Somerset County Park Commission

355 Milltown Road
908-722-1200

Since 1956, Somerset County's population has almost tripled, from less than 130,000 to over 310,000 residents. County parkland has grown from nothing to 10,000 acres, of which 6,500 are available for use by the more than 2 million park users each year.

These lands contain five golf courses, on which over four million rounds have been played, three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course, a recreational putting course, a riding stable, an environmental education center, two tennis facilities, an outdoor pool, paddle boating, a rock and rare plant garden, an award winning rose garden, an arboretum, a sensory and fragrance garden, six parks offering amenities including athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, and fishing opportunities, and several natural areas offering solitude and pursuits including bird-watching, cross country skiing, and hiking.

Many special events, including concerts, fairs and festivals, golf tournaments, art shows, and summer camps occur throughout the year. Thanks to the continued support and enthusiasm of the residents of Somerset County, the park system should meet its 20,000-acre goal within the foreseeable future. The Park Commission anticipates a future that will continue stewardship of our lands and increased active and passive recreation opportunities to meet the growing demands of Somerset County citizens for the next 50 years.


Upcoming Events at Somerset County Park Commission

Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Fall Golf Lesson

Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 at 12:00pm
Neshanic Valley Golf Club
Neshanic Station, NJ
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Basic Horse Care Workshop

Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge, NJ
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Smartphone Photography Workshop

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Colonial Park
Somerset, NJ
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Lord Stirling Stable's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Fall Golf Lesson

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 at 12:00pm
Neshanic Valley Golf Club
Neshanic Station, NJ
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Basic Horse Care Workshop

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Fall Golf Lesson

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 12:00pm
Neshanic Valley Golf Club
Neshanic Station, NJ
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Basic Horse Care Workshop

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Fall Golf Lesson

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 at 12:00pm
Neshanic Valley Golf Club
Neshanic Station, NJ
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Basic Horse Care Workshop

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Communicable Diseases

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Environmental Education Center
Bridgewater, NJ
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Fall Golf Lesson

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 12:00pm
Neshanic Valley Golf Club
Neshanic Station, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Self Defense

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Zumba Family Glow Party


Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Duke Island Walkers Group

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 9:30am
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ
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Recent News

Volunteers Sought for 1770's Festival at the EEC

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is seeking volunteers to support the Lord Stirling 1770s Festival at EEC.Volunteers will step back in time to the colonial period of American history to assist…

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Enjoy The Equine World At Lord Stirling Stable

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge offers a multitude of programs for adults and children, for riders and non-riders. New for 2019 are Guided Trail…

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Somerset County Park Commission Offers Fall Yoga For Adults

Beginner Classes Begin Tuesday, September 10, 2019Experienced classes begin Wednesday, September 11, 2019NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced that registration is open for the winter session of…

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Somerset County Park Commission Officially Opened its New Children's Spray Park at Colonial Park

Somerset, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commissioners officially opened its new Children’s Spray Park at Colonial Park located near Mettler’s Road in Somerset, New Jersey.The 21-unit Spray Park is located behind the recently upgraded…

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Dog Walks At Lord Stirling Stable - Fall/Winter Hours In Effect

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the fall and winter time…

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Enter The Somerset County Golf Championship Tournament

Bridgewater, NJ - Somerset County golfers of all ages will enjoy the Park Commission’s annual opportunity to compete in tournaments scheduled to be held at county facilities. Each of the tournaments requires pre-registration and an entrance…

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Somerset County Park Commission Facilities to Host Free Wellness Programs

Bridgewater, NJ -- Applying funds donated by Whole Foods in Bridgewater, New Jersey, the Somerset County Park Foundation and the Somerset County Park Commission will continue the Wellness Program Series. The Wellness Program Series, coordinated…

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Register Now for Somerset County Caper at the EEC

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Planning summer activities? Looking for lots of family fun?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper,” Somerset County’s Amazing Race®.Once again the Naturalists at the Environmental Education…

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Friday Nights At The Drive-In Movies At Duke Island Park

Pack a picnic basket, put the kids in their pajamas, pile everyone into the DeSoto (or the minivan), and head over to Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater for the Somerset County Park Commission Drive-In Movies. Take the family back in…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course To Host Nj State Golf Association Amateur Championship

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Golf Division of the Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the 2019 NJ State Golf Association (NJSGA) Amateur Championship will be contested at Neshanic Valley Golf Course (NVGC), 2301 South Branch Road in…

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Experience the Equine World at Lord Stirling Stable

Programs for Adult Non-riders & ChildrenBridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge offers a multitude of programs for adults and children, for riders and…

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Take a Trail Ride at Lord Stirling Stable

Little or no riding experience necessaryBasking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, offers guided trail rides for adults and children (ages 9 and up).The one-hour…

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Register Now For The Somerset County Caper At The Eec

Bridgewater, NJ – Planning summer activities? Looking for lots of family fun?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper,” Somerset County’s Amazing Race®. Once again the Naturalists at the Environmental Education…

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Summer Horse Camp at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ – Registration for Summer Horse Camps continues at the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable. The five-day programs focus on riding and horse care and feature a different theme each week. The Stable is located…

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Register Now for 2019 Equestrian Summer Camp for 6-8 Year Olds at LSS

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will host the “Lil’ Pardners Summer Camp” for children age 6 to 8 years. The week-long camp will be held at the Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue…

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Lord Stirling Stable Dog Walks Begin Spring/Summer Hours In Effect

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the spring and summer time…

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Register for Summer Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling Stable

Online and Walk-in Registration Begins Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8:00 A.M.Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for summer horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs at Lord Stirling…

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36th Annual Family Fun Day at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable and the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host the 36th Annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Lord Stirling Stable. Family Fun Day activities will take place…

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Registration Open for Somerset County Park Commission's Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp 2019

Bridgewater, NJ – Registration is now open for the Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Camp Okee Sunokee at the TR Activity Center at Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road (at North Branch Park), in…

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Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable - Fall/Winter Hours in Effect

Basking Ridge, NJ– The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the fall and winter time…

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Colonial Park Paddle Boats and Putting Course To Open Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission award winning Putting Course and the Paddle Boats on Powder Mill Pond at Colonial Park in Franklin Township will open for the season on Saturday, May 4, 2019.The Colonial Park Putting Course…

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Somerset County Park Commission's Annual Arbor Day Celebration and Native Tree Give-Away at Environmental Education Center (EEC)

The Annual Arbor Day Celebration and Native Tree Give-Away will be held at the Environmental Education Center (EEC)A diverse selection of native trees and shrubs will be available. Twelve different species native to the Mid-Atlantic region of the…

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Join the Weekly Walking Group at Duke Island Park

Bridgewater, NJ -- Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful…

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29th Annual Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration at Buck Garden

Somerset County Park Commission's Leonard J. Buck Garden will celebrate Earth Day and the return of spring, hosting the 29th annual Spring Plant Sale in Far Hills. Buck Garden staff and volunteers from the Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock…

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Somerset County Tennis Courts To Open For The Season

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission has announced that courts at the Green Knoll Tennis Center at 587 Garretson Road in Bridgewater and the Colonial Park Tennis Center on Colonial Drive in Franklin Township will open for the season on…

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Warrenbrook Golf Course to Open Monday, March 25, 2019

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County golfers will have all five county-operated championship golf courses from which to choose with the opening on Monday, March 25, 2019 of Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township. NJ.Warrenbrook…

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Volunteer Support Needed for Adapted Horseback Riding Program

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR FALL ADAPTED HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAMAssist Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Equestrian Experience Not RequiredThe Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord…

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Leonard J. Buck Garden Art and Photography Exhibit

Far Hills, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden is celebrating the coming of Spring by hosting the annual “Art & Photography Exhibit” focusing on the beauty of the diverse moods and seasons of Leonard J. Buck…

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Spring Riding Lesson Registration Begins at Lord Stirling Stable from March 9, 2019

Online and Walk-in Registration Begins Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 A.M.BASKING RIDGE, NJ –- The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will be conducting registration for spring horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs…

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Quail Brook and Green Knoll Golf Courses Scheduled to Open for Play

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that, weather permitting, Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset and Green Knoll Golf Course on Garretson Road in Bridgewater will open for play at 7:00 A.M. on…

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Somerset County Junior Golf Registration Scheduled on March 2, 2019 at Neshanic Valley Callaway Golf Learning Center.

Neshanic Station, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will open registration for the 2019 Junior Golf program at the Neshanic Valley Callaway Golf Learning Center on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. The Learning Center is located at 2301…

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Park Commission Seeking Junior Rangers

Bridgewater, Nj - The Somerset County Park Commission Park Rangers are seeking young people ages 6 to 12 to participate in their 2019 Junior Ranger Programs.Children who enjoy hiking, discovering wildlife, and are interested in learning more about…

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Park Commission Gardens Accepting Wedding Ceremony and Photo Reservations

Bridgewater, NJ - The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and photos at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum (for ceremonies and photos), the…

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Valentine’s Day Is Coming! Make It Special At Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - You’re already her Knight in Shining Armor. Here’s your chance to make her feel like a Queen!Somerset County Park Commission’s Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, announces…

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Somerset County Park Commission Gardens Accepting Wedding Reservations

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and photos at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum (for ceremonies and photos),…

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Somerset County Park Commission Recycling Christmas Trees

NORTH BRANCH, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Thursday, January 31, 2019.Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park…

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Somerset County Park Commission Offers Winter Yoga Programs

Beginner Classes Begin Tuesday, January 8, 2019Experienced classes begin Wednesday, January 9, 2019 NORTH BRANCH, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced that registration is open for the winter session of…

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Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

North Branch, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Thursday, January 31, 2019.Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park…

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It's Simulator Season at Neshanic Valley Learning Center

Neshanic Station, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that open time and tournament time is available at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course (NVGC) Learning Center HDGolf Simulator. The indoor facility is located at 2301 South…

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Volunteer Arborists Contibute $85,000 of Tree Work at Colonial Park

Bridgewater, Nj – On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the the New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (NJAISA) brought manpower and equipment valued at $3.6 million dollars to Somerset County Park Commission…

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A Holiday Gift That Becomes a Lasting Memory In County Parks Foundation Tribute Bench, Living Legacy Tree, and Commemorative Brick Program

Bridgewater, Nj – The Somerset County Park Foundation is providing an opportunity to create a lasting memory in one of the many properties that comprise the Somerset County park system while supporting the valuable programs funded by the…

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Shop Amazon for the Holidays and Automatically Donate to the Somerset County Park Foundation

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced that anyone who purchases products through www.smile.amazon.com will be contributing 0.5% of the purchase price to the Somerset County Park Foundation.The Foundation has recently…

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Winter Riding Lessons Indoors At Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission announces that openings are available for Winter Horseback Riding Classes at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Lessons are offered to…

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NJ Arborist Work Day Scheduled for Colonial Park December 1, 2018

Bridgewater,Nj – On Saturday, December 1, 2018, approximately 150 Arborist firms will provide their skillful work crews, equipment, and expertise to complete more than $100,000 value of tree work in the Somerset County Park Commission’s…

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Park Commission Announces Seasonal Golf Course Closings

Bridgewater, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Division of Golf Management has announced the winter schedule of golf course closures. Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset, NJ will close at the conclusion of play on Sunday,…

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Park Commission Seeks 2019 Junior Rangers

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Park Rangers are seeking young people ages 6 to 12 to participate in their 2019 Junior Ranger Programs. Children who enjoy hiking, discovering wildlife, and are interested in learning more about…

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Golfers – Pre-Pay For Golf and Play 20% More For Free

Bridgewater, Nj – The Somerset County Park Commission Golf Gift Card Sale is returning for 2018. Beginning Monday, November 19, 2018 at 8:00 A.M. and concluding Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 4:00 P.M., gift cards purchased will include an…

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Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable - Fall/Winter Hours in Effect

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the fall and winter time…

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Golfers - Join the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Shoot

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will sponsor the 2018 Turkey Shoot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Spooky Brook, Quail Brook, and Green Knoll Golf Courses.Each of the three courses will offer a Shotgun…

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Shop Amazon For The Holidays and Automatically Donate to The Somerset County Park Foundation

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced that anyone who purchases products through www.smile.amazon.com will be contributing 0.5% of the purchase price to the Somerset County Park Foundation. The Foundation has…

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Warrenbrook Senior Golf Team Crowned Champions Of NJ Senior Golf League

Warren, NJ – The Warrenbrook Senior Golf Team is champion of the 2018 New Jersey Senior Golf League, successfully defending their 2017 Championship. The Championship round was played at High Bridge Hills Golf Club in High Bridge, New…

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Somerset County Park Commission Officially Opens East County Park Pavilions

Bridgewater, NJ -- At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October, 11, 2018, Somerset County Park Commissioners and staff, members of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Warren Township officials celebrated the opening of two…

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Park Commission Announces Weekly Recreation Program For Preschool Children With Disabilities

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department is continuing the recently introduced program for children ages 3 to 6 with developmental disabilities. “Preschool Playful Pals” will…

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Prime Time for Hawk Watching Continues in Bridgewater

It’s Prime Time To Visit The Region’sMost spectacular hawk watchOpen Daylight Hours 7 Days a WeekBridgewater, NJ - From now through November, residents are invited to venture to the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller…

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Park Commission Announces Fall Twilight Rates At All County Golf Course

Neshanic Station, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Twilight Rates at all county golf courses will be in effect beginning Monday, October 1, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. Twilight rates at Neshanic Valley Golf Course, located at…

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International Delegation of Rose Experts Visits The Rudolf W. Van Der Goot Rose Garden

Somerset, NJ -- A nine-person delegation from the Guizhou Botanical Garden in Guiyang City, China visited the Somerset County Park Commission Rudolf van der Goot Rose Garden at Colonial Park on Friday, September 14, 2018.Led by Horticulture…

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Entries Sought For 2018 Park Commission Photo Contest

Bridgewater, Nj – The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that they are accepting entries for the 2018 Somerset County Parks Photo Contest.Photos must be taken in a Somerset County Park by amateur photographers. Parks staff will…

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Fall Yoga for Beginners and Advanced at SCPC

Beginner & Experienced Classes Begin Wednesday, September 12, 2018NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced that registration is open for the fall session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for…

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Spectators Welcome at LSS Private Horse Hunter Pace

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will host the Fall Private Horse Hunter Pace beginning at 9:00 A.M. with the last team departing by 1:00 P.M. The Hunter Pace is…

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Shop Amazon Smile and Donate to Park Foundation

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced that anyone who purchases products through www.smile.amazon.com will be contributing 0.5% of the purchase price to the Somerset County Park Foundation.The Foundation has recently…

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Therapeutic Recreation Seeking Volunteers For Fall Adapted Horseback Riding Program

Assist Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Equestrian Experience Not RequiredBRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the…

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Regional Center Rain Barrel Rebates for Bridgewater, Raritan and Somerville Homeowners

Somerville, NJ -- The Somerset County Regional Center Partnership, utilizing a grant from the New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA), has announced that the 2018 Raritan River Rain Barrel Rebate Program for homeowners in Bridgewater, Raritan, and…

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Saturday Morning Dog Walks on the Lord Stirling Stable Trails

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the spring and summer time…

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Park Commission Golf Division to Thank Service Men and Women

Neshanic Station, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission will honor and thank active military and veterans with a free golf clinic and 9-hole round of golf at the Callaway Golf Learning Center at Neshanic Valley Golf Course, 2301 South…

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SCPC Children's Swim Lessons at Warrenbrook Pool

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced the dates for children’s swim lessons at Warrenbrook Pool located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township.Two-week sessions include 10 lessons held Monday to Friday for levels…

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TaylorMade Demo Days at Somerset County Golf Courses

Neshanic Station, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Golf Management has announced that the 2018 TaylorMade Golf Club line will be available for demo testing Neshanic Valley Golf Course Learning Center in Neshanic Station, Quail Brook Golf Course…

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Try An Introductory Horseback Riding in English-Style at Lord Stirling Stable on July 1, 2018

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering an Introductory English-style horseback ride on Sunday, July 1 2018 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.…

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Register Now for County Caper-Somerset County's Amazing Race

THE SOMERSET COUNTY CAPER… IT’S NOT JUST A GAME – IT’S AN ADVENTUREBASKING RIDGE, NJ - Planning summer activities? Looking for lots of family fun? Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”!Once again the…

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Park Commission Introduces Twilight Rates at Neshanic Valley Golf Course

Neshanic Station, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Twilight Rates are now in effect at Neshanic Valley Golf Course (NVGC), the flagship facility of the 5-course Somerset County golf course system. The Championship…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Neshanic Station, Nj – Somerset County Park Commission Neshanic Valley Golf Course (NVGC) has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an…

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Enroll in Summer Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling Stable

Online and Walk-in Registration Begins Saturday, June 2 at 8:00 A.M.BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for summer horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs at Lord Stirling Stable,…

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Seasonal Job Openings at The Somerset County Park Commission

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has seasonal job openings throughout the park system. Maintenance workers are needed at North Branch Park in Bridgewater; Duke Island Park in Bridgewater; Skillman Park in Skillman; Torpey…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers

Free Weekly Walking Group Bridgewater, NJ - Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke…

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Colonial Park Paddle Boats and Putting Course to Open on May 5, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission award winning Putting Course and the Paddle Boats on Powder Mill Pond at Colonial Park in Franklin Township will open for the season on Saturday, May 5, 2018.The Colonial Park Putting Course…

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Boondocks Boardwalk at the EEC Re-opens After Rebuild

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – In 2011 and 2012, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy impacted New Jersey with devastating force. With damage reaching proportions that had never been realized in this region, recovery efforts have continued on a large scale, years…

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Park Commission Recruiting Teams for Bocce League

Weekly Play Begins Tuesday, May 1, 2018BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the 7th annual Spring Adult Bocce League will begin play at the Colonial Park Bocce Courts on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.The League is open to…

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Warrenbrook Senior Golf Team Crowned Champions of New Jersey Senior Golf League

Warren, NJ -- The Warrenbrook Senior Golf Team is champion of the 2017 New Jersey Senior Golf League, sweeping the Spring Season, the Summer Season, and playoffs to be named the “Grand Champions 2017”.The New Jersey Senior Golf League is…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces Warrenbrook Pool Registration Dates

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced the dates for registration for county residents wishing to sign up for season passes and swimming lessons at Warrenbrook Pool located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township.Mail-in…

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Somerset County Tennis Courts to Open March 31, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission has announced that courts at the Green Knoll Tennis Center at 587 Garretson Road in Bridgewater and the Colonial Park Tennis Center on Mettlers Road in Franklin Township will open for the season on…

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Springtime - The Best Time to Join Duke Island Walking Group

Bridgewater, NJ – Free Weekly Walking Group ,Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke…

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Registration Open for Somerset County Park Commission's Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Registration is now open for the Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Camp Okee Sunokee at the TR Activity Center at Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road (at North Branch Park), in Bridgewater,…

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Park Commission Offers Spring Yoga For Adults

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced that registration is open for the spring session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and advanced students. The low-impact program will…

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Whole Foods to Support Somerset County Park Foundation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Whole Foods Market has scheduled the Grand Opening of the new Chimney Rock Crossing store at 319 Chimney Rock Road in Bridgewater for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 9:00 A.M.Whole Foods has designated 5% of the net sales for…

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Soriano Appointed Interim Somerset County Park Disrector

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Geoffrey D. Soriano, resident of Bridgewater, New Jersey, has been appointed Interim Somerset County Park Secretary/Director by the Somerset County Park Commissioners. Soriano’s appointment is effective Monday, April…

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Welcome Spring with Wednesday Duke Park Walking Group

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a…

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The Park Commission Is Gearing Up For The 2018 Golf Season

NESHANIC STATION, NJ - Golf serves the single largest recreation constituency in Somerset County and the Park Commission annually gives residents what they ask for...great golf at a reasonable price. The five county golf courses easily accommodate…

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Experience Hands-On Maple Sugaring at Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children and adults to a 90-minute program to witness how Maple…

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Somerset County Parks Recognized For Excellence

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Two of Somerset County’s renowned parks have recently been recognized for excellence by national Internet experts. GetawayMavens.com, is a website offering entertaining and eclectic ideas for “turnkey”…

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Volunteer to Assist with Adapted Horseback Riidng Program

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling) program beginning…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces New Golf Registration Programs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has welcomed 2018 with a series of new and unique golf registration programs. Among the new options is the “Junior Adult Registration” for golfers age 19 to 29 that includes a…

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It's Simulator Season at the Callaway Golf Learning Center

26 Courses Available on the NVGC Learning Center SimulatorNeshanic Station, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced a series of weekly 9-Hole Golf Tournaments at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course (NVGC) Learning Center HD Golf…

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Ice Skating Available at Duke Island and Colonial Parks

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that outdoor ice skating is now available on the Mettlers Pond at Colonial Park in Somerset and the Duck Pond at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater.Both ponds have been removed of…

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Somerset County Park Commission Accepting Wedding Ceremony and Photo Reservations

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and photos at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum (for ceremonies and photos),…

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Park Commission Offers Winter Yoga For Adults

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced that registration is open for the winter session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and advanced students. The low-impact program will…

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Somerset County Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

North Branch, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Tuesday, December 26, 2017 through Wednesday, January 31, 2018.Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park…

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Green Knoll Golf Course To Close For Winter Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Green Knoll Golf Course on Garretson Road in Bridgewater Township, NJ will close for the winter season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Green Knoll joins…

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Basic Horse Care Workshop for Non-Riders and Riders at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on…

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Park Commission To Recycle Christmas Trees

North Branch, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Tuesday, December 26, 2017 through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial…

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A Holiday Gift That Becomes A Lasting Memory In County Parks

Park Foundation Tribute Bench, Living Legacy Tree & Commemorative Brick ProgramBridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is providing an opportunity to create a…

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Torpey Athletic Complex Field Earns State Recognition

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Baseball Field at the Somerset County Park Commission Frank “Nap” Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater is the recipient of the 2017 Sports Field Managers of New Jersey (SFMANJ) “Field of the Year”…

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'Controlled Burn' At Washington Valley Park

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and representatives for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently performed a “Controlled Burn” on 128.5 acres of Washington Valley Park in…

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Winter Riding Lessons Indoors At Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission announces that openings are available for Winter Horseback Riding Classes at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Lessons are offered to…

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Join EEC Naturalists On A Birding Adventure To Southeastern Arizona

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The staff at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) have announced the dates of the 2018 “Southeastern Arizona Birding and Nature Trip.” Two EEC Naturalists will lead birders on a…

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Volunteer Recruitment for Somerset County Park Trail Maintenance

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year.With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association,…

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SCPC's Environmental Education Center Naturalists Offers Traveling Education Programs

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Naturalists at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) are offering “Traveling Education Programs” to civic and social groups, non-profits, and libraries across Somerset County.…

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Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable - Fall/Winter Hours in Effect

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the fall and winter time…

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Volunteers Needed for Somerset County Park Trail Maintenance

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year.With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association,…

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Trail Clean Up and Bouldering in the Sourlands November 4, 2017

NORTH BRANCH, NJ – Rock Climbers and other nature trail enthusiasts are invited to join Park Commission Rangers for the 13th Annual “Adopt-A-Boulder,” trail maintenance projectOn Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. the…

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Volunteer Recruitment for Somerset County Park Trail Maintenance

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year.With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association,…

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Skillman Park Dog Park Officially Opens

Freeholders, Park Commission & Montgomery Township Officially Open Skillman Dog ParkMontgomery, NJ -- Officials from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Montgomery Township, and the Somerset County Park Commission recently gathered…

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SCPC Deputy Director Elected to National Parks and Recreation Group

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Cindie Sullivan, Deputy Director of the Somerset County Park Commission (SCPC), has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Sullivan was inducted recently at the Academy’s Annual Meeting…

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It’s Prime Time to Visit the Region’s Most Spectacular Hawk Watch

Open Daylight Hours 7 Days a WeekBridgewater, NJ -- From now through November, residents are invited to venture to the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater,…

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Establish a Lasting Tribute In a Somerset County Park

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is providing the public with an opportunity to create a lasting memory in the Somerset County Parks while supporting…

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Volunteer Recruitment for Somerset County Park Trail Maintenance

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year. With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association,…

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The Results Are In – County Caper Winners Announced

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Naturalists at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced the results of a very successful County Caper and County Caper Accelerated. The “competition” took place at various…

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Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable Are Cool

Spring/Summer Hours Now in EffectBASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue…

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Registeration Opens for Fall Horseback Riding Lessons on August 19, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for English-style, balanced seat riding lessons at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue. Lessons are available for juniors (ages 9-17) and adults,…

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Volunteers Sought for Park Trail Clean Up

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year.With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association,…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course Part of Mga and Golf Channel’s Modern Dream 18

NESHANIC STATION, NJ – Somerset County Park Commission Neshanic Valley Golf Course, located at 2301 South Branch Road in Neshanic Station, New Jersey was included in the Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) “Modern Dream 18” on…

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100,000th Visitor to Somerset County Parks in 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission entertained its 100,000th visitor in 2017 on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Lord Stirling Stable. Receiving gifts commemorating the event were Ms. Colleen Joyce and her nephew, Colin Joyce, age…

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Therapeutic Recreation Director Installed as Njrpa President

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Dina Trunzo, CTRS, Manager, Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation, has been installed as 2017-2018 President of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA).The 700-member NJRPA is the state…

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42nd Annual Rose Day Festival

Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park Gardens will be celebrating the 42nd anniversary of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden “Rose Day Festival.” The event will be held at the Colonial Park, Lot A at the Rudolf W. van der…

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Park Commission Plans Volunteer Trail Maintenance Projects to Celebrate National Trails Day Saturday, June 3, 2017

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - Since 1993, National Trails Day has been celebrated to raise awareness of the “Trails for All Americans” program that is intended to build partnerships and alliances that work together beyond National Trails Day and…

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Summer Lessons Registration at Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for summer horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ. …

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Park Commission Supports Public Garden Day Legislation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission is in full support of the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly Resolution proclaiming the first Friday in June each year as “New Jersey Public Garden and Arboretum Day.”The joint…

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Saturday Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable

Fall/Winter Hours In EffectBasking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ will continue weekly on the…

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Somerset County's Mountain View Park Officially Opens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Officials from Somerset County government, the Somerset County Park Commission, and Hillsborough Township officially opened the state-of-the-art athletic complex at Mountain View Park on Saturday, April 22, 2017 with a…

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Private Horse Hunter Pace at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will host the 2017 Hunter Pace Challenge, a series of five events, beginning Sunday, April 30, 2017 with the “SCPC/FLSS Spring…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces Warrenbrook Pool Registration Dates

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that in-person registration for county residents wishing to sign up for season passes and swimming lessons at Warrenbrook Pool located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township will…

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Your Dog Wants to Meet Friends at Lord Stirling Stable

Fall/Winter Hours In EffectBasking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the…

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Opportunities To Explore The Equine World At Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering programs to introduce people to the enjoyment of trail horseback riding along with…

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Business Partnership Hosted Mental Health Stress Seminar for Employers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Area businesses came together on Thursday, April 6, 2017 to attend “Managing Mental Health & Stress in the Workplace:  Unraveling the Mystery”.  In conjunction with Healthier Somerset, this was the first in a series of…

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Somerset County Tennis Courts To Open for the Season Opening April 1, 2017

The eighteen courts at Green Knoll and Colonial Park will be open for reserved and open play with a full schedule of tournaments for all ages and abilities. Green Knoll will be open seven days a week from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Advance reservations…

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Registration Open for 5th Annual Sourlands Smackdown Bouldering Competition

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - Boulderers are invited to the Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough, New Jersey on Saturday, April 8, 2017 for New Jersey’s only organized outdoor bouldering (rock climbing) competition. Registration is now open.The event…

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Registration Open for Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp

Bridgewater, NJ -- Registration is now open for the Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Camp Okee Sunokee at the TR Activity Center at Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road (at North Branch Park), in Bridgewater, New…

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Dogs - Walk Your Owners on the Trails at Lord Stirling Stable

Fall/Winter Hours In EffectBASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the…

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Green Knoll Golf Course Scheduled to Open on March 4

Play Available at 4 Championship CoursesGolf Shops open for registrationBridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County golfers will again have a wide choice of regulation courses from which to choose when four of the five Somerset County Park Commission courses…

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Quail Brook Golf Course Open for Play

BRIDGEWATER, NJ –  The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset, New Jersey will open for play at 7:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 following the routine winter…

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EEC Opens 'The Great Swamp Experience' as Permanent Exhibit

WHO:Somerset County Park Commission Commissioners & Senior StaffEnvironmental Education Center StaffInvited GuestsWHAT: Official Opening of “The Great Swamp Experience”WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.WHERE:Environmental…

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Championship Golf Course Play is no Longer Weather Dependent

26 Courses Available on the NVGC Learning Center SimulatorNeshanic Station, NJ -- Regardless of the weather outdoors golfers have 26 championship golf courses to choose from at the Somerset County Park Commission HDGolf simulator at the Neshanic…

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Volunteers Needed for Adapted Horseback Riding Program

The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling) program on Tuesday or Wednesday…

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Somerset County Park Commission Accepting Wedding Ceremony/Photo Reservations

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and photos at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the…

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Winter Doesn't Stop Duke Island Wednesday Walkers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful…

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Warm Weather Championship Golf All Year Round

NESHANIC STATION, NJ – Regardless of the weather outdoors golfers have 26 championship golf courses to choose from at the Somerset County Park Commission HDGolf simulator at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course Learning Center, 2301 South Branch Road…

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Somerset County Park Commission Accepting Wedding Reception/Photo Reservations

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and photos at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the…

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A Special New Year’s Day Dog Walk On The Trails at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host their annual New Year’s “Meet New Friends” Dog Walk on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Check in time for this special event will be between 1:15 P.M. and 1:30 P.M., with the hour-long…

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Quail Brook Golf Course To Close For Winter Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset, NJ will close for the winter season at the conclusion of play on Saturday, December 31, 2016.Quail Brook joins…

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Raptor Release Program in County Parks

Bridgewater, NJ -- Representatives of the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) release a raptor in the Sourlands Mountain Preserve. The birds, captured at Kennedy Airport to protect incoming and outgoing aircraft, are released at the…

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Somerset County Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

North Branch, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Monday, December 26, 2016 through Tuesday, January 31, 2017.Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park Gardens,…

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Somerset County Park Commission Activities from January - March 2017

SCPC Programs from January - March 2017:Duke Island Walkers:A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park off Old York Road in Bridgewater along a…

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Somerset County Park Foundation Offers Lasting Memorial Holiday Gifts

A HOLIDAY GIFT THAT WILL LAST INDEFINITELYGive a Park Foundation Tribute Bench, Living Legacy Tree, or Commemorative BrickBridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is…

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Green Knoll Golf Course To Close For Winter Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Green Knoll Golf Course on Garretson Road in Bridgewater Township, NJ will close for the winter season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Green Knoll joins…

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SCPC Has Invited Santa To Take Pictures With Children With Disabilities

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission, with support from the Somerset County Park Foundation, has extended a special invitation to Santa Claus to visit the Therapeutic Recreation Activity Center at Park Commission Headquarters.The…

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Display Your Creativity At Somerset County’s Winter Spectacular 39th Annual Festival Of Trees

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Naturalists are looking for individuals, local and civic groups, clubs, businesses, scout troops, and others to design, decorate, and submit a tree for the month-long holiday display. The Park…

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Perfect Time of Year to Join Duke Walkers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful…

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Dog Walks At Lord Stirling Stable

Fall/Winter Hours In EffectBASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the…

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Warrenbrook Golf Course to Close for the Winter Season

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, NJ will close for the winter season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Opening date in the…

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Raptors Still Flying Over Somerset County Hawk Watch

Bridgewater, NJ -- From now through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to hundreds of hawk watchers from all over the…

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Environmental Education Center Seeks Children’s Art For Annual Exhibit

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Staff at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) is reaching out to art educators in Somerset County schools seeking student participation in the “Nature Through a Child’s Eye” art exhibit…

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Volunteers Needed for 1770s Festival

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is seeking volunteers to participate in the Lord Stirling 1770s Festival at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Volunteers will step back in time to the colonial…

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Somerset County Park Commission Dedicates New Therapeutic Recreation Van

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has taken delivery of specially outfitted van for use by the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department. The $56,000 Ford Transit 350 van was purchased for the TR Department by the Somerset County…

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New Times for Saturday Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly beginning September 3, 2016 on the…

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Duke Island Weekly Walkers Celebrate 92nd Birthday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Duke Walkers weekly walking group at Duke Island Park off Old York Road in Bridgewater recently celebrated the 92nd birthday of regular participant Andy Bourke.Bourke, a Somerville resident has been walking with the group…

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Become A Permanent Part Of Your County Parks

Park Foundation Offers Opportunities to Purchase Tribute Benches & Living Legacy Trees Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation is providing an opportunity to pay tribute to family and close friends through a donation of a tree or…

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EEC Entertains Visitor From West Central Africa

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---In mid-July, staff at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center were honored to entertain a visit from Mamoudou Berete (Kunta), a traveling professional from Guinea in West Central Africa. He is one of…

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Scott Ross and D.J. Hunsinger Sworn In As Newest Somerset County Park Commissioners

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission recently welcomed two new members to the board that manages almost 15,000 acres of active and passive parkland in Somerset County.Scott Ross of Millstone, New Jersey was sworn in on Thursday,…

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Become A Permanent Part Of History at TD Bank Ballpark

Engraved Bricks Provide Permanent Recognition While Supporting Important Scholarships BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is offering the general public the…

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Friends of Lord Stirling Stable to Host Centered Riding Clinic

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host a Gail M. Field Centered Riding Clinic at the Somerset County Park Commission facility in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Gail Field is a Riding and Horse Care Instructor from Long Island, New…

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Register for Summer Horse Care Workshops 102 & 103 at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Summer Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a…

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Neshanic Valley Offers Seasonal Golf Specials

NESHANIC STATION, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Seasonal Greens Fees Special Pricing is now in effect at the Neshanic Valley Championship Golf Course, 2301 South Branch Road in Branchburg, New Jersey Now through…

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Park Foundation Honors Freeholder Peter Palmer

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Foundation celebrated the Park Commission’s 60th Anniversary at a brunch held at Ninety Acres at Natirar Park in Peapack-Gladstone, New JerseyHonored at the event with the presentation of congratulatory…

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Register For Environmental Education Center Summer 'Xtreme Adventure' For Teens

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…

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Register Now for Someset 'County Caper'

Planning summer activities?  Looking for free fun? Love to win prizes?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”! Once again the Naturalists at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in basking Ridge, New Jersey are…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course Offers Seasonal Pricing Specials

NESHANIC STATION, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Seasonal Greens Fees Special Pricing is now in effect at the Neshanic Valley Championship Golf Course, 2301 South Branch Road in Branchburg, New Jersey Now through…

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Register Now for 'Xtreme' Summer Adventure for Teens

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…

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Summer Riding Lessons Scheduled At Lord Stirling Stable

Online and Walk-in Registration Begins Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 A.M. BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for summer horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs at Lord Stirling Stable,…

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Park Commission Plans Volunteer Trail Maintenance Projects To Celebrate National Trails Day Saturday, June 4, 2016

Volunteers Invited to Participate NORTH BRANCH, NJ---Since 1993, National Trails Day has been celebrated to raise awareness of the “Trails for All Americans” program that is intended to build partnerships and alliances that work together beyond…

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Opportunities To Explore The Equine World At Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering programs to introduce people to the enjoyment of trail horseback riding along with…

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Colonial Park Paddle Boats and Putting Course Set To Open For The Season

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission award winning Putting Course and the Paddle Boats on Powder Mill Pond at Colonial Park in Franklin Township will open for the season on Saturday, May 7, 2016The Colonial Park Putting Course…

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Registration Open For Eco-Explorers Summer Science Programs For Ages 7 To 9

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages 7…

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Park Commission Seeking Teams For Spring Adult Bocce League

Weekly Play Begins Tuesday, May 3, 2016 BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the 6th annual Spring Adult Bocce League will begin play at the Colonial Park Bocce Courts on Tuesday, May 6, 2016. The League is open…

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Park Commission Seeking Teams For Spring Adult Bocce League

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the 6th annual Spring Adult Bocce League will begin play at the Colonial Park Bocce Courts on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The League is open to all adults age 18 and over. League…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces Native Tree Give-Away

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC), Horticulture Department, and Go Green Committee are planning an Arbor Day Celebration with a Native Tree Give-AwayA full complement of activities will…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces Warrenbrook Pool Registration Dates

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that in-person registration for county residents wishing to sign up for season passes and swimming lessons at Warrenbrook Pool located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township will…

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Create a Lasting Memory in Somerset County Public Spaces

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is providing an opportunity to create a lasting memory in the Somerset County Parks while supporting the valuable programs…

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Plan for a Teen Summer 'Xtreme Adventure'

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…

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Enroll in Summer Science Programs for Ages 7 to 9

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages 7…

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Somerset County Park Commission Offers Yoga For Adults in Spring 2016

Beginner & Experienced Classes Begin Wednesday, April 13, 2016North Branch, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the spring session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both…

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Somerset County Park Commission Tennis Courts Set Opening Date

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission has announced that courts at the Green Knoll Tennis Center at 587 Garretson Road in Bridgewater and the Colonial Park Tennis Center at Mettlers Road in Somerset will open for the season on Saturday,…

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Spring and Summer Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Registration Now Open BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that registration is open for Therapeutic Recreation programs, including summer camp, for children with developmental disabilities at the TR Activity Center…

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Warrenbrook Golf Course Earns NJDEP Award

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Warrenbrook Golf Course has earned a Certificate of Environmental Stewardship from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.All five county courses, Green Knoll on Garretson Road in…

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Dog Walks At Lord Stirling Stable - Fall/Winter Hours in Effect

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable continue weekly on the fall and winter schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the event on the Stable…

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Registration Continues for Summer Science Programs for Ages 10 to 13 Years Old

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, anounces that registration is now open for AWESIM KIDS (Animals, Wetlands, Environmental…

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Spring Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling Stable

Online and Walk-in Registration Begins Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 A.M. Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will be conducting registration for spring horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs…

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Therapeutic Recreation Seeking Volunteers For Spring Adapted Horseback Riding Program

Equestrian Experience Not Required to Assist Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the…

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Join the Springtime Duke Weekly Wednesday Walkers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful…

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Somerset County County Golf Courses Open

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---Somerset County golfers will again have a wide choice of regulation courses from which to choose when four of the five Somerset County Park Commission courses are open for play for the 2016 season. On Monday, February 29, 2016,…

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Investors Bank and Investors Foundation Help To Rebuild The Boondocks Boardwalk

Contribution matched by Park Foundation BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Investors Foundation (Investors Bank) and the Somerset County Park Foundation each provided generous donations to the Environmental Education Center (EEC) for the express purpose of…

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Forest Fitness: Nature Walks In The Woods in March 2016

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Environmental Education Center Naturalists will lead a weekly walking group on Tuesdays in March at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge. Adults seeking an interesting way to enhance their routine…

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Group Dog Walks Every Saturday at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable continue weekly on the fall and winter schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the event on the Stable…

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8th Annual Eco-Rally Minimize Your Carbon Footprint While Having Family Fun

Basking Ridge, NJ -- In the continuing effort to educate the public sector on methods of saving energy and reducing the individual “carbon footprint,” the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has organized its…

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Registration Open for Summer Science Programs for Ages 7 to 9

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages 7…

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Somerset County Park Commission is Accepting Wedding Ceremony/Photo Reservations

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and photos at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the…

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Registration Open For Therapeutic Recreation Winter Programs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---Winter/Spring program registration is now open for the e Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department (TR). The TR Activity Center offers endless opportunities for fun, adventure, enrichment and more. Programs…

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Somerset County Park Commission Programs for February - April 2016

Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-722-1200. Duke Island WalkersA weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke…

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Play World Class Golf Courses at Neshanic Valley

Neshanic Station, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that an HDGolf simulator is now available at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course Learning Center, 2301 South Branch Road in Neshanic Station, New Jersey. The High Definition…

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Walkin' Your Dog on the Lord Stirling Trails

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable continue weekly on the fall and winter schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the event on the Stable…

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Park Commission Offers Winter Yoga For Adults

Beginner & Experienced Classes Begin Wednesday, January 13, 2016 NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the winter session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both…

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Somerset County Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

North Branch, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Saturday, December 26, 2015 through Sunday, January 31, 2016.Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park,…

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Basic Horse Care Workshop For Non-Riders and Riders At Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on…

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Winter Indor Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission announces that openings are available for Winter Horseback Riding Classes at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Lessons are offered to juniors…

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Park Commission Launches School Field Trip Program To Support Science Teachers

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---This winter the Somerset County Park Commission (SCPC) Environmental Education Center will pilot a new school field trip program called Finding Answers in Nature. This program was made possible through an Eco Grant from 3M and…

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Eagle Scout Installs Trail Markers

Bridgewater, NJ -- Preserving the past in history-rich Somerset County, Eagle Scout Chris Sloan has developed and installed a trail marker system highlighting the route the French used when passing through Bridgewater on their way to Yorktown in the…

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Lord Stirling Stable Manager Earns National Service Award

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Career horsewoman Margie Margentino, Manager of the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, has received the 2015 Outstanding Service Award at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round Up (ENRU) in Louisville, Kentucky,…

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A Holiday Gift That Becomes a Lasting Memory in County Parks

Park Foundation Tribute Bench, Living Legacy Tree, & Commemorative Brick Program Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is providing an opportunity to create a…

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Successful Food Bank Collection at 'Stuff The Turkey' Hunter Pace

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, presented the “Stuff the Turkey” Hunter Pace, providing riders the opportunity to make Thanksgiving a…

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17th Annual Winter Holiday Festival

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) will present their 17th Annual Holiday Festival. Children will enjoy hayrides through the woods to see Santa at his house (weather permitting). Santa’s Workshop will be open…

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Lord Stirling Stable Awarded Gold Medal Horse Farm

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable (LSS), located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been selected as a “Gold Medal Horse Farm” by the New Jersey Equine Environmental Stewardship…

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Somerset County’s Winter Spectacular 38th Annual Festival Of Trees

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center will present Somerset County’s most creative and beautiful winter spectacular, the 38th Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center located…

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Quail Brook Golf Course to Close for Season

Bridgewater, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset, NJ will close for the season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, November 29, 2015. Quail Brook joins Warrenbrook Golf…

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Lord Stirling Stable Recognized as Gold Medal Horse Farm

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable (LSS), located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been selected as a “Gold Medal Horse Farm” by the New Jersey Equine Environmental Stewardship…

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A Holiday Gift That Becomes A Lasting Memory In County Parks

Park Foundation Tribute Bench, Living Legacy Tree, & Commemorative Brick ProgramBRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is providing an opportunity to create a…

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'Thankful Lights' Floating Luminaries At Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled an early holiday workshop, “Thankful Lights – Floating Luminaries”. The program will take place at Leonard J. Buck Garden, Far Hills,…

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Warrenbrook Golf Course to Close for Winter Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ--- Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, NJ will close for the winter season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Opening date in the…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course Recognized For Environmental Excellence

NESHANIC STATION, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Neshanic Valley Golf Course has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon…

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The Area's Best Hawk Watch Remains Active

Open Daylight Hours 7 Days a Week BRIDGEWATER, NJ---From now through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to hundreds of…

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Display Your Creativity At Somerset County’s Winter Spectacular 38th Annual Festival Of Trees

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Naturalists are looking for individuals, local and civic groups, clubs, businesses, scout troops, and others to design, decorate, and submit a tree for the month-long holiday display. The Park…

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Novice Trail Rides and Hay Rides at Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering programs to introduce people to the enjoyment of trail horseback riding along with…

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Basic Horse Care Workshop For Non-Riders & Riders At Lord Stirling Stable

Registration is Now Open for Program Beginning Saturday, September 19, 2015 BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence…

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Somerset County is Home to the Region's Most Spectacular Hawk Watch

Open Daylight Hours 7 Days a Week Bridgewater, NJ - From August through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to hundreds…

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Park Commission Announces Junior Golf Scholarship Recipients

NESHANIC STATION, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has announced the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Michael S. Kline Youth Golf Scholarships for the Summer Junior Golf School at the Learning Center at Neshanic Valley, 2301 South Branch Road in…

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Environmental Education Center Kicks Off Fund Raising Effort To Repair ‘Boondocks Boardwalk’

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---In 2011 and 2012, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy impacted New Jersey with devastating force. With damage reaching proportions that had never been realized in this region, recovery continues on a large scale nearly three years after…

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Exhibit - Who Lives In The Great Swamp?

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey will feature the exhibit, “Who Lives in the Great Swamp?’The exhibit features models of some…

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Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable for Spring/Summer 2015

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable change to the Spring/Summer schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event on the Stable grounds at 256 South Maple…

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Meteorologist John Marshall Visits Camp Okee Sunokee

Bridgewater, NJ - Meteorologist John Marshall recently brought “John’s Weather Tour” to campers at Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Camp Okee Sunokee. “John’s Weather Tour” is a program that helps children…

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Join the Duke Island Park Walkers Every Wednesday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Individuals looking for brisk weekly walk are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful…

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Local Artist 'Camouflages' Golf Course Facility

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---Well-known local portrait artist Jamie Lindholm of The Martinsville Studio has returned to her roots when she began painting landscapes and still life with her project at Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren…

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Registration Open for Environmental Education Center Summer “Xtreme Adventure” for Teens

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center 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…

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The County Caper: It’s Not Just a Game… It’s an Adventure!

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Planning your summer activities? Looking for free fun? Love to win prizes? Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”!Once again the Somerset County park Commission Environmental Education Center is offering two…

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Somerset County Park Commission Celebrates 5 Golf Courses River-Friendly and Groundwater Guardian

Bridgewater, NJ - At a gathering at Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, Somerset County Freeholders, Park Commissioners, representatives from the New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA), and Park Commission staff…

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Friday Nights at the Drive In Movies at Duke Island Park - July 17-31, 2015

North Branch, NJ -- Pack a picnic basket, put the kids in their pajamas, pile everyone into the DeSoto (or the minivan), and head over to Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater for the Somerset County Park Commission Drive-In Movies. Take…

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Somerset County July 4th Fireworks

Bridgewater, NJ-- Somerset County Park Commission invites all to attend the Annual July 4th Fireworks Display to be held on July 4th at 9:30 pm at North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater.  This year, the event is sponsored by the…

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Summer Concert Series 2015

This concert series is made possible by the generous donation of the Somerset County Park Foundation, with contributing funding from The Courier News; Hyatt House Branchburg; and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National…

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Registration Open for Eco-Explorers Summer Science Programs for Ages 7 To 9

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages…

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Summer Riding Lessons Scheduled At Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for summer horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Lessons are…

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County Agencies To Offer Barn Fire Safety Workshop

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission, the Somerset County Animal Response Team, and the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy will present “Barn Fire Safety & Prevention”. A short classroom session will…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces 2015 Free Sunday Evening Concert Series

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled another summer of enjoyable performances in Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater on Sunday evenings. All concerts are free and lovers of all types of music are invited…

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Bridgewater Resident Wins Tennis Silver Medal At Special Olympics

Bridgewater, NJ - Jodi Hadam of Bridgewater won a silver medal in her division at the New Jersey Special Olympics northern sectionals held on Saturday, May 2 at Clifton Racquet Club. Jodi will participate in Special Olympics New Jersey summer games…

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Colonial Park Paddle Boats and Putting Course Set To Open For The Season

Bridgewater, NJ -- An annual Somerset County sign of spring is the official opening of the Somerset County Park Commission award-winning Putting Course and the Paddle Boats on Powder Mill Pond at Colonial Park in Franklin Township. Both facilities…

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Spectacular Virginia Bluebell Display At Leonard J. Buck Garden and Duke Island Park

FAR HILLS, NJ---Spring is finally here and the beloved Virginia bluebells are creating a spectacular show at Somerset County Park Commission’s Duke Island Park and the Leonard J. Buck Garden.  Mertensia virginica, Virginia bluebells, one of…

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Alternative Approaches to Flower and Landscape Photography

Far Hills, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled “Alternative Approaches to Flower & Landscape Photography,” a workshop.  Presenter of the workshop will be professional photographer Brien Szabo…

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Registration Open For Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp

Bridgewater, NJ - Registration is now open for the Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Camp Okee Sunokee. Camp Okee Sunokee takes place at the TR Activity Center at Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road (at North Branch…

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Springtime Dog Walks on the Lord Stirling Stable Trails

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable are now running on the later Fall/Winter schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event on the…

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May Day 'Masters' Miniature Golf Tournament

Somerset, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled the “May Day Masters Miniature Golf Tournament” at the Colonial Park Putting Course in Somerset, New Jersey. The 18-hole miniature golf course will have unique challenges added…

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Become A Permanent Part Of Your County Parks

Park Foundation Introduces Tribute Bench & Living Legacy Tree Program BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced a new program to provide an opportunity to pay tribute to family and close friends through a donation of a…

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Park Commission Seeking Teams For Spring Adult Bocce League

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the 5th annual Spring Adult Bocce League will begin play at the Colonial Park Bocce Courts on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The League is open to all adults age 18 and over. League…

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Somerset County Park Commission Arbor Day Celebration

Native Tree Give-Away April 24 & 25Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC), Horticulture Department, and Go Green Committee are planning an Arbor Day Celebration with a Native Tree Give-Away on…

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25th Annual Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration at Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden will celebrate Earth Day and the return of spring, hosting the 25th annual Spring Plant Sale at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills.  Buck Garden staff and volunteers from the Watnong…

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Become A Permanent Part Of History At Td Bank Ballpark

Engraved Bricks Provide Permanent Recognition While Supporting Important Scholarships Bridgewater, Nj - The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is offering the general public the…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces Warrenbrook Pool Registration Dates

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that in-person registration for county residents wishing to sign up for season passes and swimming lessons at Warrenbrook Pool located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township will…

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Private Horse Hunter Paces at Lord Stirling Stable

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission's Lord Stirling Stable will host the Spring Private Horse Hunter Pace, with the last team departing by 1:00 P.M. Lord Stirling Stable. The Hunter Pace is sponsored by…

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Warrenbrook Golf Course Joins 4 Other Somerset County Park Commission Golf Courses As ‘River-Friendly’

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - 'Warrenbrook Golf Course, located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, has joined the other four Somerset County Park Commission Championship Golf Courses earning the 'Å“River Friendly' designation from the NJ Water Supply…

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County Park Tennis Courts To Open For The Season

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission has announced the opening dates for the Green Knoll Tennis Center at 587 Garretson Road in Bridgewater and the Colonial Park Tennis Center at Mettlers Road in Somerset. The eighteen courts at Green…

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Pony Pals Club for Children and Parents

BASKING RIDGE, NJ----The staff at Lord Stirling Stable will present Pony Pals Club, a program for children and their parents that is designed to introduce children to ponies while encouraging child-parent interaction. The January session of Pony…

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Register for Spring Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling Stable

Online and Walk-in Registration Begins Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 A.M. Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for spring horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs at Lord Stirling Stable,…

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Park Commission Accepting Wedding Ceremony and Photo Reservatiions

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and pictures at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the…

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Therapeutic Recreation Seeking Volunteers For Spring Adapted Horseback Riding Program For Developmentally Disabled Individuals

Equestrian Experience Not Required Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction…

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Park Commission To Present 7th Annual Eco-Rally

Basking Ridge, NJ -- In a continuing effort to educate people on methods of saving energy and reducing the individual œcarbon footprint, the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has organized its 7th annual…

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'Pony Pals Club' For Children and Parents at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The staff at Lord Stirling Stable will present “Pony Pals Club,” a program for children and their parents that is designed to introduce children to ponies while encouraging child-parent interaction. The January…

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Sheriff Frank Provenzano to Be Honored at The 25th Annual Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament

More Than 50 Professional Athletes Will Join Local Golfers in Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano will be the honoree at the 25th Annual Somerset County Park Foundation Raymond L. Hughes Memorial Pro-Celebrity Golf…

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Former Governor Joins Somerset County Park Commission

Bridgewater, NJ - The newest member of the Somerset County Park Commission is former New Jersey Governor, Donald T. DiFrancesco.The nine-person Commission supports the activities that fulfill the park system mission to be “Committed to excellence…

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Register Foir 7th Annual Eco-Rally-Minimize Your Carbon Footprint

Minimize Your Carbon Footprint While Enjoying Family Fun Basking Ridge, NJ -- In a continuing effort to educate people on methods of saving energy and reducing the individual “carbon footprint,” the Somerset County Park Commission…

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Children Can 'Meet The Ponies' at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The staff at Lord Stirling Stable will present “Meet the Ponies,” a program designed for horse enthusiasts age 7 to 9 years.  The program is ideal for individual riders and nonriders, scout troops and other…

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Park Commission Accepting Wedding Ceremony and Photo Reservations

Bridgewater, NJ - The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and pictures at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the…

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Sign-Up Now For 'Wild Kids' Program - January 2015

A Sunday Science & Nature Program for Infants to 5-Year Olds with a Parent Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey is offering a…

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23rd Annual Children's Art Exhibit at the Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Nature Through a Child's Eye, the 23rd annual exhibit of children's art with an environmental theme will be on display at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC).  Hundreds of pieces of art…

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Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

North Branch, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Friday, December 26, 2014 through Saturday, January 31, 2015. Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park,…

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A Special New Year’s Day Dog Walk on The Trails at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host their annual New Year’s “Meet New Friends” Dog Walk.  Check in time for this special event will be between 1:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M., with the hour-long walk…

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Horse Care Workshop For Non-Riders and Riders at Lord Stirling Stable

Registration is Now Open for Program Beginning Saturday, January 3, 2015 Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence…

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Holiday Gifts of Commemorative Bricks Provide a Permanent Remembrance

Purchase Supports Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation ProgramsBridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is offering the opportunity to “Buy a Brick at the…

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Saturday Dog Walks Continue at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ---Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable are now running on the Fall/Winter schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event on the Stable…

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Sign-Up Now For Kindernats December Science and Nature Program For Kindergartners and First Graders

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has opened registration for December KinderNats, an after school science and nature program for children age 5 to 7 enrolled in kindergarten and first…

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Quail Brook Golf Course To Close For Season

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset, NJ will close for the season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Quail Brook joins Warrenbrook Golf…

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Somerset County 2015 Golf Registration Discounted

Somerset, NJ -- For the first time, the Somerset County Park Commission is offering a discount on annual golf registration for early registrants. Beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 and running through Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Somerset…

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Discounted Golf Gift Cards for Somerset County Golf & Merchandise Available

Great Savings Available for a Limited TimeBridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that discounted Gift Cards for golf and related golf items at any of the Somerset County Park Commission facilities will be available…

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Park Commission Offering Thanksgiving Morning Shotgun Golf Outing

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that they will be holding a Thanksgiving Morning Shotgun Golf Outing at three County Championship Courses. The Shotgun Tee-Off at 8:00 A.M. will allow players to get in 18 holes…

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Environmental Education Center Receives Biomimicry Grant From 3M

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) has received a $50,000 Eco Grant from 3M to develop a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum field trip program using the theme…

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Successful Food Bank Collection At ‘Stuff The Turkey’ Hunter Pace

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, joined with the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable to present the “Stuff the Turkey” Hunter Pace, providing riders the…

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Somerset County and Hillsborough Township Announce First Phase Of Development at Mountain View Park

Bridgewater, NJ -- Officials from Somerset County government, the Somerset County Park Commission, and Hillsborough Township recently marked the soon to begin first phase of an athletic complex at Mountain View Park with a ceremony at 141 Mountain…

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Fall Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Fall Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a…

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Warrenbrook Golf Course to Close for the Winter Season

Bridgewater, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, NJ will close for the season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, November 2, 2014.Information on the other County…

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Register Now for 19th Annual 5K Turkey Trot in Colonial Park

North Branch, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission’s 19th Annual 5K Turkey Trot is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 9:30 A.M. on Colonial Drive at Colonial Park in Franklin Township. The morning of family fun will also include a 1…

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Participate in the 2014 Festival of Trees

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center will present Somerset County’s most creative and beautiful winter spectacular, the 37th Annual Festival of Trees. The exhibit will be open daily from 9:00 A.M.…

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Park Commission Earns Another Smart Workplace Recognition

Third Consecutive Year Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has earned recognition as a recipient of a 2014 Smart Workplaces Platinum level award. The prestigious statewide program recognizes employers who provide outstanding…

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Enjoy A Tasting To Benefit The Somerset County Park Foundation

An evening of fine scotches, wines, food, and cigars Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced that “A Tasting for the Somerset County Park Foundation” is scheduled at Raritan Valley Country Club. “A Tasting”…

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High School Sports Finals Scheduled For Torpey Athletic Complex

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that multiple high school sports athletic finals have been scheduled for the Torpey Athletic Complex located off Loeser Avenueon the Somerville/Bridgewater border.  The High…

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Registration Is Open For 2015 Adirondack Mountain Cross-Country Ski Trip

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center Naturalists have announced that registration is now open for the 2015 Adirondack Winter Adventure to Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski & Vacation Center in…

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1770s Festival

Return to the past and experience daily colonial life and craft industry at the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades while a Town Crier announces the local news. A Revolutionary War Military detachment camps on…

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It’s Prime Time To Visit The Region's Most Spectacular Hawk Watch

Bridgewater, NJ -- From now through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to hundreds of hawk watchers from all over the…

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Sign-Up Now For October 2014 Young Explorers Club

Science & Nature Program for Infants to 5-Year Olds with a Parent Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration…

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Watercolors in The Garden Painting Pleasures at Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a one-day class, “Watercolors in the Garden”. Internationally known nature and wildlife artist Beatrice Bork will provide instruction on…

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Picnic Arbor Dedicated At Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ -- Representatives of the Somerset County Park Commission, the Somerset County Park Foundation, and the Buck Foundation officially dedicated the newly constructed magnificent wooden picnic arbor on the grounds of Leonard J. Buck…

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Reservations Available for Tasting Program to Benefit Park Foundation

An evening of fine scotches, wines, food, and cigars Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced that “A Tasting for the Somerset County Park Foundation” is scheduled at Raritan Valley Country Club. “A Tasting”…

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East County Park Trail Opens For Public Use

Warren, NJ -- Somerset County Freeholder and Park Commission liaison Patricia Walsh has announced that the new loop trail at the 150-acre East County Park, bordered by Dubois, Reinman and Old Stirling roads in Warren Township, is officially open to…

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Fall Nature Ride at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host the annual Fall Nature Ride on the grounds of Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  This horseback event…

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Park Commission Offers Fall Yoga For Adults

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the fall session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and practiced. The low-impact program will introduce adults to…

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Watercolors in The Garden Painting Pleasures at Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a one-day class, “Watercolors in the Garden”. The session will take place at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, New…

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Volunteers Needed for Somerset County Therapuetic Recreation Program

Therapeutic Recreation Seeking Volunteers For Fall Adapted Horseback Riding Program For Developmentally Disabled Individuals - Equestrian Experience Not Required North Branch, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation…

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Sign-Up Now For September 2014 Young Explorers Club

Science & Nature Program for Infants to 5-Year Olds with a Parent Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened…

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Entries Open for September 2014 Somerset County Golf Tournaments

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County golfers of all ages will enjoy the Park Commission’s annual opportunity to compete in tournaments scheduled to be held at county facilities. Each of the tournaments requires pre-registration and an entrance fee.…

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Friends Of Lord Stirling Stable To Host Centered Riding Clinic

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host a Gail M. Field Centered Riding Clinic at the Somerset County Park Commission facility.Gail Field is a Riding and Horse Care Instructor from Long Island, New York. She holds a British…

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Free Summer Concert Series Continues With Jazz & Blues From Carlos Colina & Straight Up

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue the 2014 season  with a live performance by Carlos Colina & Straight Up. Carlos Colina &…

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Dog Walks Every Saturday Morning at Lord Stirling Stable

Spring/Summer Hours in EffectBasking Ridge, NJ -- Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable are beginning the earlier Spring/Summer schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable…

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J&J Volunteers Support Buck Garden Initiatives

Far Hills, NJ -- Johnson & Johnson “Day of Caring” volunteers descended upon Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills. The group of eight volunteers assisted Buck Garden staff with…

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Free Summer Concert Series Continues 'Salute To The Eagles' With Hotel California

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue the 2014 season with a live performance by Hotel California.  Hotel California will engage the…

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15th Annual Garden Party in Colonial Park

Franklin Township, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department invites the public to the 15th annual “Garden Party” featuring lectures; unusual specialty plants, perennials, and garden sculptures for sale by Daisy Garden…

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Lord Stirling Stable Celebrates Multiple Anniversaries

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable and the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable celebrated anniversaries this past weekend with the Stable commemorating its 45th year and the Friends honoring their 30 years of…

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Spring/Summer Hours for Lord Stirling Stable Weekly Dog Walks

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable are beginning the earlier Spring/Summer schedule. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event on the…

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Free Summer Concert Series Continues With The Stylistics

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue the 2014 season with a live performance by the legendary Stylistics. The Stylistics have been the…

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Western Style Intro Ride at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering an Introductory Western-style horseback ride.  Participants will enjoy a brief group lesson with…

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Warrenbbrook Golf Course Takes Action to Become River Friendly

Bridgewater, NJ - Warrenbrook Golf Course, one of 5 Somerset County Park Commission Championship Golf Courses, has partnered with the NJ Water Supply Authority to participate in its River-Friendly Golf Course Program to help protect local waterways.…

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Somerset County Park Commission Hosts Special Olympics Cycling Competition

Montgomery Township, NJ -- The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Somerset County Park Commission are hosting the 2014 Special Olympics Cycling Competition at Skillman Park in the Skillman Section of Montgomery Township. The…

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Environmental Education Center 'Adopts' Lord Stirling Road

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The “Adopt A Highway” application submitted by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC), located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been approved by the New Jersey…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers

Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Somerset County Golf Earns Another Environmental Stewardship Sustainability Award

Spooky Brook Becomes the 4th County Course to Earn Recognition Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Spooky Brook Golf Course, located at 582 Elizabeth Avenue at Colonial Park in Somerset, has earned Environmental Stewardship…

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39th Annual Rose Day at The Rose Garden at Colonial Park

Franklin Township, NJ -- Rose lovers will gather at the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden on Mettlers Road (Parking Lot A) in the East Millstone section of Franklin Township’s Colonial Park to commemorate the 39th annual Rose Day Celebration.…

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Hundreds of Tires Continue To Be Removed From the Raritan River

Bridgewater, NJ - The continuation of an initiative that began in 2013 as “Just 2 Eagle Scouts” cleaning up sections of the Raritan River in central Somerset County is now a full blown charitable venture focused on preservation of the…

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Park Commission Officially Opens Howe Athletic Complex at Colonial Park

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission, State and County officials, representatives from the Somerset County Park Commission, and members of Gymkhana Cricket Club, Somerset Cavaliers Cricket Club, and Dutch Total Soccer officially…

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Environmental Stewardship Recognition Adds To Somerset County Golf Sustainability Awards

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Green Knoll Golf Course, located at 587 Garretson Road in Bridgewater, has earned Environmental Stewardship Recognition from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). In the…

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At the Park Commission, They Practice What They Preach

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) programs are focused on science, nature, sustainability, and healthy lifestyles. Standing behind what they say, staff recently braved the rain and mud on…

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Park Commission Seeking Teams for Spring Adult Bocce League

Weekly Play Begins Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the 4th annual Spring Adult Bocce League will begin play at the Colonial Park Bocce Courts. The League is open to all adults age 18…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces Warrenbrook Pool Registration Dates

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that in-person registration for county residents wishing to sign up for season passes and swimming lessons at Warrenbrook Pool located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township will…

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Park Commission Offers Spring Yoga Classes for Adults

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the spring session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and practiced. The low-impact program will introduce adults to…

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Sourlands Smackdown Bouldering Competition at Sourland Mountain Preserve

Boulderers are invited to the Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough, New Jersey for New Jersey’s only organized outdoor bouldering (rock climbing) competition. Participants and spectators should meet in the Sourland Mountain Preserve parking…

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Warrenbrrok Golf Course Open All 5 Somerset County County Golf Courses Now Open

Bridgewater, NJ -- With the opening of Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, Somerset County golfers again have a complete choice of regulation courses from which to choose now that all five Somerset County Park Commission…

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Environmental Education Center Announces April Science and Nature Program For Children Ages 3 To 5

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced an entertaining and educational science and nature program for children ages 3 to 5 scheduled to run on Tuesday and Thursday…

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Two Somerset County County Golf Courses Now Open

Play Available at Neshanic Valley & Spooky Brook All Golf Shops open for registration Bridgewater, NJ - Somerset County golfers again have an opportunity to hit the links now that Neshanic Valley Golf Course at 2301 South Branch Road in…

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Park Commission Earns Award For Recently Published History

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has been presented with the 2014 New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association (NJRPA) Agency Showcase Award for Natural Beauty of the Somerset County Parks, a history of the Park Commission in…

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Therapeutic Recreation Seeking Volunteers For Fall Horseback Riding Program

The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling) program on Tuesday or Wednesday…

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Macy's 'Heart Your Park' Initiative Supports Duke Island Park

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Duke Island Park was selected by the employees of the Bridgewater Macy’s and Macy’s Furniture in Springfield as the recipient of a yet to be determined donation resulting…

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Sign-Up Now For March 2014 Young Explorers

Science & Nature Program for Infants to 5-Year Olds with a Parent Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration…

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Environmental Education Center Announces February Science and Nature Program For Children Ages 3 To 5

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced a new entertaining and educational science and nature program for children ages 3 to 5 scheduled to run on Tuesday and Thursday…

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Maple Sugaring at the Environmental Education Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children and adults to a 90-minute program to witness how Maple…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers at the Duke Island Park

Bridgewater, NJ - Residents are invited to join a weekly walking group that meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee,…

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Park Commission Hosting Super Bowl MVP O.J. Anderson At Neshanic Valley

Free Meet and Greet Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission will host Super Bowl XXV Most Valuable Player, O.J. Anderson of the New York Giants at a free meet and greet at Neshanic Valley Golf Course. The New York Giant legend will…

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Therapeutic Recreation Offers Non-Competitive Sports Program for Children with Disabilities

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department is offering a non-competitive sports program for children age 6 to 13 with a developmental disability. “Good Sports” will build a child’s confidence…

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Park Commission Offers Winter Yoga For Adults

Beginner & Experienced Classes Begin Wednesday, January 15, 2014 The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the winter session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and…

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Spooky Brook and Neshanic Valley Golf Courses to Remain Open for Winter Season

Bridgewater, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Spooky Brook Golf Course at Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ and Neshanic Valley Golf Course on South Branch Road in Neshanic Station will remain open through the winter for 2014…

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Golf Certificates for Somerset County Courses and Shops Now Available Online

Last Minute Gifts – Add 10% to Value of Gift Card – 4 Days OnlyBridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Gift Certificates for golf and related golf items at any of the Somerset County Park Commission facilities…

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Park Foundation and Somerset Patriots Team Up To Provide Park Commission History In Photos and Words To Schools and Libraries

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, working in cooperation with the Somerset County Park Foundation, has provided 95 copies of Natural Beauty: Somerset County Parks by Clifford W. Zink to all Somerset County schools and…

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Holiday Gifts Of Commemorative Bricks Provide A Permanent Remembrance

Engraved Bricks Placed in the Main Entracnce at TD Bank Ballpark Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is offering the general public the opportunity to support…

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Golf Gift Certificates for Somerset County Courses and Shops Now Available Online

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Gift Certificates for golf and related golf items at any of the Somerset County Park Commission facilities are now available online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.Gift…

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Park Commission Announces Openings Remain For 2014 Adirondack Mountain Cross-Country Ski Trip

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center Naturalists have announced that a limited number of openings remain for the 2014 Cross-Country Ski Trip to the Adirondack Mountains. The trip to the six million…

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Park Commission Schedules Trip To The Extraordinary Longwood Gardens

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center Naturalists have scheduled a spring day-trip to beautiful Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.Visitors will combine horticulture, architecture,…

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Book Signing Scheduled For Park Commission Chronicle Of Six Decades Of Growth

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Foundation has just released a chronicle in words and pictures of the history of the Somerset County Park Commission, Natural Beauty: Somerset County Parks by Clifford W. Zink. Clifford W. Zink, a resident…

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Park Commission to Offer Cross Country Ski Instruction

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission will offer “Introduction to Cross Country Skiing” at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The program is geared to all ages from 10 years…

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Somerset County Park Commission Has Invited Santa To Take Pictures With Children With Disabilities

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has extended a special invitation to Santa Claus to visit the Therapeutic Recreation Activity Center at Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The…

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Somerset County Park Commission December to February Calendar

Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-722-1200.Duke Island WalkersA weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island…

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Widow’s 14-Year Wait to Honor Husband Ends Happily

Engraved Brick at TD Bank Ballpark Honors Bob Van der Hoef’s Memory Bridgewater, NJ - Nearly 14 years ago, the Somerset County Park Foundation initiated a program to raise funds while providing a lasting memory at the recently opened Somerset…

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Park Commission Golf Certificates Available Online for Holiday Giving

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Holiday Gift Certificates for golf and related golf items at any of the Somerset County Park Commission facilities are now available online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.Gift…

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Therapeutic Recreation Offers Interactive Music Therapy Demonstration

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department has scheduled two sessions of “Making Music with Jammin’ Jenn,” an interactive music therapy demonstration. Children age 6 to 13 with a…

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Garden State Gardens Consortium Publicly Recognized By State Legislature

Bridgewater, NJ – The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly have issued a Joint Legislative Resolution to “honor and salute the Garden State Gardens Consortium” on the occasion of the organization’s fifth anniversary. The Somerset County…

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Warrenbrook Golf Course To Close For Season

Bridgewater, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, NJ will close for the season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Information on the other…

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Miniature Golf With Halloween Ghosts and Goblins At Mischief Night Madness

Somerset, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission will welcome ghosts and goblins of all ages to the Colonial Park Putting Course on Colonial Drive in Franklin Township, New Jersey for an evening of miniature golf with ghosts and goblins at Mischief…

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Therapeutic Recreation Plans Fun Progarms During Teacher's Convention

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department has planned two exciting fall programs to provide organized activities while school is closed for the upcoming teacher’s convention.Fall Funtastic is…

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Johnson Controls Volunteers Build Bridges in Colonial Park

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---On Friday, September 27, 2013, 12 volunteer staff members from Johnson Controls in Raritan, New Jersey converged on the Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park in Somerset, New Jersey with a $1,000 donation in hand to help…

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Decorate a Tree for the Park Commission Festival of Trees

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center will present Somerset County’s most creative and beautiful winter spectacular, the 36th Annual Festival of Trees, from Friday, December 6 through Sunday,…

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Environmental Education Center Announces Fall Science & Nature Program For Children Ages 3 To 5

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced a new entertaining and educational science and nature program for children ages 3 to 5 scheduled to run on Tuesday and…

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It’s Prime Time To Visit The Region”S Most Spectacular Hawk Watch

Open Daylight Hours 7 Days a Week BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- From now through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to…

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Girl Scouts Recognized for Earning Silver Award for Restoring Skillman Park Cemetery

Bridgewater, NJ – Three scouts representing Girl Scout Troop 236 of Montgomery Township were recently recognized by the Somerset County Park Commission for their efforts cleaning and restoring the cemetery at the former Skillman Village/North…

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Somerset County’s Winter Spectacular 36th Annual Festival Of Trees

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center will present Somerset County’s most creative and beautiful winter spectacular, the 36th Annual Festival of Trees.Date: Friday, December 6 through Sunday,…

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Successful Food Bank Collection At Rebel The Pony’s Special Event – Rebel With A Cause

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, welcomed children and adults of all ages on Sunday, August 18, 2013 to celebrate Rebel the Pony’s Special Event.…

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Fall Yoga at the Park Commission Begins Sept. 18, 2013

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the fall session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and practiced. The low-impact program will introduce adults to…

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Somerset County Is Home To The Region'S Most Spectacular Hawk Watch

Open Daylight Hours 7 Days a Week Bridgewater, NJ -- From August through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to…

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Two Somerset County Golf Courses Featured in the Search for the 50 Most Beautiful Golf Holes in New Jersey

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is honored to announce that two county-run golf courses have been featured in “The Search for the 50 Most Beautiful Golf Holes in New Jersey,” a recently published book by Dr. John T.…

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Sign-Up Now For September Young Explorers

Science & Nature Program for Infants to 5-Year Olds with a Parent BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration…

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Private Horse Hunter Pace At Lord Stirling Stable

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission’s Lord Stirling Stable will host the Fall Private Horse Hunter Pace  with the last team departing by 1:00 PM.  The Hunter Pace is sponsored by the…

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Free Summer Concert Series Concludes With Classic Rhythm and Blues From The Duprees

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will conclude with a live performance by the classic rhythm & blues group, The Duprees. The concert, rescheduled…

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Centered Riding Clinic at Lord Stirling Stable

Registration in progress - Clinic begins September 12, 2013 BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host a Gail M. Field Centered Riding Clinic at the Somerset County Park Commission facility at 256 South Maple Avenue in…

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Environmental Education Center Programs September 2 thru 8, 2013

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonder and the beauty of…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers at the Duke Island Park

Bridgewater, NJ -- A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Register for Fall Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling Stable

Online and Walk-in Registration Begins August 24, 2013 at 8:00 A.M. BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for English style, balanced seat riding lessons and the Horse Care Workshop program at…

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Environmental Education Center Announces Fall Science and Nature Program For Children Ages 3 TO 5

Tuesday or Thursday Program Series Begins September 3 and 5, 2013 BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced a new entertaining and educational science and nature…

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Phase 2 - Raritan River Clean Up Garners 406 Tires

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---For the second time in three weeks, the Somerset County Park Commission Rangers provided a support system for an amazing group of Scouts, students, and adult volunteers who participated in a second effort as part of the American…

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Volunteers Sought for Adaptive Riding Program

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling) program on Tuesday…

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13th Annual Canine Scavenger Hunt at Lord Stirling Stable

Calling all dogs and their human companions! Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host the 13th Annual “Canine Scavenger Hunt”. Participating dogs and their owners will seek canine treats and treasures along…

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Summer Concert Series - The B Street Band Playing Springsteen

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue, with a live performance by the B Street Band. The B Street Band, originally known as…

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Duke Island Park Weekly Walkers - A Fun Way to Stay Healthy

Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Free Summer Concert Series Continues With The B Street Band Playing Springsteen

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue with a live performance by the B Street Band.The B Street Band, originally known as Backstreets, was…

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Advice From The Somerset County Park Commission: Dogs Running Free Are a Nuisance to Canines and Humans

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Ranger Division of the Somerset County Park Commission would like all dog owners to be aware that it is illegal in all Somerset County municipalities to allow dogs to run free unless confined to a designated…

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Raritan River Cleanup Results in 100+ Tires Collected

Eagle Scout Group Leads EffortBridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers provided a support system for an amazing group of Scouts, students, and adult volunteers who participated in the American Rivers National River Cleanup, a…

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17th Annual Bayou Fest Coming to Duke Island Park on Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bridgewater, NJ - The 17th Annual Somerset County Park Commission Bayou Fest is scheduled for Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater. The Bayou Fest will feature a sensational selection of Cajun and Southern cooking and the best Louisiana…

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Duprees Free Concert In The Park Rescheduled

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the free concert featuring the Duprees, originally scheduled for Sunday evening, July 28 and cancelled due to heavy rain, has been rescheduled. The live performance will be…

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Western Style Intro Ride at Lord Stlring Stable

Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering an Introductory Western-style horseback ride. Registration at the Stable office will be accepted through Thursday,…

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Quail Brook Golf Course Rain Garden Attains Another ‘River Friendly’ Goal

Kathy Hale, New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA) Principal Watershed Protection Specialist, stands in the newly installed Rain Garden at the Somerset County Park Commission Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset, New Jersey.…

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Free Summer Concert Series Continues With Rock and Blues From Tusk

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue with a live rock and blues performance by Tusk. TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac;…

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Riders and Volunteers Sought for Adaptive Horseback Riding Program

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department (TR) and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking both riders to participate in and volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted…

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Summer Horse Care Workshops 102 And 103 At Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Summer Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a…

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Park Commission Announces Junior Golf Scholarship Recipients

Neshanic Station, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has announced the winners of the 2013 Dr. Michael S. Kline Youth Golf Scholarships for the Summer Junior Golf School at the Learning Center at Neshanic Valley, 2301 South Branch Road…

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Free Summer Concert Series Continues With Classic Rhythm and Blues From The Duprees

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue with a live performance by the classic rhythm & blues group, The Duprees.  The Duprees are…

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Somerset County Caper Registration Now Open

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Planning your summer activities?  Looking for free fun? Love to win prizes?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”! This year we are offering two County Caper events.  The one-day family…

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Dog Walks At Lord Stirling Stable

Spring/Summer Morning Hours Now In EffectBASKING RIDGE, NJ---Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable change to the Spring/Summer schedule beginning on May 25, 2013. The Friends…

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14th Annual Garden Party In Colonial Park

The Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department invites the public to the 14th annual “Garden Party” featuring lectures; unusual specialty plants, perennials, and garden sculptures for sale by Daisy Garden Center &…

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Fourth Of July Family Festival

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the July 4th Family Festival and Fireworks Celebration, scheduled  at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28 and Lamington Road in Branchburg, New Jersey. Free parking…

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Join Duke Island Park Wednesday Walkers All Summer Long

Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Register Now for 2013 County Caper

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Planning your summer activities?  Looking for free fun? Love to win prizes?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”! This year we are offering two County Caper events.  The one-day family…

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Therapeutic Recreation Department Assists Autism and Bullying Film Maker

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department has partnered with Tony Kennette, owner of KennetteProductions.com. in the upcoming production of Freeman Velocity; a film on autism and bullying. Kennette…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course Recognized By NJ Monthly Among Top Public Courses In The State

2 Park Commission Facilities Make the Top 40 The Somerset County Park Commission Neshanic Valley Golf Course, located at 2301 South Branch Road in Neshanic Station, has been recognized as among the top five public golf courses in the state in…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers

Weekly Walking Group Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea,…

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39th Annual Rose Day At The Rose Garden At Colonial Park

Rose lovers will gather at the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden on Mettlers Road (Parking Lot A) in the East Millstone section of Franklin Township’s Colonial Park to commemorate the 39th annual Rose Day Celebration. A renovation completed…

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Become a Permanent Part of History at TD Bank Ballpark This Summer

Engraved Bricks Provide a Permanent Token of AppreciationBridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is offering the general public the opportunity to support…

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Park Commission Offers Lessons

Learn to Swim at Warrenbrook PoolLearn to Play Tennis at Green Knoll & Colonial Park BRIDGEWATER, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission’s Warrenbrook Pool, located on Warrenville Road in Warren Township, is the county’s only…

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Enjoy a Tasting to Benefit the Somerset County Park Foundation

An evening of fine scotches, wines, and cigars Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced that “A Tasting for the Somerset County Park Foundation” at Raritan Valley Country Club, Route 28, Bridgewater, New…

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Introductory Horseback Ride at Lord Stirling Stable

Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering an Introductory English-style horseback ride. Registration is in progress at the Stable office. Space is…

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It's the Best Time of Year for Walking at Duke Island Park

Bridgewater, NJ -- A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Colonial Park Putting Course and Paddle Boats to Open

An annual Somerset County sign of spring is the official opening of the Somerset County Park Commission award-winning Putting Course and the Paddle Boats on Powder Mill Pond at Colonial Park in Franklin Township. Both facilities open for the season…

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Park Commission Celebrates Green Knoll Golf Course Certification As 'River Friendly'

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---Somerset County Freeholders, Park Commissioners, and Park Staff celebrated the certification of Green Knoll Golf Course as “River Friendly.” Green Knoll is located on Garretson Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey.The…

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Park Commission Seeking Teams For Spring Adult Bocce League

The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the 3rd annual Spring Adult Bocce League will begin play at the Colonial Park Bocce Courts on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The League is open to all adults age 18 and over. League play will be on…

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Beginners Hypertufa Workshop at Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ – Participants in the Leonard J. Buck Garden Hypertufa Workshop will make their own hypertufa mini-trough and receive instruction for curing and completing it at home.  Hypertufa is a handmade material that resembles…

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Neshanic Valley to Host National Drive/Pitch/Putt Championship Qualifying

Deadline for Entry is Tuesday, April 30, 2013Neshanic, NJ - Neshanic Valley Learning Center has been selected as one of only 11 host sites for the recently announced Drive Pitch & Putt Championship. The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is open…

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Flower and Landscape Photography II: Alternative Approaches Workshop At Leonard J. Buck Garden

FAR HILLS, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a “Flower & Landscape Photography: II Alternative Approaches”. The session will take place at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road in Far…

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Peek Fall Foliage Trip To The Adirondacks Reserve Now

Bridgewater, NJ -- Celebrate the beauty of autumn with the Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center on a four-day, three-night trip to the Adirondacks of New York.  The trip is scheduled for the peak…

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30th Annual Family Fun Day at Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ--Free parking and admission, free pony rides and hayrides, and a special visit from Sparkee, the Somerset Patriots baseball team mascot, will be featured at the Somerset County Park Commission and Friends of Lord Stirling Stable…

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Somerset County Golf Courses Provide 'Solorider' Golf Carts For Disabled Golfers

ALL County Golf Courses Now Accessible to All Players Branchburg, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission provides SoloRider electric golf carts at all five County facilities to accommodate golfers with disabilities. SoloRider carts are on site at…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers

Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Naturalist-Led Trip To New York Botanical Garden

Basking Ridge, NJ –- The Naturalists at the Somerset County Park Commission will journey to the New York Botanical Garden for  “The Renaissance Garden and Healing Power of Plants.”Adults are invited to join the Naturalists for…

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Earth Day Plant Sale At Buck Garden

FAR HILLS, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden will celebrate Earth Day and the return of spring, hosting the 22nd annual Spring Plant Sale at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills.  Buck Garden staff and volunteers from the…

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Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable Every Saturday

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Saturday Dog Walks at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable are continuing through spring, the nicest time of year on the trails. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event on the Stable grounds at…

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Project E.A.R.T.H. Scavenger Hunt at EEC

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center will present the 5th annual Project E.A.R.T.H. (Environment • Awareness • Responsibility • Teaching • Hope) celebration at the Environmental Education Center, 190…

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Celebrate Spring with Two Fun Days of Trail Maintenance and Bouldering Competition

Volunteers are invited for two days of something completely different, joining “boulderers” and Park Commission Rangers for the 9th Annual “Adopt-A-Boulder” trail maintenance and New Jersey’s only outdoor bouldering…

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Somerset County Park Commission Announces Free Summer Concert Schedule

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled another summer of incredible entertainers who will be in performance at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater on Sunday evenings. All concerts are free and lovers of all…

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Park Commission Offers Spring Beginner Yoga For Adults

The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the winter session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and practiced. The low-impact program will introduce adults to the healthful…

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Photo Workshop at Buck Garden

FAR HILLS, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a Garden Photography Workshop I at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, New Jersey. Presenter of the workshop will be professional…

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23rd Annual Pro-Celebrity Golf Registration Available

Nearly 50 Athletes Will Join Former Yankee Manager Joe Torre Proceeds Benefit Somerset County Park Foundation Bridgewater, NJ – Former New York Yankee manager Joe Torre has committed to play in the 23rd Annual Somerset County Park…

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Family Nature Walks at the Environmental Education Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Naturalist-led family nature walks, “One Hour Wanderings,”  at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for various Saturdays and Sundays through May. The hour long interpretive walks focus on a different…

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Environmental Education Center Dedicates Solar Array

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---When the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center was built in 1976, it was one of the first educational buildings in the country to have solar panels as one of the primary features. To enhance the use of…

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Environmental Education Center Announces April Science and Nature Program For Children Ages 3 To 5

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced the April dates for an  entertaining and educational program for children ages 3 to 5 scheduled for consecutive Tuesday…

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Weekly Duke Walkers Will Enjoy the Springtime

Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Become A Permanent Part Of History At TD Bank Ballpark

Engraved Bricks Provide a Permanent Token of AppreciationBridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is once again providing the general public the opportunity to…

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Plan Now To Participate In The Park Commission 5th Annual Eco-Rally

Minimize Your Carbon Footprint from April 1 Through April 15, 2013 BASKING RIDGE, NJ---In the continuing effort to educate the public sector on methods of saving energy and reducing the individual “carbon footprint,” the Somerset…

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Somerset Cart Receives State Recognition For Hurricane Sandy Efforts

The Somerset County Animal Response Team (CART), including Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable Manager Marge Margentino, received public recognition for the organization's efforts before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy.Prior to…

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Park Commission Playground at Colonial Park Earns State Award

The Morgan Pellowski playground at the Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park in Somerset, New Jersey was awarded the Excellence in Design Award  at the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association 38th Annual Conference awards dinner.The…

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Two More Somerset County Golf Courses Certified As 'River Friendly'

Bridgewater, NJ - Two more Somerset County Golf Course, Green Knoll on Garretson Road in Bridgewater and Spooky Brook on Elizabeth Avenue in Somerset, have received certification from the New Jersey water Supply Authority (NJWSA) as "River Friendly"…

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Summer Fun for Ages 7 to 12 at Environmental Education Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Children age 7 to 12 will have an opportunity to enjoy an entertaining learning experience this summer at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The Somerset County Park…

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Environmental Education Center Programs March 18 to 25, 2013

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonder and the beauty of…

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Wedding Ceremony/Photo Reservations Accepted

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and pictures at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the…

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Join A Naturalist On A Visit To The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center will present “Get to the MET: An Interaction of Art and Nature,” a journey to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Among the current…

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Rose Pruning Workshop At Rudolf W. Van Der Goot Rose Garden

When they promised you a rose garden, they should have given you the know-how to keep it healthy and beautiful.  If you are seeking the knowledge necessary to maintain the beauty of your roses, the Colonial Park Horticulture staff of the…

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Lord Stirling Stable Dressage Show - Spectators Welcome

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) invite both horse and rider and spectators to attend the annual Dressage Schooling Show at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New…

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Celebrate Spring On A Garden Discovery Tour To The New York Orchid Show

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Celebrate the first day of sping with the Natruralists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center on a Garden Discovery Tour to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. The 11th annual…

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County Golf Courses Set To Re-Open

Golf Shops will open for registrationBridgewater, NJ - Somerset County golfers will again have a wide choice of regulation courses from which to choose when the Somerset County Park Commission officially opens the 2013 season on Friday, March 1,…

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Duke Island Healthy Walkers

Join the Hearty and Healthy Walkers at Duke Island ParkWeekly Duke Island Walkers: Weekly Walking Group Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk…

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Leonard J. Buck Garden Art and Photography Exhibit

FAR HILLS, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden welcomes Spring by hosting the annual “Art & Photography Exhibit” focusing on the beauty of the diverse moods and seasons of Leonard J. Buck Garden. The works on display…

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Hands-On Maple Sugaring Program Continues At Environmental Education Center

Free weekend programs continue through March 10, 2013 BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children…

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Somerset County Park Commission March, April, May 2013 Calendar

Duke Island WalkersA weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor's Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park off Old York Road in Bridgewater along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee,…

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Entertaining and Educational Programs for Children With Developmental Disabilities

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Therapeutic Recreation Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is offering three programs for children with developmental disabilities.Children ages 6 to 13 will have the opportunity to participate in “Kids…

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Entertaining and Educational Activities for All Ages: February 18-24, 2013

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonder and the beauty of…

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Registration Open for Pro-Celebrity Golf Outing

23rd ANNUAL PRO-CELEBRITY GOLF REGISTRATION AVAILABLEOpportunity to Play with Some of the Sports World’s Great AthletesProceeds Benefit Therapeutic Recreation Programs BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Foundation has announced that a…

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Wedding Ceremony/Photo Reservations Accepted

The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and pictures at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the Rudolf W. van der…

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Therapeutic Recreation Social Story Yoga

For Children with a Developmental Disability Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department is offering “Social Story Yoga,” a new and exciting children's program for ages 7 to 13 with…

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Science and Nature Program for Infants to 5-Year Olds with a Parent

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for the Young Explorers Club, a science and nature program for children age infant to 5 years old with a…

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Winter Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 At Lord Stirling Stable

Explore More Advanced Topics After Workshop 101Program begins Saturday, February 9, 2013Registration in Progress BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Winter Horse Care…

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Environmental Education Center Programs Feb. 4 thru 10, 2013

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonder and the beauty of…

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Hands-On Maple Sugaring Programs at Environmental Education Center

Free weekend programs February 2 through March 10, 2013 Basking Ridge, NJ -- Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children…

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Environmental Education Center Programs January 28 to February 3, 2013

BASKING RIDGE, NJ----The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonder and the beauty of…

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Volunteers Help Park Rangers Complete Trail Clean-Up Post Hurricane Sandy

More than ten weeks following the devestation of Hurricane Sandy the Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol have completed the cleanup of nearly 20 miles of trails in the Sourland Mountain Preserve and Washington…

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Plan Now To Participate In The Park Commission 5th Annual Eco-Rally

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---In the continuing effort to educate the public sector on methods of saving energy and reducing the individual “carbon footprint,” the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has organized its…

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Therapeutic Recreation Program Seeks Volunteers

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department is seeking volunteers to assist individuals with developmental disabilities who participate in various Park Commission-organized evening recreation…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers

Bridgewater, NJ -- A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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Weekend Nature Walks at Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ ---Naturalist-led Nature Walks, “One Hour Wanderings,”  at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for various Saturdays and Sundays from September through January. The hour long interpretive walks focus on a…

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Environmental Education Center Entertaining and Educational Activities For All Ages

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonder and the beauty of…

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Park Commission to Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling Through January 31, 2013

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Thursday, January 31, 2013. Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial…

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21st Annual Children's Art Exhibit

Nature Through a Child's Eye, a children's art show with an environmental theme, will be on exhibit at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.  Hundreds of pieces of art…

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Park Commission Accepting 2013 Wedding Reservations

The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and pictures at the following locations: Colonial Park Gardens, namely the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the Rudolf W. van der…

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January Science and Nature Program for Age 3 to 5

Tuesday & Thursday Program Series Begins January 8 & 10, 2013 Bridgewater, NJ – The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced a new entertaining and educational science and nature…

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Park Commission To Recycle Christmas Trees

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Thursday, January 31, 2013. Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park,…

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Torpey Athletic Complex Field Earns State Recognition

Bridgewater, NJ -- The Varsity Girls Softball Field at the Somerset County Park Commission Frank “Nap” Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater is the recipient of the 2013 Sports Field Managers of New Jersey (SFMANJ) Field of the Year.The 2013…

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A Special New Year’s Day Dog Walk On The Trails At Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host their annual New Year’s “Meet New Friends” Dog Walk. The Dog Walk takes place along the equestrian trails of the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable at 256…

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Sign-Up Now For Kindernats Science And Nature Program For Kindergartners And First Graders

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for KinderNats, an after school science and nature program for children age 5 to 7 enrolled in…

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Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Thursday, January 31, 2013. Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park,…

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Winter Riding Lessons Indoors at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission announces that openings are available for winter horseback riding classes at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ. Lessons are offered to juniors (ages…

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21st Annual Children's Art Exhibit

Bridgewater, NJ - Nature Through a Child's Eye, a children's art show with an environmental theme, will be on exhibit at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. Hundreds of…

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Park Commission Announces 2013 Cross-Country Ski Trip

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center Naturalists have announced that openings remain for the 2013 Cross-Country Ski Trip to the Adirondack Mountains. The destination is Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski…

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Environmental Education Center Announces Fall Science and Nature Program For Children Ages 3 To 5

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced a new entertaining and educational science and nature program for children ages 3 to 5 scheduled to run on Tuesday and Thursday…

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Montana Lumberjacks Help to Open Somerset County Parks

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---A crew of more than 20 professional lumberjacks from Montana traveled to the Somerset County Parks to assist in the clean up following Hurricane Sandy. As part of a FEMA team, the main role of this group was to assist the Park…

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Park Commission Offers Cross Country Skiing Instruction

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission will offer “Introduction to Cross Country Skiing” at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in basking Ridge, New Jersey. The program is geared to all ages from 10 years…

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Weekend Nature Walks Return to Environmental Education Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ----Naturalist-led Nature Walks, “One Hour Wanderings,”  at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for various Saturdays and Sundays from September through January. The hour long interpretive walks focus on a…

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Environmental Education Center Naturalists Announce 2012 Frost Fest Programs And Activities

Bridgewater, NJ – The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) have announced “Frost Fest 2012,” a series of programs for children and adults that will celebrate the winter season in New Jersey…

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Green Knoll & Neshanic Valley Golf Courses To Remain Open Through The Winter

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Green Knoll Golf Course on Garrettson Avenue in Bridgewater Township and Neshanic Valley Golf Course on South Branch Road in Neshanic Station will remain open through the winter…

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'Forest Fitness' November Nature Walks In The Woods At Environmental Education Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Environmental Education Center Naturalists will lead a weekly walking group at The Environmental Education Center is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge Adults seeking an interesting way to enhance the workout…

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17th Annual 5K Turkey Trot in Colonial Park

NORTH BRANCH, NJ---Somerset County Park Commission’s 17th Annual 5K Turkey Trot is scheduled  on Colonial Drive at Colonial Park in Franklin Township. The morning of family fun will also include a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 A.M. The USATF…

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Call To Exhibitors 3rd Annual Frost Fest

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission invites individuals and groups to participate in the third annual Frost Fest by designing a tree or snowman.  Frost Fest is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 16,…

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County Park Status

All Somerset County Park Commission facilities are closed until further notice. This includes general use parks (North Branch, Duke Island, Colonial), Lord Stirling Stable, the Environmental Education Center, and all golf courses.All facilities…

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Somerset County Parks Will be Closed on October 31, 2012

Somerset County Parks will be closed on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. This includes all general use parks, golf courses, Lord Stirling Stable, and the Environmental Education Center.. Decisions on opening will be made on a day the…

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New Time For Dog Walks At Lord Stirling Stable

Fall/Winter Hours AnnouncedBASKING RIDGE, NJ---Saturday Dog Walks at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will make the annual changeover to morning hours beginning on September 1, 2012.  The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host…

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Become A Permanent Part Of History At TD Bank Ballpark

Engraved Bricks for a Permenant Holiday Gift BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is once again providing the general public the opportunity to support…

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Sign-Up Now For Kindernats Science & Nature Program For Kindergartners

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for KinderNats, an after school science and nature program for children…

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Trail Maintenance and Rock Climbing at the Sourlands

Adopt-A-Boulder In The Sourland Mountain Preserve. Two Fun Days of Trail Maintenance & Bouldering (Rock Climbing) Competition North Branch, NJ - Volunteers are invited for two days of something completely different, joining “boulderers” and…

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Miniature Golf With Halloween Ghosts At Mischief Night Madness

Somerset County Park Commission has announced that ghosts and goblins of all ages have been invited to the Colonial Park Putting Course on Colonial Drive in Franklin Township, New Jersey for an evening of miniature golf with ghosts and goblins at…

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Environmental Education Center To Exhibit Ridge High School Art and Photography

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in basking Ridge, New Jersey will present “Tracing the Marshland,” an exhibit of the works of the Ridge High School photography and ceramics…

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Horse Care Workshops at Lord Stilring Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Fall Equine Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a…

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Environmenatl Education Center Programs October 22 to 28

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge has scheduled the following Naturalist-led programs to help children and adults enjoy the wonder and the beauty of…

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Somerset County Park Commission November/December, 2012 Calendar

Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-722-1200. Duke Island WalkersA weekly walking group meets every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island…

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‘Autumnal Brilliance’ Flower and Landscape Photography Workshop At Leonard J. Buck Garden

FAR HILLS, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a “Autumnal Brilliance – A Flower & Landscape Photography Workshop”. The session will take place at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road in Far…

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Introductory Western-Style Horseback Ride

Try Riding Western-Style at Lord Stirling StableBasking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, is offering an Introductory Western-style horseback ride.Participants will enjoy a mini group lesson with one of Lord Stirling…

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'Forest Fitness' Nature Walks In The Woods At Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ - Environmental Education Center Naturalists will lead a weekly walking group Adults seeking an interesting way to enhance the workout regime will enjoy a brisk walk that will improve health and clear the mind on a walk along the…

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‘Salute To Horse Power’ Classic Car And Motorcycle Show At Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will present their 15th annual “Salute To Horse Power” classic automobile and motorcycle show on the grounds of Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable. Show vehicle…

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Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Witnessing Record Numbers

Bridgewater, NJ -- From now through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to hundreds of hawk watchers from all over the…

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Park Commission Aids Local Girl Scout to Build 9/11 Monument

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ---Girl Scout Shannon Fillmore, a teen age Franklin Township resident, stood before family, friends, and neighbors on Tuesday evening, September 11, 2012, to dedicate a monument that she designed and built to commemorate the…

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Manager Of Therapeutic Recreation Invited To Speak At International Conference In Italy

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Dina Trunzo, CTRS, Manager of Therapeutic Recreation for the Somerset County Park Commission, has been invited to speak at the World Leisure Organization World Conference, held this year in Rimini, Italy from September 30 to…

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Introductory English-Style Horseback Ride

Basking Ridge, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering an Introductory English-style horseback ride. Participants will enjoy a mini group lesson with one of Lord Stirling Stable’s riding instructors followed by a…

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Science and Nature Program for Ages 5 and 6 at EEC

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for KinderNats, an after school science and nature program for children age 5 and 6 enrolled in…

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Weekend Nature Walks At Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ – Naturalist-led Nature Walks, “One Hour Wanderings,”  at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for various Saturdays and Sundays from September through January. The hour long interpretive walks focus on a…

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Lord Stirling 1770’s Festival

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Step back in time to the colonial period at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival taking place at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Each…

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Halloween Happenings at The Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ -- The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey will be the location for fun-filled night walks for children and their parents in celebration of Halloween. “By the Light of the Moon,”…

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Moonlight Trail Ride At Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Private horse owners are invited to participate in a guided Moonlight Ride along the trails of Lord Stirling Stable. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The evening ride will take place…

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Fall Nature Ride at Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host the annual Fall Nature Ride on the grounds of Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The hour-long ride will…

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Introductory Western-Style Horseback Ride at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is offering an Introductory Western-style horseback ride Registration at the Stable office will be accepted…

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Somerset County Hawk Watch In Bridgewater

Somerset County Is Home To The Region's Most Spectacular Hawk Watch Bridgewater, NJ - From August through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of…

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Learn About Fascinating Fungi at Environmental Education Center

Fascinating Fungi Found At the Environmental Education CenterBasking Ridge, NJ -- The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have planned an exciting and educational free event, “Fascinating Fungi,” at…

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Volunteers Needed for Horseback Riding Program

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling) program on Tuesday…

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Lipizzan Stallions Returning To Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - The world famous Herrmann’s Original Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria, under the direction of Gabriella Herrmann, will return to Lord Stirling Stable, in Basking Ridge. The show is presented by the Somerset County Park…

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Weekend Nature Walks at Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Naturalist-led Nature Walks, “One Hour Wanderings,”  at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for various Saturdays and Sundays from September through January. The hour long interpretive walks focus on a…

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Weekly Duke Island Walkers

Bridgewater, NJ - A weekly walking group will meet every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Duke Island Visitor’s Center for a healthy walk through Duke Island Park along a beautiful stretch of the Raritan River. Coffee, tea, and treats will be…

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The Secret Life of Trees at Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ -- The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a new program for children age 9 to 11 years. “The Secret Life of Trees” is scheduled at Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, New Jersey.The goal of the…

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Park Commission Offers Fall Beginners Yoga In The Swamp

The Somerset County Park Commission has announced dates for the autumn session of Beginners Classic Hatha Yoga “In the Swamp” at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. The low-impact program will introduce…

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Park Commission Offers Fall Beginner Yoga For Adults

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department has announced open registration for the autumn session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and practiced. The low-impact program will introduce adults to…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course Announces The Grand Re-Opening Celebration Of The Callaway Golf Performance Center

Somerset, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that the newly renovated and updated Callaway Fitting Center at Neshanic Valley Golf Course will celebrate a Grand Re-Opening.The Grand Re-Opening of the fitting center follows a…

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Private Horse Hunter Pace at Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission’s Lord Stirling Stable will host the Spring Private Horse Hunter Pace  with the last team departing by 1:00 PM.  Lord Stirling Stable is…

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Afternoon Science and Nature Program for Ages 3 To 5

Environmental Education Center Announces Fall Science & Nature Program For Children Ages 3 To 5BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced a new entertaining and…

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Afternoon Science and Nature Program for Ages 3 To 5

Environmental Education Center Announces Fall Science & Nature Program For Children Ages 3 To 5 Basking Ridge, NJ – The Naturalists of the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center have announced a new entertaining and…

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Try Riding English-Style at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ – Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering an Introductory English-style horseback ride. Registration is in progress at the Stable office. Space is limited. Participants will enjoy a mini group lesson with…

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Weekend Nature Walks at Environmental Education Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Naturalist-led Nature Walks, “One Hour Wanderings,”  at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for various Saturdays and Sundays from September through January. The hour long interpretive walks focus on a…

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Moonlight Trail Ride At Lord Stirling Stable

Registration in Progress BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Private horse owners are invited to participate in a guided Moonlight Ride along the trails of Lord Stirling Stable. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The…

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Autumn Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission will be conducting registration for English style, balanced seat riding lessons and the Horse Care Workshop program. Lessons are available for juniors (ages 9-17) and adults, and are designed…

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Volunteers Needed For Fall Horseback Riding Program

For Individuals With Developmental Disabilities Equestrian Experience Not Required North Branch, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the…

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Sign-Up Now For Kindernats Science and Nature Program For Kingergartners

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for KinderNats, an after school science and nature program for children…

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Park Commission Earns Smart Workplace Recognition

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has earned recognition as a recipient of a 2012 Smart Workplaces Platinum level award.  The prestigious statewide program recognizes employers who provide outstanding commuter…

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It's Time To Register for The County Caper

The County Caper It’s not just a game . . . It’s an adventure! Basking Ridge, NJ - Planning your summer activities?  Looking for free fun? Love to win prizes?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”! This year the…

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Watercolors In The Garden - Painting Pleasures at Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a horticulture lecture, “Watercolors in the Garden”Nature and wildlife artist Beatrice Bork, internationally known nature and wildlife artist, will give a…

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Dog Walks At Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - Saturday Dog Walks at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is now offering Saturday evening Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event on the Stable…

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Friends of Lord Stirling Stable To Host Centered Riding Clinic

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host a Gail M. Field Centered Riding Clinic at the Somerset County Park Commission facility. Gail Field is a Riding and Horse Care Instructor from Long Island, New York. She holds a…

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August 19 Is An Extraordinary Day At Lord Stirling Stable

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---Sunday, August 19, 2012 will be a very special day at the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ.From 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. family and friends will enjoy celebrating…

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Rebel The Pony's Special Program at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will welcome children and adults of all ages to celebrate Rebel the Pony’s Special Event, a summer party hosted by Somerset County Park Commission’s friendliest…

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Call To Exhibitors 3rd Annual Frost Fest

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission invites individuals and groups to participate in the third annual Frost Fest by designing a tree or snowman.  Frost Fest is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 16,…

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12th Annual Canine Scavenger Hunt at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host the 12th Annual “Canine Scavenger Hunt” on Sunday, August 19, 2012. Participating dogs and their owners will seek canine treats and treasures along the trails of Lord Stirling…

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Lipizzan Stallions Returning To Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - The world famous Herrmann’s Original Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria, under the direction of Gabriella Herrmann, will return to Lord Stirling Stable. The show is presented by the Somerset County Park Commission and the…

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Neshanic Valley Golf Course Scores Another Top Ranking

Neshanic Station, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Neshanic Valley Golf Course, located at 2301 South Branch Road in Neshanic Station, has received another prestigious top ranking, named to the number 2 position on the list of “Best…

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Sign-Up Now For Eco-Explorers Summer Science Programs For Ages 7 To 9

Basking Ridge, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages 7…

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16th Annual Bayou Fest Coming To Duke Island Park

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The 16th Annual Somerset County Park Commission Bayou Fest is scheduled for Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater, beginning at the special time of 5:30 P.M. The Bayou Fest will feature a sensational selection of Cajun…

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Jazz Guitarist Ken Navarro Free Concert at Duke Island Park

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park will continue on Sunday, August 5, 2012, with a live performance of the sounds of a jazz guitar performed by Ken Navarro. Over the past 21 years,…

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Western Style Intro Ride at Lord Stirling Stable

Introductory Western-Style Horseback RideTry Riding Western-Style at Lord Stirling Stable Basking Ridge, NJ – Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering an Introductory Western-style horseback ride.  Walk-in…

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Commemorative Bricks Become A Permanent Part Of History At TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ---The Somerset County Park Foundation has permanently placed another series of commemorative bricks in the main entrance of TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, in Bridgewater. The bricks allow the public the opportunity…

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Free Summer Concert Series Continues With The Chi-Lites

BRIDGEWATER, NJ--- The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater will continue, with a live performance of the classic rhythm and blues performed by The Chi-Lites. The concert is…

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Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ – Saturday Dog Walks at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is now offering Saturday evening Dog Walks on the trails at Lord Stirling Park. The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable host the weekly event on the Stable…

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Summer Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 at Lord Stirling Stable

Basking Ridge, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Summer Equine Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through…

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Weekend Nature Walks At Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ – Naturalist-led Nature Walks at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 1:00 P.M. The hour long interpretive walks focus on a different theme each week. Saturday walks are…

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Become A Permanent Part Of History at TD Bank Ballpark

Bridgewater, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation, in cooperation with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is once again providing the general public the opportunity to support recreational programs and services provided by the Park…

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Lord Stirling Stable Seeks Volunteers

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---MSN Health recently published findings (“Ten Surprising Clues You’ll Live to Be 100”) from various studies which noted the significant health benefits associated with social engagement…including volunteer activities and…

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Call To Exhibitors - 3rd Annual Frost Fest

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission invites individuals and groups to participate in the third annual Frost Fest by designing a tree or snowman.  Frost Fest is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 16,…

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Classic Blues And Rock - Concert

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Free Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater with a live performance of the classic blues and rock sounds performed by Savoy Brown. Savoy Brown is a blues and…

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The County Caper - An Adventure For Individuals and Families

Basking Ridge, NJ - Planning your summer activities?  Looking for free fun? Love to win prizes?  Sign up to participate in “The County Caper”! This year the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge,…

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Somerset County Park Commission 13th Annual Garden Party

The Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department invites the public to the 13th annual “Garden Party” featuring lectures; unusual specialty plants, perennials, and garden sculptures for sale by Daisy Garden Center & Sculpture;…

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Park Commission Summer Science Programs for Ages 10 to 12

Basking Ridge, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey is offering summer science programs for children ages 10 to 12. AWESIM KIDS (Animals, Wetlands,…

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Environmental Education Center Activities - July 16- 22, 2012

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMSRaindrops to RainbowsMonday, July 16 from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 NoonChildren age infant to 5 with a parent will learn how, when, and why rainbows form, experimenting with the color spectrum and prisms.Fee is $10 per person and $5…

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Sign-Up Now For Eco-Explorers Summer Science Programs For Ages 7 To 9

BASKING RIDGE, NJ---The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has opened registration for Eco-Explorers, a summer science and nature program for children ages 7…

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Nature Walks At Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Nature Walks at the Environmental Education Center are scheduled for Sundays, March 28; April 11, 18; May 2, 9, 16, 23 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 P.M. The hour long Naturalist led interpretive walks focus on a different theme…

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