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

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

Fledgling Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner.

Homeschool Naturalists
Call for dates and times
Fee: Program fees may apply
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: Enrichment activities for homeschoolers ages 6 to 10.

Walt Whitman in Mickle Street
Call for times and dates
Free educational program
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Note: When asked why he chose Camden as his home, Whitman replied, “Camden was originally an accident, but I shall never be sorry I was left over in Camden, It has brought me blessed returns." Join us for a tour of Walt Whitman's home in Camden on Mickle Street (today's Mickle/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). Here we will explore the great writer's last residence, discuss everyday life and share the thoughts of the many visitors who came to see the aging poet in his final years

October Weekends
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation

October 3
Nestling Naturalists: All About Orange
11 to Noon
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 to 4; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
Note: For 2.5 to 4 year-olds & an adult partner. ‘Tis the Season to celebrate orange–it’s everywhere! We’ll experiment with color and see how much orange we can find. 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: All About Orange
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
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. ‘Tis the Season to celebrate orange–it’s everywhere! We’ll experiment with color and see how much orange we can find. 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.

October 4
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: An Interactive Adaptation of the Classic Ghost Story
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: ADA accessible

Fledgling Naturalists: All About Orange
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair;$3 for additional siblings age 2 and up; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 4 to 6 year-olds & an adult partner. ‘Tis the Season to celebrate orange–it’s everywhere! We’ll experiment with color and see how much orange we can find. 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.

Lusscroft Farm Autumn Barn/Garage Sale
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.com
Note: 2 Buildings full of home and garden items, toys, furniture, tools, used books, bake sale.  Vendor spaces available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation of Lusscroft Farm

The Solar System
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Princeton
(609) 737-0609
Note: Program is for pre-teen to adult; ADA accessible. Meet at the Nature Center.  Enter the park at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd.  This class will describe the objects found in the solar system. These include the sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. Eclipses, both lunar and solar will be explained and described. Instructor: David W. Letcher, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton.

October 5
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: An Interactive Adaptation of the Classic Ghost Story
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: ADA accessible

Fall Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 adult; children under 12 are free
$25 Vendor Spaces
Must be pre-registered
Allaire State Park, Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Rain date October 6th

All About a Cranberry Bog
10 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; must preregister for program
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Learn how and where the cranberry grows, how it was harvested long ago and the modern farming methods used today.  Follow the sandy trails to discover the plants and animals that thrive in the water and among the cranberry vines during this 1-2 mile walk around century-old bogs ending with a tour of the historic cranberry packing house.  Please note: this is not a cranberry harvest walk.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.
To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-05.  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.

Video –Harvesting Cranberries at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Compare the historic dry and more modern wet cranberry harvests at Double Trouble Village on this fifteen minute video compiled from rare film footage. Video plays in the Park Information Building. Limited seating.

Fall Foliage Hike
10 am
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(908) 684-4820
Note: Come hike a scenic rail-trail amongst the brilliant autumnal colors, and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

Civil War Living History Weekend
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Suggested Donation $5 for adults $1 for children
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note:ADA accessible

Candle Lantern Tours
7:30 & 9 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $5 children ages 12 to 17
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: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

Harvest Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534 or please visit www.njbg,org 
Note: ADA Accessible

Civil War Living History Weekend
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Suggested Donation $5 for adults $1 for children
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: ADA Accessible

Lusscroft Farm Autumn Barn/Garage Sale
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.com
Note: 2 Buildings full of home and garden items, toys, furniture, tools, used books, bake sale.  Vendor spaces available.  All proceeds benefit the preservation of Lusscroft Farm

Rare Breed Dog Show - to be held east of the Visitor Center
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 464-9616
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
Note: ADA accessible

Understanding Astronomy Series Presentation
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Office Field
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: Willingboro Astronomical Society & Wharton State Forest
Note: ADA accessible

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; all ages (advanced registration required)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Come out to the park Nature Center. After a short walk for the purpose of gathering various seeds, leaves, common wildflowers, and other natural artifacts, participants will create simple craft projects such as rubbings, prints and nature ornaments.

Musket Firing Demonstration
1:30 p.m.
Fee: $1 program fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

Starwatch

6 to 10 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Office Field
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: Willingboro Astronomical Society & Wharton State Forest
Note: ADA Accessible

October 6
Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Nature Center for a hike through the trails of Cheesequake.

All About a Cranberry Bog
10 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; must preregister for program
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Learn how and where the cranberry grows, how it was harvested long ago and the modern farming methods used today.  Follow the sandy trails to discover the plants and animals that thrive in the water and among the cranberry vines during this 1-2 mile walk around century-old bogs ending with a tour of the historic cranberry packing house.  Please note: this is not a cranberry harvest walk.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.
To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-05.  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.

Video –Harvesting Cranberries at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
Free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Compare the historic dry and more modern wet cranberry harvests at Double Trouble Village on this fifteen minute video compiled from rare film footage. Video plays in the Park Information Building. Limited seating.

Caldwell 22nd Annual Street Fair
Noon to 5 p.m.
FREE
Grover Cleveland State Historic Site
Sponsor:  The Rotary Club of the Caldwells and The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell–West Essex.      http://www.caldwellstreetfair.com/; Call the Street Fair Hotline at 973-618-0660.
Note:  Fair features quality merchandise, fashions and accessories, arts and crafts, amusement rides, games, food, music and more. One half-block east of the fair at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace; self-guided tours, old-fashioned games, and museum gift shop. Bloomfield Avenue in Downtown Caldwell will be closed to vehicular traffic between Roseland Ave and Central Ave., with provisions for adequate parking in the area. Grover Cleveland Birthplace is located 1/2 block east of the event at 207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ. In the event of rain, the fair will be cancelled between 8 and 11AM

Civil War Living History Weekend
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Suggested donation $5 for adults $1 for children
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: 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

Lusscroft Farm Autumn Leaves Hike
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE (donations appreciated)
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
Note: For more information go to www.lusscroftfarm.com

Saddle Up for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
10 a.m.; pre-registration required
Water Wheel Farm
(973) 691-8641 or ladydunit@gmail.com
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Note: Bring your own horse for this 10-mile horseback ride on the Paulinskill Valley Trail.  Rain date is Sunday, October 13.  Call or email Sandy for a sponsor form.

Guided Manor Tours
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $1 youth, children under 6 are free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534 or please visit www.njbg.org
Note: ADA accessible

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

Rare Breed Dog Show - to be held east of the Visitor Center
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 464-9616
Sponsor: American Rare Breed Association
Note: ADA accessible

Harvest Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534 or please visit www.njbg,org 
Note: ADA Accessible

October 9
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: 8 miles on flat ground, moderate pace; bring drink and lunch; call hike leader for directions and information.

October 10
L’il Tykes Autumn 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!

October 11
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: ADA accessible

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park.

Stars, Stars Clusters and Galaxies
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-teen -adult (advanced registration required)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Princeton
(609) 737-0609
Note: ADA accessible.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Enter the park at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Road.  This class will describe the magnitude, distances, and parallax of stars plus the types of star clusters we can see, both open and globular.  The session will conclude with a description of the types and locations of galaxies and nebulae we can view from our backyard. Instructor: David W. Letcher, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton.

October 12
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: ADA accessible

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 to 9:30p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park

Haunted House
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Note: Partially ADA accessible. Members of the Blackwells Mills Canal House Association invite the public to come play games, listen to ghost stories and enjoy refreshments.

All About a Cranberry Bog
10 a.m.
Fee: $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; must preregister for program
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Learn how and where the cranberry grows, how it was harvested long ago and the modern farming methods used today.  Follow the sandy trails to discover the plants and animals that thrive in the water and among the cranberry vines during this 1-2 mile walk around century-old bogs ending with a tour of the historic cranberry packing house.  Please note: this is not a cranberry harvest walk.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.
To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-05.  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.

Video –Harvesting Cranberries at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Compare the historic dry and more modern wet cranberry harvests at Double Trouble Village on this fifteen minute video compiled from rare film footage. 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
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Lake Hopatcong Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hopatcong State Park
(973) 398-2616
Note: ADA Accessible

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

Gardening Workshop
1 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Rain cancels

Public Tours
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: adults $3, youth $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park, Country Store
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
Note: Call for more information

Dog Show
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, to be held east of the Visitor Center
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: The Bergamasco /Sheepdog Club of America
Note: ADA accessible

Meet General Washington
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

October  13
19th Century All Hallows Eve
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person (Under 6 free)
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Note: Free pumpkins (limited quantity). Costume parade w/prizes for children under 12.

Anual LBI commemorative 18-Mile Run
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $27
Finish Line at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: St. Francis Community Center
(609) 494-8861 ext. 105
NOTE: ADA Accessible

Art in the Park
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Gather at Cheesequake State Park to experience to wonders of art and nature.  Participants will have the opportunity to create a piece of artwork influenced by the natural beauty of Cheesequake State Park. Artisans will be on site to guide participants through the process.  Ages 6 and up.

All About a Cranberry Bog
10 a.m.
Fee: $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; must preregister for program
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Learn how and where the cranberry grows, how it was harvested long ago and the modern farming methods used today.  Follow the sandy trails to discover the plants and animals that thrive in the water and among the cranberry vines during this 1-2 mile walk around century-old bogs ending with a tour of the historic cranberry packing house.  Please note: this is not a cranberry harvest walk.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.
To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-05.  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.

Video –Harvesting Cranberries at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Compare the historic dry and more modern wet cranberry harvests at Double Trouble Village on this fifteen minute video compiled from rare film footage. 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
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
(973) 657-1688
Note: ADA accessible

Lake Hopatcong Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hopatcong State Park
(973) 398-2616
Note: ADA Accessible

Primitive Technologies Weekend
12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: For all ages; ADA accessible. Archaeologists, flint knappers and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. A drum circle will be conducted at a time to be announced.

October 17
Shadows Of The Past- Program And Lantern Tour
7 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $5 for children; pre-registration required (Call:  973-786-6445 to register)
Waterloo Village
Note: Partially ADA accessible, recommended for ages 12 and up.The chilling atmosphere, a mystifying slide show, and a guided evening lantern tour of Waterloo Village will thrill visitors with the shadows of Waterloo’s past.

October 18
Halloween Hayride
6 p.m. to 9: p.m.
Fee: $15 per adult; $10 children under 12 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note:  Rain date October 27th (Sun)

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park

Nestling Naturalists: All About Orange
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 to 4; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 2.5 to 4 year-olds & an adult partner. ‘Tis the Season to celebrate orange–it’s everywhere! We’ll experiment with color and see how much orange we can find. 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: The Forest Floor
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. Find out what happens to a tree when it dies, and explore the process of  decomposition and life in the leaf-litter. 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.

Yoga On The Mountain
5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation recommended; pre-registration required
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
Note: Pre-registration required. Call 973-875-0488
Yoga on the Mountain classes are held in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center.  Please bring your own yoga mat.

Full Moon Hike
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fee: $2 per people for ages six and up; pre-registration required.
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Lot
(908) 236-6355
Note:  Get a jump on Halloween and rare look at Round Valley after dark. You might hear an owl or another animal of the night but you will definitely hear about some of Round Valley's stranger happenings as we hike a short trail under the full moon's light.  Costumes optional.

October 19
Halloween Hayride
6 p.m. to 9: p.m.
Fee: $15 per adult; $10 children under 12 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Call for group rates of 25 or more.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note:  Rain date October 27th (Sun)

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park

Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey
A weekend of Family Fun touring NJ's historic lighthouses
www.lighthousechallengenj.org
Fee:  varies with each Lighthouse

NJ Lighthouse Challenge
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday)
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

Saturday Fall Foliage Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: $1per person
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: Meet at the Nature Center for a brisk fall walk to enjoy the autumn season of colors

Season of Change
10 a.m.
Fee: $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.  Must preregister for program.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Bring your camera and take a walk to observe the subtle changes in the plant and animal world as autumn changes towards winter.  Identify the best places to view fall color and learn of the variables that affect the intensity of the colorful display.  2-3 mile walk over flat sandy trails.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-19.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.

Canal Fest
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
East Millstone (Somerset) – Market Street
Sponsor: Franklin Township Food Bank
(609) 924-5705
Note: Partially ADA accessible; Rain Date: October 20th
Come enjoy an exciting family-friendly afternoon that celebrates the D&R Canal in the Millstone Valley, the area community and its rich history. There will be food, arts & crafts, live music, canoeing, and opportunities to learn more about the history of the area

Walk the D&R Canal Feeder
FREE; donations welcome
D&R Canal State Park, Prallsville Mill, Stockton
Sponsor: D&R Canal Watch
Note: Partially ADA accessible; Contact Bob Barth at (201) 401-3121 or barths@att.net
The D & R Canal Watch invites the public on a guided walk between the Lambertville Lock and the Prallsville Mill historic site.

Moonrise Hike
5 to 8 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
Note: For adults and children ages 10+; meet at the park office. Come hike a one mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail to an observation platform where we'll watch the full moon rise in the eastern sky. This hike is moderately strenuous with some steep portions and a rocky, uneven trail surface. Sturdy shoes and water a recommended. We will return to our cars by moonlight via an easier route.

Indian King Tavern Museum Open House
Featuring Timothy Matlack in first person interpretation
1 to 4 p.m. (program at 2 p.m.)
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792

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

20-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location
FREE
Sussex Branch Trail         
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(201) 274-9805 
Note: Hike the entire length of the Sussex Branch Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way.

Bike Ride
11:30 am
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332 or paul_rottmann@hotmail.com
Note: Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Living History Program – Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible

Daffodil Planting
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534 or please visit www.njbg.org

Lighthouse Challenge
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Twin Lights Historic Site & Lighthouse Challenge of NJ
(732) 872-1814
Note: ADA Accessible

Musket Firing Demonstration
1:30 p.m.
Fee: $1 program fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible                    

Pinelands Fall Colors Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest
(609)-567-4559
Note: Length: 2-miles to 5-miles

October 20
NJ Lighthouse Challenge
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday)
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

Annual Batsto Country Living Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Village
(609) 561-0024
Sponsor: Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc
Note: Crafts, food, music, antique steam engines; gravel walkways; ADA accessible

Concert
Tours, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.; Concert, 3 p.m.
Please contact sponsor for tickets
Sponsor: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
(973) 226-8438
Note: Celebration of early twentieth-century opera celebrity Mme. Schumann-Heinke. Performance by Florin Ormenisan, tenor with National Romanian Opera of Bucharest. Tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace; ADA accessible.

Lake Hopatcong Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hopatcong State Park
(973) 398-2616
Note: 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

Family Woodland Walk
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534 or please visit www.njbg.org

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. Traverse the water's edge, which is usually a busy place with all the cormorants, resident mallards and Canada geese that hang out there day in and day out. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the winter serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.


Goat Hill Hike
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; pre-teen-adult (advanced registration required)
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: Will meet at Washington Crossing at the park pond on Church Road and carpool to the overlook for an exploration hike.  The terrain will be rugged.  Wear hiking shoes and bring drinking water.  Goat Hill Overlook is a relatively new state park acquisition. The tract sits on a bluff overlooking the Delaware River in West Amwell Twp. and boasts commanding views of the Delaware Valley including portions of Lambertville, New Hope and areas north and west into Bucks County, Pa. The tract contains extensive hardwood and mixed oak forests, open fields, numerous rock outcrops, a former diabase quarry and hiking trails.

Living History Program – Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Note: ADA accessible


Lighthouse Challenge
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Twin Lights Historic Site & Lighthouse Challenge of NJ
(732) 872-1814
Note: ADA accessible

October 23
Season of Change
10 a.m.
Fee: $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.  Must preregister for program.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Bring your camera and take a walk to observe the subtle changes in the plant and animal world as autumn changes towards winter.  Identify the best places to view fall color and learn of the variables that affect the intensity of the colorful display. 2-3 mile walk over flat sandy trails.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-19.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.

October 24
Lucious Libations for the Lighthouse
Fundraiser
5:30 p.m.
Fee: $60 per person
Chart House, Golden Nugget Casino
(609) 449-1360
Sponsor: Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
ADA Accessible

Fledgling Naturalists: Big And Small
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 4 to 6 year-olds & an adult partner. From the tiny to the tree-mendous, we’ll explore nature’s size and scale. 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 Autumn 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!

Shadows Of The Past- Program And Lantern Tour
7 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $5 for children; pre-registration required (Call:  973-786-6445 to register)
Waterloo Village
Note: The chilling atmosphere, a mystifying slide show, and a guided evening lantern tour of Waterloo Village will thrill visitors with the shadows of Waterloo’s past; partially ADA accessible, recommended for ages 12 and up.

October 25
Halloween Hayride
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per adult; $10 children under 12 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: Rain date October 27th (Sun)

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park.

Fledgling Naturalists: Big And Small
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $3 for additional siblings age 2 and up; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-4800
Note: For 4 to 6 year-olds & an adult partner. From the tiny to the tree-mendous, we’ll explore nature’s size and scale. 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.
                              
October 26
Haunted Lighthouse Tour
5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., & 8 p.m.
Fee: $20 per person
Sponsor:  Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
Note: Tours with ghost stories about Absecon Lighthouse

Halloween Hayride
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per adult/ $10 children under 12 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Call for group rates of 25 or more.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
(732) 919-3500
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
Note: Rain date October 27th (Sun)

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50 (advance ticket purchase recommended)
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Note: Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park

Full Moon Campfire
7 to 9 p.m.       
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Ocean County Parks
(609) 971-3085
Note: ADA accessible

Video –Harvesting Cranberries at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
Free
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Compare the historic dry and more modern wet cranberry harvests at Double Trouble Village on this fifteen minute video compiled from rare film footage. Video plays in the Park Information Building. Limited seating.

Season of Change
10 a.m.
Fee: $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.  Must preregister for program.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Bring your camera and take a walk to observe the subtle changes in the plant and animal world as autumn changes towards winter.  Identify the best places to view fall color and learn of the variables that affect the intensity of the colorful display.  2-3 mile walk over flat sandy trails.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-19.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.

Open Hearth Cooking
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
High Point State Park, Interpretive Center
(973) 875-4800
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
Note: All ages. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs and events. Step back in time and see how food was prepared before there were electric stoves and microwave ovens. You'll see how food can be cooked on a wood fire and will get to taste the results. There will also be cider pressing demonstrations and crafts for kids. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.  We will also recognize the 90th Anniversary of High Point State Park! 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

Jersey Devil Bound at Wharton State Forest
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest / Batsto Historic Village
(609)-567-4559
Note: Jersey Devil / Ghost stories & twilight hike; ADA accessible

Musket Firing Demonstration
1:30 p.m.
Fee: $1 program fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible

October 27
Gourd Crafting
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: ADA accessible.  Meet at the Nature Center to learn about the art of gourd crafting.  During the program, we’ll learn the techniques used in transforming a gourd into a piece of artwork. The fall season provides us with these natural products needed for the construction of the crafts.  All ages

Haunting the Pines
Noon to 3 p.m.  (register at 11 a.m.)
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic site
(609) 561-0024
Sponsor: Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc.

Video –Harvesting Cranberries at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Compare the historic dry and more modern wet cranberry harvests at Double Trouble Village on this fifteen minute video compiled from rare film footage. Video plays in the Park Information Building. Limited seating.

Season of Change
10 a.m.
Fee: $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.  Must preregister for program.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Note: Bring your camera and take a walk to observe the subtle changes in the plant and animal world as autumn changes towards winter.  Identify the best places to view fall color and learn of the variables that affect the intensity of the colorful display.  2-3 mile walk over flat sandy trails.  Walk starts at the Park Information Building.  Limited to 20 participants.To Register for Program:  Program Code DT-2013-10-19.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.

Lake Hopatcong Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hopatcong State Park
(973) 398-2616
Note: 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

Dog Show
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, to be held east of the Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Jersey Shore German Shepherd Club
Note: ADA accessible

Park Foliage Hike
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: This is a naturalist-guided 3.5-mile to 5.5-mile hike taking on the park’s natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season.  Wear sturdy footwear. Ages 9 to adult; bring drinking water and a snack.

October 29
The Nature of Halloween
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: adults $3; children ages 6-11 $1; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Let’s investigate the natural history of this magical season, then scare up some fun on a “spooky” scavenger hunt.For adults and children ages 6 to 11; partially ADA accessible

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