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January Weekdays
Walt Witman's Specimen Days
Call for times and dates
FREE
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. 


January 1

For detailed information on all First Day Hikes, please see http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/first_day_hikes.html

First Day Hike in NJ’s First Forest
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Bass River State Forest
Meeting Location: Bass River State Forest Office
(609)296-1114
Begin your new year with a short walk through the pine barrens of New Jersey’s first state forest.

1st Day East Creek Trail Hike
Belleplain State Forest
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Belleplain Forest Office
(609)861-2404
Join us for a hike on the East Creek Trail. The hike will cover half the distance of the trail.

1st Day Mountain Bike Ride
Belleplain State Forest,
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Belleplain Forest Office
(609)861-2404
The South Jersey Wheelmen will lead a mountain bike ride on a 10-mile-long trail in Belleplain State Forest.

New Year’s Cranberry Hike 2016
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.           
Meeting Location: Pakim Pond Picnic Area   
Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. To register, please call (609)726-1191
Enjoy your first hike of the year in the Pine Barrens!

First Day Hike
Cheesequake State Park
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.             
Meeting Location: Cheesequake State Park Nature Center       
(732)566-3208
Join us for a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake to celebrate the New Year.

Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail Committee 31st Annual New Year’s Day Hike
Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
10:00 a.m. – open
Meeting Location: WE WILL LEAVE FROM FOOTBRIDGE PARK, 1 Footbridge Lane, Blairstown, NJ 07825
Directions: Route 94, Blairstown,
(908)930-9745

First Day Horseback Ride
Sussex Branch & Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
11:00 a.m. Come earlier to unload, saddle up etc.
Meeting Location: The Chatterbox Restaurant, 1 State Highway 15, Augusta, NJ 07822 (corner Rt 15/206)
To register and/or for more information, call, text or email Carolyn at (845)667-2015 or cmoran789@gmail.com
Bring your OWN HORSE if you’d like to participate in a 2-hour guided horseback ride.

Follow the Footsteps of Molly Pitcher
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For more information, email dmartin@peddie.org
Meet Dr. David Martin, president of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield at the Visitor Center to walk the ground where Molly Pitcher fought at Monmouth!

First Day Hike at Rancocas ~ Hike 1
Rancocas State Park
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: 800 Rancocas Ave, Hainesport. Go through open gate and down gravel driveway
Registration is REQUIRED. To register, please call Burlington County Parks office: (609)265-5858
In keeping with the tradition, join a County Park Ranger for a hike at Rancocas State Park.  

First Day Hike at Rancocas ~ Hike 2
Rancocas State Park, Westampton section
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration is REQUIRED. To register, please call Burlington County Parks office (609)265-5858 with your name, number of people attending, and phone number.
In keeping with the tradition, join a County Park Ranger for a hike at Rancocas State Park.  

First Day Hike
Ringwood State Park (Skylands Manor Section)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
For more information, call (973)962-2240
Join State Park staff, Skylands Association volunteers, and volunteers from the New York New Jersey Trail Conference for a self-guided, family-friendly hike in the Park’s woodlands.

New Year’s Hike
Round Valley Recreation Area
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: RVRA South Lot (first right past park office)
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Call park office (908)236-6355
This is your chance to get outdoors in New Jersey and start 2016 off on the right foot.

North Hunterdon County, old favorites and new additions!
Spruce Run Recreation Area/ Reservoir to High Bridge
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Union Forge Park, High Bridge NJ.  Park is across from (Custom Alloy) 3 Washington Ave, High Bridge NJ
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information, call hike leader (Mike Helbing) at (908)343-8374, or email him at sneezehorse@hotmail.com
This is a 15-mile-long journey beginning at the Highlands Trail changes at Spruce Run. This is an ALL DAY event; not for beginners

First Day Hike to the Tower
Stokes State Forest
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Stokes State Forest Office
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information, call (973)948-3820
Hike along the Appalachian Trail to the Fire Tower scenic overlook

Short and Sweet
Warren Grove Recreation Area/Pine Plains
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon (approx.) (Meet at 9:30am)
Meeting Location: Lucille’s Country Cooking, 1496 Rt. 539, Warren Grove 08005
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information, call Terry at (609)412-3394
A short walk in the land of short pines

From Ferry to Ferry
Washington Crossing State Park/Johnson Ferry House   
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet at The McConkey Ferry Inn on the corner of Rte. 532 and Rte. 32, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. 
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information, call (609)737-2515 or email jfhwashxing@fast.net    
Walk the route that Washington and the continental army took on Christmas night 1776.

Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings
Waterloo Village Historic Site (Allamuchy Mountain State Park)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Waterloo Village Historic Site parking lot
Registration is required. To register, call (973)347-1835. For more information, email waterlooris@gmail.com
Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings is an outdoor, guided, interpreted 2 mile walk. 

Batsto Fire Tower Mountain Bike Ride
Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Batsto Village Parking Lot. 31 Batsto Rd. off of Hwy. Rt. 542, about 9 miles east of Hammonton            
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Call Gil Mika at (609)567-4559, or e-mail him at Wharton.nature@comcast.net
Bring your own bicycle and roll into the New Year out on tight winding wilderness trails in the New Jersey Pinelands

Batsto White Trail First Day Hike
Wharton State Forest
10:00 a.m. 12:00 pm (approx)
Meeting Location: Batsto Village Parking Lot. 31 Batsto Rd. off of Hwy. Rt. 542, about 9 miles east of Hammonton   
Registration IS REQUIRED. To register and for more information, contact John at  divding_creek@att.net
Join a NJ Woodlands Steward for a First Day Hike in on the White Trail near Batsto Village.

New Year’s Day Hike 2016
Wharton State Forest/Atsion Recreation Area
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Field next to the Atsion Recreation Area Office, off Route 206.
Email cdenneler157@yahoo.com or camperpat123@aol.com. Additional info: ocsj.org. Outdoor Club of South Jersey/Meetup for any changes due to weather. (http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking) Call (609)351-2789
Start the New Year with a Hike in New Jersey's beautiful Pine Barrens

Batsto Village Walk
Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Batsto Visitor Center, Wharton State Forest
Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Email Batsto.history@comcast.net, or call (609)561-0024.
Start your new year with a family history stroll through Batsto Village.

For general information about First Day Hikes, email NJ First Day Hike coordinator Diane Lowrie at diane.lowrie@dep.nj.gov

January 2
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

Video – New Jersey Legacy: Fortunes in Furs and The Two New Jerseys
2 p.m.     
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible.  Parts 1 & 2 of this outstanding series of ten half-hour programs interpret the many layers of New Jersey history

January 3
Driving Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park,Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Battle of Princeton Minute By Minute Walk (Sunday, January 3, 2016)
Princeton Battlefield State Park
6:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (on 1/3/2016)
Registration is REQUIRED. To register, please send e-mail to princetonbattlefieldsocinfo@gmail.com
Meeting Location: Thomas Clarke House, Princeton Battlefield State Park
Experience the Battle Princeton in REAL-TIME as it actually happened early in the morning on January 3, 1777, 239 years ago

January 5
New Year’s 5 Mile Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at Washington Crossing Parking lot along Route 29, Titusville
(609) 924-5705
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 5 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

January 6
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.

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.”

January 9
Winter Wildlife Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: $3.00
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Video – New Jersey Legacy: Royal Rule and Religious Revival and The Republican Rebellion
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Parts 3 & 4 of this outstanding series of ten half-hour programs interpret the many layers of New Jersey history

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

January 10
Lost in the Woods – Children’s Survival Program
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. This is a program to help children survive if they get separated from their group while hiking in the woods. Ages 6-11

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

January 16
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the Forest Office. 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.

Wildflowers in Winter
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible; aAdd intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 3 p.m.
FREE; 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.

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 – New Jersey Legacy: Monopolies and Machines & Vistas of Democracy
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Parts 5 & 6 of this outstanding series of ten half-hour programs interpret the many layers of New Jersey history.

Pinelands Winter Shrubs & Trees Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Length: 2 – 4 miles

January 17
Seasonal 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+

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

January 23
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
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.

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 – New Jersey Legacy: A State of Many Nations & Technology in the Garden
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Parts 7 & 8 of this outstanding series of ten half-hour programs interpret the many layers of New Jersey history

January 24
Chicken Whittle Demonstration
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Gather at the Nature Center for a step by step demonstration on how to whittle a rooster from a tree branch. Ages 9+.

Winter Waterfowl Walk
10 a.m. to noon 
FREE
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext. 109
Pre-Registration Required  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. 

January 27
Wildflowers in Winter
1 pm to 2:30 pm
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 the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

January 28
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.

January 30
14th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. 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 and cookies in our visitor center.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug (and snowshoes, if necessary)!

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 – New Jersey Legacy: The Progressive Banner & The Suburban State
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible.  Parts 9 & 10 of this outstanding series of ten half-hour programs interpret the many layers of New Jersey history

January 31
Groundhog Celebration
1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
D&R Canal State Park Main Office, (145 Mapleton Road Princeton, NJ 08540)
(609) 924-5705
Learn about groundhogs. Appropriate for ages 4-10

 

 

 

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