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Classes and Events

August 2020 Outdoor Education and Events

Introduction to Kayaking (August 1, 2020, 9AM - 11AM)

(If you are looking to just rent a kayak or canoe, please visit our kayak rental page)

Introduction to Kayaking (August 1, 2020, 12PM - 2PM)

(If you are looking to just rent a kayak or canoe, please visit our kayak rental page)

Introduction to Kayaking (August 2, 2020, 9AM - 11AM)

(If you are looking to just rent a kayak or canoe, please visit our kayak rental page)

Introduction to Canoeing (August 2, 2020, 12PM - 2PM)

(If you are looking to just rent a kayak or canoe, please visit our kayak rental page)

Walk on the D&R Canal Fireman's Eddy to Wing Dam (August 2, 2020, 3PM - 5PM)

Introduction to Kayaking (August 15 2020, 9AM - 11AM)

(If you are looking to just rent a kayak or canoe, please visit our kayak rental page)

September 2020 Outdoor Education and Events

Seeing the Sourlands - Book Talk by Author and Photographer Jim Amon (September 6, 3PM-5PM)

This event will be OUTDOORS and socially distant. Bring a lawn chair or blanket (optional) and mask (mandatory).

In his new book "Seeing the Sourlands" Jim Amon explores the Flora, Fauna and Wildlife that reside within the Sourlands, a 90 square mile section of forest which is within the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer and Somerset. The Sourlands is Central New Jersey's largest contiguous forest. The preservation of this forest within New Jersey, the most densely populated state is challenging. Highlighting the Sourlands unique attributes as home to a rich biodiversity is important now more than ever.

Signed copies will be available if purchased in advance. Purchase at Big Bear Gear online and select In-Store Pickup, and collect your signed copy at the event. 

Jim Amon uses his unique voice and his photographic lens to enlighten and delight us as we broaden our knowledge of the natural beauty that surrounds us. For 29 years Jim Amon was the Executive Director of the D&R Canal Commission, planning for and overseeing the development of the D&R Canal from its condition as an abandoned waterway to its present status as the most visited park in the State of New Jersey. He spent ten years as the Director of Stewardship for the D&R Greenway Land Trust, doing ecological restoration work on over 100 nature preserves. Jim also served as a Sourland Conservancy board member, volunteer and hike leader for several years.

Register to attend at our Meetup group.