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May
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: $15 per person; call for hours and additional details
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
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.

Double Trouble Village Walking Tours  
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: 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
ADA accessible. Please call for more information.

May 1
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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

Craig House "Open House"
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible. John and Ann Craig's house is a restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Hike along park trails over bridges, through fields and thorugh woods while learning about events surrounding the Battle of Monmouth.

19th Century Baseball Games-Double Header  
First pitches at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood Manor Lot B, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Come watch the Flemington Neshanocks, the Elizabeth Resolutes, and the Atlantic baseball clubs play according to rules from 1873 using period equipment and wearing period uniforms. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic lunch and spend the day cheering on your favorite teams. A fun event for the whole family! Hot dogs, chips, and soda will be available to purchase. Sponsored by the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society. ADA accessible.

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

Wild Edible Plants
1:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Come out for a short hike and presentation on the edible, medicinal and toxic properties of common plants that can be found on the local landscape. Pat Chichon of Lambertville, a plant lore enthusiast will deliver this program. For all ages.

May 2
Plant Sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Location: 598 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ (Franklin Township, Somerset County)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(609) 924-5705
http://bmcha.weebly.com
ADA accessible. Perennial and annual plants will be available for sale. Consultants on hand to offer advice on plant care.

May 3
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registraiton required, spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the tower lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. For children ages 3 to 6 with an adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors.

May 4
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate spring and start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 5
L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 6
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 7
Spring Craft Market & Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 Adults, children under 12 free; vendor space - $50
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Craft market show cases local artists as they sell & demonstrate their crafts. Visit website for details on contest: www.allairevillage.org

Mommy and Me Village Tea Party
2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, under 6 yrs. FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Feel free to bring a fun hat and a fuzzy best friend! There will be storytelling or a puppet show. Admission to craft market is free with tea party tickets. Rain date: May 8th

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Saturday Tree Identification Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 6 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Gather at the Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the park as we learn how to identify the trees on our hike.

WW1 at Fort Mott
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Experience "the Great War" with soldiers marching in period uniforms. The museum will be displaying WW1 Era items.

Tankard at the Tavern/fundraiser
Times and ticket prices to be announced
Indian King Tavern State Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of the Indian King Tavern
(856) 429-6792
The fifth annual "Tankard at the Tavern" is a ticketed event offering samples of local beers as well as good food and company.

Spring Wildflower Walk
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Discover the natural history, edibility, and folklore of the spring beauties in bloom around the visitor center. Indoor presentation will take place in the event of inclement weather. 

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

Encampment of the 29th New Jersey at the Battle of Chancellorsville (Civil War)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Living history encampment, demonstrations and programs by the 29th NJ Volunteers.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Lilac Garden Splendor
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
(973) 962-9534
The Lilac Garden is a large collection of these sweet-scented and prolific spring beauties, in the peak of bloom this year of year. Members of NJBG's Lilac team will be in this part of the Garden to answer any questions you may have.

Spring Wildflower Walk
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requested
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
(973) 962-9534
Join Darlene Nowak and Sandy Zenkel in checking out the many delightful spring bloomers in the Wildflower Garden. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

Carriage House Concert: George Langberg
3 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, Carriage House Visitor Center
Limited to 75 attendees

Hike with Mom
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults $3; free for moms and children under 6 years old; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Moms are wht make the world go round. Hike a short trail with your mom, one day before her big day. Learn how animal moms at Round Valley care for their children.

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in Tower lot
(908) 638-8572
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run Recreation Area. For additional information go to HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Starting at Washington and Green Streets, Columbia, NJ
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person plus park entrance fee on weekends and holidays
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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.

Shelter Building/Wilderness Survival
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This program will deal with the fundamentals pertaining to survival whenlost inthe wild. Participants will construct a weatherproof shelter completely from native materials.

Spring Bike Trail Ride
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Join us for a 10-mile guided mountain bike ride. Bring your bike, eye protection, water and snacks.

May 8
Mother's Day - Moms Climb Free
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconligthhouse.org

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

WW1 at Fort Mott
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Experience "the Great War" with soldiers marching in period uniforms. The museum will be displaying WW1 Era items.

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
ADA accessible upon request.  Please call for more information.

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

Encampment of the 29th New Jersey at the Battle of Chancellorsville (Civil War)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Living history encampment, demonstrations and programs by the 29th NJ Volunteers.

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
John and Ann Craig's house is restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Walking Tour "Defense of the Hedgerow"
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Hike along park trails over bridges, through fields and through woods while learning about events surrounding the Battle of Monmouth; study troop positions during the fierce fighting at the Hedgerow that occurred late in the morning of the Battle.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes.

Lilac Garden Splendor
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
(973) 962-9534
The Lilac Garden is a large collection of these sweet-scented and prolific spring beauties, in the peak of bloom this year of year. Members of NJBG's Lilac team will be in this part of the Garden to answer any questions you may have.

Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
(973) 962-9534
Perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, hanging baskets and potted plants. Knowledgeable Master Gardners will be on hand to offer advice, and the plants are lush and healthy. Come early for the best selection.

May 10
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE: pre-registration required as spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. For children ages 3 to 6 with an adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors.

May 11
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
Call for time
FREE
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-114

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 12
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 13
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 14
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Late Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 Adults, children under 12 yrs. free
Vendor spaces $30 pre-registration, $35 registration week of event.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks and so much more! Rain date, May 15th 

The Spirit of the Jerseys History Fair
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $10 donation per vehicle
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center and surrounding grounds
(732) 462-9616
Welcome to the State History Fair. The only statewide event where visitors can experience five centuries of NJ's history in one place. It started in 2004 as a celebratory event marking the 100th anniversary of NJ's State Historic Sites. 2016 will mark the Fair's 12th anniversary. Its goal is to engage the public in discovering NJ's history in a fun and enjoyable manner.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person plus park entrance fee on weekends and holidays
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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.

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society
http://www.wasociety.us/
(609) 567-4559
Look through a variety of telescopes at planets, star clusters and galaxies and discuss what you are looking at with a knowledgeable person. Ask questions about our solar system, cosmology, stars and many other subjects.

May 15
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Salt Marsh Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for an interpretive hike to the salt marsh of Cheesequake.

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

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
John and Ann Craig's house is restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Bird Walk
8 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 249-270
Hike varius areas of Monmouth Battlefield while enjoying and learning about the flora and fauna in the park.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

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

Children's Container Gardening Workshop
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $10 members, $15 non-members; reservations required
Ringwood State Park, Botanical Gardens
(973) 962-9534
Join Nancy Cochrane and Master Gardener and educator Olga Newey to explore the fun of gardening. Learn how to gro veggies and herbs in different containers; you'll take home what you plan. To be held in the Carriage House. For ages 6 and up; children under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Ringwood State Park, Carriage House Visitor Center
(973) 962-9534
An easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands, where you'll learn a bit about the plans, animals and geology around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Smaller children may need to be carried. Wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels.

Pretzel Jar Terrariums
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; pre-registraiton required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
For all ages. Participants will create small forest floor ecosystems by transplanting common plants and placing other objects into a large plastic jar to take home.

Antique Glass and Bottle Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
Sponsor: Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc.
This event will be held in conjunction with the Shine in the Pines Car Show. Handmade items from a variety of crafters, food, drinks and music by area artists.

Shine in the Pines Car Show
9 a.m to 2 p.m.
FREE
Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
(609) 561-0024
Sponsor: Crusin Classic Car Club
Display of antique and restored cars .

May 16
Art Display and Sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(609) 924-5705
http://bmcha.weebly.com
ADA accessible. Art display and sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House, 598 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ.

May 17
Art Display and Sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(609) 924-5705
http://bmcha.weebly.com
ADA accessible. Art display and sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House, 598 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ.

Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registraiton required as spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com

May 18
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.           

May 19
L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 20
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Monty Python's Spamalot
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $12 children 12 and under
Washington Crossing State Park, Open Air Theatre
http://www.dpacatoat.com/mainstage.html
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail this musical features the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches and other Python touches. Spamalot adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit.

May 21
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registraiton required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & 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 educational geo-trail!

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

Living History Weekend Civil War
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center grounds
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Civil war training camp presented by the 14th New Jersey Volunteers Company H; encampments and demonstrations.

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
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.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Spring Wildflower Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
(973) 962-9534
Join Darlene Nowak and Sandy Zenkel in checking out the many delightful spring bloomers in the Wildflower Garden. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House

Gardening Day at Spruce Run
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required as spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet at beach complex
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Families and children ages 5 and up with an adult. Help clean out, plant, mulch, and water our garden bed at the Beach Complex. Bring work gloves if you have them and dress to be outdoors.

Monty Python's Spamalot
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $12 children 12 and under
Washington Crossing State Park, Open Air Theatre
http://www.dpacatoat.com/mainstage.html
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python an dthe Holy Grail this musical features the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches and other Python touches. Spamalot adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person plus park entrance fee on weekends and holidays
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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.

Ladies Slippers & Laurel Pinelands Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Batsto Historic Village, Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Guided 2 to 4 mile hike, bring water and snacks.

May 22
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
John and Ann Craig's house is restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

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

Audubon Spring Nature Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botancial Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: Bergen County Audubon Society
Join us as we walk the Garden and fields looking for the butterflies and birds that visit NJBG on their spring migrations, and identifying their favorite plants. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain Cancels.

Rockingham's Annual Children's Day
Noon to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Rockingham State Historic Site
Sponsors: Montgomery Twp. Live Historians club and Rockingham Assocation
(609) 683-7132
rockingham1783@yahoo.com
www.rockingham.net
ADA accessible. Light refreshments available. Period activities related to childhood in the 18th century may include: trying on clothes, writing with a quill pen, playing with games and toys such as trap ball, batttledore and shuttlecock, buzz saw, cup-and-ball, making crafts such as paper marbling, paper tricorn hats and pinner caps, washing clothes, visiting with soldier's, watching outdoor cooking and basket making.

Monty Python's Spamalot
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $12 children 12 and under
Washington Crossing State Park, Open Air Theatre
http://www.dpacatoat.com/mainstage.html
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python an dthe Holy Grail this musical features the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches and other Python touches. Spamalot adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit.

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0609
Meet at Niederer's Pond on Brickyard Road (call the Nature Center for directions). We will carpool to the trialhead on Fiddler's Creek Road and take the Blue Trail to the top of the hill. Bring a water bttle and wear hiking shoes. The terrain is rugged.

May 24
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required as spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors

May 25
Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration
5 p.m.
FREE
Walt Whitman Historic Site
Sponsor: Walt Whitman Association
(856) 964-5383
Come join us as we celebrate the Poet's 197th birthday at the annual Walt Whitman birthday celebration. The ceremony will incloude readins fromteh winners of the Walt WhitmanAssociation's Annual High School Poetry contest. Poetry contests them and guest speaker to be announced.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 26
Wildflower Walk in the Woods
Call for time
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-1114

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 27
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Monty Python's Spamalot
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $12 children 12 and under
Washington Crossing State Park, Open Air Theatre
http://www.dpacatoat.com/mainstage.html
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python an dthe Holy Grail this musical features the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches and other Python touches. Spamalot adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit.

May 28
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Lighthouse Night Climb
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

Video - Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble State Historic Village
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble 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 village Interpretive Center display Room. Limited seating

Bike-to-Lunch tour: the Chatterbox Drive-In
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6 to 11, children under 6 are free; pre-registraiton required; lunch additional
Warbasse Junction Road parking area
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Family program; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet
Shake, rattle, and roll along Sussex County’s only 13-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour long lunch stop to celebrate “National Hamburger Day” will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

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

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Mars Exploration Update
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.                   
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
Additional information go to www.njaa.org
The planet Mars is in opposition this month, making it an ideal target for small scope observation. We have robots roaming and digging the Martian soil and in orbit over the red planet. With all of the discovery information we have been receiving it is often difficult to sort through what is real and what is not. Tonight Mr. Witzgall will present a summary of these wonderful discoveries and their significance in our preparations for a manned trip to Mars

Monty Python's Spamalot
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $12 children 12 and under
Washington Crossing State Park, Open Air Theatre
http://www.dpacatoat.com/mainstage.html
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python an dthe Holy Grail this musical features the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches and other Python touches. Spamalot adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit.

Family Nature Walk
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This is an informal naturalist's guided trail walk.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person plus park entrance fee on weekends and holidays
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for time, schedule and reservation
Fee: $10 per person plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required
Batsto Historic Village, Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Children 8 to 13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults.

May 29
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

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

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
John and Ann Craig's house is restored mid-18th century farmhouse and surrounding crop fields.

Memorial Day Observance
2 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Commemoration of those who have given their life for their country.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

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

Monty Python's Spamalot
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $12 children 12 and under
Washington Crossing State Park, Open Air Theatre
http://www.dpacatoat.com/mainstage.html
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python an dthe Holy Grail this musical features the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches and other Python touches. Spamalot adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit.

Solar Observing
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton
Personnel from AAAP will be on hand with special optical equipment for safely observing structures on the sun such as sunspots, flares, and prominences. Clear skies are required.

May 30
Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person plus park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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.

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