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Other Day Trips & Overnight Trips

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

Sea Girt lighthouse

Other Day Trips

The Environmental Education Center offers Garden Discovery Tours, Canoeing & Kayaking, Birding, and Overnight trips throughout the year.  But sometimes we offer additional trips that don’t fall under these categories!  Trips throughout the year may include a visit to the zoo, a museum, or other ecological or historical point of interest.  Please see below for our current listing.

Bronx Zoo & Animal Babies                   
Take a day off and leave the driving to us!  Join a Naturalist on a trip to the 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 a 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

Fossil Hunt
Join a Naturalist for a trip to the former Jersey shore.  Wear boots and plan on over topping them as we walk a stream bed in search of ancient marine life!  Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.  Collecting conditions dictate wearing pants and old sneakers or boots.  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


Overnight Trips

The Environmental Education Center (EEC) offers a select few overnight trips throughout the year. Overnight trips vary in location but are consistently educational and recreational. All trips are organized and led by an EEC Naturalist. Please see below for our current offerings.

NJ Lighthouse Challenge Weekend!
(click here for flier)

Join Somerset County Park Commission Naturalists on a two-day adventure! We will be traveling by van to explore the historical New Jersey coast and stopping at the most iconic lighthouses along the way. The weekend of October 19-20 is the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge Weekend. Staying Saturday night at the Victorian Motel near the beach, in the heart of Cape May we will be within easy walking distance of many restaurants, cafes, and delis. We will make 'happy' stops each day for the purchasing of lunch, drinks, snacks, and so forth. The cost of participants' meals is their responsibility.

This trip is for active adults and seniors with an interest in lighthouses, coastal environments, and New Jersey History. Registration closes Saturday, September 1 at Noon.
$280 per person
Course Code: 50803

EEC-02 Saturday, October 19-Sunday, October 20


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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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Have a question about a plant or animal species you saw in Lord Stirling Park or northern New Jersey?

One of our naturalists can help you! Complete the form and an EEC staff member will do their best to solve your nature mysteries!

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