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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 2021


Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for June programs is available online beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, May 19, 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 are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing. 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.

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.

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.
Activity Number: 51708
$24 for 4-day session per senior
$28 for 4-day session per adult

EEC-02         Tuesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22

Tree ID Walk
(All Ages)
Learn tree identification skills with a Naturalist! Walk the trails and discuss skills and tools utilized to identify trees in New Jersey’s forests.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51848

EEC-03       Wednesday, June 2

Tree House Gang Hike Series
(Ages 3-5)
Drop your little ones off for an hour and a half, 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

EEC-02         Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17

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

EEC-30         Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24

Lights Out!
Lord Stirling Park after dark! This three-part, series program will explore the nightlife of the Great Swamp. We will hear the bellowing of the bullfrog, the trill of the treefrog, the “ooh-aw” of the Barred Owl, and be dazzled by firefly festivities; all under a sky full of stars.
$20 per senior
$25 per adult
Activity Number: 51913

EEC-01         Fridays, June 4, 11, 18

Swamp school is in session! Spend an hour at the EEC on three successive Saturdays and become a Swampologist! Learn Ornithology, Entomology, and Dendrology. Do not worry, the final exam is not too difficult.
$20 per senior
$25 per adult
Activity Number: 51914

EEC-01         Saturdays, June 5, 12, 19

Boondocks & Back!
(All Ages)
To infinity and beyond on the trails! Take a hike and enjoy the furthest, most remote location in the park.
$12 per student/senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51554

EEC-12         Sunday, June 6

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.
$22 per pair/$11 per additional child for 3-day session
Activity Number: 51667

EEC-11         Mondays, June 7, 14, 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!
$40 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51666

EEC-58         Mondays, June 7, 14, 21, 28

Cool Camouflage
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Critters that use camouflage are cool! Join a Naturalist as we stroll around the garden and ponds looking for clever animals in hiding!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51853

EEC-02         Tuesday, June 8

Leonard J. Buck Garden Tour
Join us for a formal tour of the Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden; known as one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. This 29-acre alpine and woodland garden is situated in a wooded stream valley. The garden contains a series of planted rock outcroppings, planting beds, a fern garden, and glimmering ponds and streams. Tucked among the rocks are rare and exotic rock garden plants. The wooded trails connecting the outcroppings are lined with beautiful wildflowers that have flourished and multiplied through the years. Please wear good walking shoes; you may want to bring a camera.
Meet at Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ
$12 per senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51828

EEC-02         Tuesday, June 8

Down By the River
(All Ages)
Escape to the Passaic – the river that is! Stroll along the river’s edge and learn about the waterway and the flora and fauna that call the great swamp home.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51380

EEC-3           Tuesday, June 9

Colonial Park Gardens
Join a Naturalist and members of the Colonial Park Horticultural Staff for a tour of the award-winning Colonial Park Rose Garden, The Fragrance and Sensory Garden, and the new Perennial Garden. After the tour feel free to stay, catch up with friends, and enjoy a picnic lunch among the diversity of trees in the arboretum. Bring a chair and a picnic lunch.
Meet at Colonial Park, Parking Lot A, 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ
$12 per senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51829

EEC-02         Thursday, June 10

Slime, Scales, and Tails- Oh My!
(All Ages)
Explore the trails with a Naturalist to find our amphibian and reptile friends. Look, listen, and learn about slimy and scaly critters!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51176

EEC-28         Wednesday, June 23

Nectar Sippers
(All Ages)
Summertime blooms are a sweet treat for the critters who find their food in flowers. Learn which animals drink nectar and the tools they use.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51290
EEC-10         Tuesday, June 29

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

Public Programs
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    • 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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Ask A Naturalist


Have a question about a plant or animal species you saw in Lord Stirling Park or northern New Jersey?

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