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. A fee of $5.00 per car ($7.00 out-of-state) will be charged to all motor vehicles entering the park for daytime programs on weekends and holidays through Monday 9/5 (Labor Day). Some programs are offered without charge and all programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise specified below. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, camps and other groups are scheduled separately upon request by special arrangement. Phone : (609) 737-0609.
NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. - adult) Saturday July 9, 8:30 p.m. Explore the park for nature at night and have some good old-fashioned fun on this naturalist-guided hike and campfire. Bring a flashlight. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required.
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Saturday July 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.
IN SEARCH OF SHALE (all ages) Sunday July 17, 1:30 p.m. 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 were so extensively used by the Indians. A short presentation will be given at the Nature Center by long-time WCSP volunteer instructor, Jim Wade. Actual Indian stone tool artifacts, from Mr. Wade’s collection, will be shown. This will be followed by a short trail hike to one of the local shale deposits and outcrops and possibly other location of interest in the park. Park Vehicle entrance fee applies.
TRAVEL BY HAIKU (teens – adult) Thursday July 21, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Writer, Poet, Musician, and Dream Laborer, Marshall James Kavanaugh will share readings from his book of haikus. These creative expressions were inspired by Marshall’s experiences with the natural world, as he traveled across America. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. In addition, this nature-inspired program will include several local performing artists. For excerpts, videos, and more info: http://bit.ly/TravelByHaiku from A Freedom Books http://www.marshalljameskavanaugh.com Advanced registration required.
POND STUDY (6 - 12 yr. old) Sunday July 31, 1:30 - 3:00 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. Advanced registration required.
NIGHT HIKE (6 yrs. - adult) Saturday August 6, 8:30 p.m. Explore the park for nature at night and have some good old-fashioned fun on this naturalist-guided hike and campfire. Advanced registration required. Bring a flashlight. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required.
RECREATIONAL KAYAKING (pre-teens - adult) Sunday August 28, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. If you are in the market for a kayak, come and learn the ins-and-outs of kayaking. Participants will have the opportunity to paddle a kayak on the park’s pond. Kayaks, paddles, and adult lifejackets will be provided. Get advice about selecting a recreational kayak that matches your paddling needs. Wear your old sneakers or water shoes and be prepared to get wet. Meet us at the Brick Road/pond parking lot for this fun and informative workshop! Advanced registration required
SOLAR OBSERVATION (all ages) Sunday September 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. View naturalistic activity on the sun safely through a telescope equipped with a special filter. Observe sunspots, solar flares, prominences, and other solar phenomena, as they are available. Learn how these storms can affect the earth as well as other interesting facts about our planet’s closest star. Gene Ramsey and Jennifer and Dave Skitt of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton will conduct this activity. Clear skies required. Rain date is Monday September 5, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
TREES OF THE PARK (adult) Sunday September 11, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 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.
BIKE HIKE (pre-teens - adult) Sunday September 18, 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.
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.