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190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 722-1200 Ext. 5002    EEC Home Page

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Educational Public Programs for April 2020

Tot Trek
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Calling all tots! Leave the stroller behind and join a Naturalist for a walk on the trails of Lord Stirling Park. Explore the natural world around you by using all of your senses! You will be surprised to find out how much fun you can have outside! Pre-registration is required.
Course Code: 51214

EEC-02 Thursday, April 2

Swamp Kids
(Ages 8-10)
Become a Swamp Kid! This program is designed to let the child's curiosity and passion guide their learning. Nature is the greatest teacher! Each week this outdoor afterschool series will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please dress for all kinds of weather and warm, waterproof boots are a must.
$30 for 5-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-24 Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

River Rats
(Ages 5-8)
Come join us for this exciting weekend learning adventure. During each monthly session, we will hike, observe the natural world, interact with live animals, and explore the Great Swamp. Each month's activities will be themed. Bring a water bottle and a snack, dress to be both indoors and out, and boots are strongly recommended.
$27 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51740

EEC-37 Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18

Sleepy Snakes
(All Ages)
If you really and truly believe that snakes are slimy, then this is the class for you! We will dispel the incorrect myths about snakes, learn the real and amazing facts, and have the opportunity to meet a real, live snake! Pre-registration is required.
Course Code: 51361

EEC-10 Sunday, April 5

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. Please dress for all kinds of weather. Waterproof boots are a must.
$30 per pair/$15 per additional child for 4-day session
Course Code: 51667

EEC-06 Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, 27

(Ages 5-7)
KinderNats is a program designed and geared for children currently 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 dress for all kinds of weather. Waterproof boots are a must.
$24 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51666

EEC-54 Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, 27

Forest Fitness
Get active with us! Walking outdoors has proven to help your wellbeing. Ditch the treadmill and join a Naturalist on the trails. This weekly walking group will move continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks. Please dress for the weather. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended.
$20 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-62 Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28

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 spending up to two hours outside exploring, 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. Waterproof boots are required.
$65 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-33 Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28

Cool Camouflage
(All Ages)
Critters that use camouflage are cool! Come meet some critters and learn how their camouflage helps them survive! Our guest list includes snakes, lizards, and more! If time allows, a story and a short hike will be part of the fun.
$6 per person
Course Code: 51853


Wednesday, April 8

Birding Seminar: Birding by Ear
(All Ages, 8 years and older with parent)
A continuation of our seminar series, this program will focus on bird songs, bird calls, and how to identify local species by sound. If time and weather permits, we may take a short hike.
$10 per person
Course Code: 51832

EEC-04 Saturday, April 11

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.
Course Code: 51438

EEC-M1 Saturday, April 11
EEC-M2 Saturday, April 25

Spring Peepers
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
April showers bring more than just flowers. Come learn about the different frog species we have in Lord Stirling Park. We will take a hike, read stories, and make frog-themed crafts. Please wear footwear appropriate for hiking.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51852

EEC-02 Friday, April 17

Jamaica Bay, Mon
Join us for a day of birding in and around the Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, part of Gateway National Recreation Area in Brooklyn, NY. This urban wildlife refuge is well known as a prime birding spot. Some places we will visit include: East Pond, Jacob Riis Park, Fort Tilden, Canarsie Pier, Plumb Beach, and possibly Greenwood Cemetery for Monk parakeets. Please bring lunch, binoculars, and money for dinner.
$65 per person
Course Code: 51296

EEC-8 Tuesday, April 21

Habitracks - NEW
(Ages infant -5 with parent)
Did you know you can gather a lot of information from animal tracks? Join a Naturalist on a tracking expedition to figure out some of the animals in the Great Swamp habitat.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51871

EEC-01 Wednesday, April 22

Holland Ridge Farm Tulip Festival
The Garden State has a new treasure, the Holland Ridge Farm Tulip Festival! With more than two million tulips, this farm is home to the east coast's largest tulip farm! Enjoy walking through this living rainbow of blooms! Learn a bit about the biology and cultural history of this beloved plant. Dress to be outside. Boots are strongly recommended. Bring a bag lunch or money for lunch, and to purchase tulips-by-the-stem.
$55 per adult/$45 per senior
Course Code: 51856

EEC-02 Thursday, April 23
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Volunteers are needed and appreciated   throughout the year. Please contact
  Gretchen Rotondo at 908 722-1200   ext.5323 or email your completed   application and waiver to

Volunteer Application for Adult
Volunteer Application for Minor
   Volunteer Waiver for Adults
   Volunteer Waiver for Minors/Dependents

Corporate Volunteer Groups please contact Daniel Ross at 908 722-1200 ext.5336 or


Hours & Directions
The building is open 9am-5pm daily.
Exhibits are open 9am-4:30pm daily.
Registration is accepted 9am-4:30pm daily.
The building is closed on Holidays.
Trails are open dawn to dusk daily but closed on Deer Management days as scheduled.

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Donations & Sponsorship

Donations are gladly accepted.
Please make checks payable to:
The Somerset County Park Commission
and mail to Carrie Springer,
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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