FROM THE HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT UPCOMING PROGRAMS

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

 

Date: Saturday, February 28

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: Echo Hill playground

Cost: $3 per person

Ages: 5 & up with adult

One aspect of Maple Sugaring that is not really covered during our March Maple Sugaring program is collecting the sap.  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same, moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come find out and participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes) to collect that day’s sap.  Please note that sap flow is weather dependent.  This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February or early March, please call us to schedule a group at

(908) 782-1158.

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

 

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Rain date: Sunday, March 15 (check our website or

call (908) 782-1158 for cancellation information)

Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour.

Pre-registration is not required.

 

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS & OTHER GROUPS

Wednesday to Friday, March 11-13, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tours begin every 30 minutes and last about 1 hour.

Pre-registration required; call (908) 782-1158.

 

Echo Hill, All ages, $1 per person suggested donation

 

Experience first-hand the North American tradition of maple sugaring at Hunterdon County’s Maple Sugaring Program.  You’ll take a trip through time to experience the art of the sugaring process.  Along the way you will enjoy a Native American story about the discovery of maple sap, see an early American Frontiersman taping his trees, and visit a sugar “farmer” at his evaporator.  At the end of the walk, everyone will get a free taste of our very own Hunterdon County maple syrup on a silver dollar pancake.

 

Also available:

Maple Sugar to Go:

Let us bring the program to your location!  $50 for the group.

 

 

 

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

 

Date: Saturday, February 28

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: Echo Hill playground

Cost: $3 per person

Ages: 5 & up with adult

 

One aspect of Maple Sugaring that is not really covered during our March Maple Sugaring program is collecting the sap.  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come find out and participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes) to collect that day’s sap.  Please note that sap flow is weather dependent.  This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February or early March—please call us to schedule a group at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.  Download a form from our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

 

 

 

 

GROUP MAPLE SAP COLLECTION: Have your group help us collect sap!  On weekdays throughout February, we will schedule groups to walk to the Sugar Bush to visit our tapped trees and to collect the sap.  Experience a different part of Maple Sugaring!  Call us to schedule your group.  Echo Hill, 1 hour, 6-25 people, ages 5 to adult (kids with adult help), $30 for the group.

 

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM LOTTERY NOW OPEN

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM is an opportunity for kids grades K through 10 to connect with and explore the natural world.  Program leaders facilitate hands-on activities that foster kids’ innate curiosity about nature and wildlife.  Campers and parents alike rave about nature camp, making it one of the Parks Division’s most popular offerings.  Cost includes a camp T-shirt used for tie-dying.  Do not forget to provide your child’s shirt size.

 

Our leaders are experienced in guiding children outdoors and are certified in First Aid and CPR.  Group size is a maximum of 10-12 campers depending on session & location, with each leader being aided by an assistant or volunteer counselor-in-training (CIT).  Canoeing specialists host the paddling clinics and canoe trips with our older campers.

 

Sessions are available at both Echo Hill Park and Teetertown Preserve.  Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive in Clinton Township, less than 15 minutes from both Clinton and Flemington.  Teetertown is located at 30 Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, about 15 minutes north of Clinton, or 15 minutes northwest of Whitehouse Station.  *NOTE THAT WE HAVE MOVED TO THE STONE HOUSE THIS YEAR (THE SECOND ENTRANCE).  Both parks offer diverse habitats to explore, including stream, pond, field, and forest areas.

 

Note that camp is held Monday through Friday—no weekends.  Camp will not be held on Friday, July 3rd, Independence Day observance.  These sessions have been pro-rated.

 

 

NATURE BUGS

Children entering kindergarten, Echo Hill or Teetertown,

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, $105, one-week sessions.

 

A. July 20 to 24                                   B. August 3 to 7

The Nature Bugs camp is the perfect half-day adventure for your young nature enthusiast.  Our Park Naturalists teach about local plants and animals through hikes, observations, crafts, and games.  A safe and fun way to foster your child’s interest in the natural environment.

 

NATURE DISCOVERY

Children entering grades 1 & 2, Echo Hill or Teetertown,

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, $155, one-week sessions.

 

A. June 22 to June 26              E. July 20 to July 24

B. June 29 to July 2 ($135)     F. July 27 to July 31

C. July 6 to July 10                 G. August 3 to August 7

D. July 13 to July 17               H. August 10 to Aug. 14

This full-day program allows campers to explore all the

wonders that the parks have to offer.  From searching for wildlife to toasting s’mores, Nature Discovery campers enjoy a great introduction to the world outdoors.

PIONEERS

Children entering grades 3 & 4, Echo Hill or Teetertown,

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, $155, one-week sessions.

 

A. June 22 to June 26              E. July 20 to July 24

B. June 29 to July 2 ($135)     F. July 27 to July 31

C. July 6 to July 10                 G. August 3 to August 7

D. July 13 to July 17               H. August 10 to Aug. 14

Pioneers enjoy activities that foster understanding of habitats, adaptations, & other ecological concepts.  Favorite activities such as shelter-building help Pioneers develop their outdoor skills.

 

JUNIOR EXPLORERS

Children entering grades 5 & 6, Echo Hill or Teetertown,

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days, campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A), $305, two-week sessions.

 

A1. June 22 to July 2 ($285)

A2. June 22 to July 2 ($285, Echo Hill only)

B1. July 6 to July 17

B2. July 6 to July 17 (Echo Hill only)

C1 & C2. July 20 to July 31

D1 & D2. August 3 to August 14

These two-week sessions give campers

the chance to increase their understanding of nature as well as their outdoor “know-how.”  Juniors learn basic canoeing skills on the park ponds before embarking on a day trip on a local river.  A field trip allows Juniors to discover nature  beyond the County Parks.  The Junior Explorer experience culminates with a campout full of fun night-time activities.

 

 

SENIOR EXPLORERS

Children entering grades 7 & 8, Echo Hill or Teetertown,

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, late pick up on trip days, campout on second Thursday night (Wednesday for Session A), $305, two-week sessions.

 

A. June 22 to July 2 ($285)     C. July 20 to July 31

B. July 6 to July 17                  D. August 3 to August 14

Senior Explorers continue to expand environmental understanding and hone their outdoor skills.  Team-building  activities, paddling clinics, river canoeing, and a field trip are all important components.  Seniors also enjoy a campout night that includes pitching tents, cooking over a campfire, and exploring nature after dark.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP

Teens entering grades 9 & 10, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, overnight trip each Thursday (second trip on Wednesday of Session A), two-week sessions.

 

A. June 22 to July 2 at Teetertown, $335

B. July 6 to July 17 at Echo Hill, $355

Environmental Camp packs a lot of learning and adventure into an intensive two-week program.  The session begins with team-building activities and the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes personal challenge course.  On-site activities include wildlife studies and outdoor skills practice.  Participants are introduced to backpacking during an overnight on the Appalachian Trail.  A flat water canoe clinic prepares campers for a canoe-camping trip through the scenic Delaware Water Gap during the second week of camp.  Throughout the program, Environmental Camp focuses on the importance of ecological stewardship and individual responsibility.  This year we will be taking an eco-tour of the Hackensack River Watershed in the Meadowlands.

 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 

Registration for SNP is conducted via a lottery system.  Download a set of registration forms (3) from our website, www.co.hunterdon.nj.us, click on parks & recreation, or pick them up at the Arboretum. 

 

1.  The regular Parks Division program registration form cannot be used for SNP.

 

2.  Applications must be postmarked by Wed., March 11, or delivered to the Arboretum in person by 4:30 PM that day.  All applications must be completed in full with payment.

 

3.  Complete a separate set of forms (3) for each child.  You may send sibling forms in one envelope, with one check.

 

 

4.  We cannot arrange to place unrelated children in the same session.

 

5.  Applications are selected through a random drawing.

 

6.  Applicants will be notified by mail.  Unsuccessful applicants receive a full refund.

 

7.  Any spaces left in the program will be available during walk-in registration beginning March 23 at 8:00 AM.

 

  1.  Starting on April 13, participants may be enrolled in additional sessions as available.

 

  1.  All cancellations by participants are subject to a 30% service charge.  Cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of your child’s session will not receive a refund.

 

10. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED, OR NEARLY FILLED, DURING THE LOTTERY.  PLEASE APPLY THROUGH THE LOTTERY.

 

 

 

BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM

 

Tuesday, February 24, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, Echo Hill, ages 8 through adults, $3

This bike program will cover the NJ state bicycling laws, what you need to ride your bike, how to pick the right bike, and where to ride your bike.  There will be demos on how to check and fix your bike and how to size it.  If you and your family bike the trails of Hunterdon County, you will benefit from this program.  Note: no bike necessary.

 

 

 

 

CAMPING KNOWLEDGE

 

Tuesday, March 3, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Echo Hill, ages 10 through adults, $5

Meet Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard at Echo Hill to kick off the camping season with his Camping Knowledge program.  Consider how you need to prepare for camping before the trip begins, including what gear to bring.  Learn how to set up a safe and functional campsite.

 

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

 

Wednesday, March 18 (snow date: March 25), 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Echo Hill Lodge, ages 13 through adult, $50 per barrel (includes materials) or $8 to attend the presentation and not create a rain barrel.

Lauren Theis and Alexandra Walczak of Raritan Headwaters Association will show us the importance of rain barrels in saving water, and will teach us how to use them effectively.  For those who are interested, Lauren and Alexandra will lead us in creating a rain barrel ($50 option).  To attend the presentation and receive literature but not create a rain barrel, the cost is $8.  We will also learn about rain gardens, and participants will receive a free packet of native wildflower seeds.

 

BUILD A BLUEBIRD BOX WORKSHOP

 

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Echo Hill Lodge, ages 8 through adult, $15 per box (one / family)

Welcome bluebirds to your home by building and installing a nesting box for them.  During this program, we will learn about our Eastern Bluebirds and the challenges they face.  We will then assemble boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own #2 Phillips screwdriver.  Limit one box per family.

 

WOODCOCK WATCH

 

Monday, March 23, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tower Hill springhouse,

ages 5 through adult, $3 per person

American Woodcocks inhabit our wet fields and have one of the most fascinating courtship behaviors of any New Jersey bird.  As the sun sets on warm 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 Rd, Asbury).

 

Registration for these programs is required and is first come – first served.

For a registration form download one from our website at www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

information call the Parks Division at

(908) 782-1158.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             02/19/2015

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

The following art classes are held at the Hunterdon County Arboretum located at 1020 Rt 31 in Lebanon and are taught by Illustrator, Lena Shiffman (lenashiffman.com). Participants can register for more than one session at a time.

 

CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES  

 

KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED

 

Session A: Six Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8

Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 22 to May 27

 

NEW TIME 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Arboretum, ages 8 – 15

$90, includes materials

 

Learn the principles of drawing and painting while studying artists of the past.  In this fun art class, geared for the home schooled student, we will explore paintings from famous artists, such as Monet, Van Gough, Picasso, and many more. Students will study and discuss other artist’s style, use of color, and light, and then apply it to their own work.  Students will work using a variety of mediums such as charcoal, pastel, acrylic and watercolor, while painting from a variety of still life or photography, we will enjoy plein air painting when weather permits.

 

YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING

 

Session B: Six Saturdays, April 18 to May 30 (no class 5/23)

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Arboretum, ages 6 to 10, $80 (includes materials)

 

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints on a variety of still-life subjects. These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING DRAWING & PAINTING

 

Session B: Six Saturdays, April 18 to May 30 (no class 5/23)

10:15 AM to 11:45 AM, Arboretum, ages 11-15, $90 (includes materials)

 

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints on a variety of still-life subjects. These classes are designed to increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

 

ADULT ART CLASSES (15 & up)

 

PAINTING & DRAWING BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE (5 classes)

Session A: Five Thursdays, April 2 to April 30

Session B: Five Thursdays, May 14 to June 11

 

9:30 AM to Noon, Arboretum, ages 15 and up,

$100, materials not included

 

Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects, photographs, and landscape, the instructor will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials. Beginners please bring charcoal pencils, erasers, and newsprint pad to the first class.  Others please bring preferred materials. Material list will be supplied at the first class.

 

 

THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO

 

Session A: Five Thursdays, April 2 to April 30

Session B: Five Thursdays, May 14 to June 11

Session C: Five Thursdays, August 6 to September 3

 

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 15 and up,

$100, materials not included

 

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but you would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman. Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects, or photographs, Ms. Shiffman will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks & charcoal pencils, an eraser, & a medium sketch pad to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class. An evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish! All ability levels welcome!

 

Art Together

An adult/child team art class!

For children ages 2-4 with an adult

Instructor, Sarah Ruppert

 

Session A:    Six Mondays, March 2 – April 13 (no class 3/30)

Session B:    Six Mondays, April 20 – June 1 (no class 5/25)

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

To be held at the Hunterdon County Arboretum

$110 (includes all materials); adults attend for free

 

ART TOGETHER is a process based art class for adult and child teams. Artist and certified Art Educator, Sarah Ruppert offers a flexible, nurturing, and fun sensory focused class encouraging the simple joy of creating. Students will explore materials more than create product. The class is very fluid with students moving to various stations exploring many art mediums including painting, sculpture, print making, and drawing. Parents will be close at hand encouraging independent discovery. Discussions on creativity and age appropriate art exploration will be encouraged through weekly projects. Parents will also be able to easily replicate processes at home. Projects in   Session A and B will be different. All materials are included in the cost. Please wear clothes that can get dirty/smock shirts will be available for students. Snacks are welcome.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

BASKETRY & CRAFT WORKSHOPS

 

Park Recreation Leader, Liz Fulmer will be instructing the following basketry  and craft workshops at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, in Lebanon, Clinton Township.

 

ADULT BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

 

UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

Friday, February 27, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, Arboretum, $5

Have a basket that you never finished weaving?  Or a basket kit you always wanted to try?  Join us for this UFO class.

 

SIMPLE RECTANGULAR BASKET

 

Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, Arboretum, $12 (includes materials)

Make a rectangular basket measuring 5 x 7 x 4” (no handle).  SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

 

GOURD PLAY

Sunday, March 22, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Arboretum, $25, plus a material fee ranging from $8 – $15 depending on the gourd you choose (or bring your own)

 

Students will cut open their gourd, scrape it out, and embellish it as they wish.  Embellishing techniques that you can choose from are coiling, adding basket material, dream catcher, incorporating a deer antler, or beading. SKILL LEVEL: Easy.

 

 

SPRING-GIVING BASKET

Tuesdays, March 24 & 31, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Arboretum, $30 (includes materials)

 

Working with many thin dyed weavers; numerous rows of twining; and three rod wale using #1 round reed, small sea grass, and dyed 11/64” flat reed; participants will weave a sweet 6 ½ x 8” wooden-based oval basket.  Weaving at home will be necessary if you want to make your basket tall.  Basket ends by braiding the spokes to create the rim.  Students will be offered spring colors to create with.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate.

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN’S BASKETRY WORKSHOP

 

These workshops are designed for an adult/child team to make one basket. 

 

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket. 

 

Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer.  Materials included. 

 

CHILDREN’S SIMPLE BASKET WITH BEADS

Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Arboretum, ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult, $8

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  Starting with a wooden base, students will insert round reed spokes, weave a little, then add beads, weave a little more, then finish with a braided rim.  Lots of color and bead pattern design.

 

SMALL RECTANGULAR BASKET

Friday, March 27, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, Arboretum, ages 8 w/adult, $12

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  Make a very colorful rectangular basket measuring 5 x 7 x 4” (no handle).

 

SMALL MARKET BASKET

Friday, April 10, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 8 up w/adult, $20

This workshop is designed for an adult/child team to make a basket.  From a base, we will construct a rectangular basket measuring approximately 5 x 7 x 4”.  The workshop includes the handle and rim.

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.  For a registration form download one from our website atwww.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html.

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

 

 

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

 

 

These workshops are designed for solo adults or child/adult teams.

 

Instructor Liz Braidwood Fulmer.  These workshops are designed for solo adults or child/adult teams, ages 7 and up.  All materials supplied except as indicated. 

 

PLAY WITH CLAY

Tuesday, March 17, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Arboretum, $8

 

Fashion from clay a cool wall hanging, clay vessel, or three-dimensional sculpture…of your pet or Pop.  Projects will be made using self-drying clay; additional drying time at home is necessary.  Projects will not be fired, glazed or painted.

 

PAINTBRUSH FRIEND

Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Arboretum, $8

Participants will sculpt a face onto an old paintbrush using Sculpty Clay.  The bristles of the paintbrush become the hair of the character you create.  Please bring an old used paintbrush at least 2” wide.

 

 

TRINKET TILE BOX

Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Arboretum, $8

Stain, decorate with tile, and grout a small 3½ x 2½ x 2” high wooden box.

 

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.  For a registration form download one from our website at twww.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.htmlFor more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

 

 

Registration for these classes is required and is first come – first served space is limited in order to maintain a small class atmosphere.  For a registration form download one from our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html.

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

 

THESE THREE PROGRAMS will be held at the Arboretum from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, designed for ages15 through adult, cost $3 per person, per show.

 

HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE

Friday, March 6

This presentation highlights the changing landscape of Hunterdon County from 1930 to the present using comparative interpretation of images from the aerial photograph library of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  Retired from the NJDEP’S Green Acres Program, presenter Mike McCann’s job was researching the history of land being considered for purchase by the state.  He spent numerous hours examining aerial photography under a microscope, researching records and maps, and interviewing long-time residents.  Mike is eager to share his extensive knowledge.  The striking visuals and intriguing narration of the slideshow highlight the transition from the farm fields, orchards, forest, railroads, and small towns of rural Hunterdon to the present-day environment of houses, malls, and roadways.

THERE USED TO BE A RAILROAD

Friday, March 20

New Jersey and railroads go way back, all the way to 1815 when the state granted John Stevens of Hoboken the first railroad charter in the U.S.  Although Stevens’ New Jersey Railroad was never constructed, the Camden & Amboy Railroad, under the direction of Stevens’ sons, began service between South Amboy and Bordentown in 1833, the first of many railroads to lay track across the Garden State.  In There Used to be a Railroad, Mike McCann reaches into his twenty years of experience researching the Department of Environmental Protection’s aerial photo library to provide a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone—one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail.

 

NEW JERSEY FROM ABOVE

Friday, March 27

Take a flight through time over the lost landscapes of New Jersey of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.  Flight legs include “No Plate Like Home for the Waterways,” depicting the rise of minor league ball parks in Atlantic City, Bridgewater, Camden, Newark and Trenton; “We Are Not Amused,” the decline of amusement parks at Atlantic  Highlands, Burlington Island, Cliffside Park, Lake Hopatcong and Pattenburg;   “Jersey Firsts” featuring such things as the first traffic circle, first drive-in movie theater, the first US-licensed commercial distillery, “the only elephant in the world you can go through and come out alive”; and the first the airplane engine to fly across the Atlantic!

 

Registration for these programs is required and is first come – first served.

For a registration form download one from our website at  http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

 

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              02/19/2015

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

Chief Park Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, and his colleagues focus on helping participants learn about birds and teach them about interesting characteristics of each species. They will also point out other natural history information about the different areas. Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed. If you have your own binoculars or spotting scope, feel free to bring them. A limited number are available for loan. Trips are designed for adults. Transportation is by County Park Vans. Trips are recommended for any interested birder at all levels of ability, unless otherwise stated.

 

MIDDLE CREEK WMA & WOODCOCK

Saturday, March 7, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, $25

Location: Arboretum, 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon

 

March is a time for waterfowl.  This year we will journey into PA and visit one of the top 100 sites in the state—Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County.  We will explore their self-guided driving tour over several hours.  On the return, we will make a stop at a Hunterdon County park at sunset to attempt to view breeding and calling woodcocks.

 

BELLEPLAIN & HEISLERVILLE

Sunday, April 19, 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM, $35

Location: Arboretum, 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon

 

Guest Leader: Pete Bacinski of All Things Birds

Pete is the Program Director for All Things Birds, a subunit of NJ Audubon that specializes in birding excursions.  Pete has been birding in NJ for over 25 years and is well-known in the birding community.  After stepping in to host last year’s trip, he has offered to take us to Belleplain State Park and Heislerville Wildlife Management Area, two key birding locations in Southern NJ.  Join us for an all-day excursion looking for NJ southern specialties such as the Summer Tanager and Prothonotary Warbler.

 

 

Registration for these programs is required and is first come – first served.  For a registration form download one from our website at www.co.hunterdon.nj.us click on “Parks & Recreation.” For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

SUMMER CAMPS

 

 

GARDEN CAMP

 

June 22 to 26, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 8 to 12, $105

Dig into the Arboretum Gardens for five days as you explore, discover, and investigate the world of plants.  Each day is full of garden time, games, and activities with Senior Gardener Jaybird Strauss.  Participants will get some plants to take home.  Bring a snack, plenty of water, sunscreen, clothes that can get dirty, and a change of clothes if desired.

 

 

PERFORMANCE CAMP

 

Session A: June 22 to 26, entering grades 2 to 5

Session B: July 13 to 17, entering grades 6 to 9

Session C: July 27 to 31, entering grades 4 to 7

Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Deer Path Park, $235

Children love this Performance Camp taught by Flying Ship Productions, who combine time-tested themes with original music and dialogue and inventive staging and choreography.  Children will have the opportunity to stage an original musical.  The show contains new and original songs, costumes, props, and dances.  The week culminates in a

Performance and picnic at Deer Path Park on Friday evening at 6:15.  In addition to working on the musical, campers also create the set, make costumes, create craft projects, and participate in theatre and water games.  Comments from parents of former Performance Campers: “Staff was great!  This was my son’s favorite camp,” and, “We loved the show on Friday Eve!  It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”  Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORCHESTRA CAMP

 

July 6 to 10, 9:00 AM to Noon, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, entering grades 7 to 12, $185

This one-week camp will allow middle school and high school students who play orchestral instruments to experience, possibly for the first time, the feeling of sitting surrounded by a large group of instrumental musicians, making music in the same manner as the major symphonies of the world.  The camp has become an important piece in the music education puzzle for students of orchestral instruments (sorry, no piano).  The students work daily in small groups with professional coaches—players and teachers, members of the Hunterdon Symphony—and then join together as a full orchestra at the end of the morning under the direction of Hunterdon Symphony Conductor Lawrence Kursar.  A performance takes place on the final day in the evening at the Route 12 County Complex.  Join us for our 16th year!  Please note which instrument you play when you register.

 

CRAFT CAMP

 

July 6 to 10, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 10 to 15, $165 (includes materials)

This unique program will expose your child to a multitude of crafts.  Young artists will immerse themselves creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  An eclectic mix of artistic media such as clay, leather, tile, wood, nuts, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt a clay vase and then fill it with felt flowers that you make, construct a freeform star decoration using wire and beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance creating a nature mobile.  Campers should bring a drink, snack, and lunch.  We encourage reusable containers.  Send children in “old” clothing and shoes

that can get a little dirty.

 

CANOE CAMP

 

July 20 to July 24, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Campout Thursday into Friday), Arboretum, entering grades 9 to 12, $250

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Then we have the camp for you.  Canoe Camp is for teens who know about or who want to learn about canoeing.  We will start out with the basics and work on improving your skills while having fun and learning teamwork.  Every day, we will paddle on a new local waterway and then finish the week with a canoe

camping trip Thursday into Friday on the Delaware River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Golf & Bowl

 

August 10 to 14, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Deer Path Park, ages 10 to 17, $322 with bowling ball or bag & shoes, or $270 for camp only

This camp is taught by professionals who will teach your child to golf and bowl!  We will meet at Deer Path Park and travel by County van to Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes.  Heron Glen offers a driving range with both grass and mat hitting areas and a large putting green.  After a week of practice, we will play some holes on Friday.  Each day we will head back to Deer Path to eat lunch, brought from home.  Next we will head up to Oakwood Lanes in Washington to learn how to bowl.  This 26-lane bowling alley is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has a great bowling experience.  For maximum comfort, you can purchase a bowling ball or bag and shoes for your child (additional $52).  Then we will stop for ice cream on the way back, our treat!

 

 

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Session A: August 10 to 14

Session B: August 17 to 21

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Arboretum, ages 6 to 10, $110

 

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen.  Instructor Lena Shiffman ( www.lenashiffman.com).

 

ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: August 10 to 14

Session B: August 17 to 21

11:15 AM to 1:15 PM, Arboretum, ages 11 to 15, $110

 

Campers learn the principles of painting and drawing in a classroom and outdoor setting.  They work using pencil, charcoal, and paint on a variety of still-life subjects.  This week-long camp is designed to increase campers’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials.  Please bring a snack and drink.  Remember to dress in old clothing and apply sunscreen.  Instructor Lena Shiffman ( www.lenashiffman.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP:  IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

 

August 17 to 21, ages 8-11, Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Echo Hill, $150

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the students.  They will build the show while following the structure of a story where the fate of the earth hangs in the balance.  Mad scientists, aliens, and fun monsters collide in this spoof of old sci-fi/monster flicks.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games, teaching movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening to other actors and the audience.  The week culminates in a performance for friends and family on Friday at 3:00 PM *please note the change in the performance time from last year!  Campers should bring a drink and lunch to camp.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (www.artstechsolutions.com).

 

CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP:  AN AFTERNOON AT THE IMPROV

 

August 24 to 28, ages 12-15, Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Echo Hill, $150

Something wonderful right away!  This class exposes students to the rules of improv (listening, saying yes, etc.) through games such as those from the TV show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?”  We work on building confidence with coming up with ideas off the top of our heads.  The final performance is made up of our favorite games, completely made up in the moment with suggestions from the audience.  The week culminates in a performance on Friday at 3:00 PM *please note the change in the performance time!  Campers should bring a drink and lunch to camp.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (www.artstechsolutions.com).

 

 

Registration for these programs is required and is first come – first served.

For a registration form download one from our website

at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html.

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

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

SPRING NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS

 

Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  In this drop-off program, a Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill or Teetertown Preserve.  Other hands-on activities include small experiments, field games, and 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.

 

Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  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 to spend more time indoors.

 

 

SPRING NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

Eight Tuesdays, March 31 to May 19,

ages 4 through kindergarten, $90 for all 8 lessons

 

Session A: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Session B: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Session C: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

 

 

SPRING NATURE CLUB AT TEETERTOWN

Seven Thursdays, April 9 to May 21,

ages 4 through kindergarten, $80 for all 7 lessons

 

Session A: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Session B: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served. Class size is limited to eight children.  For a registration form download one from our website athttp://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

 

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

 

 

SPRING BREAK CAMP

 

SPRING BREAK CAMP

Wednesday, April 1 or April 8

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Echo Hill playground

$25 per child, per day

 

Session A: April 1

Hummingbirds A1 & A2: Grades K-2, April 1

Warblers A: Grades 3-5, April 1

 

Session B: April 8

Hummingbirds B1 & B2: Grades K-2, April 8

Warblers B: Grades 3-5, April 8

 

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.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle, as well as shoes that can get wet and a change of shoes/pants for a stream study.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine.

 

Registration notes: There are two different days, Session A (April 1) and Session B (April 8).  Please indicate which day and age group you would like.  There are two groups of Hummingbirds both days, and we will split up the campers in the order in which they sign up.

 

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served. For a registration form download one from our website atwww.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html.

 

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

 

 

TOT WALKS

 

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Echo Hill, Ages 2 to 3 with adult,

each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult free

 

Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon 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.  Sign up for one, two, or all three!

BIRDS: Friday, March 27

FLOWERS: Friday, April 24

FROGS: Friday, May 15

 

 

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: GRADES 1-4

 

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, Echo Hill, first through fourth graders, $5 per child per lesson

 

For the first time in years, we are offering an afterschool drop-off program for kids in grades one through four.  Our lessons will focus on outdoor time to explore the various habitats at Echo Hill.  We will also provide a snack.  Please make sure children are dressed for the weather, as we will meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we will spend more time inside.  We will meet once a month, but sign up individually for one, two, or all three lessons.

THE FOREST: Wednesday, March 18

THE FIELD: Wednesday, April 29

THE STREAM: Wednesday, May 20

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served. For a registration form download one from our website at .www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html.

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

 

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY DAY TRIP & LUNCH

 

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 12 through adult, $50 (includes lunch)

Join us for a visit to Philadelphia’s famous prison, Eastern State Penitentiary.  In 1829 Eastern State Penitentiary opened, becoming one of the most expensive American buildings of its day and soon the most famous prison in the world.  Over the years there have been many escapes, riots, and of course, some very famous prisoners.  Join us in exploring the history of the Eastern State Penitentiary with a guided tour and then lunch at Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, which is situated in a 19th century firehouse.  Lunch will include soup or salad, choice of five different entrées, dessert, and soft drinks.  Transport is by Park van.

 

BRONX ZOO TRIP

 

Saturday, April 11, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 8 through adult, $50 (includes admission and additional attractions mentioned below)

Join the Parks Division as we travel to the Bronx Zoo.  This is the world’s largest urban zoo with more than 600 species from around the globe!  Get up close with mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects.  Learn about their natural history, biology, cultural roles, and conservation status.  Enjoy the total experience at the zoo which includes the Butterfly Garden, the Children’s Zoo, the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Zoo Shuttle, the 4-D Theatre, Jungle World, and others.  You will have about five hours to enjoy yourself.  You can eat lunch in the Dancing Crane Café or at the Terrace Café (lunch not included).  There are many stands throughout the zoo offering snacks and also many tables available for you to eat your own boxed lunch.  So why not leave the driving and parking to us and spend a day at the Bronx Zoo?  Transport is by Park van.

 

Registration for these trips  is required and is first come – first served.  For a registration form download one from our websitewww.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

For more information call the Parks Division at

(908) 782-1158.