Welcome to the High Point State Park blog - your source for information about nature and history programs in the Park. High Point is located in the northwestern corner of New Jersey in rural Sussex County.

Please call the Interpretive Center at 973.875.1471 if you have questions about park programs, or email us at highpointprograms@gmail.com.

For questions about hiking, camping, swimming, picnicking or other information, please call the park office at 973.875.4800 or go to the official website for High Point State Park and the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
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Monthly Calendar

To view the full program description in Google Calendar, click on the program title, then click on the "more details" link at the bottom of the expanded entry, and a new window will open with all the program information. You can also switch between "monthly, "weekly," and "agenda" views by clicking on the tabs in the upper right corner. To create a printer-friendly calendar, click on the icon to the left of the tabs. To advance through the months click on the forward/backward arrows at the top left of the calendar.

September Programs

Bait and Boat Festival
Saturday, September 6th
Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.
For more information please see the earlier post about the Festival.

Night Hike to Lake Rutherford
Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Adults/Children age 10 and up. Take a naturalist-guided night-time stroll by the light of the almost-full moon. Round trip we’ll cover about three easy miles along an old gravel road. Flashlights won’t be necessary—you may be surprised by how much more you can see without them. Meet at the Park Office.

Mountaintop Talk
Saturday, September 27 at 12:30 p.m.
The Park Interpretive Specialist will give a brief talk about the history or the natural history of the mountaintop and the Monument. Maps and other park information will be available and the Interpreter will be on hand to answer questions for about an hour. Meet by the steps to the Monument Plaza.
Additional dates: October 5th and 26th.

Ready, Set, Migrate!
Saturday, September 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Families w/children ages 5-10. Every year many animals make journeys that few humans could manage without a plane ticket. Come learn about nature’s travelers and their trips through games and activities, and make a kite that will catch the wind like the wings of a migrating hawk. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com to register for this program.

Nature Programs for Homeschoolers

Homeschool Naturalists meet the first Friday of each month from October through June with the exception of the month of January. Classes are geared for children ages six to ten, begin at 2 PM, and last between 1.5 to 2 hours. These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with other home-schooled students. Suggestions for further study and resources are provided for each program. Registration is required, please call 973-875-1471 or send an email to highpointprograms@gmail.com.

This year, homeschoolers will be making and keeping a nature journal. Journals can be used as a way to heighten observation skills and to deepen understanding in very individual ways. Part sketchbook, part scrapbook, part essay, a nature journal offers many different ways to explore and express oneself.

In October we will make a simple journal and subsequent classes will include opportunities to make journal-entries, recording observations about seasonal changes as well as other impressions and discoveries.

This fall, on October 3rd, Homeschool Naturalists will discover the six and eight-legged park inhabitants using nets to capture and observe insects and spiders of the fields and forests. On November 7th, we’ll explore the rocks and soil that form the foundation of the High Point State Park.

Preschool Programs

Fall Fledgling Naturalist Programs, for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 and an adult partner, are designed to encourage young children’s natural curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world.

Programs take place both indoors and out. Come dressed for the weather and be aware that it is often a bit cooler and windier on the mountain than it is elsewhere.

Class size is limited. Registration is required. Please call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or send an email to highpointprograms@gmail.com.

Life of a Log
Thursday, October 2 from 1 to 2 PM
Friday, October 3 from 10 to 11 AM
What happens to a tree when it dies? You may discover it has a lot of life left in it. Come uncover the secret life of a log.

A Sense of Fall
Thursday, October 16 from 1 to 2 PM
Friday, October 17 from 10 to 11 AM
We’ll use our eyes, ears, noses, and hands to explore the seasonal changes that occur in autumn.

Getting Ready for Winter
Thursday, October 30 from 1 to 2 PM
Friday, October 31 from 10 to 11 AM
Through stories and role-playing we’ll learn how plants and animals get ready for winter.

Autumn After-School Treks

Children ages 6 to 10 accompanied by a parent or guardian are invited to come stretch their legs on these kid-friendly 1 to 2 mile hikes. Come dressed for the weather and be aware that it is often a bit cooler and windier on the mountain than it is elsewhere.

Class size is limited. Registration is required. Please call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or send an email to highpointprograms@gmail.com.

Autumn Treasures
October 16 from 4-5:30 pm
We’ll take a short walk on a wooded trail in search of seasonal materials (colorful leaves, twigs, seeds, fruits) that we’ll use to create an autumnal “magic carpet” at the walk’s end.

A to Z Hike
October 30 from 4-5:30 pm
We’ll travel about a mile and a half around Sawmill Lake in search of items that begin with each letter of the alphabet. “A” is for “acorn;” “B” is for “beaver;” who will find “X?”

Twilight Walk
November 13 from 4-5:30 pm
We’ll walk 2 to 2.5 miles in the twilight through the day use area and will make a stop at an overlook to watch the rising full moon. Come see High Point in a different light!

Bait and Boat Festival

On September 6th (raindate September 7th) the Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring a "Bait and Boat Festival." Join us for a day when non-motorized boats will be permitted on Lake Marcia. Most events will take place at the beach. Bring your fishing gear (a NJ fishing license is required if you are over the age of 15), canoes, kayaks, and rowboats, and join us! Also, pack a picnic for the afternoon or visit the concession stand by the beach.
  • Friends’ Meeting - 9:30 am
  • Fishing Contest - 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Lake Walks - 11 a.m. and 3 pm
  • Boat Races - 1 and 2 pm
  • BYOPicnic - 4 to 6 pm
  • Paper Boat Flotilla - 4 to 6 pm
  • Campfire & S’mores - 6 pm
  • Campfire Stories - 7 pm

Yoga on the Mountain

On Friday, August 22nd the Friends of High Point State Park are sponsoring a sunset yoga class from 7 to 8:15 PM. Enjoy the sunset and the beautiful views from the Interpretive Center while relaxing your mind and body! All levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat. Class size is limited! For more information or to register, please call 973-702-0488.