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Kittatinny Valley State Park Programs & Events


KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

April - September 2014

*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.

April | May | June| July | August | September

 

April

April 5

THE NATURE OF VERNAL POOLS
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 children ages 7-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 7 & Up; Partially 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.

April 10

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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!

April 12

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am 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 brand new geo-trail!

April 22

YOGA IN THE PARK: HONORING THE EARTH
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
Celebrate Earth Day with yoga in the park! Great for beginners, 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.

April 23

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

April 24

WHAT’S THAT WEED?
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
“Weeds,” whether native, introduced, or invasive, can be difficult to identify, especially in early spring when they’re small, green, and leafy. Bring your questions and photos so our park naturalist can help you answer the question, “What’s that weed?”

May

May 1

BACKYARD EDIBLES
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Many of the plant species discussed in this program are the same “weeds” people habitually remove or destroy in their backyards and gardens, without awareness of their rich variety of culinary and medicinal uses.

May 8

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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!

May 10

SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK
10 am to 11 am
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 12 & up; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 12 & up
Discover the natural history, edibility, and folklore of the spring beauties in bloom around the visitor center.  Indoor presentation will take place in the event of inclement weather. 

May 11

YOGA IN THE PARK: HONORING MOMS
10:15 am to 11:15 am
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
Celebrate Mother’s Day with yoga in the park! Perfect for moms (and dads) of all ages, this 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. Great for beginners!

May 14

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

May 17

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am 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 brand new geo-trail!

June

June 17

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

June 21

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

June 21

NATURE “FROM A TO Z”
11 am to noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages
Let’s go on an alphabet scavenger hunt to look for Acorns, Butterflies, Cattails, Dragonflies, Evergreens, and more! How many can you find?

June 26

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 4 & 5; ADA Accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

June 29

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

June 29

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am 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!

July

July 2

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

July 5

WILDFLOWER WALK
9 am to 10 am
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
This colorful walk focuses on the identification of common wildflowers, as well as their traditional culinary and medicinal uses. Indoors in the event of inclement weather.

July 5

KNOW THE BEAR FACTS: BLACK BEARS IN NJ
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 6 & Up; ADA Accessible
Learn all about New Jersey’s largest mammal during this program highlighting the true nature of black bears, including what you should do if you encounter a black bear, how to ‘bear proof’ your residence, and other tips to minimize conflicts between people and black bears.

July 10

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 4 & 5; ADA Accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

July 12

NJ & NY SNAKES & TURTLES
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible
Get familiar with our local reptiles and amphibians during this entertaining live animal show!  Meet the turtles, snakes, and frogs that share our parks and yards, and learn why they need to stay wild.

July 12

THE GREAT REPTILES
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible
Come see why this live animal program has the “WOW” factor: Meet a 100-lb American alligator, watch a 6-ft water monitor lizard sniff the air with her foot-long tongue, or touch the gentle beautiful giant, “Hernia,” a 100-lb Burmese Python. Don’t miss this one!

July 16

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

July 24

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 4 & 5; ADA Accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

July 26

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

July 26

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am 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!

August

August 2

WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK!
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible
Many mammals have developed amazing defenses to avoid becoming "lunch" - from the Skunk’s putrid smell, the Porcupine’s incredibly sharp quills, and the Armadillo’s plated back made of hair. Meet these creatures up-close and watch how they use their special tools “When Animals Attack!”

August 2

WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK!
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible
Many mammals have developed amazing defenses to avoid becoming "lunch" - from the Skunk’s putrid smell, the Porcupine’s incredibly sharp quills, and the Armadillo’s plated back made of hair. Meet these creatures up-close and watch how they use their special tools “When Animals Attack!”

August 7

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 4 & 5; ADA Accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

August 9

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am 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!

August 13

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

August 21

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 4 & 5; ADA Accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

August 23

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

August 23

THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 6-11; ADA Accessible
Experience the extraordinary life of a monarch butterfly while visiting our award-winning butterfly garden!

August 27

SUNSET YOGA
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

September

September 10

SUNSET YOGA
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

September 13

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am 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!

September 22

CELEBRATION OF THE HARVEST: AUTUMN LECTURE & WALK
10 am to noon
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; Partially ADA Accessible
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. Light refreshments provided.

September 24

SUNSET YOGA
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
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.

September 25

L’IL TYKES AUTUMN HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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 27

ALL ABOUT GALLS
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; Partially ADA Accessible
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.

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