All May 2022 events at Monmouth County Parks

LINCROFT, NJ — April showers will soon bring Mayflowers, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a county park. From mill demonstrations to decoration day celebrations, Monmouth County’s park system teems with activity. The following is planned:

mill demonstrations

Saturdays and Sundays, April 30 and May 1, May 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22 and 28 and 29 at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m p.m. and 3:30 p.m

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Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold

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

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The casual bird watcher

Tuesday, May 3rd at 9am

Perrineville Lake Park, Millstone – Meet at the Agress Road parking lot.

Tuesday, May 10th at 9am

Clayton Park, Upper Freehold – Meet at the Emley’s Hill Road car park.

Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m

Hartshorne Woods Park – Meet at the Rocky Point parking lot in Highlands.

Tuesday, May 24 at 9 a.m

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell – Meet in the visitor center parking lot.

Take a leisurely morning bird walk with a Park System Naturalist and stroll around the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. You don’t have to be an expert in bird identification to have fun. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow if required. FREE!

Great perennial plant swap in spring

Saturday May 7th

Plant delivery from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m

Plant selection from 10-11 a.m

Tatum Park, Middletown – Use the Red Hill Road entrance.

Gardeners are invited to bring established plants in 1 liter, 1 gallon or 2 gallon containers and bring home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Herb and vegetable seedlings are eligible for equivalent exchange. FREE!

Creative Arts Festival

Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Thompson Park, Lincroft

View the work of artists and fine craftsmen across all mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, photography and painting. Events also include live music and food. Admission and parking are free.

Embroidery demonstration

Saturday, May 7th from 1pm to 3pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Watch the lost art of applying decorative designs with needle and thread during this demonstration. FREE!

Cooking stove demonstration

Saturdays, May 7 & 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

See what’s being cooked on the wood-burning stove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and cuisine have changed since the 1890s. FREE!

Boat tours on the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturdays and Sundays 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 May and Monday 30 May at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm watch

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell

These 45-minute tours are narrated by park system naturalists and include the opportunity to spot native wildlife. The cost is USD 6 per adult and USD 4 per child up to 12 years old. Please call to confirm the schedule as tours are subject to both weather and water levels. All tours start at the visitor center. Life jackets required. Tickets can only be purchased on the day of the tour.

Plant a sunflower

Sunday, May 8th from 12-2:30 p.m

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Plant this year’s sunflower field. Visit the farm all summer and watch the Russian Mammoth Sunflowers grow to over 10 feet tall! Participants are invited to return in the fall and harvest their own sunflower. FREE!

Wonderful spring walks

Monday, May 9th from 10-11:30 am

Clayton Park, Upper Freehold – Meet in the Emley’s Hill parking lot.

Monday, May 23 from 10-11:30 a.m

Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen – Meet in the Visitor Center car park.

Join a naturalist of the park system on a peaceful walk through the park. Sturdy shoes are recommended as the paths used may have slopes or tree roots that you have to step over. FREE!

Open archery

Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft

All equipment is provided for this open shoot. No third-party devices allowed. This is not a teaching clinic and is NOT designed for beginners. If you are new to archery, sign up for one of our instructional courses before attending. Open from 10 years; under 18 with adults. The cost is $10 per person; Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted.

Demonstration of woodworking from the 19th century

Saturday, May 14th from 12pm to 3pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

See the carpenter using 19th-century woodworking and carving tools. FREE!

Piano ballads of the turn of the century

Saturday, May 14th from 1pm to 3pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Tap your feet, dance a step, or sing along to popular turn-of-the-century ballads played in the farmhouse. FREE!

Walnford Day

Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold

Experience the sights and sounds of history during this annual celebration of the place. Admission and parking are free.

Demonstration of plowing with horses

Sunday, May 15 from 12pm to 2pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Stop by the field and chat with the farm staff about the steps involved in producing a good harvest, and you might even get a chance to plow (with the farmer’s help). weather dependent. FREE!

climbing time

Tuesday, May 17th from 3pm to 6pm

Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen

Sunday, May 22nd from 12pm to 3pm

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold

Try Park System’s 25-foot Portable Climbing Wall. You must be 42 inches or taller to climb. Open to children over 8 years old; under 18 accompanied by an adult. FOR FREE!

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s

Saturday, May 21 from 1pm to 3pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Hear tunes from the 1890s played on the accordion. FREE!

nature in motion

Saturday May 21 at 3 p.m

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell – Meet in the visitor center parking lot.

Look for our colorful Nature on the Move van and join one of our park system naturalists for a 45-60 minute interactive program. FREE!

Nature Lecture Series: Horseshoe crabs trying to survive in a modern world

Thursday, May 26 from 7-8 p.m

Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Centre, Port Monmouth

Discover why the horseshoe crab population is declining, what people are doing to protect the crab through research, and what you can do to help. FREE!

Canoe rentals at Thompson Park

Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

Thompson Park, Lincroft

Canoes can be rented at Lake Marlu. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to all ages; under 18 with adults. All rentals must be returned by 3pm. The cost is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.

Historical Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29 from 12pm to 4pm

Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands – Rocky Point section

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

Decoration Day celebration

Monday, May 30th from 12pm to 3pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Enjoy the company of family and friends as we honor this early American holiday. FREE!

To learn more about these park system activities, please visit or call the park system at 732-842-4000. For those with hearing impairments, the park system’s TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, established by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners in 1960, is the Monmouth County Open Spaces, Parks and Recreation Authority.

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