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Cheesequake State Park

With access to adjacent salt marshes, a white cedar swamp, upland forests and a freshwater pond, the Cheesequake Interpretive Center in Middlesex County is the perfect place to analyze the interaction between humans and the Earth's natural resources. The center features programs and displays on the Lenni-Lenape Indians, local clay deposits, the Raritan Bay and local ecology. The center houses a small auditorium that features lectures, movies and slide shows. It is open Wednesday through Sunday year-round, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Interpretive Programs are offered throughout the year.

  • The property provides habitat for a wide diversity of wildlife and birds.

  • Park facilities include seven picnic sites with tables, grills or stone fireplaces, playgrounds, playing fields, campsites, bathing area, fishing, and four hiking trails (the longest trail is three and a half miles).
Target Audience(s)
General public, organizations, educators, students of all ages

Additional Information
Cheesequake State Park Interpretive Center
Gordon Road
Matawan NJ 07747
James Faczak (group contact)
Phone: 732-566-3208
Main Office: 732-566-2161
Fax: 732-566-0249

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Cheesequake State Park Interpretive Center

Activities are offered through the Interpretive Center at Cheesequake State Park in Matawan, NJ. Some programs are offered free without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration. A fee will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). All programs will initially meet at the Interpretive Center unless otherwise indicated. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. Phone: 732-566-3208/2161. Note: The Interpretive Center is ADA Accessible.