The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are scheduled via phone call by special arrangement. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Some of these events will require advanced registration as specified below. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. 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
DELAWARE RIVER ROMP (7 yrs. - adult) Sunday September 25, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will explore the flora, fauna, geology and some of the history associated with the Delaware River as it passes by WCSP. Children and willing adults should come prepared to get wet as they forage the riverbank for a variety of river organisms. Meet in front of the Nelson House in Washington Grove. Advanced registration required.
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday October 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk.
PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES WEEKEND (all ages) Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Archaeologists 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. Stone tool making, fire building, edible and useful plants, primitive weapon construction, atlatl throwing, and more will all be included. The event will feature the National Geographic Channel’s Dr. Bill Schindler from the series The Great Human Race and Wahington Collegefor at least part of the weekend.
NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE AREA OF THE PARK (all ages) Saturday October 22, 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 autumn season, focusing on the activities of fall hunting, gathering and religious ceremonies. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.
PARK FOLIAGE HIKE (9 yrs. - adult) Saturday October 29, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 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, a snack and a pair of binoculars.
HIKE MILFORD BLUFFS (pre-teen-adult) Saturday November 5, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Milford Bluffs in Holland Twp., is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged with commanding views of the Delaware Valley. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-3 miles in length. Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool (approx. 45 min ride) to the preserve (call the Nature Center for directions). Advanced registration required.
SHELTER BUILDING WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday November 13, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This program will deal with the fundamentals pertaining to survival when lost in the wild. Participants will construct a weatherproof shelter completely from native materials.
NATURE CENTER CLOSED Thurs. Nov. 24 - Tues. Nov. 29
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GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Saturday December 3, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game, which utilizes GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden in the park. 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. 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. Advanced registration required.
HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING (all ages) Saturday December 10, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will construct their own wreaths from evergreen clippings collected in the park. Advanced registration required. Suggested donation: $7.00/wreath.
NATURE CENTER CLOSED Sat. Dec. 24, 2014 - Tues. Jan 3, 2015
Have a Happy Holiday Season