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September
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.

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

Fall Homeschool Hikes
1 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration is required
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.

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: Park entrance fee plus 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. Please call for more information

Walt Whitman in Mickle Street
Call for tour times and to schedule a visit
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383

September 1
Nature 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

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

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.

All Access Tour
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost:  $2
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Note: Limited to 25 people; call for reservations

Labor Day Hike
10 am
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(908) 684-4820
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Note: 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.

Raptors of New Jersey
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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: A presentation by the Raptor Trust, including live raptors; ADA accessible

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note:  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; ADA accessible

Compass Basics
1:30  to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car – advanced registration required (ages 9 to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Come learn the fundamentals of compass navigation with a protractor compass as you work your way through the park’s compass course with the class

September 4
Thursday Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
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.

September 5
Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

Friday Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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

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

September 6
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Railroaders’ Weekend Celebration
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

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

Bait & Boat Festival
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation
High Point State Park, Lake Marcia
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Note: Join the Friends of High Point State Park as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. This is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Activities include kayaking, boat races, fishing contest, interpretive hike or paddle, and a boat craft. The day will conclude with campfire and s’mores on the beach. Additional evening activity for the whole family is in the works...stay tuned for the big announcement! Rain date Sunday, September 7, 2014.

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

Civil War Living History Weekend
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Adults $5, children under 18 $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Candle Lantern Tours
7:30 and 9 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10, children under 18 $5
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible. Children under 12 are not permitted

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

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

Harvest Moon Celebration/Garlic Festival
Please check website for details
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

The Annual “Walk with Joe” Event
8 a.m. to Noon         
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor:  Yorktown Club
(732) 462-9616

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

Lilac Care Workshop
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Rain Cancels

Waterloo Historic Architecture Tour
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family
11 a.m. to noon or 2  to 3 p.m.
Waterloo Village State Historic Site
(973) 786-6445
Note: Join park staff for a walk down old Waterloo Village Road where you will learn about the various architectural styles of Waterloo’s beautiful houses and buildings. Weather appropriate attire and sturdy footwear is suggested.

September 7
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Railroaders’ Weekend Celebration
Noon to 4:30 pm
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation

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

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

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566- 3208
Note: Take part in a guided hike starting at the Nature Center. Explore the trails as we learn some interesting facts about the Park

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

Civil War Living History Weekend
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $5, children under 18 $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

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

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616

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

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2pm
FREE
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.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

September 11
Thursday Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
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. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

September 12
Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

Friday Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.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.

September 13
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Fall Crafters’ Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 per adult; under 12 free
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date September 14

Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date September 14. Visit website for youth art contest entry rules at www.allairevillage.org. Come and stroll through our historic village and have a chance to view
and purchase artwork from NJ artist. Children’s activities and art contest.

Beginners 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

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

Observatory Open to the Public
8 p.m. 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

Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Series (topic to be announced)
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Auditorium
(609) 561-0024

High Point State Park Half Marathon Festival
Time to be announced
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800

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!

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.

Northwest Jersey Horse Show Open Show
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

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: Limited ADA Accessibility.  Hands on activities

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

Canal Heritage Day
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Waterloo Village Historic Site
FREE
Sponsor: Canal Society of New Jersey
Note: 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.

September 14
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

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

Nature Walk
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fee: $1
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

The Final State of Lee’s Retreat
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note:  Drive to Wemrock road and walk the line of the American retreat route from the Point of Woods to the Hedge Row.  Visit the spot where Washington confronted Maj. Gen. Charles Lee in one of the most famous scenes of the battle.

Audubon Nature Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Trees of the Park
1:30  to 3 p.m.
FREE; ages pre-teen to adults
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737- 0609
Note: The park is home to scores of species of native trees and shrubs as well as many non-natives that have become naturalized. Join the Park Naturalist on a walk and learn how to identify many of the most common species

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
FREE
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.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

The Far Side
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 for ages six to adult; preregistration required
Round Valley Recreation Are, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: This is a mountainous and moderately strenuous hike. Hiking shoes, water, and lunch required. Welcome autumn with a 10 mile hike of the lesser traveled Cushetunk Trail.  We’ll try to spot some migrating birds and look for signs of winter approaching

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

September 18
Thursday Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
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. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

September 19
Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

Friday Fledgling Naturlists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

September 20
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Late Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 per adult; under 12 free
Vendor spaces $25 must be preregistered
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date September 21

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

Hawk Banding Demo
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Yoga on the Mountain
9:30 to 10:45 a.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 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.

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

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
(908) 684-4820
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Note: 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.

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
(973) 887-4332
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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

Lilac Care Workshop
9 a.m. to 1p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Rain Cancels

Hawk Watch
10 a.m. to noon
FREE
Stokes State Forest, Sunrise Mountain Pavilion
(973) 948-3820
Note: Sunrise Mountain is one of the best places in New Jersey to see hawks during the Fall Migration! We will show you how to identify birds of prey and then go look for them.  Bring binoculars if you have them.

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

Where in Waterloo? – A Photo Scavenger Hunt
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family
11a.m. to noon or 2 to 3p.m.
Waterloo Village Historic Site
Note: Explore Waterloo Village in a unique way. Find the locations from a list of photos, a simple, educational, and fun scavenger hunt exercise.

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
6:30  to 11 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

September 21
Allaire 5K Run
E-Mail for information:
Forlenza4@aol.com

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

Antique Glass & Bottle Show
9 a.m. to  4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Village
Sponsor: NJ Antique Bottle Club

Historic Soldiers Weekend
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Sponsor:  Fort Mott State Park & The 9th Division WWII Historical Preservation Society

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
Note: ADA accessible

Bike Hike
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (preteens – adult)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nelson House
(609) 737-0609
Note:  Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 mile round trip).  Not ADA Accessible.  Bring your own bike and helmet.

September 22
Celebration of the Harvest: Autumn Lecture & Walk
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Following a slide-illustrated program discussing various harvest festivals and seasonal customs from around the world, an easy 2-mile walk will invigorate and rejuvenate with the colors of fall. Apple cider and light refreshments provided; for adults; partially ADA accessible

September 24
Sunset Yoga
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Wind 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; for adults

September 25
SJAC Public Skywatch
3 p.m.
Fee: Pre-registration:$10; upon arrival: $20
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
Note: ADA accessible

Thursday Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
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. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

L’il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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! For children ages 5 & under

September 26
SJAC Public Skywatch
3 p.m.
Fee: Pre-registration:$10; upon arrival: $20
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

Friday Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.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.

September 27
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

1830’s Fall Harvest Festival
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult, $3 children 5-12 years
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Horse & wagon ride additional $7 per adult, $5 per children 12 and under. Partially ADA accessible

SJAC Public Skywatch
3 p.m.
Fee: Pre-registration:$10; uion arrival: $20
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
Note: ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

Hawk Banding Demo
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Saturday Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566- 3208
Note:  For ages 7 and up. Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the Park

National Estuaries 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 and Cedar Creek Watershed.  Dress for weather and bring water and snack.  Garbage bags and pickers will be provided.  Please bring work gloves.  Please register by June 6.

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.

Historic Soldiers Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Sponsor:  Fort Mott State Park & the 9th Division WWII Historical Preservation Society

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

All About Galls
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Plant galls are abnormal outgrowths of plant tissues and can be caused by various parasites, from fungi and bacteria, to insects and mites. Discover the fascinating world of plant galls and amaze your friends with your ability to identify these intriguing structures; for adults; 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

Roving on Mars: The Journey of Curiosity
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility.  Speaker: Frank O’Brien, author of the Apollo Guidance Computer,NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

Canal Heritage Day
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Waterloo Village Historic Site
Note: 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.

National Public Lands Day at Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Join us for our trail upkeep workday; be prepared: bring water and lunch

September 28
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

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

Nature Walk
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Critter Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Historic Soldiers Weekend
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Sponsor:  Fort Mott State Park & the 9th Division WWII Historical Preservation Society

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

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
FREE
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.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Geocache the State Park
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE: advanced registration required (ages pre-teen to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737- 0609
Note: Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of several dozen geocache sites located in and around the state park. Once a cache is found, participants will sign in on the log contained within and take an object from the cache box leaving a trinket for future geocachers. Please bring trinkets to exchange; this can include small toys, small balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, patches, action figures, coins, etc.  A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available, please bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one

 

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