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Winter Festival at High Point State Park

High Point State Park 1480 NJ-23, Sussex

Join the Friends of High Point State Park at our Annual Winter Festival. Winter Festival will be held regardless of snow on the ground. Family-friendly events such as ice fishing, curling, snow-shoeing will be available conditions permitting. In the event of adverse weather, be sure to check here for cancellation and snow-date confirmation of Sunday,...


Maple Sugaring – Washington Crossing State Park 2019

Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing Pe Rd., Titusville

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March 2, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Advanced registration required. MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday March 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required. MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Saturday March...


Geocache the Park – Titusville 2019

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Rd, Washington Crossing

Geocache the Park 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fee: $2.00/person Advanced registration required. Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center (609) 737-0609 Note: (pre-teen – adult (pre-teen – adult).  Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the website, on the location of about a dozen geocache sites in the park. They will...


Woodbine Easter Egg Hunt and Craft at Belleplain State Forest *

Belleplain State Forest 1 Henkinsifkin Road, Woodbine

As of March 17, 2021 there are no details for this Easter event for 2021.   EASTER EGG HUNT AND EASTER CRAFT 10 AM No fee Belleplain State Forest (609) 861-2404 Picnic Area at Lake Nummy NOTE: ADA Accessible


Cape May Easter Egg Hunt at Cape May Point State Park *

Cape May Point State Park Light House Ave, Cape May

As of March 17, 2021, there are no details about this event happening in 2021.   10:00 AM Fee: free Cape May Point State Park (609)884-2159  Meet at the Museum BEFORE 10:00


Earth Day at Round Valley – Clinton 2019

Round Valley Recreation Area 1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road, Lebanon

Earth Day  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  FREE; pre-registration recommended  Round Valley Recreation Area,  South Parking Lot  (908) 236 – 6355  Note: Celebrate Earth Day by hiking one of our trails and identifying what belongs here, and what is alien and invasive. Please bring a pair of clippers if you have them to help cut...


Earth Day/Arbor Day Hike – Old Bridge

Cheesequake State Park 300 Gordon Road, Matawan

Meet at the Nature Center for an Earth Day Program.  The event will include a tree-planting and trail cleanup hike. Participants should bring gloves. Ages 6 and up Fee: None 10:00 am Cheesequake State Park Nature Center (732) 566-3208 


Monarch Magic Programs at Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park 200 Morris Pensin Drive, Jersey City

Monarch Magic Programs ~ June 6th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM June 11th 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM June 19th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM June 26th 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM FREE; pre-registration required Come on out to Liberty State Park and get up close and personal with the monarch butterfly! We’ll learn all...


Full Moon Campfire and Night Climb at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light

FULL MOON CAMPFIRE & NIGHT CLIMB 7 pm to 9 pm Fee: None Barnegat Lighthouse State Park Sponsor: Ocean County Parks (campfire) Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park (night climb) (609) 971-3085 NOTE:  ADA Accessible   For more information about this event, please visit the link listed here or the event organizer listed in...


Round Valley Rocks at Round Valley Recreation Area

Round Valley Recreation Area 1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road, Lebanon

Round Valley Rocks 10 a.m. to Noon Fee: $3.00 for ages 12 and up, $1.00 for ages 6 to 11. Round Valley Recreation Area South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth) (908) 236-6355 Note: Why are the Highlands high, and the Valley low? Take a short hike on two of our trails, see...


Giving Thanks at Washington Crossing State Park

Washington Crossing STate Park Titusville

“Giving Thanks” Noon  to 4 pm FREE Washington Crossing State Park Johnson Ferry House (609) 737-2515 For more information email address Note: This is a great family event.


Family Program at High Point State Park

High Point State Park 1480 NJ-23, Sussex

Trees: Bare Bones, Bark, and Branches 1:30 to 3:00 PM Fee: $5 per family High Point State Park 973-875-1471 For families with kids ages five to twelve. Now that all those pesky leaves are gone from the trees, come get down to basics and explore some of the shapes, textures, and parts of trees. Then,...


Geocache the Park at Washington Crossing State Park

Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing Pe Rd., Titusville

Geocache the Park 1:30 p.m.  to 4 p.m. Fee: advanced registration required; $2.00/person (exact change please). Pre-teen to adult Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center (609) 737-0609 Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of...


Winterfest at Twin Lights Historic Site

Twin Lights Historic Site 2 Light House Road, Highlands

Winterfest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twin Lights Historic Site Light House (732) 872-1814 for more information Note: Free hot chocolate and kids crafts all day! Presentations at 1pm & 4pm: “Keeping the Good Light, Winter Life as A Keeper”. Lighting of the holiday lights in the South Tower at 5:30 p.m.


Winter Green Walk at High Point State Park

High Point State Park 1480 NJ-23, Sussex

Winter Green Walk 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Fee: None High Point State Park 973-875-1471 Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Join us for a walk focusing on the characteristics of different kinds of evergreens and learn how they have adapted to survive harsh environments. We’ll also keep a lookout for bright spots of festive red...


First Day Hike at Stokes State Forest

Stokes State Forest 1 Coursen Road, Branchville

First Day Hike 9:00-11:30 Join us in kicking off 2020 with the first hike of the year! Ring in the New Year right by getting outdoors and enjoying our public lands. During a 3.5 mile hike, we’ll go past waterfalls and historic sites while searching for wildlife along the way. Hike Info Moderate~3.5 miles All...


First Day Hike at Wawayanda State Park

Wawayanda State Park 885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt

Lake Lookout Wawayanda State Park 10:00 a.m. Wawayanda State Park’s first annual First Day Hike! This is a great opportunity to kick off a healthy New Year with friends and family exploring your neighborhood park! We are offering two options - a moderate hike, or an easy family-oriented hike. Please join us in celebrating the...


First Day Hike at NJCF Michael Huber Preserve in Woodland

NJCF Michael Huber Preserve Sooy Place Road, Woodland Township

Blue by You 10:00 a.m. An enjoyable start to the new year begins with an introduction to the NJCF Michael Huber Preserve on Sooy Place Rd for a 2-mile hike through a variety of habitats. A good chance to see some winter birding and tree identification along the floodplain of the Burrs Mill Brook. Follow...


First Day Hike at Double Trouble State Park

Double Trouble State Park 581 Pinewald Keswick Road, Bayville

Discover Double Trouble First Day Jaunt Double Trouble State Park 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join us New Year’s Day for leisurely jaunt along the Mill Pond Trail and the picturesque clear waters of Cedar Creek. We’ll finish our morning with a guided tour of Double Trouble Village including inside a century-old sawmill and cranberry...


First Day Hike at Atsion in Wharton State Forest

Wharton State Forest 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton

First Day Hike at Atsion in Wharton State Forest Wharton State Forest 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Once again, the OUTDOOR CLUB OF SOUTH JERSEY will be leading their First Day Hike starting from the Atsion Camp Office/Ranger Station of Wharton State Forest. As part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes program, Wharton State...


First Day Hike at Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail

Kittatinny State Park Goodale Road, Newton

Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail Committee 35nd Annual New Year’s Day Hike Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday January 1, 2020 – 35th Annual New Year’s Day Hike Join the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee (PVTC) at 10:00AM for their 34th Annual New Year’s Day Hike starting...


First Day Hike at Whitesbog Historic Village

Whitesbog Historic Village 799 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills

First Day Trash Hike and Clean-up! Whitesbog Historic Village 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Join Pinelands Institute staff and our local Americorps Watershed Ambassador for a First Day Trash Hike!Hike through Historic Whitesbog Village and out into the bogs as you explore the Pine Barrens environment! Along the way we will pick up any trash...


First Day Hike at Boxwood Hall Historic Site

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth 42 Broad St, Elizabeth

Explore Historic Mid-Town Elizabeth, NJ Boxwood Hall Historic Site 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Walk through Mid-Town Elizabeth, NJ—where NJ began! See how it has grown & changed over the past 355 years. Tour includes interiors of First Presbyterian Church (founded 1664) & Boxwood Hall (where Washington was entertained) & the historic cemetery of First...


George Washington’s Birthday Celebration at Washington Crossing State Park

Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing Pe Rd., Titusville

Bring the whole family to help George Washington celebrate his 288th birthday on Sunday, February 16, from noon to 4 PM at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Admission is free! Various children’s activities will be offered in the park buildings and Visitor Center. At 3 PM, visitors will sing Happy Birthday to George and enjoy cake...


Farmingdale Easter Event at Allaire State Park *

Allaire State Park 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale

As of March 16, 2021 there is no information about a 2021 event.    Easter Express Bunny Train Ride at Allaire State Park April 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 2020 Fare: $5.00 Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny! Trains leave every half hour from noon to 4:30 pm.  


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