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June
Nature Programs and Activities
Assorted nature programs and activities at the interpretive center located in the camping area. Please contact the forest office for schedule, fees and ADA accessibility.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
(609) 726-1191

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

Double Trouble Village Waking Tours
Call for dates, times and 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.

June 2
Art Show and Sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
http://bmcha.weebly.com
ADA accessible. Art Display and Sale of the works of local artist, Halina Nawrot at the Blackwells Mills Canal House.

Trail Mix @ Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

June 3
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

National Trails Day
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Come out and hike some of the trails, then stop at the Nature/Interpretive Center, and give us your suggestions that could help to better improve our trail system.

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

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

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

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

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

National Trails Day: Discover Double Trouble History Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, children ages 6 to 12 $3, children under 6 free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Discover the culture and beauty of the Double Trouble Historic District during this 2-mile hike over mostly flat sandy trails. We will also tour a century-old sawmill and cranberry packing house. Limited to 20 participants. Registration and fee required by 3 p.m. Friday June 2 through the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village. For directions, visit www.njparksandforests.org.

Community Garage Sale
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person suggestd
The Hermitage - 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
(201) 445-8311 ext. 102
www.thehermitage.org
The Friends of the Hermitage is pleased to announce they will be having a Community Garage Sale on the grounds of the historic Hermitage Museum. Private sellers will be allotted a space the equivalent of a parking space or about 10’ x 10’ on the grounds of the property to exhibit their wares for a charge of $25.
Tables will be available for rental at $15 each (optional). Rain date: June 4th.

Discovery Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome. Celebrate “National Trails Day” by joining us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (pizza included); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
For adults. Celebrate “National Trails Day” with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop.

National Trails Day Celebration
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Blairstown Airport
FREE
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Visit our exhibit at the junction of two former railroad lines and learn about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

National Trails Day Hike
10 a.m.
Blairstown Airport
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
FREE
(973) 786-5768
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Spring Wildflower Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Rain or snow cancels. Wear sturdy shoes. Join Darlene Nowak and Sandy Zenkel in checking out the many delightful spring bloomers in the woodlands of the Wildflower Garden! We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

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

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

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

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

National Trails Day at Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; pre-registration required
Fee: Park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village & Atsion Office
(609) 567-4559

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

Maria Allaire’s Wedding Reenactment
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Home
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us in celebrating the marriage of Maria Allaire to Thomas Andrews in 1836 at the Allaire Home at 1 p.m. 

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

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

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

National Trails Day
10 a.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a two - hour trail clean up hike.

National Trails Day-Wildflower Walk
1 p.m.
Free: pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Bulls Island Recreation Area
(609) 397-2949
Join the park naturalist along the Natural Area Trail to explore the spring flowers are abound at Bulls Island.

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

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per car in-state, $7 per car out-of-state parking fee to enter park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

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

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

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

Build a Rope Bridge
1:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, advance registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Participants (8yrs – adults) will be instructed in some basic knots and rope riggings and then use their newly acquired skills to create a functioning suspended bridge over one of the park’s stream ravines

June 7
Golf Tournament
1:30 p.m. shotgun start
Fee: $114 per player
McCullough's Emerald Links, Egg Harbor Twp.
Sponsor: Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Absecon Lighthouse's host’s our annual Golf Tournament at McCullough's Emerald Golf Links in Egg Harbor Township; registration is at 12:30pm and tee off is at 1:30pm.  The golf package is $114 per person and the golf package includes green fees and cart, lunch, player gift, tee package, prizes, awards banquet, and a future round of discounted golf at McCullough's.  Hole Sponsorships are available at $100. Awards Dinner tickets are available for $30.  

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

Wednesday Walkers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

Wednesday Wander
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited

June 8
Hopewell Valley Come Out and Play – Stream Stomp
4:15 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Take a wet hike through the park’s Steele Run in search of salamanders, frogs, fish and a variety of aquatic invertebrates. Please note: wear old sneakers or water shoes, be prepared to get wet at least up to the knees (all ages)

June 9
By the Light of the Moon Climb
The Best Views of Atlantic City are during a Full Moon Climb
11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historc Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Atlantic City has a stunning skyline at night, and to top it off, you can watch the full moon float up from the ocean and join the magnificent lights of the city.

Trail Mix @ Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

Summer Concert: Richard Reiter Swing Band
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requested.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
One of New Jersey's most popular swing combos kicks off summer with familiar standards from the swing era and the best of classic rock. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

June 10
Early Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Vendor spaces: $30 pre-registration, $35 registration week of event.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Partially ADA accessible. Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks & so much more. Rain date June 11th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Touch of England" Vintage British Automobile and Motorcycle Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per adults; $4 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6
The Hermitage
(201) 445-8311
British automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts are again in for a special treat as the New Jersey Triumph Association once again hosts the “Touch of England” Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show. The show featured classic Triumph, MG, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Morgan, TVR, Mini, Sunbeam, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and other British automobiles. This event is a great day trip destination for families to walk the shaded grounds of The Hermitage to view classic autos and talk to the owners.  Hot dogs, soda and water will be available for sale throughout the day.
For additional information please call 201-445-8311 x 102  or visit:  www.the hermitage.org

Sunset Paddle
4 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $25
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

Hike-to-Lunch: Andover Diner
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 4-mile hike along the beautiful Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer well-deserved refreshment midway through the trip.

Bike Ride
11:30 am
FREE
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 887-4332
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

National Marina Day
FREE
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Leonardo State Marina
Free “Hooked On Fishing Not on Drugs” youth fishing challenge from 10:00 am -2:00 pm, participants should bring their own fishing poles and bait. Registered youth participants will be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch during the event. Youths must be present at the conclusion of the event to be awarded prizes. Kayak tours, sandcastle building contest and various exhibitor tables. 

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
ADA accessible upon request.  Please call for more information.

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

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

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

Spring and Summer Birds of the Park
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Meet at the Nature Center
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Audubon Society (WCAS)
(609) 737-0609
WCAS members will lead this hike in search of birds that nest in the park.

Meet Francis Hopkinson & Hear the Story of the American Flag
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Stanley Saperstein will perform a one man presentation as Francis Hopkinson, New Jersey Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

June 11
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

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

Driving Tour to Visit the Site of the American Encampment and Ponolopon Bridge the day before the Battle of Monmouth
1 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Meet at the Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Use own vehicle.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per car in-state, $7 per car out-of-state parking fee to enter park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

Antiques & Vintage Marketplace at Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
JC Events comes to Ringwood Manor with their antique & vintage marketplace! Enjoy shopping for your favorite antiques from more than 40 different vendors. Live music, food trucks, and kids crafts and activities will be available. The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society will be selling a variety of vintage and modern history books. More information can be found at www.ringwoodmanor.org. Sponsored by JC Events & Ringwood Manor.

Audubon: Bluebird Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Join us for a walk in the Garden and fields as we visit the volunteer-installed nest boxes and learn why they are important to the Eastern Bluebird. We will also identify the birds and butterflies seen along the way.  We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.
Parking fee on summer Sundays: is $5/car for NJ residents, $7/car for non-residents. Rain cancels. Presented by the Bergen County Audubon Society

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

Family Nature Walk
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
This is an informal naturalist – guided trail walk in the state park (all ages).

June 14
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

Wednesday Wander
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited.

June 16

Trail Mix @ Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

June 17
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join the crowds in watching & participate in military drills, meet President Lincoln & influential military figures, as well as learn about the lives of soldiers & civilians.

Civil War Lantern Tour
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person, pre-registration required
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc
732-919-3500
Your tour guide will lead you through the Confederate, Union, and civilian camps at night.

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

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

Hike to Lunch: Krave Café
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at Krave Café, Newton
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 3-mile hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail followed by optional refreshments at our destination. Car shuttle required.

Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth -Encampment and programs
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE;donation requested
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Division of Parks & Forestry and the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Encampment, demonstrations, children’s drills, food and period vendors.

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Lilac Care Workshop
9 a.m.to 1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Come work in the Lilac Garden and get a hands-on lesson in lilac pruning, thinning, dead-heading and general care from Dan Ryniec, former Lilac Curator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Lesson begins at 10 am.  We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet in the Lilac Garden.

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

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

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

Cane Pole Fishing
1 p.m.
FREE; advance registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center - Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd and Brickyard Rd (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Come out to the pond and use a basic fishing pole made from a bamboo shoot and rigged to catch bluegills. Any caught fish will be released but you get to take your cane pole home, (4yrs – 12yrs) Rain date: Sunday June 18, 1:00 p.m.

June 18
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join the crowds in watching & participate in military drills, meet President Lincoln & influential military figures, as well as learn about the lives of soldiers & civilians

Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth-Encampment and programs
10 a.m. to 3 pm.
Free: donation requested
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Division of Parks & Forestry and the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Encampment, demonstrations, children’s drills, food and period vendors.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per car in-state, $7 per car out-of-state parking fee to enter park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

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

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

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden’s woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants, animals and geology around you on a hike designed to fit the group. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

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

June 20
Hike-to-Dinner: The Chatterbox Drive-In
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $5 Adults and children ages 10 & up (dessert included); children under 10 free; pre-registration required; dinner additional
Meet at The Chatterbox Drive-In
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
All ages welcome. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Celebrate “National Ice Cream Soda Day” with a 2.5-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour stop with free ice cream soda will offer well-deserved refreshment at the end of our journey. Car shuttle required.

June 21
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

“Sunny Side Up” Solstice Walk
8 am to 10 am
Fee: None (breakfast additional); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
For adults and children ages 10 & up
Celebrate the summer solstice with a 2.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will offer refreshment at our turn-around point.

Wednesday Wander
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited

June 23
Trail Mix @ Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

Summer Concert: The Kootz
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requested.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Your favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll to kick up the summer heat.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

June 24
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Summer Crafter Market & Art in the Park w/Ice Cream Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Vendor spaces: $50
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Craft market show cases local artists as they sell & demonstrate their crafts.
Rain date June 25th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video-The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
9:45 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
View the birth and evolution of the cranberry industry at Double Trouble Village from the hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests on this short video compiled from rare film footage. Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room. Limited seating.

Clean Communities along the Byway
8:30 to 10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration is required for this event
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Location: Bulls Island Recreation Area, 2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton
Sponsor: D&R Canal State Park and Delaware Township
(609)397-2949
Stephanie.fox@dep.nj.gov
Join dedicated volunteers to clean up along the Delaware River Scenic Byway in Delaware Township.

Crane-Berry Blossum Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, Children 6-11 $4, under 6 Free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
The blossom of the cranberry resembles the neck of a crane. Join us on a 1 mile walk on sandy trails around historic cranberry bogs as we look for the blossoms of this popular fall fruit, followed by a tour of the cranberry sorting and packing house. Limited to 20 participants.
Registration and fee required by 3 pm June 23 through the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village. For directions, visit www.njparksandforests.org.

Civil War Encampment
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 regardless of age
The Hermitage - 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
(201) 445-8311
The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, will stage a Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Hermitage Museum. Members of the unit will set up their outdoor living history encampment on the grounds, complete with soldier’s tents and fire pits. There will be live firing demonstrations of military rifles as well as a mortar from the period. Museum visitors will be encouraged to interact with the historical re-enactors, asking questions and learning about soldiers’ lives during the Civil War. In addition, the museum’s Education Center will feature indoor displays of Civil War artifacts, as well as engaging hands-on activities for children to learn more about this important era in American history. Come and experience ‘Living History’ at The Hermitage Museum!

Sunset Paddle
4 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $25
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

239th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth – Special Programs and Tours
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible

Casey at the Battlefield
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free
Princeton Battlefield
Location at Main field
(609) 921-0074
Note: Vintage 19th century baseball game with the Flemington Neshanock in period uniforms.

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

The Wall
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: park entrance fee, pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area
South Parking Lot (meet at the South Parking Lot and drive a few miles to trailhead)
(908) 236-6355
Poet Robert Frost didn’t like walls and, yet, we build them. Get a look at the more remote section of the Cushetunk Trail and wonder who it was who built those walls.

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

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

Goat Hill Hike
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; pre-teen -adult
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd. We will car pool to the trail (call for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Goat Hill Overlook sits on a bluff overlooking the Delaware River in W. Amwell Twp. and boasts commanding views of the Delaware Valley including portions of Lambertville, New Hope and areas north and west into Bucks County, PA. The tract contains extensive hardwood and mixed oak forests, open fields, numerous rock outcrops, a former diabase quarry and hiking trails. The terrain will be rugged.

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

June 25
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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

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

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

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

Ice Cream Social and Concert
Concert from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Hancock House State Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House
ADA Accessible

Civil War Encampment
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 regardless of age
The Hermitage - 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
(201) 445-8311
The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, will stage a Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Hermitage Museum. Members of the unit will set up their outdoor living history encampment on the grounds, complete with soldier’s tents and fire pits. There will be live firing demonstrations of military rifles as well as a mortar from the period. Museum visitors will be encouraged to interact with the historical re-enactors, asking questions and learning about soldiers’ lives during the Civil War. In addition, the museum’s Education Center will feature indoor displays of Civil War artifacts, as well as engaging hands-on activities for children to learn more about this important era in American history. Come and experience ‘Living History’ at The Hermitage Museum!

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

239th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth- special programs and tours
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per car in-state, $7 per car out-of-state parking fee to enter park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

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

Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4:00pm
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

June 28
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Wander
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Voorhees State Park while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited.

June 29
Hike-to-Lunch: Salt Gastropub
10 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at Salt Gastropub, Route 206, Byram
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
For adults. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Let’s enjoy a scenic 4-mile hike in the beautiful Sussex Skylands, then stop for some well-deserved refreshment at the end of our trip.

June 30
Trail Mix @ Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

 


 

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