2017 Schedule of Events

Friends of High Point State Park
Events Schedule

The Friends of High Point State Park is a not-for-profit organization that fosters and supports the historical, scientific, educational, interpretive, recreational, and natural resource management activities in the Park.

The Friends of High Point State Park are proud to bring quality,
family-friendly programming and events to the High Point State Park community. We offer our events free of charge, but graciously accept donations. No one will be turned away if they are unable or do not want to make the suggested donation. We greatly appreciate any and all donations, big and small, that our program participants are able to give. Proceeds received offset costs and support future Friends of High Point State Park programs, events, and projects.

Please make a donation at the next event that you and your family attend. Every penny helps us bring you these wonderful events.
Thank you!

2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS  


WINTER PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Winter Festival
Please join us for our annual Winter Festival. Bring the whole family for a day of winter fun at High Point State Park. Activities will include winter themed crafts, story corner, guided winter hike, sing along, hot cocoa & cookies by the fire, winter weather program, sled dogs, curling, snowshoeing, and ice-fishing demonstrations (conditions permitting). Please park in the gravel lot and walk up to the Interpretive Center. Thank you.

Winter Festival Schedule 
12 – 3 pm Cookies & Cocoa by the Fire, Ice Fishing/Curling Demonstrations, Snowshoeing, Sled Dogs, and Bird Feeder/Winter Crafts
12:30 pm Guided Hike
1 pm Lake Activity
1:30 pm Winter Weather Discussion with Nick Stefano
2:15 pm Story Time
2:30 pm Sing-Along with Joe Rocco
Saturday, January 28, 2017
(Snow Date Sunday, January 29, 2017)
12 pm to 3 pm, HPSP Interpretive Center and Lake Marcia
FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated


SPRING PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Friends of HPSP Spring Meeting
Please join us for our spring meeting! The Friends of HPSP meet three times a year – this is your opportunity to learn how to become more involved in our activities. Members and prospective volunteers are always welcome. All Friends of High Point State Park meetings are open to anyone interested in attending. Please email friendshpsp@gmail.com for more information on volunteering or attending a meeting.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center

Yoga on the Mountain Series - April through November
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.
Visit our Yoga on the Mountain page for more details and 2017 schedule. Classes will take place once a month April through November. All classes May through October will take place on Fridays. Please note that April and November classes will take place on Saturdays.
2017 Dates: 
April 22, 10:30 am (see Earth Day Yoga & Meditation event for additional details for this date); May 12, 6:30 pm; June 16, 6:30 pm; July 14, 6:30 pm; August 11, 6:30 pm; September 15, 6:00 pm; October 13, 5:30 pm; November 4, 10:30 am.
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
$5 or more donation per participant

Earth Hour Observation (Lights out on Monument)
On the evening of March 25, 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 162 countries and territories.

Earth Hour 2017 will take place on Saturday, March 25, 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.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:30 – 9:30 pm, your home or place of business

Earth Day Yoga & Meditation on the Mountain NEW PROGRAM INFO!
Come join us for a uniquely exciting yoga class infused through out the class with meditations and reflections on Earth Day. Norma Brand will lead the yoga. Lynn Panico will guide the meditations. Beginners are welcome. Recommended for ages 16 and older. We will begin and end the class with a short drum circle; so bring your drums if you have one. (A few extra drums and yoga mats are available.) A $5.00 donation is appreciated. Questions call Lynn 973-702-0488. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 
10:30 am to 12 pm, Rain or Shine
HPSP Interpretive Center
Bring yoga mat, pillow, and water
$5 donation per participant suggested

6th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic
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 24, so that we may plan accordingly. To register your family for the teddy bear picnic, please email Michelle at friendshpsp@gmail.com.
Registration is REQUIRED by April 24   
Saturday, April 29, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Rain or Shine
HPSP Interpretive Center
FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated


4th Annual Lake Clean Up - CANCELLED
Please note: Due to rain forecasted for the weekend,  our organized lake clean up has been cancelled. We encourage visitors to help keep High Point beautiful - please pick up your trash and take it home. Thank you! 
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.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - CANCELLED
(Rain date Sunday, May 7, 2017) - CANCELLED
Meet at the HPSP Office Parking Lot
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Spring has Sprung Bike Ride
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 Rob at rthawk@ptd.net for more info & to register.
No rain date is scheduled
Sunday, May 7
11 am to 1 pm, bring bag lunch and water
FREE, $5 donation per rider appreciated

Monday Movers: Cedar Swamp & Monument Trail
The Friends of High Point State Park invites you to join Volunteer April Oleksy to hike & explore The Cedar Swamp & Monument Trail. Drive through the High Point State Park entrance then drive to the end of the road in the Cedar Swamp Picnic Area and that is the trail head parking lot. The trail begins at the yellow gate. The Cedar Swamp Trail follows a closed road into the Atlantic white cedar bog area in the Kuser Natural Area, then forks and circles around the perimeter of the bog. After walking over the boardwalk we will be taking a left into a section of the Monument trail. This part of the trail offers some of the best views in the park extending along the top of the mountain ridges almost to the New York border. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930's, sets of stone stairs and borders display their workmanship. The Cedar Swamp Trail is a 2 mile easy loop that is mostly flat, paved, gravel & boardwalk. We will be doing half of the loop then we will be taking the Monument Trail, which is a moderate to difficult rocky trail with steep climbs. After reaching the top, we will loop around coming back to the parking area. Our hike will be approximately 4 miles and usually takes between 1 1/2 - 2 hours to complete. Please make sure you bring water to stay hydrated while hiking. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch and join April after the hike at one of the picnic areas. Hikes are weather permitting and can be cancelled due to extreme weather. If you have any questions please call the park office @ 973-875-4800.
No Raindate Scheduled
Monday, May 15
10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Bring water and lunch (optional)


SUMMER PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Summer Concert Series
The Friends of High Point State Park invite you to join them for an evening of music in the park. Bring your family and friends up the mountain for a day of fun, and then stay for a fabulous concert on the beach. Spread a blanket out on grass and enjoy a picnic supper. Dance barefooted in the sand. Summer nights were made for music under the setting sun! The summer concert series at High Point State Park is FREE, but donations are appreciated. All concerts will take place on the beach of Lake Marcia. In the event of rain, concerts will take place in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center.
All concerts 6 pm to 8 pm
Lake Marcia Beach, High Point State Park
Free, donation of $5 or more per adult appreciated
2017 Concert Dates and performers:
Concert 1: June 24 – Culver Gap

Concert 2: July 15 – Mike Lawlor and Friends

Concert 3: Aug 12 –
 Country Comfort 

Friends of HPSP Summer Meeting
Please join us! The Friends of HPSP meet three times a year – this is your opportunity to learn how to become more involved in our activities. All members and prospective volunteers are welcome. For more information on volunteering or attending a meeting, please email friendshpsp@gmail.com
Saturday, July 15, 2017
1 pm, HPSP Interpretive Center


AUTUMN PROGRAMS & EVENTS   

Bait & Boat Festival
Join the Friends of High Point State Park as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. This is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Activities include kayaking, boat races, fishing contest, sandcastle contest, boat craft, and pond study or paddle with the Park Naturalist. The day will conclude with campfire and s’mores on the beach. 
Schedule of Events
1 pm Boating, Fishing Contest, Sandcastle Contest, and Crafts start
2 pm Boat Race
3 pm Pond Study or Paddle with Park Naturalist
4 pm Boat Race 
5 pm Boating, Fishing and Sandcastle Contests end
5 pm to 6 pm Campfire with s'mores

Participants are welcome to bring their own non-motorized boats. Please stop at the registration table for additional instructions. All boats are required to be rinsed prior to entering the water and must be launched from the Lake Marcia beach. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the water. All fishing contest participants must bring their own fishing tackle and display a valid NJ fishing license if age 16 or older.
September 9, 2017
(Rain date Sunday, September 10, 2017)
1 pm to 6 pm, Lake Marcia Beach HPSP
FREE, donation of $5 or more per boater or family appreciated

Fall Into Autumn Bicycle Tour
Come enjoy the beauty of autumn at High Point State Park!
Bring your own bicycle for a lovely ride to view emerging fall foliage. Our route will take us on an 8-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. We will make a few shorts stops 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. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch, and water. Meet at the winter-use parking lot on Park Ridge Road.
Please email Rob at rthawk@ptd.net for more info & to register.
No rain date is scheduled.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
11 am – 1 pm
High Point State Park, Meet at the Winter Use Parking Lot
FREE, donation of $5 per participant appreciated

Open Hearth Cooking
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.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
11 am to 3 pm, HPSP Interpretive Center
FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated

Friends of HPSP Autumn Meeting & Thanks-for-Giving Potluck
Please join us! The Friends of HPSP meet three times a year – this is your opportunity to learn how to become more involved in our activities. A potluck lunch will take place before the November meeting. Please bring something to share. All members and prospective volunteers are welcome. For more information on volunteering or attending a meeting, please email friendshpsp@gmail.com
Saturday, November 11, 2017
12 pm potluck, 1 pm meeting, HPSP Interpretive Center




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