WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
AT THE NATURE CENTER
The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ. Some programs are offered without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration as indicated below. A fee will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/24 - 9/1 (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. Phone: (609) 737-0609.
CURIOSITY, MAVEN AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE ON MARS (3-D) & THE 5/1 ANTARES LAUNCH FROM VIRGINIA (all ages) Sunday April 6, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Dr. Ken Kremer, Universe Today Mag and the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of Princeton will explain the latest discoveries of the Curiosity rover’s expedition across the surface of the red planet, and show his clean room and launch pad photographs, spectacular 3-D images of the Martian surface, and his Curiosity photo-mosaics. Ken will also describe NASA’s new MAVEN Mars orbiter and how the public can see the upcoming Antares rocket launch from a Virginia launch pad to the International Space Station.
SHELTER BUILDING WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (6 yrs. - adult) Saturday April 12, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. This program will deal with the fundamentals pertaining to survival when lost in the wild. Participants will construct a weatherproof shelter completely from native materials.
KENYA’S TURKANA BASIN INSTITUTE (all ages) Sunday April 13, 1:30 p.m. Robyn Henderek from Lafayette College, will present her experiences having just returned from ten weeks of study at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya. She will discuss the geology and ecology of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the Turkana People, African wildlife, anthropology and human evolution and her association with paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey at the Institute’s Field School. Robyn will show many photos.
BIKE HIKE (pre-teens - adult) Sunday April 27, 1:30 p.m. Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 miles round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike and helmet. Advanced registration required.
WILD EDIBLE PLANTS (3 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 4, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn to identify and prepare some of the many native and introduced plants which earlier inhabitants of the area used to supplement their diets. This program will be led by plant lore enthusiast Pat Chichon of Lambertville. Bring a pair of plant clippers and a garden trowel. Advanced registration required.
BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday May 11, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take the Summit Trail from its trailhead on Fiddlers Creek Rd. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail. Advanced registration required after 4/8. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.
PADDLE THE CANAL (9 yrs. – adult) Saturday May 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m Take a short canoe jaunt up the Delaware and Raritan Feeder Canal from Washington Crossing State Park, skirting the village of Titusville. Meet at the state park parking lot directly across Rt 29 from St. Georges RC Church (call for directions) Advanced registration required after 4/15.
SPRING LIFESTYLES OF THE LOCAL NATIVE AMERICANS (all ages) Sunday May 18, 1:30 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, focusing on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.
SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages) Saturday May 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. View magnetic sun storms safely through special filters via a telescope. Observe sun spots, solar flares, prominences and other solar phenomena. Learn how these storms can affect the earth as well as other interesting facts about Earth’s closest star. Gene Ramsey and other members of the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of Princeton will lead this activity. Clear skies required. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car. Rain date: Sunday May 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.
EXAMINATIONS INTO NORTH AMERICA’S OLDEST STONE TOOL INDUSTRIES AND THEIR ICE AGE SIGNIFICANCE Monday, May 26, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jim Silk Flintknapper, Reconstructive Lithic Technologist and researcher presents a discussion and demonstration relating to Paleo stone tool making technologies that are forensic indications reflecting the cultural origins of who the first North Americans may be. Archeological theories relating to Siberian, European(Solutrian), and South American entry routes and peoples’ possible methods of entry into North America will be examined. A slide show or short video will be shown. Replicated Paleo tool types and actual Paleo artifacts will be on display. Advanced registration required.
HIKE THE ROCK HOPPER TRAIL (preteen - adult) Sunday June 8, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp., is a new acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond in WCSP. (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail head. Advanced registration required.
HOPEWELL VALLEY COME OUTSIDE AND PLAY - POND STUDY (all ages) Thursday June 12, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Kids will use pond nets to collect and examine the various organisms that inhabit our pond. Meet at the pond by the park service entrance off of Church Road in Titusville. Call for directions: (609) 737-0609.
SPRING/SUMMER BIRDS OF THE PARK(all ages) Saturday June 14, 8:30 a.m. Come and join Franta Broulik of Washington Crossing Audubon as we peruse the park for spring and summer resident bird species. Meet at the Nature Center. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car
STREAM STOMP (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday June 15, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come out for a wet hike as we follow a park stream in search of crayfish, salamanders, caddisflys, frogs, minnows and other stream inhabitants. Park vehicle entrance fee: $5.00 per car.
BUILD A ROPE BRIDGE (8 yrs. - adult) Saturday June 21, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Participants 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. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday June 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.
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