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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 February 2019

Story Hour
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Come and listen to a Naturalist read a story, relax in our comfortable library, and take a short walk. Story hour is a great way to spend some quality time with your young one while enjoying wonderful environmentally-oriented books. Pre-registration is required.
Course Code: 51628

EEC-83 Saturday, February 2

The Green Team
(Ages 12-15)
Is natural science a subject you find interesting? Do you like the outdoors? Is the Great Swamp a place you like to visit? If so, join us at the Environmental Education Center and contribute your talents to our fun and educational projects and special events. Pre-registration is required.
Course Code: 51438

EEC-L2 Saturday, February 2
EEC-L3 Saturday, February 9

Snowshoe Hike
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist for a snowshoe hike on the trails at the Environmental Education Center. Mentally relax while surrounded by beautiful winter scenery and get into shape while burning off those extra winter calories! Snowshoe experience is not necessary. Participants may bring their own snowshoes or borrow a pair from the Environmental Education Center (while supplies last). This program is sponsored by Whole Foods Market of Bridgewater and the Somerset County Park Foundation. A couple pairs of snowshoes will be raffled off for free! If trail conditions are not favorable for snowshoes, participants can still enjoy a winter hike with a Naturalist. Pre-registration is required. Please call 908.722.1200 ext. 5002 to register.
Location: Environmental Education Center
Course Code: 51849

EEC-02 Sunday, February 3
EEC-03 Thursday, February 21

The North Shore Tour
If you love birding along the Jersey Shore, then join us for a day you will never forget! Depending on where the birds are, we might visit the Shark River estuary, the Manasquan River, Spring Lake, Wreck Pond, and/or Lake Como. All of these places are great for viewing thousands of winter waterfowl. Bring binoculars, lunch, and bundle up!
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51198

EEC-18 Tuesday, February 5

Forest Fitness
Join a weekly walking group and enhance your exercise regimen with Mother Nature! Improve your health, clear your mind, and enjoy nature as you traverse the level trails of Lord Stirling Park with a Naturalist as your guide. Leave cool, calm, and collected. Participants must be able to walk continuously at a moderate pace with occasional breaks. Bring a water bottle and a desire to leave your troubles behind. Comfortable, waterproof boots are a must in the swamp.
$20 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51708

EEC-90 Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26

Tree House Gang
(Ages 3-5)
Bring your little ones to the Environmental Education Center for fun science and nature programming. These two-and-a-half hour afternoon classes will enhance learning by spending up to two hours outside exploring, hands-on activities, meeting live animals, and learning by experimenting. Each month has a different theme. Please send a small snack with your child. Please dress for the weather.
$65 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51488

EEC-60 Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26

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 the greatest teacher! Each week this outdoor afterschool series will focus on a different seasonal theme. Please be dressed for all kinds of weather and warm, waterproof boots are a must.
$24 for 4-day session per person
Course Code: 51820

EEC-14 Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Tot Trek
(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-90 Friday, February 8

Animal Tracks
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist on a hike and search the trails for signs of the animals that live in the park.
$6 per person
Course Code: 51805

EEC-03 Saturday, February 9

To Bird with Love
(Ages Infant-5 with parent)
Feed the ones you love this Valentine's Day. Join a Naturalist to learn all about some of our fine feathered friends and what food they like to eat. With mom's or dad's help, you will be able to create a charming treat for your backyard friends.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51135

EEC-14 Thursday, February 14

Liberty Science Center - New Program
Remember how excited you would be for a trip to a science museum or a planetarium when you were a child? Embrace that sprit and join us for a trip to the Liberty Science Center. Tour the exhibit halls, visit the new SHOR house - a sustainable shore house, enjoy a space show in the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! With a resolution of 88 million pixels the images are crisp, clear, and will make you want to touch the stars. There is so much to see and do, the day will pass in a flash!
$80 per adult/$70 per senior
Course Code: 51854

EEC-01 Friday, February 15

Penguin Party
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Chilly Willy the penguin is one cool guy! Did you know that some penguins live close to the equator? Through games and hands on activities you will learn all about the many different types of penguins, where they live, what they eat, and much more!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Course Code: 51032

EEC-18 Tuesday, February 26

Shawangunk Grassland Birding
Join us as we explore the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge for wintering raptors such as Northern harriers and Short-eared owls. The 566-acre refuge is located near the hamlet of Wallkill, New York. This exceptional grassland habitat was formerly the Galeville Military Airport. Please bring binoculars, a bag dinner, and bundle up!
$50 per adult/$40 per senior
Course Code: 51725

EEC-02 Tuesday, February 26

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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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