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May 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 of charge; some will require payment of a nominal program fee as indicated below. All programs will require advanced registration so that we can manage social distancing. Face coverings are also required at all these events. A gate fee of $5.00 per car ($7.00 out-of-state) will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/29 - 9/6 (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

 

FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday May 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Free

 

THURSDAY AFTERNOON AEROBIC HIKE (preteen-adult) Thursday May 6, 1:00 p.m. Join us for a 2-3.5 mi. brisk guided hike on selected trails in the state park. Route to be determined. Advanced registration required. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. The trails are quite wet in sections. Free.

 

GEOCACHE WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK ( preteens – adult) Sunday May 9, 1:30 – 3:30 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. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one. Advanced registration and payment required. Fee: $2.00/person (exact change please).

 

TOMAHAWK THROWING (adults only) Saturday May 15, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Come on out and try your hand at throwing a small hatchet into a wooden target. Maybe even hit a bull's-eye. Advanced registration required. Free.

 

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday May 23, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. We will take the Summit Trail from its trailhead on Fiddlers Creek Rd. Meet at the parking lot by Niederer's Pond (Church Rd). We will drive to the trail. Advanced registration required. Free.

 

FULL MOON BIKE HIKE (pre-teen-adult) Wednesday May 26, 8:45 p.m. Take a guided night time bicycle ride, by the light of the Flower 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 for directions. Free.

 

SOLAR OBSERVATION (all ages) Saturday May 29, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. View magnetic sun storms safely through a telescope equipped with special filters. Observe sunspots, 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 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 31, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

STREAM STOMP (6 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 30, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come out for a wet hike as we follow a park stream in search of crayfish, salamanders, caddisflies, stoneflies, mayflies, frogs, minnows and other stream inhabitants. Wear water shoes or old sneakers and come prepared to get wet at least up to the knees. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.

 

May 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. A gate fee of $5.00 ($7.00 out-of-state) will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/25 - 9/2 (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

 

 

SPRING PARK HIKE  (9 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 5,  1:30 - 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 spring wildflower and bird migration season.  Wear sturdy footwear.  Bring drinking water, a snack.

 

HIKE THE ROCK HOPPER TRAIL (preteen - adult) Sunday May 12, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Rock Hopper Trail in West Amwell Twp. is an outlier of Washington Crossing State Park. 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 Washington Crossing State Park. (Church Rd). We will carpool to the trailhead. Advanced registration required. Call the Nature Center. Free

 

FULL MOON BIKE HIKE (pre-teen-adult) Saturday May 18, 8:30 p.m. Take a guided night time bicycle ride, by the light of the Flower 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 for directions. Free.

 

FAMILY NATURE WALK (all ages) Sunday May 19, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/vehicle.

 

SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages) Saturday May 25, 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 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

TYROLEAN TRAVERSE (6- 12 yrs.)  Sunday May 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tyrolean Traverse is a mountain rescue technique for crossing gorges and canyons on a horizontally suspended rope. In this case, willing (or not) participants will be pulling themselves across the Nature Center's vernal pond infested with killer frogs and tadpoles and genuine New Jersey crocodiles. (see the video posted on the WCSP Facebook page) The event will be ongoing throughout the afternoon, weather permitting. Come prepared to get wet, just in case. This is a kid-event however, adult human guinea pigs will be considered if they're not too heavy. Just come into the Nature Center and request the traverse. Park vehicle entrance fee applies $5.00/vehicle.

 

May 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. 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.

May 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.  A fee will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/23 - 9/7  (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.  Phone: (609) 737-0609.

WHERE IN THE WORLD DO YOUR GARDEN PLANTS COME FROM (12 yrs - adult) Saturday May 2, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m  Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Where did the tangerine get its name? Why did toast become French? These, and many more questions on the origins of cultivated plants will be answered by gardener and horticultural adventurer Hank Snyder of Flemington. Advanced registration required.

WILD EDIBLE PLANTS  (3 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 3, 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. Advanced registration required.

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Saturday May 16, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take the Summit Trail from its trailhead on Fiddlers Creek Rd. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail. Advanced registration required after 4/14. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.
 
SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages)  Saturday May 23, 1:30 – 3:30 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. Gene Ramsey and 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: Sunday May 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.

FAMILY NATURE WALK  (all ages) Sunday May 31, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Park vehicle entrance fee; $5.00 per car.

 

May 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.  A fee will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/24 - 9/1  (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.  Phone: (609) 737-0609.


WILD EDIBLE PLANTS  (3 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 4, 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. Advanced registration required.

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday May 11, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take the Summit Trail from its trailhead on Fiddlers Creek Rd. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail. Advanced registration required after 4/8. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.
 
PADDLE THE CANAL (9 yrs. – adult) Saturday May 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m Take a short canoe jaunt up the Delaware and Raritan Feeder Canal from Washington Crossing State Park, skirting the village of Titusville. Meet at the state park parking lot directly across Rt 29 from St. Georges RC Church (call for directions) Advanced registration required after 4/15.

SPRING LIFESTYLES OF THE LOCAL NATIVE AMERICANS (all ages) Sunday May 18, 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.

SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages)  Saturday May 24, 1:30 – 3:30 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. Gene Ramsey and 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: Sunday May 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.

EXAMINATIONS INTO NORTH AMERICA’S OLDEST STONE TOOL INDUSTRIES AND THEIR ICE AGE SIGNIFICANCE Monday, May 26, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jim Silk Flintknapper, Reconstructive Lithic Technologist and researcher presents a discussion and demonstration relating to Paleo stone tool making technologies that are forensic indications reflecting the cultural origins of who the first North Americans may be.  Archeological theories relating to Siberian, European(Solutrian), and South American  entry routes and peoples’ possible methods of entry into North America will be examined.  A slide show or short video will be shown.  Replicated Paleo tool types and actual Paleo artifacts will be on display. Advanced registration required.

 

May 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 as indicated below.  A fee will be charged to motor vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays 5/28 - 9/5  (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.  Phone: (609) 737-0609.

 

WILD EDIBLE PLANTS  (3 yrs. - adult) Sunday May 1, 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. Advanced registration required. Free.

 

COMPASS BASICS  (9 yrs - adult) Saturday May 7, 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. Advanced registration required after 4/5. Free

 

SPRING BIRD WALK (all ages)  Sunday May 8, 8:30 a.m. Come and join Lou Beck of Washington Crossing Audubon as we peruse the park for spring migrants and summer resident bird species. Meet at the Nature Center. Free.

 

STREAM STOMP  (6 yrs. - adult)  Saturday May 14, 1:00 - 2:30 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.  Advanced registration required after 4/12. Free

 

NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE AREA OF THE PARK (all ages) Saturday May 21, 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.

 

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN HIKE (pre-teen – adult) Sunday May 22, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. We will take the Summit Trail from its trailhead on Fiddlers Creek Rd. Meet at the parking lot by Neiderer’s Pond (Church Rd).We will carpool to the trail. Advanced registration required after 4/19. Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. Free

 

SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages)  Saturday May 28, 1:00 – 4:00 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. Gene Ramsey of the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of Princeton will lead this activity. Clear skies required. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.

 

SOLAR OBSERVATION ( all ages)  Sunday May 29, 1:30 – 4:30 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. Gene Ramsey of the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of Princeton will lead this activity. Clear skies required. Park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.

 

PALEO LIFEWAYS AND STONE TOOL MAKING IN A NEW JERSEY ICE AGE (all Ages) Monday May 30 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jim Silk, reconstructive stone tool maker and lithic technologist, will take participants on a journey back in time to the end of the last Ice Age when the earliest Native American people entered into what is now New Jersey.  The program will examine regional Paleo 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.  A slide presentation will be included in the program.  Paleo artifacts and tool replications will be displayed. park vehicle entrance Fee: $5.00/car.

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