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Mar 07, 2017

Enjoy March in a Monmouth County Park

Backyard Birding at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center Howell, for Backyard Birding.

From nature walks to blacksmith demonstrations, the Monmouth County Park System fills March with family-friendly fun. Here’s just some of what’s planned for the month:

Seashore Scientist

Saturday, March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch

Explore different aspects of oceanography through interactive discussions and hands-on experiments. Free.

Roving Naturalist 

Saturday, March 11 at 9:00 a.m.

Big Brook Park, Marlboro

Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m.

Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen

Join a roving naturalist for a walk and discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is a 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather, as light rain and snow are not deterrents. Free.

Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Sunday, March 12 – 8:30 a.m. start

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft

The 13.1-mile course takes runners through the residential sections of Lincroft, Holmdel, and Colts Neck. Race-day registration accepted starting at 7:00 a.m.

Backyard Birding

Sunday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell

Discover how putting up feeders and creating a welcoming environment can attract birds to your yard. Talk about identifying common feeder birds and using these observations to help pick out other species you may encounter in the field. Free.

Blacksmith Demonstration

Sunday, March 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

See what the blacksmith is making in his workshop. Free.

The Casual Birder 

Thursday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Thompson Park, Lincroft – Meet in the Marlu Lake parking lot.

Join a park system naturalist for a laidback morning bird walk to meander for about an hour and see what birds you can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. Open to ages 8 and up. Free.

Nature Lecture Series: Whales of the Jersey Shore 

Thursday, March 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth

Learn about the many species of whales that can be found in our coastal waters during this talk, led by a park system naturalist.  Discuss threats to these magnificent mammals and ways to help save the whales. Free.

Open Shoot Archery

Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft

All equipment is provided, no outside equipment permitted, during this open shoot designed for experienced archers. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.

Cookstove Demonstration

Saturday, March 25 from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Watch the farm staff fire up the cookstove and prepare a dish as it would have been done in the 1890s. Free.

Wood Turtles

Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell

Meet a wood turtle and learn about these fascinating creatures. Free.

To learn more about these park system activities, please visit or call the park system at (732) 842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the park system TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.