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190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 722-1200 Ext. 5002    EEC Home Page


Educational Public Programs for March 2021

Both virtual and in-person programs continue to be developed. Please check back for additional program offerings. Masks must be worn and social distancing is required for all in-person programs. Pre-registration is required for all programs.

Virtual Birding Seminar: Birding by Ear
Bird songs and calls are some of most beautiful but challenging aspects of birding.  This class is designed to learn the basics of bird sounds.  We will discuss how birds make sound, provide some examples of sensational songs in our area, and help you identify the bird you keep hearing in your backyard! 
$20 per household
Course Code: 57014
EEC-01          Fridays, March 5, 12, 19, 26         

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.

Natural Perspectives
(All Ages; children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a registered adult)
Join a Naturalist for a one-hour hike and view life in the park through their eyes as they share their knowledge and perspective of Lord Stirling Park. March is a very exciting time in the swamp! Each week a different Naturalist will lead your hike while focusing on various unique aspects of nature such as what is changing in nature, animals on the move, plants emerging, and much more. Boots and a camera are suggested.
$24 for 4-day session per student/senior
$28 for 4-day session per adult
Course Code: 51900

EEC-01                      Budding Naturalist
                                 Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23
EEC-02                      Seasoned Explorer
                                 Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25

Forest Fitness
Get active with us! Walking outdoors is proven to help your wellbeing. Ditch the treadmill and join a Naturalist on the trails. This weekly walking group will walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks. Please be dressed for the weather; waterproof boots are strongly recommended.

$30 for 5-day session per senior
$35 for 5-day session per adult
Course Code: 51708

EEC-71                      Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

(All Ages; children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a registered adult)
$24 for 4-day session per student/senior
$28 for 4-day session per adult
Course Code: 51708

EEC-72                      Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28

Maple Sugaring at the Somerset County Park Commission’s
Environmental Education Center 2021

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 60-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.
$6 per student/senior / $7 per adult
Course Code: 52000

March 6 10:00am
EEC-02 March 6 Noon
EEC-03 March 6 2:00pm
March 7 Noon
EEC-05 March 7 2:00pm
EEC-06 March 13 10:00am
EEC-07 March 13 Noon
EEC-08 March 13 2:00pm
EEC-09 March 14 Noon
EEC-10 March 14 2:00pm
EEC-11 March 20 10:00am
EEC-12 March 20 Noon
EEC-13 March 20 2:00pm
March 21 Noon
EEC-15 March 21 2:00pm


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1770s Festival
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    • Live Animal Show
    • County Caper
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    • Auditorium
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    • 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

Support Packet

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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