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

September 1
Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic
8 a.m. to noon
Island Beach State Park, OBA 1 pavilion
(732) 793-0506
Join Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association to learn the basic techniques for successful surf fishing.

September 2
Bacon, Bikes, and Brews Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee:  park entrance fee, +$8 per person under 18yrs FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us for a weekend of good beer, food and amazing music.

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, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Smokey Bear's 73rd Birthday Celebration
Fee: Park entrance fee
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: Thomas Champion, Belleplain State Forest & the NJ Forest Service
ADA accessible

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

Kids & Critter Live Animal Show
11 a.m.
Fee: $1 per person
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

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

Saturday Nature Hike
1 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(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. All ages.

Sunset Paddle
6 to 8 p.m.
Fee: $25 per person and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, A-21 parking lot
www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Join Park Natural Educators for a peaceful evening paddle thorugh the Sedge Islands, while watching the sunset over Barnegat Bay. Fun for ages 14 and older, minors must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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!

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

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, + $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

September 3
Bacon, Bikes, and Brews Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee, + $8 per person under 18yrs FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Join us for a weekend of good beer, food and amazing music.

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, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

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

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

Kid's Pond Life Show
1 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person
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, A-21 Parking Area
www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org
Let's get los in nature! Park Natural Educators will proivde an aquatic experience for those interested in learning more about one of ht elargest estuaries in NJ. Learn all about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay and how it is all intertwined. For ages 14 and older; all equipment wsill be provided; watershoes are required.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1 p.m. meet at the Visitor Center
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(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, NJ State Botanical Gardens
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.

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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

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

Video - Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 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.

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

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

Musket Firing Demonstration
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.

September 6
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
www.abseconlighthouse.org
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. Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not

Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 p.m. 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 

September 7
Hike to Brunch & Books
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults, children free (brunch additional); pre-registration reuqired
Augusta HIll Road/Sussex Branch Trail
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 10 and up. Celebrate “Buy a Book Day” and join us for a 3.5-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour brunch at the Branchville Grill & book stop at Broad Street Books will offer optional refreshment and inspiration at the turn-around point.

September 8
Trail Mix at Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by tretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in compansionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

September 9
Railroader’s Weekend Celebration
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $ 5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Passenger & freight trains parade every half hour. Come see vintage locomotives and trains in operation, shop tours, exhibits and much more! Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Birding by Kayak
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fee:
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
IBSP, famous for its fantastic scenery and wonderful bird watching opportunities, is proud to offer a birding by kayak tour!  Join Park Natural Educators and observe the many species of migratory birds at IBSP.

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

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

Fall Wildflower Walk
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Rain cancels. Wear sturdy shoes. Join the Wildflower Team to check out the magical sights and sounds of fall in the woodlands of the Wildflower Garden! We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet at the Carriage House.

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

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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!

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $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.

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

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $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.

September 10
Railroader’s Weekend Celebration
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $ 5 per person
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Passenger & freight trains parade every half hour. Come see vintage locomotives and trains in operation, shop tours, exhibits and much more! Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Nature Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(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. All ages.

Beach Plum Festival
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park, OBA 1
(732) 793-0506
This festival features almost 100 vendors of local arts & crafts, food and non-profits.

Program on the Role of the New Jersey Regulars and Militia in the Battle
2 p.m. meet at Visitor Center Auditorium
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
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.

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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.
FREE
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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

Trees of the Park
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Washington Crossing State Park is home to scores of species of native trees and shrubs as well as many non-natives that have become naturalized. Join the park naturalist on a walk and learn how to identify many of the most common species. For pre-teen to adult.

September 13
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 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 int he beauty of the park in companionship with fellow walkers.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $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.

September 14
L'il Tykes Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 and under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

September 15
Trail Mix at Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

September 16
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Late Summer Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 Adults, under 12 yrs. FREE.
Vendor spaces $30 pre-registered, $35 week of event.
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks & so much more! Rain Date: September 17th.

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.

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

Lilac Care Workshop
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Come work in the Lilac Garden and get a hands-on lesson in lilac pruning, thinning, dead-heading and general care from Dan Ryniec, former Lilac Curator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Lesson begins at 10 am. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and bringing bug spray and sun block, if needed. Meet in the Lilac Garden. Rain date - September 23.

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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!

Raptors of New Jersey
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
ADA accessible. Learn about and get to see our raptors – the predators from above. A presentation by the Raptor Trust, including live raptors.

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

Fall Beauty in the Wetlands Hike
10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 467-4559
Guided 2 to 4 mile hike, bring waater and lunch

September 17
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: train ticket $4 per person more for special events, kids 2 & younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Civil War Encampment - Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Bird Rescue Program
1 p.m.
FREE; donation suggested for Lonely Grey Rescue
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature center for our special guest from Lonely Grey Rescue for a program on avian rescue. Live birds will be present for viewing. All ages.

Program on the 14th New Jersey at the Battle of 3rd Winchester, and the death of Major Peter Vredenburg
2 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
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.

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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.
FREE
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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

September 20
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Tee and Tour’
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Adults $10 / 12 and under $5
Cheesequake State Park, Proprietary House - Perth Amboy, NJ
(732) 826-5527
info@theproprietaryhouse.com
Join us for tea and homemade desserts served in our atmospheric colonial brick wine cellar before getting a tour of New Jersey’s 18th Century Royal Governor’s Mansion and learn about its many notable residents over the past 250+ years.

Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 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 aire and soaking in the beauty of th epark in companionship with fellow walkers.

September 21
L'il Tykes Hike
11 a.m. to noon
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

September 22
Trail Mix at Six
6 to 7 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. End the work week on a high note by stretching your legs, breathing fresh air, and soaking in the beauty of the park in companionship with fellow hikers on a 3.5-mile hike.

September 23
Historic Soldiers Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
Sponsor: Fort Mott State Park & the 9th Division WWII Historic Preservation Society
Historic Soldiers Weekend is a military timeline of displays and uniformed re-enactors from the Roman Era to the Cold War. Throughout the weekend, live music, demonstrations and special tours of the site are available.  Period firearm and artillery demonstrations both days. This is a family friendly event and admission is free. Food will be available. The event will be held Rain or Shine.

Hike to Lunch: Buck Hill Brewery
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Blairstown Airport, Paulinskill Valleey Trail
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 10 & up. Have an appetite for autumn? Join us for an easy 4-mile round-trip hike along the scenic Paulinskill Valley Trail. A one-hour lunch stop at Buck Hill Brewery will offer optional refreshment midway through the trip.

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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.
FREE
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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.

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

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

National Public Lands Day
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Join us for our trial upkeep workday

September 24
Historic Soldiers Weekend
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
Sponsor: Fort Mott State Park & the 9th Division WWII Historic Preservation Society
Historic Soldiers Weekend is a military timeline of displays and uniformed re-enactors from the Roman Era to the Cold War. Throughout the weekend, live music, demonstrations and special tours of the site are available.  Period firearm and artillery demonstrations both days. This is a family friendly event and admission is free. Food will be available. The event will be held Rain or Shine.

Germanfest Vintage Auto Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under free
The Hermitage
Sponsor: The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc.
(201) 445-8311
Area automobile enthusiasts can view a variety of vintage German-engineered automobiles including BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. Also featured will be “The Vintage Cars of Ho-Ho-Kus” provided by town residents.  German food and refreshments will be available for sale and lively German music will be played throughout the day. This celebration of German automotive engineering supports Hermitage educational programs for children and adults. For information about sponsorships, to register a vehicle, or to purchase tickets in advance, contact the Museum Office at (201) 445-8311, ext. 102.

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 Manor, Ringwood State Park
(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!

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Gardens
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.

Audubon Nature Walk
10 a.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ Sstate Botanical Garden, Carriage House
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
September is prime migration time for both birds and butterflies.  Join us as we walk the Garden and fields looking for the butterflies and birds that visit NJBG on their fall journey, and identifying the plants our winged friends like best.  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.

September 28
Hike to Happy Hour: Angry Erik Brewing
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 (pizza included); pre-registration required
Warbasse Junction Road parking area
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate "National Drink Beer Day" with a leisurely 3-mile round trip hike to enjoy optional refreshments and pizza (inlcued) at our midway pit-stop.

September 30
National Estuaries Day Cedar Creek Watershed Walk
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $5, children ages 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park plays an integral part in protecting the Cedar Creek Watershed. Join us for a 2.5 mile walk over sandy trails around the Double Trouble Historic District as we view Cedar Creek from numerous locations and see how this fresh water was the lifeblood for two Pinelands industries. Limited to 16 participants. Payment required by 3 p.m. Friday September 29 through the Brendan Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191. Payments cannot be accpeted at Double Trouble.

Video - Guardians of Barnegat Bay
10 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.


 

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