Enjoy Nature with Hunterdon County Parks Margaret Conroy

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We will be offering an “Owls for Everyone,” program on Thursday, February 16 , 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, in our beautiful lodge at Echo Hill, located at 42 Lilac Drive. All ages are welcome and the fee is $3.00 pp. After all, winter is the time to think about owls.  A slide presentation, visual and auditory activities will be used to get participants involved in the program. Afterwards, we will venture outdoors to listen and attempt to call an owl in the surrounding woods!

On Saturday, February 18th from 10:00-11:00, why not bring out the family for a “Late Winter Walk,” at the Hunterdon County Arboretum? You know where that is…you just never stopped in at 1020 Rt 31 North, right on the highway. Smokey Bear is waving at you in the parking lot! The fee is $3.00 pp, ages 5 and up. We will look for some early spring flowers!  That’s right; we will seek out the earliest of the spring bloomers, including the unusual skunk cabbage flowers in our wetland and the witch hazel shrubs in our forest.  Learn about the special adaptations these flowers have to bloom this early.  In addition, we will look for other winter phenomenon like winter birds, animal tracks, and dried seed heads of fall flowers.  Meet Park Naturalist, Laura Kroon Bush at the garden gate.

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Winter is also a busy time for our Maple trees! They have been tapped for maple sugaring and with the crazy fluctuations in temperatures the sap is filling the buckets. Bring the family and help us with our “Maple Sap Collection,” at the Echo Hill Lodge on February 18th from 1:00-2:30pm, ages 5 and up. The fee is $3.00 pp.

We can’t forget our feathered friends! Come and construct a “House Wren Nesting Box,” at the Echo Hill Lodge, on March 16th, from 7:00-8:30 pm. Ages 8 and up. House Wrens are one of the most common and vocal of our backyard birds.  Their bubbling sound often fills the summer air.  During this program, we will learn a little about House Wrens and then assemble the boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own Phillips screwdriver.  Limit one box per family.

On March 20th at our “Woodcock Watch,” we will be observing the American Woodcocks that inhabit our wet fields and have one of the most fascinating courtship behaviors of any New Jersey bird.  As the sun sets on March evenings, the males begin to call for females and then take to the sky in a dizzying dance.  Come witness this spectacle for yourself!  Meet at the Tower Hill springhouse (944 Mountain View Road, Asbury) and dress warmly.  Ages 5 and up, fee is $3.00 pp.

Would you like to try your hand at fishing? At our “Fishing Clinic,” on March 24th, from 5:00-7:00pm, we will supply everything you need! Come and enjoy an evening of fishing at the Echo Hill pond with Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard.  Bring a youngster and we will teach them the basics of fishing, including safety, etiquette, equipment, and casting. There are a limited number of fishing rods available to borrow.  Bait, hooks, bobbers, and weights will be provided.  If you have your own equipment you may bring it with you.  This is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing! The fee is $8.00 pp, ages 8 and up (includes bait & supplies.)

 

Registration is required download a form from our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/pdf/parks/forms/ProgramRegistrationForm.pdf

For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

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