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June

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $15 per person, preregistration required
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Participants must be 14 years of age and up and in good physical condition. Program includes all equipment and lesson. Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek.

Double Trouble Village Tours and Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
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 programs may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.

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

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

Introduction to Geocaching
Please call for dates
2  to 3 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Note: Learn about geocaching and take a short hike to find a “cache;” GPS unit not required to attend

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: Parking fee in effect and general admission, $7 Seniors (62+), $5 Youth (13-18), $5, (6-12), $3
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule, reservation and additional information
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required.
Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults)
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559

June Weekdays
Walt Whitman in Mickle Street
Call for times and dates
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. \

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
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 programs may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.

June 1
Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

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 (Hedge Row and Parsonage).
3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes

June 4
Program on General Charles Lee’s role at the battle - Did he really deserve to be court-martialed?
7 p.m. –at the main branch of the Monmouth County Library – Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

June 6
Golf Tournament
1:30 p.m. shotgun start
Fee:  $100 per player
McCullough’s Emerald Links, Egg Harbor Twp.
Sponsor: Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org

June 7
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Scleroderma Foundation Walk
9:30 a.m. – registration
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.

Bad Dogz – In Concert
8 to 9:30 p.m.
FREE; donations to the band are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bluegrass, Gospel, and Old-Timey Music; bring flashlight and something to sit on;  appropriate for all ages; ADA accessible

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

National Trails Day Hike
10 a.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Participate in a trail maintenance hike along the trails at Cheesequake. During the 2 hour hike we will remove light trash along the trails.  Starts at the Trail head parking lot

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
1 p.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 half hour video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

National Trails Day Hike & Clean Up
9 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: 4-5 mile hike and litter clean up over relatively flat sandy trails around Double Trouble Historic District.  Dress for weather and bring water and snack.  Garbage bags and pickers will be provided.  Please bring work gloves. 

National Trails Day
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
D&R Canal State Park
Six Mile Run Reservoir Site
(609) 924-5705
Note: The naturalist and historian of the D&R Canal State Park will lead a group through the Six Mile Run Historic District on one of the many trails available to the public. Meeting at the Route 27 parking area.

Mountaintop Square and Line Dancing
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
FREE; donations of $5/dancer appreciated
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Note: Come swing your partner and kick up your heels as you are guided through the moves by a professional caller. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

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

Northwest Jersey Horse Show Open Show and/or Tack Swap
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

National Trails Day Equine Ride and Overnight Stay
Fee:  Fee for overnight stay with horse, please see website for details
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

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

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE for spectators
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Lilac Care Workshop
10 a.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Rain Cancels

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA Accessibility

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a musket firing

Log Cabin Tour
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family
Waterloo Village Historic Site, Rutan Cabin
(973) 786-6445
Note: Join park staff at the Rutan Cabin in Waterloo Village and take a step back in time. Learn how the Rutan family, and other log cabin dwellers, lived in New Jersey in the late 18th and early 19th century.  Hands-on history activities, fun and games. Sturdy footwear is suggested.

National Trails Day at Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m.  to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village & Atsion Office
(609) 567-4559
Note: Join in the effort to Survey Our Trails! If you like to hike, bicycle or horseback ride; bring a note pad (paper or electronic), distance measurer & calculator . Please bring a GPS unit and/or camera to record views if you have.

June 8
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

School Day’s in the 1830’s & Children’s Tea Party
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Tea Party at 2 p.m. on the Village Green
Fee: park entrance fee per car – Admission only for Tea Party $ 5 per person
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, picnic area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

Piping Plover Walks
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Division of Fish and Wildlife

Video-Guardians of Barnegat Bay
1 p.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 half hour video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

National Trails Day Hike & Clean Up
9 a.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: 4-5 mile hike and litter clean up over relatively flat sandy trails around Double Trouble Historic District.  Dress for weather and bring water and snack.  Garbage bags and pickers will be provided.  Please bring work gloves.

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

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2  to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Hike the Rock Hopper Trail
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car (ages pre-teens to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0609
Note: Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Road (call Nature Center for directions). The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp, is a new acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length.

June 11
Homeschool Hike
1 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration recommended
Fee: $3 per child; must be accompanied by an adult
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For homeschoolers age ten and up. Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. These naturalist-led hikes are a great opportunity for older homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit of nature and history along the way. Younger siblings may accompany you, but must be physically capable of keeping up with the group.

June 12
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
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 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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.

June 13
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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.

Homeschool Naturalists
1:30 to 3 p.m.
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.

Concert: James L. Dean Band
6:30 p.m.
FREE: $5 donation recommeded
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Note: Bring a lawn chair.  Bad weather relocates concert indoors to the Carriage House

June 14
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vendor spaces $25 must pre-registered
Fee: park entrance fee per car; plus $ 1 per adult under 12 FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date June 15, partially ADA accessible

National Trails Day Volunteer Project
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; pre-registration required
Bass River State Forest Office
(609) 296-1114
Sponsors: Bass River State Forest, Outdoor Club of South Jersey, and  DEP Watershed Ambassador Program
Note:  Bring work gloves and a beverage, lunch from 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (hot dogs and chips provided)

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, picnic area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

All Access Tour
10 a.m.
pre-registration required
Cost: $2
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Note: Limited to 25 people

Bird Talk Isn’t Cheep
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Note: Ever wonder what all the chirps, whistles, and squawks coming from the treetops mean? Come learn about bird songs and calls and find out what all the bird talk is about; ADA acccessible.

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

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332
Note: Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

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
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible upon request

Young Astronomer’s Program
6:30 to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome. Registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility; some hands on activities

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a musket firing

Spring and Summer Birds of the Park
8:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Audubon Society (WCAS)
Note: Not ADA accessible.  WCAS members will lead this hike in search of birds that nest in the park

Kayak Tours
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per person, Kayaks, paddles, pfd’s provided
Waterloo Lake, Waterloo Village Historic Site
(973) 786-6445
Note: Glide along beautiful Waterloo Lake. Take in the quiet and peaceful scenery. Learn the history of the Musconetcong River and its impact on Waterloo Village along the way. Kayaks will be provided, but you can bring your own Kayak if you prefer. Appropriate footwear (water shoes), a bottle of water, and sunscreen are suggested. Parking in maintenance lot near back gate.  For ages 16 and up.

BCCI Second Saturday (theme to be announced)
10 a.m. to  4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609) 561-0024

Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Series – Snakes of the Americas
1 p.m.
Fee: $2 admission/person + $5/car parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Auditorium
 (609) 567-4559

June 15
Father’s Day – Dads Climb Free!
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee:  Dads free, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

Piping Plover Walks
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Division of Fish and Wildlife

Pond Life Animal Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(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

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616

Walking Tour of the North Side of the Battlefield
3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Note: Drive to the north side and visit Perrine Hill and the new Molly Pitcher overlook

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in efect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Stream Stomp
1:30  to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car (all ages)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Not ADA accessible. Take a wet hike through the park’s Steele Run in search of crayfish, salamanders, frogs, fish and a variety of aquatic invertebrates. Wear old sneakers; be prepared to get wet at least up to the knees

June 17
Sunset Yoga
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

June 19
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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.

June 20
Minnow’s Kids Workshop
10 to 11:30a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3.00
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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.

Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Note: Date tentative, call to confirm. Come enjoy the view and the sunset while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat. Registration is recommended – call 973-702-0488.

June 21
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Get Outdoors NJ! “Summer Solstice” children’s Environmental Games
FREE; donations are welcome; pre-registration required
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Scavenger Hunt - 10 a.m.; Animal  Olympics - 1 p.m.; Migration –3 p.m.

Get Outdoors NJ! “Summer solstice” Full Moon Hike & Campfire
8:15 to 10 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring flashlight, insect repellent and fixin’s for s’mores.; appropriate for adults and children (ages 8 and over); Limited to 25 people.

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Summer Solstice Walk
1 to 3 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Bulls Island Recreation Area
(609) 397-2949
Note: Celebrate the Summer solstice by joing the naturalist for an exploration of the White Oak Trail and the Zega Lockatong Preserve

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

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Crane-Berry  Blossom Hike
10 a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: adults $6, children 6-12 $3, children under 6 are free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: The blossom of the cranberry resembles the neck of a crane.  Join us on a 3-4 mile hike on sandy trails around historic cranberry bogs as we look for the blossoms of this popular fall fruit.  Hike starts at the Park Information Building. Registration and fee required by June 20 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Video – Harvesting Cranberries at Double Trouble
1 pm
Free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Compare the historic dry and more modern wet cranberry harvests at Double Trouble Village on this fifteen minute video compiled from rare film footage.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Solstice Sunset Walk
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Adults/children age 10 and up. This short but strenuous hike up the half-mile Blue Dot Trail affords a beautiful viewpoint from which to watch the sunset on one of the longest days of the year. Round-trip, this hike covers about 2.5 miles and requires some agility. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must!

Yoga in the Park: Honoring the Sun
9 to 10 a.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; enjoy Summer Solstice with a peaceful yoga session in the park. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

Nature “From A to Z”
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family program for all ages; Let’s go on an alphabet scavenger hunt to look for Acorns, Butterflies, Cattails, Dragonflies, Evergreens, and more! How many can you find?

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(908) 684-4820
Note: Come hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 pm
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

Summer Event
All day
FREE; donation appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800; High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com
Note:  Pet day, barn sale, vendors, used book sale, bake sale, etc.

Annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – encampment and programs
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616

Molly Pitcher by Stacy Roth
Time to be announced
FREE; donations welcome
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsors: Re-enactment community and Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616

Lilac Care Workshop
10 a.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Rain cancels

Lost in the Woods – A Kid’s Guide for Survival
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2.00 ages six to adult; preregistration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note:  ADA accessible; concludes with an optional short hike accessible to all ambulatory visitors. Celebrate the arrival of summer and bring Dad and/or Mom and learn what to do if lost and how to be safe until rescue arrives

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a musket firing

Meet the Waterloo Smiths
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family; pre-registration required
Waterloo Village Historic Site, Grist mill
(973) 786-6445
Note:  For ages 10 and up. Among Waterloo’s many residents, the Smith family is largely responsible for the success of the village. Most lived in the village, and were respected, important, and accomplished members of the community. Come and “meet the Smiths” by learning all about these people of the past who once called Waterloo home. A Power Point presentation will be followed by a short walking tour. Sturdy footwear is suggested. Partially

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
8 to 11 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor:  The Willingboro Astronomical Soc.

June 22
Doggies Do AC Dog Fashion Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $20 entry fee donation
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note: Prizes awarded in themed categories; event takes place on lawn; ADA accessible

Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Maria Allaire’s Wedding & Our Vow Renewal Service for couples married at the Allaire Village Chapel, $15 per couple
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: ADA accessible

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

Piping Plover Walks
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Division of Fish and Wildlife

Pond Life Animal Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

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

Ice Cream Social & Concert: Featuring the Salem American Legion Band
1:30 p.m. Meeting
2 to 4 p.m. Concert
FREE; donations Welcome and there is a fee for Ice Cream
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373
Note: Partially ADA accessible; bring lawn chairs. Homemade Ice Cream and a musical performance by a local community band. The event is a great community gathering place for friends and family. The patriotic music is a great summer treat. Bring your lawnchair, relax and enjoy the event.

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

Summer Event
All day
FREE; donation appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800; High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com
Note:  Pet day, barn sale, vendors, used book sale, bake sale, etc.

Annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – encampment and programs
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616

Molly Pitcher by Stacy Roth
Time to be announced
FREE; donations welcome
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsors: Re-enactment community and Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes

Bluebird Nature Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534
Note: Rain cancels

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

June 26
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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.

Cat-Tales Story Hour
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 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.

June 27
Minnow’s Kids Workshop 
10 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair’ $3.00 for additional siblings age 2 and up.
High Point State Park
973-875-4800
For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

Concert: Sixteen String Band
6:30pm
FREE; $5 donation recommended
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Note: Bring a lawn chair.  Bad weather relocates concert indoors to the Carriage House

June 28
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Summer’s Crafter’s Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vendor spaces $25, must be preregistered
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date June 29

Full Moon Campfire
7  to 9:30 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, beachfront
Sponsor: Ocean County Parks
(732) 281-2750
Note: Summer campfire and entertainment by the Basement Musicians Guild on the beach at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Lighthouse will be open for night climb. Rain or Shine event as entertainment will be moved to visitor center should there be inclement weather. ADA accessible

Recycling Tips and “Leave No Trace”
7:30 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring something to sit on; ADA accessible

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

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Concert on the Beach: Culver’s Gap
6 to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Bring family and friends, a blanket or chairs, and a picnic and enjoy the bluegrass music of Culver’s Gap on High Point’s Beach
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 pm
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

Ferns
1 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility.  Speaker to be determined

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a musket firing

Waterloo Canal Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Waterloo Village Historic Site
Sponsor: Canal Society of New Jersey
Note:  A festival atmosphere with boat rides, special interpretation of the grist mill, blacksmith shop, Smith store, Rutan Cabin and more! The Canal Society of New Jersey also hosts Canal Heritage Days every second and fourth Saturday of the month, starting in July. On these special days, the doors of select buildings open for the public to tour. A blacksmith will be on site and canal boat rides will be offered.
Rain or Shine: No, rain date June 29; Partially ADA acessible

June 29
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Independence Day Celebration
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Allaire Village
(732)
Note: Join us in celebrating Independence Day in 1836 as we welcome a new state into the nation! Participate in military drills, games, and general fanfare.

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

Piping Plover Walks
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Division of Fish and Wildlife

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

Pond Life Animal Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

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

Lake Aeroflex Paddling Excursion
8 am to 9:30 am
Fee: $10 adults and teens; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey.  Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 6 & Up; Partially ADA Accessible
Discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our new geo-trail!

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
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes

Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants
1 p.m.
Fee: Parking fee in effect
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

“Looking for Swamp Flowers at Martha,”  Pinelands Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Harrisville Lake
(609) 567-4559
Note: Guided 5 mile hike; bring water, bring lunch

 

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