< February 2016 >

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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 | Web

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2016 Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival

 

Time & Place

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Mauricetown Firehall, 9544 Noble Street, Mauricetown, NJ

Wildlife experts will speak on various topics, such as, Cape May Raptor Banding, Birds and Climate Change, Wildlife Photography, Owls and How to Find Them.

Several guided trail walks will be offered.

Other activities: over 40 exhibitors and merchants, local-fare refreshments and lunch, live raptors, art activities, etc.

$10:00 for adults, $5.00 for children (12 and under).

More Information

856-453-2175 | Email | Web

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Volunteer Opportunity---Double Trouble State Park Plantation Thinning

 

Time & Place

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Double Trouble State Park

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Overview

Volunteers will tend a site that was planted in the mid-1990’s as part of a recovery from severe wildfire. The trees planted 20 years ago successfully established, and have grown thickly. This makes the site susceptible to damaging wildfire and insect outbreaks. Volunteers will be removing trees to mitigate these risks and make the remaining trees more vigorous. Trees to be removed have been marked by NJ State Forestry Service personnel; volunteers will receive a briefing and supervision from NJ Forest Fire Service staff. Trees marked for removal rarely exceed 5” in diameter at breast height and 20’ in height. Volunteers are only expected to undertake work they are comfortable with.

Participants

This project is an interagency collaboration. State Forestry Service has provided the technical forest management prescription and layout, Forest Fire Service is supervising operations and logistics, State Park Service is coordinating volunteers and providing outreach, Division of Fish and Wildlife is providing volunteers, and State Park Police will be providing security for the event. All DEP agencies involved have supported planning efforts at multiple stages. All volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer application. Volunteers must be 12 years of age or over, and all minors must have a parent or guardian present to participate.

Equipment

NJDEP will supply hand tools appropriate for the work, although volunteers are encouraged to bring their own bow saw, pruning saws, or folding saws. No chainsaws, power saws, or other motorized equipment will be used or permitted. Hatchets, axes, brush hooks, brush axes, machetes, and other chopping tools will not be used or permitted. Volunteers will not be allowed to use prohibited equipment, even if they bring it.

Clothing

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate to work outside for several hours. Breathable layers that allow you to move freely are best. NJSFS advises bringing an extra layer in your vehicle as a back-up. Wear shoes appropriate for working and walking in the woods. NJDEP will provide volunteers brown jersey gloves and safety glasses, but participants should feel free to bring their own pair of work gloves.

Food/Water

Participants should bring lunch, snacks, and water for themselves.

Contact Jason Howell, PPA Stewardship Coordinator, for all the information you need including directions, what to bring and what to wear.

More Information

Jason Howell | 609-288-8113 | Email

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Whitesbog Village General Store Reopens

Runs through Sunday, February 7th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Whitesbog Village General Store, Brendan T. Byrne State Park

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Visit Historic Whitesbog Village located in Brendan Byrne State Forest. Hike the trails, take the driving tour and visit the General Store. Learn more on their website www.whitesbog.org or call 609-893-4646.

Whitesbog encompasses 3,000 acres of bogs, creeks, and forests, and offers a diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty long enjoyed by visitors to this historic cranberry and blueberry farm.

The Whitesbog Preservation Trust invites visitors to travel back in time to learn about the history of cranberry farming, life in a rural South Jersey company town and the individuals and culture that supported the farming operations and Elizabeth White's efforts to cultivate the first highbush blueberry.

Whitebog Village is part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest located in Burlington County, New Jersey. The village is open every day from dawn to dusk and offers designated hiking, biking, horseback riding trails, and driving routes. Starting from the Whitesbog General Store, visitors are invited to explore the Village with maps and brochures, available at the Visitors Center (weekdays), in the General Store (weekends), or in the Village Kiosk (after hours). You may also walk or ride around the cranberry bogs and through the woods to experience the wonders of nature in this unique area.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Email | Web

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Volunteer Workday at Whitesbog Preservation Trust

 

Time & Place

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, 120-34 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ

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Have fun with friends working in the gardens, the General Store, repairing trails or working around the Village.

Free lunch provided!

Participants are encouraged to make reservations and obtain directions before visiting. Call 609-893-4646 or email whitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net with questions.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Email | Web

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Whitesbog Village Tour

 

Time & Place

1:00 PM
Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, 120-34 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ

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Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog's role in history and visit Suningive (Elizabeth White's historic home), the workers' cottage and other museums and buildings that speak to Whitesbog's heritage.

$5 donation per person.

Most events begin and end at the Whitesbog General Store, with convenient parking and handicapped accessible restroom facilities. Participants are encouraged to make reservations and obtain directions before visiting. Call 609-893-4646 or email whitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net with questions.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Email | Web

Find Related Info: Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Pinelands Preservation Alliance

 

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Privateers and Pirates of the Great Egg Harbor River

 

Time & Place

7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church, 6001 Main St., Mays Landing

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Lee Ireland, historian and local author, will speak on "Privateers and Pirates of the Great Egg Harbor River".

This program is sponsored by Atlantic City Electric and Ocean City Home Bank.

 

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Whitesbog Village General Store Reopens

Runs through Sunday, February 14th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Whitesbog Village General Store, Brendan T. Byrne State Park

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Visit Historic Whitesbog Village located in Brendan Byrne State Forest. Hike the trails, take the driving tour and visit the General Store. Learn more on their website www.whitesbog.org or call 609-893-4646.

Whitesbog encompasses 3,000 acres of bogs, creeks, and forests, and offers a diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty long enjoyed by visitors to this historic cranberry and blueberry farm.

The Whitesbog Preservation Trust invites visitors to travel back in time to learn about the history of cranberry farming, life in a rural South Jersey company town and the individuals and culture that supported the farming operations and Elizabeth White's efforts to cultivate the first highbush blueberry.

Whitebog Village is part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest located in Burlington County, New Jersey. The village is open every day from dawn to dusk and offers designated hiking, biking, horseback riding trails, and driving routes. Starting from the Whitesbog General Store, visitors are invited to explore the Village with maps and brochures, available at the Visitors Center (weekdays), in the General Store (weekends), or in the Village Kiosk (after hours). You may also walk or ride around the cranberry bogs and through the woods to experience the wonders of nature in this unique area.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Email | Web

Find Related Info: Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, cranberry, hike

 

Pinelands Pipeline---Direct Action Training

 

Time & Place

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Medford Friends Meetinghouse, 14 Union Street, Medford, NJ

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The Pinelands Preservation Alliance has partnered with our friends at Food & Water Watch New Jersey and others to hold a workshop for people interested in learning about non-violent direct action to stop the pipelines coming through the Pinelands. Direct action uses strikes, demonstrations, sit-ins, or other public forms of non-violent protest to achieve one's demands.

The training will be led by Zein Nakhoda from Training for Change who will discuss the history and philosophy of direct action and how to link direct action with strategic campaigns.

Hear updates about the Pinelands pipelines.

Explore how direct action links with strategic campaigns.

Learn how to form an affinity group and develop direct actions as a part of your campaign that creates leverage and applies escalating creative pressure on decision makers.

Cost: $20.00 suggested donation

Partners: Citizens United for Renewable Energy, Don't Gas the Pines, Food & Water Watch, Green Party of New Jersey, NJ Industrial Council, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Progressive Democrats of America-New Jersey, South Jersey 350.org, Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, Watchdogs of the Watershed.

To register: http://fwwat.ch/PinelandsTraining

More Information

Lena Smith | 732-839-0878 | Email

Find Related Info: Pinelands National Reserve, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, ecology, Pine Barrens, Pinelands Watch

 

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

A Sweet Hike on Valentine's Day -- 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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Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Whitesbog Village General Store Reopens

Runs through Sunday, February 21st, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Whitesbog Village General Store, Brendan T. Byrne State Park

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Visit Historic Whitesbog Village located in Brendan Byrne State Forest. Hike the trails, take the driving tour and visit the General Store. Learn more on their website www.whitesbog.org or call 609-893-4646.

Whitesbog encompasses 3,000 acres of bogs, creeks, and forests, and offers a diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty long enjoyed by visitors to this historic cranberry and blueberry farm.

The Whitesbog Preservation Trust invites visitors to travel back in time to learn about the history of cranberry farming, life in a rural South Jersey company town and the individuals and culture that supported the farming operations and Elizabeth White's efforts to cultivate the first highbush blueberry.

Whitebog Village is part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest located in Burlington County, New Jersey. The village is open every day from dawn to dusk and offers designated hiking, biking, horseback riding trails, and driving routes. Starting from the Whitesbog General Store, visitors are invited to explore the Village with maps and brochures, available at the Visitors Center (weekdays), in the General Store (weekends), or in the Village Kiosk (after hours). You may also walk or ride around the cranberry bogs and through the woods to experience the wonders of nature in this unique area.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Web

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Moonlight Walk at Historic Whitesbog Village

 

Time & Place

6:30 PM
Whitesbog Village General Store, Brendan Byrne State Forest, 120-34 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ

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The February full moon is called a Snow Moon, for the high piles of snow. Join our walk, learn about Whitesbog, and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands.

All walks (weather permitting) are between three and five miles in length and led by experienced leaders.

$5 donation per person, please (children 10 and under are free).

Reservations requested: 609-893-4646.

Please note that the first two walks of 2016 begin a half hour earlier due to the early sunset. Inclement weather will result in cancellation of the walk.

Most events begin and end at the Whitesbog General Store, with convenient parking and handicapped-accessible restroom facilities. Participants are encouraged to make reservations and obtain directions before visiting. Call 609-893-4646 or email whitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net with questions.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Email | Web

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Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington County)

 

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

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Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Whitesbog Village General Store Reopens

Runs through Sunday, February 28th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Whitesbog Village General Store, Brendan T. Byrne State Park

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Visit Historic Whitesbog Village located in Brendan Byrne State Forest. Hike the trails, take the driving tour and visit the General Store. Learn more on their website www.whitesbog.org or call 609-893-4646.

Whitesbog encompasses 3,000 acres of bogs, creeks, and forests, and offers a diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty long enjoyed by visitors to this historic cranberry and blueberry farm.

The Whitesbog Preservation Trust invites visitors to travel back in time to learn about the history of cranberry farming, life in a rural South Jersey company town and the individuals and culture that supported the farming operations and Elizabeth White's efforts to cultivate the first highbush blueberry.

Whitebog Village is part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest located in Burlington County, New Jersey. The village is open every day from dawn to dusk and offers designated hiking, biking, horseback riding trails, and driving routes. Starting from the Whitesbog General Store, visitors are invited to explore the Village with maps and brochures, available at the Visitors Center (weekdays), in the General Store (weekends), or in the Village Kiosk (after hours). You may also walk or ride around the cranberry bogs and through the woods to experience the wonders of nature in this unique area.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Email | Web

Find Related Info: Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, cranberry, hike

 

Winter Photography Workshop

 

Time & Place

4:00 PM
Historic Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, 120-34 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ

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The Whitesbog Preservation Trust is holding this workshop in February. Join experienced landscape photographer Vito Paratore for a workshop on how to take amazing photographs on the trails of Whitesbog.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants; reservations are required.

$35 donation per person: for further details call 609-893-4646.

Whitesbog is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530, (Pemberton Township) NJ. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. The General Store is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 4 from February – December. Other buildings are open for scheduled events, prearranged tours, and special requests. Consult our calendar of events for dates and times, or call the office at (609) 893-4646 to schedule a special visit or inquire about rentals.

More Information

609-893-4646 | Email | Web

Find Related Info: Whitesbog Village, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Brendan Byrne State Forest, photography

 

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