BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The naturalists at Somerset County Park Commission's Environmental Education Center (EEC) have long offered a wealth of educational and entertaining programs on nature and environmental programs for all ages. Now, the EEC's staff is offering to bring a variety of those programs out to outside groups in public places.

'Traveling Education Program' 

The EEC naturalists have begun offering “Traveling Education Programs” to civic and social groups, non-profits, and libraries across Somerset County. The lecture and discussion-based presentations are appropriate for a variety of audiences. Presentations can be geared to specific interests and needs.

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Among the programs available are: Amazing Adaptations, exploring how wildlife survives in its environment; Backyard Bears, explaining what to do when encountering a bear; Backyard Birds, learning about New Jersey’s common visitors; Cool Critters, investigating things that slither, hiss, and hop; Coyote Cries, designed to sort out myth from fact about coyotes; and Deer Wrangling, to learn all about deer.

Additional programs

Healing Power of Plants will show which common plants have medicinal properties; New Jersey Owls will explore the world of these birds of prey; New Jersey Snakes will show how to identify these creatures; Planning a Native Butterfly Garden will show which plants attract native butterflies and moths; and Sharks 101 will discuss facts and myths about sharks.

In addition to these and other planned programs, the naturalists are receptive to developing programs at the request of outside groups.

For information, to obtain a copy of the complete “Traveling Education Programs” listing, or to schedule a presentation contact the EEC at 908-722-1200, ext. 5332 or email kbender@scparks.org.

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, NJ is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is nestled within 500 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.

“The Great Swamp Experience” on the lower level at the EEC features interactive displays, vignettes, taxidermy, and archeological artifacts highlighting the history and ecology of the Great Swamp. The exhibit is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at  www.somersetcountyparks.org.