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July
Diesel Train Operates Daily
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, plus $15 per person, pre-registration 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. 

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

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

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 may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: Park entrance fee plus general admission, $7 seniors (62+), $5 youth (13-18), $5, (6-12), $3
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: ADA accessible; please call for more information

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

July 2
Sunset Yoga
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; 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.

July 4
Nature 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

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

Delaware Bay Safari 
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Sunset Beach
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Historic Village Tours
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Step back in time during this half-mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Village and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.

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.

Fourth of July Ice Cream Social
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
Sponsor: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, in cooperation with Saint Aloysius Catholic Church and NJ State Park Service Staff
973-226-0001; presidentcleveland.org
Note: Tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace, music, potato sack races, food available for sale. In case of rain, or extreme heat, please call to confirm this event.

Joint Program - “The Court Martial of Charles Lee,” by David Martin and 
“The Army Celebrates the 4th of July,” by George Dawson

1:30 p.m. at the Buccleuch Mansion
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible.  Directions to Mansion, Buccleuch Park, New Brunswick (located on Easton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901).

Independence Day at Princeton Battlefield
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – reading of Declaration of Independence
1 p.m. – talk on Battle of Princeton
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park
(609) 921-0074
Note: Limited ADA access.  Revolutionary War period soldiers, from Mott’s 6th Company, 2nd Continental Artillery will be on hand to demonstrate drill, artillery, and flintlock muskets. The Clarke House Volunteers will be demonstrating domestic skills that might be found on a farm such as Thomas Clarke’s. Period games will be available for children of all ages to try.  The Thomas Clarke House and the Arms of the Revolution exhibit will be open to tour. 

15th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Reading
1 to 4 p.m.; Reading of Declaration of Independence takes place at 2:30 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee plus $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12; children ages 5 and under are free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
Note: ADA accessible; The 4th of July event will feature a traditional dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Manor’s front porch and other reenactments to celebrate the 238th anniversary of American independence.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a Musket Firing demonstration.

Colonial Ice Cream Demonstration
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Note: Partially ADA accessible.  Eighteenth century recipes and techniques of making ice cream; samples will be available. Other activities and an open house will be ongoing.

July 5
Reptiles and Amphibians of New Jersey
7:30 to 9 p.m.
FREE:  Donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Sponsor: David Burkett of Herpetological Associates
Note: Bring flashlight and something to sit on; ADA accessible; live reptile demonstrations and a discussion of the reptiles

Happy Birthday USA Coloring Contest
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: Tom Champion & Belleplain State Forest
Note: Prizes, birthday cake & juice; ADA accessible

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
8 to 10 p.m.
FREE
Batsto State Historic Site
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

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

Historic Village Tour
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Step back in time during this half-mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Village and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.

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.

Walk the towpath from Kingston Lock 8 to Alexander Road (3.8 miles)
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; donations welcome
D & R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 or baths@att.net for more information
Note: Partially ADA accessible.  Meet at Turning Basin Park on Alexander Road in
Princeton, NJ

Life in the Lake
7 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Come borrow a net and discover the many critters that live below the surface of Sawmill Lake. Stop by any time between seven and eight, and stay as long as you like. If it's raining, there will be a nature-themed DVD shown in the Interpretive Center - stop by and get dry!

Observatory Special Events Day
Please refer to website for time
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Uacnj.org
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Wildflower Walk
9 to 10 a.m.
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; this colorful walk focuses on the identification of common wildflowers, as well as their traditional culinary and medicinal uses. Indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Know the Bear Facts: Black Bears in NJ
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible; learn all about New Jersey’s largest mammal during this program highlighting the true nature of black bears, including what you should do if you encounter a black bear, how to ‘bear proof’ your residence, and other tips to minimize conflicts between people and black bears.

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

Revolutionary War Encampment
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462– 9616

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462- 9616
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

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for times
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind. Admission is free.  Call for tour times and to schedule a visit.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: 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

Kayak Tours
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, Kayaks, paddles, pfd’s provided
Waterloo Lake, Waterloo Village Historic Site
(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.  Parking at the maintenance lot near back gate. For ages 16 and up.

July 6
Who Burned Down the Forest?
Noon to 4 p.m.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Partially ADA accessible.  Join the 1836 villager on a scavenger hunt as we unravel the clues

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
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

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

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

Pond Life Animal 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

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

Revolutionary War Encampment
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park,Visitor Center
(732 462– 9616

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park,Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
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. Tour is not ADA accessible

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; wear sturdy shoes

Hunterdon County Tercentennial - Looking for Traces
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 ages six to adult; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Early part of the program is ADA accessible.  Optional hike to find evidence of habitation will follow. We won't find evidence of human life going back 300 years but we should find signs of earlier habitation and we'll learn about Round Valley in 1776.

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

Pond Study
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car – advanced registration required (all ages)
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center – meet at the park pond on Church Road
(609) 737-0609
Note: Not ADA accessible.  Sample the pond with nets for a variety of aquatic organisms

July 7
Junior Naturalist Program
8:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 per day; preregistration required
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566 – 3208
Note: For ages 9 to 12.  Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education

July 8 
Junior Naturalist Program
8:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 per day; preregistration required
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566- 3208
Note: For ages 9 to 12.  Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education

July 9 
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Ligthhouse
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

July 10
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: For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible; stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program

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

Delaware Bay Safari 
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Sunset Beach
(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
Fee: 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: Loretta Hagen
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

July 12
Wine Tasting Porch Party and Full Moon Climb
6 to 9 p.m.
Fee:  $30 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

An Evening with Frank Sinatra - featuring Jack Giampalmi & Jack’s Band
7:30 p.m.
Program in Allaire Village Chapel
Fee: $ 15 per person, FREE parking
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: ADA accessible

Pine Barrens Ecology: Plants and Snakes
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Sponsor: Ryan Rebozo and Dane Ward
Note: Bring something to sit on; ADA accessible

Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands speaker Series - A Tour of the Mullica River Watershed
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person
Batsto State Historic Site Auditorium
(609) 561-0024

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

Full Moon Walk
8 to 9:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
(609) 397-2949
Note: Walk along the Bull’s Island Natural Area and enjoy the views from the Roebling designed pedestrian bridge under the full moon.

Snapper Day
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
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

Crab Time
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566- 3208
Note: Learn about the types of species of Crabs that inhabit the park.  Discover how to harvest
the Blue Claw Crab for table fare.  Participate in Fiddler Crab races

Millrace Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, children 6-12 $3, under 6 free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Water was the lifeblood of two major industries at the company town of Double Trouble.  During this 2 mile walk over flat sandy trails around the historic district, we’ll follow tea-colored water from the reservoir on Cedar Creek past a century-old sawmill to three cranberry bogs.  Hike starts at the Park Information Building.
Registration and fee required by July 11 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Sunset/Moonrise Hike
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $3/Adult and children ages 12 and up. $1/children ages 6 to 12; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Adults/children age 10 and up. Registration and pre-payment are required by 4 p.m. the day of the hike. Come hike a 1-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail  to an observation platform where we'll watch the sun set in the west and the full moon rise in the eastern sky. This hike is moderately strenuous with some steep portions and a rocky, uneven trail surface. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must! We'll return to our cars by moonlight via an easier route.

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

NJ & NY Snakes & Turtles
11 a.m. to noon
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: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible; get familiar with our local reptiles and amphibians during this entertaining live animal show!  Meet the turtles, snakes, and frogs that share our parks and yards, and learn why they need to stay wild.

The Great Reptiles
1 to 2 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: Family Program – All Ages; ADA Accessible; come see why this live animal program has the “WOW” factor: Meet a 100-lb American alligator, watch a 6-ft water monitor lizard sniff the air with her foot-long tongue, or touch the gentle beautiful giant, “Hernia,” a 100-lb Burmese Python. Don’t miss this one!

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 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.

Northwest Jersey Horse Show Open House
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800-High Point State Park Office
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Raspberry Ramble
10 a.m. to 1 p.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: Wear long pants and bring a sturdy container.  The raspberries (or wine berries) are delicious and organic.  They are also invasive; so you’ll not only be gathering great food but also reducing competition with native plants

Young Astronomer’s Program
6:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 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
Sponsor: Canal Society of Newe 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.

Night Hike
8:30 p.m.
FREE; advance registration required (ages 9 to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Main park entrance will be closed; call for directions.  Explore the park in the dark on this guided nocturnal walk and campfire.  Bring a flashlight.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: 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

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for time
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind.

July 13
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

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

Pond Life Animal 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.

Mid-Summer Festival
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake
(973) 948-3820
Sponsor: Friends of Stokes
Mpte” Join us as we celebrate Stokes State Forest with a day of Music, Food, Nature and Fun!  A great event for the whole family. 

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

Sunday Walk with the Friends of Waterloo
1 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated; pre-registration required
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.

The Carpenter Frog Pinelands Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Office
(609) 567-4559
Note: Guided hike 3 - 4 miles; bring water and lunch

July 14
Junior Naturalist Program
8:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 per day; pre-registration required
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: For ages 9 to 12.  Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education

July 15
Junior Naturalist Program
8:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 per day; pre-registration required
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: For ages 9 to 12.  Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education

July 16
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Ligthhouse
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: For adults; 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.

July 18
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

Delaware Bay Safari 
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Sunset Beach
(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. Call 973-875-4800 for more information.

Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
973-875-4800
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

July 19
Stranger Stop and Cast an Eye: An Introduction to New Jersey Historic Burial Grounds
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring something to sit on; ADA accessible; Dr.Richard  Veit, Monmouth University professor of anthropology and author (N.J. History)

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

Stream Stomp
1 to 3 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
D&R Canal State Park, Prallsville Mill Complex
(609) 397-2949
Note: Get your feet wet in the Wicheocke Creek at the Prallsville Mill Site in Stockton investigating the diverse organisms living under the water. The inhabitants can tell us the story of the streams health. The program is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Concert on the Beach: Performers to be announced
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 live music 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

8th Annual Grand Victorian Tactical Field Days
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee plus $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12; vhildren ages 5 and under are free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
Sponsor: Royal Sussex Regimental Society and the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
Note: ADA accessible

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

The Lenape: New Jersey’s Original People
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family
Waterloo Village Historic Site
(973) 786-6445
Note:  Come to Waterloo for an interesting and informative demonstration all about the Lenape Native Americans. Indoor/Outdoor program, weather appropriate sturdy footwear is suggested.

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for tour times and to schedule a visit
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind. Admission is free.  Call for tour times and to schedule a visit.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: 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

July 20
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

Piping Plover Walks
11 a.m.
Fee: none
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Division of Fish and Wildlife

Pond Life Animal 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

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note:  ADA accessible

8th Annual Grand Victorian Tactical Field Days
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee plus $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12; vhildren ages 5 and under are free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
Sponsor: Royal Sussex Regimental Society and the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
Note: ADA accessible

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
Limited ADA Accessibility
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

July 21
Junior Naturalist Program
8:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 per day; pre-registration required
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: For ages 9 to 12.  Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education.

July 22
Junior Naturalist Program
8:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 per day; pre-registration required
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: For ages 9 to 12.  Explore the natural wonders of Cheesequake through a variety of hands on programs.  Programs vary each day and will consist of nature exploration, recreation and education.

July 23
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

July 24
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: For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible; stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

July 25
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

Delaware Bay Safari 
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park, Sunset Beach
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance free
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. Call 973-875-4800 for more information.

Concert: The Dalton Gang
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

July 26
Bat Watch at Bass River State Forest
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; Donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring something to sit on, ADA accessible; MacKenzie Hall (Biologist) Conserve Wildlife Foundation of N.J.

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

Make a Simple Kite
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: $3/adult and children ages 12 and up; $1/children 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 [/,/ Friday, July 25th. 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
7:30 to 8:45 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

Lake Aeroflex Paddling Excursion
8 am 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 erspective.

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

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 Program and Walk
2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake Pavilion
(973) 948-3820
Note: Learn all about the many types of Butterflies and then go out and see their beautiful colors!
Sponsored by the Friends of Stokes and presented by Wade Wander, from the North American Butterfly Association

An Educator’s Experience as a SOFIA airborne Astronomy Ambassador
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility. Speaker Theresa Moody of the NJ Astronomy Center at RVCC

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for times and to schedule a tour
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: 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

 
July 27
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

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

Pond Life Animal 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

Kids Day: Bugs and Butterflies: Camouflage & Mimicry
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 ages six to adult; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: For kids of all ages; find the most interesting “Bug” and win a prize

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

Trail Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note:  For ages 9 and up.  Take part in a guided hike starting at the Nature Center.  Explore the trails as we learn some interesting facts about the Park

July 30
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

 

 

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