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August
Diesel Train Operates Daily
Noon  to 4:30 p.m.
Fee:  park entrance fee per car, plus $4.00 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – call for additional details
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $15 per person, preregistration required.
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Participants must be 14 years of age and up and in good physical condition. Program includes all equipment and lesson. Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. 

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Individual or group historic village tours or hikes of varying mileage may be scheduled most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.

D & R Canal Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics and times
FREE
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

D & R Canal Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
FREE
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: Park entrance fee and general admission, $7 Seniors (62+), $5 Youth (13-18), $5, (6-12), $3
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible

Kayak and Canoe Trips on the Delaware
FREE
Worthington State Forest
(908) 841-9575
Note: Please call Forest office for availability, times and dates

August 1
Minnow’s Kids Workshop 
10 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

August 2
Ducky Derby Special Fundraiser
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Rain date August 3. Ducks go on sale at 10 a.m. ($3 small duck, $100 large
sponsor duck). Races are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Final heat races begin at 3:15 p.m.
Note: Rubber ducks race down the Mill Pond. $500 Grand Prize! Lucky Ducky children’s fishing  for ducks and Ducky Splash races all part of this fun day.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

The Life Cycle and Migration of Monarch Butterflies and How You Can Help Them by Mary Lenahan
7:30 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring flashlight and something to sit on.  ADA accessible

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

When Animals Attack!
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Many mammals have developed amazing defenses to avoid becoming "lunch" - from the Skunk’s putrid smell, the Porcupine’s incredibly sharp quills, and the Armadillo’s plated back made of hair. Meet these creatures up-close and watch how they use their special tools “When Animals Attack!” This is a family program for all ages; ADA accessible.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Waterloo’s Iron Past
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Waterloo Village Historic Site
(973) 786-6445
ADA Accessible: Partially
Note: Long before the Morris Canal put Waterloo Village on the map, Andover Forge stood on the site. If you would like to learn about Waterloo’s industrious iron mining past, then this is the program for you. A power point presentation will be followed by a short walking tour. Sturdy footwear is suggested; for ages 10 and up;  partially ADA accessible.

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
8 to 11 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

August 3
Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Piping Plover Walk
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Division of Fish and Wildlife

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Marsh Seining
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566- 3208
Note:  Meet at Bathhouse Pavilion for a short hike to Hooks Creek where we will learn about aquatic life in this water body.  All ages

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1.30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note:  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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels; Ppease call for more information.

August 6
Wacky Wednesdays at the Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  Included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

August 7
Festival of the Arts in Honor of National Lighthouse Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee:  $7 adults, $5 seniors, Kids climb FREE
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Kids enjoy five disciplines of art including dance, painting, spoken word, theatre, and drumming; museum is ADA accessible

Cat-Tales Story Hour
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program; for children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible

August 8
Minnow’s Kids Workshop 
10 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Join us every Friday morning for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it, by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 1st.

Concert: Rave On
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Note: Bring a lawn chair; bad weather relocates concert indoors to the Carriage House.

August 9
Mid-Summer Flea Market
 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Vendor spaces $25 must be preregistered
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Rain date August 10

Concert and Lighthouse Night Climb
7  to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
(609) 494-2016
Sponsor:  Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Note: Music by “The Basement Musicians Guild”. Bring something to sit on; concert is ADA accessible.

Full Moon Night Hike
8:15 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person, pre-registration required, limit 25 people
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Complex
(609) 296-1114
Note: For adults and children (ages 8 and up) bring flashlight and insect repellent.

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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 new geo-trail! For adults and children ages 6 & Up; partially ADA accessible

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Public Walking Tours
Noon & 2 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible upon request; please call for more information.

Shakespeare in the Park: “Pericles”
5 p.m.
FREE
Long Pond Ironworks State Park, Stone Double House
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Summer Craft Fair
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible; please call for more information

Young Astronomer’s Program
6:30 to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome. Registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA Accessibility. Some hands on activities

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Canal Heritage Day
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Waterloo Village Historic Site
ADA Accessible:  Partially
Sponsor: Canal Society of New Jersey
Note: The Canal Society of New Jersey also hosts Canal Heritage Days every second and fourth Saturday of the month, starting in July. On these special days, the doors of select buildings open for the public to tour. A blacksmith will be on site and canal boat rides will be offered; partially ADA accessible.

Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Series-Rare and Interesting Wildflowers of the Pine Barrens
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Auditorium
(609) 561-0024

BCCI Second Saturday  (theme to be announced)
10 a.m. to  4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609) 561-0024

“The Pinelands Summer Zenith”, Nature Hike
10:30 a.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Guided hike 2 to 4-miles; bring water, bring snacks

August 10

“By The Light Of The Moon” Night Climb
6 to 8 p.m.
Fee:  $10 per person (includes snacks and beverages)
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Climb the lighthouse at night; museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Piping Plover Walk
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Division of Fish and Wildlife

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Butterfly Walk
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: 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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

August 13

Wacky Wednesdays at the Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

Sunset Yoga
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques; for adults

August 15
Minnow’s Kids Workshop 
10 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Join us every Friday morning for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it, by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 1st.

Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Note: Date tentative, call to confirm. Come enjoy the view and the sunset while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat. Registration is recommended – call 973-702-0488.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

August 16
Great Bay Terrapin Conservation Project
by Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring flashlight and something to sit on.  ADA accessible

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Nature Trail Hike
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, children 6-12 $3, under 6 free
Double Trouble State Park
(732) 341-4098
Note: Join us for a guided tour of the packing house and saw mill during this 1.5 mile hike over flat sandy trails around Double Trouble Historic District. 
Registration and fee required by August 15 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
1 p.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: 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 the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Concert on the Beach: EMISH
6 to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Bring family and friends, a blanket or chairs, and a picnic and enjoy listening and dancing to Celtic rock on High Point’s Beach.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA Accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE to spectators
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Rare Breed Association

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome. Registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Kayak Tours
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per person, Kayaks, paddles, pfd’s provided
Waterloo Village Historic Site, Waterloo Lake
(973) 786-6445
Note: Glide along beautiful Waterloo Lake. Take in the quiet and peaceful scenery. Learn the history of the Musconetcong River and its impact on Waterloo Village along the way. Kayaks will be provided, but you can bring your own Kayak if you prefer. Appropriate footwear (water shoes), a bottle of water, and sunscreen are suggested.  For ages 16 and up

August 17
Rolling Iron Antique Auto Show
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Allaire State Park, Main parking lot
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: ADA accessible.  Rain date August 24

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Frank Cook Memorial and Edible Plant Walk
Please check website for details
Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE to spectators
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Rare Breed Association

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: 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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Rain Cancels. Wear sturdy shoes

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Sunday Walk with the Friends of Waterloo
1 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE; donations appreciated
Waterloo Village Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of Waterloo Village
(201) 401-3121
Note: An interesting stroll through the Village and a two mile hike on the far side of the Musconetcong River. For adults.

August 20
Wacky Wednesdays at the Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

August 21
Cat-Tales Story Hour
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program. For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible

August 22
Pledge to Fledge
3 to 6 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Join us every Friday morning for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it, by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 1st.

Concert: No Fuss and Feathers
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Note: Bring a lawn chair.  Bad weather relocates concert indoors to the Carriage House

August 23
Acoustic Musicians Guild Music Showcase Country, Folk, and Irish Music
8 to 9 p.m.                                          
FREE; donations to the band are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring flashlight and something to sit on.  ADA accessible

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Beginning Orienteering
1 to 3 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
(609) 397-2949
Note: Learn the basics of an orienteering compass and topographic maps at the Bull’s Island Recreation Area. This program is appropriate for ages 9 and up.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

School of the Soldier
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
Cost: $10
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Note: Limited to 25 children from 4th grade to high school.

Night Insect Safari
8:00  to 9:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Note: Families with children age five and up. Late summer nights are filled with the sounds of insects. Come learn about katydids, crickets, moths, and more. Bring a flashlight and we'll go on an after-dark bug hunt.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
NOTE: Partially ADA Accessible

Lake Aeroflex Paddling Excursion
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Fee: $10 adults and teens; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey.  Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

The Magic of Monarchs
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 6-11; ADA Accessible
Experience the extraordinary life of a monarch butterfly while visiting our award-winning butterfly garden!

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Lunar Geology: A History of the Moon and Why We Need to Go Back
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility.  Speaker and Member Alan Witzgall, The New Jersey Astronomical Association / Amateur Astronomers Inc.

The Mills at Waterloo
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family
Waterloo Village Historic Site, Grist Mill
(973) 786-6445
ADA Accessible: Partially
Note: : Learn about the history of Waterloo’s many mills in this fun and interactive program. Exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on history activities; for ages 10 and up; partially ADA accessible.

August 24
Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: 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.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.

Snakes of New Jersey
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 ages six to adult; preregistration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note: ADA accessible. Live demonstration of non-toxic native snakes. Get to see and hold them and lose fear of our native snakes

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2  to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

1830’s Hearth Cooking
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Washington Crossing State Park, Nelson House
(609) 737-2515
Note:  Partially ADA accessible.  A 19th century food ways demonstration on the river front using garden produce and other seasonal fare

August 27
Sunset Yoga
6 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques; for adults

August 28
Lighthouse Night Climb
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
(609) 494-2016
Sponsor:  Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

August 29
SJAC Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field
www.sjac.us
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Note: ADA accessible; back-up dates: Aug. 30th or 31st

August 30
Garden State Wine Festival
Noon to 5 p.m.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Visit www.newjerseywines.com for more info and ticket purchases
Note: Rain date September 1

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear Coloring Contest
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $2
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: Tom Champion & Belleplain State Forest
Note: Noon - pictures with Smokey; 6 p.m.- Recognitions, prizes, Smokey arrives @ Lake Nummy Pavilion. Cake, ice cream & soda after Smokey departs; ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Saturday Marsh Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566- 3208
Note: Meet at the Bathhouse Pavilion for a hike to learn about the ecological and human benefits of the Salt Marsh.  Ages 8 and up

Cranberry Bog Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, children 6-12 $3, under 6 free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Double Trouble Village was once a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry.  Join us for a 1-2 mile walk over flat sandy trails around century-old bogs ending with a tour of the historic cranberry packing house.
Registration and fee required by August 29 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Make a Simple Kite
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $3/Adult and children ages 12 and up. $1/Child ages 6 to 12.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: In order to ensure that enough matierals are available, registration and pre-payment are required by 4:00 PM Friday, August 29th. Please call 973-875-4800. High Point is one of the windiest places in New Jersey! Come hear a story about the wind, and make a simple kite that really flies! Stay for the Monument Talk and Scavenger Hunt and try flying your kite while the sun sets.

Sunset Monument Talk and Scavenger Hunt
7 to 8 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Explore the mountaintop on your own with a family-friendly scavenger hunt while the sun sets, and/or join the park naturalist for an informal talk about the history of the mountain while enjoying the view. Come early, make a kite, and give it a fly at the almost-always-windy highest point in New Jersey!

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500

Canal Heritage Day
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Waterloo Village Historic Site
ADA Accessible:  Partially
Note: The Canal Society of New Jersey also hosts Canal Heritage Days every second and fourth Saturday of the month, starting in July. On these special days, the doors of select buildings open for the public to tour. A blacksmith will be on site and canal boat rides will be offered.
Sponsor: Canal Society of New Jersey

August 31
Garden State Wine Festival
Noon to 5 p.m.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Visit www.newjerseywines.com for more info and ticket purchases
Note: Rain date September 1

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

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

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

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2pm
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
Note: 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.

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Please call for more information.


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