The Jersey Shore has over 100 miles of beautiful beaches but only a few places where you can camp near them. The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is sponsoring a family campout on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 where we will pitch tents, watch the sunrise, fish, pull a seine net, walk through the maritime forest, bird watch and beach comb looking for beautiful shells.

We will build a fire using a bow drill like the Native Americans and enjoy a communal meal. We can take a night hike, which is normally not allowed on Sandy Hook, see the largest holly forest on the Atlantic seaboard and explore the oldest continually operating lighthouse in the United States along with other buildings at historic Ft. Hancock.

The trip is designed for adults and children over the age of 8 and requires the use of your own camping equipment. The Arboretum will supply dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday so attendees only need to bring a cooler with lunches for both days. The camp site is primitive with a fire pit, grills and covered picnic area. There is fresh drinking water and communal indoor bathrooms (no shower).

Jim Peck, Executive Director of the Arboretum, will lead the group. Jim worked on Sandy Hook for years and knows where to find wild asparagus, fresh water ponds, views of New York City and the single pin oak on the hook. For more information call 973-376-3587 or go to our web site