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April
Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements and program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: General admission,. $7 adults; $5 seniors and students
ages 13-18; $3 ages 6-12; free under 6.
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
ADA accessible. Please call for more information

April 2
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee; $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Historic Homes & Village Craft shops open for 2016 Season
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. – Evening Lantern Tour
FREE; for day event
Fee; Lantern Tour -$10 per person, pre-registration is required for evening tour
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
All of the homes and craft shops will be open for tours and craft demonstrations

Hike the D&R Canal path from Zarephath to Lock 11 in South Bound Brook
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the Lock 11 Parking Lot (across from South Bound Brook Post Office)
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 – Bob Barth - bbarth@att.net
Hike 3.1 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Massacre Commemoration
Call for times
Hancock House State Historic Site
Sponsor: The Friends of the Hancock House
(856) 935-4373

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
White Lake Route 521 parking area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Revolutionary War & Civil War Living History Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732)  462-9616
ADA Accessible; small reenactment military encampments, military drills, musket demonstrations.

Rocks of the Ages
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee; $3.00 fee for ages 12 and above; $1.00 for children 6 to 11; and free for children 5 and under
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 – 6355
What makes RVRA's geology special? Learn about the ancient rocks that made the Highlands high, the newer rocks that made Round Valley deep, and the molten rock that made the Cushetunk Ridge. Take a side trip out to our abandoned iron mine

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Meet in Tower Lot
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run Recreation Area. For additional information go to HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

School of the Solider
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. The 1st New Jersey Regiment will be holding a School of the Soldier for its members and the public is invited to observe the reenactors train and prepare for battle.

Ladies of the First New Jersey Continental Regiment
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
A demonstration of hearth cooking and domestic activity of the Revolutionary War era.

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
7 to 10 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society
(609) 567-4559

April 3
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Dog Walking Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; all ages
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Trailhead Parking area with your canine for guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake. All dogs must be leashed and waste products picked up. Bags will be provided.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Revolutionary War & Civil War Living History Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible. Small reenactment military encampments, military drills, musket demonstrations.

Walking tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Meet at the Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Hiking along park trails over bridges, through fields and through woods.

Geocache the State Park
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (pre-teen – adult)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields, and trails of parks, playgrounds, natural areas and other open lands. Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of several dozen geocache sites located in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants. Bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one or, a smart phone with geocaching app

April 5
Tuesday Toddlers
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area, meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required.

April 6
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 7
L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 8
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 9
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Early Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 Adults, children under 12yrs FREE
Vendor spaces $30 pre-registration, $35 registration week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain Date - April 10th. Join us for the first flea market of the season. Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks and so much more.

Celebrate Bordentown’s History along the D&R Canal
1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the Light Rail Station in Bordentown City
(609) 924-5705
The park staff will lead a hike highlighting the natural and historic features along the D&R Canal and the Abbott Marshlands. The hike will be approximately 3 miles.

Video - Living with Fire
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Produced by the NJ Forest Fire Service, this half hour video shows the historic impact of forest fires on the Pine Barrens and methods used to prevent and combat wildfires.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room.  Limited seating.

Bike Ride
11:30 am
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

The Nature of Vernal Pools
1 to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; partially ADA accessible. Learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants and discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

American Rare Breed Conformation Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible; Show provides breeders an opportunity to have their dogs evaluated.

The British at Princeton” w/ the 43rd British Regiment of Foot & Artillery on Training Day
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park
(609) 921-0074
This will begin with a muster of the troops at 10 a.m., continue with a series of tactical drills and military life demonstrations, and end with final commentary on a training demonstration. No overnight is planned.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Family Nature Walk
1 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE; all ages
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Join us for an informal, naturalist–guided trail walk in the state park
.

Recreating the Battle of Trenton in a miniature Wargame
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. The Battle of Trenton will be recreated by using miniature figures, dice, and "Flint & Steel" rules developed by Richard Kane who will also be managing the game.

April 10
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Chicken “Whittle” Demonstration
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 9+
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. Gather at the Nature Center for a step-by-step demonstration on how to “whittle a rooster from a tree branch.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Public Walking Tours
Noon & 2 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, Children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible upon request.  Please call for more information.

American Rare Breed Conformation Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible; Show provides breeders an opportunity to have their dogs evaluated.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Spring Lifestyles of the Local Native Americans
1:30 p.m. to 3p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, focusing on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.

April 13
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registraiton required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate spring and start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 14
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 15
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 16
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Early 19th Century Spring Festival
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Auction 2 p.m. @ General Store
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
It is time to prepare the flower and herb gardens for a new season. We invite all to come and plant a seed in a special new children’s garden and we have a few seeds to share with you to take home.

Hike the D&R Canal path from Fireman’s Eddy to Washington Crossing State Park
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the Washington Crossing Nelson House Parking Lot
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(609) 635-2783 – Pamela V’Combe - pjvcombe@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Hike 5.3 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Canoe/Kayak the Abbott Marshlands (Burlington/Mercer Counties)
9:30 a.m.
FREE
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Bordentown Beach, end of Park Street
Sponsor: Friends for the Abbott Marshlands
(609) 259-3734 – George and Leona F. - Leona@pineypaddlers.com
Our trip with the tide begins on the Crosswick’s Creek in Bordentown. We paddle to Roebling Park where we’ll have lunch, tour the Tulpehaking Nature Center, and walk the trails before returning to Bordentown. Bring lunch and beverage. Rentals are not available.

Civil War Trust Park Day
Call for time
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Sponsor: The Civil War Trust

Open House featuring Joseph Doyle as John Adams
1 to 4 p.m. - Open House
2 p.m. - Program
FREE
Indian King Tavern State Historic Site
Sponsor: The Friends of the Indian King Tavern
(8560 429-6792
The doors of the tavern will be open to the public for tours conducted by docents in period attire. At 2 p.m. a program will be presented by Joseph Doyle of the American Historical theater, as John Adams our second President.

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & up; partially ADA accessible. Discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Starting at Blairstown Airport
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Beginners' Fly Fishing Clinic
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 per person; limited to 20 people; pre-registraton required
Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2241
www.ringwoodmanor.org
Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly fish? Now is your chance! Experienced fly fishermen from the historic Windbeam Fly Fishing Club will teach you how to cast, what equipment to use, and how to tie flies to catch that big trout! Learn on the historic Ringwood River, the same spot noted outdoorsman and fisherman Edward Ringwood Hewitt did over 130 years ago!

Pinelands First Flower Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Guided hike; bring water and snacks. This is a 2-mile to 4-mile hike.

April 17
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Celebrating the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway
2 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
GPS direction - 4 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton, NJ 08540 (Franklin Township, Somerset County)
Sponsor:  Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition
Barbara ten Broeke – barbaratenbroeke@gmail.com
(609) 924-5705
ADA accessible. Sam Davis, a General George Washington re-enactor, will tell the story of Washington’s journey along the Millstone Valley.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising Walk
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
Sponsor: New Jersey Metro Chapter National MS Society
(732) 660-1005
See NMS Society website for more information: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/NJM/Stay-Informed/Fundraising-News-Promotions

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Snow/rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Bird Walk
9 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the early spring serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them

America's Human Path Back to Space and Mars
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
For all ages. Dr. Ken Kremer of Universe Today Magazine and the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton will outline NASA’s plans for resuming a human path back to space and the road to Mars from American soil aboard the new Orion and commercial Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Dragon capsules.  Dr. Kremer will give an inside account of NASA’s multi-pronged strategy  to develop private astronaut ‘taxis’ to the ISS in Earth orbit and an ambitious deep space human ‘Journey to Mars’ with Orion and the mammoth SLS rocket.  Dr. Kremer will also discuss other critical initiatives regarding NASA and space exploration.

Earth Day Celebration at Wharton State Forest
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE; $2 fee for Pinelands Forest Products Presentation
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Nature talks and walks and other family fun activities.


April 19
"From One Beacon to Another"
Call for time
Fee: $45 per person
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org


Tuesday Toddlers
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area, meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required

April 20
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
Call for time
FREE; pre-registraiton required
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-1114


Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate spring and start your day off right by stretching you rlegs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 21
L'il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 and under. Share some time with your little one in the great outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1 -mile hike. Babies must be carried in a frontp or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 22
Earth Day Trail Clean-up
8:30 am
FREE; pre-registration requested
Meet at The Chatterbox Drive-In
(973) 786-6445
For teens and adults. Join us in giving back to the Earth through volunteer stewardship and light trail maintenance. Some tools provided; please bring gloves.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 23
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Auxiliary Tea Party
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $20 per ticket (event is for adults only) – Call Kathy @ 732-364-2279 for ticket(s)
Allaire State Park, Allaire Village Snack Bar
Sponsor: Auxiliary
(732) 938-3500
Limited seating. Join us for a historic tea party with a sampling of teas from around the world. Learn the history of tea and how it shapes our lives today.

Earth Day / Arbor Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE; ages 8+
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for an Earth Day Program. The event will include a tree-planting and trail cleanup hike. Participants should bring gloves.

Earth Day Dusk Walk
6:30 p.m.
FREE
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Bulls Island Recreation Area
(609) 924-5705
The park naturalist will lead a hike in the Bulls Island Natural Area along the D&R Canal and the Delaware River. The hike will end on the Roebling designed pedestrian bridge for visitors to enjoy the scenic view of the river.

Advance on the Rhine
Call for times
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
This is a WW2 reenactment of the Allied invasion of Germany. Small groups of American and German soldiers will be fighting around the gun batteries and historic buildings at Fort Mott.

Family Nature Hike & Potluck Picnic
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome; partially ADA accessible. Join us for a 1.5-mile guided nature hike, then meetup in our picnic area for a good old-fashioned potluck with treats to share.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Early Spring Wildflower Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, Boantical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Rain or snow cancels. Wear sturdy shoes.

Earth Day
10 a.m. to Noon
FREE; volunteer opportunities available, pre-register as a volunteer, forms available at park office
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236–6355
Take a leisurely hike, learn about Earth Day, and help improve Round Valley. Bring hand clippers and gloves, if you want to help control some of the plants that don't belong here. Volunteers and all others invited
.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Earth Day Challenge at Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Bring water and a lunch. Join us for our trail upkeep workday, cleanup hikes, etc.

April 24
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

19th Century Bee Hive Oven Baking
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Bakery
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Reenactment of bread baking using the Beehive style oven, after hours of prep work, hot loaves of bread come steaming out of the oven.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 26
Yoga Hike
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For teens & adults. Enjoy the soothing sounds of nature, gentle stretching, and low-impact yoga postures during this beginner hike to help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing the body and quieting the mind.

Tuesday Toddlers
10 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area, meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required.

April 27
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 28
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 29
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 30
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Allaire BBQ & Brew Fest
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $5.00 admission, beer tasting tickets can be purchased at beer tent
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
While you enjoy the festival, explore the historic buildings, visit the craft shops, listen to music, and enjoy some good barbecue with family & friends.

Video - Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect a sensitive watershed.  What can you do to help?  Watch this half hour video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room.  Limited seating.

Mysterious Migration Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 8+
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
The wonders of animal migration can be witnessed at the Park during our one-hour Saturday hike. Meet at the Nature Center to experience these magical events.

Hike the D&R Canal path from Washington Crossing State Park to Ellarslie (The City of Trenton Museum in Cadwalader Park)
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the Ellarslie Museum in Cadwalader Park, Trenton
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(609) 635-2783 – Pamela V’Combe -pjvcombe@gmail.com
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 6.2 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Weekend in Old Monmouth County - (Monmouth Battlefield is a Participant)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Craig House Historic Site open (Hwy 9 & Schibanoff Rd)
Sponsor: Monmouth County Historical Commission & Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Additional information: www.VisitMonmouth.com

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

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