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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 February 2022

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for January, February, and March programs is available beginning 9:00am on Wednesday,December 15, 2021. 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. Masks must be worn inside county buildings regardless of vaccination status and are encouraged in crowded outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible. 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.

Registration begins 9 am on Wednesday, December 15

Please note: 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.

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
       Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22

Groundhogs Galore!
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Groundhogs are fun and adorable critters surrounded with lots of folklore. We will learn about these cute harbingers of spring and go for a hike to look for shadows.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51547
        Wednesday, February 2

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, February 3, 10, 17, 24

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, February 3, 10, 17, 24

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.
Activity Number: 51438
       Saturday, February 5
EEC-16         Saturday, February 12

Hiking 101            NEW
Interested in hiking but not sure where to start? Join a Naturalist on our flat trails and learn some basic skills and safety tips for hiking. Hikes will be held in all types of weather; waterproof footwear is highly recommended.
$6 per senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51886
       Sunday, February 6

Snowshoe Hike
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist for fun in the snow! Snowshoe on the trails and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair (limited number of snowshoes available – first come, first serve). If there is no snow, we will go for a hike, but without snowshoes!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51670
       Sunday, February 6
EEC-18        Wednesday, February 16

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.
$30 per pair/$15 per additional child for 3-day session
Activity Number: 51667
       Mondays, February 7, 14, 28 (no class February 21)

(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!
$30 for 3-day session per person
Activity Number: 51666
       Mondays, February 7, 14, 28 (no class February 21)

To Bird with Love
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Feed the ones you love this Valentine’s Day. Join a Naturalist to learn all about our fine, feathered friends and what food they like to eat. With mom's or dad’s help, you will be able to create a charming treat for your backyard friends.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51135
       Wednesday, February 9

Virtual Birding Seminar: Backyard Birds and Building Your Birding Skills
This three-week course is designed for birders of all skill levels! Learning your backyard bird species is important whether you are a beginner or advanced birder. This program will discuss some of the most common species to look for as well as provide tips and techniques to assist you in taking that next step to improve your birding.
$15 per household
Activity Number: 57013
       Wednesdays, February 9, 16, 23

In the Swamp Tonight            NEW
(All Ages, 6 years and older with parent)
Join a Naturalist and learn about life after dark in the swamp. Head out for an exploratory hike or look through the telescope at the moon, planets, and stars.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51888
       Thursday, February 10

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Gulls            NEW
Gulls present unique identification challenges for birders. Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.
$5 per household
Activity Number: 51932
       Tuesday, February 15

Moonlight Meander Series          NEW
(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. Learn about maple sugaring and nocturnal birds such as the American Woodcock.
$9 per student/senior
$10 per adult
Activity Number: 51887
       Friday, February 18 “Sapsuckers”
EEC-03         Friday, March 18 “PEENT!”

Maple Sugaring
(All Ages)
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. You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and observe the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 60-minute program is conducted at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) Sugar Shack, a half-mile hike from the Center’s parking area. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and to allow enough time to hike to the Sugar Shack. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 52000

Saturdays:                                                      Sundays:

EEC-16        Feb 19 10:00am-11:00am            EEC-19        Feb 20 Noon-1:00pm
EEC-17        Feb 19 Noon-1:00pm                   EEC-20        Feb 20 2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-18        Feb 19 2:00pm-3:00pm

EEC-21        Feb 26 10:00am-11:00am            EEC-24        Feb 27 Noon-1:00pm
EEC-22        Feb 26 Noon-1:00pm                   EEC-25         Feb 27 2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-23        Feb 26 2:00pm-3:00pm

Leaping Lizards
(All Ages)
Reptiles are very fascinating creatures! But which critters are reptiles? Meet a few special guests who will help you remember reptiles forever!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51382
       Tuesday, February 22

Nature Hike at Skillman Park
Meet a Naturalist at Skillman Park and spend the afternoon exploring nature and birdwatching. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. Participants will meet at Parking Lot A in Skillman Park, Main Boulevard, Skillman/Montgomery Township, NJ.
$12 per student/senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51778
        Wednesday, February 23

Lord Stirling Stable Woodcock Walk        NEW
Join a Naturalist at the wonderful Lord Stirling Stable property. Spend two hours hiking and searching for woodcocks as they perform their aerial displays! Please dress for the weather with proper footwear. Participants will be walking the entire time. Inclement weather make-up date is Saturday, February 26. Please make sure you are available for both dates. Participants may not leave the walk early. Due to COVID-19, we will not be sharing spotting scopes or loaning binoculars. Participants will meet in the parking lot at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge.
$12 per senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51933
       Friday, February 25
                   (Inclement weather date Saturday, February 26)

Public Programs
    • January Programs
    • February Programs
    • March Programs
    • April Programs
    • May Programs
    • June Programs
    • July Programs
    • August Programs
    • September Programs
    • October Programs
    • November Programs
    • December Programs
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
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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