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Nighttime Family Adventures
MORRISTOWN, NJ – When was the last time you walked through the woods after the sunset? An entirely new world awakens in the woods after the park gates close each night. A host of rarely seen nocturnal creatures come out for their nightly errands: flying squirrels glide between tree trunks, choruses of frogs sing from pools and marshes, bats and owls hunt on silent wings, and moths flutter around dimly glowing like white flowers.

Bring a flashlight and hit the trails just as the ‘night life’ wakes up at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center’s Night Hike Adventure on Friday April 11 in Chatham Township. Join a naturalist for an unparalleled experience with hands-on activities that demonstrate the amazing adaptations of nocturnal animals. Learn to listen for the wildlife and differentiate the unique sounds. Perhaps you will spot an owl flying nearby, or a raccoon peering down from a tree. Adults and kids ages 5 and older can sign up for a time slot between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on this fun, educational, guided walk in the woods. This easy-level walk over flat trails and boardwalks cost $6 per person, and is approximately one hour.

The staff of Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville invites you to a Full Moon Hike on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Experience the full ‘pink’ moon of the spring, named by the Native Americans for the wild ground phlox flowers in bloom at this time of year. Explore the trails in the diminishing light before the rising of the full moon. This moderate level hike is suitable for ages 7 and older. Approximately two hours in length, each hike costs $5 per person. Dress for the weather, bring water, and a flashlight. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 973.635.6629 for the Night Hike Adventure of 973.334.3130 for the Full Moon Hike. Visit us at

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!