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    Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

    Starwatch at Batsto

     

    Time & Place

    7:00pm to 11:00pm
    Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037

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    When one visits Batsto Village today, it is like a step back in time. As you walk through the village streets and look into the restored buildings, you can almost visualize an earlier time and a different way of life.

    This is a FREE event and is ADA Accessible. Astronomy Presentation is run by the Willingboro Astronomical Society.

    More Information

    609-567-4559 | Email | Web

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    Magical Monarch Butterflies -- Bass River State Forest

     

    Time & Place

    7:30pm
    Bass River State Forest/Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway

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    Volunteer Master Naturalist Mary Lenahan will discuss the monarch butterfly life cycle, their annual migration to Mexico and the threats that monarchs face today. Come out and learn how planting native nectar plants and milkweeds can help the monarch population come back.

    Mary has traveled with the Monarch Teacher Network to Michoacan, Mexico in 2009 to witness the overwintering colonies of monarch butterflies.

    She is a Volunteer Master Naturalist at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge and a volunteer trainer with the Monarch Teacher Network at the EIRC, Rowan University.

    Insect repellent, a flashlight and something to sit on is recommended. The venue is ADA accessible.

    The program is free but donations to the Bass River State Forest Interpretive Program are welcome.

    More Information

    Bass River State Forest Office | (609) 296-1114 | Email | Web

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    Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

    2nd Annual Garden Day -- Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    Noon to 4:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Bog plants, plants that attract pollinators, butterflies and wildlife, helpful herbs, and identifying aliens in the woods are some of the main features for today.

    Children’s activities will include garden-related crafts and stories.

    ONGOING OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES & GARDENS TO SEE, Noon to 4pm:

    • Children’s Garden Crafts & Activities – by Diane Rothschild, Rancocas Environmental Educator
    • Bog Plant Q & A – by Bill Smith of Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, NJ…will have plants to sell and ongoing Q & A
    • Dragonfly/Frog Pond – by Barbara Wiley, Rancocas Naturalist
    • Wildlife Habitat/Pollinator Gardening – by Frank Victor, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Burlington County
    • Practical Uses of Herbs, featuring the Children’s Herb Garden – by Adrianne Voyt, Expert on Ancestral Uses for Herbs & Plants (ointments, tinctures, balms, etc.)
    • Nature Photography – by Harold Buchanan, photographer & FRNC Development Committee
    • Beekeeping – by Steve Price of Busy Bee Farm, Tabernacle
    • Ask a Master Gardener – by Marilyn Fishman, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Burlington County
    • Rancocas Nature Center Membership & Information, plus Bird Seed Sale

    NATURE WALKS:

    1:00 – 1:45pm - Wildflower Hike – by Hedy Bauer, Rancocas Naturalist

    2:00 – 2:45pm - Rancocas Butterfly Meadow – by Sandra Keller, Rancocas Associate Naturalist & Audubon Wildlife Birder

    3:00 – 3:45pm - Identifying Aliens – by Susan Buffalino, RNC Sanctuary Director

    Visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes and outdoor clothing. Donations to help sustain the Center are always welcome!

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

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    Friday, August 8th, 2014

    Butterflies in the Meadow -- Far Hills

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am to 11:30am
    Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931

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    The meadows of Bamboo Brook are filled with colorful wildflowers, butterflies and other native pollinators. Bring a magnifying glass and observe the remarkable details of flowers and insects up close.

    COST: Free

    REGISTRATION: Advance registration requested. Online registration coming soon

    More Information

    Bill Lynch | 908-997-0725 | Email | Web

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    Saturday, August 9th, 2014

    Rare and Interesting Wildflowers of the Pine Barrens -- Batsto

     

    Time & Place

    1:00pm
    Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037

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    Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Series (2014) will take place on the Second Saturday of each month and will focus on natural, cultural, and historical aspects in and around Batsto. Programming begins at 1:00pm in the Batsto Visitor Center Auditorium. Admission is $2.00 per person.

    Rare and Interesting Wildflowers of the Pine Barrens will be presented by Michael Hogan

    More Information

    609-561-0024 | Email | Web

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    Civil War Soldiers at Batsto!

     

    Time & Place

    9:00am
    Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037

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    In addition to a Civil War encampment on August 9th, the Wharton State Forest’s Second Saturday Speaker Series will feature a presentation titled “Rare and Interesting Wildflowers of the Pine Barrens.” (details listed in a seperate entry).

    The Batsto Post Office; one of only four in the United States authorized to operate without a zip code, will be open to cancel your pre-stamped mail. First opened in 1852, the Batsto Post Office will have the first of several special; one time only cancellations in use.

    The stately Batsto mansion; home of the Richards family for nearly a century and later owned by Philadelphia industrialist Joseph Wharton, will be open for tours for a small charge from 10AM – 3PM. The “Big House on the Hill” is a remarkable structure with its beginnings in 1784.

    Small per car fee of $5.00 will be charged through Labor Day.

    More Information

    Wharton State Forest Visitors Center | (609) 561-0024 | Email | Web

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    Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co)

     

    Time & Place

    8:30am
    Lake Oswego Road

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    Rise and Shine – join us for an early trip before the crowds!

    We’ll paddle 8 miles from Lake Oswego to Harrisville Lake.

    Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe/Kayak Rental 800-281-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com/

    Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

    George or Leona F. | 609-259-3734 | Email

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    Full Moon Hike -- Bass River State Forest

     

    Time & Place

    8:15pm to 10:00pm
    Bass River State Forest

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    See the forest from a different perspective, using your ears more than your eyes. Learn what makes the Pine Barrens so special and listen for wildlife of the night on this 2-mile hike over flat terrain.

    This program is available to the first 25 people who register at the Forest Office.

    The cost is $2 per person and must be paid for prior to the hike. Participants should be over the age of 7 and wear shoes or hiking boots. Insect repellent and a flashlight are suggested. Thunder cancels.

    More Information

    Bass River State Forest Office | (609) 296-1114 | Email | Web

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    Sea Dogs Play Atsion Beach -- Atsion

     

    Time & Place

    8:00pm
    Atsion Lake, Rt. 206 Shamong, NJ 08088

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    Arghhh, Mateys!

    The Sea Dogs come ashore at Atsion Lake.

    Join us on the beach for traditional pirate sea chanties and ship work songs. Fun for the whole family!!!

    This event is FREE!

    More Information

    (609) 324-9134 | Email | Web

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    Sunday, August 10th, 2014

    Pinelands Summer Zenith Hike -- Batsto

     

    Time & Place

    10:30am
    Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037

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    Enjoy a 2-4 mile hike in Historic Batsto Village. This event is FREE

    More Information

    609-567-4559 | Email | Web

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    Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

    Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek (Ocean Co)

     

    Time & Place

    9am
    Ask/contact leaders

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    Enjoy a long summer paddle in the cool waters of Cedar Creek from Dover Forge to Dudley Park.

    Rentals are not available.

    Contact leaders to confirm trip.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

    George or Leona F. | 609-259-3734 | Email

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    Saturday, August 16th, 2014

    75th Commemorative Wreck of the Blue Comet -- Chatsworth

     

    Time & Place

    9:00am to 4:00pm
    White Horse Inn, 3980 County Road 563/Main Street, Chatsworth

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    Join the Woodland Township Historical Society in a town wide event!

    Your day begins at the White Horse Inn. Displays, a self guided tour, speakers and lunch are all within walking distance.

    Parking will be available in the field across from the White Horse Inn.

    Coffee and snacks will be available for the morning break, as well as lunch at the firehouse, which will be serving some items from the Blue Comet's menu. Hot Diggity Dog will be serving refreshments outside on Main Street and Buzby's Chatsworth General Store will be open for Pinelands gifts. Also available will be a collectible coin for purchase through out the day!

    For a donation of $5.00, you will receive a blue rubber wristband with "The Blue Comet" embossed.

    All aboard for this one time event!

    More Information

    Woodland Township Historical Society | 609-726-1053 | Email | Web

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    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

    Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co)

     

    Time & Place

    9am
    Ask/contact leaders

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    Our trip will begin at the town of Speedwell - the former site of an iron furnace.

    This is a 13 mile trip for experienced Pines paddlers; expect downfalls and portages.

    Rentals are not available.

    Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

    George or Leona F. | 609-259-3734 | Email

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