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Bass River State Forest, New Gretna. 6/8 - "Shaping Up Bass River's Trails." Join State Park Service staff for trail maintenance including trimming vegetation and trail surfacing. Bring a lunch and stay for a hike through the Absegami Natural Area following the work session. 10am-2pm. Meet at the Bass River State Forest Office. Call to register. Contact: Cynthia Coritz, 609-296-1114,

Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine. 6/7 - National Trails Day Celebration. Enjoy a 7 ½ mile hike through the diverse forest habitats of Southern New Jersey. Bring insect repellant and bottled water. 10am. Call to register and for directions. In case of rain, event will be cancelled. Contact: Kathleen Meyer, 609-861-1354,

Forked River Mountain Preserve, Lacey. 6/7 - Join staff of the Nature Conservancy celebrate National Trails Day by helping complete work on their interpretive trail at the Forked River Mountain Preserve. The trail will pass through pitch pine forests and alongside hardwood swamps. 9am-1pm. Call to register and for directions. Contact: Rebecca Free, TNC, 609-735-2200, ext.17,

Jackson Township, Ocean County. 6/7 (6/8 rain date) - Join the Jackson Pathfinders for a trail cleanup day on a recently acquired 327-acre parcel on East Veterans Hwy. Participants may bring their own tools and four-wheel drive vehicles to help bring trash from trail to curbside. Lunch will be provided for all participants who pre-register. Heavy rain will cancel. 8:30am-4:30pm. Call to register and for directions. Contact: Dawn Rakow, 732-833-0373,

Nature Center of Cape May, Cape May Harbor. 6/7 - "Harbor Safari." One of New Jersey Audubon's most popular programs for all ages! Join the marine biologists of the Nature Center of Cape May as they pull a seine net through the waters of Cape May Harbor. Explore the marsh and other habitats lining the water's edge and learn about the fascinating lives of the animals that inhabit our coastal waters. Have a close-up encounter with horseshoe crabs and learn why they're so important. Meet at 10:30am in Cape May. Follow the signs to the U.S.C.G. base and the Nature Center is nestled among the coast guard housing on 1600 Delaware Avenue along Cape May Harbor. No pre-registration necessary. Cost: $8 adults; $4 children ages 3 to 12; children under 3 free. Contact: Nature Center of Cape May, 609-898-8848,

Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove. 6/7 - Join the Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee to finish clearing the Knoll Trail from Forest Loop Road to Long Trail. Project will also involve replacing a footbridge, debris removal and resurfacing the trail. Meet at 9am at 720 Almond Road in Pittsgrove. Contact: Robert Zuest, 856-358-5370,

Wharton State Forest, Hammonton. 6/7 - Join Wharton State Forest staff to work on several projects including, trail marking, installing culverts and pruning back vegetation. Meet at 10am at Batsto Office, Wharton State Forest, Route 542 Westbound, 9 miles east of Highway Route 30 in Hammonton. Please call to register. Contact: Gilbert Mika, 609-567-4559.


Allaire State Park, Wall. 6/7 - Trails Day Hike. Join the park naturalist on a guided 3-mile hike on the Blue Trail through the south side of the park. Meet at 10 am at the parking area on Hospital Road. Contact: Lorraine McCay, RIS, 732-938-2003,

Charlestown Reserve, Bethlehem. 6/7 - Trail Improvements. Work together with Hunterdon County Parks staff and volunteers to improve (widen and clear) an existing trail. Donuts/coffee will be provided in the morning. A hot dog lunch will be held at 12:30,which will conclude our event, and is free for all who participate. Volunteers can bring their own tools, but tools will also be provided. 8:30am-12:30pm. From Route 78, take exit 12 (Jutland/Norton Exit). Proceed north on Charlestown Rd. (Rte. 635) approximately 5 miles. The park is on the left, marked by a brown sign. Call to register. Contact: Emily Amon, 908-782-1158,

Cheesequake State Park, Matawan. 6/7 - National Trails Day Celebration. Enjoy a trail maintenance hike along the scenic trails with State Park Service staff. Ages 10 and up. Wear hiking boots; bring water and insect repellant. Meet 10am at the Interpretive Center. Contact: Jim Faczak, SPS, 732-566-3208,

Clayton Park, Upper Freehold. 6/7 - Mountain Bike Ride. Join the East Coast Bicycle Club for a mountain bike ride at Monmouth County's Clayton Park. The ride will be approximately 6-8 miles, up to 14 miles depending on the size of the group and their riding experience. Meet at 10am in the Clayton Park parking lot. Contact: James Jablonski, 732-270-1237.

Dudash Park, Edison. 6/7 - East Coast Greenway ceremony with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) to mark the 12,000th mile of rail line converted to trail upon the acquisition by Middlesex County in December 2002 of the 3.5-mile-long proposed Middlesex Greenway. Meet at 12 noon in Dudash Park. Contact: Bob Takash, 732-985-7071,

Monmouth County Park System, Lincroft. 6/7 - Join the park system staff and volunteers for a day of trail maintenance. 9am. Choose one of two park locations: Turkey Swamp in Freehold or Thompson Park in Lincroft. Food, drinks and a National Trails Day T-shirt will be provided for all pre-registered volunteers. Please bring gloves and wear long sleeves, long pants and work boots. Volunteers must pre-register. Contact: Doreen Giordano, 732-842-4000,

Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Hancock. 6/7 - Sandy Hook Harbor Lights Walk. Join National Park Service staff for an easy ½ mile walk from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse to the observation deck overlooking New York Harbor. See channel markers and other lights that help navigation in the harbor. Meet at 1pm at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Contact: Sandy Hook Visitor Center at 732-872-5970.

Sourland Mountain Preserve, Hillsborough & Montgomery. 6/7 - Sourland Mountain Preserve Trail Maintenance. Somerset County Park Commission staff and volunteers will be conducting general trail maintenance including boardwalk replacement, water bar repair, brush clearing and laying down stone. Lunch and snacks will be served. Bring work gloves and sturdy shoes, and be prepared to sweat. 9am-3pm. In Hillsborough, from Route 206, take Amwell Rd. west (CR 514) to the 4th light, make a left onto East Mountain Rd., the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance will be about 1.5 miles on the right. Contact: Dave Dendler, 908-369-1458,

Voorhees State Park, Glen Gardner. 6/7 - Trails Maintenance. Volunteer your time and assist Voorhees State Park Maintenance staff with litter patrol and general trimming along the park trails. Come to the Voorhees State Park Office anytime between 8am-4pm. Please bring gloves. Contact: Patricia Cianflone, 908-638-6969,

Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville. 6/7 - Continental Lane Walking Tour. Join a Continental Soldier for a one-mile walking tour along Continental Lane, which is part of the trail where George Washington marched his 2,400 troops for their surprise attack on the City of Trenton. 1pm. Meet at the Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center. Contact: Clay Craighead, 609-737-9303,


Appalachian Trail, Vernon. 6/7 - Join hike leader Bob Busha and the Woodland Trail Walkers on a 5-6 mile hike crossing the Pochuck Creek floodway via the Pochuck bridge and boardwalk and continuing the hike to the 1,422 foot summit of Wawayanda Mountain. Meet at 9:30am at Meadtown Shopping Center, Rt. 23 in Butler and carpool to the site. Contact: Ernest Wagner, 973-694-3194,

High Point State Park, Sussex. 6/7 - Kuser Sign Dedication. Join High Point State Park staff and Friends of High Point State Park for the official unveiling of four wayside signs focusing on the history of High Point State Park and the Kuser family at the site of the former Kuser Mansion. Refreshments will be available. 11:00am. Contact: Kate Monahan, 973-875-1471,

High Point State Park, Sussex. 6/7 - History Hike. Enjoy a scenic 2-mile walk along the Steenykill Trail while listening to stories from High Point's past with Ron DuPont, High Point historian. Easy to moderate hike. Meet at 1pm at the site of the former Kuser Mansion. Contact: Kate Monahan, 973-875-1471,

Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover. 6/7 - Rail-Trail Display. The Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee will have a display and provide information about the Paulinskill Valley Trail (27 miles) and the Sussex Branch Trail (20 miles), the two rail-trails administered by Kittatinny Valley State Park. The newly reprinted book, "Then and Now, A History of the Paulinskill Valley Trail," waterproof maps of the two trails, shirts and other items will be available for purchase. 10am-2pm. Located near the boat launch in the parking lot off Limecrest Road. Contact: Marty Grossman, PVTC, 908-684-4820.

Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover. 6/7 - Natural History Walk. Join the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee and New Jersey Audubon members for a half-day walk around Kittatinny Valley State Park to look for birds, butterflies, wildflowers and other wonders of nature. Bring binoculars. Meet at 8am at the Twin Lakes parking area on Goodale Road 0.6 mile east of Route 206 north of Andover. Contact: Marge Barrett, PVTC, 908-684-4820.

Morristown National Historical Park, Jockey Hollow Unit. 6/7 - 5-Mile History Hike. Hear of hardship, death, mutiny and triumph as you visit the places where history happened in a hike through Jockey Hollow. Walk where approximately 10,000 troops of the Continental Army endured the "hard winter" of 1779-1780. The hike is approximately 5 miles long and will last about 3 hours. Please wear proper attire for the weather conditions, including good hiking shoes. Bring a snack and plenty of water. Meet at 10am at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center. Contact: Elizabeth Gray, 973-539-2085, x-210.

Morristown National Historical Park, Jockey Hollow Unit. 6/7 - Chores of War. Visit the historic Wick House to learn what some of the chores of war involved. Learn about the labor that was involved in making sure the army's uniforms were clean. Women followers of the army were often used for such labor as hauling water, fire starting, washing and drying. Meet at the historic Wick House. Event: 1-4pm. Contact: Pamela Dobben, 973-539-2085, x-210.

Morristown National Historical Park, Washington's Headquarters (Ford Mansion). 6/8 - Kids Tour the Ford Mansion. Most kids think historic house tours are boring, but this tour is different! The tour is geared to kids in Grades 4 and higher (including adults). It will feature activities such as role-playing, a scavenger hunt and learning about "icky stuff" like 18th century bathrooms. Meet at the Ford Mansion in Morristown at 11am. Contact: Eric Olsen, 973-539-2085, x-210.

Morristown National Historical Park, Washington's Headquarters (Ford Mansion). 6/8 - Daily Life at Headquarters. The Ford Mansion was both a home and a military headquarters during the winter of 1779-1780. Learn about the daily activities of Washington and his staff when you meet one of his aides on a tour of the Ford Mansion. 1, 2, 3, & 4pm. Meet at the Ford Mansion in Morristown. Contact: Eric Olsen, 973-539-2085, x-210.

Ridge and Valley Trail, Blairstown. 6/8 - Join local naturalist Dennis Briede and Bob Canace, President of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy on a nature hike in honor of National Trails Day. Learn about the flora, fauna and geology as we hike the new one mile loop of the Ridge and Valley Trail. 10am-1pm. Meet at Belet Givens Memorial Hall parking lot off Route 521 in Blairstown. Contact: Dennis Briede, 908-496-8875.

South Mountain Reservation, Essex County. 6/8 - National Trails Day Hike. Join the Essex Co. Park System and New Jersey Sierra Club on a moderately-paced hike in scenic South Mountain Reservation. Meet at Summit Field in South Mountain Reservation at 10am. Summit Field is accessible from Crest Drive off of South Orange Avenue in South Orange. Contact: Sarah Hanson, 973-268-3518.

Willowwood Arboretum, Chester. 6/7 - National Trails Day Celebration and Awards. Morris County Park Commission will host the following events at Willowwood Arboretum - Fund raising Trail-Side Brunch: requires advance registration; Awards presentations; Choose from several moderate and challenging guided hikes on the Black River Trails and an interpretive walk in the arboretum; Ongoing family and children's activities. Music by The Folk Project. 10am-2pm. Take Rt. 206 to Pottersville Rd. and after 1.2 miles, turn right onto Lisk Hill Rd and continue for .1 mile to the "T." Turn right for .3 mile and turn left at the "Y" onto Longview Rd. Continue ½ mile to Arboretum entrance on left. Follow entrance road to parking area near the stone barn. Contact: Shari Vice, 908-876-5067,

Worthington State Forest, Columbia. 6/7 - Trails Day Delaware River Canoe Trip. Join staff of Worthington State Forest for a 4-mile canoe trip along the Delaware. A talk about the river's history, recreational uses and the many health benefits of outdoor activity will be discussed prior to the start of the trip. Worthington State Forest will provide 5 canoes and 5 kayaks. Please call for reservations. Meet 10am at the boat launch behind the Worthington State Forest office off Old Mine Rd. Contact: Andrea Grier, 908-841-9575,

Take Me Fishing classes during Free Fishing Days June 7 and 8

Location Town Date/Time Sponsoring Organization / Registration Contact
Pequest Trout Hatchery Oxford June 7 at 10:30 a.m.
June 8 at 1 p.m.
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife/ 908- 637-4125
Black Brook Pond Kenilworth June 7 at 9:30 a.m. Newark Bait & Fly Casting Club / NJ DFW
Cheesequake SP Matawan June 7 at 1:00 p.m. Division of Parks & Forestry / 732-566-3208
Laurel Acres Lake Mt. Laurel June 7 at 9:30 a.m. Pennsauken Surf Fishing Club / NJ DFW 908-637-4125
Supawna NWR Pennsville June 7 at 9:30 a.m. US Fish & Wildlife Service and WCC / 856-435-1487
Wallkill NWR (pond) Sussex June 7 & 8 US Fish & Wildlife Service and WCC / 973-702-7266

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