Activities at Your County Park for June 2022

LINCROFT – Looking to fill the long, lazy days of June with pleasure? Head to a county park and enjoy the many activities offered by Monmouth County’s park system. Here is what is planned:

Nature walks at the Winter Run Activity Center

Friday, June 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday June 19 at 10 a.m.
Manasquan River Greenway, Howell – Meet at the Winter Run Activity Center.

Join a park system naturalist for a walk through the new Winter Run Activity Center property, which is part of the beautiful Manasquan River Greenway and is adjacent to the Manasquan Reservoir. The walks are approximately 45 minutes and one mile in length. Sturdy shoes and insect repellent are highly recommended. FREE!

Boat trips to Manasquan Reservoir

Friday June 3 at 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays 4 & 5 June, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 25 & 26 June at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell

These 45-minute tours are narrated by Park System naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child 12 and under. Please call to confirm the schedule as tours are dependent on both weather and water levels. All tours depart from the Visitor Center. Mandatory life jackets. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the visit only.


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Colts Neck Community Band – Concert in the Park

Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft

Enjoy an evening of music with the Colts Neck Community Band. The concert features popular music selections and show tunes. Indoor seating available or bring a lawn chair. FREE!

Deep Cut Gardens Open House

Saturday June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Deep Gardens, Middletown

Enjoy tours, demonstrations, drop-in activities for kids and more. FREE!

open archery

Saturday June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft

All equipment is provided for this open shoot. No outside equipment allowed. This is not a teaching clinic and NOT designed for beginners. If you are new to archery, register for one of our courses before attending. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. The cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.

Turn of the Century Piano Ballads

Saturday June 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Tap your feet, dance a step or sing along to popular ballads from the early 19th century as they are played inside the farmhouse. FREE!

Cooking demonstration

Saturdays June 4 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

See what’s simmering on the wood stove and learn how recipes, cooking techniques and cuisines have changed since the 1890s. FREE!

Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturdays & Sundays 4 & 5 June, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 25 & 26 June from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands – Rocky Point section

Visit the restored historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!

Factory demonstration at historic Walnford

Saturdays & Sundays June 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 6 & 7 and 25 & 26 at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold

See the 19th century flour mill in action. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!

Story time in the park

Sundays June 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold

Join us as we read a story in front of scenic Crosswicks Creek. Bring a snack and a blanket or towel. In bad weather, we will meet in the entrance hall of the historic house. Open to 2-7 year olds with an adult. FREE!

Seabrook-Wilson House Excursions

Sundays June 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see exhibits about the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!

Rise time

Tuesday, June 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch

Try the Park System 25′ Portable Climbing Wall. You must be 42 inches or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. FREE!

Lace demonstration

Saturday June 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Watch lace in action as our demonstrator demonstrates historic crochet, bobbin and shuttle work techniques used in Victorian times. FREE!

Old fashioned fun and games

Saturday June 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold

Play a variety of historical themed games to delight and challenge the whole family. FREE!

Canoe rentals at Thompson Park

Saturdays & Sundays June 11 & 12 and 25 & 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thompson Park, Lincroft

Canoes will be available for rent on Lake Marlu. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open from 3 years old; under 18 with an adult. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fees are $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.

At the Moonlight

Tuesday, June 14 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Huber Woods Park, Middletown – Meet at the Environmental Center parking lot.

Walk in the light of the rising full moon and explore the world of nocturnal creatures. Dress for the weather and plan to walk at least a mile. Bring a flashlight. Program may be canceled due to overcast skies or inclement weather. Open to all ages; under 18 with an adult. FREE!

The occasional birdwatcher

Tuesday, June 14 at 9 a.m.
Big Brook Park, Marlboro – Meet at the main car park.
Tuesday, June 28 at 9 a.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell – Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot.
Join a Park System naturalist for this relaxed morning walk and meander for about 1.5 hours and see what birds we can find. You don’t need to be an expert in bird identification to enjoy it. A limited number of binoculars will be available on a first come basis. FREE!

Thompson Park Walking Tours

Saturday June 18 at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Thompson Park, Lincroft – Meet outside the Visitor Centre.

Join our historical interpreter on this walking tour that covers the park’s origins as an 18th-century farmhouse, its horse racing days, and its eventual use as a county park. Tours last approximately one hour and are weather dependent. Participants must be prepared to walk one mile. FREE!

Freshwater Fishing Derby

Saturday June 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Sunday June 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold

Prizes will be awarded to the longest fish in three different categories. Fishing rod rentals available on a first come, first served basis. The rental cost is $5 per pole. A verse container is included with each listing. The cost is $25 per family of 4; $8 per person. Walk-ins are welcome; cash or check only on site.

Purse seine fishing along Sandy Hook Bay

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays June 20, 22, 24, 27 & 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures as you pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Time permits. FREE!

Nature Lecture Series: Ospreys of Monmouth County

Thursday, June 23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Centre, Port Monmouth

Learn about this incredible aquatic raptor, from finding fish to raising a family to threats to its survival during this eye-opening presentation. FREE!

Life in a freshwater pond

Thursdays June 23 & 30 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen – Meet outside the Visitor Centre.

Join Park System Naturalists to explore a freshwater pond and look for basking turtles, hopping frogs, hunting herons, splashing fish and more. Discover the unique life that hides underwater in a freshwater pond. Wear closed shoes. Open to all ages; under 18 with an adult. FREE!

Concert in the Park: Altha Sings – Sentimental Journey Swings!

Friday, June 24 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft

Hear the tunes of Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand and more during a performance by this 17-piece Big Band and vocalist Altha Morton. The set includes hay day favorites from the swing. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, food and soft drinks. The concert is outdoors; however, in case of bad weather, the concert will be moved indoors. FREE!

Antique auto display

Saturday June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold

See pre-1948 automobiles on display. Time permits. FREE!

Under the summer stars

Saturday June 25 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth – Head to the waterfront.

Join our guide and search for key objects and constellations in the summer night sky. Bring a camp chair to rest on while we search for stars and a flashlight to light your way in the dark. Program may be canceled due to overcast skies or inclement weather. Open to all ages; under 18 with an adult. FREE!

Performance in the Park – A Midsummer’s Night Sonnetry: Fourteen Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sunday June 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft
Hear readers explore and recite fourteen of Shakespeare’s most poignant sonnets. FREE!

To learn more about these Park System activities, please visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call the Park System at 732-842-4000. For the hearing impaired, the TTY/TDD number for the Park System is 711. The Monmouth County Parks System, established in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners, is the agency for open spaces, parks and of Monmouth County Recreation.


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