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February
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.

Lusscroft Farm Winter Trek
Call for date
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations apprecited
Lusscroft Farm
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association

http://www.lusscroftfarm.com/

February Weekdays
Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days
Call for times and dates
Free educational program
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history. 

February 2
Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

February 3
Lecture - World War 1 in Ocean County
1 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
http://www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org/
ADA accessible

Video - Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
When snow melts, it can carry pollutants into storm drains and waterways that lead to Barnegat Bay.  Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect this 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 Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrown snowshoes
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
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. 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. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Winter Wonders
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults; children under age 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 during this indoor program.

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

Jack Frost Hike
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 fo rages 12 an dup, $1 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
(908) 236-6355
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. Winter hiking brings solitude and quiet beauty but it has its dangers. Learn the dos and don'ts of winter hiking. If snow covered, bring snow shoes.

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

Special Food Ways Workshop - Confectionaries
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Class fee and pre-registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry Huse
(609) 737-2515
Contact Susan McLellan Plaisted at (215) 219-9542 for fee and to register
Heart to Hearth cookery, includes all day instruction.

Nature Video: BBC Life Series, Hunters and Hunted
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609

Video - "Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher of Freedom"
2 P.M.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. A 50 minute video biography of Thomas Jefferson: statesman, scientist, architect and President.


February 4
Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
For ages 9 and up, meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike thorugh the trails of Cheesequake.


February 7
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

February 8
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Early Bird Breakfast Club
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
FREE; breakfast additional; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction trailhead parking area
(973) 786-6445
For adults.Celebrate the winter season with a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will warm us up for the return trip.

February 9
Fledgling Naturalists
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

February 10
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Forest Office
Meet at the office for a 3.5 mile hike on EAst Creek Trail.

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk; $5 per person to borrow snowshoes
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
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. 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. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Tracks and Trails: Winter Wildlife
2 to 3:30 p.m.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For adults and children ages 6 and up. We don't often get a chance to observe wild animals in action, but the signs they leave behind offer a window into their world. Come learn the basics about interpreting the tracks and signs of local wildlife. After this indoor presentation, you can either practice being a tracker in the Interpretive Center, or head outside on your own to complete a "Signs of Wildlife" scavenger hunt. If you're interested in a more field-oriented program, please join us for one of our Saturday morning "Nature in Winter" walks. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

Backyard Bird Feeding
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 12 and up; $3 children ages 6 to 11; pre-registratin required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible. 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.

Nature Craft Saturday Animal Tracks
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 per person, materials fee, pre-registraiton reuqired, spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Park Office
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
ADA accessible. Learn how to identify some common animal tracks while we make a tracking booklet. We will make prints with paint on paper or you can bring a plain t-shirt or pillow case to make prints on. Payment is required by 2 pm Thursday, February 9 at the Spruce Run Office.

Nature Video: BBC Life Series, Reptiles and Amphibians
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609

Video - "Benjamin Franklin: Citizen of the World"
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. a 50 minute video biography of America's great diplomat: Benjamin Franklin

February 11
Tree Disk Nature Craft
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. Create a tree disk pendent for your valentine. In addition tot he craft, participants will learn abut tree growth and anatomy.

Program on "George Washington at Monmouth"
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible

The Paleo and Archaic Indians of New Jersey
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Jim Wade, former rchivist and researcher with the NJ State Museum will take participants on a journey back to the time of the last ice age, when the earliest Native American peoples entered what is now New Jersey. Discover how these Paleo-Indians lived and survived in an artic landscape. Learn how these earliest people adapted to their harsh environment and hunted with specialized Clovis spear points. See how these prehistoric hunteres opened the way for new bands of Archaic peoples who followed, with new innovative stone tools and lifestyles. The program will incude a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.

February 14
Heartwarming Hike/Snowshoe
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registraiton required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Experience the beauty of KVSP in winter with fellow nature lovers on this 3-mile hike, then warm up with hot chocolate and potluck in our cozy visitor center! Please bring a treat to share and Valentine card (bought, made, or recycled), and include a poem, song lyrics, or a favorite quote - we’ll put them in a bag and pick randomly; and/or please also show our Little Free Library some love by bringing a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day!

February 16
Tracks and Trails: Winter Wildlife
2 to 3:30 p.m.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For adults and children ages 6 and up. We don't often get a chance to observe wild animals in action, but the signs they leave behind offer a window into their world. Come learn the basics about interpreting the tracks and signs of local wildlife. After this indoor presentation, you can either practice being a tracker in the Interpretive Center, or head outside on your own to complete a "Signs of Wildlife" scavenger hunt. If you're interested in a more field-oriented program, please join us for one of our Saturday morning "Nature in Winter" walks. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

February 17
Lecture - The Original Hell's Angels, 303rd Bombardment Group of World War II
1 p.m.
FREEBarnegat Lighthouse State Park, Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
http://www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org/
ADA accessible

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk; $5 per person to borrow snowshoes
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
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. 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. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Evening Open House
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum State Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of Indian King Tavern
(856) 429-6792

Video - "George Washington: Founding Father"
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. A 50 minute video biography of our Nation's Founding Father: George Washington

February 18
George Washington's Birthday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Special program in the chapel at 1 p.m.

Recycled Tree Craft
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
For children ages 7 and up, craft a tree from recycled products.

Program on Black and Native participation in the Battle of Monmouth
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible

Washington's Birthday Celebration
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Partially ADA accessible. FAQ's about our first president/music/history of gingerbread/baking/woodshop/quill pen writing/colonial toys and games.

February 21
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

February 23
Beginner Yoga

5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

February 24
Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk; $5 per person to borrow snowshoes
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
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. 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. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

George Washington's 286th Birthday!
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 suggested donation; pre-registration required
D&R Canal State Park, Rockingham State Historic Site
Sponsor: Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
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.

February 25
Tree Identification Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
For children ages 9 and up. Meet at the Nature Center for a tree identification hike thorugh the trails of the park. During the hike, participants will learn the key factors toward identifying trees during the winter.

February 28
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

 

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