Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Nature Story Time at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

11 a.m.

Expand your child's imagination while listening to one of our favorite nature stories at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. Open to ages 6 months-5 years, with adult. FREE!
Lunch with a Master Gardener - Vegetable Gardening

Thursday, January 25, 2018

12-1:30 p.m.
732-872-2670, ext. 222

Bring a brown bag lunch to Big Brook Park Elsa’s Lodge, Marlboro, and join members of the Monmouth County Master Gardeners for a discussion on vegetable gardening. Get help deciding what vegetables to plant, how to develop a planting time line, the best planting locations for certain crops, and how to make your vegetable garden productive throughout the entire growing season. You’ll also learn about cool weather and warm weather crops. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series: Captain Kidd - the Pirate of New York & New Jersey

Thursday, January 25, 2018

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk about Captain William Kidd and the lore of his buried treasure while learning about the lives of pirates and their dealings in local waters. FREE!
Wondrous Winter Walk at Big Brook Park

Friday, January 26, 2018

10-11:30 a.m.

Tag along with a Park System Naturalist through Big Brook Park, Marlboro, as you explore the serenity that is nature in the wintertime. FREE!
Roving Naturalist at Crosswicks Creek Park

Saturday, January 27, 2018

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Crosswicks Creek Park, Upper Freehold. Meet in the Province Line Road parking lot. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, January 27, 2018

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the out kitchen and see what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
WinterFest

Saturday, January 27, 2018

12-4 p.m.
732-842-4000

Head over to Thompson Park, Lincroft, for this festival that celebrates the fun that winter brings with wagon rides, cross-country skiing and so much more. Admission and parking are free!
Paper Dolls: Historic Fashions, Hands-on Fun

Sunday, January 28, 2018

1-4 p.m.

Come to Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, and color, cut and assemble paper dolls. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Nature Story Time at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

11 a.m.

Expand your child's imagination while listening to one of our favorite nature stories at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. Open to ages 6 months-5 years, with adult. FREE!
The Casual Birder at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Thursday, February 1, 2018

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell. Meet at the Enviornmental Center. We’ll meander for about an hour and see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. Open to ages 8 and up. FREE!
Spring Parks & Programs Guide Released

Friday, February 2, 2018


See what we have planned for March, April & May in our latest Parks & Programs Guide. To receive a copy, sign up online or call 732-842-4000 ext. 4313. Information can also be viewed online. Program registration starts at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7.
Open Ceramics

Sunday, February 4, 2018

12:30-4:30 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4343

Come to the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft, and choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children age 12 and under are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.
Spring Program Registration Begins

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Registration for spring programs begins at 8 a.m. online, in-person at Thompson Park Headquarters, Lincroft, or by calling 732-842-4000 ext 1.
Lunch with a Master Gardener - Seeds Have Needs

Thursday, February 8, 2018

12-1:30 p.m.
732-872-2670, ext. 222

Bring a brown bag lunch to Big Brook Park Elsa’s Lodge, Marlboro, and join members of the Monmouth County Master Gardeners for a discussion on seeds. We’ll discuss how seeds harbor the secrets of plant life, and as such, all life on the planet. You will learn how to start plants from seeds both indoors and in the garden. FREE!
Wondrous Winter Walk at Hartshorne Woods Park

Friday, February 9, 2018

10-11:30 a.m.

Tag along with a Park System Naturalist as you explore the serenity that is nature in the wintertime. Meet in the Rocky Point section, Highlands, in Hartshorne Woods Park. FREE!
Roving Naturalist at Freneau Woods Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is a 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE!
Seashore Scientist at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Saturday, February 10, 2018

1-2 p.m.

Explore different aspects of oceanography through interactive discussions and hands-on experiments at the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch. FREE!
Handmade and Heartfelt

Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018

1-4 p.m.

Come to Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, and see historical examples of valentines and make one of your own. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, February 10, 2018

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the out kitchen and see what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Winter Beach Walk at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area

Monday, February 12, 2018

12-1:30 p.m.

Take a guided walk with a Park System Naturalist along the beach at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, collecting and identifying some of the ocean’s natural treasures. Make sure you dress in warm clothing and bring along something to carry shells. Meet on the beach. FREE!
School’s Out Drop-In Days at the Fort

Monday, February 19, 2018

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Enjoy Science Exploration Stations, Take Home Kids Creations and Building Fun at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, during this self-guided program open to ages 5-10 with adult. $5 per child per day; cash or check only.
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