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Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Gather the family and bring your blankets and chairs to catch a free movie anywhere throughout the county all summer long.

Wednesday show dates will have a Thursday rain date, Friday show dates will have a Saturday rain date, unless otherwise noted. All shows begin at Dusk (8:00-8:30).

Movies are provided by the county and titles are chosen by each municipality.

Friday, May 8 

Dolphin Tale 2

East Greenwich Township

Samuel Mickle School, 559 Kings Hwy., Mickleton

 Friday, May 22   

Dolphin Tale 2

Borough of Westville

Galbraith Park, River Drive

Friday, May 29        

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Harrison Township

Ella Harris Park, 155 Commissioners Rd.

Friday, June 5           

Frozen

Deptford Township

Fasola Park, 12 Sycamore Lane

Friday, June 12     

Frozen

National Park

ACA Fields, Hessian Avenue

Friday, June 19               

The Boxtrolls

Borough of Clayton

Sandelier Park, 125 North Delsea Drive

Friday, June 26

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Woolwich Township

Locke Avenue Park, 56 Locke Avenue

Friday, July 10      

The Boxtrolls

Woodbury Heights

500 Elm Avenue

Wednesday, July 15

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Woodbury

Stewart Lake Park, 235 East Red Bank Avenue

Friday, July 17       

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Washington Township

Washington Lake Park Amphitheatre, 626 Hurffville – Cross Keys Road

Wednesday, July 22           

The Lego Movie

Borough of Wenonah

Wenonah Park, East Mantua and South West Avenues

 

Wednesday, July 29           

Dolphin Tale 2

Logan Township

125 Main Street, Bridgeport

Friday, July 31        

Paddington

Greenwich Township

Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue   Gibbstown

Wednesday, August 5   

Into The Woods

James G. Atkinson Park

138 Bethel Mill Road, Sewell

Friday, August 7    

Frozen

Borough of Glassboro

New Street Park, 410 East New Street

Wednesday, August 12         

The Boxtrolls

Mantua Township

Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main Street

Friday, August 14     

**Rain Date – August 19

Frozen

Monroe Township

Monroe Township Public Library, 713 Marsha Avenue

Friday, August 21            

Frozen

West Deptford

Riverwinds, 1000 Riverwinds Drive

Wednesday, August 26    

Paddington

South Harrison Township

Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Road, Mullica Hill

Friday, August 28         

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Borough of Pitman

Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Ave

Wednesday, September 9    

Frozen

Franklin Township

Malaga Lake Park, Malaga Road

Friday, September 11     

Frozen

Borough of Paulsboro

Fort Billings Park, North Delaware Avenue

Friday, September 18     

Muppets Most Wanted

Swedesboro

Swedesboro Lake Park, 701 Park Avenue

Friday, September 25   

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Elk Township

Elk Township Park, 700 Whig Lane Road

Gloucester County Movies in the Park

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Celebrate the Sea Services during Fleet Week New York– May 20-26, 2015Mid

 The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

Fleet Week New York, now in its 27th year, is scheduled to take place May 20-26, 2015. The weeklong celebration is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services, and an unparalleled opportunity for the visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Fleet Week New York has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships and military band concerts, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showcasing the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our dedicated service members. Or, you can take a “Selfie With a Sailor” to send to all your friends.

Three U.S. Navy (USN) ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters will participate in the 2015 Fleet Week New York, beginning with the Parade of Ships, May 20.

Public visitation on USN ships and USCG cutters in Manhattan and Staten Island begins Thursday, May 21 and continues through Monday, May 25; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Public visitation on USNA Yard Patrol boats runs Thursday through Friday, May 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors are reminded that lines may be capped early so that the last people in line have an opportunity to complete their tours.

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USCG cutter Spencer (WMEC 905) will be moored at Pier 92 in Manhattan; USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Stout (DDG 55), and USCG cutter Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109), will be moored at The USS Sullivans Pier at the Staten Island Homeport; and the USNA Yard Patrol boats will be moored at Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Spencer and the USNA Yard Patrol boats are scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 23.

 Sailors spell out the message "I Love New York," on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Sailors spell out the message “I Love New York,” on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Visitors should plan to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. All bags and/or camera cases will be searched prior to entering. Ships are considered an industrial environment and guests are encouraged to avoid open-toed sandals, high-heels, necklaces or other items that can get caught, as well as bags that are too heavy to carry comfortably. Sunscreen and/or sunglasses are advised.

There is no age requirement to tour USN, USNA and USCG ships during Fleet Week New York, however, adult visitors over the age of 18 are required to show a valid state or federal issued picture I.D. prior to touring. Additionally, tours may not be appropriate for small children or those with certain medical conditions. Strollers or baby carriages are permitted on the pier, but not allowed on the ships.

USN, USNA and USCG ships are not handicap accessible. The pier facilities in both Manhattan and Staten Island – including the exhibit, observation, refreshment, and restroom areas – are handicap accessible.

Photography is permitted aboard the ships during tours, however, photos of security personnel or procedures are prohibited.

Bottles, cans or containers of any type; banners, posters or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans; club weapons; and animals are not permitted. Smoking is also not permitted aboard any ship or anywhere near the piers. The USN, USNA, and USCG reserve the right to prohibit other items not listed above. 

Food will not be available on the ships, but visitors will be able to purchase bottled water and some food items at concession stands on the piers.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showing off the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our service members.

Events include:

Thursday, May 21st

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Coney Island, New York – U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Coney Island for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – USN (10 a.m. – noon, including MH-60S helicopters) and USMC (noon – 2 p.m., including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft) will display aviation and operational equipment. USN EOD personnel will also be in attendance. After the air demo, USN and USMC helicopters will land and be available for display. U.S. Navy Band Northeast “Show Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Pier 92, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Manhattan for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rye Playland, Rye, New York – Event will include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day at 11:45 a.m. followed by a barbecue for veterans and their families. A USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., USS The Sullivans Pier, Staten Island, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Staten Island Homeport for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:30 – 2 p.m., Pier 86, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

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A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team demonstrates how troops can be inserted into a remote area during a joint air and ground demonstration during Fleet Week New York (FWNY). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Magen Weatherwax/Released)

• 2 – 5 p.m., Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, New York – USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. The event will showcase airborne insertion and extraction of aircraft with combat equipped Marines. Event is free and open to the public.

• 11 a.m., Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan, New York – A missing man formation aerial salute comprised of FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will be performed in conjunction with the Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration at Pier 86.

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York – Two FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will fly over the annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field, signifying the start of the game. The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

In addition to showcasing the world’s largest maritime force, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) are scheduled to host a variety of music concerts featuring Navy Band Northeast and the USMC Band, May 18-25, in celebration of the 2015 Fleet Week New York.

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Events include:

Monday, May 18th

• 4 – 5 p.m., Brooklyn Central Library, Brooklyn, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform a public concert at the Brooklyn Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 19th

• 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 21st

• 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – USMC will host Marine Day in Bryant Park featuring boot camp style exercise session (6:30 a.m.), followed by USMC displays, demonstrations and a performance by the USMC Band. Event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 22nd

• 5 – 7:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” and the USMC Band will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; USMC Band – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – noon, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Brass Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• 5 – 6:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 1 – 2:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” – 1 – 2 p.m.; USCG Silent Drill Team – 2 – 2:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

• 1 – 5 p.m., Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival, Flagship Brewery, Staten Island, New York – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Local bands will also perform. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York –The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

For up-to-date information on all Fleet Week events, visit the official Fleet Week New York website at http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. Fleet Week New York photos can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Dinosaurs of the Deep Invade New Jersey

Get the jump on the all things dinosaur in anticipation of Universal’s new movie, Jurassic World, scheduled to open in June of 2015 by visiting the Adventure Aquarium’s new limited time exhibit, Dinosaurs of the Deep.

Enormous prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront starting January 16, 2015. For a limited time only, five thousand square feet of large-scale skeletons, ancient fossils and more than 20 life-size replicas will be on display throughout the aquarium to teach guests about the most intriguing sea monsters that ever existed – from massive pliosaurs and prehistoric armored fish to the whales, sharks and turtles that inhabit our oceans today.

Come face-to-face with life-sized replicas of some of the most ferocious and feared species that ever lived, including a 42-foot Elasmosaurus, 20-foot Kronosaurus, 21-foot Zygorhiza, 16-foot Dunkleosteus.

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Meet the 34-foot full scale Liopleurodon, one of the ancient oceans’ most dangerous predators, whose teeth were 4-inches long. The larger-than-life exhibit will also feature a replica fossil of a Tylosaur still stuck in stone and a life-sized coral reef teeming with trilobites and prehistoric fish.

Interactive dioramas and educational stations situated throughout the aquarium help guests learn about the enthralling world of ancient aquatic life through hands-on exploration. Along the way, visitors get the chance to touch a horseshoe crab at the “Touch a Living Dinosaur” exhibit and become a paleontologist by examining fossils of a variety of shark species and the largest sea turtles that ever lived.

Discover and learn more during your visit by taking in special programming. Check out some of the shows and talks available exclusively during Dinosaurs of the Deep. All live programs are included with general admission.

Ocean Realm: An Evolutionary Tale
Travel back 400 million years during the Devonian Period when sharks and fish made their first appearance on Earth. During this live show, guests will hear from an Animal Experience Specialist who will discuss the evolution of these living fossils and bridge the connection between the ferocious marine reptiles of Dinosaurs of the Deep with the animals on exhibit today inside Ocean Realm. Monday – Friday 1:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm Ocean Realm Theater

Sea Turtle Chat
Learn more about history’s greatest animal navigators! Their appearance may have changed little since the 200 million years when they first appeared on Earth, but a closer look will show just how drastically they’ve evolved. During daily Sea Turtle Chats, an Animal Experience Specialist will explore these differences and how ancient sea turtles compare to our loggerhead and green sea turtle species. Daily live chats; Ocean Realm Panoramic Window

Elasmosaurus Q&A
Get to know the massive 42 foot monster of the deep that’s taken up residence in the Rotunda! The Elasmosaurus was the largest of Plesiosaurs, measuring an average 46 feet long and weighing 2 tons. Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the Elasmosaurus and the amazing facts scientists have learned about this extinct species. Daily live chats; Rotunda

Shark Life in Jurassic Waters
Sharks have ruled the oceans for over 450 million years. During this live show, Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the evolution of these incredible species, including the great white shark and megalodon. Learn where fossilized evidence of sharks have been found, dive into some of the reasons how sharks were able to survive five mass extinctions and understand more about the connection between ancient and modern sharks. Monday – Friday 12:15 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm; Shark Realm

Liopleurodon Q&A
An Animal Experience Specialist will be on hand daily to answer questions about the larger-than-life Liopleurodon. Gather under ‘Lio’s’ massive jaws to learn more about this incredible prehistoric monster, and to find out why he was known as the ‘biggest and baddest’ of his day. Daily live chats; Dinosaurs of the Deep Gallery

To learn more or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.AdventureAquarium.com


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New Jersey State Parks Celebrate First Day Hikes January 1, 2015

Image Courtesy of New Jersey State Parks

Image Courtesy of New Jersey State Parks

As part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative, New Jersey State Parks are offering 20 hikes, walks and interpretive tours; two bike rides; and a horseback ride to choose from. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature, learn some local history, and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

BASS RIVER STATE FOREST Bass River Twp

Bass River State Forest Sampler
Bass River State Forest
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Start 2015 with the Bass River State Forest SAMPLER – a short hike that will highlight what’s available whenever you visit NJ’s first State Forest. The route will take you by a State natural area, Atlantic white cedar swamp, Pine Barrens lake, pitch pine/oak forest, historic picnic pavilions, swimming beach, campsites and lean-tos.

Hike info
2.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Children with responsible adult, welcome. Dogs on a leash are welcome
Cancelled if there’s heavy snow or rain. To check, call BRSF office on Dec 31, 2014 at (609) 296-1114, or call hike leader at (609) 272-1142 until 9 a.m. on Jan 1, 2015
Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable & appropriate footwear. Bring water and a snack.
Meeting Location: Bass River State Forest Office, 762 Stage Road Tuckerton, NJ 08087

Registration
No fee. Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information, call (609) 296-1114 (BRSF office)

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST
1st Day East Creek Trail Hike
Belleplain State Forest
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join THEM for a 3.5 mile hike on the East Creek Trail. The hike will cover half the distance of the trail. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Dogs are welcome!

Hike info
3.5 miles.
Difficulty: Moderate.
No age restrictions. Bring water. Dress for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Cancelled if extremely bad weather. Call (609) 374-0094 on 1/1 for info.
Meeting Location: Belleplain Forest Office

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information: Call (609)861-2404

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST Woodbine

1st Day Mountain Bike Ride
Belleplain State Forest,
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The South Jersey Wheelmen will lead a mountain bike ride on the 10-mile trail at Belleplain State Forest. This is a technical trail with twists and turns through the forest. An option of less mileage is available.

Hike Info
10 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Bring your own bike, bike-riding gear, especially a helmet a must! Some experience with mountain biking is necessary.
Cancelled if inclement weather. Call (609) 805-4073 on 1/1 for info.
Meeting Location: Office in Belleplain State Forest

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information: Call (609)861-2404

CHEESEQUAKE STATE PARK Old Bridge

New Year Hike
Cheesequake State Park
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a seasonal Nature Hike on the trails of Cheesequake State Park.

Hike Info
1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Children 8 and up, with parents/guardians, are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing, bring water.
Cancelled if icy conditions. To check, call (732) 566-3208.
Meeting Location: Cheesequake State Park Nature Center

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information: Call (732) 566-3208

DELAWARE & RARITAN CANAL STATE PARK Kingston

First Day Hike at Mapleton Preserve
D&R Canal State Park/Mapleton Preserve
11 am -12:30 pm
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to walk more? Start the New Year off right with a loop hike in the Princeton Nursery Lands – through the fields on the other side of Mapleton Road, along the D&R Canal, and back to Mapleton Preserve. The walk begins at 11 am, whatever the weather. The walk is sponsored by Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands (www.fpnl.org) and will start at the Mapleton Preserve (address below) It is free and all are welcome.

Hike Info
1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
All ages are welcome as are well-behaved dogs on leash. Dress for the weather, whatever it is.
Cancelled only if blizzard conditions. To check, call 609-683-0483 before 10:30 am
Meeting location: Parking lot of Mapleton Preserve, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston, NJ 08528

Registration – No Fee. Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information: Call 609-683-0483, or check http://www.fpnl.org

FRANKLIN PARKER PRESERVE Chatsworth

New Year’s Grand Slam Ramble
Franklin Parker Preserve
10:00 a.m.
Spend a leisurely morning with local/regional specialists chatting about their fields of interest; birds, butterflies/moths, trees/shrubs & flowering plants, reptiles & amphibians, nature photographers, field naturalists. Share discussions with them about the results of their field studies at the Preserve during the past several years. Find out what a fascinating & unique place this is!

Hike Info
2.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Anyone with a genuine interest to learn about nature is welcome. Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing, bring cameras, water & snacks. Well behaved dogs welcome! Primitive restroom facilities
Cancelled if rain/ice. To check, call 609-412-3394 or 609-965-8040 before 3 pm on Dec. 31.
Meeting Location: On Route 563 at bridge. 2 miles south of Rt 532/Rt 563 Chatsworth. 8 miles north of the merge of Rt 679/Rt 563 Jenkins. Parking on both sides of roadway.

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration is requested. To register and/or for more information: Call: 609-412-3394

GROVER CLEVELAND BIRTHPLACE Caldwell
History Hike

11:00 a.m.
A guided walk from the Grover Cleveland Birthplace to Grover Cleveland Park, the Old Burying Grounds of the Presbyterian Church and back.

Hike Info
1 mile approx..
Difficulty: Interpretive Tour/Easy to Moderate
Children of 12 years and older with parents/guardians are welcome. Wear warm and comfortable footgear and clothing for walking outside in winter. Animals on a leash are welcome.
Cancelled if conditions dangerous/icy weather/extreme cold. To check, call 908-619-6651 after 9am on 1/1.
Meeting location: Grover Cleveland Birthplace, 207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell NJ 07006
(973)226-0001.
Registration – No Fee. Pre-registration is suggested. To register and/or for more information: Call 908-236-2043 until 12/31/14.

KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK/PAULINSKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL (Blairstown)

30th Annual New Year’s Day Hike
Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (starting at Footbridge Park)
(extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee, a Friends Organization of the Kittatinny Valley State Park, will host a 4 – 5 mike hike along the Paulinskill Trail. Meet at Footbridge Park at 10:00am. The trail is cinder-based which provides easy, level walking. Bring lunch and a drink.

Hike Info
4 – 5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Children with responsible adult are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing. Bring lunch and a drink. Bring cross-country skis and/or snow shoes if desired. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Meeting Location: Footbridge Park, 1 Footbridge Lane, Blairstown, NJ 07825
NOTE: LEAVE FROM FOOTBRIDGE PARK – Directions Route 94, Blairstown, NJ. Take Route 80 to Exit 12, Route 521. Go north on Route 521 for 5 miles to Route 94 in Blairstown. Turn left onto Route 94 and take the second left into the park, designated by a small white sign with black lettering. GPS coordinates:
40.981345, -74.957191

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Email pbk123@aol.com

KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK/PAULINSKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL (Blairstown)

5th Annual New Year’s Day Horseback Ride
Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail at Halsey Farm
(extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
10:00 a.m. – in the saddle by 10:30 a.m.
Bring your own horse to the 5th annual First Day Horseback Ride on the cinder-based rail trail of the Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail under the jurisdiction of Kittatinny Valley State Park. RSVP needed to plan parking; first come, first served for parking. Bring a pot luck to share following ride.

Ride info
5.5 miles with longer options available
Difficulty: Easy
Bring your own horse!
Children 10 years and older with a riding adult welcome (Children must wear a helmet). Riding helmets are strongly advised. Wear weather-appropriate clothing; bring pot luck to share following ride.
Cancelled if icy conditions. To check, call (973)600-5997 on 1/1
Meeting Location: Halsey Farm, 141 Halsey Road, Newton, NJ 07860

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED due to trailer parking limitations. To register and/or for more information: Email gldg@embarqmail.com (preferred), or call (973)600-5997

MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK Manalapan

Follow the Footsteps of Molly Pitcher
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Walk the ground where Molly Pitcher fought at Monmouth!
Meet Dr. David Martin, president of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield at the Visitor Center for an overview of the Battle of Monmouth, then drive approx. 2 miles (in your own vehicle) to the northern section of the park and walk along the American lines to the position of Proctor’s Artillery and other sites associated with Molly Pitcher. Finish with a visit to the likely site of Molly Pitcher’s “well”. The length of this interpretive tour is subject to change depending on weather and conditions. The tour is over open fields and hills and includes detailed information about troop movements at the Battle of Monmouth. Afterwards cookies, donuts and hot beverages are available at the Visitor Center. The gift shop will be open.

Hike Info
2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Slow pace, with historical interpretation. Over open fields with uneven surfaces.
Children age 10 and over, with parent/guardian, are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate, warm clothing, bring water/snacks
Cancelled if inclement weather. To check, call (609) 529-5356 on 1/1
Meeting Location: Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center, 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726

Registration – No fee. Registration is required. To register and/or for more information: Call 609-448-6355, or email: dmartin@peddie.org

MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK Manalapan

First Day Amble
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Looking for a slow, leisurely stroll along some accessible paths? This is the ‘hike’ for you! People of all abilities and ages are welcome to come out and enjoy the splendor of the outdoors on this first day of the year while sauntering the cinder circuit. This stroll IS suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Hot beverages and snacks will be available, courtesy of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield (small donation requested)

Hike Info
1 mile
Difficulty: Easy. Accessible trails
Everyone welcome. Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate, warm clothing. Dogs on leash are welcome outside, but only service animals may enter the building
Cancelled if trails slippery or icy. Call (732)462-9616 on 1/1
Meeting Location: Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Call (732) 462-9616 stating the number of people in your party and a phone number.

MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK Manalapan

First-Foot First Day Hike
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Start the New Year on the right foot with an invigorating 3-mile hike on the lesser-known trails of the park. Work off the holiday treats while enjoying some of the most beautiful countryside in Monmouth County. Explore the new visitor center before or after the hike. Hot beverages and snacks will be available, courtesy of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield (small donation requested)

Hike info
3 miles on park trails
1 hour (approx)
Difficulty: Moderate. Invigorating pace. Early out option available at halfway point.
Children who would enjoy an energetic 3-mile walk are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing, wear layers. Bring water and snacks. Dogs on a leash are welcome
Cancelled if dangerous conditions (ice, storms, etc.). To check, call (732)598-3688 on 1/1
NOTE: If trails are covered in snow, this hike CAN convert to a X-country ski excursion IF you bring your own gear. Information will be provided to all who pre-register.
Meeting Location: Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Call (732) 462-9616 stating the number of people in your party and a phone number.

RANCOCAS STATE PARK Hainesport

First Day Hike at Rancocas ~ Hike 1
Rancocas State Park
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
On January 1, in all 50 states, state parks are offering First Day Hikes. In keeping with the tradition, join a Burlington County Park Ranger for a hike at Rancocas State Park. Begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike. Please register with Burlington County Parks.
Hike info
3 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Children ages 6 and up, with responsible adult, are welcome
No pets
Cancelled if weather inclement. Call park at (609) 265-5858 during business hours. On 1/1, call ranger cell (609)352-1018 if weather conditions are uncertain.
Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing. No restroom facilities
Meet at 800 Rancocas Ave, Hainesport. Go through open gate and down gravel driveway until you see a park ranger, park along the gravel driveway shoulder.

Registration
No fee. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register, please call Burlington County Parks office: (609) 265-5858 with your name, number attending, and phone number. Website: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/parks

RANCOCAS STATE PARK Westampton

First Day Hike at Rancocas ~ Hike 2
Rancocas State Park, Westampton section
1pm – 3pm
On January 1, in all 50 states, state parks are offering First Day Hikes. In keeping with the tradition, join a Burlington County Park Ranger for a hike at Rancocas State Park. Begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike. Please register with Burlington County Parks.

Hike Info
3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Children ages 6 and up, with responsible adult, are welcome
No pets, please
Cancelled if weather inclement. Call park at (609) 265-5858 during business hours. On 1/1, call ranger cell (609) 352-1733 if weather conditions are uncertain.
Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing
Meet at the Rancocas Nature Center parking lot. 794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton

Registration
No fee.
No fee. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register, please call Burlington County Parks office: (609) 265-5858 with your name, number attending, and phone number. Website: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/parks

RINGWOOD STATE PARK Ringwood

First Day Hike
Skylands Manor Section, Ringwood State Park
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join State Park staff and Skylands Association volunteers for a self-guided, family-friendly hike in the Park’s woodlands. Weather permitting; we will climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax Trail and return. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center of Skylands Manor State Park between 1pm and 2pm where a map and hike directions will be provided. Staff will be on the trail if assistance if required. Allow 90 minutes for the hike.

Hike Info
1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Children of any age, with parents/guardians, are welcome; small children may need to be carried. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing. No pets please.

Cancelled if severe weather conditions.
Meeting Location: Carriage House Visitor Center of Skylands Manor State Park

Registration – Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information: Call park office: (973) 962-7031

ROUND VALLEY RECREATION AREA Lebanon

New Year’s Hike
Round Valley Recreation Area
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Whatever you did the night before, this is your chance to get outdoors in New Jersey and start 2015 off on the right foot. We will hike the 2.5 mile Water Trail and look for signs of new life as the year begins.

Hike Info
2.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Children with adults welcome. Recommend protective, comfortable footwear. Dress warm, wear comfortable shoes, protective to feet as terrain is all natural and not paved. Snacks and water if desired.
Cancelled if snow or ice on the ground. We will call you. If in doubt, please call the park office 908-236-6355 or Jim Tubman 908-963-0546
Meeting Location: RVRA South Lot (first right past park office)

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Call park office 908-236-6355

WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK Hopewell

From Ferry to Ferry – 100 Horses, 18 Cannon, and Some Wagons
Washington Crossing State Park
10:00 a.m.
A guided walk of the route taken by the “stuff” of the Continental Army on Christmas Night, 1776 across the Delaware River into New Jersey. Sights and stops include the Washington Crossing Bridge, The Nelson House, the Ferry Boat replica, the Pedestrian Bridge and Overlook, the Harvey Stone Barn, and the Johnson Ferry House.

Hike Info
1 mile
Difficulty: Interpretive Tour/Easy to Moderate
Children of 12 years and older with parents/guardians are welcome. Wear warm and comfortable footgear and clothing for walking outside in winter. Bring cameras, binoculars. Service animals only.
Cancelled if conditions dangerous/icy weather/extreme cold. To check, call 609-737-1437 on 12/31or early on 1/1.
Meeting location: Begin at McKonkey’s Ferry in WCHP, PA. (Hike will end at Washington Crossing State Park, NJ) Meet at The McConkey Ferry Inn on the corner of Route #532 and Route #32, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. There is some parking available on Route 532 just after the Inn and in other public lots nearby (within a block of the site). The Inn is immediately after the bridge on the right, coming from New Jersey.

Registration – No Fee. Pre-registration is required. To register and/or for more information: Call (609) 737-2515

WATERLOO VILLAGE Byram

Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings
Waterloo Village Historic Site (Allamuchy Mountain State Park)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Waterloo, A Place of New Beginnings is an outdoor, guided, interpreted 2 mile walk. Participants will hear about the many roles Waterloo has played throughout the history of New Jersey and the United States of America.

Hike Info
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. HIKE IS FULL to CAPACITY

Registration – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. HIKE IS FULL.

WHARTON STATE FOREST Hammonton

First Day Mountain Bike Ride
Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m.
Bring your own bicycle and roll into the New Year out on tight winding wilderness trails in the New Jersey Pinelands. Venture into this storied land of the Jersey Devil and ghost towns long forgotten. Six miles of sweeping curves and perhaps to the unfamiliar a surprising amount of Ups and Downs await those that are ready for some brisk fun!

Bike Ride Info
6 miles
Difficulty: Easy pace, all dirt trails.
Minimum age: 13 yrs. Bring your own bike – one that is good for dirt trails. Bring and wear a bicycle helmet, eye protection, weather-appropriate clothing for bicycle riding, bring water, snacks (and lunch if you plan to picnic at Batsto).
Cancelled if dangerous/icy conditions. To check, call (609) 567-4559 or (609)561-0024.
Meeting Location: Batsto Village Parking Lot. (Back of Lot Next to Maintenance Yard Gate)

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. To register and/or for more information: Call Gil Mika at (609) 567- 4559, or e-mail him at Wharton.nature@comcast.net

WHARTON STATE FOREST/ATSION RECREATION AREA Shamong

New Year’s Day Hike 2014
Wharton State Forest/Atsion Recreation Area
10:00 a.m.
Start of the New Year with the Outdoor Club of South Jersey with a hike in our beautiful Pine Barrens. We will follow trails and sand roads and view some old bogs.

Hike Info
7-8 miles
Degree of difficulty: Moderate pace
Children with parents/guardians welcome. Paths are not wheelchair accessible. Wear sturdy footgear and weather appropriate clothing, bring lunch and beverage.
Cancellation info: http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking (or Check ocsj.org)
Meeting Location: Field next to the Atsion Recreation Area Office, off Route 206.

Registration – No fee. No registration required. For more information: Call or email Christine, 609-351-2789/cdenneler157@yahoo.com, or Pat 856-767-8064/camperpat@hotmail.com. Additional info: Outdoor Club of South Jersey/Meetup for any changes due to weather. (http://meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking)

WHARTON STATE FOREST Hammonton

Batsto Village Walk
Wharton State Forest
10:30 a.m.
Start your new year with a family history walk through Batsto Village.

Hike Info
1 – 1.5 miles (weather dependent)
Difficulty: Easy
Families welcome (Village tracks may not be comfortable for strollers). Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing, bring water. No pets
Cancelled if icy conditions. To check, call (856)275-6975.
Meeting Location: Batsto Visitor Center, Wharton State Forest

Registration – No fee. No pets. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED. To register and/or for more information: Email Batsto.history@comcast.net, or call (609) 704-1910. Include your name, number of people in your party, a cell phone number and email address.

MULTIPLE STATE PARK PROPERTIES and PUBLIC LANDS Harmony Twp.

Warren Highlands Trail and More!
Warren Highlands Trail, Multiple properties
8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Are you up for a hiking challenge? If you are, please join us for an interesting hike focusing mostly around the newly developed Warren Highlands Trail, in a section between Phillipsburg and Merrill Creek Reservoir. Scenic vistas, woods, farmlands, and more are showcased in this beautiful trail. This is a strenuous and long all-day hike.

Hike Info
15 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. Long.
Children, accompanied by parents/guardians, who can hike 15 miles in the winter, are welcome. Wear sturdy footgear and weather-appropriate clothing. All participants need to be aware of the duration of the hike and prepare accordingly. Please bring water, snacks and lunch. Remember, we will be out and moving for at least 7 hours. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Meeting Location: Merrill Creek Reservoir Visitor Center, 34 Merrill Creek Road, Stewartsville NJ.

Registration – No fee. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED.To register and/or for more information: Call hike leader (Mike Helbing) at (908)343-8374, or email him at sneezehorse@hotmail.com
Please call Mike if you are cancelling, or for more information. (908)343-8374

THE FOLLOWING NEW YEARS’ HIKE IS ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 3RD, 2015

PRINCETON BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK Princeton

Battle of Princeton Minute By Minute Walk (January 3, 2015)
Princeton Battlefield State Park
7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (on 1/3/2015)
Led by historian Will Tatum you learn of the January 3rd 1777 Battle of Princeton as you follow the flow of the battle minute by minute over the actual ground. The walk is over open, rolling grass fields and hills.

Hike Info
1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Children of all ages, with parents/guardians, welcome. Wear sturdy footgear & weather-appropriate clothing. Dogs on leash welcome.
Cancelled if poor driving conditions. To check, call 609-921-0074 on 1/2/15
Meeting Location: Thomas Clarke House, Princeton Battlefield State Park

Registration
No fee. Registration is NOT required. For more information: Call 609-921-0074.
NOTE: This hike is on January 3, 2015.


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Marine Mammal Stranding Center Volunteer Opportunity

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) is dedicated to responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey’s waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild. In situations where animals may not be re-released, every effort is made to secure a proper, enriching facility to provide lifetime care. They are further committed to the well-being of marine mammals and to inspire responsible stewardship of the oceans through educational programs and collaboration.

Since the Center’s founding in 1978, staff and volunteers have responded to over 4000 calls for whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that washed ashore on New Jersey beaches. These animals range from a five pound Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle to a 25-ton Humpback Whale (both of which are endangered species).

Stranding volunteers must live within 15 minutes of the New Jersey Shore. When a stranding occurs on any beach in New Jersey, the MMSC calls stranding volunteers in that area. They immediately go to the location of the animal so they can “size up” the situation and notify the MMSC the degree of required action. The volunteer will receive specific instructions on what to do until the MMSC staff arrives at the scene. (A cell phone is very helpful in these situations.) The volunteer then stays with the animal until the staff arrives, and continues to assist in loading the animal into the vehicle. Stranding volunteers must attend a workshop to give them basic knowledge of what is to be expected.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.mmsc.org/home.html


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Wildwood Beach Welcomes Monster Truck Beach Nationals

September 26th through the 28th, 2014.

Image Courtesy of Wildwoods

Image Courtesy of Wildwoods

The thrill and exhilaration of monster truck racing will take place on the beach in Wildwood from Lincoln to Spencer Avenues Beach, Wildwood, N.J. This high flying, stunt filled and heart racing weekend will be packed with a ton of fun for the whole family.

Monster trucks will square off on a custom beach race course for their chance to win the title of “King of the Beach.” Participating trucks include Bigfoot, Snakebite, Black Stallion, Higher Education, Gunslinger, Avenger, Brutus and Equalizer.

Intermission with Megasaurus; jet powered Smart Car and Tough Truck races.

Show dates and times:
Friday, September 26: 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 27: 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 28: 1 p.m.

Gates open one hour before each start time. Food and merchandise vendors as well as monster truck rides on the beach will also be available.

A FREE pit party will take place before each of Saturday’s races as well as before the final competition on Sunday.

For more information call 609.522.4546.
To purchase tickets visit
http://www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com/monster-truck
Tickets will also be available at the gate, the day of the event.


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Morey’s Piers is Going to the Dogs in Wildwood, NJ

Image Courtesy of Morey's Piers

Image Courtesy of Morey’s Piers

Don’t forget one of your favorite family members this summer; take them with you to the Jersey Shore. Morey’s Piers is Going to the Dogs at their Raging Waters Water Park. On September 7, 2014 your pooch can paddle in the pools of Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs.” Your best friend can enjoy an evening swim from 5:00PM – 7:00PM (check in starts at 4:45pm) at Raging Waters Water Park, located at the rear of Morey’s Mariner’s Pier at Schellenger Ave. and the Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ.

That evening, water bowls and free dog treats will be stationed throughout Raging Waters Water Park for dogs to recharge as they paddle around the river adventure or play in the fountain pool. A variety of activities are scheduled including a doggy swimsuit competition starting at 6:15 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Wrecker’s Beach Grille.

To be admitted to this event you MUST bring the following:
Printed e-ticket for each guest and pooch
Completed release form
Proof of rabies vaccination

Please note that if you are missing any of the above items, you WILL NOT be granted access to this event.

No refunds will be given.

For the safety of our guests all dogs MUST be accompanied by a human and on a leash when not in the water. All 4 legged and 2 legged friends are $10 each with the proceeds benefitting the Wildwood Beach Dog Park.

For the first-time, Blue Palms Resort, located steps away from Mariner’s Pier and Raging Waters Water Park, is offering pet-friendly accommodations from September 5 through 9, 2014. The “Wildwood Unleashed” stay package, starts at $81 per night (Sunday & Monday), and includes a welcome “doggie bag” and pet-cleaning fee. Two-night minimum stay is required; limited space available. To book a reservation, call (609) 522-0606.

Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs”
http://www.moreyspiers.com/plan/event/gone-to-the-dogs