Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

The Casual Birder at the Manasquan Reservoir

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at the 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. 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 Freneau Woods Park

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

3-6 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!
Nature Lecture Series: Horseshoe Crabs Trying to Survive in a Modern World

Thursday, May 20, 2021

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, and discover why the population of horseshoe crabs is declining and what people are doing to protect the crab through research, and what you can do to help. FREE!
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 22, 2021

12-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see how the carpenter uses 19th century woodworking and carving tools during this demonstration. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 22 & 23, 2021

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

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

Saturday, May 22, 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, May 22 & 23, 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. A limited number of seats will be available due to social distancing measures. Face coverings will be required when boarding and exiting the boat, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Drop-In Zip-Line at Big Brook Park

Sunday, May 23, 2021

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Experience the thrill of zip-lining at Big Brook Park, Marlboro. All equipment is provided. Participants must wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes, and face coverings. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. Limited number of equipment; first-come basis. Registration ends at 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person; cash or check only. Fee includes two rides down the zip-line. For more information, call 732-834-9606, ext. 2, or email jordan.holaday@monmouthcountyparks.com.
Splendid Spring Stroll at Thompson Park

Monday, May 24, 2021

10-11:30 a.m

Say “farewell” to the frosty weather as you join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Thompson Park, Lincroft. Meet in the Old Orchard Parking Lot. Sturdy footwear is recommended as trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Thompson Park

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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!
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, May 29 & 30, 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, May 29, 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. Face masks required. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 29 & 30, 2021

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Face masks required. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday-Monday, May 29-31, 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. A limited number of seats will be available due to social distancing measures. Face coverings will be required when boarding and exiting the boat, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, May 30, 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. Face masks required. FREE!
Decoration Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Monday, May 31, 2021

12-3 p.m.

Enjoy the good company of family and friends at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, as we honor this early American holiday. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, June 4, 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. A limited number of seats will be available due to social distancing measures. Face coverings will be required when boarding and exiting the boat, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Deep Cut Gardens Open House

Saturday, June 5, 2021


732-671-6050

Stop by Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, and enjoy tours, demonstrations, drop-in activities for children and more. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, June 5, 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. Face masks required. FREE!
Yarn Bee at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 5, 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.
Lacemaking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 5, 2021

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and watch lacemaking in action as our demonstrator shows the historic techniques of crochet, bobbin and shuttle work used in the Victorian era. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Face masks required. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, June 5 & 6, 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. A limited number of seats will be available due to social distancing measures. Face coverings will be required when boarding and exiting the boat, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, June 6, 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. Face masks required. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, June 12, 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. Face masks required. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 13, 2021

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

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

Saturday, June 12, 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, June 12 & 13, 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. A limited number of seats will be available due to social distancing measures. Face coverings will be required when boarding and exiting the boat, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, June 13, 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. Face masks required. FREE!
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