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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
(973) 786-6445

September 29
SUNSET YOGA
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Note: For adults
Wind down your busy day with a yoga session at sunset. This Hatha yoga class will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

October 3
Fall Foliage Hike
10 am
FREE
Warbasse Junction
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic rail-trail amongst the brilliant autumnal colors, and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

October 7
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the autumn scenery on this 1.5-mile walk.

October 8
L'il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 17
30-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location
Fee: None
Paulinskill Valley Trail
(201) 274-9805
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike the entire length of the Paulinskill Valley Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way. Weather permitting, over by nightfall.

October 17
Bike Ride
11:30 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 887-4332 or paul_rottmann@hotmail.com
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

October 17
Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 22
L'il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 24
Autumn Hike-to-Lunch: Donna's Runway Café
11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Footbridge Park, Paulinskill Valley Trail
(973) 786-6445
Sponsor: Kittatinny Valley State Park
Note: For adults
Discover what you've been missing! Join us for an easy hike along the historic Paulinskill Valley Rail-Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer refreshment midway through the trip.

November 14
20-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time & location
Fee: None
Sussex Branch Trail
(201) 274-9805
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike the entire length of the Sussex Branch Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way. Weather permitting, over by nightfall.

November 14
Bike Ride
11:30 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 887-4332 or paul_rottmann@hotmail.com
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

November 14
Hike-to-Lunch: Andover Diner
11 am to 2 pm
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Try something new - join us for a 4-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer refreshment midway through the trip.

November 17
"National Take A Hike Day"
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Get outside before the winter weather is upon us! Join this naturalist-led hike through our beautiful park and learn something new about nature in November.

November 18
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers.

November 21
Rail-Trail Hike
10 am
Fee: None
Warbasse Junction
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic rail-trail and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

November 25
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
Come on over to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the quiet beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

December 2
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 2
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
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 5
Explorer Hike
Call for time & location
Fee: None
(201) 274-9805
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Bring your sense of adventure for this fascinating foray into the wilds of Sussex County.

December 5
Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 5
Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

December 9
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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
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
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(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 16
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 19
Backyard Bird-feeding
11 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

December 19
Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

December 22
Winter Solstice Hike
10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

December 23
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

January 1
First Day Event: 31st Annual New Year's Day Hike
10 am
Fee: None
Footbridge Park
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Start your New Year off right by hiking a scenic rail-trail and learning about the history of the railroads that traversed Warren and Sussex County.

January 6
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
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 16
Wildflowers in Winter
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 16
Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 23
Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 23
Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 27
Wildflowers in Winter
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 28
Backyard Bird-feeding
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

January 30
14th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 2
Groundhog Day Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Regardless of what "Punxsutawney Phil" says about spring, let's get outside to enjoy a brisk hike while we can still enjoy the peace and serenity of KVSP in the winter!

February 4
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
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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."

February 6
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
11 am to noon
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 6
Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 10
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $7 Adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 20
Winter Wonders
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 20v Color Yourself Calm
2 pm to 3 pm
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 27
"Cabin Fever" Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
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 1
Backyard Bird-feeding
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & Up; $3 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible
Celebrate "National Peanut Butter Day" by learning to identify a few of our feathered friends and attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder to take home.

March 19
(Almost) Spring Equinox Hike
10 am until noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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.

March 23
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring and start the season off right by stretching your legs, breathing some fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 26
The Nature of Vernal Pools
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 9-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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 28
Weed Walk
11 am to noon
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate "National Weed Appreciation Day" by learning about the edible and medicinal benefits of the pernicious plants that pop-up in your lawn and garden.

March 30
Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
NOTE: For adults
No excuses! Start your morning off right and head to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in spring in companionship with fellow walkers.

March 31
L'il Tykes Hike
S 4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(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!

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