Celebrate Spring with Hunterdon County Parks

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Margaret Conroy

 

Spring is here and it’s time for a break from school! Spring Break Camp will be held on Wednesday, April 12 or April 19, from 9:00am – 3:30 pm at Echo Hill. The fee is $25 per child, per day. Do you miss camp?  Never been but want to try it out for a day?  Join the naturalist staff for a day of summer nature camp fun over spring break!  We will revisit traditional camp favorites such as catching insects, shelter building, and s’mores.  We will also enjoy a new wild animal show with Mercer County Wildlife Center.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine.  Children enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible to sign up.

                If you have younger children at home we have Tot Walks at Echo Hill, for ages 2 to 3 with adult, each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free!

Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft. Flowers, April 27 and Frogs, May 18/19. Walks are at 9:30 or 11:00am, please call to check availability (908) 782-1158.

            We also have Spring Nature Club, for ages 3 – 3rd grade. This popular program will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  A professional Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill.  Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects. The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world.   

This year we are offering Sessions A and B for ages 3 to 5 and Session C for kindergarten through third graders.  This is a drop-off program and children must be self-sufficient in the bathroom.  Please dress your child for the weather. We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures in order to spend more time inside the lodge.

            Nature Club is held on Eight Tuesdays, April 4 to May 23, Echo Hill, $90 for all 8 lessons at three different times:

Session A: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, ages 3 to 5 years

Session B: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, ages 3 to 5 years

Session C: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Kindergarten to 3rd graders

Registration is required, download a form from our websitewww.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

Don’t forget our 17th ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, at Echo Hill Park, all ages, free! This year’s motif will focus around games and attractions of a Carnival Midway made from repurposed items.  Along with our carnival event, old classic activities will be back, and 4-H clubs will be returning with their animals.  Of course, we will also be hosting a Pond Paddle on the Echo Hill Pond with our affiliate, the Hunterdon County Canoe Club.  Free tickets are required for a timeslot and are available that day on a first come/first served basis.  The day’s activities conclude at 3:00 PM with a presentation by Rizzo’s Reptiles. For more information please call us at (908) 782-1158.