Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


The Friends of High Point State Park wish Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to our members, volunteers, and the staff at High Point State Park



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 get 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!


Snowman, art by Kaitlyn Straway



Winter Festival
Saturday, January 31, 2015
12 pm to 3 pm
(Snow date Sunday, February 1, 12 pm to 3 pm)
HPSP Interpretive Center

See you on the mountain!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We Give Thanks For You!

The Friends of High Point State Park

wish you and your family

Happy Thanksgiving!




Please join us for our next event:

Winter Festival 2015

Snowman, art by Kaitlyn Straway

Winter Festival
Saturday, January 31, 2015
12 pm to 3 pm
(Snow date Sunday, February 1, 12 pm to 3 pm)
HPSP Interpretive Center

Please join us for our annual celebration of snow and ice at High Point State Park

Family Fun at the 2014 Winter Festival

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.

Please Renew Your Friends of High Point State Park Membership in 2015. 

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



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Late Autumn at High Point

Hello Friends,

Hopefully you read The Monument newsletter that was recently sent out to our members. Unfortunately, we published the wrong date for the Friends of High Point State Park Fall Meeting. The meeting is NOT Saturday, November 1. We are sorry for any inconvenience or confusion.
 
Please consider joining us for the Friends of High Point State Park Fall Meeting on Saturday, November 15, at 1 pm in the HPSP Interpretive Center. The Friends of HPSP meets only three times a year – this is your opportunity to learn how to become more involved in our activities. A potluck lunch will take place starting at noon, before the meeting. Please bring something to share. All members and interested volunteers are welcome to attend.

If you plan on attending the meeting, please email Michelle at friendshpsp@gmail.com.

Thank you!



Thank you to everyone who came out to share the beautiful day we had for our Open Hearth Cooking event. We hope you enjoyed the culinary talents and fire skills of the Friends and our group of tireless volunteers. Photos from the day are now available for viewing from our photos page or by clicking here.

Open Hearth Cooking, 2014

High Point State Park is beautiful in the fall. The landscape changes with each passing day. As the leaves turn and cast their fates to the wind, the silhouette of the land is revealed. 

Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park 

This is a wonderful time of the year to explore the park. The crowds are gone and there is quiet solitude waiting for you. Come take a walk on the trails, sit by the lakes, or watch the clouds go by on the breezy mountaintop. There is something for everyone throughout the year at High Point State Park.

Yoga on the Mountain
The final Yoga on the Mountain class of the 2014 season will take place on Saturday, November 8, 9:30 am to 10:45 am in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center.
 
Yoga on the Mountain

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 donation of $5 or more per class is recommended.   

Winter Festival
Snowman, art by Kaitlyn Straway

Save the date for our 2015 Winter Festival, Saturday, January 31, 2015, 12 pm to 3 pm, (Snow date Sunday, February 1, 12 pm to 3 pm), in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Please join us for our annual celebration of snow and ice at High Point State Park

Family Fun at the 2014 Winter Festival

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.

Please Renew Your Friends of High Point State Park Membership in 2015. 

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


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall in Love with High Point!

Autumn is a beautiful season to visit High Point State Park!

Lake Marcia, Autumn 2014

Migration is underway, a gentle breeze stirs the changing leaves, and visitors flock to the mountain to enjoy the crisp autumn days. 

Come explore High Point State Park this fall. Bring your friends and family up for a day of fun and join us for our favorite event of the year...

Open Hearth Cooking
Saturday, October 25
11 am – 3 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
FREE* 

*Suggested donation of $5 per family appreciated



Open Hearth, 2013

Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a demonstration of open hearth cooking on the Interpretive Center fireplace. Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests and the air will be filled with the aromas of pumpkin and apple. Enjoy a sample tasting of delectable soups, meats, and desserts all cooked fireside. 

Open Hearth, 2013

Seasonal activities for children will be offered.

Story Basket, Open Hearth, 2013
 
Coloring Station, Open Hearth, 2013


Save the date and come be a part of this wonderful day!


Yoga on the Mountain
 
Yoga on the Mountain

There are only two classes left on the 2014 season schedule. Don't miss out!

Friday, October 17, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Saturday, November 8, 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Yoga on the Mountain classes are held in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. 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 donation of $5 or more per class is recommended. 

Interpretive Center, Open Hearth, 2013
    
See you on the mountain!


Friday, September 12, 2014

CANCELLED -Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride

UPDATE - Sorry folks...The Friends of High Point State Park Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride that was scheduled for Saturday, October 4, has been CANCELLED due to the rain and wind forecasted to impact the region. Unfortunately, there is no rain date scheduled for the event. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to offer another guided bicycle ride again in the future. Thank you for supporting the Friends of High Point State Park!
Saturday, October 4,  2014  - CANCELLED
11 am to 2 pm -CANCELLED 
FREE*


Come enjoy the beauty of fall at High Point State Park on Saturday, October 4. Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride on the loop around Park Ridge Road and Sawmill Road


A few shorts stops will be made along the way to point out things of interest. We will bike about 10 miles. Bring your own lunch and we will picnic at Sawmill LakeOn the return, we will walk or ride our bikes along the historical Ayers Trail. 


We will meet at the Winter Parking Lot at 11 am and should be back around 2 pm. Call 973-702-0488 for registration and questions. Suitable for ages 14-adult. Helmets are required for all bicycle riders. 


Meet at the Winter Parking Lot at 11 am. Please bring you own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch and water.

The guided bicycle tour is free, but a suggested donation of $5 or more per participant is appreciated. 

Please call 973-702-0488 with any questions and to register.

See you on the mountain!




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Oh, What a Beautiful Day!

What a wonderful day we had for our Bait & Boat Festival! 

Kayaks on the beach, 2014.

The blue skies and warm sunshine were a fitting end to a beautiful summer. 

Working on his sea turtle sand sculpture, 2014.

Photos from the day are now available for viewing from our photos page.

Boat sailing on Lake Marcia, 2014.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us on Lake Marcia! 




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Bait & Boat Festival - RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

*** POSTPONED TO RAIN DATE***

Sorry folks, 

The Friends of High Point State Park Bait & Boat Festival has been postponed to SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, due to the thunderstorms predicted for Saturday. 

We hope you will join us on Sunday for a fun family day on Lake Marcia. Thank you!

BAIT & BOAT FESTIVAL
Lake Marcia
Sunday, September 7, 2014
1 pm to 6:30 pm
FREE*

*Donation of $5 or more per boater or family appreciated

***********

Join the Friends of High Point State Park on the beach at 
Lake Marcia as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. 

BAIT & BOAT FESTIVAL
Lake Marcia
Saturday, September 6, 2014
1 pm to 6:30 pm
FREE*

*Donation of $5 or more per boater or family appreciated

(Rain Date Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1 pm - 6:30 pm)

Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

This special event is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Participants may borrow one of the Friends’ kayaks or canoes for a short paddle or bring their own non-motorized boat and spend the day exploring. 


Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Afternoon activities include boat races, fishing contest, nature paddle, and crafts. An early evening campfire on the beach with s’mores will conclude the festivities. 

*****     Little Lulu's Concession Stand will be OPEN    *****

Schedule of Events
1 pm Boating, Fishing Contest, Crafts start
2 pm Boat Race
3 pm Interpretive Paddle with Park Naturalist
4 pm Boat Race
4 pm Crafts end
4:30 pm Fishing Contest ends
5 pm Boating ends
5 pm to 6:30 pm Campfire with s'mores


Fishing Contest, Bait & Boat Festival , 2013.

Crafts, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Playing with boat craft, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Playing with boat craft, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

Nature Paddle with Park Naturalist, Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

S'more family fun at the Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.

All persons fishing, age sixteen or older, must have and display a valid NJ State fishing license. Please bring your own fishing equipment. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the lake. Participants who plan to bring their own non-motorized boat, remember your PFDs, and stop by the beach for instructions before putting your boat in the water.

Ready to go boating at the Bait & Boat Festival, 2013.


All boats must be rinsed off before going in the lake
 to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Little Lulu's Concessions Stand will be OPEN!


Pack a picnic, or let Little Lulu's Concession Stand do the cooking, and bring the whole family for a day of adventure at High Point State Park. The event is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Rain date is Sunday, September 7, 2014.

See you on the lake!