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Kittatinny Valley State Park Programs & Events


KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS

March - September 2015

*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY 3:30 PM OF THE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM DATE.  Please call (973) 786-6445 to register.  Programs meet at the visitor center located 1 mile north of Route 206, off Goodale Road in Andover Township, unless otherwise noted.  Please be prompt – programs start at the time indicated.  Adults must accompany children at all times.  Pets are not permitted during most programs.  In case of inclement weather, all participants are urged to contact the visitor center to determine whether programs have been cancelled or rescheduled. 
All programs are subject to change.

September | October | November | December | January | February | March

 

September

September 10

L’IL TYKES HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; 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!

September 12

MEGA GEOCACHING EVENT
10 am to 5 pm
Fee: None
Waterloo Village
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Northern New Jersey Cachers
Note: Family program – all ages
Everyone is welcome to join the NJ geocaching community to learn more about this hi-tech scavenger hunt and participate in a day of family fun and games at historic Waterloo Village. Visit www.metrogathering.org for more information.

September 15

SUNSET YOGA
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

September 17

THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS
4 pm to 5:30 pm
Fee: $3 adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center & Butterfly Garden
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA Accessible
Experience the life of a monarch butterfly, learn what you can do to help this imperiled species, and explore our award-winning butterfly garden!

September 19

LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey.  Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

September 23

AUTUMN EQUINOX: CELEBRATION OF THE HARVEST
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
This indoor program features harvest festivals from around the world and illuminates time-honored customs celebrating this season of change. Light refreshments provided.

September 24

L’IL TYKES AUTUMN HIKE
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; 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!

September 26

HIKE-TO-LUNCH: STONEWOOD TAVERN
10 am to 1:30 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Cranberry Lake Park & Ride
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Kick off the fall season with a 2.5-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour rest-stop will offer refreshment near the end of the trip.

September 29

SUNSET YOGA
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

October

October 3

Fall Foliage Hike
10 am
FREE
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.

October 7

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: 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.

October 8

L’il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 17

30-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location
Fee: None
Paulinskill Valley Trail
(201) 274-9805
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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.

October 17

Bike Ride
11:30 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 887-4332 or paul_rottmann@hotmail.com
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

October 17

Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: 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!

October 22

L’il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 24

Autumn Hike-to-Lunch: Donna’s Runway Café
11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: 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.

November

November 14

20-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location
Fee: None
Sussex Branch Trail
(201) 274-9805         
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike the entire length of the Sussex Branch Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way. Weather permitting, over by nightfall.

Bike Ride
11:30 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 887-4332 or paul_rottmann@hotmail.com
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Hike-to-Lunch: Andover Diner
11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Try something new - join us for a 4-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer refreshment midway through the trip.

November 17

“National Take A Hike Day”
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Get outside before the winter weather is upon us! Join this naturalist-led hike through our beautiful park and learn something new about nature in November.

November 18

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

November 21

Rail-Trail Hike
10 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic rail-trail and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

November 25

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

December

December 2
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $3 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

December 5

Explorer Hike
Call for time & location
Fee: None
(201) 274-9805
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Bring your sense of adventure for this fascinating foray into the wilds of Sussex County.

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

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

December 9

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

December 10

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $3 Adults & children ages 12 & up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

December 16

Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

December 19

Backyard Bird-feeding
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

December 22

Winter Solstice Hike
10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the sights and sounds of the serene winter woods on this 3.5-mile moderate hike. Light refreshments provided.

December 23

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

January

January 1

First Day Event: 31st Annual New Year’s Day Hike
10 am
Fee: None
Footbridge Park
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Start your New Year off right by hiking a scenic rail-trail and learning about the history of the railroads that traversed Warren and Sussex County.

January 6

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

January 16

Wildflowers in Winter
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

January 23

Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults with children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

January 27

Wildflowers in Winter
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

January 28

Backyard Bird-feeding
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

January 30

14th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a brisk hike (or snowshoe) in the wild winter woods of KVSP! Afterwards, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies in our visitor center.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug (and snowshoes, if necessary)!

February

February 2

Groundhog Day Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Regardless of what “Punxsutawney Phil” says about spring, let’s get outside to enjoy a brisk hike while we can still enjoy the peace and serenity of KVSP in the winter!

February 4

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls will be presented in this slide-show, followed by a short outdoor “owl-prowl.”

February 6

Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
11 am to noon
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color back into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

February 10

Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

February 11

Backyard Bird-feeding
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

February 20

Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults with children ages 4 & 5; ADA accessible
Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults; ADA accessible
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Reduce stress and bring some color into your life! Sip complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and enjoy a sweet treat while coloring your cares away in the cozy, quiet environment of KVSP. All materials provided.

February 27

“Cabin Fever” Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Enjoy the park in its winter finery during this naturalist-guided tour. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate and sweet treats in our toasty visitor center!

March

March 1

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

March 19

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

March 23

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring and start the season off right by stretching your legs, breathing some fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 26

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

March 28

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

March 30

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
No excuses! Start your morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in spring in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 31

L’il Tykes Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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!

 

 

 

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