Calendar of Events

To view the full program description, click on the program title, then click on the "more details" link at the bottom of the expanded entry, and a new window will open with all the program information.

December 22, 2009

January 2010 Programs

Winter Trails Day
Saturday, January 09, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Snowshoeing has become a very popular winter activity. Come find out why! If you've ever been curious about snowshoes, this is a great opportunity to try out different types. During this day-long snowshoe festival at the High Point Cross Country Ski Center, vendors will be on hand to give you a chance to try and/or buy snowshoes. You can give the shoes a trial-run on free, naturalist-guided tours that begin at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM For more information call the Ski Center at 973-702-1222 or go to www.xcskihighpoint.com.

Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk

Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Locations vary. Directions provided when you register. Winter can be a quiet time, 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, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved in advance.

Fledgling Naturalists: Trees in Winter

Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Or Friday, January, 22 2010 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

For 3 to 5 year-olds with an adult partner. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Come explore trees in winter. Learn how they cope with the cold and explore tree shapes and textures. Weather permitting, we'll give snowshoes a try. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children's curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world, through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts.

Snow and Ice Celebration

Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

High Point is the snowiest spot in New Jersey and ice has played an important role in the mountain's story for thousands of years. This day is dedicated to the slippery stuff. Activities will include making bird feeders, old-fashioned ice fishing demonstrations, a talk by High Point weather expert, Nick Stefano, and a sing-along and refreshments by a roaring fire. If weather conditions are unsuitable on January 23rd, this event will take place on Sunday, January 24th. A detailed schedule for the day will be available here soon.

Homeschool Naturalists

Friday, January 29, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Children ages 6 to 9, accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. In January we'll explore winter wildlife and the tracks and signs they leave behind. These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with other homeschooled students. Suggestions for further study and resources will be provided for each program.

Homeschool Adventurers

Friday, January 29, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Children ages 9 to 13, accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. In January we will explore the winter lives of High Point's wildlife and try our hand at becoming trackers. If there isn't much snow, we'll play some trail games and practice tracking each other. Dress warmly and plan to cover about two miles. These monthly programs offer older homeschoolers opportunities to get out "in the field" through a series of thematic hikes with hands-on activities and lessons. In addition to fresh air and exercise, there will be time for students to socialize and work cooperatively together. Older and/or younger siblings are welcome to accompany us. In the case of younger siblings, they will need to be able walk the planned distance.

After School Trek: Nature in Winter at Dusk

Friday, January 29, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Families w/children ages 6 to 10. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Come explore nature in winter during this active, afterschool program. If there's snow we'll go snowshoeing and learn to read animal tracks, if there isn't we'll go on a one to two-mile walk to explore other aspects of nature in winter. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved when you register.

Winter Wildlife: Tracks and Signs

Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Adults/Children ages 6 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. We don't usually get the chance to observe wild animals in action but the signs they leave behind offer a window into their world. Come learn the basics of interpreting the tracks and signs of local wildlife. After this indoor presentation you can either head outside to complete a "Signs of Wildlife" scavenger hunt or practice being a tracker in the Interpretive Center.

Nature in Winter by Moonlight

Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Bright, moonlit winter nights are an unforgetable time to be out exploring at High Point. Join us for a one to two mile naturalist-guided walk by moonlight. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved in advance.

December 11, 2009

Winter Has Arrived!

December Programs

Red and Green Walk
Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Meet in the Beach Parking Lot.

Come take an easy walk near Lake Marcia to look for spots of color in the winter landscape. You'll learn to identify several evergreens and discover how they survive winter's cold. The ground may be snow-covered and icy, so snow boots with good traction are recommended.

Moonlit Walk
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Meet at the Park Office on Route 23. Inclement weather may cancel this program.

Join us for an end-of-the-year naturalist-guided walk by moonlight in High Point State Park. We'll cover about two miles and both the almost-full moon and the Monument should be shining over the snowy landscape. Dress warmly, and the ground may be snow-covered and icy, so snow boots with good traction are recommended.

Wind Flags
Thursday, December 31, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Families with children ages 4 to 10. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for this program by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 30th.

More often than not, it's windy at High Point. Why? Come find out. Learn about how wind influences the plants and animals at High Point, and listen to a windy story. We'll make and decorate wind flags and then take a short walk to an overlook to feel them blowing in the breeze.