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October
Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements and program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged. 

Every Wednesday through Sunday through November 9
GUIDED TOURS OF RINGWOOD MANOR
10am to 3pm (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee for tour: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free.
$5 per car in-state, $7 per car out-of-state parking fee to enter park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Note: Only first floor is ADA accessible
Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Every Saturday & Sunday through October 28   
HISTORIC CARRIAGE BARN EXHIBIT OPEN
11am to 4pm
Fee: None to enter carriage barn exhibit
$5 per car in-state, $7 per car out-of-state parking fee to enter park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible: Yes
Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
LONG POND IRONWORKS MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER
1pm-4pm
Fee: Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
973-657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

October 3
Wednesday Walkers 3rd Anniversary
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Help us celebrate 3 years of all-weather walking at KVSP with this extra-special event to soak in 2.5 miles of autumn scenery while socializing with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

October 4
Hike to Happy Hour: Milk Street Distillery
4 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $5, tour additional; pre-registration required
Sussex Branch Trail crossing on Augusta Hill Rd.
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults age 21 & over
Rain or shine. Join us for a scenic 3.5-mile round-trip walk along the Sussex Branch Trail to historic downtown Branchville for happy hour snacks and (optional) spirits.

Thursday Trekkers: Monument Trail
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Join April Oleksy, from the Friends of High Point State Park, on a hike along the Monument Trail. This trail offers some of the best views in the park, extending along top of the mountain ridges almost to the New York border. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930’s, sets of stone stairs and borders display their workmanship. This will be a loop hike covering about 3.5 miles. The terrain ranges from moderate to difficult and the trail surface at times is rocky, uneven, and has some steep climbs. We will be meeting at the Monument Trail Parking Area. Please bring water and feel free to bring a picnic lunch and join April after the hike. Hike may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park

Fledgling Naturalists: All about Orange
1:30 to 2:30 PM
Fee: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner.  Come experiment with fall colors and investigate leaves. You’re welcome to arrive up to a half hour before the program begins for seasonally-themed free-play. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

October 5
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Fledgling Naturalists: All about Orange
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner.  Come experiment with fall colors and investigate leaves. You’re welcome to arrive up to a half hour before the program begins for seasonally-themed free-play. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow w/Neill Hartley
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
732) 919-3500
Note:  ADA accessible

October 6
30-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location
Fee: None
Paulinskill Valley Trail
(201) 274-9805
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike the entire length of the Paulinskill Valley Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way. Weather permitting, over by nightfall.

CANDLE LANTERN WALK/LINDA RUSSELL CONCERT
8:00 pm
Fee: Adults $10; Children ages 10-17 $5. NO CHILDREN UNDER 10
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
973-657-1688

Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Enjoy a unique candle lantern walk to the barn where historical balladeer Linda Russell will perform a concert of 18th century music. To make a reservation (required), leave name, number of tickets, and telephone number on the FOLPI Information Line at 973-657-1688

DOUBLE TROUBLE VILLAGE WALKING TOURS
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged. 
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
NOTE: Not ADA accessible

Fall Craft Show & Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 Adults, Under 12 yrs. FREE
Vendor spaces - $70 Pre-Registration
Allaire State Park
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 938-3500
Note: Rain date: October 8th

Fall Foliage Hike
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Join us for a moderate, two to three mile hike on one of High Point’s trails to enjoy the fall colors and brisk (usually) bug-free air. We’ll announce the trail and meeting place the week of the hike - it will depend on where we can find the best colors, since they’re often unpredictable. You’ll want to bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Suitable for adults and children age eight and up.

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow w/Neill Hartley
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
732) 919-3500
Note:  ADA accessible

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

PUBLIC WALKING TOURS
12 Noon & 2pm
Fee: Adults $3, Children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
973-657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible upon request.  Please call for more information.

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

HISTORIAN’S HAND-PICK TOUR: NOOKS, CLOSETS, & HIDDEN SPACES
1:30PM
Fee:  $10 per person; Advanced registration required by emailing: RingwoodManorTours@gmail.com
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Join Ringwood Manor historian, Sue Shutte, throughout the year as she hand-picks exclusive tours with a special focus. Ever wonder, "Is there anything inside those closets, furniture, and behind closed doors?" July's pick let's you discover the nooks, compartments, closets, & passages within Ringwood Manor! This includes exploring the furnishings, opening up doors & drawers to discover what’s inside! Advanced registration required. Tour limited to 20 people.

Video –The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
View the birth and evolution of the cranberry industry at Double Trouble Village from the hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests on this short video compiled from rare film footage.  Video plays in Historic Village Display Room.  Limited seating.
10:00 am
Free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
Historic Village Interpretive Center:  732-341-4098
Not ADA accessible

October 7, 14, 21, 28
GARDEN TOURS
2pm
Fee: None
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
973-962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes

October 7
Astronomy
5 p.m.
FREE, ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Front Office field area to learn about the stars and astronomical features of the Cheesequake area.

ATSION DAY OUTDOOR FLEA MARKET
ATSION RECREATION AREA
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Vendors usually setup by 6:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
(609) 351-0073 for more info.
Sponsor:  Indian Mills Historical Society

Drop-in Coloring: Bears
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Stop by the Interpretive Center any time between 1:30 and 3:30 PM to learn a bit about bears and complete a craft or a bear-themed coloring project. All ages.

NOTE: ADA accessible

Fall into Autumn Bicycle Tour
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fee: $5 donation appreciated
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Join Friends of High Point State Park volunteer Rob Oleksy on a bicycle ride to enjoy the beauty of autumn at High Point State Park. Our route will take us on an 8-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. We will make a few shorts stops along the way to view points of interest and to enjoy a quick snack. The bike ride is suitable for ages 14 to adult. Helmets are required. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, snacks, and water. Meet at the Sawmill Lake parking area on Sawmill Road. Please email Rob at rthawk@ptd.net for more information. Donations of $5 per participant are appreciated.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Primitive Technologies Weekend
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Archaeologists, flintknappers and primitive technologists from the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the afternoon.

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

RINGWOOD MANOR HISTORIC GROUNDS AND LANDSCAPE TOUR
2pm to 4:00pm
No Fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Walking tour of the battlefield – meet at Visitor Center
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note:  ADA accessible in the Visitor Center. Craig House Open (1-4PM) ADA accessible in Craig House 

Wellness Walk
10 a.m. to NOON
FREE
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Duck Island, Lamberton Road Parking Area
Sponsor: Friends of the Marsh, Robert Wood Johnson Health Centers
(609) 924-5705
Please visit www.abbottmarshlands.org for specific location
Note: Walking is key to a healthy lifestyle. Join the Naturalist for a walk along the forgotten section of the D&R Canal.  Walk will be about 3.5 miles, so please bring comfortable shoes, water and dress for the weather

October 11
Fledglings Afield: Mountaintop
1:00 to 2:30 PM
Fee: $3 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledglings Afield are a fun way for preschoolers to explore different parts of the park on short (.5 mile-ish) walks. This week, we’ll take in the view and explore the textures, colors, and sights at the highest spot in New Jersey. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

October 12
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE.
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park.  Tickets go on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa at 6:00 p.m. beginning today

Homeschool Hike
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Fee: $3.00 per hike, per child
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For homeschoolers ages 6 and up. These easy to moderate, naturalist-led hikes will range between one to three miles and are a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way. Hikes will be selected based on seasonal events and conditions. Younger siblings may join you, but will need to be able to walk the distance or be young enough to be carried. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe w/Helen McKenna-UFF
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note:   ADA accessible. Interactive Adaptation of the classic ghost story

Nestling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 AM
Fee: $3 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 2 and 3-year-olds and an adult caregiver. Join us this fall for a program just for our littlest naturalists! Each week will feature a combination of free-play, stories, and fun, seasonally-themed sensory explorations both indoors and out. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

STAR WATCH ASTRONOMY EVENT
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Look through a telescope!
Fee: FREE
Atsion Office Adj. Field
Conducted by: West Jersey Astronomical Society
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: Wharton State Forest
NOTE:  ADA Accessible

Yoga on the Mountain
5:30 to 6:45 PM
Fee: Suggested donation of $5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Come enjoy the beautiful view, and restore your body and mind, while connecting with nature. Adults and mature teens, ages 14 and older, with all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own yoga mat, and water. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Please call 973-702-0488 for additional information and to register.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park

October 13
Bike Ride
11:30 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 887-4332 or paul_rottmann@hotmail.com
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

D&R Canal Fest in East Millstone
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
East Millstone Community Park, Market Street, East Millstone
Sponsor: Franklin Township Food Bank
(732) 873-5837
Note:  ADA accessible. Canal Fest is a family-friendly afternoon that celebrates the history of the D&R Canal in the Millstone Valley and area community.  There will be food, arts & crafts, local vendors, live music, canoeing, and opportunities to learn more about the history of the area

Fall Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1/Adult – Under 12 Free
Vendor spaces - $30 Pre-Registered, $35 Registration the week of.
Allaire State Park
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Rain date: October 18th

Fall Foliage Hike
10 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic rail-trail amongst the brilliant autumnal colors, and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe w/Helen McKenna-UFF
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note:  ADA accessible. Interactive Adaptation of the classic ghost story

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Family Nature Walk at Hacklebarney State Park
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5.00 per family, includes one Nature Activity Journal, $3.00 for each additional book. Pre-registration Required
Hacklebarney State Park
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov 
Note: Bring your family for a guided walk in the forest and ravine of Hacklebarney. Each family will be given a Nature Activity Journal. We will complete one activity, leaving you with others to do each time your family ventures outdoors. Dress for the weather, sturdy shoes required as it is a rocky hike. Spaces are limited. Payment is required by 2pm Wednesday, October 10 at the Spruce Run Recreation Area office (908) 638-8572

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Tickets go on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa

Monument Talk and Scavenger Hunt
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Explore the mountaintop on your own with a family-friendly scavenger hunt, and/or join the park naturalist for an informal talk about the history and natural history of the mountain while enjoying the view and the fall foliage. Suitable for all ages. Inclement weather may cancel this program. Meet by the steps to the Monument plaza.

Nature Journaling
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $10.00/ person. Fee includes a nature journal to take home
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Divine Word Missionary, 101 Park Street, Bordentown, NJ
Bordentown Historical Society and NJ State Parks
(609)924-5705
Registration is required to georgesilverfox@aol.com
Note: The naturalist of D&R Canal will lead a nature walk and guide you through the beginnings of creating your own nature journal. The program is for all ages, including families and all skill levels

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

October 13, 14
HARVEST FESTIVAL
10am-5pm
Fee: Parking $5
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Hayrides and pumpkin painting are just the start of a fun-filled family weekend. There'll be games, face painting, applesauce making, booths, exhibits, and many free activities for the youngsters. Enjoy the Beer Garden, tasty food, all-day music and dancing, an autumn Plant Sale, free garden tours, lots of great photo ops, and much more! 
For More information please call 973-962-9534 or please visit www.njbg,org 
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association Ringwood Chamber of Commerce
Note: ADA Accessible

October 14
Craig House Open
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616 
Note: ADA accessible in Craig House

Lockatong Falls Hike
1:30 p.m.
FREE, advanced registration required. Preteens – Adults
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church & Brickyard Rds. We will carpool to the trail (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Note: Lockatong Creek in Delaware Twp. has many interesting cascades and rock outcrops along its banks. We will carpool to the Lockatong Wildlife Management Area and follow the White Trail from the parking area, down to the falls and back (approx. 3 miles)

GUIDED MANOR TOURS
11am-3pm
Fee: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Youth, Under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
For more information please call 973-962-9534 or please visit www.njbg.org
Note: ADA accessible

Make a Leafy-Tee
1:30 to 3:00 PM
Fee: $5.00 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Bring a plain, cotton t-shirt or other fabric item, and decorate it with leaf prints while learning about the falling leaves. Fabric paint can be messy and permanent, so please bring a smock or otherwise dress accordingly. Suitable for families with children age 6 and up. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

HISTORIAN’S HAND-PICK TOUR: NOPE, IT’S NOT
1:30PM
Fee:  $10 per person; Advanced registration required by emailing: RingwoodManorTours@gmail.com
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Join Ringwood Manor historian, Sue Shutte, throughout the year as she hand-picks exclusive tours with a special focus. Have you been coming to Ringwood Manor for years? Think you know everything there is to know about the place? Were you told a story about the site that did sound correct? Like a fact-checking website, truths will be uncovered, myths will be dispelled, and you will find out how new research and information is shedding new light on what you may have heard before. Advanced registration required. Tour limited to 20 people

RINGWOOD MANOR HISTORIC GROUNDS AND LANDSCAPE TOUR
2pm to 4:00pm
No Fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

October 16
Tuesday Tykes
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE, Pre-registration Required- Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible.  Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more.  Dress to be outdoors.

October 17
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing some fresh air, and soaking in the autumn scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR
1:00pm and 3:00pm
Fee: $75 tickets are available by visiting https://thehermitage.ejoinme.org/MyPages/BehindtheScenesTour
Ringwood State Park, The Hermitage Museum
201 445-8311 ext. 102
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
Note: 15 people per tour, Not suggested for children under 16
For the first time, The Hermitage Museum invites the public to explore the historic home’s undecorated nooks and crannies, witness to 250 years of history.
Dr. Delight Dodyk, long time Hermitage volunteer and celebrated historian, will lead tours on an exploration of the Hermitage’s past through areas of the home that are typically closed to the public.
During the tour, guests are invited to explore the cellar, second floor backrooms, and attic. Dr. Dodyk will explain how the structural transformation of The Hermitage in the mid-19th century improved domestic life, especially for women. You’ll also be invited to glimpse into the “secret room” and find out the truth behind the “underground tunnel.”
Come explore the many nooks and crannies of the historic Gothic Revival home and learn about the unseen history of this local architectural gem.

BCHS SCHOOL OF INTERPRETATION & VOLUNTEER MEETING
7:30pm
Fee: None
The Steuben House Museum
For more information: http://bergencountyhistory.org
Sponsor: Bergen County Historical Society
Topic: The Tide Mill at New Bridge
For anyone interested in volunteering at Historic New Bridge Landing events as a docent, greeter, operations personnel, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society sponsors the School of Interpretation to hone communication skills, familiarize volunteers with Bergen’s unique history, provide insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation.  When Bergen farms served as a breadbasket for New York City, tide mills were an important part of the colonial economy, a necessary link in the chain from field to table for the grains once grown in Jersey. The mill at New Bridge, which preceded both the bridge and the Steuben House by several decades, has long since disappeared, but how did it work and why was it important? In our October session, BCHS Past President and Museum Collection Chair Deborah Powell will explore the story of these vanished, but once vital, structures of Bergen County. Please meet at the Steuben House (house nearest the bridge).

October 18
Early Bird Breakfast Club
8:30 am to 11 am
Fee: None, breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Meet at the Warbasse Junction Rd. trailhead parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults Celebrate autumn while searching for migrating birds on this 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. Breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette.

BCHS LECTURE SERIES
7:30 pm
The Steuben House Museum
For more information: http://bergencountyhistory.org
Sponsor: Bergen County Historical Society
The American Revolution brings to mind men serving in the Continental Army, men signing the Declaration of Independence and men casting and ringing the Liberty Bell, but what about women?
Catherine Hudak will speak on one group of these very important Revolutionary women called “the Ladies of Trenton,” who were a group of elite New Jersey women who refashioned gender roles for women during the early national period

Fledgling Naturalists: Ready for Winter
1:30 to 2:30 PM
Fee: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. How do animals prepare for winter? Some hibernate, some migrate, and some store food. We’ll role-play winter preparations. You’re welcome to arrive up to a half hour before the program begins for seasonally-themed free-play. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

October 19
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Fledgling Naturalists: Ready for Winter
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. How do animals prepare for winter? Some hibernate, some migrate, and some store food. We’ll role-play winter preparations. You’re welcome to arrive up to a half hour before the program begins for seasonally-themed free-play. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program. $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5.

Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides & Haunted Village.
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15/Adults, $10/Under 12
Call for group rates of 25 or more. (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Group rates for 25 or more

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Tickets on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa

Friday/Saturday, October 19th & 20th, 2018
GHOSTLY GATHERINGS CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HANCOCK HOUSE
7, 8, 9, 10 pm tour times
Cost: $5 adults, $2 children under 16
Hancock House Historic Site (856)935-4373
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House
Reservations required: (856) 935-3218 (Fort Mott takes the reservations and payment)
NOTE: ADA Accessible.

October 20
Bilingual Walk along the Canal
10 a.m. to NOON
FREE, Registration is required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Canal Park, Canal Road, South Bound Brook
Sponsor: D & R Canal Watch and D & R Canal State Park
732-993-4505 Text/Call in Spanish or English
Note: Bring the whole family for a casual 3 mile walk on the D&R Canal Towpath between Canal Park in South Bound Brook and Zarapath. We will meet at Canal Park (Lock 11) in South Bound Brook, across from the post office on Canal Road at Madison Street. The park naturalist, Stephanie Fox, will be discussing wildlife and plants along the way. Conversations will be conducted in Spanish and English. Carpooling will be arranged.

THE CRANBERRY INDUSTRY AT DOUBLE TROUBLE WALKING TOUR
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry.  During this one hour walking tour around the abandoned village and inactive cranberry bogs, you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today.  Maximum 16 participants.
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6-11 $2, under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3:00 pm Friday, October 19 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site at Double Trouble State Park
Historic Village Interpretive Center:
(732) 341-4098
NOTE: Not ADA accessible


Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Fall Foliage Hike
1 p.m.
FREE, ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park
Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Nature Center for a brisk fall walk to enjoy the autumn season of colors

Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides & Haunted Village.
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15/Adults, $10/Under 12 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Group rates for 25 or more

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Tickets on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa

IT’S ALIVE! THE SCIENCE OF SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN
2:00 pm
Fee: Free
It’s alive! Experience the electrifying public experiments that inspired Mary Shelley’s monster through science historian Dean Howarth’s spirited portrayal of Giovanni Aldini.  In the late 18th century, Galvanists took electromedical experiments to the extreme believing electrical shocks could revive the dead. Join us as Mr. Howarth re-creates the demonstrations that shocked audiences then and still fascinate us today.      
Indian King Tavern Museum, Haddonfield, NJ
(856) 429-6792
Sponsor:  Friends of the Indian King Tavern MuseumNOTE: Not ADA Accessible

Milford Bluffs Hike
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE, advanced registration required. Pre-teens - Adults
Washington Crossing State Park
Church Rd Pond
(609) 737-0609
Note: Milford Bluffs in Holland Twp., is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged with commanding views of the Delaware Valley. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water and pack a lunch. The hike will be 2-3 miles in length. Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool (approx. 45 min ride) to the preserve (call the Nature Center for directions)

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

PINELANDS FALL COLORS HIKE
10:30 am
Length: 2 – 5 miles
Fee: FREE
Batsto Village Adj. to Visitor Center
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: Wharton State Forest
NOTE: Not ADA accessible

Recreating the Battle of Trenton in a miniature Wargame
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  The Battle of Trenton will be recreated by using miniature figures, dice and "Flint & Steel" rules developed by Richard Kane who will also be managing the game. 

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

ENCHANTED EVENING TOURS: ECHOES OF RINGWOOD MANOR’S PAST
Tours at 7pm and 8pm
Fee:  $25 donation per person; Tickets must be purchased through website: www.ringwoodmanor.org
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above. For more information, visit www.ringwoodmanor.com

October 21
Craig House Open
1 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible in Craig House

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

RINGWOOD MANOR HISTORIC GROUNDS AND LANDSCAPE TOUR
2pm to 4:00pm
No Fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

FAMILY WOODLAND HIKE
1pm
Fee: None
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
An easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands, where you'll learn a bit about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Smaller children may need to be carried. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Rain cancels. 
For more information please call 973-962-9534 or please visit www.njbg.org
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association

Sunset 5,000 Step History Hike
4:00 to 7:00 PM
Fee: $3.00 per person/$5 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Join us for a circuit of High Point State Park’s historic district. If you’re a Fitbit-er, you’ll get approximately 5,000 steps, and will climb the equivalent of 60 flights of stairs. If you’re not, you’ll still get some exercise and will see some of High Point’s historic high points and enjoy the sights a fall evening.  We will time the walk to overlooks to coincide with both the moon rise and the sun set. Plan to wear comfortable shoes for walking. The walk will include a lot of ups and downs, but will mostly be on paved or grassy surfaces. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and up. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471.

October 24
Wednesday Walkers
10 am to 11 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing some fresh air, and soaking in the autumn scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Hunter’s Full Moon Night Hike
6:30 pm to 8 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Headlamp/flashlight required. Limited quantity for sale. Let's celebrate the full moon of October with a unique after-dark 3-mile hike in the park, followed by hot chocolate and moon pies in the visitor center.

October 25

Fledglings Afield:  Busy Beavers
1:00 to 2:30 PM
Fee: $3 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledglings Afield are a fun way for preschoolers to explore different parts of the park on short (.5 mile-ish) walks. This week we’ll explore how beavers are adapted to their aquatic habitats and will check out some of their construction projects. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.  Note: These preschool programs take place entirely outside.

Trees & Teas
10 am to 2 pm
Fee: None, brunch additional; pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. trailhead parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Must pre-order food for the 11:00 am seating by October 14. Call Lorraine’s Cake Shoppe & Tea Room at (973) 579-5300. Rain or shine. Discover New Jersey’s native tree species in all their fall finery and learn simple identification tricks to tell them apart on this 2.5-mile walk along the Sussex Branch Trail.

October 26
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides & Haunted Village.
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15/Adults, $10/Under 12 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Group rates for 25 or more.

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park.
Note: Tickets on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa!

Homeschool Hike
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Fee: $3.00 per hike, per child
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For homeschoolers ages 6 and up. These easy to moderate, naturalist-led hikes will range between one to three miles and are a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way. Hikes will be selected based on seasonal events and conditions. Younger siblings may join you, but will need to be able to walk the distance or be young enough to be carried. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471.

ENCHANTED EVENING TOURS: ECHOES OF RINGWOOD MANOR’S PAST
Tours at 7pm and 8pm
Fee:  $25 donation per person; Tickets must be purchased through website: www.ringwoodmanor.org
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above. For more information, visit www.ringwoodmanor.com

Nestling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 AM
Fee: $3 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 2 and 3-year-olds and an adult caregiver. Join us this fall for a program just for our littlest naturalists! Each week will feature a combination of free-play, stories, and fun, seasonally-themed sensory explorations both indoors and out. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

October 26, 27, 30
GHOST TOURS
7pm
Fee: $40 tickets are available by visiting https://thehermitage.ejoinme.org/MyPages/GhostToursattheHermitage2018
Ringwood State Park, The Hermitage Museum
201 445-8311 ext. 102
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
Note: Tour is 60 minutes and not recommended for children under the age of 14
Join Craig McManus for a spine-tingling tour of the Hermitage! Craig will be taking small groups through the Hermitage, explaining ghost hunting from the perspective of a psychic medium. During the tour, he will let you know if he senses anyone in spirit in the old house. Should your tour be lucky enough to encounter one of the Hermitage’s resident ghosts, Craig will attempt to communicate with it. For many years there have been reports of ghostly inhabitants at the Hermitage, will the ghosts be joining us during YOUR tour? Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is limited to 18 people.. Cameras and other recording equipment are not permitted to be used during these tours.

GHOSTLY GATHERINGS
10pm
Fee: $50 tickets are available by visiting https://thehermitage.ejoinme.org/MyPages/GhostlyGatheringattheHermitage2018
Ringwood State Park, The Hermitage Museum
201 445-8311 ext. 102
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
Note:  The event lasts approximately 90 minutes and is not recommended for children under the age of 16.
Ever wanted to spend midnight in a dark, old mansion with some ghosts? Here’s your chance! As the large front door of the Hermitage swings slowly open at 10 PM, Medium Craig McManus will be waiting inside to take you on a spooky walking tour of the old home. Room by room, floor by floor, Craig will tell us what paranormal presences he senses. for the last 30 minutes, you will all gather and be seated in the enchanted parlor at which time Craig will use his psychic abilities to attempt to communicate with the spirits he feels reside in the old house. Are YOU brave enough to join Craig for a thrilling experience?  Cameras and other recording equipment are not permitted to be used during these tours.

October 27
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.
Note: Tickets on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa!

Halloween Festival & Flea Market
11am - 2pm
Leonardo State Marina
Halloween Parade for kids & pets, games, insect display by Insectropolis and a free pick and paint pumpkin patch.

Haunted Allaire-Haunted Hay Rides & Haunted Village
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15/Adults, $10/Under 12
Call for group rates of 25 or more. (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Group rates for 25 or more.

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park.
Note: Tickets on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa!

Hike the D&R Canal path from Washington Crossing to Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum
10 a.m. to NOON
FREE, Pre-registration requested
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at Washington Crossing State Park’s lower parking lot
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(609) 635-2783
Pamela V’Combe-pjvcombe@gmail.com
Note:  Partially ADA accessible. A 6.2 mile walk along the historic towpath (or choose the 2.4-mile walk to Scudder’s Falls). The tour will pass by Wilburtha and Upper Ferry Road and will include historic canal structures including several stop gates, a spillway, an aqueduct, and other historic features. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately.

JERSEY DEVIL BOUND AT WHARTON STATE FOREST
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jersey Devil / Ghost stories & twilight hike
Fee: FREE
Wharton State Forest / Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: Wharton State Forest
NOTE: ADA Accessible

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Open Hearth Cooking
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Fee: Donations Appreciated
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a demonstration of open hearth cooking on the Interpretive Center fireplace. Enjoy a walk on your favorite trail and then come sample some delicious soups and sweet desserts all cooked on the fire.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park

Rail-Trail Hike
10 am
Fee: None
Sussex Branch Trail Waterloo parking lot
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic rail-trail and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

HISTORIAN’S HAND-PICK TOUR: RINGWOOD MANOR CEMETERY
1:30PM
Fee:  $10 per person; Advanced registration required by emailing: RingwoodManorTours@gmail.com
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Join Ringwood Manor historian, Sue Shutte, throughout the year as she hand-picks exclusive tours with a special focus. This “hand-pick” is all about the historic cemetery on the property. This outdoor walking tour will take visitors to the burial ground and discuss the various individuals interred there. Please note: this is a walking tour. Participants should be prepared to walk or stand for an hour, sometimes over uneven ground. Comfortable and supportive shoes are recommended. Steady rain cancels. Tour limited to 20 people.

ENCHANTED EVENING TOURS: ECHOES OF RINGWOOD MANOR’S PAST
Tours at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm
Fee:  $25 donation per person; Tickets must be purchased through website: www.ringwoodmanor.org
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above. For more information, visit www.ringwoodmanor.com

October 28
Craig House Open
1 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible in Craig House

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
NOON - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $4.00 per person
Allaire State Park
Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.
Note: Tickets on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa!

19th Century All Hallow’s Eve
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $5/Adults, $3/children 5-12yrs
Tractor & Wagon Rides $4/Adults, $2/children 5-12yrs
Allaire State Park
Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Free pumpkins (limited quantity). Costume parade w/prizes for children under 12.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Park Foliage Hike
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE, ages 9 years to adults
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: This guided 3 to 5 miles naturalist guided hike takes in the state parks natural and history areas, during the foliage season

The Real Music of Alexander Hamilton A Fundraiser for Our New Museum
1pm and 2:30 pm

Fee: $50 BCHS Members, $60 Non-members.
The Steuben House Museum
For more information: http://bergencountyhistory.org
Sponsor: Bergen County Historical Society
Note Reservations are required
The life and times of Founding Father and first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton has become a subject of fascination for twenty-first century Americans, and the Bergen County Historical Society is proud to present the story of his life in narrative and in the music of his day. What was the hymn he wrote that was published in a St. Croix newspaper? What was the last song he sang before his
fateful duel with Aaron Burr on the Weehawken Palisades? Join us and find out! Sit in the parlor of the Steuben House, where Colonel Hamilton served on Washington’s staff in 1780, and listen to the music and the stories that shaped his life

A CHILD’S LIFE AT RINGWOOD MANOR TOUR
1:00pm
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

RINGWOOD MANOR HISTORIC GROUNDS AND LANDSCAPE TOUR
2pm to 4:00pm
No Fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

October 29
GHOST TOURS
7pm and 9pm
Fee: $40 tickets are available by visiting https://thehermitage.ejoinme.org/MyPages/GhostToursattheHermitage2018
Ringwood State Park, The Hermitage Museum
201 445-8311 ext. 102
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
Note: Tour is 60 minutes and not recommended for children under the age of 14
Join Craig McManus for a spine-tingling tour of the Hermitage! Craig will be taking small groups through the Hermitage, explaining ghost hunting from the perspective of a psychic medium. During the tour, he will let you know if he senses anyone in spirit in the old house. Should your tour be lucky enough to encounter one of the Hermitage’s resident ghosts, Craig will attempt to communicate with it. For many years there have been reports of ghostly inhabitants at the Hermitage, will the ghosts be joining us during YOUR tour? Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is limited to 18 people. Cameras and other recording equipment are not permitted to be used during these tours.

October 30
Tuesday Tykes
10 a.m. to a.m.
FREE, Pre-registration Required – Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible.  Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more.  Dress to be outdoors

October 31
Whimsical Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: All ages
Calling all witches and wizards to convene at KVSP in your Halloween finery! Costumes not required, but we’re all kids at heart, so brush off your broomstick and get in the spirit of the season on this very special 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and sweet treats served afterwards.

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT AT THE HANCOCK HOUSE
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Fee: None
Hancock House Historic Site
(856) 935-4373
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House
NOTE: ADA Accessible

ENCHANTED EVENING TOURS: ECHOES OF RINGWOOD MANOR’S PAST
Tours at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm
Fee:  $30 donation per person; Tickets must be purchased through website: www.ringwoodmanor.org
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor:  North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above. For more information, visit www.ringwoodmanor.com

 


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