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

Educational Public Programs for May 2020

Birding Identification Workshops: Warblers
(All Ages, 8 years and older with parent)
A continuation of our birding identification series, this program will take a look at the northeastern United States' most iconic group of birds, the warblers! We have close to 30 different warbler species in our area and each one is just as pretty as the next.
$10 per person
Course Code: 51822

EEC-14 Saturday, May 2

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-M3 Saturday, May 2
EEC-M4 Saturday, May 16
EEC-M5 Saturday, May 23

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.
$25 for 5-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-63 Sundays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  $20 for 4-day session per person

Course Code: 51708

EEC-64 Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26

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

EEC-07 Mondays, May 4, 11, 18

(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, activities, and much more! Each week will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please dress for all kinds of weather. Waterproof boots are a must.
$18 for 3-day session per person
Course Code: 51666

EEC-55 Mondays, May 4, 11, 18

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 lunch, binoculars, and dress for the weather.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51691

EEC-7 Tuesday, May 5

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-34 Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26

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-08 Tuesday, May 5

Squirmy Wormies!
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Wiggly worms are very important for many reasons. They make the soil much better for other plants and animals, and are a tasty treat for birds, frogs, and other critters. Learn more about worms, and create a habitat for your very own pet worm!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51209

EEC-19 Thursday, May 7

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.
$24 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-25 Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28

Sensational Spring Sounds
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
"Drink Your Tea", "Who Cooks Who Cooks For You", "Sweet Sweet Sweet I Am So Sweet". The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means springtime has finally arrived. Just like us, birds, frogs, insects, and other animals around the EEC are awaking from their winter slumbers and celebrating the return of spring. Join one of our Naturalists for an hour-long program all about the sensational sounds that we can hear while hiking this time of year.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51804

EEC-02 Friday, May 15

South Jersey Breeders
Every birder knows about Cape May, but southern Jersey birding has much more to offer. Late May offers the chance to see some specialty southern breeders such as Yellow-throated Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, and Summer Tanager. We will also stop by the bayshore to search for shorebirds! Make sure to bring binoculars, lunch, bug spray, and sunscreen!
$65 per adult/$55 per senior
Course Code: 51800

EEC-02 Tuesday, May 19

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-07 Tuesday, May 19

Paxson Hill Farm
Meet Bruce Gangawer, horticulturist and lover of flora and fauna. His degree in ornamental horticulture from Rutgers University led him on a determined path to create a greenscape at this 32-acre Bucks County, Pennsylvania property where he lives and grows plants at his nursery. His fertile imagination dances in the wind and plants itself among the extraordinary gardens he designed on the farm to inspire all who visit. You will tour the gardens for inspirational ideas then shop the nursery to bring a new creation home! Dress to be outside and please bring a bag lunch.
$65 per adult/$55 per senior
Course Code: 51873

EEC-01 Thursday, May 21

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-03 Thursday, May 21

It's a Skink, I Think! - NEW
(Ages 4-6)
Is a skink a salamander? Come find out the difference between skinks and salamanders and the common ones we might find in the Great Swamp! Join a Naturalist on this adventure turning over rocks to find hidden critters.
$6 per person
Course Code: 51872

EEC-01 Thursday, May 21

Morven House and Garden
Spend a memorable day walking through pieces of New Jersey's role in America's history. Tour the National Historic Landmark house, newly refurbished gardens, and enjoy a 'tea' with the tours. Tea will be served at 1:00pm and includes tea sandwiches, scones, and assortment of fresh fruits and sweets.
$75 per adult/$65 per senior
Course Code: 51874

EEC-01 Wednesday, May 27
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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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