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October Programs at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are scheduled via phone call by special arrangement. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Some of these events will require advanced registration as specified below.  Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out.  Phone: (609) 737-0609

 

PERU – HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE (All Ages) Sunday October 1, 1:30 p.m. Peru is becoming one of the leading tourist destinations in the Americas, and is much more than Machu Pichu!  This third largest country in South America is home to the oldest civilization found in the Americas as well as a unique and varied geography including rain forests, volcanic mountains, deserts, and the highest navigable lake in the world.  Join Park Volunteer, Paul Moran, as he describes a recent trip to Peru, the land of the Incas and the Spanish conquistadors and a growing tourist mecca featuring a history spanning 4500 years.

 

FULL MOON BIKE HIKE (pre-teen-adult) Thursday October 5, 6:45 p.m. Take a guided night time bicycle ride, by the light of the Hunter's Moon, 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, bike light and helmet. Advanced registration required. Call the Nature Center.

 

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES WEEKEND (all ages)  Saturday October 7 and Sunday October 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Archaeologists and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Stone tool making, fire building, edible and useful plants, primitive weapon construction, atlatl throwing, and more will all be included.

 

PARK FOLIAGE HIKE  (9 yrs. - adult) Saturday October 28,  1:00 - 4:30 p.m.  This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 mile hike taking on the park's natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season.  Wear sturdy footwear.  Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars.

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