Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Programs

The Lake Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, May 7 has been canceled due to the weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to do an informal clean up on your own if you want to help keep High Point State Park beautiful anytime you are in the neighborhood. We appreciate your support. See you on the mountain!

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.


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 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!


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

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



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

The Lake Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, May 7 has been canceled due to the weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to do an informal clean up on your own if you want to help keep High Point State Park beautiful anytime you are in the neighborhood. We appreciate your support. See you on the mountain!

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.

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 for more information on how to participate in this year’s event.

Thank you!