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Kittatinny Valley State Park Programs & Events


KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

October through March 2017-2018

*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY 3:30 PM OF THE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM DATE.  Please call (973) 786-6445 to register.  Programs meet at the visitor center located 1 mile north of Route 206, off Goodale Road in Andover Township, unless otherwise noted.  Please be prompt – programs start at the time indicated.  Adults must accompany children at all times.  Pets are not permitted during most programs.  In case of inclement weather, all participants are urged to contact the visitor center to determine whether programs have been cancelled or rescheduled.  All programs are subject to change.

October | November | December | January | February | March

October

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 24
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
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 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.

November

November 7
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
Get half of your “10,000 steps” for the day while soaking in the autumn scenery in the company of friends on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

November 10
Walk-About Newton

10 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet in the Dennis Library parking lot
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Embark on a guided 1-mile walk about Newton to appreciate the town’s rich cultural heritage and historic architecture, followed by lunch at a O’Reilly’s Pub & Grill.

November 14
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
Get half of your “10,000 steps” for the day while soaking in the autumn scenery in the company of friends on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

November 15
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
Let’s familiarize ourselves with our feathered friends on this 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the Sussex Branch Trail. Breakfast midway at the Millside Café in Lafayette.

November 17
Take a Hike Over Andover

11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Let’s celebrate “Take a Hike Day” with a 4-mile hike along park trails, including the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A lunch stop midway at the Andover Diner will fuel us up for the second half.

November 21
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
Get half of your “10,000 steps” for the day while soaking in the autumn scenery in the company of friends on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

November 23
Full Frosty 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 November with a unique after-dark 3-mile hike in the park, followed by hot chocolate and moon pies in the visitor center.

November 28
Hike-to-Brunch & Books

9 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $5; brunch additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Augusta Hill Rd./Sussex Branch Trail parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Join us for a 3.5-mile round-trip hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour brunch to celebrate “French Toast Day” at Hatzi’s Place & book stop at Broad Street Books will offer optional refreshment and inspiration at the turn-around point.

December

December 1
Owls: Hunters of the Night

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $5 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

December 5
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

December 8
Boots & Brownies Hike

10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Fee: $5 (food additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Earn your calories on this 6-mile out-and-back hike to celebrate “National Brownie Day” and reward your moxie midway at Homer’s Restaurant. Three-mile (halfway) option, but you must work out your own car shuttle.

December 11
Mt. Nebo Hike

10 am to noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate “International Mountain Day” by climbing the only “mountain” in KVSP! We’ll traverse about 4 miles on a variety of trails during this hilly hike in the park.

December 12
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

December 19
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

December 19
Laurel, & Hardy Evergreens Hike

11 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Discover how a variety of evergreen herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees are able not only to survive but thrive in the harsh winter weather. Holiday gift included.

December 20
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
Brighten up your winter with feathered friends and breakfast buddies! 2.5-mile (round-trip) walk along the Sussex Branch Trail to the Millside Café in Lafayette.

December 21
Winter Solstice Hike

4 pm to 5:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For teens & adults
Celebrate the “return of the Sun” (at precisely 5:23 pm) while simultaneously welcoming Winter and experiencing the sights and sounds of the early evening woods on this 3-mile hike. Special gift included.

December 22
Full Cold Moon Hike

6 pm to 7:30 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 December with a unique after-dark 3-mile hike in the park, followed by hot chocolate and moon pies in the visitor center.

January

January 2
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the winter scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

January 5
Owls: Hunters of the Night

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $5 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

January 9
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the winter scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

January 12
Sereni-tea Hike

10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Experience the peace and serenity of the winter woods on this 3-mile hike, then warm up with a nice hot beverage and light refreshments as you learn about various kinds of tea and the plants from which tea can be made.

January 16
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the winter scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

January 17
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
Brighten up your winter with feathered friends and breakfast buddies! 2.5-mile (round-trip) walk along the Sussex Branch Trail to the Millside Café in Lafayette.

January 21
Wolf Moon Night Hike

7 pm to 8:30 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 January with a unique after-dark 3-mile hike in the park, followed by hot chocolate and moon pies in the visitor center.

January 23
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the winter scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

January 26
Wildflowers in Winter

1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

January 30
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the winter scenery with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

January 30
Wildflowers in Winter

11 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

January 31
17th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe

10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a brisk hike (or snowshoe) in the wild winter woods of KVSP. Afterwards, celebrate “National Hot Chocolate Day” by warming up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies in our visitor center.

February

February 2
Owls: Hunters of the Night

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

February 9
Backyard Bird-feeding

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

February 13
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the tranquility of the season with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

February 14
Heartwarming Hike/Snowshoe & Potluck

10 am to noon
Fee: None (see description for donations); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Experience the beauty of KVSP in winter with fellow nature lovers on this 3-mile hike, then warm up with hot chocolate and potluck in our cozy visitor center! Please bring: 1) an appetizer or finger-food to share, 2) a Valentine card (bought, made, or recycled) with a poem or favorite quote written inside (we’ll put them in a bag and pick randomly), and 3) please also consider showing our Little Free Library some love by bringing a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day!

February 19
Full Snow Moon Hike

7 pm to 8:30 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 February with a unique after-dark 3-mile hike in the park, followed by hot chocolate and moon pies in the visitor center.

February 20
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the tranquility of the season with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

February 21
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
Brighten up your winter with feathered friends and breakfast buddies! 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail to the Millside Café in Lafayette.

February 23
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches

11 am to 12 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

February 27
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 with a brisk 2.5-mile walk in the park to stretch your legs and soak in the tranquility of the season with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

February 27
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches

11 am to 12 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

March

March 6
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
Put some “Spring” in your step and soak in the scenery with friends on this 2.5-mile walk in the park. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

March 7
Hike-to-Brunch & Books

9 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: None; brunch additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Augusta Hill Rd./Sussex Branch Trail parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Join us for a 3.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. Brunch at Hatzi’s Place & book stop at Broad Street Books to celebrate “World Book Day.”

March 9
March Up Mt. Paul

10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Meet at the Mt. Paul Rd. entrance on Ridge Road, Jefferson Twp.
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For teens & adults
Explore this beautiful 1,000-acre KVSP property, including the Highlands Trail, a scenic lake, and rocky woods, in between Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area and the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation.

March 13
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
Put some “Spring” in your step and soak in the scenery with friends on this 2.5-mile walk in the park. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

March 16
“Green Is Good” Hike to Lunch

10:45 am to 2:30 pm
Fee: $5; lunch additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Meeting location TBD
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Join us for a scenic hike along a variety of trails and backcountry roads. We will stop for refreshment midway through the trip at Sheridan’s Restaurant & Tavern along Lake Iliff.

March 20
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
Put some “Spring” in your step and soak in the scenery with friends on this 2.5-mile walk in the park. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

March 20
Spring Equinox Hike

5 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
Emerge from winter hibernation and hike into spring (at precisely 5:58 PM) along 3 miles of KVSP trails to rediscover the beauty of this rejuvenating season.

March 21
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
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Let’s celebrate the first full day of spring with a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail & breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette.

March 21
Crow Moon Night Hike

7:30 pm to 9 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. Experience the park in the dark on this 3-mile hike to enjoy the full moon of March! Complimentary hot chocolate & moon pies served afterward.

March 22
Trail Mix at Six

6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults
End the work week on a high note with an invigorating 3-mile hike to soak in the beauty of the park and socialize with friends.

March 27
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
Put some “Spring” in your step and soak in the scenery with friends on this 2.5-mile walk in the park. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

March 30
The Nature of Vernal Pools

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 9-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
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.

 

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