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, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are scheduled via phone call by special arrangement. Some will require advanced registration as indicated below. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. 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
THE SOLAR SYSTEM (pre-teen – adult) Friday October 4, 7:30 p.m. This class will describe the objects found in the solar system. These include the sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. Eclipses, both lunar and solar will be explained and described. Instructor: David W. Letcher, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center.
NATURECRAFTS (5yrs – 10 yrs) Saturday October 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Come out to the park Nature Center. After a short walk for the purpose of gathering vaious seeds, leaves, common wildflowrs and other natural artifacts, participants will create simple craft projects such as rubbings, prints, and nature ornaments. Advanced registration required.
STARS, STAR CLUSTERS, AND GALAXIES (pre-teen - adult) Friday October 11, 7:30 p.m. This fourth session of the astronomy seminar will describe the magnitude, distances, and parallax of stars plus the types of star clusters we can see, both open and globular. The session will conclude with a description of the types and locations of galaxies and nebulae we can view from our backyard. Instructor: David W. Letcher, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center.
PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES WEEKEND (all ages) Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Archaeologists and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Stone tool making, edible and useful plants, primitive weapon construction, atlatl throwing, and a drum circle will all be included.
GOAT HILL OVERLOOK HIKE (pre-teen - adult) Sunday October 20, 1:30. Goat Hill Overlook is a relatively new state park acquisition. The 213 acre tract sits on a bluff overlooking the Delaware River in W. Amwell Twp. and boasts commanding views of the Delaware Valley including portions of Lambertville, New Hope and areas north and west into Bucks County, PA. The tract contains extensive hardwood and mixed oak forests, open fields, numerous rock outcrops, a former diabase quarry and hiking trails. We will meet in Washington Crossing at the park pond on Church Rd and carpool to the overlook for an exploration hike. The terrain will be rugged. Wear hiking shoes and bring drinking water. Advanced registration required.
PARK FOLIAGE HIKE (9 yrs. - adult) Sunday October 27, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 5 1/2 mile hike taking on the park’s natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season. Wear sturdy footwear. Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars.
SHELTER BUILDING WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday November 3, 1:30 - 3:00 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.
NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE AREA OF THE PARK (all ages) Saturday November 3, 1:00 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 autumn season, focusing on the activities of fall hunting, gathering and religious ceremonies. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.
SHELTER BUILDING WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday November 11, 1:30 - 3:00 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. (A fee might apply, to be determined)
PLATFORM BIRD FEEDERS (6 - 11 yrs.) Sunday November 17, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Build a rustic hanging bird feeder from plywood and cedar boughs that will serve a variety of winter bird species. Bring your own hammer. Advanced registration required after 10/15.
NATURE CENTER CLOSED Thurs. Nov. 28 - Tues. Dec. 3
Have a Happy Thanksgiving
FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT (all ages) Sunday December 7, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Families and individuals will attempt to locate various natural objects in the park and obtain information about the area as they compete against themselves or others in this fun traditional game. Advanced registration required after 11/5.
HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING (all ages) Saturday December 14, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will construct their own wreaths from evergreen clippings collected in the park. Advanced registration required after 11/12.
NATURE CENTER CLOSED Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 - Wed. Jan 1, 2014
Have a Happy Holiday Season
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