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September 28, 2014

Weekend Programs Fall 2014

An Artful Study of Leaves

September 28, 2014 from 1:30 AM to 3:00 AM

For families with children ages 4 to 10 years old. Fees: $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-4800. Fees must be paid before the program begins at the Park Office. Calling all budding artists! Join us for an afternoon class in the study of leaves. We will take a short nature walk to observe the colorful palette of trees at High Point and to collect leaves for closer study. Once back at the Interpretive Center, we will identify our leaves, examine them with an artist’s eye, and use them for inspiration as we create autumn masterpieces. Participants will take home a finished artful study of their favorite leaf.

Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride

October 4, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Come enjoy the beauty of fall at High Point with the Friends of High Point State Park! Bring your own bicycle (and helmet) for a lovely ride on the loop around Ridge Road and Saw Mill Road. A few short stops will be made along the way to point out things of interest. Bring your own lunch and we will picnic at Saw Mill Lake. On the return, we will walk or ride our bikes along the historical Ayers Trail. We will meet at the Winter Parking Lot at 11 am and should be back around 2 pm.  Call 973-702-0488 for registration and questions.

Autumn Park Scavenger Hunt

October 5, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

For all ages. Free. Team up with Family and Friends to search High Point State Park for natural and historic facts and artifacts. Suitable for all ages ‘ this scavenger hunt can be difficult or easy as you make it, and resourcefulness and creativity will count in this friendly competition. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Nature from A to Z: Mountaintop Edition

October11, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Families with children ages five to ten. Free. After a quick review of the alphabet, we’ll explore the top of Kittatinny Mountain around the Monument searching for natural items that correspond to the letters of the alphabet. “A” is for acorn. What will we find for “Z”?

Yoga on the Mountain

October 17, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat.  Registration is recommended - call 973-702-0488. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.  Suggested Donation: $5.00. Proceeds support future Yoga on the Mountain Programs and other Friends of High Point programs and events.

Annual Open Hearth Cooking Day

October 25, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Step back in time and see how food was prepared before there were electric stoves and microwave ovens. You’ll see how food can be cooked on a wood fire and will get to taste the results. There will also be crafts for kids. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. All ages. Event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

High Point Highlights Hike

November 1, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

For adults and teens. Fees: $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-4800. This hike has a lot of variety. From the easiest of surfaces (pavement) to one of the most challenging (the rocky Appalachian Trail), from a level lakeside foot path to a steep climb up to the Monument and back down again. On this 2.5 to 3 mile loop you’ll explore the heart of High Point’s historic district and the distinctive habitats that make the Kittatinny Ridge unique. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the site of the former Kuser Mansion. (On left as you turn to go up to the Interpretive Center.) This is a fairly challenging hike. You’ll want sturdy shoes and may want to bring water.

Yoga on the Mountain

November 8, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. No experience necessary, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat. Registration is recommended - call 973-702-0488. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.  Suggested Donation: $5.00. Proceeds support future Yoga on the Mountain Programs and other Friends of High Point programs and events.

Plant and Animal Protection

November 8, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

For Families with children ages five to ten years old. Fees: $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-4800. Sometimes the best offense is a good defense! From prickles and spines to camouflage, both plants and animals have many ways of protecting themselves. We’ll explore plants and animals that are on the defensive through games and activities, and weather permitting, will take a short walk to see if we can find defenders in action.


Homeschool Hikes

For homeschoolers age ten and up. 
Pre-registration is required - call 973-875-4800. 
Fee: $3 per child (must be accompanied by an adult.)

These easy to moderate, naturalist-led hikes will range between one to three miles and are a great opportunity for older homeschoolers to get a little fresh air and exercise while socializing with their peers, and learning a bit about nature and history along the way.

AT Platform

September 18, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

We’ll travel  a little over a mile round-trip on this moderate hike to the observation platform on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way we’ll observe seasonal changes and will hope for a view of migrating raptors from atop the platform. Most of the walking will be easy, but there are some stretches with a rocky, uneven trail surface and short but moderate climbs.

Lake Rutherford

October 23, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

This week we’ll walk an easy three miles, round-trip, to beautiful Lake Rutherford. Along the way we’ll check out one of High Point’s former slate quarries, and an abandoned beaver habitat, and may search for a geocache along the way.

Mystery Destination

November 20, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

We’re waiting to see what the weather is like to decide where to go on this final hike of the fall season. Check back in early November – the mystery should be solved by then!

  • Fees must be paid before the program begins either by phone/credit card or in person at the Park Office. 
  • Younger siblings may accompany us IF they are physically capable of keeping up with the group, or are young enough to be carried. 
  • Some trails may be navigable by “all-terrain” strollers, but not all. Please ask when you register. 
  • There is no additional charge for carried siblings.

Iris Trail in Autumn

September 21, 2014

Homeschool Naturalists - Fall 2014







For six to ten year-olds in first through fifth grades with some ability to read and write. Fee: $5.00 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with their peers. Suggestions for further study and resources will be provided.

Ready...Set...Migrate!

September 19, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Every year many animals travel distances that few humans could manage without a plane ticket. We’ll learn about nature’s travelers and their trips through games and activities, and, weather permitting, will spend some time on an overlook watching for migrating birds of prey.

Seasonal Changes

October 17, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Nature is never static, and fall is a fun time to observe the many seasonal changes taking place. This month we’ll exercise our senses and explore the sign-posts of the changing season.

Plant and Animal Protection

November 14, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Sometimes the best offense is a good defense! From prickles and spines to camouflage, both plants and animals have many ways of protecting themselves. We’ll explore plants and animals that are on the defensive through games and activities, and weather permitting, will take a short walk to see if we can find defenders in action.

How do we register?

You may register by calling the Park Office at 973-875-4800 or stopping by the office in person. You must register at least 24 hours before a program is scheduled to begin.

How do we pay?

You may pay by credit card by calling the Park Office at 973-875-4800, or you may pay in-person via cash, credit card, or check, at the Park Office, located on Route 23, across from the main entrance to the Park. Payment must be received before you attend a program. Payments cannot be accepted at the Interpretive Center.

What if we can’t make it?

If the Park must cancel a program, we will issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend a program, no refunds will be given.

Where do we meet?

Most programs meet at the Interpretive Center. If there has been a change, we'll let you know when you register.

What should we wear?

Programs take place both inside and out, so dress for the weather, and keep in mind that it is often a bit cooler and windier at High Point. Play clothes are recommended, as kids often get a bit dirty during craft activities and outdoor play. For hiking, sturdy shoes and long pants are usually best. You may want to bring water on insect repellent.

What if it rains?

Usually programs will go on as scheduled, but may be adapted for less outdoor time (but still dress for the weather). If the weather is severe, we may attempt to reschedule a program. More specific information about this season’s programs will be available when you register.

Can I bring younger or older siblings along?

You may bring siblings, but keep in mind that older children are likely to be bored, and younger children must either be physically capable of accompanying us, or young enough to be carried. For some programs we may be on terrain that is navigable by an all-terrain style stroller, but not all. If you have questions, please ask for more information about specific programs when you register.