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2017 Special Events at the Environmental Education Center
The following annual events are conducted at the Environmental Education Center. The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. For directions, please click here. For additional information, please call the EEC at 908 766-2489.

Nature Through A Child’s Eye     
This annual children's environmental art exhibit features Somerset County kindergartners through sixth graders who have expressed their love of our natural world, our environment, and our Earth through their artwork.
FREE 
Friday, January 6 through Sunday, February 5, 2017 
9:00am-4:30pm except Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Maple Sugaring
Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 90-minute program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow. Organized groups (such as schools) may schedule weekday demonstrations by calling the EEC at 908 766-2489, ext. 332.
Suggested donation: $1 per person
February 18, 19, 25, 26
March 4, 5, 11, 12
Saturdays - 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Sundays - Noon and 2:00pm

Project E.A.R.T.H – Swamp Search!
April 30
Join us for an exciting scavenger hunt on the Environmental Education Center trails to learn about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Learn interesting facts about the Great Swamp and its inhabitants. This event is for friends, families, scouts or other groups to get outside and travel our trails to find answers to our scavenger hunt questions. Return to the EEC for a program by Rick Mikula, "The Butterfly Guy" with his amazing butterfly exhibit including some live butterflies. See the Family Program Series for more information. Rain or shine, please call the EEC for scavenger hunt status in case of inclement weather.
Free
12 Noon - 4:30pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489

The County Caper Accelerated!
August 19
The County Caper Accelerated! is a one day game that takes adults on an interactive tour of Somerset County parks and facilities. Challenge your mental and physical capabilities while completing fun tasks throughout the day as your team races against the clock. This exciting event for those who crave adventure in their own backyard.
Fee $20
9am-4pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489

The County Caper
August 20
The County Caper is a one day game that takes families and friends on an interactive tour of Somerset County parks and facilities. It is designed to encourage everyone to explore, learn, and protect our parks and other natural areas. This special event is open to everyone with a yearning to discover all Somerset County has to offer.
Fee $20
8am-5pm
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
October 1
Travel back in time as exhibitors and militias recreate colonial life on the site of Lord Stirling's Manor. Enjoy an educational and exciting day in the 1770's.
Suggested donation: $5 per person
11:30am – 4:30pm

Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489

"Halloween Happenings at the Environmental Education Center"

"By the Light of the Moon"
Friday, October 13 (rain date: Oct. 14)
(All Ages)
Led by a Naturalist, adventurers will explore the Great Swamp while listening for animal sounds and using their night vision to walk the swampy trails beneath the stars. Walks will depart every 15 minutes with concurrent indoor activities including a maze, live critters, refreshments, and more. Rain date: October 17
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fee: $6 per person
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489

Live Animal Show
Sunday, October 15
(All Ages)
Join us for a wild afternoon of fun! Eyes of the Wild will be presenting a live animal show where you will meet some of nature's coolest creatures. Pre-registration not required.
1:00pm-2:00pm
Suggested donation: $5 per person


40th Festival of Trees
December 1 – 23
(closed December 24, 25, & 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday)
December is the time to visit the Environmental Education Center and get into the holiday spirit. The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees by various community groups and individuals. Come and enjoy live holiday music on select Saturdays and Sundays. Snowflake Café on all Saturdays and Sundays. Daily hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
908 766-2489

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Rider and her horse

2017 Special Events at Lord Stirling Stable
The following events are held at the Lord Stirling Stable. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge. For directions, please click here. For additional information, please call the Stable at 908 766-5955.

Dressage Show (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
March 12
This show is open to Lord Stirling Stable riders and private horses/riders. Equestrians may enter to ride their choice of dressage tests. Ribbons awarded. Please visit the Friends' website (www.flss.org) for more information.
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

Private Horse Hunter Pace (co-sponsored by Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
April 30

Open to private horse owners. The 6-8 mile marked course includes 30+ jumps, all with ample room to bypass for riders who prefer to stay on the flat. Ribbons will be awarded in Junior, Open, Senior, Hilltopper, and Family divisions.
Fee: $35 per Junior rider (under 18 years of age), $40 per Adult
Teams depart between 9am – 1pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

34th Annual Family Fun Day (co-sponsored by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
May 7
Games on horseback are the centerpiece of this fun-filled day at Lord Stirling Stable, but that's not all we've got! Pony rides and hayrides make horses accessible to everyone; local vendors offer their specialties for sale; and child-friendly arcade games ensure that everyone is a winner. The Friends have food and beverages available for purchase, so bring the kids, bring your appetite, and enjoy a day on the farm.
8am – 4pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766 5955

Spring Adult Horse Show (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
June 10
This event is open to students of the stable. Class levels range from beginners through advanced jumping. The Adult Drill Team performs at 1pm. The public is welcome; admission and parking are free. Ribbons awarded.
9am
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766 5955

Spring Junior Horse Show
June 11
This event is open to students of the stable. Classes range from beginner through advanced jumping. The Junior Drill Team performs at 1pm. The public is welcome; admission and parking are free. Ribbons awarded.
9am
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766 5955

Private Horse Hunter Pace (Co-sponsored by Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)   
September 10
Open to private horse owners. The 6-8 mile marked course includes 30+ jumps, all with ample room to bypass for riders who prefer to stay on the flat. Ribbons will be awarded in Junior, Open, Senior, Hilltopper, and Family divisions.
Fee: $35 per Junior rider (under 18 years of age), $40 per Adult
Teams depart between 9am – 1pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

Fall Festival (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
October 28
The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable offer themed hayrides, pony rides, and other child-friendly activities at the 2nd Annual Fall Festival. For additional information please visit their website, www.flss.org.
5pm – 8pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

Holiday Horse Shows
December 2 - 3
Cheer for Lord Stirling Stable’s students as they showcase the horsemanship skills that they have been working on in lessons. Show classes range from beginner through advanced jumping levels. A drill team performance highlights the lunch break each day. Ribbons awarded. The public is welcome; admission and parking are free. 
9am
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

Holiday Festival (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
December 2 - 3
Take a hayride to see Santa Claus, ride a pony, decorate ornaments, and enjoy many other activities. Find that perfect gift at the Silent Auction, which benefits the School Horse Retirement Fund.  Fees vary; admission, parking, hayrides & pony rides are free.
10am – 3pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

Jingle Bell Trail Ride 
December 10
A short break from holiday preparations can feel like a vacation when you are on the back of a horse! Registration is open from November 27 – December 7. For riders at Intermediate 2/C-2 and higher levels.
11am – Noon
Fee: $28 Somerset County resident/$36 non-resident
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge 
908 766‑5955


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Leonard J. Buck Garden

2017 Special Events at Leonard J. Buck Garden
The following events are conducted at Leonard J. Buck Garden. Buck Garden is located at Layton Road in Far Hills. For directions, please click here. For additional information, please call Buck Garden at 908 234-2677.

Art and Photography Exhibit
February 21 – March 17
This exhibit will feature photographs, paintings, and drawings showcasing the four seasons at Leonard J. Buck Garden. See the garden's many faces through the works of talented artists and photographers. This exhibit will be held at the Leonard J. Buck Garden Visitor Center.
Suggested Donation
10am – 4pm Monday – Friday only
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677

Make a Hypertufa Mini-Trough -This program is full
March 24
Hypertufa is a handmade material which resembles "tufa," a rugged volcanic rock used to make planting troughs. These containers are especially suited for small rock garden plants. You will learn how to make your own hypertufa mini-trough and receive instructions for curing it at home. Wear work clothes as the process can be messy. Workshop fee includes the cost of supplies. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.
Fee: $40
10am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677, ext. 21

Woodland Walks
April and May
Sunday afternoons in April and May (except holiday weekends)
Brighten your spring with a captivating and informative tour of the Leonard J. Buck Garden. Enjoy the magnificent drifts of native wildflowers and spring perennials blooming throughout the garden, as well as azaleas, dogwoods, and many colorful flowering shrubs and trees. Discover the great variety of plants growing among the rock formations and woodlands, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Tours will be held on April 2, 9, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, and 21. Please no organized groups.
Fee: $7
2pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677

Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration
April 22 & 23
Enhance your garden with some spectacular new plant treasures, and help us celebrate Earth Day. Weekend highlights include a plant sale featuring many choice selections of perennials, ferns and woody plants, inspiring garden lectures, and guided tours of this magnificent naturalistic rock garden. This event is co-sponsored with Watnong Chapter North American Rock Garden Society.
Suggested Donation
Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234 2677

Flower & Landscape Garden Photography Workshop
May 2
This Flower & Landscape Photography Class is offered to beginner and intermediate photography enthusiasts by professional photographer Brien Szabo of Nature Images, Inc. This class will involve technical instruction in the Buck Garden Visitor Center, followed by outdoor photography of plant close-ups and landscape scenes. The workshop is designed for both digital and film photographers. Pre-registration is required; space is limited.
Fee: $35
9am -11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677, ext. 21

Creating a Butterfly Garden
May 23
If you plant it.....Paraphrasing Kevin Costner's mysterious voice in Field of Dreams, If you plant it, they will come! Butterflies and caterpillars, like humans, have particular preferences in the food they will eat. If you plant what a critter likes, it will be delighted to find its favorite in your garden. Monarch butterflies will only lay eggs on milkweed. For black swallowtails, it's only plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae). Join Cynthia Hedin, Somerset County Master Gardener, to discover which plants will attract and sustain the butterflies found in New Jersey and how to plan your garden to establish a butterfly paradise.
Fee: $15 per person
10am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677, ex 21

Make a Hypertufa Mini-Trough -This program is full
June 16
Hypertufa is a handmade material which resembles "tufa," a rugged volcanic rock used to make planting troughs. These containers are especially suited for small rock garden plants. You will learn how to make your own hypertufa mini-trough and receive instructions for curing it at home. Wear work clothes as the process can be messy. Workshop fee includes the cost of supplies. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.
Fee: $40
10am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677, ext. 21

Secret Life of Trees
July 21
When was the last time you thought about how awesome trees are? Every day, trees play important roles in our lives. "The Secret Life of Trees" will teach elementary school children all about them, plus many fun tree facts. And the kids will be led on a guided tour of the outstanding trees growing in Leonard J. Buck Garden. Learn how to figure out the age of a tree, which trees offer food and shelter to wildlife, and more. An arts and crafts activity will follow, using natural material the children will collect during their garden walk. Parents are encouraged to join.
Fee: $15
10am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677, ext. 21

The Magical Mysterious Monarch
August 24
For years, scientists wondered about the wanderings of monarch butterflies. Large numbers of monarchs are seen during the summer and early fall in the northern regions of the United States, and then great swarms are seen flying south. But until the 1970s, no one knew where they went during the winter. Join Cynthia Hedin, Somerset County Master Gardener, to learn about the discovery of the monarch's winter destination, and about the magical life cycle of the monarch.
Fee: $15 per person
10am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677, ex 21

Bonsai Exhibit
September 9 – September 15
Bonsai is a Japanese art form dating back over a thousand years. Through meticulous techniques, trees, shrubs, and vines are kept in a miniaturized state and displayed in special containers. Over the years avid bonsai enthusiast and Buck Garden volunteer Fred Aufschlager has studied and worked with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the world and will be sharing a sample of his work at the Leonard J. Buck Garden. The exhibit will include the many forms of bonsai and several species of plants. Visit the Leonard J. Buck Garden and draw inspiration from this amazing collection.
Suggested Donation
M – F 10:00am – 4:00pm, Sat. 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sun. 12 noon – 5:00pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234 2677

Proper Techniques for Cleaning and Sharpening Gardening Tools
October 17
Look sharp next spring by taking proper care of your garden tools now.
All garden tools benefit from regular cleaning and proper sharpening. A thorough once-over before winter will extend their useful life. Learn the proper techniques to clean and sharpen hand-held garden tools. Buck Garden staff will give an informative talk and demonstration that will emphasize TLC for loppers, pruning shears, shovels, spades and trowels. By using these techniques participants will get more garden work done in less time with less effort. Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of hand pruners.
Join the Leonard J. Buck Garden Staff and get an edge on spring!
Fee: $15 per person
10:00am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234 2677

Flower & Landscape Photography – Autumnal Brilliance
October 24
While each season in Buck Garden has its own special qualities, none are quite as spectacular as the colors of the trees and shrubs in the fall. Lecture and field session will cover the use of light, composition, landscape photography, close-ups, and how to find the right picture. The workshop will be taught by nature photographer Brien Szabo. The class is designed for all levels of digital and film photographers. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $35 per person
9am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677

Great Tree Men and Women of America
November 5
Early colonists depended on the land and forests to survive and make a living, not thinking about woodland destruction, and not planning for future forest needs. Nearly 150 years later, significant public concern developed about preservation of natural lands. Naturalists such as J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, and Henry David Thoreau wrote extensively about the nature that surrounded them. Mary Fenimore Cooper described nature in a refreshing, poetic way. These three and others, such as John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, brought environmental concerns to the public's attention. This resulted in the establishment of national parks and forest preserves that could be enjoyed by everyone.
Fee: $15
10am – 11:30am
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677, ext. 21

Thankful Lights - Floating Luminaries at Leonard J. Buck Garden
November 17
Borrowed from a traditional Japanese ceremony, floating a candle on water is thought to awaken the spirit of nature within us all. You will create your own lantern and decorate it with a personalized message, attach it to your illuminated float, and release it on Buck Garden's Lower Pond. Come, see, and experience how magical the floating lights are as they drift on the water into the night. Materials will be supplied. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per person
5pm - 6:30pm
Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills
908 234-2677

tour of the Perennial Garden

2017 Special Events at Colonial Park Gardens
The following programs/events will be held in the Colonial Park Gardens in Franklin Township. For additional information or to register for programs that have a fee, please call 732 873-2459 ext. 21 or the NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with a hearing and/or speech impairment. Online registration is also available at www.somersetcountyparks.org. All programs are rain or shine, unless otherwise noted. If you have individualized needs due to a disability, please call the Therapeutic Recreation Department at 908 526-5650 and we will be happy to arrange reasonable accommodations. Three weeks notice is required to ensure that appropriate accommodations can be provided.

TERRARIUMS: A MINIATURE ECOSYSTEM IN GLASS This class is full.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10am – 12pm Fee: $40 per person (ages 12 – adult)

Explore the exciting world of terrariums with the Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff. You can build your own miniature landscape of greenery and moss that will sustain itself all year round with minimal care. Bring shears and gloves. All other supplies will be provided. The program will be held in the Park Commission Headquarters, located at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Please meet at the reception area.

VOLUNTEER ROSE PRUNING EVENT
Saturday, March 18, 2017 8am – 12pm Free
Volunteer members of the Jersey Shore Rose Society and the Penn-Jersey Rose Society will join Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff in the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden to complete our annual spring rose pruning. Park visitors are welcome to stop in to have their rose questions answered by expert rosarians. It will not only be a day of pruning roses, but also a time for sharing rose information and techniques on growing them.

"FLOWER BUDS – LET'S GET GROWING" CHILDREN'S GARDEN WORKSHOP
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10am – 12pm (rain date: May 20)
Fee: $15 per child, ages 5 to 8 (limit 10 children and must be accompanied by an adult)
Join the Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff in creating a new children's garden along Colonial Park Drive! Kids will be creating a butterfly, hummingbird, and goldfinch-friendly garden, which will be enjoyed and admired by all. Participants will sow seeds, plant annuals, and perennials, and will get to take home flowers and seed packets to start their own home garden! All supplies will be provided. The program will be held on Colonial Drive in Colonial Park across from Parking Lot C. Please meet at the entrance sign of Parking Lot C.

LITTLE WIGGLERS – HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COMPOSTING BIN
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10am – 12pm
Fee: $18 per child, ages 5 – 12 (limit 10 children and must be accompanied by an adult)
Vermicomposting is the term used for composting with worms. In this fun and educational workshop, children will assemble their own 'take home' worm bins; learn the basics of vermicomposting; and the benefits of recycling their kitchen scraps in order to make compost. All supplies will be provided. Please meet at the Colonial Park Gardens Stone Cottage, Parking Lot A.

ROSE DAY FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 10, 2017 11am – 5pm Free (Donations appreciated))
Colonial Park Gardens annual Rose Day Festival celebrates one of the first signs of summer…Roses in Bloom! In the heart of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of many varieties, both modern and of historic significance. Visitors are invited to celebrate and revel in the day by strolling through the gardens, enjoying music and live entertainment, meeting local artisans, and indulging in some great food! Back by popular demand, rose plants will also be for sale. You will be sure to find a fun activity for festival-goers of any age!

CONTAINER GARDENING WITH EDIBLE PLANTS FOR CHILDREN WORKSHOP
Saturday, June 24, 2017 10am – 12pm
Fee: $15 per child, ages 7 – 10 (limit 10 children and must be accompanied by an adult)
Edible flowers and unusual plants….what fun! Join the Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff for a tour of the beautiful Fragrance and Sensory Garden. You will learn about edible plants and then get to create your own edible container garden to bring home! You may have heard about the natural sweetness of stevia and the savory flavors of sage and thyme. Now kids can come and experience these sensory sensations themselves! All plants and supplies will be provided. Please meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Rose Garden/Fragrance & Sensory Garden, Parking Lot A.

18TH ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY
Saturday, July 15, 2017 11am – 3pm Free (Donations appreciated)
The Garden Party will feature lectures, demonstrations, and Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff to answer questions. Plants and complimentary refreshments will also be available. Music will round out a beautiful summer's day in the park. The event will be held in the Colonial Park Perennial Garden, Parking Lot F.

SENSE AND SCENTS-ABILITY
Saturday, August 5, 2017 11am – 2pm Free (Donations appreciated)
Begin the day with a tour of the Fragrance and Sensory Garden and learn about the many plants that highlight this beautiful garden. You will get a chance to see, smell, touch, and taste the essence of summer herbs. Following the tour, there will be a lecture on the benefits of herbs. Expect the unexpected while enjoying a relaxing visit to the garden. Please meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden/Fragrance & Sensory Garden, Parking Lot A,

FLOWER & GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY
Saturday, September 16, 2017 9 – 11:30am Fee: $35 per person (limit 12 people)
Experience the Colonial Park Gardens with your camera like never before. Join professional photographer Brien Szabo for a brief lecture in the Horticulture Building and then hands on adventure in creating stunning flower images and garden landscape photographs in the gardens. You will be immersed in both creative and technical approaches that are aimed at improving your photography or simply giving you alternative ideas to help spark your own creativity. The class is aimed at all levels of photography. Every participant will have the opportunity to work one on one with the instructor. Please meet in the Horticulture Building next to the Colonial Park Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, Parking Lot A.

PEONY PROPAGATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:30 – 6:30pm Fee: $50 (limit 20 people)
Kathleen Gagan, a National Peony Expert and owner of Peony's Envy, will lead this educational hands-on workshop. In the first hour, you will learn how to dig, divide, plant peonies, and grow peonies from seed. The second portion of the workshop will cover how to graft and plant tree peonies. Please bring garden gloves and a grafting or small pairing knife. All other materials will be provided. Please meet at the entrance of the Colonial Park Garden Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, Parking Lot A.

GOOFS AND GOULS
Sunday, October 22, 2017 1 – 3pm Free Paint-A-Pumpkin: $5.00
Enjoy a goofy, family-friendly afternoon at Colonial Park Gardens! Activities include: crafting with nature, games, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin painting. Visit the witch in the Stone Cottage who will be serving up cider and goodies. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume! Please meet at the Colonial Park Gardens Stone Cottage, Parking Lot A.

THANKSGIVING FLORAL ARRANGEMENT CLASS
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10am – 12pm Fee: $45 per person (limit 15 people and includes supplies)
Create a long-lasting fall holiday centerpiece with harvest flowers, fruit and even vegetables, to enjoy all week leading up to your day with family and friends! Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff will provide instruction, hands-on assistance and materials to help you strike the right balance in your centerpiece design. We will also share important tips on how to keep your arrangement looking fresh and beautiful through Thanksgiving and well past the leftovers! The program will be held in the Park Commission Headquarters located at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Please meet at the reception area.

HOLIDAY KISSING BALL WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 9, 2017 10am – 12pm Fee: $45 per person (limit 15 people & includes supplies)
Colonial Park Gardens horticulture staff will share with participants a number of holiday tips on how to create your own beautiful holiday kissing ball using fresh materials. You will be dazzled by what you can create, and the experience is certain to put you into the holiday spirit. The program will be held in the Park Commission Headquarters located at North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Please meet at the reception area.

Turkey Trot

2017 Special Events in the Parks

Dog Walks (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable) 
January 1
The January 1st walk is 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Regular weekly dog walks are held on Saturdays 10:30am – 11:30am, except May 27 - August 26 when the walks are 9:30am – 10:30am.
Fee: $3 per dog
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
908 766-5955

5th Annual Sourlands Smackdown
April 8
Join us for something completely different! Come out to New Jersey’s only outdoor bouldering competition! It will be a fun day for all!
9am onsite registration or register online
Sourland Mountain Preserve, Hillsborough/Montgomery
908 231-0802 ext. 22

National Trails Day
June 3
Come celebrate National Trails Day and help us maintain the beautiful trails at Washington Valley Park. Rain date is June 4.
Free
Washington Valley Park, Bridgewater
908 231-0802 ext.22

Independence Day Family Festival     
July 4
Event details to be determined.  
Free
5pm - 11pm
North Branch Park
Food...Fireworks...Fun...
HISTORICAL - Third New Jersey Regiment "Jersey Blues" Revolutionary War Encampment - 6pm - 9pm
FIREWORKS DISPLAY - Schaefer Fireworks - 9:30pm
North Branch Park, Bridgewater  908 722-1200 x225
Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks!  North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at 9:30pm.  Visitors should plan to arrive early.  Food will be available for purchase, and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s.  Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin.  Picnic baskets are also allowed, but alcohol is prohibited. 
For your safety and enjoyment, Somerset County Park Commission and the Bridgewater Police offer the following information so you may plan ahead. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.
Please note: Vehicular traffic exiting the park after the fireworks will be delayed for about 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Milltown Road. In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be held on Tuesday, July 5. Call the Activity Hotline at 908 722-1200, option 2 for an update.For more information call 908 722-1200 . Individuals with hearing impairments may use the Relay Service @ 711. No parking will be permitted along Routes 202 & 22 Sponsored by. The Courier News, and Horizon Services.

Friday Nights at the Drive-in Movies 
July 21, 28
Travel back in time with drive-in movies just like in the 50's - complete with large screen.
Free
8:30pm
Duke Island Park, Bridgewater
908 722-1200 ext. 351

Mischief Night Madness   
October 27 (Rain Date 28)     
Enjoy a game of miniature golf with the ghouls.  Wear your costume and get a free goodie bag. Free cider and donuts along with moonlight hay rides, spooky tales from the witch’s cauldron, and a Park Ranger guided night hike.
Fee: $10 per family, $8 for two ghostly golfers
4pm - 9pm
Colonial Park Putting Course, Franklin 
908 722-1200 ext. 226

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Golfer at NVGC

2017 GOLF TOURNAMENTS

The 2017 golf tournaments require pre-registration and an entrance fee. Application forms are available at the Golf Shops.

13th Annual William W. Anderson Match Play Tournament (Men and Women)
April 29 - 30 and May 6 - 7 Neshanic Valley Golf Course
18-Hole Medal Play. Open to registered golfers, ages 10 and older. Tournament format is match play for low 16 stroke play qualifers.
Fee: TBD
Neshanic Valley Golf Course, Branchburg
908 369-8200

Club Championships
June 3-4 at Green Knoll; June 24-25 at Warrenbrook;
July 15-16 at Spooky Brook; July 29-30 at Quail Brook;
and August 5-6 at Neshanic Valley
Open to registered golfers, age 10 and older. Tournament format is 36-holes, low gross. Prizes are in the form of gift certificates awarded to first, second, and third place finalists. Call for entry fees.
Tee times vary
Branchburg, Bridgewater, Franklin, and Warren
908 369-1458 ext. 427

58th Annual Dr. Michael S. Kline Memorial
Somerset County Golf Tournament (Men and Women)
First Round September 9-10 and 16-17 All courses
Open to registered golfers, ages 10 and older. Players must have a 2017 USGA Handicap. Flights conducted at designated courses. Awards in each flight. Medal play. Call for entry fees.
Tee times vary
Branchburg, Bridgewater, Franklin, and Warren
908 369-1458 ext. 427

39th Annual Senior Golf Tournament (Men and Women)
September 20 Green Knoll Golf Course
18-Hole Medal Play
Open to registered senior golfers, ages 62 and older, men and women. Players compete in flights based on age. Awards in each flight. Fee: TDB
Quail Brook Golf Course, Franklin
732 560-9199


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