Public Tour Scheduled for Sunday, December 1
Join Great Falls Youth Corps Volunteers for "A Stroll Through History-The Paterson Great Falls Orientation Tour." Meet at the Paterson Museum, 2 Market St, Paterson, NJ 07501 at 1PM. More »
Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson
Due to landscape improvement project, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge will be closed on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by Spring, 2014. Reservations for NPS programs will still be taken. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park.
People in Partnership with Nature
For Travelers and Teachers:
Please Note: reservations are required for all guided tours, however, self-guided visits do not require reservations.
A Stroll Through History - The Paterson Great Falls Orientation Tour
Appropriate for adults, families, high school and college groups.
Educators, please call 973-523-2530 to discuss your needs.
The story of Paterson and its Great Falls demonstrates that the natural and cultural diversity of the area helped fuel the economic and social growth of a young nation. Join a member of the Great Falls Youth Corps, a National Park Ranger or Volunteer for this 45-minute to 1-hour, 1-mile walk. Discover how the natural world inspired a founding father, entrepreneurs, immigrants, poets and artists to build the nation's first industrial city and changed the world. In most cases, tours will be conducted rain or shine, however, tours will be canceled in cases of severe weather, such as snow storms, nor'easters, dangerous electrical storms, etc. Every attempt to reschedule will be made, but is not guaranteed.
Please wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing/shoes. The walk will be on along paved and unpaved paths with uneven footing. Guided tours led by the National Park Service, or its designees, can follow paved, wheelchair-accessible routes (assistance may be required, especially along narrow city sidewalks). If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the park at 973-523-5295.
The tour route travels through parts of the Great Falls Historic District, which is administered by the City of Paterson, and includes visitor facilities such as the Paterson Museum and the Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center. If you have questions regarding these facilities, please call the Paterson Museum at 973-321-1260 Tuesday - Sunday (except holidays).
Call 973-523-5295 to schedule a tour for Monday - Friday mornings.
WHERE TO MEET:
Meet at the Alexander Hamilton Statue at Overlook Park, 72 McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07501
Additional programs may be scheduled as staffing permits. Please call the park before your visit at 973-523-5295 Monday-Friday or ask a Youth Corps member, volunteer or NPS Staff when you arrive (Monday-Friday).
Educators - Looking for a Special Field Trip to Support Your Lessons? Consider a Guided Program with a Park Ranger!If you interested in bringing your learners to the Paterson Great Falls, or you would like to invite a Park Ranger into your classroom, please call Ranger Ilyse at 973-523-5295 to schedule a program (programs range from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours).
Introduction to the National Park Service (NPS) (pre school - Grade 3)
The important role Paterson and the Passaic River played in the development of the country
Ask about pilot programs on the following topics:
Physics is Phun
Alexander Hamilton, the Debt Ceiling and Moving the Nation's Capitol from NYC to DC
Want to help with lesson plan design? Please contact Ranger Ilyse for details.
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Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
What is a mitzvah? Though the word "mitzvah" literally means commandment in Hebrew, the word connotes a "good deed."The Jewish Federation of Northern, New Jersey coordinates an annual community-day of caring and sharing called Mitzvah Day. This year it will be held on November 3, 2013 from 10am - 12pm.
On this day, the Federation engages approximately 1000 volunteers of all backgrounds to participate in hands-on community-wide service projects at over 40 sites across northern New Jersey. There are various activities from which to choose including spending time with seniors and the special needs population, participating in social action projects, and of course doing cleanups at numerous outdoor sites.
For more information about the event or to register, please visit: http://www.jfnnj.org/page.aspx?id=260672
Students interested in service credits for school will receive a letter confirming their participation. Contact Ranger Ilyse Goldman at 973-523-5295 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WHEN: Sunday, November 3, 2013
TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Volunteer organizations welcome
Students needing community service credits for school will receive a letter verifying their participation.
Help us spread the word by distributing fliers. We hope to see you then.
Did You Know?
Samuel Colt was an early Paterson business owner? From 1836 until 1842, his gun mill produced about 5,000 guns. A lack of government contracts was a major factor in his failure in Paterson. He later achieved success in his hometown of Hartford, Conn., with the outbreak of the Mexican-American War.