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 7 & 8, 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. Sold out

                        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.




Download a set of registration forms (3) from our website,, click on parks & recreation, or pick them up at the Arboretum. 


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.










Saturday, September 12, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Arboretum,

Ages 9 & up, $42 for 12 through adult, $26 for ages  9 – 11.

Participants sign-up by September 9th.


The castle gates swing wide open for 13 weekends of mirth and merriment amidst jousting knights and royal delights!  A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters fill the Shire with music, dancing, and more!  With over 90 stage shows daily, 22 Royal Kitchens, and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Renaissance Faire invites guests to immerse themselves in our 35-acre village and experience the fantasy!  There will be numerous activities for kids and adults alike, so the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is truly a festival for the whole family!  To learn more, visit  We will travel in the Parks’ 15-passenger van; it is a two-hour trip one way.  There will be food available for you to purchase and you can pack snacks for the van ride.


Registration 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.




Thank you!









FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             06/11/2015



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 (





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!




Registration for this class 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

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





Instructor: Charles David Viera

Date: Six Fridays, June 26 to July 31

Time: 9:00 AM to noon

Location: Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington

Ages: Adults

Cost: $140


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 various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park and draw inspiration from these beautiful and historic sites 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 for this class 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

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 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: 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


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








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., 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.








Dates: Every Thursday night, June 25 to August 13

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Deer Path Park

Ages: All

Cost: Free!


June 25
Originally formed on August 2, 1942. Consisting of thirty-six National Guard members all with civilian Careers.  Its ranks are filled with musicians, educators, students, administrators, salesmen, builders and other professionals. The band has received many awards, including the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Unit Citation. They have traveled all over the world.

July 2 
Is it time for a vacation? The rousing music of the 2015 Pops Concert with Hunterdon Symphony is the perfect send-off for your inner Explorer. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and sit back. Let your imagination wander to the ends of the earth along with the Explorers, the theme of this summer’s Concert Under the Stars. From Christopher Columbus and Davy Crockett to Apollo 13 and many others in between, be transported for the evening on Thursday, July 2 at 7:00 pm at Deer Path Park.

July 9
Comprised of more than 50 men from   Hunterdon & surrounding areas, the Harmonizers have entertained audiences throughout the County for more than 22 years. They have successfully competed in Barbershop Harmony Society events as far away as Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a chorus they offer a wide variety of music sung in a Capella & close 4- part harmony.

July 16
The Tracy Lee Band is a Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania-based top 40 and classic country rock cover band, fronted by popular female country vocalist, Tracy Lee.  Tracy brings more than 20 years of stage experience together with the backing of some of the areas’ most experienced, talented, and professional musicians to form one of the top country acts on the areas’ festival and fair circuit. Tracy Lee and Ravine Road bring a unique mix of current and classic female country music, and by request, the band has the ability to turn it up a notch, and deliver some energetic classic rock performances to their live show, making them the perfect variety band for private parties and special

July 23

The Cast of The Jersey Four will take you on a journey from the very beginning of The Four Seasons Number #1 Hits – Frankie Valli`s solo career –to present day Four Seasons shows.  SHERRY, BIG GIRLS DON`T CRY, RAG DOLL, WALK LIKE A MAN and WHO LOVES YOU, are just some of the many hits you will enjoy from their great collection of songs from those four guys from Jersey. Their interpretation of The Four Seasons classics with unique vocals, fabulous stage show, The Jersey Bounce Horns, authentic costume and musical equipment (Fender-Stratocaster, Gibson-Firebird & Thunderbird) guitars, Fender Amplifiers, Ludwig & Gretsch drums, recreate that famous sound of The Four Seasons.

July 30
One of the busiest big bands in the tristate area, the Jazz Lobster Big Band swings hard! Featuring the timeless music of Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, as well as hip new arrangements, the big band plays everything from 40’s swing to fiery Latin and salsa to ballroom dance numbers. Led by keyboard stand arranger, James Lafferty, the big band is filled with cutting edge musicians from all over the east coast. Out-front is the unique, velvet-toned bass voice of Michael Andrews, and we’ve got clarinetist Audrey (“Mrs. Lobster”) ripping up Benny Goodman favorites. The power and energy of this live big band will knock your socks off!


August 6

The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tristate areas top musicians. The band, in every performance, captures the “live concert” arrangements of these timeless hits which captivated tens of thousands to the Billy Joel concerts. Every event is packed with all the energy, passion and interaction of a Billy Joel Concert, represented by 3 decades of Billy’s music in every Captain Jack show.


August 13

This group of all-stars captures the instrumental and vocal prowess of the biggest California super group of all time! Established in 2012 with veteran musicians from central Jersey, the Best of the Eagles play the music of the Eagles in a very true-to-form tribute show. With six powerful vocals, outstanding harmonies and great musical accompaniment, the Best of the Eagles are one of the premiere tribute shows around, guaranteed to rock the audience!!!


HAVE FUN, BE SAFE, AND BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS: Our concert series has always been family-oriented.  Please be considerate of your neighbors, so everyone may enjoy the music and the natural surroundings.  If you smoke, make sure the smoke does not bother anyone else.  Keep children in sight at all times, so that their safety is assured and their play will not disturb others.  Some guests may be afraid of dogs, so observe our park leash law and control your pet.  Please pick up all litter. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED.

DIRECTIONS: From Flemington: Route 31 North for approximately 4 miles.  Turn right onto West Woodschurch Road and follow the signs to Deer Path Park.  From Clinton:  From US Interstate 78, take Route 31 South for approximately 6.5 miles.  Take right jug handle onto West Woodschurch Road to Deer Path Park.

FOOD: Starting around 6:30 PM food will be available to purchase. There will be hot dogs, drinks and ice cream.    

FOR CONCERT SITE INFORMATION ON RAINY DAYS: INFORMATION IS JUST A “CLICK AWAY!” We try our best to hold our concerts outdoors, but sometimes weather conditions dictate that we move inside. These decisions are made during the late afternoon of each concert day.  The quickest way to find out this information is to go to our County website: If the internet is not accessible, please call the Park Office and listen to the recording after 4:30 PM by dialing (908) 782-PARK (7275.) All indoor concerts will be held at Hunterdon Central High School, 84 Rt. 31 Flemington NJ 08822

Big thank you to all of last year’s concert audience & musicians.  Thank you to  Hunterdon County, Shop Rite of Flemington and the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee.  










In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation will offer discount tickets to the following amusement parks, available now at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, located at

1020 Rt 31, Lebanon:


Amusement Park          Gate Price          Discount Ticket


Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom


Adult…..…………………….. $56.70………………………..$44.00

Hershey Park


Adult.………………………… $62.80…………………….. $50.00

Junior…………………………. $39.80…………………. $37.00


Six Flags Great Adventure


Adult Theme Park & Safari…… $72.75…………. ………$41.00

Parking Pass ……………….…. $25.75………………………$22.00


Tickets can be purchased by check or cash only.

To confirm availability, call (908) 782-1158.

Tickets are non-refundable.

For information on other Park Programs visit click on parks & recreation.