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March 1
Backyard Bird-feeding
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Celebrate “National Peanut Butter Day” by learning to identify a few of our feathered friends and attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder to take home.

March 5
Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, meet in Tower Lot
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
(908) 638-8572
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run Recreation Area. For additional information go to Hunterdon Bird Club on Facebook

Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
All ages. 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 6
Hoot Hoot the Owls of Cheesequake
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
ADA accessible. These silent predators prowl the night for a delectable meal. Join us to learn more about the Owls of NJ as we dissect an owl pellet and discover what types of prey these birds prefer. Ages 8+.

The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
1:00 pm
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6-11 $2, under 6 free
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry.  During this one hour walking tour you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today. Pre-registration and fee required by 3:00 pm the Friday before program at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site

Walking tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Meet at the Visitor Center
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Walking tour of the battlefield, wear comfortable shoes

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
All ages. 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
Public Sky watch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
On the Athletic Field near Lake Nummy; back-up date: March 12th.

March 12
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the Forest Office; 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
All ages. 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 13
Wetland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Join us at the Nature Center to explore the wetlands of Cheesequake. Ages 9+

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
All ages. 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 19
Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny. Train leaves every half hour. Weather permitting.

Wings Over Long Beach Island - Lecture and Outdoor Birding Activity
1 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Interpretive Center
(609) 494-2016
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Ligthhouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Egg Hunt will be held in the Picnic Area at Lake Nummy. Cookies and hot chocolate afterward.

(Almost) Spring Equinox Hike
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; emerge from winter hibernation and join our park naturalist on a 4-mile hike through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring.

Low Tide Beach Walk
10 to 11:30 a.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext. 109
Join us for a stroll along the beach to see what the tide has brought ashore. Dress to be outdoors. Wear old shoes that can get wet and muddy.  You will need your own vehicle to get to the study site.

It's Spring
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 fee for ages six and above; pre-registration 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, plants prepare for the warmer days ahead, and early migrants return. Hike a park trail and discover signs of spring.

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

March 20
Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny. Train leaves every half hour. Weather permitting.

Gerry’s World of Snakes
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible. Our special guest will discuss and show examples of various species of snakes. This slithery show will be held at the Nature Center. All ages

Visit several sites claiming to be Molly Pitcher’s well
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Meet at Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Drive to the heart of the Battlefield to visit the different spots that have been claimed to be the location of Molly Pitcher’s well. Tour will end at the new Molly Pitcher Overlook on Perrine Hill. 

Bird Walk
9 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop where you 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; advanced registration required 
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center 
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Audubon 
(609) 737-0609 
Ages pre-teens to adult. Come join veteran birder Franta Broulik of Washington Crossing Audubon as we walk the trails in search of a variety of winter bird species and perhaps some early spring migrants.

March 23
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate spring and start the season off right by stretching your legs, breathing some fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 26
Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny. Train leaves every half hour. Weather permitting.

The Nature of Vernal Pools
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 9-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & up; ADA accessible
Learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants and discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.

March 27
Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny. Train leaves every half hour. Weather permitting.

Easter Sunrise Service
6:30am
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
All denominations are welcome to attend; ADA accessible
Held on the beach at Lake Nummy.

March 28
Weed Walk
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate “National Weed Appreciation Day” by learning about the edible and medicinal benefits of the pernicious plants that pop-up in your lawn and garden.

March 30
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; no excuses! Start your morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in spring in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 31
L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please!

 

 

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