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Great Swamp Experience - Crawl Inside a Beaver Lodge

“The Great Swamp Experience” a permanent exhibit at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Park Commission

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Kids can crawl inside a beaver lodge while parents can learn about glaciers, flowers and mastadon bones as part of “The Great Swamp Experience” at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center.

The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road.

“The Great Swamp Experience” features interactive displays, vignettes, taxidermy, and archeological artifacts highlighting the history and ecology of the Great Swamp. 

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Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., kids can also feel animal fur or explore the toddler area.  For adults, habitat vignettes share educational content of the flora and fauna found in the swamp’s river, meadows, ponds, marshes, and forests.

Historical exhibits include information about the Wisconsin Glacier, mastodon bones, Paleo-Indians, and Lord Stirling.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about hydrology, sustainability, and the park’s geographic location.

Admission is free.

The EEC is nestled within the western portion of the Great Swamp and borders the 7,768-acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, established to conserve natural resources while protecting threatened and endangered species.

The wide variety of habitats includes: flood plains, swamps, rivers, intermittent streams, marshes, meadows, fields, forests, and natural and man-made ponds.  These habitats provide homes for diverse plant and animal populations in this environmentally sensitive park.

The multi-faceted EEC building is located at the western portion of the Great Swamp on 500+ acres of Lord Stirling Park. The facility features 8.5 miles of trails and boardwalks, a year-round schedule of programs and exhibits for children and adults, an environmentally-based library, and gift shop. 

For more information, visit or call 908-766-2489.


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