Calendar of Events

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January 27, 2010

To see photos of Snow and Ice Festival sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, go to Straus News. Thanks to all who joined us--it was a fun day!

February 2010 Programs

Fledgling Naturalists
Thursday, February 4, 2010
from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, February 5, 2010 from 10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
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 wildlife in winter and learn about the tracks and signs animals leave behind. 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.


Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk
Saturday, February 6, 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.

Winter Wildlife: Tracks and Signs
Saturday, February 6, 2010
from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Adults/Children ages 6 and up. Registration is required by 4 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.


Ski Fest 2010 *CANCELED* (no snow)
Sunday, February 7, 2010
from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Come to the High Point Cross Country Ski Center and give cross country skiing a try during this day-long cross country ski festival. Lessons will be offered throughout the day and beginner-friendly, naturalist-guided ski tours will begin at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. For more information call the Ski Center at 973-702-1222 or go to www.xcskihighpoint.com.


A Sense of Winter *CANCELED* (snow)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Families w/children ages 5 to 10. Meet at the Park Office on Route 23. Come take a short walk and exercise your senses while exploring the winter woods, then warm up in the Interpretive Center while watching a DVD about "Snowflake" Bentley.


Fledgling Naturalists
Thursday, February 18, 2010
from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, February 19, 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
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'Tis the season for snow and ice! Come learn about winter weather and all its frosty forms. 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.

After School Trek: Nature in Winter
Friday, February 19, 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 in advance.

Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk *FULL*
Saturday, February 20, 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.


Nature in Winter by Moonlight
Saturday, February 27, 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.


Homeschool Naturalists
Friday, March, 05 2010
from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Children ages 6-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Group size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Because the weather in early March is so unpredictable at High Point, the topic for this program will be announced when parking, weather, and road conditions can be determined. 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, March 5, 2010
from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Children ages 9-13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Group size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Because the weather in early March is so unpredictable at High Point, the topic for this program will be announced when parking, weather, and road conditions can be determined. 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.


Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk
Saturday, March 6, 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.

January 13, 2010

Snow and Ice Celebration - Saturday, January 23rd


High Point is usually the coldest, snowiest, and iciest place in New Jersey and wintery weather has played a part in this mountain's story for thousands of years. Come join the Friends of High Point State Park for a day dedicated to snow and ice on Saturday, January 23rd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Interpretive Center.

Throughout the afternoon light refreshments will be available and there will be a digital slideshow of pictures (both historic and recent) of snow and ice at High Point.

11:00 AM - Come watch a DVD about Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley who studied and photographed snowflakes in the early 1900s.
11:30 AM - Join us for a talk by Nick Stefano of the Sussex County Weather Network about winter weather at High Point.
12:15 PM - Help us make pinecone and other simple birdfeeders to make the winter easier for our feathered friends.
1:00 PM - There will be an old-fashioned ice fishing demonstration on Lake Marcia, and snowshoes will be available for you to try outside the Interpretive Center.
2:00 PM - Warm up inside by the fire and join us for a sing-along led by Joe Rocco.

If the weather is unsuitable the Snow and Ice Celebration will take place on Sunday, January 24th.

This event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs and events. The Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that supports historical, scientific, educational, recreational, and natural resource management activities within the Park.