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

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Educational Public Programs for December 2021

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for October, November, and December programs is available online beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the start of a program. Pending availability, enrollment may still be possible by calling 908-722-1200 Ext. 5002.

Masks must be worn inside county buildings regardless of vaccination status and are encouraged in crowded outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible. Do not attend a program if you are not feeling well, are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact of a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have traveled internationally in the last 14 days. Participants disregarding Park Commission protocols will be asked to leave the program immediately.

For programs listed as ‘All Ages’, children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather and wear waterproof boots for all in-person programs.

CANCELLATIONS (by us): Programs are sometimes cancelled due to low enrollment or weather conditions. You will be notified by phone and given an option of a credit or a full refund.

CANCELLATIONS (by you): The Somerset County Park Commission will refund program registration fees if notified a minimum of seven days prior to the start of the program.

Tree House Gang Hike Series
(Ages 3-5)
Drop your little ones off for an all-outdoor adventure on our trails! Hiking, games, and exploration will be part of the fun!
$45 for 3-day session per person
Activity Number: 51904
        Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16

Swamp Kids
(Ages 8-10)
Become a Swamp Kid! This program is designed to let the child’s curiosity and passion guide their learning. Nature is a great teacher for this outdoor, afterschool series!
$30 for 3-day session per person
Activity Number: 51820
         Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16

Virtual Birding Seminar: An EEC Year in Review
Over the next three weeks, you will hear tales of the most memorable birding moments of 2021 from the Environmental Education Center's resident birding Naturalist. Each birding season will be covered, highlighting several key species, and discussing how to bird the park and what to look for throughout the year.
$15 per household
Activity Number: 57012
         Fridays, December 3, 10, 17

The Young Explorers Club
(Ages infant–5 with parent)
It is never too early to get little ones outdoors to experience the wonders of nature. This series will focus on developing their five senses through outdoor exploration.
$22 per pair/$11 per additional child for 3-day session
Activity Number: 51667
        Mondays, December 6, 13, 20

(Ages 5-7)
KinderNats is a program designed and geared for children who love being outdoors. These Junior Naturalists will be engaged through hiking, activities, and much more!
$30 for 3-day session per person
Activity Number: 51666
        Mondays, December 6, 13, 20

Forest Fitness
Get active with us! Walking outdoors is proven to help your wellbeing. Join a Naturalist on this weekly walking group that will walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks.
$18 for 3-day session per senior
$21 for 3-day session per adult

Activity Number: 51708
EEC-06         Tuesdays, December 7, 14, 21

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Ducks
This program will be all about the wide array of ducks we have in New Jersey during winter. Learn how to identify drakes and hens of each species and break the species into easy to remember groups. Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.
$8 per household
Activity Number: 57006
        Tuesday, December 7

Holiday for the Birds
(All Ages)
Come and learn which birds spend the holidays in New Jersey! Take a wintery walk on the trails looking and listening for our feathered friends. Make a special treat to help the birds survive the cold, winter weather.
$12 per student/senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51615
        Sunday, December 12

Nature Hike at East County Park
Join a Naturalist to take a hike at East County Park and spend some time outside enjoying nature. Wear hiking boots, dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. Hike may be strenuous at times. Participants will meet at East County Park, 40 Weinman Road, Warren, NJ.
$12 per student/senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51787
Tuesday, December 14

Christmas Bird Count
Learn some birding basics as we collect data for the Environmental Education Center and the Audubon Society on the annual Christmas Bird Count. All morning we will explore the trails of Lord Stirling Park, from the Stable to the river, from observation blinds to the East Marsh. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Number: 51338
        Saturday, December 18

(All Ages)
Did you know you can gather a lot of information from animal tracks? Join a Naturalist on a tracking expedition to identify the animals in the Great Swamp habitat.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51902
        Sunday, December 19
EEC-05         Tuesday, December 28

Snowshoe Hike
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist for fun in the snow – fingers crossed! Snowshoe on the trails and enjoy the winter scenery. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair (limited number available – first come, first served). If there is no snow, we will still go for hike, but without snowshoes!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51670
        Sunday, December 26

Sleepy Snakes
(All Ages)
If you really and truly believe snakes are slimy, then this is the class for you! Dispel the incorrect myths about snakes, learn the real and amazing facts, and have the opportunity to meet a real, live snake!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51361
        Monday, December 27




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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.

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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?

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