MIDDLETOWN, NJ  —   While everyday is Earth Day in the Monmouth County Park System, 2010 marks the first time the Park System honors the day twice. On Saturday, April 17, the Huber Woods Environmental Center, Brown’s Dock Road, Middletown, will host an Open House from 12noon to 5pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Environmental Center, meet creatures from the Reptile House and admire daffodils in the park. Park System naturalists will offer hayrides, informal nature walks and pond studies.

photo  - Park System naturalist helps this budding scientist learn about pond life.

Then on Saturday, April 24 from 12noon to 5pm, the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, will roll out the welcome mat. The Open House honors Earth Day with micro invertebrate tank studies, a reptile show, seed plantings, recycled crafts, a nature story hour and bird feeder making. An exhibit tracing the history of Earth Day will also be on display.

Admission and parking are free for both Open Houses.  For more information, call the Huber Woods Environmental Center at (732) 872-2670 or the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center at (732) 751-9453.  For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711.

The Monmouth County Park System is celebrating its golden anniversary of keeping the county green and livable, since the Board of Chosen Freeholders created the first county park in 1960. Today, the Park System has grown to over 30 sites totaling more than 14,500 acres and offers approximately 4,000 recreation programs and activities, making it the perfect place to come outside and play.