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 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.





Canoeing Hunterdon’s Waterways!




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., 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. 





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.



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Our popular Nature Clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  In this drop-off program, a Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill Park.  Other hands-on activities include small experiments, field games, and craft projects.  The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world.


Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures to spend more time indoors.




42 Lilac Drive, Flemington


Eight Tuesdays, September 15 to November 3

$90 for all 8 lessons


Session A: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Ages 4 through kindergarten


Session B: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ages 4 through kindergarten


Session C: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

Ages: 1st through 4th graders



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 at

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





9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Echo Hill,

Ages 2 to 3 with adult,

each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult free


Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  Sign up for one, two, or all three!


INSECTS: Thursday, September 17 or Friday, September 18

LEAVES: Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16

ANIMAL HOMES: Thursday, November 19 or Friday, November 20


Registration is required and is first come – first served.

For a registration form download one from our website at

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









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.









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.