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Nature Programs and Activities
Contact the forest office for schedule, fees and ADA accessibility
Brendan Byrne State Forest
(609) 762-1191
Assorted nature programs and activities at the interpretive center located in the camping area.

Kayak Eco Tours on Cheesequake Creek
FEE; park entrance fee and $15 per person; call for hours, details and registration
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Explore the salt marsh on a Naturalist guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. The program includes all equipment and lesson. Participants must be 14 years of age and up and be in good physical condition.

Guided Manor Tours
Times and date to be announced
Fee: Park entrance fee and general admission, $7 Seniors (62+), $5 Youth (13-18), $5, (6-12), $3
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Note: ADA accessible. Please call for more information.

Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days"
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history.  Admission is free. Call 856-964-5383 for tour times and to schedule a visit.

July 1
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, train ticket $4 per person, more for special events, children 2 and younger ride free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Snakes of the Pine Barrens (with live specimens)
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on. ADA accessible.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlanatic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper on Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children ages 12 & up $5; children 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 are free; pre-registration required
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. Registration and fee rquired by 3 p.m. Friday June 30th through the Brendan Byrne office. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Video - Guardians of 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.

History Bike Tour Along the D&R Canal
10 a.m.
FREE; pre-registrion required
D&R Canal State Park, Kingston Locktender's House
Sponsor: D&R Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 - Bob Barth
bbarth@att.net
Partially ADA accessible. Bring water; helmet required. Bike along the D&R Canal towpath from Kingston to Griggstown and back, it‘s 10 miles round trip. Explore and learn about the structures along the canal.

Birding by Kayak
8 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join Park Natural Educators and observe the many species of migratory birds. Ages 14 and older, all equipment is provided. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water and bug spray. Watershoes are required.

Bike-to-BBQ: Double S Smokehouse
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 12 and up; $3 children ages 6 to 11, children under 6 are free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction Road parking area
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome; bring your own bike; children under 17 must wear a bike helmet. Shake, rattle, and roll along Sussex County’s only 14-mile rail-trail loop, learning about railroad history along the way. A one-hour lunch stop will offer well-deserved refreshment near the end of the trip.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person & park entrane fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a a musket firing.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Young Astronomers Series
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
njaa.org

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

Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days"
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history.  Admission is free. Call 856-964-5383 for tour times and to schedule a visit.

Natural Dyes
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee; pre-registrtion required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 73-0609
Many interesting colors can be derived from wild plants.  Come out to learn how several of our more common plants can be coaxed to yield dyes for coloring natural fabrics and take home a few samples of your own (all ages)

Musket Firing Demontration
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee and $1 per person
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

July 2
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: Park entranc efee, train ticke $4 per person, more for special events, children ages 2 and younger free
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Independence Day with School and Temperance Program
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us in the 1836 Militia Muster and General Fanfare.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Pond Life Live Animal Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater an dubg spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Island Foraging Tour (American Sign Language Interpreted)
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Do you want to get back in touch with nature? If so, what better way than to forage the island for different sources of food! This tour will focus on the role of lichen, fish, small planbts and fruites in regrds to their ability to be used by humans, how they function in their ecosystem, an dwhat humans can do to help them thrive. Each will will focus on a different topic.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, meet at the Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Wear appropriate foot wear.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. 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 cancels.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

July 3
Shellfish Gardening 101
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE
Island Beach State Park Marina
(732) 793-0506
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-rofit enfironemtnal organization that promotes environment and education. Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it. In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to car for them, as well as feeding patterns and life cycles of these fragile creatures.

July 4
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Historic Buildings Open for Fourth of July
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children ages 12 & up $5; children 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 are free; pre-registration required
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. Registration and fee rquired by 3 p.m. Friday June 30th through the Brendan Byrne office. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village.

Video - Guardians of 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.

Island Beach State Park History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join park naturalists and volunteeers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of th eisland, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishng shacks, Live Saving stations, hotels and more!

Wildchild Surfing Safari
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $25, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, OBA 2
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

Independence Day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Princeton Battlefield State Park, Clarke House
(609) 921-0074
Revolutionary War musket and cannon demonstratons, fire pit cooking, talk on battle, reading of the Declaration of Independence, period games, house tours.

18th Annual Independence Day Celebration & Declaration of Independence Reading at Ringwood Manor
1 to 4 p.m.; Reading of Declaration of Independence takes place a 2:30 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
The 4th of July event will feature a traditional dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Manor’s front porch and other period reenactments such as games, suttlers, militias, reenactors, crafts and more to celebrate the 241st  anniversary of American independence.

Early American Ice Cream Demonstration and Open House
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Johnson Ferry House and Stone Barn
(609) 737-2515
Partially ADA accessible. Watch and help in the process of making ice cream using the recipes and in the manner of our founding fathers. Free samples will be available. The farm house will be interpreted with the impact of the Declaration of Independence upon the Johnson and Slack families who lived in the house in 1776.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a musket firing demonstration.

July 5
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
A free program for children twelve and under offered on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Each program includes arts and crafts, as well as matching movies and coloring pages. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space. Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Wednesday Afternoon "Tee and Tour"
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10, children 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House
(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.


Island Explorers
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, they you're an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stores, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of th epark in compansionship with fellow walkers.

July 6
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Wildchild Surfing Safari
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $25, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, OBA 2
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

July 7
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Sunset Beach
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Fee:
Island Beach State Park, OBA 1 Pavilion
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basixc tenquies for successful surf fishing.

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A13 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s'mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (pizza included); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Road parking area
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults; join us for a leisurely 3-mile round-trip hike along the scenic Paulinskill Valley Trail to enjoy optional refreshemtns and pizza (included) at our midway pit-stop.

Summer Concert: The Dalton Gang
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation requested
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
(973) 962-9534
A mighty mix of jazz, funk and latin music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

July 8
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Early Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Vendor spaces $30 pre-registraiton, $35 registration week of event
Allaire State Park, Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Partially ADA accessible. Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks & so much more. Rain date July 9th.

Full Moon Hike
8:15 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person; pre-registration required, limit 25 people
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and insect repellent. Participants must be 8 years of age or older.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlanatic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper on Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sunset Paddle
5 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $25, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A21 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join park natural educators for a peaceful evening paddle thorugh the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

Discovery Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration rquired
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Centr
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome; join us for a 2-mile nturalist guided hike to explore the trails and obsereve the plants and animals of Kittatinny.

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

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person & park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a park historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American REvolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a musket firing.

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

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days"
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history.  Admission is free. Call 856-964-5383 for tour times and to schedule a visit.

Night Hike
8:30 p.m.
Fee: $2 per person; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Centere
(609) 737-0609
Call for alternate access directions and registration as main park entrance will be closed. For children ages 9 to adult. Explore the park int he dark ont his guided nocturnal walk and campfire. Bring a flashlight.

July 9
By the Light of the Moon Climb
11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
The best views of Atlantic City are during a full moon climb. Atlantic City has a stunning skyline at night, and to top it off, you can watch the full moon float up from the ocean and join the magnificent lights of the city.

Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Twilight Walk
6:30 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
Bull's Island Recreation Area
(609) 397-2949
Explore nature in the twilight hours ending with views of the Delaware River.

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Program on the 14th New Jersey at the Battle of Monocacy
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA Accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. 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 cancels.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

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

Audubon Butterfly Walk
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Sponsor: Bergen County Audubon Society
Prime time for butterflies!! Join us as we walk the garden and fields to look for and identify the butterflies and plants of the NJBG – the Garden State’s hidden jewel.  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 cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory, Voorhees State Park
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

July 10
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

July 11
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Island Beach State Park History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join park naturalists and volunteeers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of th eisland, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishng shacks, Live Saving stations, hotels and more!

Wildchild Surfing Safari
4 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $25, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, OBA 2
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

July 12
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
A free program for children twelve and under offered on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Each program includes arts and crafts, as well as matching movies and coloring pages. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

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

Island Explorers
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, they you're an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stores, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking inthe beauty of the park in compansionship with fellow walkers.

Pond Exploration
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Voorhees State Park
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
Come explore the pond at the Hoppock Grove in Voorhees State Park. We will use dip nets to take an up-close look at what calls the pond home. Dress to be outdoors. Spaces are limited.

July 13
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

July 14
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Sunset Beach
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A13 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s'mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

July 15
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

James P. Allaire's Birthday and Guild Day
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Allaire State Park, Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Speeches and fanfare to celebrate the day.

Bad Dogz in concert (Bluegrass, Gospel and Old-Timey Music)
8 to 9:30 pm.
FREE; donations to the band are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on. Appropriate for all ages. ADA accessible.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlanatic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper on Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Appalachian Trail Walk Discussion
2 to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
http://bmcha.weebly.com
ADA Accessible. Program to be held at 598 Canal Road, Somerset (Franklin Township, Somerset County). The Canal House Association will sponsor Dae Hewitt, a retired State Park employess to discuss his experiences as a thru hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

Hacklebarney State Park Walk
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Hacklebarney State Park
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com

Birding by Kayak
8 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join Park Natural Educators and observe the many species of migratory birds. Ages 14 and older, all equipment is provided. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water and bug spray. Watershoes arae reuqired.

Hike to Lunch: Chun Bo Restaurant
10:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet at Chun Bo, Newton
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
Have an appetite for the outdoors? Join us for a 3-mile hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail followed by optional refreshments at our destination. Car shuttle required.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Raspberry Ramble
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area; South Parking Lot
(809) 236-6355
Pick your own organic berries. Wear long pants and bring a sturdy container (baggies won't do)

Observatory Tour and Telescope Viewing
8:30 to 10:30 pm.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: NJ Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days"
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history.  Admission is free. Call 856-964-5383 for tour times and to schedule a visit.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person & park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a park historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a musket firing.

Outwater’s Militia Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Come and see the men of Outwater’s Militia join together and drill in preparation for action against his majesty’s troops. Stroll through the encampment when the men are not drilling and learn about the life and times of the Revolutionary War.

The Carpenter Frog Pineland Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Atsion Office
(609) 567-4559
Guided hike; 3 to 4 miles, bring water and lunch.

July 16
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Island Foraging Tour (American Sign Language Interpreted)
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Do you want to get back in touch with nature? If so, what better way than to forage the island for different sources of food! This tour will focus on the role of lichen, fish, small planbts and fruites in regrds to their ability to be used by humans, how they function in their ecosystem, an dwhat humans can do to help them thrive. Each will will focus on a different topic.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. 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 cancels.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Family Woodland Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
An easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden’s woodlands, where you’ll learn a bit about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Smaller children may need to be carried. ! 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 cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
Free
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Pond Study
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE: advanced registration required, all ages
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at the park pond on Brickyard Rd (call for directions)
(609) 737-0609
Sample the pond with nets for a variety of aquatic organisms.

July 17
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Shellfish Gardening 101
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Island Beach State Park Marina
(732) 793-0506
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-rofit enfironemtnal organization that promotes environment and education. Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it. In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to car for them, as well as feeding patterns and life cycles of these fragile creatures.

July 18
Diesel Train Operates

Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Island Beach State Park History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join park naturalists and volunteeers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of th eisland, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishng shacks, Live Saving stations, hotels and more!

Wildchild Surfing Safari
9 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, OBA 2
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

July 19
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.


Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
A free program for children twelve and under offered on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Each program includes arts and crafts, as well as matching movies and coloring pages. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

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 .

Island Explorers
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, they you're an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park , Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stores, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults; 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.

July 20
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

July 21
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Sunset Beach
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159


Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A13 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s'mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

Summer Concert: The Gutherie Brothers
6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 dontation requested
Ringwood State Park, NJ Sttae Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Enjoy the Simon & Garfunkel and Everly Brothers songbooks, and original harmony-driven music.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather.

July 22
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

"Native Americans of New Jersey"
by Dr. Richard Veit, Monmouth University
8 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on. ADA accessible.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404


Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlanatic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper on Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

A Walk Through History Along the D&R Canal
10 a.m.
Free: pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Location: Port Mercer Bridgetenders House (Quakerbridge Road Lawrence Twp.)
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401-3121 – Bob Barth
bbarth@att.net
Partially ADA accessible. Dresses appropriated, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Walk 2.9 miles along the D&R Canal towpath from Port Mercer to Carnegie Road. Explore and learn about the structures along the canal.

Victorian Era Encampment - The Boer War
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
This event brings the uniforms and traditions of late Victorian Britain and the Commonwealth to historic Fort Mott. At the same time that Fort Mott was being completed, the war between the British and Boer settlers in South Africa ushered in a new era of warfa
re. Come witness period camps, uniform and weapon displays, a tactical between British and Boer forces, Victorian civilian attire, and even a cricket match!

Food Truck Festival
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fee: $5, children under 5 are free
The Hermitage
(201) 445-8311
Come join us for great food and drivenk, terrific music, and a spectacular day at The Hermitage. There will be a large variety of delicious foods to choose from.Explore different cuisines or just keep it simple. It's your choice! Craft beers, live bands and fun activities for the kids will also be part of the days offerings. Seating will be provided on our beautiful property, or you can bring a blanket and picnic the day away. No pets please.

Sunset Paddle
5 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $25, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A21 Parking Lot
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join park natural educators for a peaceful evening paddle thorugh the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Brnegat Bay. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife!

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.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person and park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing.

Songs and Stories of the American Revolution
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Using rousing period songs and stories Matthew Dodd will take you back to the days of the American Revolution.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

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

Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days"
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history.  Admission is free. Call 856-964-5383 for tour times and to schedule a visit.


July 23
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.


Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Victorian Era Encampment - The Boer War
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218
This event brings the uniforms and traditions of late Victorian Britain and the Commonwealth to historic Fort Mott. At the same time that Fort Mott was being completed, the war between the British and Boer settlers in South Africa ushered in a new era of warfa
re. Come witness period camps, uniform and weapon displays, a tactical between British and Boer forces, Victorian civilian attire, and even a cricket match!

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. 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 cancels.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
Free
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

July 24
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Shellfish Gardening 101
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE
Island Beach State Park Marina
(732) 793-0506
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Come out and learn all about shellfish! ReClam the Bay is a local, non-rofit enfironemtnal organization that promotes environment and education. Each year, ReClam the Bay grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters, which are used to re-stock the Barnegat Bay. Certified Shellfish Gardeners will teach you about the important relationship between the water in our estuary and the shellfish that inhabit it. In addition, learn how shellfish are raised in upwellers, how to car for them, as well as feeding patterns and life cycles of these fragile creatures.

July 25
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Island Beach State Park History Hike
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join park naturalists and volunteeers from the Friends of Island Beach State Park for an adventure through time. Learn about the history of th eisland, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishng shacks, Live Saving stations, hotels and more!

Hike-To-Lunch: The Chatterbox Drive-In
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 10 & up (dessert included); children under 10 free; pre-registration required; lunch additional
Route 94- Sussex Branch Trail parking area
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome; have an appetite for the outdoors? Celebrate "National Hot Fudge Sundae Day" with a 2.5 or 5-mile hike along the scenic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour stop with free hot fudge sundae will offer well-deserved refreshment at our turn-around point. If choosing the shorter option, please work out your own car shuttle.

July 26
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.


Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: included with regular admission
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360
abseconlighthouse.org
A free program for children twelve and under offered on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Each program includes arts and crafts, as well as matching movies and coloring pages. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not.

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.

Island Explorers
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, they you're an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

Nature Toddlers
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park , Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Age-appropriate hands-on activities, stores, crafts and hikes guide your child's natural curiosity as we explore the animals and plants of Island Beach. Natural educators provide an educational hour of fund for you and your young child.

Wildchild Surfing Safari
4 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $25, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, OBA 2
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Surf’s Up Dude! Learn about waves, what they are, where they come from, and why the waves break. Paddle out with expert Natural Educators and IBSP Lifeguards, and maybe you’ll be hangin’ 10 by the end of the summer! Drop off your child for two hours of fun!

Wednesday Walkers
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
Start your day off right by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the parkin companionship with fellow walkers.


July 27
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

July 28
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Delaware Bay Safari
1 p.m.
FREE
Sunset Beach
Sponsor: Sunset Beach & Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Moonlight Hike
7 to 10 p.m.
Fee: $10, plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A13 parking lot
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach.  Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s'mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!  We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year!   There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you!

July 29
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Acoustic Musicians Guild in Concert
8 to 9:30 p.m.
FREE; donations to the band are welcome
Bass River State Forest, Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway
(609) 296-1114
Bring flashlight and something to sit on. Appropriate for all ages. ADA accessible.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Storytime
12:30 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlanatic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Keeper on Duty
1:15 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
ADA accessible

Nature/Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kids & Critters Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Crab Time Racing
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Bathhouse Pavilion
(732) 566-3208
Learn about the Fiddler Crabs that inhabit the park. Participate in Fiddler Crab races. All ages

Birding by Kayak
8 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
Join Park Natural Educators and observe the many species of migratory birds. Ages 14 and older, all equipment is provided. Please dress appropriately, bring drinking water and bug spray. Watershoes arae required.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

KID’S DAY - Bugs, Butterflies and Critters
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: park entrance fee, pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
It’s time to see the six legged creatures that outnumber us on this planet. This hike is open to all ages but kids seem to find the coolest bugs. We’ll play some games too.

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

Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days"
Call for times and dates
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
(856) 964-5383
Better known for his ground breaking free-verse poetry, Walt Whitman was also an accomplished prose writer having in his early years published several short stories, editorials and a novel.  Later, while living in Camden, he published in 1882 a book of life essays entitled, “Specimen Days and Collect”.  This program will explore this notable work with a discussion of the author’s revealing impressions of the people, places and events of the 19th Century – an extraordinary period in American history.  Admission is free. Call 856-964-5383 for tour times and to schedule a visit.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $ 1 per person and park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
ADA accessible. Join a Park Historian for an interpretive program on the weapons of the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton followed by a Musket Firing
.

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

July 30
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Nature Crafts
1 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations towards craft materials are welcome
Belleplain State Forest, Lake Nummy picnic area
(609) 861-2404

Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Nature Walk
2 p.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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.

Trail Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park
(732) 566-3208
Take part in a guided hike starting at the Nature Center. We’ll explore the trails as we learn some interesting facts about the Park. Ages 9 and up.

Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Let’s get lost in nature! Park Natural Educators will provide an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. You will be told past stories on the people who lived here long ago and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay, all while observing and learning about the marine life, plants, birds, and geology of the area. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem. Ages 14 an dolder, all equipment provided. Please dress appropriately and bring drinking waater and bug spray. Watershoes are required. Participants should arrive and check-in at the Nature Center 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Island Foraging Tour (American Sign Language Interpreted)
Fee: $5 plus park entrance fee
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-1315
https://www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org/events/
Do you want to get back in touch with nature? If so, what better way than to forage the island for different sources of food! This tour will focus on the role of lichen, fish, small planbts and fruites in regrds to their ability to be used by humans, how they function in their ecosystem, an dwhat humans can do to help them thrive. Each will will focus on a different topic.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels.  Wear sturdy shoes. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what’s blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. 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 cancels.

A Child's life at Ringwood Manor Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973)962-2240
This fun & energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family, the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century. Scavenger hunts are provided on the tour and afterwards, kids are encouraged to try our reproduction 19th century toys! A great tour to introduce younger visitors to the history of the site!

Grounds & Gardens Tour of Ringwood Manor
2 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood Manor
(973) 962-2240
These 2 hour walking tours will take participants around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and even the cemetery. Historic photos will be shown to the group to give participants an idea of what the site looked like at various times. It is advised that participants wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray & sun block if necessary. Steady Rain cancels.

Observatory Tour and Solar Telescope Viewing
2 to 5 p.m.
FREE
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

July 31
Diesel Train Operates
Noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends
Fee: Park entrance fee (weekends and holidays only), train tickets $4 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Bayshore Adventure Program
Call for times (Program runs from July 31 to August 4)
Fee: $125/per week/per child
Leonardo State Marina
Sponsor: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org
(609) 984-0621 - Stephanie D'Alesio
(732) 291-1333 - Maggie Mitchell
The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grades, ages 8- 11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and Conserve Wildlife Foundations educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery! Activities include: Arts & Crafts, Bird watching, Seining, Friday Fun Day which includes sandcastle building contests and making solar s’mores!

 

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