Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park Cheesequake State Park’s uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems.

When visiting your local state park or forest this Memorial Day weekend, keep in mind:NO SWIMMING OR CAMPING:🚫🏊🏻‍♀️ Whil...
05/22/2020

When visiting your local state park or forest this Memorial Day weekend, keep in mind:

NO SWIMMING OR CAMPING:
🚫🏊🏻‍♀️ While we are currently recruiting and training lifeguards, our beaches and lakes are not yet ready for swimmers. If you are interested in becoming a State Park Service lifeguard, please visit: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

🚫⛺️ Campgrounds will also continue to be closed. As stated in executive order 148, the Department of Environmental Protection will create a plan within the next 15 days for a phased re-opening of our campsites. Check back to @newjerseystateparks for camping announcements.

NOW OPEN
✅🧺Picnicking is once again permitted! Bring a blanket, a cooler with lunch, and your immediate family to enjoy the outdoors PLEASE NOTE that grilling is not permitted and picnic areas, and picnic tables continue to be closed at this time.

✅🚽 Select restrooms have also reopened! For a full list of restroom locations please visit: njparksandforests.org/sps_covid.html

FEES
Park entrance fees, as well as boat launch fees have been waived until further notice.

VISIT PARKS TO:
✅🚶 Hike/Walk
✅🐴Horseback Ride
✅🚴🏼‍♂️Bicycle
✅🎣 Fish/Hunt (with permit)
✅🚣 Boat/Canoe/Kayak
✅🐦 Bird/wildlife watch

PARKING CAPPED at 50% CAPACITY
Available parking at parks is limited to 50% of the maximum capacity at one time, and visitors are prohibited from parking in undesignated areas, including in roadways.

Remember, COVID-19 is not gone! Please do your part to slow the spread:
Only visit with your immediate family
Keep your stay short (2 hours max) to allow others to visit too
Make space for others on trails
Leave crowded park areas

Find a state park or forest close to you at: http://spstrailtracker.nj.gov/

Don’t forget to #MaskUp 😷 when in congested areas such as parking lots, trails, and when going into bathrooms! Together we can all do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19.

#NJStateParks #IheartNJparks

When visiting your local state park or forest this Memorial Day weekend, keep in mind:

NO SWIMMING OR CAMPING:
🚫🏊🏻‍♀️ While we are currently recruiting and training lifeguards, our beaches and lakes are not yet ready for swimmers. If you are interested in becoming a State Park Service lifeguard, please visit: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

🚫⛺️ Campgrounds will also continue to be closed. As stated in executive order 148, the Department of Environmental Protection will create a plan within the next 15 days for a phased re-opening of our campsites. Check back to @newjerseystateparks for camping announcements.

NOW OPEN
✅🧺Picnicking is once again permitted! Bring a blanket, a cooler with lunch, and your immediate family to enjoy the outdoors PLEASE NOTE that grilling is not permitted and picnic areas, and picnic tables continue to be closed at this time.

✅🚽 Select restrooms have also reopened! For a full list of restroom locations please visit: njparksandforests.org/sps_covid.html

FEES
Park entrance fees, as well as boat launch fees have been waived until further notice.

VISIT PARKS TO:
✅🚶 Hike/Walk
✅🐴Horseback Ride
✅🚴🏼‍♂️Bicycle
✅🎣 Fish/Hunt (with permit)
✅🚣 Boat/Canoe/Kayak
✅🐦 Bird/wildlife watch

PARKING CAPPED at 50% CAPACITY
Available parking at parks is limited to 50% of the maximum capacity at one time, and visitors are prohibited from parking in undesignated areas, including in roadways.

Remember, COVID-19 is not gone! Please do your part to slow the spread:
Only visit with your immediate family
Keep your stay short (2 hours max) to allow others to visit too
Make space for others on trails
Leave crowded park areas

Find a state park or forest close to you at: http://spstrailtracker.nj.gov

Don’t forget to #MaskUp 😷 when in congested areas such as parking lots, trails, and when going into bathrooms! Together we can all do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19.

#NJStateParks #IheartNJparks

05/21/2020
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

The New Jersey State Park Service looks forward to seeing you this Memorial Day weekend.

“I mask up not for me but I mask up for you,” said Olivia Glenn, Director of the Division of Parks and Forestry.

We are all in this together and we all would like to enjoy our parks and forests together. Please remember to bring your masks along with you, on our trails, paths, beaches, and forests. Where it is difficult to maintain a six-foot distance simply mask up.

Once you mask up, let us know by taking a selfie and posting to social media using the hashtags #iheartNJParks and #MaskUp. Be sure to let us know why YOU Mask Up in New Jersey's state parks.

In addition, with some limitations, picnicking is once again permitted in state parks and forests. Please bring a blanket and a cooler with your food. Picnic areas, tables and grills continue to be closed at this time.

Swimming is not permitted this weekend as we continue to hire lifeguards to fill our ranks. If you are interested in becoming a State Park Service lifeguard please visit: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

#iherartNJparks #maskup

The New Jersey State Park Service looks forward to seeing you this Memorial Day weekend.

“I mask up not for me but I mask up for you,” said Olivia Glenn, Director of the Division of Parks and Forestry.

We are all in this together and we all would like to enjoy our parks and forests together. Please remember to bring your masks along with you, on our trails, paths, beaches, and forests. Where it is difficult to maintain a six-foot distance simply mask up.

Once you mask up, let us know by taking a selfie and posting to social media using the hashtags #iheartNJParks and #MaskUp. Be sure to let us know why YOU Mask Up in New Jersey's state parks.

In addition, with some limitations, picnicking is once again permitted in state parks and forests. Please bring a blanket and a cooler with your food. Picnic areas, tables and grills continue to be closed at this time.

Swimming is not permitted this weekend as we continue to hire lifeguards to fill our ranks. If you are interested in becoming a State Park Service lifeguard please visit: http://nj.gov/dep/workinparks

#iheartnjparks #maskup

05/19/2020
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Virtual Tour: Double Trouble State Park Sawmill

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Virtual Tour: Double Trouble State Park Sawmill

Join us on a virtual tour of Double Trouble State Park's restored sawmill and learn how the named Double Trouble originated.

Learn more about Double Trouble State Park on our website: https://njparksandforests.org/parks/double.html

View last week's virtual tour of Rockingham Historic Site here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2518394734926988

#NJParksFromHome #iheartNJparks

Today, our Lakeside and Sandpit restrooms will reopen to the public. These restrooms will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ...
05/16/2020

Today, our Lakeside and Sandpit restrooms will reopen to the public.

These restrooms will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please be patient with park staff as there are new cleaning protocols in place.

SELECT RESTROOMS RE-OPEN in New Jersey’s state parks and forests

Today, the State Park Service will begin phasing in the reopening of our restroom facilities. Please be patient with park staff as there are new cleaning protocols in place. Below is a list of restroom locations that are open this weekend. Additional restrooms will begin opening this week.

Before entering an open restroom, mask up!

The following restrooms are open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the exception of Island Beach State Park’s restroom which is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Liberty State Park’s restroom which is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Restrooms open by area:
Allaire State Park
- Restroom Location: Main Parking Lot
Brendan T Byrne State Forest
- Restroom Location: Pakim Pond
Cape May Point State Park
- Restroom Location: Visitor Center
Cheesequake State Park
- Restroom Location: Sandpit
- Restroom Location: Lakeside
Fort Mott State Park
- Restroom Location: Picnic Grove
High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans' Memorial
- Restroom Location: Beach Parking Lot
Hopatcong State Park
- Restroom Location: Main Parking Lot
Island Beach State Park
- Restroom Location: Swimming Area 1
Jenny Jump State Forest
- Restroom Location: Notch Parking Lot
Kittatinny Valley State Park
- Restroom Location: Lake Aeroflex Parking Lot
Official: Liberty State Park
- Portable Toilets – Lot 8
- Portable Toilets – Lot 4
- Restroom Location: Administration Building – Lot 4
- Restroom Location: Gatehouse (Zapp Drive) – Lot 8
Ringwood State Park
- Restroom Location: Ringwood Manor
- Restroom Location: Skylands Carriage House
Round Valley Recreation Area
- Restroom Location: East Parking Lot
- Restroom Location: West Parking Lot
Stokes State Forest
- Restroom Location: Lake Ocquittunk
- Restroom Location: Park Office
Swartswood State Park
- Restroom Location: Swartswood Beach
Voorhees State Park
- Restroom Location: Main Office
Waterloo Village Historic Site
- Restroom Location: Comfort Station
Wawayanda State Park
- Restroom Location: Park Office
Worthington State Forest
- Restroom Location: Park Office

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Parks without restroom facilities as of (5/17):
- Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
- Bass River State Forest
- Belleplain State Forest
- Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
- Double Trouble State Park
- Forked River State Marina
- Hacklebarney State Park
- Leonardo State Marina
- Monmouth Battlefield State Park
- Twin Lights Historic Site
- Spruce Run Recreation Area
- Stephens State Park
- Parvin State Park
- Princeton Battlefield State Park
- Washington Crossing State Park
- Wharton State Forest

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LIFEGUARD TRAINERS WANTEDThe New Jersey State Park Service has three open positions for Lifeguard Trainers at Island Bea...
05/14/2020

LIFEGUARD TRAINERS WANTED

The New Jersey State Park Service has three open positions for Lifeguard Trainers at Island Beach State Park, our central office, and southern region office. The starting salary for this seasonal position is $22 per hour.

The lifeguard trainer will be responsible for training and certifying State Park Service lifeguards in American Safety and Health Institute Advanced First Aid, BLS, oxygen administration, the use of an automatic external defibrillator, and bloodborne pathogens. In addition, the lifeguard trainer will retrain, retest, and re-certify lifeguards in the above skills as required.

Requirements for the position:
- Must be certified by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute Advanced in Advanced First Aid/CPR and/or BLS.
- Must possess a current certification or willing to be certified by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute Advanced as an Advanced First Aid/CPR and/or BLS instructor.
- Have the ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of the position
- Possess a driver’s license valid in the State of New Jersey

Application Link:https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/docs/2020-employmentdoc-fillable.pdf

Interested applicants should fill out the following application and email it to:
- Island Beach State Park: [email protected]
- Central Region Parks: jenn[email protected]
- Southern Region Parks: [email protected]

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LIFEGUARD TRAINERS WANTED

The New Jersey State Park Service has three open positions for Lifeguard Trainers at Island Beach State Park, our central office, and southern region office. The starting salary for this seasonal position is $22 per hour.

The lifeguard trainer will be responsible for training and certifying State Park Service lifeguards in American Safety and Health Institute Advanced First Aid, BLS, oxygen administration, the use of an automatic external defibrillator, and bloodborne pathogens. In addition, the lifeguard trainer will retrain, retest, and re-certify lifeguards in the above skills as required.

Requirements for the position:
- Must be certified by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute Advanced in Advanced First Aid/CPR and/or BLS.
- Must possess a current certification or willing to be certified by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute Advanced as an Advanced First Aid/CPR and/or BLS instructor.
- Have the ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of the position
- Possess a driver’s license valid in the State of New Jersey

Application Link:https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/docs/2020-employmentdoc-fillable.pdf

Interested applicants should fill out the following application and email it to:
- Island Beach State Park: [email protected]
- Central Region Parks: [email protected]
- Southern Region Parks: [email protected]

#NJStateParks #iheartNJparks

05/13/2020
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

May Is American Wetlands Month – A time to celebrate some of our most important, yet misunderstood, ecosystems.

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May Is American Wetlands Month – A time to celebrate some of our most important, yet misunderstood, ecosystems. Historically, wetlands got a bad rap. They were thought of as weird and mysterious places where people got lost, or as dark sources of nightmarish monsters. Negative connotations can still be found in our everyday language (e.g., “bogged down” and “I’m swamped”) and in folklore and movies (how many movies have creatures from the swamp?). Fortunately, we understand wetlands much better now and value them as essential habitats for many plants and animals, as buffers from floods, and as a critical link in many food chains. They are also a source of beauty and enjoyment, especially during bird migrations. What a spectacle to see thousands of snow geese descend upon a salt marsh - resembling, indeed, a massive snowfall.

Swamps, bogs, fens, mangrove swamps, vernal ponds, mudflats and marshes are all wetlands with important roles to play in our natural world. Estuarine salt marshes - the wetlands on the edge between ocean and land – are arguably the most important of the wetlands as they buffer lands from coastal storms, produce an abundance of food, and are critical habitats for the survival of many animals. Did you know, nearly 70% of commercially harvested fish or shellfish either began life in these food-rich, estuarine waters or are linked to them at some stage in their food chain?

Naturalist, Jim Faczak takes us on a virtual field trip to take a closer look at the salt marsh at Cheesequake State Park and discuss some of the properties that make it unique and valuable.

Wetlands by Diane Hewlett-Lowrie, Resource Interpretive Specialist.

#NotesFromOurNaturalists

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05/11/2020
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Virtual Tour: Rockingham Historic Site

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Virtual Tour: Rockingham Historic Site

Join us on a virtual tour of Rockingham, the house that became General George Washington's final military headquarters in 1783.

Learn more about Rockingham on our website: https://www.njparksandforests.org/historic/rockingham/rockingham-home.htm

View last week's virtual tour of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=705758443566232

#NJParksFromHome #iheartNJparks

05/08/2020
New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Some parks will close early because of reduced capacity. Check our page New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites for updates on closings and re-openings before you go out to a park.

BEFORE YOU VISIT, remember four things:

1. Stay close to home, Check www.spstrailtracker.nj.gov to find a park near you.
2. "Go" before you go — bathrooms are closed.
3. Plan to stay less than two hours as parking has been limited to 50% capacity and a two-hour visit will free up space for others.
4. Bring a mask and hand sanitizer with you. And do not bring chairs and coolers as picnics are not permitted.

WHILE AT THE PARK, keep in mind three things:
1. Park in designated areas ONLY. State Park Police will ticket those illegally parked on shoulders and roads. Do not move barricades to create a parking spot — barricades are there to limit the parking to 50% capacity.
2. Do not use parks to meet up with others. Visit with your immediate family only.
3. When you encounter other visitors, mask up. This helps protect yourself, and others.

Thank you for doing your part to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATES ON COVID-19 in NJ
Learn more about COVID-19 in New Jersey: http://covid19.nj.gov

NJ residents can call 211 with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and to learn resources available to them.

Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to subscribe to text message updates on NJ COVID-19.

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Some parks will close early because of reduced capacity. Check our page New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites for updates on closings and re-openings before you go out to a park.

BEFORE YOU VISIT, remember four things:

1. Stay close to home, Check www.spstrailtracker.nj.gov to find a park near you.
2. "Go" before you go — bathrooms are closed.
3. Plan to stay less than two hours as parking has been limited to 50% capacity and a two-hour visit will free up space for others.
4. Bring a mask and hand sanitizer with you. And do not bring chairs and coolers as picnics are not permitted.

WHILE AT THE PARK, keep in mind three things:
1. Park in designated areas ONLY. State Park Police will ticket those illegally parked on shoulders and roads. Do not move barricades to create a parking spot — barricades are there to limit the parking to 50% capacity.
2. Do not use parks to meet up with others. Visit with your immediate family only.
3. When you encounter other visitors, mask up. This helps protect yourself, and others.

Thank you for doing your part to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATES ON COVID-19 in NJ
Learn more about COVID-19 in New Jersey: http://covid19.nj.gov

NJ residents can call 211 with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and to learn resources available to them.

Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to subscribe to text message updates on NJ COVID-19.

#NJStateParks

Address

300 Gordon Road
Matawan, NJ
07747

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30
Saturday 08:00 - 19:00
Sunday 08:00 - 19:00

Telephone

(732) 566-2161

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