our many miles of trails, as well as, to educate people about hiking, biking, and the trails that surround them. In recognition of National Trails Day, the Park Commission’s Park Ranger Division will be hosting a trail maintenance project at Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater.  The project is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019 between 9am and 2pm. Our Park Ranger Staff has completed some maintenance projects within this trail system however, there is still more work to be done.  Due to the types of tools that will be used at the site, we request that you bring a pair of work gloves and sturdy boots. Please meet at the Newman’s Lane parking lot on the day of the event.
Free
Washington Valley Park, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908 722-1200 ext. 5121

Independence Day Family Festival     
July 4
Event details to be determined.  
Free
5pm - 11pm
North Branch Park
Music, Food, Fireworks, and Fun!
HISTORICAL - Third New Jersey Regiment "Jersey Blues" Revolutionary War Encampment - 6pm - 9pm
FIREWORKS DISPLAY - Schaefer Fireworks - 9:30pm
North Branch Park, Bridgewater  908 722-1200 ext. 5225
Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks!  North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at 9:30pm.  Visitors should plan to arrive early.  Food will be available for purchase, and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s.  Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin.  Picnic baskets are also allowed, but alcohol is prohibited. 

For your safety and enjoyment, Somerset County Park Commission and the Bridgewater Police offer the following information so you may plan ahead. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.
Please note: Vehicular traffic exiting the park after the fireworks will be delayed for about 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Milltown Road. In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be held on Tuesday, July 5. Call the Activity Hotline at 908 722-1200, option 5351 for an update.For more information call 908 722-1200 . Individuals with hearing impairments may use the Relay Service @ 711. No parking will be permitted along Routes 202 & 22 Sponsored by The Courier News

Friday Nights at the Drive-in Movies 
July 19, 26
Travel back in time with drive-in movies just like in the 50's - complete with large screen.
Free
8:30pm
Duke Island Park, Bridgewater
908 722-1200 ext. 5226

Mischief Night Madness   
October 25 (Rain Date 26)     
Enjoy a game of miniature golf with the ghouls.  Wear your costume and get a free goodie bag. Free cider and donuts along with moonlight hay rides, spooky tales from the witch’s cauldron, and a Park Ranger guided night hike.
Fee: $10 per family, $8 for two ghostly golfers
4pm - 8pm
Colonial Park Putting Course, Franklin 
908 722-1200 ext. 5226

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Golfer at NVGC

2019 GOLF TOURNAMENTS

The 2019 golf tournaments require pre-registration and an entrance fee. Application forms are available at the Golf Shops.

15th Annual William W. Anderson Match Play Tournament (Men and Women)
April 27, 28 and May 4, 5 Neshanic Valley Golf Course
18-Hole Medal Play. Open to registered golfers, ages 10 and older. Tournament format is match play for low 16 stroke play qualifers.
Fee: TBD
Neshanic Valley Golf Course, Branchburg
908 722-1200 ext. 5006

Club Golf Championships
May 18 - 19
Open to registered golfers, age 10 and older. Tournament format is 36-holes, low gross. Prizes are in the form of gift certificates.
Call for entry fees
Tee times vary
Green Knoll Golf Course, Bridgewater
908 722-1200 ext. 5020

Club Golf Championships
June 8 - 9
Open to registered golfers, age 10 and older. Tournament format is 36-holes, low gross. Prizes are in the form of gift certificates.
Call for entry fees
Tee times vary
Spooky Brook Golf Course, Somerset
908 722-1200 ext. 5003

Club Golf Championships
June 22 - 23
Open to registered golfers, age 10 and older. Tournament format is 36 holes, low gross.  Prizes are in the form of gift certificates.
Call for entry fees
Tee times vary
Quail Brook Golf Course, Franklin
908 722-1200 ext. 5004

Club Golf Championships
July 13 - 14
Open to registered golfers, age 10 and older. Tournament format is 36-holes, low gross. Prizes are in the form of gift certificates.
Call for entry fees
Tee times vary
Warrenbrook Golf Course, Warren
908 722-1200 ext. 5016

Club Golf Championships
August 3 - 4
Open to registered golfers, age 10 and older. Tournament format is 36 holes, low gross. Prizes are in the form of gift certificates.
Call for entry fees
Tee times vary
Neshanic Valley Golf Course, Branchburg
908 722-1200 ext. 5006

60th Annual Dr. Michael S. Kline Memorial
Somerset County Golf Tournament (Men and Women)
Round 1 – Spooky Brook – Saturday – Sept. 7th
Round 2 – Warrenbrook  - Sunday – September 8th
Round 3 – Quail Brook – Saturday – September 14th
Round 4 – Green Knoll – Sunday -  September 15th
Open to registered golfers, age 10 and older. Players compete in flights, based on golfer's handicap.  Flights conducted at designated courses. Awards for each flight.  Medal play.  Players must have a 2017 USGA handicap.
Call for entry fees.
Tee times vary.
Branchburg, Bridgewater, Franklin, and Warren
908 722-1200 ext. 5427

41st Annual Senior Golf Tournament (Men and Women)          
September 18
Open to registered senior golfers, age 62 and older, men and women. Players compete in six flights based upon age. Awards in each flight.
Fee: TBD (includes greens fee)
Green Knoll Golf Course, Bridgewater
908 722-1200 ext. 5005

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