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Washington Crossing State Park Programs & Events


WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

WINTER PROGRAMS
AT THE NATURE CENTER

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. Some programs will require advanced registration as indicated below.  Attendance is always limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Programs will commence at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.  An adult must accompany all children.  In the event of inclement weather some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. These events are intended for families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools and other groups are scheduled separately by special arrangement.  Phone : (609) 737-0609

THE NATURE IN ME   (3 yrs. – 7 yrs.)  Saturday January 7, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Do you ever wake up feeling like a bear or perhaps a butterfly?  Do you eat like a bird or maybe you sleep like a log. We, all at times, relate to objects in nature. With the help of a parent or other adult, children will trace and cut out a life-sized paper outline of themselves. They will then fill in the empty space with appropriate pictures and illustrations cut from old nature magazines in this fun indoor nature craft activity. 

NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 14, 12:45 p.m. Living with New Jersey Black Bears This intriguing video provides an inside look at one of the state’s most interesting wildlife species and gives some clues on how to safely share the landscape with these animals.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP (pre-teen – adult) Sunday January 15, 1:30 p.m. In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information. Advanced registration required. The workshop will be co-instructed by Kevin Kavanaugh, Ewing and Daniel Nurmi McAuliffe, Langhorne.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 21, 12:45 p.m. Forests. From the evergreen forests of the frozen North to the deciduous dry forests of the tropics, these woodlands illustrate the intense seasonality of the Earth. As the tallest, largest and oldest organisms on the planet, trees are home to a fascinating range of wildlife.

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday January 22, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take a county park trail from its trailhead near Church Rd. to the top of the hill. Meet at the parking lot by Niederer’s Pond (Church Rd). Advanced registration required. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.

Saturday February 4, 12:45 p.m. Caves. Peer into the unusual underground world of caves with its interesting geology and astonishing wildlife. Caves from the American Midwest to Indonesia will be explored.

GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Sunday February 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the good old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning systems) technology to locate objects hidden in and around the state park.  Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of dozens of geocache sites located in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. Advanced registration required. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 11, 12:45 p.m. Deserts. The Earth’s deserts appear to be wastelands yet, they are surprisingly among the planet’s most varied ecosystems. This video will expose the secrets of life’s persistence in these harsh environments.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP (pre-teen – adult) Sunday February 12, 1:30 p.m. In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information. Advanced registration required. The workshop will be co-instructed by Kevin Kavanaugh, Ewing and Daniel Nurmi McAuliffe, Langhorne.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 18, 12:45 p.m. The Grasslands. Huge wildlands of plains, prairies, savannahs and tundras harbor large herds of wild animals as well as their predators. This video unravels these interesting ecosystems.

THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY Sunday February 19, 1:30 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will take participants on a journey back to the time of the last ice age, when the earliest Native American peoples entered what is now New Jersey. Discover how these Paleo-Indians lived and survived in an artic landscape filled with strange, prehistoric fur-covered animals, like the wooly mammoth, great elk, and musk oxen - Learn how these earliest people adapted to their harsh environment and hunted with specialized Clovis spear points - See how these prehistoric hunters opened the way for new bands of Archaic peoples who followed, with new innovative stone tools and lifestyles. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 25, 12:45 p.m. The Oceans. The oceans are perhaps the most mysterious and unexplored of the planet’s biomes. The dark icy depths will be illuminated to expose beautiful shellfish, pelagic predators and large marine mammals.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday  March 4, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 5, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March 11, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 12, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required.

WINTER BIRDS OF THE PARK (All Ages) Sunday March 19, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come join veteran birder Franta Broulik of Washington Crossing Audubon as we walk the trails in search of a variety of winter bird species and perhaps some early spring migrants. Advanced registration required.

 EARLY SPRING TWILIGHT HIKE  (Adult) Thursday March 30, 7:15 p.m.  We will search the park’s remote northern sections for early spring twilight and nocturnal phenomena such as woodcocks in courtship, spring peepers and other breeding amphibians, owls, etc. Meet at the parking lot by Niederer’s Pond (Church Rd). Wear boots and bring a flashlight. Advanced registration required.

 

 

 

 

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