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.






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. 



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.




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




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              04/16/2015



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.



Morning/Afternoon Free Bird Walks


Adults, free, pre-registration is required

Take an early morning or evening stroll with the

County Parks Division to look for spring migrants and local breeding birds of the county.  We will use both eyes and ears to find birds, as well as to observe other signs of the spring season.  This is a great chance to brush up on your song identification skills.  Binoculars are available to borrow.



Meet us at the park! Call for an address or check our website click on (parks & recreation)


Thursday Morning Walks: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

April 23:          County Arboretum

April 30:          Bernadette Morales/Uplands

May 7:             Echo Hill Park

May 14:           Sunnyside Picnic Area

May 21:           Deer Path Park Main Lot

May 28:           Hoffman Park



Tuesday Afternoon Walks: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

April 28:          Deer Path Park Main Lot

May 5:             Echo Hill Park

May 12:           County Arboretum

May 19:           Hoffman Park

May 26:           Bernadette Morales/Uplands



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











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.





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!





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.




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.




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.






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!




Session A: Sold out

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 (



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 (








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 (




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 (



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

For a registration form download one from our website





Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 38 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.




Arrive 8:15 AM, Leave from Arboretum, ages 8 through adults, $30

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 25:  South Branch

Sat., May 2:     Musconetcong

Sat., May 16:   South Branch

Sat., June 13:   Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Sat., July 11:    Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg

Sat., Aug. 8:     South Branch

Sat., Aug. 29:   Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville

Sat., Sept. 12:   South Branch

Sat., Sept. 26:   Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island

Sat., Oct. 10:    Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg

Sat., Oct. 24:    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. 






Friday, July 17, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Round Valley

Reservoir Boat Launch, ages 8 through adult, $20


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.




Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 AM to Sunday, June 28 at 4:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 12 through adult, $70 (includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch)


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 out 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.  All participants must attend a pre-camp meeting on June 24 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.




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).




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 e-mail list, contact Patrick Eckard at



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










Wednesdays, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, adults, Free; please pre-register


April 22: Pine Hill Section of the South Branch Reservation,

34 Pine Hill Road, Annandale

May 6: Riverfield Section of the South Branch Reservation, 1738 Route 31, Clinton

May 20: Miquin Woods, 326 Newport Road, Glen Gardner

June 3: Bernadette Morales/Uplands Reserve, 103 Capner Street, Flemington


Meet Patrick Eckard at each location and he will introduce you to the beauty of the parks as he inspects the trail systems.  He will tell you the history of each park as you get some fresh air and exercise.  Then come back on your own to hike the trails at your leisure.




Saturday, April 25, 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Point Mountain,

ages 10 through adult, $5


Point Mountain in the spring is a great place to look for migrating birds, including warblers and thrushes.  Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon for a walk along the river in this beautiful park to see and hear some of our avian friends!  For birders of any skill level.  Binoculars are available to borrow.  Meet at the main parking area (80 Point Mountain Road, Washington/Lebanon Township).





Monday, May 4, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Echo Hill Lodge, children in kindergarten through fourth grade, $3 per child (accompanying adult attends for free)


Nathan Charron of HART Commuter Information Services will be our guest presenter.  HART is dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Hunterdon County by working with commuters, employers and communities.  Nathan will use a children’s book about owls to teach how transportation and energy choices can impact not only the environment but personal health as well.  We will then transition to a matching game to reinforce concepts in the book.  Each family will create an air quality tester to take home.




Pre-campout Meeting: Thursday, May 14, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Echo Hill

Campout: Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 AM to Sunday, May 17 at 11:30 AM, Echo Hill, ages 8 through adult, $50 (includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast)


Do you dream of camping in the woods?  Do you know what you would need and how to prepare for a campout?  Would you like to cook on an open fire?  Well, Let’s Go Camping!  Join Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard for an overnight campout at Echo Hill.  At the preparation workshop, we will plan a menu together, discuss equipment needed for different types of campouts, discuss strategies on packing, and learn how to prevent raids by animals.  During the campout, the staff will demonstrate fire building (several techniques), pitching a tent correctly, knot tying, and using camp tools safely.  All participants will get the chance to help cook a meal and be on kitchen patrol.  During free time, enjoy Echo Hill pond and trails.  When night falls, we will have an evening campfire and prepare traditional snacks.  There are no more excuses… Let’s Go Camping!  There is a flush toilet in the lodge, a short distance from the site.  We have tents available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own.



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

For a registration form download one from our website at

information call the Parks Division at

(908) 782-1158.







Please call for availability or stop in at the Arboretum.

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.




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.



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

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


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.


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

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


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



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.


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.



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.


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.






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


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



Any spaces left in the program are now available. Participants may be enrolled in additional sessions as available.  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.









Sunday, April 26, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Arboretum, teens and adults, $35

Since 1984, Mural Arts has created over 3,500 murals and works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”  This 2.5-mile walking tour is led by a trained guide who provides insight on the organization’s history and mission, mural-making process, and details on its award-winning art education and community engagement programs.  The group will walk south of Market Street to Lombard Street and back along the recently revitalized 13th street corridor, a different tour route than the Parks’ trip took last spring.  The guide will share the stories of the people, places, and themes of the twelve murals along the way, and teach about the culture of the neighborhoods and how the murals compliment their environment.  Please sign-up by April 8th.  After that, call for availability at (908) 782-1158.  After the tour, participants will have an hour of free time to buy lunch at the Reading Terminal Market.  We will travel in a 15-passenger van; you are welcome to bring a drink and snack for the ride.  Wear good walking shoes and layered clothing and bring an umbrella; tours run rain or shine!





Sunday, May 3, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Arboretum, teens and adults, $23

(includes pizza)

One of the most important colonial industries in north Jersey and the United States as a whole was the charcoal iron industry.  Of the few remaining furnaces that once dotted the iron-rich Highlands, Amesbury, although in ruins, is a historical jewel.  On our exploratory expedition we will discover the remains and learn about the workings of a typical charcoal blast furnace, which has been left untouched for 150+ years.  The program begins with a short lecture and pizza and iced tea for lunch.  Then the group will travel in our 15-passenger van to visit the historic ruins of Amesbury Furnace in Clinton Township.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear for a two-mile hike with some difficult terrain.  Guest leader Chip Colombo






Saturday, May 9, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Arboretum, teens and adults, $20

Circling through beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, step back in time on this scenic tour exploring 19th century covered bridges.  Twelve covered bridges are all that remain of the fifty built in historic Bucks County.  Some say they provided shelter for the traveler.  Others say they protected animals from their natural fear of crossing water, while still others say 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 fifteen passenger van and we will visit six covered bridges located in eastern Bucks County, and the Stover-Myers Mill.  Please pack a lunch, dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for short hikes.  Our guest leader will be Chip Colombo.





Friday, June 19, estimated 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Arboretum, teens and adults, $25 (workshop fees are additional)

This year’s Gourd Festival is scheduled to be held at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center & Fairgrounds, Lebanon, PA.  This event features free demonstrations, gourd suppliers, gourd art work, craft suppliers, classes, a silent auction, and the Pennsylvania Gourd Society Members’ Gallery.  We will be traveling in the Parks’ 15-passenger van; it is a two-hour trip one way.  The plan is for the group to take a gourd class (optional) during the festival.  The exact trip timing will be determined when the class schedule is released; for upcoming information about classes. There will be food available to buy and you can pack snacks for the van ride.  Further information will be released via our email list and on our website.



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

 For a registration form download one from our website

For more information call the Parks Division at

(908) 782-1158.