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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 2022

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for September programs is available online beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. 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.

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.


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 6, 13, 20, 27

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden                    NEW LOCATION
Join Naturalists on a visit to this ‘new’ 42-acre, Main Line estate gem, managed by Natural Lands and located west of Philadelphia. Late summer, touring will showcase autumn colors and add drama to the landscape architecture of this Olmstead designed property. Visit the magnificent historic home and prepare to be ‘wowed’ by the glory of the architectural details. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a picnic lunch. Meet at the Environmental Education Center or choose the self-drive option.
$60 per senior
$70 per adult
Activity Number: 51878
      Thursday, September 8

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!
$60 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51904
      Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29

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 8, 15, 22, 29

Moonlight Meander Series
(All Ages)
Star light, star bright! Who wants to see the moon tonight? Join us each month while we explore a different theme and walk through the park underneath a full moon. This month we will discuss the harvest moon and offer light harvested snacks.
$9 per student/senior
$11 per adult
Activity Number: 51887
      Thursday, September 8                    “Moonlight Delights”

Lord Stirling Stable Bird Walks
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. Please bring your own optics. Participants will meet in the parking lot at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge.
$15 per senior per walk
$18 per adult per walk
Activity Number: 51905
      Saturday, September 10
LSS-15       Saturday, September 17

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, September 10
EEC-27       Saturday, September 17

Turtle Power
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist and learn about the amazing characteristics of turtles! We will look for turtles on the trails and see interesting turtle relics!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51642
      Sunday, September 11

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, September 12, 19, 26

(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 12, 19, 26

Bugtastic Walk
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
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.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51917
      Tuesday, September 13

Untermyer Park and Gardens                   NEW LOCATION
Untermyer Park and Gardens was designed by Beaux Arts architect Welles Bosworth in 1916 and is a Yonkers hidden gem. Tour ‘The Walled Garden’, visit ‘The Vista’, and the ‘Temple to Love’. Participants must be comfortable walking on stairs and natural paths. Wear sturdy walking shoes, dress to be both indoors and outdoors, bring drinks, and a picnic lunch. You may also want to bring a camera to capture the scenic beauty. Participants will meet at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ.
$70 per senior
$80 per adult
Activity Number: 51878
      Friday, September 16

Night Owls
Fall Migration is in full swing! Warblers, tanagers, orioles, thrushes, and sparrows are coming over New Jersey in full force. These birds have a long way to travel in a short amount of time, so how do the little guys do it? Have you ever stepped outside on a fall night and heard little chips, slips, blips, or whips? To avoid predation during the day these migrants fly at night and can often be heard calling to each other as they do. The program will include a brief talk on migration and if conditions are right, we will listen for these nocturnal travelers and talk about the spectacle of migration. If the conditions are not ideal we will look and listen for owls instead.
$9 per senior per walk
$11 per adult per walk
Activity Number: 51813
      Friday, September 16
EEC-05       Friday, September 30

Family Nature Walks
(All Ages)
Be curious with a Naturalist on these one-hour adventures into the Great Swamp. Dress for the weather; waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Pre-registration is not required.
Sunday, September 18

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens                    NEW LOCATION
This visit to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens will be one you will remember for a long time to come! Take a walking tour of this New York City and National Historic Landmark, as well as touring the gardens - including a visit to the renowned New York Chinese Scholar Garden. This trip will be a lot of walking on both natural surfaces and paved surfaces, comfortable walking shoes suggested. Bring a bag lunch and you may want your camera, too. Meet at the Environmental Education Center or choose the self-drive option.
$70 per senior
$80 per adult
Activity Number: 51878
      Thursday, September 22

History Stroll
(All Ages)
Lord Stirling Park has some neat 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
$11 per adult
Activity Number: 51918
      Sunday, September 25

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


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

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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