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190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 766-2489    EEC Home Page

Educational Public Programs for june 2017

Let's Move The Environmental Education Center has partnered with the national Let's Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity by encouraging participation in outdoor activities and promoting healthy eating. Those programs are listed with the Let's Move! logo by the program titles.

A Hummingbird's Life
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Spring brings new life to the swamp. Our summer birds return after being away for the winter. One little bird "flies" its heart out to come north and lay eggs – the hummingbird. We will look at the life of a hummingbird and try some of their challenges.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51275

EEC-12 Monday, June 5

Shopping at Well-Sweep
Come with us to Well-Sweep Herb Farm to shop for your 2017 garden. Well-Sweep has a large variety of plants from herbs to natives and lots of special varieties that are not seen at the large nurseries. Two Naturalists will assist you in navigating through their spectacular garden beds. You will soon be on your way to the garden of your dreams. From sun to shade, wet to dry, animal resistant plants, you name it, Well-Sweep has it. Take the day off for shopping in the morning and go home to plant in the afternoon.
Suggested Donation: Plants (valued at $25) for the gardens at the Environmental Education Center.
Course Code: 51450

EEC-09 Tuesday, June 6

Deep Cut Gardens
Monmouth County's Deep Cut Gardens is dedicated to the home gardener. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons. The renovated Parterre features 52 varieties of roses with 180 bushes.
$40 per adult/$30 per senior
Course Code: 56279

EEC-03 Wednesday, June 7

Fishing our Parks' Waterways - New program
(All Ages, 5 years and older with parent)
Take advantage of New Jersey's free fishing days and join a Somerset County Park Commission Park Ranger and learn ho0w to fish! Fishing 101 will teach you everything including how to identify your catch, state fishing laws, fishing etiquette and where our parks' fishing hot spots are. The program will be conducted along the EEC's shoreline of the Passaic River. A New Jersey fishing license is not necessary. Pre-registration is required.
Course Code: 51817

EEC-01 Saturday, June 10

Birding at Sterling Forest and Doodletown - New program
Take advantage of our final off-site birding trip before the heat of summer arrives. We will spend the morning right across the border in New York looking for a few of our area's most habitat specific warblers. Sterling Forest offers the chance to see the stunning but declining Golden-winged Warbler, and the historic town of Doodletown is the best spot locally to see and hear Cerulean Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and maybe even Kentucky Warbler. Make sure to bring water as well as sun and insect protection.
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51809

EEC-01 Wednesday, June 14

Animal Babies
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Come find out how animal parents raise animal babies! Play some games and do some role playing. Look through pictures, read a story, make a craft or look for real animal babies on a hike. The possibilities are endless and full of fun!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51095

EEC-15 Friday, June 16

Introduction to Bird Sketching and Drawing - New program
(All Ages, 8 and older with parent)
Digital photography has advanced the world of birding in many ways, but before cameras the only way you could document the birds you were seeing was through art. In this two-hour long course we will head out on the trails to practice field sketching and then will return to the classroom to go over basic skills and techniques you need to draw birds on your own.
$12 per person
Course Code: 51810

EEC-01 Saturday, June 17

Waterfall Trekking - New program
Travel to the Poconos and explore various hiking trails that will lead you to hidden waterfalls. Photograph, admire, and wade your way in for a swim! Enjoy the day in the woods and in the water! Bring lunch and money for ice cream.
$50/adult and $40/senior
Course Code: 51814

EEC-01 Monday, June 19

Tot Trek   Let's Move
(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-74 Tuesday, June 20

June Bugs   Let's Move
(Ages 5-7)
Kids will explore the trails searching for those cool critters that make some of us jump, squeal, and run! Program will include outdoor activities and insect games.
$9 per person
Course Code: 51373

EEC-13 Tuesday, June 27

Xtreme Adventure: Stand Up Paddling   Let's Move
(Ages 13-16)
Meet a professional at Spruce Run Reservoir for a proper lesson and guided excursion. Take in the scenic views while learning all you can about this fast-growing sport. Stay cool by spending the whole day paddling, splashing, and falling into the water!
$150 per person
Course Code: 50103

EEC-55 Wednesday, June 28

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    • The Tree House

  Volunteers are needed and appreciated   throughout the year. Please contact
  Jane Bodnar at 908 766.2489 ext.323 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 Jane Parks at 908 766.2489 ext.336 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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