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 or advanced registration and payment of a nominal program fee as indicated below. A gate fee of $5.00 ($7.00 out-of-state) will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/27 - 9/4 (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). 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. Nature Center Phone : (609) 737-0609
WILD EDIBLE PLANTS (3 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn to identify and prepare some of the many native and introduced plants which earlier inhabitants of the area used to supplement their diets. This program will be led by plant lore enthusiast, Pat Chichon of Lambertville. Bring a pair of plant clippers and a garden trowel. Fee: $2.00/person. Advanced registration and payment required. To register and pay for the event please contact the WCSP Visitor Center/Museum at (609) 737- 0623.
STREAM STOMP (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 14, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come out for a wet hike as we follow a park stream in search of crayfish, salamanders, caddisflys, frogs, minnows and other stream inhabitants. Free.
COMPASS BASICS (9 yrs - adult) Saturday May 20, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Participants will learn everything they ever wanted to know about the protractor compass. They will then use their new-found skills to navigate a compass course that will take them over hills, across streams, along trails and through forests to a mysterious hidden site known as "Haunted Hollow." Bring a protractor compass if you have an instrument of your own. If not, we will provide one. Fee: $2.00/person. Advanced registration and payment required. To register and pay for the event please contact the WCSP Visitor Center/Museum at (609) 737-0623.
SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages) Saturday May 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. View magnetic sun storms safely through special filters via a telescope. Observe sun spots, solar flares, prominences and other solar phenomena. Learn how these storms can affect the earth as well as other interesting facts about Earth's closest star. Jennifer and Dave Skitt and possibly other members of the Amateur Astronomer's Association of Princeton will lead this activity. Clear skies required. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car. Rain date: Monday May 29, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Park vehicle entrance fee applies.
FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday May 28, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/vehicle.
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