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


 
2013 Trail Run/Walk
Champion Sponsor:
Scott Adler,
Sales Professional
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.

fall, halloween
Our Holiday & Craft Shop the Friday after Thanksgiving*. New vendors are welcome to participate in our annual Holiday & Craft Shop.  We are looking for unique, handcrafted items that will showcase our crafting community and help support Poricy Park.
*Note: dates and times are currently being finalized.

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.
Colonial Music Fest - FREE

Sunday, September 21st, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Familiar tune with unfamiliar lyrics? Many songs from the beginning of United States ”re-cycled” melodies and added lyrics appropriate for the then current political climate. Enjoy these musical offerings separated by interesting histories. Appropriate for all ages (children must be accompanied by their adult). Please courteously register in advance. MEET AT THE MURRAY FARMSTEAD. Free: Donations gratefully accepted and will help support the continuing educational programming as well as being tax deductible!


Register on-line for this event.

Hot Topics In History!

Tuesdays – Sept. 23rd & Oct. 28th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

September The Unusual Lord Cornbury: Uncover some not so royal conduct of this Queen Anne appointed Governor of the colonies of New York and New Jersey.

OctoberGeorge 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!

Wonderful Water Wigglers!

Thursday, Sept. 25th, 9am-12pm OR 9am-3pm

EXTENDED CARE AVAILABLE

Bank on having fun with this special camp! Campers will dip nets into the wonders of macroinvertebrates and will discover how they can determine the water quality by what is squirming in their dip net. Appropriate for children K through 5th grade. We will assign age appropriate groups based on registration. 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

Fee: Register Mon-Fri 9am-4pm 732-842-5966

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

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

Ask about our Sibling discounts and extended care 8am-6pm!


Hike Through History - FREE

Sunday, Sept 28th, 1pm-4pm

Walk through U.S. military history spanning a period of over two centuries – from the evolution of a new nation fighting Great Britain for independence through the monumental American Civil War and into the 20th century! Converse with knowledgeable re-enactors as they display interesting artifacts from the past. Compare the similarities and differences between weapons, methods, philosophies and people! Free: Donations gratefully accepted and will help support the continuing educational programming as well as being tax deductible!


Register on-line for this event.

*Passport Community Events
Middletown 350 is a celebration of the township's founding 350 years ago in 1664.  A series of special events and programs are planned to give the community many opportunities to celebrate the 350th anniversary, learn about the rich history of Middletown, and show pride in our unique community.


Passport Community Events are special activities during which you can collect passport stamps as a memento of your visit. Poricy Park participating events will be listed on this page. The Middletown 350 Passport & Guide to Middletown is available at the Park's Nature Center and various locations throughout the township.

For more information about the year-long event, visit the township's website.
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.

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


Day Camp!

Wonderful Water Wigglers

Bank on having fun with this special camp! Campers will dip nets into the wonders of macroinvertebrates and will discover how they can determine the water quality by what is squirming in their dip net. Appropriate for children K through 5th grade. We will assign age appropriate groups based on registration.
Thursday, Sept 25th 9am-12pm OR 9am-3pm
MEET AT THE NATURE CENTER
Fee: Half Day: $42 Members; $48 Non-members
Full Day: $60 Members; $68 Non-members
Ask about our Sibling discounts and extended care 8am-6pm!

middletown day
COMMUNITY FOSSIL HUNT!
As nature offers its growing season bounty for us to enjoy, come and find your prehistoric bounty treasure in the Poricy Fossil Beds!  Our experienced guide will prepare you for your journey back in time 65 million years! We will provide the trowels & sifters and help you identify your finds! 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! Appropriate for adults and children (children must be accompanied & supervised by an adult). 
MEET AT THE NATURE CENTER 
Registration (includes equipment rental): $8 per participant; $32 Family Special (1 household) 
Call ahead for walk-in availability  
Sun, Sept 14th, June 29th, Oct 12th
Two session choices each day   3pm-4:30pm  OR 5pm-6:30pm

Community Fossil Hunt

As nature offers its growing season bounty for us to enjoy, come and find your prehistoric bounty treasure in the Poricy Fossil Beds!  Our experienced guide will prepare you for your journey back in time 65 million years! We will provide the trowels & sifters and help you identify your finds! 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! Appropriate for adults and children (children must be accompanied & supervised by an adult). MEET AT THE NATURE CENTER. Registration (includes equipment rental): $8 per participant; $32 Family Special (1 household). Call ahead for walk-in availability.

Sunday, October 12th

Two session choices; 3pm-4:30pm OR 5pm-6:30pm


New!! On-line registration! Click Here to register on line.

Thursday 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

For children aged 3 ½ to 6 years old. 

THURSDAYS: Mornings 9:30am-11:30am OR Afternoons 12 pm-2pm

Explore the joys of nature 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

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

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 & Middletown Day; 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
An authentic Civil War Era Brass Brand portraying an artillery band from Fort Delaware. The group plays on authentic period instruments as well as performing in period reproduction Union uniforms of the Civil War.
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.