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January
Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements and program fees
Double Trouble 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. 

Walt Whitman's Specimen Days
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383

January 1

First Day Hikes - The NJ State Park Service is hosting 24 guided hikes, 2 mountain bike rides and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests and historic sites on New Year's Day. For all hikes and rides, wear sturdy footgear and bring water and snacks. Check the weather before you leave the house and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Please visit website for additional information on all hikes - http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/first_day_hikes.html.

West Pines Plains Ramble
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-1114
Join us for a hike in Bass River State Forest “North” which encompasses the West Pine Plains and the “Pygmy Pines” – the world’s largest acreage of this globally rare forest community. Large portions of the hike will be through places where the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves and in some places, are not. The hike will traverse several ridges that will provide fantastic views of the surrounding area. The hike will meander along sand roads and trails near the NJ Forest Fire Service’s Coyle Field. We will not be following the same hike route as 2017’s First Day Hike. Registration is required and is capped at 25 participants.  To register or for more information, contact the Bass River State Forest office at (609) 296-1114. Cancelled if severe weather.     
         

1st Day Mountain Bike Ride
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Join us for a mountain bike ride on the 10-mile-long trail at Belleplain State Forest. This is a technical trail with twists and turns through the forest. An option of less mileage is available. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (609) 861-2404. Cancelled if bad weather. If in doubt, call (609)805-4073 on 1/1 for more information.

1st Day East Creek Trail Hike
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Join us for a 3.5 mile hike on the East Creek Trail. The hike will cover half the distance of the trail. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Dogs are welcome! Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (609)861-2404. Cancelled if extremely bad weather. Call (609)374-0094 on 1/1 for info.

Tour Historic Midtown Elizabeth
1 to 3 p.m.
Boxwood Hall State Historic Site
(908) 282-7617
ElizabethFirstDay17@gmail.com
Stand where the name “New Jersey” was first used. Visit a house where Washington, Hamilton & Lafayette visited. Discover 300 years of architecture. Explore a historic cemetery. Learn about the famous, infamous & forgotten who called Elizabeth, NJ home. And all in 1.5 miles!
Registration is limited and required, please email name, number in party & phone number (preferably cell phone) to ElizabethFirstDay17@gmail.com or telephone the same information to 908-282-7617. If severe weather is predicted days in advance, we will send e-mail as well. Call 908-282-7617 on 1/1 if unsure.

Beat the winter "BLUES" Hike
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Whitesbog Village
Come join us for a fun morning of exploration and recreation!  On our recently completed hiking trails you can wander as far and wide as your heart desires.  Amazing discoveries can be found at both ½ mile, at 5 miles and everything in between.  Let your curiosity and your feet lead the way!  Leaders in nature studies and historic reference will be on hand to share stimulating information about Whitesbog Village and the NJ Pine Barrens.  Save the end of the day for a pot-luck social in the Barrel Factory.  Bring a snack to share. Registration is required, pleasecall Terry @ 609-412-3394 leave message with name, phone or email and number of people attending. Leader will make phone calls/emails by 3 pm on 12/31 if there is a threat of inclement weather.  NJ State Park Service Facebook page will have updates. 

First Day Hike
1 to 3 p.m.
Cheesequake State Park
Children 8 and up with parents/guardians welcome. Dogs on leash are welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. Registration is not required. For more information (732) 566-3208. Cancelled if snow or ice ont he trails. To check, call (732) 566-3208 after 9 am on 1/1.

Princeton Nursery Lands First Day Hike
Noon to 2 p.m.
D&R Canal/Mapleton Preserve
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Monday, January 1, 2018, at noon. Exercise your New Year's resolution to walk more, or make new friends on this easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve. We know you will want to sleep in a little, so the walk will not start until noon.  It will begin and end at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Dress for the weather, whatever it is. The walk is free and all are welcome.  For more information, visit www.fpnl.org as we get closer to the New Year. No registration needed and visit the www.fpnl.org website and/or call 609-683-0483 for cancellation information.

Grover Cleveland's Historical Visit & Hike
11 a.m. to noon House Visit, Noon - Hike
Visit the Grover Cleveland Birthplace and/or join us for an easy/moderate walk. The route starts at the Birthplace, proceeds down to and around the Grover Cleveland County Park, then back to the Birthplace. The Birthplace will be open from 11am to 12 noon. The Hike begins at 12 noon. Registration is recommended by calling 973-226-0001 until 12/31/17. To check if the tour and/or Hike is cancelled due to extreme weather, please call (908) 619-6651 after 9 am on 1/1/18. 

High Point "First Day Challenge" Hike
10 a.m.
High Point State Park
Come and join us for our First Annual High Point "First Day Challenge" Hike. This will be a great way to start off the new year and get in some exercise. The first, more rugged half of the hike will be on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in scenic High Point State Park. The return will be on the easier Iris Trail, a well-graded, old wagon road. There will be numerous scenic views along the AT on the ridge. Maximum elevation =1600 ft Minimum elevation =1300 ft. Members of NJ Search and Rescue will be along to assist. Registration is required. Please call the High Point State Park Office at 973-875-4800 or contact hike leader John Rovetto at 973-903-3496/john@summitcadd.com. Cancelled if there is steady rain, heavy snow or icy conditions. Please contact the park office prior to 1/1 at 973-903-3496, on 1/1/18 please follow the High Point State Park Facebook page.

New Year's Day Beach Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Island Beach State Park
Join the Friends of Island Beach State Park for a hike across the barrier island. The hike will start at the Island Beach State Park Interpretive Center. From there, hike through the maritime forest, rich with American holly and eastern red cedar, to both the ocean and bay sides of Island Beach. Winter is a wonderful time to explore the coast. Bring binoculars to observe the birds that overwinter here. Registration is required by visiting http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zbuejiuab&oeidk=a07eeu0w8wl2fbd0380 
Registered participants will receive an email if the program is cancelled.

Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail Committee 33rd Annual Year's Day Hike
10 a.m. - open
Join the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee at Footbridge Park in Blairstown. The PVTC, a Friends Organization of Kittatinny Valley State Park, will host the hike. The trail is a cinder-based rail-tril which provides easy, level walking. Registration is NOT required. For more information, pbk123@aol.com. Cancelled if deep snow, heavy rain, or heavy snowstorm. To check, call (908) 930-9745


First Day Horseback Ride
Sussex Branch & Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails
1 to 4 p.m.
Bring your own horse if you'd like to participate in a 2-hour guided horseback ride. In addition to the guided horseback ride, all other trail users are encouraged to start a new tradition: Kick off the New Year by hiking, cycling or horseback riding on the Sussex Branch and Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails and/or other places in Kittatinny Valley State Park on New Year’s Day on your own or with friends and family, and consider meeting up with others for a meal or snacks in the Chatterbox (Under your own steam). Whinny with the horses before they leave at 1:00 p.m., or meet them on their return at 4:00 p.m. (Please note: The horseback ride is the only organized, guided activity at this location. All other suggested activities are your responsibility and should be conducted independently). Registration is recommended. To register and/or for more information, call, text or email Carolyn at (845)667-2015 or cmoran789@gmail.com. Cancelled if weather conditions are not safe for riding. Contact Carolyn at (845)667-2015.

US Flag Plaza to Caven Point Beach Walk
10 a.m. to noon
Liberty State Park
Please join the Liberty State Park staff on a walk from US Flag Plaza / Park Office (200 Morris Pesin Dr.) to the Caven Point Beach. The walk will explore the manmade and natural shoreline of the Upper NY Bay, while remaining in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. We’ll explore the unique features of Caven Point Beach. Parking is free and restrooms are located at the park office. The hike is about 3 miles roundtrip. The hike surfaces are paverstone, boardwalk, and sand. Registration is required, please email with your name, contact information (email and phone) and number of people in your party to LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov. Cancelled if icy/snowy weather, Check the Liberty State Park facebook page at www.facebook.com/LibertyStateParkOfficial/. We will also email people the night before it is necessary to cancel.


Follow the Footsteps of Molly Pitcher
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Walk the ground where Molly Pitcher fought at Monmouth! Meet Dr. David Martin, President of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, at the Visitor Center for an overview of the Battle of Monmouth, then drive approx. 2 miles (in your own vehicle) to the northern section of the Park, and walk along the American lines to the position of Proctor’s Artillery and other sites associated with Molly Pitcher. Finish with a visit to the likely site of Molly Pitcher’s “well.” The length of this interpretive tour is subject to change depending on weather and conditions. The tour is over open fields and hills and includes detailed information about troop movements at the Battle of Monmouth. Registration is recommended, but not required. For more information, email David Martin at dmartin@peddie.org. Cancelled if there’s snow, ice or rain. To check, call the Park office at 609-529-5356 on 1/1. If this number not available call Dr. Martin at (609) 529-5356.


Parvin Historic Walk
1 p.m.
Parvin State Park
Hikers and walkers will take a historic tour of Parvin State Park on the east side of the lake to Fisherman's Landing and back. ADA accessible. Registration is NOT required. For more information, email parvinvolunteers@gmail.com. Cancelled if rain or snow. Please check Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee, Inc. Facebook page or Twitter.

First Day Hike at Rancocas
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rancocas State Park

All 50 states sponsor hikes in their parks on January 1. Join a County Park Ranger for a looped hike from the Rancocas State Park Westampton entrance to the Rancocas Nature Center and back, and enjoy an invigorating afternoon outdoors. Enter Rancocas State Park at the state park sign on Rancocas Rd. near Irick Road. Park along the paved area. Registration is not required. For more information, please call Burlington County Parks office (609)265-5858. Cancelled if inclement weather or icy conditions. To check, call ranger cell: (609) 668-5164.

First Day Hike
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Gardens
Two self-guided family friendly hikes in the State Park woodlands at the NJ State Botanical Garden. Weather permitting; you can climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail and return, or choose our alternate hike without a climb. This annual event is a joint project of State Park staff and volunteers from the NJBG/Skylands Association. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center at NJBG between 1pm and 2pm. Map and hike directions will be provided at the start. Allow about 90 minutes for the hike. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (973)962-7031
Cancelled if snow or other severe weather conditions. To check, (609) 218-3532 for more information.

New Year's Hike
10 a.m. to noon
Round Valley Recreation Area
Whatever you did the night before, this is your chance to get outdoors in New Jersey and start 2018 off on the right foot. We will hike either the Cushetunk or Water Trail and look for signs of new life as the year begins. Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Call park office (908)236-6355. Cancelled if snow or ice on the ground. We will call registered participants. If in doubt, please call the park office (908)236-6355 or Jim Tubman (908) 963-0546.

Spruce Run Iron Heritage Hike- Union Forge Park
9 a.m.
Spruce Run Recreation Area
Join us for this point to point hike promoting the connectivity of trails directly associated with the iron industry of the Hunterdon County Highlands. The route will take us past early iron works in the state parks and adjacent lands. For More Information: Mike Helbing 908 343 8374, registration is not required.


Silver Mine Hike
10 a.m. to noon
Stokes State Forest
Join volunteers from the Friends of Stokes State Forest and the NY NJ Trail conference for moderate hike to the Silver Mine. Registration is NOT required. For More Information, please call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820. Cancelled if there is heavy rain, snow or ice. For cancellation information, Until 12/31 call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820.  On 1/1 check the Stokes State Forest Facebook page.

First Day Hike to the Tower
10 a.m.to 1 p.m.
Stokes State Forest
Join volunteers from the Friends of Stokes State Forest and the NY NJ Trail conference for moderate to strenuous hike to the Fire Tower on the Appalachian Trail.  You won’t be disappointed by the views on this hike! Registration is NOT required. For More Information, please call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820. Cancelled if there is heavy rain, snow or ice. For cancellation information, until 12/31 call the Stokes State Forest office 973-948-3820.  On 1/1 check the Stokes State Forest Facebook page.

From Ferry to Ferry - 100 horses, 18 cannons and the wagons
10 a.m. to noon
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
A guided walk of the route taken by the "stuff" of the Continental Army on Christmas Night, 1776 across the Delaware River into New Jersey. Sights and stops include the Washington Crossing Bridge, the Nelson House, the Ferry Boat replica, the pedestrian bridge, overlook, the Stone Barn, and the Johnson Ferry House. Registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information, call (609)737-2515 or 609-737-0623  or email nancy.ceperley@dep.nj.gov


Atsion State Forest and Mansion Tour
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Recreation Area
Hike is in the beautiful Pine Barrens in the Wharton SF. Great views of the Mullica River by which we will have lunch. A tour of the Atsion Mansion will be given after the hike by noted author Barbara Solem. Hike is led by Outdoor Club of NJ. No registration required. For more information, email cdenneler157@yahoo.com or camperpat123@aol.comAdditional info: ocsj.org. Outdoor Club of South Jersey/Meetup for any changes due to weather. (http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking) Call (609)351-2789 Cancellation info: http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking (or Check ocsj.org)


Historuc Hampton Furnace Hike - Atsion
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wharton State Forest, Atstion Recreation Area
Join a NJ Woodland Steward on a nature hike around the historic Hampton Furnace settlement.  This 5-mile loop hike will explore beautiful natural areas deep in the heart of Wharton State Forest. See historic sites! Enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Learn about the fire dependent pitch pine ecosystem. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. Call (856) 767-7075 or email jhspinnaker@yahoo.com; or join the hike event on Facebook “2018 First Day Hike – Hampton Furnace”. Cancelled if gusty winds, blizzard conditions, dangerous wind-chill, hazardous road conditions such as accumulating snow or ice, torrential or heavy rains forecasted. To check, call (856) 767-7075 or the hike event on Facebook “2018 First Day Hike – Hampton Furnace”

Batsto Mountain Bike Ride
11 a.m.
Wharton State Forest
Come join us on a guided 10-mile unpaved bike trail ride through the New Jersey Pinelands in Winter. Meet us at Batsto with your bike and be ready to go! egistration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: E-mail Gil Mika at Wharton.nature@comcast.net 
Cancelled if there is a steady rain or there is accumulating or accumulated snowfall / ice of more than approximately a half of an inch. If cancelled, we’ll email registered participants.


Wharton Village Walk
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
Start your new year with a family history walk through Batsto Village. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: alicia.bjornson@dep.nj.gov or call (609)561-0024. Include your name, number of people in your party, a cell phone number and email address. Cancelled if icy conditions. To check, call (856)275-6975.


January 3
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 785-6445
For adults. Come to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the winter scenery on this guided 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

January 5
Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10; pre-regitration; $15 day of/walk-in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

January 6
Lecture - About General George Meade
1 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org
ADA accessible

Video - Double Trouble State Park
10 to 10:30 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site, Interpretive Center
(732) 341-4098
Take a visual history through three centuries at Double Trouble Village in this dynamic video featuring interviews and rare footage of the lumber and cranberry industries.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 to Noon
$2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Winter Wonders
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults; children under age 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 4 and 5. ADA accessible. Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Owls: Hunters of the Night
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 12 & up; $3 children ages 6 to 11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 and up. ADA accessible. Stories, finger plays, and crafts will develop an awareness and appreciation for nature in children and their care-givers during this indoor program.

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guied bird walk in Spruce Run. For additional information - HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

Conservation/History Video: The Civil Conservation Corps
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. The Weather Channel's series "When Weathr Changed History" features George Washington and how weather played a pivotal role in his battles during the American Revolution.


January 10
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Come to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the winter scenery on this guided 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

January 11
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Earl Bird Breakfast Club
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
FREE; breakfast additonal; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction trailhead parking area
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate the winter season with a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will warm us up for the return trip.

January 12
Fledgling Naturalists
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk-in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

January 13
Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the forest office for a 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail. ADA accessible.


Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Backyard Bird Feeding
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 12 and up; $3 children ages 6 to 11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park,Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 6 & up; ADA accessible. Learn to identify winter birds and how to attract them to your yard by making your own pinecone-and-peanut butter birdfeeder during this indoor program.

Winter Food Ways (hearth cooking class, theme to be announced)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $70 pre-registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Sponsor: Heart to Hearth Cookery. All ay instruciton, meal included


Conservation Video: Living with NJ Black Bears
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609

Video - "Spies of the Revolutionaray War"
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Nathan Hale, John Honeyman, John Andre and Benedict Arnold are nust a few of the spies who played a large role for both the American and British during the American Revolution.

January 14
Lost in the Woods - a Children's Survival Program
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
For ages 6 through 11. ADA accessible. A program to help children if they get separated fromt heir group while hiking. This program will be held at the Nature Center.

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1:30 to 4 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Church Road pond
We will take a trail from its trailhead near Church Road to the top of the hill. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer's Pond. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. For pre-teen to adult. The terrain is rugged. HIke will be about 3 miles.

January 17
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park,Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Come to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the winter scenery on this guided 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.


January 19
Snow and Ice
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For families with children ages five and up. Come learn about snow, ice and winter weather through games, crafts, and experiments. Learn how High Point's wildlife survives frozen temperatures, and cut your own no-two-alike snowflakes. Plan to spend time both inside and out. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk-in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

January 20
Lecture - Bottoms Up: Recovering Ghosts of the Past for a Safer Barnegat Bay
1 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Ligthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org
ADA accessible

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Snow and Ice
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For families with children ages five and up. Come learn about snow, ice and winter weather through games, crafts, and experiments. Learn how High Point's wildlife survives frozen temperatures, and cut your own no-two-alike snowflakes. Plan to spend time both inside and out. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

Wildflowers in Winter
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $10 adults, pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.

Nature/Conservation Vodeos: Galapagos and Turning the Tide
12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609

Video - John Paul Jones: Captain of the High Seas
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. This 50-minute video recounts the life of America's first naval hero.


January 21
Chicken Whittle Demonstration
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Gather at the Nature Center for a step by step demonstration on how to whittle a rooster from a tree branch
.

Cross Country Ski Workshop
1:30 p.m.
FREE, advanced registraiton required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
IN this wsorkshop the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis. Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jerey. The indoor lesson will last 1 to 1 1/2 hours. If the gorund is snow covered, an additional 1 h our outdoor ski lesson witll be offered. Participatns will have to provide their own ski equipmetn for the outdoor lesson.


January 24
Wildflowers in Winter
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; ADA accessible. Add intrigue to your next winter walk by learning to identify the beautiful dried remains of wildflowers with your own take-home field guide! Indoor program.


January 25
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

January 26
Fledgling Naturalists
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk-in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

January 27
16th Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a brisk hike (or snowshoe) in the wild winter woods of KVSP! Afterwards, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies in our visitor center.

Video - Benedict Arnold: Triump and Treason
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. This 50-minute video describes the life of this enigmatic man.

January 31
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Come to KVSP to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the winter scenery on this guided 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.


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