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July
Diesel Train Operates Daily
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: Park entrance fee from May 25; registration required
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek.  The program includes all equipment and lesson.  Participants must be 14 years of age and up and be in good physical condition.  Call ahead for additional details, registration opens in April

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

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements
Program fee may apply
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: 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 may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park - see the Double Trouble section of www.njparksandforests.org for a list of advancement opportunities.

Nature Programs and Hikes for all ages
Call for dates and times
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471

Yoga on the Mountain
Call for dates and times
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 702-0488
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: General admission, $5 Seniors (62+), $3 Youth (6-18),  $1 Children under 6, free.
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible

Walt Whitman in Mickle Street
Call for dates and times
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: When asked why he chose Camden as his home, Whitman replied, “Camden was originally an accident, but I shall never be sorry I was left over in Camden, It has brought me blessed returns." Join us for a tour of Walt Whitman's home in Camden on Mickle Street (today's Mickle/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). Here we will explore the great writer's last residence, discuss everyday life and share the thoughts of the many visitors who came to see the aging poet in his final years.

Kayak and Canoe Trips on the Delaware
FREE
Worthington State Forest
(908) 841-9575
Note: Please call Forest office for availability, times and dates

July 1
Junior Naturalist Program
9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education.  Ages 8,9, 10; rain date July 15

July 2
Junior Naturalist Program
9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education.  Ages 8,9, 10; rain date July 15

July 4
Historic Village Tour
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Step back in time during this 1 mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Historic District and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 to 10:30 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect a sensitive watershed.  What can you do to help?  Watch this video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Public reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Indian King Tavern Museum
Reading to take place at 9:30 AM
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: In February 1777, at the urging of John Hancock, the Declaration of Independence was officially read into the New Jersey Assembly minutes while meeting at the Indian King Tavern. To take place outdoors, weather permitting.

Indian King Tavern Open House
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: The doors of the tavern will be open to the public for tours

Buccleuch Mansion
Joint Program “The Court Martial of Charles Lee,” by Jim Raleigh
“The Army Celebrates the 4th of July,” by George Dawson
 
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: Program will be held at the Buccleuch Mansion, Buccleuch Park, New Brunswick
(located on Easton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901)

Independence Day Celebration
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park
(609) 921-0074
Note:  18th century musket, cannon, and hand skills demonstrations, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, talk on the Battle of Princeton, children’s games; ADA accessible (open lawn)

14th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Reading
1 to 4 p.m.; Reading of Declaration of Independence takes place at 2:30 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
Note: The 4th of July event will feature a traditional dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Manor’s front porch and other reenactments to celebrate the 237th anniversary of American independence; ADA accessible

Independence Day, 1776 in New Jersey: a short historical hike
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note: Hike a short Round Valley trail and learn about July 1776 in these hills and valleys

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a Musket Firing demonstration; ADA accessible

Early American Ice Cream Demonstration  
1 to 5 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Note: The Johnson Ferry House will host Susan McLellan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery as she prepares ice cream from recipes and in the format of our founding Fathers along with other activities and an Open House. Small samples of ice cream will be available; partially ADA accessible

July 5
Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Yoga on the Mountain
Call for dates and times
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 702-0488
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

Know the Bear Facts: Black Bears in NJ
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 7 & Up; ADA Accessible
Learn all about New Jersey’s largest mammal during this program highlighting the true nature of black bears, including what you should do if you encounter a black bear, how to ‘bear proof’ your residence, and other tips to minimize conflicts between people and black bears.

July 6
Reptiles and Amphibians of New Jersey – with live specimens
by David Burkett of Herpetological Associates

8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: ADA accessible; bring flashlight and something to sit on

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
7:30  to 11 p.m.
FREE
Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

Happy Birthday USA Coloring Contest
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: Tom Champion & Belleplain State Forest
Note: Prizes, Birthday Cake & Juice; ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show; ADA accessible

Nature at Night Programs
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA Accessible

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 7 & Up; Partially ADA Accessible
Discover how your family can enjoy this popular activity. An indoor tutorial provides the tools and information necessary to embark on fun family adventures in the park to find “hidden treasures!” Loaner GPS units available.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for times
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: Join a Park Interpretive Specialist for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing;  ADA accessible

Night Hike
8:30 p.m.
FREE; registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note:  Explore the park in the dark on this guided nocturnal walk and campfire.  Main park entrance will be closed.  Call for alternate access directions; bring a flashlight (9 yrs. - adult)

July 7
Who Burned Down the Forest?
Noon to 4 p.m., programs at 1 and 2 p.m.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Join the 1836 villagers on a scavenger hunt as we unravel the clues; partially ADA accessible

Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Pond Life Animal Show
1 p.m
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show about pond critters; ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: Meet at the Picnic Pavilion

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels. Tour is not ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Campground Hike:  An introduction to camping at Round Valley Recreation Area
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area,
South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note: Hike involves a moderately strenuous six mile round trip.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and a snack. Enjoy the wonderful weather and hike on a guided excursion to the campsites 

July 8 
Junior Naturalist Program
9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education.  Ages 8, 9 & 10; Rain Date July 15

July 9 
Junior Naturalist Program
9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education.  Ages 8, 9 and 10; Rain Date July 15

July 10
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

July 11
Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Cat-Tales Story Hour
10 to 11 am
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 children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible

July 12
An Evening with Frank Sinatra
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person
Allaire State Park, Allaire Village Chapel
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Featuring Jack Giampalmi and Jack’s Band; ADA accessible.  Program in Allaire Village Chapel

Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

July 13
Summer’s Crafter’s Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 per vehicle parking fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date July 14

Heidi Olsen & The Night in concert
8 to 9:30 p.m.
FREE; donations to band are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note:  ADA accessible; bring flashlight and something to sit on

Batsto Village Second Saturdays
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE; fees in effect for Mansion tours
Batsto Village
Sponsor: Batsto Citizen’s Committee, Inc.
Note: Experience a fun and informative day reminiscent of a time long past in our historic village.  Watch demonstrations by our resident blacksmiths, visit a Revolutionary War camp and experience a walking tour of our village, living history demonstrations, active sawmill & post office.   Activities vary each month.

Pond Study
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Snapper Day
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: The Turtle Singer
Note: Learn all about Snapping Turtles! ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show; ADA accessible

Saturday Yellow Trail Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
Note: Take part in a guided hike starting at the Bathhouse Pavilion.  We’ll explore the Yellow Trail as we learn
some interesting facts about the Park.  All ages

Nature at Night Programs
Saturday evenings. Call for topics and times.
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Observatory Open to the Public
8  to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Wildflower Walk
9 to 10:30 am
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: This colorful walk focuses on the identification of common wildflowers, as well as their traditional culinary and medicinal uses.  Indoors in the event of inclement weather; for aAdults

Gardening Field Day
Time to be announced
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible
Visit our butterfly garden and learn all about native pollinators while enjoying presentations, exhibits, and activities by the Sussex County Master Gardeners.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Public Walking Tours
Noon & 2 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, Children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible upon request.  Please call for more information.

Raspberry Ramble
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note: Berry picking time is near!  Bring a big and sturdy container to gather our delicious organic “Raspberries” which are also called “Wine Berries”.  Learn the history of how these berries were used years ago.  Feel free to bring your own recipes and share with others.  Children and adults are welcome.

Young Astronomer’s Program
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome; registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Hands-On Activities; limited ADA accessibility

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for times
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note:  Join a Park Interpretive Specialist for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing; ADA accessible

July 14
Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Pond Life Animal Show
1 p.m
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show about pond critters; ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Lond Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Butterfly Walk
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels. Tour is not ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Pond Study
1:30 to 2 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (all ages)
Washington Crossing State Park, Meet at the park pond on Church Rd (call for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Note:  Sample the pond with nets for a variety of aquatic organisms.

July 17
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

July 18
Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

July 19
Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

July 20
Gigantic Flea Market & Yard Sale
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 parking fee per car; Vendor spaces $25 and must be pre-registered
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date July 21

Full Moon Night Hike
8:30 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person; pre-registration required
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Complex
(609) 296-1114
Note: For adults and children ages 8 and up; bring flashlight and insect repellent; limit 25 people

Pond Study
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show; ADA accessible

Nature at Night Programs
Saturday evenings. Call for topics and times.
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Outdoor Concert
6 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
High Point State Park Beach
(973) 875-1471
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for times
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note:  Join a Park Interpretive Specialist for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing; ADA accessible

July 21
The Carpenter Frog Pinelands Hike
10:30 a.m.
Atsion Office, Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Note: Guided 3 to 4 mile hike; bring water, bring lunch.

Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Pond Life Animal Show
1 p.m
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show about pond critters; ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Rain Cancels

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels. Tour is not ADA accessible

Garden Tours
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

July 22
Lighthouse Night Climb
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
(609) 494-2016

“By The Light Of The Moon” Night Climb
with performance by Maritime Musician John Mock

6 to 9 p.m.
Fee:  $15 per person (includes snacks and beverages)
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Climb the lighthouse at night; museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

July 24
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

July 25
Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Cat-Tales Story Hour
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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.

July 26
Nature Programs and Scavenger Hunts for Families
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471
 
July 27
NJ Bald Eagle Project: Past, Present and Future
by Larissa Smith, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of N.J.

8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Complex
(609) 296-1114
Note: ADA accessible; bring flashlight and something to sit on

Pond Study
1
0 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show; ADA accessible

Nature at Night Programs
Call for topics and times
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA Accessible

Lenape for a Day
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible; 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.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Program to be announced
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA Accessibility

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for times
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note:  Join a Park Interpretive Specialist for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing; ADA accessible

July 28
1836 Temperance Rally - Beware of rising conflicts in the Village
1 and 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per vehicle parking fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Pond Life Animal Show
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show about pond critters; ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note:  ADA accessible

Green Trail Hike
1 p.m.
Fee:  Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Take part in a guided hike starting at the Nature Centre.  We’ll explore the Green Trail as we learn
some interesting facts about the Park.  Ages 12 and up

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels. Tour is not ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Kids Day:  Lost in the Woods
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note:  Participants will take a short hike and then learn what to do if lost outdoors

July 31
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

 

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