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Recurring Events

March
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

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics and times
FREE; donations welcomed
(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
FREE; donations welcomed
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
ADA accessible

Bull's 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
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
Sponsor: D & R Canal State Park
(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; highpointprograms@gmail.com
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 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 a.m. 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; pre-registration required
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. Call the Park Office for more information and to register.

Homeschool Naturalists
Dates and Time TBA
Fee: $5.00 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. Call the Park Office for more information and to register.

Maple Sugaring DemonstrationsDates to be announced
Fee: To be announced
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.com

March 1
Tree Identification Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 9 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a tree identification hike through the trails of the Park to learn the key factors toward identifying trees during the winter. ADA accessible.

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

Craig House and Gift Shop Open to the Public
Craig House - 1 to 4 p.m.
Gift Shop - 1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(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; www.njbg.org
ADA accessible

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; all ages; advance registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, demonstration and taste sample

March 4
The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let’s find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of “The Magic Garden.” For adults; ADA accessible.

March 5
The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let’s find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of “The Magic Garden.” For adults; ADA accessible.

March 6
Battlefield Walking Tour
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Walking tour of the battlefield, meet at Visitor Center

March 7
Irish Folk Music with “Three Pints Shy”
7 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
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! For adults and children ages 10 & up;partially ADA accessible

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

Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE; all ages – advance registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, demonstration and taste sample

March 8
Wetland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake to look for migratory birds and fish

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; all ages – advance registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, demonstration and taste sample

March 11
Yoga for Beginners
6 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Wind down your busy day and restore balance with the natural harmony of yoga. This 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. For adults.

March 12
L’il Tykes HIke
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please! For adults with children ages 5 & under.

March 13
Woodcock Walk
Time to be announced (1/2 before dusk)
FREE; preregistration is required
D&R Canal Park Office, 145 Mapleton Road, Princeton
(609) 924-5705
Join the naturalist of the D&R and a very talented volunteer of the NJ Audubon to enjoy the sounds heralding the coming of spring. The sounds and sights of the Woodcock is one of nature’s amazing feats that everyone should see at least once in their lives.

March 14
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
A moderate 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.  Meet at the Forest Office.

Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE; all ages; advance registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, demonstration and taste sample

March 15
St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830’s
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
ADA accessible

Gerry’s World of Snakes
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person; all ages
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Our special guest will discuss and show examples of various species of snakes inside the Nature Center. ADA accessible.

Changing Times: The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
1 p.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, children 6 to 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 experience 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

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area
South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop where you could see a Double-crested Cormorant or Pine Warbler. 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.

Winter Birds of the Park
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; preteen and adults – advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Audubon
(609) 737-0609
Come join veteran birder Audubon Franta Broulik of Washington Crossing as we walk the trails in search of a variety of winter bird species and perhaps some early spring migrants.

March 20
Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404

March 21
"The Ghost in the Light" Murder Mystery
u p.m. performance; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 per person
Absecon Lighthouse
(609) 449-1360

It's Spring
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
There are still cold days and nights ahead but with each passing day there's more daylight than nighttime. Nature is in overdrive as animals and plants prepare for the warmer days ahead. Hike a park trail and see signs of spring

Signs of a Pineland Spring Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Length: 2 to 4 miles

March 22
Blue Trail Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike on the Blue Trail of Cheesequake

March 28
Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $ 5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny

March 29
1836 Temperance Rally
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Allaire Historic Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $ 5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny

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