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


Educational Public Programs for March 2022

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for January, February, and March programs is available beginning 9:00am on Wednesday,December 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.

Registration begins 9 am on Wednesday, December 15

Please note: 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.

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.
$30 for 5-day session per senior
$35 for 5-day session per adult
Activity Number: 51708
       Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Hip, hip, hooray for Dr. Seuss! Bring your blankets and your imaginations as we prepare to enter a world of mixed-up and silly creatures, where the weird and wacky are normal. We will read Seuss stories and of course celebrate with birthday cake!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51140
        Wednesday, March 2

Virtual Birding Seminar: March Madness        NEW
North, South, East, and West--what is the best species of bird in the entire world? You will virtually traverse the planet and decide! Each week will feature a different region of the world presented in bracket format with carefully pre-selected species seeded from one through 16. The Naturalist will present a case for each head-to-head matchup, and you will choose which one advances to the next round. The last class will feature the final four with one species picked to represent each region. By the end of March, we will identify the best bird in the world!
$25 per household
Activity Number: 51934
       Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Tree House Gang Hikes
(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!
$75 for 5-day session per person
Activity Number: 51904
       Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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!
$50 for 5-day session per person
Activity Number: 51820
       Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Lord Stirling Stable Owl Prowl          NEW
Join a Naturalist at the wonderful Lord Stirling Stable property. We will spend three hours hiking, looking, and listening for owls! Please dress for the weather with proper footwear. Participants will be walking the entire time. Inclement weather make-up date is Saturday, March 5. Please make sure you are available for both dates. Participants may not leave the walk early. Due to COVID-19, we will not be sharing spotting scopes or loaning binoculars. Participants will meet in the parking lot at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge.
$18 per senior
$21 per adult
Activity Number: 51935
       Friday, March 4
                  (Inclement weather date Saturday, March 5)

Maple Sugaring
(All Ages)
Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life. You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and observe the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 60-minute program is conducted at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) Sugar Shack, a half-mile hike from the Center’s parking area. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and to allow enough time to hike to the Sugar Shack. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 52000

Saturdays:                                                                Sundays:

EEC-26 March 5 10:00am-11:00am                          EEC-29 March 6 Noon-1:00pm
EEC-27 March 5 Noon-1:00pm                                 EEC-30 March 6 2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-28 March 5 2:00pm-3:00pm

EEC-31 March 12 10:00am-11:00am                        EEC-34 March 13 Noon-1:00pm
EEC-32 March 12 Noon-1:00pm                               EEC-35 March 13 2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-33 March 12 2:00pm-3:00pm

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.
$40 per pair/$20 per additional child for 4-day session
Activity Number: 51667
       Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, 28

(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!
$40 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51666
       Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, 28

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, March 8

Winter Tree ID            NEW
Learn winter tree identification skills with a Naturalist! Walk the trails and discuss skills and tools utilized to identify trees in New Jersey’s forests.
$6 senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51889
       Tuesday, March 8

Snowshoe Hike
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist for fun in the snow! Snowshoe on the trails and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair (limited number of snowshoes available – first come, first serve). If there is no snow, we will go for a hike, but without snowshoes!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51670
       Thursday, March 10
EEC-20        Sunday, March 20

In the Swamp Tonight           NEW
(All Ages, 6 years and older with parent)
Join a Naturalist and learn about life after dark in the swamp. Head out for an exploratory hike or look through the telescope at the moon, planets, and stars.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51888
       Friday, March 11

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Flight           NEW
From raptors to warblers, this workshop will teach field markings and identification tips for various species of birds in flight.
$5 per household
Activity Number: 51936
       Tuesday, March 15

Green is the Color!
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a hike on the trails to see who is wearing green. We will also learn about Irish traditions and make yummy soda bread! Feel free to be festive and come dressed in greenery!
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51402
       Thursday, March 17

Moonlight Meander Series          NEW
(All Ages)
Star light, star bright! Who wants to see the moon tonight? Join us each month while we explore a different theme and walk through the park underneath a full moon. Learn about nocturnal birds such as the American Woodcock.
$9 per student/senior
$10 per adult
Activity Number: 51887
       Friday, March 18 “PEENT!”

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.
Activity Number: 51438
       Saturday, March 19
EEC-18        Saturday, March 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
       Sunday, March 20

Hiking 101
Interested in hiking but not sure where to start? Join a Naturalist on our flat trails and learn some basic skills and safety tips for hiking. Hikes will be held in all types of weather; waterproof footwear is highly recommended.
$6 per senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51886
       Sunday, March 27

Spring Sensations
(Ages infant-5 with parent)
Welcome to the wonderful world of spring with your five senses. Enjoy a guided walk with a Naturalist. Put your senses to the test by feeling, listening, looking, smelling, and tasting.
$10 per pair/$5 per additional child
Activity Number: 51121
       Tuesday, March 29

Down By the River
(All Ages)
Escape to the Passaic – the river that is! Stroll along the river’s edge and learn about the waterway and the flora and fauna that call the great swamp home.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51380
       Thursday, March 31

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      Other Groups
    • Maple Sugaring
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School Programs
Trips & Outings
    • 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
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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
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?

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