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Recurring Events

February
Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village tours or hikes of varying mileage may be scheduled most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics, and times
Fee:  None, donations welcomed
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
Fee:  Varied, contact for information
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible

Bulls Island Home School Classes
1 p.m. – on the First Tuesday of the Month
Fee:  Varied based on class, contact for more information. Advanced registration required
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
Sponsor: D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Programs will be designed specifically with the needs of home school groups. Topics will include ecology and history lessons appropriate for ages 6-12.
ADA accessible.

Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walks
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dates to be announced
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Please email highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk. Locations will vary. Directions to the meeting place will be provided when you register. Walks begin at 11:00. If you are borrowing snowshoes it would be best to arrive 15 to 20 minutes earlier so that you can familiarize yourself with the shoes. Payment must be received at the Park Office prior to the start of the walk.

Fledgling Naturalists
Dates and Times to be announced
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair. $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
For 4 to 6 year-olds & an adult partner. Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

Homeschool Naturalists
Dates and Time To be announced
Fee: $5 per child; must be accompanied by an adult
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
For 6 to 10 year-olds in 1st through 5th grades with some ability to read and write. These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with their peers. Suggestions for further study and resources are provided. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

February 1
Winter Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a winter guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake

Battlefield Walking Tour
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Walking tour of the battlefield, meet at the Visitor Center

Guided Manor Tours
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $1 youth, under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534 or www.njbg.org
ADA accessible

February 3
Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.” For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible

February 7
Groundhogs Day Celebration
1 p.m.
FREE: preregistration is required
Bulls Island Recreation Area
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609)397-2949
This children’s program will explore groundhogs awakening in spring and how our other local wildlife survives to long dark cold days of winter.

Cedar Creek Watershed Hike
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $6, Ccildren 6 to 11 $3, under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3 p.m. the day before program at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Double Trouble State Park.  This park plays an integral part in protecting the Cedar Creek Watershed.  Join us for a 4-5 mile hike over sandy trails throughout the Double Trouble Historic District as we view Cedar Creek from numerous locations and see how this fast flowing fresh water became the lifeblood for two Pinelands industries.  Limited to 20 participants.

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

Jack Frost Hike
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $2 fee for ages six and above; preregistration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note:  Winter still has us in its grip but there are signs of longer and warmer days ahead. Dress in layers and hike the Cushetunk trail as we learn the dos and don'ts of winter hiking.

Reservoir Bird Walk
8:30 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Tower Parking Lot (2nd Right)
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Find on Facebook “Hunterdon Bird Club”
Come and view various birds that make their habitat at Spruce Run Reservoir

Video – Founding Brothers: A More Perfect Union (Part 2)
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced; ADA accessible.

February 8
Hoot-Hoot the Owls of Cheesequake
1 p.m.
Fee: $ 1 per person; ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
These silent predators prowl the night for a delectable meal. Learn more about the Owls of NJ as we dissect an owl pellet and discover what types of prey these birds prefer. ADA accessible.

Black and Native American Participation in the Battle of Monmouth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Learn about the Black and Native American’s participation in the Battle of Monmouth, program will be given at the auditorium in the Visitor Center. ADA accessible.

February 11
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

Backyard Birds: Winter Visitors
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 dults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program. For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible.

February 14
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
A moderate 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.  Meet at the Forest Office.

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced. ADA accessible.
 
Video – Founding Brothers: Evolution of a Revolution (Part 1)
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

February 15
Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a winter guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake 

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 where you may see an osprey Golden crowned Kinglet. 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.

February 18
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching during this indoor presentation. For adults; ADA accessible.

February 21
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $3 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching during this indoor presentation. For adults; ADA accessible.

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced

Video – Founding Brothers: Evolution of a Revolution (Part 2)
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

In Search of Pinelands Winter Life Hike

10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609)-567-4559
Length: 2 to 4 miles

February 22
George Washington’s Birthday Celebration in the 1830’s
Noon to 3 p.m.
Special program at 1 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible

George Washington’s 283nd Birthday
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 suggested donation; preregistration required
D & R Canal State Park, Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor: Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
Light refreshments; Partially ADA accessible. Tours of the historic house will include timeline facts of George Washington’s life through the rooms and conclude with birthday cake and punch. A toast to the General would not be out of place

Meet George Washington
12:30 to 2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

George Washington’s Birthday Celebration 
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
FAQ’s about our founding father, gingerbread baked on the hearth, colonial music in the parlor, a visit from the General himself in the later after noon, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Punch and gingerbread samples are available. Partially ADA accessible. 

February 25
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching during this indoor presentation. For Adults; ADA accessible

February 26
Yoga for Beginners
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Wind down your busy day and restore balance with the natural harmony of yoga. This class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. For adults.

February 28
Winter Wildlife Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Winter Trek
Time and fee to be announced
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.com

“Cabin Fever" Nature Hike
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 8-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Your family will enjoy the park in its winter finery during this 1.5-mile naturalist-guided tour. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate in our toasty visitor center! For adults and children ages 8 &up

Ski Fest
Call or check website for date and time
High Point State Park Cross Country Ski Center
Sponsor:  High Point Cross Country Ski Center
(973) 702-1222
www.xcskihighpoint.com
Come to the High Point Cross Country Ski Center and give cross country skiing a try during this day-long cross country ski festival. Lessons will be offered throughout the day.

 

 

 

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