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.

reptile show

We Love Poricy Park Day! - FREE EVENT

Saturday, June 6, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Celebrate Natural & Living History.

Show your love for Poricy Park

and enjoy an afternoon filled with

exciting activities!

 
  • Live Reptile Show (2pm-3pm) - you will be fascinated by mammals, lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles and insects, by Rizzo's Wildlife.
  • Self-Guided Scavenger Nature Hunt - park-wide, pick up your map guide in the Nature Center; return your completed map for a “token” prize.
  • Explore Poricy Park with a trained guide; sign up on site for hikes departing Nature Center.
  • Pond Activity - Learn about the creatures of the Murray Pond Ecosystem; observe tadpoles and dragon flies and chat with knowledgeable volunteers about pond life and your observations.
  • Nature Arts & Crafts activity table 
  • Look and Learn all about worms
  • GeoCaching - download app on your smart phone or bring your personal handheld GPS unit and pick up geocache wavepoints from our activity table and enjoy a self-guided excursion.
  • PPC Guided Geocache excursion - sign up at activity table for an instructor-led geocache excursion using your own device or a PPC GPS unit.
  • Wander down to the Murray Homestead and enjoy activities/demonstrations celebrating Joseph Murray including interpretive tours of the Murray farmhouse & Barn, colonial children's games, flax processing demonstrations, butter churning, wood working demo, Colonial Garden tours and tips, colonial cooking exhibition, colonial photo ops, bring a camera!  
  • Nature Center/Gift Shop Open (on-going 1pm-4pm) - Learn all about the benefits of membership and the ongoing impact community support has on the future of the Poricy Park Conservancy.

(Activities and schedule subject to change.)

Registration is not required, but we would appreciate it!

Please register here.

Hot Topics In History

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

May: “Annis Boudinot Stockton” - Ellen Jackson will share insights on the life of this prominent New Jersey woman who lived at Morven in Princeton. Ellen will also delve into some of Annis’ published poems including ones sent to George Washington.

June: “Opposites Attract!” - Discuss the opposites of multiple topics such as the oppression of women in colonial times; ‘True Patriots’ stood by their king; Rich bigots founded the United States!

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 – May 26th & June 23rd & 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 deductable!

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

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

For children aged 3 ½ to 6 years old

Explore the amazing world of nature at Poricy Park. A nurturing naturalist uses stimulating themes to engage children with hands-on art, science and outdoor activities. These are on-going sessions; 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.

Monday Afternoons 12 pm-2pm through June 15th

Fee: Multiple session & sibling discounts available

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

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.

Flag Day – FREE EVENT - On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act creating a flag for our new country. Come to the Murray Farmhouse to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the Stars and Strips. Learn how the flag has changed over the years and see other flags that were flown at the time of the American Revolution.

Sunday, June 14th - 1pm-3pm

Summer Is Here Celebration!

Explore the many habitats of Poricy with an experienced naturalist as participants search for animals of the day, night and in-between. Learn which animals are active during specific parts of the day with the most sunlight. You’ll even create your own sundial to take home. Remember to dress for the weather and insects. Appropriate for adults and children of all ages (children must be accompanied & supervised by their adult). Please courteously register in advance. Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday, June 21st - 7:30pm-8:30pm

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

On-line registration, click here.

Community Fossil Hunt

April rains bring May flowers and releases many fossils into Poricy Brook. 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, June 28th, 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

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


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.

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.