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April
Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements and program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged.  

Guided Tours of Ringwood Manor
10 a.m to 3 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood Sttae Park
(973) 962-2240
Only first floor is ADA accessible. Enjoy a guided tour of the summer estate of the Cooper & Hewitt families, wealthy iron industrialists of the Gilded Age. Thirty of the 51 rooms, furnished in the original items of the family, are shown on the tour. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

April 1
Historic Homes & Village Craft shops open for 2017 Season
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. – Evening Lantern Tour
FREE; for day event
Fee; Lantern Tour -$10 per person, pre-registration is required for evening tour
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
All of the homes and craft shops will be open for tours and craft demonstrations.

Civil War Trust Park Day
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
Sponsor: Fort Mott State Park & The Civil War Trust
Help park staff and volunteers as we do a spring cleaning to the fort and grounds prior to the summer 2017 season.  Please call and register. Drinks and a light snack will be provided. The event will be held Rain or Shine.

Discovery Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome. Join us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Living History – NJ Militia
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
(732) 462-9616
ADA accessible

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
GTRR
White Lake Rt. 521 parking area
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

April 2
Dog Walking Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Trailhead Parking area with your canine for a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake. All dogs must be leashed and waste products picked up. Bags will be provided.


Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Living History – NJ Militia
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Area
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m. meet at Visitor Center
Free
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible in the Visitor Center

Guided Manor Tours
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: General admission,. $7 adults; $5 seniors and students
ages 13-18; $3 ages 6-12; free under 6.
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534

Spring Lifestyles of the Local Native Americans
1:30 p.m.
Free
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, focusing on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display

April 4
Tuesday Tykes
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required

April 5
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 p to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732)826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past.

Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; celebrate “National Walking Day” and start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

April 6
L’il Tykes Spring Hike
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: None; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

April 7
Friday Night Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (pizza included); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate “National Beer Day” with a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop.

April 8
Early Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 Adults, children under 12yrs FREE
Vendor spaces: $30 pre-registration, $35 registration the week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks and more. Rain Date - April 9th.

Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.
FREE
BelleplainState Forest, In the Picnic area at Lake Nummy
(609) 861-2404
Refreshments and Easter Crafts following the Egg Hunt.

Open House at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor:  Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
http://bmcha.weebly.com
ADA accessible. Join us for an opportunity to socialize and to meet with the volunteers who are responsible for the care and maintenance of this historic site; Refreshments, 50/50.

Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6-11 $2, under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3:00 pm Friday April 7 through the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
( 732) 341-4098
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry. During this one hour walking tour around the abandoned village and inactive cranberry bogs, you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today. Maximum 16 participants.

Video - Living with Fire
11:00 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Produced by the NJ Forest Fire Service, this half hour video shows the historic impact of forest fires on the Pine Barrens and methods used to prevent and combat wildfires. Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room. Limited seating.

Blues Night
7:30 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $50 per person ($45 for members)
The Hermitage
www.thehermitage.org
(201) 445-8311, ext. 102
The Hermitage Museum will host Blues Night on Saturday, April 8, from 7:30 to 10:00 pm featuring the band Black Lace Blues. Doors open at 7:00pm. The popular five-piece band hails from Montvale and Bloomfield and will perform in Jaqua Hall at The Hermitage, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.
Tickets are $50 per person ($45 for members) and can be purchased online at www.thehermitage.org, or by calling the museum office at 201-445-8311, ext. 102. Wine, beer, and light fare are included. No one under the age of 21 years of age will be admitted. Seating is limited; plenty of free parking, and ADA accessible. This fundraiser will benefit the Hermitage Museum.

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Warbasse Junction Rd. parking area
(973) 887-4332
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Public Walking Tours
Noon & 2 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, Children $1
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible upon request.  Please call for more information.

Pine Board Birdhouses
1 p.m.
Fee: $7 per house, advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Build a birdhouse out of lumber that will accommodate a variety of backyard cavity-nesting birds. Bring your own hammer.

April 9
Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
(732) 938-5524
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny! Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Blue Trail Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Gather at the Nature Center for a guided hike along the trails of the park

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Driving Tour of the Battlefield Area East of Freehold
1:30 p.m. meet at Visitor Center
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Visit the important seldom seen areas of the morning portion of the battle, the east Morass and Briar Hill. Use your own vehicle

Craig House Opens for the Season
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Partially ADA accessible

Round Valley Rocks
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $3 for ages 12 and above; $1 for children 6 to 11; and free for children 5 and under. Pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
908-236-6355
What makes RVRA's geology special? Learn about our rocks and maybe find a piece of iron

Caves of the Grand Canyon
1:30 p.m.
free
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Grand Canyon National Park, in northern Arizona, protects the one of the largest unspoiled landscapes of the United States, the Grand Canyon. Within the 1,900 square mile national park are hundreds of caves that contain significant paleontological and archaeological resources. Join Robyn Henderek, former cave paleontologist for the park, as she describes some of her research correlating paleontological remains with 4,000-year-old hunting rituals performed in the caves

April 12
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Walkers
9 am to 10 am
Fee: None; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Note: For adults
Celebrate spring and start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

April 14
Friday Night Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

April 15
Easter Egg Hunt
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $6 per person, children under 3yrs FREE. Pre-registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Egg hunts are divided into age groups and are continuous from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Handmade Bonnet Parade & Contest at 3 p.m.

Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Hike the D&R Path from Washington Crossing to Fireman’s Eddy
10 a.m.
Free: pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Meet at Washington Crossing State Park (Washington Grove Day Use Area)
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(609) 635-2783 – Pamela V’Combe
pjvcombe@gmail.com
Partially ADA accessible. Hike 5.3 miles on the D&R Canal towpath from Washington Crossing to Fireman’s Eddy. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Pinelands First Flowers Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Guided hike; bring water, bring snacks. Length: 2 to 4 miles.

April 16
Sunrise Service
6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible

Easter Express
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny. Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.


Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

April 19
Registration opens for Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
Fee: $ 15 per person, pre- registration required
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Kayak Ecotours occur in May – Aug.

Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years

April 20
SJAC STAR PARTY
7:30pm
Fee: Call sponsor for fee
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us
ADA accessible

L’il Tykes Spring Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

April 21
SJAC STAR PARTY
7:30pm
Fee: Call sponsor for fee
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us
ADA accessible


Friday Night Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

April 22
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: train ticket $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Earth Day
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Nature/Interpretive Center
(609) 861-2404
Come on out and show your appreciation for the Earth.

Earth Day Nature Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Earth Day / Arbor Day Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Note: 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. For ages 8 and up.

SJAC STAR PARTY
7:30pm
Fee: Call sponsor for fee
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us
ADA accessible

Geocaching for Beginners
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $10 GPS rental; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 10 & up; partially ADA accessible. Discover how your family can enjoy this worldwide scavenger hunt! An indoor tutorial provides the tools necessary to embark on fun family adventures to find “hidden treasures” along our educational geo-trail!

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Staring at Blairstown Airport
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike a scenic and tranquil rail-trail while learning about the history of the railroads that used to transport passengers, agricultural products, and iron ore through Sussex and Warren County.

Early Spring Wildflower Walk
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Note: Rain or snow cancels. Wear sturdy shoes
Spring is peeking out everywhere! Join Darlene Nowak in checking out the early bloomers in the woodlands of the Wildflower Garden! We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

Carriage House Concert: Christine Spero Duo
2 p.m.
Fee:  Tickets: $20 in advance + $1.75 per ticket handling fee, available at skylands-association.ticketleap.com/spero. $25 day of show at the door if any tickets are left. Limited to the first 75.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Award-winning jazz/pop with a warm and lilting touch.  In the Carriage House Visitor Center.  . christinesperogroup.com.

Earth Day
10 a.m. to Noon
Fee:  $3 fee for ages 12 and above; $1for children 6 to 11; and free for children 5 and under. Pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Discover Round Valley's animal and plant residents on a leisurely hike. Bring hand clippers and gloves, if you want to help control some of the plants that don't belong here. Learn how to make your property bird and butterfly friendly, and get a free woodpecker feeder. We’ll look at life in the reservoir as well

Astronomy Presentation and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10 p.m.
FREE
NJAA Observatory
Voorhees State Park
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Recreating the Battle of Trenton in a Miniature Wargame
1 p.m.
Free
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. The Battle of Trenton will be recreated by using miniature figures, dice, and "Flint & Steel" rules developed by Richard Kane who will also be managing the game 

Hike the Rock Hopper Trail
1 to 4:30 p.m.
Free: advanced registration required, preteen- adult
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Brickyard Rd. We will carpool to the trail (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp. is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length.

Earth Day Celebration
Noon to 4 p.m.
Free Admission / $2 Fee for Ice Age Pinelands Wetlands Presentation
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Nature talks & walks and other family fun activities

Ice Age Influence on Pinelands Soggy Ground
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $2
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village Auditorium
(609) 567-4559
The various Pinelands wetlands & the way people of made a living from them. Presented by: Mark N. Demitroff

Astronomy Presentation and Star Watch
7:30 to 10 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Sponsor: The Willingboro Astronomical Society

April 23
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: train ticket $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

SJAC STAR PARTY
7:30pm
Fee: Call sponsor for fee
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
www.sjac.us
ADA accessible

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Earth Day Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden’s woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants, animals and geology around you on a hike designed to fit the group. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain or snow cancels.

Earth Day Challenge
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
Join us for our trail upkeep workday, Cleanup hikes, etc.
Wharton State Forest
(609) 567-4559
Be prepared: bring water, bring Lunch.

April 25
Tuesday Tykes
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in the Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited, pre-registration required

April 26
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

April 27
Hike to Lunch: Stonewood Tavern
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Meet at the Cranberry Lake Park & Ride
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 2.5-mile hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour lunch stop will offer refreshment near the end of our journey. Car shuttle required.

April 28
Friday Night Frog Hike
7 p.m.
Fee: $3
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Trail Mix @ Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

April 29
Allaire BBQ & Brew Fest
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 admission, under 18yrs. are FREE. Beer tasting tickets can be purchased at the door to the beer corral
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
While you enjoy the festival, explore the historic buildings, visit the craft shops, listen to music, and enjoy some good barbecue with family & friends.

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: train ticket $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA Accessible

Arbor Day Celebration at Princeton Nursery
1 p.m.
Free: pre-registration is required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
(609)924-5705
Stephanie.fox@dep.nj.gov
Celebrate Arbor Day with the park naturalist and historian and the previous headquarters of Princeton Nurseries. This site was instrumental in creating unique variations of tree species including the Princeton Elm and Princeton Sentry Ginkgo. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and water

Cornelia Hancock/Civil War Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun.
FREE
Hancock House Historic Site
(856) 935-4373     
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House
ADA accessible

Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, Children 6-11 $2, under 6 free; pre-registration and fee required by 3:00 pm Friday April 28 through the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry. During this one hour walking tour around the abandoned village and inactive cranberry bogs, you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today. Maximum 16 participants.

Video - Guardians of the Barnegat Bay
11 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park was established in part to protect a sensitive watershed. What can you do to help? Watch this half hour video and become a Guardian of Barnegat Bay. Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Display Room. Limited seating.

Butterfly & Pollinator Garden Planting
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
info@njbg.org
Come help us plant a new butterfly garden at NJBG, filled with plants that attract many different pollinators. Sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society, this new garden area will be educational, environmentally friendly, and filled with flowers. Wear sturdy shoes, dress to garden, bring gloves if you have them. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels

Twin Lights - 5K Run “Starts High and Finishes Higher”
9 a.m.
Fee: $25 Registration before April 22 ($35 thereafter)
Twin Lights State Historic Site
Sponsor: Twin Lights Historical Society
(732) 872-1814
Be a part of this 5K Run that starts at the lighthouse and finishes at the lighthouse. Complimentary t-shirt to first 200 applicants. Fee includes one-year membership to the Twin Lights Historical Society ($50 value). Enjoy 10% off at the gift shop, as well as a tour of the famous lighthouse.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

April 30
Long Pond Ironworks Museum and Visitor Center
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; Donations welcome
Long Pond Ironworks State Park
(973) 657-1688
Sponsor: Friends of Long Pond Ironworks
ADA accessible

Audobon: Birding for Beginners
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society offers an indoor introduction to birding, followed by a walk in the Gardens to look for some of our avian friends (weather permitting). Great for youngsters and the young at heart! We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain or snow cancels.

Allaire BBQ & Brew Fest
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 admission, under 18yrs. are FREE. Beer tasting tickets can be purchased at the door to the beer corral
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
While you enjoy the festival, explore the historic buildings, visit the craft shops, listen to music, & enjoy some good barbecue with family & friends

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: train ticket $4 per person, more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Mysterious Migration Hike
1 p.m.
Free: ages 8 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
The wonders of animal migration can be witnessed at the Park during our one-hour hike. Meet at the Nature Center to experience these magical events
 
Last Sunday of the Month ‘Open House’
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park
Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Cornelia Hancock/Civil War Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun.
FREE
Hancock House Historic Site    
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House
(856) 935-4373  
ADA accessible

Bike Hike
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required, preteens - adults
Washington Crossing State Park, Meet at the Nelson House (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 mile round trip). Bring your own bike and helmet.

 

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