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

Educational Public Programs for May 2019

Secrets in Somerset County – Bluebell Magic
(All Ages)
Meet at the playground kiosk at Duke Island Park and head out for an exploratory hike with a Naturalist. Identify local trees and search for early blooming wildflowers along the Raritan River. Find one of Somerset County's best kept secrets, the bounty of blooming bluebell wildflowers of Duke Island Park. Pre-registration is required.
Course Code: 51729

DIP-07 Friday, May 3

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.
Course Code: 51628

EEC-86 Saturday, May 4

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-L9 Saturday, May 4
EEC-M1 Saturday, May 18
EEC-M2 Saturday, May 25

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.
$22 per pair/$11 per additional child for 3-day session
Course Code: 51667

EEC-67 Mondays, May 6, 13, 20

Longwood Gardens
Visit the magnificent grounds of the Pierre S. du Pont estate, Longwood Gardens. Explore this wonderful 1,000+ acre garden where the culmination of his legacy and vision combine classic landscape design with art, innovation, technology, extraordinary fountains, and whimsical tree houses. Delight as the spring landscape comes alive in a symphony of color. If we are lucky the wisteria may even be blooming. Please wear good walking shoes, dress to be outdoors, and bring money to buy lunch in their delicious café or restaurant.
$70 per adult/$60 per senior
Course Code: 56503

EEC-03 Tuesday, May 7

Forest Fitness
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-96 Tuesdays, May 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.
$65 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-65 Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28

Garret Mountain
Can you believe that such a fantastic birding spot is located in Paterson, NJ? Spend the morning roaming and birding around Garrett Mountain Reservation. If time permits, we may visit the majestic Great Falls waterfall. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51691

EEC-6 Thursday, May 9

Woodland Wildflowers
(All Ages)
In the springtime, woodland wildflowers are at their peak, carpeting the forest floor in the dappled sunlight. Join a Naturalist for a leisurely walk through Lord Stirling Park in search of these spring beauties. Pre-registration is required.
Course Code: 51751

EEC-06 Friday, May 10

World Series of Birding
(Ages 12-15)
Are you an aspiring young birder? Do you want to be a part of the largest and most prestigious birding competition in the country? The World Series of Birding occurs every year in New Jersey and calls upon the toughest and brightest birders in the world. Once again this year, New Jersey Audubon's Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary and the Environmental Education Center will be fielding a joint team of budding birders. However, this year we are increasing the intensity and are going for even more species than last year! We will have four meetings prior to the event to build our team dynamics, discuss species identification, and plan our birding route for the day. The meetings will occur on Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm; February 9, March 30, April 27, and May 4. Then on competition day, we will spend nearly all day birding in various parts of southern New Jersey trying to find as many species as possible. Snacks will be provided, but please pack a lunch and a dinner. While this is a commitment, it is led by a nine-time participant (two-time champion) in the World Series. For more information, contact Naturalist Ben Barkley,, 908-722-1200 ext. 5326, to learn more about this exciting day of birding. Registration is limited to six participants, so do not miss out!
$25 per person
Course Code: 51798

EEC-03 Saturday, May 11

Bronx Zoo & Animal Babies!
Take the day off and leave the driving to us! Join a Naturalist on a trip to this world famous zoo run by the Wildlife Conservation Society. With more than 4,000 animals on display, there is something for everyone to admire. The zoo is too big to see in just one day so we will prioritize our visit; start thinking about what you want to see! We will be covering a lot of ground. Wear your walking shoes and bring your camera and/or binoculars because there is always something happening at the zoo. Bring your lunch or money to purchase lunch in the café.
$75 per adult/$65 per senior
Course Code: 51181

EEC-61 Tuesday, May 14

Cool Camouflage - New Program
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
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.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51853

EEC-01 Tuesday, May 14

Bombay Hook Birding - New Program
Fantastic waterfowl, amazing shorebirds, spectacular raptors, and beautiful songbirds are only a sample of what may be found residing at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Delaware. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced birder, come and enjoy the sights and sounds! Bring binoculars and lunch.
$50 per adult/$40 per student/senior
Course Code: 51851

EEC-01 Thursday, May 16

Lily Pad Ponding
(All Ages)
Please join a Naturalist to explore what is above and below the surface of lily pad pond. Home to turtles, frogs, dragonflies, and more this fantastic body of water is a great place to experience the great swamp. Please dress with mud and water in mind.
$9 per person
Course Code: 51654

EEC-7 Saturday, May 18

Visit Chanticleer, a pleasure garden designed to illustrate the art of horticulture. Use your eyes to see thousands of bulbs. Use your nose to smell orchards of flowering trees and native wildflowers. Use your imagination to taste the many vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Vines, tropical plants, perennials, and a water garden are all displayed at this amazing 35-acre estate, located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please bring a bag lunch.
$60 per adult/$50 per senior
Course Code: 56001

EEC-6 Wednesday, May 29

Fossil Hunt
Join a Naturalist for a trip to the former Jersey shore. Wear pants and boots while planning on over topping them as we walk a stream bed in search of ancient marine life! Bring a lunch, snacks, and drinks. Consider bringing a change of clothes and shoes too. Collecting conditions are dirty, wet, and 'primitive'.
$40 per adult/$30 per senior
Course Code: 51816

EEC-03 Friday, May 31




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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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