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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!

Summer

Calendar of Events

September

9/19/2022 - 9/25/2022

9/26/2022 - 9/30/2022

October

10/1/2022 - 10/9/2022

10/10/2022 - 10/16/2022

10/17/2022 - 10/23/2022

10/24/2022 - 10/31/2022

 


Week of 9/19/2022 - 9/25/2022

Trail of the Blue Comet
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
21-Sept 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point presentation about the famous Blue Comet and walk to the train shed.
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 building.


Mid-week hike
Wawayanda State Park, Beach parking lot
21-Sept 9 am
Description: Adult only mid-week hike around Wawayanda and the various trails.
Age: adults.
Call (973) 853 4462or message on FB.
Pack plenty of snacks and water for at least a 6+ mile hike. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.


Guided Nature Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
22-Sept 10 am
Description: A seasonal guided hike at Cheesequake State Park
Age: 8 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Dress for the weather. Insect repellant recommended. Dogs allowed on leash. Call for weather cancellation day of event.


Homeschool Hike: Cedar Bog
High Point State Park, Cedar Swamp Trailhead
22-Sept 10 am
Description: Come explore a unique habitat in High Point’s Kuser Natural Area! This is an easy two-mile hike and is a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way.
Age: ages6 and up
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information or register via Eventbrite at www.highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Younger siblings may attend, but must be able to walk the distance or be young enough to be carried.


Evening Kayak tour
Wawayanda State Park, Boathouse parking lot
22-Sept 7:30 pm
Description: Guided Kayak Tour around Wawayanda Lake.
Age: adults. $8 if they have their own Kayak; $15 to rent
Call (973) 853-4462 for more information. LIMITED rentals available. MUST pre-register.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
23-Sept 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Fall Nature Walk
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
24-Sept 10 am
Description: Join the Naturalist at Double Trouble State Park on a 1.3-mile nature walk along the Mill Pond Trail. We will go over some key characteristics of Pine Barrens ecosystems and explore the native plants and animals found along the trail.
Age: all ages
Call (732) 341-4098 for more information.
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Ready, Set, Migrate!
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
24-Sept 10:30 am
Description: Come learn about nature’s travelers and their trips through games and activities, and make a kite that will catch the wind like the wings of a migrating hawk. We’ll also take a short walk to an overlook to watch for migrating raptors and other species.
Age: ages 6 to 11.
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information or register via Eventbrite at www.highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Inclement weather will cancel.


Fall Bird Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
24-Sept 10 AM
Description: Guided bird walk to look for migrating fall species and local resident birds.
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 recommended to bring with you.


A Child's Life Tour of Ringwood Manor
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
24-Sept 1 pm
Description: A tour for children all about the children of Ringwood Manor. Learn about the games, pranks, and fun the Hewitt children had at the Manor.
Age: all ages. $10 adult/ $8 senior/$5 children (ages 6-12)/children 5 and under free
Call (973) 962-2240 for more information. No advanced registration required; groups of 10 or more must make a group tour reservation.


Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
24-Sept 2pm
Description: These two-hour walking tours allow visitors to explore to grounds at Ringwood Manor, learning about the outbuildings, historic objects, and garden designs.
Age: 10 and up.
Call (973) 962-2240 for more information. No advanced registration required. Meet on the front lawn of Ringwood Manor.
Participants are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes and bug spray. Steady rain cancels.


Fall Nature Walk
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
25-Sept 10am
Description: Enjoy a scenic 0.65-mile 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.
Dress for the weather, dogs allowed on lead. Call ahead if weather cancellation is possible.


Guided Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
25-Sept 1 pm
Description: A seasonal guided hike at Cheesequake State Park
Age: 8 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Dress for the weather. Insect repellant recommended. Dogs allowed on leash. Call for weather cancellation day of event.


Nature Storytime
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
25-Sept 1:30 pm
Description: Join us for a seasonal nature-themed story (or two) accompanied by simple activities, games, and/or a short walk.
Age: ages 3 to 6
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information or register via Eventbrite at www.highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Dress for playing in the outdoors and bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Rain will cancel.


Trailblazers Volunteer Day
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
25-Sept 9AM
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.


Bikes to Voting Rights
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
25-Sept 10 am
Description: Join us for a day of celebrating the women's suffrage movement and learn how women found freedom through bicycles. Antique bicycle display, lecture by author Sue Macy, decorate your own bike & join us for a parade through the park, mock vote, and root beer floats!
Age: all ages
Free. Advanced registration required- Call (973) 962-2240 for more information. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own bicycles to decorate & join our bike parade. Helmets required.


A Child's Life Tour of Ringwood Manor
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
25-Sept 1 pm
Description: A tour for children all about the children of Ringwood Manor. Learn about the games, pranks, and fun the Hewitt children had at the Manor.
Age: all ages. $10 adult/ $8 senior/$5 children (ages 6-12)/children 5 and under free
Call (973) 962-2240 for more information. No advanced registration required; groups of 10 or more must make a group tour reservation.


Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
25-Sept 2pm
Description: These two-hour walking tours allow visitors to explore to grounds at Ringwood Manor, learning about the outbuildings, historic objects, and garden designs.
Age: 10 and up.
Call (973) 962-2240 for more information. No advanced registration required. Meet on the front lawn of Ringwood Manor.
Participants are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes and bug spray. Steady rain cancels.


Basic Backpacking 101 class- tips and tricks
Wawayanda State Park, TBD
25-Sept 9 am
Description: Learn the basics and get the best tips and tricks on backpacking at our mini backpacking 101 class.
Age: adults. $15/ per person
Call (973) 853-4462 for more information.


Week of 9/26/2022 - 9/30/2022

The Historic Trilogy
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
28-Sept 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.


Nature Storytime
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
30-Sept 10 am
Description: Join us for a seasonal nature-themed story (or two) accompanied by simple activities, games, and/or a short walk.
Age: ages 3 to 6
Please call (973) 875-1471 for more information or register via Eventbrite at www.highpointstatepark.eventbrite.com
Dress for playing in the outdoors and bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Rain will cancel.


Night Hike
Wawayanda State Park, Boathouse parking lot
30-Sept 7:0 pm
Description: Friday Night hike 2-3 miles around Wawayanda. Headlamps NOT provided.
Age: 8 and up. $8 adult/$5 child
Call (973) 853-4462 for more information.
Pack snacks and plenty of water- bring your own chairs & refreshments for the campfire that follows. head lamps NOT provided.


Week of 10/1/2022 - 10/9/2022

Bat Bonanza
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Nature Center
1-Oct 10am
Description: Celebrate bat appreciation month with us at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest! Learn all about these helpful nocturnal critters and make your very own bat craft to take home with you!
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please bring water and bug spray.


Packing House Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble packing house
1-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided tour of historic Double Trouble Cranberry Sorting and Packing House
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Architecture of the CRRNJ Terminal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
5-Oct 1:30 PM
Description: Guided walk focusing on the architecture of the CRRNJ Terminal building and surrounding areas.
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.


Washington: A Life in New Jersey
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site
5-Oct 7 pm. Online
Description: Examine George Washington’s life and legacy in New Jersey, reading along in Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life with a State Park Service historian in a series of virtual monthly meetings.
Age: ages 14 and up
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/washington-a-life-in-new-jersey-tickets-248201656837
Suggested Reading: Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life Part Three: The General, Chapter 31: The Traitor – Chapter 37: Cincinnatus


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
7-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Fall Nature Walk
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
8-Oct 10 am
Description: Join the Naturalist at Double Trouble State Park on a 1.3-mile nature walk along the Mill Pond Trail. We will go over some key characteristics of Pine Barrens ecosystems and explore the native plants and animals found along the trail.
Age: all ages
Call (732) 341-4098 for more information.
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Caven Point Bird Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive Lot #1
8-Oct 10 AM
Description: Guided walk to Caven Point to look for resident and migratory bird 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 comfortable for walking, and bring binoculars if you have them. If it is a hot day, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended to bring with you.


King Trees & Queen Bees
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site. 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
8-Oct 10am to 5pm
Description: Explore the history and ecology of trees and bees in New Jersey as part of Somerset County's Weekend Journey Through the Past.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/king-trees-queen-bees-somerset-countys-weekend-journey-through-the-past-tickets-405392749627
Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission.


King Trees & Queen Bees
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site. 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
9-Oct 12 to 4pm
Description: Explore the history and ecology of trees and bees in New Jersey as part of Somerset County's Weekend Journey Through the Past.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/king-trees-queen-bees-somerset-countys-weekend-journey-through-the-past-tickets-405392749627
Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
9-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Planting Ceremony for Salem Oak Seedling
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site. 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
9-Oct 1 pm
Description: Join the Somerville Environmental Commission for a ceremony of flags, song and poetry as the Borough of Somerville plants a seedling of New Jersey's historic Salem Oak.
Age: ages 14 and up
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Celebrating the Department of Environmental Protection's 50th Birthday.


Week of 10/10/2022 - 10/16/2022

Tales from the Morris Canal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
12-Oct 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point presentation about the historic canal followed by a walk to what remains of the 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.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
14-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Atlantic White Cedar - from Swamp to Mill
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
15-Oct 10 am
Description: A walk through a White Cedar area explaining properties of lumber followed by a sawmill tour
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Trailblazers Volunteer Day
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
15-Oct 10AM
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.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
16-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Week of 10/17/2022 - 10/23/2022

Explosion at Black Tom
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
19-Oct 1:30 PM
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.


Fall Nature Walk
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
22-Oct 10 am
Description: Join the Naturalist at Double Trouble State Park on a 1.3-mile nature walk along the Mill Pond Trail. We will go over some key characteristics of Pine Barrens ecosystems and explore the native plants and animals found along the trail.
Age: all ages
Call (732) 341-4098 for more information.
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Everlasting Autumn Wreath Workshop
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
19-Oct 9:30 AM
Description: Hands on workshop to create decorative wreaths out of natural materials.
Age: ages 10 and up. $5 per person.
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. Payment must be received to hold any spaces.


 “Ghosts of Somerville: Old Dutch Parsonage” Outdoors Screening
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site. 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
22-Oct 6 pm
Description: Meet the makers of "The Ghosts of Somerville: Old Dutch Parsonage" for an autumnal evening screening of this second installment in a film series on the hauntings of the historic New Jersey town of Somerville.
Age: all ages. $10 to Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-of-somerville-outdoors-screening-tickets-408923891367
Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoors screening.


Cranberries at Double Trouble
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
23-Oct 10 am
Description: A walking tour of the former cranberry industry at Double Trouble Village.
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Week of 10/24/2022 - 10/31/2022

The Historic Trilogy
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
26-Oct 1:30 PM
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.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village restrooms
28-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided walking tour of historic Double Trouble Village
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Program is weather permitting.  Heavy rain or thunder cancels.


Jersey Devil Day
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Nature Center
29-Oct 10am
Description: It is time to get spooky and we want you to join us as we tell the tale of New Jersey’s infamous devil. After, let your imagination run wild and  create a mask of what you believe this creature looks like!
Age: All ages.
For more information call (609) 726-1191.
Please bring water and bug spray.


Pinelands Folklore
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village packing house
29-Oct 10 am
Description: Pinelands folk stories from the porch of the packing house
Age: 8 and up
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Bring a blanket or chair.  Program is weather permitting.  Steady rain or thunder cancels.


Fall Leaves Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
29-Oct 10AM
Description: Guided walk to look for and learn about fall foliage.
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 comfortable for walking.


The Lady-in-Waiting’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site. 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
30-Oct 2 pm
Description: The Princess of Lamballe, best friend and lady-in-waiting to Marie-Antoinette, reflects on an age of revolutions across France, England and America and offers a dramatic abridged reading of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lady-in-waitings-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-tickets-400257750707
Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoor program.