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September
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.

D & R Canal Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
Fee: $25 per program
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible; pleae call for more information

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: Park entrance fee plus 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

Encampment Activity Day
Date to be announced
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor: The Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
ADA accessible

September 2
A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 3
A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

Thursday Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per child/adult pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
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.

September 4
Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

Friday Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per child/adult pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
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.

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us every Friday morning for a family friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by brining a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Pleae call for topis and meeting places.

Equine Ride and Overnight Stay
Fee:  Fee for overnight stay with horse, please see website for details
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 - High Point State Park office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 5
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Train leaves every half hour

Jazz It Up Wine Festival
Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee: $20
Allaire State Park, Historic Village at Allaire
Sponsor: the Garden State Wine Growers Assoication
www.newjerseywines.com
The 2015 Jazz it Up Wine Festival will tickle your palate while the jazz man tickles the ivories. Move your soul with tastings of hundreds of wines from 17 premier New Jersey wineries and some of the finest jazz acts on the east coast. Held over Labor Day Weekend within stunning Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, it’s the perfect way to beat the shore crowds while still enjoying the outdoors in September.

Smokey Bear's 71st Birthday Party
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
Coloring Contest: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.@ the Nature/Interpretive Center
Iron-on T-Shirts: 10 a.m. until they are gone, first come
first served. @ the Nature/Interpretive Center
Smokey arrives for pictures: Noon @ the Nature/Interpretive Center
Recognitions and prizes: 6 p.m. @ Lake Nummy Pavilion
Smokey arrives on a Fire truck: 6:30 p.m. @ Lake Nummy Pavilion
Cake, ice cream and soda: 7 p.m. @ Lake Nummy Pavilion 

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 near Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
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

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

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Take part in a guided hike starting at the Nature Center. We’ll explore the trails as we learn some interesting facts about the Park. All ages.

Princeton Tree Nursery Walk
1 p.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609)924-5705
Meet at D & R Canal Park Office, 145 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Video - Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
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.

Bait & Boat Festival
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation
High Point State Park, Lake Marcia
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Note: Join the Friends of High Point State Park as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. This is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Activities include kayaking, boat races, fishing contest, interpretive hike or paddle, and a boat craft. The day will conclude with campfire and s’mores on the beach. Additional evening activity for the whole family is in the works...stay tuned for the big announcement! Rain date Sunday, September 7, 2014.

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 Jerey, Inc.
Partially ADA accessible

Observatory Special Events Day
Please check website for time
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

Civil War Living History Weekend
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Adults $5, children under 18 $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Candle Lantern Tours
7:30 and 9 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10, children under 18 $5
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible. Children under 12 are not permitted

Equine Ride and Overnight Stay
Fee:  Fee for overnight stay with horse, please see website for details
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 - High Point State Park office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Harvest Moon Celebration/Garlic Festival
Please check website for details
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

The Annual “Walk with Joe” Event
8 a.m. to Noon         
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor:  Yorktown Club
(732) 462-9616

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

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

Lilac Care Workshop
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Rain Cancels

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jerey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylanbds Association & Bergen County Audubon society
Steady rain cancels

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

Compass Basics
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee; advanced registration required (9 yrs.-adult)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Come learn the fundamentals of compass navigation with a protractor compass as you work your way through the park’s compass course with the class

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee applies per car
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.

September 6
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Train leaves every half hour

Railroaders’ Weekend Celebration
Noon to 4:30 pm
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation

Labor Day Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
ADA accessible

Labor Day Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
ADA accessible

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566- 3208
Take part in a guided hike starting at the Nature Center. Explore the trails as we learn some interesting facts about the Park.

All Access Tour
10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Limited to 25 people, please call for reservations

Labor Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
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
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Civil War Living History Weekend
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $5, children under 18 $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Equine Ride and Overnight Stay
Fee:  Fee for overnight stay with horse, please see website for details
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

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

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

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2pm
FREE
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus 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.

September 9
A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 10
Thursday Fledgling Naturalists

1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per child/adult pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
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 and 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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 11
Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Friday Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program.

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us every Friday morning for a family friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by brining a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Pleae call for topis and meeting places.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 12
Late Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 Adults and children 12 & up; children under 12 FREE.
Vendor spaces $30 pre-registered, $35 the week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain Date: September 13

Railroader’s Weekend Celebration
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Passenger & freight trains parade every half hour. Come see vintage locomotives and trains in operation. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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

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

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

WILD Outdoor Expo
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
http://www.wildoutdoorexpo.com/ 
This fun-filled family event is designed for visitors to discover new ways to appreciate and enjoy New Jersey's great outdoors.  Participants can try many outdoor activities available within the state's forests, parks and natural areas such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, shooting sports, rock climbing, camping skills, compass navigation and wildlife watching.  Demonstrations of sporting and tracking dogs, historical re-enactments, SCUBA dives, reptiles and raptors, turkey calling, nature photography and much more await.  Admission and parking are free.  All activities are free with the exception of a $3 fee to use the climbing wall.

Bait and Boat Festival
Fee: $5 suggested donation
High Point State Park, Lake Marcia
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
Join the Friends of High Point state Park as we say goodbye to summer with a full-filled day of fishing and boating. this is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Activities include kayaking, boat races, fishing contest, interpretive hike or paddle, and a boat craft. the day will conclude with a campfire and s'mores on the beach. Additional evening activity for the hwole family is in the works....stayed tuned for the big announcement. Rain dae is Sunday, September 13.

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 Jerey, 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

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

Northwest Jersey Horse Show Open Show
Call for time
FREE
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 - High Point State Park office
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Warbasse Junction Road 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
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Audubon Nature Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association & Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

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

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

Songs and Stories of the American Revolution
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Using rousing period songs and stories Matthew Dodd will take you back to the days of the American Revolution

“Gearing Up For Fall: Photography in Wharton State Forest”
Photography Workshop by Chris Huston, of Christopher Huston Photography
1 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center Auditorium
(609) 561-0024
ADA Accessible

September 13
Railroader’s Weekend Celebration
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Passenger & freight trains parade every half hour. Come see vintage locomotives and trains in operation. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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

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

WILD Outdoor Expo
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
http://www.wildoutdoorexpo.com/ 
This fun-filled family event is designed for visitors to discover new ways to appreciate and enjoy New Jersey's great outdoors.  Participants can try many outdoor activities available within the state's forests, parks and natural areas such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, shooting sports, rock climbing, camping skills, compass navigation and wildlife watching.  Demonstrations of sporting and tracking dogs, historical re-enactments, SCUBA dives, reptiles and raptors, turkey calling, nature photography and much more await.  Admission and parking are free.  All activities are free with the exception of a $3 fee to use the climbing wall.

High Point State Park Half Marathon Festival
Time to be announced
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800

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

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For Adults and Children Ages 6 & 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 new geo-trail!

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

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

Northwest Jersey Horse Show Open Show
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

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

Program on the role of the New Jersey Brigade at the Battle of Monmouth
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jerey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylanbds Association & Bergen County Audubon society
Steady rain cancels.

Young Astronomer’s Program
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome.  Registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Limited ADA Accessibility.  Hands on activities

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

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

September 16
A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 17
Thursday Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per child/adult pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
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.

The Magic of Monarchs
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children ages 12 and up, $1 ages 6 to 11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up. Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and xplore our award-winning butterfly garden; ADA accessible.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 18
Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Friday Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program.

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us every Friday morning for a family friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by brining a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Pleae call for topis and meeting places.

Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 suggested donation
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: The Friends of High Point State Park
Date tentative, please call to confirm. Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience is necessary, but you'll want to bring a yoga mat.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 19
Fall Crafter’s Market and Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 adults and children 12 and up; children under 12 FREE
Vendor spaces $30 pre-registered; $35 registration the week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain date: September 20

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Train leaves every half hour

Fall Aster and Goldenrods
1 p.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609)924-5705
Meet at Six Mile Run Reservoir Site, 625 Canal Road, Franklin Township, Somerset Count

Friday Fledgling Naturlists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

Open House - Indian King Tavern Museum
Time to be determined
FREE
Indian King Tavern State Historic site
(856) 429-6792
The doors of the Tavern will be open to the public for tours.

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 Jerey, Inc.
Partially ADA accessible

Lake Aeroflex Paddling Excursion
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
(973) 786-6445
For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience. Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, and paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in NJ. Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Warbasse Junction Road 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
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

Lilac Care Workshop
9 a.m. to 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

The Far Side
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 fee for ages six and above; pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Welcome autumn with a 10-mile hike of the lesser traveled Cushetunk Trail. This is a mountainous and moderately strenuous hike. Hiking shoes, water, and lunch required.

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

Fall Beauty in the Wetlands Hike
10:30 am
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center
(609) 567-4559
Guided 2 to 4 mile hike, bring water & lunch.

Astronomy Presentation & Star Watch
7 to 11 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center
(609) 567-4559
Willingboro Astronomical Society & Wharton State Forest
Learn about the stars and view them through telescopes, ADA accessible

September 20
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Project
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest Office
(609) 296-1114
Sponsors: Bass River State Forest and Outdoor Club of South Jersey
Bring work gloves, lunch, and

Hawk Banding Demo
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Snakeman
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. Our special guest will discuss and show examples of a variety of snakes. This slithery show will be held at the Nature Center. All ages

Yoga on the Mountain
9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Note: Date tentative, call to confirm. Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat. Registration is recommended – call 973-702-0488.

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

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
(908) 684-4820
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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.

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
(973) 887-4332
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

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

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jerey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylanbds Association & Bergen County Audubon Society
Steady rain cancels

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

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Lanscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood state Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

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 early fall serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

Hawk Watch
10 a.m. to noon
FREE
Stokes State Forest, Sunrise Mountain Pavilion
(973) 948-3820
Note: Sunrise Mountain is one of the best places in New Jersey to see hawks during the Fall Migration! We will show you how to identify birds of prey and then go look for them.  Bring binoculars if you have them.

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

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
6:30  to 11 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

September 22
Celebration of the Harvest: Autumn Lecture & Walk
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Following a slide-illustrated program discussing various harvest festivals and seasonal customs from around the world, an easy 2-mile walk will invigorate and rejuvenate with the colors of fall. Apple cider and light refreshments provided; for adults; partially ADA accessible.

September 23
Autumn Equinox: Celebration of the Harvest
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; this indoor program features harveswt festivals from around the world and illuminates time-honoroed customs celebrating this eason of charge. Light refreshments provided; ADA accessible.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 24
Thursday Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per child/adult pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
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.


Sunset Yoga
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques; for adults.

L'il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 5 and under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors n this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

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

Friday Fledgling Naturlists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us every Friday morning for a family friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by brining a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Pleae call for topis and meeting places.

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

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

September 26
19th Century Fall Harvest Festival
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adults and children 12 and up; $3 children 5-12 yrs., children under 5 FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Partially ADA accessible. Horse & wagon ride additional.

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Train leaves every half hour

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Hike the D&R Canal from Rocky Hill to Blackwells Mills (6.6 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 Blackwells Mills Day Use Area Parking Lot – 598 Canal Road nearest street address (Franklin Township)

Historic Soldiers Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Sponsor: the 9th Division WWII Historical Preservation Society & Fort Mott State Park

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

Fall Astronomy Day Symposium
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest, UACNJ Observatory
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Lectures, observing and other activities; partially ADA accessible.

Hike to Lunch: Stonewood Tavern
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Cranberry lake park & ride
(973) 786-6445 - Kittatinny Valley State Park
For adults; kick off the fall season with a 2.5-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour rest stop will offer refreshments 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
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

Big Bear Solar Observatory-Cool Toys for Observing Our Warm Star
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility. Speaker: Dr. Philip R. Goode

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.

Antique Glass & Bottle Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 561-0024
Antique Bottle Club & Wharton State Forest
Vendors display and sell glass items, ADA accessible

National Public Lands Day at Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center
(609) 567-4559

September 27
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Critter Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Hawk Banding Demo
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566- 3208
For ages 7 and up. Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the Park

Historic Soldiers Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Sponsor:  Fort Mott State Park & the 9th Division WWII Historical Preservation Society

2nd Annual Germanfest Vintage Car Show
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, children 12 and under are free
The Hermitage Museum
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
(201) 445-8311, ext. 101
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

All About Galls
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Plant galls are abnormal outgrowths of plant tissues and can be caused by various parasites, from fungi and bacteria, to insects and mites. Discover the fascinating world of plant galls and amaze your friends with your ability to identify these intriguing structures; for adults; partially ADA accessible

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

Craig House Tours
1 p.m. 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.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jerey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylanbds Association & Bergen County Audubon Society
Steady rain cancels.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Roving on Mars: The Journey of Curiosity
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility.  Speaker: Frank O’Brien, author of the Apollo Guidance Computer,NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

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

National Public Lands Day at Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Join us for our trail upkeep workday; be prepared: bring water and lunch

Geocache the State Park
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE: advanced registration required (ages pre-teen to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737- 0609
Note: Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of several dozen geocache sites located in and around the state park. Once a cache is found, participants will sign in on the log contained within and take an object from the cache box leaving a trinket for future geocachers. Please bring trinkets to exchange; this can include small toys, small balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, patches, action figures, coins, etc.  A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available, please bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one.

Bike Hike
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (preteens – adult)
Washington Crossing State Park 
Meet at the Nelson House (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 mile round trip). Bring your own bike and helmet

September 28
Full Moon Climb
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

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

September 29
Sunset Yoga
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; wWind 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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
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. Only the first floor is ADA accessible.

 

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