Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, May 1, 2015

5:30 p.m. & 6:30 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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
A Weekend in Old Monmouth

Saturday, May 2, 2015

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1-800-523-2587

Visit Longstreet Farm, Historic Walnford or the Seabrook-Wilson House at Bayshore Waterfront as part of a self-guided tour of historic places in Monmouth County.
Climb Time at Dorbrook Recreation

Saturday, May 2, 2015

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Head over to Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, 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!
Drop-In Surprise Story Time at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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

Join us for story time at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. If the weather is nice, look for the clue at the Horticultural Center's entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy or cold, we’ll be inside. FREE!
Spring Arts Festival

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Come to Thompson Park, Lincroft, for the Park System’s first juried arts festival. See the works of fine artists from all mediums including pottery, jewelry, photography and painting.
You Can Make a Basket at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015

1-4 p.m.

Stop in this weekend and be inspired by the baskets on exhibit at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. We’ll show you how to make a small basket using paper strips and natural materials. FREE!
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015

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

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Bird Watching Basics at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015

2 p.m.

Discover the basics of bird watching as we observe the birds around our feeders. FREE!
Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015

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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
A Weekend in Old Monmouth

Sunday, May 3, 2015

12.-5 p.m.
1-800-523-2587

Visit Longstreet Farm, Historic Walnford or the Seabrook-Wilson House at Bayshore Waterfront as part of a self-guided tour of historic places in Monmouth County.
Open Ceramics

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.
Music Man Rich Marzec at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and enjoy piano music from the 1890s. FREE!
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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!
Nature Lecture Series: Horseshoe Crabs

Thursday, May 7, 2015

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk by a Park System naturalist. Learn about this little-appreciated organism and its importance to the environment and how you can make a difference in ongoing conservation efforts. FREE!
National Public Gardens Day at Deep Cut Gardens

Friday, May 8, 2015

2-8 p.m.
732-671-6050

Stop by Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, for free activities for all ages as part of a nationwide celebration of the role of botanical gardens and arboreta in promoting environmental stewardship, conservation, green spaces, and education. FREE!
Roving Park System Naturalist at Weltz Park

Friday, May 8, 2015

3 p.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Weltz Park, Oakhurst, and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the main parking lot. FREE!
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10, 2015

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.
Embroidery Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 9, 2015

1-3 p.m
732-946-3758

Step back in time at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see this delicate craft in action. FREE!
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10, 2015

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

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10, 2015

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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
Who Lives Here? Nature Program at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10, 2015

2 p.m.

Go on a short nature walk led by a Park System Naturalist and discover who lives at the Reservoir. FREE!
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House

Sunday, May 10, 2015

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!
Blacksmith Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 10, 2015

1-3 p.m.

Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Quilt Block Display at Historic Walnford

Sunday, May 10, 2015

1-4 p.m.

The results of our Quilt Block Challenge will be revealed this afternoon at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, when we unveil what promises to be an amazing display of creative design and needlework. FREE!
Book Swap Drop In

Thursday, May 14, 2015

6-8 p.m.

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and bring an unwanted book(s) and swap it for something new. Accepted books are adult fiction, young adult fiction, and children's books. Don’t have a book to swap? We have extras. FREE!
Rebecca Reel’s Quilt Show at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 16, 2015

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
732-946-3758

Rebecca Reel’s quilters from Middletown will be visiting Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, demonstrating and exhibiting some of their quilts. FREE!
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2015

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

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2015

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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
Snake and Turtle Nature Walk at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2015

11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist on a 1-mile nature walk to our best snake and turtle spots. FREE!
Eco-Kayak Drop-In Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, May 16, 2015

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
732-751-9453

Open to ages 14 and up, under 18 with adult. Novice paddlers welcome. Just show up, we’ll provide all the equipment! Single and tandem kayaks are available on a first come basis. All tours depart on time. Meet at the Environmental Center. Program is limited to 12 participants. Wear clothing that can get wet. Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel the tour. The cost is $20 per person, cash or check only.
Bayshore Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 16, 2015

4-7 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, for our annual saltwater fishing derby. Staff will be on hand to show you how to cast and rig your pole. Cost is $8 per person; $4 per each additional family member.
Bike Maintenance Drop In at Manasquan Reservoir

Sunday, May 17, 2015

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Stop by the Bike Maintenance Tent at the Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center, Howell, for an informative demonstration and advice on how to ride safely and comfortably in our parks. FREE!
Walnford Day

Sunday, May 17, 2015

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

It’s our annual open house celebration at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, and we mean that literally. You can tour from cellar to attic, listen to harpsichord and recorder duets in the front parlor and step outside for spinning and weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing, and milling demonstrations, and hands-on activities, games, exhibits, and displays. FREE!
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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!
Roving Park System Naturalist along the Stone Bridge Trail

Monday, May 18, 2015

4 p.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk along the Stone Bridge Trail (adjacent to Charleston Spring Golf Course in Millstone) and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the Stagecoach Road parking lot. FREE!
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2015

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.
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2015

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

See the 19th century mill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday-Monday, May 23-25, 2015

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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
Dragons of the Sky Nature Program at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2015

1 p.m.

Peak into the world of the dragonfly during this nature program. FREE!
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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!
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