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

Awesim Kids

VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP HAS ARRIVED! Click here for more information.

Due to the health and financial impacts of COVID-19, all in-person summer camps have been canceled for 2020.  Below is a sample of in-person summer camp programs offered each year.

Coyote Kids (Ages 4-6) 
Eco-Explorers (Ages 7-9) 
AWESIM KIDS (ages 10-13) 
Xtreme Adventure (ages 13-16) 

Post care for both the Eco-Explorers and AWESIM KIDS programs are available each session for an additional fee. Post care extends the program day from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Each session of Eco-Explorers and AWESIM KIDS has a non-refundable deposit of $150 per session.

The Environmental Education Center welcomes everyone to participate in its programs.  If you have individualized needs due to a disability, please call 908.526.5650 and we will be happy to arrange reasonable modifications.  Six weeks notice is required to ensure that appropriate modifications can be provided.

Participant Expectations:
            -Most classes are conducted outside, so please dress accordingly.
            -Somerset County Park Commission reserves the right to remove disruptive participants and children who do not meet the age requirements.
            -Should any participants (pre-registered or unregistered) arrive after the advertised time for the start of the program, it may not be feasible for you to participate in that program.  Consequently, registration fees for pre-registered individuals will not be refunded.
            -When participating in a program or trip, both children and adults are expected to be respectful to one another as well as the Naturalist(s) leading the program or trip.  Individuals who are disrespectful may be asked to leave a program, therefore forfeiting their paid program fees, and may be declined registration for future programs and trips.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Naturalist(s) and/or management.

Summer Camp 2020 Brochure

2020 Summer Camp Parent Guide

Eco Explorers

(Ages 7-9)

For more than 20 years, Eco-Explorers has offered participants a fun-filled adventure in learning and discovery! We help develop an appreciation for nature and a fondness for science through hands-on activities. Hiking, nature lessons, canoeing, field trips, environmental games, arts and crafts, water play or pool time, guest speakers, and more will add up to a fun and education summer!

Each week will include an off-site field trip with school bus transportation. All trips are related to session theme and may include sites such as Turtle Back Zoo, Liberty Science Center, and various parks throughout the state. Trip locations are chosen within a 60-minute radius from the Environmental Education Center.

Eight nature and science-themed sessions are offered. Description, duration, and price vary per session.

For more information regarding Eco-Explorers please contact Vanessa Darras at 908.722.1200 Ext. 5335 or A parent handbook is also available at


AWESIM KIDS (Animals, Wetlands, Environmental Science, and Incredible Minds!)

The AWESIM KIDS program will be starting its 25th summer season this year! AWESIM KIDS offers a unique combination of learning and summer vacation fun. Spend days hiking, boating, learning about local wildlife, explor¬ing the park, meeting interesting people and professionals, and going on unique day trips. AWESIM KIDS encourages hands-on learning and peer leadership opportunities while working together in both small and large groups. Each two-week session, although individually themed, offers a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects. In addition, favorite activities such as berry picking, boating, and swimming are repeated throughout the summer.

An optional overnight (sleepover) will take place the first Thursday of each session. A healthy dinner, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Evening activities may include night hikes, star gazing, and other weather permitting activities. Please note: participants get picked up the following Friday, between 7:30am–9:00am.

Each week AWESIM KIDS will travel by van to an off-site location. Group will depart at 9:00am and return at approximately 4:30pm. Each trip is related to the session theme.

A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $150 per person, per session is due at registration. Non-refundable and non-transferrable balance is due by Friday, May 1.

Extended care is available for each session from 4:30pm-5:30pm for an additional $85 fee. For the session starting June 22, the extended care fee will be $76.50 due to the July 4th Holiday schedule.

For more information regarding AWESIM KIDS please contact Christa Wood at 908.722.1200 Ext. 5337 or A parent handbook is also available at Once registered, please add to your contact list to ensure you receive email communication.

Coyote Kids
(Ages 4-6)

Hoooooowl! Join the pack for a fun, five-day nature program full of outdoor exploration, live animals, hands-on activities, games, and water play! This program will take place rain or shine. Pack a snack and come prepared to be outside!

Full payment is due at the time of registration. Program fee is refundable if cancellation occurs a minimum of seven days prior to the start of the session.

For more information regarding Coyote Kids, please contact Rebecca Vermeesch at 908.722.1200 Ext. 5334 or

Xtreme Adventure
(Ages 13-16)

Disconnect from electronics and let nature reconnect you to your wild side! Challenge yourself to an unforgettable week of fun and adventure! Two Environmental Education Center Naturalists are sure to teach you how to crank up the Xtreme factor! No experience is necessary; all you need is a will for adventure!

Adventures may include stand up paddling, kayaking, hiking, and spending a day at a great ocean-side destination.  For more information, please contact Ben Barkley at or 908.722.1200 Ext. 5326.




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Specialty Programs
    • Birding
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    • Canoe & Kayak
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Family Program Series
    • Forest Fitness
    • Garden Discovery
    • Libraries, Senior Centers &
      Other Groups
    • Maple Sugaring
    • Other Day Trips & Overnight Trips
    • Scouts
    • Summer Camps
    • Workshops

School Programs
    • Field Trips
    • In School Programs
    • Biomimicry Programs
    • School Program Guide
Trips & Outings
    • Birding
    • Canoe & Kayak
    • Garden Discovery
    • Other Day Trips & Overnight Trips
    • 1770s Festival
    • By the Light of the Moon
    • Live Animal Show
    • County Caper
    • Events
    • Family Program Series
    • Festival of Trees
    • Swamp Search
    • Temporary Exhibits
Program Calendars
Calendar (PDF)
Trails & Facilities
    • Room Rentals
    • Auditorium
    • Biomimicry STEM Lab
    • Discovery Room
    • Pond View Room
    • The Tree House
    • EEC Brochure
    • Gift Shop/Library
    • The Great Swamp Experience
    • Temporary Exhibits
    • Trail Map

  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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