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Special Events

- All Special Events, including programs and parking, are FREE
- Scouts may attend some events to fulfill badge requirements
- There is no registration for events
- Events are held rain or shine outdoors - dress for the weather
- Follow directions to the interpretive center for special events

FREE Summer Programs
Starting at 10:00 am

Thursday, July 9th

Exploring the Project Learning Trail
We will explore a variety of woodland habitats along nearly one mile of trail. The walk will begin in a pine-oak forest where prescribed burning is a tool to protect our interpretive center. The trail will then follow the edge of a red maple - black gum wooded wetland. Learn the different trees species in these forests and some of the animals that depend upon them.

Thursday, July 16th

Sounds from the Forest
Observe hand-made drums, flutes and rattles made from items that grow in the forest. Participants can then play them individually and/or in a group setting, to make 'sounds from the forest'.

Thursday, July 23rd

Swamp Life
An investigative hike on the Swamp Life trail introducing the fascinating forested wetlands. We will look for plants and animals found in our wetland forest and listen to the sounds of the wild.

Thursday, July 30th

Animals of the Forest
Program will begin with woodland habitat walk and follow with a live New Jersey reptiles program provided by the staff of the Ocean County Parks.

Thursday, August 6th

Changing Forest
The Forest Resource Education Center contains 875 acres of predominantly forested land. Learn about the different types of forests and successional stages present on our property. Whether it was fire, forest management or storm damage, our changing forests can tell the stories of these past activities. This walk will be approx. 3 miles long.

Thursday, August 13th

The United States of Trees
Enjoy a virtual tour around the U.S. without leaving the FREC trails. This interactive program designed for all ages will introduce and reinforce the names and locations of the states on a U.S. map while you identify tree species and where they grow.

Thursday, August 20th

Join us for an exploration of the field and forested area surrounding our Interpretive Center as we search for some of our native pollinators. Our Native Pollinator Garden will be a focal point of this tour. Well learn about the various types of plants that attract pollinators, the importance of and lifestyles of the pollinators, and provide tips on how you can attract them to your own property.

Thursday, August 27th

A Day in the Life of a Tree
Explore along the trails to look closely at common tree species of New Jersey, perform hands-on activities to simplify your understanding of how trees breathe, make their own food, fight off insect pests and what happens when they die.

Second Saturdays

The Forest Resource Education Center will now be OPEN to the public on the second saturday of each month (except for September). People can visit the center to learn about forestry in New Jersey and the efforts of the State Forestry Services. Visit our beautiful display area and learn about the Forest Fire Service, Community Forestry, the history of Forestry in New Jersey, Forest Pests and many other aspects of New Jersey's trees and forests. A guided hike will be provided from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on each date.


Backyard Forestry
in 90 Minutes
Second Thursday of
every Month

7:00pm - 8:30 pm

Free programs. Open to the Public. Register at

Thursday, July 9th
Meet NJs Native Trees

Thursday, August 13th
Wildlife in your Backyard Forest

Thursday, September 10th
Thinning for Forest Health

Thursday, October 8th
Attracting and Managing Purple Martins

Thursday, November 12th
Invasive Species

Thursday, December 10th
Decorating with Greens



Summer Full Moon Hike
Friday, August 28, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Approximately 2 miles

This summer hike is the original and quite a popular event at FREC.

Naturalists lead the group through the pinelands forest and discuss plants, wildlife, and our forest ecosystem.

In the past, the Jersey Devil has made an appearance, so keep a look out for him!

After the hike the group will enjoy beverages and light snacks back at the FREC provided by the Jackson Pathfinders, a volunteer trail preservation group sponsored by Jackson Township.


Fall Forestry Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2015
10 am - 3 pm
rain or shine

The 21st annual Fall Forestry Festival features free crafts, autumn hayrides, interpretive programs, demonstrations, and environmental exhibits. Hikes depart from the interpretive center hourly. Scouts may attend to fulfill badge requirements. To be added to the scout mailing list, email the FREC with "scout mailing list" in the subject line.



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