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Washington Crossing State Park Programs & Events


WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Winter Programs at the Nature Center

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. Some programs will require advanced registration as indicated below.  Attendance is always limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Programs will commence at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.  An adult must accompany all children.  In the event of inclement weather some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. These events are intended for families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools and other groups are scheduled separately by special arrangement.  Phone : (609) 737-0609

NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 2, 12:45 p.m. Living with New Jersey Black Bears Ths intriguing video provides an inside look at one of the state’s most interesting wildlife species and gives some clues on how to safely share the landscape with these anmals.

NATURE VIDEOS Saturday January 9, 12:45 p.m. The Highlands Rediscovered focuses on the rich natural history and the water resources in northern New Jersey.Turning the Tide. This half-hour documentary showcases the hidden beauty of the tidal areas in and around the Hackensack Meadowlands of northern New Jersey and the Hamilton-Trenton Marsh just south of the state capital of Trenton.

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday January 10, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take a county park trail from its trailhead near Church Rd. to the top of the hill. Meet at the parking lot by Niederer’s Pond (Church Rd). Advanced registration required. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 16, 12:45 p.m. From Poles to Tropics . The Earth as a whole is consdidered with a view towards the main factors that have manipulated the planet’s natural history.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP(pre-teen – adult) Sunday January 17, 1:30 p.m. In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information. Advanced registration required. The workshop will be co-taught by Kevin Kavanaugh, Ewing and Daniel Nurmi McAuliffe, Langhorne.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 23, 12:45 p.m. Forests. From the evergreen forests of the frozen North to the deciduous dry forests of the tropics, these woodlands illustrate the intense seasonality of the Earth. As the tallest, largest and oldest organisms on the planet, trees are home to a fascinating range of wildlife.

NATURE VIDEOS Saturday January 30, 12:45 p.m. The Poles. The advance and retreat of polar ice is the real challenge to life. In Antarctica all animals flee except the emperor penguin. Meanwhile, in the Arctic, the polar bear must swim long distances to obtain food. Learn how wildlife survives in some of the most challenging places on the planet.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 6, 12:45 p.m. Mountains. This tour of our mightiest mountain ranges will start with the birth of a mountain at one of the lowest places on earth and will end at the summit of Everest. Some of the most reclusive creatures on the planet will be discussed and their the secrets of survival will be revealed.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 13, 12:45 p.m. Fresh Water Environments. Follow rivers as they drop from their highland sources. This video documents the unique wildlife found within the Earth’s fresh water habitats.. The world’s waterfalls, canyons, lakes, wetlands and rivers provide mystery, excitement and awe-inspiring sights.

THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY Sunday February 7, 1:30 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will take participants on a journey back to the time of the last ice age, when the earliest Native American peoples entered what is now New Jersey. Discover how these Paleo-Indians lived and survived in an artic landscape filled with strange, prehistoric fur-covered animals, like the wooly mammoth, great elk, and musk oxen - Learn how these earliest people adapted to their harsh environment and hunted with specialized Clovis spear points - See how these prehistoric hunters opened the way for new bands of Archaic peoples who followed, with new innovative stone tools and lifestyles. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 20, 12:45 p.m. The Seas. Follow a pair of humpback whales from coral reefs to storm-laden polar seas. Marine ecosystems of great contrast and surprise will be revealed.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP (pre-teen – adult) Sunday February 21, 1:30 p.m. In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information. Advanced registration required. The workshop will be co-taught by Kevin Kavanaugh, Ewing and Daniel Nurmi McAuliffe, Langhorne.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 27, 12:45 p.m. Tropical Forests. These forests are among the world’s most productive ecosystems due to their long growing season and little seasonality. This video will explore the ecosystem’s layers from forest floor through the canopy.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 6, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March 12, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 13, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required.

WINTER BIRDS OF THE PARK (All Ages) Sunday March 20, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come join veteran birder Franta Broulik of Washington Crossing Audubon as we walk the trails in search of a variety of winter bird species and perhaps some early spring migrants. Advanced registration required.

 

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