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 9/2 (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.
NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. – adult) Saturday July 6, 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. 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.
Fee: $2.00/person (exact change, please).
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUTS LOVE STATE PARKS DAY (gr. 4 - 12) Saturday July 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Girl Scout leaders are welcome to sign their Junior – Ambassador level troops up to build a working rope bridge over a dry stream ravine in WCSP. Advanced registration required. Free.
POND STUDY (6 yrs. –12 yrs.) Sunday July 21, 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. Free
MODEL RIVER RAFTS (all ages) Sunday July 28, 1:30 – 3:30 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; $5/car.
CANOE THE CANAL (pre-teens – adult) Saturday August 3, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. This will be a guided canoe/kayak jaunt up the D&R Canal for a couple miles, out and back. We have limited seating in a few park canoes available first come, first served. Otherwise, participants must supply their own boats and approved life jacket. Advanced registration required. Meet in Titusville, NJ at the nothern-most extent of River Dr. by the small canal bridge. (N40° 18.839’ W74° 53.460’) Advanced registration required. Free.
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday August 4, 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 August 10, 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. 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.
Fee: $2.00/person (exact change, please).
FUN WITH SCIENCE (all ages) Sunday August 11, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This activity will incorporate hands-on crafts and experiments for all ages. Pique your curiosity regarding colors, weather, ecology and chemistry. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.
MONARCH MADNESS (all ages) Saturday August 24, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. The monarch butterfly is a summertime classic here in Washington Crossing State Park. Come out for an introduction to the life cycle of this fascinating insect. We’ll show you how to locate monarch eggs and larva and how to build a simple hatchery for raising the creatures. Please brind a large wide-mouthed plastic pretzel jar. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
SOLAR OBSERVATION (all ages) Saturday August 31, 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. Jennifer and Dave Skitt of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton will conduct this activity. Clear skies required. Rain date is Monday September 2, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.
TOMAHAWK THROWING (adults) Saturday September 7, 1:00 -2:30 p.m. Come on out and try your hand at sticking a tomahawk or hatchet. Maybe even hit a bullseye. Free.
TREES OF THE PARK (adult) Sunday September 8, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Washington Crossing State Park is home to scores of species of native trees and shrubs as well as many non-natives that have become naturalized. Join the park naturalist on a walk and learn how to identify many of the most common species. Free.
FULL MOON NIGHTTIME BIKE HIKE (pre-teen-adult) Saturday September, 14, 7:15 p.m. Take a guided night bicycle ride, by the light of the Harvest Moon, 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, bike light and helmet. Advanced registration required. Call the Nature Center for directions. Free.
LOCKATONG FALLS HIKE (preteens – adult) Sunday September 22, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Lockatong Creek in Delaware Twp. has many interesting cascades and rock outcrops along its banks. We will drive to the Lockatong Wildlife Management Area and follow the White Trail loop from the parking area, down to the falls and back (approx. 3 miles). Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool to the Wildlife Management Area (call the Nature Center for directions). Note: Wear hiking boots. The first, and final half mile of the hike is likely to be quite wet and muddy.