What is our recipe for fun? Beautiful parks, great activities and you! Interested? Here's what's planned for this weekend:   


 Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap 

Roving Park System Naturalist       
Saturday, October 1 at 9 a.m.    
Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown - Meet in the Claypit Creek section.
Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is 1 ½ -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, October 1 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.       
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Dorbrook Recreation Area Visitor Center, Colts Neck
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
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 above. For each costume you bring, receive a token entitling you to a "new" costume the day of the swap.   
The Swap is Sunday, October 2 from 12-2 p.m. at the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft. FREE!          

Drop-In Surprise Story Time     
Saturday, October 1 from 11-11:45 a.m.        
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Join us for story time! If the weather is nice, look for the clue at the Horticultural Center's entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy or cold, we’ll be inside. Recommended for ages 4-7. FREE!        

Wood Turtles          
Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2 at 1 p.m.        
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Learn about wood turtles that live in our area. FREE!         

Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap         
Sunday, October 2 from 12.-2 p.m.         
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Trade in the tokens you received during the costume drop off datesto 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 on the day of the event. 

Open Ceramics           
Sunday, October 2 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.         
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft
Choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children 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.

Mill Demonstration       
Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2 from 1-4 p.m.           
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!                  

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours             
Sunday, October 2 from 1-4 p.m.            
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth            
Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!   

Photography Reception           
Sunday, October 2 from 3-4 p.m.           
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold    
Meet the photographers of the Crestwood Village Photography Club during this opening reception. The theme of the exhibit is "Don't Fence Me In." Their images will be on display 1-4 p.m. through the month of October. FREE!         


Please note that our outdoor offerings are weather dependent.  Before heading out, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 6 to see if the activity you're interested in has been cancelled due to inclement weather.      

You can also: 

Our Fall issue of the Program Directory is currently available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway and accepted online, by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1, or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft. 

For more information on any of these activities or parks, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.