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Washington Crossing State Park Programs & Events


Autumn Programs at the Nature Center

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are scheduled via phone call by special arrangement. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Some of these events will require advanced registration as specified below.  Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out.  Phone: (609) 737-0609


THE SOLAR SYSTEM (pre-teen – adult) Friday October 2, 7:30 p.m. This class will describe the objects found in the solar system.  These include the sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids.  Eclipses, both lunar and solar will be explained and described. Instructor: Bill Murray, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park  at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center.

IN SEARCH OF SHALE (all ages) Saturday Saturday October 3, 1:00 p.m. Find out where the Indians of Central New Jersey would travel in search of the stone materials they needed for making their tools and weapons. Learn why some of the most abundant varieties of shale in the area was so extensively used by the Indians.  A short presentation will be given at the Nature Center and, actual Indian stone tool artifacts will be shown. This will be followed by a short trail hike to one of the local shale deposits and outcrops

HIKE THE ROCK HOPPER TRAIL  (preteen - adult)  Sunday October 4, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp., is a relatively new acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond in WCSP. (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail head. Advanced registration required.

STARS, STAR CLUSTERS, AND GALAXIES (pre-teen - adultFriday October 9, 7:30 p.m. This fourth session of the astronomy seminar will describe the magnitude, distances, and parallax of stars plus the types of star clusters we can see, both open and globular.  The session will conclude with a description of the types and locations of galaxies and nebulae we can view from our backyard. Instructor: Bill Murray, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park  at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES WEEKEND (all ages)  Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Archaeologists and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Stone tool making, edible and useful plants, primitive weapon construction, atlatl throwing, and more will all be included.

TREES OF THE PARK  (adult)  Saturday October 17, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Washington Crossing State Park is home to scores of species of native trees and shrubs as well as many non-natives that have become naturalized.  Join the park naturalist on a walk and learn how to identify many of the most common species.

PARK FOLIAGE HIKE  (9 yrs. - adult) Sunday October 25,  1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 mile hike taking on the park’s natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season.  Wear sturdy footwear.  Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars

SHELTER BUILDING WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (6 yrs. - adult)  Saturday  November 7,  1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  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.

INTO THE WOODS STORIES (6yrs. – adult) Saturday November 14, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  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.

FAMILY NATURE WALK  (all ages) Sunday November 15, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk.

NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE AREA OF THE PARK (all ages) Saturday November 21, 1:00 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum 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.

NATURE CENTER CLOSED Thurs. Nov. 26 - Tues. Dec. 1
Have a Happy Thanksgiving

GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Saturday December 5, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game, which utilizes GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of parks, playgrounds, natural areas and other open lands.  Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the website, on the location of dozens of geocache sites in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. Advanced registration required. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one.

HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING    (all ages) Saturday  December 12, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.   Participants will construct their own wreaths from evergreen clippings collected in the park.  Advanced registration required after 11/10. Suggested donation: $7.00/wreath.

NATURE CENTER CLOSED Thurs. Dec. 24, 2014 -  Fri. Jan 1, 2015
Have a Happy Holiday Season

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