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, New Jersey. Some programs will require advanced registration as indicated below. Attendance is always limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs will commence at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. An adult must accompany all children. In the event of inclement weather some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. These events are intended for families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools and other groups are scheduled separately by special arrangement. Phone : (609) 737-0609
NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 4, 12:45 p.m. Galapagos Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. Observe rare and unusual organisms as this famous archipelago and its surrounding waters are explored with modern equipment and research techniques.
NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 11, 12:45 p.m.The Primates Our closest relatives in the tree of life are the primates. They surpass most other mammals in intelligence. They can solve complex problems and build lasting relationships. And, they are capable of remembering whatever they’ve learned throughout their lives. Baboons, gorillas, tarsiers, orangutans, chimpanzees and others are all featured.
BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday January 12, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take a county park trail from its trailhead near Church Rd. to the top of the hill. Meet at the parking lot by Niederer’s Pond (Church Rd). Advanced registration required. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.
NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 18, 12:45 p.m. Predators and Prey Cheetahs fail to take down a zebra stallion but have better luck with an ostrich in Kenya. An Ibex successfully evades a fox on the shores of the Dead Sea. A greater bulldog bat uses ripples on the water to detect fish in Belize. A variety of mammals are depicted in their respective roles as the hunter and hunted.
NATURE VIDEO Saturday January 25, 12:45 p.m. Life’s Challenges Life has implemented some unusual strategies to promote species survival. A variety of these are catalogued in this beautifully photographed nature film.
HIKE THE ROCK HOPPER TRAIL (preteen - adult) Sunday January 26, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. 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 2-3 miles in length. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond in WCSP. (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail head. Advanced registration required.
NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 8, 12:45 p.m. Animals of the Abyss. The ocean is the largest habitat on earth. Many invertebrates inhabit the deepest recesses of the ocean and actually out number fish by a factor of ten. Some are quite large, others tiny yet, they build some of the largest living structures on the planet. Come and see how these organisms manage to survive in the deep.
NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 15, 12:45 p.m. The Insects. Male Darwin’s beetles play King of the Hill on tall trees in Chile. A damselfly in France has only 12 hours to find a mate and lay eggs. Monarch butterflies migrate 2000 miles from southern Canada to Mexico. Alkali flies survive in California’s Mono Lake that is twice as salty as the ocean. A variety of insects use chemical weapons for self-defense. Insects are the most abundant and diverse group of animals on the planet.
THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY Sunday February 16, 1:30 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will take participants on a journey back to the time of the last ice age, when the earliest Native American peoples entered what is now New Jersey. Discover how these Paleo-Indians lived and survived in an artic landscape filled with strange, prehistoric fur-covered animals, like the wooly mammoth, great elk, and musk oxen - Learn how these earliest people adapted to their harsh environment and hunted with specialized Clovis spear points - See how these prehistoric hunters opened the way for new bands of Archaic peoples who followed, with new innovative stone tools and lifestyles. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.
NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 22, 12:45 p.m. Reptiles and Amphibians. Herptiles from Brazil to Madagascar, to Indonesia and elsewhere, employ a variety of interesting techniques to secure food, evade predators and to reproduce.
MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday February 23, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required after 1/21.
MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 2, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required after 2/4.
MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required after 2/11.
MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 9, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required after 2/11.
WINTER BIRDS OF THE PARK (All Ages) Sunday March 16, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come join veteran birder Franta Broulik of Washington Crossing Audubon as we walk the trails in search of a variety of winter bird species and perhaps some early spring migrants. Advanced registration required after 2/18.
GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Sunday March 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the good old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing 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 over a dozen geocache sites located 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 2/25. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one.
NATURE CENTER CLOSED Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 - Wed. Jan 1, 2014
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