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Welcome!

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.
Need directions? Click on the link above.

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.

The the High Point Interpretive Program blog will be on temporary hiatus until mid-spring. Too keep up with programs and events sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, check out their new blog at www.friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Open Hearth Cooking 2010

The Friends of High Point State Park will be hosting their annual Open Hearth Cooking Day on Saturday, October 30 from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Interpretive Center at High Point.

Cooking demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to stop by at any time and taste a sample of the food that has just come off the hearth. A variety of foods will be prepared, including snacks, soups, meats, and desserts. Park souvenirs and crafts will be for sale, and there will be a seasonal story time with a coloring activity for kids at 1:00 PM.

This event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point programs and events. The Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that supports historical, scientific, educational, recreational, and natural resource management activities within the Park.

The Open Hearth

From Chrysalis to Butterfly

Twenty-four hours (or so) before the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, its black and orange wings become clearly visible. (The the wings are faintly visible in the chrysalis on the right, but it has a week or so still to go.)



 


Autumn Bicycle Tours

Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
and/or Sunday October 10, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Adults/Families with children age 10 and up. Meet at the Sawmill Lake boat launch. A bike ride is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of fall at High Point. Come on a leisurely guided bicycle tour exploring Sawmill and Park Ridge Roads. The route will cover approximately eight miles and ranges from easy to moderately difficult. The group will depart at 10:30 sharp. Please plan to arrive around 10:00 AM. Helmets are mandatory. Please bring water and snacks. You may also wish to bring a camera. If you want to make a two-wheeled weekend of it, consider camping! Call the Park Office at 973-875-4800 for more information about reserving a campsite. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.

Park Ridge Road in Autumn
Fall Programs for Preschoolers and Homeschoolers
Follow the links above for preschooler and homeschooler programs updated for fall 2010. You can also find them on the Google calendar in the left-hand column.

Bait and Boat Festival - Cancelled

 Sunday, September 12 from 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Bring your own canoe, kayak, rowboat, or other non-motorized boat, fishing gear, a picnic, and join the Friends of High Point State Park on the beach for a day of fishing and boating on Lake Marcia and stay for an evening campfire. This is the one day of the year when non-motorized boats are permitted on this lake and there will be activities throughout the day for the whole family. Stop by any time and stay as long as you like!
 
1:00 to 4:00 PM - Fishing Contest
2:00 PM - Boat Races
3:00 PM - Nature Paddle/Walk
4:00 PM - Fly Fishing Demo.
4:00 PM - Boat Craft
6:00 PM - Campfire (with s'mores!) begins
6:30 PM - Sing Along and Storytelling

  • Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, fishing gear, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and your friends!
  • The concession stand will be open throughout the day.
  • Anyone over the age of 15 will need a NJ fishing license to fish.
  • Parking is in the beach parking lot. You may find it easier to put in boats at the north end of the lake.

This event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs and events. The Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that supports historical, scientific, educational, recreational, and natural resource management activities within the Park. 

Campfire at the 2009 Bait and Boat Festival

From Caterpillar to Chrysalis


Watch a monarch caterpillar to transform into its chrysalis. More monarch pics below.

Monarch Caterpillar Season

It's monarch caterpillar season at High Point! Monarch butterflies have been busy laying their tiny eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. 
(That's a dime next to the egg.)


The tiny caterpillar hatches and eats and grows, and eats and grows, and eats and grows, until it goes through five instars. At the end of each instar the caterpillar stops eating for a period of time and sheds its skin.


When the caterpillar has completed five instars it starts to take on a bit of a greenish cast, and leaves the milkweed in search of a safe place to transform into a chrysalis. It weaves a web and hangs from it in the shape of the letter "J."


When it is ready, the caterpillar begins to wiggle and contract, splitting its skin. Watch the video - it's hard to describe! At the end you'll see the chrysalis swing around like crazy. This is a delicate stage. It is twisting its cremaster, the little black stem-like appendage at the top of the chrysalis, into the silken web. If it doesn't do this successfully, the chrysalis will fall to the ground and will not complete its transformation into a butterfly.
(Be patient, the first 10 seconds of the video are blank.)


Once it is free and securely attached, the chrysalis continues to change shape over the next half hour to an hour, until it finally hardens into the beautiful jade-green chrysalis that most of us recognize.




Stay tuned for butterflies!
To learn more about monarchs and their host plant, milkweed, come to the Interpretive Center on Friday August 27th at 11:00 AM. (For more program details click the August tab at the top of the page.) You can also visit Monarch Watch which is an impressive clearinghouse of Monarch information.

The Monument, with Lake Marcia in the foreground about a half hour after sunset.

While often best known for attracting monarch butterflies, milkweed hosts many different kinds of insects. On this common milkweed plant near group campsite "A," fritillary butterflies feed, along with a black and red milkweed beetle and Japanese beetle.

Canada lilies, ranging in color from yellow to a darker orange, are in bloom in isolated spots along Sawmill and Park Ridge Roads.

High Point Discovery Packs

Come spend the day at High Point and borrow a Discovery Pack to make your explorations more fun.

What's a Discovery Pack?
High Point's Discovery Packs contain items like nets, magnifiers, bug boxes, crayons, and much more! You can borrow a pack, library book-style, and use it to explore and discover while visiting High Point State Park.


What can we do with the Pack?

When you check out a pack you will also receive a "Discovery Pack Guide" that is full of fun outdoor activity ideas for things to do with the items in the pack (and without them). If you'd like to look over the guide ahead of time, a digital version can be found here.

Who can borrow a Pack?

Any adult with a child between the ages of four and ten.

How do we borrow a Pack?
Stop by the Interpretive Center when it is open and sign one out OR email highpointprograms@gmail.com to reserve a pack and set up a time to pick it up. If staff is available we'll be happy to accommodate you.

During the summer months the Interpretive Center is open Fridays from 1 to 4 PM, Saturdays from 1:30 to 5 PM, and Sundays from 12 to 5 PM. Additionally, staff may be available at other times to loan packs Wednesday through Sunday. 

Is there a cost?
The standard summer parking fees are in effect ($5 weekdays/$10 weekends), but there is no additional cost for the pack. However, you may be held responsible if any items are missing or seriously damaged when the pack is returned.

America's State Parks and State-Owned Historic Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released their list of "Most Endangered Historic Places " for 2010 and America's State Parks and State-Owned Historic Sites are at the top of list. Follow the link to learn more.

Pretty in Pink

Even on a densely foggy, drizzly morning, spots of color can be found at High Point.
Pink ladies slipper, a showy orchid that grows well in the dry upland forests along the Kittatinny Ridge, has begun to bloom.

And the red flowers that warmed the tips of the maple branches last month have matured into vivid pink samaras, winged seeds typical of maple trees.

Classic Car Show

Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a Classic Car Show at High Point State Park on Saturday, May 15th from 1:00-4:00.  Participants should arrive at 12:00. Two awards will be given:  People's Choice and Judge's Choice.  Come vote for your favorite car!  There will be live music from 2:00-3:30 by BlueSmoke.  The cars will tour the park at 4:00.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park and supported by the Wanderers Car Club, www.thewandererscarclub.com  Raindate, Sunday, May 16th from 1-4.

High Point was once a challenging and popular destination for car clubs. This picture from a post card from the mid-1920s shows one such gathering.


This event is free of charge but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs, events, and concerts. The Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that supports historical, scientific, educational, recreational, and natural resource management activities within the Park.

Woodland Wildflower Walk

Join us Saturday, May 1st for a 1.5-mile walk around Sawmill Lake in search of the lovely and delicate woodland wildflowers of early spring.

We'll be on the lookout for blooms like bloodroot...
 ...trout lily...
...hepatica...
 ...and many more!  We'll meet at the Sawmill Lake boat launch at 10 AM.

Unexpected Beauty

While all the spring wildflowers are wonderful to see, springtime beauty can be found in unexpected places.

The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird: Garden Jewels

Join us this Saturday, April 24th at 1:30 PM in the Interpretive Center for an entertaining and informative presentation about Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. Emeralds and rubies are never more precious than when they combine to form these elegant garden jewels. Phil De Rea will teach you all about the ruby-throated hummingbird’s perilous life, how to attract these chittering dynamos to your yard, and how to keep them coming back. This beginner-friendly program is a great introduction...bring a friend! Recommended for adults and families with children ages ten and up.

Phil De Rea is an Associate Naturalist and a former Program Director at the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Weis Ecology Center. He has also worked at the NJ School of Conservation and the Pocono Environmental Education Center, and is currently the Executive Director of Camp Nejeda, a summer camp for children with type 1 diabetes located in Stillwater, NJ.

This hummingbird, a species found in the western U.S. is similar in appearance to the ruby-throated hummingbird, native here in the northeast.

Celebrate Nature Coffeehouse

Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park
**UPDATED**

Come join us in the Interpretive Center on Saturday, April 17th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for High Point's first annual Celebrate Nature Coffee House in honor of Earth Day.

Artwork will be on display throughout the afternoon and there will be musical performances by Joe Rocco, Harmony in Motion, a women's barbershop harmony chorus, and students from Sussex County Community College. In between scheduled performances, there will be "open mic" opportunities for those who would like to join in and play an instrument, sing a song or recite poetry. Coffee, tea, cookies, and other refreshments will be available.

12:00-12:30 - Deliver and display artwork
1:00-1:30 - Performance by Joe Rocco
1:30-2:00 - Performance by Harmony in Motion
2:00-3:30 - Open Mic
3:30-4:00 - Sussex County Community College performing arts students
4:00-4:30 - Performance by Hard Luck
4:30-5:00 - Open Mic

This event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point programs and events. The Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that supports historical, scientific, educational, recreational, and natural resource management activities within the Park.

Harmony in Motion

Shadbush

If you looked up at the Kittatinny Ridge this week, you may have noticed some patches of white. Fear not, it wasn't a spring snowfall. The shadbush is in bloom!


Shadbush (a.k.a. Serviceberry or Juneberry) is a small tree that occupies outcrops and the forest understory. It is inconspicuous for much of the year, but in early spring when the treetops are just starting to show a hint of green, the foamy white flowers soften the edges of the forests for a week or so.


Shadbush is so named because it is said that the tree blooms when the shad are running. Shad are members of the herring family that spend most of their lives in the ocean, but much like the salmon in the west, they migrate thousands of miles, traveling up-stream in rivers like the Delaware in the spring to spawn. In this area the shad typically arrive after the shadbush finishes blooming.

Is it a dandelion?

Coltsfoot

Actually, it isn't, but it's easy to confuse the two. Coltsfoot can be seen in bloom right now primarily along roadsides and in waste places. This introduced species gets its name from the shape of its leaves (which resemble...you guessed it...the shape of a colt's foot). However, the plant often blooms before the leaves are visible. In a week or two, the flowers will be gone, but the leaves, with their distinctive white undersides will grow, and grow, and grow. You can see them at High Point near the parking for campsites 39 and 40 (among other places).

The familiar dandelion, also an introduced species, has long, toothed leaves once thought to resemble the teeth of of a lion (dent de lion).

Maples in Bloom

Have you noticed a gentle wash of pink spreading over some tree branches? Those are red maples starting to bloom. Red maples are medium to large-sized trees that are especially common along lakes, ponds, streams, and other wetlands and are often the first trees to bloom in the spring.

From a distance the warm color of the red-maple flowers is a welcome change from the greyness of winter, and up-close, the flowers are lovely.

Spring's First Bloom

The first flowers of spring are getting ready to bloom along the banks of streams and in High Point's wetlands. Skunk Cabbage may not be what comes to mind when someone says "wildflower," but it is. Come for an early spring hike and look for the mottled skunk cabbage hoods and other signs of spring!


To learn more about this common but interesting plant go to the skunk cabbage page at enature.com.

Spring Programs for Homeschoolers

Homeschool Naturalists
Children ages 6 to 9, accompanied by an adult.
Group size is limited. Registration is required. 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 homeschooled students. Suggestions for further study and resources will be provided for each program.

A Sense of Spring
Friday, April 23, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
This April we'll use our senses to explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the spring season, and we'll take a walk and see how many signs of spring we can find.

Stream Stomping!
Friday, May 21, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
In May we'll explore life in and around one of High Point's streams. You'll want to wear boots or shoes that can get wet, and you may want to wear insect repellent. We won't walk terribly far, but we will be off-trail. Plan to get a bit dirty and have fun! Suggested reading: The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright.  First published in 1942, this is the second of four books about the Melendy Family and it follows their adventures as they explore their new country home (including a stream). I have a spare copy if anyone would like to borrow it.

Get Outdoors NJ! Discovery Packs
Friday, June 25, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pick up a pack at any time after 10:00 AM.  Packs must be returned to the Interpretive Center by 4:00 PM. Come celebrate the end of the school year and "Great Outdoors Month" by borrowing one of High Point's new Habitat Discovery Packs and spending the day exploring the Park. These packs include a variety of tools that will help you explore and discover nature. Each pack includes a take-home discovery guide full of fun outdoor activity ideas, resources, and suggestions for how to use the tools contained inside. Spy on the treetops, try to catch a newt, corner a cricket, make a collage, climb a rock, observe nature up close and at distance, play a game...the only limit is your imagination! 

Homeschool Adventurers
Children ages 9 to 13, accompanied by an adult.
Group size is limited. Registration is required. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com.

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 together. Older and/or younger siblings are welcome to accompany us. In the case of younger siblings, they will need to be able walk the planned distance.

Reading the Landscape
Friday, April 23, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
In April we'll take hike (about 2.5 miles over mostly easy terrain) and focus on the signs and clues in the landscape that tell us the stories of the land and ways it has changed over the past few centuries. Although geology will not be a focus of this hike, you may find a book called Stone Wall Secrets by Kristine and Robert Thorson to be an appropriate supplement if you are interested in delving into both geologic and human history. From the book jacket: "Scattered throughout New England there are thousands of stone walls crisscrossing woods and fields as if they have been there forever. Each one has a story to tell, a story of farmers, and oxen and hard, muddy work. And every stone in every wall also has a story to tell, and older story of the land itself, of mountains and glaciers, of soils, and seas."

Stream Stomping!

Friday, May 21, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
In May we'll explore life in and around one of High Point's streams. You'll want to wear boots or shoes that can get wet, and you may want to wear insect repellent. We won't walk terribly far, but we will be off-trail. Plan to get a bit dirty and have fun! Suggested reading: The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright.  First published in 1942, this is the second of four books about the Melendy Family and it follows their adventures as they explore their new country home (including a stream). This book may not appeal to the teens in the group, although it remains one of my favorite books and I'm way older than that! I have a spare copy if anyone would like to borrow it.

Get Outdoors NJ! Discovery Packs

Friday, June 25, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pick up a pack at any time after 10:00 AM.  Packs must be returned to the Interpretive Center by 4:00 PM. Come celebrate the end of the school year and "Great Outdoors Month" by borrowing one of High Point's new Habitat Discovery Packs and spending the day exploring the Park. These packs include a variety of tools that will help you explore and discover nature. Each pack includes a take-home discovery guide full of fun outdoor activity ideas, resources, and suggestions for how to use the tools contained inside. Spy on the treetops, try to catch a newt, corner a cricket, make a collage, climb a rock, observe nature up close and at distance, play a game...the only limit is your imagination!

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Recommended website: The Children and Nature Network  Building a Movement to Reconnect Children and Nature. This site has a wealth of information and resources for families and educators interested in having fun with their children in the outdoors.

Fledgling Naturalists - Programs For Preschoolers - Spring 2010

For 3 to 5 year-olds and an adult partner. 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.

Out of an Egg
Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, April 16, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Come learn about the different kinds of eggs and the critters that hatch from them.

Everyone Eats!
Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, April 30, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
All animals need to eat to survive, but they go about it in lots of different ways. Come explore High Point's wildlife and learn what and how they eat.

Stream Slogging
Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, May 14, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
We'll use nets to explore one of High Point's streams in search of crayfish, salamanders, and other critters. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet (just in case!) and be prepared for it to be a big buggy (but still lots of fun!).

Get Outdoors NJ - Go Play Outside!
Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, June 11, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Come celebrate "Great Outdoors Month" by taking a short naturalist-guided walk and then trying out High Point's new Habitat Discovery Packs. Each pack contains an assortment of tools and field guides to help you explore and discover on your own as well as a take-home discovery guide full of fun outdoor activity ideas, resources, and suggestions for how to use the tools contained in the pack. Packs must be returned to the Interpretive Center by 4:00 PM.

Recommended website: The Children and Nature Network  Building a Movement to Reconnect Children and Nature. This site has a wealth of information and resources for families and educators interested in having fun with their children in the outdoors.
To see photos of Snow and Ice Festival sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park, go to Straus News. Thanks to all who joined us--it was a fun day!

February 2010 Programs

Fledgling Naturalists
Thursday, February 4, 2010
from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, February 5, 2010 from 10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
3 to 5 year-olds with an adult partner. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Come explore wildlife in winter and learn about the tracks and signs animals leave behind. Weather permitting, we'll give snowshoes a try. 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.


Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk
Saturday, February 6, 2010
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Locations vary. Directions provided when you register. Winter can be a quiet time, but there's still lots to explore. While on the trail we'll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved in advance.

Winter Wildlife: Tracks and Signs
Saturday, February 6, 2010
from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Adults/Children ages 6 and up. Registration is required by 4 PM the day before the program. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. We don't usually get the chance to observe wild animals in action but the signs they leave behind offer a window into their world. Come learn the basics of interpreting the tracks and signs of local wildlife. After this indoor presentation you can either head outside to complete a "Signs of Wildlife" scavenger hunt or practice being a tracker in the Interpretive Center.


Ski Fest 2010 *CANCELED* (no snow)
Sunday, February 7, 2010
from 10:00 AM to 3:00 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 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. For more information call the Ski Center at 973-702-1222 or go to www.xcskihighpoint.com.


A Sense of Winter *CANCELED* (snow)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Families w/children ages 5 to 10. Meet at the Park Office on Route 23. Come take a short walk and exercise your senses while exploring the winter woods, then warm up in the Interpretive Center while watching a DVD about "Snowflake" Bentley.


Fledgling Naturalists
Thursday, February 18, 2010
from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, February 19, 2010 from 10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
For 3 to 5 year-olds with an adult partner. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com
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'Tis the season for snow and ice! Come learn about winter weather and all its frosty forms. Weather permitting, we'll give snowshoes a try. 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.

After School Trek: Nature in Winter
Friday, February 19, 2010
from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Families w/children ages 6 to 10. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Come explore nature in winter during this active, afterschool program. If there's snow we'll go snowshoeing and learn to read animal tracks, if there isn't we'll go on a one to two-mile walk to explore other aspects of nature in winter. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved in advance.

Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk *FULL*
Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Locations vary. Directions provided when you register. Winter can be a quiet time, but there's still lots to explore. While on the trail we'll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved in advance.


Nature in Winter by Moonlight
Saturday, February 27, 2010
from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Bright, moonlit winter nights are an unforgetable time to be out exploring at High Point. Join us for a one to two mile naturalist-guided walk by moonlight. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved in advance.


Homeschool Naturalists
Friday, March, 05 2010
from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Children ages 6-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Group size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Because the weather in early March is so unpredictable at High Point, the topic for this program will be announced when parking, weather, and road conditions can be determined. These hands-on activities provide homeschoolers with opportunities to explore the natural world and interact with other homeschooled students. Suggestions for further study and resources will be provided for each program.


Homeschool Adventurers
Friday, March 5, 2010
from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Children ages 9-13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Group size is limited. Registration is required. Please call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Because the weather in early March is so unpredictable at High Point, the topic for this program will be announced when parking, weather, and road conditions can be determined. 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 together. Older and/or younger siblings are welcome to accompany us. In the case of younger siblings, they will need to be able walk the planned distance.


Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk
Saturday, March 6, 2010
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adults/Children ages 8 and up. Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. Call 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@gmail.com. Locations vary. Directions provided when you register. Winter can be a quiet time, but there's still lots to explore. While on the trail we'll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. A limited number of snowshoes, (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks if snow conditions are suitable. Snowshoes must be reserved in advance.

Snow and Ice Celebration - Saturday, January 23rd


High Point is usually the coldest, snowiest, and iciest place in New Jersey and wintery weather has played a part in this mountain's story for thousands of years. Come join the Friends of High Point State Park for a day dedicated to snow and ice on Saturday, January 23rd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Interpretive Center.

Throughout the afternoon light refreshments will be available and there will be a digital slideshow of pictures (both historic and recent) of snow and ice at High Point.

11:00 AM - Come watch a DVD about Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley who studied and photographed snowflakes in the early 1900s.
11:30 AM - Join us for a talk by Nick Stefano of the Sussex County Weather Network about winter weather at High Point.
12:15 PM - Help us make pinecone and other simple birdfeeders to make the winter easier for our feathered friends.
1:00 PM - There will be an old-fashioned ice fishing demonstration on Lake Marcia, and snowshoes will be available for you to try outside the Interpretive Center.
2:00 PM - Warm up inside by the fire and join us for a sing-along led by Joe Rocco.

If the weather is unsuitable the Snow and Ice Celebration will take place on Sunday, January 24th.

This event is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds support future Friends of High Point State Park programs and events. The Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that supports historical, scientific, educational, recreational, and natural resource management activities within the Park.