Registration is open for the April River Rats program at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. "River Rats" is a science and nature learning adventure for children age 5 to 8 years old.

Children will join an EEC naturalist for an exciting weekend experience, hiking, observing, interacting with live animals, creating crafts, and exploring the Great Swamp. River Rats will continue anew each month, focusing on a new and different theme.

April's River Rats program will convene from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

The fee for the four-session program is $36 per child. Registration and payment may be made on-line at, in-person at the Environmental Education Center, via mail, or by telephone (if using a credit card) at 908-766-2489.  Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 450 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.

Blue BOBO (Buy One - Bring One) Fridays bins now are located at the Environmental Education Center and Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge, as well as at the Somerset County Park Commission headquarters at North Branch Park in Bridgewater.  he public is invited to drop off canned food or personal-care items for donation to Somerset County food banks.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at or by calling 908-722-1200.