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Kittatinny Valley State Park Programs & Events


KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

September - March 2016/2017

*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY 3:30 PM OF THE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM DATE.  Please call (973) 786-6445 to register.  Programs meet at the visitor center located 1 mile north of Route 206, off Goodale Road in Andover Township, unless otherwise noted.  Please be prompt – programs start at the time indicated.  Adults must accompany children at all times.  Pets are not permitted during most programs.  In case of inclement weather, all participants are urged to contact the visitor center to determine whether programs have been cancelled or rescheduled.  All programs are subject to change.

September | October | November | December | January | February | March

 

September

September 10

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

September 14

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
Celebrate fall 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.

September 15

L’il Tykes Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

September 17

Nature Hike & Potluck Picnic

11 am to 1 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: All ages welcome; partially ADA accessible
Join us for a 1.5-mile guided nature hike, then meetup for a good old-fashioned potluck. Please bring an apple-themed food to share with the group.

September 21

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
Celebrate fall 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.

September 24

Autumn Hike-to-Lunch Tour: Stonewood Tavern
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Andover Boro. Post Office parking lot (Rt. 517 side)
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Kick off the fall season with a 2.5- or 5-mile hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer refreshment at the (optional) turn-around point. If choosing the shorter option, please work out your own car shuttle arrangements. 

September 29

L’il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

October

October 5

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
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

October 12

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
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

October 13

L’il Tykes Autumn Hike
11 am to 12 noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

October 14

TGIF “Hike-to-Dessert” at The Chatterbox Drive-In
3:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; dessert additional; pre-registration required
Augusta Hill Rd., Sussex Branch Trail
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For all ages
Celebrate “National Dessert Day” and join us for an easy 2-mile, round-trip nature hike along the historic Sussex Branch Rail-Trail. At our turn-around point, The Chatterbox will offer half-price desserts to our group.

October 15

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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 adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

October 19

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
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

November

November 2

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
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

November 3

“Hike-to-Lunch” at the Andover Diner
11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Join us for a 4-mile hike along park trails, including the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop at the Andover Diner to celebrate “National Sandwich Day” will offer optional refreshment midway through the trip.

November 5

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: 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 adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

November 12

“Hike to Happy Hour” at Angry Erik Brewing

4 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Celebrate “National Happy Hour Day” by enjoying a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp for the walk back to the cars.

November 16

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
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

November 17

“Hike-to-Lunch” at Buck Hill Brewery
10:30 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Blairstown Airport, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Join us for an easy 4-mile round-trip hike along the scenic Paulinskill Valley Trail. A one-hour lunch stop at Buck Hill Brewery to celebrate “Take a Hike Day” will offer optional refreshment midway through the trip.

November 30

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 with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

December

December 10

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

December 13

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $3 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

December 14

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 with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

December 21

Winter Solstice Hike
10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the sights and sounds of the serene winter woods on this 3.5-mile moderate hike. Light refreshments provided.

January

January 7

Wildflowers in Winter
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

January 11

Wildflowers in Winter
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

January 21

Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults with children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

January 28

15th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a brisk hike (or snowshoe) in the wild winter woods of KVSP! Afterwards, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies in our visitor center.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug (and snowshoes, if necessary)!

February

February 4

Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
11 am to noon
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

February 8

Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

February 11

Backyard Bird-feeding
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

February 14

Heartwarming Hike/Snowshoe

10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Experience the park in its winter finery in companionship with fellow nature lovers on this 3-mile hike, then warm up with hot chocolate and sweet treats in our cozy visitor center! Please bring a Valentine card you bought, made, or recycled and include a poem, the words to a song, or a favorite quote; we’ll put them in a bag and pick randomly. Please also show our Little Free Library some love by bringing a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day!

February 25

Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults with children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Owls: Hunters of the Night
5 pm to 6 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

March

March 1

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 morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 4

“Cabin Fever” Nature Hike
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For all ages
Enjoy the park in its winter finery during this naturalist-guided tour. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate and sweet treats in our toasty visitor center!

March 8

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
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 11

Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: 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 adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

March 15

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 morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 20

Spring Equinox Hike
10 am until noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Emerge from winter hibernation and join our park naturalist on a 4-mile hike through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring. Refreshments provided.

March 23
L’il Tykes Spring Hike
11 am to noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

March 25

The Nature of Vernal Pools

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 9-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 9 & up; ADA accessible
Learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants and discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.

March 29

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
Celebrate spring and start the season off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beauty of the park.

March 30

L’il Tykes Spring Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!


Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration requested
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens and adults
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

 

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