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.

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...
 ...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

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


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?


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).