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February 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. All events this winter are offered without charge. Some programs will require advanced registration as indicated below.  Attendance is always limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Programs will commence at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.  An adult must accompany all children.  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.  Phone : (609) 737-0609

CONSERVATION VIDEO Saturday February 8, 12:45 p.m. In Search of the Jaguar.Field biologists struggle with the important questions of life as they endeavor to study the elusive jaguar in South America and Central America.

THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY Sunday February 9, 1:30 p.mJim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will take participants on a journey back to the time of the last ice age, when the earliest Native American peoples entered what is now New Jersey. Discover how these Paleo-Indians lived and survived in an artic landscape filled with strange, prehistoric fur-covered animals, like the wooly mammoth, great elk, and musk oxen - Learn how these earliest people adapted to their harsh environment and hunted with specialized Clovis spear points - See how these prehistoric hunters opened the way for new bands of Archaic peoples who followed, with new innovative stone tools and lifestyles. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.

CONSERVATION VIDEO Saturday February 15, 12:45 p.m. Forces of NatureNature is not always a friendly or benign entity. This video examines some of the more destructive natural agencies such as earthquakes, volcanoes and storms.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP (pre-teen – adult) Sunday February 16, 1:30 p.m. In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information. The workshop will be co-instructed by Kevin Kavanaugh, Ewing and Daniel Nurmi McAuliffe, Langhorne. Advanced registration required.

CONSERVATION VIDEO Saturday February 22, 12:45 p.m. DolphinsAlthough these interesting marine mammals have a reputation for being friendly and even helpful to the human species, they are surprisingly aggressive toward one another.

CONSERVATION VIDEO Saturday February 29, 12:45 p.m. Relentless Enemies: Lions and HyenasAs the title suggests, this video is probably not appropriate for young children.

 

February 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. All events this winter are offered without charge. Some programs will require advanced registration as indicated below.  Attendance is always limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Programs will commence at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.  An adult must accompany all children.  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.  Phone : (609) 737-0609

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 3, 12:45 p.m. Hunters and Hunted.Cheetahs fail to take down a zebra stallion but have better luck with an ostrich in Kenya. An Ibex successfully evades a fox on the shoes of the Dead Sea.  A greater bulldog bat uses ripples on the water to detect fish in Belize. A variety of mammals are depicted in their respective roles as the hunter and hunted.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 10, 12:45 p.m. Reptiles and Amphibians. Herptiles from Brazil to Madagascar, to Indonesia and elsewhere, employ a variety of interesting techniques to secure food, evade predators and to reproduce.

 THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY Sunday February 11, 1:30 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will take participants on a journey back to the time of the last ice age, when the earliest Native American peoples entered what is now New Jersey. Discover how these Paleo-Indians lived and survived in an artic landscape filled with strange, prehistoric fur-covered animals, like the wooly mammoth, great elk, and musk oxen - Learn how these earliest people adapted to their harsh environment and hunted with specialized Clovis spear points - See how these prehistoric hunters opened the way for new bands of Archaic peoples who followed, with new innovative stone tools and lifestyles. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 17, 12:45 p.m. Mammals. Mammals from Antarctica, Africa, the arctic tundra, South America and the region of the Pacific are featured.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP (pre-teen – adult) Sunday February 18, 1:30 p.m. In this workshop, the participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for in selecting your first pair of skis.  Other topics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow covered, an additional 1+ hour outdoor ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information. Advanced registration required. The workshop will be co-instructed by Kevin Kavanaugh, Ewing and Daniel Nurmi McAuliffe, Langhorne.

February Programs at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. All programs are offered free of charge. Some will require advanced registration as indicated below.  Attendance is always limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Programs will commence at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.  An adult must accompany all children..  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.  Phone : (609) 737-0609

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 4, 12:45 p.m. From Poles to Tropics . The Earth as a whole is consdidered with a view towards the main factors that have manipulated the planet’s natural history.
 
GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Sunday February 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Geocaching is a high-tech update on the good old-fashioned scavenger hunt game utilizing GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden among the forests, fields and trails of parks, playgrounds, natural areas and other open lands.  Participants will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of over a dozen geocache sites located 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. Advanced registration required after 1/10. A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants. Bring your own handheld GPS device if you have one.

NEW JERSEY PALEO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, TOOL MAKING INDUSTRIES AND ICE AGE LIFEWAYS
Saturday February 11, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Jack Cresson, Archaeologist, and Jim Silk, Lithic Technologist will take participants on a journey back in time when the earliest Native American people entered into what is now New Jersey.  The program will examine regional Paleo archaeological sites, aboriginal human lifestyles, arctic landscapes and unusual prehistoric animals.  Also, this program will demonstrate and explain the manufacture of specialized stone tools that were used by indigenous Ice Age people in adapting to their harsh environment 10,000 to 13,500 years ago.  Paleo artifacts and tool replications will be displayed.

NATURE VIDEOS Saturday February 18, 12:45 p.m. The Poles. The advance and retreat of polar ice is the real challenge to life. In Antarctica all animals flee except the emperor penguin. Meanwhile, in the Arctic, the polar bear must swim long distances to obtain food. Learn how wildlife survives in some of the most challenging places on the planet.

NATURE VIDEO Saturday February 25, 12:45 p.m. Forests. From the evergreen forests of the frozen North to the deciduous dry forests of the tropics, these woodlands illustrate the intense seasonality of the Earth. As the tallest, largest and oldest organisms on the planet, trees are home to a fascinating range of wildlife.

MAPLE SUGARING (All Ages) Sunday February 26, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.  Advanced registration required after 1/24.


 

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