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April
Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village tours or hikes of varying mileage may be scheduled most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout advancement requirements may be met by visiting Double Trouble State Park.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
Fee:  $25 per program –call office for more detail
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible

Grand Opening of the Dutch Barn
Date and Time to be announced
FREE; preregistration required
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor: The Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
ADA accessible

April 1
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
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.

April 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
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.

April 3
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
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.

April 4
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Easter Bunny Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Easter Egg Hunt, Handmade Easter Bonnet Contest, and Parade
Noon to 4 p.m. - parade at 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, children under 3 free  
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Limited supply. Advanced purchase highly recommended.

Saturday Dog Walking Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Trailhead Parking area with your canine for a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake. All dogs must be leashed and waste products picked up. Bags will be provided. Ages 7 and up.

Video - Living with Fire
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Produced by the NJ Forest Fire Service, this half hour video shows the historic impact of forest fires on the Pine Barrens and methods used to prevent and combat wildfires.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room.  Limited seating.

Hike along the Six Mile Run
1 p.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
Meet at Jacques Lane Park Access (46 Jacques Lane, Somerset, 08873) Franklin Township, Somerset County

Sunset/Moonrise Hike
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person or $5 per family; pre-registration required by 4 p.m. the day of the hike
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Come hike a 1-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail  to an observation platform where we'll watch the sun set in the west and the full moon rise in the eastern sky. This hike is moderately strenuous with some steep portions and a rocky, uneven trail surface. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must!

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Partially ADA Accessible

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
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
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.

Birding Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
For additional information go to Hunterdon Bird Club on Facebook

April 5
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Easter Bunny Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Easter Sunrise Service
6 a.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Phone: (732) 919-3500
ADA Accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
973-657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Meet at the Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Walk is moderate level. Appropriate wear is advised

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially 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
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.  

April 8
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
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.  

April 9
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

L'il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 5 & under; share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please!

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
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.  

April 10
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

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
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. 

April 11
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Early Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 per adult and children ages 12 and up; children under 12 yrs. FREE
Vendor spaces $30 preregistration, $35 registration the week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain Date - April 12

Civil War 2nd Rhode Island Brigade
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 per person; children 6 years of age and under free
The Hermitage Museum
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
(201) 445-8311, x101
All events are ADA accessible

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Partially ADA Accessible

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittaitnny Valley State Park, 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!

The Naure of Vernal Pools
1 to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants and discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource; partially ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

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

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE to spectators
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  American Rare Breed Association
Bring your own chairs

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
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. 

Recreating the Battle of Trenton in a miniature Wargame
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. The Battle of Trenton will be recreated by using miniature figures, dice, and "Flint & Steel" rules developed by Richard Kane who will also be managing the game. 

Pine Board Birdhouses
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 per birdhouse- advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Build a birdhouse out of lumber that will accommodate a variety of backyard cavity-nesting birds. Bring your own hammer

April 12
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Mysterious Migration Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
The wonders of animal migration can be witnessed at the Park during our one-hour hike. Meet at the Nature Center to experience these magical events. Ages 8 and up

Civil War 2nd Rhode Island Brigade
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 per person; children 6 years of age and under free
The Hermitage Museum
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
(201) 445-8311, x101
All events are ADA accessible

Lond Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Craig House Tours
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Driving Tour of the Battlefield (area east of Freehold)
1 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Visit seldom seen scenes of the morning portions of the battle and the line of Lee’s Retreat. Use your own vehicle

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE to spectators
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  American Rare Breed Association
Bring your own chairs

Guided Manor Tours
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: General admission,. $7 adults; $5 seniors and students ages 13-18; $3 ages 6-12; free under 6
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
ADA accessible. Please call for more information

The Right-Size Flower Garden
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rocks of Round Valley
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 fee for ages six and above; preregistration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
What makes RVRA's geology special? Learn about our rocks and maybe find a piece of iron.

April 13
Vernal Pool Exploration
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 High Point State Park
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com

Design Tips for Knockout, Easy-Care Gardens
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534

April 15
Registration opens for Kayak Eco-Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: $ 15 per person 
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Kayak Ecotours occur May through August. Preregistration required. Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. The program includes all equipment and lesson. Participants must be 14+ and be in good physical condition

Homeschool Hike
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per child. Must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For homeschoolers age ten and up. Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. These easy to moderate, naturalist-led hikes range between one to three miles and are a great opportunity for older homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way. Hikes will be selected based on seasonal events and conditions and details about each specific hike will be available the week before the hike is scheduled, if not before. Younger siblings may accompany us IF they are physically capable of keeping up with the group, or are young enough to be carried. Some trails may be navigable by “all-terrain” strollers, but not all. Please ask when you register. There is no additional charge for carried siblings.

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
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.

April 16
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
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. 

April 17
Revolution Candlelight Tour
7 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person, preregistration required
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Limit 100

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
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.

April 18
American Revolution Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $3 per adult and children ages 12 and up; $2 for children under 12 yrs.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc
(732) 919-3500

VIP Dinner
6 p.m.
Fee: Call for details – advance purchase required
Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Limit 50 people

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Changing Times:  The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6-11 $2, under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3:00 pm the day before program at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village
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 walking tour you’ll learn of the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from the hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today.

Hike the Feeder Canal from Washington Crossing to Cadwalader Park (6.2 miles)
10 a.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(609) 635-2783 Pamela or (201) 401-3121 or bbarth@att.net
 Meet at Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park. Will shuttle some vehicles to starting location

Spring Ephemerals: Trout Lilies, Spring Beauties and more
1 p.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
Meet at Bulls Island Natural Area (2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ 088559)

Zumba on the Mountain
9:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation; pre-registration is recommended
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: The Friends of High Point State Park
(973) 702-0499
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Date tentative, call to confirm. Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat.

Vernal Pond Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 per person or $5 per family; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. Adults and children ages eight and up. Vernal ponds, unique temporary wetlands, are the breeding grounds for a number of amphibians 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.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Partially ADA Accessible

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & up; partially ADA accessible
Discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
973-657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

A Living History Series of Programs: The Continental Army at Monmouth
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Revolutionary War demonstrations and children’s drills on the grounds of the Visitor Center

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
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.

Spring Lifestyles of the Local Native Americans
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, focusing on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display

April 19
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

American Revolution Encampment
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per adult and children ages 12 and up; $2 for children under 12 yrs.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Explore the Abbott Marshlands
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 or bbarth@att.net

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

A Living History Series of Programs: The Continental Army at Monmouth
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Revolutionary War demonstrations and children’s drills on the grounds of the Visitor Center

MS Fundraiser walk
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(201) 394-8457
Sponsor: National MS Society/New Jersey Metro Chapter
Route will be marked

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
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.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Snow/Rain Cancels. Wear sturdy shoes

Bird Walk
9 to 11a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Then take a short drive to the swimming beach where abundant waterfowl enjoy the early spring serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

April 22
Beginner Yoga: Honoring the Earth
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
For adults; Celebrate Earth Day with yoga in the park! Great for beginners, this Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
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.

April 23
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

L'il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please!

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
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.

April 24
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

Homeschool Naturalists
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 per child. Must be accompanied by an adult.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 6 to 10 year-olds in 1st through 5th grades with some ability to read and write. These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with their peers. Suggestions for further study and resources are provided. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program.

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
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.

April 25
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Early 19th Century Spring Festival, Airing of Quilts
Noon to 4 p.m. - auction at 2 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village, Auction at General Store, Quilts at Visitor’s Center
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain Date, April 26

Earth Day/Arbor Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for an Earth Day Program. The event will include a tree-planting and trail cleanup hike. Participants should bring gloves. Ages 8 and up

Lecture and Art Exhibit
2 p.m.
Fee: $15 admission
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House, Perth Amboy
Sponsor: The Proprietary House Association
(732) 826-5527
Art display and presentation on Perth Amboy history.

Sunday Open House –Proprietary House
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House, Perth Amboy
Sponsor: The Proprietary House Association
(732) 826-5527

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 the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

Woodland Wildflower Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 per person or $5 per family; pre-registration recommended
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. Adults and families with children age eight and up. Join the Prk Naturalist for an easy 1.5 mile walk around Sawmill Lake in search of the delicate woodland wildflowers of early spring. Portion of the trail may be muddy.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Partially ADA Accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
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.

Earth Day 2015 – Volunteer Opportunity           
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; preregister as a volunteer, forms available at park office
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 – 6355
Discover Round Valley's animal and plant residents on a leisurely hike. Bring hand clippers and gloves, if you want; to help control invasive species

Early Spring Wildflower Walk
10am
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
973-962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Rain or snow cancels. Wear sturdy shoes

Supermassive Black Holes and the Galaxies They Live In
8:30 p.m.
FREE, donations accepted
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory – www.njaa.org
(908) 683-8500
Limited ADA accessibility. Speaker: Dr. Jenny E .Greene, Assistant Professor of Astrophysics – Princeton University.

April 26
19th Century Bee Hive Oven Baking & Traditional Quilting Demonstration
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Bakery, Quilting at Visitor’s Center
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person for train ride-additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
ADA accessible

Craig House Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Sunday Open House –Proprietary House
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House, Perth Amboy
Sponsored by the Proprietary House Association
(732) 826-5527

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3pm)
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
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.

Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534

Bike Hike
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (preteens-adults)
Washington Crossing State Park 
Meet at the Nelson House (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 mile round trip). Bring your own bike and helmet.

 

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