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Environmental Education Center

190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 722-1200 Ext. 5002   EEC Home Page


Registration Information and Program Locations

The Environmental Education Center is open daily 9:00am-5:00pm and the trails are open from dawn to dusk unless otherwise noted. The building is closed on all holidays, however, the trails will remain open.

Age Groupings

• Some of our programs are shared parent-child experiences and require an adult with each child.
  Other programs are for children only.
• Programs with age ranges are only for children who fall into that range by the class date.
• Adult programs are for anyone 15 years old and older.
• All Ages programs have no age limits. However, a registered adult must accompany anyone who is younger than 15.
• Senior fees are calculated upon the minimum age of 60 years.

Somerset County Park Commission Naturalists lead all of the programs. Many are conducted at the Environmental Education Center in Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge. Classes also meet at other Somerset County parks. The location for each class is abbreviated under the class description and defined in the class code box at the bottom of most pages. Registration for all classes is through the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Science Department office at the Environmental Education Center. All Naturalist-led trips and their enrolled participants will begin from, and end at, the Environmental Education Center without exception.

(please note that a person must register no later than 24 hours prior to a program start time and only for his/her own household members).

  1. On-line: Registrations can be facilitated through our website First-time users of this system must establish an account either by calling the Environmental Education Center or by personally enrolling on-line. To establish an account online, visit our website and click "On-line Registration". Scroll to the last paragraph and use the "click here" access. Fill out the application and submit. You will be assigned a specific household number and a password. You will use this each time you register for a program in the future. Program registration cannot be facilitated without your household number! We advise establishing a household account as soon as possible to avoid delays. NOTE: Leisure pursuit cards cannot be used for on-line registration payments.
  2. In-person: Visit the Environmental Education Center. The Center is open seven days a week (closed holidays), 9:00am-4:30pm. Checks, credit cards or cash! If registering for more than one trip, and paying by check, you must bring a check for each trip program and one to be used for general programs.
  3. Mail: Complete the Program Registration Application form located in the Parks, Program & People guide. Send to the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 along with a separate check for each program. Please make your checks payable to Somerset County Park Commission. If you are not currently in the computer system, you will be contacted by the Environmental Education Center staff to complete necessary information.
  4. Phone: Call the Environmental Education Center at 908 722-1200 ext. 5002 between 9:00am and 4:30pm daily to register. Payment by credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express – is required at time of registration. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may call the Relay Service @711 to register.

SPACES IN OUR PROGRAMS ARE NOT RESERVED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. The program guide is released three times a year, in January, May, and September.


WAITING LISTS: Some classes fill very quickly and we take names for waiting lists. We cannot guarantee enrollment.

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.

The Center houses a comfortable, user-friendly, resource library. A large number of books and a variety of periodicals regarding the many facets of our environment are available during regular building hours. A wide range of children’s environmental books and magazines are also available. The library has tables and chairs for on-site research and reading. Because it is a resource library, not a lending library, all materials must remain on-site. Our resource library and auditorium have WiFi available for public use.

‘The Great Swamp Experience’ on the lower lever of the EEC features interactive displays, vignettes, taxidermy, and archeological artifacts highlighting the history and ecology of the Great Swamp. The exhibit is open seven days a week from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Admission is free.

A reasonable modification for a disability is available upon request. Three weeks notice is required for most programs. Specialty programs such as camps, day trips, and overnight trips require six weeks notice. Please call ahead 908 722-1200 ext. 5324.
Assistive listening devices for individuals with hearing impairments can be reserved. Please call ahead 908 722-1200 ext. 5002 or call the Relay Service at 711.

All enrolled program participants must have the required health and waiver forms completed and signed prior to the start of a program.

   • Medical Form for Adults   
   • Medical Form for Minors  
   • Wavier for Adults
   • Wavier for Minors/Dependents


Most classes are conducted outside, so please dress accordingly.

Programs may require appropriate minimum skill levels.

Somerset County Park Commission reserves the right to remove disruptive participants and children who do not meet the age requirements.

Should any participants (pre-registered or unregistered) arrive after the advertised time for the start of a program, it may not be feasible for you to participate in that program. Consequently, registration fees for pre-registered individuals will not be refunded.

When participating in a program or trip, both children and adults are expected to be respectful to one another as well as the Naturalist(s) leading the program or trip. Individuals who are disrespectful may be asked to leave a program, therefore forfeiting their paid program fees, and may be declined registration for future programs and trips. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Naturalist(s) and/or management.




Public Programs
    • January Programs
    • February Programs
    • March 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.

 Click here for Directions
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!

On-line Registration

The EEC Program Passport

The Program Passport is still alive and well at the EEC! The Passport can be secured when you attend a program listed in this guide. Present the Passport each time you attend a paid program at the Environmental Education Center. Receive a stamp for each paid participant within your household. (Passport must be present at the time of the program in order to receive a stamp.) For every ten stamps, receive one Leisure Pursuit Card!* Collect as many as you can! Advance registration is required for all paid programs.

Please note: Promotion may end anytime at the Environmental Education Center's discretion.

*Leisure Pursuit Cards are redeemable at most Somerset County Park Commission parks and entitle you to one of the following activities: paddle boat rental, Colonial Park Putting Course, Green Knoll Pitch and Putt, admission to Warrenbrook Pool, tennis court rental, one round of golf, Environmental Science program, hack or intro ride at Lord Stirling Stable or reduced fee for a picnic grove. The value of each card is a maximum of $20 per use. Cannot be redeemed through online or phone-in registration.