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Family Photo Scavenger Hunt - Bring your camera or phone for this month’s scavenger hunt, 'Who’s Out There?' Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Date: February 1 — February 28 Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07962. Cost: $10 per family. (Family/Groups of 6 or less). Contact: Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.Find out more »
The following programs are Free, No Registration Required. MAXIMUM: 8 Location: Cooper Environmental Center, Cattus Island County Park, Toms River Scales and Tales - Saturdays and Sundays - 11:00 am - 11:30 am Join a park naturalist as they dispel the myths and fears of native snakes. You will see some of our live snakes up close and personal. Learn what makes these native species so special, and why they are such an important part of the ecosystem. This program…Find out more »
Palmer Square on Ice Sundays in February from 12:00pm - 2:00pm Join every Sunday in February and watch as giant ice blocks are sculpted into stunning 3-D figures right before your eyes!Find out more »
Live Animal Talks Come in and meet the animals of Jakes Branch County Park. Visitors will get an up-close look at the park’s inhabitants and learn about each species. Talks will last approximately 20 minutes. LOCATION: Nature Center, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood DATES: Sundays, beginning January 3 – March 28 TIME: 12:30 & 1:30 pm **These programs will be on a first-come first served basis to the first 8 people that sign up upon arrival** Masks must be worn…Find out more »
Winter Hike Rifle Camp Park Sunday, February 28 - 12:30 PM Admission: Free Registration: Required Register As part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week our leader will lead a hike through Rifle Camp Park pointing out any possible invasive species on the hike and the impact they have on the local ecology.Find out more »
Seashell Sunday at Bayshore Waterfront Park Starting a shell collection? It's the best way to get to know the Jersey Shore. Want to know where the shells come from? Can't figure out what you found on the beach? Bring it in and learn about seashells and how to collect them without harming the environment.Find out more »
Discovery Nature Walks Join a park naturalist on these brief, but informative nature walks through Jakes Branch. *Weather permitting* walks will not exceed 30 minutes. LOCATION: Nature Center, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood DATES: Sundays, beginning January 3 – March 28 TIME: 2:00 pm Jakes Branch Walk-In Weekend Programs **These programs will be on a first-come first served basis to the first 8 people that sign up upon arrival** Masks must be worn for indoor programs.Find out more »
Cattus Island Nature Walks Be a part of a 40-year Ocean County tradition! Join a park naturalist and follow in the footsteps of such legendary local environmentalists as A. Morton and Betty Cooper, Dorothy Hale and Pete McClain.Be prepared to discover the fascinating and diverse wonders of the natural world. *No registration required. LOCATION: Cooper Environmental Center, Cattus Island County Park, Toms River DATE: Saturdays and Sundays TIME: 2:00 – 3:00pm January 16 & 17 - Animal Habitats January 23…Find out more »
Kids Art Classes at the Museum - Join three days a week for fun art making in the Museum walkway! Recommended for ages 2-5. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Art materials are provided, and adults must wear masks. Seating available first-come, first-served.Find out more »
Outdoor Adventures January 26th – Cold Weather Critters February 9th – Birds in Winter February 23rd – New Jersey Owls March 2nd – Sugar Maple Trees March 16th – Seeds & Germination March 30th – Spring Discoveries NEW TIME! 1:00 – 3:30 pm Recommended age 4 – 11, but all are welcome. Join us in the gardens as you explore and learn with our fun self-guided activity kits. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the…Find out more »