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Environmental Education Center

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


Special Events

Family Program Series

Both virtual and in-person programs continue to be developed. Please check back for additional program offerings. Masks are required inside county buildings regardless of vaccination status and are encouraged in crowded outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible. Pre-registration is required for all programs.

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
(All Ages)
Return to the past and experience daily Colonial life and the thriving Eighteenth Century craft industry at the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival. Colonial craftspeople will ply their trades while a Town Crier announces the local news. Enjoy Colonial music, cider pressing demonstrations, and festive performances! Come see Revolutionary War militias conduct maneuvers outside detachment camps on the former estate lawn of Lord Stirling. The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival will also feature displays of authentic Colonial artifacts discovered here on site! Experience what life in Somerset County was like in the fall of 1770 and learn about our local Revolutionary War hero, Lord Stirling. Craft sales are prohibited to ensure an enjoyable and educational living history event. Food and beverages will not be served at this year’s event, and social distancing and masks are highly encouraged. All current COVID guidelines and restrictions will be strictly enforced. The Somerset County Park Commission reserves the right to modify rules or cancel the event in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.
Suggested donation: $5 per person
Sunday, October 3, 2021


December is the time to visit the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) to welcome winter and get into the holiday spirit! The festival is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees by various community groups and individuals alike. Enjoy holiday music and relax while viewing the beautiful trees!

Please call 908-722-1200 (ext. 5328) or email to participate as an exhibitor and decorate a tree, to make group reservations or for more information.
Suggested donation: $5.00 per person
           Friday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 29, 2021
**Please note the EEC will be closed December 23, 24, and 25**

Please visit our website or check out our Facebook page for more information.
See you in December at the EEC – the perfect lead into the holiday season!


The Mythical World of Fairy Inspired Miniatures and Other Oddities
(All Ages)
The Environmental Education Center invites you to journey into the whimsical fairy world through this temporary art installation inspired by the creative vision and talent of local artist Sue Nobleman. Ever since she was a little girl, Sue fondly recalls lying face down in the tall grass and peering through the green blades long enough until she could imagine being tiny enough to ride bareback on an ant. Traveling through the thick forest maze she would often envision having wonderful fairy adventures. Sue credits her good friend for inspiring her passion for crafting these delightful pieces of art, noting that several years ago she gifted her a wonderful book detailing methods to create magical Fairy Houses. Sue read the book from cover to cover one night and has been hooked ever since. Through her work, Sue hopes to create a sense of wonderment for the wee ones and finds herself transported back to her childhood with the creation of each new piece. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 16 from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Saturday October 16 through Sunday, November 21
9:00am-5:00pm except Election Day, November 2, and Veteran’s Day, November 11


Both virtual and in-person programs continue to be developed. Please check back for additional program offerings. Masks are required inside county buildings regardless of vaccination status and are encouraged in crowded outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible. Pre-registration is required for all programs.



Birding with the EEC PDF
Canoe and Kayking Trips
Garden Discovery Trips PDF
Cape May Birding Trip PDF
Lighthouse Challenge Weekend PDF

resource Library

The Center houses a comfortable, user-friendly resource library. A large number of books and a variety of periodicals regarding the many facets of our environment are available during regular building hours. A wide range of children's environmental books and magazines are also available. The library has tables and chairs for on-site research and reading. Because it is a resource library, not a lending library, all materials must remain on-site. Our resource library and auditorium now have WiFi available for public use.
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Nine miles of relatively flat trails meander through 500 acres of The Great Swamp, of which approximately three miles are boardwalked. They are open every day from sunrise to sunset.

Cattails and sedges are found as you wander the boardwalks in the freshwater marsh. Along the Yellow Trail that takes you close to the Passaic River, the seasonally inundated floodplain is home to Pin Oak, Red Maple, and Ash. Along the southern perimeter of the park (the Blue and Red trails) succession is slowly changing abandoned farm fields to woodland. In these areas, wildflowers and shrubs mingle with grasses and saplings and provide homes for many birds, mammals, and insects.

The Special Use Trail (SUT) travels between the Center and Branta Pond. It is an easily accessible boardwalk trail for those who are looking for a short walk or for those with limiting abilities. It has a recently renovated Native Plant Garden, herb gardens, and a pleasant gazebo in which to sit and enjoy the surrounds.

Trail maps are available at the front desk or in PDF format by clicking here. Be sure to check out the kiosks at the trailhead and at the "dike" on the Red trail for seasonal information! (top of page)

Natural History Book and Gift Shop

A favorite stop for those looking for that special gift for a favorite outdoors friend, baby and children gifts, a special piece of jewelry or pottery, or maybe just a great book to add to one’s own personal book collection. A variety of  "must have’s" for all ages are located in the main floor lobby gift shop.

The selection changes on an on-going basis and many pieces are limited in number. Best to visit regularly or with specific requests, call 908 722-1200 ext. 5322. (top of page)

Room Rentals

Room rentals are available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis to groups and organizations with an environmentally related mission or agenda.

For more information or to book a room, please call Gretchen Rotondo at 908 722-1200 ext. 5323.

Email the EEC with any questions or comments.(top of page)

Public Programs
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    • April Programs
    • May Programs
    • June Programs
    • July Programs
    • August Programs
    • September Programs
    • October Programs
    • November Programs
    • December Programs
Specialty Programs
    • Birding
    • Birthday Parties
    • 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
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
  the EEC at 908 722-1200 ext.5002 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
Building Hours: Sun. 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. 1pm-5pm, Sat. closed
Exhibits close at 4:30pm.
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.

 Click here for Directions
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

Support Packet

Ask A Naturalist


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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