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Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged. 

March 2

Maple Sugaring

1 pm to 2:30 pm.
Free (advanced registration required)
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, a short hike, a demonstration and taste sample.

March 3

Nature Printing
1 pm
Fee: $ 2 dollars
Cheesequake State Park
Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA Accessible.  Meet at the Nature Center to participate in nature craft painting.  Ages 8 and up

Walking tour of the battlefield
1:30 pm
Fee: None
Monmouth Battlefield State Park.  Meet at the Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note:  ADA accessible in the Visitor Center

Nature Craft Saturday Fish Printing
10am to 11:30am
Fee: $3.00 per person, materials fee
Pre-registration Required, Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area Administration Office
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Learn some of the common fish found in the reservoir. We will make prints with paint on paper or you can bring a plain t-shirt or pillow case to make prints on.  Spaces are limited. Payment is required by 2pm Thursday, February 28 at the Spruce Run Recreation Area office (908) 638-8572. 

March 9

Maple Sugaring

1 pm to 2:30 pm.
Free (advanced registration required)
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, a short hike, a demonstration and taste sample.

March 10

Maple Sugaring

1:30 pm to 3 pm
Free (advanced registration required)
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, a short hike, a demonstration and taste sample.

March 16

3 ½ MILE NATURE HIKE
10 AM
No fee
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the Forest Office
NOTE: ADA Accessible

Wetland Hike
1 pm
Fee: None
Cheesequake State Park
Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Join us at the Nature Center to explore the wetlands of Cheesequake. Ages 9 and up

March 17

Saint Patrick’s Day -Here Comes the Sun

10 am to 1 pm.
Fee: $3.00 for ages 12 and up, $1.00 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area
South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
908-236-6355
Note: Must register for the bluebird house part of this event. St. Patrick is celebrated more in hiking than in green beer. We’ll do a short hike and look for signs of the Spring that is just days away. Nothing says Spring better than returning bluebirds. We’ll assemble bluebird houses after the hike so that you can invite these messengers of Spring to nest close by.

Winter Birds of the Park
1 pm
Free (advanced registration required) -preteen - adult
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
Washington Crossing Audubon
(609) 737-0609
Note: Audubon members will lead participants on an informal walk in search of birds that winter in WCSP

March 20

Trail of the Blue Comet
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
FREE
Liberty State Park
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
201-915-3400 x202
Note: Journey back in time to learn about the trail of the famous Blue Comet train all the way to its final destination of Atlantic City. Please meet at the Information Desk located inside the CRRNJ Terminal building at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking is available in the lot across the street (2 hour limit).

March 22

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Workshop
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Fee: $25 per person; Pre-registration required
Liberty State Park
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
201-915-3400 x202
Note: Project Learning Tree is a nationally recognized activity guide that provides educators with tools for increasing student environmental awareness. For more information or to register for this workshop, contact NJ Project Learning Tree at newjerseyplt@gmail.com or call 908-638-4958.

March 23

3 ½ MILE NATURE HIKE
10 AM
No fee
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the Forest Office
NOTE: ADA Accessible

DISCOVER DOUBLE TROUBLE VILLAGE WALK
10 AM
For over two centuries Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on Atlantic White Cedar milling and a growing cranberry industry. During this one-hour walking tour around abandoned village and inactive cranberry bogs, you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village from a lumber town to a cranberry town and the transition from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today. Maximum 16 participants.
FEES: Adults and Children 12 & up $5
Children 6-11 $2
Under 6 Free
732-341-4098
Double Trouble Village
NOTE: Not ADA Accessible

Spring Woods: Naturalists Choice
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For Adults and families with children ages eight and up. Sunset in early spring is a great time to see and hear creatures that are hard to find at any other time of year. The emergence of wood frogs from their winter hibernation, and the mating displays of woodcocks (long-billed birds related to snipes) are two of the most notable. The timing of both events depends on weather and temperature conditions, and are difficult to predict in advance. So, come join us for a short evening walk that will focus on one (or maybe both!) of these creatures. More information about exactly where we will be going and what we can expect to see, will be available the week of the program. Either way, we'll walk about a mile, sometimes off-trail and conditions will probably be muddy. Meet at the Park Office. For more information email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call

END OF WINTER TREE WALK
10 AM
Fee: Free
Ringwood State Park New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
973-962-9534
Join Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn as he leads this perennial favorite. Learn the differences between trees and how to tell them apart in this special tree walk. Meet at the Carriage House; wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

March 23 and 24

241th ANNIVERSARY OF THE HANCOCK HOUSE MASSACRE
10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: N/A
Hancock House Historic Site (856) 935-4373
ADA accessible
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House

Lusscroft Farm maple sugarin’ open house

10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fee:  None (donations appreciated)
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
Maple sugarin’ demonstrations and fresh syrup for sale
NOTE: For more information go to www.lusscroftfarm.org
973-875-1471

March 24

AUDUBON: GARDENING FOR BUTTERFLIES
1PM
Fee: Free
Ringwood State Park New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
973-962-9534
Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society offers an indoor photo presentation on creating gardens that welcome butterflies, birds and other pollinators with perennials, annuals and native plants. At the Carriage House Visitor Center.

March 27

MODERATE PACED 5-8 MILE HIKE
9 AM
Fee:  None
Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge main parking lot
Bring binoculars, lunch and drink
Register with Kathy at (609) 405-0360
Sponsors:  Bass River State Forest
NOTE:  Not ADA Accessible

Explosion at Black Tom!
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
FREE; Pre-registration required
Liberty State Park
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
201-915-3400 x202
Note: Join us for a tour and discussion of the dynamics of the land known as Black Tom then and now, and how the events leading up to the explosion served as a catalyst for America’s entry into World War I. Please meet at the Information Desk inside the CRRNJ Terminal for an introduction and then drive over to the Black Tom site for the second half of the program. Limited transportation will be available to the site, so please be sure to contact us to reserve your space. You may also follow in your own vehicle.

March 28

Early Spring Twilight Hike

7:15 pm.
Free (advanced registration required).  Preteen - adult
Washington Crossing State Park
Church Rd. Pond
(609) 737-0609
Note: Courting woodcocks, songbirds, hawks, owls, spring peepers, wood frogs and other breeding amphibians are all possibilities on this short-guided walk just after sundown. The ground will be muddy so wear boots and bring a flashlight. (call the Nature Center for directions)

March 30

Vernal Pond Walk

10:30 to 12:00 AM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Adults and families with children ages eight and up. Vernal ponds, unique temporary wetlands, are the breeding grounds for a number of amphibians, like frogs and salamanders, and other aquatic species. Join us for a short introduction at the Park Office, and then we’ll travel to a handful of High Point’s ponds for a first-hand look at these fascinating habitats. This program will include both walking (a mile or less) and driving (approximately five miles). We will also be walking off-trail so sturdy mud-resistant shoes are recommended. Meet at the Park Office. For more information email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471

March 31

Seasonal Hike
1 pm
Fee: None
Cheesequake State Park
Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Join us at the Nature Center to explore the wetlands of Cheesequake. Ages 9 and up.

RAIN GARDENS: A BLOOMING TECHNOLOGY
1PM
Fee: $5 for Members, $10 for Non-members.
Ringwood State Park New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
973-962-9534
Green Infrastructure, native plants and rain gardens are a vital and affordable way to improve the health and resilience of our watersheds and ecological communities – and your back yard. Presented by Sustainability Consultant Karin LaGreca at the Carriage House Visitor Center, followed by a walk in the Botanical Garden (weather permitting).

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