May 9, 2022


Somerset County Park Commission Hosting Outreach Programs for Private Groups

Participants Can Choose from a Variety of Interesting Nature-Based Topics



SOMERVILLE, NJ – Groups interested in learning about bears, bees, bats, trees, cool critters and other nature-based topics can register for “Group Outreach Programs” hosted by the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center (EEC). The outreach programs are available throughout the year as virtual or in-person sessions and are appropriate for any group audience.

“Groups can take a ‘virtual’ trip to the rainforest, visit Tanzania on a safari, trek deep into Africa or learn about plants, maple sugaring and a variety of other topics. Our subject matter experts know how to tailor the presentation according to the audience and are great at engaging participants,” said Somerset County Park Commission Secretary-Director Geoffrey Soriano. “Our programs are ideal for libraries, senior centers, garden clubs, women’s clubs, and other organized groups for a minimal cost.”

The discussion-based lectures, led by professional Naturalists, can be tailored to each group’s specifications, needs, interests and schedules. Programs are available in several formats including a live virtual presentation; a pre-recorded video; an in-person presentation; an artifact-based, hands-on program; or a combination of an artifact-based, in-person PowerPoint lecture.

For more information or to schedule a program, contact Kurt Bender at 908-722-1200 ext. 5332 or email

Special Accommodations for People with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities who require special and reasonable accommodations must contact the Park Commission at least three weeks before an event to ensure there is time to implement the requested modifications. For more information, call 908-722-1200 ext. 5324.

Somerset County Park Commission

The Park Commission welcomes everyone to participate in its programs and facilities regardless of race, color, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, national origin or religious or political affiliation.


The Park Commission stewards nearly 15,000 acres of county-owned open space, which is visited by 2 million park users each year. Five golf courses have three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course. Other attractions include 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 and a sensory and fragrance garden. Six county parks also offer amenities, such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, fishing, birdwatching, cross country skiing, and hiking.

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