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October
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. 

October 1
Atsion Day Outdoor Flea Market
8:30 a.m. to p.m.
FREE
Atsion Recreation Area
Sponsor: Indian Mills Historical Society
(609) 351-0073
Vendors generally set up by 6:30 a.m.


Artful Autumn Adventure
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 874-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
Join us for an artful autumn adventure. We will take a short nature walk to observe and enjoy the colorful palette of autumn on the mountain and to collect natural items. Once back at the Interpretive Center,  we will get messy creating one of a kind autumn inspired masterpieces to take home.  Meet at the Interpretive Center. Suitable for families with children ages four to twelve.

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, meet at Visitor Center
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
(732) 462-9616


Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels, wear sturdy shoes.

Guided Manor Tours
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 youth, under 6 free
Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
www.njbg.org
ADA accessible

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!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
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; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astornomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Peru - History, Geography and Colture
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Peru is becoming one of the leading tourist destinations in the Americas and is much more than Machu Pichu! This third largest country in South America is home to the oldest civilization found in the Americas as well as a unique and varied eography inlcuding rin forests, volcanic mountains, deserts and the highest navigable lake in the world. Join park volunter, Paul Moran as he describes a recent trip to Peru, the land of the Incas and the Spanish conquistadors and a growing tourist mecca featuring a history spanning 4500 years.

October 4
Lusscroft Farm Autumn Leaves Hike
2 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE; donations apprecited
Lusscroft Farm
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

Wednesday Walkers 2nd Anniversary
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Help us celebrate 2 years of walking at KVSP with this extra-special 2.5-mile walk to soak in the autumn scenery while socializing with friends. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 5
Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall 2
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: 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. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

Full Moon Bike Hike
6:45 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required; preteen to adult
Washington Crossing State Park, Nelson House
(609) 737-0609
REquired bike, helmet and bike light

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 6
An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe w/Helen McKenna-UFF
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20, advanced ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allire Village, Inc.
(7320 919-3500
ADA accessible

Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall 2
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5; pre-registration required
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: 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. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

Harvest Moon Stroll & Bonfire
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person and park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Join us to celebrate the 2017 Harvest Moon on a lesirely stroll through the maritime forest, over the dunes and onto the beach for a bonfire. Meet at parking area A-13.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 7
Fall Craft Show & Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $2 aqdults, children under 12 free; Vendor spaces $70 pre-registration
Allaire State Park
Sponsor: Allaire Villge, Inc.
(7320 938-3500
Rain date: October 8th

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe w/Helen McKenna-UFF
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20, advance ticket purcahse recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible

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

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Video - the Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
View the birth and evolution of the cranberry industry at Double Trouble Village from the hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests on this short video compiled from rare film footage.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, Inc.
(908) 459-4366
Partially ADA accessible

Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $10 adults; 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 gentle, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

Discovery Hike
1 to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children ages 12 and up; $3 children ages 6 to 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.

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!

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Meet in Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
Join Hunterdon Bird club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run. For additional information to to HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

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

Primitive Technologies Weekend
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Archaeologiests, flint knappers and primitive technologists from the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 8
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events, children 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Trail leaves every half hour, weather permitting

Annual LBI Commerative 18-Mile Run
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $24
Finish Line at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: St. Francis Community Center
(609) 494-8861 ext. 105

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Drop in Coloring Workshop
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 874-1471
Join us in the Interpretive Center as we enjoy the ever-changing autumn landscape and color the afternoon away. Coloring pages and supplies will be provided or you may bring your own. Tables and chairs will be set up in the Interpretive Center. Clipboards will be available for anyone wanting to color outside.  Rain or shine. All ages welcome. 

Sedge Islands EcoBiriding Tour
9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 per person plus park entrance fee
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Discover the amazing ecology of the Sedge Islands while paddling through Barnegat Bay. Meting at parking area A-21.

Pumpkin Pick and Paint
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 per pumpkin
Lusscroft Farm
www.lusscroftfarm.org
Children will enjoy picking their own pumpkin and decorating it.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels, wear sturdy shoes.

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!

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
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; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Primitive Technologies Weekend
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
FREE
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
Archaeologiests, flint knappers and primitive technologists from the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October  10
Tuesday Tykes
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(9080 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3 to 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. Spaces are limited.

October  11
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, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the autumn scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 12
Afterschool Yoga Hike for Kids
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 to 11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 6 to 11.Introduce your little one to yoga and hiking at the same time! We will practice breath awareness and investigate how our bodies move during postures, balancing, and coordinated group poses. The focus is fun!

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 13
Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 to 9:30, every half hour
Fee: $7.50; advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museumof Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Spooky nighttime ride thorugh the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Tickets on on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa at 6 p.m. beginning today.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow w/Neill Hartley
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20; advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA accessible. Interactive adaptation of the classic ghost story.

Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Held on the Athletic Field near Lake Nummy. Back up date is October 14th; ADA accessible

Leaf Art
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 874-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
Come learn to identify a few common tree species and use fallen leaves to create art using a variety of techniques including spatter painting, printing, and rubbing. You may want to bring a smock or old shirt if you have one, as this can be messy. For families w/children ages 4 to 10. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Sunset Yoga Hike
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $5 pre-registration; $10 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with yoga at sunset. This hike will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy standing postures, and breathing techniques.

Yoga on the Mountain
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation appreciated; pre-registration recommended
High Point State Park
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
(973) 702-0488.
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the even the class is canceled. All proceeds go to support Yoga on the Mountain and other Friends of High Point programs.

Enchanged Evening Tours: Echoes of Ringwood Manor's Past
Tours at 7 and 8 p.m.
Fee: $25 per person; tickets must be purchased through website
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
www.ringwoodmanor.org
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-224)
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above.

Evening Stroll & Campfire
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per family; pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
Come explore Spruce Run in the evening. We will take a short hike, then enjoy a campfire and roast marshmallows. Feel free to bring a chair and be sure to dress for the weather. Payment required by 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 11 at the Spruce Run office.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 14
Fall Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $1 adult; children under 12 free; vendor spaces $30 pre-registered, $35 registration the week of
Allaire State Park
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Rain Date: October 8th

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

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 to 9:30, every half hour
Fee: $75.0, advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museumof Transportation
(&32) 938-5524
Spooky nighttime ride thorugh the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Tickets will be on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow w/Neill Hartley
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20, advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
ADA acessible. Interactive adaptation of the classic ghost story

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

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

D&R Canal Fest in East Millstone
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D&R Canal State Park
Sponsors: Millstone Community Park, Market Street, East Millstone, Franklin Township Food Bank
(732) 873-5837
ADA accessible. Canal fest is a family-friendly afternoon that celebrates the history of the D&R Canal in the Millstone Valley and area community. There will be food, arts & crafts, local vendors, live music, canoeing and opportunities to learn more about the history of the area.

Archeology Day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE
Fort M0tt State Park
(856) 935-3218

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, Inc.
(908) 459-4366
Partially ADA accessible

Fall Foliage Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 786-5768
Hike a scenic rail-trail amongst the brilliant autumnal colors, and learn about the history of the railroads that used to run through Sussex County.

Historian's Hand-Pick Tour: A Servant's Life at Ringwood Manor
1:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 per person; advance registraiton required by email
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
RingwoodManorTours@gmail.com
(973) 962-2240
Join Ringwood Manor historian, Sue Shutte, each month as she hand-picks an exclusive tour with a special focus. October’s “hand-pick” features the employees of the site. Ever wonder what it was like for a servant or employee living and working at Ringwood Manor? This tour will give you a glimpse into their lives and daily routines. Please note: participants should be prepared to climb three flights of stairs as part of this tour. Tour limited to 20 people.

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!

Harvest Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
www.njbg.org
Hayrides and pumpkin painting are just the start of a fun-filled family weekend. There'll be games, face painting, applesauce making, tasty food, music and dancing, great photo ops, free Garden tours, booths, exhibits, an autumn Plant Sale and lots more! 

"The Road to Peace" award-winning DVD
1:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome; pre-registration required
Rockingham State Historic Site
Sponsor: Rockingham Association
(609) 683-7132
ADA accessible. There will be a presentation of the Telly Award-winning Rockingham DVD with talk by Fred Frintrup of Visionary Video Studies, filmmaker. Light refreshments to follow.

Shortening Days
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 for ges 12 and up; $1 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
(908) 238-6355
By now, most wildlife at Round Valley is staying for winter an dpreparing to survive. Hike a short trail, see what is here and how residents are getting ready. Go home with a bird feeder that will keep woodpeckers and others in your yard this winter.

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

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 15
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $4 per person, more for special events; children 2 years and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.
Beginner's Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159
ADA accessible

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

Fall Into Autumn Bicycle Tour
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE; $5 donations is appreciaated
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Sponsor: Friends of High Point State Park
Email Rob - rthawk@ptd.net to register
Come enjoy the beauty of autumn at High Point State Park! Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride to view emerging fall foliage. Our route will take us on an 8-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. We will make a few shorts stops along the way to view points of interest and to enjoy a picnic lunch. The bike ride is suitable for ages 14 – adult. Helmets are required. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch, and water. Meet at the winter-use parking lot on Park Ridge Road.

Fall Foliage Hike
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
Join us for a moderate two to three mile hike on one of High Point's trails to enjoy the fall colors and brisk (usually) bug-free air. We'll announce the trail and meeting place the week of the hike - it will depend on where we can find the best conditions, since they're often unpredictable. You'll want to bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Suitable for adults and children age eight and up.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels, wear sturdy shoes.

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!

Harvest Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
www.njbg.org
Hayrides and pumpkin painting are just the start of a fun-filled family weekend. There'll be games, face painting, applesauce making, tasty food, music and dancing, great photo ops, free Garden tours, booths, exhibits, an autumn Plant Sale and lots more! 

Ringwood Manor Historic Grounds and Landscape Tour
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
(973) 962-9534
www.njbg.org
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
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. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Rain cancels. 

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

County Living Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 special event fee
Batsto Village
(609) 561-0024
Sponsor: Batsto Citizens Committee
Local vendors, artists and performs, antique cars and steam engines

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 17
Tuesday Trekkers: Monument Trail
10:30 to 12:30 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Sponsor: The Friends of High Point State Park
The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join Volunteer April Oleksy to hike and explore the views along the ridgetop and the Monument. Please make sure you bring water to stay hydrated while hiking. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike at one of the picnic areas. Hikes are weather permitting and can be canceled due to extreme weather. Meet in the parking lot for the Monument Trail at the turn-off for the Interpretive Center.

Tuesday Tykes
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required, spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recretion Area
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3 to 6 with an adult. Get to know Spruce Run 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.

October 18
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, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the autumn scenery on this 2.5-mile walk. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 19
SJAC "Star Party"
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 pre-registration; $20 registration at the door
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
http://www.sjac.us/starparty.html
Star parties are designed to give you, the amateur astronomer a place to setup your equipment an dshare the experience of observing with fellow astronomers. Your registration automatically covers your cost of camping on the Belleplain athletic field.

Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall 3
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: 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. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

L'il Types Autumn Hike
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(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!

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 20
Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Village
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $10 children under 12; advance ticket purchase recommended
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50, advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Spooky nighttime ride thorugh the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Tickets iwll be on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa.

SJAC "Star Party"
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 pre-registration; $20 registration at the door
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
http://www.sjac.us/starparty.html
Star parties are designed to give you, the amateur astronomer a place to setup your equipment an dshare the experience of observing with fellow astronomers. Your registration automatically covers your cost of camping on the Belleplain athletic field.

Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall 3
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: 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. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

Sunset Yoga Hike
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $5 pre-registration; $10 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with yoga at sunset. This hike will help develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy standing postures, and breathing techniques.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 21
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee; $4 per person, more for special events, children 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Village
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $10 children under 12; advance ticket purchase recommended
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

NJ Lighthouse Challenge
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

Trick or Treat Weekend-Campsite Halloween Decorating Contest & Halloween Craft
All Day
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
For Campers Only; call for more details. Make a "Spooky" Halloween tree decoration.

SJAC "Star Party"
7:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 pre-registration; $20 registration at the door
Belleplain State Forest, Athletic Field near Lake Nummy
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
http://www.sjac.us/starparty.html
Star parties are designed to give you, the amateur astronomer a place to setup your equipment an dshare the experience of observing with fellow astronomers. Your registration automatically covers your cost of camping on the Belleplain athletic field.

Beginner's Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

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

The Cranberry Industry aat Double Trouble Walking Tours
10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: Adults and children 12 and up $6, children ages 6 to 11 $3, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
For over a century Double Trouble Village was a thriving company town centered on a growing cranberry industry.  During this one hour walking tour around the abandoned village and inactive cranberry bogs, you’ll hear the birth and evolution of Double Trouble Village’s cranberry industry from hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests and the challenges faced today.  Maximum 16 participants. Registration and fee required by 3 p.m.Friday, October 20th at the Brendan Byrne State Forest office, (609) 726-1191. Payments cannot be accepted at Double Trouble.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Walk
10 a.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D&R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch
Jessica Hunsdon; jhunsdon@gmail; (732) 993-4505
Enjoy a casual 3-mile walk on the D&R Canal towpath between Lock 11 in South Bound Brook and the footbridge at Demott Lane with the D&R Canal State Park Naturalist. Please meet at Canal Park (Lock 11) in South Bound Brook, across fromt he post office on Canal Road at Madison Street. We will enjoy conversation in English and Spanish as we identif various wildlife and vegetation.

Photo Show and Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D&R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Partially ADA accessible. Nat Clymer, local photographer, will display his work for your purchase and enjoyment; Blackwells Mills Canal House, 598 Canal Road, Somerset.

Pennsylvania Canal Society Bus Tour of the D&R Feeder
9 a.m.
Fee: To be determined
D&R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch, Cancal Society of NJ
Doug Logan - logand2@verizon.net
Partially ADA accessible. The Pennsylvania Canal Society, D&R Canal Watch and the Canal Society of NJ come together for a two day motor coach tour of the D&R Canal Feeeder. This is an opportunity for a guided bus tour of one of the most successful towpath canals in the United States (1834-19320 from Bulls Island to Bordentown. For full details and trip cost, including accommodations, dinner and evening presentation, contact Doug Logan.

Video - the Cranberry Industry at Double Trouble
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
View the birth and evolution of the cranberry industry at Double Trouble Village from the hand-picked dry to mechanized wet cranberry harvests on this short video compiled from rare film footage.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

Hacklebarney Family Hike
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per family; pre-registration required
Hacklebarney State Park
(908) 638-8572 - Spruce Run
spruceprograms@gmail.com
We will explore the forest and ravine in Hacklebarney. Dress to be outdoors, sturdy shoes required as it is a rocky hike. Spaces are limited. Payment is required by 2 p.m. Thursday, October 19 aat the Spruce Run Recreation Area office.

Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
FREE
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.  COA's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to over 5,000 volunteers in 2016.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.  They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals.  Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter. Meet at OBA 1.

Island Beach State Park Haunted House
7 p.m.
FREE
Island Beach State Park, Nature Center
(732) 793-0506
The 1st annual Island Beach State Park Haunted House at the Nature Center. Join us for some spooky stories, crafts and a haunted house.

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, Inc.
(908) 459-4366
Partially ADA accessible

Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults; 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 gentle, 1-mile guided walk will cultivate sensory awareness, reduce stress, and facilitate a deeper connection with nature.

Bike Ride
11:30 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction
Sponsor: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
(973) 887-4332; paul_rottmann@hotmail.com
Please bring your bike, helmet, lunch and drink for this scenic rail-trail exploration!

Spirits of the Trail: Hike to Milk St. Distillery
4 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $15 inclues tour, taskings, collectible glass and pizza; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex Branch Trail, Augusta Hlle Rd.
(973) 786-6445
For adults age 21 & over. Rain or shine. Join us for a scenic and leisurely 4-mile round-trip walk along the Sussex Branch Trail to (optional) refreshments and pizza at a popular new distillery in historic downtown Branchville.

Lusscroft Farm Northwest Jersey Horse Show
Fee: Various
Lusscroft Farm
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
www.lusscroftfarm.org

30-Mile Full Trail Hike
Call for time and location
FREE
Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Hike the entire length of the Paulinskill Valley Trail while marveling at the natural and cultural history along the way. Weather permitting, over by nightfall.

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 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 22
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee; $4 per person, more for special events, children 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

NJ Lighthouse Challenge
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org

Beginner's Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

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

Fall Foliage Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a brisk fall walk to enjoy the autumn season of color. For ages 8 and up.

Photo Show and Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D&R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Partially ADA accessible. Nat Clymer, local photographer, will display his work for your purchase and enjoyment; Blackwells Mills Canal House, 598 Canal Road, Somerset.

Pennsylvania Canal Society Bus Tour of the D&R Feeder
9 a.m.
Fee: To be determined
D&R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Delaware and Raritan Canal Watch, Cancal Society of NJ
Doug Logan - logand2@verizon.net
Partially ADA accessible. The Pennsylvania Canal Society, D&R Canal Watch and the Canal Society of NJ come together for a two day motor coach tour of the D&R Canal Feeeder. This is an opportunity for a guided bus tour of one of the most successful towpath canals in the United States (1834-19320 from Bulls Island to Bordentown. For full details and trip cost, including accommodations, dinner and evening presentation, contact Doug Logan.

Full Fun Sampler
1 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
Stop by the Interpretive Center  any time between 1 and 3 PM and pick up an autumn scavenger hunt, play and explore out back, and make a seasonal craft. Because the weather can be so variable in late October, we'll announce specific crafts and activities the week of the program. Suitable for ages three to ten. Come play with us!

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!

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

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 25
Hike-to-Brunch & Books
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, children free (brunch additional); pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex Branch Trail, Augusta Hill Road
For adults and children ages 10 & up. Join us for a 4-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.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 26
Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall 4
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1 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. Children over the age of five may not attend and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

L'il Tykes Autumn Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(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!

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 27
Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Village
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $10 children under 12; advance ticket purchase recommended
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Haunted Halloween Express
7:30 to 9:30 p.m., every half hour
Fee: $7.50, advance ticket purchase recommended
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Spooky nighttime ride thorugh the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. Tickets iwll be on sale for the Christmas Express w/Santa.

Fledgling Naturalists: A Sense of Fall 4
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings ages 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1 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. Children over the age of five may not attend and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.

Hike-to-Lunch: Sheridan's Restaurant & Tavern
10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults.Join us for an enjoyable 4-mile hike along a variety of trails and backcountry roads. We will stop for optional refreshment midway through the trip to celebrate “American Beer Day.” Car shuttle required.

Enchanted Evening Tours: Echoes of Ringwood Manor's Past
Tours at 7 and 8 p.m.
Fee: $25; tickets must be purchased through website
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
www.ringwoodmanor.org
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above.

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 28
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee; $4 per person, more for special events, children 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Village
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults; $10 children under 12; advance ticket purchase recommended
Call for group rates of 25 or more
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village Inc.
(732) 919-3500

Full Moon Campfire & Night Climb
7 to 9 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
(609) 971-3085
Sponsor: Ocean County Parks (campfire) & Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park (night climb)

Beginner's Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

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

Hike the D&R Canal Path from Demott Lane to Landing Lane
1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
D&R Canal State Park
(609) 924-5705
Meet at the Demott Lane Parking Lot (off Easton Ave, Frankling Township)
Partially ADA accessible. Join the park historian and naturalist for a 4.2 mile walk along the D&R Canal from the Demott Lane Footbridge to Landing Lane and back; 2-3 hours. Wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Alpaca Demonstration and Sale
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome
D&R Canal State Park
Sponsor: Blackwells Mills Canal House Association
(732) 873-2133
Partially ADA accessible. Welcome the Swallow Hill Farm and Kushing Girls Farm who will demonstrate wool carding and spinning. Alpaca products will be available for purchase.

Open Hearth Cooking
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $5 donation appreciated
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Sponsor: The Friends of High Point State Park
Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a demonstration of open hearth cooking on the Interpretive Center fireplace. Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests and the air will be filled with the aromas of pumpkin and apple. Enjoy a sample tasting of delectable soups, meats, and desserts all cooked fireside.

Ichabod Crane & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
2 to 3 p.m.
FREE
Indian King Tavern Museum
Sponsor: Friends of Indian King Tavern & NJ Countil for Humanities
(856) 429-6792

Observatory Open to the Public
8 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE
Jenny Jump State Forest
Sponsor: The United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, Inc.
(908) 459-4366
Partially ADA accessible

Guided Autumn Paddle on Lake Aeroflex
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 includes kayak and equipment rental, $10 bring your own boat; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Lake Aeroflex Boat Launch
(973) 786-6445
For teens & adults with previous canoeing or kayaking experience. Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, & paddle (rentals available) for this scenic exploration of the deepest natural lake in New Jersey. Enjoy a leisurely tour while learning about lake ecology and park history from a new perspective.

Trick or Treat Grand Opening of Leonardo State Marin'as Office
of Nature & Intepretive Programming

Noon to 4 p.m.
FREE
Leonardo State Marina
(732) 291-1333
Sponsor: Leonardo State Marina and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
Costume Parade for kids at 12pm with prizes for various categories followed by a tour of our nature center and a “pick and paint pumpkin patch”, fun kids’ activities, crafts and critters! Come see this new educational addition to the marina!

Enchanted Evening Tours: Echoes of Ringwood Manor's Past
Tours at 7 and 8 p.m.
Fee: $25; tickets must be purchased through website
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
www.ringwoodmanor.org
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above.

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!

Halloween at Round Valley
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 for ages 12 and up; $1 for ages 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot (first right after the toll booth)
(908) 236-6355
Begin the Halloween celebration with an early hike on the 2.5 mile Water Trail. Learn about the scary tales of Round Valley, some true, and some not. Costumes are encouraged but optional.

Young Astronomers Program
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
FREE; donations welcome, registration required
Voorhees State Park, NJAA Observatory
Sponsor: New Jersey Astronomical Society
(908) 638-8500
www.njaa.org
International Observe the Moon Night International Observe the Moon Night (INOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation and understanding of our moon an dits connection to NASA planetary science and exploration, as well as the cultural an dpersonal connections we all have with Earth's nearest neighbor. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by attending and uniting on this day each year to look at and learn abou thte moon together.

Park Foliage Hike
1 to 4 p.m.
FREE; ages 9 years to adult
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(6090 737-0609
Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

October 29
Diesel Train Operates for the Public
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Fee; $4 per person, more for special events, children 2 and younger ride FREE
Allaire State Park, Pine Creek Railroad
Sponsor: NJ Museum of Transportation
(732) 938-5524
Train leaves every half hour, weather permitting.

19th Century All Hallow's Eve
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults; $3 children ages 5 to 12
Tractor & Wagon Rides $4 adults; $2 children ages 5 to 12
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village
Sponsor: Allaire Village, Inc.
(732) 919-3500
Free pumpkins (limited quantity). Costume parad w/prizes for children under 12.

Beginner's Bird Walk
9 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

Hawk Banding Demonstration
10 a.m.
FREE
Cape May Point State Park
(609) 884-2159

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

Salt Marsh Ecology Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; ages 9 and up
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Meet at the Nature Center for a guided hike to learn about the salt marsh ecosystem at Cheesequake.

Garden Tours
2 p.m.
FREE
Ringwood State Park, NJ State Botanical Garden
Sponsor: NJBG Skylands Association
(973) 962-9534
Steady rain cancels, wear sturdy shoes.

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!

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

Batsto Mansion Tours
Please call ahead for current day's tour times
Fee: Adults $3, children 6 to 11 $1, children under 6 free
Wharton State Forest, Batsto Mansion
(609) 561-0024
Buy tikcets at the Batsto Visitor Center
Guided history tour of the Batsto Mansion

Haunting in the Pines
1 p.m.
FREE
Batsto Village
(609) 561-0024
Sponsor: Batsto Citizens Committee
Trick or treating, fun and games for all kids!

October 31
Tuesday Tykes
10 to 11 a.m.
FREE; pre-registration required - spaces are limited
Spruce Run Recreation Area
(908) 638-8572
spruceprograms@gmail.com
ADA accessible. Children ages 3 to 6 with an adult. Get to know Spruce Run 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.

Enchanted Evening Tours: Echoes of Ringwood Manor's Past
Tours at 7 and 8 p.m.
Fee: $25; tickets must be purchased through website
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park
www.ringwoodmanor.org
Sponsor: North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
(973) 962-2240
This guided tour take visitors through Ringwood Manor and down to its historic cemetery at night while the lore and legends associated with the site are explained. Note: Groups limited to 20 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the web address provided above.


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