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June 30, 2008

Fledgling Naturalists

Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s natural curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471.

This summer we’ll be exploring things that fly, crawl, and leap in the sunshine and will make a caterpillar craft that will transform into a butterfly by the end of the three classes. Please bring an egg carton if you can.

Caterpillars and Colors
Thursday, July 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 am
Thursday, July 10 from 11 am to 12 pm
Friday, August 8 from 10 am to 11 am

Winged Things
Thursday, July 17 from 9:30 to 10:30 am
Thursday, July 17 from 11 am to 12 pm
Friday, August 15 from 10 am to 11 am

Bugs of the Field
Thursday, July 24 from 9:30 to 10:30 am
Thursday, July 24 from 11 am to 12 pm
Friday, August 22 from 10 am to 11 am

June 28, 2008

August Programs

Family Nature Program - Trail Signs and Treasure
Friday, August 1 at 11:00 am
Learn how to make and follow trail signs, and then using signs and a special map, go on a search for hidden “treasure.” Meet at the Life Trail in the Winter trail use parking lot. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Lake Life- Sawmill Lake
Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 pm
What (and who) lives in Sawmill Lake? Borrow a net and join the park naturalist to find out. We’ll meet at the Sawmill Lake boat launch at 7:00 and will be netting in the Lake near campsite two—stop by any time.

Family Nature Program - Scavenger Hunt at Lake Marcia
Friday, August 8 at 12:30 pm
Use all your senses to search the beach area and the nearby lakeside for a variety of natural artifacts. Meet by the swings at the beach. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Night Hike to the Ayers Fields
Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 pm
Come experience the park as day slides into night. We’ll walk to the fields and then spend some time there watching and listening as the stars come out and the birds and animals settle into their nighttime routine. Then we’ll then hike back in the full dark, covering about two miles in all. To make the most of this experience, we ask that you not use flashlights—you’ll be surprised by how much you can see by light of the moon and the stars. You may wish to bring a blanket or something to sit on while we are at the fields. Inclement weather may cancel this program. Call 973-875-1471 if in doubt. Meet at Sawmill Lake boat launch. (Adults/Children age ten and up)

Family Nature Program - Journaling/Art in Nature
Friday, August 15 at 12:30 pm
A nature journal can be just about anything you want it to be—a place where you can collect ideas, observations, drawings, photographs, stories… Come make a basic journal and record the results of a few simple artistic and observation exercises in its pages. (If you prefer, you can bring and use your own sketchbook or notebook). Meet at the Interpretive Center. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Sunset/Moonrise Hike
Saturday, August 16 at 6:30 pm
We’ll hike a one-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail and end at an observation platform that gives us an unobstructed view of the setting sun and the rising full moon. We’ll return to our cars in the dark via an easier route. The hike on the AT is moderately difficult with a rough and rocky surface—sturdy footwear is a must! Inclement weather may cancel this program. Call 973-875-1471 if in doubt. Meet at the Park Office. (Adults/Children age ten and up)

Family Nature Program - Monarchs and Milkweed
Friday, August 22 at 12:30 pm
Monarch butterflies and several other insects rely on milkweed plans for their survival. Come beat the heat in the air-conditioned Interpretive Center and watch a DVD about monarch butterflies, and then take a short walk to search for milkweed plants and to discover what critters are living amongst their leaves. Meet at the Interpretive Center. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Night Insects
Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 pm
Late summer nights are filled with the sounds of insects. Come learn about katydids, crickets, moths and others. Bring a flashlight and we’ll go on an after-dark bug hunt. Meet at the Interpretive Center. (Families with children ages 6-11)

Family Nature Study - Boulders to Pebbles
Friday, August 29 at 11:00 am
High Point is a rocky place. In fact, if it weren’t for rocks, there would be no High Point, so come learn a bit about rocks and the geologic forces that shaped the mountain. Meet on the patio of the building by the beach. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Sunset Mountaintop Talk/Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 30 at 7:00 pm
Come watch the sunset from the highest spot in New Jersey. The park Interpretive Specialist will give a brief talk about the history of Kittatinny Mountain and will have scavenger hunts on hand for the kids. Meet by the steps to the Monument plaza.

July Programs

Lake Life – Sawmill Lake
Saturday, July 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

What (and who) lives in Sawmill Lake? Borrow a net and join the park naturalist to find out. We’ll meet at the Sawmill Lake boat launch at 7:00 and will be netting in the Lake near campsite two—stop by any time.

Family Nature Program - Scavenger Hunt at the Monument
Friday, July 11 at 11:00 am

Come enjoy a birds-eye-view of the tri-state region and use all your senses to explore the unique ecology of the mountaintop by going on a scavenger hunt. Meet by the Monument plaza steps. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Bird Talk isn’t “Cheep”
Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 pm
Ever wonder what all the chirps, whistles, and squawks coming from the treetops mean? Come learn about bird songs and calls and find out what all the bird talk is about. Meet in the Interpretive Center. (Adults/Children age 8 and up)

Family Nature Program - Sawmill Lake Study
Friday, July 18 at 11:00 am
Come learn about the critters that call Sawmill Lake home and use a net to scoop up and observe some of the smaller swimmers. Meet at the Sawmill Lake boat launch. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Family Nature Program - Bugging Out
Friday, July 25 at 11:00 am
Get up-close and personal with some of High Point’s six-legged inhabitants. You’ll learn the basics about bugs and will be able to borrow a net to try your hand at bug catching. Meet in the Interpretive Center. (Families with children ages 5-10)

Going Batty
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Come learn about these nocturnal mosquito-munching creatures through stories and games. We’ll also take a short walk to try to see these night-flyers in action. Flashlights optional. Meet in the Interpretive Center. (Families with children age 5 and up)