Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

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!
Climb Time at Thompson Park

Friday, May 29, 2015

4-8 p.m.

Head over to Thompson Park, Lincroft, 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). Meet on the lawn in front of the theater barn. FREE!
Be a Field Biologist at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 2015

10:30 a.m.

Create a recycled journal and fill it with observations during a short nature walk. FREE!
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 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 30 & 31, 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.
Book Swap Drop In

Sunday, May 31, 2015

1-3 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!
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House

Sunday, May 31, 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!
Butter and Eggs at Historic Walnford

Sunday, May 31, 2015

1-4 p.m.

Sample some chores from the past at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. You’ll learn how you can make butter at home and pick up some DYI tips for backyard poultry. FREE!
Eco-Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Manasquan Reservoir

Sunday, May 31, 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.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Sunday, May 31, 2015

3 p.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk at the Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the soccer fields parking lot. FREE!
Eco Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Navesink River at Hartshorne Woods Park

Monday, June 1, 2015

9:30-11 a.m.

Meet at the Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided - single and tandem kayaks are available. Program limited to 16 participants; first come, first served. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Note: The kayak launch system is off a bulkhead. Participants must be physically fit and able to easily bend down and rotate their body to get in and out of the kayak. Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour.
Colts Neck Community Band Concert in Thompson Park

Thursday, June 4, 2015

7:30 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Enjoy an evening of music and fun with the Colts Neck Community Band in Thompson Park, Lincroft! Featuring a selection of popular music including show tunes. Indoor seating available or bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. FREE!
Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, June 5, 2015

6:30 p.m. & 7:30 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.
2015 Horse Show - Special People United to Ride (SPUR)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come to the Sunnyside Equestrian Center, Lincroft, and join us for a fun day as the riders of Special People United to Ride (SPUR) showcase their talents. FREE!
Drop-In Surprise Story Time at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, June 6, 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, we’ll be inside. FREE!
Summer Camp Open House at Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Saturday, June 6, 2015

12-4 p.m.
848-456-4278, ext. 4#

Whether your child is already registered or you’re still looking for options, bring them with you to the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center for a taste of our summer camp.
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 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, June 6 & 7, 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.
Deep Cut Gardens Open House

Sunday, June 7, 2015

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy the gardens, explore the greenhouse and visit the Horticultural Center during this Open House. FREE!
Open Ceramics

Sunday, June 7, 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, June 7, 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, June 7, 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!
Butterfly Walk at Manaquan Reservoir

Sunday, June 7, 2015

2 p.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and head outside to identify butterflies. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Eco Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Navesink River at Hartshorne Woods Park

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Meet at the Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided - single and tandem kayaks are available. Program limited to 16 participants; first come, first served. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Note: The kayak launch system is off a bulkhead. Participants must be physically fit and able to easily bend down and rotate their body to get in and out of the kayak. Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour.
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3-6 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.
Eco-Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, June 13, 2015

9:30-11 a.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.
Eco Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Navesink River at Hartshorne Woods Park

Saturday, June 13, 2015

9:30-11 a.m.

Meet at the Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided - single and tandem kayaks are available. Program limited to 16 participants; first come, first served. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Note: The kayak launch system is off a bulkhead. Participants must be physically fit and able to easily bend down and rotate their body to get in and out of the kayak. Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour.
Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14, 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.
Antique Auto Display at Historic Walnford

Saturday, June 13, 2015

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The horseless carriage comes to Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, with a display of pre 1948 automobiles. Parked on our shady lawns, this is a great day to bring a picnic and relax, enjoying a day in the country and a leisurely stroll back in time. FREE!
Crochet/Lacemaking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see Dorothy Gratton demonstrate the art of crochet and lacemaking in the Victorian era. FREE!
Meat Eating Plants - Nature Program at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14, 2015

12 p.m.
732-751-9453

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and learn about native species of carnivorous plants and the problems they face in their environment. Afterward, make a craft. FREE!
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14, 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, June 13 & 14, 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.
Roving Park System Naturalist at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Sunday, June 14, 2015

7 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch, and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet at the pavilion. FREE!
Friends of the Park's Battery Lewis Family Picnic

Sunday, June 14, 2015

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
732-975-9735

All are welcome to join the Friends' at Battery Lewis in Hartshorne Woods Park for a patriotic Flag Day Picnic celebrating our newly moved WWII gun barrel. Suggested donation is $2.00 per person and $5.00 per family.
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House

Sunday, June 14, 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, June 14, 2015

1-3 p.m.

Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Pollinator Week at Deep Cut Gardens

Monday-Sunday, June 15-21, 2015

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Drop in at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, for activities, information and resources on what services pollinators provide, why they need our help, and easy things you can do to support them. FREE!
Open Shoot Archery

Monday, June 15, 2015

5-8 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. There is limited instruction during this program open to ages 8 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $8 per person; cash or check only.
Butterfly Walk at Deep Cut Gardens

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

10 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, and head outside to identify butterflies. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series: Dolphins Facts & Tales

Wednesday, June 17, 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 dolphins found in area waters, their importance to the local marine ecosystem, the factors which are affecting their survival, and ways you can help. FREE!
Eco Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Navesink River at Hartshorne Woods Park

Thursday, June 18, 2015

9:30-11 a.m.

Meet at the Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided - single and tandem kayaks are available. Program limited to 16 participants; first come, first served. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Note: The kayak launch system is off a bulkhead. Participants must be physically fit and able to easily bend down and rotate their body to get in and out of the kayak. Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour.
Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
732-542-1642, ext. 31

Browse vendors at this outdoor market at Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, for the one-of-a-kind item you did not even think you needed.
Nature Walks at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015

11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
732-751-9453

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and go on a short walk led by a Park System Naturalist. FREE!
Mill Demonstration

Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 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, June 20 & 21, 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.
Freshwater Fishing Derby at Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, June 20, 2015

2-5 p.m.
732-542-1642, ext. 25

Join us at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, for our second annual freshwater fishing derby. Staff will be on hand to show you how to cast and rig your pole. Free hands-on clinics will be available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fishing pole rentals are available for $5 each. Cost for entering the derby is $25 per family of four or $8 per person.
You Can Sail at the Manasquan Reservoir

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Drop by the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, and see if sailing is for you. The Park System will provide the captain, you provide the crew. Limited number of boats are available; maximum three people per boat. Sailors 8 and up welcome with an adult. Sailboats leave dock by the Visitor Center at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per boat; cash or check only.
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House

Sunday, June 21, 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!
Freshwater Fishing Derby at Turkey Swamp Park

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2-5 p.m.
732-542-1642, ext. 25

Join us at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, for our annual freshwater fishing derby. Staff will be on hand to show you how to cast and rig your pole. Free hands-on clinics will be available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fishing pole rentals are available for $5 each. Cost for entering the derby is $25 per family of four or $8 per person.
Free Summer Seining at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, June 22, 2015

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. We’ll use our 30’ seining net to discover what’s living in the shallow waters of Sandy Hook Bay. After identifying the creatures, we’ll release them back into the water. Meet on the beach. Weather permitting. FREE!
Eco Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Navesink River at Hartshorne Woods Park

Monday, June 22, 2015

1:30-3 p.m.

Meet at the Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided - single and tandem kayaks are available. Program limited to 16 participants; first come, first served. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. Note: The kayak launch system is off a bulkhead. Participants must be physically fit and able to easily bend down and rotate their body to get in and out of the kayak. Weight limits for kayaks are 250 lbs. for a single and 400 lbs. for a double. Inclement weather will cancel a tour.
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