Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 21-25, 2021


732-842-4000, ext. 4312

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

Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 25, 2021

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

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 25, 2021

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, July 24 & 25, 2021

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 24 & 25, 2021

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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, July 25, 2021

1-3 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. FREE!
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday-Friday, July 26-30, 2021


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. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, July 26, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Huber Woods Park

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk in Huber Woods Park, Middletown. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. We’ll meander for about an hour and a half 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 on a first come basis. Open to ages 11 and up; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stop by Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist for this free seining program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that may be found along the cove. Closed-toe shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to rig, bait, cast, and, hopefully, catch your first fish during this program offered at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Stop by the Manasquan Reservoir Bait Shop to register. No groups please. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Drop-In Nature Kayak Tour of Swimming River

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at Swimming River Park, Red Bank. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to only 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Weight limit 250 lbs. for singles; 450 lbs. for tandems. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $25 per person; cash or check only.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Drop-In Nature Kayak Tour of Swimming River

Thursday, July 29, 2021

2:30-3:30 p.m.

The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at Swimming River Park, Red Bank. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to only 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Weight limit 250 lbs. for singles; 450 lbs. for tandems. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $25 per person; cash or check only.
Enviro-Quest at Big Brook Park

Thursday, July 29, 2021

11 a.m.

Meet at the dock parking lot in Big Brook Park, Marlboro, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in a mini-nature lesson, activity, or walk for 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. FREE!
Drop-In Nature Kayak Tour of Swimming River

Friday, July 30, 2021

3-4 p.m.

The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at Swimming River Park, Red Bank. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to only 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Weight limit 250 lbs. for singles; 450 lbs. for tandems. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $25 per person; cash or check only.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, July 30, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday, July 31, 2021

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

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, July 31, 2021

10 a.m.-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. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, July 31 & August 1, 2021

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 31 & August 1, 2021

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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, August 1, 2021

1-3 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. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 2, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Drop-In Nature Kayak Tour of Swimming River

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

3-4 p.m.

The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at Swimming River Park, Red Bank. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to only 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Weight limit 250 lbs. for singles; 450 lbs. for tandems. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $25 per person; cash or check only.
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stop by Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist for this free seining program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that may be found along the cove. Closed-toe shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to rig, bait, cast, and, hopefully, catch your first fish during this program offered at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Stop by the Manasquan Reservoir Bait Shop to register. No groups please. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Enviro-Quest at Freneau Woods Park

Thursday, August 5, 2021

11 a.m.

Start in the Visitor Center's parking lot in Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in a mini-nature lesson, activity, or walk for 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 6, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, August 6, 2021

6 p.m. & 7p.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.
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8, 2021

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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, August 7, 2021

10 a.m.-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. FREE!
Yarn Bee at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, August 7, 2021

12-2:30 p.m.

Whether just starting a new hobby or working on an old project, all are welcome to this gathering! The relaxed atmosphere means no pressure - you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and farm staff will be on hand to assist those needing a little extra help. Bring your own supplies. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.
Edible History Series at Historic Walnford: Ice Cream

Saturday, August 7, 2021

2-3 p.m.
609-259-6275

Using recipes from the 19th century, we invite everyone to help us crank ice cream in the shade of the all important ice house, and then consume the results of our labor. Held at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8, 2021

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Smocking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, August 7, 2021

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

View the lost art of smocking, a decorative embroidery or shirring made by gathering cloth in regularly spaced round tucks, during this demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8, 2021

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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, August 8, 2021

1-3 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. FREE!
Machinery Expo at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, August 8, 2021

1-3 p.m.

Historic Longstreet Farm's machinery will be out of storage and in full view for one day only! Staff will be on-hand to discuss the mechanics of the farm’s horse-drawn implements and household/kitchen equipment. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 9, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stop by Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist for this free seining program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that may be found along the cove. Closed-toe shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Climb Time at Clayton Park

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

3-6 p.m.

Head over to the Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold, 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!
Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to rig, bait, cast, and, hopefully, catch your first fish during this program offered at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Stop by the Manasquan Reservoir Bait Shop to register. No groups please. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Enviro-Quest at Crosswicks Creek Park

Thursday, August 12, 2021

11 a.m.

Meet in the Province Line Road parking lot, Allentown, in Crosswicks Creek Park, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in a mini-nature lesson, activity, or walk for 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 13, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, August 14, 2021

10 a.m.-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. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 14 & 15, 2021

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

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

Saturday, August 14, 2021

10 a.m.-2 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. Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, August 14 & 15, 2021

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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, August 15, 2021

1-3 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. FREE!
Climb Time at Freneau Woods Park

Sunday, August 15, 2021

12-3 p.m.

Head over to Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen, 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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 16, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Hartshorne Woods Park

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk in Hartshorne Woods Park. Meet in the Claypit Creek section parking lot. We’ll meander for about an hour and a half 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 on a first come basis. Open to ages 11 and up; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stop by Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist for this free seining program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that may be found along the cove. Closed-toe shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to rig, bait, cast, and, hopefully, catch your first fish during this program offered at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Stop by the Manasquan Reservoir Bait Shop to register. No groups please. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Enviro-Quest at Clayton Park, Upper Freehold

Thursday, August 19, 2021

11 a.m.

Meet in the parking lot on Emley's Hill Road, Upper Freehold, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in a mini-nature lesson, activity, or walk for 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 20, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22, 2021

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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, August 21, 2021

10 a.m.-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. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22, 2021

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, August 21, 2021

1-3 p.m.

Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion during your visit to Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22, 2021

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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, August 22, 2021

1-3 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. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 23, 2021

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 long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stop by Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist for this free seining program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that may be found along the cove. Closed-toe shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Drop-In Nature Kayak Tour of Swimming River

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

11:30-12:30 p.m.

The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at Swimming River Park, Red Bank. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to only 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Weight limit 250 lbs. for singles; 450 lbs. for tandems. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $25 per person; cash or check only.
Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to rig, bait, cast, and, hopefully, catch your first fish during this program offered at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Stop by the Manasquan Reservoir Bait Shop to register. No groups please. FREE!
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