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April 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, 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. 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

 

EARLY SPRING TWILIGHT HIKE  (Adult) Thursday April 4, 7:15 p.m.  We will search the park's remote northern sections for early spring twilight and nocturnal phenomena such as woodcocks in courtship, spring peepers and other breeding amphibians, owls, etc. Advanced registration required, Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer's Pond (Church Rd). Wear boots and bring a flashlight. Advanced registration required.

 

GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adultSunday April 7, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game, which utilizes GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden in the park.  Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of dozens of geocache sites in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible. Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers. Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Advanced registration required.

 

SPRING LIFESTYLES OF THE LOCAL NATIVE AMERICANS (all ages) Sunday April 14, 1:30 p.mJim 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

 

WILD EDIBLE PLANTS (3 yrs. - adult) Sunday April 28,1:30 - 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, under 6 yrs. Free. (exact change please). Advanced registration required.

 

April 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, NJ. Some programs are offered without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration 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.  Phone: (609) 737-0609.

PINE BOARD BIRDHOUSES  (6 - 11 yrs. old)  Saturday April 11, 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. Advanced registration required. Suggested donation, $6.00/birdhose to cover materials.

SPRING LIFESTYLES OF THE LOCAL NATIVE AMERICANS (all ages) Saturday April 18, 1:00 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.

BIKE HIKE  (pre-teens - adult) Sunday April 26, 1:30 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.

 

April 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, NJ.  Some programs are offered without registration requirements; some will require advanced registration 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.  Phone: (609) 737-0609.

SHELTER BUILDING WILDERNESS SURVIVAL (6 yrs. - adult)  Sunday  April 7,  1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  This program will deal with the fundamentals pertaining to survival when lost in the wild. Participants will construct a weatherproof shelter completely from native materials.

PINE BOARD BIRDHOUSES
 (6 - 11 yrs. old)  Saturday April 13, 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. Advanced registration required. Suggested donation, $6.00/birdhose to cover materials.

SPRING LIFESTYLES OF THE LOCAL NATIVE AMERICANS (all ages) Saturday April 20, 1:00 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.

BIKE HIKE  (pre-teens - adult) Sunday April 21, 1:30 p.m. Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 mile round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike and helmet. Advanced registration required.

CURIOSITY AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE ON MARS (in 3-D) (all ages) Sunday April 28, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Dr. Ken Kremer will present this talk. Dr. Kremer will explain the latest discoveries of the Curiosity rover’s expedition across the surface of the red planet, and show his clean room and launch pad photographs, spectacular 3-D images of the Martian surface, and his new Curiosity photo-mosaics. Ken is a scientist and journalist and his Mars and Space imagery and articles have been widely published on TV, magazines, books and websites.

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