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Pathways 2010 Fall

Pathways 2010 Fall

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Published by Morris County NJ
Morris County NJ Park Commission quarterly magazine highlighting events throughout the County park system.
Morris County NJ Park Commission quarterly magazine highlighting events throughout the County park system.

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Published by: Morris County NJ on Sep 28, 2010
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FALL
 |
2010
MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION
Pathways
SEE PAGE
6 & 7
H ALL OWEEN
FUN F OR
GINGERBREADWONDERLANDLEARN TO SKATEAPPLE FUN
 
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MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION •
FALL
• 2010
M
ost hikers only hit the trails whenconditions are ideal. Once the sunstarts setting, hikers often quickentheir pace to leave the woods safely andnever experience the evening forest. Thisis a magical time when the natural world’s“evening performers” start their nightlyshow. If you want to enjoy this uniqueexperience, register for one or more of thisspecial series of evening hikes.At Pyramid Mountain in Montville, take partin a
Frosty Moon Hike
on
Sunday, November21
at 4 p.m. Explore the trails in the diminishinglight before the full moon comes into view. TheLenape Indians called the full moon in late fallthe “beaver” or “frosty” moon.On
Tuesday, December 21
at 4 p.m. jointhe
Full Moon Winter Solstice Hike
to cel-ebrate the “long nights” of this time of year and
to welcome the official beginning of winter.
Both hikes are moderate level andapproximately 2 ½ hours long.At the Great Swamp Outdoor EducationCenter in Chatham, take part in a
Winter’sNight Hike
just as darkness sets in and noc-turnal wildlife become active. Listen for thesounds of the swamps’s nightlife on
Friday,December 3
from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as anaturalist leads you along the trails.
Come along on an
Owl Prowl
on
Friday,December 10
from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and listenfor the mating calls of the local owls. Learn allabout owls as you watch as someone transformsinto this nocturnal bird of prey, separate owl fact
from the fiction, and venture onto the trails as
your guide attempts to “call out” the owls.
All hikes are for ages 7 and up. Cost is$5/per person.
 For more information and to register, please call 973-635-6629
EveningHikes
 
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W
hen was the last time you were in a canoe?Summer camp in the 1980’s? Canoe-ing is an easy and enjoyable way to geta unique look at the natural world while exercising.On
Thursday, October 14
at 4 p.m., join the staff of Pyramid Mountain for a unique paddling experienceand learn all the basics for canoe safety and fun.In this two-hour program, learn the parts of acanoe and paddle, how to use and adjust personal
flotation devices (PFD’s) and basic canoe safety.
Practice a number of strokes and maneuvers, includ-ing the forward stroke, stopping, spinning, abeamsand turns, as well as how to carry and launch acanoe. Master your new skills during canoeinggames and a paddle around the lake. By the end of 
the course, you feel confident in your abilities and
rejuvenated by the scenic views and fresh air of thelake at Silas Condict Park in Kinnelon!This Level One class is taught by instructors
certified by the American Canoe Association, and is a
prerequisite for all other MCPC paddling programs.The cost is $15 per person ages 10 and up. Childrenunder 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Space islimited, and advanced registration is required. Pleasedress for the weather and bring water.
 For more information or to register, please call 973-334-3130.
T
he Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania,
with its swift waters meandering through a rugged, mountainlandscape, makes a perfect location for wintering Bald Eagles.Each year, dozens of eagles move from their nesting areas to spend thewinter hunting in its unfrozen waters, perching in the tall pines alongthe shores, or circling lazily overhead. The Environmental EducationStaff of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in ChathamTownship are again leading their annual Bald Eagle Watching Trips.
Travel by van from the Great Swamp to specific viewing sites
with the best opportunities to spot eagles. Along the way, learn allabout the amazing natural history of the eagles from trained guides andenjoy complimentary hot cocoa and educational handouts. At eachstop, enjoy an amazing view through a high-powered spotting scope setup by your guides to enhance viewing.Trips are scheduled for
Monday, December 20; Saturday,January 15; and Sunday, February 6
, all from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. forages 16 and up. Please wear warm clothing, and bring a lunch andbinoculars. Binoculars are also available to borrow. The cost is $35 perperson, and space is strictly limited to 9 participants per trip. Preregis-
tration is required. Don’t miss the chance to see our nation’s majestic
symbol in the wild!
 For more information and to register, please call 973-635-6629.
See Winter Bald Eagles
Do You Canoe?
Learn How
FL YINGWILD!

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