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Apr
2
Thu
Tot Walks
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

TOT WALKS

Location: Echo Hill

Ages: 2 to 3 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Join us on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  We are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C.

MAPLE SUGARING

Session A: Thursday, March 12, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, March 13, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, March 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WORMS

Session A: Thursday, April 2, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, April 3, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, April 3, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

TURTLES

Session A: Thursday, May 7, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, May 8, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, May 8, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM




Apr
3
Fri
Tot Walks
Apr 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

TOT WALKS

Location: Echo Hill

Ages: 2 to 3 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Join us on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  We are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C.

MAPLE SUGARING

Session A: Thursday, March 12, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, March 13, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, March 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WORMS

Session A: Thursday, April 2, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, April 3, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, April 3, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

TURTLES

Session A: Thursday, May 7, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, May 8, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, May 8, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM




Apr
5
Sun
Mane Stream Open House
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come learn how adaptive riding, therapy services, and Summer Camp can improve the quality of life for children and adults with cognitive, developmental, emotional, medical, or physical challenges.

This year a scavenger hunt is planned to help the children get to know our horses, the lay of the land and get a leg up on what they will learn in camp. This and other activities will keep the kids busy while parents ask questions about our equine-assisted programs, including Adaptive Riding. Anyone interested in finding more out about our PerformCare Approved Summer Day Camp should come to talk directly with the Camp Director, Holland Kochanski. All attendees who register for camp at the Open House will receive a $25 discount.

If you know someone who might benefit from one of the many programs Mane Stream offers, be sure to let them know about our Open House and encourage them to swing on by!

For more information, contact the Camp Director, Holland Kochanski at [email protected] or 908-439-9636. Visit us online at www.ManeStreamNJ.org.




Apr
15
Wed
Spring Break Nature Day
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pre-registration required.

Session A: Grades 3-5 (drop-off program)

Session B: Grades K-2 (drop-off program)

Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed and park staff

Come outside for a day!  Do you miss summer?  Join park staff for a day of nature fun over spring break!  We will revisit traditional favorites such as a stream study, shelter building, and s’mores.  Please bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle.  Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and dress for the weather, as we will meet rain or shine.  Bring closed-toed water shoes for the stream and other shoes/pants to change into afterward.




Apr
18
Sat
20th Annual Earth Day Festival
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 20th event for the Hunterdon County Parks!  Help us celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  At 11:30, learn about Lenape Lifeways with Carla Messinger of the Turtle Clan Lenape.  At 1:00, enjoy a live animal show with Rizzo’s Wildlife World.  Help beautify our park at 2:15 with a short litter pick-up (please bring water shoes or stream boots for crossing the stream) or trail pruning with the Hunterdon Hiking Club.  All day, meet animals and do other activities with local 4-H clubs.  Make and take home a seed bomb or other craft.  Visit the tables of local environmental organizations to find out what they do.  Get a free tree seedling handed out by Raritan Township Environmental Commission (first come, first served).  See what critters live in the stream with Raritan Headwaters and New Jersey Water Supply Authority (bring water shoes or boots).  Enjoy a poetry walk by the Haiku Poets of the Garden State!  Try out paddling with the Hunterdon County Canoe Club on the pond.  Grab a bite to eat at the food booth.  This year, we will also be collecting gently used shoes for reuse through Soles 4 Souls.  Any wearable shoes will receive new homes with small business owners in need in developing nations!  The event will conclude with a campfire, s’mores, and an interactive reading of The Lorax at 3:00!




Apr
23
Thu
Secret Garden Montessori Open House
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

SGM Upcoming Open House events!
On these select Thursday, we welcome the community to come witness the magic of Montessori!
You’ll have a chance to observe the classrooms, tour the facilities and meet with our amazing team to learn about our programs and the Montessori philosophy.
Our school values of Community, Respect, Individualized and Experiential Learning and Self-reliance resonate through all we do. We invite you to come see for yourself! Please call the office to register: 908-628-9639
Ongoing enrollment throughout the year for children ages 18 months through age 6




May
2
Sat
Hoffman Park Pond Paddle
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Pre-registration required.

Instructor: canoe staff

We will spend time going over the basics of canoeing, and then you can go out into the water and have fun.  This pond paddle is great for people just starting out.  You can also use a kayak (please request in advance).  We will meet at the Hoffman Park parking lot and walk down to the pond together (about a ten-minute walk).




May
7
Thu
Tot Walks
May 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

TOT WALKS

Location: Echo Hill

Ages: 2 to 3 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Join us on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  We are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C.

MAPLE SUGARING

Session A: Thursday, March 12, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, March 13, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, March 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WORMS

Session A: Thursday, April 2, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, April 3, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, April 3, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

TURTLES

Session A: Thursday, May 7, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, May 8, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, May 8, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM




May
8
Fri
Tot Walks
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

TOT WALKS

Location: Echo Hill

Ages: 2 to 3 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost: Each walk $3 per child; accompanying adult attends for free.  Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Join us on these early adventures to discover nature at your local park!  Leave the strollers behind as we take a walk outside to see plants and animals around us.  We will use our senses to focus on each theme.  Each one-hour program will include a walk and an indoor time of a story and craft.  We are offering three walks of the same theme in a row; please select Session A, B, or C.

MAPLE SUGARING

Session A: Thursday, March 12, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, March 13, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, March 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WORMS

Session A: Thursday, April 2, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, April 3, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, April 3, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

TURTLES

Session A: Thursday, May 7, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session B: Friday, May 8, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session C: Friday, May 8, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM




Bautiful Bugs (Family Nature Club)
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Ages: all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed

Thousands of incredible insects live all around us!  They create our food, the dirt we walk on, and take care of unwanted pests.  Their size, shape, color, and biology are so diverse that it makes the study of insects absolutely fascinating.  Through hands-on fun take a closer look at these beautiful and bizarre bugs and other insects and arachnids.




May
9
Sat
FLOWERS OF SPRING, MOM AND ME WALK
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ages: all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Park Naturalist Debra Reed

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your children here at the Arboretum.  Explore a fresh breath of spring with Naturalist Debra Reed by taking a journey along our garden trails.  Enjoy some quality time walking through our beautiful spring flowers while learning about the fabulous changes that are happening in the natural world.  Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the oak picnic grove following our exploration.




May
12
Tue
Environmental Protection, What can you do! . . . More or Less
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Guest instructor: Marc Rogoff, NJ DEP

This “interactive” PowerPoint presentation was created by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to introduce audiences to environmentally friendly and unfriendly practices.  Using up-to-date statistics, common sense, and a bit of humor, we will explore common habits that we all share that affect the environment.  Some of these are environmentally beneficial and some are detrimental.  More of the good and less of the bad is the goal – saving time, money, and the earth can be the result!




May
14
Thu
Secret Garden Montessori Open House
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

SGM Upcoming Open House events!
On these select Thursday, we welcome the community to come witness the magic of Montessori!
You’ll have a chance to observe the classrooms, tour the facilities and meet with our amazing team to learn about our programs and the Montessori philosophy.
Our school values of Community, Respect, Individualized and Experiential Learning and Self-reliance resonate through all we do. We invite you to come see for yourself! Please call the office to register: 908-628-9639
Ongoing enrollment throughout the year for children ages 18 months through age 6




Jun
5
Fri
Full Moon Hike
Jun 5 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Ages: 8 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush

Come explore the park after dark and see the moonlight reflecting off our pond!  Under the light of a full moon, we will listen to summer insects and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals.  We will also learn about the phases of the moon.  Meet at the main parking area, 26 Baptist Church Road, Hampton 08827.




Jun
6
Sat
Bioblitz Extravaganza
Jun 6 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come celebrate and learn about the biodiversity at Echo Hill.  This event will focus on finding and identifying as many species as possible in our park over a short period of time.  Come join us, whether you are a student, scientist, naturalist, or an interested community member, to explore the natural world.  A BioBlitz is an opportunity to take a snapshot of the biodiversity of a place.  Participants of all ages can learn techniques for observing and collecting data on the plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, and other living species within Echo Hill during this specific time frame.  If you own a smartphone, download the iNaturalist app (iNaturalist.org); you will find collecting species data is easier and more engaging than ever before.  We welcome everyone’s assistance in the identification of the flora and fauna at Echo Hill; if you are experienced and have a particular interest, please reach out to Debra at [email protected] or (908) 806-5559.  Pre-registration not required for participants.




Jun
12
Fri
Sunset Paddle On Round Valley Reservoir
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Session A: Friday, June 12

Session B: Friday, July 10

Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Pre-registration required.

Instructor: canoe staff

Treat yourself to a leisurely evening sunset paddle.  The group will meet at Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch (look for the white van with a trailer with green canoes).  You can also use a kayak (please request in advance).  Bring a flashlight and jacket, as it can get much cooler on the water when the sun goes down.




Jul
10
Fri
Sunset Paddle On Round Valley Reservoir
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Session A: Friday, June 12

Session B: Friday, July 10

Ages: 10 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Pre-registration required.

Instructor: canoe staff

Treat yourself to a leisurely evening sunset paddle.  The group will meet at Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch (look for the white van with a trailer with green canoes).  You can also use a kayak (please request in advance).  Bring a flashlight and jacket, as it can get much cooler on the water when the sun goes down.