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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

February

2/1/2023 - 2/5/2023

2/6/2023 - 2/12/2023

2/13/2023 - 2/19/2023

2/20/2023 - 2/26/2023

2/27/2023 - 2/28/2023

 

March

 


Week of 2/1/2023 - 2/5/2023

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
1-Feb 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Tales from the Morris Canal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
1-Feb 1:30 PM
Description: Presentation and discussion about the famous canal.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Information Desk located inside the CRRNJ Terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Dive. Free parking is available in Lot #9 across the street from the building.


Rid Litter Day
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
3-Feb 10 AM
Description: 2.5-mile round trip walk to pick up roadside litter along scenic Goodale Road. Help "Keep America Beautiful!"
Age: teens and adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227
Gloves, litter pickers, bags, and reflective vests provided.


Stokes by Starlight
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ashroe parking area
3-Feb 7 PM
Description: Spend an evening with the stars, marvel at the Milky Way, and experience some of the darkest skies in NJ on this 3-mile hike.
Age: teens and adults.
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


February Dog Hike
Belleplain State Forest, Main Office Parking Lot
4-Feb 10 AM
Description: Join Megan and her furry friends on a 5.5-6mile hike in Belleplain State Forest.
Age: ages 10 and up
Please call (609) 861-2404 for more information.
Please dress according to the weather. Wear proper shoes, some parts of the trail can be muddy at certain times of the year. Dogs must be leashed at all times.


Caven Point Bird Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive
4-Feb 10 AM
Description: Guided walk to Caven Point to look for visiting winter birds and resident species.
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 that can get wet/muddy, and bring binoculars if you have them. Walk is approximately 1 1/2 miles round trip.


Wetland Presentation & Walk
Parvin State Park, Park Office
4-Jan 12 PM
Description: In honor of National Wetlands Day (2/2); 1mile walk led by Naturalists.
Age: all ages
Registration Required: visit or call the office at 856-358-8616.
Sturdy footwear, weather appropriate clothing, water and snacks are recommended.


February Fun Holiday Hike #1
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake parking lot
4-Feb 10 AM
Description: 3-mile hike to socialize, soak in the scenery, and celebrate Sweater Day, National Homemade Soup Day, and many more!
Age: teens and adults.
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Full Snow Moon Hike
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake parking lot
4-Feb 7 PM
Description: 3-mile hike to experience the evening woods and nocturnal wildlife on the night of the full moon.
Age: teens and adults. $12 / person
Call the Stokes State Forest Office at 973-948-3820.


Old Dutch New Year "Candlemas" Winter Walk
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site
4-Feb 2 pm.
Description: Get outdoors on a February afternoon with a winter walk along historic Somerville’s Peters Brook Greenway and Main Street with brief stops for historical storytelling. We place Washington’s Headquarters Flags at two stone markers recalling George Washington’s passage through the area in early January 1777 and return for a brief festive open house at Old Dutch Parsonage as the winter sun sets.
Age: ages 10 and up
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-dutch-new-year-candlemas-winter-walk-tickets-518229246627


February Raccoon Full Moon Hike
Belleplain State Forest, Main Office Parking Lot
5-Feb 7 PM
Description: Take a 2.5 mile hike up and around lake nummy for the Raccoon Moon
Age: ages 10 and up.
Please call (609) 861-2404 for more information.
No White Flashlights Please! Please dress according to the weather. Red Glow sticks will be available to purchase 30 min prior to hike for $1.


Winter Sunset and Full Moonrise Walk
High Point State Park, TBA
5-Feb 4:30 PM
Description: Despite the cold, winter sunsets are worth it! Join the park naturalist to explore nature in winter and watch the sun set and the full moon rise over Lake Marcia.
Age: Adults. Children age 10 and up.
Registration required via Eventbrite at https://highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov for more information.
If there is snow on the ground we will be walking primarily on roads, but we will be walking through snow to view the sunset, so you’ll want sturdy, water resistant footwear. If there is no/minimal snow our route may vary more, but you’ll still want warm boots or shoes with good traction. Dress warmly and expect conditions to be windy.


Week of 2/6/2023 - 2/12/2023

Architecture of the CRRNJ Terminal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
7-Feb 1:30 PM
Description: A walking tour of the CRRNJ Terminal and discussion about its unique structure.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Information Desk located inside the CRRNJ Terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Dive. Free parking is available in Lot #9 across the street from the building.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
8-Feb 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Homeschool Hike: Nature in Winter
High Point State Park, Park Office
9-Feb 10 AM
Description: Winter is a quiet time in nature, but there's still lots to explore! These winter walks are a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning about nature and history along the way. The focus each walk will depend on the weather and snow conditions, but will include looking for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more!
Age: Adults. Children age 6 and up.
Registration required via Eventbrite at https://highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov for more information.  
These walks will cover about one mile or less over easy to moderate terrain. You'll want to dress warmly and wear sturdy boots. If there is six or more inches of snow on the ground, we will try out snowshoes! We have a limited number of both adult and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow or you may bring your own.


Stokes by Starlight
Stokes State Forest, Struble Road parking area
10-Feb 7 PM
Description: Spend an evening with the stars, marvel at the Milky Way, and experience some of the darkest skies in NJ on this 3-mile hike.
Age: teens and adults.
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Nature in Winter Walk
High Point State Park, TBA
11-Feb 10 AM
Description: Winter is a quiet time in nature, but there's still lots to explore! Join us for a naturalist-guided winter walks on Saturday mornings. The focus of the walks will depend on the weather and snow conditions, but will include looking for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more!
Age: Adults. Children age 7 and up.  
Registration required via Eventbrite at https://highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Walks will cover two miles or less over easy to moderate terrain. You'll want to dress warmly and wear sturdy boots. If there is six or more inches of snow on the ground, snow shoes are strongly recommended. We have a limited number of both adult and child-sized snowshoes available to rent for the program ($5/pair) or you may bring your own. If there is snow, but less than six inches, we recommend the use of winter traction devices on your shoes (Micro spikes, Yaktrax, etc.) to make walking easier.


Kindness Rocks Workshop
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
11-Feb 10 AM
Description: Workshop to create Kindness Rocks as part of the Kindness Rocks Project.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way. Free parking is available in Lot #6 across the street from the building.


February Fun Holiday Hike #2
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake parking lot
11-Feb 10 AM
Description: 3.5-mile hike to exercise, socialize, and celebrate National Make a Friend Day, Peppermint Patty Day, and many more!
Age: teens and adults.
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Fabulous Fungi
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
12-Feb 1 PM
Description: Guided walk to explore habitats in search of fungi.
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 and wear shoes comfortable for walking. Free parking is available in Lot #6 across the street from the building.


Week of 2/13/2023 - 2/19/2023

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
15-Feb 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


The Historic Trilogy
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
15-Feb 1:30 PM
Description: Power point presentation about the historical roles of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and CRRNJ Terminal.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Information Desk located inside the CRRNJ Terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Dive. Free parking is available in Lot #9 across the street from the building.


Nature in Winter Walk
High Point State Park, TBA
18-Feb 10 AM
Description: Winter is a quiet time in nature, but there's still lots to explore! Join us for a naturalist-guided winter walks on Saturday mornings. The focus of the walks will depend on the weather and snow conditions, but will include looking for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more!
Age: Adults. Children age 7 and up.  
Registration required via Eventbrite at https://highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Walks will cover two miles or less over easy to moderate terrain. You'll want to dress warmly and wear sturdy boots. If there is six or more inches of snow on the ground, snow shoes are strongly recommended. We have a limited number of both adult and child-sized snowshoes available to rent for the program ($5/pair) or you may bring your own. If there is snow, but less than six inches, we recommend the use of winter traction devices on your shoes (Micro spikes, Yaktrax, etc.) to make walking easier.


February Fun Holiday Hike #3
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake parking lot
18-Feb 10 AM
Description: 5.5-mile hike to socialize, soak in the scenery, and celebrate a variety of national "holidays"!
Age: teens and adults.
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Recycled Crafts
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
19-Feb 1 PM
Description: Workshop to re-purpose common household items into unique crafts.
Age: ages 5 and up.
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way. Free parking is available in Lot #6 across the street from the building.


February Bird Walk
Round Valley Recreation Area, South parking lot
19-Feb 9 AM
Description: Join Naturalists Alan and Barbara for a guided bird walk at Round Valley Recreation Area. Meet at the South Parking Lot at 9:00am and check out the birds that congregate on the coast, perch in the pine forest, and splash around in the swimming area.
Age: all ages For more information, call 908-236-6355, or email canoe2bird@yahoo.com
Bring binoculars, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear; the coastline is fairly rocky.


Middlebrook "Five Generals" Bus Tour
Wallace House State Historic Site. Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807
19-Feb 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm
Description: Tour along the paths used by colonists to the homes where General Washington and his generals lived during the winter cantonment of 1778-9.
Age: ages 10 and up. $30/person
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/middlebrook-5-generals-bus-tour-at-2017-prices-tickets-512000516327?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


Week of 2/20/2023 - 2/26/2023

Trail of the Blue Comet
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
21-Feb 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point Presentation and discussion about the famous train on the 94th anniversary of its inaugural run.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Information Desk located inside the CRRNJ Terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Dive. Free parking is available in Lot #9 across the street from the building.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
22-Feb 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Homeschool Hike: Nature in Winter
High Point State Park, Park Office
23-Feb 10 AM
Description: Winter is a quiet time in nature, but there's still lots to explore! These winter walks are a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning about nature and history along the way. The focus each walk will depend on the weather and snow conditions, but will include looking for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more!
Age: Adults. Children age 6 and up.
Registration required via Eventbrite at https://highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov for more information.  
These walks will cover about one mile or less over easy to moderate terrain. You'll want to dress warmly and wear sturdy boots. If there is six or more inches of snow on the ground, we will try out snowshoes! We have a limited number of both adult and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow or you may bring your own.


Trailblazers Volunteer Day
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
25-Feb 10AM
Description: Volunteer trail maintenance and scraping invasive spotted lanternfly egg cases from trees.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress to work outdoors with long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves if you have them.


February Fun Holiday Hike #4
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake parking lot
25-Feb 10 AM
Description: 7.5-mile hike to socialize, soak in the scenery, and celebrate a variety of national "holidays"!
Age: teens and adults.
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Week of 2/27/2023 - 2/28/2023

 

 


Week of 3/1/2023 - 3/5/2023

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
1-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Rid Litter Day
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
3-Mar 10 AM
Description: 2.5-mile round trip walk to pick up roadside litter along scenic Goodale Road. Help "Keep America Beautiful!"
Age: teens and adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227
Gloves, litter pickers, bags, and reflective vests provided.


Week of 3/6/2023 - 3/12/2023

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
8-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Week of 3/13/2023 - 3/19/2023

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
15-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Seedling Sweep with Watershed Ambassador Michelle
Round Valley Recreation Area, South parking lot
18-Mar tbd
Description:
Age: ages 10 and up
Please call the park office at 908-328-4226, or e-mail RoundValley@dep.nj.gov to register.
Wear sturdy footwear for hiking along mostly-flat rocky terrain.


February Bird Walk
Round Valley Recreation Area, South parking lot
18-Mar 9 AM
Description: Join Naturalists Alan and Barbara for a guided bird walk at Round Valley Recreation Area. Meet at the South Parking Lot at 9:00am and check out the birds that congregate on the coast, perch in the pine forest, and splash around in the swimming area.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 236-6355 for more information.
Bring binoculars, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear; the coastline is fairly rocky.


Week of 3/20/2023 - 3/26/2023

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
22-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227


Week of 3/27/2023 - 3/31/2023

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
29-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile scenic walk on relatively flat trails and roads
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kittatinny-valley-state-park-32909224227