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KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
Nature Programs and Events


Kittatinny Valley State Park, located in Sussex County, comprises over 2,000 acres of hemlock and hardwood forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, lakes, and vernal pools representative of the Great Limestone Valley of northern New Jersey.

The interpretive programs at the park are designed to increase awareness and encourage the stewardship of our natural and cultural resources through activities such as guided walks, bike rides, slide and video programs, morning story hours, and special evening guest speaker presentations. Free nature programs are presented year-round and can be tailored to group interests. Over 100 programs, for adults and older children, ranging from beginner bird watching to orienteering, are available to select from. Outreach programs are also available upon request. Topics include, but are not limited to, wetland ecology, "Lost in the Woods," "A Bear's Life," "Leave No Trace," and bird migration.

Programs are free of charge and meet at the visitor center, located 1 mile north of Route 206 off Goodale Road in Andover, New Jersey, unless otherwise noted.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS BY 3:30 PM OF THE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM DATE, as space is limited. In case of inclement weather, all participants are urged to call the park office to determine whether programs have been cancelled or rescheduled.

Adults must accompany children at all times and pets are not permitted during programs. All programs are subject to change.

Highlights
  • A Project Learning Tree Trunk is stationed at the park office and is available to lend to educators. The trunk's activities are appropriate for use in the classroom with grades 6-12.

  • A butterfly garden behind the park office is a convenient place for nature discovery.

Target Audience(s)
General public, civic organizations, scout groups, educators, students of all ages.

Division of Parks and Forestry Logo Additional Information
Lynn Groves Lussier
Resource Interpretive Specialist, Natural Resources
Kittatinny Valley State Park
P. O. Box 621
Andover, NJ 07821-0621
Phone: 973-786-6445
Fax: 973-786-6874
E-mail: kittatinnyvalley@earthlink.net
www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html

Teachers' Guide to Educational Programs with New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and the Forest Resource Education Center

KVSP Nature Programs
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Meet at Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center unless otherwise noted
(973) 786-6445

March 19
(Almost) Spring Equinox Hike
10 am until noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
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.

March 23
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring and start the season off right by stretching your legs, breathing some fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 26
The Nature of Vernal Pools
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 9-11; pre-registration required
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 28
Weed Walk
11 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate "National Weed Appreciation Day" by learning about the edible and medicinal benefits of the pernicious plants that pop-up in your lawn and garden.

March 30
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
NOTE: For adults
No excuses! Start your morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in spring in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 31
L'il Tykes Hike
S 4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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!

April 7
L'il Tykes Hike

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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!

April 9
The Nature of Vernal Pools

1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & 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 13
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

April 16
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
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!

April 20
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

April 21
Poetry in the Park (& Pancakes)

9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fee: $5 (breakfast additional); pre-registration required
Paulinskill Valley Trail parking area, Spring Valley Rd., Hardwick Twp.
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Put a "Poem in Your Pocket" and join us for a 3- or 6-mile walk along one of the most scenic stretches of the Paulinskill Valley Trail. We'll refuel during a one-hour stop at the Blairstown Diner - our (optional) turn-around point. If choosing the shorter option, please work out your own car shuttle arrangements.

April 22
Earth Day Trail Clean-up

8:30 am
Fee: None; pre-registration requested
Meet at The Chatterbox Drive-In
Note: For teens and adults
Join us in giving back to the Earth through volunteer stewardship and light trail maintenance. Some tools provided; please bring gloves.

April 23
Family Nature Hike & Potluck Picnic

11 am to 1 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Note: All ages welcome; partially ADA accessible
Join us for a 1.5-mile guided nature hike, then meetup in our picnic area for a good old-fashioned potluck. Please bring a food item to share with the group.

April 26
Yoga Hike

10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $5 Teens & adults; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
Enjoy the soothing sounds of nature, gentle stretching, and low-impact yoga postures during this beginner hike to help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing the body and quieting the mind.

April 28
L'il Tykes Hike

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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!

May 4
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

May 5
L'il Tykes Hike

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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!

May 7
Spring Wildflower Walk

10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
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
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

May 18
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

May 19
L'il Tykes Hike

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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!

May 21
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
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!

May 28
Bike-to-Lunch Tour: The Chatterbox Drive-In

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
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: All ages welcome; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet
Shake, rattle, and roll along Sussex County's only 13-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour long lunch stop to celebrate "National Hamburger Day" will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

June 4
Hike-to-Lunch Tour: Andover Diner

11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate "National Trails Day" with a 4-mile hike along the beautiful Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer well-deserved refreshment midway through the trip.

June 8
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

June 11
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
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!

June 15
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

June 18
Nature Hike & Potluck Picnic

11 am to 1 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 to celebrate "International Picnic Day." Please bring a food item to share with the group.

June 21
Yoga Hike

9:30 am to 11 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
Celebrate "International Day of Yoga" by enjoying the soothing sounds of nature, gentle stretching, and low-impact yoga postures during this beginner hike to help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing the body and quieting the mind.

June 22
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring 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.

July 2
Bike-to-Lunch Tour: Lafayette House

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
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: Family program; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet
Celebrate "Hop a Park Day" by biking the park's rail-trails while learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour lunch will offer refreshment during our trip.

July 9
Help the Herptiles!

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Note: All ages welcome; ADA accessible
Meet the radical reptiles and awesome amphibians living right in your backyard! This program will familiarize children with local wildlife, discourage kids from taking these wonderful animals out of their environments, and show what harm pollution can do to the species as a whole and to the individual animals.

July 14
Cat-Tales Story Hour

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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.

July 16
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
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!

July 16
Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration requested
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.

July 28
Cat-Tales Story Hour

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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.

July 30
Nature Hike & Potluck Picnic

11 am to 1 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 to celebrate "National Cheesecake Day." Please bring a cheese- or cake-themed food to share with the group.

July 30
Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration requested
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.

August 5
Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing

5 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Celebrate International Beer Day by enjoying a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop.

August 10
S'mores & More!

7 pm to 8:30 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittaitnny Valley State Park group campground
Note: All ages welcome; ADA accessible
Celebrate "National S'mores Day" by joining us in the KVSP group campground to make your own s'mores (all materials provided), look and listen for nocturnal wildlife, and gaze at the stars. Bring your own telescope.

August 11
Cat-Tales Story Hour

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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.

August 13
When Animals Attack!

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Note: All ages welcome
Meet the mammals which have developed amazing characteristics to avoid becoming a predator's "lunch," and watch as these creatures show-off their self-defense tools "When Animals Attack"!

August 13
Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration requested
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.

August 20
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
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!

August 25
Cat-Tales Story Hour

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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.

August 27
The Magic of Monarchs

11 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

August 27
Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration requested
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.

August 31
Nature Hike & Potluck Picnic

11 am to 1 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 to celebrate "National Trail Mix Day." Please bring a food item to share with the group.

September 10
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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!

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