NJ Adds 222 Acres to Kittatinny State Park; 260 Acres Preserved in Total

This week, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection announced that a scenic 260-acre former dairy farm located in southern Sussex County will be permanently preserved. The land is a partially forested tract filled with fields, rolling hills and views of the surrounding landscape. 222 acres of the property will be added to Kittatinny Valley State Park.

National Park Fee-Free Days for 2014

The National Park Service has announced that America’s 401 national parks will offer free admission on nine days in 2014, including several holidays. Normally, there are entrance fees at 133 national parks, ranging from $3 to $25. The entrance fee waiver does not cover fees for services like concessions, camping, boat launches, transportation, etc.

The 2014 Fee-Free Days are:

  • January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20: National Park Week’s opening weekend

Turtle Back Zoo Celebrates the Holidays with Elf on the Shelf

This holiday season, the Turtle Back Zoo Facebook page will be featuring daily “appearances” of the “Elf on the Shelf” – the popular seasonal toy figurine. Between December 1 and December 24, a photo of the Elf in a unique Turtle Back Zoo location will be posted on the Zoo’s Facebook page.

Zookeepers will take photos of the Elf either in an exhibit, on the grounds or with an animal. Parents and their children can check the page daily to see where the elf is and to get a reminder to move their own elf to a new location at home.

National Parks Closed Due to Federal Government Shutdown

Last night, the United States Congress chose to engage in partisan politics rather than pass a clean appropriations bill. The Federal Government has been shut down this morning as a result. All 401 sites managed by the National Park Service are closed as a result of the government shutdown. Visitors staying in a campground or in-park hotel now have 48 hours to leave.

NJDEP’s Free 2013 Wild Outdoor Expo Being Held September 14th and 15th

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey families can learn more about the outdoors at the fourth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, the Department of Environmental Protection-sponsored celebration of the state's natural resources and outdoor heritage. The Expo will be held rain or shine from 10am to 5pm the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.