WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
at the Nature Center
The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ. Some programs are offered without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration as indicated below. A fee will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/23 - 9/7 (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. Phone: (609) 737-0609.
GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Saturday March 28, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game, which utilizes GPS (global positioning satellite) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of parks, playgrounds, natural areas and other open lands. Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of dozens of geocache sites in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. Advanced registration required after 2/24. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one.
PINE BOARD BIRDHOUSES (6 - 11 yrs. old) Saturday April 11, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. With the breeding season underway, several species of common cavity-nesting backyard birds will be looking for places to nest. Come out and build a simple nest box that will accommodate these feathery critters. Bring your own hammer. Advanced registration required. Suggested donation, $6.00/birdhose to cover materials.
SPRING LIFESTYLES OF THE LOCAL NATIVE AMERICANS (all ages) Saturday April 18, 1:00 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, focusing on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.
BIKE HIKE (pre-teens - adult) Sunday April 26, 1:30 p.m. Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 miles round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike and helmet. Advanced registration required.
WHERE IN THE WORLD DO YOUR GARDEN PLANTS COME FROM (12 yrs - adult) Saturday May 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Where did the tangerine get its name? Why did toast become French? These, and many more questions on the origins of cultivated plants will be answered by gardener and horticultural adventurer Hank Snyder of Flemington. Advanced registration required.
WILD EDIBLE PLANTS (3 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 3, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn to identify and prepare some of the many native and introduced plants which earlier inhabitants of the area used to supplement their diets. This program will be led by plant lore enthusiast Pat Chichon of Lambertville. Bring a pair of plant clippers and a garden trowel. Advanced registration required.
BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Saturday May 16, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take the Summit Trail from its trailhead on Fiddlers Creek Rd. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail. Advanced registration required after 4/14. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.
SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages) Saturday May 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. View magnetic sun storms safely through special filters via a telescope. Observe sun spots, solar flares, prominences and other solar phenomena. Learn how these storms can affect the earth as well as other interesting facts about Earth’s closest star. Gene Ramsey and other members of the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of Princeton will lead this activity. Clear skies required. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car. Rain date: Sunday May 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday May 31, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.
HOPEWELL VALLEY COME OUTSIDE AND PLAY - POND STUDY (all ages) Thursday June 11, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Kids will use pond nets to collect and examine the various organisms that inhabit our pond. Meet at the pond by the park service entrance off of Church Road in Titusville. Call for directions: (609) 737-0609.
SPRING/SUMMER BIRDS OF THE PARK(all ages) Saturday June 13, 8:30 a.m. Come and join Franta Broulik of Washington Crossing Audubon as we peruse the park for spring and summer resident bird species. Meet at the Nature Center. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car
STREAM STOMP (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday June 21, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come out for a wet hike as we follow a park stream in search of crayfish, salamanders, caddisflys, frogs, minnows and other stream inhabitants. Park vehicle entrance fee: $5.00 per car.
NATURAL DYES WORKSHOP (all ages) Sunday June 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Many interesting colors can be derived from wild plants. Come out to learn how several of our more common plants can be coaxed to yield dyes for coloring natural fabrics and take home a few samples of your own. Advanced registration required after 5/26. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.
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