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    Sunday, April 5th, 2015

    Canoe/Kayak the North Branch Rancocas Creek -- Burlington County

     

    Time & Place

    9am
    Vincentown Diner, Route 206, Southampton, NJ 08088

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    “Bunny Ears optional”! Paddle 14 miles on the N. Branch Rancocas Water Trail from BCCC to Mount Holly. Meet at the Vincentown Diner – arrive early for breakfast. 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 | Web

    Find Related Info: Burlington County, Kayaking, canoeing, Piney Paddlers

     

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

    An Evening with an Archaeologist -- Hamilton Historical Society, Mays Landing, NJ

     

    Time & Place

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

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    The Enigma of Gravelly Run site, an unusual Late Archaic manifestation along the Great Egg Harbor River.

    Presented by Jack Cresson, Archaeologist, Flintknapper & Primitive Technologist.

    Presentations will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church located in Mays Landing.

    Program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed.

    Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

    More Information

    609-909-0272

    Find Related Info: Hamilton Historical Society, Jack Cresson, archaeology, history

     

    Saturday, April 11th, 2015

    Finding the Missing Branches -- Historic Batsto Village

     

    Time & Place

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

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    Presented by Bonny Beth Elwell

    Bonny Beth Elwell is descended from some of the first settlers of Upper Pittsgrove Township in Salem County, NJ, and her family has lived in the region for over three hundred years. As her interest in genealogy grew, she became fascinated with the history of her homeland.

    After writing a family history narrative as part of her Bachelor’s degree in English from Covenant College, Bonny returned to her home region and became very involved with local history. She is active in the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society, serves as the Upper Pittsgrove historian, and is the author of a book on Upper Pittsgrove, Elmer, and Pittsgrove. She also works for the Elmer Times, including writing a genealogical/historical column entitled “Ancestors’ Attic.”

    Bonny Beth Elwell has served as President of the Genealogical Society of Salem County for several years, and she was recently elected as a trustee of the Salem County Historical Society. She is excited to do all she can to preserve the history and genealogy of the region. Bonny enjoys assisting people with their family research as they seek to expand their family trees. Her talk will give suggestions on how to find elusive ancestors when you hit a brick wall in your research.

    The purposes of the Genealogical Society of Salem County are to further the educational study of genealogy through meetings, lectures, seminars and workshops; to promote the study of genealogy through community activities; to assist members in the methods and practices of genealogical research and the filing and retention of the same; to encourage the preservation of family history.

    For more information about the Genealogy Society of Salem County, please visit their website, www.gsscnj.org.

    More Information

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

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    The Wild Difference -- Woodford Cedar Wildlife Refuge

     

    Time & Place

    1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Woodford Cedar Run, 6 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055

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    During this program you will learn the difference between wild animals and pets and what it means to be imprinted. We will also discuss how you can make a difference to the animals that live near you and what to do if you find injured wildlife. We will also make enrichment items for our on-site animals and tour the wildlife housing area.

    $5/person. Program meets in the nature center. Advanced registration required.

    More Information

    856-983-3329 x 100 | Email | Web

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    Sunday, April 12th, 2015

    Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve -- Chatsworth, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    10am
    Ask/contact leaders

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    The acquisition of the Franklin Parker Preserve in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation was a momentous occasion in conservation. This 9400 acre preserve is a keystone piece of land, linking the expanses of Brendan Byrne, Wharton, and Penn State Forests and creating a more contiguous Pinelands National Reserve.

    5 mile hike, easy pace. Inclement weather cancels. Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location. Leashed dogs are welcome.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

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

    Find Related Info: Franklin Parker Preserve, hike, Dog Friendly, Piney Paddlers

     

    Take a walk...on the Wild Side -- Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife

     

    Time & Place

    1:30pm
    Woodford Cedar Run, 6 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055

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    April 12: Walk on the Wild Side-Join one of our Educators for a themed hike through our many trails. Trails are family-friendly.

    $10/adult, $8/child age 4 and up, ages 3 and under free. Advanced registration required.

    More Information

    856-983-3329 x 100 | Email | Web

    Find Related Info: Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, hike, Family Friendly

     

    Interpretive Trail Hike at Rancocas Nature Center

     

    Time & Place

    1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Join a Rancocas staff person or 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 scenic spots along the way. The easy pace is suitable for all ages; please use a child carrier to transport small children. Please preregister for this program.

    Cost: free for members; nonmembers, $4/person, $10/family.

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

    Find Related Info: Rancocas Nature Center, hike

     

    Monday, April 13th, 2015

    Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas -- Burlington County

     

    Time & Place

    9am
    Ask/contact leaders

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    Apr 13 (Mon): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co). 9am. The river section we paddle will depend on conditions. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders for information.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

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

    Find Related Info: Rancocas Creek, Kayaking, canoeing, Piney Paddlers

     

    Thursday, April 16th, 2015

    Thursday Treks -- Signs of Spring -- Rancocas Nature Center

     

    Time & Place

    2:30pm to 3:30pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Join a Rancocas Nature Center naturalist and take a leisurely stroll through the preserve. Explore the habitats, vegetation, and wildlife that make the Center unique and learn a little about a seasonal topic in the process.

    Cost: members, $3/person; nonmembers, $5/person

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

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    Friday, April 17th, 2015

    Connect With Nature Series -- Twilight Hike -- Rancocas Nature Center

     

    Time & Place

    6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Savor all the sights and sounds of the night during this early evening hike. Join us as we hike down to the creek to watch the sun setting over the Rancocas and perhaps see who else uses the park after dark.

    Cost: members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $10/person, $21/family (limit 5)

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

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    Saturday, April 18th, 2015

    Refuge Night Hike

     

    Time & Place

    7:00pm
    Woodford Cedar Run, 6 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055

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    One of our Educators will take participants through our trails from dusk to dark in search of some of our nighttime visitors.

    $10/adult, $8/child. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Bring flashlights, water and comfortable shoes. Advanced registration required.

    More Information

    856-983-3329 x 100 | Email | Web

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    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

    Earth Day Cleanup -- Wading River

     

    Time & Place

    10am
    Ask/contact leaders

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    Join us for Sierra Club’s Earth Day cleanup on the Wading River and make a difference for wildlife and the environment. We’ll be getting in and out of our boats to collect trash on the river bank. Bring lunch and beverage. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Rentals not available..

    Contact leaders for details and meeting location.

    Sponsored by the West Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    More Information

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

    Find Related Info: Wading River, clean-up, Piney Paddlers

     

    Friday, April 24th, 2015

    PPA's Members Only Preview Native Plant Sale

     

    Time & Place

    3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    PPA Headquarters, 17 Pemberton Road, Southampton, NJ 08088

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    PPA MEMBERS ONLY - Preview Native Plant Sale

    Trees, shrubs, and wildflowers native to the Pinelands will be for sale to PPA members-only from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. If you aren't a PPA member, become one today. A plant list will be available in April 2015.

    The Pinelands Visitor Center will also be open, with a variety of books, DVDs, clothing and other Pinelands-related merchandise on offer.

    Plants supplied by Pinelands Nursery, New Moon Nursery, and Fernbrook Nursery.

    More Information

    Ryan | 609 859-8860 x26 | Email | Web | Map

    Find Related Info: native plants, ecology, Pine Barrens

     

    Saturday, April 25th, 2015

    PPA's Earth Day Native Plant Sale

     

    Time & Place

    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    PPA Headquarters, 17 Pemberton Road, Southampton, NJ 08088

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    Annual Native Plant Sale at PPA's Headquarters

    Trees, shrubs, and wildflowers native to the Pinelands will be for sale. A plant list will be available in April 2015.

    Also: Raffle for cool prizes, gardening lectures and tours of the historic barn and farmhouse.

    The Pinelands Visitor Center will also be open, with a variety of books, DVDs, clothing and other Pinelands-related merchandise on offer.

    Plants supplied by Pinelands Nursery, New Moon Nursery, and Fernbrook Nursery.

    More Information

    Ryan | 609 859-8860 x 26 | Email | Web | Map

    Find Related Info: native plants, ecology, Pine Barrens

     

    Sunday, April 26th, 2015

    ACUA 25th Annual Earth Day -- Egg Harbor Township, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    10am to 4pm
    ACUA, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

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    Held rain or shine, there will be lots of free, fun and educational activities for everyone. The celebration has many new exciting events in addition to traditional favorites. Over 100 vendors, crafters and exhibitors will be part of the celebration!

    One of the primary goals of our Earth Day festival is to educate visitors about the importance of protecting our environment and show how easily we can all do our part. Through the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to bring a wide range of information to visitors in a way that's enjoyable for the entire family.

    More Information

    (609) 272-6950 | Web

    Find Related Info: Earth Day, festival, Family Friendly

     

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

     

    Time & Place

    12pm to 4pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    To celebrate how trees help communities and the environment, Friends of Rancocas Nature Center will host its 2nd Annual Arbor Day Festival. The festival is FREE and will include nature hikes, orienteering, exhibits, demonstrations, children's poster contest, children's activities and tree plantings.

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Web

    Find Related Info: Rancocas Nature Center, All ages, Arbor Day

     

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