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Congratulations to 'Fall in Poricy' Photo Contest

First Place Winner - Lois Wilkes

Second Place Winner - Marguerite Portagallo

Third Place Winner - Ralph Godwin

The Poricy Park Board of Trustess are pleased to announce the winners

at a special Tea held in January 2019 at the Nature Center.

Thank you to everyone who made a submission!

Congratulations to 'Winter in Poricy'

Photography Contest Winner

Kelly Bell

Poricy Park Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the Winner of the 'Winter in Poricy' Photography Contest, Kelly Bell (left). Thank you to all who submitted a photo for consideration. We received 16 entries, and it was a very difficult task to pick the winner, as all entries were beautiful representations of the park. 

The winner was announced on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at an Awards Ceremony at the Nature Center. 

Honorable Mentions include: 

  • Christopher Adams
  • Danielle Rucinski
  • Dave Rucinski
  • Keara Zarrillo
  • Valerie Leone

Poricy Park Programs

There are a variety of unique programs that stimulate and engage people of any age at Poricy Park, connecting people to both our natural and colonial history. Theses programs bring visitors through an authentic 1770 New Jersey State Historic site, many different habitats, and 70 million year old fossil beds!

These programs are run by Middletown Recreation Department. For the current list of programs and activities visit their website at http://www.middletownnj.org/155/Recreation

  • Community Programs - Throughout the year Middletown Recreation offers a wonderful selection of programs such as: parent/child events, colonial tea, fossil hunts, seasonal and holiday activities and much more.
  • Birthday Parties - Looking for a different type of birthday party? Why not come to Poricy Park located in New Jersey! Contact the Recreation Department regarding different options available.
  • Summer Camps - Summer camp at Poricy Park is where childhood memories are made! We have a summer full of theme camps that bring everything back to the basics.
  • Scouts - Poricy Park offers special programs for both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. We have appropriate programs about science, the environment, and history available. We can help your scout group meet badge requirements, plan a guided hike, or schedule a fossil hunt.
  • School Trips - Poricy Park is a great place for your next class trip. The Township offers a variety of fun, hands-on programs in Science, Nature, and History for grads pre-K.

Park Activities:

Family fun - Historical landscapes - Educational experiences

Hiking - Fishing - Biking

Picnics - Dog friendly - Outdoor activities, and more!


Poricy Park Conservancy Board of Trustees has approved the following resolution:

Resolution expressing significant concern regarding the need for and impact of JCP&L’s proposed Monmouth Reliability Project.

The Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) has recently announced plans for a 230,000Kv transmission line with 140 +/- foot high monopoles along the New Jersey Transit right–of-way running through the Township of Middletown generally known as the JCP&L Reliability Project.

As advocates for the benefit of Poricy Park in Middletown, New Jersey, the Poricy Park Conservancy Board of Trustees wishes to voice our deep concern regarding the proposed power lines that would run along the entire eastern border of our park.

Read the entire resolution.

American Chestnut Saplings

On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2pm Poricy Park volunteers planted two American Chestnut saplings at the Park. The American Chestnut was prominent until the early 1900’s at which time chestnut blight was unintentionally brought to North America and destroyed most of the mature American chestnut trees within 40 years. 

Poricy Park is fortunate to receive and care for two saplings and will use the opportunity to share with all of the visitors the beauty, history, and value of this majestic species! The saplings are donated and grown by Tony Rosati, a local resident who raises chestnuts to be planted in the area. Tony is trying to revive the American Chestnuts species in Middletown parks.

Watch it grow! Visit our Native Plant Demonstration Garden and learn about native plants, the ways they benefit wildlife and water conservation, and how you can plant a native garden at your home too.

Adopt A Native Plant Program

Interested in gardening with native plants? Adopt a section of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden located at the entrance of the Poricy Park Nature Center. Volunteers adopting a section will need to commit to a one year period of time. Duties include weeding, mulching, and some pruning. Groups are also welcome to adopt a plot and share duties. Please call the Green Team Coordinator at (732) 615-2289 or asarrinik@middletownnj.org for more information.


In 2012, a Native Plant Garden and drip irrigation system was installed in front of the Poricy Park Nature Center with grant funding from Sustainable Jersey™ to control and remove invasive vegetation. The Native Plant Garden contains a mix of wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs including but not limited to Scarlet Beebalm, Butterfly Weed, Purple Coneflower, Indian Grass, Heritage River Birch, and Inkberry Holly.


  • Select a section of the native plant garden, or the Green Team will assist you in the selection of an area. In determining the section, decide whether or not you can handle the work on your own or need a group of friends, or neighbors to assist.
  • You are required to clear the area of weed and brush, mulching, and some pruning.
  • If you wish to use mulch at your site, contact the Green Team coordinator, and mulch will be provided at the site from the Middletown Township recycling facility at no cost.
  • This is a year-round commitment.
  • You must contact the Green Team coordinator prior to conducting any work at your site. A site visit must be coordinated so the Green Team Coordinator can advise you as to where you can plant, clear, etc.
  • The Green Team coordinator will supply a container for weeds.
  • If you wish to beautify your area with additional native plantings, you must choose from the Approved Native Plant List and obtain approval from the Green Team Coordinator prior to installation of the additional plant.
  • If at anytime you determine you are no longer able to participate, please immediately advise the Township by calling the Green Team Coordinator.
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