Park offers nature programs in July

| 29 Sep 2011 | 03:29

    Hackettstown — The following programs will be held at Stephens State Park, 800 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown. All programs are free and open to the general public. Program participants meet at the far end of the main parking lot. Call 908-852-3790 for more information. Saturday, July 4. A Sense of Local History. 1 - 4 p.m. Learn about the unique historical features of the park that reflect the diversity of natural resources. A research-based program will include learning about the Leni Lenape Native Americans, visiting the lime kiln, observing the Victorian homestead and about Art Neu, a champion angler, who fished the Musconetcong. Sunday, July 5. Dino Daze. 1 - 4 p.m. This total hands-on fun experience will entertain and enlighten the junior paleontologist. Use dinosaur rubbing plates, answer questions from the Dino catch ball and play a game of Dino-opoly. Saturday, July 11. Birding with Children. 1 - 2:15 p.m. Learn to identify resident birds. Learn about resident water birds and visiting birds of prey. Visit the bluebird box trail. Saturday, July 11. Bats: Little Flying Mammals. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Observe a bat house and learn about the little brown bat. Sunday, July 12. Native American Experience. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how the Lenape Indians survived using arrowheads to hunt prey. Create a Native American craft as you listen to Indian music. Play Indian games. Saturday, July 18. Bear Aware. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Learn about the myths and exology of the black bear that live in local woodlands. Saturday, June 18. Mammals: Skulls And Skins. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Observe skulls of deer, opossum, raccoon, fox and skins of raccoon, coyote and fox as you learn about carnivores and herbivores that live in the park. Create a collection of animal tracks to take home. Sunday, July 19. Nature Fun and Storytelling. 1 - 2:15 p.m. Learn about food chains and webs of woodland animals through games. Enjoy wildlife-based stories from Native American legends. Sunday, July 19. Reptiles and Amphibians. 2:30 - 4 p.m. A scavenger hunt approach to learn about invertebrates that live in local wetlands.