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Washington Crossing State Park Programs & Events


WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Summer 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, NJ. Some programs are offered without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration.  A fee of $5.00 per car ($7.00 out-of-state) will be charged to all motor vehicles entering the park for daytime programs on weekends and holidays through Monday 9/5 (Labor Day). Some programs are offered without charge and all programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise specified below. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. An adult must accompany all children. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, camps and other groups are scheduled separately upon request by special arrangement. Phone : (609) 737-0609.

NATURAL DYES  (all ages)  Saturday July 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Many interesting colors can be derived from wild plants.  Come out to learn how several of our more common plants can be coaxed to yield dyes for coloring natural fabrics and take home a few samples of your own.  Advanced registration required. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

STREAM STOMP (6 yrs. – adult) Sunday July 2, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come out for a wet hike as we follow a park stream in search of crayfish, salamanders, caddisflys, frogs, minnows and other stream inhabitants. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.
 
NATURE EXPLORERS (3 yrs. – 6 yrs.) Tuesday July 4, 10:00 a.m. This is an informal session of nature study and enjoyment for preschool-aged children and their parents. The activity of the day might be a hike, a craft, an aquatic program, an outdoor skill, etc.

NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. – adult) Saturday July 8, 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. 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 and payment required.
Fee: $2.00/person. To register and pay for the event please contact the WCSP Visitor Center/Museum at (609) 737- 0623.

NATURE EXPLORERS (3 yrs. – 6 yrs.) Tuesday July 11, 10:00 a.m. This is an informal session of nature study and enjoyment for preschool-aged children and their parents. The activity of the day might be a hike, a craft, an aquatic program, an outdoor skill, etc.

FAMILY NATURE WALK  (all ages) Saturday July 15, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

POND STUDY  (6 yrs. –12 yrs.) Sunday July 16, 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.

NATURE EXPLORERS (3 yrs. – 6 yrs.) Tuesday July 18, 10:00 a.m. This is an informal session of nature study and enjoyment for preschool-aged children and their parents. The activity of the day might be a hike, a craft, an aquatic program, an outdoor skill, etc.

ALL ABOUT MOSS (preteens – adult) Saturday July 22, 1:00 -  3:30 p.m. This will be a brief presentation explaining the unique life cycle of mosses and lichens. A guided hike will follow to search for specimens. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

NATURE EXPLORERS (3 yrs. – 6 yrs.) Tuesday July 25, 10:00 a.m. This is an informal session of nature study and enjoyment for preschool-aged children and their parents. The activity of the day might be a hike, a craft, an aquatic program, an outdoor skill, etc.

FAMILY NATURE WALK  (all ages) Sunday July 30, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. – adult) Saturday August 5, 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. 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 and payment required.
Fee: $2.00/person. To register and pay for the event please contact the WCSP Visitor Center/Museum at (609) 737-0623.

NATURE EXPLORERS (3 yrs. – 6 yrs.) Tuesday August 8, 10:00 a.m. This is an informal session of nature study and enjoyment for preschool-aged children and their parents. The activity of the day might be a hike, a craft, an aquatic program, an outdoor skill, etc.

RECREATIONAL KAYAKING (pre-teens – adult)  Saturday August 12, 1:00 - 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 kayak on the park’s pond. 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.

FAMILY NATURE WALK  (all ages) Sunday August 13, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

NATURE EXPLORERS (3 yrs. – 6 yrs.) Tuesday August 15, 10:00 a.m. This is an informal session of nature study and enjoyment for preschool-aged children and their parents. The activity of the day might be a hike, a craft, an aquatic program, an outdoor skill, etc.

ROCKS AND GEOLOGY (all ages) Saturday August 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Explore fundamental New Jersey geology including topography, plate tectonics and physiography. Specimens will be on display. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

NATURE EXPLORERS (3 yrs. – 6 yrs.) Tuesday August 22, 10:00 a.m. This is an informal session of nature study and enjoyment for preschool-aged children and their parents. The activity of the day might be a hike, a craft, an aquatic program, an outdoor skill, etc.

THE FOREST OF WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK: PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE (all ages) Saturday August 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a guided hike through the park’s lush forest. Discuss the park’s landscape as it would have looked 100 years ago. Examine the characteristics of the forest as it is today and postulate what the forest will look like 100 years in the future. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

SOLAR OBSERVATION  (all ages)  Saturday September 2, 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 Monday September 4, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

FAMILY NATURE WALK  (all ages) Sunday September 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

TREES OF THE PARK  (adult)  Sunday September 10, 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.

IN SEARCH OF SHALE (all ages) Sunday September 17, 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 were so extensively used by the Indians.  A short presentation will be given at the Nature Center by long-time WCSP volunteer instructor, Jim Wade. Actual Indian stone tool artifacts, from Mr. Wade’s collection, will be shown. This will be followed by a short trail hike to one of the local shale deposits and outcrops and possibly other locations of interest in the park.

LOCKATONG FALLS HIKE  (preteens – adult) Sunday September 24, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Lockatong Creek in Delaware Twp. has many interesting cascades and rock outcrops along its banks. We will drive to the Lockatong Wildlife Management Area and follow the White Trail loop from the parking area, down to the falls and back (approx. 3 miles). Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool to the Wildlife Management Area (call the Nature Center for directions). Advanced registration required.

 

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