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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 june 2022

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for April, May, and June programs is available beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, March 16, 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.

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. Participants riding in SCPC vehicles will be required to wear masks for the duration of the ride.

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.


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!
$45 for 3-day session per person
Activity Number: 51904
      Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16

                                                                               National Trails Day
                                                                                         June 4

Come celebrate National Trails Day with the Somerset County Park Commission! Take some time to relax on a Saturday and enjoy the spectacular views at Washington Valley Park and the Sourland Mountain Preserve or join a Naturalist and Ranger for a guided hike at the Environmental Education Center. If you’re interested in a more hands-on trail experience – how about volunteering for a trail maintenance work detail on June 22nd? Pre-registration will be required for the guided hike and the volunteer work detail. Additional details and registration process will be provided soon.

National Trails Day Hike at the Environmental Education Center
(All Ages)
Would you like to learn how to read a trail map? Identify animal tracks? Be introduced to the basics of bird identification or just enjoy a walk in the woods? Join a Naturalist and a Park Ranger for a hike at the Environmental Education Center. Waterproof boots are suggested as trails may be muddy. Dress for the weather. Hike is rain or shine.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51891
      Saturday, June 4

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, June 4
EEC-25       Saturday, June 11

Sunday 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.
$6 per senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51708
      Sunday, June 5
EEC-17       Sunday, June 19

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, June 6, 13, 20

(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, June 6, 13, 20

Fossil Hunt
Fossils are the naturally preserved remains of plants and animals from the Earth's ancient past. Join a Naturalist for a trip to the former Jersey shore. Wear boots and plan on over topping them as we walk a stream bed in search of ancient marine life! Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks. Collecting conditions dictate wearing pants and old sneakers or boots. Access areas along the stream may be steep and slippery. Consider bringing a change of clothes and shoes too. Collecting conditions are dirty, wet, and ‘primitive’. Meet at the Environmental Education Center or choose the self-drive option.
$35 per senior
$45 per adult
Activity Number: 51816
      Wednesday, June 8

Birding at Negri-Nepote
Explore the grasslands of Negri-Nepote looking for local breeders. Beat the heat with an evening stroll around this pleasant property. Meet at the Environmental Education Center or choose the self-drive option.
$30 per senior
$35 per adult
Activity Number: 51732
      Thursday, June 9

Sleepy Snakes
(All Ages)
If you really and truly believe snakes are slimy, then this is the class for you! Dispel the incorrect myths about snakes, learn the real and amazing facts, and have the opportunity to meet a real, live snake!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51361
      Tuesday, June 14

Butterfly Walk at the EEC
(All Ages)
Take an introductory butterfly hike and learn about some of the species that can be found at the Environmental Education Center.
$9 per student/senior
$11 per adult
Activity Number: 51941
      Saturday, June 18

Waterfall Trekking
Travel to the Poconos and explore various hiking trails that will lead you to hidden waterfalls. Photograph, admire, and wade your way in for a swim! Enjoy the day in the woods and in the water! Bring lunch and money for ice cream. Participants will meet at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ.
$30 per senior/student
$40 per adult
Course Code: 51814
      Monday, June 20

Public 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
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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