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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 April 2022

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration for April, May, and June programs is available beginning 9:00am on Wednesday, March 16, 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.

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.

Programs noting “self-drive option” allow the participant the choice to ride in a Somerset County Park Commission (SCPC) vehicle or drive themselves to the trip destination. Due to the specifics of each trip, not every trip will allow the self-drive option. During the registration process, the customer will be prompted to make a choice. Participants riding in SCPC vehicles will be required to wear masks for the duration of the ride.

Expectations for Self-drive Option

• Naturalist will provide the participant with the trip destination’s meeting time and address. Participant is responsible for      obtaining directions.
• Participants choosing to drive themselves are not permitted to follow the SCPC vehicle.
• Participant must arrive on time. Program will begin at the scheduled meeting time. No exceptions.
• Participant may contact the Naturalist cell phone at 908-801-2925. The Naturalist will only answer the phone when            they can safely do so.
• Arriving at the location is the responsibility of the participant. Refunds will not be issued for any reason.


EEC Bird Walk
Embark on a two-hour, Naturalist-led bird walk along the trails of the Environmental Education Center. Search for early spring migrants such as warblers, sparrows, waterfowl, and more. Due to COVID-19, we will not be sharing spotting scopes or loaning binoculars. Please bring your own optics.
$12 per senior per walk
$14 per adult per walk
Activity Number: 51938
      Saturday, April 2
EEC-02       Saturday, April 9
EEC-03       Saturday, April 16
EEC-04       Saturday, April 23

The Green Team
(Ages 14-17)
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, April 2
EEC-20       Saturday, April 23
EEC-21       Saturday, April 30

Boondocks & Back!
(All Ages)
To infinity and beyond on the trails! Take a hike and enjoy the furthest, most remote location in the park.
$12 per student/senior
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51554
      Sunday, April 3

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, April 4, 11, 18, 25

(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, April 4, 11, 18, 25

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.
$24 for 4-day session per senior
$28 for 4-day session per adult
Activity Number: 51708
EEC-10       Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
Sunday Forest Fitness
$6 per senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51708
      Sunday, April 10

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!
$60 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51904
      Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28

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!
$40 for 4-day session per person
Activity Number: 51820
      Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28

Animal Tracks
(All Ages, 6 years and older with parent)
Join a Naturalist on a hike and search the trails for signs of the animals that live in the park. Dress for the weather and boots are strongly recommended.
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51805
      Saturday, April 9

Bluebird Walk
(All Ages)
Spring migration for Eastern bluebirds begins earlier in the season than most migratory birds. Join a Naturalist for a walk on the trails to seek and hopefully find these beautiful birdies! Bring binoculars if you have them.
$6 per senior/student
$7 per adult
Course Code: 52007
      Sunday, April 10

Explore Natirar!
The beautiful, large shade trees and rolling green hills of Natirar Park await you. We will go for a hike, check out critters in the river and enjoy a picnic dinner. Bring water, binoculars and remember to pack your picnic dinner. Participants will meet in the parking lot near the grey barns at Natirar, 2 Main Street, Peapack, NJ.
$12 per senior/student
$14 per adult
Activity Number: 51590
      Wednesday, April 13

Virtual Birding Identification Workshop: Spring Warblers
This program will look at the northeastern United States’ most iconic group of birds, the warblers! Around 30 different warbler species pass through New Jersey in the Spring. Learn field markings, behavior, and other identification tips for each species.
$5 per household
Course Code: 57003
      Tuesday, April 19

Birding at Scherman-Hoffman
Scherman-Hoffman is a great birding spot in the early spring. We will hike around the sanctuary looking for Louisiana Waterthrush and other early season warblers. Due to COVID-19, we will not be sharing spotting scopes or loaning binoculars. Please bring your own optics. Meet at the Environmental Education Center or choose the self-drive option.
$20 per senior
$25 per adult
Course Code: 51799
      Friday, April 22

Frog Blob
(Ages 7-9)
Did you ever wonder how a prince becomes a frog? Well, it all starts with a little mud, melting snow, dripping ice, and a nice quiet location - or the Great Swamp at the end of winter. Join a Naturalist as we search for frog blobs, tadpoles, and those wonderful hip-hopping creatures we call frogs. Dress with the weather in mind!
$9 per person
Course Code: 51430
      Saturday, April 23

Turtle Power     NEW
(All Ages)
Join a Naturalist and learn about the amazing characteristics of turtles! We will look for turtles on the trails and see interesting turtle relics!
$6 per student/senior
$7 per adult
Activity Number: 51642
      Tuesday, April 26

Birding Destination Unknown
Join the Naturalists for an adventurous birding trip. Whether heading toward the shore or the highlands, eBird will help decide! Come with lunch, snacks, and water. Dress in layers and wear proper footwear to be in the field, forest or on the beach. The birds will decide where we go. New locations will be visited on each trip. Meet at the Environmental Education Center or choose the self-drive option.
$40 per senior/student
$50 per adult
Course Code: 51843
      Wednesday, April 27

Public Programs
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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
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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