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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
(973) 786-6445
March 4
The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let's find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of "The Magic Garden."

March 5
The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let's find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of "The Magic Garden."

March 7
Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 10 & 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!

March 11
Yoga for Beginners
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Wind down your busy day and restore balance with the natural harmony of yoga. Develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

March 12
L'il Tykes Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
FREE; 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
L'IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 11
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 18
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 22
BEGINNER YOGA: HONORING THE EARTH
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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
L'IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 2
SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3; 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 7
L'IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 9
WOLF VISIONS
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Note: Family program - all ages; ADA accessible
Vinnie Reo will dispel the myths about the "Big Bad Wolf" and teach the importance of the wolf's role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. The presentation features a slide show, Q&A session, and the opportunity to meet a real live wolf!

May 14
SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 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!

May 21
L'IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 28
SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 30
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: Family program; 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 rest-stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

June 6
"OFF THE BEATEN TRACK" 5K TRAIL RUN/WALK
Race time TBD
Fee: TBD
(973) 579-1811
Sponsor: Sussex County Chamber of Commerce
Celebrate National Trails Day with a trail run/walk through this beautiful state park and enjoy the splendor of the outdoors in Sussex County!

June 11
BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 19
HIKE-TO-LUNCH: SALT GASTROPUB
10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Waterloo Road/Sussex Branch Trail parking area
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Celebrate "World Sauntering Day" with a 4-mile hike in the beautiful Sussex Skylands. A one-hour rest-stop will offer well-deserved refreshment midway through the trip.

June 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!

June 25v BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
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 27
LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
9 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex boat launch
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 1
THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
1 pm to 2:30 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!

July 3
BIKE-TO-LUNCH TOUR: THE LAFAYETTE HOUSE
9:30 am to 1:30 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
Bike along Sussex County's only 13-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour long rest-stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of our trip.

July 4
LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
9 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex boat launch
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 7
BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 9
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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.

July 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!

July 15
THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
10 am to 11:30 am
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!

July 21
BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 23
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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.

August 8
LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
9 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex boat launch
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 11
SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 13
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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.

August 15
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 15
THE MOTHS OF NEW JERSEY
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults, $1 children ages 9 & up; pre-registration required
Note: For adults and children ages 9 & up; ADA accessible
Join Blaine Rothauser on a journey of discovery into the magical and mysterious world of moths. After the indoor presentation, we'll head outside to attract and potentially identify over 100 species of moths!

August 25
SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 27
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
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 28
BIKE-TO-LUNCH TOUR: MILLSIDE CAFÉ
9 am to 1 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
Bike along Sussex County's only 13-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour long rest-stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

August 29
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!

September 10
L'IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 12
MEGA GEOCACHING EVENT
10 am to 5 pm
Fee: None
Waterloo Village
Sponsor: Northern New Jersey Cachers
Note: Family program - all ages
Everyone is welcome to join the NJ geocaching community to learn more about this hi-tech scavenger hunt and participate in a day of family fun and games at historic Waterloo Village. Visit www.metrogathering.org for more information.

September 15
SUNSET YOGA
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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 17
THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
4 pm to 5:30 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!

September 19
LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
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.

September 23
AUTUMN EQUINOX: CELEBRATION OF THE HARVEST
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
This indoor program features harvest festivals from around the world and illuminates time-honored customs celebrating this season of change. Light refreshments provided.

September 24
L'IL TYKES AUTUMN HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 26
HIKE-TO-LUNCH: STONEWOOD TAVERN
10 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Cranberry Lake Park & Ride
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Kick off the fall season with a 2.5-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour rest-stop will offer refreshment near the end of the trip.

September 29
SUNSET YOGA
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
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.

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