HOWELL, NJ —  Too big for just one day, the Monmouth County Park System’s plans for Earth Day have turned into a weekend-long celebration!  The fun starts on Saturday, April 21 when the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, hosts an Earth Day Celebration.  From 11am-5pm, the center will offer crafts, boat taxis, exhibitors and themed nature walks around the park.  Staff from the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge will be presenting three half-hour programs with live animals throughout the afternoon. Admission and parking are free.  Some activities require a small fee.

The festivities spread through the county on Sunday, April 22, with small events planned at various county parks.  Here’s what is planned:

Celebrate the Shore   
Sunday, April 22 at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm   
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth
Discover cool coastal animals like whales, dolphins, crabs and even tiny plankton during this interactive show-and-tell program. Tours will also be given of the historic Seabrook-Wilson House, which dates back to the early 1700s.

Spring Plant Walks
Sunday, April 22 at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm   
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown  
The flowers are back in bloom. Discover the park’s floral beauty, hidden places and native plants.  Find out how to become an earth-friendly gardener and ways to compost.

Eco-Fashion Fun!  
Sunday, April 22 from 11am-5pm
Holmdel Park Shelter Building, Holmdel
Look fabulous this spring by creating eco-friendly fashion jewelry and accessories from organic or recycled materials.

Snakes & Reptiles
Sunday, April 22 at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm & 4:30pm  
Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown
This family-oriented show features snakes and reptiles found in New Jersey. There will also be freshwater pond creatures on view and a chance to identify animal scat.

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Boat Tours 
Sunday, April 22 at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm   
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Enjoy a tour of the Manasquan Reservoir and learn about its history, use as a water source and wildlife habitat.

Nature Walks
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft
Sunday, April 22 at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Returning birds, emergent buds and blooming wildflowers are just some of the sights to enjoy while wandering with the Park System’s Roving Naturalist. Binoculars provided.

For more information about any of these events, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the 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.