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

Awesim Kids

Summer Camp

Vaccinated staff and campers need not mask in indoor or outdoor settings. Unvaccinated campers are encouraged to wear a mask indoors or when in crowded outdoor settings. Unvaccinated staff are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings and required to wear a mask indoors.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. For more information, contact Naturalist Rebecca Vermeesch @ 908 722-1200 ext. 5334 or


Please follow this link to view the flier.

Eco Explorers

Summer memories start with summer fun. Outdoor experiences, new friends, and creative learning opportunities will help develop your child’s love of science and nature. We aim to inspire a life-long love and respect for the natural world, while cultivating a curiosity about the environment and a fondness for science. With over 500 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and river, the Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park offers unique opportunities in a natural learning environment. COVID protocols as dictated by the NJ Department of Health will be in effect. Camps run Monday through Friday, 9:00am-Noon.

(Ages 10-13)
Join us for summer vacation and fun! We will spend our time hiking, paddling, and learning about life in the swamp.

(Ages 7-9)
Get ready to explore! Each week will include hiking, canoeing, nature exploration, games, and science activities.

Coyote Kids
(Ages 4-6)
Hoooowl! Join the pack for a fun nature program full of outdoor exploration, activities, and more.


Online and phone-in registration begins Wednesday, May 12 at 9:00am. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit or call 908.722.1200 Ext.5002 to register. Individuals with a hearing/speech impairment may call the Relay Service @711.

Activity Numbers: AWESIM KIDS (51909); Eco-Explorers (51910); Coyote Kids (51911)

EEC-01        June 28-July 2
EEC-02        July 12-July 16
EEC-03        July 19- July 23
EEC-04        July 26-July 30
EEC-05        August 2- August 6
EEC-06        August 9- August 13
EEC-07        August 16- August 20


Each in-person session costs $180 per person. Full payment is due at the time of registration. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable.


Programs are age-specific. Participants must fall between the minimum and maximum age at the start of the enrolled session. The Environmental Education Center welcomes everyone to participate in its programs. If you have individualized needs due to a disability, please call 908.722.1200 Ext.5324 and we will be happy to arrange reasonable modifications. Six weeks notice is required to ensure that appropriate modifications can be provided.

Come Prepared

Each group will have a designated indoor space for limited use and during inclement weather. Indoor bathrooms and hand washing will be available. Camp will take place rain or shine. Please be prepared to be outside in varying weather conditions. Please wear comfortable summer clothing, sturdy footwear that can get wet/dirty, and a hat. Bring a day bag with a complete change of clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, snack, water bottle, and towel.

Virtual Option!

EEC Virtual Summer Fun
(Suggested for grades K-8)
Join EEC Naturalists for virtual science fun! Daily science experiments will be done together, and an afternoon outdoor walk will be suggested.
Activity Code: 51912
$15 per household
EEC-01         Tuesday, July 6-Thursday, July 8





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    • School Program Guide
Trips & Outings
    • Birding
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    • 1770s Festival
    • By the Light of the Moon
    • Live Animal Show
    • County Caper
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    • 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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