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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2017

Contact: Caryn Shinske (609) 984-1795
Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
Bob Considine (609) 292-2994

HIGH POINT STATE PARK IN SUSSEX COUNTY OFFERS SLATE OF OUTDOOR FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT JANUARY
REGISTRATION UNDER WAY FOR ACTIVITIES TO EXPLORE NATURE, TRACK WINTERING WILDLIFE OR ENJOY SCENIC WALKS AT PARK

(17/P2) TRENTON – The highest point in New Jersey will be the backdrop for a variety of invigorating and family-friendly outdoor activities this month at High Point State Park in Sussex County, the northern most of New Jersey’s 40 state parks.

Adults and children can sign up to participate in a range of activities such as storytelling, games and crafts focused on nature during wintertime; outdoor exploration; and trail walks at the park in Wantage Township.

photo“The events scheduled in January at High Point State Park showcase why winter is a great time to get out, explore nature, and enjoy the scenery at our state parks and forests,” said Mark Texel, Director of the Division of Parks and Forestry. “Whether it’s snowshoeing, watching for wildlife tracks or just taking in the views, there is something to offer for everyone year round.”

To learn more about each program or to register, email register.highpointprograms@gmail.com or call (973) 875-1471.

Activities scheduled at High Point State Park this month include:

January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Nature in Winter Walk: A guide and participants will look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, as well as dormant trees, plants, insects and more. A limited number of snowshoes in child and adult sizes are available, and must be reserved by 4 p.m. the Friday before each walk. Use of snowshoes will be weather-dependent. Reservations are required and locations vary. Ages 7 and up.
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes

January 12 and 26, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
January 13 and 27, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fledgling Naturalists: Children’s curiosity will be encouraged through hands-on outdoor activities involving stories, games and crafts. For children ages 3 to 5, with an adult partner. Each adult may bring a maximum of two children, not including infants. Children or siblings over age 5 may not attend. Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair, $2 for additional children ages 3 to 5.

January 13, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Homeschool Naturalists: Hands-on activities will give homeschooled children an opportunity to explore the natural world and interact with peers. Suggestions for additional study and resources will be provided. Registration is required by noon the day before the program. For children ages 6 to 10 in grades 1-5 with some ability to read and write.
Fee: $5 per child (must be accompanied by an adult)

January 14, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Snow and Ice: Games, crafts and experiments will be utilized to teach families about snow, ice and winter weather. A guide will explain how park wildlife survives frozen temperatures, and participants will be able to cut their own snowflakes. The free program is both indoors and outdoors. Ages 6 and up.

The 15,413-acre High Point State Park is well-regarded for its hiking and skiing trails, as well as locations for camping, fishing and numerous other activities. Established in 1923 in the state’s Skylands Region, the park also is home to the High Point Monument, the highest point in New Jersey. The monument rises 1,803 feet above sea level, and offers a spectacular panorama of hills, valleys, lush farmland and more in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

To learn more about High Point State Park, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html

For more information about New Jersey State Parks and Forests, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/

The Official Facebook page for New Jersey State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites can be found at: www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks

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