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Diesel Train Operates Daily
Noon to 4 p.m. on Weekdays; Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee and $4 per person for train ticket
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Time to be determined
Fee: $20 per person
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Participants must be 14 years of age or up. Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. The program includes all equipment and lesson. Must be in good physical condition

Historic Batsto Mansion Tours
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. (please calal for day's schedule)
Fee: $3 adults; $1 children ages 6 to 11, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center
(609) 561-0024

Walt Whitman "Specimen Days"
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th century – an extraordinary period in American history.


August 1
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Included with regular admissin
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 2
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 3
Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
www.facebook.com/pg/HighPointStatePark/events
Join us every Friday morning this summer for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 15th.

Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $5 (beverages additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
For ages 21 & over. Celebrate “International Beer Day” with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages (optional) at our midway pit-stop.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Summer Concert: Rave On
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requested
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Listen to classics from the legends of early rock ‘n roll – great tunes, great memories!   Bring a lawn chair; concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

August 4
The Archaeology of Cedar Bridge Tavern by Dr. Richard Veit, Monmouth University
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on, ADA accessible, severe weather cancels.

Hacklebarney State Park Walk
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registraiton required as spaces as limited
Hacklebarney State Park
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
We will explore the forest and ravine in Hacklebarney State Park. Dress to be outdoors, sturdy shoes required as it is a rocky hike.

Walk-About Newton
10 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet in the Dennis Library parking lot
(973) 786-6445Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
For adults. Embark on a guided 2-mile walk about Newton to appreciate the town’s rich cultural heritage and historic architecture, followed by lunch at a local café.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person and park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 727-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
Sponsor: The West Jersey Astronomical Society
(609) 567-4559

Work Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Whitesbog Village
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
(609) 893-4646
www.whitesbog.org/
Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events! Both get you lunch in the General Store classroom and time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings!

Village Walking Tour
Fee: $5 donation per person
1 p.m.
Whitesbog Village
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
(609) 893-4646
www.whitesbog.org/
Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottage and other museums & buildings that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage.

August 5
James P. Allaire’s Birthday and Guild Day
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee
Allaire Statae Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Speeches and Fanfare to celebrate the day

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, meet at Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Wear appropriate foot wear

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

The Great War at Ringwood
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Join Ringwood Manor in commemorating the United States involvement in World War I. There will be military encampment on the grounds of the historic 19th Century manor, lectures on the Women's Emergency Services, chemical weapons used in WW1, an on-going medical nursing display, uniform exhibitions, period music performed by music historian Linda Russell, arms demonstrations, and more. A variety of military impressions covering the time period 1914-1919 will be presented! Ringwood Manor will be open for regular guided tours from 10am to 3pm. Tour fees are $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children aged 5 and under are free. A finalized program for the day will be posted on the Ringwood Manor website: www.ringwoodmanor.org.

Grounds & Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

Family Nature Walk
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
For all ages. This is an informal naturalist guided trail walk.

August 6
Bayshore Adventure Program
9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125/per week/per child
Leonardo State Marina
(732) 291-1333
Sponsor: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grades, ages 8- 11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and Conserve Wildlife Foundations educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery! Activities include: Arts & Crafts, Bird watching, Seining, Friday Fun Day which includes sandcastle building contests and making solar s’mores! For additional information or to register your child please contact Stephanie D’Alesio at 609-984-0621 or Maggie Mitchell at 732-291-1333. Applications can be found at www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org or picked up at Leonardo State Marina.

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

August 7
National Lighthouse Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Barnegat Ligthhouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

August 8
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Included with regular admissin
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 am to 9:30 am
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 9
Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation recommended
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org
Register - (973) 702-0488
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat and water. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is canceled.

Hike-to-Brunch & Books
9 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $5 Adults, children free (brunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at the Sussex Branch Trail crossing on Augusta Hill Rd.
(973) 786-6445
Kittatinny Valley State Park
For adults and children ages 10 & up
Celebrate “Booklovers Day” by joining us for a 3.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour brunch at the Branchville Grill & book stop at Broad Street Books will offer optional refreshment at the turn-around point.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 10
Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
www.facebook.com/pg/HighPointStatePark/events
Join us every Friday morning this summer for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 15th.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.


August 11
Mid-Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Vendor spaces:  $30 pre-registration, $35 registration week of event.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks & so much more. 

Perseid Meteor Shower Waatch with volunteer Wayne Vogel
11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach
(609) 296-1114
Bring blanket or reclining chair, telescopes and binoculars not necessary, cloudy sky cancels.

Double Trouble Village Walking Tour
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, children ages 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3 p.m. Friday, August 10th through the Brendan Byrne State Forest office, (609) 726-1191
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry.  During this one-hour walking tour around the abandoned village and inactive cranberry bogs, you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today.  Maximum 16 participants.

Video - Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect a sensitive watershed.  What can you do to help?  Watch this half hour video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room.  Limited seating.

PJ's Promotions Annual Outdoor Craft Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $4
The Hermitage Museum
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
(2010 445-8311 ext. 102
ADA accessible.

Concert on the Beach: E3 (Celtic Rock)
7 to 8 p.m.
FREE; dontions appreciated
High Pont State Park
(973) 875-1471
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org
The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them for an evening of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, and then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach. Spread a blanket out on the grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun! All concerts take place by the beach at Lake Marcia. In the event of rain, they will take place in the Interpretive Center. Free, but donations of $5 or more per adult appreciated. Proceeds support Concerts on the Beach and other Friends of High Point State Park programs.

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Walk
9 am to 11 am
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Experience the health benefits of “forest bathing” right here in the tranquil woods of KVSP. This slow-paced, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

Bike Ride
11:30 am
FREE
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible. Come and enjoy the more than 75 exhibitors that will set up on the tree-shaded lawn surrounding the historic Hermitage Museum.
Items included stained glass, hand-thrown pottery, apparel, garden and pet items, jewelry, vintage linens, and hand-made soaps and candles and much more.

Public Walking Tours
Noon to 2 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible upon request.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Historian's Hand-Pick Tour: Scandals, Drama & The Untold Stories
1:30 pm.
Fee: $10 per person; advance reservation required by emailing RingwoodManor Tours@gmail.com
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Join Ringwood Manor historian, Sue Shutte, throughout the year as she hand-picks exclusive tours with a special focus. This tour is all about the uncomfortable and not-so-pleasant history of Ringwood Manor and its various historic figures from the past 250 years. Starting in 1765 and running through the early 20th century, everything from gossip people whispered about behind closed doors to sensational courtroom dramas that were splashed across newspapers nationwide will be discussed. Tour limited to 20 people.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
FEE:  $1 per person & park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays from May 26 to September 3
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

Night Hike
8:30 p.m.
FEE: $2.00 per person. Exact change please. Advanced registration required.
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
(9 yrs. – adult) Explore the park in the dark on this guided nocturnal walk and campfire. bring a flashlight. Advanced registration required. Not accessible Note: Main park entrance will be closed.  Call for alternate access directions and registration

The Pinelands Summer Zenith Nature Hike
10:30 a.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Guided hike, brng water and snacks.

August 12
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting
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Perseid Meteor Shower Waatch with volunteer Wayne Vogel
11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach
(609) 296-1114
Bring blanket or reclining chair, telescopes and binoculars not necessary, cloudy sky cancels.

Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us
ADA accessible. Meet in the Athletic Field at Lake Nummy

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Audubon Butterfly Walk
Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Join us as we walk the garden and fields to look for and identify the butterflies and plants of the NJBG.  We’ll identify the butterflies and discuss the host plants and nectar sources critical for their survival. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

Snakes of New Jersey
10 to 11:30am
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area.)
(908) 236-6355
Get to know and lose fear of our native snakes. Watch a live demonstration of non-venomous snakes (ADA accessible.)

Early American Food Ways
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nelson House
(609) 737-2515
A Hearth Cooking Demonstration. Specific Theme to be announced. Of special interest to anyone who enjoys the history of cuisine and adventurous cooking and eating


August 13
Bayshore Adventure Program
9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125/per week/per child
Leonardo State Marina
(732) 291-1333
Sponsor: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grades, ages 8- 11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and Conserve Wildlife Foundations educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery! Activities include: Arts & Crafts, Bird watching, Seining, Friday Fun Day which includes sandcastle building contests and making solar s’mores! For additional information or to register your child please contact Stephanie D’Alesio at 609-984-0621 or Maggie Mitchell at 732-291-1333. Applications can be found at www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org or picked up at Leonardo State Marina.

August 14
Snakes of New Jersey: Live Demo
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
FEE: parking fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area.)
(908) 236 -6355
ADA accessible. Get to know and hold native snakes

August 15
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Included with regular admissin
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 am to 9:30 am
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 16
Early Bird Breakfast Walk
8:30 am to 11 am
FREE; breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail and a one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 17
Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
www.facebook.com/pg/HighPointStatePark/events
Join us every Friday morning this summer for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 15th.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Concert: From Opera to Broadway

6:30 p.m.
FREE; $5 donation requested
Ringwood State Park; NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Soprano Justyna Giermola and baritone James Michael offer an evening f Opera arias and Broadway show tunes, everything from Mozart to Gershwin   Bring a lawn chair; concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

Fall Paint Party!
Fee: $35 per person and includes a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres
Call for time and advance reservations
Whitesbog Village
whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com
www.whitesbog.org/

August 18
The Restoration of Cedar Bridge Tavern by Timothy G. Harts, Esq., Ocean County Historian
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on, ADA accessible, severe weather cancels

Night Insects: Things that Chirp, Flutter and Flash
8 to 9:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Late summer nights are filled with the sounds of insects. Come learn about katydids, crickets, moths, and more! Bring a flashlight, and we’ll go on an after-dark bug hunt. Suitable for families with children ages five and up. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Saturday Sundae Hike
2:30 pm to 4 pm
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Meet at the Warbasse Jct. Rd. trailhead parking area
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. An (optional) ice cream sundae at the Millside Café will offer well-deserved refreshment at our journey’s mid-point.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

August 19
23rd Annual Rolling Iron Antique Auto Show
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee
Space: $18 pre-registration, $20 registration day of show
Allaire State Park, Allaire Historic Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us for one of the best antique car shows on the Shore with over 200 historic cars. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, People’s Choice, each class of car, motorcycle & many more.  Rain date August 26

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden’s woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants, animals and geology around you on a hike designed to fit the group. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels.

August 20
Bayshore Adventure Program
9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125/per week/per child
Leonardo State Marina
(732) 291-1333
Sponsor: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grades, ages 8- 11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and Conserve Wildlife Foundations educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery! Activities include: Arts & Crafts, Bird watching, Seining, Friday Fun Day which includes sandcastle building contests and making solar s’mores! For additional information or to register your child please contact Stephanie D’Alesio at 609-984-0621 or Maggie Mitchell at 732-291-1333. Applications can be found at www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org or picked up at Leonardo State Marina.


August 22
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Included with regular admissin
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

August 23
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 24
Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
www.facebook.com/pg/HighPointStatePark/events
Join us every Friday morning this summer for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 15th.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 25
Lighthouse Night Climb
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org
Lighthouse will be open for an evening climb and concert.

Full Moon Hike and Campfire
7:45 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person; pre-registration required, limit 25 people
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
For adults and children ages 8 and up, bring flashlight, insect repellent and fixins for s'mores. Severe weather cancels.

Trail Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Take part in a Saturday guided hike starting at the Nature Center. We’ll explore the trails as we learn some interesting facts about the Park.

Discovery Hike
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome. 2-mile guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of KVSP.

Sumer Send Off Flea Market
8 a.m to 4 p.m.
FREE
Leonardo State Marina
(732) 291-1333
Over 50 vendors featured at this outdoor flea market with free admission, come find your treasure!

Shorebird Stroll, led by Christina “Kashi” Davis, Wildlife Biologist, NJDEP Endangered & Nongame Species Program
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE;, donations welcome
North Brigantine Natural Area, meet at wooden “welcome” sign on beach
(609) 296-1114 Bass River State Forest Office
Be prepared for walking on soft sand approx. 4 miles; bring sunscreen, water and insect repellent.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
FEE:  $1 per person & park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays from May 26 to
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

Wildflower Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee and $5 donation requested
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Rain cancels. Wear sturdy shoes. Join  Darlene Nowak and Sandy Zenkel in checking out the many delightful flowers and ferns in the shady wooded wildflower Garden! We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Astronomy Presentation and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Association
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Stephen Blazier (NJAA Member) will do a presentation on NJAA Contributions to Planetary Science Research

Red Moon Walk
8 p.m.
Fee: $5 person/donation
Whitesbog Village
http://www.whitesbog.org/
(609) 893-4646
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.

August 26
By the Light of the Moon Climb
11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
www.abseconlighthouse.org
(609) 449-1360
The best views of Atlantic City are during a full moon climb. Atlantic City has a stunning skyline at night, and to top it off, you can watch the full moon float up from the ocean and join the magnificent lights of the city.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; dontions welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

Historic Carriage Barn Exhibit Open
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
ADA accessible. Enjoy our newly opened carriage barn exhibit at Ringwood Manor! Visitors can walk through a restored portion of the historic building and view three original carriages along with equestrian equipment of the Hewitt family. Interpretive panels allow for a self-guided tour. Staff is on hand to answer questions. 

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Historian's Hand-Pick Tour: The Architecture of Ringwood Manor
1:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person; advance registraiton required by emailing RingwoodManorTours@gmail.com
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Join Ringwood Manor historian, Sue Shutte, throughout the year as she hand-picks exclusive tours with a special focus. Robert Erskine called it “the most awkward piece of architecture,” while a visitor in 1880 said it was “one of the finest country residences in the United States.” Ringwood Manor is well-known for its distinct exterior look and rambling interior spaces. Find out how the structure grew and changed over more than 100 years, the architects and craftsmen involved, and the quirks of the building. Advanced registration required. Tour limited to 20 people.

Grounds and Garden Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Full Moon Hike
7:30 to 9 p.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area.)
(908) 236-6355
We’ll begin as twilight approaches and do a short hike in moonlight. Bring a light if you like BUT don’t use it. Pre-registration required


August 28
Tree Identification: Learn the trees of our area

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: parking fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area.)
(908) 236 -6355
Tree field guide optional

August 29
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Included with regular admissin
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

August 30
Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.


August 31
Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
www.facebook.com/pg/HighPointStatePark/events
Join us every Friday morning this summer for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 15th.

Trail Mix @ Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For teens & adults. End the work week on a high note with an invigorating 3-mile hike to soak in the beauty of the park and socialize with friends.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under free; plus park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

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