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July
Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: $ 15 per person- plus park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Call ahead for details and registration. 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.

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

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
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. Call for arrangements & program fees.

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: Park eentrance fee and general admission, $7 Seniors (62+), $5 Youth (13-18), $5, (6-12), $3
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible. Please call for more information

Kayak and Canoe Trips on the Delaware
FREE
Worthington State Forest
(908) 841-9575
Please call Forest office for availability, times and dates

July Daily
Diesel Train Operates Daily
Noon to 4 p.m. on Weekdays
Noon - 4:30 p.m. on Weekends
Fee: park entrance fee; plus $ 4 per person per train ride; additional fee for special event ride. Kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

July 1
Full Moon Climb
11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Sedge Islands then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 783-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling thorugh Barnegat Bay.

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural Educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

Nature Photography Seminar

1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Come learn from top professional photographers who will share their secrets for capturing beautiful images.

The Magic of Monarchs
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible; experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 2
Kayak Eco-Tours
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic ecological experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many functions of the bay, including the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area.

Surfing Safari
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 3
Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park

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.

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the NJ Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join us on an adventurous night hike to discover “whoooooo” is awake when the sun goes down at Island Beach State Park. When we arrive at the beach enjoy a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and listen to ghost stories about shipwrecks off the Jersey shore – the“graveyard of the Atlantic”! Astronomer Richard Huber will join us on the beach after the hike.  Learn some astronomy basics, see how many craters you can identify on the moon, and view constellations in the sky through a high powered telescope!  

Bike-To-Lunch Tour: The Lafayette House
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Family program; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet. Bike along Sussex County’s only 13-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour long rest-stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of our trip.

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 4
Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians of trhe Pine Barrens by David Burkett of Herpetological Associates
7:30 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Live reptile/amphibian specimens and discussion; bring flashlight and something to sit on; ADA accessible

Happy Birthday USA Coloring Contest
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center & Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: Tom Champion & Belleplain State Forest
Prizes, cake & juice; ADA accessible

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Open House
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern State Historic Site
(856) 429-6792
The doors of the Tavern will be open to the public for tours.
Public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 9:30 am on the front steps of the Tavern.; ADA Accessible Outdoors only

Island Explorers
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 73-0506
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

Observatory Special Events Day
Please refer to website for time
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
UACNJ.org
Partially 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

Lake Aeroflex Paddling Exursion
9 to 10:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex boat launch
(973) 786-6445
For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience; bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey.  Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

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

Joint Program:  “The Court Martial of Charles Lee” and “The Army Celebrates the 4th of July” by George Dawson 
1 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
www.friendsofmonmouth.org
Location will be at Buccleuch Mansion, Buccleuch Park, on Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Independence Day at Princeton Battlefield
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park, Thomas Clarke House
(609) 921-0074
Limited ADA accessible; open lawns

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

16th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Reading
1 to 4 p.m.; Reading of Declaration of Independence takes place at 2:30pm.
Fee: Park entrance fee; entrance to Ringwood Manor: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12; children ages 5 and under are free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
The 4th of July event will feature a traditional dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Manor’s front porch and other reenactments to celebrate the 239th anniversary of American independence; ADA accessible.

Independence Day Hike
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 fee for ages six and above, plus park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Hike the Water Trail and learn what life was like here in 1776.

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for tour times and to schedule a visit
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
In this final year 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.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  $1 per person; plus park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration; ADA accessible.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a Musket Firing demonstration; ADA accessible.

“Colonial Ice Cream”, a demonstration
1 to 5 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Demonstration and interpretation by Susan Plaisted plus “hands on,” free taste samples;ADA accessible.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults)

July 5
Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
ADA accessible   
                                                                                                         

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Plover Walk
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

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

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

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults) 

July 6
Snorkeling Barnegat Bay & Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for an exciting snorkel adventure in Barnegat Bay! Learn about an overview of the estuary, followed by diving into the shallow waters to explore both plant and marine life through total aquatic immersion. We will identify fish, crabs, and other aquatic organisms.

Clamming Barnegat Bay
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $ 10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Shellfish are an important link within the Barnegat Bay food-chain and ecosystem. Learn how to harvest these delicious soft-bodied gastropods by digging your toes into the sandy bottom of the bay or by using a clamming rake.

July 7
Island Lunch Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $30 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for a classic Kayak Eco-Tour that includes lunch on a private beach in the Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone.

Beginner Yoga
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. 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.

July 8
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Ligthhouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible.

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural Educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 9
Birding by Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the diversity of birds that inhabit Island Beach while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

Surfing Safari
9 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

Cat-Tales Story Hour
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible; stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers.

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 10
Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the NJ Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Island Explorers
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Concert: No Fuss and Feathers
6:30 p.m.
FREE; $5 donation requested
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Bring a lawn chair; bad weather relocates concert indoors to the Carriage House

July 11
Meet the Guilds & Craftsmen of the Howell Iron Works
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Allaire State Parkm, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

James P. Allaire’s 230th Birthday Dinner
6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: call for details
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Speeches & fanfare to celebrate the day

Pinelands 101: An introduction to the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands By Joel Mott, NJ Pinelands Commission
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on.  ADA accessible

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
ADA accessible 

Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy                                                                                                           

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Cape May Point State Park
ADA Accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Beginners Orienteering
1 p.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609)924-5705
ADA accessible; meet at Bulls Island Recreation Area (2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ 08559)

All Access Tour
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $5 for adults and $2 for kids under 16
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Limited to 25 people.  Call for reservations.

Sunset Paddle
4 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

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

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. 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.
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.

Special Event (check website for details)
Lusscroft Farm                           
Sponsor:  Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.Lusscroftfarm.com
(973) 875-4800 High Point State Park office

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Raspberry Ramble
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $3 fee for ages six and above, plus park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Pick you own organic berries; wear long pants and bring a sturdy container (baggies are not recommended)

Young Astronomer’s Program
6 to 7:30 p.m.
FREE; registration required - donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for tour times and to schedule a visit
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
In this final year 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.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  $1 per person; plus park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration; ADA accessible.

Night Hike
8:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (9 yrs. – adults)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Main park entrance will be closed. Call for alternate access directions. Explore the park in the dark on this guided nocturnal walk and campfire. Bring a flashlight.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults) 

“Atsion: A Journey Back In Time”
1 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person & park entrance fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center Auditorium
(609) 561-0024
Presentation by Local Pinelands author Barbara Solem; ADA Accessible

Full Moon Hike
7 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $5; reservations recommended
Whitesbog Historic Village
(609) 893-4646
Sponsor: Historic Whitesbog Village
www.whitesbog.org
Listen to the night sounds of the Pines and learn about the history of Whitesbog Village. Meet at General Store.

July 12
James P. Allaire’s 230th Birthday Celebration
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee applies per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Speeches & fanfare to celebrate the day

Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
ADA accessible

Plover Walk
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible                                                                                                            

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Trail Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Take part in a guided hike starting at the Nature Center. We’ll explore the trails as we learn some interesting fact about the park

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

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

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrace fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Butterfly Walk
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association, Bergen County Audubon Society
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; please call for more information.

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

July 13
Snorkeling Barnegat Bay & Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for an exciting snorkel adventure in Barnegat Bay! Learn about an overview of the estuary, followed by diving into the shallow waters to explore both plant and marine life through total aquatic immersion. We will identify fish, crabs, and other aquatic organisms.

Clamming Barnegat Bay
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $ 10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Shellfish are an important link within the Barnegat Bay food-chain and ecosystem. Learn how to harvest these delicious soft-bodied gastropods by digging your toes into the sandy bottom of the bay or by using a clamming rake.

July 14
Island Lunch Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $30 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for a classic Kayak Eco-Tour that includes lunch on a private beach in the Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone.

July 15
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible
.

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural Educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

The Magic of Monarchs
10 to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible; experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

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
.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 16
Kayak Eco-Tours
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic ecological experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many functions of the bay, including the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area.

Surfing Safari
9 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

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
.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!


July 17
Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park

Family Nature Program
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us every Friday morning for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it, by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 1st.

Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 p.m.
FREE; $5 Suggested Donation; pre-registration recommended
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
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.
Sponsor: The Friends of High Point State Park
(973) 702-0499
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the NJ Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join us on an adventurous night hike to discover “whoooooo” is awake when the sun goes down at Island Beach State Park. When we arrive at the beach enjoy a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and listen to ghost stories about shipwrecks off the Jersey shore – the“graveyard of the Atlantic”! Astronomer Richard Huber will join us on the beach after the hike.  Learn some astronomy basics, see how many craters you can identify on the moon, and view constellations in the sky through a high powered telescope!  

Coastal Cooking
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Learn how to harvest, clean, prepare, and cook your local catch. We will provide you with the necessary tools and tips to handle culinary development. We will supply all the food necessary to have a delicious meal. After learning how to prepare and cook, participants will enjoy a private dinner. Please be aware that shellfish and finfish will be on the menu.

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 18
Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Vendor spaces $30 preregistered, $35 registration the week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Partially ADA accessible; Rain date July 19.

An Evening with Frank Sinatra Featuring Jack Giampalmi & Band
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person- advanced purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible

Call for Program
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on.  ADA accessible

Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
ADA accessible

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Double Trouble as a state park.  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. Pre-registration and fee required by 3 p.m. the Friday before program at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, (609) 726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

A Midsummer Night's Masquerade Ball
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 per person
The Hermitage Museum
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
(201) 445-8311, x101
All events are ADA accessible

Concert on the Beach: E3
6 to 8 p.m
FREE; donations appreciated
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
Bring family and friends, a blanket or chairs, and a picnic and enjoy listening live music on High Point’s Beach.

Island Explorers
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 73-0506
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

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

Bugs Galore!
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
Family program for all ages; listen to folk singer Ken Galipeau share his stories and songs about small and mighty bugs. Cool or creepy, we promise you’ll have fun singing along! Outdoors, weather permitting. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs; ADA accessible

Big Jeff Music - Bugfest!
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
Family program for all ages; Children will jump, march, crawl, and dance to Big Jeff’s popular sing-a-long! Outdoors, weather permitting. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs; 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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

9th Annual Grand Victorian Tactical Field Days
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
www.ringwoodmanor.org
Times of the military skirmishes to be determined. The British Victorian living history weekend will feature military skirmishes, patrolling, encampments, period cooking, armed drilling, and demonstrations of civilian and military life presented by reenactors from the Royal Sussex Regiment. See what life was like for the soldiers of the 19th century British Empire! Sponsored by the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society.

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for tour times and to schedule a visit
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
In this final year 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.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  $1 per person; plus park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration; ADA accessible.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults) 

The Carpenter Frog Pinelands Hike
10:30 am
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Office, Route 206
(609) 567-4559
Guided 3 to 4 mile hike, bring water & lunch

National Moth Watch
7 to 11 p.m.
FREE
Whitesbog Historic Village
(609) 893-4646
www.whitesbog.org
There are thousands of moth species that fill our nights. How many can you count?

July 19
Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
ADA accessible                                                                                                            

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Plover Walk
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Kids' Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

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

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

9th Annual Grand Victorian Tactical Field Days
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
www.ringwoodmanor.org
Times of the military skirmishes to be determined. The British Victorian living history weekend will feature military skirmishes, patrolling, encampments, period cooking, armed drilling, and demonstrations of civilian and military life presented by reenactors from the Royal Sussex Regiment. See what life was like for the soldiers of the 19th century British Empire! Sponsored by the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Rain Cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Parke entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Pond Study
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required (all ages)
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at the park pond on Brickyard Rd (call for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Sample the pond with nets for a variety of aquatic organisms.

July 20
Snorkeling Barnegat Bay & Kayak Tour

9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for an exciting snorkel adventure in Barnegat Bay! Learn about an overview of the estuary, followed by diving into the shallow waters to explore both plant and marine life through total aquatic immersion. We will identify fish, crabs, and other aquatic organisms.

Clamming Barnegat Bay
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $ 10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Shellfish are an important link within the Barnegat Bay food-chain and ecosystem. Learn how to harvest these delicious soft-bodied gastropods by digging your toes into the sandy bottom of the bay or by using a clamming rake.

July 21
Island Lunch Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $30 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for a classic Kayak Eco-Tour that includes lunch on a private beach in the Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone.

Beginner Yoga
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. 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.

July 22
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/event/sedge-island-then-now-kayak-tour-2015-07-05/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural Educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 23
Cat-Tales Story Hour
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible; stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers.

Kayak Eco-Tours
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic ecological experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many functions of the bay, including the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area.

Surfing Safari
9 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

July 24
Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park

Family Nature Program
11 to noon
Fee: Park entrance fee
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us every Friday morning for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it, by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Topics and meeting places will be available after June 1st.

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the NJ Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

Island Explorers
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Concert: The Dalton Gang
6:30p.m.
FREE; $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
(973) 962-9534
Bring a lawn chair; bad weather relocates concert indoors to the Carriage House

July 25
10th Annual Ducky Derby Special Fundraiser
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee applies per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Mill Pond
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
www.allairevillage.org
(732) 919-3500
Rubber ducks race down the Mill Pond. $500 Grand Prize Package for both Corporate & Ducky Splash

Bad Dogz in concert
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
FREE; donations to the band are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bluegrass, Gospel, and Old-Timey Music; bring flashlight and something to sit on; appropriate for all ages; ADA accessible

Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) -861-2404
ADA accessible                                                                                                            

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Crab Time
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
For all ages; learn about the types of species of Crabs that inhabit the park. Discover how to harvest the Blue Claw Crab for table fare. Participate in Fiddler Crab races.

Invasive Plant Project Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609)924-5705
Meet at Bulls Island Recreation Area (2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ  08559).

Sunset Paddle
4 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle through the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Public Hours for Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory - www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Speaker to be announced; limited ADA accessibility

Walt Whitman Civil War Poet
Call for tour times and to schedule a visit
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
In this final year 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.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  $1 per person; plus park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing demonstration; ADA accessible.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults) 

Astronomy Presentation & Star Watch
8:30 to 11 p.m.
FREE         
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Visitor Center
Sponsor: Willingboro Astronomical Society & Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Learn about the stars and view them through telescopes; ADA accessible

July 26
Lake Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area near Lake Nummy
(609) -861-2404
ADA accessible 

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Plover Walk
11 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Kids' Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Hike the D&R Canal from Carnegie Road to Alexander Road (5.6 miles)
10 a.m.
FREE; preregistration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201)401-3121 or bbarth@att.net
Meet at Alexander Road adjacent to the canal, Princeton Township

2nd Annual Play Day
Noon to 5 p.m.
Fee: $7 Adult; $3 Child
The Hermitage Museum
Sponsor: Friends of the Hermitage
(201) 445-8311, x101
All events are ADA accessible

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

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

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels; wear sturdy shoes

Ringwood Manor Historic Grou8nds and Landscape Tour
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Public Hours for Solar Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations accepted
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Limited ADA accessibility

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservation; pre-registration REQUIRED
FEE: $10 per person plus parking fee
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Nature Center
(609) 567-4559
Canoes & Life jackets provided, ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 13 must be accompanied by 2 adults) 

July 27
Snorkeling Barnegat Bay & Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for an exciting snorkel adventure in Barnegat Bay! Learn about an overview of the estuary, followed by diving into the shallow waters to explore both plant and marine life through total aquatic immersion. We will identify fish, crabs, and other aquatic organisms.

Clamming Barnegat Bay
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $ 10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Shellfish are an important link within the Barnegat Bay food-chain and ecosystem. Learn how to harvest these delicious soft-bodied gastropods by digging your toes into the sandy bottom of the bay or by using a clamming rake.

July 28
Island Lunch Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $30 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Natural Educators for a classic Kayak Eco-Tour that includes lunch on a private beach in the Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone.
 
July 29
Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Themes change weekly and include Victorian tea party, pirates, gardening, mermaids, lifesavers and sea life; ADA accessible.

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach State Park while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

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

July 30
Kayak Eco-Tours
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic ecological experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many functions of the bay, including the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area.

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Sunset Walking Tour of Ringwood Manor- the 18th Century Roads of Ringwood
7 to 8 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
Join members of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society for a sunset walking tour of Ringwood Manor discussing the 18th century road and pathways of the site. During the colonial period, roads were an integral part of the ironworks at Ringwood, allowing passageways for shipment of iron products, the movement of Revolutionary War troops, and providing connections to local towns. Find out where these roads were, why they were important, which ones still exist, and the remains of ones no longer in use. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. Rain cancels. Sponsored by the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society.

July 31
Delaware Bay Safari
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park

"Symphony & Soul" Wine Tasting Porch Party and Full Moon Climb
6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $30 per person (includes snacks and beverages)
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Enjoy live jazz & classical music, selected wines, and a rare blue moon climb; museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not; rain date August 1st.

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 plus park entrance fee; pre-registration required; http://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the NJ Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

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.

A Child's Life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Blue Moon
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 fee for ages six and above, pre-registration required 
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236 -6355
Celebrate the blue moon by doing a hike, illuminated only by the light of the “blue" moon

Once in a Blue Moon Night Hike
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person, pre-registration required, limit 25 people
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Complex
(609) 296-1114
Note: For adults and children (ages 8 and older) bring flashlight and insect repellent

 

 

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