New Jersey

Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge

Jan. 14/WILDWOOD – Wildwoods Convention Center. Get Freezin’ for a Reason. The Polar Plunge is SO much more than just an icy dip in the Atlantic! Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes. All these programs and services are always completely FREE thanks to fundraising events like the Polar Plunge. For more informatoin, call 609-896-8000 | 800-992-9732

Jan. 15/SHORT HILLS – At the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum. Join Cora’s Conservation Corps teen volunteers as they guide you through the woods learning and looking for winter signs of wildlife, and how you can be involved as a Citizen Scientist. Hikes will last about 45 minutes and depart at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Suggested donation: $5/member, $10/non-member. Register online. 973-376-3587.

Ice Fishing – After a hectic holiday season, enjoy a bit of peace and quiet by spending some time fishing on a serene, frozen lake. While ice fishing season can vary by season, many ponds and lakes are ready by early January, offering the recommended minimum thickness of four inches. Two of the most readily caught species are chain pickerel and yellow perch, but crappie, bass and sunfish also can be found in these chilly waters. Do a little ice fishing yourself at one of New Jersey’s popular fishing spots: Hopatcong State Park in Landing, Monksville Reservoir in at Long Pond Ironworks State Park in Ringwood, Lake Assunpink near Millstone in Monmouth County and Spruce Run Recreation Area in Clinton. If you’re looking to get a little competitive, join one of the local ice fishing competitions, like the Knee Deep Club’s Ice Fishing Contests on January 24, February 7 and March 6, 2016 at Lake Hopatcong. – See more at: