National Park Service Offers Free Programs in June

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Date: May 26, 2015
Contact: Kristin Gibbs, Supervisory Park Ranger, (570) 426-2430

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that the National Park Service is hosting several programs and events throughout the summer as part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area's 50th Anniversary celebration. A full schedule of events is available on the park's website at Special programs for the month of June are listed below. "These events are a perfect way to kick off the summer season and provide some new and exciting opportunities for visitors to enjoy the park and all it has to offer," said Superintendent John J. Donahue. All programs are free and open to the public.

National Trails Day Hike: Hialeah to Smithfield Beach
June 6, 2015, 9:30 am–Noon
Hialeah Picnic Area

Join a ranger and celebrate National Trails Day with a guided hike on the McDade Trail from Hialeah Picnic Area to Smithfield Beach. Meet at 9:30 am at the picnic area. The hike is 2 miles one-way. Participants may hike back with the ranger or choose to pay a $1 walk-in fee and stay at Smithfield Beach to recreate. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

National Get Outdoors Day Hike: Rattlesnake Swamp Hike
June 13, 2015, 9:30am –Noon
Mohican Outdoor Center, Main Office

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by hiking the Rattlesnake Swamp Trail with a park ranger. Meet at the main office of the Mohican Outdoor Center for this moderate to easy, 4 mile hike along the Kittatinny Ridge. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water, sunscreen, snacks, and insect repellent.

Citizen Science Fishing Contest
June 13, 2015, 2 pm–6 pm
Blue Mountain Lakes

Join us for our Citizen Science Project at Blue Mountain Lakes on the NJ side of the park. This free event will take place from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Participants will help collect fish for a study of mercury contamination being conducted bythe National Park Service and United States Geological Survey in eastern National Parks. The goal is to collect several samples and sizes of largemouth bass, yellow perch, and bluegill or pumpkinseed sunfish. Information about this study and fish and fishing in the park will be available. Park rangers and biologists will also be on hand to answer your questions and talk about the study. No fishing license is required because this is a "Free Freshwater Fishing Day" in New Jersey so all are invited to participate. Pre-registration is requested; call 570-426-2430 by Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Nature Photography Workshop
June 14, 2015, 9:00 am –Noon
Pocono Environmental Education Center

Learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of your photography while uncovering the beauty of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Participant should bring their own cameras along with water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Some hiking may be involved depending on participants' comfort level.

Dingmans After Dark: Lantern Stroll
June 19, 2015, 8:30 pm –9:30 pm
Dingmans Falls Visitor Center

Step back in time as you hike the Dingmans Falls trail by the soft glow of lantern-light. Space is limited; call 570-426-2430 by June 17 to reserve a lantern.

Zimmermann Open House
June 20, 2015,10:00 am –2:00 pm
Marie Zimmermann House

Tour the home and learn more about the artist Marie Zimmermann and her country estate in the park.

Dingmans After Dark: Night Sky Program
June 26, 2015, 8:30pm. –9:30 pm
Dingmans Falls Visitor Center

Learn about our place in space by discovering the night sky over Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. An illustrated program will be followed by naked-eye night sky viewing.

An Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
June 27, 2015,10:00 am –3:00 pm
Millbrook Village

Celebrate independence in a re-created 19th century agricultural support village. The event includes hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and a watermelon eating contest.

For more information or directions, call park headquarters between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, at (570) 426-2452; visit our website at; or follow us on Facebook at

Last updated: July 17, 2015

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