Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno
NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs  
Seeds Title Bar
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
DEP Home | About DEP | Index by Topic | Programs/Units | DEP Online 
 




KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
Nature Programs and Events


Kittatinny Valley State Park, located in Sussex County, comprises over 2,000 acres of hemlock and hardwood forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, lakes, and vernal pools representative of the Great Limestone Valley of northern New Jersey.

The interpretive programs at the park are designed to increase awareness and encourage the stewardship of our natural and cultural resources through activities such as guided walks, bike rides, slide and video programs, morning story hours, and special evening guest speaker presentations. Free nature programs are presented year-round and can be tailored to group interests. Over 100 programs, for adults and older children, ranging from beginner bird watching to orienteering, are available to select from. Outreach programs are also available upon request. Topics include, but are not limited to, wetland ecology, "Lost in the Woods," "A Bear's Life," "Leave No Trace," and bird migration.

Programs are free of charge and meet at the visitor center, located 1 mile north of Route 206 off Goodale Road in Andover, New Jersey, unless otherwise noted.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS BY 3:30 PM OF THE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM DATE, as space is limited. In case of inclement weather, all participants are urged to call the park office to determine whether programs have been cancelled or rescheduled.

Adults must accompany children at all times and pets are not permitted during programs. All programs are subject to change.

Highlights
  • A Project Learning Tree Trunk is stationed at the park office and is available to lend to educators. The trunk's activities are appropriate for use in the classroom with grades 6-12.

  • A butterfly garden behind the park office is a convenient place for nature discovery.

Target Audience(s)
General public, civic organizations, scout groups, educators, students of all ages.

Division of Parks and Forestry Logo Additional Information
Lynn Groves Lussier
Resource Interpretive Specialist, Natural Resources
Kittatinny Valley State Park
P. O. Box 621
Andover, NJ 07821-0621
Phone: 973-786-6445
Fax: 973-786-6874
E-mail: kittatinnyvalley@earthlink.net
www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html

Teachers' Guide to Educational Programs with New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and the Forest Resource Education Center

KVSP Nature Programs
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Meet at Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center unless otherwise noted
(973) 786-6445

September 29
L'il Tykes Autumn Hike

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
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 5
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

October 12
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

October 13
L'il Tykes Autumn Hike

11 am to 12 noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
(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 14
TGIF "Hike-to-Dessert" at The Chatterbox Drive-In

3:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; dessert additional; pre-registration required
Augusta Hill Rd., Sussex Branch Trail
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For all ages
Celebrate "National Dessert Day" and join us for an easy 2-mile, round-trip nature hike along the historic Sussex Branch Rail-Trail. At our turn-around point, The Chatterbox will offer half-price desserts to our group.

October 15
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
(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 19
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

November 2
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beautiful autumn scenery on this brisk 2-mile walk in the park.

November 3
"Hike-to-Lunch" at the Andover Diner

11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults (lunch additional); pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Join us for a 4-mile hike along park trails, including the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop at the Andover Diner to celebrate "National Sandwich Day" will offer optional refreshment midway through the trip.

November 5
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
(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!

November 12
"Hike to Happy Hour" at Angry Erik Brewing

4 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Celebrate "National Happy Hour Day" by enjoying a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp for the walk back to the cars.

November 16
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

November 17
"Hike-to-Lunch" at Buck Hill Brewery

10:30 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 Adults (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Blairstown Airport, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Join us for an easy 4-mile round-trip hike along the scenic Paulinskill Valley Trail. A one-hour lunch stop at Buck Hill Brewery to celebrate "Take a Hike Day" will offer optional refreshment midway through the trip.

November 30
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(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
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
(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!

December 13
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
(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 14
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(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 21
Winter Solstice Hike

10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
(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.

January 7
Wildflowers in Winter

10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
(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 7
Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
(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 11
Wildflowers in Winter

1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
(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 21
Winter Wonders

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
(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.

January 21
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
(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 28
15th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe

10 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
(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 4
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches

11 am to noon
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
(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 4
Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
(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 8
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches

1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
(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

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
(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 11
Color Yourself Calm

2 pm to 4 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
(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 14
Heartwarming Hike/Snowshoe

10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Experience the park in its winter finery in companionship with fellow nature lovers on this 3-mile hike, then warm up with hot chocolate and sweet treats in our cozy visitor center! Please bring a Valentine card you bought, made, or recycled and include a poem, the words to a song, or a favorite quote; we'll put them in a bag and pick randomly. Please also show our Little Free Library some love by bringing a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day!

February 25
Winter Wonders

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
(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.

February 25
Owls: Hunters of the Night

5 pm to 6 pm
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
(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."

March 1
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Start your morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 4
"Cabin Fever" Nature Hike

10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & up, $1 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For all ages
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 8
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 11
Geocaching for Beginners

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
(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!

March 15
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Start your morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 20
Spring Equinox Hike

10 am until noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
(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. Refreshments provided.

March 25
The Nature of Vernal Pools

11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 9-11; pre-registration required
(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 29
Wednesday Walkers

9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring and start the season off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the beauty of the park.

March 23
L'il Tykes Spring Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
(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!

March 30
L'il Tykes Spring Hike

11 am to noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
(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!

""