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March
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. 

March 1
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 morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air in companionship with fellow walkers
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March 4
Video - Living with Fire
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Produced by the NJ Forest Fire Service, this half hour video shows the historic impact of forest fires on the Pine Barrens and methods used to prevent and combat wildfires.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

“Cabin Fever” Nature Hike
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For all ages. Enjoy the park in its winter finery during this naturalist-guided tour. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate and sweet treats in our toasty visitor center!

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.

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
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run Recreation Area.  For additional information go to HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required. All ages
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, demonstration and taste sample.

March 5
Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required. All ages
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, demonstration and taste sample

Hoot Hoot the Owls of Cheesequake
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. These silent predators prowl the night for a delectable meal. Join us at the Nature Center to learn more about the Owl’s of NJ. We’ll dissect an owl pellet and discover what types of prey these birds prefer.

March 8
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Come to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 10
Homeschool Naturalists
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $5/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.

March 11
Public Sky Watch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
On the Athletic Field near Lake Nummy. Back-up date: March 12th

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.

Double Trouble Village program at Pinelands Short Course
Stockton University
Sponsor: The New Jersey Pinelands Commission
http://www.nj.gov/pinelands/about/events/
ADA accessible. Spend the day learning about the New Jersey Pine Barrens including a new presentation by the Double Trouble Village State Historic Site staff at the 28th annual Pinelands Short Course.

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & 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 adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

Nature Craft Saturday Fish Printing
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

March 12
Here Comes The Sun
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 for ages 12 and up, $1 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
(908) 236-6355          
Few things say Spring like the first returning bluebirds. Get plans and hardware (you supply the wood) to make your own bluebird house There are still cold days and nights ahead but beginning today there’s an hour’s more daylight. Hike a park trail in late afternoon and discover signs of spring

March 15
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 morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 18
Absecon Lighthouse to host a Public Ghost Investigation with Paranormal Equipment
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $45 per person; reservations are required
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not. Come visit the Absecon Lighthouse to partake in your own Ghost Investigation, led by the New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence (NJROPE).Results are not guaranteed.

Vernal Pond Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Adults and children ages eight and up. Vernal ponds, unique temporary wetlands, are the breeding grounds for a number of amphibians and other aquatic species. Join us for a short introduction at the Park Office, and then we’ll travel to a handful of High Point’s ponds for a first-hand look at these fascinating habitats. This program will include both walking (a mile or less) and driving (approximately five miles). We will also be walking off-trail so sturdy mud-resistant shoes are recommended. Please call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

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

Low Tide Beach Walk and Shoreline Clean-up
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park, Caven Point Beach-Meet at Park Office
(201) 915-3400 ext 109
Explore the ecology of Caven Point Beach at low-tide and help keep our shoreline clean for wildlife.  Please dress for the weather and wear close toed shoes that can get wet or muddy. Personal vehicle required for transportation to program site.

Signs of a Pinelands Spring Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
This is a 2 to 4 mile hike

March 19
Wetland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 9 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Join us at the Nature Center to explore the wetlands of Cheesequake.

Bird Walk
9 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 could see a Double-Crested Cormorant or Pine Warbler. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the early spring. If you have a field guide or binoculars we suggest you bring them for this 2-hour long program.

March 20
Spring Equinox Hike
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Emerge from winter hibernation and join our park naturalist on a 4-mile hike through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring. Light refreshments provided.

March 23
L’il Tykes Spring Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please!

March 25
Cedar Creek Watershed Walk
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6-11 $2, under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3:00 pm Friday, March 24 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park plays an integral part in protecting the Cedar Creek Watershed.  Join us for a 2.5 mile walk over sandy trails around the Double Trouble Historic District as we view Cedar Creek from numerous locations and see how this fresh water was the lifeblood for two Pinelands industries.  Limited to 16 participants.

The Nature of Vernal Pools
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 9-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & up; ADA accessible. Learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants and discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.

March 29
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate spring and start the season off right- stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beauty of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 30
L’il Tykes Spring Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please!

 

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