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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: Fall & Winter 2014-15
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
October 22
Yoga for Beginners
5 pm to 6 pm
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Wind down your busy day and restore balance with the natural harmony of yoga. Develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

October 23
L'il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
FREE; 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 29
The Nature of Halloween
4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 6-11; Partially ADA Accessible
Let's investigate the natural history of this magical season and scare up some fun on a "spooky" scavenger hunt!

November 1
Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family
NOTE: For adults and children ages 10 & 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 13
L'il Tykes Autumn Hike
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
FREE; 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!

November 18
Nature in November
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Enjoy a 2-mile naturalist-guided tour of the park to discover birds, botany, and soak in the quiet beauty of the season.

November 19
Nature in November
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Enjoy a 2-mile naturalist-guided tour of the park to discover birds, botany, and soak in the quiet beauty of the season.

November 20
Thanksgiving: Honoring the Harvest
10 am to noon
Fee: $5 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; Partially ADA Accessible
Following a slide-illustrated program discussing various harvest festivals and seasonal customs from around the world, an easy 2-mile walk will invigorate and rejuvenate with the colors of fall. Light refreshments provided.

December 3
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
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 6
Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 10 & 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 9
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
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 13
Winter Greens Walk
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Some plants remain green even throughout the "dead" of winter. We will investigate the special features, natural history, and folklore of a variety of evergreen trees, shrubs, and herbs.

December 17
Winter Greens Walk
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Some plants remain green even throughout the "dead" of winter. We will investigate the special features, natural history, and folklore of a variety of evergreen trees, shrubs, and herbs.

December 20
Winter Solstice Hike
10 am until noon
FREE; pre-registration required
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.

January 3
Wildflowers in Winter
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation.

January 8
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
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 10
Wildflowers in Winter
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation.

January 14
Wildflowers in Winter
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the surprisingly beautiful dried remains of wildflowers during this indoor presentation.

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
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 24
Winter Wonders
11 am until noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
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 31
13th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
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 in our toasty visitor center. Don't forget to bring your favorite mug (and snowshoes, if necessary)!

February 3
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
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 7
Winter Wonders
11 am until noon
Fee: $3 Adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
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 11
Backyard Birds: Our Winter Visitors
11 am to noon
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 6-11; pre-registration required
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 18
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching during this indoor presentation.

February 21
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
10 am to 11 am
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching during this indoor presentation.

February 25
Winter Tree ID: Buds, Bark & Branches
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify trees by their buds, bark, and branching during this indoor presentation.

February 26
Yoga for Beginners
5 pm to 6 pm
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Wind down your busy day and restore balance with the natural harmony of yoga. Develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

February 28
"Cabin Fever" Nature Hike
10 am to 11:30 am
Fee: $3 Adults and children 12 & Up; $1 children ages 8-11; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 8 & Up
Your family will enjoy the park in its winter finery during this 1.5-mile naturalist-guided tour. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate in our toasty visitor center!

March 4
The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal
1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let's find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of "The Magic Garden."

March 5
The Magic Garden: Sorcery, Secrets & Scandal
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $3 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults; ADA Accessible
Did you ever pause in your garden chores to consider why we cultivate crocus, dare to question the name nasturtium, or ponder the popularity of poppies? Let's find the answers to these questions and more as we explore the myth and mystery of "The Magic Garden."

March 7
Geocaching for Beginners
11 am to noon
Fee: $10 per family; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 10 & 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!

March 11
Yoga for Beginners
6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 Adults; pre-registration required
Note: For Adults
Wind down your busy day and restore balance with the natural harmony of yoga. Develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques.

March 12
L'il Tykes Hike
4 pm to 5 pm
FREE; 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!

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