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Recurring Events

November 1
Election Day and Women’s Suffrage in the 1830,s.
Noon to 4 p.m. - Debates & Speeches begin at 1p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Women march for their legal rights to vote in this country
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Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, 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

Gourd Crafting
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. Meet at the Nature Center to learn about the art of gourd crafting. During the program, we will learn the techniques used in transforming a gourd into a piece of artwork. The fall season provides us with these natural products needed for the construction of the crafts

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

November 6
Stocking Stuffer Sale
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Auxiliary
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible. Handmade holiday items for sale.

Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic field at Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Back-up date: November 7th

November 7
Stocking Stuffer Sale
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Auxiliary
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible. Handmade holiday items for sale

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, 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.

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

Horseshoe Bend Hike
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
178 Horseshoe Bend Road, Frenchtown
(609) 924-5705
Hike 5 miles along moderate terrain in Horseshoe Bend Park. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Hike the D&R Canal Path from East Millstone to South Bound Brook
10 a.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the Lock 11 Parking Lot, South Bound Brook
Sponsor:  D&R Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 – Bob Barth –email bbarth@att.net
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 5.8 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Art Exhibit and Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ 08873)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Partially ADA accessible. The Blackwells Canal House Association’s in-house artist, Barbara Della Peruta returns with original paintings on canvas for your enjoyment and purchase.

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 Hunterdon Bird Club on Facebook

Shelter Building/Wilderness Survival
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
All ages. This program will deal with the fundamentals pertaining to survival when lost in the wild. Participants will construct a weatherproof shelter completely from native materials.

Cannon Firing Demonstration by Lamb’s Artillery
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Sponsor: Swan Historical Foundation
ADA accessible. Lamb’s Artillery Company will be conducting artillery demonstrations at 12:00, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.

Revolutionary War tour and campfire
4 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 561-0024
Sponsor: Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc.
Guided evening tour of Batsto, light refreshments afterwards

November 8
Stocking Stuffer Sale
Noon to 3 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Auxiliary
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible. Handmade holiday items for sale

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, 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 Walking Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Trailhead Parking area with your canine for a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake. All dogs must be leashed and waste products picked up. Bags will be provided. Ages 6 +

Art Exhibit and Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ 08873)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Partially ADA accessible. The Blackwells Canal House Association’s in-house artist, Barbara Della Peruta returns with original paintings on canvas for your enjoyment and purchase

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Gift Shop at Visitor Center will open 1 to 4 pm. The Craig House was used as a hospital by the British forces in June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth.

November 10
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required – spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors.

November11
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch, heavy rain cancels.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

November 14
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, 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 Fall Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $ 1 per adult, under 12 FREE
Vendor Spaces – $30 pre-registered, $35 registration the week of event
Allaire State Park
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain date November 15 (Sun). Browse shop and look for items, childhood toys, jewelry, and many other items.

NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY PROGRAM
1 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Fall Hike on the D&R Canal path from Griggstown to Little Valley
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the Griggstown Causeway, Franklin Township, Somerset County (Map Quest address: 4 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton, NJ 08540)
(609) 924-5705
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 4.2 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

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

Hike-to-Lunch: Andover Diner
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Try something new - join us for a 4-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer refreshment midway through the trip.

20-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location

FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex Branch Trail
(201) 274-9805         
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike the entire length of the Sussex Branch Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way. Weather permitting, over by nightfall.

The Valley Rocks - Round Valley straddles the Highlands and Piedmont provinces
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 fee for ages 12 and above, $1 for ages 6 to 11 - pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 – 6355
Take a short hike on two of our trails, discover the differences, and maybe find a piece of iron.

Space and Astronomy Day
2 to 10 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
A terrific full day of presentations and observing, and a great day for everyone to experience the universe and for families to inspire their children in science. The day begins with Space and Astronomy presentations at the Voorhees High School (256 County Road 513, Glen Gardner, NJ).The event continues at the NJAA Observatory with a small buffet meal followed by a tour of the facility, observing with our telescopes and more presentations. For additional information go to www.njaa.org, Corporation wanting to support this event please email info@AstronomyNJ.com.

Into the Woods Stories 
1 p.m. 
FREE 
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center 
(609) 737-0609 
Ages 6yrs.-  adult. Join Storyteller Denise McCormack on a journey into the woods and into the imagination, with tales that often begin -- and end -- in the heart of the forest.  This special event includes a short hike to a beautiful and inspiring storytelling spot by the stream.

November 15
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, 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.

Forest Trail Hike
1 p.m.
FREE   
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake. Ages 9 +.

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Gift Shop at Visitor Center will open 1 to 4 pm. The Craig House was used as a hospital by the British forces in June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth.

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 where you could see the Red-breasted Merganser or Brown Creeper. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the early spring serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them

Women in Science
3 to 6 p.m.
FREE; donation welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
The inaugural meeting of NJAA’s “Women in Science” special interest group. When incredibly passionate, talented, and creative women join, magic happens. At this initial meeting there will be open discussion and brainstorming of ideas for the function, charter, and mission of the group. Please note that a light buffet dinner will be served at this event. Be a part of something very special. Please contact Joanna Lewin or Teri Bellows at womeninscience@njaa.org for further details. For additional information go to www.njaa.org

Family Nature Walk
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
 All ages. Join us for a short informal guided walk on one of our trails

November 17
“National Take A Hike Day”
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; get outside before the winter weather is upon us! Join this naturalist-led hike through our beautiful park and learn something new about nature in November.

Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required – spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors.

November 18
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

November 20
Moonlight Hike
5 to 8 p.m. 
Fee:$5
Island Beach State Park, Nature center 
Join us on an adventurous night hike to discover “whoooooo” is awake when the sun goes
down at Island Beach State Park. When we arrive at the beach enjoy a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and listen
to ghost stories about shipwrecks off the Jersey shore – the “graveyard of the Atlantic”!

November 21
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, 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 Hike
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested (15 people max)
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
About 3-5 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch, heavy rain cancels.  Call hike leader for directions and information.

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

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

The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6-11 $2, under 6 free
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 one hour walking tour you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today.  Please note this is not a cranberry harvest tour. Pre-registration and fee required by 3 p.m. the day before program at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, (609) 726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Rail-Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Hike a scenic rail-trail and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

Fall Bird Walk
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext. 109
ADA accessible. Come on out to Liberty State Park and join us for a leisurely stroll as we look for and identify the birds that visit for the fall. Dress to be outdoors.  Bring binoculars if you have them, we have a limited number that can be borrowed. 

Autumn Nature Walk
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required- spaces are limited
Voorhees State Park, Meet at Hoppach Grove
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com 
As fall arrives many changes take place in the forest. We will explore the forest around Hoppach Grove in Voorhees State Park, where we will take a first-hand look at what is going on. Dress to be outdoors.

Native Americans of the Area of the Park
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible (all ages). We will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the autumn season, focusing on the activities of fall hunting, gathering and religious ceremonies. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Preparing for Winter Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Length: 2 – 4 miles

November 22
Early 19th Century Thanksgiving Celebration
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
732-919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
ADA accessible. Program will held in the Allaire Chapel at 1 p.m.

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, 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.

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Gift Shop at Visitor Center will open 1 to 4 pm. The Craig House was used as a hospital by the British forces in June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth.

Feast on History
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 parking
Waterloo Village Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Partially ADA accessible
Feast on history while exploring traditions of the past and fabulous food.  Cooking demos, games, recipes, and more. Coat Drive.

November 24
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required- spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors.

November 25
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

November 27
The Christmas Express with Santa
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person – advance tickets highly recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. Trains leaves every half hour, weather permitting. 

November 28
The Christmas Express with Santa
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person – advance tickets highly recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. Trains leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Hike the D&R Canal path from Landing Lane to South Bound Brook
10 a.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Meet at the Lock 11 Parking Lot, South Bound Brook
Sponsor:  D&R Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 – Bob Barth – email bbarth@att.net
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 5.3 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Studies of Active Galaxies
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
Presentation by Mitch Revalski, Georgia State University, Dept. of Physics, and Astronomy. For additional information go to www.njaa.org.

November 29
The Christmas Express with Santa
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person – advance tickets highly recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Santa rides the train and talks to all the children. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

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

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