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Adventure Trips for Area Teens Scheduled Again for This Summer

Xtreme Adventurers explore Barnegat Bay by kayak as part of the Somerset County Park Commission's summer program for teens. Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County Park Commission

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has again scheduled a unique summer program series for teens age 13 to 16, “Xtreme Adventure,” ia summer-long series of one-day outdoor programs (with one overnight scheduled) that will entertain and educate area teen girls and boys..

All adventures begin at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, which can be reached at 908-766-2489.

Teens will be challenged to an unforgettable adventure as EEC naturalists lead participants through a series of exciting, educational, and enjoyable day trips.

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White Water Rafting on Tuesday, June 30, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will take adventurers west to the Lehigh River to meet a licensed white water rafting guide and cruise down the rapids, and stop for a picnic lunch and swim. Fee is  $100 per person.

Stand Up Paddling on Wednesday, July 8 or Friday, July 10,  from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will take adventurers to Round Valley Reservoir in Hunterdon County, where a professional paddler will provide a lesson and guided excursion. Spend the entire day in and out of the water while taking in the scenic views of the rolling hills surrounding the reservoir in western New Jersey. Fee is $150 per person.

Waterfalls on Tuesday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will take participants on a journey to explore various hiking trails that will lead to hidden waterfalls. Fee is $50 per person.

Hike and Swim on Tuesday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will take travellers on a hike to a section of the Appalachian Trail for a walk in the footsteps of famous hikers. Teens will learn the proper technique for following trail markers before being rewarded with a cool, refreshing swim at Crater Lake, a glacial lake at the top of the Kittatinny Ridge located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Fee is $50 per person.

Kayak on Tuesday, July 28, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Thursday, July 30, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., will take adventurers south to the Wading River in the Pine Barrens to learn how to wet exit a kayak, discover proper kayak strokes, and finally put the skills to the test. Fee is  $75 per person.

Rock Climb on Tuesday, August 4, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will start with a journey to the Shawangunks, also known as “The Gunks,” in the Catskill Mountain Range to meet a licensed climbing guide and hike a short distance to the rocks! Instruction on climbing, belaying, and repelling will be included. Fee is $200 per person.

Sedge Island Overnight departing Tuesday, August 11, at 8 a.m., will be a journey to an isolated section of New Jersey’s largest estuary, Barnegat Bay for kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, birding, crabbing, and more. Teens are sure to have a blast but are also expected to help with group chores. Home cooked dinner is included. Fee is $225 per person.

Registration is in progress for walk-ins at the EEC at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge and online for phone-in. Information and online registration may be found at

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