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February
Double Trouble Village Walking Tours 
Call for arrangements & 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.

February 1
Fledgling Naturalists: Winter Wonders 2
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. This winter we'll be exploring winter wildlife, weather, and birds. The exact timing of the topics will depend primarily on weather conditions. You’re welcome to arrive up to a half hour before the program begins for seasonally-themed free-play. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through activities, stories, games, and crafts. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

February 2
Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more! Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather, but generally a minimum of 6" of snow is needed to snowshoe. Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Tracks and Tales: Stories in the Snow
2:00 to 3:30 PM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For adults and children ages 6 and up. We don't often get a chance to observe wild animals in action, but the signs they leave behind offer a window into their world. Come learn the basics about interpreting the tracks and signs of local wildlife. After this indoor presentation, you can either practice being a tracker in the Interpretive Center, or head outside on your own to complete a "Signs of Wildlife" scavenger hunt. If you're interested in a more field-oriented program, please join us for one of our Saturday morning "Nature in Winter" walks.

Nature Craft Saturday Animal Tracks
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3.00 per person, Pre-registration Required- Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area Administration Office
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Learn how to identify some common animal tracks while we make a tracking booklet. We will make prints with paint on paper or you can bring a plain t-shirt or pillow case to make prints on. Payment is required by 2 p.m., Thursday, January 31 at the Spruce Run Recreation Area office (908) 638-8572

Groundhog Hike – You Might See Your Shadow
10 a.m. to NOON
Fee: $3.00 for ages 12 and up, $1.00 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area
South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
(908) 236-6355        
Note: Yes, we have them, and no, we won’t see them. Winter’s grasp is lightening a bit, though, as days lengthen. Winter hiking brings solitude and quiet beauty, but it has its dangers. Learn the dos and don’ts of winter hiking. If snow covered, bring snow shoes. To help your local birds make the end of winter, we’ll give a log feeder to each family

Astronomy Video: The Moon
12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609

Video – “The American Revolution: England’s Last Chance”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  Volume V discusses the important battles of the War fought in the south

February 3
Walking tour of the battlefield -Meet at the Visitor Center
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Note:  ADA accessible in the Visitor Center

February 7
Nestling Naturalists: Winter Wonders 2
10:30 to 11:30 AM
Fees: $3.00 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 2 and 3-year-olds and an adult caregiver. Join us this winter for a program just for our littlest naturalists! Each week will feature a combination of free play, stories, and fun, seasonally-themed sensory explorations both indoors and out. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

February 8
Winter Homeschool Hike 2
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Fees: $3 per hike, per child
For homeschoolers age 6 and up. These easy to moderate, naturalist-led hikes will range between one to two miles and are a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get a fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way. Hikes will be selected based on seasonal events and conditions. This winter, if snow conditions permit, there will be opportunities to try out snowshoes on the trail. Details about specific hikes will be available the week before the hike is scheduled. Younger siblings may join you, but will need to be able to walk the distance or be young enough to be carried. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

February 9
Nature in Winter Walk: A to Z Family Edition
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: None
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For families with children ages 5 and up. Come join us for a short walk to look for signs of nature in winter that start with all the letters of the alphabet. "I" is for ice...let's hope "Z" isn't zero degrees! If there are about six inches of snow (or more), participants will have an opportunity to give snowshoes a try on the walk. We have a good supply of snowshoes for kids 90 lbs and under, but supplies for larger children and adults are limited. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 or to register for this walk before 4 PM Friday, February 8th.

Dog Walk
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee: None;
pre-registration requested (15 dogs max)
Bass River State Forest
(609) 405-0360 (609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
NOTE: About 3-5 miles on flat ground, moderate pace Bring drink and lunch, heavy rain cancels. Meet at Forest Office, Call hike leader for directions and information. Do not have to have a dog to walk.

Astronomy Video: Mercury and Venus – The Inner Planets
12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609

Video – “The American Revolution: Birth of the Republic”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  Volume VI wraps up the Revolution with a look at what happened to some of the heroes of the War of Independence

February 13
Wednesday Walk in the Woods at Bass River State Forest
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee:  None; pre-registration requested
Bass River State Forest
( 609 ) 405-0360  (609) 296-6574 (hike leader)
NOTE: About 8 miles on flat ground, moderate pace. Bring drink and lunch, heavy rain cancels.  Call hike leader for directions and information.

February 14
Fledgling Naturalists: Winter Wonders 3
1:30 to 2:30 PM
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. This winter we'll be exploring winter wildlife, weather, and birds. The exact timing of the topics will depend primarily on weather conditions. You’re welcome to arrive up to a half hour before the program begins for seasonally-themed free-play. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through activities, stories, games, and crafts. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

February 15
Fledgling Naturalists: Winter Wonders 3
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 3 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. This winter we'll be exploring winter wildlife, weather, and birds. The exact timing of the topics will depend primarily on weather conditions. You’re welcome to arrive up to a half hour before the program begins for seasonally-themed free-play. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through activities, stories, games, and crafts. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

February 16
Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more! Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather, but generally a minimum of 6" of snow is needed to snowshoe. Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Astronomy Video: Spaceship Earth
12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609

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

February 17
George Washington's Birthday Celebration
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Johnson Ferry House
(609) 737-2515
Note: Partially ADA accessible A good family event including music in the parlor, FAQ's about our first president, the history of gingerbread, colonial toys and games, quill pen writing and hornbook reading, woodworking in the Stone Barn

Cross Country Ski Workshop
1:30 p.m.
FREE, advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park
Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Note: In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information

February 21
Nestling Naturalists: Winter Wonders 3
10:30 to 11:30 AM
Fees: $3.00 per family
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
For 2 and 3-year-olds and an adult caregiver. Join us this winter for a program just for our littlest naturalists! Each week will feature a combination of free play, stories, and fun, seasonally-themed sensory explorations both indoors and out. Registration is required. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 before 4:00 PM the day before the program.

February 23
Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 per person to borrow snowshoes for the walk.
High Point State Park
973-875-1471
Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more! Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather, but generally a minimum of 6" of snow is needed to snowshoe. Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

Comedy Show
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fee:  $20 per person, refreshments included
High Point State Park Interpretive Cener
Pre- Registration is required, contact April Oleksy 201-895-6276 or aprwne@ptd.net
Join the Friends of High Point State Park as they present the comedy of Lori Space Day, “Zoo Mama”!

Video – “George Washington: The Unknown Years”
2 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park
Visitor Center Museum
(609) 737-0623
Note: ADA accessible.  The early years of the life of George Washington are examined

George Washington’s 287th Birthday!
NOON to 4 p.m.
Fee: $8 per adult, $5 per child (6 to 17 yrs.) suggested donation; Pre-registration REQUIRED
Rockingham State Historic Site
Sponsor:  Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
Note: Partially ADA accessible.  Tours of the historic house will include timeline facts of George Washington’s life and conclude with birthday cake and punch.  A toast to the General would not be out of place

 

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