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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 October 2022

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for October, November, and December programs is available beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the start of a program. Pending availability, enrollment may still be possible by calling 908-722-1200 Ext. 5002.

Do not attend a program if you are not feeling well, are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact of a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have traveled internationally in the last 14 days. Participants disregarding Park Commission protocols will be asked to leave the program immediately.

For programs listed as ‘All Ages’, children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather and wear waterproof boots for all in-person programs.

CANCELLATIONS (by us): Programs are sometimes cancelled due to low enrollment or weather conditions. You will be notified by phone and given an option of a credit or a full refund.

CANCELLATIONS (by you): The Somerset County Park Commission will refund program registration fees if notified a minimum of seven days prior to the start of the program.

Programs noting “self-drive option” allow the participant the choice to ride in a Somerset County Park Commission (SCPC) vehicle or drive themselves to the trip destination. Due to the specifics of each trip, not every trip will allow the self-drive option. During the registration process, the customer will be prompted to make a choice.

Expectations for Self-drive Option

• Naturalist will provide the participant with the trip destination’s meeting time and address. Participant is responsible for    obtaining directions.
• Participants choosing to drive themselves are not permitted to follow the SCPC vehicle.
• Participant must arrive on time. Program will begin at the scheduled meeting time. No exceptions.
• Participant may contact the Naturalist cell phone at 908-801-2925. The Naturalist will only answer the phone when          they can safely do so.
• Arriving at the location is the responsibility of the participant. Refunds will not be issued for any reason.


Lord Stirling Stable Bird Walks
The bird walks are back at the Lord Stirling Stable! Join a Naturalist and receive special access to the wonderful Lord Stirling Stable property. We will spend two-and-a-half hours hiking and searching for migrant warblers, sparrows, orioles, buntings, and more! Please come prepared with drinking water and comfortable shoes. Participants will be walking the entire time. Please bring your own optics. Pre-registration is required. Participants will meet in the parking lot at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge.
$15 per senior per walk
$18 per adult per walk
Activity Number: 51905
        Saturday, October 1
LSS-17         Saturday, October 8
LSS-18         Saturday, October 15
LSS-19         Saturday, October 22
LSS-20         Saturday, October 29

The Green Team
(Ages 14-17)
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.
Activity Number: 51438
        Saturday, October 1
EEC-29         Saturday, October 8
EEC-30         Saturday, October 15
EEC-31         Saturday, October 22

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 outdoor exploration.
$40 per pair/$20 per additional child for 4-day session
Activity Number: 51667
EEC-23         Mondays, October 3, 17, 24, 31 (no class October 10)

(Ages 5-7)
KinderNats is a program designed and geared for children who love being outdoors. These Junior Naturalists will be engaged through hiking, activities, and much more!
$40 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51666
        Mondays, October 3, 17, 24, 31 (no class October 10)

Forest Fitness
Get active with us! Walking outdoors is proven to help your wellbeing. Join a Naturalist on this weekly walking group that will walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks.
$24 for 4-day session per senior
$28 for 4-day session per adult
Activity Number: 51708

EEC-19         Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25

Bear Walk and Talk
(All Ages)
Hike the trails with a Naturalist and discuss bear facts. Along with looking for bear signs, you will learn what a hiker should do when a bear is present and learn ways you can prevent a bear from coming into your yard.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51927
        Tuesday, October 4

Virtual Armchair Birding: The Four Springs
One spring, four fabulous birding destinations. Learn about the magic of spring migration through first-hand stories, photos, and videos compiled in April and May of 2022. We will “visit” southern California, southeastern Arizona, New Jersey, and Alaska to learn about the incredible species one can see during our country’s busiest time for birding.
$20 per household
Activity Number: 51930
        Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26

Tree House Gang Hikes
(Ages 3-5)
Drop your little ones off for an all-outdoor adventure on our trails! Hiking, games, and exploration will be part of the fun!
$60 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51904
        Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27

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 a great teacher for this outdoor, afterschool series!
$40 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51820
        Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Sparrows
This program will be all about sparrows, affectionately called little brown jobs. October is the prime time to find sparrows in our area. Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.
$5 per household
$18 per adult
Activity Number: 57004
        Thursday, October 6

Down the Shore
Join a Naturalist for a second day trip to the Jersey Shore. Two lighthouse stops included Sea Girt and Barnegat Lighthouses, and a visit/tour of the Barnegat Light Museum. Foul weather or fair, dress for the weather. Pack a lunch and wear comfortable walking shoes! Participants will meet at the EEC or choose the self-drive option.
$45 per senior
$55 per adult
Activity Number: 51890
Friday, October 7
                      9:00am- 6:00pm

Moonlight Meander Series
(All Ages)
Star light, star bright! Who wants to see the moon tonight? Join us each month while we explore a different theme and walk through the park underneath a full moon.
$9 per student/senior
$11 per adult
Activity Number: 51887
        Saturday, October 8                 “Hunter’s Moon”

AWESIM Saturdays
(Ages 10-13)
Want to do something AWESIM? Hike (count your steps), visit swamp habitats (ponding at Lilly Pad Pond), do physical challenges (the dreaded Balance Log perhaps), observe critters up close (hold geckos), dabble with science principles (gravity and eggs falling to the ground, rockets launching), and make new friends. This and more as we meet once a month for three months and observe the transition of the Great Swamp from fall to winter.
$60 per person
Activity Number: 51047
        Saturday, October 22
                      Saturday, November 26
                      Saturday, December 10

Nestled in the Hudson Highlands, The Russel Wright Design Center preserves, interprets, and shares Russel Wright's modernist home, studio, and 75-acre woodland garden. Russel Wright revolutionized the American home with his concept of “easier living” but was also a famous designer committed to nature. In the process of designing Manitoga, he became a field ecologist and ecological designer. Manitoga is a vibrant example of living in creative harmony with nature. Please be advised, tour includes a moderate walk with a stone staircase, plank bridge, and uneven terrain. Manitoga currently requires masks in all indoor locations for all staff and visitors. Please bring a bag lunch. Participants will meet at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ.
$65 per person
Activity Number: 51878
        Wednesday, October 16

Cool Critters
(All Ages)
Come and see some truly cool critters and learn what helps them to survive in nature. Our guest list includes bugs, reptiles, and more! Join a Naturalist to learn what makes each animal special and important. Children may dress in costumes for this program.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51424

EEC-02         Sunday, October 30

The EEC will be offering canoe and kayak programs in October. Please click here.









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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
  the EEC at 908 722-1200 ext.5002 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
Building Hours: Sun. 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. 1pm-5pm, Sat. closed
Exhibits close at 4:30pm.
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


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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