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February

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

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

Fledgling Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner

Homeschool Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Enrichment activities for homeschoolers ages 6 to 10

Nature In Winter Snowshoe Walks
Date to be announced
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk
High Point State Park
highpointprograms@gmail.com
Note: Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Please email highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4 pm the Friday before the walk. Locations will vary. Directions to the meeting place will be provided when you register. Walks begin at 11 am. If you are borrowing snowshoes it would be best to arrive 15 to 20 minutes earlier so that you can familiarize yourself with the shoes. Payment must be received at the Park Office prior to the start of the walk.

Nestling Naturalists
Dates and Times To be announced
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 to 4; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 4 year-olds & an adult partner. 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.

Fledgling Naturalists
Dates and Times To be announced
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 4 to 6 year-olds & an adult partner. 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.

Homeschool Naturalists
Dates and time to be announced
Fee: $5 per child; children 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.

Naturalist-Guided Snowshoe Tours
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Limited number of adult and child-sized snowshoe available to borrow.

Ski Fest
Call or check website for date and time
High Point State Park Cross Country Ski Center
Sponsor:  High Point Cross Country Ski Center
(973) 702-1222
Note: For more information go to www.xcskihighpoint.com
Come to the High Point Cross Country Ski Center and give cross country skiing a try during this day-long cross country ski festival. Lessons will be offered throughout the day.

Walking Tours of Waterloo Village
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 per adult; $1 per child under age 12
(973) 786-6445, Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: Walking tours of Waterloo Village are available every Wednesday, Friday, and.  Guided walking tours last approximately one hour and can be tailored to the interest of the group.  Guided tours are of the exterior sights and exhibits only.  Waterloo Village tours and programs must be paid for and reserved at least one day in advance. .

Winter Trek
Time, date and fee to be announced
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
Note: For more information go to www.lusscroftfarm.com

February 1
Groundhogs, Woodchucks, & Whistlepigs
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Families with children ages 6 and up. Registration is recommended by 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 2nd. Come celebrate Groundhog Day! We won’t be pulling any of High Point’s slumbering groundhogs out of their dens, but it’s a good day to learn about our most-famous hibernator (and a few that are not so renowned) and the historic roots of this peculiar holiday. We’ll also make a take-home groundhog craft.

Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: Adults $3; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults with Children Ages 4 & 5; ADA Accessible. Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Moon When the Trees Crack- woodland animal folklore
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $1 children; pre-registration required; (Call:  973-786-6445 to register).
Waterloo Village        
Note: ADA accessible, recommended for ages 5 and up.What can we learn from the turtle, fox, and bear?  How can animals teach us to be better at being human?  A fun mix of woodland animal folklore and legends will reveal many life lessons easily observed in nature.

Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: Adults $3; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults with Children Ages 4 & 5; ADA Accessible. Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Video – The American Revolution – Volume V: England’s Last Chance
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

February 2
Groundhog Day Program
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible. Meet at the Nature Center for an interpretive program on groundhogs.  Ages 6 and up

Safe Winter Hiking
10 a.m. to 12 Noon
Fee: $2 for ages six and up, pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Dress warm and wear shoes with good traction.  The groundhog might see its shadow today, forecasting six more weeks of winter.  Take a hike on the Cushetunk Trail and learn how to enjoy safe hiking all winter. 

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

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
9:30 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble State Park
(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.

Cedar Creek Watershed Hike
10:00 a.m.
$5.00 per person 12 years of age and up; $3.00 per child six years to twelve years of age; children under six years of age are free.  Must preregister for program.
Double Trouble State Park
(732) 341-4098
Note: Will there be six more weeks of winter?  We’ll leave that for the groundhog to predict this morning.  Instead join us for a 4-5 mile hike over sandy trails around the Double Trouble Historic District as we view Cedar Creek from numerous locations and see how this fresh water was the lifeblood for two Pinelands industries.  Starts at Park Information Building .  Limited to 20 participants. To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2014-02-02.  For program information call the Double Trouble Village Interpretive Center at 732-341-4098.  To register for program and make payment of the program fee by credit card call the park office at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, 609-726-1191 or mail check made payable to “Treasurer, State of New Jersey” to Interpretive Programs, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, PO Box 215, New Lisbon, NJ 08064.  Include program code, program title, number of people, and a telephone contact number with reservation.  You may also register in person at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office.  All registrations must be received prior to program start.  No refunds unless program is canceled.  For directions, visit www.njparksandforests.org.

February 4
Owls: Hunters of the Night
5 pm to 6 pm
Adults and children 12 & Up $3; children ages 6-11 $1; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(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 8
Backyard Birdfeeding
11 am to noon
Fee: Adults and children 12 & Up $3; children ages 6-11 $1; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(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.

Moon When the Trees Crack- woodland animal folklore
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $1 children; pre-registration required;
Waterloo Village
(973) 786-6445 to register
(973) 347-1835          
Note: ADA accessible, recommended for ages 5 and up. What can we learn from the turtle, fox, and bear?  How can animals teach us to be better at being human?  A fun mix of woodland animal folklore and legends will reveal many life lessons easily observed in nature.

Winter Nature Video Series – Titles and subject to be announced
12:24 to 1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note:  ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center.

Video – The American – Volume VI: Birth of the Republic
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

February 9
Black and Native American Participation in the Battle of Monmouth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Note: ADA accessible.  Program given at the auditorium in the Visitor Center

Hoot Hoot the Owls of Cheesequake
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 person
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible.  These silent predators prowl the night for a delectable meal. Join us at the Nature Center to learn more about the Owls of NJ. We’ll dissect an owl pellet and discover what types of prey these birds prefer.  Ages 8 and up

February 12
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
BATONA Trail in sections
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
Note: 7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

February 15
In Search of Pinelands Winter Life Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
 (609)-567-4559
Note: Length: 2 – 4 miles

Indian King Tavern Museum Open House
1 to 4 p.m., program at 2 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
                       
Winter Nature Video Series – Titles and subject to be announced
12:24 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park,Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note:  ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center.

February 16
Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join John DeMarrais, NJ Audubon Society member, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Traverse the water's edge, which is usually a busy place with all the cormorants, resident mallards and Canada geese that hang out there day in and day out. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the winter serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them

George Washington’s Birthday Celebration in the 1830’s
Noon to 3 p.m.
FREE
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Allaire State Park, Allaire Historic Village Chapel
(732) 919-3500
Note: Program at 1 p.m.

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note:  Meet at the Nature Center for a winter guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake. Ages 9 and up

February 17
Annual President’s Day Open House
1 to 4  p.m.
FEE; donations appreciated
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
Sponsor:  Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association,
(973) 226-0001
Note: President’s Day children’s activities. Tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace.

February 20
Winter Tree ID
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(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 during this indoor presentation.

February 22
“Cabin Fever” Family Nature Hike
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults and children 12 & Up $3; children ages 6-11 $1; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program – All Ages. Bring your whole family to enjoy the park in its winter finery during this 1.5-mile naturalist-guided tour.  Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate in our toasty visitor center!

Winter Tree ID
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(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 during this indoor presentation.

Winter Nature Video Series – Titles and subject to be announced
12:24 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note:  ADA accessible.  Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center.

Video - Living with Fire
10 a.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.

George Washington’s 282nd Birthday!
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $ 5 suggested donation; pre-registration required
Rockingham Historic Site
(609) 683-7132
Note:  Partially ADA accessible.  Light refreshments available.
Tours of the historic house will include timeline facts of George Washington’s life through the rooms and conclude with birthday cake and punch.  A toast to the General would not be out of place.

February 23
Video - Living with Fire
10 a.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.

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, demonstration and taste sample.  All ages

February 25
Winter Tree ID
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(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 during this indoor presentation.

 

 

 

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