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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!

Fall

Calendar of Events

October

10/18/2021 - 10/24/2021

10/25/2021 - 10/31/2021

 

November

11/1/2021 - 11/7/2021

11/8/2021 - 11/14/2021

11/15/2021 - 11/21/2021

11/22/2021 - 11/28/2021

11/29/2021 - 11/30/2021


Week of 10/18/2021 - 10/24/2021

Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
18-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided village tour.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Full Moon Hike
Belleplain State Forest, Main Office
20-Oct 7:30 pm (backup date is 21-Oct)
Description: Meet at Park office at least 15 min before for Hunter's Full Moon Hike around lake number (2.75 miles)
Age: Ages 10 and up.
Please call (609) 861-2404 for more information.
Only Red lights permitted. NO white Flashlights


Architecture of the CRRNJ
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
20-Oct 10:00 – 11:30AM
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.
Masks are required for participants when inside the CRRNJ Terminal building.


Fennel for Fleas Garden Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, garden on south side (front) of house.
20-Oct 2:00 pm
Description: Learn about 18th-century kitchen gardens, their seasons & scope; explore the Rockingham kitchen garden to see what is growing & the uses of various plants.
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Rockingham's Evolution Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, on porch of house facing garden
20-Oct 11 AM / 3:00 PM
Description: Rockingham’s history, architecture & varied owners from the exterior of the house, as well as INSIDE the house for the first time since March 2020!
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
20-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Seasonal Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Trailhead Parking area
21-Oct 10:00 to 11:15 AM
Description: 1 - 2 mile hike along the trails of the Park
Age: 8 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Dress for the weather. Rain cancels the event. Call day of event for weather cancelation.


Rockingham's Evolution Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, on porch of house facing garden
21-Oct 11 AM / 1:00 PM / 3:00 PM
Description: Rockingham’s history, architecture & varied owners from the exterior of the house, as well as INSIDE the house for the first time since March 2020!
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
21-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
22-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided village tour.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Rockingham's Evolution Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, on porch of house facing garden
22-Oct 11 AM / 1:00 PM / 3:00 PM
Description: Rockingham’s history, architecture & varied owners from the exterior of the house, as well as INSIDE the house for the first time since March 2020!
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
22-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Fall Nature Walk
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
23-Oct 10 am
Description: A short 0.65 mile walk around Pakim Pond exploring the beautiful colors of fall and how the flora and fauna are preparing for winter.
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 726-1191.
Dress for the weather.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
23-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Nature at the Beach
High Point State Park, Lake Marcia beach
23-Oct 1:30 pm
Description: Now that it’s too cold to swim in Lake Marcia, come explore the beach from a different perspective. Using nets, we’ll see if we can find any creatures in the water and we’ll also explore the plants, rocks, and trees that grow along the eastern edge of the lake. Meet by swings at the beach.
Age: ages 5 and up
For more information call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Dress for the Weather. Rain will cancel this program. You may want to wear water-resistant shoes or boots.


Trailblazers Volunteer Day
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
23-Oct 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.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent.


The Noblest of Fruits – Apple Butter Making
Rockingham, meet outside barn
23-Oct 10AM – 4PM
Description: Heart to Hearth Cookery will be preparing apple butter on an outdoor hearth from start (peeling) to finish (butter!) with assistance from visitors encouraged.
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 683-7132 for more information. Dress for the weather. Rain cancels the event. call day of event for weather cancelation.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
23-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Trunk or Treat
Wawayanda State Park, Main Beach Parking Lot
23-Oct 12PM - 3 PM
Description: Wawayanda State Park will be hosting our TRUNK OR TREAT on Saturday, October 23rd from 12pm to 3pm! There will be trick or treating, crafts, games, costume and trunk contests, and more! Registering your trunk is FREE! Anyone not entering a trunk will pay a $5 entry fee.
Age: All ages
For more information call (973) 853-4462 or email Holly.Leonard@dep.nj.gov.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
24-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Sunday Saunter
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
24-Oct 10 am
Description: 1.5-2 mile walk around Double Trouble Historic District.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Fall Leaves Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
24-Oct 10AM – 11:30AM
Description: Guided foliage walk through the park.
Age: ages 5 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Ichabod Crane
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site
24-Oct 2PM
Description: Neill Hartley is Ichabod Crane in an interactive adaptation of the classic horror tale by Washington Irving. See Ichabod interacting with students, leading the congregation in song, and dancing with his love. Then follow him on his fateful journey home as he meets the Headless Horseman!
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://wallacedutch.eventbrite.com/
Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoors program.


Park Foliage Hike
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
24-Oct 1:30 pm
Description: Guided hike on select trails in the the state park during the foliage season ~ 3.5 mi.
Age: 9 years and older
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Bring drinking water and a snack. Wear study foot gear.


Week of 10/25/2021 - 10/31/2021


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
25-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided village tour.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
26-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Tales from the Morris Canal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
27-Oct 1:30 PM – 3PM
Description: Discussion about the historic canal and short walk to the area.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Masks are required for participants when inside the CRRNJ Terminal building.


Fennel for Fleas Garden Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, garden on south side (front) of house.
27-Oct 2:00 pm
Description: Learn about 18th-century kitchen gardens, their seasons & scope; explore the Rockingham kitchen garden to see what is growing & the uses of various plants.
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Rockingham's Evolution Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, on porch of house facing garden
27-Oct 11 AM / 1:00PM / 3:00 PM
Description: Rockingham’s history, architecture & varied owners from the exterior of the house, as well as INSIDE the house for the first time since March 2020!
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
27-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Seasonal Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Trailhead Parking area
28-Oct 12:30 to 1:45 PM
Description: 1 - 2 mile hike along the trails of the Park



Age: 8 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Dress for the weather. Rain cancels the event. Call day of event for weather cancelation.


Rockingham's Evolution Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, on porch of house facing garden
28-Oct 11 AM / 1:00PM / 3:00 PM
Description: Rockingham’s history, architecture & varied owners from the exterior of the house, as well as INSIDE the house for the first time since March 2020!
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
28-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
29-Oct 10 am
Description: Guided village tour.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Rockingham's Evolution Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, on porch of house facing garden
29-Oct 11 AM / 1:00PM / 3:00 PM
Description: Rockingham’s history, architecture & varied owners from the exterior of the house, as well as INSIDE the house for the first time since March 2020!
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
29-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Halloween Dog Walk
Belleplain State Forest, Main Office
30-Oct 10:00 am
Description: Dress your pooch up for Halloween and take a short 3-4 mile hike.
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 861-2404 for more information.


Jersey Devil Day
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Nature Center
30-Oct 10 am
Description: Join us as we tell the tale of the Jersey Devil and make masks of what you think this critter looks like.
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 726-1191.
Dress for the weather.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
30-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Fall Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Trailhead Parking area
30-Oct 1:00 to 2:15 PM
Description: Learn about the fall season with the Park Naturalist.
Age: 8 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Dress for the weather. Rain cancels the event. Call day of event for weather cancelation.


Pinelands Storytime
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
30-Oct 10 am
Description: Folklore stories from the porch of the packing house
Age: Ages 5 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.  Bring chair or blanket to sit on.


Twilight Walk on the Old Trail
High Point State Park, Old Trail Trailhead
30-Oct 6 to 7:30 pm
Description: Join us for an easy to moderate, 1.5-mile, out and back walk on the Old Trail, originally a carriage road in the early 1900s, under darkening skies. Come experience the forest in a different light! We will not be using flashlights—you may be surprised how much you can see without one! Meet at the Old Trail trailhead across the road from the beach parking lot.
Age: ages 12 and up
For more information call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Dress for the Weather. Rain will cancel this program. Sturdy shoes recommended.


Low Tide Beach Walk
Liberty State Park, 300 Morris Pesin Drive
30-Oct 10:00 AM – 12PM
Description: Guided walk to the beach and exploration of the shoreline.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Dress for the weather, wear shoes that can get wet and muddy, bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. The walk to the beach is approximately a mile and a half.


Fennel for Fleas Garden Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, garden on south side (front) of house.
30-Oct 11:00 AM / 2:00 PM
Description: Learn about 18th-century kitchen gardens, their seasons & scope; explore the Rockingham kitchen garden to see what is growing & the uses of various plants.
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Rockingham's Evolution Tour
Rockingham State Historic Site, on porch of house facing garden
30-Oct 1:00PM / 3:00 PM
Description: Rockingham’s history, architecture & varied owners from the exterior of the house, as well as INSIDE the house for the first time since March 2020!
Ages: all ages
For more information call (609) 683-7132. Pre-registration required at rockingham1783.eventbrite.com.
Wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water. Inclement weather shortens outdoor portion of tour. Facial covering required inside buildings.


Tour
Twin Lights Historic Site
30-Oct Call to schedule
Description: Walking tour of the Twin Lights Historic Site
Ages: all ages
Call or Email (Wednesday - Saturday) to Register. (732) 872-1814. Nicholas.Wood@dep.nj.gov
$12 Per person over 12 years of age.
Dress for the weather.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
31-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Tomahawk Throwing
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
31-Oct 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Description: Throw a small hand axe at a wooden target
Age: adults
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Event will be ongoing throughout the afternoon weather permitting.


Week of 11/1/2021 - 11/7/2021

Dog Hike
Belleplain State Forest, Main Park Office
6-Nov  9am
Description: 5.5-6 Mile Dog Hike for experienced walkers.
Age: ages 10 and up.
Please call (609) 861-2404 or email megan.ritter@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Bring water for you and your dog if necessary /we will have a pit stop about halfway through. All dogs must be leashed. Bring waste bags and be prepared to pick up after your pet.


Shelter Building/Wilderness Survival
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
7-Nov 1:30 pm
Description: Learn to build a weatherproof shelter from materials found in the woods
Age: ages 6 and up
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Weather permitting.


Week of 11/8/2021 - 11/14/2021

Geocache the State Park
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
14-Nov 1:30 pm
Description: Use a hand-held GPS device to locate objects hidden in the state park
Age: pre-teen to adult
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Weather permitting.


The Pilgrims in the Netherlands
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site
14-Nov  2PM to 4PM
Description: For the 400th anniversary of the "First Thanksgiving" explore the Dutch world of the Pilgrims before the Mayflower. Author J. L. Rose discusses her novel and research on the Pilgrims in the Netherlands, foodways historian Susan McLellan Plaisted demonstrates seventeenth-century Dutch sausage making, and a walk through the Wallace House considers the long history of giving thanks in America.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://wallacedutch.eventbrite.com/.


Week of 11/15/2021 - 11/21/2021

Mid-Week Aerobic Hike
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
18-Nov 1 pm
Description: A brisk guided hike on select trails in the state park ~ 2-3 mi. Route TBD
Age: pre-teen to adult
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Weather permitting.


Full Moon Hike
Belleplain State Forest, Main Park Office
19-Nov 7PM
Description: Meet at Park office at least 15 min before for Beaver Full Moon Hike around lake (2.75 miles).
Age: ages 10 and up.
Please call (609) 861-2404 or email megan.ritter@dep.nj.gov to register. Limited to 30 people.


Week of 11/22/2021 - 11/28/2021

 


Week of 11/29/2021 - 11/30/2021