A view west toward Kittatinny Mountain and the Great Valley First Day Hikes across the state of NJ on January 1st

The New Jersey State Park Service is hosting 21 guided hikes, 2 mountain bike rides, 1 horseback ride, and 1 lighthouse climb in state parks, forests and historic sites on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes program. These free First Day Hikes offer a great incentive to get outside, exercise, experience history, enjoy nature, and celebrate the New Year with friends and family in one of your state parks. 

Red Fox Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State on December 6th

Nature author and Conserve Wildlife Foundation director David Wheeler spent a year exploring the state's unparalleled diversity of wildlife species that call New Jersey home. From bald eagles and bobcats to horseshoe crabs and tiger salamanders, Wild New Jersey brings nature to life!

beach Winter Beach Walk on December 7th

Take a guided walk with a Park System Naturalist along the beach at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, collecting and identifying some of the ocean’s natural treasures.

snowflake Snowflake Parties on December 22nd & 26th

It is snowing inside at the Somerset County Environmental Center! Come and join the fun as we prepare for it to snow outside. Drop in and make a giant snowflake to take home.

ice fishing Ice Fishing Workshop on January 19th

Join the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife for an ice fishing workshop at Kitattinny Valley State Park, Sussex County. This beginner program is geared toward women through Outdoor Women of New Jersey (OWNJ).

bird Casual Birding at Manasquan Reservoir on November 15th

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell.

mill Free Mill Demonstration on November 10th and 11th

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!

Duke Farms Seasonal Tree ID Hike at Duke Farms on November 3rd

Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman to find a deeper connection to New Jersey native trees and unique ornamentals as he teaches identification in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues.

music The Real Music of Alexander Hamilton: A Fundraiser for a New Museum on October 28th

Sit in the parlor of the Steuben House, where Colonel Hamilton served on Washington’s staff in 1780, and listen to the music and the stories that shaped his life!

cemetary Enchanted Evening Tour on October 31st

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.

train Haunted Halloween Express on October 12th-27th

On Friday and Saturday evenings in October, enjoy a spooky train ride through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park!

AutumnTrees Autumn Amble on October 3rd

Explore the trails at Thompson Park, Lincroft, with a Park System Naturalist and discuss all manners of plant and animal phenomenon. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult. FREE!

vintagecar Germanfest Vintage Auto Show on September 30th

The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. will host a GermanFest Vintage Auto Show on the grounds of The Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus. Area automobile enthusiasts can view a variety of vintage German-engineered automobiles including BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche.

Empire State from the Garden State Pontoon Trip Through the New Jersey Meadowlands: September 28th, 2018

While you've probably only experienced the New Jersey Meadowlands from a car on the highway or window of a commuter train, it's time to get up close and personal with the thriving ecosystem that awaits at the water's surface.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Fosterfields Fall Harvest Fest: September 16th, 2018

Bring the entire family to a one-of-a-kind fall festival with farm animals, wagon rides, live music, hands-on farm and harvest activities, old fashioned games, wood-burning cook stove demos, and historic house tours. Food trucks on site.

Honey Bee on Rudbeckia 16th Annual Insect Festival: Sep 8th, 2018

Bugs rule at this unusual annual event hosted by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County. Those bug-loving gardeners promise an afternoon of games and activities for children that highlight the importance of bugs in our lives and teaches children (and their parents) about the incredible and often beautiful insects common to the Northeast.

Forest Yoga Yoga Hike at Schiff Nature Preserve on August 19th

Join Off The Grid at Schiff Nature Preserve for an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. We will begin with a meditation and centering session indoors, then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve, enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature.

New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo: September 8th & 9th, 2018

The New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo celebrates the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both September 8 & 9 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County.

Bark Making Bark Collection Containers and Berry Harvesting on August 8th

Kids ages 10+ and adults of all ages are welcome to join as David Alexander teaches the technique and value of harvesting bark for containers. Participants will craft their own with cardboard.

Whitesbog Village Bio Blitz at Whitesbog Village on July 28th-29th

Join local science experts from around the region to learn about all the natural plants, insects, animals in the Pinelands! July is a great time to look for insects, fish, frogs, turtles, moss, ferns, flowers, butterflies, moths, dragonflies and more!

4-H Fair 100th Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair July 28th & 29th

Join us at Howell Living History Farm for a truly enjoyable day! The fair includes animal shows and exhibits, homemade ice cream, hay rides, pony rides, music, magic shows, and farm tours. Check out displays by the Rutgers Master Gardners of Mercer County, Mercer County Wildlife Center, Mid-State Beekeepers Association, and many more! 

Bordentown City Green Fair Bordentown City Green Fair, June 9th

The Bordentown City Green team will host it's Green Fair on June 9.  The fair will feature over 60 eco-friendly vendors and services, local restaurants, music and children's activities, all helping support and encourage a sustainable lifestyle. This is a free, rain or shine event.

star gazing Star Gazing with Morris Museum Astronomical Society, August 18th

Bring a picnic blanket and a late night snack to enjoy a quiet summer evening with Schiff and Joe Molnar from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing! Participants will meet at the nature center and walk as a group to the great meadow for a tour of the summer sky and gazing through a telescope.

Bullfrog Amphibians And Reptiles At Stephens State Park, June 24th

Learn about amphibians and reptiles of New Jersey and how they live throughout the seasons! What do they eat? Learn about their offspring. Join us for a walk in hopes that we can spot some in the area. The walk will be on natural trails, protective footwear is recommended. Event is FREE.

Blueberries 35th Annual Blueberry Festival, June 23-24th

Kickoff the Blueberry Harvest Season in the Birthplace of the Blueberry! Visit the Whitesbog Historic Village on June 23-24th. SO many blueberries: taste the berries from our neighbor's farm and take home a pint or a flat, pick berries fresh on the original heritage plants in the fields, eat them in locally made pies, muffins, cakes, jams, preserves, fried, blueberry drinks, blueberry wine, cider, syrup and so much more.