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Throughout the year, the New Jersey State Park Service proudly hosts hundreds of events at state parks, forests, recreation areas and marinas. This calendar of events is continually updated with our upcoming programs that we hope to see you at soon!

Calendar of Events

May

5/20/2024 - 5/26/2024

5/27/2024 - 5/31/2024

June

6/1/2024 - 6/9/2024

6/10/2024 - 6/16/2024

6/17/2024 - 6/23/2024

6/24/2024 - 6/30/2024


Week of 5/20/2024 - 5/26/2024

Monday Mountaineers! Office - BMT
Stokes State Forest, Park Office
20-May 9:00 AM
Description: 6 miles, moderate hike with uneven terrain. Weekly hiking group.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: 10 essentials, layers, traction for boots, good hiking boots, hat/gloves, lunch, extra water, snacks, hiking poles.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
22-May 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Trail of the Blue Comet
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
22-May 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point Presentation and discussion about the famous Blue Comet train, followed by a walk to the original tracks where the Blue Comet ran from.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the giant flag on the steps inside the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking in Lot #9.


Homeschool Hike: A Sense of Spring
High Point State Park, TBA
23-May 10 AM
Description: Here comes spring! Come explore High Point State Park with other homeschoolers. Each week we’ll take a walk to search for signs of spring, and note the changes as the season progresses. There will be birds and flowers, budding leaves, emerging amphibians, and more!
Ages: Homeschoolers ages 6 and up
Call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov for more information. Registration at https://highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com.
These walks will cover about one to two miles over easy to moderate terrain and are a great way for homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing and learning about nature. For homeschoolers age 6 and up. Younger siblings may join you, but will need to be able to walk the distance or be young enough to be carried.


Tea and Poetry
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake
24-May 5 PM
Description: Casual event to share poetry and sip tea! BYOM(bring your own mug) varieties of tea / hot water / honey will be provided.
Age: adults
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Pen / paper for creative writing prompts, poetry books, your own writing to share. Listening welcome, no pressure to share.


Memorial Day Weekend Walking Tours
Batsto Village Historic Site, Batsto Interpretive Center
25-May 10 AM and 2 PM
Description: Historic Interpreters will be on hand to lead walking tours through the Batsto Village this Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).
Age: all ages.
For more information or to confirm Memorial Day Weekend Walking Tour availability, please call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.


Musket Firing Demonstration
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
25-May 2 PM
Description: A Park Historian will speak about the Christmas Night Crossing, the Battle of Trenton and linear Warfare tactics prior to the Musket Firing.
Age: all ages
Call (609) 737-0623 or email clay.craighead@dep.nj.gov for more information. Weather permitting.


Moonlight Walk
Whitesbog Historic Village
25-May 7 PM
Description: Listen to the night sounds of the Pines, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands. All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.
Age: all ages. Members $5 Nonmembers $10
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Memorial Day Weekend Walking Tours
Batsto Village Historic Site, Batsto Interpretive Center
26-May 10 AM and 2 PM
Description: Historic Interpreters will be on hand to lead walking tours through the Batsto Village this Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).
Age: all ages.
For more information or to confirm Memorial Day Weekend Walking Tour availability, please call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.


Spring Bird Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
26-May 10 AM
Description: A guided walk through Liberty State Park to look for resident species and some visiting songbirds and early shorebirds as well.
Age: ages 5 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to be outdoors and bring binoculars if you have them. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended as well.


Week of 5/27/2024 - 5/31/2024

Memorial Day Weekend Walking Tours
Batsto Village Historic Site, Batsto Interpretive Center
27-May 10 AM and 2 PM
Description: Historic Interpreters will be on hand to lead walking tours through the Batsto Village this Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).
Age: all ages.
For more information or to confirm Memorial Day Weekend Walking Tour availability, please call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
29-May 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Explosion at Black Tom
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ
29-May 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point Presentation about the history and sabotage of Black Tom and a trip to what remains of the area today in the park.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the giant flag on the steps inside the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking in Lot #9.


Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration
Walt Whitman House, Visitor Center and garden
29-May 5 PM
Description: Walt Whitman 205th Birthday Celebration; guest speaker; presentation of annual high school poetry contest awards
Age: all ages.
Call (856) 964-5383 or email pauline.miller@dep.nj.gov for more information.
On-street metered parking available.  


Kit & Caboodle Book Club
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
31-May 2 PM
Description: Book discussion group for avid readers and bibliophiles. No monthly reading requirements! BYOTea and favorite reads past or present.
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Come prepared to talk about a favorite book you've read lately; book swapping is encouraged; BYOTea/coffee, snacks provided.


Story SLAM!
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake
31-May 6 PM
Description: Inspired by the Moth, we are hosting a Storytelling SLAM where individuals are invited to share stories (~5 minutes in length, appropriate and respectful, engaging in an impactful moment in their life). The theme for this event is new experiences!
Age: adults
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Pen / paper for creative writing prompts, poetry books, your own writing to share. Listening welcome, no pressure to share.


Week of 6/1/2024 - 6/9/2024

HOFNOD Fishing Derby
Belleplain State Forest, Nature Center
1-Jun 10 AM
Description: Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs Fishing Derby at Lake Nummy.
Ages: 16 and under
Call (609) 861.2404 or email gina.morgan@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Registration in person begins at 9:30am


Weekend Walkers - Bulls Island Trails
D&R Canal SP, Bull’s Island Recreation Area
1-Jun 9:30 AM
Description: Join our trail interpreter and come explore several trails in one morning! We will begin on the Bulls Island’s "Inlet Trail" which offers both towpath and Delaware River views. Here you'll see where the canal’s “feeder” begins the 22-mile trip south to Trenton. After completing the Inlet Trail loop, we will stop at the Visitor’s Center to view the historic photos on display. The group will then proceed with a walk through the "Natural Trail" and then head to the Roebling Pedestrian Bridge to take in the view of the Delaware River
Age: adults
Pre-registration required. Call (609) 924-5705 or email DRCanalPrograms@dep.nj.gov for more information. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weekend-walkers-bulls-island-trails-tickets-870219007477


Shorebird Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
1-Jun 10 AM
Description: Guided walk through Liberty State Park to look for visiting shorebirds and resident species as well!
Age: ages 5 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to be outdoors, wear shoes comfortable for walking, and bring binoculars if you have them. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring.


Preserving the Harvest in the 18th Century
Rockingham State Historic Site, Dutch Barn
1-Jun 1 PM
Description: Preservation techniques discussed and equipment displayed throughout the afternoon.
Ages: adults
Pre-registration required. Please call (609) 683-7132 or email lisa.flick@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Evening Exploration at Tillman Ravine
Stokes State Forest, Tillman Ravine Lower Parking area
1-Jun 7 PM
Description: Celebrate National Trails Day! 4-mile hike, moderate with uneven / rocky terrain. Join our naturalists to explore this beautiful area as the sun sets and darkness rolls in!
Age: ages 8 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987 Headlamp required, please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the weather. 10 essentials and hiking poles recommended along with water / snacks.


Arabela Barlow’s Somerville in Street & Stone – Walking Tour
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
1-Jun 1 PM
Description: Stroll the streets of Somerville for an introduction to the town and transportation in Arabella's childhood and adult life. Conclude at Arabella's historic gravestone in Somerville's Old Cemetery with the story of Arabella's service on the battlefields of the Civil War, death in a Union hospital in Washington, D.C. and burial back home in Somerville.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov


Arabella Barlow’s New Jersey in Story & Song
Washington Crossing State Park, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
1-June 3 PM
Description: Historical musician and balladeer Linda Russell explores the life of rural New Jersey through the music of farmers, canal boatmen and lumberjacks, as well as the popular songs of parlor and porch.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov for more information. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoors musical performance. Made possible by the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association with sponsorship of New Jersey Council for the Humanities.


Musket Firing Demonstration
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
1-June 2 PM
Description: A Park Historian will speak about the Christmas Night Crossing, the Battle of Trenton and linear Warfare tactics prior to the Musket Firing.
Age: all ages
Call (609) 737-0623 or email clay.craighead@dep.nj.gov for more information. Weather permitting.


Volunteer Day at Brendan T. Byrne
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, office
2-June 10 AM
Description: Trail cleanup and maintenance along the Glassworks Trail.
Age: all ages
Call (609) 415-8442 or email finn.westphal@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Please come with loppers or other trail trimming equipment.


LNT for Kids
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake
2-Jun 1 PM
Description: Join our naturalists for a fun filled educational afternoon, learning the Leave No Trace principles with games and activities!
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987 Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the elements! Program will be outside.


Monday Mountaineers! Going Batty
Stokes State Forest, Culvers Gap parking lot
3-Jun 7:30 PM
Description: Join our naturalists for a 4-mile hike, where we will learn about and search for Bats!
Age: ages 8 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the elements! 10 essentials and hiking poles recommended along with water / snacks. Hike will be easy / moderate.


History of Adolphe Borie - HSP Original Donor
Hacklebarney State Park, Chester Library
5-Jun 7 PM
Description: In celebration of Hacklebarney's 100th Anniversary - Chester Historical Society, along with the NJSPS, will be hosting a Borie lecture.
Ages: all ages
Please call (908) 638-8572 or email sprucerun@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
5-Jun 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Evening Paddle - Kayak Ashroe
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ashroe parking lot
7-Jun 6 PM
Description: All equipment provided, kayak / paddle / life jacket. Beginners welcome! Please come prepared with appropriate footwear / layers for the elements. Waterproof layers recommended.
Age: ages 8 and up
$20 a person. Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.  


Horseshoe Crab Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive
8-Jun 11 AM
Description: Guided walk to Caven Point Beach to look for horseshoe crabs and other species found in the Hudson River estuary.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear shoes that can get wet/muddy. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring. Walk is 1 1/2 miles roundtrip.


Morning Paddle - Kayak Ashroe
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ashroe parking lot
8-Jun 10 AM
Description: All equipment provided, kayak / paddle / life jacket. Beginners welcome! Please come prepared with appropriate footwear / layers for the elements. Waterproof layers recommended.
Age: ages 8 and up
$20 a person. Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Sunday Challenge!
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ocquittunk
9-Jun 9 AM
Description: 8.5 miles, northern Blue Mountain Loop! Difficult hike, with steep/rocky terrain. We will hike at a good pace and explore flora / fauna along the way!
Age: ages 12 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the elements! 10 essentials and hiking poles recommended along with water / snacks. Hike will be difficult.


Week of 6/10/2024 - 6/16/2024

Monday Mountaineers! Silver Mine loop
Stokes State Forest, Drying Barns parking lot
10-Jun 8:30 AM
Description: 3.5 miles, easy / moderate with uneven terrain. We will take some time to identify flora / fauna along the way.
Age: ages 8 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the elements! 10 essentials and hiking poles recommended along with water / snacks. Hike will be easy / moderate.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
12-Jun 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Architecture of the CRRNJ Terminal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
12-Jun 10 AM
Description: Guided walk through the CRRNJ Terminal and discussion about its unique architectural layouts.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the giant flag on the steps inside the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking in Lot #9.


Lunchtime "Walk & Talk" - Smell the Roses
D&R Canal SP, Colonial Park Gardens
13-Jun 12:30 AM
Description: The roses are in bloom! Come join our trail interpreter at lunch time, bring a bag lunch and plan to take time to smell the roses! Enjoy these beautiful early summer blossoms with us and then afterward we will walk the D&R towpath to East Millstone to see the bridge tender's house and station. Upon returning to the Colonial Park Gardens, we’ll pass through the area’s outstanding arboretum if time allows.  Those who brought a bagged lunch can join us to gather for a post-walk picnic meal.  This will be a leisurely mid-afternoon outdoor program, so plan to be with us a few hours. This lunch hour “walk and talk” will begin at Colonial Park in Somerset
Age: adults
Pre-registration required. Call (609) 924-5705 or email DRCanalPrograms@dep.nj.gov for more information. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunchtime-walk-talk-smell-the-roses-tickets-870239258047


Nature Center Grand Opening!
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake
15-Jun 10 AM
Description: Casual event, come and go during the time shown. Nature Center will be open with naturalists present for informal interpretation with kayaks available for rent. We will also have a litter treasure hunt, where you can win a prize for picking up trash!
Age: all ages
No registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Musket Firing Demonstration
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
15-June 2 PM
Description: A Park Historian will speak about the Christmas Night Crossing, the Battle of Trenton and linear Warfare tactics prior to the Musket Firing.
Age: all ages
Call (609) 737-0623 or email clay.craighead@dep.nj.gov for more information. Weather permitting.


Week of 6/17/2024 - 6/23/2024

Wildlife Garden Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
16-Jun 10 AM
Description: Guided walk through the Nature Center's native gardens and discussion about the plants that help improve habitat.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to be outdoors, wear shoes comfortable for walking, and bring binoculars if you have them. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring.


Mountaineers! Tower Trail Sunset
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake
17-Jun 6:30 PM
Description: 6 miles, moderate with uneven / steep terrain. Difficult scramble up Tower Trail. Headlamp required!
Age: ages 8 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the elements! 10 essentials and hiking poles recommended along with water / snacks. Headlamp required, you must bring your own.


Early Bird Breakfast Walk
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Parking lot
20-Jun 8:30 AM
Description: 2.5-mile walk to identify birds by sight and sound along the Sussex Branch Trail; pay-your-own-way breakfast stop in between.
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Please bring binoculars and cash if you plan on ordering food or beverages.


Nature Walk and Craft - Birds
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
21-Jun 10 AM
Description: A nature walk to look for and learn about birds, followed by a bird craft to make and take home with you!
Age: ages 4 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to be outdoors, wear shoes comfortable for walking, and bring binoculars if you have them. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring.


Full Moon Hike @ Sunrise
Stokes State Forest, Sunrise Mountain parking lot
21-Jun 7 PM
Description: 4.5 miles, moderate with uneven terrain. Join our naturalists on this hike to catch the moon rise at Sunrise Mountain! Headlamp required.
Age: ages 8 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the elements! 10 essentials and hiking poles recommended along with water / snacks. Headlamp required, you must bring your own.


Spanish-American War Living History Weekend
Fort Mott State Park, Museum
22-June 10 AM
Description: Spanish-American War encampment and living history displays.
Age: all ages
Call (856) 935-3218 or email fortmott@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Clamming by Kayak
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center / Bayside - A16
22-June 9 AM
Description: Kayak tour on bayside to include clamming.
Age: all ages
Call (732) 793-0506 for more information.
Weather permitting. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen.


Musket Firing Demonstration
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
22-June 2 PM
Description: A Park Historian will speak about the Christmas Night Crossing, the Battle of Trenton and linear Warfare tactics prior to the Musket Firing.
Age: all ages
Call (609) 737-0623 or email clay.craighead@dep.nj.gov for more information. Weather permitting.


Spanish-American War Living History Weekend
Fort Mott State Park, Museum
23-June 10 AM
Description: Spanish-American War encampment and living history displays.
Age: all ages
Call (856) 935-3218 or email fortmott@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Clamming by Kayak
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center / Bayside - A16
23-June 9 AM
Description: Kayak tour on bayside to include clamming.
Age: all ages
Call (732) 793-0506 for more information.
Weather permitting. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen.


Horseshoe Crab Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive
23-Jun 11 AM
Description: Guided walk to Caven Point Beach to look for horseshoe crabs and other species found in the Hudson River estuary.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear shoes that can get wet/muddy. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring. Walk is 1 1/2 miles roundtrip.


Morning Paddle - Kayak Ashroe
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ashroe parking lot
23-Jun 10 AM
Description: All equipment provided, kayak / paddle / life jacket. Beginners welcome! Please come prepared with appropriate footwear / layers for the elements. Waterproof layers recommended.
Age: ages 8 and up
$20 a person. Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Family Paddle - Kayak Ashroe
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ashroe parking lot
23-Jun 1 PM
Description: All equipment provided, kayak / paddle / life jacket. Beginners welcome! Please come prepared with appropriate footwear / layers for the elements. Waterproof layers recommended.
Age: ages 8 and up
$20 a person. Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.


 “New Jersey – A 360˚  View” for New Jersey’s 360th Birthday
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
23-June 2 PM
Description: On the eve of New Jersey’s 360th Birthday, traverse the Garden State in this illustrated discussion of the historic sites and scenes represented in “New Jersey – A 360˚ View,” the panoramic artwork in stained glass by J. Kenneth Leap installed at the State House in 1995.
Age: ages 8 and up
Call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Week of 6/24/2024 - 6/30/2024

Monday Mountaineers! Red Maple --> Acropolis
Stokes State Forest, Drying Barns parking lot
24-Jun 9 AM
Description: 8.5 miles, Red Maple to Acropolis & back! Difficult hike with steep / uneven terrain, but beautiful views!
Age: ages 12 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for the elements! 10 essentials and hiking poles recommended along with water / snacks. Hike will be difficult.


Kayak Eco Tour & Sedge Island Center
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center / Bayside - A16
26-June 9 AM
Description: Kayak tour on bayside to Kayak Eco Tour & Sedge Island Center.
Age: all ages
Call (732) 793-0506 for more information.
Weather permitting. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen. 


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
26-Jun 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


The Historic Trilogy
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
26-Jun 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point Presentation and discussion about the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and CRRNJ Terminal, and the roles they played in immigration.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the giant flag on the steps inside the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking in Lot #9.


Heddwch Nain/Mam-gu: The Welsh Women’s Peace Petition to the Women of the United States, 1924
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites, Online
26-June 7 PM
Description: The women of Wales, aiming to promote peace in the aftermath of World War I, organized in 1923 an appeal to the women of the United States, urging them to bring their country into the new League of Nations. A delegation of Welsh women brought this appeal to the United States in 1924 on a remarkable journey made possible by the support of American women including women from New Jersey.
Age: ages 10 and up
Call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov for more information.
MS Teams: https://events.gcc.teams.microsoft.com/event/72b467b2-4903-4b11-ba9b-12ba3f1bac3b@5076c3d1-3802-4b9f-b36a-e0a41bd642a7  


Sunset Paddle
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center / Bayside - A16
27-June 7 PM
Description: Kayak sunset paddle tour
Age: all ages
Call (732) 793-0506 for more information.
Weather permitting. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen.


IBSP Star Party
Island Beach State Park, Ocean side
28-June 9 PM
Description: Star gazing on ocean side.
Age: all ages
Call (732) 793-0506 for more information.
Weather permitting. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen.


Nature Walk and Craft - Insects
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
28-Jun 10 AM
Description: A nature walk to look for and learn about insects, followed by an insect craft to make and take home with you!
Age: ages 4 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to be outdoors, wear shoes comfortable for walking, and bring binoculars if you have them. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring.


Tea & Poetry
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake
28-Jun 5 PM
Description: Casual event to share poetry and sip tea! BYOM(bring your own mug) varieties of tea / hot water / honey will be provided.
Age: adults
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stokes-state-forest-32668228987
Pen / paper for creative writing prompts, poetry books, your own writing to share. Listening welcome, no pressure to share.


Sunset Paddle
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center / Bayside - A16
29-June 7 PM
Description: Kayak sunset paddle tour
Age: all ages
Call (732) 793-0506 for more information.
Weather permitting. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen.


Firefly Festival
Tall Pines Preserve, Front Entrance/Main Parking Lot
29-June 8 PM
Description: Half-mile long educational walk to observe the different types of fireflies that appear
Age: all ages
Call (609) 251-0694 or email andrew.crosby@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Musket Firing Demonstration
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
29-June 2 PM
Description: A Park Historian will speak about the Christmas Night Crossing, the Battle of Trenton and linear Warfare tactics prior to the Musket Firing.
Age: all ages
Call (609) 737-0623 or email clay.craighead@dep.nj.gov for more information. Weather permitting.


New Jersey's Declarations of Independence
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
30-June 2 PM
Description:
Age: ages 10 and up
Call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov for more information.