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.

Fall Programs for Preschoolers

Fledgling Naturalist programs are for or 3 to 5 year-olds with an adult partner and are designed to encourage young children's curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world, through outdoor activities, stories, games, and crafts.

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

Marvelous Migrations
Thursday, September 24 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

or Friday, September 25 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

In autumn a number of animals undertake amazing journeys. We'll explore who migrates, why, and how.

Green Leaves in the Fall
Thursday, October 8 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

or Friday, October 9 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Come take a closer look at leaves, both their colors and shapes. Fall is a fun time time to turn over a new (or old) leaf.

Seeds and Squirrels
Thursday, October 22 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

or Friday, October 23 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Fall is a busy time for both plants and squirrels. Plants are setting their seeds and squirrels are harvesting them. Come learn about both.

Fall Programs for Homeschoolers

Homeschool Naturalists
Children ages 6-9 (Accompanied by an adult)
Group size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. 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 will be provided for each program.

Friday, September 18 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM

Each year many animals travel thousands of miles. How do they know where to go? How do they get there? What challenges do the encounter? Join us and find out.

Trees & Forest Habitats
Friday, October 30 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM

What makes a forest? We'll work together to formulate a "recipe" for a forest and learn how to identify a few common tree species.

Winter Weather
Friday, December 4 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM

In the northeast, winter weather often has a significant impact on how we live our lives. Come learn more about snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.

Homeschool Adventurers
Children ages 9-13 (Accompanied by an adult)
Group size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. These programs take place outside, rain or shine. These monthly programs offer older homeschoolers opportunities to get out in the field through a series of thematic hikes with hands-on activities and lessons. In addition to fresh air and exercise, there will be time for students to socialize and work cooperatively.

Friday, September 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

In September we will walk the Life Trail (~1.5 mostly level miles) and focus along the way on map reading and drawing, and "wayfinding" techniques.

The Forest and the Trees
Friday, October 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

In October we will walk one of High Point's trails (covering no more than 2 miles) with a focus on trees, including their preparations for the coming winter and how to identify 10 (or so) of the most common species in the Park.

Survival 101
Friday, December 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

In December we will walk one of High Point's trails (covering about 1 mile) and will discuss survival and wilderness safety. We will also build a shelter. Come prepared to get a bit dirty!

Book suggestion: Your homeschooler may enjoy reading the My Side of the Mountain trilogy by Jean Craighead George. In the first of these classic stories, a boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains, including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship. In the second book On the Far Side of the Mountain he is joined in his adventures by his sister and their journeys will be particularly relevant to our class at the end of September.

September Programs 2009

Sunset/Moonrise Walk
Saturday, September 5, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Adults/Children age 10 and up. Meet at the Park Office. Rain may cancel this hike. Come hike a 1-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail to an observation platform where we’ll watch the sun set in the west and the full moon rise in the eastern sky. This hike is moderately strenuous with some steep portions and a rocky, uneven trail surface. Sturdy shoes are recommended. We will return to our cars by moonlight via an easier route.

Mountaintop Talk and Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, September 6, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

All ages. Meet by the steps to the Monument plaza. Explore the mountaintop on your own with a family-friendly scavenger hunt and/or join the Park Interpretive Specialist for a talk about the cultural and natural history of the mountain while enjoying the view.

Yoga on the Mountain

Friday, September 11, 2009 from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM

Open for all levels. Registration is required, please call 973-702-0488. Come and enjoy the view and the sunset while relaxing your mind and body! The Friends of High Point are hosting a yoga class in the Interpretive Center at High Point State Park. No previous experience is required, but you’ll want to bring a yoga mat.

Bait and Boat Festival

Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM

All ages. Registration not required. Event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs and events. Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a festival at New Jersey’s highest lake. Activities will include a fishing contest, naturalist guided walks and boat tours, and a boat race (non-motorized). Kids can test their ingenuity with a “build a boat” craft, and there will be a guest African drummer. We’ll end the day with a campfire on the beach, storytelling, and s’mores.

Morning Canoe/Kayak Tour
Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

All ages. Registration is required. Please call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Come take a naturalist-guided paddle around Lake Steenykill. Bring your own non-motorized boats.

Nature’s Palette

Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Families w/children ages 5 to 10. Meet in Winter Trail Use parking lot in the Group Camping Area on the south side of Route 23. Come explore nature’s colors and textures and use them to make natural paintings and collages, producing both take-home and “ephemeral” art. Wear clothes that can get dirty and expect to walk about a half a mile.