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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

July 10
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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.

July 12
NJ & NY SNAKES & TURTLES

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program - All Ages; ADA Accessible
Get familiar with our local reptiles and amphibians during this entertaining live animal show! Meet the turtles, snakes, and frogs that share our parks and yards, and learn why they need to stay wild.

July 12
THE GREAT REPTILES

1 pm to 2 pm
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program - All Ages; ADA Accessible
Come see why this live animal program has the "WOW" factor: Meet a 100-lb American alligator, watch a 6-ft water monitor lizard sniff the air with her foot-long tongue, or touch the gentle beautiful giant, "Hernia," a 100-lb Burmese Python. Don't miss this one!

July 16
SUNSET YOGA

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
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.

July 24
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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.

July 26
LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION

8 am to 9:30 am
Fee: $10 adults and teens; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey. Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

July 26
GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 6 & 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 new geo-trail!

August 2
WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK!

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program - All Ages; ADA Accessible
Many mammals have developed amazing defenses to avoid becoming "lunch" - from the Skunk's putrid smell, the Porcupine's incredibly sharp quills, and the Armadillo's plated back made of hair. Meet these creatures up-close and watch how they use their special tools "When Animals Attack!"

August 2
WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK!

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: Family Program - All Ages; ADA Accessible
Many mammals have developed amazing defenses to avoid becoming "lunch" - from the Skunk's putrid smell, the Porcupine's incredibly sharp quills, and the Armadillo's plated back made of hair. Meet these creatures up-close and watch how they use their special tools "When Animals Attack!"

August 7
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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.

August 9
GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 6 & 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 new geo-trail!

August 13
SUNSET YOGA

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
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.

August 21
CAT-TALES STORY HOUR

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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.

August 23
LAKE AEROFLEX PADDLING EXCURSION

8 am to 9:30 am
Fee: $10 adults and teens; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
(973) 786-6445
Note: For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience
Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey. Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

August 23
THE MAGIC OF MONARCHS

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Children Ages 6-11; ADA Accessible
Experience the extraordinary life of a monarch butterfly while visiting our award-winning butterfly garden!

August 27
SUNSET YOGA

6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
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.

September 10
SUNSET YOGA

6 pm to 7 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
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.

September 13
GEOCACHING FOR BEGINNERS

11 am to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults and Children Ages 6 & 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 new geo-trail!

September 22
CELEBRATION OF THE HARVEST: AUTUMN LECTURE & WALK

10 am to noon
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
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.

September 24
SUNSET YOGA

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: $10 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
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.

September 25
L'IL TYKES AUTUMN HIKE

4 pm to 5 pm
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For 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!

September 27
ALL ABOUT GALLS

11 am to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Note: For Adults; Partially ADA Accessible
Plant galls are abnormal outgrowths of plant tissues and can be caused by various parasites, from fungi and bacteria, to insects and mites. Discover the fascinating world of plant galls and amaze your friends with your ability to identify these intriguing structures.

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