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March
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
Note: 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

Walking Tours of Waterloo Village
Fee: $3 per adult, $1 per child under age 12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Walking tours of Waterloo Village are available every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  Guided walking tours last approximately one hour and can be tailored to the interest of the group.  Guided tours are of the exterior sights and exhibits only.  Waterloo Village tours and programs must be paid for and reserved at least one day in advance by contacting the park office.

Interpretive Hikes and Programs
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800

Nature In Winter Snowshoe Walks
Date to be announced
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; pre-registration required
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
Note:  For adults/children ages 7 and up. 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 p.m. 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.

Nestling Naturalists
Dates and times to be announced
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 to 4
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 4 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.

Fledgling Naturalists
Dates and times to be announced; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: 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. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

Homeschool Naturalists
Dates and time to be announced; pre-registration required
Fee: $5 per child; Must be accompanied by an adult
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: 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.

March 1

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
$10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 10 & up; Indoor tutorial, then discover “hidden treasures” on a fun adventure in the park. Discover how your family can enjoy this popular activity! Loaner GPS unit provided. Partially ADA accessible

Maple Sugar- A History Of The Making
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $1 children; pre-registration required
Waterloo Village
(973) 786-6445
Note: For all ages; Spend some time outdoors educating yourself, your family, or your scout troop about this fascinating topic.  The history of traditional methods of extracting sap and sap boiling will be explained.  Interesting demonstrations and activities included.

March 2
Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE  
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: 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. All ages

Learn about Smokey The Bear
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person; all ages
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible. Visit the Interpretive Center to learn about the history of the Smokey The Bear.  All ages

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

Craig House Open on Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

March 6
L’il Tykes Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

March 8
Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: 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.  All ages

“Marching Towards Spring” Family Nature Hike
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program for all ages; bring your whole family out to the park for a 2-mile naturalist-guided tour and learn all about this public treasure.

Maple Sugar- A History Of The Making
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $1 children; pre-registration required;
Waterloo Village
(973) 786-6445
Note:  For all ages; spend some time outdoors educating yourself, your family, or your scout troop about this fascinating topic.  The history of traditional methods of extracting sap and sap boiling will be explained.  Interesting demonstrations and activities included.

March 9
Craig House Open on Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.; pre-registration required
FREE 
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: 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. All ages

Wetland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike through the trails of Cheesequake. During our trek we will look for migratory birds and fish.  Ages 8 and up

St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830’s
1 to 2 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Allaire Historic Village
(732) 938-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.

March 12
Wednesday Walk in the Woods-BATONA Trail in sections
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
Note: 7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch.  Call hike leader for directions to meeting place and information.

March 14
Irish Folk Music w/Three Pints Shy
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 938-3500
Note: ADA accessible

An Evening of Tavern Games and Entertainment at the Indian King
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Note: Join us for an evening of entertainment, 18th century style.  Experience games and recreation appropriate to the fine establishment known as the Indian King Tavern. Limited participation.  Call for further details.

March 15
Irish Folk Music w/Three Pints Shy
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 938-3500
Note: ADA accessible

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: 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.

Cedar Creek Watershed Walk
10:30 a.m.
$5 per person 12 years of age and up; $3 per child six years to twelve years of age; children under six years of age are free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Double Trouble State Park plays an integral part in protecting the Cedar Creek Watershed.  Join us for a 2.5 mile walk over sandy trails around the Double Trouble Historic District as we view Cedar Creek from numerous locations and see how this fresh water was the lifeblood for two Pinelands industries.  Limited to 20 participants. To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2014-03-15.  To register for program and make payment of the program fee by credit card call the park office at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, 609-726-1191 or mail check made payable to “Treasurer, State of New Jersey” to Interpretive Programs, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, PO Box 215, New Lisbon, NJ 08064.  Include program code, program title, number of people, and a telephone contact number with reservation.  You may also register in person at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office.  All registrations must be received prior to program start.  No refunds unless program is canceled.  For directions, visit www.njparksandforests.org.

Signs of a Pinelands Spring Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609)-567-4559
Note: This is a 2-mile to 4-mile hike

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations
Time to be announced
Fee:  to be determined
Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
www.lusscroftfarm.com
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association

March 16 
Maple Sugaring Demonstrations
Time to be announced
Fee:  to be determined
Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
www.lusscroftfarm.com
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association

Craig House Open on Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Winter Birds of the Park
1:30  to 4 p.m. 
FREE; pre-registration required 
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center 
(609) 737-0609 
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Audubon Society 
Note: Come join park staff and veteran birders from Washington Crossing Audubon as we peruse Washington Crossing State Park for late winter resident birds and perhaps a few early spring migrants. Bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide of North American birds. Ages pre-teen- adult.

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join John DeMarrais, NJ Audubon Society member, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Song Sparrow, Fish Crow and Mourning Dove can be seen day in and day out. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where Herring Gull, Bufflehead and Ruddy Ducks can be seen. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

March 20
Spring Equinox Hike
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; emerge from winter hibernation and join the park naturalist on a 4-mile hike through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring.

L’il Tykes Spring Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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!

March 22
Spring Forward
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $2 for ages six and up, pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: You will look for signs of spring’s awakening as well as bird arrivals and departures.  Celebrate World Water Day while hiking along one of the purest lakes in New Jersey.    Late March can still be cold; dress appropriately.

Annual Grover Cleveland Birthday Conference
Registration begins at 9:30am
Fee: please contact event sponsor
Location to be determined
Sponsor: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
(973) 226-0001
Note: Lecture and luncheon

Garden Weeds: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults $3; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; ADA accessible. “Weeds” (native, introduced, or invasive) can be difficult to identify, especially in early spring when they’re small, green, and leafy. Our park naturalist will answer the question “What’s that weed?” and offer creative culinary uses for these persistent plants.
Bring your questions and photos!

March 23
Craig House Open on Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

March 29
Video - Living with Fire
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: 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 the Park Information Building.  Limited seating.

The Nature of Vernal Pools
11 a.m. to 12:30 pm
Fee: Adults and children 12 & Up $3; children ages 6-11 $1; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & Up; Partially ADA Accessible. Come to the park to learn all about our awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.

March 30
Saltmarsh Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike to the saltmarsh of Cheesequake. Ages 9 and up

Craig House Open on Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

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