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Somerset County 'Extreme Adventures' for Teens, Based in Basking Ridge, has Begun

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Rock climbing at a well-known climbing site in New York's Catskill mountains is one of the trips coming up for 'Xtreme Adventures' for teens. Credits: Courtesy of the Somerset County Park Commission
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ – This year's summer trip series for Somerset County teens age 13 to 16, “Xtreme Adventure," is under way, with a summer-long series of one-day outdoor programs (with one overnight scheduled) that is based out of the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge.

Two naturalists from the Somerset County-run EEC will lead every program, focused on fun, learning and exploration. Participants will be challenged to an adventure through a series of educational trips, giving teens an opportunity to turn off video games and computers and fill in some of those hours with an outdoor adventure.

Students can sign up for one trip at a time at the EEC, where all adventures begin, at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. The EEC can be reached at 908-766-2489.

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White Water Rafting 

Saturday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will raft the gorge section of the Lehigh River – spending five hours on the water, actively paddling. A quick “grab-n-go” dinner stop is planned for on the way home. Fee is $300 per pair/$150 per additional teen.

Waterfalls 

Wednesday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Campers will explore various hiking trails that will lead participants to hidden waterfall, where they can photograph, admire, and wade your way in for a swim. Enjoy the day in the woods and water. Fee is $50 per student.


Hike and Swim 

Wednesday, July 19, from 8 a.m.. to 5:30 p.m.

Campers will hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, walking in the footsteps of numerous famous hikers while learning the proper technique for following trail markers. Be 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.


Kayak

Wednesday, July 26 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Adventurers will head south to the New Jersey Pine Barrens to learn how to wet exit a kayak, discover proper kayak strokes, and to finally put the skills learned to the test. Fee is $75 per student.

Rock Climb

Wednesday, August 2 from 8 a.m.. to 5:30 p.m.

Adventurers will journey to the Shawangunks, also known as “The Gunks,” in rock-climbing circles, in the Catskill Mountain range to meet a licensed climbing guide and hike a short distance to the rock to begin climbing. Instruction on climbing, belaying, and repelling will be included. Fee is $200 per person.

Sedge Island Overnight 

Depart Tuesday, August 8 at 8 a.m.

Return Wednesday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Campers will journey to an isolated section of New Jersey’s largest estuary, Barnegat Bay. Kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, birding, clamming, star gazing - the possibilities are endless on this adventure. The Sedge House is a rustic bunk room style lodge with Clivus toilets and no showers. Teens are sure to have a blast but are also expected to help with group chores. Fee for the overnight trip is $225 per student. 

Registration for select trips or for all trips in person at the EEC, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, by phone at 908-766-2489 or online at www.somersetcountyparks.org. 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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