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Get Outdoors

With so many choices to Get Outdoors across the state, your family can have a fun activity planned every week!

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Get Outdoors in NJ State Parks for

GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH 2018!

Various Dates in June 2018

Belleplain State Forest
Lake Nummy Study
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am
Fee: Free
609-861-2404
Sponsor: Belleplain State Forest
Using “dip” nets, discover for yourself what lives in Lake Nummy.
Note: Meet at the Nature/Interpretive Center.

Belleplain State Forest
Nature / Holiday Crafts
Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Fee:  Free (donations welcome)
609-861-2004
Sponsor: Belleplain State Forest
Note: ADA accessible. Meet in the Picnic Area at Lake Nummy.

Belleplain State Forest
Canoe and Kayak rentals
Daily
Fee: call for information
609-861-2004
Sponsor: Belleplain State Forest

Cape May Point State Park
STORYTIME
Saturdays, 12:30pm
Fee: None
 (609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
NOTE: ADA Accessible

Cape May Point State Park
KEEPER ON DUTY
Saturdays, 1:15pm
Fee: None
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
NOTE: ADA Accessible

Cheesequake State Park
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Call for hours and additional details
Fee: $15 per person plus park entrance fee
 (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.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Delaware River Sojourn
Weeklong paddling event, June 15 - 23
Various NJ and PA State Parks
Fee: Visit website for information
www.riversojourn.com
Note: Held in June to celebrate National Rivers Month, the Delaware River Sojourn is a guided paddling trip on the wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, and historical interpretation. Geared for families and indivduals of all ages and skill levels,participants can sign up for the whole event or for the section(s) or day(s) of their choice. By getting individuals out on the river to experience it first-hand, the Delaware Sojourn aims to promote stewardship of the Delaware River Basin and its resources. You can choose one day or the entire week by registering at http://www.riversojourn.com/

Wharton State Forest
Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
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)
Pre-registration Required / Info: (609) 567-4559
Call for more information, schedule and reservation.
Batsto Historic Village

Friday, June 1

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Beginner Yoga
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of/walk-in
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

Saturday, June 2

Allaire State Park
9th Annual Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee
(732) 919-3500
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Join the crowds in watching & participate in military drills, meet President Lincoln & influential military figures, as well as learn about the lives of soldiers & civilians.

Allaire State Park
Civil War Lantern Tour, Skirmish & Concert
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
FEE: $20/per person, pre-registration required, available online at www.allairevillage.org
732-919-3500
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc
Note: Your tour guide will lead you through the Confederate, Union and civilian camps at night, village, concert & skirmish.

Double Trouble State Park
National Trails Day: Discover Double Trouble History Walk
10:00 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, Children 6-12 $3, under 6 Free
(732) 341-4098
Registration and fee required by 3:00 pm Friday June 1 through the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village. For directions, visit www.njparksandforests.org.
Discover the culture and beauty of the Double Trouble Historic District during this 2-mile walk over mostly flat sandy trails. We will also tour a century-old sawmill and cranberry packing house. Maximum 16 participants.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
1st Saturday Walks. Walking in Nature – A Prescription for Better Health
10:00 - 12:00
Fee:  Free
Bordentown Bluff, end of Stanton Avenue, Bordentown Township
RWJ Hamilton, Friends of the Marsh and D&R Canal State Park
www.abbottmarshlands.org
Note: Walking is greatly beneficial for the body and mind. Taking exercise out into nature augments these benefits, so that getting to better health may be just a walk in the park! Come discover the Abbott Marshlands with a knowledgeable guide. Each 1st Saturday Walk will explore a different part of this rich and diverse natural area. Guides will vary; locations also will vary so that all marshland trails will be explored during the year. The meeting place will be listed with the trip date; walks are from 10 am to noon. In case of inclement weather, check the marsh website calendar (www.abbottmarshlands.org); any cancellations will be listed before 9 am. A light drizzle will not cancel.

High Point State Park
National Trails Day Equine Ride
Date and Time T.B.A.
Fee: Various
973-875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Lusscroft Farm
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association Note: For more information go to www.lusscroftfarm.org

High Point State Park
5,000 Step History Hike
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: None
973-875-1471
Adults and children ages 10 and up.
Join us for a high energy circuit of High Point State Park’s historic district. If you’re a Fitbit-er, you’ll get approximately 5,000 steps, and will climb the equivalent of 60 flights of stairs (earning the “Lighthouse” badge for the day). If you’re not a Fitbit fanatic, you’ll get some exercise and will see some of High Point’s historic high points and the sights of early summer. This will be a fast-paced walk with five or six planned stops that are significant to High Point’s history, including the site of the Kuser Mansion and the Monument. Plan to wear comfortable shoes for walking (NOT hiking boots), and you may want water and insect repellent. Meet at the Interpretive Center. For more information email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Walk-About Andover
11 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet in the Andover Diner parking lot
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
In partnership with the Historical Society of Andover Borough, let’s celebrate National Trails Day with this intriguing look back at the history of Andover. Two-mile round-trip walk along the Sussex Branch Trail to the museum and around town, ending with lunch at the Andover Diner.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
5 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $5 (beverages additional); pre-registration require
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For ages 21 & over
Celebrate “National Trails Day” with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages (optional) at our midway pit-stop.

Parvin State Park
Trail Restoration
9 a.m.until afternoon
Fee: Free
Phone: (856) 981-6100
Location: Second Landing Natural Area
Sponsor: Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee, Inc.
Description: Reconstruction of the Long Trail section in the natural area damaged by the floods of 2011. Wear proper work attire, bring refreshments, bug repellent, gloves, shovels, rakes and pruners.

Washington Crossing State Park
Goat Hill Hike
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE, advanced registration required.
(609) 737-0609
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Brickyard Rd (call the Nature Center for directions)
Note: Goat Hill Overlook is an outlier of Washington Crossing State Park. The 213 acre tract sits on a bluff overlooking the Delaware River in W. Amwell Twp. and boasts commanding views of the Delaware Valley including portions of Lambertville, New Hope and areas north and west into Bucks County, PA. The tract contains extensive hardwood and mixed oak forests, open fields, numerous rock outcrops, a former diabase quarry and hiking trails. We will meet in Washington Crossing at the park pond on Church Rd and carpool to the overlook for an exploration hike. The terrain will be rugged. Wear hiking shoes and bring drinking water

Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village & Atsion Office
National Trails Day at Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Batsto Parking Fee: $5/car
Pre-registration Required / Info: (609) 567-4559
Join in the effort to maintain our trails!

Whitesbog Village
Explore the park
10 AM
609-893-4646
Come join us for a family fun day with a family friendly hike through the Nature Trail, a scavenger hunt and more! Walter Bien will lead a Fiddleheads, Ferns, Lichen and Moss Trail Walk. http://www.whitesbog.org/
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village 

Whitesbog Village
WORK DAY & VOLUNTEER BBF TRAINING
10am - 3pm
609-893-4646
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events! Both get you lunch in the General Store classroom and time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings! http://www.whitesbog.org/

Whitesbog Village
VILLAGE TOUR
1pm
609-893-4646
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottage and other museums & buildings that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage. $5 donation/person, advance reservations requested but not required - 609-893-4646. http://www.whitesbog.org/

Sunday, June 3

Allaire State Park
9th Annual Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee
(732) 919-3500
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Join the crowds in watching & participate in military drills, meet President Lincoln & influential military figures, as well as learn about the lives of soldiers & civilians.

Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Call for hours and details
Fee: $20 per person.
(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. Call for additional details.
Note: Call ahead for details and registration.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Bird Watch Along the D&R Canal
8 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required
(732) 249-2670 – Barbara & George Dawson
barbaradawsonwriter@yahoo.com
Demott Lane (1289 Easton Avenue, Somerset NJ 08873)
Sponsor:  Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
Note: ADA accessible. Meet at the historic Van Wickle House off Easton Avenue at the foot of DeMott Lane, Somerset section of Franklin. See and hear Baltimore and Orchard orioles and other nesting songbirds as we walk along the Delaware & Raritan Canal

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Pedal and Paddle ~ explore two states and one river (Adults only)
10:00 a.m.
Fee: TBD
https://www.delrivgreenway.org/
Prallsville Mill, Stockton, Hunterdon County
Sponsor:  D&R Canal State Park( NJ) , Delaware Canal State Park (PA) and Delaware River Greenway Partnership
Note: Join the naturalists from PA and NJ State Parks for an 8 mile bicycle ride on the Delaware Canal towpath and then a enjoy a leisurely 3 mile kayak paddle down the Delaware and Raritan Canal. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycles (bike rental information can also be provided) and the parks will be providing the kayaks and life jackets. There will be a lunch break at Bulls Island Recreational Area. Registration is limited! Please visit the Delaware River Greenway Partnership website at www.delrivgreenway.org for more information.

Liberty State Park
Horseshoe Crab Walk (for families & children)
June 2nd, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
FREE; Pre-registration required
June is the time of year when horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs. Join our staff on a walk to discover these amazing creatures and learn about the important roles the play in the natural world. We will meet at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive, and then drive over to our study site. You will need your own vehicle to transport you there. Please dress for the weather and wear old shoes than can get wet/muddy (no open-toed shoes or flip flops). For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Walking tour of the battlefield (Hedge Row and Parsonage)
1:30 p.m.
FREE
 (732) 462-9616
Meet at the Visitor Center
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note: Wear appropriate foot wear

Tuesday, June 5

Round Valley Recreation Area
Under the Water: Life in the Reservoir
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
parking fee; pre-registration recommended
 (908) 236 -6355
Round Valley Recreation Area - South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area.)
Note: Includes a short hike on the 1 mile long Water Trail. Learn about some of the aquatic life that live below the water.

Wednesday, June 6

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Voorhees State Park
Wednesday Wander
10 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE, Pre-registration Required
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park 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. Join us for one date or all four. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required.

Thursday, June 7

High Point State Park
Fledgling Naturalist Field Trip: Pond Study
1:30 to 2:30 PM
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
973-875-1471 For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult partner.
This June, Fledgling Naturalists will head out into the field and visit Sawmill Lake. Using nets, we’ll discover the critters that live within the lake. Wading will be discouraged, but you still may want to wear boots/old shoes/sport sandals as feet sometimes still get wet. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Friday, June 8

High Point State Park
Fledgling Naturalist Field Trip: Pond Study
1:30 to 2:30 PM
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
973-875-1471 For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult partner.
This June, Fledgling Naturalists will head out into the field and visit Sawmill Lake. Using nets, we’ll discover the critters that live within the lake. Wading will be discouraged, but you still may want to wear boots/old shoes/sport sandals as feet sometimes still get wet. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Beginner Yoga
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of/walk-in
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

Saturday, June 9

Belleplain State Forest
HOFNOD Fishing Derby
10:00am  - 12:00 pm
Fee: Free
609-861-2404
Sponsor: Belleplain State Forest
Prizes for most fish, and largest fish- lots of raffle prizes too.
Note: Register at the Nature / Interpretive Center on day of event or at Forest Office in advance.

Cheesequake State Park
New Jersey Free Fishing Day
Call for hours and details
Fee: Park Entrance Fee
(732) 566-3208
Bathhouse Pavilion
 Enjoy the day of license free fishing at Hooks Creek Lake in Cheesequake State Park. There will be a lecture and demonstration on freshwater fishing at 10 am provided by the Park Naturalist.

High Point State Park
Lusscroft Farm Northwest Jersey Open Horse Show
Fee: Various
Lusscroft Farm
973-875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association Note: For more information go to www.lusscroftfarm.org

High Point State Park
Sunset Walk to the Monument
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fee: None
973-875-1471
Meet at the North end of Lake Marcia (opposite the beach) near the entrance to the cedar swamp picnic area and take a short, but steep, guided walk up to the Monument to watch the sunset, on one of the longest days of the year. We'll cover less than a mile round-trip, but in some areas the trail surface will be very rocky and the climb is strenuous. If the uphill climb isn't your thing, you can drive up to the Monument parking lot and meet us at the base of the Monument at about 8:00 PM and chat with the park interpreter about the nature and history of the park while you watch the sun set.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Walk
9 am to 11 am
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Experience the health benefits of “forest bathing” right here in the tranquil woods of KVSP. This slow-paced, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

Spruce Run Recreation Area
Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge
8:00am – 1:00pm
Park Entrance Fee Required Spruce Run Recreation Area Boat Launch Shoreline
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Families, age 20 and under to be eligible for prizes. June 9 is a “free fishing day”, no license required to fish. Come to Spruce Run and participate in a Youth Fishing Challenge. You need to bring our own tackle and bait. Registered youth, age 20 and under will be eligible for prizes and giveaways. Registration will be taken on the day of the event, limited to the first 25 participants.

Stephens State Park
Free Fishing Day
Time: All Day
No Fee
Location: NJ Streams, Lakes, Ponds and Rivers
Event: Free Fishing Day Statewide – must comply with all NJ Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations, bait and tackle shops may have NJ Fish and Wildlife Digests for regulations.

Washington Crossing State Park
Spring and Summer Birds of the Park
8:30 a.m. to Noon
FEE: park entrance fee
(609) 737-0609
Meet at the Nature Center
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Audubon Society(WCAS)
Note: WCAS members will lead this hike in search of birds that nest in the park

Wharton State Forest
Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Free Admission
Batsto Historic Village
Info: (609) 567-4559

Conducted by: The West Jersey Astronomical Soc.

Sunday, June 10

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Maritime Forest Trail guided walk
10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
(609) 494-2016
Interpretive Center entrance
Note: Join staff from the NJDEP Forest Resource Education Center on a guided walk through one of the last remnants of maritime forest along the NJ coast.

Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Call for hours and details
Fee: $20 per person.
(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. Call for additional details.
Note: Call ahead for details and registration.

Liberty State Park
Summer Shorebird Walk (for families and children)
June 10th, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
FREE; Pre-registration required
ADA Accessible
Located along the Atlantic Flyway, Liberty State Park is home to over 250 distinct species of birds. Join us as we explore varied habitats and learn to identify some of our resident and migratory bird-life. Please dress to be outside and bring binoculars if you have them Binoculars will be available to borrow. The program will begin at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive. For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

Washington Crossing State Park
Stream Stomp
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee
(609) 737-0609
Nature Center
Note: Take a wet hike through the park’s Steele Run in search of salamanders, frogs, fish and a variety of aquatic invertebrates. Note: wear old sneakers or water shoes, be prepared to get wet at least up to the knees.

Tuesday, June 12

Round Valley Recreation Area
Camouflage and Mimicry
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
parking fee; pre-registration recommended
(908) 236 -6355
Round Valley Recreation Area - South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area.)
Note: Not every insect is a bug. Discover what insects do to stay alive.

Wednesday, June 13

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Voorhees State Park
Wednesday Wander
10 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE, Pre-registration Required
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park 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. Join us for one date or all four. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required.

Thursday, June 14

High Point State Park
Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 to 7:45 PM
Fee: $5 donation recommended
973-875-1471
Sponsor: Friends of high Point State Park Note: For more information go to www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat and water. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is canceled. To register, please call 973-702-0488.

Friday, June 15

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Beginner Yoga
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of/walk-in
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

Saturday, June 16

Bass River State Forest
NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
$10 per car (NJ resident) entry fee
(609) 296-6574 (trip leader)
Pre-registration required limit 15 children
Severe weather cancels

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Hike Along the D&R Canal from Fireman’s Eddy to Prallsville Mill
10 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required
(609) 635-2783 – Pamela V’Combe
pjvcombe@gmail.com
Prallsville Mills (33 Risler Street, Stockton 08559)
Sponsor:  Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
Note: Partial ADA accessible. Hike 5.3 miles from Fireman’s Eddy to Prallsville Mill (the meeting place) or choose the 2.6-mile walk to the Holcombe-Jimison Farm. The tour will include the historic remnants of the feeder canal outlet lock to the river, other historic canal structures and expansive views across river. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Nature Journaling at Bonaparte’s Estate
1:00
Fee: $3.00
Divine Word Missionary, 101 Park St, Bordentown, NJ 08505
Sponsors:  Bordentown Historical Society and D&R Canal State Park
Note: Families are encouraged to join the naturalist from the D&R Canal State Park to discover their creative side by nature sketching and journaling at the former estates of Joseph Bonaparte. Charles-Lucien Bonaparte, called the father of American descriptive ornithology, lived on this estate from 1823-1828 and conducted nature studies throughout the beautiful estate. This program is meant for beginners of all ages to learn how to explore the details of nature. Participants are limited to 25 and registration is required by contacting the Bordentown Historical Society c/o Doug Kiovsky at georgesilverfox@aol.com.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Wildflower Walk
10 am to 11 am
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Add color and intrigue to your next walk in the park by learning to identify our beautiful native wildflowers with your own take-home field guide!

Liberty State Park
Kayak Eco Tour
June 16th, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$20 per person; Pre-registration required
Come explore the natural beauty of the Hudson River by kayak. Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required however participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required. This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth – Encampment and programs
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE, donation requested
 (732) 462-9616
Co-sponsored with the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note: ADA accessible

Sunday, June 17

Liberty State Park
Kayak Eco Tour
June 17th, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$20 per person; Pre-registration required
Come explore the natural beauty of the Hudson River by kayak. Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required however participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required. This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth – Encampment and programs
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE, donation requested
 (732) 462-9616
Co-sponsored with the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note: ADA accessible

Washington Crossing State Park
Cane Pole Fishing
1:30 p.m.
FREE, advanced registration required.
(609) 737-0609
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd and Brickyard Rd. (call the Nature Center for directions)
Note: (4yrs 12 yrs.) Come out to the pond and use a basic fishing pole made from a bamboo shoot and rigged to catch bluegills. Any caught fish will be released but you get to take your cane pole home. Rain date: Sunday June 23, 1 p.m.

Wharton State Forest
Searching for Swamp Flowers at Martha Pinelands Hike
Starts at: 11:30 a.m.
5 miles
Free Admission
Info: (609) 567-4559
Harrisville Lake, Wharton State Forest
Guided hike; bring water, bring lunch

Wednesday, June 20

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Voorhees State Park
Wednesday Wander
10 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE, Pre-registration Required
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park 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. Join us for one date or all four. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required.

Thursday, June 21

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Early Bird Breakfast Walk
8:30 am to 11 am
Fee: None; breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will energize us for the return trip.

Washington Crossing State Park
Family Nature Walk
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee
Nature Center
Note: (all ages) This is an informal naturalist – guided trail walk in the state park

Friday, June 22

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Beginner Yoga
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of/walk-in
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

Saturday, June 23

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Full Moon Campfire
7pm to 9:30pm
Fee: None
(732) 281-2750
Location: Beachfront, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Ocean County Parks
Summer campfire and entertainment 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.
NOTE: ADA Accessible

Bass River State Forest
DOG WALK
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$10 per car (NJ resident)
Pre-registration required, limit 15 dogs
(609) 296-6574 (trip leader)
Moderate-paced hike, 3-5 miles, bring drink and lunch
Note: Dog not required to attend hike!
Severe weather cancels

Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Call for hours and details
Fee: $20 per person.
(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. Call for additional details.
Note: Call ahead for details and registration.

Double Trouble State Park
Video –The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10:00 a.m.
Free
(732) 341-4098
View the birth and evolution of the cranberry industry at Double Trouble Village from the hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests on this short video compiled from rare film footage. Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room. Limited seating.
Not ADA accessible

Double Trouble State Park
Crane-Berry Blossom Walk
10:00 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, Children 6-11 $4, under 6 Free
Registration and fee required by 3 pm June 22 through the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village. For directions, visit www.njparksandforests.org.
(732) 341-4098
The blossom of the cranberry resembles the neck of a crane. Join us on a 1 mile walk on sandy trails around historic cranberry bogs as we look for the blossoms of this popular fall fruit, followed by a tour of the cranberry sorting and packing house. Maximum 16 participants.
Not ADA accessible

High Point State Park
Concert on the Beach: Patrick Fitzsimmons
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fee: Donation Appreciated
973-875-1471
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park Note: For more information go to www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org
The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them for an evening of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, and then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach. Spread a blanket out on the grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun! All concerts take place by the beach at Lake Marcia. In the event of rain, they will take place in the Interpretive Center. Free, but donations of $5 or more per adult appreciated. Proceeds support Concerts on the Beach and other Friends of High Point State Park programs.

High Point State Park
Dusk Walk/Frog Talk
8:30 to 9:45 PM
Fee: None
973-875-1471
This time of year, frogs are doing a lot of talking, but it sometimes takes awhile for the conversation to get started. While we wait for dusk to turn to dark and the croaks and trills to get started, we'll take an easy half mile walk on a portion of the Mashipacong Trail to experience the darkening woods and then we'll finish up by learning a bit about High Point’s frogs as we check out the amphibious residents of the pond in front of the Park Office. Bring a flashlight if you can – it makes for easier frog spotting! Suitable for families with children ages five and up. Meet at the Park Office.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Bike-to-BBQ: Double S Smokehouse
10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: All ages welcome; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Shake, rattle, and roll along Sussex County’s only 14-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour lunch stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

Liberty State Park
Low Tide Beach Walk (for families & children)
June 24th, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
FREE; Pre-registration required
Join us for a stroll along the beach to see what the tide has brought ashore. Please dress to be outdoors and wear old shoes that can get wet and muddy. You will need your own vehicle to get to the study site. We will meet at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive, and then drive over to the site. Please dress for the weather and wear old shoes than can get wet/muddy (no open-toed shoes or flip flops). For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
240th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth – Special program and tours
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
(732) 462-9616
Visitor Center
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note: ADA accessible

Whitesbog Village
35th ANNUAL BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
10 am - 4 pm
Entry fee reduced to $5 per CARLOAD of people! (1/2 off last year)
609-893-4646
Load up the car and come out to the village for a day of fun! We will have loads of music, arts and crafts vendors, non-profit and preservation organizations, fine arts, demonstrations, food vendors, hayrides, tours of Suningive, General Store shopping, blueberry picking and more! $5/carload.
Blueberry Art Show in the Whitesbog Gallery and Makers Workshop to get hands on in Cottage 12! Free activities for all to try. See the throwback exhibit of 35 Years of Blueberry Festival Pie Eating Contests! http://www.whitesbog.org/
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village

Sunday, June 24

Cheesequake State Park
Crab Time Racing
1:00 PM
Fee: Park Entrance Fee
(732) 566-3208
Bathhouse Pavilion
Learn about the Fiddler Crabs that inhabit the park Participate in Fiddler Crab races. All ages.

Liberty State Park
Kayak Eco Tour
June 23rd, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$20 per person; Pre-registration required
Come explore the natural beauty of the Hudson River by kayak. Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required however participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required. This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
240th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth – Special program and tours
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
(732) 462-9616
Visitor Center
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note: ADA accessible

Stephens State Park
Co-sponsored: NJ State Park Service and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
No Fee
Phone Number: 908-852-3790
Location: Stephens State Park Office, 800 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Event: Amphibians and Reptiles: Learn about amphibians and reptiles of New Jersey and how they live throughout the seasons. What do they eat? Learn about their offspring. Join us for a walk in hopes that we can spot some in the area. The walk will be on natural trails, protective footwear is recommended.

Washington Crossing State Park
Compass Basics
1:30 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee. Advanced registration required
(609) 737-0609
Nature Center
Note: (9yrs – adult) 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

Whitesbog Village
35th ANNUAL BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
10 am - 4 pm
Entry fee reduced to $5 per CARLOAD of people! (1/2 off last year)
609-893-4646
Load up the car and come out to the village for a day of fun! We will have loads of music, arts and crafts vendors, non-profit and preservation organizations, fine arts, demonstrations, food vendors, hayrides, tours of Suningive, General Store shopping, blueberry picking and more! $5/carload.
Blueberry Art Show in the Whitesbog Gallery and Makers Workshop to get hands on in Cottage 12! Free activities for all to try. See the throwback exhibit of 35 Years of Blueberry Festival Pie Eating Contests! http://www.whitesbog.org/
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village

Wednesday, June 27

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Voorhees State Park
Wednesday Wander
10 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE, Pre-registration Required
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park 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. Join us for one date or all four. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required.

Thursday, June 28

Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
By the Light of the Moon Climb
11a.m. to 8:30p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Atlantic City has a stunning skyline at night, and to top it off, you can watch the full moon float up from the ocean and join the magnificent lights of the city.
Note: Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Strawberry Moon Night Hike
8 pm to 9:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Let's celebrate the full moon of June with a unique after-dark 2.5-mile hike in the park, followed by strawberries & moon pies in the visitor center. Headlamps and/or flashlights are required!

Friday, June 29

High Point State Park
Family Nature Program
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $5.00 Parking Fee for NJ residents. $10 Parking Fee for out-of-state visitors
973-875-1471
Join us every Friday morning this summer for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 15th. Email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 for more information. Programs will also be listed at www.facebook.com/pg/HighPointStatePark/events.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Trail Mix @ Six
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
End the work week on a high note with an invigorating 3-mile hike to soak in the beauty of the park and socialize with friends.

Saturday, June 30

Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Call for hours and details
Fee: $20 per person.
(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. Call for additional details.
Note: Call ahead for details and registration.

High Point State Park
Blue Dot Sunset Hike
7:00 to 9:30 PM
Fee: None
973-875-1471
Join the park naturalist for a hike up the Blue Dot trail to watch the sun set in the west from a beautiful vantage point above Sawmill Lake. This is a strenuous hike, and the final rock scramble requires a bit of strength and agility. Round-trip we'll cover about 2.5 miles, and sturdy shoes are a must! You may want to bring water and a snack to enjoy while you watch the sun set. For adults and children age 10 and up. Meet at the Sawmill Lake Boat Launch.

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Discovery Hike
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: All ages welcome
Join us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

Whitesbog Village
STRAWBERRY MOON WALK
8pm
609-893-4646
Listen to the night sounds of the Pines, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands. All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders. $5/person donation, reservations requested 609-893-4646 http://www.whitesbog.org/
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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