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See what’s happening in the parks in March

March marks the official arrival of spring and brings with it plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Monmouth County Park System. Here’s what’s planned for the month:

Nature Lecture Series: Chickadees of Monmouth County
Thursday, March 10 from 7-8 p.m.
Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen
Learn about these adorable birds, how to identify them, and how to attract them to your bird
feeders during this talk by a Park System Naturalist. FREE!

Cookstove Demonstration
Saturdays, March 12 & 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
See what’s cooking on the woodstove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and
kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!

Piano Ballads from the Turn of the Century
Saturday, March 12 from 1-3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Tap your feet, dance a one-step, or sing along to popular turn-of-the-19th-century ballads as
they are played inside the farmhouse. FREE!

Nature on the Move
Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m.
Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold
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. FREE!

E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Sunday, March 13 – 8:30 a.m. start
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs $60 per runner; cash or check only.

Horse-Drawn Plowing Demonstration
Sunday, March 13 from 12-2 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Stop by the field and chat with the staff about the steps needed to ensure a good harvest, and
maybe even get a chance to plow (with the farmer’s help). Weather dependent. FREE!

The Casual Birder
Tuesday, March 15 at 9 a.m.
Crosswicks Creek Park – Meet in the Province Line Road parking area in Allentown.
Tuesday, March 29 at 9 a.m.
Big Brook Park, Marlboro – Meet in the parking lot.
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.

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Saturday, March 19 from 1-3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion. FREE!

Starting Your Spring Garden
Sunday, March 20 from 12-2:30 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Learn what vegetables to start now that will flourish in spring’s cool weather. With the help of
our gardeners, you will make a newspaper pot and start a collection of seeds that you will be
able to transplant into your garden at home. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Splendid Spring Stroll
Monday, March 28 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Huber Woods Park, Middletown – Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot.
Say “farewell” to the frosty weather as you join a Park System Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk
through the park. Sturdy footwear is recommended as trails used may have inclines or tree
roots to step over. FREE!

To learn more about these Park System activities, please visit or call
the Park System at 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD
number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of
County Commissioners, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.

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