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Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Fee: 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. 

May 1
Tuesday Tykes
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors

May 2
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Come to KVSP to stretch your legs, socialize, and soak in the spring scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible


May 3
Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 4
Beginner Yoga
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day-of/walk-in
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For teens & adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 5
Camp Burton at Allaire, 1929
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FEE: $3 per person, under 5yrs FREE
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Allaire in the early 20th century with Boy Scout activities.

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
FEE: tickets $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.

Bilingual Walk along the D&R Canal
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE, registration is required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
South Bound Brook Parking Access, Canal Road
Sponsor: D&R Canal Watch and D&R Canal State Park
(732) 993-4505
jhunsdon@gmail.com
Partial ADA accessible. Bring the whole family for a casual walk on the D&R Canal Towpath starting at Lock 11 in South Bound Brook. Our walk will be led by Park Naturalist Stephanie Fox of New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites. We will enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we look for wildlife and vegetation. Please RSVP and email Jessica Hunsdon for more information at jhunsdon@gmail.com or call/text 732.993.4505 in English or Spanish.

Art Display and Sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE, donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(609) 924-5705
http://bmcha.weebly.com
Art Display and Sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
Watercolorists Unlimited return with their matted or framed original artwork for your review and purchase

World War One Living History Encampment
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Fort Mott State Park
(856) 935-3218

Fifth Annual Lake Cleanup
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Help keep High Point State Park beautiful! Join us as we clean up trash along the shores and in the waters of Lake Marcia, Steenykill, and Sawmill. Meet at the HPSP Office Parking Lot. Participants should bring their own waterproof footwear, hip-waders, and work gloves if they have them. Please be aware that participants may get wet and dirty, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There will be no swimming. Individuals, families with older children, and groups are welcome to participate in the lake clean up event. Please call 973-702-0488 if you would like more information or have questions about the event.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
For more information go to www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org

Family Nature Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us to explore the the springtime forest on a short walk (less than a mile) and enjoy a few games and activities along the way. Meet at the Park Office. Suitable for families with kids age three and up. (Younger kids are welcome if they're good walkers or can be carried.)

Walk-About Newton
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 (lunch additional); pre-registration required
Meet in the Dennis Library parking lot
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Embark on a guided 2-mile walk about Newton to appreciate the town’s rich cultural heritage and historic architecture, followed by lunch at a local café.

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Starting at Blairstown Airport
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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 Warren County.

Lusscroft Farm Northwest Jersey Open Horse Show
Fee: Various
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

“Weekend in Old Monmouth County” and open house at the Craig House
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible.

Gardening Day at Spruce Run
10 a.m. to 11: a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required.  Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
ADA accessible. Families and children ages 5 and up with an adult. Help clean out, plant, mulch and water our garden beds. Bring work gloves if you have them and dress to be outdoors.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person & park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays from May 26 to September 3.
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 Firi
ng

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

Work Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
(609) 893-4646
Whitesbog Village
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
http://www.whitesbog.org/
Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events! Both get you lunch in the General Store classroom and time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings!

Village Tour
1 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation/person
Whitesbog Village
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
(609) 893-4646
http://www.whitesbog.org/
Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottage and other museums & buildings that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage.

Spring Bike Trail Ride
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village
(609)-567-4559
Join us for a 10-mile guided mountain bike ride.
Guided ride; bring your bike, eye protection, water & snacks. Ages 14 and up. Helmet required all ages.

May 6
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
FEE: tickets $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.

Seasonal Hike
1 p.m.
FREE, ages 6 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for an interpretive hike through the park trails

Salem County Historical Society's Spring House Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Hancock House Historic Site
(856)935-4373
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House

Spring has Sprung Bike Ride
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: Donations appreciated
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Suitable for adults and children ages 14 and up.
Come enjoy the beauty of spring on a bike ride sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. Bring your own bicycle and join us on an 8-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. A few short stops will be made along the way to view points of interest and enjoy a picnic lunch. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet (required for the ride), lunch, and water. Please email Rob at rthawk@ptd.net to register or for more information. There is no charge for the program, but a $5/rider donation is appreciated. Proceeds go to support Friends of High Point State Park activities. Meet in the winter trail use parking lot located on Park Ridge Rd.
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org

“Weekend in Old Monmouth County
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Wear appropriate foot wear

Wild Edible Plants
1:30 p.m.
Fee: $2.00/person; children under six are free; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Come out for a short hike and presentation on the edible, medicinal and toxic properties of common plants that can be found on the local landscape. Pat Chichon of Lambertville, a plant lore enthusiast, will deliver this program.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 8
Tuesday Tykes
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors


May 9
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the spring scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible


May 10
Fledgling Naturalists

1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children痴 curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this year: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play (outdoors if the weather is nice, indoors if it isn't) and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register, email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible


May 11
Fledgling Naturalists

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children痴 curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this year: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play (outdoors if the weather is nice, indoors if it isn't) and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register, email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Yoga on the Mountain
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation recommended
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat and water. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is canceled. To register, please call 973-702-0488.
Sponsor: Friends of high Point State Park
Note: For more information go to www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org

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

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 12
Late Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 Adults, children under 12 yrs. FREE
Vendor spaces: $30 pre-registration, $35 registration week of event
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Enjoy a day of bargains, treasures, artwork & more.
Rain date May 13.

Mommy and Me Tea Party!
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FEE: $5 per person, under 2 free; pe-registration is required. Can purchase online at www.allairevillage.org
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Seating times are 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. Event is designed for children up to age 10 but all ages are welcome. Bring a fun hat and a fuzzy best friend! There will also be storytelling.

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: tickets $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.

Birds and Blooms Ayers Trail Hike
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us for an easy walk along the Ayers Trail. Spring songbirds should be near the peak of their migration and we'll watch and listen as we walk. Along the way we'll also look for spring wildflowers in bloom and other emerging plant life. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them – a few pairs will be available to borrow. We'll cover about a mile over fairly easy terrain at a moderate to slow pace. Suitable for adults and teens. We'll meet at the Park Office on Route 23 and will then drive to the trailhead a few miles away.

Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Experience the health benefits of “forest bathing” right here in the tranquil woods of KVSP. This slow-paced, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

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

Wildflower Walk
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $10; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Add color and intrigue to your next walk in the park by learning to identify our beautiful native wildflowers with your own take-home field guide!

Spring Flea Market
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Leonardo State Marina
(732) 291-1333
Free “Hooked On Fishing Not on Drugs” youth fishing challenge 10:00am to 12:00pm. Registered youth participants will be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch during the event. Youths must be present at the conclusion of the event to be awarded prizes. FREE kayak tours from 11:00 am to 3:00pm. Pirate parade at 12pm, dress as your favorite pirate and win a prize! Come down and meet our New Jersey State Park Police k9 Unit and stay for a demonstration! Meet the critters at our Nature Center and have a piece of cake, spend the day celebrating your neighborhood Marina!

Vintage Day: Tractors, Cars, Antiques, Cameras, Clothing
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
(609) 893-4646
http://www.whitesbog.org/
Explore historic sites buildings, vintage tractors, cars, awesome antiques (Vintage Vagabond and more) and feel free to come in vintage dress! Costume contest and visitor’s choice vintage vehicle contest!

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person & Park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays from May 26 to September 3.
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

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

Astronomy Presentation and Start Watch
8:00 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Sponsor: The West Jersey Astronomical Soc.
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559

May 13
Mother's Day - Moms Climb Free!
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee:  Moms Free, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
Absecon Lighthouse Historic Site
(609) 449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org
Museum is ADA accessible, climbing is not. Show Mom just how wonderful and appreciated she is with a FREE climb of New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse.

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: tickets $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.

Walking tour, “The Fight at the Point of Woods.”
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Wear appropriate foot wear. Visit the scene of fierce fighting in the early afternoon.

Hike the Rock Hopper Trail
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FREE, advanced registration required.
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Brickyard Rd. We will carpool to the trail (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
(pre-teen-adult) The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell 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. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

Mother's Day High Tea in Suningive
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: $15 per person, 2 tickets for $20
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
609-893-4646
http://www.whitesbog.org/
Join us in Whitesbog for a High Tea for Mother’s Day in Elizabeth White’s beautiful living room in Suningive as well as a house tour. Teas, scones, finger sandwiches and more are served at your table. Come early for a walk throughout the village and General Store.

May 15
Tuesday Tykes
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required.  Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors

May 16
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the spring scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible


May 17
Early Bird Breakfast Club
8:30 to 11 a.m.
FREE; breakfast additional (cash only); pre-registration required
Meet at the Warbasse Junction trailhead parking area
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Celebrate spring with a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will fuel us for the return trip.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible


May 18
Public Skywatch
7:30pm
FREE
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
(609) 861-2404
www.sjac.us
ADA Accessible. Back-up date: May 19th

Sensory Hike on the Life Trail
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us for an easy 1.5 mile hike on the Life Trail – along the way we'll try out several games and activities that will engage your senses and creativity. Suitable for families with kids ages six and up. Younger kids are welcome if they can walk the distance or be carried. Meet at the Winter Trail Use parking lot in the group camping area on Park Ridge Road.

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

Barn Sale – Lusscroft Farm
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Bargains galore in the lower level of the main barn. Home and garden items, books, glassware, pictures, furniture and more!
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

Shinrin Yoku Walk
10 a.m. to noon
Whitesbog members: $10 per walk or $25 for 3 walks, Non-members:
$20 per walk or $45 for 3 walks
http://www.whitesbog.org/
609) 893-4646
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
Shinrin Yoku Guided Meditation Walk in Nature with Roni Detrick, this guided nature connection walk incorporates the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates as “forest bathing” or “nature immersion”. This practice reduces stress and promotes health and wellbeing through contact with nature using sensory awareness and mindfulness activities. Shinrin-Yoku walks have been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, elevate mood, boost the immune system and improve sleep. Gather for the walk at the General Store across from the parking lot. Wear appropriate attire for weather.

May 19
Spring Festival & Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FEE: $5 per adult, $3 children 6-12ys, under 5yrs FREE
Vendor Spaces $50, call office at 732-373-3500 to reserve a space
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Flowers, crafts, demonstrations and more! 19th Century Auction at General Store at 1 p.m. - Rain date May 20

Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: tickets $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.

History Bike Tour Along the D&R Canal
10 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Kingston Locktender’s House
Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
(201) 401- 3121 – Bob Barth
bbarth@att.net
Bring water; helmet required. Bike along the D&R Canal towpath from Kingston to Griggstown and back with D&R Canal Watch trustee Bob Barth. Meet at the Kingston Lock Tender’s House for this 10-mile round trip program. Explore and learn about the structures along the canal

Spring Tea
11:30 a.m.; reservations required
FREE
Hancock House Historic Site
Sponsor: Friends of the Hancock House
(856) 935-4221
ADA accessible

Spring Steenykill Loop Hike
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Adults and families with children ages 8 and up. Come take a scenic walk down the Kittatinny Ridge to Steenykill Lake and back up again following portions of the Steenykill trail and former wagon roads. Along the way we’ll seek out woodland wildflowers and migrating songbirds and will talk about the early recreational history of the park. Most of the walking is easy to moderate, but the climb back up the ridge is strenuous. Bring binoculars if you have them. A few pairs are available to borrow. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Thomas Jefferson, First Foodie
2 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
Sponsor:  Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum
(856) 429-6792
Hear Thomas Jefferson talk about his curious food tastes and his culinary adventures.

Hike to Happy Hour at Milk St. Distillery
4 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $5 (beverages & tour additional); pre-registration required
Meet at the Sussex Branch Trail crossing on Augusta Hill Rd.
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For ages 21 & over. Rain or shine. Join us for a scenic and leisurely 4-mile round-trip walk along the Sussex Branch Trail to enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages (optional) in historic downtown Branchville.

Barn Sale – Lusscroft Farm
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Bargains galore in the lower level of the main barn. Home and garden items, books, glassware, pictures, furniture and more!
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

Medicine Wheel Celebration
10 a.m. to Dusk
Fee: $7.00/adult. Children free.
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Weekend event featuring live music, a plant sale, crafters, vendors, carriage rides, food, plant walks, garden tours, demonstrations, workshops, a bake sale, and a pop-up art show.
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

Gardening Day at Spruce Run
10 to 11:30 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
ADA accessible. Families and children ages 5 and up with an adult. Help clean out, plant, mulch and water our garden beds. Bring work gloves if you have them and dress to be outdoors.

Baldpate Mt. Hike
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE, advanced registration required.
Washington Crossing State Park
Meet at Niederer’s Pond on Brickyard Rd (call the Nature Center for directions)
(609) 737-0609
(pre-teen – adult) We will carpool to the trailhead on Fiddler’s Creek Rd and take the Blue Trail to the top of the hill. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. The terrain is rugged.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
FEE: $1 per person & park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays from May 26 to September 3.
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.

Trail Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Starting at Washington and Green Streets, Columbia, NJ
(973) 786-5768
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
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 Warren County.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

Ladies Slippers &Laurel Pinelands Hike
Starts at: 10:30 a.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Historic Village
(609) 567-4559
Guided hike; bring water, bring snacks, 2 - 4 miles

May 20
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: tickets $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.

Seasonal Hike
1 p.m.
FREE, ages 6 and up
Meet at the Nature Center for an Interpretive hike on one of the Park’s trails.
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for an Interpretive hike on one of the Park’s trails

Barn Sale – Lusscroft Farm
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Bargains galore in the lower level of the main barn. Home and garden items, books, glassware, pictures, furniture and more!
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

Medicine Wheel Celebration
10 a.m. to Dusk
Fee: $7.00/adult. Children free.
Lusscroft Farm
(973) 875-4800 (High Point Park Office)
Weekend event featuring live music, a plant sale, crafters, vendors, carriage rides, food, plant walks, garden tours, demonstrations, workshops, a bake sale, and a pop-up art show.
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

Rockingham’s Annual Children’s Day
Noon to 5 p.m.
FREE, donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Rockingham Historic Site
Dutch barn, Children’s Museum & grounds
Sponsors: Montgomery Twp. Live Historians club & Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
rockingham1783@yahoo.com
www.rockingham.net
ADA accessible; light refreshments available. Period activities related to childhood in the 18th century may include:  trying on clothes; writing with a quill pen; playing with games and toys such as trap ball, battledore and shuttlecock, buzz saw and cup-and-ball; making crafts such as marbled paper, paper tricorn hats and pinner caps; hand-washing clothes; visiting with soldiers; demonstrations of outdoor cooking and basket making.

Thinking of Round Valley camping?
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$3.00 fee for ages 12 and above; $1.00 for children 6 to 11; and free for children 5 and under. Pre-registration required
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area.)
(908) 236-6355
Ours is wilderness, not drive-up camping.  – Drive out to the campgrounds, see what wilderness camping is like, and walk a mile of the lesser traveled part of the Cushetunk Trail. You might decide to return and camp one day soon. (We’ll meet at the South Parking Lot and drive to the trailhead)

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

Spring Antique, Glass & Bottle Show and Classic Car Show
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Village
Sponsor:  Batsto Citizens Committee
(856) 768-1532
hcrheam@gmail.com /
Outdoor antiques for sale, antique bottles for sale and display, classic and show cars.

May 22
Tuesday Tykes
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov
Note: ADA accessible. Children ages 3-6 with an Adult. Get to know Spruce Run Recreation Area while we take a walk in the great outdoors. Each week we will focus on a different nature topic. We will use our five senses to learn about trees, leaves, birds, animal tracks and more. Dress to be outdoors

May 23
Walk in the Woods for Wildflowers
9 a.m.
FREE; donations are welcome
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-6574 (trip leader)
Moderate-paced hike, 3-5 miles, bring drink and lunch, severe weather cancels

Wednesday Walkers
10 am to 11 am
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the spring scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 24
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children痴 curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this year: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play (outdoors if the weather is nice, indoors if it isn't) and coffee. Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register, email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 25
Fledgling Naturalists
10 to 11 a.m.
Fees: $5.00 per adult/child pair. $2.00 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children痴 curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this year: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play (outdoors if the weather is nice, indoors if it isn't) and coffee. Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register, email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Trail Mix @ 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 with an invigorating 3-mile hike to soak in the beauty of the park and socialize with friends.

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 26
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.

Lighthouse Night Climb
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org
Lighthouse will be open for an evening climb for a view from the top.

Nature/Holiday Crafts
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
ADA Accessible.  Meet in the Picnic Area at Lake Nummy.

Double Trouble Village Walking Tour
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children ages 12 and up $5, children ages 6 to 11 $2, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Fee required by 3:00 pm Friday May 26 through the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-1191.  Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble Village. 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.

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.

Plant Sale at the Blackwells Mills Canal House
11 a.m.  to 4 p.m.
FREE, donations welcome
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
598 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ (Franklin Township, Somerset County)
Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133 or (609) 924-5705
http://bmcha.weebly.com
ADA accessible.  Perennial and annual plants will be available for sale. Consultants on hand to offer advice on plant care.

Beaver Talk
10:00 to 10:30 AM
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Meet at the Sawmill Lake Dam/Boat Launch to learn a bit about High Point's resident beavers, and how they are adapted to their watery habitat. Suitable for all ages.

Nature Walk around Sawmill Lake
10:30 a.m. to noon
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join the park naturalists on a 1.5 mile walk around Sawmill Lake to learn about the plants and animals that call the lake home. Meet at the Sawmill Boat Launch. Suitable for adults and kids ages five and up. (Younger children are welcome if they're good walkers or can be carried.)

Discovery Hike
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 Adults and children 12 & up, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
All ages welcome. Join us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

Astronomy Presentation and Telescope Viewing
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
NJAA Observatory, Voorhees State Park
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Association
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
Dr. Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science for Communications, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Dr. Thaller has worked on the JPL Spitzer Space Telescope mission and has much to share about careers within NASA’s Goddard facility.

Solar Observing
1 to 3 p.m.
Fee: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Princeton (AAAP)
(609) 737-0609
ADA accessible. Personnel from AAAP will be on hand with special optical equipment for safely observing structures on the sun such as sunspots, flares and prominences. Clear skies are required. Rain date: Monday May 28, 1:00 p.m.

Musket Firing Demonstration
2 p.m.
Fee: $1 per person & park entrance fee on weekends and Holidays from May 26 to September 3.
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

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

Naturalist Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservations
Fee: $10/person and park entrance fee; pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village Visitor Center
(609) 567-4559

Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults)
Canoes, paddles, flotation devices are all provided. Bring water, bring snacks.

Flower Moonlight Walk
Fee: $5 pe rperson donation, reservations requested
7 p.m.
609-893-4646
Sponsor: Whitesbog Village
(609) 893-4545
http://www.whitesbog.org/
Listen to the night sounds of the Pines, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands. All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.

May 27
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.

Memorial Day Parade
Early 7pm to 8:30pm
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Picnic area
Sponsor: Borough of Barnegat Light
(609) 494-9196
ADA Accessible
; Conclusion of parade with short ceremony and speeches. Flowers placed in inlet to remember our fallen military.

Nature/Holiday Crafts
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
ADA Accessible.  Meet in the Picnic Area at Lake Nummy.

Annual Fleet Week
Noon to 5 p.m.
FREE
Liberty State Park, North Field
Sponsor: U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy along with other Sea Services (U.S Marine Corps and U.S Coast Guard) bring festivities of the Annual Fleet Week New York. Day activities include, Navy helicopter demonstration and landing, U.S Coast Guard search and rescue demo, and various military static displays to include Navy Dive Tank, recruiting tents and military tactical vehicles. There will also be performances by U.S Navy Band, U.S Marine Corps Band and U.S Coast Guard Silent Drill Team.

Memorial Day Observance
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Meet at the Monmouth Battlefield Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor:  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
ADA accessible

Family Nature Walk
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
FEE: park entrance fee
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
This is an informal naturalist – guided trail walk in the state park

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible.

Naturalist Guided Canoe Tours of Batsto Lake
Call for schedule and reservations
Fee: $10/person and park entrance fee; pre-registration required
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village Visitor Center
(609) 567-4559

Ages 8 and up, (children 8-13 years of age must be accompanied by 2 adults)
Canoes, paddles, flotation devices are all provided. Bring water, bring snacks.


May 28
Historic Buildings Open for Memorial 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
Join the crowds in watching & participate in military drills, meet President Lincoln & influential military figures, as well as learn about the lives of soldiers & civilians

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

May 29
Flower Moon Night Hike
8 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $5; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For teens & adults. Let's celebrate the full moon of May with a unique after-dark 2.5-mile hike in the park, followed by moon pies in the visitor center. Headlamps and/or flashlights are required!

Native and Aliens: Flora of RVRA
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
FEE: park entrance fee, pre-registration recommended
Round Valley Recreation Area
South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth area)
(908) 236-6355
Take a short hike on one of the trails and learn a little bit about the native and alien plants that reside inside Round Valley

May 30
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE; no pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Start your day off right by stretching your legs, socializing, and soaking in the scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary tea, coffee, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration
5 p.m.
FREE
Walt Whitman State Historic Site
Sponsor: Walt Whitman Association
(856) 964-5383
Come join us as we celebrate the Poet's 199th birthday at the Annual Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration on Wednesday May 30th, 2018 at 5pm. The ceremony will include readings from the winners of the Walt Whitman Association's Annual High School Poetry Contest. Poetry contests theme and guest speaker to be announced. 

Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

May 31
Historic Batsto Mansion Tour
11 a.m, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Fee: Adults $3, children ages 6 to 11 $1; children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Mansion
(509) 561-0024
Partially ADA accessible

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