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  • The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is providing property owners and outdoor enthusiasts with safety tips as black bears search for food after emerging from winter dens.

    “At this time of year, it is important for residents who live in New Jersey’s bear country to be aware of some steps they can follow to reduce the chances of a bear coming onto their properties,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources Ray Bukowski. “It is also a good time for anyone who spends time outdoors to become familiar with ways to stay safe.”

  • A contractor for the Department of Environmental Protection has completed an $18.4 million project to rebuild storm-damaged beaches and dunes in southern Long Beach Island while creating a safe navigation channel for nearby Little Egg Inlet.

    As a result, the DEP will place a request with the U.S. Coast Guard to mark the boating channel for the inlet, a major thoroughfare for boat traffic between southern Long Beach Island and Brigantine that had never been previously dredged.

  • The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking nominations for New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards, a prestigious honor that acknowledges the dedication of those whose work advances historic preservation in the Garden State.

    Each year, the awards program honors important contributions to the preservation of New Jersey’s historic and archaeological resources, as well as pioneering efforts in sustainability, historic preservation education, interpretive programs, and planning to preserve historic and archaeological resources.



Baseball Vintage Baseball Game at Holmdel Park's Historic Longstreet Farm on May 19

Spend a summer afternoon at Holmdel Park and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes and see how it started. Monmouth Furnace Boys (formerly known as the Bog Iron Boys) will be playing vintage base ball, using rules from the 19th century.

badminton Rockingham's Annual Children's Day on May 20

Enjoy an afternoon of free 18th century themed activities for children at Rockingham Historic Site! Period activities related to childhood in the 18th century may include:  trying on clothes; writing with a quill pen; and playing with games and toys such as trap ball, battledore and shuttlecock, buzz saw and cup-and-ball.

wildflowers Walk in the Woods for Wildflowers on May 23

Enjoy a free, moderate-paced hike in Bass River State Forest and hunt for wildflowers. Hike begins at 9AM and will be three to five miles long; bring a drink and lunch. Severe weather will cancel.

lighthouse Lighthouse Night Climb on May 26

Enjoy an evening climb up the Barnegat Lighthouse and enjoy a view of the sunset from the top! Event is free and runs from 7-9PM. Sponsored by Friends of the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.