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    Sunday, February 1st, 2015

    Interpretive Trail Hike at Rancocas Nature Center

     

    Time & Place

    1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Join an associate naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. It’s a great way to become familiar with our well-maintained trails.

    Bring a camera and/or binoculars; we’ll stop at various scenic spots along the way. The easy pace is suitable for all ages; please use a child carrier to transport small children.

    Cost: RNC members, FREE; nonmembers, $4/person, $10/family.

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

    Find Related Info: Rancocas Nature Center, hike, kids, adults

     

    Monday, February 2nd, 2015

    Goundhog Day Paddle -- Wading River, Ocean County

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    Ask/contact leaders

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    What was “Piney Phil’s” decision in NJ? The river section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. 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, February 7th, 2015

    Whitesbog Village Winter Hike -- Historic Whitesbog Village

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    Whitesbog Village, 120 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

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    Whitesbog is a NJ historic site and was a village built to house workers in the local cranberry bogs. Perhaps we’ll see wintering Tundra Swans as we hike around the bogs. Optional guided tour of the Village at 1pm (small fee). Bring beverage and lunch. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Easy pace 4-5 miles.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

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

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    Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

    Trails, Inns and Charcoal Stations of Old Hamilton -- Hamilton Historical Society

     

    Time & Place

    7:30pm
    Presbyterian Church, 6001 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ

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    Native Americans and settlers alike followed paths from pond to pond to stalk game and collect natural resourses.

    Presented by Mark Demitroff, Pinelands Geographer from Richland, NJ.

    Presentation will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Mays Landing. It is open to the public and free of charge, but donations are welcomed.

    Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

    More Information

    609-909-0272

    Find Related Info: Hamilton Historical Society, Indian Culture, history

     

    Wednesday Walk in the Woods -- Wharton State Forest

     

    Time & Place

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

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    This 9-mile hike will take participants from the historic Atsion section of the forest to Batsto Village with views of the Pine Barrens and beautiful Mullica and Batsto Rivers along the way.

    Meet Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner at the Batsto Village parking lot at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and drink. Be prepared for mostly flat walking. Severe weather cancels.

    Register by contacting Kathy at (609) 296-6574. You can also find information on the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry website at www.njparksandforests.org.

    Upcoming “Walk in the Woods” dates are March 18 and April 8.

    More Information

    Kathy Gardiner | 609-296-6574 | Web

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    Saturday, February 14th, 2015

    A Sweet Hike -- Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    Historic Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Road, Eastampton, NJ

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    The Park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain and also offers Rancocas Creek vistas. Meet at the Smith’s Woods access parking lot, East Railroad Ave. Easy pace 4-5 miles Option for lunch at Vincentown Diner after the hike. Leashed dogs are welcome.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

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

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    Earth, Wind and Ice: Ancient Climate Change and Periglacial Landscape -- Batsto, NJ

     

    Time & Place

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

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    This month's topic will be “New Jersey’s Glacial Culture”; presented by Mark Demitroff of the University of Delaware.


    Earth, Wind, and Ice: Ancient Climate Change and Periglacial Landscapes

    A remarkable ice-age legacy of cold, dry, and windy conditions helped to fashion South Jersey's terrain into the unique landscape that we value today as the Pine Barrens.

    We will explore New Jersey's remarkable ice-age legacy. The cold, dry, and windy conditions that existed here during the last cold period have few modern terrestrial equivalents. Climate-driven movement of frozen and thawing ground, along with strong winds from the nearby Laurentide Ice Sheet, have helped to fashion South Jersey's terrain into the unique landscape that we value today as the Pine Barrens. Many of these periglacial (cold, non-glacial) features today provide critical habitat for rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals. Spungs, savannahs, cripples, blue holes, and dunes have played an important role in human history as well. Learn how these landforms were woven together in a geographic tapestry of interactions between nature and society.

    Presentations begin at 1:00 PM and there is a $2.00 cost / person to attend.

    Regularly scheduled guided tours of the historic Batsto mansion will be available during the afternoon of the presentations and the Annie M. Nature Interpretive Center is also open to the public as well.

    Upcoming event information can be viewed at the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. website (www.batstovillage.org ) and clicking on the Facebook link.

    More Information

    Batsto Visitors Center | 609-561-0024 | Email | Web

    Find Related Info: Batsto River, education

     

    Sunday, February 15th, 2015

    Connect With Nature Series -- Maple Sugaring -- Rancocas Nature Center

     

    Time & Place

    1:30pm to 3:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    What a tasty way to spend a winter afternoon! Bring the whole family and enjoy a program about maple sugaring, the oldest continuous industry in North America. Learn about the sugar maple tree and the history of maple sugaring, observe a tapping demonstration, and enjoy a maple syrup tasting. To ward off the chills, we’ll have an old-fashioned campfire burning.

    Cost: RNC members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $9/person, $21/family (limit 5).

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

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    President's Day Weekend Hike -- Allaire State Park, Monmouth County

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale NJ 07727

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    George Washington’s birthday will be celebrated by volunteers in grand style at this Historic Village. After the hike, option to tour the village buildings and shop at the Allaire General Store. Bring or buy lunch. Meet in the Village parking lot. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels the hike.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

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

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    Monday, February 16th, 2015

    President's Day -- Turtles and Snakes At Woodford Cedar Run

     

    Time & Place

    11:00am and 1:00pm
    Woodford Cedar Run, 6 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055

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    Native New Jersey snakes and turtles join guests for this exciting program. Observe each species’ unique characteristics and learn about their habitats and adaptations for survival.

    Kids can also make a special craft inside the nature center. All ages welcome. Program included with the price of admission.

    More Information

    856-983-3329 x 100 | Email | Web

    Find Related Info: Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, turtles, snakes, education, Kids -- All Ages

     

    Friday, February 20th, 2015

    Owl Prowl -- Historic Whitesbog Village

     

    Time & Place

    5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Whitesbog Village, 120 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

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    Most active during this time of year, the great horned owl is busy getting ready for mating/nesting season. There will be a brief introduction to native owls and their behaviors to help you make observations on your evening walk in the woods. Wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Binoculars and flashlight are also recommended.

    PLEASE NOTE: Meet at the General Store.

    Pre-registration is required. Fee $10. To register, call (609) 894-9311 x3027.

    Course #: CFG 522 80

    Sponsored by Burlington County College Pinelands Institute for Natural & Environmental Studies

    More Information

    P.I.N.E.S. Program | 609-893-1765 | Web

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    Owl Prowl -- Woodford Cedar Run, Medford, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Woodford Cedar Run, 6 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055

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    Winter is often the best time of the year to locate owls in the forest as they are in the midst of nesting season. Program begins inside the Nature Center for an up-close experience with our resident owls followed by a hike on the trail in search of our local species. Program will focus on Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owl and Great Horned Owl.

    Please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. No flashlights, please. This program will fill up! Advanced registration is required. Suitable for ages 8 and up. $15/person (members), $20/person (non-members).

    More Information

    856-983-3329 x 100 | Email | Web

    Find Related Info: Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Owls, education, hike

     

    Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

    Winter Paddle on the Oswego River

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    Lake Oswego, Chatsworth, NJ

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    Meet at Lake Oswego and paddle 8 miles on the “Jewel of the Pinelands”. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. 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

    Find Related Info: Lake Oswego, Kayaking, canoeing, Piney Paddlers

     

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

    Clayton Park Hike -- Monmouth County

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    Clayton Park, 161 Emley's Hill Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08526

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    This rustic 421-acre site in Central New Jersey is located amidst the rolling farmland of western Monmouth County. Easy pace hike 4-5 miles, woods trails with some elevation.

    For directions: www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2517 Leashed dogs are welcome! After the hike; option for lunch at La Piazza, Allentown, NJ. Inclement weather cancels.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

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

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    Thursday, February 26th, 2015

    Speaking of Nature Series -- What's Up With Our Watershed -- Rancocas Creek

     

    Time & Place

    7:00pm to 8:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    What we do on the land affects the quality of water in our streams and creek. Our AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador will present an overview of the Rancocas Watershed including its diverse habitats, regional impact, monitoring program, and recreational opportunities.

    Presenter: Nina Odunlami

    Cost: RNC members, $2/person; nonmembers, $5/person

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

    Find Related Info: Rancocas Nature Center, Rancocas Creek, education

     

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