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.

Programs for Preschoolers

Fledgling Naturalists - for 3 to 5 year-olds with an adult partner.

Thursdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
January 22, February 05, and February 19

Fridays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
January 23, February 06, and February 20

Class size is limited. Registration is required. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com.

Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children's curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world, through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts. Topics covered this winter will depend on snow and weather conditions, but may include winter wildlife, birds, weather, and snowshoeing (snowshoes are provided). If any one of the three regularly-scheduled programs this must be canceled due to the weather, a make-up class will be held on 3/5/2009 or 3/6/2009 at the regularly scheduled time.

Ski Center Programs

The ground is currently covered with ice, not snow, so the Ski Center is closed. If we get the expected snowfall on Saturday, they will likely reopen. Check their website or call the number below for more information.

As of December 20th, the High Point Cross Country Ski Center is open. For more information about the trail conditions and ski and snowshoe rentals, go to the Ski Center website or call 973-702-1222.

Winter Trails Day - Canceled (no snow)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Naturalist-guided tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Snowshoeing has become a very popular winter activity. Come find out why! If you've ever been curious about snowshoes, this is a great opportunity to try out different types. During this day-long snowshoe festival at the High Point Cross Country Ski Center, vendors will be on hand to give you a chance to try and/or buy snowshoes. You can give the shoes a trial-run on free, naturalist-guided tours.

Ski Fest 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Naturalist-guided tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Come to the High Point Cross Country Ski Center and give cross country skiing a try during this day-long cross country ski festival. Lessons will be offered throughout the day and beginner-friendly, naturalist-guided ski tours will begin at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

December Ice Storm

On Thursday, December 11, 2008 High Point State Park was coated with a thick, heavy layer of ice during the second-worst ice storm in recent memory. (The opinion of the park staff is that the November 2002 storm was more severe, but it's a close call.) The pictures below were taken on Friday the 12th.

To view the slide show, click the green arrow OR to view the album and a larger slide show, double-click the album. Captions can be viewed by clicking on the caption icon on the bottom left corner.

December Programs

Yoga on the Mountain IV - CANCELED
Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Come and enjoy the view and a cozy fire while relaxing your mind and body! The Friends of High Point are hosting a morning yoga class in the Interpretive Center at High Point State Park.The class is open to all levels, but class size is limited and registration is required. Please call 973-702-0488.

Friends of High Point State Park Meeting
- CANCELED/Postponed
Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Care about High Point State Park? Come join the Friends of High Point for their winter meeting. New members are always welcome. Stop in and get involved! Meet at the Interpretive Center.
This meeting may be rescheduled in January. Check back for more information.

Friends of High Point Holiday Celebration - CANCELED
Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
All ages. Registration is NOT required.
Come join the Friends of High Point State Park for a holiday celebration. There will be treats, hot chocolate, and holiday music by the fire in the Interpretive Center and we’ll make natural ornaments to adorn the trees outside. Everyone is welcome to come join us and help celebrate the season. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Moonlight Walk - CANCELED
December 13, 2008 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Adults/Children ages 10 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM on Friday, December 12th. Please call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com.
Before the last-minute holiday rush begins, come take a quiet 2-3 mile walk by the light of the full moon on one of the longest nights of the year. Bundle up and come see High Point in a different light!

Winter Red and Green Walk
Sunday, December 28, 2008 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Update: Registration/snowshoe reservations are now required for this walk via email. Due to snow and ice damage the walk location will be change. More information will be provided when you register.

Adults/Children ages 8 and up.

Come take an easy 2.5-mile walk through High Point's Kuser Natural Area. We'll be on the lookout for spots of color in the winter landscape and will learn how to identify several evergreens and learn how they survive's winter's cold.

Wind Flags

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Families with children ages 4 to 10. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com.
More often than not, it's windy at High Point. Why? Come find out. Learn about how wind influences the plants and animals at High Point, and listen to a windy story. We'll make and decorate wind flags and then take a short walk to an overlook to feel them blowing in the breeze.