Monday, March 31, 2014

Join us for a Bear-y Fun Teddy Bear Picnic

The Friends of High Point State Park are 
sponsoring a Teddy Bear Picnic!

Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
FREE, $5 donation per family appreciated

Families with children ages 2 through 10, and their favorite teddy bears or plush animal friends, are cordially invited to come out of hibernation for a bear-y fun afternoon! 

Join the Friends of High Point State Park as we celebrate spring and explore the natural history of the North American Black Bear. Activities will include a bear discovery station, crafts, story corner, picnic snack and more. 

Bring your camera! High Point State Park’s resident big teddy bear will be sitting for portraits!

The event is FREE, but donations of $5 or more per family are appreciated. No family will be turned away if they are unable or do not want to make the suggested donation. All proceeds support the Friends of High Point State Park programs and events.

Registration is required for this program!

If your family is interested in attending the Friends of High Point State Park Teddy Bear Picnic, please contact us today. Seating is limited. 
All registrations must be received by Tuesday, April 22, 2014, so that we may plan accordingly. 

To register your family, we need to know how many children will be attending, their ages, and the number of adults who will be accompanying them to the picnic.

For more information and to register, please contact Michelle at or (201) 650-8475.

See you on the mountain RAIN OR SHINE!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Earth Hour 2014

On the evening of March 29, the Friends of High Point State Park are once again participating in Earth Hour. The lights on the monument will be turned off for the ENTIRE NIGHT in honor of Earth Hour. 

Learn more about Earth Hour and how you can make a difference! 

Earth Hour started in 2007 in SydneyAustralia, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour. The grassroots movement to raise awareness for the Earth has been growing ever since. On March 27, 2010, Earth Hour set a record when 4,500 cities in 128 countries joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from all over the world such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and Buckingham Palace switched off. People from all walks of life across the world turned off their lights and came together in celebration of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. In 2013, participation in Earth Hour grew to include more than 7,001 cities and towns in 154 countries and territories across all seven continents.

Spider-Man is the first Superhero Ambassador for Earth Hour.
Discover how you can use your power for change! 

Earth Hour 2014 will take place on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm (local time). Please join us in heart and mind by turning off the lights in your home or place of business in honor of Earth Hour. We challenge you to go beyond the hour and consider what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up. Please visit to learn about Earth Hour 2014 and your power as a participant in this global movement for change.

Earth Hour
Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:30 – 9:30 pm at your home or place of business

See you when the sun comes up on the mountain!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Wonderful!

Snow much fun was had at the Friends of High Point State Park 2014 Winter Festival! 

Thank you to everyone who braved the falling snow and joined us on the mountain on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Photos of the day are available for viewing from our photos page.

A special thank you to Dr. Randy Fitzgerald, Dr. William Thomas, and Tom Card with the New Jersey School of Conservation/Montclair State University, for their loan of snowshoes used at our Winter Festival. Your generous donation of equipment and time was much appreciated by our participants.

Lastly, thank you to all our volunteers who gave their time and talents to make the 2014 Winter Festival possible. 

We are always looking for more friendly faces to add to our corps of volunteers. Join us at our spring meeting on March 1, 2014 to learn more about the Friends of High Point State Park and volunteer opportunities.

Remember, the High Point Cross Country Ski Center is open for the 2014 season. Come explore High Point State Park this winter – it is a magical wonderland of snow and ice!

See you on the mountain in 2014!



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bundle up and join us for a day of winter fun!

A Celebration of Snow and Ice

At High Point State Park

Saturday, January 25, 2014
(Snow Date Sunday, January 26)
12 – 3 pm
High Point State Park
Interpretive Center

Bring the Whole Family for a Day of Winter Fun
Bird Feeder & Winter Themed Crafts for Children
Cookies & Cocoa by the Fireplace
Guided Hike, Storytime
Sing Along with Joe Rocco
Winter Weather Expert Nick Stefano
Ice Fishing Demonstration & Snowshoeing
(Ice and snow conditions permitting)

Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park
* Suggested donation of $5 per family appreciated

See you on the mountain!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Good Tidings & Gratitude
The Friends of High Point State Park wish a Happy New Year to our members, volunteers, and the staff at High Point State Park

We deeply appreciate all of the time, energy, and donation dollars that you so generously give to support our organization throughout the year. Without you, we would not be able to bring our many free programs to the High Point State Park community. 

Thank you!

Expanding Our Horizon…
Membership Renewal Reminder
We greatly appreciate your past support of the Friends of High Point State Park. Now is an important time to show your continued support for our parks and the people who use them. Our dedicated volunteers have planned many wonderful programs for this upcoming year. We need your help to continue offering them to the local community and visitors to High Point State Park. Your membership and donation dollars support these programs and activities. It is our hope that you renew your Friends of High Point State Park membership for 2014. Thank you!

Help our membership grow, please tell a friend who loves High Point State Park as much as you do to join the Friends of High Point State Park. Membership forms are available for printing from our membership page. Thank you for your support!

Winter Festival - A Celebration of Snow & Ice at High Point
Please join us for our annual Winter Festival on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 12 pm to 3 pm in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Bring the whole family for a day of winter fun at High Point State Park. Activities will include winter themed crafts, story corner, guided hike, sing along, hot cocoa & cookies by the fire, winter weather program, and snowshoeing and ice-fishing demonstrations (conditions permitting).
Snow Date is Sunday, January 26, 2014.
FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated

We hope to see you on the mountain soon!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2013 Yoga on the Mountain final class

The peaceful days of late autumn are now upon us. The crowds of summer visitors and leaf peepers have migrated off the mountaintop. The silhouette of the landscape is revealed as the winds carry away the last of the changing leaves. Park visitors seeking a retreat from the bustle of the holiday season enjoy the quiet solitude that is High Point State Park in November.    

What better way to start your weekend and recharge your spirits than a Yoga on the Mountain class. The Friends of High Point State Park Yoga on the Mountain Series runs once a month April through November. Come enjoy the beautiful views while relaxing your mind and body.

Yoga on the Mountain
Saturday, November 9, 2013 
9:30 am - 10:45 am,  
Instructor: Diane

Yoga on the Mountain is held in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Please bring your own yoga mat. Walk-ins are welcome. However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is cancelled.   

To register, please call 973-702-0488.
A minimum donation of $5.00 per class is recommended. 
Yoga on the Mountain is sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. 

See you on the Mountain!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Autumn is in the air

Autumn is a beautiful season to visit High Point State Park!

Lake Marcia in autumn

Migration is underway, a gentle breeze stirs the changing leaves, and visitors flock to the mountain to enjoy the crisp autumn days. 

Come explore High Point State Park this fall. Bring your friends and family up for a day of fun. Join us for our favorite event of the year...

Open Hearth Cooking
Saturday, October 26
11 am – 3 pm
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
FREE*, donations appreciated

Open Hearth Cooking, 2012

Join the Friends of High Point State Park for a demonstration of open hearth cooking on the Interpretive Center fireplace.  Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests and the air will be filled with the aromas of pumpkin and apple.  Enjoy a sample tasting of delectable soups, meats, and desserts all cooked fireside.

2013 marks the 90th Anniversary of High Point State Park! We will hold a special anniversary celebration at this year's Open Hearth. Stop by and learn about history of High Point State Park. The anniversary celebration will begin at 2 pm.

Save the date and come be a part of this wonderful day!

Yoga on the Mountain

There are only a few more classes left on the 2013 season schedule. Don't miss out!

Saturday, September 21,  9:30 am - 10:45 am,  Instructor: Brian

Friday, October 18,  5:30 pm - 6:45 pm,  Instructor: Rita

Saturday, November 9,  9:30 am - 10:45 am,  Instructor: Diane

Yoga on the Mountain classes are held in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Walk-ins are welcome.  However, registration is suggested so that we may contact you in the event a class is cancelled.   

To register, please call 973-702-0488.
A donation of $5 or more per class is recommended. 
See you on the mountain!