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October Weekdays
Walt Whitman in Mickle Street
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
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 1
Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children's curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. This fall we'll be exploring ladybugs and other autumn insects, seeds, colors and leaves, and rocks. Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the program begins. Payments can be made by phone or in-person at the Park Office, but cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

October 2
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20; advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
732) 919-3500
A spookily delightful evening with the Master of Macabre himself: Mr. Poe. Presented by Helen McKenna-Uff; ADA accessible.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
register.highpointprograms@gmail.com
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children's curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. This fall we'll be exploring ladybugs and other autumn insects, seeds, colors and leaves, and rocks Siblings (or other children) over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program. Fees must be paid in full before the program begins. Payments can be made by phone or in-person at the Park Office, but cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

The Solar System
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Assoc of Princeton
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Ages pre-teen to adult. 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. Enter the park at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center

October 3
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
A spookily delightful evening with the Master of Macabre himself: Mr. Poe. Presented by Helen McKenna-Uff; ADA accessible.

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

Dog Hike
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration requested (15 people max)
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
About 3-5 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch, heavy rain cancels.  Call hike leader for directions and information.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Nature Walk
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 and up $5; children 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 are free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Registration and fee required by 3 p.m. the day before program at the Brendan Byrne State Forest office, (609) 726-1101. Payments can not be accepted at the Double Trouble Village.
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry. During this one hour walking tour you'll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village's cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today. Please note this is not a cranberry harvest tour.

Hike the D&R Canal path from Griggstown to East Millstone
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the East Millstone Parking Lot (Amwell Road, Franklin Township)
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 – Bob Barth – email bbrath@att.net
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 5.6 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE; donations appreciated
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Come enjoy the beauty of fall at High Point State Park! Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride to view the autumn foliage. A few shorts stops will be made along the way to point out things of interest. Bring your own lunch and we will picnic along the way. Meeting place to be announced. Please call 973-702-0488 if you would like more information or have questions about the event. Suitable for ages 14-adult. Helmets are required for all bicycle riders. No rain date is scheduled, but visitors are welcome to explore on their own. Park maps and suggested routes for bicycling are available in the park office. Bring bag lunch and water!

Nature from “A” to “Z” - Mountaintop Edition
11 a.m. to noon
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Families with children ages five to ten. No registration required. After a quick review of the alphabet, we’ll explore the top of Kittatinny Mountain around the Monument searching for natural items that correspond to the letters of the alphabet. “A” is for acorn. What will we find for “Z”? Meet by the concession stand between the main parking lot and the Monument.

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.
Partially ADA accessible

Fall Foliage Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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.

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

Antarctica Total Solar Eclipse Talk
8:30 to 10 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Patricia Espenak will speak about her Total Solar Eclipse trip to Antarctica in 2003.

In Search of Shale
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Find out where the Indians of Central New Jersey would travel in search of the stone materials they needed for making their tools and weapons. Learn why some of the most abundant varieties of shale in the area was so extensively used by the Indians  A short presentation will be given at the Nature Center and, actual Indian stone tool artifacts will be shown. This will be followed by a short trail hike to one of the local shale deposits and outcrops.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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 demonstration; ADA accessible.

Waterloo Open for Walking Tours
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 ages 10 and up, $2 under age 10
Waterloo Village Historic Site
Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day; partially ADA accessible

October 4
Allaire 5K Run
8 a.m. to noon
Allaire State Park
(732) 938-2371
Sponsor: Allaire Historic Village
Race will take place within Allaire State Park, for more detail please email Forlenza4@aol.com

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $ 4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Nature Walk
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Fall Foliage Photo Scavenger Hunt
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
All ages. Registration not required. Join us for a new twist on an old favorite. Bring a digital camera (phone or otherwise) and team up with your family and friends for a park-wide scavenger hunt in search of natural and historic facts and artifacts. Some items on the hunt will be things you can collect and others will be images to capture using your camera. When we're done and the points are tallied, you can also upload your photos and post them on Facebook and/or Instagram using #highpointstateparkscavengerhunt and #highpointstatepark to share your finds! Suitable for all ages – this scavenger hunt can be as difficult or easy as you make it, and resourcefulness and creativity will count in this friendly competition. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

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
http://www.lusscroftfarm.com/

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouoth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Gift Shop at Visitor Center will open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. The Craig House was used as a hospital by the British forces in June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth.

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

Rare Breed Dog Show
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, east of the parking lot
Sponsor: American Rare Breed
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible. Call ahead in case Rare Breed has to cancel the show

Hike the Rock Hopper Trail
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Ages pre-teen-adult. The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp., is a new acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length. Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool to the trail (call the Nature Center for directions).

Atsion Flea Market
10:30 a.m.
Parking donation suggested
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Recreation Area
(609)-351-0073
Sponsor: Indian Mills Historical Society

October 5
Rare Breed Dog Show
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, east of the parking lot
Sponsor: American Rare Breed
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible. Call ahead in case Rare Breed has to cancel the show

October 6
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required- spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors

October 7
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the autumn scenery on this 1.5-mile walk.

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
http://www.lusscroftfarm.com/

October 8
L’il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under; share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

October 9
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20; advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Interactive adaptation of the classic ghost story; ADA accessible

Haunted Express Night Time Rides
7:30 to 9:30 p.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
Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Beginners Bird Walk
9:00 am
Fee: None
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Cape May Point State Park
ADA Accessible

Nature Walk
2:00 pm
Fee: None
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Cape May Point State Park
ADA Accessible

Stars, Star Clusters and Galaxies
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Sponsor: Amateur Astronomers Assoc of Princeton
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; for pre-teen to adult. Enter the park at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center. ADA Accessible.

October 10
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Interactive adaptation of the classic ghost story; ADA accessible.

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

Haunted Express Night Time Rides
7:30 to 9:30 p.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
Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Fall Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1per adult – under 12 Free
Vendor spaces - $30 pre-registered, $35 registration the week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain date: October 18th. Browse shop and look for missing items, lost childhood toys, antique jewelry and more.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Cape May Point State Park
ADA Accessible

Nature Walk
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fee: None
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Cape May Point State Park
ADA Accessible

Family Fun Day at Abbott Marshlands
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Meet at Tulpehaking Nature Center
Sponsor: Mercer County Parks
(609) 303-0704 – Kelly Rypkema
Celebrate the nature center’s first birthday with a day of family activities, games, and giveaways. Are you up for our Birthday Fun Run? Want to test your skills as an archaeologist? Help us to ring in another successful year at the Abbott Marshlands. Partially ADA accessible.

Birding by Kayak
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-0506
Discover the diversity of birds that inhabit Island Beach while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

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.
Partially ADA accessible

Young Astronomers – Star Above, Earth Below
6:30 to 8 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome, pre-registration required – space is limited
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
www.njaa.org
(908) 638-8500
Isn't it time you were more familiar with the night sky? Share familiar asterisms, constellations, and guide stars above. Navigation by the stars, legends, and fables of many and how to locate them in the night sky for stellar family enjoyment are some of the topics we have in store. Make and take home a planisphere or star wheel that will help you and your family find your way in the night sky all year long from your own back yard. Then, let's all plan to go outside and OBSERVE! Bring hats, gloves, and scarves - it might be cold! Dress to be outdoors.

Recreating the Battle of Trenton in a Miniature Wargame
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
The Battle of Trenton will be recreated by using miniature figures, dice and "Flint & Steel" rules developed by Richard Kane who will also be managing the game; ADA accessible.

Primitive Technologies Weekend
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
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. For all ages; ADA accessible.

Shadows of the Past
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Waterloo Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Meet in the parking lot near the ticket booths at the main entrance. An evening guided lantern tour of the village, aimed at exploring the spooky shadows of Waterloo’s past. Appropriate foot wear is required. Sneakers or hiking boots, weather appropriate attire is suggested. Partially ADA accessible, recommended for ages 15 and up.

October  11
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $ 4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

19th Century All Hallow’s Eve
Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $7 per person, $5 under 6 yrs.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Free pumpkins (limited quantity). Costume parade with prizes for children under 12.

Annual  LBI Commemorative 18-Mile Run
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $27.00
Finish Line at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: St. Francis Community Center
(609) 494-8861 ext. 105
ADA accessible

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Cape May Point State Park
ADA Accessible

Nature Walk
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Cape May Point State Park
ADA Accessible

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Alpaca Demonstration
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Patricia Flanagan of Swallow Hill Farm in Hillsborough, NJ will show how wools is processed from the alpacas to the finished products. There will be an alpaca on site. Partially ADA accessible.

Sedge Island Then & Now Kayak Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing history of Island Beach while paddling through Barnegat Bay.

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouoth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Gift Shop at Visitor Center will open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. The Craig House was used as a hospital by the British forces in June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth.

Primitive Technologies Weekend
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
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. For all ages; ADA accessible.

October 12
Alpaca Demonstration
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Blackwells Mills Canal House (598 Canal Road, Somerset)
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Patricia Flanagan of Swallow Hill Farm in Hillsborough, NJ will show how wools is processed from the alpacas to the finished products. There will be an alpaca on site. Partially ADA accessible.

October 13
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required- spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors

October 16
Haunted Allaire
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per adult, $10 children under 12 - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Haunted hayrides and haunted village. Call for group rates of 25 or more

Haunted Express Night Time Rides
7:30 to 9:30 p.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
Spooky nighttime ride and walk through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

October 17
Haunted Allaire
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 per adult, $10 children under 12 - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Haunted hayrides and haunted village. Call for group rates of 25 or more.

Haunted Express Night Time Rides
7:30 to 9:30 p.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
Spooky nighttime ride and walk through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Saturday Fall Foliage Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208

Meet at the Nature Center for a brisk fall walk to enjoy the autumn season of colors. Ages 8 +

D&R Canal Fest
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
East Millstone Community Park, Market Street, East Millstone
Sponsor:  Franklin Township Food Bank
(732) 873-5837

ADA accessible. Canal Fest is a family-friendly afternoon that celebrates the history of the D&R Canal in the Millstone Valley and area community. There will be food, arts & crafts, local vendors, live music, canoeing, and opportunities to learn more about the history of the area.

Indian King Tavern Open House featuring the Sea Dogs
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of Indian King Tavern
(856) 429-6792

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.
Partially ADA accessible

30-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(201) 274-9805
Hike the entire length of the Paulinskill Valley Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way. Weather permitting, over by nightfall.

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
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & 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 adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

Fall Bird Walk
10 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext.109
ADA Accessible. Come on out to Liberty State Park and join us for a leisurely stroll as we look for and identify the birds that visit for the fall. Dress to be outdoors.  Bring binoculars if you have them, we have a limited number that can be borrowed. 

Fall Tree Walk
10 to 11:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required – spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Come for a short stroll and learn how to identify some of the common trees found at Spruce Run Recreation Area. We will take a close look at leaves, bark, branches and may even create some natural art. Dress to be outdoors

Trees of the Park
1 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Washington Crossing State Park is home to scores of species of native trees and shrubs as well as many non-natives that have become naturalized. Join the park naturalist on a walk and learn how to identify many of the most common species.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  $1 per person.
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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 demonstration.

Shadows of the Past
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Waterloo Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Meet in the parking lot near the ticket booths at the main entrance
An evening guided lantern tour of the village, aimed at exploring the spooky shadows of Waterloo’s past. Appropriate foot wear is required. Sneakers or hiking boots, weather appropriate attire is suggested. Partially ADA accessible, recommended for ages 15 and up.

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

October 18
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting
.

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouoth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Gift Shop at Visitor Center will open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. The Craig House was used as a hospital by the British forces in June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth.

Bird Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Join NJ Audubon Society members, on 3\4 mile flat trail loop where you could see a Downy Wood pecker or Bald Eagle. Then take a short drive to the swimming pond where abundant waterfowl enjoy the early spring serenity. If you have a field guide and binoculars we suggest you bring them.

Country Living Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 561-0024
Sponsor: Batsto Citizen’s Committee, Inc.
ADA Accessible Location, however, large crowds are expected; country-themed vendors and exhibitors.

October 20
Tuesday Toddlers
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required – spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors.

October 21
 Wednesday Walk in the Woods
FREE; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
7-10 miles on flat ground, moderate pace.  Bring drink and lunch, heavy rain cancels.  Call hike leader for directions and information.

October 22
L’il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under; share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

Haunted Allaire
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee:  $15 per adult, $10 children under 12 - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Haunted hayrides and haunted village. Call for group rates of 25 or more

Haunted Express Night Time Rides
7:30p.m. to 9:30 p.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

Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

October 23
Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

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

Haunted Allaire
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fee:  $15 per adult, $10 children under 12 - advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Haunted hayrides and haunted village. Call for group rates 25 or more.

Haunted Express Night Time Rides
7:30p.m. to 9:30 p.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
Spooky nighttime ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

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

Trick or Treat Weekend
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Campsite Halloween Decorating Contest,for campers only Please call for details.  

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

The Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 and up $5; children 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 are free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Registration and fee required by 3 p.m. the day before program at the Brendan Byrne State Forest office, (609) 726-1101. Payments can not be accepted at the Double Trouble Village.
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry. During this one hour walking tour you'll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village's cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today. Please note this is not a cranberry harvest tour.

Fall Hike on the D&R Canal path from Demott Lane to Landing Lane
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at the Demott Lane Parking Lot (Off Easton Avenue, Franklin Township)
(609) 924-5705
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 4.2 miles along historic towpath. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water

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.
Partially ADA accessible

Autumn Hike-to-Lunch: Donna’s Runway Café
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(973) 786-6445
For adults; discover what you’ve been missing! Join us for an easy hike along the historic Paulinskill Valley Rail-Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer refreshment midway through the trip.

Fall Leaves Walk
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Liberty State Park, Nature Interpretive Center
(201) 915-3402, ext.109
ADA Accessible. Come on out to Liberty State Park and join us for a leisurely stroll as we explore the science and magic of fall foliage. Dress to be outdoors.

Tales from the Dark Side of the Dome
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
Presentation by Mr. Alan Witzgall, member NJAA, AAI, Senior Optician – ESCO Optics. For additional information go to www.njaa.org

Shadows of the Past
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Waterloo Historic Site
(973) 347-1835
Meet in the parking lot near the ticket booths at the main entrance
An evening guided lantern tour of the village, aimed at exploring the spooky shadows of Waterloo’s past. Appropriate foot wear is required. Sneakers or hiking boots, weather appropriate attire is suggested. Partially ADA accessible, recommended for ages 15 and up.

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

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

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Salt Marsh Ecology Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike to learn about the salt marsh ecosystem at Cheesequake. Ages 9 +.

Craig House Open
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouoth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Gift Shop at Visitor Center will open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. The Craig House was used as a hospital by the British forces in June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth.

Park Foliage Hike
1:30 to 4p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Ages 9 yrs – adult. This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 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.  Bring drinking water and a snack

Canal Day Program
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 parking fee
Waterloo Village Historic Site
ADA Accessible: partially
Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day; partially ADA accessible

Trick or Treat at Waterloo Village
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 parking fee
Waterloo Village Historic Site
All ages are encouraged to visit the village for the 3rd annual Trick or Treat at Waterloo Village Historic Site. Walk the historic 1800s road and receive a trick or a treat at each jack-o-lantern lit location.  Come hungry because food and beverages will be available for purchase at the JAM at Waterloo Spooky Café.   The haunted woodland forest walk is optional. Wear your costume if you have one!
Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Partially ADA accessible.

October 27
Moonlight Hike
6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $5
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
Join us on an adventurous night hike to discover "whooooo" is awake whenthe sun goes down at Island Beach. When we arrive at the beach enjoy a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and listen to ghost storeis about shipwrecks off the Jerswey shore - the "graveyard of the atlantic".

Tuesday Toddlers
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required- spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
srravsphspinfo@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors

October 30
Arachnomania
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

Beginners Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

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.
Partially ADA accessible

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee:  $1 per person.
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
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

 

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