photo of beach with people picking up waste Absecon Bay Coastal Cleanup on October 27th

On Friday, October 27th, volunteers are needed to cleanup a critical nesting area for northern diamondback terrapins! The entire area is littered with trash from recreational fishing activities and household debris. Much of this debris is single use plastic, including bottles, cans, bags, styrofoam containers, cigarette butts, monifilament, and even a few pairs of shoes.

phot of sneakers? 5K Run/Walk for Recycling on November 4th!

The Association of NJ Recyclers presents its inuagural event: ANJR's 5K Run & Walk for Recycling. This event has been made "Family Friendly"; suitable for runners/walkers of all abilities. Runners will be timed and course is USATF certified.

photo of a huge pile of pumpkins South Jersey Pumpkin Show October 13th, 14th, & 15th!

The South Jersey Pumpkin Show is an annual three-day “Festival of Pumpkins” held at the Salem County Fairgrounds. Festival goers visiting will enjoy pumpkin desserts, 100+ artists and craftsmen, Fall Home, Garden & Farm Expo, fun contests, scarecrows, give-a-ways, Pumpkin Toss, live bands, wine sampling, festival food court, New Jersey’s Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, and pony rides and hayrides around the fairgrounds.

thumbnail of poster for Weekend Journey through the Past Weekend Journey through the Past on October 14th & 15th!

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with twenty-nine local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated the weekend of October 14 & 15, 2017 "Weekend Journey through the Past." During this two-day period, twenty-nine (29) of the County's significant historic sites will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. 

closeup phot of heads of wheat Concert featuring traditional harvest songs on September 30!

A concert featuring traditional harvest songs performed by balladeer Linda Russell will help mark the turning of the seasons at the New Jersey State Park Service’s Old Dutch Parsonage-Wallace House historic site in Somerville, Somerset County, on Saturday, Sept. 30.

photo of reactment of firing a cannon Historic Soldiers Weekend on September 23rd - 24th!

Vist Fort Mott State Park for its Historic Soldiers Weekend on September 23rd and 24th. The annual military timeline is full of display and re-enactors from Roman centurion to German border guards during the Cold War. Both days will feature live music, weapons demonstrations and chance to see what camp life was like in many different time periods.

thumbnail of poster for Maplewood Green Day Maplewood Green Day on October 14th!

Come to one of the largest sustainability fairs in the state! This year Maplewood Green Day will be held on October 14th, in Maplewood's Memorial Park. Present at the event will be a number of "green" vendors and exhibitors, local food, live music and a number of activities and demonstrations. 

thumbnail of poster for Annual Green Fair, Farmers Market & Shred Event Annual Green Fair, Farmers Market, & Shred Event on September 30th!

On Saturday, September 30 from 9am to 2pm The Monroe Township will hold its 2nd Annual Green Fair, Farmers Market, and Shred Event. A Shredding truck, farm vendors, renewable energy vendors, electric cars and more will be present. 

thumbnail of poster for Beach Plum Festival Beach Plum Festival on September 10th!

Visit Island Beach State Park on Sunday, September 10th for the Beach Plum Festival. The day wil be filled with educational opportunities to learn more about Conserve Wildlife Foundation and other non profits in New Jersey. Present at the event will be more than 100 local vendors, selling arts and crafts, and providing guests with a variety of great food. Don't miss out! 

thumbnail of poster for Waves and Wheels Festival Waves and Wheels Festival on September 9th!

Come visit Old New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood, NJ for a celebration of all outdoor activity at the Jersey Shore. Come enjoy and celebrate your favorite outdoor activities including surfing, skateboarding, stand up paddle boarding, biking, kayaking, fishing, running, exercising, cars and water vehicles. 

photo of a pile of various kinds of tomatos Tomato Festival on September 2nd!

Come celebrate the end of the summer season at the Tomato Festival in Wilbraham Park. On Saturday, September 2nd, the festivities will begin at 9am and conclude by 5pm. Proceeds from this event benefit the West Cape May Shade Tree Commission in their endeavor to protect and improve the tree canopy of West Cape May, NJ.  

photo of a warbler sitting on a stalk Fall Migration Bird Walk on September 13th!

Visit the Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center in Far Hills, New Jersey for the 2017 Fall Migration Bird Walk - Wayward Warblers. From 8am to 10am on September 13th see songbirds pass through New Jersey on their way south for the winter. American Redstarts, Black-throated Green Warblers, and Magnolia Warblers are just a few of the species that could be observed on your hike. 

photo of the Absecon Lighthouse looking up Enjoy a Wacky Wednesday at Absecon Lighthouse on August 16!

Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City offers free programs for children twelve and under on select Wednesdays in the months of July & August. Themes change weekly and include The Salty Sea, Pirates & Mermaids, Fairy Tales, Gifts of The Garden, Superheroes & Villains, Dinosaurs, and Outer Space.

photo of a chipmunk Track Local Mammals on August 19th!

Visit the Plainsboro Preserve on August 19th from 2:30pm to 4:00pm for the From Chipmunks to Beaver: Tracking our Local Mammals event. Join skilled naturalists and explore different aspects of nature in New Jersey. Learn how to recognize the signs of feeding, denning and digging and discover what mammals live in the local woods and fields. 

photo of a hiking trail Wild Edible Plant Walk on August 17th!

Join Wild Ridge Plants and Rachel Mackow on August 17th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for a gentle-paced hike through the preserve's trails. Learn about safe and ethical foraging, cook methods, and storage of wild foods. Explore and discover wild foods including berries, wild spices, and tea herbs. 

photo of  a Monarch butterfly Late Summer Butterfly Walk on August 11th!

On Friday, August 11th, take a walk in the meadows of Bamboo Brook and see some late summer butterfly species.

photo of the sun hidden behind clouds Come Be A Young Astronomer on August 5th!

Learn about the Sun, the seasons, tides, lunar phases, eclipses and much more! 

pitcure of many people at the event NJ WILD Outdoor Expo September 9th & 10th!

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. daily on September 9th and 10th at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County. The Expo is free of charge and takes place rain or shine.

a photo of a flying-hovering hummingbird Birding on August 5th!

Join skilled Naturalists at the plainsboro Preserve on Saturday, August 5th from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.. Explore the varied habitats of the Preserve to spot this season’s young, late nesters, early migrants, and more. Bring your binoculars! 

2 surf fisherman at dusk Learn to Surf Fish on August 4th!

Lean the fundamentals of surf fishing with Park Naturalists and volunteers from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association. 

photo of  a bat clinging to a tree Come See Creatures of the Night on August 1st!

Join the Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Stephanie Feigin for a presentation on bats, one of the most fascinating creatures of the night. Bats have a reputation as being spooky or even fearsome, but they are actually one of the most beneficial animals to people; and right now, bats need our help! Learn what you can do to keep them around. 

phpto of the front and drive of Ringwood Manor Take A Child's Life Tour of Ringwood Manor on July 29th!

This fun and energetic 45-minute tour of Ringwood Manor focuses on the children of the Hewitt family. Learn all about the activities, games, & pranks they played at the Manor, and what a child’s life would be like during the late 19th century.

photo of a 2 person kayak in the estuary Take a Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour on July 30th!

Learn more about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey. Park Natural Educators will guide participants on an aquatic expierence to learn about the many historical and ecological functions of the bay, and how it is all intertwined. 

 silhouette of a beach walker against the setting sun skyline Be an Island Explorer on July 26th!

If you like exploring the outdoors, learning about animals, and investigating the ecosystem, then you’re an Island Explorer! Join us for 2 hours of catching fish, spying on birds, or learning about turtles, and more. A different topic is explored each week. Drop off your child for 2 hours of fun!

photo of a moth Celebrate National Moth Week on July 28th!

The NJ Conservation Foundation will be hosting a educational Moth Night to celebrate National Moth Week at the Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center on July 28th at 8 p.m. Moths are one of nature's most diverse and interesting insect and this event will give any aspiring entomologists a chance to see these nocturnal wonders up close and personal.