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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 september 2021

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for September programs is available online beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, August 18, 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.

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Warblers
This program will take a look at the northeastern United States’ most iconic group of birds, the warblers! Around 30 different warbler species pass through New Jersey in the Fall. Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.
$8 per household
Activity Number: 57003
        Thursday, September 2

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, September 4
EEC-04         Saturday, September 11

Bugtastic Walk NEW PROGRAM
(All Ages)
September is a great time to find neat bugs! Walk with a Naturalist to find interesting bugs that jump, fly, and buzz their way around.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51917
        Sunday, September 5

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, September 7, 14, 21, 28

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
        Wednesday, September 8

Tree House Gang Hike Series
(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, September 9, 16, 23, 30

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, September 9, 16, 23, 30

Lord Stirling Stable Bird Walks
The bird walks are back at the Lord Stirling Stable! Join a Naturalist and receive special access to the wonderful Lord Stirling Stable property. We will spend two-and-a-half hours hiking and searching for migrant warblers, sparrows, orioles, buntings, and more! Please come prepared with drinking water and comfortable shoes. Participants will be walking the entire time. Due to COVID-19, we will not be sharing spotting scopes or loaning binoculars. Please bring your own optics. Pre-registration is required. Participants will meet in the parking lot at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge.
$15 per senior
$18 per adult
Activity Number: 51905
        Saturday, September 11
LSS-06         Friday, September 17
LSS-07         Saturday, September 25

Aquatic Adventures
(All Ages)
Everyone has a chance for fun during our pond study! This favorite activity will help us see all the critters that live under the water. We will “muck about” with dip nets and buckets. Wear boots and prepare to get wet and muddy!
$13 per student/senior
$15 per adult
Activity Number: 51272
        Sunday, September 12

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
        Mondays, September 13, 20, 27

(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, September 13, 20, 27

Virtual Birding Seminar: Migration NEW PROGRAM
Whether you are a birder in Australia, Israel, or simply birding in your own backyard, bird migration is an ever-present and miraculous aspect of the global landscape. This three-part seminar will highlight incredible migration feats, trying migration strategies, and help you to better understand the wonder of bird migration.
$15 per household
Activity Number: 51916
Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29

Colonial Park Rose Garden Tour

Join a Naturalist and members of the Colonial Park Horticultural Staff for a tour of the award-winning Colonial Park Rose Garden. Then head to the new perennial garden in search of butterflies! Afterwards, 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.
Participants will meet at Colonial Park, Parking Lot A, 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ.
$12 per senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51829
        Thursday, September 16

September Saunter NEW PROGRAM
Join a Naturalist on a rambling walk through Lord Stirling Park in search of signs that summer is ending and the autumn is approaching. Wear good walking shoes and bring a water bottle.
$12 per senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51919
        Friday, September 17

Read & Ramble NEW PROGRAM
(Infant-5 with parent)
Join a Naturalist and listen to a story outdoors. Then head out into the park on an adventure of our own. Dress to be outside.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51920
        Saturday, September 18

Explore Natirar!
The beautiful, large, shade trees and rolling green hills of Natirar Park await you. We will go for a hike, check out critters in the river, and enjoy a picnic dinner. Bring water, binoculars, and remember to pack your picnic dinner.
$13 per student/senior
$15 per adult
Activity Number: 51590
        Thursday, September 23

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Raptors
Fall is the perfect time to focus our eyes on the sky in search of migrating raptors in flight. Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species which pass through our area.
$8 per household
Activity Number: 57004
        Thursday, September 23

Wild At Art – Haiku NEW PROGRAM
A haiku is a short, unrhymed, three-line poem. This traditional form of Japanese poetry frequently finds inspiration in nature. We will be visiting different areas of the park in search of inspiration for our own poems.
$12 per senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51921
        Friday, September 24

History Stroll NEW PROGRAM
(All Ages)
Lord Stirling Park has some interesting Native American and Colonial history to reveal. Stroll through time as we walk the trails to learn interesting facts and see historical timepieces.
$9 per student/senior
$10 per adult
Activity Number: 51918
        Sunday, September 26

Camping In and Out
(All Ages)
Get ready for a camping adventure, all jam-packed into one amazing evening! We will pitch tents, enjoy a campfire, and make S’mores. Bring along your own sleeping bag/blanket, camp chair, and flashlight/headlight.
$13 per student/senior
$15 per adult
Activity Number: 51227
        Sunday, September 26

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


Public Programs
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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

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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