Poricy Park is an exceptional ecological resource whose 250 acres make it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County, serving residents throughout New Jersey and the Tri-state area. The park is a center for environmental and cultural education, enhancing the community's enjoyment and appreciation of nature and local history.

Description taken from poricypark.org

Things to See & Do

The Poricy Brook Fossil Beds are well known to fossil collectors in the Northeast in Middletown, New Jersey. The fossils are from the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era, 145 to 65 million years ago. Although the dinosaurs were at their peak, the first mammals and birds had begun to appear. Tree ferns, ginkos, and pines were being joined by flowering plants like oak, magnolia, and grass.

During the Cretaceous period, the area of Poricy Brook in New Jersey, and the rest of the Atlantic Coastal Plain was a shallow ocean. When the ocean animals died, they were buried in the bottom. While their soft parts decayed, the harder parts, like bones, teeth, and shells, were preserved. Over millions of years, the ocean level rose and fell to form different layers of deposits with the remains of different animals. The layer exposed by the cutting action of Poricy Brook is called the Navesink Formation and is approximately 72 million years old.

Please visit the Poricy Park Fossil Bed page for rules and regulations for visiting this special location on Monmouth County.

Special / Seasonal Events

The Poricy Park Conservancy organizes many events throughout the year, including:

Hours / Season of Operation

Poricy Park is open daily dawn to 10pm. The Parks Nature Center and PPCs offices are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Weekends per scheduled programs.

Related Groups / Organizations

Since 1970, the Poricy Park Conservancy has been preserving 250 acres of open space, wildlife and their habitats, prehistoric fossil beds, and the Historic Murray Farmhouse.

Amenities / Features of Poricy Park:

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Parks and Natural Areas
Historic Area
Municiple / City Park
Park (General)
Preserve
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All Activities
General Amenities
Trails / Trail Information
Activities
Bird watching
Hiking
Jogging / Running
Trail Running !Not many trails
Special Activities
A !Digging for fossils!
Walking
Amenities
Nature / Environmental Center
Parking Lot(s)
Special Amenities
A !Great for finding fossils in the river
Special Buildings / Structures
Historic
Trails
General Location
New Jersey
General Areas within NJ
Central NJ
Regions (based on tourism)
Shore (Monm, Ocean)
Misc Information
Listing Center: Latitude: 40.3664
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.1037
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: Poricy Park
Natural Features
Special Natural Features
A !Fossils in the river
Rules and Regulations
Alcohol *NOT Permitted*
Biking *NOT Permitted*
Trails / Trail Information
Flat / Easy
Walking Paths
Wooded

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