Poricy Park Conservancy is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible.

732-842-5966  -  P.O. Box 36 - 345 Oak Hill Road - Middletown, NJ 07748


 
Program Refund Policy
& Program Fees
Poricy Park Conservancy (PPC) makes every effort to ensure that programs take place as advertised. However, PPC reserves the right to cancel programs that fail to meet minimum enrollment requirements. 
If we must cancel a program, a refund will be issued. If you are unable to attend a program, or you are a "no-show," no refund will be given. If you notify us at least one week in advance that you are unable to attend, credit will be given less a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the program cost or $5.00.  Credits are valid for one year and may be applied toward any PPC program or membership. (Credits may not be used for gift shop or bird seed purchases.) 

PPC strives to provide quality programs at a reasonable cost to our visitors.  Your generous contributions assist us in sustaining our operation. Unless otherwise noted, recommended program donations are 

$6 for members and 

$8 for non-members. Maximum per family household is 

$25 members with PPC Family Membership or higher, and 

$30 non-members; (one discount per household).


Summer Camp Refund Policy is printed on Summer Camp Registration Form.
Although walk-in registration the day of a program is available with some programs, a program will be cancelled if
pre-registration minimums are not met. Please call the Nature Center at 732-842-5966, M-F, 9am-4pm to register.
Poricy Park
Summer Camp
and Community Programs

are run by
Poricy Park Conservancy,
a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Poricy Park Conservancy offers community programs
& events throughout the year.
There are programs for all ages & something 
for everyone! 
Adults, Teens, Kids!!

Various programs include Fossil Hunts, tours of our Historical Murray Farmhouse & Barn, nature programs, trail hikes, our popular mini day camps
for young children and so much more.

Our Holiday & Craft Shop opens the Friday after Thanksgiving. New vendors are welcome to participate.
We are looking for unique, handcrafted items that will showcase our crafting community and help support 
Poricy Park.

Shop Dates:
Friday, 11/28 through Monday 12/1
10:00am till 4:00pm

Friday, 12/5 through Sunday, 12/7
Friday, 12/12 through Sunday, 12/14
11:00am till 4:00pm


You can download the following files:
Vendor PacketCommission Chart, Vendor Merchandise List (Excel file).

If you have additional questions, click here to email us, or call the Nature Center at 732-842-5966732-842-5966.
trail run, 5k 5 mile
November Day Camps
Nature Detectives

Monday through Friday, November 3rd - 7th 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


EXTENDED CARE AVAILABLE

Each day of the week has its very own mysteries to unravel. Choose the days you want to come. Better yet – come for the week! Appropriate for children pre-K through 5th

Monday: Follow The Trail: Look for evidence of passing critters and make tracks!

Tuesday: Search For Clues: Gather clues from nature and keep in your own detective notebook. Then generate your own clues for others to follow!

Wednesday: Interview The Suspects: Learn to “talk” with the animals-practice communicating without words!

Thursday: Crack The Code: Learn some of Nature’s secret messages & then create your own!

Friday: Solve The Mystery: Use your detective skills to identify who, where and why!

NOTE: PLEASE DRESS FOR THE WEATHER-WE GO ON HIKES EVERY DAY. ALL CAMPERS PLEASE BRING A MORNING SNACK – FULL DAY CAMPERS NEED TO ALSO BRING A BAG LUNCH.

MEET AT THE NATURE CENTER Call the Nature Center Monday through Friday to pre-register.

Fee: Register for one or all – the choice is yours!

Half Day: $42 Members; $48 Non-members

Full Day: $60 Members; $68 Non-members

Now on Mondays!!
Monday Explorations
Nature's Classroom
Thursday Explorations
NATURE’S CLASSROOM!
For children aged 3 ½ to 6 years old
Spring is in the air! You can feel it on the breeze!! Our nurturing naturalist will lead children on hikes, captivate them with nature stories, and engage them in fun crafts and activities.  This is an ongoing weekly session; you may sign up for multiple weeks or individual weeks that meet your schedule. Class size is limited and program payment is required with signed registration form! Registration required one week in advance.
THURSDAYS
Mornings 9:30am-11:30am
                   OR
Afternoons 12 pm-2pm
Fee: Multiple session & sibling discounts available
Members $18 per session; Non-members-$22 per session 
Note: Registration required one week in advance. 
Register Mon-Fri 9am-4pm 732-842-5966
Rebecca’s Reel Quilters General Monthly Meeting
Sundays, Sept 7h & Oct 19th 2pm-4pm  
Meet at the Nature Center

Monday Afternoons 12 pm-2pm

For children aged 3 ½ to 6 years old. 

Explore the richness of nature as it prepares for winter throughout Poricy Park! Our nurturing naturalist will lead children on hikes, captivate them with nature stories, and engage them in fun crafts and activities. This is an ongoing weekly session; you may sign up for multiple weeks or individual weeks that meet your schedule. Class size is limited and program payment is required with signed registration form! Registration required one week in advance.

Fee: Multiple session & sibling discounts available

Members $18 per session; Non-members-$22 per session

Hot Topics In History!

New Date!
Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

George Washington’s Secret Six: Join us to learn more about this book by Brian Kilmeade regarding the spy ring that saved the American Revolution. MEET AT THE MURRAY FARMHOUSE. Donations gratefully accepted and will help support continuing educational programming at Poricy Park Conservancy and are tax deductible!

Baaaaaaa!
The Township's Grazing Goats project is made possible by a Sustainable Jersey $10,000 Small Grant. The goats will work in teams within a double-fenced, 2-acre area at Poricy Park to remove invasive vegetation. They will be hard at work, and graze the subject area over the 2014 Spring and Summer. Volunteers will maintain their water supply while the farmer will provide a safe environment for the goats. With the removal of invasives, future plans for the grazing area will replace those invasives with native warm season grasses. Native vegetation are essential to the eco system and for bio diversity, and once established do not need extra chemicals or pesticides to grow.
Adopt A Native Plant Program
Visit our native plant garden in front of the Nature Center. Learn about native plants, the way they benefit wildlife and water conservation. To read more about adopting a section, download: Native Plants, and the  map.
Download information about the invasive plant project at Poricy Park.

This is an excellent opportunity

for a teen who...

• Enjoys learning new ways to use

modern technology.

• Has an interest in environmental

science and/or local history.

• Would like to spend more time outdoors.

• Welcomes new challenges,

like geocaching.


CALL FOR DATES & DETAILS


Benefit Concert
Sunday, November 9, 2014
2:00pm - 4:00pm
at the Middletown Arts Center
36 Church Street, Middletown

Featuring
Ft. Delaware Cornet Band

Tickets: $25 per person; Limited Seating; Available the Arts Center, Poricy Park and at the door if available
Proceeds from the concert to benefit Poricy Park Conservancy and Middletown Arts Center,
501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

benefit concert

The Ft. Delaware Cornet Band is an authentic Civil War Era Brass Band portraying an artillery band from Fort Delaware, playing brass music from the Civil War era. The group plays on authentic period instruments as well as performing in period reproduction Union uniforms of the Civil War. The Band is made up of music educators and musicians with both an extensive history in the Civil War reenacting community as well as in musical excellence.

America Recycles Day

Saturday, Nov 15th, 1pm-4pm  •  FREE EVENT

Celebrate National “America Recycles Day” with us as we play games and create ‘new’ useful products from what would’ve ended up in our trash. Citizens like us have raised the rate of composting and recycling from 17% in 1990 to around 33% today. Join us in reducing waste while having fun and you’ll have the added bonus of taking America Recycles Day give-aways and your up-cycled treasures home! Appropriate for ages 7 to 107. Please courteously register in advance. Meet at the Nature Center.

Donations gratefully accepted and will help support the continuing educational programming as well as being tax deductible!

Register On-Line

Hike and See!

Friday, November 28th

Walk away from the leftovers and join us for a relaxed nature hike through peaceful Poricy Park trails. We will look around and see what is ‘left over’ from the growing season and discover nature’s seasonal wonders! Our hike will end at our authentic 1770’s Murray Farmhouse where you can receive a guided tour! Then you can visit our Holiday & Craft Gift Shop in the Annex to satisfy your shopping desires too! Dress for the weather. Appropriate for all ages (children must be supervised by an adult). Please courteously register in advance.

Trail Hike: 10am-11am  •  Farmhouse Tour: 11am-11:30am

MEET AT THE NATURE CENTER BY 10AM FOR HIKE.

Donations gratefully accepted and will help support the continuing educational programming as well as being tax deductible!

Register On-Line

North Pole Fun

Park your sleigh and come on in to greet Santa!  Take home your photo to remember this special day! Our classroom will also have just the right items and helpers so you can create your own unique craft. Seasonal refreshments available for purchase! Meet at the Nature Center,

Saturday, Nov. 29th & Sunday, Nov. 30th, 1pm-3pm

Fee includes visit with Santa, candy cane for each child, craft for each child & one photo: $8 members; $10 non-members – Note: Families can include additional children for $2 each 

Historic Murray Farmhouse Candlelight Reception

Saturday, December 27th, 3pm-5pm

Join us for this traditional favorite. We’ll pour you a cup of warm apple cider while you enjoy the sweet sounds of our minstrel Tony Sloan! The perfect blending of old years and new ones! Appropriate for all ages. (Children must be accompanied & supervised by an adult). Walk-ins welcome, yet registration is highly encouraged! Meet at the Murray Farmhouse. Donations greatly appreciated!

Register On-Line