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January
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics and times
FREE; donations welcomed
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
FREE; donations welcomed
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

Interpretive Hikes and Programs
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800

Fledgling Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner

Homeschool Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Enrichment activities for homeschoolers ages 6 to 10

Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Event
Call or check website for date and time.
FREE
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
High Point State Park, Cross Country Ski Center
Sponsor:  High Point Cross Country Ski Center
(973) 702-1222
www.xcskihighpoint.com
Note: Snowshoeing has become a very popular winter activity. Come find out why! If you’ve ever been curious about snowshoes, this is a great opportunity to try out different types. During this day-long snowshoe festival at the High Point Cross Country Ski Center, vendors will be on hand to give you a chance to try and/or buy snowshoes. You can give the shoes a trial-run on free, naturalist-guided tours.

Nature In Winter Snowshoe Walks
Please call for date
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Adults and children ages 7 and up. 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 p.m. the Friday before the walk. Locations will vary. Directions to the meeting place will be provided when you register. Walks begin at 11 a.m. 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.

Nestling Naturalists
Dates and times to be announced
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 to 4; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 4 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.

Fledgling Naturalists
Dates and times to be announced
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: 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; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: 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.

January 1
First Day Hike in the First State Forest
FREE
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; pre-registration required
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-114
Note: Start your New Year off with a hike in the first state forest of New Jersey, established in 1905. Visit the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp and explore a cabin and pavilion built by the CCC. Walk along the shores of Lake Absegami (Also created in the 1930s by the CCC) and look for some wintering waterfowl. This is a 4-mile easy hike for children ages 7 and older with parents/guardians welcome.  Please no pets. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring water and a snack. Please contact (609) 335-8208 if the weather is bad for cancellation information.

Belleplain 1st Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest Office
(609) 374-0094 on 1/1 for information
Note: Join us for a 3.5 mile hike on the East Creek Trail. The hike will cover half the distance of the trail. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Dogs are welcome!

Belleplain Mountain Bike Ride
11 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy Parking Lot
(609) 805-4073 on 1/1 for information
Note: The South Jersey Wheelmen will lead a mountain bike ride on the newly created 10-mile trail in Belleplain State Forest. This is a technical trail with twists and turns through the forest. An option of less mileage is available. Bring your own bike.

First Day Nature Hike
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
Note: Enjoy a seasonal 1.3 mile Nature Hike on the trails of Cheesequake State Park. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing and bring water. For children ages 6 and up with parents/guardians 

First Day History Hike
11 a.m.
FREE
Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Caldwell, NJ  
Note: This is an easy hike and children with parents/guardians are welcome.

Exploring the History & Ecology of Island Beach
9 a.m, 10 a.m., 11 a.m.; noon and 1 p.m.
FREE
Island Beach State Park; Reed’s Road Maritime Forest Trail Parking Area
(732) 793-0506
Note: Start the year off right with a guided tour of the unique historical and natural elements of Island Beach State Park.  This is a moderate hike and children are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing.

29th Annual New Year’s Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail at Halsey Corner , (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
(908) 930-0745
Note: Join members of the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee on our 29th Annual First Day Hike! We will hike approximately 4 miles on the Paulinskill Valley Trail, a cinder-based rail trail that provides easy, level walking and riding. Children ages 5 and over are welcome with parents/guardians

4th Annual New Year’s Day Horseback Ride
10 a.m. – in the saddle by 10:30 a.m.; pre-registration is required due to trailer parking limitations gldg@embarqmail.com or (973) 948-3814
FREE
Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail at Halsey Corner (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
(973) 600-5997 on 1/1 for weather information
Note: Bring your own horse to the 4th annual FIRST DAY horseback ride on the cinder-based rail trail of the PVRT approx 5.5 miles in Newton, NJ. RSVP needed to plan parking for rigs. First come first served for parking. We will have a gaited and a non gaited ride.   

First Day Hike – Interpretive Tour
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Note: Want to learn more about the battle? Come and join in the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield narrated interpretive tour of Monmouth Battlefield. For children ages 10 and older with a parent/guardian

Revolutionary Resolutions First Day Hike
1 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan
1 p.m.; pre-registration is required
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616; diane.lowrie@dep.state.nj.us
Note: Start off the New Year with an invigorating 3-mile hike around this historical battlefield. Work off the holiday treats while enjoying some of the most beautiful countryside in Monmouth County. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be supplied at the end by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield (small donation requested)

First Day Amble
1 p.m. ; pre-registration required
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616; diane.lowrie@dep.state.nj.us
Note: Looking for a leisurely stroll along some accessible paths? This is the ‘hike’ for you! People of all ages and abilities are welcome to come out and enjoy the splendor of the outdoors on this first day of the year! Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be supplied at the end by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield (small donation requested)

Real Time Tour of the Battle of Princeton
7:30 to 9:30 a.m. ; pre-registration required
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park, Thomas Clarke House
princetonbattlefieldtours@gmail.com
Note: Trace the steps of American and British units at the same time of day as the original battle.  Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the rigors of eighteenth-century combat and a deeper appreciation of the engagement at Princeton. Dogs on a leash are welcome; wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing.

First Day Hike at Rancocas ~ Hike 1
11a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Rancocas State Park
(609) 265-5858
Note: On January 1, in all 50 states, state parks are offering First Day Hikes. In keeping with the tradition, join a Burlington County Park Ranger for a hike at Rancocas State Park.  Begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike. Please call (609) 352-1018 on 1/1/ if weather conditions are uncertain. For children ages 6 and up with a parent/guardian.

First Day Hike at Rancocas ~ Hike 2
1 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Rancocas State Park
(609) 265-5858
Note: On January 1, in all 50 states, state parks are offering First Day Hikes. In keeping with the tradition, join a Burlington County Park Ranger for a hike at Rancocas State Park.  Begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike. Please call (609) 352-1018 on 1/1/ if weather conditions are uncertain. For children ages 6 and up with a parent/guardian.

First Day Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Skylands Botanical Garden, Ringwood State Park
www.njbg.org; (973) 962-9534         
Note: Join New Jersey Botanical Garden members and Ringwood State Park staff on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. We'll join nature lovers hiking all around the country to celebrate our beautiful state parks. Our hike in and around the Botanical Garden will be designed to fit the group. Meet at the Skylands Carriage House

New Year’s Hike
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Welcome the New Year with a brisk trail hike and resolve to visit Round Valley Recreation Area more often in 2014 J  Hot chocolate will be available at the office after the hike.

Highlands Trail Hike- From the Reservoir to Schooley’s Mountain.
8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area/ Voorhees State Park
(908) 343-8374; snezehorse@hotmail.com
Note: Are you up for the challenge? Last year we had a great hike on the Highlands Trail heading southwest; this year we will take it 15 miles from Clinton to Long Valley. Half the hike travels along easy and wide rail trail, about 3.5 miles winds along more rugged trail, and there are 3 scenic sections of road walking. Hikes of this distance take about 7.5 hours. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing. Bring water, snacks and lunch as this is a 7 hour hike. Meet at the Parking area for the Columbia Trail along Route 24/Schooley’s Mtn Road. We will shuttle to Clinton for the start of the hike.

First Day Hike: From Ferry to Ferry
10 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required (609) 737-2515
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0623 or 737-0616 on 1/1 for weather information
Note:Follow in the steps of the Continental Army across the River Delaware. From McKonkey's Ferry on the PA side to the Johnson Ferry House in NJ, with stops along the way; including the Nelson House and ferry boat, the Overlook, the Stone Barn, and the Johnson Ferry House. Learn some facets of this signature event that you have never heard before. Meet at the McConkey Ferry Inn on the corner of Route 532 and route 32, Washington Crossing, PA.

Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings
1 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Waterloo Village (Allamuchy Mountain State Park), Pavilion
(973) 786-6445; waterlooris@gmail.com
Note: Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings is an outdoor guided interpreted walk.  Participants will hear about the many roles Waterloo has played throughout the history of New Jersey and the United States of America. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing. For weather information call (609) 203-4140.

Batsto Bike Ride
10:30 a.m.; pre-registration requried
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village Parking Lot
(609) 567-4559; Wharton.nature@comcast.net
Note: The Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) is partnering with us to lead a 6-10 mile mountain bike ride leaving from Batsto Village. You must be at least 14 years of age and helmets and eye protection are required. Bring your own bike, water bottle and weather appropriate clothing.

New Years Day Hike 2014
10 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 561-0024
Note: Start of the New Year with the Outdoor Club of South Jersey with a hike in our beautiful Pine Barrens. We will follow trails and sand roads and view some old bogs. Children with parents/guardians are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing, bring lunch and beverage. For cancellation information - http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking.

First Day Hike: Shoal is Purty
10 a.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Wharton State Forest/Franklin Parker Preserve
Note: Start the New Year quietly exploring the Shoal Branch reservoir and bogs at NJCF’s Franklin Parker Preserve.  The area is a haven for bird enthusiasts and peaceful walks on the property.  We will walk the dike roads, hopefully observe some wildlife activity and share in some basic winter botany. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing, bring snacks and beverages. Children ages 8 and older with parents/guardians are welcome. Meet at Route 63 and Dukes Br. Road (across from Chatsworth Cemetery). To register, please call 609-412-3394

January 4
Indian King Tavern Museum Lectures
2 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: Lectures presented on various 18th century topics.

Winter Wonders
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults $3; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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

Video - The American Revolution –Volume 1: The Conflict Ignites
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

January 5
New Year’s Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park,  Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Nature Center for a winter guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake.  Ages 9 and up

Driving Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Note: ADA accessible

January 11
Indian King Tavern Museum Lectures
Lectures presented on various 18th century topics.
2 PM
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792

Lenape for A Day
11 a.m. to noon
Fee; Adults and children 12 & Up $3; children ages 6-11 $1; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: How did the Lenape make their clothing, build shelters, grow crops, fish, hunt, cook, make tools and weapons, and treat disease hundreds of years ago?  Participants will have the opportunity to touch authentic masks, clothing, musical instruments, tools, and other artifacts during this unique slide-illustrated program focusing on the everyday village life of Lenape men, women, and children of New Jersey. For adults and dhildren Ages 6 & Up; ADA accessible

Winter Nature Video Series – Titles and subject to be announced
12:24  to 1:5 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note:  ADA accessible.  Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center.

Video- The American Revolution – Volume II: 1776
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

January 12
Who Stayed Behind and How They Survive
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $2 for ages six and up; pre-re istration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note:  First part of this event is ADA accessible. January is usually our coldest month and the Park seems empty. Life abounds, though, in wintry Round Valley.  Learn how plants and animals survive in winter. Then take a short hike and look for our winter residents and evidence of their activity. 

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center - Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd
(609) 737-0609
Note: The terrain is rugged.  Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.   We will take the red trail from its trailhead on Church Rd. to the top of the hill. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd).  Ages pre-teen - adult

Lost in the Woods” A Children’s Survival Program
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: A nine point program to help children if they get separated from their group while hiking.  This program will be held at the Nature Center.  Ages 6 through 11; ADA accessible. 

January 14
Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & Up $3; children ages 6-11 $1; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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

January 15
Absecon Lighthouse Birthday Party
1 p.m.
FREE
Sponsor:  Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
Note: Absecon Lighthouse celebrates its 157th year with cake & free climbs

January 16
Wildflowers in Winter
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation.  For adults; ADA accessible

January 18
Indian King Tavern Museum Lectures
2 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: Lectures presented on various 18th century topics.

12th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a brisk hike (or snowshoe) in the wild winter woods of KVSP! Afterwards, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in our toasty visitor center.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug (and snowshoes if necessary)! For adults.

Wildflowers in Winter
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation. For adults; ADA accessible

Winter Nature Video Series – Titles and subject to be announced
12:24  to 1:45 p.m.
FREE                                           
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note:  Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. ADA accessible

Video – The American Revolution – Volume III: Washington and Arnold
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

Pinelands Winter Shrubs & Trees Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Note: Length: 2 – 4 miles
 
January 19
Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join John DeMarrais, NJ Audubon Society member, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Traverse the water's edge, which is usually a busy place. You may see a resident Bald Eagle or Turkey Vulture this time of year.  Then take a short drive to the swimming pond to enjoy the winter serenity were American Crow and Lesser Scaup have been seen. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

Recycled Tree Craft
1 p.m.
Fee: $1per person
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible.  Meet at the Nature Center to craft a tree from recycled products.  Ages 6 and up

January 22
Wednesday Walk in the Woods-BATONA Trail in sections
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
Note: 7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

January 25
Indian King Tavern Museum Lectures
Lectures presented on various 18th century topics.
2:00 PM
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
856-429-6792

Video- The American Revolution – Volume IV: The World at War
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note:  ADA accessible

Winter Nature Video Series – Titles and subject to be announced
12:24 to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note:  ADA accessible.  Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center.

January 26
Chicken Whittle Demonstration
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible. Gather at the Nature Center for a step by step demonstration on how to whittle a rooster from a tree branch.  Ages 9 and up

Winter Festival
Call for date and time
FREE
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
Note: www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Throughout this day, sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, there will be ice fishing demonstrations on Lake Marcia, snowshoeing (conditions permitting) and bird feeder crafts. You’ll be able to warm up by the fire in the fireplace at the Interpretive Center and enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores, and snacks while learning about ice and snow at High Point. There will also be a presentation by Sussex County weather-guru, Nick Stefano and a sing-along. For more detailed information go to www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com. If weather conditions are unsuitable on  January 26th, the Festival will take place on Sunday, January 27th instead.

Full Moonrise Hike/Snowshoe
4:30 to 6 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800

January 29
Wildflowers in Winter
1 to 2:30 pm
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation. For adults; ADA accessible

 

 

 

 

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