Spotlights

tomatoes Rediscover the Jersey Tomato

The Rutgers NJAES Rediscovering the Jersey Tomato project is researching several facets of what makes a tomato tasty. To do something about it, the project is bringing back long lost favorite Jersey tomato varieties from the 1930s - 70s...

George Washington Celebrate George Washington's 287th Birthday on February 23rd

Celebrate the 287th birthday of our nation's first president at the Rockingham State Historic Site. Tours of the historic house will include timeline facts of George Washington’s life and conclude with birthday cake and punch.

sheep Sheep Shearing Days at Historic Longstreet Farm on April 27th and 28th

This annual demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer.

tortoise and hare Nature Story Time on February 27th

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and enjoy some of our favorite stories. We'll also have nature-themed items related to each story.

heron Free Wading Birds Nature Lecture on February 28th

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk about wading birds, where they nest, what they eat, where they migrate, and their unique characteristics.

skiis Cross Country Skiing Worskshop on January 20th

In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.

Bald Eagles Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival on February 2nd

Join the Conserve Wildlife Foundation and other environmental organizations at the Cumberland County Winter Eagle festival.

Bullfrog Amphibian Project Training Sessions: January 6th, 13th, 16th, and 26th

CWF biologist Allegra Mitchell is looking for volunteers to gather data on various amphibian population locations in New Jersey. There will be 4 public trainings throughout January for all interested in becoming the pioneers of this monitoring program.

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.