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 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.