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May
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: Park entrance fee; registration required
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: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.  Call ahead for additional details, registration opens in April

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

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements
Fee: Program fee may apply
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 - see the Double Trouble section of www.njparksandforests.org for a list of advancement opportunities.

Children’s Day at Rockingham
Please call for date
Noon to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor:  Montgomery Twp. HS Live Historians Club and Rockingham Association
609) 683-7132, www.rockingham.net
Note:  A continuous celebration of childhood for all ages with crafts of paper marbling and hat making, 18th-century games such as hoop and roll and shuttlecock, toys to try including Jacob’s ladder and buzzsaw, period-style children’s clothing to try on, talks with Revolutionary War re-enactors, mini tours of the house and other activities. The Museum Store will be open to purchase some of the items used for the activities
Light refreshments will be available; partially ADA accessible

Johnson Ferry House colonial Kitchen Garden
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
 Note: Come and observe the installation of the Johnson Ferry House Colonial Kitchen Garden. The process is ongoing and the garden changes from week to week. It is also open 7 days a week, even when the house is closed; Garden is partially ADA accessible.

May 2
SJAC Star Party
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20 upon arrival
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
Note: ADA accessible

May 3
SJAC Star Party
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20 upon arrival
Bellepklain State Forest, Athletic Field at Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
Note: ADA accessible

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

Spring Crafters’ Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 over the age of 12
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date May 5

Tour of Old Monmouth, Countywide event
FREE
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

An Evening with Sherlock Holmes
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15; advance tickets recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: ADA accessible

SJAC Star Party
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20 upon arrival
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field at Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
Note: ADA accessible

Blackwells Mills Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.        
FREE; donations welcome
Blackwells Mills Canal House
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Note: Partially ADA accessible

Whitesbog Preservation Trust Volunteer Work Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Whitesbog Historic Village
(609) 893-4646
WhitesbogPreservationTrust@comcast.net
Note: Have fun with friends, working in the gardens, repairing trails, restocking the General Store and working around the village. Lunch provided.

Whitesbog Village Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation/person
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Whitesbog Historic Village
(609) 893-4646
WhitesbogPreservationTrust@comcast.net
Note: Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, Elizabeth White’s historic home, the worker’s cottages and other buildings that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage.

Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Free, ADA Accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show, ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Saturday Geocaching at the Park
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Nature Center to explore the adventure of Geocaching.  Our guests from NJ Geocaching will guide us through the trails of the park to learn the basics of this high tech treasure hunting game; ages 9 and up

Salem County House Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373
(856) 935-5004 for additional information on the tour or tickets
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc., Hancock House State Historic Site, and the Salem County Historical Society
Note: Hancock House is one of many Salem County homes on the Salem County Tour. Come explore the rich architectural history of Salem County and see the beautiful gardens of the area. A great day out, partially ADA accessible

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

Lond 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

Open House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
“Weekend in Old Monmouth County”

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Picnic Pavilion
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: Walking tour of the battlefield at 1:30 p.m.

Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534

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

Atsion Flea Market
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Recreation Area
Sponsor: Indian Mills Historical Society
(609) 268-0444
(609) 351-0073
Note: ADA accessible

May 5
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation

Tour of Old Monmouth, Countywide event
FREE
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Arthritis Foundation Benefit Walk
10 a.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: ADA accessible

Spring Bassman Half & International Distance Triathlon & Duathlon
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Call for entry fee and registration information
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami beach complex
Sponsor: CityTri Racing, Inc.
(347) 276-7523 (cell) or www.citytri.com

Lynn Hunt/Don Sutherland Memorial Bird Walk
8:30 to 11 a.m.
FREE, donations welcome; pre-registration required
Bass River State Forest Office
(609) 296-1114
Sponsor: Bass River State Forest and Ocean Co. Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Note: Bring binoculars; limit 20 participants

SJAC Star Party
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $20upon arrival
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field at Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
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

Open House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
“Weekend in old Monmouth County”

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: Walking tour of the battlefield at 1:30 p.m. – meet at Picnic Pavilion

Craig House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
1 to 4 p.m.
(732) 462-9616
Note: Tours given by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield; ADA accessible

Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Please call for more information

Guided Manor Tours
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: General admission, $5 Seniors (62+), $3 Youth (6-18), $1 Children under 6, free.
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible

19th Century Baseball Game
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood Manor Lot B, Ringwood State Park
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
Note: Come watch the Flemington Neshanocks and the Elizabeth Resolutes play according to rules from 1876 using period equipment and wearing period uniforms. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon cheering on your favorite team. A fun event for the whole family! 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

Wild Edible Plants
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Come out for a short hike and presentation on the edible, medicinal and toxic properties of common plants that can be found on the local landscape. Pat Chichon of Lambertville, a plant lore enthusiast and nurse practitioner will deliver this program. (All ages).

May 11
Grand Opening Festival - Early 19th Century Spring Festival
2 p.m. - Auction
Evening Illumination Event
Noon to 9 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

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

Batsto Village Second Saturdays
9 a.m. 3 p.m.
FREE to the public – Fees in effect for Mansion tours
Historic Batsto Village
Sponsor: Batsto Citizen’s Committee, Inc.
Note: Experience a fun and informative day reminiscent of a time long past in our historic village.  Watch demonstrations by our resident blacksmiths, visit a Revolutionary War camp and experience a walking tour of our village, living history demonstrations, active sawmill & post office. Activities vary each month.

Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Free, ADA Accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show, ADA accessible

Nature Walk
Cape May Point State Park
2 p.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

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

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

Young Astronomer’s Program
6:30 to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome; registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Hands-On activities; limited ADA accessibility

Annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Suggested parking donation $5/vehicle.
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0623 or (609) 727-2515
Sponsor: Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks & Forestry, Office of Historic Sites
Note: Experience the Sights & Sounds of New Jersey’s Past.  Historical games & crafts, tours, exhibits, military reenactments, food, music, dance, living history demonstrations, & more…  The Johnson Ferry House will feature hands on “daily chores” for children with a focus on gardening and agriculture. There will be music in the parlour with the country fiddler. New Jersey’s Spiritual Heritage will be honored with special guest appearances by Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, the recent new president of the College of New Jersey in 1758. Come and dialogue with them about life in colonial New Jersey; ADA accessible

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

May 12
Mother’s Day – Moms Climb Free!
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee:  Moms free, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

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

Belleplain Triathlon/Duathlon/Aqua Bike
8 a.m.
Fee: Contact event sponsor
Belleplain State Forest, pavilion at Lake Nummy
(856) 547-0744
Sponsor: DQ Events
www.dqtridu.com
Note: A rain or shine event

Suningive’s Gardens
10 a.m.
$5 donation/person; reservations requested
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Whitesbog Historic Village
(609) 893-4646
WhitesbogPreservationTrust@comcast.net
Note: Join Mark Szutarski to learn about Elizabeth White’s unique plant collection and efforts to preserve her gardens, pond and the surrounding pinelands landscape.

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Gather at the Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the Park

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

Craig House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
1 to 4 p.m.
(732) 462-9616
Note: Tours given by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield; 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

Lilac Garden Splendor
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation; reservations required
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534

Flora of RVRA: celebrate Mother's Day with a flora theme hike
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note: Learn to identify native and invasive species with a guided tour of our Interpretive Trail (white-blazed trail).

May 17
Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field at Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us/
Note: ADA accessible; back up date May 18th

Medicine Wheel Celebration
All day
FREE; donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Prak
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

May 18
Late Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 adult, under the age of 12 free
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Vendor spaces $25 & must be pre-registered; rain date May 19

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

Ladies Slippers & Laurel Pinelands Hike
10 a.m.
Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Guided hike 2-mile to 4-miles; bring water, bring snacks

Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show, ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

Saturday Osprey Walk and Talk
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Bathhouse Pavilion for a short walk to the Park’s Osprey nesting program.  During the walk we’ll discuss all aspects of Osprey behavior, anatomy and migrational patterns.  At the site we’ll view this magnificent bird of prey through the aid of binoculars.  Ages 8 and up

Cedar Creek Watershed Hike
10 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Double Trouble State Park plays an integral part in protecting the Cedar Creek Watershed.  Join us for a 3-4 mile hike 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 20 participants and must preregister by May 17.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10  to 10:30 a.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 video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Walk the towpath from Baker’s Basin to Mulberry Street (4.1 miles)
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; donations welcome
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 or baths@att.net for more information
Note: Meet at Canal Parking lot near 18 Carnegie Road in Trenton, NJ; partially ADA accessible

Children’s Workshop: Colonial Games and Crafts
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5/child; registration required
Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373 or (856) 935-4221
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site
Note: Children’s Colonial crafts and games will be taught and played. Please check back on the Hancock House website for a complete program in the Spring. Lunch provided; partially ADA accessible

Medicine Wheel Celebration
All day
FREE; donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Prak
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Mountain Top Square dance and Line Dancing
6 to 8 pm
FREE; donations appreciated
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-1471
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
Note: Crafts and supplies for families to make a photo scrapbook
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

Beer tasting at the Indian King Tavern
Three limited seating times:
Noon to 2:30 PM
3 to 5:30 p.m.
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee:  Please call; tickets are required
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: Three cheers for 300!  Come celebrate Haddonfield’s 300th, with a mug of beer, good food and song.  Meet the Indian King Tavern’s innkeeper, Hugh Creighton and hear the story behind this historic site. This is an outdoor event in the yard of the site.

Spring Astronomy Day
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Public presentations, observing and other activities; partially ADA accessible

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

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 7 & Up; Partially ADA Accessible
Discover how your family can enjoy this popular activity. An indoor tutorial provides the tools and information necessary to embark on fun family adventures in the park to find “hidden treasures!” Loaner GPS units available.

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

Trail Hike
10 am
FREE
Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(908) 684-4820
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Note: Come 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.

Run for Animals 5K
7 a.m. to noon
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Contact: Robert Murphy: (732) 761-1945
Note: ADA accessible

Spring Wildflower Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels

Round Valley Beautification Day: help get RVRA spruced up for the summer season
10 a.m. to  2:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note: Jim Tubman, Park Naturalist will need volunteers to spruce up the park surroundings, wear gloves and bring hand clippers. Plastic bags provided.  Pizza lunch provided at end.

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

May 19
Be a Pirate Day! and Pirate Cruise
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $6 adults, $12 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Enjoy activities with real pirates as performed by The Philadelphia Fight Ensemble.  Take a pirate cruise aboard Atlantic City Cruises “Cruisin’ One” out of Gardener’s Basin at 3 p.m.

1836 Militia Muster
Noon to 4 p.m.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Allaire Village Militia activities and recruitment

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

Medicine Wheel Celebration
All day
FREE; donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Prak
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

High Point State Park 90th Birday Celebration!
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center, and throughout the park
(973) 875-4800

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 north side of the battlefield
1.30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Note: Drive to the north side and visit Perrine Hill and the new Molly Pitcher overlook; meet at Picnic Pavilion

Craig House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: Tours given by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield; 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

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Rain cancels

Classic Car Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Village
(609) 561-3041
Sponsor: Cruisin’ Classics Auto Club

Canoe Outing
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; advance registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Meet at the state park parking lot directly across Rt 29 from St. Georges RC Church (call for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Note: Take a short canoe jaunt up the D&R Canal through the village of Titusville; for ages 9 and up

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join John DeMarrais, NJ Audubon Society member, on  3\4 mile flat trail loop. Traverse the water's edge as you search signs of birds preparing for the nesting season.
Binoculars and field guides recommended.

May 22
Wednesday Walk-in-the-Woods for Wildflowers
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome; pre-registration required
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-1114
Note: Guided slower-paced hike, 2-3 miles, to identify wildflowers

May 23
Invasive Plants
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Invasive plants are everywhere! Learn how to identify them and control their growth before they take over your yard.  Indoor slide-show followed by a short walk; for adults; partially ADA accessible

May 24
Early Bird Walk
8 to 9 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Calling all early birds!  Start your day with a quiet morning out in nature.  Set those alarm clocks and join us at the best time to look and listen for bird activity. Loaner binoculars available; for adults

May 25
Pond Study
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

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

Beginner’s Bird Walk
9 a.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Park Visitor Center
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA Accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Cape May Point State Park, Park Museum Classroom
(609) 884-2159
Note: A fun, hands-on live animal show, ADA accessible

Nature Walk
Cape May Point State Park
2 p.m.
Fee: Program fee may apply
Cape May Point State Park, Visitor Center
(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 1 mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Historic District and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 to 10:30 a.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 video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for fee information, schedule and reservation                               
Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559

Moonlight Walk
7 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation/person, reservations requested
Please call or email to make reservations
Brendan Byrne State Forest, Whitesbog Historic Village
WhitesbogPreservationTrust@comcast.net
Note: Listen to the night sounds of the Pines, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands.  All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.

Family Nature Hike
11 a.m. to 12:30 pm
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Learn all about a public treasure right in your own “backyard” by bringing the whole family to “KVSP” for a special naturalist-guided walk and scavenger hunt; family program for all ages

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

Program to be Announced
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility

Memorial Day Commemoration
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park
www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com/events/html
Sponsored by The Princeton Battlefield Society
Note: Revolutionary War period military demonstrations and drill; ADA accessible (open lawns)

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

May 26
Pond Study
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Memorial Day Parade
7 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Picnic area
Sponsor: Borough of Barnegat Light
(609) 494-9196
Note: Conclusion of parade with short ceremony and speeches. Flowers placed in inlet to remember our fallen military; 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 1 mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Historic District and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 to 10:30 a.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 video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

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

Memorial Day Observance
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Note:  ADA accessible

Craig House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
 (732) 462-9616
Note: Tours given by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield; 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

Season Opener Hike: an introduction to our four hiking trails
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area,South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Note: The 1.16 mile Water Trail is a jewel of Round Valley.  While we hike it we will try to hear the quiet sound of the mid forest.  We’ll watch for interesting birdlife. Kids of all ages and adults are welcome. No experience required, binoculars suggested.

Solar Observing
1  to 3 p.m.
Fee:  Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Princeton (AAAP)
Note:  Personnel from AAAP will be on hand with special optical equipment to safely observe structures on the sun such as sunspots, flares and prominences. Clear skies are required. Rain date: Sunday May 27, 1 p.m. (all ages); ADA accessible

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for fee information, schedule and reservation                               
Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559

May 27
Historic Village Tour
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Step back in time during this 1 mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Historic District and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.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 video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in the Park Information Building. Limited seating.

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

May 29
Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration
5 p.m.
FREE
Sponsor: Walt Whitman Association
(856) 964-5383
Note: Come join us as we celebrate the Poet's 194th birthday at the Annual Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration. The ceremony will include readings from the winners of the Walt Whitman Association's Annual High School Poetry Contest. Poetry contests theme and guest speaker to be announced.

May 30
L'il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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! For children ages 5 & under

May 31
National Trails Day Equine Ride
Fee: Fee for overnight stay with horse, please see website for details
Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

 


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