The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ. Some programs are offered free without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration and payment of a nominal program fee as indicated below. All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. These events are intended for families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools and other groups are scheduled separately by special arrangement. For additional information, please call us. Phone : (609) 737-0609
SPRING LIFESTYLES OF THE LOCAL NATIVE AMERICANS (all ages) Sunday April 2, 1:30 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, focusing on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display. Free
PINE BOARD BIRDHOUSES (6 - 11 yrs. old) Saturday April 8, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. With the breeding season underway, several species of common cavity-nesting backyard birds will be looking for places to nest. Come out and build a simple nest box that will accommodate these feathery critters. Bring your own hammer. Fee: $7.00 per box. Advanced registration and payment required. To register and pay for the event please contact the WCSP Visitor Center/Museum at (609) 737-0623.
CAVES OF THE GRAND CANYON (All Ages) Sunday April 9, 1:30 p.m. Grand Canyon National Park, in northern Arizona, protects the one of the largest unspoiled landscapes of the United States, the Grand Canyon. Within the 1,900 square mile national park are hundreds of caves that contain significant paleontological and archaeological resources. Join Robyn Henderek, former cave paleontologist for the park, as she describes some of her research correlating paleontological remains with a 4,000-year-old hunting rituals performed in the caves. Free
HIKE THE ROCK HOPPER TRAIL (preteen - adult) Saturday April 22, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp., is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. The hike will be 2-4 miles in length. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer's Pond in WCSP. (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail head. Advanced registration required. Free
BIKE HIKE (pre-teens - adult) Sunday April 30, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 miles round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike and helmet. Advanced registration required. Free
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