Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series, 40th Anniversary! Free concerts from 7:00pm-9:00pm

June 23

Hunterdon Symphony


Is it time for a vacation? The rousing music of the 2016 Pops Concert with the 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

Music of the Isles, the theme of this summer’s Music Under the stars Concert.


June 30

Hunterdon Harmonizers

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 as, away Indianapolis, Indiana. As a chorus they, offer a wide variety of music sung in a cappella

& close 4- part harmony.


July 7

Scott DeCarlo

With the street smarts and strength of a NJ.police sergeant, and the musicianship and voice.of a county singer, he is using his unique take the County music scene into his custody. Boasting a big voice and enormous sense of determination, DeCarlo an East Rutherford native, is a true showman of modern Country. His Kick in the door blend of Country-Rock is energetic, accessible and, above all, authentic.






July 14

Full Count Big Band


The Full Count Big Band is a seventeen piece orchestra that has been performing together for over a decade. A professional group whose music is eclectic, not just nostalgia. Although the term big band is most closely associated with its heyday of the Swing Era (1935-1945), it is a genre that has existed from the 1920’s and continues to this day. With a musical library of over five-thousand arrangements, Full Count provides an eclectic mix of music ranging from the Swing Era classics to more contemporary jazz music, Latin, rhythm & blues funk and rock. Regardless of the musical style the instrumentation of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm provides unrivaled harmonic and

rhythmic excitement.


July 21

Jim Barone Elvis Tribute


Jim Barone is an award winning Elvis Tribute Artist and the man that brings Elvis

Presley’s voice to life. Jim’s tribute spans the Presley catalog keeping true to the sound,

passion and style that encompassed Elvis as an entertainer. The result is a natural performance, without cliché, that embodies the soulful sensuality, the playful swagger, the humor, and the complete command of the audience.


July 28

Tusk Fleetwood Mac Tribute


TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac. The five seasoned,

well-respected musicians comprising TUSK have been making music together in various

combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It is only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years.


August 4

Best of the Eagles


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!!!





August 11

Captain Jack Billy Joel Tribute


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 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 18

Amish Outlaws


The Amish practice a tradition called “Rumspringa” (running around) at 16 they can live free of the strict Amish code before deciding if they want to be baptized into the Amish church. Surprisingly, virtually all of the youths return. But sometimes they don’t. Four of the original six members were born and raised in Lancaster, PA and had a strict Amish upbringing. No electricity from land lines, no alcohol, no musical instruments, but their spirits were too wild for the Amish lifestyle. Once they trampled in the Devil’s Playground, there was no turning back. Since Rumspringa, the Amish Outlaws

have become well acclimated to the pleasures and vices of the modern world…

music, most of all. From Johnny Cash, JayZ, Lady Gaga to Bon Jovi & Elvis they will

entertain you!


Refreshments By

Thee Ice Cream Parlor

Home of the BIG BOPPER!

“Flemington’s Best Ice Cream”

299 South Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822  908-284-1233


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 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 County Board of Chosen Freeholders.











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!



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.



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).



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!




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.



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.



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.



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)!



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




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  



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


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.



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.


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. 



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 email list, contact Patrick Eckard at



Registration is required, download a form from our website

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




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              06/16/2016




Mondays and Wednesdays in June, July, and August, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Deer Path Park , $60 for four week sessions and $75 for five week sessions, for all ages


Session C: Four dates, Tuesday, July 5 and Mondays, July 11 to July 25

Session D: Four Wednesdays, July 6 to July 27

Session E: Five Mondays, August 1 to August 29

Session F: Five Wednesdays, August 3 to August 31

All are welcome to join Kristanna Hoffman at beautiful Deer Path Park for an hour of yoga, regardless of age, fitness level, or yoga experience.  Join our new yoga series for an energizing practice, promoting a healthy mind and body through breath and movement.


Pre-campout meeting: Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Echo Hill

Campout: Saturday, August 20 at 9:00 AM to Sunday, August 21 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 is required download a form from our website at

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







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.


Some 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 Monday, July  4th , Independence Day.  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 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.



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)

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.


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

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

D. July 18 to July 22

                                                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               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.



Children entering grades 5 & 6   Teetertown,  8/8-8/19 ONLY

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.


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.




Children entering grades 7 & 8,  Teetertown,  6/27-7/8 ONLY

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)

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.




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 only, $335 ( no camp 4th of July)


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.


Please call us for availability, there are no Jr or Senior Explorers at Echo Hill, Echo Hill Environmental Camp is also filled.


Park office, (908) 782-1158.







September 24, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM,

Arboretum, adults, $20 (lunch not included)

Guest Guides: Gail Jacobsen and Chip Colombo


Fresh air, exercise and history of the sleepy burg of Hope, a Moravian Village 1769.

Beginnings…The New World…Hope Moravian Experience 1769-1808…A Thriving Community…Daily Life…Revolutionary War…The Decline of Moravian Hope… Post Moravian Era…Moravian Architecture. Tour will visit a grist mill, Howell-Turner House, Tom’s Barn, many period houses, churches and graveyards, bank, museum, stone bridge and much more.  The day will start with a short film at the Arboretum, drive to hope, two hour walking tour (please dress for outdoor in town walk), lunch at the Inn at Millrace Pond Restaurant (lunch not included in the price), some free time to explore the museum, antique store and the quaint little town of Hope.





Date: Saturday, October 8

Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington.

Age: Adults

Cost: $35


Sit back and relax as we whisk you off to Brooklyn! We’ll get you there; you plan a day of fun. The fee covers the cost of the bus ride; the gardens are free admission before noon.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.  The 52-acre garden includes a number of specialty “gardens within the Garden,” plant collections, and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house, and an art gallery.  Founded in 1910, the garden holds over 10,000 taxa of plants and each year welcomes over 900,000 visitors from around the world.  We will explore the garden for about four hours.  The Yellow Magnolia Canteen will be open for lunch (visit  Picnicking is prohibited in the garden.  Visit the garden website to plan your day!

After you visit the gardens (or instead of going to the garden) you could walk over to Prospect Park. Boasting 585 acres this is the masterpiece of famed landscapearchitects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park.  It has a 90-acre Long Meadow, a 60-acre lake and Brooklyn’s only forest, the nation’s first urban Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Zoo, and  a  Mangels-Carmel 1912 wooden carousel, to name just a few of the attractions that make their home at the Park. Plan your visit at

Also nearby are the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum (art) established in 1895, which holds nearly 1.5 million pieces of art work.


Registration is required download a form from our website

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