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January
Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble State Park
(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 Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics and times
FREE; donations welcomed
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
Fee: Varied, contact for information
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible

Bulls Island Home School Classes
1 p.m. – on the First Tuesday of the Month
Fee:  Varied based on class, contact for more information. Advanced registration required
D&R Canal, Bull’s Island Recreation Area
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Programs will be designed specifically with the needs of home school groups. Topics will include ecology and history lessons appropriate for ages 6-12; ADA accessible.

Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walks
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dates to be announced
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Please email highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk. Locations will vary. Directions to the meeting place will be provided when you register. Walks begin at 11:00. If you are borrowing snowshoes it would be best to arrive 15 to 20 minutes earlier so that you can familiarize yourself with the shoes. Payment must be received at the Park Office prior to the start of the walk.

Fledgling Naturalists
Dates and Times to be announced
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair. $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
For 4 to 6 year-olds & an adult partner. 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
Dates and Time To be announced
Fee: $5 per child; must be accompanied by an adult
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
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. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for times and dates
Free educational program
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, tours will focus on Whitman’s reflections of this tumultuous event and his work as a volunteer nurse in the army hospitals. We’ll discuss how the war impacted Whitman’s writing and his thoughts on the future of the nation moving forward past the devastation that was left behind.

January 1
New Year Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a New Year hike through the trails of Cheesequake

First Day Event: 30th Annual New Year's Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Start your New Year off right by hiking a scenic rail-trail and learning about the history of the railroads that traversed Warren and Sussex County.

First Day Event: 6th Annual New Year's Day Horseback Ride
Call for time & location
FREE
(973) 948-3814 or gldg@embarqmail.com
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Bring your own horse. Start your New Year off right by enjoying a serene rail-trail ride on horseback while learning about the history of the railroads that traversed Warren and Sussex County.

New Year's Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Stokes State Forest
Start off the New Year right by getting outdoors and enjoying a great wooded hike. Sponsored by the Friends of Stokes.

New Year's Day Hike
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
Whatever you did the night before, this is your chance to get outdoors in New Jersey and start 2015 off on the right foot. We'll hike the 2 1/2 mile Water Trail and look for signs of new life as the year begins.

First Day Bike Ride
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609) 567-4559
Length: 6 miles

January 3
Winter Wildlife Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: $3.00
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Wildflowers in Winter
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation; for Adults; ADA accessible

Real Time Walk through of the Battle of Princeton
6:30 a.m.
FREE; call park for more details
Princeton Battlefield State Park
(609) 921-0074
Tour will be led by historian Will Tatum, tour begins near the Thomas Clarke House. Participants shall dress according to the weather and wear comfortable footwear; tour will be outdoors over open fields and slopes of the Battlefield Park.

Reservoir Bird Walk
8:30 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Tower Parking Lot (2nd Right)
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Find on Facebook “Hunterdon Bird Club”
Come and view various birds that make their habitat at Spruce Run Reservoir

Video – Founding Fathers: Rebels with a Cause
2 p.m.   
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced; ADA accessible. 

January 4
Driving Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible

Guided Manor Tours
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $1 youth, under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534 or please visit www.njbg.org
ADA accessible

January 8
Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.” For adults and children ages 6 & Up; ADA accessible

January 10
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
A moderate 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.  Meet at the Forest Office.

Hike in the New Year
1 p.m.
FREE: preregistration is required
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
(609)924-5705
Keep the News Years Resolution going by joining the park naturalist and historian for a five mile hike along the D&R Canal. The walk will begin at the site of the famous Christmas Crossing at Washington Crossing State Park. We will have discussions of nature and history as we walk for fitness. Washington Crossing State Park parking access along Route 29.

Wildflowers in Winter
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation. For adults; ADA accessible.

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced;  ADA accessible.

Video – Founding Fathers: Taking Liberties
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

January 11
“Lost in the Woods” A Children’s Survival Program
1 p.m.
Fee: $ 1 per person- ages 6 through 11
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
A nine-point inside program to help children if they get separated from their group while hiking; ADA accessible.

January 14
Wednesday Walk in the Woods
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

Wildflowers in Winter
1 to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation. For adults, ADA accessible.

January 17
158th Birthday Festival
FREE
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360
Abby & the Arts Contest for local students, winner announced; birthday cake at 1 pm.

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced; ADA accessible.

Winter Food Ways Hearth Cooking Class 
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $50 per student; preregistration is required
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Susan McLellan Plaisted will instruct this class. Participants will prepare a seasonal meal using original recipes of the 18th century; partiall ADA accessible.

Video – Founding Fathers: You Say You Want A Revolution
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

Pinelands Winter Shrubs & Trees Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609)-567-4559
Length: 2 to 4 miles

January 18
Recycled Tree Craft
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person; ages 6 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center to craft a tree from recycled products; ADA accessible

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

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; ages preteen and adults
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center- Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd (call for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd). We will take the Red Trail from its trailhead on Church Road to the top of the hill. Wear hiking shoes and bring a water bottle; the terrain is rugged.

January 21
Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.” For adults and children ages 6 & Up; ADA accessible

January 24
Winter Wonders
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program. For adults with children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible.

Video – Founding Fathers: A Healthy Constitution
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

Winter Nature Video Series
12:45 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-3647
Note:  ADA accessible. Approximately one hour of themed nature videos will be shown in the park Nature Center. Titles and subjects to be announced

January 25
Chicken Whittle Demonstration
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 9 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Gather at the Nature Center for a step by step demonstration on how to whittle a rooster from a tree branch.

Annual Meeting & Program
1:30 p.m. Meeting
2 p.m. Program TBD
FREE; donations welcome
Hancock House State Historic Site
Lower Alloways Creek Municipal Building
(856) 935-4373
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site
2015 membership renewals due; ADA accessible.

January 31
Groundhog's Day Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Winter Festival
Time to be announced
FREE
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Throughout this day, sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, there will be ice fishing demonstrations on Lake Marcia, snowshoeing (conditions permitting) and bird feeder crafts. You’ll be able to warm up by the fire in the fireplace at the Interpretive Center and enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores, and snacks while learning about ice and snow at High Point. There will also be a presentation by Sussex County weather-guru, Nick Stefano and a sing-along. For more detailed information go to www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com. If weather conditions are unsuitable on  January 26th, the Festival will take place on Sunday, February 1 instead.

13th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a brisk hike (or snowshoe) in the wild winter woods of KVSP! Afterwards, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in our toasty visitor center.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug (and snowshoes, if necessary) for adults.

Video – Founding Brothers: A More Perfect Union (Part 1)
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible

 

 

 

 

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