Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Programs

We are happy to announce our spring programs and welcome everyone back to High Point State Park!




   Earth Day Meditation on the Mountain   
HPSP Interpretive Center
Friday, April 22, 2016 
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Rain or Shine
Free, $2 donation per participant appreciated

Join us on the mountain as we honor our planet Earth with an hour of meditation and reflection. Various styles of meditation will be practiced, including a short meditative walk outside if weather permits. The group will be led through a few styles of contemplation and then given an opportunity to meditate individually. Participants may want to bring a yoga mat or small pillow to sit on and a reusable bottle of water. The program is for adults and mature teens, ages 14 and older. The program is free, although a $2 donation per participant is appreciated.

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Spring has Sprung Bike Ride
Winter Use Parking Lot
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 am to 1 pm
FREE, $5 donation per rider appreciated

Come enjoy the beauty of spring at High Point State Park! Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride to view emerging spring foliage and flowers. Our route will take us on an 8-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. A few shorts stops will be made along the way to view points of interest and to enjoy a picnic lunch. 

The bike ride is suitable for ages 14 – adult. Helmets are required for all bicycle riders. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch and water. The group will meet at the winter-use parking lot located on Park Ridge Road

No rain date is scheduled, but visitors are welcome to explore on their own. Park maps and suggested routes for bicycling are available in the park office. 

Please email April at aprwne@ptd.net to register and for more information. 

Update: Bike ride participants has a wonderful time! Thank you to everyone who came up the mountain. A special thank you to April for leading the bike ride!




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5th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic
HPSP Interpretive Center
Saturday, April 30, 2016
1 pm to 3 pm, Rain or Shine
FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated
Registration is REQUIRED by April 25
   REGISTRATION FULL - WAIT LIST OPEN      

Families with children ages 2-10, and their favorite teddy bears, are invited to High Point State Park for a spring picnic where they will explore the natural history of the North American Black Bear. Activities will include a bear discovery station, crafts, family story corner, and more. High Point State Park's resident BIG teddy bear will be sitting for portraits - bring your camera!

Please bring your own picnic lunch and teddy bears! Registration is required for this program. The teddy bear picnic is one of our most popular events. Seating is limited. All registrations must be received by Monday, April 25, so that we may plan accordingly. 

To register your family for the teddy bear picnic, please email Michelle at friendshpsp@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION IS FULL - WAIT LIST OPEN

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3rd Annual Lake Clean Up
HPSP Office Parking Lot
Saturday, May 7, 2016
(Rain date Sunday, May 8, 2016)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Help keep High Point State Park beautiful! Join us as we clean up trash along the shores and in the waters of Lake Marcia, Steenykill, and Sawmill. Participants should bring their own waterproof footwear, hip-waiters, and work gloves if they have them. Please be aware that participants may get wet and dirty, so keep that in mind and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There will be no swimming. Individuals, families with older children, and groups are welcome to participate in the lake clean up event. Please call 973-702-0488 if you would like more information or have questions about the event.


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Yoga on the Mountain
HPSP Interpretive Center
May 13, 2016
6:30 pm
$5 Suggested donation

Come enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body.  All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is cancelled. To register, please call 973-702-0488. A minimum donation of $5.00 per class is recommended. Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. All proceeds go to support Yoga on the Mountain and other Friends of High Point State Park programs.

Classes will take place once a month May through October. All classes will take place on Fridays in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Suggested donation of $5 or more per participant appreciated.



2016 Yoga Schedule: 
May 13, 6:30 pm
June 17, 6:30 pm
July 15, 6:30 pm
August 12, 6:30 pm
September 16, 6:00 pm
October 14, 5:30 pm.


We hope to see you on the mountain this spring!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Earth Hour 2016

We are happy see spring paint the mountain green once again. The Friends of High Point State Park have many exciting events planned for this upcoming season so be sure to check out our calendar of events.


In the spirit of going green…
Earth Hour
(Lights out on Monument)
Saturday, March 19, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 pm
Your home or place of business

On the evening of March 19, the Friends of High Point State Park are again participating in Earth Hour. The lights on the Monument will be turned off for the ENTIRE NIGHT in honor of Earth Hour.


Earth Hour started in 2007 in SydneyAustralia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour. It has been growing ever since. On March 27, 2010, Earth Hour set a record when 128 countries and 4,500 cities joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from all over the world such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and Buckingham Palace switched off.  People across the world, from all walks of life, turned off their lights and came together in celebration of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. Participation in Earth Hour has grown to include more than 172 countries and territories.


Earth Hour 2016 will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm (local time). This Earth Hour, we challenge you to go beyond the hour. After you flip the switch and the lights back on, think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up. Go to www.earthhour.org for more information on how to participate in this year’s event.


Thank you! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oh, What Fun!

Thank you to everyone who came up the mountain for our
2016 Winter Festival!


We had a wonderful turnout for the event that was held on Saturday, January 30. Visitors were treated to bird feeder and seasonal crafts; sled dog, ice fishing, and curling demonstrations; free use of snow shoes, a guided winter walk, a children’s sing-a-long, and fireside hot soups, beverages, and treats.  

Warm sunshine brightened everyone’s day and so did the canine visitors from the New Jersey Sled Dog Club.


Thank you to Kathy Murarik and the New Jersey Sled Dog Club for the exciting education program and demonstration. We would also like to thank the owners of the sled dog puppies that came up to share their exuberant little friends with us.


Fun times were had down on Lake Marcia as well with curling and ice fishing demonstrations. Thank you to Dean Roth and Paul Graebena of Plainfield Curling Club for joining us and sharing your excitement and expertise on the ice. To learn more about the sport of curling and the Plainfield Curling Club, please visit www.njcurling.org.


Thank you to Joe Rocco for once again entertaining our young visitors! We appreciate your continued support and friendship.


We would like to thank the New Jersey School of Conservation for their generous loan of snowshoes for the day. We greatly appreciate your annual support! A special thank you to Dr. Randy Fitzgerald, Dr. William Thomas, and Tom Card with the New Jersey School of Conservation/Montclair State University, your generous donation of equipment and time was much appreciated by our participants.


A huge thank you to all our volunteers who give their time and talents to bring smiles to visitors of all ages.




Photos from the event are now available for viewing from our photos page and by clicking here.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the mountain again soon!



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Festival 2016

Please join us for our annual celebration of snow and ice at High Point State Park!
Snowmen, Art Credit: Kaitlyn Straway

Winter Festival
Saturday, January 30, 2016
12 pm to 3 pm
(Snow date Sunday, January 31)
HPSP Interpretive Center

Bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of winter fun. Activities will include winter themed crafts, guided hike, story corner, sing along, hot cocoa and cookies by the fire, snowshoeing and ice-fishing demonstrations (conditions permitting). Admission to the Winter Festival is FREE, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per family is appreciated.

The New Jersey Dog Sled Club will attend and present an education program and sled dog demonstration.

Massena Sled Dog Races, photo provided by Kathy Murarik

Kathy on gig at Pine Barrens, photo provided by Kathy Murarik


Winter Festival Schedule 
12 pm – 3 pm Bird Feeder Crafts, Cookies & Cocoa by the Fire, Ice Fishing Demonstration, Snowshoeing
12:30 pm Guided Hike
1:30 pm Winter Weather Talk with Nick Stefano
2:15 pm Story Time
2:30 pm Sing-Along with Joe Rocco


Snow Date for the Winter Festival is Sunday, January 31, from 12 pm to 3 pm. We will post an update on this page and on Facebook if there is a need to postpone to the snow date. Happy Winter!  

Please Renew Your Friends of High Point State Park Membership in 2016! 

Thank you and we hope to see you on the mountain!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Winter Wishes

Snow Squall, October 2015

The Friends of High Point State Park wish our members, volunteers, and HPSP staff, a Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year!




We deeply appreciate all of the time, energy, and donation dollars that you

so generously give to support our organization throughout the year. Without you, we would not be able to bring our many free programs to the High Point State Park community. 
Thank you! 





Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers? Looking for last minute gift ideas? High Point State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature and purchase the perfect gift! 



Friends of High Point State Park merchandise is available for sale in the Park Office. We offer hoodies, t-shirts, patches, our Music on the Mountain CD and more! 

Save the Date for our annual Winter Festival as we celebrate snow and ice at High Point State Park!

Snowmen, Art Credit Kaitlyn Straway

Winter Festival
Saturday, January 30, 2016
12 pm to 3 pm
(Snow date Sunday, January 31)
HPSP Interpretive Center

Please join us for our annual celebration of snow and ice at High Point State Park. Bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of winter fun. Activities will include winter themed crafts, guided hike, story corner, sing along, hot cocoa and cookies by the fire, snowshoeing and ice-fishing demonstrations (conditions permitting). The event is FREE, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per family is appreciated.

Winter Festival Schedule 
12 – 3 pm Ice Fishing Demonstration, Snowshoeing, Bird Feeder Crafts
12:30 pm Guided Hike
1:30 pm Winter Weather Talk with Nick Stefano
2:15 pm Story Time, Sing-Along, Cookies & Cocoa by the Fire

Snow Date for the Winter Festival is Sunday, January 31 from 12 pm to 3 pm. We will post an update on this page and on Facebook if there is a need to postpone to the snow date. Happy Winter!  

Please Renew Your Friends of High Point State Park Membership in 2016! Thank you and we hope to see you on the mountain!



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanks for Stopping By Open Hearth!

Thank you to everyone who came up the mountain and joined us for our 2015 Open Hearth Day. 

Welcome Table 2015 Open Hearth
We greatly appreciate your support and attendance. Photos from the day are available for viewing from our photos page or by clicking here.

2015 Open Heath Fire - Thank You Pleasant Acres Farm Campground!
A special thank you to Pleasant Acres Farm Campground for generously providing the firewood for Open Hearth this year! Take a moment and visit their website to discover all the fun they have to offer in our backyard, www.pleasantacres.com.

We also thank all the volunteers who contributed their time, energy, and hearts to presenting Open Hearth. 
2015 Open Hearth. Three of our wonderful talented chefs!

A Happy Birthday to Bob our Fire Master. Thank you for spending your day with us and passing on your knowledge.
2015 Open Hearth. Bob our Fire Master!


Remember that High Point State Park is open year round. Winter is a magical time of year on the mountain.

Save the Date in 2016... 

Please join us for our 2016 Winter Festival!
Three Snowman. Art Credit Kaitlyn Straway.
2016 Winter Festival
HPSP Interpretive Center
Saturday, January 30, 2016
(Snowdate Sunday, Jan. 31)
12 pm to 3 pm
Free*
*$5 donation per family appreciated


See you on the mountain again soon!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Autumn is the Season of Bounty...

Please join us on the mountain this autumn!

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration
HPSP Interpretive Center
Saturday, October 24, 2015
11 am to 3 pm
Rain or Shine
FREE*

* Suggested $5 donation per family is appreciated.
 


Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests. Come watch the Friends of High Point State Park prepare a seasonal feast on the open hearth. 



Enjoy sample tastings of soups, meats, sides, and desserts that have all been cooked fireside. Seasonal activities for children will be offered.




 We hope to see you on the mountain!