The Park System offers Safari Backpacks at several of its locations. These backpacks contain all you need to fill your self-guided nature walk with adventure and exploration! Use of a backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ driver's license with the docent.
Backpacks are available on a first come, first served basis at the following locations:
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Explore the reservoir with your family and friends throughout the year as the contents of these backpacks change seasonally. For more information, please call 732-751-9453.
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown
Turn your walk through the woods into an adventure by choosing a Pre-k, Forest or Meadow themed backpack and experience the park in a new way. For more information, please call 732-872-2670.
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Set out on an exploration of the gardens and discover new ways of seeing living and non-living features of the gardens using these Garden Safari Backpacks. Backpacks available in the Horticultural Center. For more information, please call 732-671-6050.
Here's what some of our explorers had to say:
"It is fun and a great big adventure for the family."
"We saw three frogs jump into the pond and heard a bullfrog. And also a splash about 9 inches wide and a dragon fly."
"We used our net and caught two butterflies. Laid in the grass and looked for cloud objects. Then we snacked at the picnic tables and visited the reptile house and the center. We had FUN!"