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.

car show
Weekend in Old Monmouth
FREE EVENT - Murray Farmhouse & Barn Open House
Explore the 1770’s historic Murray farmhouse and barn as one of the many important sites open for this celebration of Monmouth County history. The life of Monmouth Militia patriot, Joseph Murray and his family will be showcased with activities during the tours of the authentic 18th century farmhouse and barn.
Saturday, May 2nd, 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 3rd, 12pm-5pm

Community Fossil Hunt!

The first community fossil hunt of the season is here! Beginning at the Nature Center, our experienced guide will prepare you for your journey back in time to the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era! We will provide the trowels & sifters and help you identify your treasures! Please dress for the weather and wear rubber boots or old sneakers as you feet WILL get wet! Note: Sandals and slip-on footwear prohibited. Remember to bring a small bag to hold your five best finds! Registration is needed so we will have enough supplies. Appropriate for all ages (children must be supervised by their adult). Scout groups welcome! MULTIPLE  SESSION CHOICES! Note: Please register in advance so that we may meet our minimum registration required. Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday, Apr 26th, 1pm-2:30pm OR 3pm-4:30pm - Walk-ins welcome

Fee for all attending (includes equipment rental):

$8 per Member; $25 per Family Membership (one 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’. Beginning on Wednesday, March 4th, 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 our nature trails and gardens! You can choose to donate an hour or more – your assistance is important and appreciated! Please contact us in advance so that we may be prepared with projects for you. Meet at the Nature Center

Wednesdays 2:30pm-5pm

Nature's Classroom
Thursday Explorations
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.
Mornings 9:30am-11:30am
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

Discover the wonders emerging in Poricy Park as nature awakes from its winter sleep! Nurturing naturalists use stimulating themes to engage children with hands-on art, science and outdoor activities. These are ongoing 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 one week in advance.

Monday Afternoons

12 pm-2pm

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.
plant sale
Spring Plant Sale
Spring into gardening this year and purchase some of your seedlings at the Murray farmstead. Offerings include simple plants that would have been common to Rebecca Murray such as tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Tour the colonial kitchen garden while shopping and learn about the various plant combinations and more fun facts. First come first served – prices vary.
Saturday, May 2nd, 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 3rd, 12pm-5pm

Dinner By The Hearth!

Cherish a one-of-kind evening in Poricy’s NJ State historic Murray Farmhouse! Rich aromas and colonial ambiance will envelope you as you step into our open hearth kitchen where Mistress Gullman will be using cooking artifacts, techniques and recipes typical of colonial times to prepare a full meal with appetizers, chicken entrée with sides and dessert! Persons in colonial attire will serve you adding to your cherished restful evening! Appropriate for adults.

Registration closed.

Meet at the Murray Farmhouse

Saturday, April 25th, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Fee: $50 per person

Hot Topics In History!

Tuesdays – April 28th

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for some stimulating conversation and relaxing tea! Meeting in our historic Murray farmhouse.  

“1493” Ed Devlin continues with Mann’s next book which presents the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists and historians uncovering the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes giving us a fascinating interpretation of our past!  Appropriate for all who are interested in chatting or listening to chatterers of history! 

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

On-line registration.

Free! Earth Day Celebration - Day of Service

Saturday, April 25

10:30am to 1:30pm

NEW! Schedule of activities for Earth Day celebrations! Download PDF

For updates on this event, visit Middletown Website

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.