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Pathways 2011 Winter

Pathways 2011 Winter

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Published by Morris County NJ
Morris County Park Commission publications including Pathways, trail maps, school visit publications and more.
Morris County Park Commission publications including Pathways, trail maps, school visit publications and more.

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WINTER
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2011
MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION
Pathways
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MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION •
WINTER
• 2011
H
iking at night is an entirelyunique experience and one
that is filled with wonder. Join
the staff of Pyramid Mountain NaturalHistoric Area in Montville for a special
night hike.
On
Wednesday, January 19
at
5:30 p.m., hike under the full “snow”
moon and listen for the calls of court-
ing owls on a Full-Moon Owl Prowl.
On
Sunday, March 20
at 5 p.m.,
 join a hike to celebrate the VernalEquinox and welcome the beginning of spring and the end of winter!
As spring arrives, love is in the air,
and male woodcocks put on curiousaerial displays accompanied by a vari-
ety of calls. On the Woodcock Walk,
Sunday, March 27
at 6:30 p.m., a
trained naturalist guides you to the bestspots to see these secretive birds strut
their stuff in the fading light.
These 2 ½ hour programs are mod-
erate hikes intended for ages 7 and up.The cost is $5 per person. Dress for theweather; bring water.
 For more information or to register, please call 973-334-3130.
Nature by Night
A
re you interested in raising your own native plants from seeds? Learn
how to collect, store, and plant native seeds from your own garden, justin time for spring ephemerals, such as wild columbine! Hugh Mer-ritt, Morris County Park Commission Volunteer and Certified Master Gardener of the Morris County Rutgers Cooperative Extension, presents an informative
slideshow presentation that takes you through the spring and summer and into
the fall collection seasons. Selected seed heads are available for observation andhands-on demonstrations of different collection methods.Propagating native plants is a crucial step in bringing native wildlife, suchas hummingbirds and butterflies, to your yard where you can enjoy observingthem. These plants provide vital food and shelter for a wide variety of fascinat-ing animals.Appropriate for adults and interested teens, ages 14 and older, this programis held at 7:30 p.m., on
Thursday, March 10
at Pyramid Mountain Natural
Historic Area in Montville. Bring your seed collection and storage questions.Space is limited, so please call ahead. The cost of the program is $5.
 For more information or to register, please call 973-334-3130.
Propagating Native Plantsfrom Seeds
 
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f you’ve ever considered snowshoeing, now is thetime to try this fabulous outdoor sport. Join the
staff at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area inMontville Township and take advantage of the winterseason in an entirely new way!Experience moving effortlessly through the win-
ter landscape, looking for signs of wildlife on the wayto a beautiful overlook.
Introductory programs are scheduled for
Sunday, January 30
and
Sunday, February 27
 
from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The programs feature avariety of snowshoes to try, a discussion andquestion session, and refreshments. Staff fromREI in East Hanover helps you learn more about thisdynamic sport.
Then join a snowshoe trek on the trails or a
guided hike, if there is no snow. The programs are for ages 8 and older, and there is a general admission feeof $10 that includes use of snowshoes, the trek on thetrails, and refreshments.On both days, experienced snowshoers can bring
their own shoes to ONLY participate in the trek on the
trails. For this option, the cost is $3, and participantsshould arrive by 1:30 p.m.
 For more information or to register for either event, please call 973-334-3130.
T
he Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center’s maple sugaring season isunder way in Chatham Twp., and there are many opportunities for learn-ing about tree tapping and enjoying the sweet syrup! Come join the fun
at one of the weekend sugaring demonstrations held on most
Saturdays andSundays in January and February
(see calendar for specific dates). See the process firsthand and take part in a delicious syrup taste test. These hour-longdemonstrations begin at 2 p.m., and cost $3 per person.
MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL
On
Saturday, February 26
, celebrate the
peak of the sugaring season with the annual
Maple Sugar Festival from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.
Visitors of all ages can enjoy a wide variety
of activities, including tree tapping demon-strations, maple cream making and tasting,games, crafts, and plenty of sugaring information. Head outside and savor a cupof hot cider by the fire as a staff member demonstrates the evaporation process ona wood burning evaporator, or take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Enjoy a guided“Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,” to discover how sugaring has changedsince it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago. Just in caseyou are thinking of making your own syrup at home, spiles are on sale along with
easy instructions on how to get started! A maple sugar farmer is also on site sell-
ing fresh syrup products. Event admission is $4 per person.
 For more information, please call the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center at 973-635-6629 or visit www.morrisparks.net for directions.
Snowshoe Adventures
Maple Sugar Season Is Back At The Great Swamp!
 
Discover how sugaringhas changed over time
 S w e e t !

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