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May
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: $ 15 per person; call for additional details
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Call ahead for details and registration. Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. The program includes all equipment and lesson. Participants must be 14+ and be in good physical condition

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
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.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
Fee:  $25 per program; call office for more detail
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: General admission, $7 Seniors (62+), $5 Youth (13-18), $5, (6-12), $3
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
ADA accessible. Please call for more information

Children’s Day at Rockingham
Date to be determined
Noon to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor:  Montgomery Twp. HS Live Historians Club and the Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132 - www.rockingham.net
Partially ADA accessible; a continuous celebration of childhood for all ages with crafts of paper marbling and hat making, 18th-century games such as hoop & roll and shuttlecock, toys to try including Jacob’s ladder and buzzsaw, period-style children’s clothing to try on, talks with Revolutionary War reenactors, mini tours of the house and other activities. Light refreshments will be available and the Museum Store will be open to purchase some of the items used for the activities

May 2
Spring Craft Market and Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 per adults and children 12 and up; children under 12 FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
www.allairevillage.org
Rain date: May 3

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Walking Tour of Old Monmouth
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE;  for walking participants this is a countywide event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Saturday Geocaching at the Park
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center to explore the adventure of Geocaching. Our guests from NJ Geocaching will guide us through the trails of the park to learn the basics of this high tech treasure hunting game. Ages 8+.

Hike the D&R Canal from Whitehead Road to Cadwalader Park (4.5 miles)
10 a.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 or bbarth@att.net
Meet at the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park

Flower Full Moon Walk
7:30 p.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
Partially ADA accessible; Mmet at Bulls Island Recreation Area (2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ 08559)

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.
Partially ADA Accessible

Spring Wildflower Walk
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 per person; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults' dDiscover the natural history, edibility, and folklore of the spring beauties in bloom around the visitor center. Indoor presentation will take place in the event of inclement weather. 

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
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
ADA accessible

Bird Walk - See the Flora and Fauna in the Park
8 a.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Walk is moderate level. Appropriate wear is advised

“Weekend in Old Monmouth County”-Open House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Historic Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Visitor Center is ADA accessible. Craig House is partially 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 State Park
Walk is moderate level. Appropriate wear is advised.

Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Please call for more information

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

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible; join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration.

Where in the World Do Your Garden Plants Come From?
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE; advance registration required (12yrs-adults)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible; is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Where did the tangerine get its name? Why did toast become French? These and many more questions on the origins of cultivated plants will be answered by gardener and horticultural adventurer Hank Snyder of Flemington

Waterloo Wild Edibles & Medicinal Plant Walk
10 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family; pre-registration required (973) 347-1835
Waterloo Village Historic Site
Meet at the ticket booths in parking lot near the main entrance. Come along and learn all about the wonders nature has to offer. You will discover which plants were eaten in the past, as well as how many common woodland plants have medicinal qualities. Sturdy shoes, bug spray, and sunscreen suggested. Ages 10 and up.

Spring Bike Trail Ride
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center
(609) 567-4559
10 mile guided mountain bike ride for ages 14 and over, bring bike, eye protection, water & snacks; helmets REQUIRED for ALL participants.

Full Moon Hike
7 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $5; pre-registration recommended
Whitesbog Historic Village
Sponsor: Historic Whitesbog Village
(609) 893-4646, www.whitesbog.org
Liston to the night sounds of the Pines and learn about the history of Whitesbog village. Meet at the General Store.

May 3
Walking Tour of Old Monmouth
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE;  for walking participants this is a countywide event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Atsion Day Flea Market
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Atsion Recreation Area
(609) 268-0688
Sponsor: Indian Mills Historical Society
ADA Accessible

Spring Bassman Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike - Half, International & Sprint Distance
7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee:  Call for entry fee and registration information
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami beach complex
(347) 276-7523 (cell) or www.citytri.com
Sponsor: CityTri Racing, Inc.

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
ADA accessible

“Weekend in Old Monmouth County”-Open House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Historic Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Visitor Center is ADA accessible. Craig House is partially 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 State Park
Walk is moderate level. Appropriate wear is advised

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Please call for more information

19th Century Baseball Game-Triple Header    
First pitches at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood Manor Lot B, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible; come watch the Flemington Neshanocks, the Elizabeth Resolutes, and the Atlantic baseball clubs play according to rules from 1876 using period equipment and wearing period uniforms. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic lunch and spend the day cheering on your favorite teams. A fun event for the whole family! Hot dogs, chips, and soda will be available to purchase. Sponsored by the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Then take a short drive to the swimming beach where abundant waterfowl enjoy the spring serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them

Wild Edible Plants
1:30 p.m.
FREE; advance registration required (all ages)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Come out for a short hike and presentation on the edible, medicinal, and toxic properties of common plants that can be found on the local landscape. Pat Chichon of Lambertville, a plant lore enthusiast will deliver this program.

May 6 
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (trip leader) for meeting place or more information
Moderate-paced hike, 7 to 10 miles, bring drink and lunch, heavy rain or thunder cancels

May 7
L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 5 & under; 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!

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) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
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.

May 8
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) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
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.

May 9
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Late Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 per adults and children 12 and up; children under 12 yrs. FREE
Vendor spaces $30 preregistration, $35 registration the week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain date, May 10

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Saturday Tree Identification Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Gather at the Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the Park as we learn how to identify the trees on our hike
.

Spring Steenykill Loop Walk: Birds and Blooms
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 per person or $5 per family; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office.

Spring Astronomy Day
FREE
(908) 459-4366
Jenny Jump State Forest
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Public presentations, observing and other activities; partially ADA accessible

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.
Partially ADA Accessible

Wolf Visions
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6 to11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Family program – all ages; ADA accessible; Vinnie Reo will dispel the myths about the "Big Bad Wolf" and teach the importance of the wolf’s role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. The presentation features a slide show, Q&A session, and the opportunity to meet a real live wolf!

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley Staet Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

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
ADA accessible

Public Walking Tours
Noon & 2 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible upon request; please call for more information

Spirit of The Jerseys State History Fair
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $10 per vehicle 
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Various demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors, and entertainment

Lilac Garden Splendor
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Please call for more information

Young Astronomer’s Program
6 to 7:30 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciation; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory – www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Pinelands: New Jersey’s Suburban Wilderness
1 p.m.
$2 per person
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center Auditorium
(609) 561-0024
Al Horner, Pinelands photographer, discusses his most recent work; ADA accessible

May 10
Mother's Day - Moms Climb Free!
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Moms Free, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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
ADA accessible

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Walking Tour, “Defense of the Hedgerow”- a study of troop positions during the fierce fighting at the hedgerow
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Walk is moderate level. Appropriate wear is advised

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Lilac Garden Splendor
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Please call for more information                                              

May 13
Wednesday Afternoon Tea – Proprietary House
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House, Perth Amboy
Sponsored by the Proprietary House Association
(732) 826-5527
Cake and tea with free tours

Homeschool Hike
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per child. Must be accompanied by an adult.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For homeschoolers age ten and up. Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. These easy to moderate, naturalist-led hikes range between one to three miles and are a great opportunity for older homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way. Hikes will be selected based on seasonal events and conditions and details about each specific hike will be available the week before the hike is scheduled, if not before. Younger siblings may accompany us IF they are physically capable of keeping up with the group, or are young enough to be carried. Some trails may be navigable by “all-terrain” strollers, but not all. Please ask when you register. There is no additional charge for carried siblings.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 14
Sunset Yoga
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; 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.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 15
SJAC Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us
ADA accessible; back-up date May 16th

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) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
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.

Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 pm
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
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.

Medicine Wheel Celebration
All day
FREE;  donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800-High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 16
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Dog Appreciation Day
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  Call for sponsorship, vendor, and admission details.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain date: May 17; parades, talent, manners, and morals.

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Saturday Salt Marsh Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for an interpretive hike to the salt marsh of Cheesequake. Ages 8+

Changing Times:  The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3 p.m. the day before program. 
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry.  During this walking tour you’ll learn of the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from the hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today. To register, contact the Brendan Byrne office at (609) 726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Lake Clean Up
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE: donations Welcome
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of HIgh Point State Park
Help keep High Point State Park beautiful! Join us as we clean up trash along the shores and in the waters of Lake Marcia, Steenykill, and Sawmill. More details to come. Rain date Sunday, May 4, 2014

Teddy Bear Picnic
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome; pre-registration required
High Point State Park Interpretive Cente
Sponsor: Friends of High Point Stae Park
friendshpsp@gmail.com
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!
Registration is required for this program. 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.

Not for Early Birds Walk
4:30 to 6p.m.
DEWW
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
For adults and children ages ten and up. Not everyone is cut out for bird watching at dawn. Luckily there is often a surge of avian activity in late afternoon that can be enjoyed by all the anti-early-birds! Come take a stroll with the Park Naturalist in search of colorful migrating warblers and other spring arrivals. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow, but bring your own if you have them. Long, light-colored pants are recommended, as ticks are often abundant this time of year.

Friends of Indian King Tavern Museum Beer Tasting
Please call for price and reservation information
Indian King Tavern
(856) 429-6792
Sponsor: Friends of Indian King Tavern
Limited seating & Tickets are REQUIRED! ADA accessible Out of doors only

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.
Partially ADA accessible

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & up; partially ADA accessible. 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 educational geo-trail!

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(908) 684-5768
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
ADA accessible

Medicine Wheel Celebration
All day
FREE;  donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800-High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Milkweed Planting with Bergen County Audubon Society
1 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534
Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and small tools

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
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Lecture:  So Many Brave Men: A History of the Battle at Minisink Ford by Author Peter Osborne
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible; Co-Author Peter Osborne will present a Power Point program on the July 22, 1779 battle and the importance of it on the lives of the settlers who lived in the Upper Delaware River Valley during the Revolutionary War.

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; advance registration required (preteen-adult)
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Brickyard Rd (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
We will carpool to the trailhead on Fiddler’s Creek Rd and take the Blue Trail to the top of the hill. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. The terrain is rugged

National Kids in Parks Day at Waterloo
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $5, children free
Waterloo Village Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
ADA Accessible: partially
Fun filled Waterloo tours and activities geared towards children of all ages; rain or shine. Enter through the ticket booths near main entrance; partially ADA accessible.

Ladies Slipper & Laurel Pinelands Hike
10:30 am
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center
(609) 567-4559
Guided 2 to 4 mile hike, bring water & snacks                    

May 17
Be a Pirate Day! ad Pirate Cruise
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  $6 adults, $12 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Enjoy activities with real pirates as performed by The Philadelphia Fight Ensemble.  Take a pirate cruise aboard Atlantic City Cruises “Cruisin’ One” out of Gardener’s Basin at 3 p.m.
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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
ADA accessible

Medicine Wheel Celebration
All day
FREE;  donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800-High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

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

Discover the Campgrounds
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 fee for ages six and above; preregistration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Round Valley has some of the best wilderness camping in the state. Hike to the campgrounds, visit a few sites, and maybe decide to return. The six mile round trip has good footing but requires good physical condition. Bring water and a snack.   

Classic Car Show
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 561-0024
Crusin Classics Car Club
Assorted Automobiles displayed and judged for prizes; ADA accessible      

May 20
Wednesday Walk in the Woods for Wildflowers
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (trip leader) for meeting place or more information
Guided slower-paced hike, heavy rain or thunder cancels

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 21
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) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
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.

L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 5 & under; 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!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 22
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) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
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.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.   

May 23
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Bog Iron Boys Baseball Club Game
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee applies per car
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Watch our BIBBC take on Historic Baseball Clubs from around the area. Patron donation appreciated towards Allaire Village.

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

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.
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
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

The History of the Commercial Dobsonian Telescope
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory -www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility. Speaker Mr. Rob Teeter – telescope builder and founder of Teeter’s Telescopes, LLC

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person and park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible; join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration.

Solar Observing
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Princeton (AAAP)
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Personnel from AAAP will be on hand with special optical equipment for safely observing structures on the sun such as sunspots, flares, and prominences. Clear skies are required; program is for all ages.

Morris Canal Greenway Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family; pre-registration required
Waterloo village Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Go West! Walk the old towpath of the Morris Canal from Waterloo. Search fromt he elusive remains of the old canal. Learn lots of fund facts abou the area and its past. Two miles round trip. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults)

May 24
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Plover Walk
11:00 am
Fee: None
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
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.

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
ADA accessible

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Memorial Day Observance
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible in Visitor Center

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Into the Woods
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 fee for ages six and above, plus park entrance fee per car- register day of event
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
New to the woods? Start the season with a hike on the Cushetunk Trail. We will learn how to be safe and comfortable in the woods and do a bit of bushwhacking (off trail hiking) 
  

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults)
                          

May 25
Memorial Day Bird & Nature Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Memorial Day Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Memorial Day Nature Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee applies per car
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208

Gather at the Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the Park

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible; join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration.                              

May 27
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration
5 p.m.
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Sponsor: Walt Whitman Association
Come join us as we celebrate the Poet's 196th birthday at the Annual Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration. The ceremony will include readings from the winners of the Walt Whitman Association's Annual High School Poetry Contest. Poetry contests theme and guest speaker to be announced.  

May 28
Sunset Yoga
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; 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.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 29
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

May 30
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Lantern Tour and David Kinkaid Concert
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person, preregistration required
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee applies per car, plus $5 fee for train ride. Kids 2 & under ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Re-enactment of instructional drill for soldiers of the Civil War. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting; plus a Funeral Train on Sunday May 31st.

Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area at Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
ADA accessible

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Explore Bordentown Bluffs
1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
Meet at Stanton Ave, Bordentown Township

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.
Partially ADA accessible

Bike-To-Lunch tour: The Chatterbox Drive-In
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6 to 11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Family program; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet. Shake, rattle, and roll along Sussex County’s only 13-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour long rest-stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

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
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory - www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person and park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible; join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration.

Kayak Tours of Waterloo Lake
10 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per person, kayaks, paddles, PFD's provided; pre-registration required
Waterloo Village Historic Site, Waterloo Lake
(973) 347-1835
Glide along beautiful Waterloo Lake. Take in the quiet and peaceful scenery. Learn the history of the Musconetcong River and Waterloo Village along the way. Kayaks will be provided, but you can bring your own if you prefer. Appropriate footwear (water shoes), a bottle of water and sunscreen suggested. For ages 16 and up.

May 31
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person per train ride- additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee applies per car, plus $5 fee for train ride. Kids 2 & under ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Re-enactment of instructional drill for soldiers of the Civil War. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting; plus a Funeral Train on Sunday May 31st.

Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Mature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: Belleplain State Forest
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
ADA accessible

Plover Walk
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Sunday Open House – Proprietary House
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House, Perth Amboy
Sponsored by the Proprietary House Association
(732) 826-5527

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
ADA accessible

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory -www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Family Nature Walk
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee applies
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This is an informal naturalist – guided trail walk in the state park for all ages


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