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WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK
PROGRAMS AT THE NATURE CENTER


Washington Crossing State Park in Mercer County, offers many educational opportunities in a unique setting. Several miles of trails weave their way through the park's fields, evergreen plantations and mixed hardwood forests. While the Interpretive Center focuses on the park's natural environment through exhibits, programs and assorted literature, the Visitor Center and Johnson Ferry House feature exhibits, programs and artifacts that highlight the struggles and lives of men and women during the late 18th century, including the American Revolution. These facilities are open year-round, Wednesdays through Sundays.

Public events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are scheduled via phone call by special arrangement. Some will require advanced registration. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out.

Highlights
  • The Interpretive Center is open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and from 12:00 noon - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Visitor Center Museum is open 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are required for programs.


  • A listing is available from the Interpretive Center of over 30 K-12 outdoor education programs offered in the areas of ecology, conservation, survival and adventure education.


  • Park visitors can request the facility's free quarterly newsletter, "Nature's Grapevine", which features a schedule of programs, park news, and natural history articles.


  • Park facilities also include four picnic areas with tables and grills, two playgrounds and an open-air theater used for summer performances.
Target Audience(s)
General public, organizations, educators, students of all ages

Additional Information
Wayne Henderek
Resource Interpretive Specialist
E-mail: 1washxing@superlink.net
Washington Crossing Park
Parks and Forestry logo 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville NJ 08560
Phone: 609-737-0609
Fax: 609-737-0627
Nature/Interpretive Center: 609-737-0609
Visitor Center Museum: 609-737-9304
E-mail: vcmwcsp@att.net
Visitor Center: 609-737-9304
Johnson Ferry House: 737-2515
Park Office: 609-737-0623

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

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, NJ. Some programs are offered without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration. A fee of $5.00 per car ($7.00 out-of-state) will be charged to all motor vehicles entering the park for daytime programs on weekends and holidays through Monday 9/7 (Labor Day). Some programs are offered without charge and All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise specified below. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, camps and other groups are scheduled separately upon request by special arrangement. Phone : (609) 737-0609.

NORTH AMERICAN ICE AGE STONE TOOL MAKING INDUSTRIES Saturday July 4, 2015- 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Jim Silk, flintknapper/lithic technologist will present a talk and demonstration on North American Ice Age Stone tool making industries. This presentation will demonstrate Paleo stone tool making technologies using organic materials found in the archaeological record and examine their historical relevance.

FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday July 5, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. - adult) Saturday July 11, 8:30 p.m. Explore the park for nature at night and have some good old-fashioned fun on this naturalist-guided hike and campfire. Advanced registration required. Bring a flashlight. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required.

BACK COUNTRY FIRE BUILDING (7 yrs. - adult) Sunday July 12, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Learn valuable skills for backcountry travel. Practice "leave-no-trace" ethics and become aware of fire safety. Build a fire ring and gather tinder, kindling, and firewood. Witness a fire-building demonstration, then get hands-on experience using the methodology to complete the one-match fire challenge. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.

POND STUDY (6 - 12 yr. old) Sunday July 19, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Kids will use pond nets to collect and examine the various organisms that inhabit our pond. Meet at the pond by the park service entrance off of Church Road in Titusville. Advanced registration required.

RECREATIONAL KAYAKING (pre-teens - adult) Sunday August 1, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. If you are in the market for a kayak, come and learn the ins-and-outs of kayaking. Participants will have the opportunity to paddle a kayak on the park's pond. Kayaks, paddles, and adult lifejackets will be provided. Get advice about selecting a recreational kayak that matches your paddling needs. Wear your old sneakers or water shoes and be prepared to get wet. Meet us at the Brick Road/pond parking lot for this fun and informative workshop! Advanced registration required.

MODEL RIVER RAFTS (all ages) Sunday August 2, 1:30 p.m. Have family fun in the sun and water. Kids will construct miniature models of river rafts at the Nature Center. The fun continues by the Delaware River, as the rafts participate in activities and challenges. Come prepared to get wet. Sunscreen recommended. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.

PADDLE THE D & R (9 yrs. - adult) Saturday August 8, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m Take a short canoe jaunt up the Delaware and Raritan Canal skirting the village of Titusville. Meet at the state park parking lot directly across Rt 29 from St. Georges RC Church (call for directions) Advanced registration required after 7/7.

NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. - adult) Saturday August 22, 8:30 p.m. Explore the park for nature at night and have some good old-fashioned fun on this naturalist-guided hike and campfire. Advanced registration required. Bring a flashlight. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required after 7/21.

WEIRD WASHINGTON CROSSING (preteens-adult) Sunday August 30, 1:30 p.m. Experience Washington Crossing State Park beyond the Revolutionary War. Hike to explore some unusual and bizarre nature of the park. Learn the untold local history and folklore by visiting "off-the beaten-path" building remnants. Dress appropriately for out-of-doors and bring your own provisions to hike. Limited-seating transportation provided. Advanced registration required 7/28. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.

SOLAR OBSERVATION (all ages) Saturday September 5, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. View naturalistic activity on the sun safely through a telescope equipped with a special filter. Observe sunspots, solar flares, prominences, and other solar phenomena, as they are available. Learn how these storms can affect the earth as well as other interesting facts about our planet's closest star. Gene Ramsey and Jennifer and Dave Skitt of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton will conduct this activity. Clear skies required. Rain date is September 7, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.

COMPASS BASICS (9 yrs - adult) Sunday September 6, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn everything they ever wanted to know about the protractor compass. They will then use their new-found skills to navigate a compass course that will take them over hills, across streams, along trails and through forests to a mysterious hidden site known as "Haunted Hollow". Bring a protractor compass if you have an instrument of your own. If not, we will provide one. Advanced registration required after 8/4. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.

BACKYARD ASTRONOMY (preteens - adults) Friday September 18, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. This class will acquaint participants with the celestial sphere and its coordinates, sky maps, constellations/asterisms, and the popular objects viewable from our night sky such as planets and moons, stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae, comets, and our Milky Way galaxy. Presented by Bill Murray, and other club members of the Amateur Astronomers' Assoc. of Princeton, the class will be followed by a session of night sky observation at the adjacent AAAP observatory, weather permitting. This presentation will be the first installment of a four-session astronomy seminar to be continued on the following three consecutive Friday evenings (9/25, 10/2 and 10/9). AAAP will issue a certificate of attendance for anyone who participates in all four sessions. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required

HIKE THE ROCK HOPPER TRAIL (preteen - adult) Sunday September 20, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp., is a relatively new acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer's Pond in WCSP. (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail head. Advanced registration required after 8/18.

TELESCOPES FOR AMATEURS (pre-teen - adult) Friday September 25, 7:30 p.m. This session will trace the historical development of the telescope. We will also describe the types of telescopes and eyepieces used by amateurs as well as their important properties such as aperture, focal ratio, magnification, and telescope mounts. The use of binoculars will be described. Mention will also be made as to which type of telescope is most useful for observing the sun, moon, and planets, as well as stars and star clusters, and deep-sky objects like nebulae and galaxies.. Instructor: Bill Murray, Amateur Astronomers' Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center.

BIKE HIKE (pre-teens - adult) Sunday September 27, 1:30 p.m. Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 miles round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike and helmet. Advanced registration required after 8/25 .

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