at the Nature Center
The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are available and scheduled separately by special arrangement. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Some of these events will require advanced registration as specified below. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. Phone: (609) 737-0609
TYROLEAN TRAVERSE (6- 12 yrs.) Saturday October 5, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Tyrolean Traverse is a mountain rescue technique for crossing gorges and canyons on a horizontally suspended rope. In this case, willing (or not) participants will be pulling themselves across the Nature Center’s vernal pond infested with killer frogs and tadpoles (just kidding) and genuine New Jersey crocodiles. (see the video posted on the WCSP Facebook page) The event will be ongoing throughout the afternoon, weather permitting. Come prepared to get wet, just in case. This is a kid-event however, adult human guinea pigs will be considered if they’re not too heavy. Just come into the Nature Center and request the traverse. Free
IN SEARCH OF SHALE (all ages) Sunday October 6, 1:30 p.m. Find out where the Indians of Central New Jersey would travel in search of the stone materials they needed for making their tools and weapons. Learn why some of the most abundant varieties of shale in the area were so extensively used by the Indians. A short presentation will be given at the Nature Center by long-time WCSP volunteer instructor, Jim Wade. Actual Indian stone tool artifacts, from Mr. Wade’s collection, will be shown. This will be followed by a short trail hike to one of the local shale deposits and outcrops and possibly other locations of interest in the park. Free.
TOMAHAWK THROWING (adults) Saturday October 12, 1:00 -3:30 p.m. Come on out and try your hand at sticking a tomahawk or small hatchet into a target at about 15 ft. Maybe even hit a bull’s-eye. Free.
HIKE MILFORD BLUFFS (pre-teen-adult) Saturday October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Milford Bluffs in Holland Twp., is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged with commanding views of the Delaware Valley. Wear sturdy shoes, bring drinking water and lunch. The hike will be 2-3 miles in length. Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool (approx. 45 min ride) to the preserve (call the Nature Center for directions). Advanced registration required. Free.
PARK FOLIAGE HIKE (9 yrs. - adult) Saturday November 2, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 mile hike taking on the park’s natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season. Wear sturdy footwear. Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars (if you wish). Free
NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE AREA OF THE PARK (all ages) Sunday November 3, 1:30 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the autumn season, focusing on the activities of fall hunting, gathering and religious ceremonies. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Free
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Saturday November 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Free
SHELTER BUILDING WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday November 10, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This program will deal with the fundamentals pertaining to survival when lost in the wild. Participants will construct a weatherproof shelter completely from native materials. Advanced registration and payment required. Fee: $2.00/person, children under 6 yrs. Free.
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Saturday November 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Free. (More events, next page)
FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT (all ages) Sunday November 17, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Families and individuals will attempt to locate various natural objects in the park and obtain information about the area as they compete against themselves or others in this fun traditional game. Advanced registration required. Free.
NATURE CENTER CLOSED Wed Nov. 27 - Tues. Dec 3
Have a Happy Thanksgiving
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Saturday November 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Free
GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Sunday November 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game, which utilizes GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden in the park. Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of dozens of geocache sites in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one. Advanced registration and payment required. Fee: $2.00/person (exact change please).
HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING (all ages) Saturday December 14, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will construct their own wreaths from evergreen clippings collected in the park. Advanced registration required. Fee: $8.00/wreath (exact change please).
NATURE CENTER CLOSED Mon Dec 23, 2019 - Thurs Jan 2, 2020
Have a Happy Holiday Season