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Halloween Happenings at Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge

Back to Nature Home and Garden Center in Basking Ridge was among the places in the township displaying Halloween pumpkins. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP - Two Halloween events with an educational twist, as well as fun themes, are coming up during a full weekend of Halloween celebrations for children and their parents at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center (EEC), at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

“By the Light of the Moon,” for children and adults of all ages, is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 18. Led by a Naturalist, adventurers will explore the Great Swamp, listening for animal sounds and using their night vision to walk the swampy trails beneath the stars. Walks will depart every 15 minutes with concurrent indoor activities including live critters, refreshments and more. Space is limited and pre-registration is required at 908-766-2489 (NJ Relay 711), at, or in person at the EEC. Fee is $6 per person.

New Halloween event for 2014

It's been a tradition to hold Halloween events at the EEC, but “Halloween Hullabaloo,” is new for this year.

The Halloween celebration will provide three hours of continuous enjoyment for family and friends of all ages from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. The wild afternoon activities will begin with Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery, a live reptile show that will include some of nature’s creepiest creatures. Following the animal show carnival-like games will be available for the entire family to enjoy and refreshments and music will be included. Suggested donation is $5 per person and pre-registration is not required.
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is nestled within 425 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin of the Passaic River. A swamp vivarium, and an environmentally based library are located within the Center itself.

Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at Like us on Facebook and Twitter.

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