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KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
Nature Programs and Events


Kittatinny Valley State Park, located in Sussex, Warren, and Morris County, comprises approximately 6,000 acres of hemlock and hardwood forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, lakes, and vernal pools representative of the Great Limestone Valley of northern New Jersey.

The interpretive programs at the park are designed to increase awareness and encourage the stewardship of our natural and cultural resources through activities such as guided nature walks, bike rides, lectures, story hours, and special evening presentations. Programs are presented year-round and can be tailored to group interests. Over 100 programs, for adults and children, ranging from beginner bird watching to geocaching, are available. Outreach programs are also available upon request.

Programs meet at the visitor center, located 1 mile north of Route 206 off Goodale Road in Andover, New Jersey, unless otherwise noted.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS BY 3:30 PM OF THE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM DATE, as space is limited. In case of inclement weather, all participants are urged to call the park office to determine whether programs have been cancelled or rescheduled.

Adults must accompany children at all times and pets are not permitted during programs. All programs are subject to change.

Highlights
  • A Project Learning Tree Trunk is stationed at the park office and is available to lend to educators. The trunk's activities are appropriate for use in the classroom with grades 6-12.

  • A butterfly garden behind the park office is a convenient place for nature discovery.

Target Audience(s)
General public, civic organizations, scout groups, educators, students of all ages.

Division of Parks and Forestry Logo Additional Information
Lynn Groves
Resource Interpretive Specialist 2, Natural Resources
Kittatinny Valley State Park
P. O. Box 1100
Andover, NJ 07821-1100
Phone: 973-786-6445
Fax: 973-786-6874
E-mail: lynn.groves@dep.nj.gov
www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html

Teachers' Guide to Educational Programs with New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and the Forest Resource Education Center

KVSP Nature Programs
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Meet at Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center unless otherwise noted
(973) 786-6445

May 23
Wednesday Walkers

10 am to 11 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the spring scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

May 25
Trail Mix @ Six

6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
End the work week on a high note with an invigorating 3-mile hike to soak in the beauty of the park and socialize with friends.

May 26
Discovery Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Note: All ages welcome
Join us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

May 29
Flower Moon Night Hike

8 pm to 9:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
Let's celebrate the full moon of May with a unique after-dark 2.5-mile hike in the park, followed by moon pies in the visitor center. Headlamps and/or flashlights are required!

May 30
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

June 1
Beginner Yoga

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

June 2
Walk-About Andover

11 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet in the Andover Diner parking lot
Note: For adults
Celebrate National Trails Day by joining us for an intriguing look back at the Borough of Andover as we walk about town. Two-mile round-trip hike along the Sussex Branch Trail with lunch stop at the Andover Diner.

June 2
Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing

5 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $5 (beverages additional); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For ages 21 & over
Celebrate "National Trails Day" with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages (optional) at our midway pit-stop.

June 6
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

June 8
Beginner Yoga

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

June 9
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Walk

9 am to 11 am
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Experience the health benefits of "forest bathing" right here in the tranquil woods of KVSP. This slow-paced, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

June 13
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

June 15
Beginner Yoga

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

June 16
Wildflower Walk

10 am to 11 am
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Add color and intrigue to your next walk in the park by learning to identify our beautiful native wildflowers with your own take-home field guide!

June 20
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

June 21
Early Bird Breakfast Walk

8:30 am to 11 am
Fee: None; breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For adults
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will energize us for the return trip.

June 22
Beginner Yoga

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

June 23
Bike-to-BBQ: Double S Smokehouse

10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: All ages welcome; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Shake, rattle, and roll along Sussex County's only 14-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour lunch stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

June 27
Wednesday Walkers

10 am to 11 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate summer by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

June 28
Strawberry Moon Night Hike

8 pm to 9:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
Let's celebrate the full moon of June with a unique after-dark 2.5-mile hike in the park, followed by strawberries & moon pies in the visitor center. Headlamps and/or flashlights are required!

June 29
Trail Mix @ Six

6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
End the work week on a high note with an invigorating 3-mile hike to soak in the beauty of the park and socialize with friends.

June 30
Discovery Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Note: All ages welcome
Join us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

July 4
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Wear your red, white, and blue for this special 2.5-mile walk in the park to celebrate Independence Day. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

July 7
Walk-About Branchville

11 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at the Branchville Borough Historical Museum, 34 Wantage Ave.
Note: For adults
Join us for a one-of-a-kind journey through Branchville's storied past on this 2-mile walk about town, followed by lunch at the Branchville Grill.

July 11
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

July 13
Friday the 13th: Hiking, History & Horrors

10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at East Crisman Rd./Paulinskill Valley Trail parking area
Note: For adults
Scare up some fun as we follow the trail of "Jason Voorhees" into Blairstown for this classic horror film celebration. The 3-mile round-trip walk includes a visit to the museum and famous Blairstown Diner, an historic tour of the town, and time for lunch.

July 14
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Walk

9 am to 11 am
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Experience the health benefits of "forest bathing" right here in the tranquil woods of KVSP. This slow-paced, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

July 18
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

July 19
Early Bird Breakfast Walk

8:30 am to 11 am
Fee: None; breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For adults
Celebrate summer with a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will energize us for the return trip.

July 21
Bikes-n-Brews @ Angry Erik Brewing

4 pm to 8 pm
Fee: $5 (beverages additional); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For ages 21 & over
"Do the Loop!" Join us for a 15-mile round-trip bike-ride along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail, Great Valley Rail-Trail, and Paulinskill Valley Trail to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages (optional) at our final destination.

July 25
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

July 27
Full Moon Night Hike

8 pm to 9:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
Let's celebrate the full moon of July with a unique after-dark 2.5-mile hike in the park, followed by moon pies in the visitor center. Headlamps and/or flashlights are required!

July 28
Discovery Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Note: All ages welcome
Join us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

August 1
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

August 3
Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing

5:30 pm to 8 pm
Fee: $5 (beverages additional); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For ages 21 & over
Celebrate "International Beer Day" with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages (optional) at our midway pit-stop.

August 4
Walk-About Newton

10 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet in the Dennis Library parking lot
Note: For adults
Embark on a guided 2-mile walk about Newton to appreciate the town's rich cultural heritage and historic architecture, followed by lunch at a local café.

August 8
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

August 9
Hike-to-Brunch & Books

9 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $5 Adults, children free (brunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at the Sussex Branch Trail crossing on Augusta Hill Rd.
Note: For adults and children ages 10 & up
Celebrate "Booklovers Day" by joining us for a 3.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour brunch at the Branchville Grill & book stop at Broad Street Books will offer optional refreshment at the turn-around point.

August 11
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Walk

9 am to 11 am
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Experience the health benefits of "forest bathing" right here in the tranquil woods of KVSP. This slow-paced, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

August 15
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

August 16
Early Bird Breakfast Walk

8:30 am to 11 am
Fee: None; breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For adults
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail and a one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette.

August 18
Saturday Sundae Hike

2:30 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Meet at the Warbasse Jct. Rd. trailhead parking area
Note: All ages welcome
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. An (optional) ice cream sundae at the Millside Café will offer well-deserved refreshment at our journey's mid-point.

August 22
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

August 25
Discovery Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Note: All ages welcome
2-mile guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of KVSP.

August 29
Wednesday Walkers

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

August 31
Trail Mix @ Six

6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
End the work week on a high note with an invigorating 3-mile hike to soak in the beauty of the park and socialize with friends.

September 5
Wednesday Walkers

10 am to 11 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

September 7
Hike-to-Brunch & Books

9 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $5 (brunch additional); pre-registration required
Augusta Hill Rd./Sussex Branch Trail
Note: For adults
Celebrate "Buy a Book Day" and join us for a 3.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour brunch at the Branchville Grill & book stop at Broad Street Books will offer optional refreshment and inspiration at the turn-around point.

September 7
Beginner Yoga

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

September 8
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Walk

4 pm to 6 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Experience the health benefits of "forest bathing" right here in the tranquil woods of KVSP. This slow-paced, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

September 12
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

September 14
Beginner Yoga

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

September 19
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

September 20
Early Bird Breakfast Walk

8:30 am to 11 am
Fee: None; breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For adults
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail and a one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette.

September 21
Beginner Yoga

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of
Note: For teens & adults
Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

September 22
Walk-About Blairstown

10 am to 2 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at the Cedar Lake Farm parking area along Cedar Lake Rd., Blairstown
Note: For teens & adults
Guided walk to appreciate the rich history of Blairstown, followed by lunch in town.

September 24
Harvest Moon Night Hike

7 pm to 8:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Note: For teens & adults
Let's celebrate the full moon of September with a unique 2.5-mile hike in the park after dark, followed by moon pies in the visitor center. Headlamps/flashlights are required!

September 26
Wednesday Walkers

10 am to 11 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Celebrate the season by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

September 28
Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing

4 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $5 (beverages additional); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Note: For ages 21 & over
Celebrate "National Drink Beer Day" with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages (optional) at our midway pit-stop.

September 29
Discovery Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults & children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
2-mile guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of KVSP.

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