Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, August 29, 2016

4-5:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Enviro-Quest at Holmdel Park

Monday, August 29, 2016

2 p.m.

Start in the Forest Edge parking lot in Holmdel Park, Holmdel, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in nature-related activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

11 a.m.

Stop by the Activity Center at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist to discover exciting things about nature and our coastal habitats. Each week take part in a different activity such as meeting creatures living in the water that we find in our seine net or creating crafts from natural materials found along the shore. Programs run for about 30-60 minutes. For details on the activity for the week, please call 732-751-9453. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
The Casual Birder at Crosswicks Creek Park

Thursday, September 1, 2016

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Crosswicks Creek Park, Upper Freehold. We’ll meander for about an hour 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 to borrow if needed. Open to ages 8 and up. Meet at the Province Line Road trail access. FREE!
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Friday, September 2, 2016


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Cash or check only. All 2016 passes will be honored.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, September 2, 2016

5 & 6 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.
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday, September 3, 2016


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Cash or check only. All 2016 passes will be honored.
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday, September 3, 2016


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Cash or check only. All 2016 passes will be honored.
Butteryfly and Pollinator Garden Tour at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2016

3 p.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and tour the Butterfly and Pollinator Garden and learn about native plants. FREE!
Games Galore at Historic Walnford

Saturday-Monday, September 3-5, 2016

1-4 p.m.

End the summer with a long weekend of family fun by playing some historical games at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2016

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-Monday, September 3-5, 2016

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.
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Sunday, September 4, 2016


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Cash or check only. All 2016 passes will be honored.
Open Ceramics

Sunday, September 4, 2016

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. Children 12 and under are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 4, 2016

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!
Climb Time at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Sunday, September 4, 2016

12-4 p.m.

Head over to the 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!
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday, September 5, 2016


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open Swim. The cost is $7 per person, $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Cash or check only. All 2016 passes will be honored.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Huber Woods Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Huber Woods Park, Middletown. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE!
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, 2016

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.
Drop-In Surprise Story Time at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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. Recommended for ages 3-7. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, 2016

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, September 10 & 11, 2016

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.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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, September 11, 2016

1-3 p.m.

Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Music Man Rich Marzec at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and enjoy music from the 1890s. FREE!
9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook

Sunday, September 11, 2016


Join us for this remembrance ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands.
Bonsai Day

Sunday, September 11, 2016

12-4 p.m.

The Monmouth County Park System and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society present Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. Experience this intricate and ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions. Admission and parking are free.
The Casual Birder at Sunnyside

Thursday, September 15, 2016

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Sunnyside Equestrian Center, Lincroft. We’ll meander for about an hour 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 to borrow if needed. Open to ages 8 and up. Meet in the trail parking area. FREE!
Ask a Naturalist at Hartshorne Woods Park

Friday, September 16, 2016

10 a.m.

Hit the trails at Hartshorne Woods Park with a Park System Naturalist as your guide and bring along your questions. Meet in the Rocky Point parking lot in Highlands. FREE!
Butterfly Walk at Holmdel Park

Saturday, September 17, 2016

10:30 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist at Holmdel Park, Holmdel, and take a walk to identify butterflies. Meet in the Ramanessin section parking lot. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Leaves! Nature Program at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016

10:30 a.m.

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, for this nature walk. Collect leaves, make rubbings, and create a journal of your finds. FREE!
Wind & Sea Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2016

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate all thing water-related during this family-friendly festival at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016

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

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Jersey Shore Rose Society Show

Saturday, September 17, 2016

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Head over to Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, for the Jersey Shore Rose Society’s 45th Annual Rose Show. Entries submitted for judging will remain on exhibit for visitors from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free garden tours will be offered and consulting rosarians will be available to answer your questions. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016

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.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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!
The Golden Ear Could be Yours!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

2 p.m.
609-259-6275

Enter up to three family friendly jokes during this contest at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Voting by laughter and applause at 2:30 p.m. FREE!
Annual Cornbread Contest at Historic Walnford

Sunday, September 18, 2016

12:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

Enter into this contest at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, by bringing the equivalent of a 9” x 13” pan of cornbread and a typed copy of your recipe at 12:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to taste and vote on their favorites between 1-2:30 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded at 3 p.m. FREE!
Open Shoot Archery

Sunday, September 18, 2016

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This offering is designed for experienced archers. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Open House Barn Dance

Friday, September 23, 2016

7-9:30 p.m.

Give square dancing a try during this fun, family-friendly barn dance! Held at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. FREE!
Great Fall Perennial Plant Swap at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bring perennials to Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Houseplants may also be exchanged, but no annuals please. Schedule: To allow for plant inspection as per N.J. Department of Agriculture regulations, plant intake will be from 8:30-10 a.m. Plants may be selected and taken from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. FREE!
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016

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 at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016

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, September 24 & 25, 2016

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.
Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, September 25, 2016

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

This old-fashioned fair is reminiscent of the 1890s. Visitors can enjoy wagon rides, games and live entertainment. There is also ongoing crafts demonstrations and a Home & Garden competition. Admission and parking are free
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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!
Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap Drop Off

Monday-Friday, September 26-30, 2016

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Upcycle gently used kids’, adults’, and even pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble. Costumes must be dropped off in advance at one of the locations below. For each costume you bring, receive a token entitling you to a "new" costume the day of the swap. Costume drop-off is at the Huber Woods Environmental Center, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Thompson Park Visitor Center, Dorbrook Recreation Area Visitor Center, and Fort Monmouth Recreation Center. The Swap is Sunday, October 2 from 12-2 p.m. at the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft. FREE!
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