Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Earth Day Shore Planting at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, April 22, 2024

5-6:30 p.m.

Help restore our native maritime forest at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. By planting native plants, your actions will provide valuable food and shelter for local wildlife! Plants are in limited supply so this program will be under a first come, first served basis.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, April 22, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Holmdel Park

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk at Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Meet at the Shelter Building. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. Participants should expect to be walking a few miles (2-4) on sometimes uneven or muddy terrain. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, April 25, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, April 27, 2024

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!
Wool Days/Sheep Shearing at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2024

12-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and learn how the farmers use traditional blade shearing practices to remove the fleece from sheep. Gene Sheninger will return with his collies to show their herding skills. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, April 28, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, April 29, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Splendid Spring Stroll at Freneau Woods Park

Thursday, May 2, 2024

10-11:30 a.m

Say “farewell” to the frosty weather as you join a Park System Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Sturdy footwear is recommended as trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 2, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

As part of Weekend in Old Monmouth, the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, will be open. Tour the site and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Hands-On History at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

12-4:30 p.m.

Explore some of our favorite “hands-on” items at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Explore these historic pieces through operation and physical contact. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 5, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, July 6 & 7, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour the 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. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, May 6, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Manasquan Reservoir

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Meet at the Visitor Center. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. Participants should expect to be walking a few miles (2-4) on sometimes uneven or muddy terrain. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, May 8-12, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 9, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Creative Arts Festival

Saturday, May 11, 2024

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come to Thompson Park, Lincroft, for this art festival. See the works of artists and fine crafters from all mediums including pottery, jewelry and painting. Admission and parking are free.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 11, 2024

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 2024

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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Plant a Sunflower at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 12, 2024

12-2:30 p.m.

Head to Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and help the staff plant this year’s sunflower field. Then return in the fall and harvest one to bring home. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 12, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Traditional Chair Caning Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 12, 2024

1-3 p.m.

See the process of weaving natural plant fibers into the seat of a traditional chair during this demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, May 13, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Thompson Park

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Meet in the Marlu Lake parking area. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Climb Time at Shark River Park

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

3-6 p.m.

Head over to Shark River Park, Wall, and try the Park System's 25’ portable climbing wall. You must be 42” or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, May 15-19, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Splendid Spring Stroll at the Manasquan Reservoir

Thursday, May 16, 2024

10-11:30 a.m

Say “farewell” to the frosty weather as you join a Park System Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through the Manasquan Reservoir. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. Sturdy footwear is recommended as trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 16, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Native Plant Exchange at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, May 18, 2024


Bring established native plants in four-inch, one quart, or 1-2-gallon containers to exchange with like sizes. Label all plants. Only plants native to the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States will be accepted. Please label all plants. Plant intake from 8-10 a.m. Held at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. FREE!
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 18, 2024

12-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see how a woodworker studies his materials, plies his tools, and crafts beautiful and functional items. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s

Saturday, May 18, 2024

1-3 p.m.

Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion during your visit to Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Open Shoot Archery

Saturday, May 18, 2024

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. This is NOT a beginner instructional program. If you are new to archery, register for one of our instructional classes prior to attending. All equipment is provided. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2024

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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Walnford Day

Sunday, May 19, 2024

11 a.m.-5 p.m.
609-259-6275

Spend a day celebrating 200 years of Waln history at picturesque Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 19, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, May 20, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
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