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.

KITES, Up, Up & Away! - Join in a Poricy Park classic. The instructor will share kite flying history and safety, then show you how to make a kite. You will then construct and decorate your own kite so you can launch your amazing creation on the Nature Center lawn. (Weather permitting.) Appropriate for adults and school age children accompanied & supervised by their adult. Younger children welcome with adult assistance. Please register in advance to ensure enough supplies. NOTE: Limited session sizes - Maximum of 20 participants per session. Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday, July 12th -  2pm-3:30pm OR 4pm-5:30pm OR 6pm-7:30pm

Fee (includes materials to create one kite): $8 members; $10 non-members

Community Fossil Hunt

Celebrate the warm sunny days with this exciting activity. An experienced guide will prepare you for your journey back in time 65 million years. Trowels and sifters will be provided and the guide will help you identify your treasures. Please dress for the weather and wear rubber boots or old sneakers. Your feet WILL get wet. Note: Sandals and slip-on footwear prohibited. Remember to bring a small bag to hold your five best finds. Advanced registration will secure your place Appropriate for adults and children (children must be accompanied & supervised by their adult). Meet at the Nature Center.

Sundays, July 19th, August 16th - 2pm-3:30pm OR 4pm-5:30pm OR 6pm-7:30pm

Fee for all attending: $8 per member; $25 per Family Membership (individual household); $10 per non-member; $30 per non-member individual household

Heart Willing Volunteers!

Ancient origins of the word “volunteer” from many cultures translate to ‘the willing heart.’ Volunteers will meet on Wednesdays after school to perform various needed tasks that may include preparing newsletters for mailing, preparing supplies for programs or even providing care and maintenance of nature trails and gardens. You can choose to donate an hour or more – your assistance is important and appreciated! Please call the Nature Center in advance so that projects will be prepared for you. Meet at the Nature Center

Wednesdays 2:30pm-5pm

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.
historic farmhouse

Murray Farmhouse Open House

Farmhouse annual open house! Enjoy a personal tour of this unique New Jersey State Historic site with its amazing construction dating back to Colonial times – 1770. Discover the unique replica artifacts that performed the work of today’s modern conveniences. Appropriate for all ages (children must be accompanied & supervised by their adult). Meet at the Murray Farmhouse

Sunday, July 26th, 1pm-4pm

Fee: Donations welcomed and appreciated.

Hot Topics In History

Enjoy stimulating conversation and relaxing tea! Meeting in the historic Murray farmhouse.

July: “The Little Ice Age” - Chat about the Big Consequences of the Little Ice Age between the early 14th and late 19th centuries!

August: “The Great Divide” - Lenita Gullman will share “hidden” insights from acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming regarding the clash between two gifted men, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom cared deeply about the United States, profoundly influenced the next two centuries of history and resonates in the present day.

Tuesdays – July 28th & Aug 25th - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Donations gratefully accepted and will help support continuing educational programming at Poricy Park Conservancy and are tax deductible!

Wildflower Hike

Discover rainbows of color on this guided tour throughout the scenic fields and forests on Poricy Park trails. These special wildflowers have many shapes, sizes and stories to share. Remember to dress for the weather and insects. Appropriate for all ages (children must be accompanied & supervised by their adult). Please courteously register in advance in order to meet required minimums. Meet at the Nature Center.

Sunday, August 9th - 5:30pm-6:30pm

Fee: $3 per Member; $6 per Non-member

Register on-line for the August 9th Hike here.

Murray Barn Open House

Come see the barn that Joseph Murray built. View the original 18th century timbers and the unusual root cellar. There will be many artifact replicas to discover as well. An experienced interpreter will be glad to share the story. Appropriate for all ages (children must be accompanied & supervised by their adult). Meet at the Murray Barn

Sunday, August 30th, 1pm-4pm

Fee: Donations welcomed and appreciated

American Chestnut Saplings

On Thursday, April 9th at 2pm Poricy Park volunteers planted two American Chestnut saplings at the Park. The American Chestnut was prominent until the early 1900’s at which time chestnut blight was unintentionally brought to North America and destroyed most of the mature American chestnut trees within 40 years. Poricy Park is fortunate to receive and care for two saplings and will use the opportunity to share with all of the visitors the beauty, history, and value of this majestic species! The saplings are donated and grown by Tony Rosati, a local resident who raises chestnuts to be planted in the area. Tony is trying to revive the American Chestnuts species in Middletown parks.