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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!

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Spring

Calendar of Events

May

5/23/2022 - 5/29/2022

5/30/2022 - 5/31/2022

June

6/1/2022 - 6/5/2022

6/6/2022 - 6/12/2022

6/13/2022 - 6/19/2022

6/20/2022 - 6/26/2022

6/27/2022 - 6/30/2022


Week of 5/23/2022 - 5/29/2022

Explore the Universe
Jenny Jump State Forest, Jenny Jump Observatory
23-May 8 – 10:30 pm
Description: Family friendly lectures and observing of the night sky.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 459-4909 for more information.
Program is weather permitting.


Oh Deer
FREC, Visitor Center
24-May 10 am
Description: Find out about the fascinating lives of deer and how they affect our native forests. Although we probably will not see deer, there are so many telltale signs that they leave behind on our Forest Discovery Trail. The hike is less than 1/2 mile.
Age: all ages
For more information, please call (732) 928-2372. Register at http://forestresourceeducationcenter.eventbrite.com.


Architecture of the CRRNJ
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
25-May 10 am
Description: Guided architecture walk around the historic 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 inside the CRRNJ Terminal located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive.


Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
25-May through 29-May, 10 am to 3 pm
Description: Take a tour of the interior of historic Ringwood Manor with a knowledgeable guide. See 32 of the 51 full-furnished rooms.
Age: all ages. $10 adult/ $8 senior/$5 children (ages 6-12)/children 5 and under free.
No advanced registration required; groups of 10 or more must make a group tour reservation. Call the day you plan on visiting for daily tour times. For more information, call (973) 962-2240.


Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration
Walt Whitman House, Whitman Garden
25-May 5pm
Description: Guest Speaker, Poetry Readings, Tours of the Historic House.
Age: all ages
Call (856) 964-5383 for more information.


Mid-Week Adult Hike
Wawayanda State Park, Beach parking lot
25-May 9 am
Description: 6+ mile moderate hike. (Distance based on group).
Age: Adults
Registration encouraged. Call park office at (973) 853 4462 or message Wawayanda facebook page.
Wear appropriate clothing & shoes; bring plenty of water & snacks.


Trees to Finished Products
FREC, Visitor Center
26-May 10 am
Description: Explore how to identify suitable wood types used to craft useful items. This program demonstrates the process used to make a low bench from a log, branches and saplings. All work will be done by the instructor using traditional hand tools. Meet outdoors in the parking area of the Forest Resource Education Center
Age: all ages
For more information, please call (732) 928-2372. Register at http://forestresourceeducationcenter.eventbrite.com.


Sunset Kayak Tour
Wawayanda State Park, Boathouse
26-May 7 pm
Description: Join us for a tour of Wawayanda Lake at sunset, followed by a campfire! Life jackets are mandatory.
Age: ages 10 and up. $8/adult $5/child. rental $15
Registration required. Call park office at (973) 853 4462 or message Wawayanda facebook page.
Limited tandem Kayak rentals available


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
27-May 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and older
Call (732) 341-6662 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration REQUIRED at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Shinrin - Yoku Forest Therapy
FREC, Visitor Center
27-May 11 am
Description: Welcome-in the new season with Forest Bathing. Immerse your senses with the touch, smell and sounds of Spring. Wear soft shoes and dress for the weather for this mindful stroll through our trees. Ages 15 and up. Please do not sign up for more than 1 class per month.
Age: all ages
For more information, please call (732) 928-2360. Register at http://forestresourceeducationcenter.eventbrite.com.


Family Campfire Night
Wawayanda State Park, Boathouse parking lot
27-May 7 pm
Description:
Age: All ages.
Registration required. Call park office at (973) 853 4462 or message Wawayanda facebook page.


Nature Walk
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
28-May 10 am
Description: Enjoy a scenic stroll around Pakim Pond and learn about the resident flora and fauna that surround this serene site!
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Nature Art
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Nature Center
28-May 2pm
Description: Use all natural materials to make beautiful works of art! Leaves, clay extracted from soil, and dyes and paints made from plant matter will all be available.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Holiday Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Lake Bathhouse Pavilion
28-May 12:30 pm
Description: Enjoy the trails at Cheesequake during the 1-to-2-mile Naturalist guided hike.
Age: 8 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Dress for the weather. Dogs allowed on leash. Call ahead for weather cancellation.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
28-May 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and older
Call (732) 341-6662 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration REQUIRED at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Pretty as a Postcard History Walk
High Point State Park, Outside the Interpretive Center
28-May 10:30 am
Description: Take a walk around High Point’s historic district to visit views memorialized in postcards during High Point’s early years. Come see how much things have changed and how they’ve stayed the same! We’ll cover between 2 to 2.5 miles on mostly easy terrain (grass and pavement) but there will be a few steeper up-hill portions.
Age: 12 and older
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information. Registration optional at highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com.
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Explore the Universe
Jenny Jump State Forest, Jenny Jump Observatory
28-May 8 – 10:30 pm
Description: Family friendly lectures and observing of the night sky.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 459-4909 for more information.
Program is weather permitting.


Trailblazers Volunteer Day
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
28-May 10AM – 12PM
Description: Volunteer trail work.
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 and wear sturdy shoes. Sunscreen, water, and insect repellent is also recommended to bring with you.


Scavenger Hunt
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Nature Center
29-May 10 am
Description: Join us on a hunt to discover the natural treasures of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest! Exercise your five senses with this family friendly activity.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Animal Tracking
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
29-May 2pm
Description: Join us on a search for signs of our furred, feathered, scaly and slimy friends! Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll find out how to look for evidence of many different kinds of critter activity.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
29-May 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and older
Call (732) 341-6662 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration REQUIRED at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Fabulous Fungi
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
29-May 1 pm
Description: Guided program and walk to learn about and look for fungi
Age: ages 4 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress for the weather and wear shoes comfortable for walking.


Week of 5/30/2022 - 5/31/2022

Seining at Pakim
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
30-May 10am
Description: Discover what’s lurking beneath the surface of Pakim Pond! We’ll use a seining net to scoop up and identify the elusive critters of the water and what they have to say about water quality.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Explore the Universe
Jenny Jump State Forest, Jenny Jump Observatory
30-May 8 – 10:30 pm
Description: Family friendly lectures and observing of the night sky.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 459-4909 for more information.
Program is weather permitting.


Week of 6/1/2022 - 6/5/2022

Tales From the Morris Canal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
1-Jun 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point presentation about the Morris Canal and a walk to what remains of the famous canal today.
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 inside the CRRNJ Terminal located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive.


Washington: A Life in New Jersey
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site.
1-Jun 7 pm. Virtual
Description: Examine George Washington’s life and legacy in New Jersey, reading along in Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life with a State Park Service historian in a series of virtual monthly meetings. For May 11’s meeting, we follow Gen. Washington into the Revolutionary War through Washington’s Crossing into New Jersey and the Ten Crucial Days at Trenton and Princeton.
Age: ages 14 and up
Please call (908) 725-1015 or   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/248216782077
Suggested Reading: Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life, Part Three: The General, Chapter 16: The Glorious Cause – Chapter 23: The Crossing


Queen Victoria & Jubilee Beacon Lighting
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somereset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
2-Jun 7 pm
Description: Queen Victoria at long last visits Wallace House and regales us with stories of her childhood, her marriage and her family while debunking popular myths about the Monarch who gave her name to the Victorian Era.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queen-victoria-jubilee-beacon-lighting-tickets-334542273947
Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoors evening presentation.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
3-Jun 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and older
Call (732) 341-6662 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration REQUIRED at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


National Trails Day Hike
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
4-Jun 10 am
Description: Up to a 3.5 mile hike on level, sandy trails around historic district
Age: 8 and older
Call (732) 341-6662 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration REQUIRED at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


National Trails Day
FREC, Visitor Center
4-Jun 10 am
Description: Join the search Spring-Summer blooms on native shrubs and trees in our Pineland woods and our Tree Nursery. This is a short easy 1.5 mile walk on several connecting trails that cover both upland and wetland habitat. Come meet out front of the Forest Resource Education Center.
Age: all ages
For more information, please call (732) 928-2372. Register at http://forestresourceeducationcenter.eventbrite.com.


Trails Day Walk: Nature from A to Z in the Natural Area
High Point State Park, Cedar Swamp Trailhead
4-Jun 10:00 am
Description: Join us for an easy two-mile walk through High Point’s Cedar Bog in search of things in nature that start with every letter of the alphabet. "A" is for acorn. What will we find for "Z"?
Age: all ages
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information. Registration optional at highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com.
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels. Dress for the outdoors. Insect repellent recommended.


Trailblazers Volunteer Day
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
4-Jun 10AM – 12PM
Description: Volunteer trail work.
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 and wear sturdy shoes. Sunscreen, water, and insect repellent is also recommended to bring with you.


Waterloo Canal Day
Waterloo Village Historic Site, Canal Village
4-Jun 10 am
Description: Tours, demonstrations, exhibits at our intact 19th century canal village and Winakung a native woodland forest. Food and drink served by Waterloo Methodist Church.
Age: all ages
Call (609) 203.4140 or email andrea.proctor@dep.nj.govC for more information. Rain date Sunday, June 5, 2022. Lunch/snacks served by the Waterloo Methodist Church.


Carnivorous Plants
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
5-Jun 10 am
Description: Explore the world of insect eating plants! We will take a walk and inspect pitcher plants, bladderworts and sundews all found right here in the Pine    Barrens.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Horseshoe Crab Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive
5-Jun 10:30 AM
Description: Guided walk to Caven Point Beach to look for horseshoe crabs.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet/muddy. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring with you.


George Washington Remembers Middlebrook
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somereset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
5-Jun 2 pm
Description: From Trenton to Princeton, and from Middlebrook to Monmouth to Morristown and more, George Washington spent more of the Revolutionary War in New Jersey than in any other state. For the anniversary of Gen. Washington's departure from winter headquarters at the Wallace House, George Washington returns to remember the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-79 and his experience of the American Revolution in New Jersey.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/george-washington-remembers-middlebrook-tickets-275901838827
Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoors evening presentation.


Week of 6/6/2022 - 6/12/2022

Explosion at Black Tom
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
8-Jun 10:00 AM
Description: Power Point presentation about the history of Black Tom and a drive to the historic site.
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 inside the CRRNJ Terminal located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. You will need your own transportation to get to the historic site.


Reeves’ Bog History Hike
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Reeves’ Bog
11-Jun 9 am
Description: Take a journey through time and explore the old cranberry bogs found in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. We will dive into the area's history and explore all the resident wildlife.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Dusk Walk and Frog Talk
High Point State Park, Park office
11-Jun 8:30 pm
Description: Frogs are doing a lot of talking this time of year! While we wait for dusk to turn to dark and the croaks and trills to get started, we'll take an easy walk on a portion of the Mashipacong Trail to experience the darkening woods and then we'll finish up by learning a bit about High Point’s frogs as we check out the amphibious residents of the pond in front of the Park Office.
Age: 5 and older
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information. Registration optional at highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com.
Bring a flashlight– it makes for easier frog spotting! Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Wildlife Garden Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
11-Jun 10:00 AM
Description: Guided walk through the Nature Center pollinator and wildflower gardens.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress for the weather and wear shoes comfortable for walking.


Shorebird Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
12-Jun 10:00 AM
Description: Guided bird walk to look for visiting shorebird species.
Age: ages 5 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress for the weather, wear shoes comfortable for walking, and bring binoculars if you have them.


Week of 6/13/2022 - 6/19/2022

Trail of the Blue Comet
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
15-Jun 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Description: Power Point presentation about the famous Blue Comet.
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 inside the CRRNJ Terminal located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive.


Fire Ecology and Pine Needle Tea
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Nature Center
17-Jun 2 pm
Description: Learn about the fire ecology of the pine barrens and make your very own pine needle tea! We’ll take a short educational walk while we pick our pine needles for tea.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
17-Jun 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and older
Call (732) 341-6662 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration REQUIRED at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Legendary Lichen
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
18-Jun 2 pm
Description: Learn about Lichen in this exploratory program! We will take a short walk around and learn about this symbiotic relationship within the Pine Barrens!
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Solstice Sunset Walk
High Point State Park
18-Jun 7:30 pm
Description: Join us for a sunset walk on one of the longest days of the year! We’ll hike up to an observation platform to watch the sun set and will walk around a portion of Lake Marcia—the highest lake in New Jersey—as darkness descends and the Monument shines over the lake. If we get lucky, we may even see or hear a beaver in action. The walk will be less than two miles and mostly easy with a few short, steeper rocky parts.
Age: 8 and older
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information. Registration is required at highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com.
Program is weather permitting.  Rain or thunder cancels. Dress for the weather, bring water, and you may want insect repellent. Flashlights are not required.


Horseshoe Crab Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive
19-Jun 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Description: Guided walk to Caven Point Beach to look for horseshoe crabs.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet/muddy. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring with you.


Week of 6/20/2022 - 6/26/2022

The Historic Trilogy
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
22-Jun 10 AM
Description: Power Point presentation about the historic 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 inside the CRRNJ Terminal located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive.


Low Tide Beach Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive
25-Jun 10 AM
Description: Guided walk and scavenger hunt at Caven Point Beach.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet/muddy. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are also recommended to bring with you.


All About Trees
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
26-Jun 10 am
Description: Join us as we explore and identify the native trees of the Pine Barrens. We will discuss the role they play in the environment, special adaptations, and anthropogenic uses. This will include a 0.65 mile walk around Pakim Pond.
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please dress to be outdoors and wear sunscreen and bugspray.


Week of 6/27/2022 - 6/30/2022

Architecture of the CRRNJ
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
29-Jun 1:30 PM
Description: Guided architecture walk around the historic 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 inside the CRRNJ Terminal located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive.