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Pathways 2009 Fall

Pathways 2009 Fall

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Published by Morris County NJ
Morris County NJ Park Commission quarterly magazine highlighting events throughout the County park system.
Morris County NJ Park Commission quarterly magazine highlighting events throughout the County park system.

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Published by: Morris County NJ on Sep 03, 2009
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Morris County Park CommissionFall 2009
Skating at MennenSports Arena
Enjoy aDickensian Christmas!
Page 11
he Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania, with its waters meandering througha rugged mountain landscape, makes a perfect location for wintering Bald Eagles. The environmentaleducation staff of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township is leading Bald
Eagle Watching Trips for ages 16 and up. Each group travels by van from the Great Swamp to the specic
 viewing sites with the best opportunities to spot eagles. Along the way, learn all about the amazing naturalhistory of the eagles from trained guides and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and educational hand-outs. At each spot, guides lead the way to observation areas where they set up a high-powered spotting scope toenhance viewing. Trips are scheduled for
Monday, December 21; Saturday, January 16; and Sunday, February 7
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Please wear warm clothing, and bring a lunch and binoculars. Binoculars areavailable to borrow. The cost is $35 per person, and space is strictly limited to 9 participants per trip.Preregistration is required.
For more information and to register, please call 973-635-6629.
See Wintering Bald Eagles Flying Wild!
“Bird Brained”
at the Kids’ Nature Fest This Year!N
o need to sleep in on this day off from school because there isso much to explore at Kids’ Nature Fest on
 Thursday, November 5
.Education, exploration, and entertainment unite to create a memorableday of bird-centered fun during this annual and popular event at theGreat Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Kidsfrom grades 1 to 4 have so much fun that they don’t even realize they are learning while participating in nature hikes, crafts, hands on activities,games, and watching LIVE feathered friends up close!Drop-off and sign-in is 9 a.m. and pick-up is 4 p.m. This program runsrain or shine, so children should dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch. Light snacks and juice are provided in the afternoon. This eventcosts $35 per child, and a maximum of 50 children can participate.
For more information or to register, please call 973-635-6629.
he spacious grounds and scenic landscape of the Morris County Park Commission’s parks provide a panoramicbackdrop for outdoor meetings, picnics, and reunions, for both personal and corporate gatherings. Select locations offerpicnic pavilions, tents, picnic tables, grills, athletic fields, and playground facilities.Gatherings of 25 or more must reserve a group picnic area, picnic shelter, or semi-permanent tent and obtain a permit.Reservations are also required on all major holidays. Groups with reservations have rights to the site. You can choose from39 areas throughout 11 parks, and all areas include tables and grills.Four
tented structures are now available to reserve for your next outdoor event! These waterproof, aesthetically pleasing, semi-permanent tents are the perfect escape from a rain shower or the sun on a hot day!All Morris County residents may make a reservation for the following year starting the first business day of December.Out-of-county residents may make reservations for the same year starting the first business day of March.The Morris County Park Commission now offers an online Outdoor Reservation Availability Request Form. Simply  visit www.morrisparks.netand select the reservations tab near the top of the page to obtain a form. Fill in your requestinformation and click submit. It’s that easy!
For more information, please call the Reservations Office at 973-326-7631
Picnicsin theParks
Once upon a time,
there was a naturalist who loved to tell nature stories… and now he’s hereto share the best ones with families! Children, ages 2to 6, with their favorite adults, don’t have to travel to“a land far, far away” to experience the new AnimalStorytime programs at the Great Swamp OutdoorEducation Center in Chatham Township on
Sunday,October 18
November 8
. Put a happy ending on the weekend with stories read aloud during an adventure on the trails, one Sunday a month,continuing into 2010.Each of these one-hour programs focuses on adifferent nature theme, and are offered at 10 a.m.or 2 p.m. Cost for this program is $3 per child, andparents attend for
FREE.For more information and to preregister, pleasecall 973-635-6629.
iking in the evening is a unique experience, andthere is a certain magic about nature at dusk. Owls, bats, and
ying squirrels emerge for the evening, birds move toward their
nighttime roosts, ground dwellers move down under the ground,darkness falls, and the changing of the guard occurs.Experience a magical evening hike by joining the staff of Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville for one of the fall programs. On
Sunday, November 1,
from 4:30 p.m. to7 p.m., hike in the diminishing light before viewing the rising of the full “beaver” or “frost” moon. On
Sunday, December 20,
 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
celebrate the Winter Solstice and watchthe sunset at Tripod Rock to welcome the beginning of winter.These 2 ½ -hour programs are moderate hikes intended forages 7 and up. The cost is $5 per person. Dress for the weather;
bring water and a ashlight. Space is limited.
For more information or to register, please call 973-334-3130.
Evening Nature Hikes
Happily Ever After With Animal Storytime!

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