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January
Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements and program fees
Double Trouble 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. 

January Weekdays
Walt Whitman's Speciment Days
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history. 

January 1
First Day Hikes - The NJ State Park Service is hosting 19 guided hikes, 1 mountain bike ride and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests and historic sites on New Year's Day. For all hikes and rides, wear sturdy footgear and bring water and snacks. Check the weather before you leave the house and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Please visit website for additional information on all hikes - http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/first_day_hikes.html.

First Day Hike
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Atsion Recreation Area/Wharton State Forest
Sponsor: Outdoor Club of South Jersey
(609) 351-2789
ocsj.org - cancellation information
Start the New Year with a hike in NJ's beautiful Pine Barrens.Our lunch spot will have views of the Mullica River. If snow or ice on ground bring walking stick.
http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/first_day_hikes.html

First Day Hike - Historic Hampton Furnace Hike
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Atstion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest
(856) 767-7075 weather cancellation information
Join a NJ Woodland Steward on a nature hike around the historic Hampton Furnace settlement. This 5 mile loop hike will explore beautiful natural areas deep in the heart of Wharton State Forest. Meet at the Atsion Office, we will carpool from the meeting area to the trail head.
http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/first_day_hikes.html

First Day Hike - West Pine Plains Ramble
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; registration required
FREE
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-1114 (registration)
(609) 272-1142 (cancellation information)
Join us for a hike in Bass River State Forest "North" which encompasses the West Pine Plains and th "Pygmy Pines" - the world's largest acreage of this globally rare forest communictiy. Large potions of the hike will be through places wheree the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves and in some places are not. The hike will traverse several ridges that will provide fantastic views of the surrounding area whihc is a rarity for this part of the state.

First Day Hike - NJ's First State Forest First Day Hike
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; registration not required
FREE
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-0114 (registration and cancellation)
Hike thorugh various Pine Barrents terrain including a platation of pine rees with stops at an historic CCC Camp and a Forest Fire Memorial.

First Day Hike - East Creek Trail Hike
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Join us for a 3.5 mile hike on the East Creek Trail. The hike will cover half the distance of the trail. Please dress for the weather and birng waters. Dogs are welcome! For information on day of hike, please call (609) 374-0094.
http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/first_day_hikes.html

First Day Mountain Bike Ride
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Join us for a mountain bike ride on the 10-mile-long trail at Belleplain State Forest. This is a technical trail with twists and turns through the forest. An option of less mileage is available. For information on day of ride, please call (609) 805-4073.
http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/first_day_hikes.html.

First Day Tour - Midtown Elizabeth Boxwood Hall State Historic Site
1 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Boxwood Hall State Historic Site
(908) 282-7617 or elizabethfirstday17@gmail.com
Explore where New Jersey began. Learn about the famous (and infamous) who called Elizabeth home. Discover architecure from four centuries. Make a quick visit to one of Alexander Hamilton's residences. optional tour of First Presbyterian Church Cemetery after the hike.

First Day Hike - Cheesequake State Park
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3209
Join us for a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake to celebrate the New Year.

First Day Hike - 32nd Annual new Year's Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kitttinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Start your New Year off right by hiking a scenic rail-trial an dlearning abou tthe history of the railroads that traversed Warren and Sussex County.

First Day Horseback Ride
1 to 4 p.m.; registration is recommended
FREE
Sussex Branch & Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails
(8450 667-2015; cmoran789@gmail.com - ride leader Carolyn
Bring your own horse if you'd like to participate in a 2-hour guided horseback ride. In addtion to the guided ride, all other trail users are encouraged to start a new tradition. Kick off the New Year by

First Day Walk with Molly Pitcher
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Walk the ground where Molly Pitcher fought at the Battle of Monmouth! Hike over rolling fields and hills on the actual battlefield. Learn about the Battle of Monmouth and the role of women warriors and camp followers. Learn the actual story of Molly Pitcher, who she was and what she did.

First Day Parvin Historic Walk
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Parvin State Park
Experience a new year outdoors and learn about Parvin State Park History. For more information, email parvinvolunteers@gmail.com

First Day Hike - NJ State Botanical Gardens at Ringwood
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-7031
A self-guided family friendly hike in the State Park woodlands at the NJ State Botanical Garden. Weather permitting; you can climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail and return, or choose our alternate hike without a climb. This annual event is a joint project of State Park staff and volunteers from the NJBG/Skylands Association. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center at NJBG between 1pm and 2pm. Map and hike directions will be provided at the start. Allow about 90 minutes for the hike.

First Day Hike - Round Valley Recreation Area
10 a.m. to noon; registration is required
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area
(908) 236-6355
Whatever you did the night before, this is your chance to get outdoors in New Jersey and start 2017 off on the right foot. We will hike the 2.5 mile Water Trail and look for signs of new life as the year begins.

First Day Hike - Silver Mine Hike
10 a.m. to noon; registration required
FREE
Stokes State Forest
friendsofstokes@gmail.com or john@summitcadd.com
(973) 948-3820
Join the Friends of Stokes for a moderate loop hike. View waterfalls, animal tracks if there is snow and a silver mine.

First Day Hike to the Tower
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; registraiton required
FREE
Stokes State Forest
friendsofstokes@gmail.com or john@summitcadd.com
(973) 948-3820
Start 2017 with a glorious hike up Tower Trail to the
Appalachian Trail (AT) with the Friends of Stokes. Beautiful views from the AT.

First Day Hike from Ferry to Ferry - 100 horses, 18 cannons, and the wagons
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; registration required
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park/Johnson Ferry House
(609) 727-2515; jfhwashxing@fast.net
A guided walk of the route taken by the "stuff" of the Continental Army on Christmas Night, 1776 across the Delaware River into New Jersey. Sights and stops include the Washington Crossing Bridge, the Nelson House, the Ferry Boat replica, the pedestrian bridge, overlook, the Stone Barn, and the Johnson Ferry House.

First Day Hike - Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings
2 to 3:30 p.m.; registration required
FREE
Waterloo Village State Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings is an outdoor, guided, interpreted 2 mile walk.  Participants will hear about the many roles Waterloo has played throughout the history of New Jersey and the United States of America.

January 7
New Year’s Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Parking Lot located on Rte 546 at Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 397-2949
Join the park staff for a 5 mile long hike along the historic D&R Canal.

Video - Double Trouble State Park
10 to 10:30 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Take a visual history through three centuries at Double Trouble Village in this dynamic video featuring interviews and rare footage of the lumber and cranberry industries.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
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 register.highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Wildflowers in Winter
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
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.

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

Winter Waterfowl Walk
10 a.m. to noon; pre-registration required
FREE
Liberty State Park – Meet at Park Office
(201) 915-3400 ext 109
ADA Accessible. Join us for a stroll along Liberty Walkway in search of winter visitors to the park.  Possible species sightings may include ruddy ducks, mergansers, grebes, buffleheads and many more.

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, meet in Tower Lot
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run Recreation Area.  For additional information go to HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required. Pre-teen and adults
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
We will take a trail from its trailhead near Church Rd. to the top of the hill. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd). Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. The terrain is rugged.

Video – “Liberty: The Reluctant Revolutionaries, Part I.”
2 p.m.   
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. This 120-minute video covers the time period leading up to the American Revolution and its causes and concludes with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

January 8
Lost in the Woods” A Children’s Survival Program
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 6 through 11
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. A program to help children if they get separated from their group while hiking. This program will be held at the Nature Center

Battle of Princeton Walking Tour
6:45 to 10 a.m.           
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Sponsor: Princeton Battlefield Society
(609) 921-0074
No pathways- limited ADA accessibility. Minute by Minute walking tour of the Battle of Princeton with living historians reenacting parts of the battle. Walk over the ground where the battle actually occurred.Outdoors, dress for the weather, walking over open fields with gentle hills

January 11
Wildflowers in Winter
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
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 12
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fees: $5 per adult/child pair. $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. To register, please call 973-875-1471 or email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com. Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants).  Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

January 13
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fees: $5 per adult/child pair. $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts.  To register, please call 973-875-1471 or email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com. Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants).  Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Homeschool Naturalists
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $5/child (must be accompanied by an adult)
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 6 to 10 year-olds in in first through fifth 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 will be provided. Registration is required by 12:00 PM the day before the program. Call 973-875-1471 or email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com. Fees must be paid in full before the program begins.

January 14
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the Forest Office for a 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
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 register.highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Snow and Ice
2 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For families with children ages six and up. Come learn about snow, ice and winter weather through games, crafts, and experiments. Learn how High Point's wildlife survives frozen temperatures, and cut your own no-two-alike snowflakes. Plan to spend time both inside and out. For more information, please call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471. Call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

Video – “Liberty: The Times That Try Men’s Souls, Part II.”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. This 120-minute video covers the dark days of 1776, including the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River and the victory at Saratoga that would finally bring France into the war

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 to1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced.

January 15
Absecon Lighthouse Turns 160 Years Young!
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest will host a Birthday Celebration to honor the 160th birthday of the Lighthouse with free birthday cake and climbs. Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

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

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
908-236-6355          
Note: Join NJ Audubon Society members, on ¾ mile flat trail loop where abundant waterfowl enjoy the winter serenity. If you have a field guide or binoculars we suggest you bring them for this 2-hour long program

Cross Country Ski Workshop
1:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis. Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information

January 21
Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
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 register.highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
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.

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
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.”

Recycled Crafts
10 a.m. to noon; pre-reigstration required
FREE
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal Classroom B
(201) 915-3400 ext 109
ADA Accessible. Think twice before you throw away that egg carton or toilet paper tube, it can be used to create all kinds of crafts.  Join us to see how to reduce waste by re-using some common household items.  From cards to napkin rings, we will help you get ready for the holidays.

Video – “Liberty: Are we to be a Nation? Part III.”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
NOTE: ADA accessible. This 120-minute video discusses the shift of the war into the south and the important victory at Yorktown as well as the creation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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

Pinelands Winter Shrubs & Trees Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Length: 2 – 4 miles

January 22
Chicken Whittle Demonstration
1p.m.
FREE; ages 9 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. Gather at the Nature Center for a step by step demonstration on how to whittle a rooster from a tree branch

January 26
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fees: $5 per adult/child pair. $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. To register, please call 973-875-1471 or email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com.Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants).  Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

January 27
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 AM
Fees: $5 per adult/child pair. $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants).  Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

January 28
Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon; registration required
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
Adults/Children ages 7 and up. 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. Locations will vary.

15th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a brisk hike (or snowshoe) in the wild winter woods of KVSP! Afterwards, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies in our visitor center.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug (and snowshoes, if necessary)!

Video – “Spies of the Revolutionary War”  
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Nathan Hale, John Honeyman, John Andre, and Benedict Arnold are just a few of the spies who played a large role for both the American and British during the American Revolution

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

January 29
Winter Waterfowl Walk
10 a.m. to noon; pre-registration required
FREE
Liberty State Park – Meet at Park Office
(201) 915-3400 ext 109
ADA Accessible; Join us for a stroll along Liberty Walkway in search of winter visitors to the park.  Possible species sightings may include ruddy ducks, mergansers, grebes, buffleheads and many more

Cross Country Ski Workshop
1:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis. Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey. The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information


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