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August
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: Park entrance fee and $15 per person
Call for hours and additional details
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Explore the salt marsh on a naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. The program includes all equipment and lesson. Participants must be 14 years of age or older and be in good physical condition.

Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements & 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.

August 3
Wacky Wednesdays at the Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $7 to climb; $5 for seniors 65+ to climb; $4 for children ages 4-12 to climb; $3 Atlantic City residents with ID to climb; Active military & kids under 4 free
Absecon Lighthouse
http://www.abseconlighthouse.org/
The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of the Garden, Superheroes & Villains, and Dinosaurs Included with Regular Admission - themes change weekly.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 4
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 5
Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate International Beer Day by enjoying a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Canal Day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Waterloo State Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Sponsor: Canal Society of New Jersey
The village will be open for interpretation.

August 6
19th Century Barn Dance
4 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person and park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Come join us for an evening of music & dancing on the village green. Guests, Atwater & Donnelly perform bringing their Traditional American, Celtic & Folk music, dancing & calling to our historic 19th century ironworks!

Bat Watch By MacKenzie Hall, NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on. ADA accessible.

Revolutionary War Living History
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center grounds
NJ Division of Parks & Forestry and the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Continental troops encampment, demonstrations, and programs.

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 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
FEE; park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays & $1 per person (May 30 to Sept 5th)
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

Night Hike
8:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (9 yrs.-adult)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Main park entrance will be closed. Call for alternate access directions. Explore the park in the dark on this guided nocturnal walk and campfire. Bring a flashlight.

The Pinelands Summer Zenith Nature Hike
10:30 a.m.
Fee: $5/car parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Guided 2-4 mile hike; bring water, bring snacks.

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

August 7
National Lighthouse Day
Fee: $7 to climb; $5 for seniors 65+ to climb; $4 for children ages 4-12 to climb; $3 Atlantic City residents with ID to climb; Active military & kids under 4 free
Absecon Lighthouse
http://www.abseconlighthouse.org/

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 Living History
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center grounds
NJ Division of Parks & Forestry and the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Continental troops encampment, demonstrations, and programs.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Meet at the Visitor Center
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Hike along park trails over bridges, through fields and through woods while learning about events surrounding the Battle of Monmouth

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Craig House: US Hwy 9 and Schibanoff Road, Freehold
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible; John and Ann Craig’s house is a restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Skylands Manor Tour
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee and $7 adults, $5 seniors and students ages 13 to 18; $3 ages 6 to 12; children under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Volunteer docents lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of the Skylands Manor.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

August 10
Wacky Wednesdays at the Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $7 to climb; $5 for seniors 65+ to climb; $4 for children ages 4-12 to climb; $3 Atlantic City residents with ID to climb; Active military & kids under 4 free
Absecon Lighthouse
http://www.abseconlighthouse.org/
The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of the Garden, Superheroes & Villains, and Dinosaurs Included with Regular Admission - themes change weekly.

S’mores & More!
7 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park group campground
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome; ADA accessible. Celebrate “National S’mores Day” by joining us in the KVSP group campground to make your own s’mores (all materials provided), look and listen for nocturnal wildlife, and gaze at the stars. Bring your own telescope.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 11
Perseid meteor shower watch with Volunteer Wayne Vogel
11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach
(609) 296-1114

Bring blanket or reclining chair, telescopes and binoculars not necessary, cloudy sky cancels, makeup night is August 12.

Cat-Tales Story Hour
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible. Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 12
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 13
Mid-Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Vendor spaces $30 pre-registration, $35 registration week of event.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks & so much more! Rain date: August 14th
.

Bonaparte’s Bordentown by Dr. Richard Veit
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on.  ADA accessible.

A Walk Through History
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Location: Rocky Hill Parking Area (Larger Lot – Laurel Avenue, south of Route 518, Franklin Township, Somerset County)
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 – Bob Barth
bbarth@att.net
Partially ADA accessible. Join us for a 3 mile guide walk on the D&R Canal towpath from Griggstown Causeway to Rocky Hill; 2-3 hours. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

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

When Animals Attack!
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome. Meet the mammals which have developed amazing characteristics to avoid becoming a predator’s "lunch," and watch as these creatures show-off their self-defense tools “When Animals Attack”!

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For teens and adults. Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials 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

American Rare Breed Conformation Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
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 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!


Summer Craft Fair
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Tons of fun for the whole family! Lots of booths with beautiful crafts, including jewelry, pottery, sculpture, art, kids' stuff and all kinds of unusual goodies. Lot of great food and drink too!

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
FEE; park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays & $1 per person (May 30 to Sept 5th)
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

Family Nature Walk
1 to 2 p.m.
FEE; park entrance fee: $5.00 per NJ car, $7.00 out-of-state (all ages)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This is an informal naturalist-guided trail walk in the state park

August 14
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.

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Craig House: US Hwy 9 and Schibanoff Road, Freehold
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible; John and Ann Craig’s house is a restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

American Rare Breed Conformation Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
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 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Audubon Butterfly Festival
Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534
Join us for a celebration of NJBG's beautiful flying jewels! Guided butterfly walks all afternoon, information on starting your own butterfly garden and more! Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

Snakes Alive!
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FEE: park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
ADA accessible. Snakes Alive in our neighborhood! See, touch, and learn about the snakes of New Jersey. You might never be afraid of snakes again

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

August 17
Wacky Wednesdays at the Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $7 to climb; $5 for seniors 65+ to climb; $4 for children ages 4-12 to climb; $3 Atlantic City residents with ID to climb; Active military & kids under 4 free
Absecon Lighthouse
http://www.abseconlighthouse.org/
The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of the Garden, Superheroes & Villains, and Dinosaurs Included with Regular Admission - themes change weekly.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 18
“By The Light of the Moon”
Absecon Lighthouse will be open for nighttime climbs - last climb at 8:30 pm
Fee: $10 per person, includes snacks & beverages
Absecon Lighthouse
http://www.abseconlighthouse.org/

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 19
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Concert: Loretta Hagen
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requested
Ringwood State Park, NJ Botanical Gardens
Sponsor: American Wear
A rising folk music star, her lifting sound will charm you. Bring a lawn chair; concert moves tothe Carriage House in bad weather

August 20
The Coast Liners Concert
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person, advanced purchase recommended.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us for an evening of Golden Oldies. The Coast Liners are an accapella group that will get your toes tapping & you dancing in the rows, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra. ADA accessible.

“Lost in the Woods”: A Children’s Outdoor Survival Program by volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.                                    
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on.  ADA accessible.

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

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Canal Day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Waterloo State Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Sponsor: Canal Society of New Jersey
The village will be open for interpretation.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
FEE; park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays & $1 per person (May 30 to Sept 5th)
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

August 21
21st Annual Rolling Iron Antique Auto Show
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Space: $18 pre-registration, $20 registration day of show.
Allaire State Park, Allaire Historic Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us for one of the best antique car shows on the Shore with over 200 historic cars. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, People’s Choice, each class of car, motorcycle & many more! Rain date: August 28th.

Marsh Seining
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Bathhouse Pavilion for a short hike to Hooks Creek where we will learn about the aquatic life in this waterway. All ages

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

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Craig House: US Hwy 9 and Schibanoff Road, Freehold
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible; John and Ann Craig’s house is a restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Sunday Gardening
1:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Carriage House Visitor Center
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Weekend garden volunteers meet on the third Sunday each month fo ra convival gardening session in the Gardens. Bring gloves if youhave them and dress to garden. Rain cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Camp Food ways in the War for Independence
1 to 5 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nelson House Hearth
(609) 737-2515
Partially ADA accessible

August 24
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 25
Cat-Tales Story Hour
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; -pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible. Storeies, finger plays and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 26
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 27
Lighthouse Night Climb
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

The mysterious Pygmy Pine Forest presentation and “Seasons of the Pines” book signing
by photographer/author Bob Birdsall

7:30 to 9 p.m.
FREE
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Complex
(609) 296-1114
For adults and children (ages 8 and older) bring flashlight, insect repellent and something to sit on.

Crab Time Racing
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
Learn about the types of species of Crabs that inhabit the park. Discover how to harvest the Blue Claw Crab for table fare. Participate in Fiddler Crab races

The Magic of Monarchs
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible. Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For teens and adults. Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials 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


Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Big Bear Solar Observatory – Cool Toys for Observing Our Warm Star
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Dr. Goode led the project to build the world's most capable solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO), Big Bear Lake, CA. The new solar telescope (NST) is a 1.6 meter clear aperture, off-axis telescope featuring the world's largest solar aperture. First light was achieved in January 2009, and was followed by first scientific observations over the summer of 2009. Industry, government, and scientists have begun placing increasing attention upon space weather to learn more about how solar magnetic storms can have deleterious effects on satellites, the terrestrial power grid, and telecommunications.

Outwater’s Militia Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Come, see the men of Outwater’s Militia join together, and drill in preparation for action against his majesty’s troops. Stroll through the encampment when the men are not drilling and learn about the life and times of the Revolutionary War

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
FEE; park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays & $1 per person (May 30 to Sept 5th)
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

August 28
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

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Craig House: US Hwy 9 and Schibanoff Road, Freehold
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible; John and Ann Craig’s house is a restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

August 31
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 for a good old-fashioned potluck to celebrate “National Trail Mix Day” with shared treats.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!


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