MARCH PROGRAMS WITH HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION

ADULT ART WITH INSTRUCTOR LENA SHIFFMAN

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THURSDAY MORNING ART STUDIO

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

THURSDAY AFTERNOON ART STUDIO

Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Session A: Five Thursdays, March 1 to March 29 (snow date Sunday 4/8)

Session B: Five Thursdays, April 5 to May 3 (snow date Sunday 5/6)

Session C: Five Thursdays, May 10 to June 7 (snow date Sunday 6/10)

Session D (EVENING ONLY): Five Thursdays, August 2 to August 30

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Arboretum

Ages: Adult

Cost: $100 (materials not included)

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but 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 and 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 and charcoal pencils, an eraser, and a medium sketch pad (14 x 18”) to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class.  Join us for a day or evening class of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome!

 

ADVANCED WEAVE-ON-A-MOLD BASKET

Date: Wednesdays, March 7 & 14

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Arboretum

Ages: adults

Cost: $28 (includes materials)

Weave over a mold.  Make a 7” round Catshead Basket using herringbone weave, with a handle and figure-eight wrapped rim.  Or an 8”x 6” rectangular Spoon Basket herringbone weave, with a handle and figure-eight wrapped rim.  Available are 4 catshead molds and 3 spoon basket molds, please designate your desired mold; it will be first-come first-served.  SKILL LEVEL: Difficult.

 

HISTORY THROUGH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: TOWPATHS & TALES

Date: Friday, March 9

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Arboretum

Ages: adult

Cost: $3

Take a flight back in time over a much different Delaware Valley—one in which canals that had once powered the region remained largely intact, less than a decade after abandonment—and return to the present over the landscape as we know it today, without ever leaving the ground! Presenter Mike McCann, during his 21 years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, examined the histories of properties.  He reviewed aerial photographs from 1930 to the present under a stereo microscope while in the process of determining whether land qualified for New Jersey’s Green Acres Program.  Since his retirement, he has created presentations of scanned aerial images highlighting the changes that have occurred in the landscape of the region.  Mike enthusiastically shares his wide-ranging knowledge, fun quirky facts, and riveting stories in his magnificent shows!

FREE RECREATION WALKS

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Ages: all

Cost: Free

March 14:    Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington 08822

March 28:    Point Mountain North Section, 417 Penwell Road, Port Murray 07865 (lower fields)

April 11:      Crystal Springs, meet at Teetertown Group parking lot, 20 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray 07865

April 25:      Columbia Trail, meet at Califon Island Park, 30 Bank Street, Califon 07830

May 9:         Laport Reserve, 216 Mountain Road, Ringoes 08551

May 23:       Round Mountain Section of Deer Path, 100 Foothill Road, Flemington 08822

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.  These trails are easy to moderate hikes.  Pre-registration required.

HISTORY THROUGH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: THERE USED TO BE A RAILROAD

Date: Friday, March 16

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Arboretum

Ages: adult

Cost: $3

New Jersey and railroads go way back, all the way to 1815 when the state granted John Stevens of Hoboken the first railroad charter in the U.S.  Although Stevens’s New Jersey Railroad was never constructed, the Camden & Amboy Railroad, under the direction of Stevens’s sons, began service between South Amboy and Bordentown in 1833, the first of many railroads to lay track across the Garden State.  This program provides a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone—one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail.  Presenter Mike McCann, during his 21 years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, examined the histories of properties.  He reviewed aerial photographs from 1930 to the present under a stereo microscope while in the process of determining whether land qualified for New Jersey’s Green Acres Program.  Since his retirement, he has created presentations of scanned aerial images highlighting the changes that have occurred in the landscape of the region.  Mike enthusiastically shares his wide-ranging knowledge, fun quirky facts, and riveting stories in his magnificent shows!

WATERFOWL & WOODCOCK BIRDING VAN TRIP

Date: Saturday, March 17

Time: 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: meet at Hunterdon County Arboretum

Ages: adults

Cost: $25

March is a time when ducks migrate through Hunterdon and Warren Counties, stopping to rest at places like the Assiscong Marsh, Spruce Run, Round Valley, and Merrill Creek.  We will look for ducks and other water birds, as well as check on the eagles at Merrill Creek.  We will end the day looking for woodcocks with the hope of observing their interesting courtship display.

 

TRINKET BASKET

Date: Sunday, March 18

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Location: Arboretum

Ages: 7 through adult

Cost: $22 (includes materials)

Hands on is fun!  Weave a cute round basket.  Students start by inserting the spokes into a slotted wooden base, and attach the base to a wooden mold.  Weaving over a mold makes shaping your basket a snap.  The finished basket measures approximately 6” in diameter and 5” tall.  Makes a great gift!

Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult & work on one project as an adult/child team. Children 11 through adults may attend solo.  Please check ages below for specific projects. Cost is per project.  Instructor: Liz Braidwood Fulmer.

 

BEGINNER WEAVE-ON-A-MOLD BASKET

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Arboretum

Ages: adults

Cost: $22 (includes materials)

Create a 6” round Trinket Basket weaving over a mold.  No handle.

 

SPRING EQUINOX HIKE

Date: Tuesday, March 20

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Hunterdon County Arboretum

Ages: all (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost: $3 per person

The word “equinox” comes from the Latin aequus, which means “equal,” and nox, which means “night.”  It is the two days of the year where we have 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness.  The Spring Equinox means that longer days are ahead, and is also the first day of spring.  Join Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush for a walk just before sunset to see what is happening in nature during this transition from winter to spring.

 

EVENING WALK IN THE SOURLANDS

Date: Friday, March 23

Time: 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Sourlands Nature Preserve

Ages: 12 through adult

Cost: $3

Spring has recently begun; join Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard for this evening walk at Sourlands to find out what might be active.  While nothing is guaranteed, we will walk through the woods listening for calls and looking for activity from our nocturnal wildlife.  Possible sound encounters include wood frogs, Southern Flying Squirrels and Eastern Screech Owls.

 

WILD & WOOLLY NATURAL DYES

Date: Saturday, March 24

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Teetertown Preserve

Ages: 10 through adult

Cost: $10 per person

How do we get such vibrant colors in clothing?  Most of the dyes used today are synthetic and mineral dyes, but years ago people used plants and animals for dyeing.  We will begin our program with a little history of the dye industry and a walk around the park in search of dye plants.  Then we will make some natural dyes and try it out on some wool yarn!  Participants will take home a sample of the dyed yarn.

 

EAGLE NEST WATCH

Date: Saturday, March 24

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: South Branch Wildlife Management Area

Ages: 8 through adult

Cost: $3 per person

Guest presenter: Dan Kroon, NJ Bald Eagle Project

Check out our Bald Eagle pair nesting near County parkland in the Three Bridges area!  Dan Kroon, a volunteer with the NJ Bald Eagle Project, has been monitoring this nest and its residents for about three years now.  He will teach us about the life history of our national bird, and about the program he supports.  By this time, the eagles should be incubating eggs, so we will expect to see one of the parents on the nest, and perhaps the other nearby.  We will be using binoculars and a spotting scope to view the birds; bring your own if desired but they will also be available to borrow.  Meet at South Branch Wildlife Management Area, 442 Three Bridges Road, Flemington (the parking lot is just over the border into Somerset County).

 

SMALL OVAL BASKET

Date: Monday, March 26

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Arboretum

Ages: adults

Cost: $17 (includes materials)

Create a small oval basket using round reed.  SKILL LEVEL: Easy to moderate.

 

 

            All programs require pre-registration.  To download a registration form, please visithttp://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/parks.htm.  For more information on Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation, please call us at (908) 782-1158.