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April

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Individual or group historic village tours or hikes of varying mileage may be scheduled most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.

April 1
D & R Canal Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics and times
FREE
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

D & R Canal Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
FREE
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

April 4
SJAC Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
Note: ADA accessible

Friday Evening Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

April 5
Folklore of the Pine Barrens
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, children 6 to12 $3, children under 6 are free 
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Tour the lost town of Double Trouble Village while hearing folk stories about the mysterious New Jersey Pinelands.  Find out how someone tripping down a flight of stairs revolutionized a farming industry, why muskrat helped name this forgotten town, when a white stag saved the passengers of a stage coach, and about the famous centuries-old devil that haunts the wooded back roads.  This is a one-hour program with approximately ½ mile of walking on flat sandy trails. Registration and fee required by April 4 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Video – Living with Fire
1 p.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Produced by the NJ Forest Fire Service, this half hour video shows the historic impact of forest fires on the Pine Barrens and methods used to prevent and combat wildfires.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 pm
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(908) 684-4820
Note: Come hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

The Nature of Vernal Pools
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 children ages 7-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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. For adults and children ages 7 & up; partially ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Birding Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
Note: For additional information please search Hunterdon Bird Club on Facebook

Astronomy Presentation and Star
7 to 11 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society and Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559

April 6   
Frogfest
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Dog Walking Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: For ages 7 and up. Meet at the Trailhead Parking area with your canine for a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake.  All dogs must be leashed and waste products picked up.  Bags will be provided

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Walking tour of the battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Guided Manor Tours
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: General admission, $7 seniors ages 62+, $5 for youth ages 13-18, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, children under 6  $3
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible

Geology Walk
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 for ages six to adult; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Take a short hike on two of our trails, discover the differences, and maybe find a piece of iron.  Round Valley straddles the Highlands and Piedmont provinces.

April 8
Visit the Craig Farm
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Rte. 9 and Schibanoff Rd.
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

April 9
Homeschool Hike
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per child; must be accompanied by an adult
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For homeschoolers age ten and up. Pre-registration is recommended – call 973-875-4800. Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. These naturalist-led hikes are a great opportunity for older homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit of nature and history along the way. Younger siblings may accompany you, but must be physically capable of keeping up with the group.

April 10
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person, preregistration required
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Start of registration for Kayak Eco Tours to occur May through August

L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please! For children ages 5 & under

April 11
Friday Evening Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

April 12
Spring Tea Party
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village, Welcome Center
Sponsor: Allaire Village Auxiliary
(732) 364-2279- Call Kathy for tickets
Note: Scheduled program with refreshments of tea sandwiches, desserts and tea selection

Easter Bunny Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Nature Walk
10 a.m.  &  2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Walk the towpath from East Millstone to Griggstown (5.6 miles)
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; donations welcome
D & R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 or baths@att.net for more information
Note: Not ADA accessible. Meet at 4 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton, NJ 08540 -Franklin Township – Somerset County

Vernal Ponds at High Point
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $3/adult and children ages 12 and up; $1/children ages 6 to 12; pre-registration recommended
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Vernal ponds, unique temporary wetlands, are the breeding grounds for a number of amphibians and other species. Join us for a short introduction at the Park Office, and then we'll travel to a handful of High Point's ponds for a first-hand look at these fascinating habitats. This program will include both walking (a mile or less) and driving (approximately five miles on bumpy, but paved roads). We will also be walking off-trail so sturdy shoes are recommended. Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our brand new geo-trail! For adults and children ages 6 & up; partially ADA accessible

Bike Ride
11:30 am
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332
Note: Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Public Walking Tours
Noon & 2 p.m.
Fee: adults $3, children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible upon request

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE for spectators
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
Note: ADA accessible

Grand Reopening and 75th Anniversary of the Dedication of Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: To enter Ringwood Manor: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12; children ages 5 and under are free. No fee for activities taking place on the grounds
Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor: Ringwood State Park, North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
Note: Come see the newly reopened Ringwood Manor following the completion of a two-year interior conservation project. On Saturday, April 12th, the Manor will be open to the public using an open-house format, allowing visitors to view the 30 rooms at their own pace. 19th century activities will be taking place on the grounds, including: two double-headers of 19th century baseball, fly fishing demonstrations, side saddle riders, antique carriages, 19th century bicycle display, badminton and croquet, blacksmithing, a variety of costumed re-enactors, and more! The Victorian Coffee Shop will be open and selling refreshments to the public. ADA accessible upon request.

Pinelands First Flowers Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Guided hike; bring water, bring snacks; length: 2-miles to 4-miles

Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Series (Topic to be announce)
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Auditorium
(609) 561-0024

April 13
Easter Bunny Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour.

19th Century Baking in the Beehive Oven
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Bicycle the towpath from Griggstown to Kingston (10.0 miles)
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; donations welcome
D & R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 or baths@att.net for more information
Note: Not ADA accessible.  Meet at 4 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton, NJ 08540 – Franklin Township - Somerset

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE;  donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Vernal Pool Exploration
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donation appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE for spectators
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
Note: ADA accessible

Driving Tour of the Battle Area East of Freehold
1:30 p.m. – meet at Visitor Center
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Visitor Center
(732) 462- 9616
Note: Visit seldom seen scenes of the morning portions of the battle (East Morass, Briar Hill and the Lee’s retreat)

Grand Reopening and 75th Anniversary of the Dedication of Ringwood Manor
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: To enter Ringwood Manor: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12; children ages 5 and under are free. No fee for activities taking place on the grounds
Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Sponsor: Ringwood State Park, North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
Note: Come see the newly reopened Ringwood Manor following the completion of a two-year interior conservation project. On Saturday, April 12th, the Manor will be open to the public using an open-house format, allowing visitors to view the 30 rooms at their own pace. 19th century activities will be taking place on the grounds, including: two double-headers of 19th century baseball, fly fishing demonstrations, side saddle riders, antique carriages, 19th century bicycle display, badminton and croquet, blacksmithing, a variety of costumed re-enactors, and more! The Victorian Coffee Shop will be open and selling refreshments to the public. ADA accessible upon request.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Design Tips for Knockout, Easy-Care Gardens
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534

Bird Walk
9 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join John DeMarrais and Alan Rennie, NJ Audubon Society member, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Traverse the water's edge, which is usually a busy place for Black-backed Gull and Osprey that hang out there day in and day out. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the early spring serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

Kenya’s Turkana Basin Institute
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Free; preregistration required (all ages welcomed)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note:  Robyn Henderek from Lafayette College will present her experiences having just returned from ten weeks of study at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya. She will discuss the geology and ecology of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the Turkana People, African wildlife, anthropology and human evolution and her association with paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey at the Institute’s Field School. Robyn will show many photos. ADA accessible.  

April 16
Wednesday Walk (on the BATONA Trail)
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (trip leader) for meeting place or more information
Note: Moderate-paced hike, 7-10 miles, bring drink and lunch, heavy rain or thunder cancels

April 18
Friday Evening Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3.00
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

April 19
Easter Egg Hunt
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, under 3 FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Handmade Easter bonnet contest and parade at 2 p.m. by Allaire Village General Store, also
children activities

Easter Bunny Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Easter Egg/Beach Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Griggstown Bridge Tender’s House – Re-opening Celebration
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D & R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition
(609) 924-5705
Note: The grand opening of the newly restored Griggstown Bridge Tender’s House will be used as the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway Visitor Center.  There will be guest speakers as well as an inaugural viewing of the Scenic Byway DVD.  Light refreshments will be served.  Griggstown Bridgetender’s House - 2 Griggstown Causeway Princeton, NJ 08540 -Franklin Township, Somerset County.

Yoga on the Mountain
9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation; pre-registration recommended
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
(973) 702-0488; www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Note: Date tentative, call to confirm. Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat.

Woodland Wildflower Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3/adult and children ages 12 and up; $1/children ages 6 to 12; pre-registration recommended
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. Join the Park Naturalist for an easy 1.5-mile walk around Sawmill Lake in search of the delicate woodland wildflowers of spring. Please note: portions of the trail may be muddy.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 pm
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Trail Hike
10 am
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(908) 684-4820
Note: Come hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

April 20
Easter Bunny Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour.

Easter Sunrise Service
6 a.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

April 22
Yoga in the Park: Honoring the Earth
6 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Celebrate Earth Day with yoga in the park! Great for beginners, this Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques; for adults

April 23
Sunset Yoga
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques; for adults

April 24
SJAC Star Party
3 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20 upon arrival
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
www.sjac.us/
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Note: ADA accessible

Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

What’s that Weed?
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: “Weeds,” whether native, introduced, or invasive, can be difficult to identify, especially in early spring when they’re small, green, and leafy. Bring your questions and photos so our park naturalist can help you answer the question, “What’s that weed?” For adults; ADA accessible

April 25
SJAC Star Party
3 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20 upon arrival
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
www.sjac.us/
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Note: ADA accessible

Friday Evening Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

Homeschool Naturalists
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 per child; must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 6 to 10 year-olds in 1st through 5th grades with some ability to read and write. These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with their peers. Suggestions for further study and resources are provided. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

April 26
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events; children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Early Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1per adult; children under 12 are free               
Vendor spaces $25, must be preregistered
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date is April 27

SJAC Star Party
3 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20 upon arrival
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
www.sjac.us/
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Note: ADA accessible

Nature Walk
10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect a sensitive watershed.  What can you do to help?  Watch this half hour video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Teddy Bear Picnic
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome; pre-registration required; Michelle at friendshpsp@gmail.com
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park.
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Note: Families with children ages 2-10, and their favorite teddy bears, are invited to High Point State Park for a spring picnic where they will explore the natural history of the North American Black Bear. Activities will include a bear discovery station, crafts, story corner, picnic snack, and more. High Point State Park's resident BIG teddy bear will be sitting for portraits - bring your camera! The teddy bear picnic is one of our most popular events. Seating is limited. All registrations must be received by Tuesday, April 22, so that we may plan accordingly.

Indian King Tavern Museum Open House
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: Join the 1st New Jersey Volunteers, a Revolutionary War reenactment unit, as they go through training.  Join them as they practice basic maneuvers, drills and the proper technique for marching used by the British during the War for Independence.  This site is not ADA accessible.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 pm
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Living History Weekend Civil War Encampment
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Early Spring Wildflower Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Rain or snow cancels. Wear sturdy shoes

Earth Day Celebration
10 a.m. to noon
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Get a look at our four hiking trails, identify and cut some invasive plants, and consider adopting a trail.  Bring hand clippers if you’d like to cut back invasive plants.

Dark Energy and the Cosmic Web
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility. Speaker: Dr. J. Richard Gott, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University

Earth Day Challenge at Wharton State Forest
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Note: Join us for our trail upkeep workday, Cleanup hikes, etc.; bring water and a lunch

April 27
SJAC Star Party
3 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20 upon arrival
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
www.sjac.us/
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Note: ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Living History Weekend Revolutionary War Demonstrations
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park,Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Native Plants in the Home Landscape
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534

Earth Day Clean-Up
 (973) 948-3820
10 a.m. to noon
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake Pavilion
Sponsor:  The Friends of Stokes
Note: Make a difference and help Mother Nature! Bring a friend and clean up Stokes State Forest.

Bike Hike
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Free; preregistration required (ages pre-teens to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nelson House (call Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Note: Bring your own bike and helmet.  Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware and Raritan Towpath toward the Lambertville Wing Dam (approx. 13 mile round trip)

Earth Day Celebration at Wharton State Forest
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Nature talks & walks and other family fun activities

 

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