Earth Day Outdoor Walks & Activities

Saturday, April 24 

Painted Turtle

Earth Day is one of the best times of the year to get outside and into nature either by yourself or with family and friends. Activities are on a first come, first served basis with the exception of “Let’s Talk Saltwater Fish” which requires pre-registration (see below). Activities have a limit of 15 participants unless otherwise noted.

Check in with Park System staff upon arrival to get your name on an attendance list.

10:30-11:30 a.m.  
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth  
Join an experienced angler for an informative talk about what you can catch along the Jersey shore; as well as discuss bait, tackle and other gear. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just getting started, this program has the information you need to help you become a more adaptable angler. Limit of 10 participants; children over age 12 are welcome with a registered adult. This is a free program; however, pre-registration is required and available online.  
Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen Township  
Walks begin at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.   
What better way to celebrate Earth Day then a walk in the woods. Experience the many wondrous events happening right before your eyes. A Park System Naturalist will lead the walk and highlight the many sights, sounds and smells of the spring season. Please wear appropriate footwear as trails might be muddy. Walks are approximately one hour.
Holmdel Park Pond View Shelter Building, Holmdel   
Walks begin at 10: a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.    
Pond Walk - Spring has sprung and our ponds are teeming with life! Stroll along the shore of Holmdel Pond with a Park Naturalist, searching for flowers in bloom, dragonflies in flight, or even a turtle on a log. Please wear appropriate footwear as trails might be muddy. Walks are approximately one hour.
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown  
Walks begin at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.   
Join a Park System Naturalist as we explore life in a shallow pond. We will take scoops of water from a local freshwater pond and make them available for you to explore. These scoops will contain plant material as well as lots of insects to study. The reptile house will also be open for tours afterwards. Walks are approximately one hour.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell  
Walks begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.   
Explore the woods and wetlands around the Manasquan Reservoir.  Join a Park System Naturalist for a short walk near the Environmental Center as we observe local flora and fauna on this outdoor exploration. Walks are approximately 1/2 hour.

Shark River Park, Schoolhouse Road Shelter Building, Wall   
Walks begin at 7 a.m. & 9 a.m.  
Experience the best of morning bird activity with a Park System Naturalist. Monmouth County hosts a wide variety of wildlife year-round and is home to some important “stopover” sites for migratory birds in eastern North America. Join us on this casual walk as we look for birds and other unique wildlife. Walks are approximately one hour.