BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) has scheduled a unique summer program series for teens age 13 to 16. “Xtreme Adventure” is a summer-long series of one-day outdoor programs (with one overnight scheduled) that will entertain and educate teen girls and boys. All adventures begin at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, NJ – 908-766-2489.
Teens will enjoy the opportunity to turn off video games and computers and replace those hours with an incredible outdoor adventure. Two EEC Naturalists will lead every program, focused on fun, learning, and exploration. Participants will be challenged to an unforgettable adventure through a series of exciting, educational, and enjoyable day trips.
White Water Rafting
Head west to the Lehigh River and meet a licensed white water rafting guide who will lead a cruise down the rapids in a raft, finding a great spot for a picnic and a dunk in the water to cool off. Fee is $100 per student
Stand Up Paddling
Meet a professional at Spruce Run Reservoir for a proper lesson and guided excursion. Take in the scenic views while learning all you can about this fast-growing sport. Stay cool by spending the whole day paddling, splashing, and falling into the water. Fee is $150 per student. Trips are identical. Please register for ONLY one section.
This adventure will take participants on a journey to explore various hiking trails that will lead to hidden waterfalls. Fee is $50 per student.
Hike and Swim
Adventurers will 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 student.
Adventurers will head 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 student. Trips are identical. Please register for ONLY one section.
Adventurers will 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.
Registration for select trips or for all nine trips in person or on-line at www.somersetcountyparks.org. Phone and mail registration begins at 11:00 A.M. A full non-refundable payment is due at the time of registration.
Information on all Somerset County Park Commission programs and activities may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.
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