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May

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person, pre-registration required Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Note: Participants must be 14 years of age and up and in good physical condition. Program includes all equipment and lesson. Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. Park entrance fee per car applies from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

Double Trouble Village Tours & Hikes
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: 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.

D & R Canal Nature and History Interpretive Programs and Tours
Call for dates, topics and times
FREE
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

D & R Canal Boy and Girl Scout Badge and Patch Programs
Call for arrangements
FREE
D & R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
www.dandrcanal.com
Note:  ADA accessible

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: General admission $7; seniors (62+) $5;  youth (13-18) $5; children 6 to 12 $3; children under 6 are free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible

May 1
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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.

Backyard Edibles
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Many of the plant species discussed in this program are the same “weeds” people habitually remove or destroy in their backyards and gardens, without awareness of their rich variety of culinary and medicinal uses. For adults; ADA accessible.

May 2
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up.\
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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.

May 3
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Spring Crafters’ Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 per adult under 12 free
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date May 4;  vendor spaces $25 and must be pre-registered

Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Rain date May 4.  Stroll through our historic village & have a chance to view & purchase artwork from NJ artists. Children’s activities & art contest. Please visit our website at www.allairevillage.org for youth art contest entry rules

An Evening with Sherlock Holmes
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 (advanced ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: ADA accessible

Tour of Old Monmouth
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; countywide event free admission for participants to Allaire Village and many historic sites
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.

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

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

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

Saturday Geocaching at the Park
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: For ages 8 and up. Meet at Nature Center. Guest from NJ Geocaching will guide us through the trails of the Park to learn the basics of this high tech treasure hunting game

Cedar Creek Watershed Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults $6, children 6-12 $3, under 6 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. Registration and fee required by May 2 at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
1 p.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.

Cornelia Hancock Weekend
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site
Note: Civil War weekend commemorating the life of Cornelia Hancock and her time at Gettysburg. Partially ADA accessible.

Life in a Lake
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $1 Children ages 6 to 11/$3 Adults and Children age 12 and up; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. Come learn about the many small creatures that call High Point's lakes home. Borrow a net and capture and observe them for yourself! Pack a picnic and make a day of it by staying to help the Friends of High Point with their annual lake clean-up.

Lake Clear Up
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Help keep High Point State Park beautiful! Join us as we clean up trash along the shores and in the waters of Lake Marcia, Steenykill, and Sawmill. More details to come. Rain date Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.

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.
Note: Partially ADA Accessible

Spring Astronomy Day
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Public presentations, observing and other activities; partially ADA accessible

Trail Hike
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(908) 684-4820
Note: Come hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

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
Note: ADA accessible

Weekend in Old Monmouth County
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center and Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Note: Open House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Please call for more information

Trees
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 for ages six to adults; preregistration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Learn to identify the trees of Round Valley and what people have used them for. Learn which trees were most common in colonial times and are no longer here. We might see some returning bird migrants as well. We suggest you bring a field guide and binoculars.

Birding Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8500
Note: Additional information please search Hunterdon Bird Club on Facebook

Eco-Friendly Gardening Class
2 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake Pavilion
(973) 948-3820
Sponsor: The Friends of Stokes.
Note: The Rutgers’ Master Gardeners will be giving eco-friendly gardening tips that you can use at home! 

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person,  
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. 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; park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2.

Waterloo Wild Edibles & Medicinal Plant Walk
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family
Parking: Free, main lot
Location: Waterloo Village Historic Site
(973) 786-6445
Note:  Come along and learn all about the wonders nature has to offer. You will discover which plants were eaten in the past, as well as how many plants have medicinal qualities. Sturdy shoes, bug spray, and sunscreen suggested.
Ages 10 & up.

Spring Bike Trail Ride
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609)567-4559
Note: Join us for a 6 mile guided mountain bike ride. Guided ride; bring your bike, water and snacks. Ages 14 & up. Hemet required for all ages.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.                                

May  4
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Tour of Old Monmouth
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; countywide event free admission for participants to Allaire Village and many historic sites
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.

Spring Bassman Triathlon and Duathlon - Half, International & Sprint Distance
7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee:  Call for entry fee and registration information
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami beach complex
Sponsor: CityTri Racing, Inc.
(347) 276-7523 (cell) or www.citytri.com

Volunteer Native Planting
Time to be announced
FREE; pre-registration required
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
(609) 397-2949
Note: Bring your gloves and shovels to help replant beautiful native plants in the Bull’s Island Natural Area

Cornelia Hancock Weekend
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site
Note: Civil War weekend commemorating the life of Cornelia Hancock and her time at Gettysburg. Partially ADA accessible.

Salem County House Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Hancock House State Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc.,
Hancock House State Historic Site, and the Salem County Historical Society
(856) 935-4373
(856) 935-5004 for additional information on the tour or tickets
Note: Partially ADA accessible. Hancock House is one of many Salem County homes on the Salem County Tour. Come explore the rich architectural history of Salem County and see the beautiful gardens of the area. A great day out.

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
Note: ADA accessible

Weekend in Old Monmouth County
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Visitor Center and Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Note: Open House at Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616

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

Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Please call for more information

Bird Walk
9 a.m. to 11a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Join John DeMarrais and Alan Rennie, NJ Audubon Society member, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop. Traverse the water's edge, which is usually a busy place with all the resident Broadwing Hawks and Northern Cardinals that hang out there day in and day out. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the spring serenity.  We suggest you bring a field guide and binoculars

Wild Edible Plants
1:30 p.m.
Free; all ages welcome
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Not ADA accessible.  Come out for a short hike and presentation on the edible, medicinal and toxic properties of common plants that can be found on the local landscape. Pat Chichon of Lambertville, a plant lore enthusiast and nurse practitioner will deliver this program.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.                                

May 5
Meteor Shower Watch – Eta Aquarid
11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach
(609) 296-1114
Note: Bring blanket or reclining chair, telescopes and binoculars not necessary, cloudy sky cancels

May 7
Wednesday Walk (on the BATONA Trail)
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (trip leader) for meeting place or more information
Note: Moderate-paced hike, 7-10 miles, bring drink and lunch, heavy rain or thunder cancels

May 8
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling 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 at 973-875-4800 for more information and to register.

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

May 9
Fledgling Naturalists
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 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 2.5 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games and crafts. Registration is required 24 hours before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the start of the program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

Homeschool Naturalists
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 per child; must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration required
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.

 

May 10
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Late Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1per adult under 12 FREE
Vendor spaces $25 must be preregistered
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Note: Rain date May 11

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

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11:00 am
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

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

Not For Early Birds Walk
4:30 to 6 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park Office
(973) 875-4800
Note: Adults/Children age ten and up. Not everyone is cut out for bird watching at dawn. Luckily there is often a surge in avian activity in late afternoon that can be enjoyed by all the anti-early birds! Come take a stroll with the Park Naturalist in search of colorful migrating warblers and other spring arrivals. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow – bring your own if you have them. Long, light-colored pants are recommended, as ticks are often abundant this time of year.

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.
Note: Partially ADA Accessible

Spring Wildflower Walk
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 12 & up; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 12 & up; discover the natural history, edibility, and folklore of the spring beauties in bloom around the visitor center.  Indoor presentation will take place in the event of inclement weather. 

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. Parking Area
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332
Note: Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

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
Note: ADA accessible upon request.  Please call for more information.

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
Note: ADA accessible

Lilac Garden Splendor
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Please call for more information

Young Astronomer’s Program
6:30  to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome. Registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility.  Some hands on activities

Annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $8 parking donation per vehicle suggested
Washington Crossing State Park
(609) 737-0623
Sponsor: New Jersey Office of Historic Sites
Note: ADA accessible.  Experience the sights and sound of New Jersey’s past.  Historical games, crafts, exhibits, military reenactments, tours, music, dance, food, living history demonstrations and more

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. 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

Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Services (topic to be announced)
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Auditorium
(609) 561-0024

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.                                 

May 11
Mother’s Day – Moms Climb Free!
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee:  Moms Free, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events; children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Tree Identification Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at Nature Center for guided tour.  Learn how to identify trees on our hike

Yoga in the Park: Honoring Moms
10:15  to 11:15 a.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; celebrate Mother’s Day with yoga in the park! Perfect for moms (and dads) of all ages, 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. Great for beginners!

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
Note: ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes.

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1:30  to 4 p.m.
FREE; advance preregistration required (ages pre-teens to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park
Niederer’s Pond on Church Road (call Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Note: Not ADA accessible.  We will carpool to the trailhead on Fiddler’s Creek Road and take the Blue Trail to the top of the hill.  Bring water bottle, wear hiking shoes.  Terrain is rugged.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.                                

May 14
Homeschool Hike
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per child; must be accompanied by an adult
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For homeschoolers age ten and up. Pre-registration is recommended – call 973-875-4800. Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. These naturalist-led hikes are a great opportunity for older homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit of nature and history along the way. Younger siblings may accompany you, but must be physically capable of keeping up with the group.

Sunset Yoga
6:30  to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: 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.

May 17
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Bog Iron Boys Pitching the Past - 19th Century Baseball Reenactment and 1836 Militia Muster
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person; children under 6 free
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

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

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

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

Saturday Salt Marsh Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
Note: For ages 8 and up.  Meet at the Bathhouse Pavilion for an interpretive hike to the salt marsh of Cheesequake

Walk the Towpath from Griggstown to Kingston Lock 8 (5.0 miles)
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; donations welcome
D & R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 or baths@att.net for more information
Note: Partially ADA accessible.  Meet at Canal Parking at the Kingston Locktender’s House alongside Route 27

Children’s Workshop: Colonial Games and Crafts
10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5/child; registration required; lunch provided
Hancock House State Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373 or (856) 935-4221
Note: Partially ADA accessible; children’s Colonial crafts and games will be taught and played. Please check back on the Hancock House website for a complete program in the Spring.

Blooming Bog Walk
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $3/Adult and children ages 12 and up; $1/children ages 6 to 12; pre-registration recommened
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. The cedar bog in High Point's Kuser Natural Area is home to a number of uncommon plant species, many of which sport lovely flowers in the spring. Come take an easy 2.5-mile walk through the bog in search of blooms and other spring phenomena.

Yoga on the Mountain
9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; pre-registration recommened
Fee: $5 Suggested Donation
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
(973) 702-0488
www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com
Note: 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

Observatory Open to the Public
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA Accessible

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(908) 684-4820
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Note: Come hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 6 & 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 brand new 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
Note: ADA accessible

Spring Wildflower Walk
10 a.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady Rain Cancels. Wear sturdy shoes.

Children’s Day at Rockingham
Noon to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Rockingham Historic Site
Sponsor: Montgomery Twp. HS Live Historians Club and Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132 or www.rockingham.net
Note: Partially ADA accessible.  Light refreshments will be available and Museum Store will be open.  A continuous celebration of childhood for all ages with crafts of paper marbling and hat making, 18th-century games such as hoop & roll and shuttlecock, toys to try including Jacob’s ladder and buzzsaw, period-style children’s clothing to try on, talks with Revolutionary War reenactors, mini tours of the house and other activities. 

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. 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.

Paddle the Canal from the Crossing
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE;  advance preregistration required (ages 9 to adults)
Washington Crossing State Park
Call Nature Center for directions
(609) 737-0609
Note: Note ADA accessible. Take a short canoe jaunt up the D&R Canal passing the village of Titusville. Meet at state park parking lot directly across Route 29 from St. Georges RC Church – Titusville, NJ

Morris Canal Greenway Hike
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person, $10 per family
Waterloo Village Historic Site and Morris Canal Greenway Trail
(973) 786-6445
Note: Take a hike along the path where boats used to float down the Morris Canal. Sturdy shoes, bug spray, a bottle of water, and sunscreen are suggested. Pets must be leashed; ages 10 & up.

Ladies Slippers & Laurel Pinelands Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Guided hike 2 - 4 miles; bring water, bring snacks

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.                                

May 18
Be a Pirate Day! and Pirate Cruise
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee:  $6 adults, $12 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note:  Enjoy activities with real pirates as performed by The Philadelphia Fight Ensemble.  Take a pirate cruise aboard Atlantic City Cruises “Cruisin’ One” out of Gardener’s Basin at 3 p.m.
Note:  Museum is ADA accessible

Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half  hour

Early 19th Century Spring Festival
Noon to 4 p.m. - Auction at 2 p.m. at Allaire Village General Store.
Fee: $5 per person
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults)
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559

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
Note: ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes.

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

Sunday Walk with the Friends of Waterloo
1 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
Waterloo Village Historic Site
Note: An interesting stroll through the Village and a two mile hike on the far side of the Musconetcong River.
Sponsor: Friends of Waterloo Village
(201) 401-3121

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.  
                              

May 23
Step Into Summer Dance Party & Silent Auction
6 p.m.
Fee: $50 per person
Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield NJ
Sponsor:  Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Note: ADA accessible

May 24
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Fishing Derby
9 to 11a.m. ; pre-registration required
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
609-861-2404
Note: Lots of prizes and giveaways! Volunteers needed

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404
Note: ADA accessible

Mountian Bike Ride
9 a.m. to noon
Belleplain State Forest Office
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Wheelmen

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

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

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

Stream Stopping
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $1 Children ages 6 to 11/$3 Adults and Children age 12 and up.
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Adults/Children ages six and up. Pre-registration is recommended – call 973-875-4800. Fees must be paid before the program begins, either by credit card, or in person at the Park Office. Discover who/what lives in and along one of High Point's streams. You'll want to wear boots or old sneakers – it'll be muddy and you're likely to get wet, but the water will still be cold. You may also want to wear insect repellent.

Observatory Open to the Pulic
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: Partially ADA Accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Astrobiology: The Search for Life
8:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park
NJAA Observatory
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Note: Limited ADA accessibility. Speaker Laura Venner of Beuhler Challenger and Science Center, of Bergen Community College

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. 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

Solar Observing
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car (all ages)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Princeton (AAAP)
Note: Rain Date: May 25-Sunday 1:30 p.m., ADA accessible. Personnel from AAAP will be on hand with special optical equipment for safely observing structures on the sun such as sunspots, flares and prominences.  Clear skies are required.

Kayak Tours
11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, Kayaks, paddles, pfd’s provided; pre-registration required
Waterloo Lake, Waterloo Village Historic Site
(973) 786-6445
Note:  Glide along beautiful Waterloo Lake. Take in the quiet and peaceful scenery. Learn the history of the Musconetcong River and its impact on Waterloo Village along the way. Kayaks will be provided, but you can bring your own Kayak if you prefer. Appropriate footwear (water shoes), a bottle of water, and sunscreen are suggested. 
Ages 16 & up; park in maintenance lot near back gate.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.                                

May 25
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Memorial Day Parade
7 to 8:30 a.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Picnic Area
Sponsor: Borough of Barnegat Light
(609) 494-9196
Note: Conclusion of parade with short ceremony and speeches. Flowers placed in inlet to remember our fallen military; ADA accessible

Pond Study
10 a.m.
Fee: $1
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Note: Learn what lives in Lake Nummy

Nature Crafts
2 to 4 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest, Picnic Area
(609) 861-2404

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

Historic Village Tour
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Step back in time during this half-mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Village and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.

Video – Guardians of Barnegat Bay
1 p.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.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA accessible

Memorial Day Observance at the Park
3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Note: ADA accessible

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

The Trail Less Taken
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car, plus $2 ages six to adult - preregistration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note: Start at the four mile mark on the Cushetunk Trail, get to see the campground and then hike along the lesser visited stone-walled segment of the trail.  Hiking boots or good sneakers suggested.

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.                                

May 26
Nature Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Note: ADA accessible

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

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566– 3208
Note: Gather at Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the Park

Historic Village Tours
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Step back in time during this half-mile walk over sandy trails around Double Trouble Village and see inside a century old sawmill and cranberry packing house.  Tour starts at the Park Information Building.
Not ADA accessible

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car and $1per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  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.

May 28
Wednesday Walk-in-the-Woods for Wildflowers
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-1114
Note: Guided slower-paced hike, heavy rain or thunder cancels

Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration
5 p.m.
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
Note: Come join us as we celebrate the Poet's 194th birthday at the Annual Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration on Wednesday May 28, 2013 at 5pm. The ceremony will include readings from the winners of the Walt Whitman Association's Annual High School Poetry Contest. Poetry contests theme and guest speaker to be announced.  For more information on the event call 856-964-5383.  Free. Sponsor: Walt Whitman Association

May 31
Diesel Train Operates for the Public on Weekends
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person-more for special events. Children 2 years and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Train leaves every half hour

Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee per car
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.

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

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

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

Birding by Boat
Time to be announced
Fee: $20 per person, pre-registration required
D&R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
Note: Meet at Griggstown Causeway. Join the park naturalist and NJ Audubon volunteer, Arlene Oley, in a birding experience along the canal by boat. Park has limited boats available, so call early to reserve your space. Prior experience needed; for ages 11 and older

Spring Tea in the Historic Hancock House
12:30 pm
Fee: $20; pre-registration required.
Hancock House State Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House Inc. and Hancock House State Historic Site
(856) 935-4373 or (856) 935-4221
Note: The Annual Tea is an opportunity to learn of the local history and enjoy a quiet afternoon with a delightful high tea; partially ADA accessible

Mashipacong trail Stream Stroll
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $1 Children ages 6 to 11; $3 adults and children age 12 and up
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Adults/Children ages eight and up. We'll walk a portion of the Mashipacong trail (about a half mile, one way) and will explore with nets and on foot, the small streams that cross the trail. You'll want shoes or boots that are comfortable for walking on trail and off, but that can get wet or muddy, and you may want to wear insect repellent. We'll meet at the Park Office and drive to the trailhead as a group.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 pm
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
(908) 459-4366
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc.
Note: 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
Note: ADA accessible

Living History Weekend Revolutionary War Encampment
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Craig House
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Molly Pitcher Program by Stacy Roth
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person, plus park entrance fee per car from May 25 to September 2
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible. 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

Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Fee: $10/person + $5 parking fee, pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Note: Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults); call for more information, schedule, and reservation.  
                              

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