Poricy Park Conservancy offers community programs
& events throughout the year.
There are programs for all ages & something
Adults, Teens, Kids!!
Various programs include Fossil Hunts, tours of our Historical Murray Farmhouse & Barn, nature programs, trail hikes, our popular mini day camps
for young children and so much more.
For children aged 3 1/2 to 6 years old
Discover the wonders in Poricy Park as nature awakes from its winter sleep! Our nurturing naturalist will lead children on hikes, captivate them with nature stories, and engage them in fun crafts and activities. This is an ongoing weekly session; you may sign up for multiple weeks or individual weeks that meet your schedule. Class size is limited and program payment is required with signed registration form! Registration required one week in advance.
Thursdays, Mornings 9:30am-11:30am
Afternoons 12 pm-2pm
Fee: Multiple session & sibling discounts available
Members $18 per session; Non-members-$20 per session
Note: Registration required one week in advance.
Atha Yoga Anushasanam,“Now, the teachings of yoga” – Yoga sutra 1.1
Now is your time to register for traditional yoga at Poricy! Our certified instructor, Julee Csuri, will lead gently and tailor exercises to suit the specific needs of each participant. Perfect opportunity to start a healthier you!! – wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat if you have one. Advance paid registration required. Meet at the Nature Center.
Saturdays 10am-11am for Teens & Adults
Fee: $12 members; $15 non-members
Passport Community Event*
18th Century Music
“Stuck a feather in his hat, and called it macaroni” - Why would someone do that? Join us as our minstrel and company serenade you with period music and specific origins and information regarding each piece! Appropriate for all interested in sitting and listening to music (children must be accompanied & supervised by an adult). Meet at the Murray Farmhouse.
Sunday, March 16th, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Farmhouse tours available 1pm-2pm and 3pm-4pm
Fee: Donations gratefully accepted and are tax deductible. You can support continuing educational programming at Poricy Park Conservancy!
Colonial Children’s Tea – two dates available!
Participate in a
colonial tea party inside our historic 1770’s Murray farmhouse. You will
sample various refreshments and practice colonial manners! Appropriate
for ages 4 through 10 (children must be supervised & accompanied by
adult). Please courteously register by Friday, March 21st. Limited seating available. Meet at the Murray Farmhouse.
Fee: One child with accompanying adult - $10, Each additional child with adult - $5
Saturday, March 22nd, 3pm-4pm OR Sunday, March 23rd, 3pm-4pm
George & Martha Tea
Experience a colonial tea in our historic 1770’s Murray farmhouse. You will sample various refreshments peppered with conversation relating to George & Martha. Appropriate for adults and older children interested in sitting at a tea (Children must be supervised & accompanied by adult). Please courteously register by Friday, March 21st. Limited seating available. Meet at the Murray Farmhouse.
Sunday, March 23rd, 1pm-2:30pm
Fee: $6 members; $8 non-members
Hot Topics In History!
March In the Nature Center - "Boston, Bloody Boston” - a DVD chronicling the events that led to the revolution. Among those profiled: Samuel Adams; King George III; Benjamin Franklin; John Adams; Thomas Hutchinson, and Patrick Henry. After viewing, we will chat!
April In the Murray Farmhouse (weather permitting) - Peggy Shippen Arnold: A presentation and discussion about the wife of Benedict Arnold and her role in the infamous plot to turn West Point over to the British! Appropriate for all who are interested in chatting or listening to chatterers of history!
Donations gratefully accepted and will help support continuing educational programming at Poricy Park Conservancy and are tax deductible!
Tuesdays – March 25th & April 22nd, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
*Passport Community Events
Middletown 350 is a celebration of the township's founding 350 years ago in 1664. A series of special events and programs are planned to give the community many opportunities to celebrate the 350th anniversary, learn about the rich history of Middletown, and show pride in our unique community. Passport Community Events are special activities during which you can collect passport stamps as a memento of your visit. Poricy Park participating events will be listed on this page. The Middletown 350 Passport & Guide to Middletown is available at the Park's Nature Center and various locations throughout the township.For more information about the year-long event, visit the township's website.
This is an excellent opportunity
for a teen who...
• Enjoys learning new ways to use
• Has an interest in environmental
science and/or local history.
• Would like to spend more time outdoors.
• Welcomes new challenges,
CALL FOR DATES & DETAILS
Passport Community Event*
Colonial Candle Workshop
What do Tallow, Bayberries, Beeswax & Whales have in common? Each has been used throughout time to make candles! Visit us and learn how candles were made in 18th century Middletown! Enjoy hands-on fun and bring home your own candle to light your way! Registration is needed. We have limited space in our authentic hearth kitchen! Appropriate for ages 7 to 107 (children must be supervised & assisted by an adult). Scout groups welcome! THREE SESSIONS AVAILABLE – Choose the one that works with your schedule! Meet at the Murray Farmhouse.
Sunday, March 30th, 1pm-2:15 OR 2:30pm-3:45pm OR 4pm-5:15pm
Fee includes materials: $6 Members; $8 Non-members
Passport Community Event*
50-Year Anniversary Geocaches
Use modern technology to explore Middletown’s past! Discover the exhilarating sport of geocaching! Drop in at the Poricy Park Nature Center between the hours of 1 and 4pm to learn about new geocaches that are hidden throughout the park. Special geocaches in celebration of Middletown’s 350th anniversary will be registered with Geocaching.com. This is a self-led activity. Information on geocaching and the new caches will be available at Poricy Park Nature Center throughout the year. Don't miss this special introduction! A limited number of GPS units will be available for a rental fee plus a refundable deposit upon return of functioning GPS unit. Meet at the Nature Center.
Sunday, March 30th, 1pm-4pm
Pysanky Egg Workshop
Engage in this unique opportunity to decorate your own egg using century’s old techniques and some newer ones picked up along the way! Our very own expert Juleé Csuri will guide you and share the history of this most amazing skill that has endured the test of time. Appropriate for tweens through adults (children must be accompanied & supervised by an adult). Advance registration needed by Friday, Apr 4th in order to prepare enough materials. Consecutive sessions allow you to choose – choose both and double your fun! Those choosing both sessions are encouraged to bring your own lunch! Meet at the Annex
Sunday, April 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm And/OR 1:30pm-3:30pm
Fee includes all materials:
Single Session: $8 Members; $12 Non-members
Double Session: $12 Members; $16 Non-members
Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt
The Egg Hunt is back – with a twist! Bring your basket, running shoes and a flashlight and get ready to find those eggs! The Easter Egg Hunt presented by the Middletown Department of Recreation, the Middletown Cultural and Arts Council in collaboration with Poricy Park Conservancy will be held at Poricy Park on Friday, April 11th. A shuttle will be available from Fairview Acres. This is strictly an egg hunt – all other Easter themed events will be enjoyed at the Eggstravaganza April 12th at the Middletown Arts Center. For questions, please contact the Middletown Department of Recreation at 732-615-2260 or via email (click here). In the event of inclement weather, please call 732-842-5966 for information. Appropriate for families with children 10 and under. Meet at the Nature Center.
Friday, April 11, 6pm-9pm
Registration is not necessary.
Spring Break Day Camps
For Kindergarten through 5th grade
Monday’s Theme: Search for Clues - Gather info from nature and follow the trail to find out who has been by, where they are going and what they’ve been doing along the way! Then generate your own clues for others to follow!
Tuesday’s Theme: Crack the Code - Use your detective skills and tools we provide to discover some of Nature’s secret codes! Then create some secret messages of your own!
Wednesday’s Theme: Solve the Mystery - Investigate mysterious natural phenomena and apply your super sleuth abilities to unravel and expose puzzles in our world!
Meet at the Nature Center
Monday-Wednesday, April 14, 15, & 16 9am-12pm OR 9am-3pm
Fee: Register Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Half Day: $38 Members; $46 Non-members
Full Day: $60 Members; $70 Non-members
Sibling discounts available! 15% for members; 5% for non-members
Earth Day Celebration
The Township of Middletown in coordination with Middletown’s Recreation Department, Middletown Cultural and Arts Council and the Poricy Park Conservancy will be teaming up to put on a special Earth Day Celebration! Head over to Poricy Park for a morning of fun, games and education. Please visit www.Middletownnj.org for more details.
Saturday, April 26, 10:30am-1:30pm
Passport Community Event*
Murray Farmhouse & Barn Open!
Weekend in Old Monmouth
Explore our 1770 historic Murray Farmhouse and barn as one of the many important sites open for this celebration of Monmouth County history! We will offer many exciting activities during this FREE two day event. We will showcase the life of our own Monmouth Militia patriot, Joseph Murray, and his family with activities such as Colonial children’s games, womanly arts, cooking over an open hearth, light infantry drill demo, tours of our authentic 18th century house and barn, plus much more!
Saturday, May 3rd, 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 4th, 12pm-5pm
Congratulations First Place race winners!
5K Male: Matt D'Auria, 14,
Ocean Twp, 20:40
5K Female: Caitlin Mendina, 13 Navesink, 23:29
5M Male: Daniel Chawner, 40, Middletow, 33:17
5M Female: Rachel Kenny, 13 Matawan, 34:26 (JSRC Member)
For additional results, visit www.JSRC.org.
Sincere Thanks to our Sponsors!
Jersey Shore Running Club
Friend of Murray Farmhouse
Eberhard Carpet One
VanNortwick Properties, LLC
Golda & Golda LLC
Edward Jones, Patrick J. Chanod, Jr.
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, PA
Allan M. Ruda, DDS &
Beth De Angelis, DMD
MHPT Physical Therapy
Beacon Awards & Signs
Muscle Maker Grill
Super Stop & Shop, Middletown
Whole Foods Market, Middletown
D’Alessio’s Bagel Express
Post Race meal provided by
Muscle Maker Grill of Middletown.
Special thanks goes out to the dedicated volunteers and Staff of Poricy Park Conservancy, the Jersey Shore Running Club, Middletown Township Public Works/Park Maintenance Division, Fairview Volunteer First Aid Squad, Middletown Township Auxiliary Police and all those who participated, for the time and energy to make this a successful race.