January 9, 2009

Ice Festival

Saturday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (snowdate 2/1)

High Point is the coldest spot in New Jersey and snow and ice do make life up here more difficult (this winter especially!) but it also has made High Point the place it is today, in more ways than one.

Come join the Friends of High Point State Park for a day celebrating the slippery stuff. Conditions permitting, there will be old-fashioned ice fishing demonstrations on Lake Marcia. You'll also be able to warm up by the the fire in the Interpretive Center with a cup of hot cocoa while learning more about ice and snow at High Point.

Other icy activities may include ice skating, making snow sculptures, or cutting snowflakes.

Bench buried under snow on the Mashipacong Trail

Rime ice on Pitch Pine by the Interpretive Center

Ice Cutting on the northern end of Lake Marcia. The ice was harvested and stored in an ice house (visible in the background), and then used for refrigeration in the summer months.

Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walks

Saturdays at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
January 24, February 7, February 21, and February 28

Winter can be a quiet time at the park, but there's still lots to explore. While on the trail we'll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, and insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather.

Registration is required for these walks by 4:00 p.m. the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com to register.

Locations will vary. Directions to the meeting places will be provided when you register.

A limited number of snowshoes, both child and adult sizes, are available for use during these winter walks (if snow conditions are suitable). Snowshoes must be reserved in advance!

Rescheduled Friends of High Point Meeting

The December meeting of the Friends of High Point State Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. in the Interpretive Center.

Come join us for the meeting and then stick around for the Ice Festival. New members are welcome to join us. If you care about the park, come get involved!