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.

Dragons and Damsels Walk

Calico Pennant photographed by Allen Barlow at Sawmill Lake

Come on a foray into the world of delicate damsels and fierce dragons. No, we’re not going to Camelot, but to Sawmill Lake. Sussex County is home to more species of odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) than any other county in the state, and High Point is a wonderful place to observe these fascinating insects. On Saturday, June 13th at 10:30 AM, Allen Barlow, author of a soon-to-be published field guide to New Jersey’s dragonflies and damselflies, will lead a 2-mile walk around Sawmill Lake.

As we explore, you’ll learn about the lifecycles, habits, and habitats of High Point’s dragon and damselflies. Since they’re so large, their behaviors are easy to watch! We may see them feeding (eating mosquitoes and other insects we consider pests), defending territories, laying eggs, or performing dominance displays. You’ll also begin to learn how to identify the many different kinds of odonates from iridescent jewelwings to bold and bright skimmers.

This walk is appropriate for adults and children ages eight and up. Registration is not required. Meet at the Sawmill Lake boat launch. For more information call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. For more information about dragonflies and damselflies in New Jersey, check out the NJ Odonates website.