This Weekend in the Parks

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

Enjoy hands-on activities during Earth Day at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell.

Earth Day Environmental Cleanup   
Saturday, April 26 from 9am-12noon   
Henry Hudson Trail   
Ages 14 and up are invited to take part in this cleanup. Meet in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Lot off First Avenue. Please bring work gloves and water; wear sturdy shoes.

Earth Day Celebration - Manasquan Reservoir   
Saturday, April 26 from 11am-5pm   
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell  
Fun for the whole family with kids games, short boat tours, crafts and special Earth Day exhibitors.  FREE!

Spring Craft Show   
Saturday, April 26 from 9am-2pm  
Tatum Park, Middletown  
Stop by on your way to or from Deep Cut Garden's Plant Swap and pick up the perfect item for your garden or home. Admission and parking are free!

Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap   
Saturday, April 26 from 10am-2pm  
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown  
Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. For information, call 732-671-6050.  FREE!

Roving Park System Naturalist  
Saturday, April 26 at 3pm  
Big Brook Park, Marlboro   
Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the parking lot. FREE!

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days  
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27 from 12noon-3pm  
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel  
This annual demonstration allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer. FREE!

Mill Demonstration  
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27 from 1-4pm   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold  
See the 19th century mill in action. FREE!

Earth Day - Bio-Blitz   
Sunday, April 27 from 11am-5pm  
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown   
We're honoring Earth Day with this fun identification challenge. All equipment provided. FREE!

Earth Day – Snakes & Reptiles   
Sunday, April 27   
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown  
See live snakes and reptiles found in New Jersey.  There will also be a pond creature view and a chance to identify animal scat.  Shows begin at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.  FREE!

Earth Day - Nature Walks   
Sunday, April 27  
Holdmel Park Shelter Building, Holmdel  
We're honoring Earth Day with nature walks. Walks begin at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. FREE!

Earth Day - Celebrate the Shore   
Sunday, April 27  
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth   
Join us for an interactive show and tell program as well as tours of the house.  Tours begin at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. FREE! 

Earth Day - Spring Plant Walks  
Sunday, April 27    
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown  
Discover the park’s floral beauty, hidden places, and native plants. Walks begin at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.  FREE!

Earth Day - Eco-Fashion Fun!   
Sunday, April 27 from 11am-5pm   
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft   
We're creating eco-friendly fashion jewelry and accessories from recycled materials. FREE!

Bird Walk  
Sunday, April 27 at 12:30pm  
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell  
Join a Park System Naturalist for a walk and see what birds we can find. FREE!

Climb Time  
Sunday, April 27 from 2-5pm   
Thompson Park, Lincroft  
Join us for a chance to try our 25 foot rock climbing wall. Climbers must be 42 inches or taller. FREE!

Our Spring & Camp/Swim issues of the Program Directory are available online and in most county parks.  Registration for both issues is underway and available 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 10am-4pm daily.