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February
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.

Lusscroft Farm Winter Trek
Call for date
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations apprecited
Lusscroft Farm
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association

http://www.lusscroftfarm.com/

February Weekdays
Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days
Call for times and dates
Free educational program
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history. 

February 4
LECTURE- HORSESHOE CRABS
1 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org
ADA Accessible
. Trish Schuster, popular speaker throughout the Jersey Shore and gives workshops to educators at the Tuckerton Seaport will do presentation on the life of horseshoe crabs.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
Historic Village Interpretive Center
(732) 341-4098
When snow melts, it can carry pollutants into storm drains and waterways that lead to Barnegat Bay.  Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect this 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 Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Please email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

Recycled Papermaking
10 a.m.to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal Classroom B
(201) 915-3400 ext 109
ADA Accessible. Come create your own unique, hand- made recycled art from used paper and natural materials.

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in Tower Lot
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Note: Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run Recreation Area.  For additional information go to HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

Video – “POWS of the American Revolution.”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. This 70-minute video tells the story of the American Prisoners held on New York prison ships in Wallabout Bay.

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 p.m. to 1:45p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
ADA accessible.  Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced

February 5
Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 9 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake.

Geocache the State Park
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required. Pre-teen to adult
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of parks, playgrounds, natural areas and other open lands. Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of several dozen geocache sites located in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants. Bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one.

February 6
Jack Frost Hike
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $3.00 for ages 12 and up, $1.00 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area
South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
(908) 236-6355
Winter still has us in its grip but there are signs of longer and warmer days ahead. Dress in layers and hike the Cushetunk trail as we learn the dos and don’ts of winter hiking. If snow covered, bring snow shoes

February 8
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

February 9
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
FEE: $5 per adult/child pair. $2for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. To register, please call 973-875-1471 or email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com. Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants).  Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

February 10
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fees: $5 per adult/child pair. $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. To register, please call 973-875-1471 or email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com. Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants).  Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Homeschool Naturalists
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $5.00/child (must be accompanied by an adult)
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 6 to 10 year-olds in in first through fifth grades with some ability to read and write. These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with their peers. Suggestions for further study and resources will be provided. Registration is required by 12:00 PM the day before the program. Call 973-875-1471 or email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com. Fees must be paid in full before the program begins.

February 11
"Valentine’s Group Vow Renewal"
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
7 to 8 p.m.
$4 per couple
Renew your wedding vows followed by a Champagne toast and DJ dancing to romantic music.
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

DeLIGHTful Date Days
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last Tower Climb is at 3:30pm
$7 per couple
YOU AND YOUR DATE CLIMB FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

LECTURE- HISTORY OF BARNEGAT LIGHT & SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM
1 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org
ADA Accessible. Presenter: Karen Larson

Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the Forest Office
3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.

Tracks and Trails: Wildlife in Winter
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For adults and children ages 6 and up. We don't often get a chance to observe wild animals in action, but the signs they leave behind offer a window into their world. Come learn the basics about interpreting the tracks and signs of local wildlife. After this indoor presentation, you can either practice being a tracker in the Interpretive Center, or head outside on your own to complete a "Signs of Wildlife" scavenger hunt. If you're interested in a more field-oriented program, please join us for one of our Saturday morning "Nature in Winter" walks. Please call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

Nature in Winter by Moonlight
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Adults/Children ages 10 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Moon-lit winter nights can be an unforgettable time to explore. As the full moon rises, we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. The location of the walk and whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on snow and weather conditions. Please email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471.

Backyard Bird-feeding
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible. Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

Nature Craft Saturday Animal Tracks
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 per person, materials fee. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Administration Office
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Learn some common animal tracks while we make a tracking booklet in February and come back in March to learn about some of the fish found in the reservoir. We will make prints with paint on paper or you can bring a plain t-shirt or pillow case to make prints on. 

Video – “Benedict Arnold: Triumph and Treason.” 
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. This 50-minute video describes the life of this enigmatic man.

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced

February 12
DeLIGHTful Date Days
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last Tower Climb is at 3:30pm
Fee: $7 per couple
YOU AND YOUR DATE CLIMB FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Tree Disk Nature Craft
1 p.m.
FREE; all ages
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. Meet at the Nature Center to create a tree disk pendent for your valentine. In addition to the craft, participants will learn about tree growth and anatomy

February 18
Open House Programming TBA
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
Sponsor: Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792

Video –  “John and Abigail: Love and Liberty.”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. This 45-minute video discusses the lives of John and Abigail Adams; one of America’s greatest couples

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 to1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced.

In Search of Pinelands Winter Life Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Length: 2 – 4 miles

February 19
Recycled Tree Craft
1 p.m.FREE; ages 6 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible. Meet at the Nature Center to craft a tree from recycled products

Bird Walk
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
908-236-6355          
Join NJ Audubon Society members, on ¾ mile flat trail loop where you may see Osprey or Golden Crowned Kinglet. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy mid-winter serenity. If you have a field guide or binoculars we suggest you bring them for this 2-hour long program

February 25
Winter Waterfowl Walk
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park – Meet at Park Office
(201) 915-3400 ext 109
ADA Accessible. Join us for a stroll along Liberty Walkway in search of winter visitors to the park.  Possible species sightings may include ruddy ducks, mergansers, grebes, buffleheads and many more. 

George Washington’s 285th Birthday!
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 suggested donation; pre-registration required
Rockingham State Historic Site
Sponsor: Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
Partially ADA accessible. Tours of the historic house will include timeline facts of George Washington’s life through the rooms and conclude with birthday cake and punch.  A toast to the General would not be out of place! Light refreshments

Video –  “Founding Mothers with Cokie Roberts.”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
NOTE: ADA accessible.  This 50-minute video tells the incredible stories of the women who actually saw combat to the moral and legal victories of Elizabeth Freeman, a slave who sued for freedom

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 p.m. to 1:45p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note: ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced

February 26
Tree Identification Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 9 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a tree identification hike through the trails of the Park. During the hike participants will learn the key factors toward identifying trees during the winter  

 

 

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