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Throughout the year, the New Jersey State Park Service proudly hosts hundreds of events at state parks, forests, recreation areas and marinas. This calendar of events is continually updated with our upcoming programs that we hope to see you at soon!

Calendar of Events

March

3/1/2024 - 3/10/2024

3/11/2024 - 3/17/2024

3/18/2024 - 3/24/2024

3/25/2024 - 3/31/2024

 

April

4/1/2024 - 4/7/2024

4/8/2024 - 4/14/2024

4/15/2024 - 4/21/2024

4/22/2024 - 4/30/2024


Week of 3/1/2024 - 3/10/2024

Rid Litter Day
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
1-Mar 10 AM
Description: 2.5-mile litter pick-up along Goodale Road. Gloves, reflective vests, litter pickers, and bags provided.
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at https://kvsp.eventbrite.com.


On the Lookout for Lafayette: Tracing Travels & Tours through New Jersey
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site. St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 158 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
2-Mar 2:30 PM
Description: Paul Larson of American Friends of Lafayette introduces the life and legacy of Lafayette in the United States and France, tracing Lafayette's travels in New Jersey as volunteer to George Washington in the Revolutionary War and as the Nation's Guest on his Farewell Tour of 1824-25.
Age: ages 12 and up. $5 Suggested Donation
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov


Volunteer Day
Whitesbog Historic Village, General Store
2-Mar 10 AM
Description: Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events! Both get you lunch in the General Store classroom and time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings!
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Village Tour
Whitesbog Historic Village, General Store
2-Mar 1 PM
Description: Walk the Historic Village trails, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottage and other museums & landscapes that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage.
Age: all ages. $10 donation
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Hike to Caven Point
Liberty State Park, Lot #1
3-Mar 11 AM
Description: Guided hike to Caven Point Beach to explore the natural shoreline and observe the unique views of this area.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at Lot #1 located at 300 Morris Pesin Drive. Dress to work outdoors and wear shoes that can get wet/muddy. You also may want to bring water and sunscreen.


Beginner Birding!
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake Pavilion
3-Mar 9:00 AM
Description: Geared for beginner birders, 1 mile hike and class on how to identify birds.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
Bring binoculars if you have, camera optional.


Monday Mountaineers
Stokes State Forest, Criss / Deep root trailhead
4-Mar 9:00 AM
Description: Guided ~5 miles, moderate.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: 10 essentials, layers, traction for boots, good hiking boots, hat/gloves, lunch, extra water, snacks, hiking poles.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
6-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Architecture of the CRRNJ Terminal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
6-Mar 1:30 PM
Description: Guided walk through the CRRNJ Terminal and discussion about its unique architectural layouts.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the giant flag on the steps inside the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking in Lot #9.


Batsto Mansion Sunset Tours
Batsto Village Historic Site, Batsto Mansion
8-Mar 7 PM
Description: See the historic house after hours with a guided tour of the impressive Italianate home.
Age: all ages. $10, Pre-registration Recommended
Please Call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024


AmeriCorps: Second Annual Tree Replanting at Round Valley Recreation Area
Round Valley Recreation Area, South lot
10-Mar 1 PM
Description: Volunteers attending the Second Annual Tree Replanting at Round Valley Recreation Area will be rescuing young trees from the rising water levels along the coast of the reservoir and replanting them to the outdoor education area just a short walk away. Go out on a limb and give these trees a second chance by attending!
Age: all ages
Call (908) 236-6355 or email Deidre.Supple@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration required- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CA5A92FA5FFC43-47860095-second
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring work gloves. Thick pants and boots are recommended.


Invasive Species Removal
Voorhees State Park, Brookside Trail
10-Mar 12 PM
Description: Controlling the spread of invasive species along the Brookside Trail
Age: ages 10 and up.
FREE; Pre-registration required. Email Ambassador Julia Whitley at central.swp.njwap@gmail.com


Week of 3/11/2024 - 3/17/2024

Monday Mountaineers
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ocquittunk
11-Mar 10:00 AM
Description: Guided hike, ~5 miles, moderate, Geology trail exploration and talk
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: 10 essentials, layers, traction for boots, good hiking boots, hat/gloves, lunch, extra water, snacks, hiking poles.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
13-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Pi Day Walk
Double Trouble State Park, Village restroom
14-Mar 10 AM
Description: Join us on for a leisurely-paced 3.14 mile walk around the Double Trouble Historic District. 
Age: ages 10 and up.
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov
Registration at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Steady rain, snow or thunder will cancel.  No pets.


Batsto Mansion Sunset Tours
Batsto Village Historic Site, Batsto Mansion
15-Mar 7 PM
Description: See the historic house after hours with a guided tour of the impressive Italianate home.
Age: all ages. $10, Pre-registration Recommended
Please Call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024


Fort Mott Beach Cleanup
Fort Mott State Park, main parking lot
15-Mar 10 AM
Description: Beach Cleanup
Age: all ages
For more information, call (856) 935-3218 or email fortmott@dep.nj.gov


World War One Living History Day
Fort Mott State Park, main parking lot
16-Mar 10 AM
Description: WWI Encampments and living history displays.
Age: all ages
For more information, call (856) 935-3218 or email fortmott@dep.nj.gov


AmeriCorps: Wipeout Worrisome Wineberry Weeds
Round Valley Recreation Area, South lot
16-Mar 10 AM
Description: Join Watershed Ambassador Morgan as we work together to wipeout some wineberries, a worrisome invasive, at Round Valley Recreation Area
Age: ages 10 and up
Call (908) 236-6355 or email Deidre.Supple@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration required.
Wear sturdy boots, clothes that you don't mind working with thorny bushes, and work gloves.


Hike for the Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold
Round Valley Recreation Area, South lot
16-Mar 1 PM
Description: Gold is an element and, while without a rainbow to guide us, we might not find gold, we will at least discover another element. Join our geology hike and explore what makes Round Valley rock.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 236-6355 or email Deidre.Supple@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration required- https://roundvalley.eventbrite.com/
Bring a compass if you have one!


Why Washington Chose Middlebrook: Geography and Logistics
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
16-Mar 9 AM
Description: Speakers will breakdown logistics, archaeology, surveying and transportation of the Continental Army at Middlebrook.
Age: ages 14 and up. $35 per person.
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov


NJ Makers Day @ Whitesbog
Whitesbog Historic Village, Village restrooms
16-Mar 10 AM
Description: Whitesbog Historic Village comes alive with activities for all to play, build, create and have fun. The Barrel Factory & The Cranberry & Blueberry Museum will be filled with building stations and demonstrations including: Legos, Tinker Toys, Log Cabin Kits, Forts, Strawbees and more! Try out vintage tools with our builders, clamps, saws, cranks, vices and more! Get in the Cranberry Bog Sand Box for fun with farm construction toys! Craft and create! The Vintage Engine Building will be open and we will have tractor driven wagon rides (weather permitting). The Village's fascinating collection includes cranberry sorters, bounce machines, blueberry harvesting and sorting equipment, barrels, crates, lanterns, tractors, elevators, farm tools, cranberry labels, beekeeping equipment and more. Building blueprints and Machinery Designs will be on display along with working Tractors and Old Engines!
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Week of 3/18/2024 - 3/24/2024

Bird Walk
Round Valley Recreation Area, South lot overlook
17-Mar 9 AM
Description: Join Naturalists Alan and Barbara for a guided bird walk at Round Valley Recreation Area. Meet at the South Parking Lot at 9:00am and check out the birds that congregate on the coast, perch in the pine forest, and splash around in the swimming area.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 236-6355 or email canoe2bird@yahoo.com for more information. No registration required.
Bring binoculars and water, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear; the coastline is fairly rocky.


St. Paddy's Day craft
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake pavilion
17-Mar 1 PM
Description: Fun, St. Patrick's Day themed crafts. Tea and treats will be provided (reach out to contact if any allergies), in addition to the craft materials.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: 10 essentials, layers, traction for boots, good hiking boots, hat/gloves, lunch, extra water, snacks, hiking poles.


Blueberry Music Jam (St. Patrick's Day Edition)
Whitesbog Historic Village, Barrel Factory
17-Mar 11 AM
Description:
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Monday Mountaineers
Stokes State Forest, Lake Ocquittunk
18-Mar 9:00 AM
Description: Guided hike, ~8.5 miles, difficult, celebrating Spring! Blue Mountain Trail northern section.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: 10 essentials, layers, traction for boots, good hiking boots, hat/gloves, lunch, extra water, snacks, hiking poles.


First Day of Spring Walk
Double Trouble State Park, Village restroom
19-Mar 10 AM
Description: Join us on this first day of spring for a leisurely-paced 2 mile walk around the Double Trouble Historic District. 
Age: ages 10 and up.
Call (732) 341-4098 or email DoubleTrouble@dep.nj.gov
Registration at DoubleTrouble.eventbrite.com
Steady rain, snow or thunder will cancel.  No pets.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
20-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


The Historic Trilogy
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
20-Mar 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point Presentation and discussion about the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and CRRNJ Terminal, and the roles they played in immigration.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the giant flag on the steps inside the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking in Lot #9.


Where History and Nature Intersect
Rancocas State Park, Hainesport section – meets at Deacon Road entrance
20-Mar 10 AM
Description: Step back in time at Rancocas State Park! Hundreds of years of anthropogenic influence on the land is still visible - if you know where to look. Here you will meet your guides, Parks Historian Eric Orange and Park Naturalist Gina DiMaio who will lead you through the rugged trails, discussing both cultural and natural history. NOTE: there are no restrooms at this location. Difficulty: Moderate; sandy/natural terrain with some ascents and descents. Miles: TBD.
Age: ages 12 and up
Pre-registration required. https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/burlington-county-nj-/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTI5MDY2NjQ=


Early Bird Breakfast Walk
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Parking lot
21-Mar 8:30 AM
Description: 2.5-mile walk to identify birds by sight and sound along the Sussex Branch Trail; pay-your-own-way breakfast stop in between.
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Please bring binoculars and cash if you plan on ordering food or beverages.


Batsto Mansion Sunset Tours
Batsto Village Historic Site, Batsto Mansion
22-Mar 7 PM
Description: See the historic house after hours with a guided tour of the impressive Italianate home.
Age: all ages. $10, Pre-registration Recommended
Please Call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024


Wildlife Hike
Cheesequake State Park, trailhead parking lot
23-Mar 10 AM
Description: Observe and learn about the wildlife residing in the park. Binoculars will be provided. Activity will be held outdoors and will last approximately 1.5 Hr.
Age: all ages
For more information, call (732) 566-3208 or email Cheesequake@dep.nj.gov


March into Spring
Rancocas State Park, Hainesport section – meets at Deacon Road entrance
23-Mar 9 AM
Description: Early spring is the perfect season to explore the trails in between the “forks of the Rancocas”. Join Ranger Dave and Naturalist Gina to explore and learn more about this rugged park. Together we’ll hike through various habitats with opportunities for a few picturesque creekside views. NOTE: there are no restrooms at this location. Difficulty: Moderate; sandy/natural terrain with some ascents and descents. Miles: 2-4
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/burlington-county-nj-/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTI5MDY3MDg=


Seed Swap
Whitesbog Historic Village, Barrel Factory
23-Mar 11 AM
Description: Join us as the Village kicks off the start of Spring activities and planning our gardens! Bring seeds to exchange or just come to pick up some knowledge from our experienced gardeners and ecologists. Learn about companion planting and what kinds of weeds are actually beneficial! We have lots of freebies and activities to entertain the kids while you get your green on!
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Easter Eggstravaganza (ages 3-6)
Whitesbog Historic Village
23-Mar 11 AM
Description: FREE event hosted in partnership with Pemberton Recreation at Whitesbog Historic Village! Open to ages 3-10. Egg Scavenger Hunt will take you around the village on an exploration. You may even end up along trails nearby, with Craft located in the General Store. Meet the Easter Bunny!
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Easter Eggstravaganza (ages 7-10)
Whitesbog Historic Village
23-Mar 1 PM
Description: FREE event hosted in partnership with Pemberton Recreation at Whitesbog Historic Village! Open to ages 3-10. Egg Scavenger Hunt will take you around the village on an exploration. You may even end up along trails nearby, with Craft located in the General Store. Meet the Easter Bunny!
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Winter Waterfowl Walk
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
24-Mar 10 AM
Description: Guided bird walk through Liberty State Park to look for visiting and resident species of birds.
Age: ages 5 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way. Dress to be outdoors, wear shoes comfortable for walking, and bring binoculars if you have them. Free parking in Lot #6


Tea & Poetry
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake Pavilion
24-Mar 1 PM
Description: BYOM(mug), we will provide tea / snacks. Bring poetry to share, your own or known poets. Casual, reading / writing session with poetry tips and prompts.
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: Poetry books, note pad / pen, MUG. Sharing is optional.


Week of 3/25/2024 - 3/31/2024

Full Moon Hike!
Stokes State Forest, Culvers gap parking lot
25-Mar 5:30 PM
Description: Guided hike, ~6 miles, moderate to difficult, Culvers gap to Tower trail, AT and back
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.
HEADLAMP REQUIRED, 10 essentials, good hiking boots, hiking poles "optional," water / snacks.


Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
27-Mar 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Tales from the Morris Canal
Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal
27-Mar 1:30 PM
Description: Power Point Presentation and discussion about the historic Morris Canal, followed by, weather permitting, a walk to what remains of the canal today.
Age: ages 10 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the giant flag on the steps inside the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking in Lot #9.


Waterfowl Hike
Cheesequake State Park, trailhead parking lot
30-Mar 10 AM
Description: Observe and learn about the waterfowl existing in our marshland ecosystem. Binoculars will be provided. Activity will be held outdoors and will last approximately 1 Hr.
Age: all ages
For more information, call (732) 566-3208 or email Cheesequake@dep.nj.gov


Evergreen Walk and Birdfeeder Craft
Liberty State Park, Nature Center
30-Mar 11 AM
Description: Guided walk through Liberty State Park to learn about evergreen trees, followed by a take home craft.
Age: ages 4 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (201) 915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
Please meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way. Dress to be outdoors and wear shoes comfortable for walking. Free parking in Lot #6.


Sap to Syrup
Stokes State Forest, Stony Lake pavilion
30-Mar 10 AM
Description: Naturalist led, showing the process of sap to syrup. Pancakes and syrup testing included! (let contact know of allergies).
Age: all ages
Pre-registration required. Call (973) 948-3820 or email sarah.king@dep.nj.gov for more information.


Seed Swap
Whitesbog Historic Village, Barrel Factory
30-Mar 11 AM
Description: Join us as the Village kicks off the start of Spring activities and planning our gardens! Bring seeds to exchange or just come to pick up some knowledge from our experienced gardeners and ecologists. Learn about companion planting and what kinds of weeds are actually beneficial! We have lots of freebies and activities to entertain the kids while you get your green on!
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Inside/Outside Tour of Batsto
Batsto Village Historic Site, Batsto Mansion
31-Mar 2 PM
Description: Enjoy spring at Wharton State Forest with a tour of Batsto Village and its Italianate mansion! Tours meet on the mansion porch and begin with a walk through the village, stopping at notable buildings and locations along the way. Tours then move inside the mansion, where visitors are invited to explore the nineteenth century home.
Age: all ages. $5, Pre-registration Recommended
Please Call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.
Comfortable shoes are recommended!

 

 


Week of 4/1/2024 - 4/7/2024

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
3-Apr 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Rid Litter Day
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
5-Apr 10 AM
Description: 2.5-mile litter pick-up along Goodale Road. Gloves, reflective vests, litter pickers, and bags provided.
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at https://kvsp.eventbrite.com.


DJSHOSA Day of Service
Dr. James Still Office Historic Site
6-Apr
Description:
Age: all ages
Email drjamesstillcenter@gmail.com for more information.


Volunteer Day
Whitesbog Historic Village, General Store
6-Apr 10 AM
Description: Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events! Both get you lunch in the General Store classroom and time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings!
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Whitesbog Book Fair
Whitesbog Historic Village, General Store
6-Apr 10 AM
Description: On April 6th, 2024, we will be hosting the 1st Annual Whitesbog Book Fair! Authors are invited to set up a table in the Museum to sell and sign books. Local bookstores are also invited to join us at this event. The general store will be open where, amongst other products and treats, people will be able to peruse a large selection of used books for sale! All proceeds from the sales of used books go to the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Authors/Vendors can start setting up at 9 AM, the event begins at 10 AM and will go until 3 PM.
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Village Tour
Whitesbog Historic Village, General Store
6-Apr 1 PM
Description: Walk the Historic Village trails, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottage and other museums & landscapes that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage.
Age: all ages. $10 donation
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Patchwork: Voices of 19th-Century Rural Women
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
7-Apr 2 PM
Description: For Arabella Barlow’s 200th Birthday, historical musician and balladeer Linda Russell portrays twenty-one different women from ages 16 to 70 in this one-woman show at Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Sponsored by New Jersey Council for the Humanities


Week of 4/8/2024 - 4/14/2024

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
10-Apr 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


A Walk Through History
Whitesbog Historic Village
13-Apr 11 AM
Description: Viking Historical Interpreters Clan of the Raven, an inclusive non-profit educational group, in partnership with Whitesbog Preservation Trust invites you to join us for A Walk Through History! An immersive living history encampment spanning 900-1900ce. Prepare yourself for a day full of hands-on displays and demos from the Viking Age through Elizabethan Times and onto the history of Whitesbog itself! There will be dye and wool displays, Norse and Anglo-Saxon cooking, weaving, replica items, fletching and arrow making, pottery, weapons and armor, shield wall demo and fight a viking (ages 6-12), blacksmithing, our mascot hawk "Tonks'' and our musical friends The Sea Dogs with tales of adventures across the seas. Grizzly and Company showing primitive skills, and Swords and Stories, with a look at life as a knight. Tour beautiful Whitesbog and learn the history of the area. Come spend the day with us and lose yourself in history where we help separate fact from fiction and reality from fantasy
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


A Walk Through History
Whitesbog Historic Village
14-Apr 11 AM
Description: Viking Historical Interpreters Clan of the Raven, an inclusive non-profit educational group, in partnership with Whitesbog Preservation Trust invites you to join us for A Walk Through History! An immersive living history encampment spanning 900-1900ce. Prepare yourself for a day full of hands-on displays and demos from the Viking Age through Elizabethan Times and onto the history of Whitesbog itself! There will be dye and wool displays, Norse and Anglo-Saxon cooking, weaving, replica items, fletching and arrow making, pottery, weapons and armor, shield wall demo and fight a viking (ages 6-12), blacksmithing, our mascot hawk "Tonks'' and our musical friends The Sea Dogs with tales of adventures across the seas. Grizzly and Company showing primitive skills, and Swords and Stories, with a look at life as a knight. Tour beautiful Whitesbog and learn the history of the area. Come spend the day with us and lose yourself in history where we help separate fact from fiction and reality from fantasy
Age: all ages
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Week of 4/15/2024 - 4/21/2024

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
17-Apr 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Early Bird Breakfast Walk
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Parking lot
18-Apr 8:30 AM
Description: 2.5-mile walk to identify birds by sight and sound along the Sussex Branch Trail; pay-your-own-way breakfast stop in between.
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Please bring binoculars and cash if you plan on ordering food or beverages.


Moonlight Walk
Whitesbog Historic Village
20-Apr 7 PM
Description: Listen to the night sounds of the Pines, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands. All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.
Age: all ages. Members $5 Nonmembers $10
Email whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com for more information.


Bird Walk
Round Valley Recreation Area, South lot
21-Apr 9 AM
Description: Join Naturalists Alan and Barbara for a guided bird walk at Round Valley Recreation Area. Meet at the South Parking Lot at 9:00am and check out the birds that congregate on the coast, perch in the pine forest, and splash around in the swimming area.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 236-6355 or email canoe2bird@yahoo.com for more information. No registration required.
Bring binoculars and water, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear; the coastline is fairly rocky.


Earth Day at Round Valley
Round Valley Recreation Area, South lot
21-Apr 10 AM
Description: Earth Day signals the season of nature’s awakening and, as we hike, we’ll look for signs of new life at Round Valley. We’ll talk about simple things we can do to improve wildlife habitat in our own areas.
Age: all ages
Call (908) 236-6355 or email Deidre.Supple@dep.nj.gov for more information. Pre-registration requested.


Songs of the Civil War
Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Site, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
21-Apr 2 PM
Description: For Arabella Barlow’s 200th Birthday, hear the recruiting songs that urged young men to sign up to fight, the anthems that inspired them and the musical complaints about the food and conditions they endured such as "Army Beans", "Hard Crackers, Come Again No More" and "Goober Peas". Historical musician and balladeer Linda Russell also includes the ballads about the yearning for home and the loved ones left behind.
Age: all ages
Please call (908) 725-1015 or email wallacedutch@dep.nj.gov
Sponsored by New Jersey Council for the Humanities


Week of 4/22/2024 - 4/30/2024

Wednesday Walkers
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center Parking lot
24-Apr 9 AM
Description: 2.5-mile social walk on fairly flat, scenic trails through the park
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Sturdy, ankle-supporting hiking boots and 2 hiking poles are recommended, as are "The Ten Essentials": https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/gear/the-10-essentials-revisited/


Kit & Caboodle Book Club
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
26-Apr 2 PM
Description: Book discussion group for avid readers and bibliophiles. No monthly reading requirements! BYOTea and favorite reads past or present.
Age: adults
Call (973) 786-6445 for more information. Pre-registration required at KVSP.eventbrite.com
Come prepared to talk about a favorite book you've read lately; book swapping is encouraged; BYOTea/coffee, snacks provided.