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Environmental Education Center

190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ • 908 766-2489

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Educational Public Programs for February 2017

The Environmental Education Center has partnered with the national Let's Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity by encouraging participation in outdoor activities and promoting healthy eating. We have added some new programs as part of our Let's Move! series.

Let's Move

Snowshoe Hike  
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist for some fun in the snow! We will snowshoe on some of the trails at the Environmental Education Center and enjoy the winter scenery. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from the Environmental Education Center (limited amount of snowshoes available – first come, first serve). Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51670

EEC-11 Thursday, February 2
  1:30pm-3:00pm

Tree House Gang  
(Ages 3-5)
Bring your little ones to the Environmental Education Center for fun science and nature programming. These two-and-a-half hour afternoon classes will enhance learning by going outside for hikes, hands-on activities, meeting live animals, and learning by experimenting. Each month has a different theme. Please send a small snack with your child. Please dress for the weather. Please register for only the Tuesday session or the Thursday session per month. Both monthly sessions cover the same material on a weekly basis.
$65 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-29 Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23
  12:45pm-3:15pm
EEC-30 Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
  12:45pm-3:15pm

The Green Team
(Ages 12-15)
Is natural science a subject you find interesting? Do you like the outdoors? Is the Great Swamp a place you like to visit? If so, join us at the Environmental Education Center and contribute your talents to our fun and educational projects and special events. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51438

EEC-G4 Saturday, February 4
  1:00pm-4:00pm

The North Shore Tour
(Adult)
If you love birding along the Jersey Shore, then join us for a day you will never forget! Depending on where the birds are, we might visit the Shark River estuary, the Manasquan River, Spring Lake, Wreck Pond, and/or Lake Como. All of these places are great for viewing thousands of winter waterfowl. Bring binoculars, lunch, and bundle up!
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51198

EEC-16 Sunday, February 5
  7:30am-6:30pm

Sunday Forest Fitness  
(Adult)
Join a weekly walking group and enhance your exercise regimen with Mother Nature! Improve your health, clear your mind, and enjoy nature as you traverse the level trails of Lord Stirling Park with a Naturalist as your guide. Leave cool, calm, and collected. Participants must be able to walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks. Bring a water bottle and a desire to leave your troubles behind. Comfortable, waterproof boots are a must in the swamp.
$20 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-54 Sundays, February 5, 12, 19, 26
  9:00am-10:00am

The Young Explorers Club  
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
It is never too early to get little ones outdoors to experience the wonders of nature. This series will focus on developing their five senses through simple activities. Parents will share the excitement with their children during this special hour and return home with ideas to explore nature close to home.
$15 per pair/$8 per additional child for 2-day session
Course Code: 51667

EEC-50 Mondays, February 6, 27 (No class on February 13 and 20)
  10:30am-11:30am  

KinderNats  
(Ages 5-7)
KinderNats is a program designed and geared for children who love being outdoors. This afterschool series will get them outside to study science and explore the natural world. These Junior Naturalists will be engaged through hiking, games, and activities. Each week will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please be dressed for all kinds of weather.
$12 for 2-day session per person
Course Code: 51666

EEC-50 Mondays, February 6, 27 (No class on February 13 and 20)
  4:00pm-5:00pm  

Forest Fitness  
(Adult)
Join a weekly walking group and enhance your exercise regimen with Mother Nature! Improve your health, clear your mind, and enjoy nature as you traverse the level trails of Lord Stirling Park with a Naturalist as your guide. Leave cool, calm, and collected. Participants must be able to walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks. Bring a water bottle and a desire to leave your troubles behind. Comfortable, waterproof boots are a must in the swamp.
$20 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-55 Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
  9:00am-10:00am

Animal Tracks - New Program
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist on a hike and search the trails for signs of the animals that live in the park.
$6 per person
Course Code: 51805

EEC-01 Friday, February 10
  4:00pm-5:00pm

Story Hour
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Come and listen to a Naturalist read a story, relax in our comfortable library, and take a short walk. Story hour is a great way to spend some quality time with your young one while enjoying wonderful environmentally-oriented books. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51628

EEC-71 Saturday, February 11
  10:30am-11:30am

The Green Team
(Ages 12-15)
Is natural science a subject you find interesting? Do you like the outdoors? Is the Great Swamp a place you like to visit? If so, join us at the Environmental Education Center and contribute your talents to our fun and educational projects and special events. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51438

EEC-G5 Saturday, February 11
  1:00pm-4:00pm

Ben's Birding Basics - New Program
(All Ages, 8 years and older with parent)
Come learn from our newest Naturalist all about identifying and finding birds in New Jersey. The program will be part lecture and part field application of the skills learned. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51801

EEC-01 Saturday, February 11 New Jersey's Resident Birds
  1:30pm-3:00 pm  

To Bird with Love
(Infant-5 with parent)
Feed the ones you love this Valentine's Day. Join a Naturalist to learn all about some of our fine feathered friends and what food they like to eat. With mom's or dad's help, you will be able to create a charming treat for your backyard friends.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51135

EEC-12 Tuesday, February 14
  10:30am-11:30am

Birds at Barnegat Light
(Adult)
Join us for a fantastic day of coastal winter bird watching! We will be visiting Barnegat State Lighthouse for our coveted annual sighting of the unique Harlequin ducks! Come see for yourself, the amazing feathered friends that call Jersey home in the winter. Bring binoculars, lunch, and bundle up!
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51582

EEC-9 Thursday, February 16
  6:00am-2:00pm

Snowshoe Hike
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist for some fun in the snow! We will snowshoe on some of the trails at the Environmental Education Center and enjoy the winter scenery. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from the Environmental Education Center (limited amount of snowshoes available – first come, first serve). Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51670

EEC-12 Tuesday, February 21
  10:30am-Noon

Fabulous Fliers - New Program
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Invisibility, lightning speed, super strength? I would choose flight! We see birds, bats, and insects flying all the time but they do not have superpowers. How do they do it? Find out how animals fly and learn about some fascinating animals that we can see taking to the skies.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51802

EEC-01 Friday, February 24
  10:30am-11:30am

 

The Green Team
(Ages 12-15)
Is natural science a subject you find interesting? Do you like the outdoors? Is the Great Swamp a place you like to visit? If so, join us at the Environmental Education Center and contribute your talents to our fun and educational projects and special events. Pre-registration is required.
FREE
Course Code: 51438

EEC-G6 Saturday, February 25
  1:00pm-4:00pm




 

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