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

Lilly pond

School programs are led by an Environmental Education Center (EEC) Naturalist and can be conducted at the EEC or at your school.

For a complete list of school programs please view our School Program Guide.

EEC based programs take full advantage of the park's 500 acres. The park serves as an outdoor classroom where students can use hands-on learning to explore fields, forests, marshes, and swampy areas along the upper reaches of the Passaic River. All program offerings are designed to be supportive of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). For a complete list of specific NJCCCS and NGSS program connections please view our Curriculum Content List.

Scheduling Guidelines
The Somerset County Park Commission Naturalists want you to enjoy your field trip.  Please keep in mind certain dates fill quickly.  Please book early to ensure availability.  Programs are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

•    If scheduling allows, we encourage classes to schedule more than one program during their visit and to            plan their lunch break between their first and second programs. 

•    We require one chaperone for every 15 students unless otherwise stated.

•    Aquatic programs are offered mid-April to mid-October.  To help preserve the diversity of life and the                   environmental integrity of our ponds, aquatic programs are limited to four classes per week. 

•    Consider scheduling a free visit to our interactive, educational exhibit  “The Great Swamp Experience"               Recommended 30 minutes, with no more than 20 students at a time.  Adult supervision is required. 

•    If your group requires special assistance or has specific interests, please let us know when booking your             program. 


•    Classes are welcome to bring lunch.  Picnic tables, trash can, recycling, and compost receptacles are                 available.  An indoor space may be available during inclement or cold weather.  Please inquire about                   availability when booking your program.

•    We request your class to bring lunch in reusable/recyclable containers to reduce their trash impact! 


•    Programs are held outdoors unless dangerous weather conditions exist.  If your trip date forecast looks               questionable, please contact us to discuss the options.

•    Please ensure that students DRESS APPROPRIATELY.  Waterproof footwear, layers, and rain gear or      coats are recommended for a better experience. 

Payment Information
Cash, check, credit cards, and purchase orders accepted.



Out of County

One program title
per 30 students



Two program titles
per 30 students



Certificate of Insurance
All schools engaged in formal programing on-site at the Environmental Education Center are required to secure a Certificate of Insurance naming the Somerset County Park Commission as an additional insured for $1,000,000.   

For more information or to schedule a program contact Kurt Bender at 908-722-1200 ext. 5332 or

Public Programs
    • January Programs
    • February Programs
    • March Programs
    • April Programs
    • May Programs
    • June Programs
    • July Programs
    • August Programs
    • September Programs
    • October Programs
    • November Programs
    • December Programs
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

Support Packet

Ask A Naturalist


Have a question about a plant or animal species you saw in Lord Stirling Park or northern New Jersey?

One of our naturalists can help you! Complete the form and an EEC staff member will do their best to solve your nature mysteries!

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