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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

NATURE CENTER CLOSED Mon. Dec. 22, 2014 -  Wed. Jan 1, 2015
Have a Happy Holiday Season

CONSERVATION VIDEO Saturday January 3, 12:45 p.m.  The Civilian Conservation Corps This presentation chronicles the rise of the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a consequence of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Black and white Depression-era film clips, naration and CCC alumni interviews tell the story of the role of the CCC in natural resource conservation and park and forest management throughout the nation.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday  January 10, 12:45 p.m.Conserving the Great Bear Rain Forest Conservationists study the plants and animals of British Columbia’s coastal rain forests in an effort to save the wilderness from over exploitation. Wolves, grizzlies and the so-called “spirit bear” are featured.
 
NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 17, 12:45 p.m. Dolphins Dolphins are smart, surprisingly aggressive marine mammals with very interesting and complex social interactions. This video examins a variety of dolphin species around the world.

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday January 18, 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. The terrain is rugged.

NATURE VIDEOS Saturday January 24, 12:45 p.m. Turning the Tide This half-hour documentary showcases the hidden beauty of the tidal areas in and around the Hackensack Meadowlands of northern New Jersey and the Hamilton-Trenton Marsh (Abbot Marshland) just south of the state capital of Trenton. Forces in Nature Nature is often romanticized as a benign phenomenon. It does however, have a harsh and destructive side. This video takes an in-depth look at volcanos, earthquakes and tornados.

THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY Sunday January 25, 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.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP(pre-teen – adult) Sunday February 1, 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.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 7, 12:45 p.m. Jaguars. Field biologists struggle with the important questions of life as they endeavor to study the elusive jaguar in South America and Central America.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 14, 12:45 p.m. The Wildlife of Gabon. Gabon is a country on the west coast of central Africa that consists of a rich mosaic of wetlands, rain forests and beaches. Among the numerous national parks are vast wildlife resources. The forest elephant and a few other species are featured in this film.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP (pre-teen – adult) Sunday February 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.

 

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 21, 12:45 p.m. Journey Through the Universe. Take an imaginary trip from earth through the cosmos and encounter some rather bizarre astronomical phenomena. Great animation and astrophotography are featured.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 1, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required after 2/3.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March 7, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required after 2/3.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 8, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required after 2/3.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March 14, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required after 2/3.

WINTER BIRDS OF THE PARK (All Ages) Sunday March 15, 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.

 GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Saturday March 28, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game, which utilizes GPS (global positioning satellite) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of parks, playgrounds, natural areas and other open lands.  Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of dozens of geocache sites 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 after 2/24. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one.

 

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