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Nature Programs and Activities
Contact the forest office for schedule and fees
Brendan Byrne State Forest
(609) 726-1191
ADA accessible

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Call for details and regitration
Fee: $15 per person and park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. The program includes all equipment and lesson. Participants must be 14 years of age and up and be in good physical condition. Call for additional details.

Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday. Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.

Kayak Eco Tour Programs
Call for times and dtes
Fee: $25 per person
Leonardo State Marina
(732) 291-1333
Kayak tour programs leaving from Leonardo State Marina following the shore line of the Sandy Hook Bay. Limited spots please call ahead for registration and additional information.

August 1
History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of the Island, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishing shacks, Life Saving stations, hotels, & more!

August 2
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
A free program for children twelve and under offered on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Each program includes arts and crafts, as well as matching movies and coloring pages. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space. Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Afternoon "Tee and Tour"
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10, children 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

August 3
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

August 4
Delaware Bay Safari
9 a.m.
Sunset Beach, Cape May
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10
Island Beach State Park, A13 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
www.islandbeachnatureprogram.org
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $5 (pizza included); pre-registraiton required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Road parking area
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate “International Beer Day” with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop.

Summer Concert: Rave On
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requested.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Listen to classics from the legends of early rock ‘n roll – great tunes, great memories!   Bring a lawn chair; concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

August 5
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

The Coast Liners Concert
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person, advanced purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us for an evening of Golden Oldies. The Coast Liners are an Acapella group that will get your toes tapping & you dancing in the rows, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra. ADA accessible.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper On Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanaities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

D&R Canal in Lambertville
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
D&R Canal State Park
(609) 397-2949
The park historian and naturalist will be leading a hike from the historic farmstead of Holcombe Jiminson Farm Parking Area, Route 29, Lambertville down through the town of Lambertville to the outlet lock. This section of the canal is rich in canal history and river views.

Sunset Paddle
6 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $25
Island Beach State Park, A21 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

Discovery Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-regitration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Nature Walk
10 to 11:30 A.M.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park, meet at Hoppock Grove
(908) 638-8472
spruceprograms@gmailcom
Families. We will explore the forest in Voorhees State Park, when we take a hike on the trails. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited.

Young Astronomers Series
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Night Hike
8:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 per perso; pre–registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Main park entrance will be closed. Call for alternate access directions and registration (9 yrs. – adult) Explore the park in the dark on this guided nocturnal walk and campfire. Bring a flashlight.

The Pinelands Summer Zenith Nature Hike
10:30 a.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto State Historic Site
(609) 567-4559
2 to 4 mile guided hike, bring water and snacks.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, + $1 per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing

August 6
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, meet at the Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Wear appropriate foot wear.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observtory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Fire Place Cooking Demonstration at the Nelson House
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nelson House on the river front
(609) 737-2515
Partially ADA accessible. Food ways theme will be announced closer to the event

August 7
National Lighthouse Day - Kids Climb FREE!
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; last climb at 4:30 pm.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, Kids free
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible; climbing is not.

Bike and Wine Festival and a Full Moon Climb
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person, includings light snacks
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
Join the Bike Ride at 5:30pm on the new Atlantic City Boardwalk led by Mayor Don Guardian, finishing at Absecon Lighthouse for a Wine Festival featuring premium wine selections, lite bites, and live music, beginning at 6 p.m. Museum is ADA accessible; climbing is not.

Shellfish Gardening 101
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park
Sponsor: ReClam the Bay
http://reclamthebay.org/
Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-profit environmental organization that promotes environmental involvement and education.  Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it.  In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to care for them, as well as feeding patterns, & life cycles of these fragile creatures!

Bayshore Adventure Program - August 7 through August 11
Fee: $125/per week/per child
Leonardo State Marina
Sponsor: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
(609) 984-0621 - Stephanie D'Alesio
(732) 291-1333 - Maggie Mitchell
The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grades, ages 8- 11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and Conserve Wildlife Foundations educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery! Activities include: Arts & Crafts, Bird watching, Seining, Friday Fun Day which includes sandcastle building contests and making solar s’mores! Applications can be found at www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org or picked up at Leonardo State Marina.

August 8
History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of the Island, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishing shacks, Life Saving stations, hotels, & more!

August 9
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

August 10
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

August 11
Delaware Bay Safari
9 a.m.
FREE
Sunset Beach, Cape May
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10
Island Beach State Park, A13 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprogram.org
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

August 12
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting
.

Mid-Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Vendor spaces:  $30 pre-registration, $35 registration week of event.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks & so much more. Rain date: August 13th.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible


Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper On Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanaities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Video-Guardians of Barnegat Bay
11 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect a sensitive watershed. What can you do to help? Watch this half hour video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay. Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room. Limited seating.

PJ Promotions Annual Outdoor Craft Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $4
The Hermitage
(201) 445-8311
Come and enjoy the more than 75 exhibitors that will set up on the tree-shaded lawn surrounding the historic Hermitage Museum. Items included stained glass, hand-thrown pottery, apparel, garden and pet items, jewelry, vintage linens, and hand-made soaps and candles and much more.

Birding by Kayak
8 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A21 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Island Beach, famous for its fantastic scenery and wonderful bird watching opportunities, is proud to offer a birding by kayak tour!  Join Park Natural Educators and observe the many species of migratory birds at IBSP.

Public Walking Tours
Noon and 2 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible upon request.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 and park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

August 13
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible


Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, A-21 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

Island Foraging Tour (American Sign Language Interpreted)
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Do you want to get back in touch with nature? If so, what better way than to forage the island for different sources of food!? The Island Foraging Tour will focus on the role of lichen, fish, small plants, & fruits in regards to their ability to be used by humans, how they function in their ecosystem, and what humans can do to help them thrive. Each week will focus on a different topic. Tours will be open to both deaf & hearing impaired individuals.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Audubon Butterfly Festival
Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Join us for a celebration of NJBG’s beautiful flying jewels! Guided Butterfly Walks all afternoon, information on starting your own butterfly garden, and more!  We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

Snakes of New Jersey
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
ADA accessible. Get to know and lose fear of our native snakes. Watch a live demonstration of non-venomous snakes.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

August 14
Shellfish Gardening 101
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park
Sponsor: ReClam the Bay
http://reclamthebay.org/
Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-profit environmental organization that promotes environmental involvement and education.  Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it.  In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to care for them, as well as feeding patterns, & life cycles of these fragile creatures!

Bayshore Adventure Program - August 14 through August 18
Fee: $125/per week/per child
Leonardo State Marina
Sponsor: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
(609) 984-0621 - Stephanie D'Alesio
(732) 291-1333 - Maggie Mitchell
The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grades, ages 8- 11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and Conserve Wildlife Foundations educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery! Activities include: Arts & Crafts, Bird watching, Seining, Friday Fun Day which includes sandcastle building contests and making solar s’mores! Applications can be found at www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org or picked up at Leonardo State Marina.

August 15
History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of the Island, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishing shacks, Life Saving stations, hotels, & more!

August 16
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 pm.
Fee: included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(509) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
A free program for children twelve and under offered on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Each program includes arts and crafts, as well as matching movies and coloring pages. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space. Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air and soaking int he beauty of th epark in companionship with fellow walkers.

August 17
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, A-21 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

August 18
Pledge to Fledge
3 to 6 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachntureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A13 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprogram.org
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

Summer Concert: No Fuss and Feathers
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requrested
Ringwood State Park, New Jerey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Assoction and American Wear
(973) 962-9534
Folk music with a sophisticated contemporary sound from Carolann Solobello, Kayrn Oliver and The YaYas, Catherine Miles and Jy Mafale. Bring a lawn chair, concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

August 19
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper On Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanaities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sunset Paddle
6 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A21 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 10 & up; partially ADA accessible. Discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, + $1 per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto State Historic Site
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

August 20
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

22nd Annual Rolling Iron Antique Auto Show
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Space: $18 pre-registration, $20 registration day of show.
Allaire State Park, Allaire Historic Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us for one of the best antique car shows on the Shore with over 200 historic cars. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, People’s Choice, each class of car, motorcycle & many more! Rain date: August 27th .

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

KIDS DAY- Bugs & and Butterflies: Camouflage & Mimicry
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: park entrance fee, pre-registration recommended (for kids of all ages, 3 to 103)
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot   
(908) 236-6355
Not every insect is a bug. Discover what insects do to stay alive.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

August 21
Shellfish Gardening 101
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park
Sponsor: ReClam the Bay
http://reclamthebay.org/
Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-profit environmental organization that promotes environmental involvement and education.  Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it.  In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to care for them, as well as feeding patterns, & life cycles of these fragile creatures!

August 22
History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of the Island, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishing shacks, Life Saving stations, hotels, & more!

August 23
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 pm.
Fee: included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(509) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
A free program for children twelve and under offered on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Each program includes arts and crafts, as well as matching movies and coloring pages. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space. Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

2nd Annual Barrier Island Classic Junior Surf Contest
7:30 a.m. regitration begins
Fee: Tournament entry fee
Island Beach State Park
Sponsor: The Friends of Island Beach State Park
http://friendsofibsp.org
The Friends of Island Beach are proud to sponsor the 2nd annual Barrier Island Classic junior for surfers under 18 years old. Prizes are awarded. No wave dates of August 24th or 25th.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

August 24
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

Early Bird Breakfast Walk
8 to 10 a.m.
FREE; breakfast additional; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park; Warbasse Junction Road parking area
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 10 & up. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Celebrate “National Waffle Day” with a 2.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will offer optional refreshment at the turn-around point

August 25
Delaware Bay Safari
9 a.m.
FREE
Sunset Beach, Cape May
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachntureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A13 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprogram.org
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

August 26
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper On Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanaities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Birding by Kayak
8 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A21 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Island Beach, famous for its fantastic scenery and wonderful bird watching opportunities, is proud to offer a birding by kayak tour!  Join Park Natural Educators and observe the many species of migratory birds at IBSP.

Astronomy Presentation and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, + $1 per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

August 27
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic area at Lake Nummy
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Last Sunday of the Month ‘Open House’
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Crab Time Racing
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
Learn abou tthe Fiddler Crabs that inhabit the park. Participate in Fiddler Crab races; for all ages.

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25 and park entrance fee
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

Island Foraging Tour (American Sign Language Interpreted)
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Do you want to get back in touch with nature? If so, what better way than to forage the island for different sources of food!? The Island Foraging Tour will focus on the role of lichen, fish, small plants, & fruits in regards to their ability to be used by humans, how they function in their ecosystem, and what humans can do to help them thrive. Each week will focus on a different topic. Tours will be open to both deaf & hearing impaired individuals.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

August 28
Shellfish Gardening 101

1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park
Sponsor: ReClam the Bay
http://reclamthebay.org/
Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-profit environmental organization that promotes environmental involvement and education.  Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it.  In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to care for them, as well as feeding patterns, & life cycles of these fragile creatures!

August 29
History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of the Island, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishing shacks, Life Saving stations, hotels, & more!

August 30
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

August 31
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tours
Fee: $25
9 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.

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