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As you begin using your passport, you’ll notice the CCC or Civilian Conservation Corps, played a big role in the creation of our state parks and forests.

To combat unemployment and other economic ravages of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a national job-training program for American Youth in March 1933. The CCC quickly became the largest peacetime mobilization in American history.

Combining his desire to conserve public lands with work projects, FDR employed nearly three million men nationwide, 17 to 24 years of age, whose families were financially in need. The workers earned approximately $30 a month - $25 of which was sent home to their families – working in public parks and forests camps throughout the United States while learning a trade.

Learn more about the New Jersey parks and forests that were shaped by the CCC.

Bass River State Forest
Belleplain State Forest
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
Hacklebarney State Park
High Point State Park
Jenny Jump State Forest
Parvin State Park
Penn State Forest
Ringwood State Park
Stephens State Forest
Stokes State Forest
Voorhees State Park
Washington Crossing State Park

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Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni

Did you know that people cause 99% of all wildfires that occur in New Jersey either accidentally or intentionally? Learn more about how Smokey Bear and you can prevent wildfires.


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From 1775 to 1783, New Jersey played center stage to a series of events crucial to the nation’s struggle for independence. Battles and skirmishes were fought, policy was made, speeches were written and General George Washington wrote his farewell orders. Today, New Jersey continues to pay tribute to those dramatic days as annual reenactments and living history events bring the past into the present and quiet reminders - historic buildings, markers and memorials - are open and interpreted for visitors of all ages.

Discover more about New Jersey’s Revolutionary history at one of our state-owned historic sites.

Boxwood Hall
Clarke House - (Princeton Battlefield State Park)
Craig House - (Monmouth Battlefield State Park)
Hancock House
Historic New Bridge Landing / Steuben House
Indian King Tavern
Johnson Ferry House - (Washington Crossing State Park)
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Old Dutch Parsonage
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Proprietary House
Somers Mansion
Trenton Battle Monument
Wallace House
Washington Crossing State Park

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Crossroads of the American Revolution Association

New Jersey's state parks, forests, and historic sites are a fantastic way to explore the Garden State and its natural and historical treasures. You might already be familiar with some of New Jersey's world-famous beaches and boardwalks. But New Jersey is also home to museums, theaters, galleries, and gardens. You can shop, ski, and swim. You can pick blueberries, explore a cornfield maze, or buy fresh pie from a farm. From the culinary to the cultural, the majestic to the metropolitan, New Jersey is a state filled with exciting contrasts and dynamic travel experiences. To explore more of New Jersey, and to find events and accommodations near the parks, forests, and historic sites, go to

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