2012 Frost Fest Programs & Activities Announced

BRIDGEWATER – 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 and beyond.

The Naturalists will present a series of programs for all ages from Saturday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 16, at the EEC located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

Visitors will discover a world of winter fun indoors and out through out the month including reindeer games, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, candle making, owl prowl, and much more! Among the features are an indoor winter wonderland of educational habitat exhibits and cookies and hot cocoa in the Snowflake Café!

Special weekend features include:

  • Dog Sled Demonstration by the New Jersey Sled Dog Club on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Winter Survival Demonstration by Practical Primitive on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Hibernation Masquerade on Sunday, Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. with live kid-friendly rock n’ roll music by The Fuzzy Lemons from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to wear their pajamas, make masks, listen to stories by the fire, play, and dance while saying goodnight to animals that will sleep through the winter.

Suggested donation of $4 per person for all special weekend features.

The Exhibit Hall at the Environmental Education Center will be transformed into a beautiful winter environment with outdoor scenes that replicate the various ecosystems during the winter months. Each scene includes animals, birds, trees, and other nature-related items. On display is a beaver with an actual tree that was taken down by a beaver on the EEC property.

The public is invited to participate by decorating an artificial tree or designing a snowman. For an application to join the indoor display or for more information, contact Monica Juhasz at 1-908-766-2489 x328 or e-mail at mjuhasz@scparks.org.

Everyone who enrolls in a program at the EEC will receive a program passport (one per household). For each of the scheduled programs that a member of a household attends, the passport will be stamped. For every ten stamps, the family will receive a Leisure Pursuit card that may be used toward any Somerset County Park Commission program.

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is nestled within 425 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin of the Passaic River. A swamp vivarium, and an environmentally based library are located within the Center itself. The EEC may be reached at 1-908-766-2489.

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