Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 26-30, 2017


732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Enjoy the old-fashioned fun of this country fair, including 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks, home and garden competitions, and other special attractions at this five-day event at East Freehold Showgrounds.
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Thursday, July 27, 2017


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Open Pool schedule is as follows: 7:30-9 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 12:30-8 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly and season swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, July 27, 2017

4:30-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Enviro-Quest at Shark River Park

Thursday, July 27, 2017

11 a.m.

Start in the main parking lot at Shark River Park, Wall, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in nature-related activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series: Sea Stars and Sea Urchins of the Jersey Shore

Thursday, July 27, 2017

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk by a Park System Naturalist and learn about the everyday life of these sea critters, threats to their survival, and what we can do to make sure these remarkable creatures carry on. FREE!
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Friday, July 28, 2017


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Open Pool schedule is as follows: 7:30-9 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 12-8 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly and season swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Naturalist Guided Drop-in Kayak Tour

Friday, July 28, 2017

1-2:30 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2

Join a Park System Naturalist at Swimming River Park, Red Bank, for a leisurely guided tour on calm waters of the river. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided – single and tandem kayaks are available. First come, first serve. Please wear clothing that can get wet, a hat, and sunscreen. Open to ages 12 & up, under 18 with a paying adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Please Note: Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour. This offering is designed for individuals and families; not groups.
Butterfly Walk at Big Brook Park

Friday, July 28, 2017

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Together with a Park System Naturalist identify butterflies found in the fields of Big Brook Park, Marlboro. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. Meet in the parking lot. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, July 28, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday, July 29, 2017

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly and season swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Perrineville Lake Park

Saturday, July 29, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Perrineville Lake Park, Millstone. Meet in the Agress Road 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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, July 29, 2017

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 2017

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, July 29 & 30, 2017

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.
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Sunday, July 30, 2017

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly and season swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, July 30, 2017

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday, July 31, 2017


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Open Pool schedule is as follows: 7:30-9 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 2-8 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly and season swim passes available. Cash or check only.
Naturalist Guided Drop-in Kayak Tour

Monday, July 31, 2017

3-4:30 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2

Join a Park System Naturalist at Swimming River Park, Red Bank, for a leisurely guided tour on calm waters of the river. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided – single and tandem kayaks are available. First come, first serve. Please wear clothing that can get wet, a hat, and sunscreen. Open to ages 12 & up, under 18 with a paying adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Please Note: Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour. This offering is designed for individuals and families; not groups.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, July 31, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Naturalist Guided Drop-in Kayak Tour

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

5:30-7 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2

Join a Park System Naturalist at Swimming River Park, Red Bank, for a leisurely guided tour on calm waters of the river. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided – single and tandem kayaks are available. First come, first serve. Please wear clothing that can get wet, a hat, and sunscreen. Open to ages 12 & up, under 18 with a paying adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Please Note: Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour. This offering is designed for individuals and families; not groups.
Tidal Tuesdays at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

11 a.m.

Stop by the Activity Center at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist to discover exciting things about nature and our coastal habitats. Each week take part in a different activity such as meeting creatures living in the water that we find in our seine net or creating crafts from natural materials found along the shore. Programs run for about 30-60 minutes. For details on the activity for the week, please call 732-751-9453. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

4:30-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Fall Program Registration Begins

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Registration for fall programs begins at 8 a.m. online, in-person at Thompson Park Headquarters, Lincroft, or by calling 732-842-4000 ext 1.
Life in a Rotting Log Nature Program at Freneau Woods Park

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Look for crickets, worms, millipedes, beetles and more at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen, and discover how animals depend on a healthy forest. Please dress to get dirty. Closed-toe shoes only. Open to ages 8 and up, with adult. Meet in the Monastary Lane lot. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

4:30-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 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.
The Casual Birder at Manasquan Reservoir

Thursday, August 3, 2017

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. 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. Meet in the Environmental Center's parking lot. FREE!
Naturalist Guided Drop-in Kayak Tour

Thursday, August 3, 2017

5:30-7 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2

Join a Park System Naturalist at Swimming River Park, Red Bank, for a leisurely guided tour on calm waters of the river. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided – single and tandem kayaks are available. First come, first serve. Please wear clothing that can get wet, a hat, and sunscreen. Open to ages 12 & up, under 18 with a paying adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Please Note: Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour. This offering is designed for individuals and families; not groups.
Enviro-Quest at Tatum Park

Thursday, August 3, 2017

11 a.m.

Start in the Red Hill Activity Center parking lot in Tatum Park, Middletown, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in nature-related activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun. FREE!
Naturalist Guided Drop-in Kayak Tour

Friday, August 4, 2017

10-11:30 a.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2

Join a Park System Naturalist at Swimming River Park, Red Bank, for a leisurely guided tour on calm waters of the river. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided – single and tandem kayaks are available. First come, first serve. Please wear clothing that can get wet, a hat, and sunscreen. Open to ages 12 & up, under 18 with a paying adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Please Note: Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour. This offering is designed for individuals and families; not groups.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 4, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, August 4, 2017

6:30 p.m. & 7:30 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.
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6, 2017

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. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.
Drop-In Surprise Story Time at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, August 5, 2017

11-11:45 a.m.
732-671-6050

Join us for story time at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. A clue at the entrance will lead you to the secret spot in the gardens! If the weather isn't nice, we’ll be inside the Horticultural Center. Recommended for ages 4-7. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, August 5, 2017

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Penny Rug Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, August 5, 2017

1-3 p.m.
732-946-3758

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see the art of penny rug making in action. FREE!
Butterfly and Pollinator Garden Tour at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6, 2017

3 p.m.

See what's flying around during this Naturalist-led tour of the Butterfly and Pollinator Garden at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6, 2017

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, August 5 & 6, 2017

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.
Open Ceramics

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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.
Ice Cream: Edible History at Historic Walnford

Sunday, August 6, 2017

3 p.m.

Help crank, and then consume, several ice cream batches made from historic recipes at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, August 6, 2017

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 7, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

11 a.m.

Stop by the Activity Center at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist to discover exciting things about nature and our coastal habitats. Each week take part in a different activity such as meeting creatures living in the water that we find in our seine net or creating crafts from natural materials found along the shore. Programs run for about 30-60 minutes. For details on the activity for the week, please call 732-751-9453. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

4:30-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

4:30-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 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.
Enviro-Quest at Turkey Swamp Park

Thursday, August 10, 2017

11 a.m.

Start in the parking lot nearest the Shelter Building at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in nature-related activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun. FREE!
Butterfly Walk at the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, August 11, 2017

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Together with a Park System Naturalist identify butterflies found at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 11, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Roving Park System Naturalist at Weltz Park

Saturday, August 12, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Weltz Park, Oakhurst. Meet in the West Park Avenue 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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, August 12, 2017

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, 2017

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, August 12 & 13, 2017

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 Tours

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, August 13, 2017

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Climb Time at Thompson Park

Sunday, August 13, 2017

12-4 p.m.

Head over to Thompson Park, Lincroft, (by Filly Run parking lot) and try our 25’ portable climbing wall. This is a great opportunity to experience the sport of rock climbing close to home. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 14, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Naturalist Guided Drop-in Kayak Tour

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2-3:30 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2

Join a Park System Naturalist at Swimming River Park, Red Bank, for a leisurely guided tour on calm waters of the river. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided – single and tandem kayaks are available. First come, first serve. Please wear clothing that can get wet, a hat, and sunscreen. Open to ages 12 & up, under 18 with a paying adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Please Note: Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour. This offering is designed for individuals and families; not groups.
Tidal Tuesdays at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

11 a.m.

Stop by the Activity Center at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist to discover exciting things about nature and our coastal habitats. Each week take part in a different activity such as meeting creatures living in the water that we find in our seine net or creating crafts from natural materials found along the shore. Programs run for about 30-60 minutes. For details on the activity for the week, please call 732-751-9453. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 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.
The Casual Birder at Tatum Park

Thursday, August 17, 2017

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Tatum Park, Middletown. 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. Meet in the Holland Activity Center parking lot. FREE!
Enviro-Quest at Big Brook Park

Thursday, August 17, 2017

11 a.m.

Start in the grass parking lot near the pond at Big Brook Park, Marlboro, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in nature-related activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series: Herons, Egrets and other Wading Birds

Thursday, August 17, 2017

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk by a Park System Naturalist and discover the unique characteristics of wading birds. We will also find what we can do to protect these beautiful birds. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 18, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
You Can Sail at the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, August 18, 2017


Drop by the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, and see if sailing is for you. The Park System will provide the captain, you provide the crew. Limited number of boats are available; maximum three people per boat. Sailors age 8 and up welcome with an adult. Sailboats leave dock by the Visitor Center at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per boat; cash or check only.
Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Saturday, August 19, 2017

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
732-542-1642, ext. 31

Browse vendors at this outdoor market at Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, for the one-of-a-kind item you did not even think you needed. Admission and parking are free.
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20, 2017

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. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, August 19, 2017

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, August 19, 2017

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Potato Harvest at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20, 2017

12-2 p.m.

Help the staff at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, bring in the crop. Stop by the summer kitchen for some 19th century inspiration on how to prepare them. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20, 2017

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 Tours

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, August 20, 2017

12-3:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 21, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

11 a.m.

Stop by the Activity Center at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist to discover exciting things about nature and our coastal habitats. Each week take part in a different activity such as meeting creatures living in the water that we find in our seine net or creating crafts from natural materials found along the shore. Programs run for about 30-60 minutes. For details on the activity for the week, please call 732-751-9453. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

4:30-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 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.
Enviro-Quest at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Thursday, August 24, 2017

11 a.m.

Start in the parking lot of the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in nature-related activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun. FREE!
Butterfly Walk at Thompson Park

Friday, August 25, 2017

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Together with a Park System Naturalist identify butterflies found at Thompson Park, Lincroft. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. Meet in the Marlu Lake parking lot. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 25, 2017

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Roving Park System Naturalist at Big Brook Park

Saturday, August 26, 2017

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Big Brook Park, Marlboro. Meet in the Route 520 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!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, August 26, 2017

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Shoot Archery

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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 offering is designed for experienced archers. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017

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.
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