A look at family events hosted by the Monmouth County Park System in January

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Originally published: 12/18/2021

(LINCROFT, NJ) – Would you like your family to stay happy and active this January? Look no further than that Monmouth County parking system and all the activities it has planned for the month.


Winter Beach Walk – Thursday, January 6th, 11 am-12:30pm; Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan. Take a guided stroll along the beach with a Park System naturalist and collect and discover some of the ocean’s natural treasures. Put on warm clothing and bring something to carry for seashells. FOR FREE!


Yarn Bee – Saturday, January 8th, 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM; Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Whether you are just starting a new hobby or working on an old project, everyone is welcome to this gathering! There’s no pressure in the relaxed atmosphere – you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and the farm staff are on hand to help out those who need a little extra help. Bring your own supplies. Open from 10 years; under 18 with adults. The cost is $ 5 per person; cash or check only.


Cutting, Splitting and Pruning – Sunday, January 9th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm; Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Warm up with a two-man saw and riving knife; Learn how farmers split shingles with a Froe or cut beams with a wide ax. Open to adults. FOR FREE!


The Casual Birder – Tuesday, January 11th at 9:00 am; Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. Tuesday, January 25th at 9:00 a.m.; Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch – Meet at the pavilion. Join a Park System Naturalist for a leisurely morning bird walk and stroll for about an hour and a half and see what birds we can find. You don’t have to be an expert in bird identification to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be made available on a first-come basis. Open to all ages; under 18 with adults. FOR FREE!


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Wonderful winter walk – Wednesday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thompson Park, Lincroft – Meet in the Old Orchard parking lot. Wednesday, January 26th from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.;

Hartshorne Woods Park – Meet in the Rocky Point car park in the Highlands. Put on your winter gear and join a Park System naturalist as you explore the great outdoors in winter. Open to all ages; under 18 with adults. Please note: Sturdy footwear is recommended, roads may have slopes or tree roots to step over. FOR FREE!


Nature Lecture Series: Chickadees of Monmouth County – Thursday, January 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Freneau Woods Park Activity Center, Aberdeen. Come for this Park System naturalist talk and learn more about these adorable birds, how to identify them, and how to get them to your bird feeders. FOR FREE!


Nature in motion – Winter days: Adaptations – How do animals keep warm in winter? – Saturday, January 22nd at 3:00 p.m. Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold – Meet in the Shelter Building parking lot. Look for our colorful “Nature on the Move” van and take part in a 45-60-minute interactive program with one of our park system naturalists. Keep warm with hot cocoa as you explore how nature weather the colder weather through fun games and activities. FOR FREE!


Wallpaper in Early America – Saturday & Sunday, January 22nd & 23rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Check out examples of early American wallpaper designs, including several patterns that adorned the walls in the elegant house of the Walns. FOR FREE!


Seashore Open House – Sunday, January 30th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch. Stop by for this annual open house and enjoy the fun by the sea. The interactive activities will keep you and your family entertained and educated about the coast and sea. Talk to a Park System naturalist about your own collection of seashells or the aquatic animals on display. You can even create a beach souvenir to take away. FOR FREE!


To learn more about these Park System activities, please visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call the parking system at 732-842-4000. For the hearing impaired, the Park System’s TTY / TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, established in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation Agency.


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