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Calendar

Throughout the year, the New Jersey State Park Service proudly hosts hundreds of events at state parks, forests, recreation areas and marinas. This calendar of events is continually updated with our upcoming programs that we hope to see you at soon!

Summer

Calendar of Events

September

9/20/2021 - 9/26/2021

9/27/2021 - 9/30/2021

October

10/1/2021 - 10/3/2021

10/4/2021 - 10/10/2021

10/11/2021 - 10/17/2021

10/18/2021 - 10/24/2021

10/25/2021 - 10/31/2021


Week of 9/20/2021 - 9/26/2021

Architecture of the CRRNJ
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
22-Sept 1:30 to 3 PM
Description: Guided architecture walk through CRRNJ
Ages: Ages 10 and up.
Pre-registration is required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Masks will be required when inside the CRRNJ Terminal. Free parking available in Lot #9.


Nature Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Trailhead Parking area
23-Sept 12:30 to 1:45 PM
Description: Seasonal guided Nature Hike.
Age: 9 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Weather permitting.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
24-Sept 10 am
Description: Guided village tour.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Storytime: Seeds and Squirrels
High Point State Park, High Point Interpretive Center
24-Sept 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Description: Join the Park Naturalist outside for a fun story about squirrels and then we’ll take a short walk to search for different types of seeds (and other squirrel food!).
Age: all ages
For more information call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
We will meet outside the Interpretive Center. Restrooms will be available. Rain will cancel this program.


Fall Nature Walk
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
25-Sept 10am
Description: A 0.65 mile walk around Pakim Pond exploring the native plants and wildlife that surround this serene site.
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 726-1191.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
25-Sept 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Salt Marsh Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Lakefront Pavilion
25-Sept 10 – 11:15 am
Description: Hike to salt marsh
Age: 9 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Weather permitting.


Guided Village Tour
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
25-Sept 10 am
Description: Guided village tour.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Sawmill Lake Seed Walk
High Point State Park, Sawmill Lake Boat Launch
25-Sept 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Description: Join us for a fun and informal 1.5-mile walk around Sawmill Lake in search many different types of seeds, including seeds that roll, stick, and explode!
Age: Adults and kids ages five and up. (Younger children are welcome if they're good walkers or can be carried.)
For more information call (973) 875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
You may want insect repellent and water. Portions of the trail may be muddy. Heavy rain or thunderstorms will cancel this program.


Why Leaves Change
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Pakim Pond
26-Sept 10am
Description: A 0.65 mile walk observing the changing leaves on the trees at Pakim Pond and talking about why they change.
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 726-1191.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
26-Sept 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Sunday Saunter
Double Trouble State Park, Double Trouble Village
26-Sept 10 am
Description: 1.5-2 mile walk around Double Trouble Historic District.
Age: Ages 8 and up.
Registrations: Pre-registration required at doubletrouble.eventbrite.com
For more information call (732) 341-6662.
Heavy rain or thunder cancels.  Masks required only for inside buildings.


Hardenbergh Hikes through History: New Jersey's Artist and Ornithologist
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somerset Street Parking Lot
26-Sept 3 PM
Description: Explore the Jersey Dutch roots of New Jersey's turn-of-the-century artist and ornithologist Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://wallacedutch.eventbrite.com/.


Week of 9/27/2021 - 9/30/2021

Tales from the Morris Canal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
29-Sept 1:30 to 3 PM
Description: Guided history walk about the Canal.
Ages: Ages 10 and up.
Pre-registration is required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Masks will be required when inside the CRRNJ Terminal. Free parking available in Lot #9.


Nature Hike
Cheesequake State Park, Trailhead Parking
30-Sept 10 – 11:15 am
Description: Hike to salt marsh
Age: 9 and older
Please call (732) 566-3208. Weather permitting.


Week of 10/1/2021 - 10/3/2021

Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
2-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
3-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Lockatong Falls Hike
Washington Crossing State Park, Church Pond Road
3-Oct 1:30pm
Description: Guided out and back hike (approx. 3 miles) to the falls at Lockatong Wildlife Management Area. We will drive to trail head for the park
Age: preteen- adult
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Bring drinking water. Wear study foot gear the first and last half mile of the trail is likely to be quite wet.


Week of 10/4/2021 - 10/10/2021

Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
9-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Tutors & Taverns: 250 Years of Teaching at Rutgers
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site
9-Oct 10 AM to 5 PM
Description: Academic instruction at Rutgers began 250 years when Old Dutch Parsonage's Frederick Frelinghuysen offered the first tutorials for Queen's College at the Sign of the Red Lion Tavern in New Brunswick in November 1771. Special historic houses tours explore the Dutch roots of the State University of New Jersey at Old Dutch Parsonage and New Jersey's early leadership in American higher education at Wallace House. On Sunday visit our "Sign of the Red Lion" Interpretive Center for “The Lure and Lore of Liquor: Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution" with historian and mixologist David Emerson.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://wallacedutch.eventbrite.com/.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
10-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Tutors & Taverns: 250 Years of Teaching at Rutgers
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site
10-Oct 12 to 4 PM
Description: Academic instruction at Rutgers began 250 years when Old Dutch Parsonage's Frederick Frelinghuysen offered the first tutorials for Queen's College at the Sign of the Red Lion Tavern in New Brunswick in November 1771. Special historic houses tours explore the Dutch roots of the State University of New Jersey at Old Dutch Parsonage and New Jersey's early leadership in American higher education at Wallace House. On Sunday visit our "Sign of the Red Lion" Interpretive Center for “The Lure and Lore of Liquor: Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution" with historian and mixologist David Emerson.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://wallacedutch.eventbrite.com/.


Trees of the Park
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
10-Oct 1:30pm
Description: Guided walk themed how to identify common park trees < 1.5 mi
Age: preteen- adult
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Weather permitting.


Week of 10/11/2021 - 10/17/2021

Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
16-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
17-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Family Nature Walk
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
16-Oct 1 pm
Description: Short guided walk in the state park ~ 1 mi.
Age: all ages.
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Weather permitting.


Full Moon Hike
Belleplain State Forest, Main Office
20-Oct 7:30 pm (backup date is 21-Oct)
Description: Meet at Park office at least 15 min before for Hunter's Full Moon Hike around lake number (2.75 miles)
Age: Ages 10 and up.
Please call (609) 861-2404 for more information.
Only Red lights permitted. NO white Flashlights


Week of 10/18/2021 - 10/24/2021

Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
23-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
24-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Ichabod Crane
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site
24-Oct 2PM
Description: Neill Hartley is Ichabod Crane in an interactive adaptation of the classic horror tale by Washington Irving. See Ichabod interacting with students, leading the congregation in song, and dancing with his love. Then follow him on his fateful journey home as he meets the Headless Horseman!
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or  https://wallacedutch.eventbrite.com/
Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoors program.


Park Foliage Hike
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
24-Oct 1:30 pm
Description: Guided hike on select trails in the the state park during the foliage season ~ 3.5 mi.
Age: 9 years and older
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Bring drinking water and a snack. Wear study foot gear.


Week of 10/25/2021 - 10/31/2021

Halloween Dog Walk
Belleplain State Forest, Main Office
30-Oct 10:00 am
Description: Dress your pooch up for Halloween and take a short 3-4 mile hike.
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 861-2404 for more information.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
30-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Birding / Nature Walk
Cape May State Park, Park Office
31-Oct 9am / 11am / 2pm
Description: Meet at the Park Office for a free, guided tour. Binoculars are provided.  
Age: All ages
Please call (609) 884-2159 for more information.


Tomahawk Throwing
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
31-Oct 1;30 to 3:30 pm
Description: Throw a small hand axe at a wooden target
Age: adults
Please call (609) 737-0609 for more information.
Event will be ongoing throughout the afternoon weather permitting.