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February 2
Groundhog Day Hike/Snowshoe
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Regardless of what “Punxsutawney Phil” says about spring, let’s get outside to enjoy a brisk hike while we can still enjoy the peace and serenity of KVSP in the winter!

February 4
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, 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.”


February 6
Cedar Creek Watershed Hike
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $6, Children 6-11 $3, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
This park plays an integral part in protecting the Cedar Creek Watershed.  Join us for a slow paced 4 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. Registration and fee required by 3 p.m. the day beforeprogram at the Brendan Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $7 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.

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. 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.

Ground Hog Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park
The length of the hike is 4 to 5 miles. The trail is cinder-based which provides easy, level walking. Bring lunch and a drink. B
oth the Sussex Branch and Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails are in some places adjacent to public or private hunting areas: PLEASE wear an upper garment that is either blaze orange or a bright, non-natural color.

Winter Waterfowl Walk
10 a.m. to noon; pre-registration required
FREE
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext. 109
ADA Accessible. When the weather gets cold, numerous species of waterfowl head to the park. Join us for a walk along the river to see which birds have arrived for the winter. Dress to be outdoors. Bring binoculars if you have them, we have a limited number that can be borrowed.
 

Jack Frost Hike
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $3 fee for ages six and above; pre-registration 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. If snow covered, bring snow shoes

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 Hunterdon Bird Club on Facebook.

Winter Nature Video Series –Titles and subjects to be announced
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

Video – The Revolutionary War: Birth of A Nation
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Volume I of the Discovery Channel’s production of The Revolutionary War discusses the early battles and the Declaration of Independence

February 7
Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake. Ages 9+

Winter is for the Birds
1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Bulls Island Recreation Area (2185 Daniel Bray Highway Stockton, NJ 08559)
(609) 924-5705
Bring your kids to learn the common winter birds and make a feeder for our feathered friends

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

February 10
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $7 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.

February 11
Backyard Bird-feeding
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration 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.

February 13
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest Office
(609) 861-2404
3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.

Saturday Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction
The length of the hike is 4 to 5 miles. The trail is cinder-based which provides easy, level walking. Bring lunch and a drink. Both the Sussex Branch and Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails are in some places adjacent to public or private hunting areas: PLEASE wear an upper garment that is either blaze orange or a bright, non-natural color.

Winter Nature Video Series –Titles and subjects to be announced
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

Video – The Revolutionary War: Victory or Death
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible.  Volume II of the Discovery Channel’s production of The Revolutionary War discusses the pivotal Christmas Night crossing of the Delaware, Benjamin Franklin, Baron Von Steuben and John Paul Jones

February 14
Program on Black and Native American Participation in the Battle of Monmouth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Held at the auditorium in the Visitor Center
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA Accessible

Tree Disk Nature Craft
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. Come create a tree disk pendent for your valentine. In addition to the craft, participants will learn about tree growth and anatomy. All ages

February 20
Indian King Tavern Event to be announced
Time and Fee to be determined
Indian King Tavern State Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of Indian King Tavern
(856) 429-6792

Winter Wonders
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 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.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color 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.

Winter Tree ID
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext. 109
Note:   Pre-Registration Required  ADA Accessible
Join our Naturalist on winter tree identification hike! Dress to be outdoors.

Winter Nature Video Series –Titles and subjects to be announced
12:45 p.m. to 1:45p.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.

Video – The Revolutionary War: The Climactic Battle
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623

ADA accessible. Volume III of the Discovery Channel’s production of The Revolutionary War discusses Benedict Arnold, the war in the south and the Victory at Yorktown.

In Search of Pinelands Winter Life Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Length: 2 – 4 miles

February 21
Video – The Revolutionary War: The Climactic Battle
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Volume III of the Discovery Channel’s production of The Revolutionary War discusses Benedict Arnold, the war in the south and the Victory at Yorktown.

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.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 osprey or 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

Recycled Tree Craft
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible. Learn how to create a tree craft from recycled products. Ages 6.

George Washington’s 284th Birthday
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 suggested donation; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Rockingham Historic Site (84 Laurel Ave. Kingston)
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

Cross Country Ski Workshop
1:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis. Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey. The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information.

George Washington’s Birthday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
609-737-2515
jfhwashing@fast.net
Music in the parlor, history of gingerbread, Stone Barn shop open. Toys and games of the time period other activities

February 27
“Cabin Fever” Hike/Snowshoe
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Enjoy the park in its winter finery during this naturalist-guided tour. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate and sweet treats in our toasty visitor center!

Bluebirds 
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 fee for ages six and above; pre-registration recommended.
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236–6355
It's a bit too early for bluebirds to have returned but we'll hike to Toboggan Hill (short hike) and learn about their habitat. Participants will receive simple instructions on how to build a bluebird house (hardware, but not wood, included), where to place it, and how to monitor it. With luck, you might have nesting bluebirds in April

February 28
Tree Identification Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Join us for a tree identification hike through the trails of the Park to learn the key factors toward identifying trees during the winter. Ages 9+

 

 

 

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