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.

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

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

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

Hot Topics In History!

Tuesdays – Mar 24th & Apr 28th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

March“1491” Ed Devlin shares insights from this book by Charles C. Mann which radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus

April “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.

Maple Syrup Day

Mmm Mmm Good!

It’s Time! Make sure you come to this favorite program and see how syrup gets to your table. Our naturalist will have a brief info session and then lead a short hike to “collect” our star ingredient. Next we’ll challenge you to a taste test upon our return to the Nature Center. Do you prefer real or imitation syrup? Reserve your session by Friday, March 6th!  Appropriate for all ages (children must be supervised by their adult). Scout groups welcome! MULTIPLE  SESSION CHOICES! Note: Maximum of 20 participants per session. Please secure your place with your paid registration. Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday, March 8th  1pm-2pm OR 2:30pm-3:30pm OR 4pm-5pm

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

Psyanky Egg Creations! 

Engage in this unique opportunity to decorate your own egg using techniques from the ‘old world’ and some newer ones picked up along the way! Our very own expert Juleé Csuri will guide you and share the history of this most amazing skill that has endured the test of time. Appropriate for ages 10 through 110. Due to use of candles and hot wax, this program not appropriate for younger children-this is not a typical Easter egg dying activity. (Children must be supervised by their adult). Advance registration by Friday, March 13th in order to prepare needed materials. Limit of 8 participants per session. Please secure your place with your paid registration. Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday, March 15th  

Beginner sessions (children age 10+ and adults): 12pm-2pm OR 2:30pm-4:30pm

Adults only session (all skill levels): 5pm-7pm

Fee includes all materials to decorate one egg: ($4 for each additional egg)

Single Session: $10 Members; $15 Non-members

Nature’s Natural Eggs! 

Discover natural dyes with berries, beets, herbs and more of nature’s offerings! Each participant will decorate four eggs to take home! We will also investigate the many variations of wild bird eggs and how birds use camouflage to hide their own eggs with a fun hands-on activity! Reserve your session by Friday, March 20th!  Appropriate for ages 4 to 104 (children must be supervised by their adult). MULTIPLE SESSIONS CHOICES! Maximum of 20 participants per session. Please secure your place with your paid registration. Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday, March 22nd  1pm-2pm OR 2:30pm-3:30pm OR 4pm-5pm

Fee: Members: $8 per participant + $4 each additional sibling

Non-Members: $10 per participant + $6 each additional sibling 

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


Spring Break Day Camps

Tuesday-Friday, April 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm

Appropriate for Kindergarten through 5th grade

Meet at the Nature Center

Tuesday’s Theme: Animal Crackers: Discover animal behaviors that amuse us and confuse us with hands-on activities, hikes, and games. Spy on ‘goofy’ animal deeds as we explore the nature trails and engage in exciting adventures!

Wednesday’s Theme: Eco-Quest: Focus on the connection between people, plants and animals while creating recycled crafts, enjoying nature hikes and playing games!

Thursday’s Theme: Fun with Fungi: Peer into the “fifth” kingdom and discover living things neither plant nor animal. Similar to mycelium blocks in Minecraft®, we will explore its habitat and benefits along with fairy rings and other colonies! 

Friday’s Theme: Treasure Hunt: Delve into this search for natural treasures as an incredibly fun way to explore the world around us! Adventure includes geo-caching, hikes, games, and crafts!

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

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

Full Day: $60 Members; $70 Non-members

Sibling discounts available! 15% for members; 5% for non-members

Colonial Candle Making

Dee-LIGHT-ful-Fun! Participate in this integral Colonial task and bring home your own candle! Perhaps you can use your candle as our Colonial forebears did to provide light for nighttime sewing or reading the almanac! Registration is needed. We have limited space in our authentic hearth kitchen! Appropriate for ages 7 to 107 (children must be supervised & assisted by an adult). Scout groups welcome! MULTIPLE SESSIONS CHOICES. Please secure your place with your paid registration. Meet at the Murray Farmhouse

Sunday, April 12th, 1pm-2:15 OR 2:45pm-4pm OR 4:30pm-5:45pm

Fee includes materials: $6-Members; $10 Non-member

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 limited to 8 participants - Please courteously register in advance. Meet at the Murray Farmhouse

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

Fee: $50 per person

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 OR 5pm-6:30pm

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

Weekend at Poricy Park
May 2nd & May 3rd
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 such as Colonial children’s games, womanly arts, cooking over an open hearth, tours of the authentic 18th century farmhouse and barn.
Saturday, May 2nd, 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 3rd, 12pm-5pm
  • People's Choice Car Show
    Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3, 11am-4pm
    Free to the General Public
    What to see:
  • Displays from New Car Dealers from Middletown and neighboring towns
  • Antique tractor display
  • Exhibits of Cars of the Decades: 1900-2000 (Rain Date Sunday)
  • People's Choice Awards each day at 3:00 PM
  • Enjoy Weekend in Old Monmouth festivities at our Revolutionary War era Farmhouse and Barn. Take a hike in our 250 acre Nature Preserve enjoying the outdoor scenery and wildlife within the trails, fields and forests of Poricy Park. 

Car Exhibitors should contact the Nature Center or download the sign up form for cars ($10 per vehicle by 4/24 and $15 up to deadline 4/30, no at gate entrants; free for tractors and fire trucks form).

Fun for the whole family, all ages!

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