Monmouth County Park system December activities

LINCROFT–  ‘Tis the season to get out and enjoy your county parks!  The Monmouth County Park System makes it easy this December by offering fun, family-friendly, drop-in programs including The Sounds of Christmas, Wondrous Winter Walks, and Clear the House Stroll. Here’s what’s planned:

The Casual Birder

Tuesday, December 1 at 9 a.m.

Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan – Meet at the Activity Center.

Tuesday, December 15 at 9 a.m.

Thompson Park, Lincroft – Meet in the Marlu Lake parking area.

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Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk and meander for about an hour and a half and see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available on a first come basis. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. FREE!

Wondrous Winter Walks

Wednesday, December 2 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown – Meet in the parking lot.

Wednesday, December 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.


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Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell – Meet in the parking lot.

Toss on your winter gear and tag along with a Park System Naturalist as you explore nature in the wintertime. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. Please note that sturdy footwear recommended; trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. FREE!

The Sounds of Christmas

Sunday, December 13 from 1-3 p.m.

Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Enjoy sounds of the season as Larry Moser and Mary Nagin play Christmas carols on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. FREE!


Winter Beach Walk

Wednesday, December 16 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan

Take a guided walk with a Park System Naturalist along the beach while collecting and identifying some of the ocean’s natural treasures. Make sure you dress in warm clothing and bring along something to carry shells. FREE!


Clear the House Stroll

Thursday, December 24 at 10 a.m.

Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown

Send everyone for a one-hour stroll through the gardens with a Park System Naturalist to enjoy Deep Cut’s winter splendor. FREE!

To learn more about these Park System activities, please visit or call the Park System at 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.