WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
AT THE NATURE CENTER
The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ. Some programs are offered without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration as indicated below. A fee will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/24 - 9/1 (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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.
POND STUDY (6 - 12 yr. old) Sunday July 6, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Kids will use pond nets to collect and examine the various organisms that inhabit our pond. Meet at the pond by the park service entrance off of Church Road in Titusville. Advanced registration required.
NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. - adult) Saturday July 12, 8:30 p.m. Explore the park for nature at night and have some good old-fashioned fun on this naturalist-guided hike and campfire. Advanced registration required. Bring a flashlight. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required.
BACK COUNTRY FIRE BUILDING (7 yrs. - adult) Sunday July 20, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Learn valuable skills for backcountry travel. Practice “leave-no-trace” ethics and become aware of fire safety. Build a fire ring and gather tinder, kindling, and firewood. Witness a fire-building demonstration, then get hands-on experience using the methodology to complete the one-match fire challenge. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
MODEL RIVER RAFTS (all ages) Sunday July 27, 1:30 p.m. Have family fun in the sun and water. Kids will construct miniature models of river rafts at the Nature Center. The fun continues by the Delaware River, as the rafts participate in activities and challenges. Come prepared to get wet. Sunscreen recommended. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( all ages) Saturday August 2, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Ahoy treasure seekers! Point your way to WCSP for Geocaching 101. All are invited to attend an introduction to this real world, GPS-powered outdoor treasure hunt game where you become the search engine. This Geocaching program will begin with an indoor lecture on the basics of Geocaching. If weather permits we will head outside to find 6-8 unpublished caches which will help beginners understand where geocaches might be hidden. Park volunteer, Brad Koller will lead this activity. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. - adult) Saturday August 9 , 8:30 p.m. Explore the park for nature at night and have some good old-fashioned fun on this naturalist-guided hike and campfire. Advanced registration required. Bring a flashlight. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required.
RECREATIONAL KAYAKING (pre-teens - adult) Sunday August 17, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. If you are in the market for a kayak, come and learn the ins-and-outs of kayaking. Participants will have the opportunity to paddle a sit-on-top kayak on the park’s pond. Sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, and adult lifejackets will be provided. Get advice about selecting a recreational kayak that matches your paddling needs. Wear your old sneakers or water shoes and be prepared to get wet. Meet us at the Brick Road/pond parking lot for this fun and informative workshop! Advanced registration required.
WEIRD WASHINGTON CROSSING (preteens-adult) Sunday August 24, 1:30 p.m. Experience Washington Crossing State Park beyond the Revolutionary War. Hike to explore some unusual and bizarre nature of the park. Learn the untold local history and folklore by visiting off-the- beaten-path building remnants. Dress appropriately for out-of-doors and bring your own provisions to hike. Limited-seating transportation provided. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
SOLAR OBSERVATION (all ages) Saturday August 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. View naturalistic activity on the sun safely through a telescope equipped with a special filter. Observe sunspots, solar flares, prominences, and other solar phenomena, as they are available. Learn how these storms can affect the earth as well as other interesting facts about our planet’s closest star. Gene Ramsey and Jennifer and Dave Skitt of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton will conduct this activity. Clear skies required. Rain date is August 31, 1:00-3:00 pm. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
COMPASS BASICS (9 yrs - adult) Monday September 1, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn everything they ever wanted to know about the protractor compass. They will then use their new-found skills to navigate a compass course that will take them over hills, across streams, along trails and through forests to a mysterious hidden site known as “Haunted Hollow”. Bring a protractor compass if you have an instrument of your own. If not, we will provide one. Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
IN SEARCH OF SHALE (all ages) Sunday September 7, 1:30 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.
TREES OF THE PARK (adult) Sunday September 14, 1:30 - 3:30 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.
GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Sunday September 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the traditional scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning satellite) 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 Geocaching.com website, on the location of over three dozen geocache sites located 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. Bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one. Advanced registration required.
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