HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS EVENTS INFO

MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

 

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, March 12, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Raindate: Sunday, March 13 (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 9 to 11, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tours begin every 30 minutes and last about 1 hour.

Pre-registration required; call (908) 782-1158 for a time slot.

 

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 Maple Sugaring to your location!

$50 for the 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.

 

 

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 BASKETRY  WORKSHOPS Adults/Children

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

 

CHITIMACHA STYLE TRAY 

Tuesdays, March 8 & 15, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, $30

You can’t go wrong by reinterpreting classic designs and helping to keep basketry traditions alive and fresh for generations to come.  This is Lyn Siler’s take on an original Chitimacha design, using a twist on the structure and a playful mirror image.  Dimensions are approximately 7 x 7 x 2”.  SKILL LEVEL: Very difficult.

 

UFO…UNFINISHED OBJECTS

Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, $5

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

 

FIGURE 8 BASKET

Mondays, April 18 & 25, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, $35

Five pieces of round reed tied into a figure 8 create the handle and the ribs for this basket pouch.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

 

CHILDREN’S SIMPLE BASKET WITH BEADS

Friday, April 1, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult, $8

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.

 

CHILDREN’S FLAG BASKET

Friday, April 8, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult, $12

Make an American flag basket to celebrate our nation.  Students will stamp stars on blue shaker tape.  Basket measures 4” x 3” x 3” high.

 

Registration is required, download a form at twww.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html (908) 782-1158.

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              03/01/2016

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 Chief Park Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, and his colleagues focus on helping participants learn about birds and their interesting characteristics. Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed. Bring your binoculars or spotting scope, a limited number are available for loan. Trips are designed for adults of any birding ability, unless otherwise stated. Transportation is by County Park Van.

MIDDLE CREEK WMA & WOODCOCK

Saturday, March 5, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, $25

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

 

SALEM COUNTY BAYSHORE EXPLORATION

Sunday, April 10, 5:30 AM to 5:00 PM, $25

Join us for a trek through the southwest corner of the state – Salem County.  We will start our journey near Fort Mott and work east through Money Island to Stow Creek, the border with Cumberland, looking for shorebirds and other early migrants.  Time permitting we will then investigate the Johnson Sod Farm and/or Parvin State Park.

 

Registration is required download a registration 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.

 

 

 

HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE

Friday, March 18, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Arboretum, teens and adults, $3

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.

 

 

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

For more information call the

Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/harbinger.html

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              03/01/2016

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

 

BUILD A BLUEBIRD BOX WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 17, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM,

Echo Hill Lodge, ages 8 through adults, $15 per box (limit one box per 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 the boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own #2 Phillips head screwdriver.

 

WOODCOCK WATCH

Monday, March 21, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM,

Tower Hill springhouse, ages 5 through adult, $3

 

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 Road, Asbury).

 

OUR WILD NEIGHBORS

Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM,

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge,

676 County Route 513, Pittstown, ages 7 through adult, $12

 

Visit Woodlands Wildlife Refuge to learn about the wildlife around us.  Melissa Anahory will take us through an in-depth learning experience investigating individual species, habitats, ecosystems, and animal behavior.  Participants will get an introduction to Woodlands and wildlife rehabilitation, release, and research projects.  Learn how to avoid human and wildlife conflicts and what to do if you find a wild animal in need.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Woodlands, a 501c3 dedicated to caring for orphaned and injured wildlife.  Meet at Woodlands.

 

 

 

GEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF NORTHERN HUNTERDON

Saturday, April 2, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Arboretum, adults, $15

 

Join Geologist Mandy Apgar for a tour of our local County parks as we explore Hunterdon’s two geologic provinces (the Highlands and the Piedmont); examining how they originated and how time has shaped them.  Mandy will discuss the local rock types and the effects of groundwater, glaciers, faults, and volcanism on the region.  Transport by county van.  Some of the stops are: Round Valley, Jugtown Mountain, Ken Lockwood Gorge, and Musconetcong Gorge.  Please pack a lunch.

 

SIGNS OF SPRING WALK

Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Arboretum, all ages, $3

 

Come explore the Arboretum in early spring!  We will look for signs of the changing seasons, including hunting for wildflowers, listening for wood frogs, and checking to see which animals are out of hibernation.

 

EXPLORING YOUR STREAM

Saturday, April 9, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Echo Hill, $5, ages 10 through adult

 

Join Mara Tippett, your Raritan Headwaters Watershed Ambassador, for a fun and educational time exploring stream life.  Learn to collect, identify, and analyze the insects that help paint a picture of overall stream health.  We will discuss benthic macroinvertebrates and their role as water quality indicators.  We will begin with a classroom component learning about our stream, and then head outside to catch some creatures ourselves!  Dress in close-toed shoes that can get wet.  Registration is through Hunterdon County Parks.

 

HARVESTING INVASIVES: JAPANESE KNOTWEED

Monday, April 25, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM,

Teetertown Stone House, ages 10 through adult, $5

 

Japanese knotweed is a common invasive plant that resembles bamboo when it is older.  In the spring, the shoots can be eaten like asparagus.  In this program, we will spend the first hour or so walking, identifying, and gathering the shoots, then go inside to prepare several knotweed dishes, including delicious dandelion-knotweed muffins.  Each participant will take home a few muffins.  Meet at the stone house.

 

WATERFALL TOUR OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

Wednesday, May 4, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 10 through adult, $10

 

Although Hunterdon County has no Niagara Falls, several of the parks in our area contain gushing streams with small waterfalls after the spring rains.  Bring a packed dinner and enjoy an evening of hiking along the water.  Depending on timing, we will visit one or two sites in the Kingwood area.  Transport will be by county van.  Expect to hike two to three miles in the course of the excursion.

 

 

 

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.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/harbinger.html

 

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA ZOO TRIP

Saturday, March 19, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM,

Arboretum, ages 8 through adult, $32

The Philadelphia Zoo,  in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first zoo in the United States.  Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874.  It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents.  For a brief time in the 1850s, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo.  The Philadelphia Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that have been found difficult to breed in captivity.  The zoo also works with many groups around the world to protect the natural habitats of the animals in their care.  The zoo is 42 acres and today is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered.  The zoo features many interactive and educational exhibits.  A children’s zoo, a paddleboat lake, and a rainforest-themed carousel are also available for an additional fee.  Several stands offer lunch items, or bring lunch from home and use the tables at the zoo.  Transport is by Parks van.

 

RAILROAD STATIONS

OF HUNTERDON COUNTY

Saturday, April 9, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

Arboretum, teens and adults, $20 (lunch not included)

All aboard!  This Parks van tour will chug through history and travel to selected train stations that have been rehabilitated for adaptive reuse.  We will learn about several railroads that criss-crossed the county and the important roles that they played in its development.  We will make a stop for a refreshment break (lunch is not included in the price).  We will travel in a County Parks 15-passenger van.  Please note, it is a little tricky getting in and out of the van.  Dress in layers, be prepared to be outdoors, and wear appropriate footwear.  Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo.

 

 

 

EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY DAY TRIP AND LUNCH

Saturday, April 16, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 12 through adult, $50 (van ride, tour, and 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 across the street.  Lunch will include soup or salad, choice of five different entrées, dessert, and soft drinks.  Transport is by Parks van.

 

COVERED BRIDGES (WEST)

Saturday, May 14, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Arboretum, teens and adults, $20

(lunch not included)

Circling through beautiful western Bucks County, Pennsylvania, step back in time on this scenic tour exploring six 19th century covered bridges.  Twelve covered bridges are all that remain of the fifty built in historic Bucks County.  Some say that they provided shelter for the traveler.  Others say that they protected animals from their natural fear of crossing water, while still others say that the roof kept winter snows off the flooring.  The more romantically inclined called them “kissing bridges” or even “wishing bridges.”  Actually, the roof was designed to protect the supporting beams on either side from being ravaged by the weather.  When thus covered, the bridge had a much longer life expectancy.  Grab a seat in the Hunterdon Parks’ 15-passenger van and we will visit six covered bridges located in western Bucks County (due to popularity, this is the same trip as we offered fall 2015).  We will stop for lunch in Perkasie, at The Perk, a local eatery that offers a superb menu at reasonable prices (lunch is not included in the price of this trip).  Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for short hikes.  Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo.

 

BRONX ZOO TRIP

Saturday, May 21, 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 Theater, 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 also 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 Parks van.

Registration is required download a form from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.htm.l

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

 

ART CLASSES with Charles David Viera

PAINTING

Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 20 to May 25

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Arboretum, $140 (materials not included)

 

This session begins with instruction in the basic rules of drawing, which includes information on contour, value, and composition.  This painting class will be a study and use of oils or acrylic paints.  Working from a variety of subject matter, the instructor will offer information on color theory and the proper use of materials via group and individual critiques.  Instruction is catered to the level of your experience; more advanced students will be offered more advanced techniques.  Students should bring only drawing materials to the first class as the instructor will discuss the various materials needed for the rest of the session.  An approximate $5 model fee will be collected at the first class.

 

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Session B: Six Wednesdays, April 20 to May 25

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Arboretum, $98 (materials not included)

 

This class offers solid instruction in basic drawing.  Studio projects are complemented with group and individual critiques, slide lectures, and historical references.  Elements of contour, value, composition, and perspective are defined as students work from a variety of subject matter.  This class offers patient and individual instruction in a supportive environment.  A great place to begin!  Please bring to the first class an 18 x 24 inch all-purpose pad, vine charcoal (soft), compressed charcoal (soft) and a hard rubber eraser.

 

LANDSCAPE PAINTING:

SUMMER MORNING LIGHT

Six Wednesdays, June 22 to July 27,

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Echo Hill Park, ages 15 through adults, $140 (materials not included)

 

Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light.  In this class, artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them.  Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by beautiful and historic Echo Hill Park as they improve their skills.  Beginner and advanced instruction in drawing, composition, color theory, and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations and historical references.  Open to students of all levels and working in any medium.  Experienced students should bring their favorite medium while beginners should bring drawing materials to the first class where color materials will be discussed.  Light easels and chairs are provided.

 

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

For more information call the

Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/harbinger.html

 

 

 

 

Children’s Art Classes with Illustrator, Lena Shiffman

 

YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING

Session B: Six Saturdays, April 23 to June 4 (no class May 28)

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Arboretum, ages 6 to 10,

$82 (includes materials)

 

ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING DRAWING AND PAINTING

Session B: Six Saturdays, April 23 to June 4 (no class May 28)

10:15 AM to 11:45 AM, Arboretum, ages 11 to 15,

$92 (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. The instructor works excellently with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.  Instructor Lena Shiffman.

 

Adult Art Classes with Illustrator, Lena Shiffman

 

THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO

Session A: SOLD OUT

Session B: SOLD OUT

Session C: Five Thursdays, May 12 to June 9

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Arboretum, $100 (materials not included)

 

THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO

Session A: Five Thursdays, March 3 to March 31

Session B: Five Thursdays, April 7 to May 5

Session C: Five Thursdays, May 12 to June 9

12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Arboretum, $100 (materials not included)

 

THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO  (teens & adults)

Session A: Five Thursdays, March 3 to March 31

Session B: Five Thursdays, April 7 to May 5

Session C: Five Thursdays, May 12 to June 9

Session D: Five Thursdays, August 4 to September 1

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Arboretum, teens and adults, $100 (materials not included)

 

Using a variety of subject matter including still life subjects, photographs, and landscape photos, the instructor works 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, bring charcoal pencils, erasers, and a newsprint pad (14 x 18”) to the first class; others bring preferred materials.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.

 

Registration is required download a form  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                                                              03/01/2016

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 Chief Park Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, and his colleagues focus on helping participants learn about birds and their interesting characteristics. Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed. Bring your binoculars or spotting scope, a limited number are available for loan. Trips are designed for adults of any birding ability, unless otherwise stated. Transportation is by County Park Van.

MIDDLE CREEK WMA & WOODCOCK

Saturday, March 5, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, $25

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

 

SALEM COUNTY BAYSHORE EXPLORATION

Sunday, April 10, 5:30 AM to 5:00 PM, $25

Join us for a trek through the southwest corner of the state – Salem County.  We will start our journey near Fort Mott and work east through Money Island to Stow Creek, the border with Cumberland, looking for shorebirds and other early migrants.  Time permitting we will then investigate the Johnson Sod Farm and/or Parvin State Park.

 

Registration is required download a registration 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.

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

START PLANNING

YOUR Child’s

SUMMER

PARK CAMPS

 

CRAFT CAMP

June 27 to July 19:00 AM to 2:00 PM, ages 10 to 15,

Arboretum, $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, rocks, vines, and recycled items keep interest and enthusiasm high!  New projects every year!  Sculpt with clay, create with beads, weave a basket or two, and work on visual balance designing with things from nature.  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.

 

PERFORMANCE CAMP

Session A: July 11 to 15, children entering grades 2 to 5

Session B: July 25 to 29, children entering grades 6 to 9

Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM,

Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Deer Path Park, $245

 

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 and crafts, 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!  It’s nice to see how the children enjoyed their week.”  Every child who attends Performance Camp is a star!

 

CANOE CAMP

Monday to Friday, July 11 to 15, 9:00

AM to 3:30 PM (campout Thursday into

Friday), Arboretum, ages 14 to 18, $250

 

Do you enjoy the outdoors and the water?  Then we have the camp for you!  Canoe Camp is for teens that enjoy or want to learn more 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 different local waterway and then we will finish the week with a camping trip Thursday into Friday.  We will supply everything you need to canoe and the food and tents for the campout.

 

ORCHESTRA CAMP

Monday to Friday, July 18 to 22, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM,

Hunterdon Central Regional High School, entering grades 7 to 12, $185

 

This camp will allow middle school and high school students who play orchestral instruments to be surrounded by a large group of instrumental musicians, making music in the same manner as major symphonies of the world.  The students work daily in small groups with professional coaches and then join together 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.  Note which instrument you play when you register (sorry, no piano).

 

SCIENSATIONAL ROBOTIC CAMP *NEW*

July 18 to 22, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM,

Arboretum, ages 7 to 12, $145

Join us for this new camp to build robots with the company Sciensational.  Campers will make and take home the Space Nine Infra-Red Robot.  It is an eight-legged star explorer.  Its moves and turns are controlled by its own infra-red remote transmitter.  Unlike most other robots, Space Nine can walk on rough surfaces, turn left and right, and even cross over rocks.  Campers can create a moon surface for the Space Nine to explore.  Better yet, the Space Nine Robot can dance and be controlled by campers.  Learn how the different gears mesh and are driven by a motor.  Working in small groups, campers will also get to build other robots.  Build a Sumo wrestler, have tug-of-war events, and make these robots do specific tasks.  Robots in this portion of the workshop are not taken home.  Be part of robot technology and have fun investigating the future effects it will have on our lives!

 

Campers who sign up for both Sciensational Robotic Camp and Sciensational Magnetic Camp may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free. 

 

SCIENSATIONAL MAGNETIC CAMP *NEW*

July 18 to 22, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM,

Arboretum, ages 7 to 12, $145

Join us for this new camp to learn about “Magnetic Levitation for Future Transportation” with the company Sciensational.  Build your own “futuristic Maglev” car to race and take home.  In 1999 a Japanese five-car maglev train (magnetism, electricity, and levitation) set a record of 345 miles/hour.  Yours won’t go that fast, but we will have fun building it and learning how it operates.  Learn about the relationship between magnetism and electricity.  Campers will also get to build a simple maglev track as well as a cool electromagnet. Learn how motors and generators work.  Build and take home the world’s simplest motor.  Make your own compass and take part in many other magnificent magnetic activities!

 

Campers who sign up for both Sciensational Robotic Camp and Sciensational Magnetic Camp may bring a lunch and stay through the lunch hour for free. 

 

ART TOGETHER ART CAMP

July 25 to July 29, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Arboretum, ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult, $100 (includes 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, experimenting with paint, print making, sculpture, drawing and more.  The class is very fluid with students moving to five different art stations.  Students take home no less than five pieces of art work per class.  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 the camp will be different than the weekly sessions starting in February and April.  All materials are included in the cost.  Please wear clothes that can get dirty.  Smock shirts will be available for students. Snacks are welcome.

 

MODERN MASTERS ART CAMP

Monday through Friday, July 25 to July 29, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM,

Arboretum, ages 5 to 7, $90 (includes materials)

Join us for a week-long exploration of modern art!  From impressionism to minimalism, we will explore artists and styles throughout the time period.  In this fun, hands-on art class we will look at selected artists and try our hand at various styles of modern art.  The class will be a combination of group and station-based work.  Each day will be themed by artist and style with fun art history critiques and an exploration of that artist’s medium.  Artist and certified art educator Sarah Ruppert offers a lively art history-based class that will encourage new artistic skills and awareness.  All materials are included in the cost.  Please wear clothes that can get dirty.  Smock shirts will be available for students.  Snacks are welcome.

 

GARDEN CAMP

Monday through Friday, August 1 to 5, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM,

Arboretum, ages 8 to 12, $105

 

Dig into the Arboretum Gardens for five days as you explore 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.

 

SPORTS FOR A LIFETIME CAMP: Golf & Bowl

Monday through Friday, August 8 to 12, 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 from home.  Next we will head up to Oakwood Lanes in Washington to learn how to bowl.  This state-of-the-art, 26-lane bowling alley is complete with electronic scoring.  Their professional, attentive staff will ensure that your child has a great bowling experience.  Just when you think the fun is over, we

will stop for ice cream on the way back (our treat)!

 

ART CAMP FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

Session A: August 8 to 12

Session B: August 22 to 26

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Arboretum,

ages 6 to 10, $110 (includes materials)

 

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 (website www.lenashiffman.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART CAMP FOR ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Session A: August 8 to 12

Session B: August 22 to 26

11:15 AM to 1:15 PM, Arboretum, ages 11 to 15, $110 (includes materials)

 

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 (website www.lenashiffman.com).

 

 

 

CREATIVE THEATRE CAMP

Mon. to Fri., August 22 to 26, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

(Friday until 4:00 PM), Echo Hill, ages 8 to 12, $150

 

Campers will learn stagecraft while creating their own play.  This production will be guided by the ideas of the campers; characters, plot, and setting are all based on their ideas.  The disciplines of the actor are first introduced through theatre games.  Movement, voice, theatre terms, and listening are practiced on day one and built on as the play is developed.  We focus this class on listening to the other actors and the audience.  The week culminates in a performance on Friday at 3:00 PM.  Campers should bring a drink and lunch.  Instructor Joe Nowosielski (website www.artstechsolutions.com).

 

Registration is required, download a registration form from our website at

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

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

 

 

Canoeing Hunterdon Waterways!

 

Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for many years.  It is fun, educational, and great exercise!  Spend a day with nature.  Just bring water, lunch, and a smile—we will do the rest.  We supply the canoes, kayaks (first come, first served—reserve ahead), gear, training, and transportation.  Our experienced leaders teach the ways of currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks.  Tell us what you want to learn—we are eager to teach.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

RIVER TRIPS

Arrive 8:15 AM, Leave from Arboretum, ages 8 through adults, $35 per trip

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle and then drive to the river, where they will discuss

maneuvering techniques and canoe safety.  Our leaders will guide you down the river.  We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours.  We are flexible with our time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as wind speed and the river’s water level.  Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

 

Sat., April 16: Lamington

Sun., May 1: South Branch

Sat., May 21: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island

Sun., June 5: Musconetcong

Sat., June 11: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Sun., July 10: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg

Sat., July 23: South Branch

Sat., Aug. 6: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Sat., Aug. 20: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island

Sat., Sept. 3: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Sat., Sept. 24: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg

Sat., Oct. 8: South Branch

Sat., Oct. 22: Leaders’ Choice

 

Please note: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to select an alternative river.  Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience. 

 

CLINTON POND PADDLES

Saturday, April 9, A: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, B: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Clinton Town parking lot off of Halstead Street & Water Street, ages 6 through adults, $25 per session

Paddle around the scenic “Clinton Pond”… past the lily pads, under the road bridge, past the historic Red Mill, up to the spillway of the Spruce Run Reservoir, and back.  Great for children ages six and up (with an adult), senior citizens, beginners, folks with special needs (please inform us in advance), or those with a hankering to take a leisurely paddle and commune with nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLAT WATER PADDLE:  SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

Session A: Friday, June 24

Session B: Friday, July 29

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM,

Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch, ages 8 through adult, $25 per session

Treat yourself to a leisurely evening sunset paddle.  The group will meet at Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch (white van with green canoes).

Bring a flashlight and a jacket: it can get much cooler by the water after sunset.

 

OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP

Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 AM to Sunday, June 26 at 4:00 PM,

Arboretum, ages 12 to adult, $65 (3 meals)

This trip will leave the Arboretum at 8:00 AM on Saturday and head to the Delaware Water Gap to put in.  We will paddle for a couple hours, stop to have a picnic lunch (please bring lunch for Saturday), and then camp at one of the wilderness sites on the river.  The group will cook dinner and enjoy the nature around us.  The next day, we will cook breakfast and head down the river.  We will stop and have a picnic lunch (provided).  There will be time to swim both days as we travel.  Participants must attend apre-camp meeting on June 22 at 7:00 PM at the Arboretum.  On your registration form, please indicate any dietary restrictions and if you will need to borrow a tent.  No kayaks on this trip.

 

PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP

Pre-register by the Wednesday before the trip.  Please note: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, leaders may choose an alternative river.  If we cancel the trip for any reason, we will call you as soon as we make the cancellation, but our trips run rain or shine!  Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures.  Durable old clothes are best, especially wool and polypropylene fleece in cool weather.  Sneakers are recommended; no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes.  Bring lunch (packed in waterproof container), lots of water, sunscreen, a rain jacket, a hat, eyeglass strap, etc.  A complete change of clothing can be packed in a waterproof bag to be carried in your canoe or to be in the van for the trip’s end.  No alcoholic beverages.  No pets are allowed, except for guide animals.  We have several kayaks available, but can also accommodate your own kayak on many trips (at your own risk).

 

SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TRIP
We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  A pond paddle makes a great birthday party!  For questions or to be added to our canoe email list, contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

 

 

 

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

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

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/harbinger.html

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

SUMMER NATURE PROGRAM LOTTERY NOW OPEN

 

The Summer Nature Program (SNP) is conducted via a lottery system.

Checks will be cashed as received and then the registrations are placed into a barrel and picked out one by one after the deadline date, as the sessions fill your child may be put on a waiting list and you will be issued a full refund. Please select as many weeks as you can to increase your chances of getting in. It is your choice to send in your registration now or wait until March.

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.  Camp base will be the stone cottage, 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.  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 25 to 29                                   B. August 8 to 12

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 27 to July 1                 E. July 25 to July 29

B. July 5 to July 8 ($135)        F. August 1 to August 5

C. July 11 to July 15               G. August 8 to August 12

D. July 18 to July 22               H. August 15 to August 19

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 27 to July 1                 E. July 25 to July 29

B. July 5 to July 8 ($135)        F. August 1 to August 5

C. July 11 to July 15               G. August 8 to August 12

D. July 18 to July 22               H. August 15 to August 19

 

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 27 to July 8 ($285)

A2. June 27 to July 8 ($285, Echo Hill only)

B1. July 11 to July 22

B2. July 11 to July 22 (Echo Hill only)

C1 & C2. July 25 to August 5

D1 & D2. August 8 to August 19

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,

$305, two-week sessions.

 

A. June 27 to July 8 ($285)     C. July 25 to August 5

B. July 11 to July 22                D. August 8 to August 19

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 27 to July 8 at Teetertown, $335

B. July 11 to July 22 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 flatwater 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,http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms 

or pick them up at the Arboretum, 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon. 

Mail them to Hunterdon County Parks, PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822.

 

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

2.  Applications must be postmarked by Wed., March 9, 2016 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 SNP 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 21 at 8:00 AM.

8.        Starting on April 11, participants may be enrolled in additional sessions as available.

9.        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 SNP will be filled or nearly filled during the lottery, your best chance is to apply through the lottery.

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

SPRING NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS

 

SPRING NATURE CLUBS FOR KIDS AGES 3 – 4th GRADE

Our popular spring nature clubs 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 spring each session is for a different age group, ranging from age three through fourth grade.  This is a drop-off program. 

 

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 in order to spend more time inside.

 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

For each child, a registration form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.  Included on the form are the date of last tetanus shot, known allergies, and special care notes; please have this information ready.  Each session is limited to ten children to ensure a quality experience for the participants.  The Division of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrollment, and give a full refund.

 

Eight Tuesdays, April 5 to May 24, Echo Hill, $90

Session B: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, kindergarten through 1st grade

Session C: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, 2nd through 4th grade

 

 

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, March 30 or Thursday, March 31

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Echo Hill playground

$25 per child (drop-off program)

 

Session C: Grades K-2, March 31

Session D: Grades K-2, March 31

 

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.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will have camp rain or shine (or cold!).  Please note: this year, we are offering two days during the same week.  Curriculum will be the same both days, so we ask that campers sign up for one day only.  There are two groups for grades K-2 on March 31, and we will split up campers by 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