The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonders of nature in Somerset County. The Environmental Education Center provides many entertaining and educational programs for children and adults year around.


River Rats meets on Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 120 Noon.

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Children age 5 to 8 will enjoy a weekend learning adventure, joining a Naturalist for a themed exploration of the Great Swamp. The Fee is $18 per person for the two-day program.

Register online at or call 908-766-2489. Advance payment is required.


Story Hour is a free program offered on Saturday, Dec.r 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages infant to 5 with a parent. They will listen to a Naturalist read an             environmental-based story and enjoy a short walk on the trails of the EEC.

Register online at or call 908-766-2489.


A new Birding Identification Workshop on Ducks will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Adults will enjoy an opportunity to begin, refine, or reinforce birding skills in this year-long series of workshops focused on tips and                         tricks to identify various bird species. This program will address ducks and the wide array that can be found in New Jersey in the winter.

The program is free and pre-registration is required. Register online at or call 908-766-2489.


  Adults are invited to join a weekly walking group and enjoy nature along the level trails of Lord Stirling Park on Sundays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 9 to 10 a.m.

The fee is $15 for the 3-day session.

Register online at or call 908-766-2489. Advance payment required.

 “The Great Swamp Experience,” on the lower level at the EEC, features interactive displays, vignettes, taxidermy, and archeological artifacts highlighting the history and ecology of the Great Swamp. The exhibit is open 7 days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Admission Is free.

Please note that dog walking is not permitted on the trails at the Environmental Education Center.