Calendar of Events

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September 5, 2014

Fall Programs 2014

Planning for this fall's programs is underway and nearly complete.
In the next few days, a few more programs will be added to the Google Calendar (above) as well as more details about programs already listed. Stay tuned... (And we hope to see you this fall!)

July 7, 2014

Programs - July and August 2014

Life in the Lake
Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

For all ages. Come borrow a net and discover the many critters that live below the surface of Sawmill Lake. Stop by any time between seven and eight, and stay as long as you like. If it's raining, there will be a nature-themed DVD shown in the Interpretive Center - stop by and get dry! Meet at High Point State Park - Sawmill Lake Boat Launch.

Lake Marcia Mini-Hike
Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join the park Naturalist for a short (about one mile) walk alongside Lake Marcia. We’ll explore the early summer blooms and plants along the way, and talk about the rich history of the area. The walking around two-thirds of the lake is quite easy, the last portion of the loop involves a bit of rock scrambling, but you can easily return to the beach the we came if you prefer. Meet in the shade to the side of the beach concession building’s patio. There is no additional fee for this hike, but summer parking fees ($10.00 for NJ residents, and $20.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at High Point State Park Beach.

Family Nature Program: Sand Art and Scavenger Hunts
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings this summer for family-friendly nature activities. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Activities are most suitable for school-age children, but ages three and up are welcome! This week, come make a simple picture using sand and/or other natural materials and pick up a scavenger hunt and go on a search for natural facts and artifacts near the beach. There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($5.00 for NJ residents, and $10.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at High Point State Park Beach.

Sunset/Moonrise Hike
Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

For adults and children ages 10 and up. Fees: $3 per adult and per child age twelve and up. $1 per child ages 6 through 11. Pre-registration is required by 4:00 PM the day of the hike. Please call 973-875-4800 or stop by the Park Office in person. Payment must be made at the Office before the hike begins. Come hike a 1-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail to an observation platform where we’ll watch the sun set in the west and the full moon rise in the eastern sky. This hike is moderately strenuous with some steep portions and a rocky, uneven trail surface. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must! We’ll return to our cars in moonlight via an easier route.

Sunset from the AT Platform

Insect Safari
Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

For families with children ages five to ten. There are some bugs that bother us, but others are beneficial, and almost all insects are interesting. Come learn a bit about bugs and then go on an insect hunt armed with nets and magnifiers to see what you can discover. There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($10.00 for NJ residents, and $20.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at the High Point State Park Interpretive Center.

Orange Bluet on a Huckleberry Leaf

Yoga on the Mountain
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Come enjoy the view and the sunset 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 Program and other Friends of High Point programs and events. Meet at High Point State Park Interpretive Center.

Family Nature Program: Bubble Fest
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings this summer for family-friendly nature activities. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Activities are most suitable for school-age children, but ages three and up are welcome! Come have some fun with bubbles, practice scientific inquiry, and learn a bit about the science of bubbles. This activity will be messy! You can rinse off in the lake, but do come prepared to get wet and bubble-y. Look for the bubbles in the shade near the beach. Please note: this activity will take place unless it is actively raining (more than a drizzle or a mist). Bubbles do better with high humidity, so a foggy day might actually be a good thing. However, the activity may be relocated to the Interpretive Center if the weather is foggy or drizzly. Ask at the toll booth on your way in. There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($5.00 for NJ residents, and $10.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at High Point State Park Beach.

Bubble Windows

Outdoor Concert: Ray Sikora Band
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring an outdoor concert on the beach. Bring your friends, a picnic, lawn chairs or a blanket. In case of rain, the concert may be held in the Interpretive Center. Suggested donation: $5/adult. Proceeds support future concerts and other Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.


Family Nature Program: Life in the Lake
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings this summer for family-friendly nature activities. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Activities are most suitable for school-age children, but ages three and up are welcome! This week the Park Naturalist will have nets on hand to help you discover the critters that live in Lake Marcia. Learn about insect and amphibian life cycles, and see what creatures you can find! Please note: this activity will take place unless it is actively raining (more than a drizzle or a mist). There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($5.00 for NJ residents, and $10.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet by the playground at the beach.

Tadpole!

Make a Simple Kite
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

For Families with children age 5 and up. Fees: $3 per adult and per child age twelve and up. $1 per child ages 6 through 11. In order to ensure that enough materials are available, pre-registration and payment are required by 4:00 PM, Friday July 25th. Please call 973-875-4800 or stop by the Park Office in person. High Point is one of the windiest places in New Jersey! Come hear a story about the wind, and make a simple kite that really flies. Stay for the “Monument Talk and Scavenger Hunt” and try flying your new kite at the Monument as the sun sets. Meet at High Point State Park Interpretive Center.

Sunset Monument Talk and Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

For all ages. Explore the mountaintop on your own with a family-friendly scavenger hunt while the sun sets, and/or join the park naturalist for an informal talk about the history of the mountain while enjoying the view. Come early, make a kite, and give it a fly at the almost-always-windy highest point in New Jersey! Meet by the steps to the Monument plaza.

Sunset at the Monument

Family Nature Program: Nature's Palette
Friday, August 8, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings this summer for family-friendly nature activities. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Activities are most suitable for school-age children, but ages three and up are welcome! Explore nature’s colors and textures and use them to make simple natural paintings and collages. Wear clothes that can get dirty (or swimsuits for easy rinsing). Please note: this activity will take place unless it is actively raining (more than a drizzle or a mist), but may meet at the Interpretive Center if the weather is damp. Ask at the toll booth when you enter if uncertain. There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($5.00 for NJ residents, and $10.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at the High Point State Park Beach.

Family Nature Program: Bubble Fest
Friday, August 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings this summer for family-friendly nature activities. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Activities are most suitable for school-age children, but ages three and up are welcome! Come have some fun with bubbles, practice scientific inquiry, and learn a bit about the science of bubbles. This activity will be messy! You can rinse off in the lake, but do come prepared to get wet and bubble-y. Look for the bubbles in the shade near the beach. Please note: this activity will take place unless it is actively raining (more than a drizzle or a mist). Bubbles do better with high humidity, so a foggy day might actually be a good thing. However, the activity may be relocated to the Interpretive Center if the weather is foggy or drizzly. Ask at the toll booth on your way in. There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($5.00 for NJ residents, and $10.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at High Point State Park Beach.

Outdoor Concert: Emish (Celtic Rock)
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring an outdoor Celtic rock concert with the band, Emish. Bring your friends, a picnic,  lawn chairs or a blanket. In case of rain, the concert may be held in the Interpretive Center. All ages. Meet on the beach. Suggested donation: $5/adult. Proceeds support future concerts and other Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

Tree I.D. Hike
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Come take a short walk (about 1.5 miles) along the Old Trail and learn the basics of tree identification along the way. Ever wondered about the difference between a beech and a birch? This is the walk for you. All ages are welcome, but the topic is most suitable for adults and children ages eight and up. There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($10.00 for NJ residents, and $20.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at the trailhead for the Old Trail.

Family Nature Program: Life in the Lake
Friday, August 22, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings this summer for family-friendly nature activities. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. Activities are most suitable for school-age children, but ages three and up are welcome! This week the Park Naturalist will have nets on hand to help you discover the critters that live in Lake Marcia. Learn about insect and amphibian life cycles, and see what creatures you can find! Please note: this activity will take place unless it is actively raining (more than a drizzle or a mist). There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($5.00 for NJ residents, and $10.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet by the playground at the beach.

Night Insects: Things that Chirp, Flutter, and Flash
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Families w/children ages five and up. 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 High Point State Park Interpretive Center.

Katydid at Night

Bubble Fest
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Come have some fun with bubbles, experiment, and learn a bit about the science of bubbles. This activity will be messy. Come dressed to get a bit wet and bubble-y (or bring swimsuit and go for a swim in the lake to rinse off). Please note: this activity will take place unless it is actively raining (more than a drizzle or a mist). Bubbles do better with high humidity, so a foggy day might actually be a good thing. There is no additional fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($10.00 for NJ residents, and $20.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect. Meet at High Point State Park Interpretive Center.


Family Nature Program: Insect Safari
Friday, August 29, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us Friday mornings this summer for a family-friendly nature activity suitable for all ages. Make a day of it by bringing a picnic and spending the afternoon at the beach. There are some bugs that bother us, but others are beneficial, and almost all insects are interesting. Come learn a bit about bugs and go on an insect hunt armed with nets and magnifiers to see what you can discover. There is no addition fee for this program, but summer parking fees ($5.00 for NJ residents, an$10.00 for out-of-state visitors) will be in effect.

Make a Simple Kite
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
For Families with children age 5 and up. Fees: $3 per adult and per child age twelve and up. $1 per child ages 6 through 11. In order to ensure that enough materials are available, pre-registration and payment are required by 4:00 PM, Friday August 29th. Please call 973-875-4800 or stop by the Park Office in person. High Point is one of the windiest places in New Jersey! Come hear a story about the wind, and make a simple kite that really flies. Stay for the “Monument Talk and Scavenger Hunt” and try flying your new kite at the Monument as the sun sets.

Sunset Monument Talk and Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
For all ages. Explore the mountaintop on your own with a family-friendly scavenger hunt while the sun sets, and/or join the park naturalist for an informal talk about the history of the mountain while enjoying the view. Come early, make a kite, and give it a fly at the almost-always-windy highest point in New Jersey! Meet at High Point State Park Monument.