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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 july 2021

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for July programs is available online beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, June 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.

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.

Wild for Blueberries!
(All Ages)
The search is on for the swamp’s superfruit & hopefully we won’t be too late! Learn how to identify wild blueberries, which animals enjoy them, and, of course we will taste test these sweet superstars!
$12 per student/senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51659
          Thursday, July 1

(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!
$10 per person
Activity Number: 51666

EEC-72      Tuesday, July 6
EEC-73      Tuesday, July 13
EEC-74      Tuesday, July 20
EEC-75      Tuesday, July 27

Tot Trek
(All Ages)
Calling all tots! Leave the stroller behind and join a Naturalist for a walk on the trails of Lord Stirling Park. Explore the natural world around you by using all of your senses! You will be surprised to find out how much fun you can have outside!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult

Activity Number: 51214
EEC-08         Thursday, July 8

Moths and Fireflies
(All Ages)
What do you call a female moth that just laid eggs? A MOTHer. Join a Naturalist for a hike after dark and enjoy a special night of blacklighting to see a fascinating array of moth species. We will also take a short hike to look for fireflies.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51906

EEC-08         Friday, July 9

Bird in the Nest
(All Ages)
A parent’s job is never done, even if you are a bird! Let’s take a walk on the trails to search for birds and their nests. Games and a craft will help us learn.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51511

EEC-12         Tuesday, July 13

Nature Hike at East County Park
Join a Naturalist to take a hike at one of Somerset County Park Commission’s newest parks and spend some time outside enjoying nature. Wear hiking boots, dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. Hike may be strenuous at times. Participants will meet at East County Park, 40 Reinman Road, Warren, NJ 07059
$12 per student/senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51787

EEC-02         Wednesday, July 21

Katydid Kids
(All Ages)
Bugs are some of the most amazing creatures on Earth. Learn about these bizarre critters as we explore their homes, habitats, and lives.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51238

EEC-16        Thursday, July 22

Bat Walk at Natirar Park NEW PROGRAM
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist and a Park Ranger at Natirar Park to learn about New Jersey’s resident bat species. Information about bats will be presented and we will guide you on a walk around the park to look for bats in action! Participants will meet at Natirar Park, 2 Main Street, Gladstone, NJ 07934
$9 per student/senior
$10 per adult
Activity Number: 51915
        Thursday, July 22

Leaping Lizards
(All Ages)
Reptiles are very fascinating creatures! But which critters are reptiles? Meet some special guests who will help you remember forever.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51382
        Tuesday, July 27

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

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    • Libraries, Senior Centers &
      Other Groups
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School Programs
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    • 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
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    • Festival of Trees
    • Swamp Search
    • Temporary Exhibits
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Trails & Facilities
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    • 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

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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