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Kittatinny Valley State Park Programs & Events


KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

March - September 2015

*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY 3:30 PM OF THE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM DATE.  Please call (973) 786-6445 to register.  Programs meet at the visitor center located 1 mile north of Route 206, off Goodale Road in Andover Township, unless otherwise noted.  Please be prompt – programs start at the time indicated.  Adults must accompany children at all times.  Pets are not permitted during most programs.  In case of inclement weather, all participants are urged to contact the visitor center to determine whether programs have been cancelled or rescheduled. 
All programs are subject to change.

March | April | May | June | July | August | September

 

March

March 4

The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal

1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let’s find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of “The Magic Garden.”

March 5

The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let’s find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of “The Magic Garden.”

March 7

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 10 & 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!

March 11

Yoga for Beginners
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults
Wind down your busy day and restore balance with the natural harmony of yoga. Develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

March 12

L’il Tykes Hike

4 pm to 5 pm
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults with 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!

April

April 9

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

April 11

THE NATURE OF VERNAL POOLS
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; partially ADA accessible
Learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants and discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.

April 18

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

April 22

BEGINNER YOGA: HONORING THE EARTH
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate Earth Day with yoga in the park! Great for beginners, 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.

April 23

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

May

May 2

SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Discover 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. 

May 7

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

May 9

WOLF VISIONS
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

May 14

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

May 16

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

May 21

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

May 28

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

May 30

BIKE-TO-LUNCH TOUR: THE CHATTERBOX DRIVE-IN
10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: 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.

June

June 6

“OFF THE BEATEN TRACK” 5K TRAIL RUN/WALK
Race time TBD
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Fee: TBD
(973) 579-1811
Sponsor: Sussex County Chamber of Commerce
Celebrate National Trails Day with a trail run/walk through this beautiful state park and enjoy the splendor of the outdoors in Sussex County!

June 11

BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

June 19

HIKE-TO-LUNCH: SALT GASTROPUB
10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Waterloo Road/Sussex Branch Trail parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Celebrate “World Sauntering Day” with a 4-mile hike in the beautiful Sussex Skylands. A one-hour rest-stop will offer well-deserved refreshment midway through the trip.

June 20

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

June 25

BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
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.

June 27

LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
9 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex boat launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey.  Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

July

July 1

THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

July 3

BIKE-TO-LUNCH TOUR: THE LAFAYETTE HOUSE
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: Family program; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet
Bike 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 our trip.

July 4

LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
9 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex boat launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey.  Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

July 7

BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

July 9

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers.

July 11

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

July 15

THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

July 21

BEGINNER YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

July 23

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers.

August

August 8

LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
9 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex boat launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey.  Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

August 11

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

August 13

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers.

August 15

GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

THE MOTHS OF NEW JERSEY
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults, $1 children ages 9 & up; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 9 & up; ADA accessible
Join Blaine Rothauser on a journey of discovery into the magical and mysterious world of moths. After the indoor presentation, we’ll head outside to attract and potentially identify over 100 species of moths!

August 25

SUNSET YOGA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

August 27

CAT-TALES STORY HOUR
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

August 28

BIKE-TO-LUNCH TOUR: MILLSIDE CAFÉ
9 am to 1 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: Family program; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet
Bike 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.

August 29

THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
11 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

September

September 10

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

September 12

MEGA GEOCACHING EVENT
10 am to 5 pm
Fee: None
Waterloo Village
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Northern New Jersey Cachers
Note: Family program – all ages
Everyone is welcome to join the NJ geocaching community to learn more about this hi-tech scavenger hunt and participate in a day of family fun and games at historic Waterloo Village. Visit www.metrogathering.org for more information.

September 15

SUNSET YOGA
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

September 17

THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
4 pm to 5:30 pm
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA Accessible
Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

September 19

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

September 23

AUTUMN EQUINOX: CELEBRATION OF THE HARVEST
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
This indoor program features harvest festivals from around the world and illuminates time-honored customs celebrating this season of change. Light refreshments provided.

September 24

L’IL TYKES AUTUMN HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

September 26

HIKE-TO-LUNCH: STONEWOOD TAVERN
10 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Cranberry Lake Park & Ride
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: 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 refreshment near the end of the trip.

September 29

SUNSET YOGA
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

 

 

 

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