March in the Great Out­doors

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Though March is said to “come in like a lion,” the month of­fers many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies in North Jersey. Join in a sea­sonal scav­enger hunt, dis­cover na­ture-themed tales on an in­no­va­tive StoryWalk or pick your spot along the pa­rade route at a St. Patrick’s Day pa­rade. Here is a sam­pling of events hap­pen­ing in your area this month.

Out­door StoryWalk

SATUR­DAY, MARCH 15

Te­nafly Na­ture Cen­ter de­buts its in­ter­ac­tive out­door ex­hibit that turns read­ing into an ad­ven­ture along Cen­ter trails. A na­turethemed story is told through elec­tronic de­vices. Free. Te­nafly Na­ture Cen­ter, 313 Hud­son Ave., Te­nafly; tenafly­na­ture­cen­ter.org.

Mor­ris County St. Patrick’s Day Pa­rade

SATUR­DAY, MARCH 15, NOON

The an­nual pa­rade honor­ing Ire­land’s pa­tron saint fea­tures march­ing bands, floats, bag­pipers and more. Pre­sented by the Mor­ris County St. Patrick’s Day Pa­rade Com­mit­tee. South and Wash­ing­ton streets, Mor­ris­town.

Pancake Brunch & Maple Sug­ar­ing

SUN­DAY, MARCH 23, 10:30 A.M.

En­joy real maple syrup on pan­cakes and learn how to iden­tify a maple tree, tap it and boil down sap to make fresh syrup. Cof­fee and hot co­coa will be served with pan­cakes. For fam­i­lies with kids 5 and older. $15 per per­son. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. Te­nafly Na­ture Cen­ter, 313 Hud­son Ave., Te­nafly; tenafly­na­ture­cen­ter.org.

End-of-Win­ter Tree Walk.

SUN­DAY, MARCH 23, 1 P.M.

Join the New Jersey Botan­i­cal Gar­den’s head land­scaper in a walk that lets you dis­cover the dif­fer­ences be­tween trees and learn how to tell them apart. Free. Meet at the Car­riage House and wear sturdy, com­fort­able shoes. New Jersey Botan­i­cal Gar­den, 2 Mor­ris Road, Ring­wood; njbg.org.

Maple Sug­ar­ing

SATUR­DAY, MARCH 1, 11 A.M.

The Na­ture Place Day Camp lets kids tap maple trees, boil sap over a fire and taste the fresh maple syrup. Free. For kids 4 to 16. The Na­ture Place is a non-com­pet­i­tive and na­ture-ori­ented day camp. The Na­ture Place Day Camp, 285 Hun­gry Hol­low Road, Chest­nut Ridge, N.Y.; then­ature­place.com.

Sea­sonal Scav­enger Hunt

SATUR­DAY, MARCH 8, 2 P.M.

Solve na­ture rid­dles along the Te­nafly Na­ture Cen­ter trails us­ing a set of clues. Fam­i­lies will work in teams to com­plete the hunt and re­ceive a small prize. For fam­i­lies with kids 4 and older. $10 per per­son; $30 fam­ily max. Te­nafly Na­ture Cen­ter, 313 Hud­son Ave., Te­nafly; tenafly­na­ture­cen­ter.org.

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