Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Thursday-Sunday, August 30-September 2, 2018

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Tours start on the hour. Last tour begins at 3 p.m. FREE!
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2, 2018

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
732-842-4000

Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake in Thompson Park, Lincroft. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2, 2018

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, September 1-3, 2018

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, September 2, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Crosswicks Creek Park

Thursday, September 6, 2018

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk in Crosswicks Creek Park, Upper Freehold. 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; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Thursday-Sunday, September 6-9, 2018

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Tours start on the hour. Last tour begins at 3 p.m. FREE!
Monarch Butterfly Tagging Demo at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, September 8, 2018

12 p.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and see how scientists attach small tags to Monarch butterflies' wings and learn about their epic migration to Mexico. If you’re lucky, you may get to release a monarch on it’s way. Please Note: Releases are dependent on weather and availability of butterflies. Call 732-751-9453 for more information. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9, 2018

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Open Ceramics

Sunday, September 9, 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.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, September 9, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Bonsai Day

Sunday, September 9, 2018

12-4 p.m.

The Monmouth County Park System and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society present Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. Experience this intricate and ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions. Admission and parking are free.
9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

8 a.m.

Join us for this remembrance ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands.
Monarch Butterfly Tagging Demo at the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

12 p.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and see how scientists attach small tags to Monarch butterflies' wings and learn about their epic migration to Mexico. If you’re lucky, you may get to release a monarch on it’s way. Please Note: Releases are dependent on weather and availability of butterflies. Call 732-751-9453 for more information. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Thursday-Sunday, September 13-16, 2018

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Tours start on the hour. Last tour begins at 3 p.m. FREE!
Roving Naturalist at Huber Woods Park

Saturday, September 15, 2018

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Huber Woods Park, Middletown. 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 is not a deterrent. FREE!
Wind & Sea Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2018

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate all things water-related during this family-friendly festival at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, September 16, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23, 2018

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Tours start on the hour. Last tour begins at 3 p.m. FREE!
Great Fall Perennial Plant Swap at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bring perennials to Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Houseplants may also be exchanged, but no annuals please. Plant intake from 8:30-10 a.m. Plant selection from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FREE!
Monarch Butterfly Tagging Demo at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, September 22, 2018

12 p.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and see how scientists attach small tags to Monarch butterflies' wings and learn about their epic migration to Mexico. If you’re lucky, you may get to release a monarch on it’s way. Please Note: Releases are dependent on weather and availability of butterflies. Call 732-751-9453 for more information. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2018

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Open Shoot Archery

Saturday, September 22, 2018

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional clinic and NOT designed for beginners. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, September 23, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Climb Time at Freneau Woods Park

Sunday, September 23, 2018

1-5 p.m.

Head over to Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen, and try our 25’ portable climbing wall. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE!
Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap Drop Off

Monday-Friday, September 24-28, 2018

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Upcycle gently used kids’, adults’, and even pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble. Costumes must be dropped off in advance at one of the locations below. For each costume you bring, receive a token entitling you to a "new" costume the day of the swap. Costume drop-off is at the Huber Woods Environmental Center, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Thompson Park Visitor Center, Dorbrook Recreation Area Visitor Center, and Fort Monmouth Recreation Center. The Swap is Sunday, September 30 from 12-2 p.m. at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. FREE!
Monarch Butterfly Tagging Demo at the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

12 p.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and see how scientists attach small tags to Monarch butterflies' wings and learn about their epic migration to Mexico. If you’re lucky, you may get to release a monarch on it’s way. Please Note: Releases are dependent on weather and availability of butterflies. Call 732-751-9453 for more information. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Thursday-Sunday, September 27-30, 2018

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Tours start on the hour. Last tour begins at 3 p.m. FREE!
Roving Naturalist at Thompson Park

Saturday, September 29, 2018

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Meet in the Marlu Lake parking area. 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 is not a deterrent. FREE!
Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap Drop Off

Saturday, September 29, 2018

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Upcycle gently used kids’, adults’, and even pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble. Costumes must be dropped off in advance at one of the locations below. For each costume you bring, receive a token entitling you to a "new" costume the day of the swap. Costume drop-off is at the Huber Woods Environmental Center, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Thompson Park Visitor Center, Dorbrook Recreation Area Visitor Center, and Fort Monmouth Recreation Center. The Swap is Sunday, September 30 from 12-2 p.m. at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30, 2018

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, September 30, 2018

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

This old-fashioned fair is reminiscent of the 1890s. Visitors can enjoy wagon rides, games and live entertainment. There is also ongoing crafts demonstrations and a Home & Garden competition. Admission and parking are free.
Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap

Sunday, September 30, 2018

12-2 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Trade in the tokens you received during the costume drop off to get a “new” costume during today's swap! Almost due or have a newborn? Just bring your bump or your baby to pick out a costume for free. The swap will be held at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, September 30, 2018

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
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