Think things are quiet in your county parks this time of year? Think again! The Monmouth County Park System is filling February with fun activities. Bring your grandchildren or go on your own. Here’s what’s planned:
Winter Beach Walk
Friday, February 4 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan
Take a guided walk with a Park System Naturalist along the beach collecting and identifying
some of the ocean’s natural treasures. Make sure you dress in warm clothing and bring
along something to carry shells. FREE!
Cutting, Splitting and Hewing
Sunday, February 6 from 12-2:30 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Join the farm staff as they use a two-man saw and splitting wedge. FREE!
The Casual Birder
Tuesday, February 8 at 9 a.m.
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck – Meet in the soccer field parking lot.
Tuesday, February 22 at 9 a.m.
Crosswicks Creek Park – Meet in the Province Line Road parking lot in Allentown.
Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk and meander through the
park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at
identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if
needed. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Wondrous Winter Walk
Wednesday, February 9 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell – Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot.
Wednesday, February 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Clayton Park, Upper Freehold – Meet in the Emley’s Hill Road parking lot.
Toss on your winter gear and tag along with a Park System Naturalist as you explore nature
in the wintertime. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. Please Note: Sturdy footwear
recommended, trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. FREE!
Saturday, February 12 from 12-2:30 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Whether just starting a new hobby or working on an old project, all are welcome to this
gathering! The relaxed atmosphere means no pressure – you can knit or crochet at your
own pace, and farm staff will be on hand to assist those needing a little extra help. Bring
your own supplies. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person;
cash or check only.
Saturday & Sunday, February 12 & 13 from 12-3 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
View samples of historical 19th century valentines and make your own. Open to ages 10
and up. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series: Brook Trout – The State Fish of New Jersey
Thursday, February 17 from 7-8 p.m.
Freneau Woods Park Activity Center, Aberdeen
Join a Park System Naturalist for this talk and learn about the history and ecology of brook
trout as well as the issues they face. FREE!
Nature on the Move – Winter Days: Migration – Do All Birds Fly South for the Winter?
Friday, February 18 at 3 p.m.
Shark River Park, Wall – Main parking lot
Look for our colorful Nature on the Move van and join one of our Park System Naturalists
for a 45-60-minute hands-on interactive program. Keep warm with some hot cocoa while
exploring how nature survives the colder weather through fun games and activities. FREE
Backyard Bird Count
Friday, February 18 from 9-10 a.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell – Meet at the Environmental Center.
Saturday, February 19 from 9-10 a.m.
Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen – Meet at the Visitor Center.
Sunday, February 20 from 9-10 a.m.
Huber Woods Park, Middletown – Meet at the Environmental Center.
Join a Park System Naturalist as we explore our county parks in celebration of the Great
American Backyard Bird Count. We’ll start by looking at what winter birds are at our local
feeders and will take a small walk to see what birds we can identify. It’s a great way to get
started in birding and explore local parks. A limited number of binoculars will be available
to borrow if needed. FREE
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