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    Thursday, January 1st, 2015

    Grand Slam Ramble -- Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth

     

    Time & Place

    10:00 am
    Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth

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    Spend a leisurely morning with local/regional specialists chatting about their fields of interest; birds, butterflies/moths, trees/shrubs & flowering plants, reptiles & amphibians, nature photographers, field naturalists. Share discussions with them about the results of their field studies at the Preserve during the past several years. Find out what a fascinating & unique place this is!

    Hike Info: 2.5 miles
    Difficulty: Easy to moderate
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Please call (609) 412-3394

    Any age persons with a genuine interest to learn about nature are welcome. Wear sturdy foot gear & weather-appropriate clothing, bring water & snacks and cameras. Well behaved dogs welcome! Primitive restroom facilities.

    Cancelled if rain/ice. To check, call 609-412-3394 or 609-965-8040 before 3 pm on Dec. 31.

    Meeting Location: On Route 563 at bridge. 2 miles south of Rt 532/Rt 563 Chatsworth. 8 miles north of the merge of Rt 679/Rt 563 Jenkins. Parking on both sides of roadway.

    More Information

    609-412-3394

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    New Year's Day Paddle -- Oswego River

     

    Time & Place

    10:00 am
    Lake Oswego, Chatsworth, NJ

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    Meet at Lake Oswego and paddle 8 miles on the “Jewel of the Pinelands”. Enjoy a tailgate get together after the trip at Harrisville Lake. Bring something to share.

    Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only.

    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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    Sunday, January 4th, 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

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    Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

    Fire in the South Jersey Pines -- Hamilton Historical Society, Mays Landing, NJ

     

    Time & Place

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

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    A look at the South Jersey Iron and Glass Furnace Industry-the owners, the workers, the products and who bought them.

    Presented by William Betts, Accountant and Local Historian, Estell Manor, NJ.

    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

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    Thursday, January 15th, 2015

    Tundra Swan Tour-- HIstoric Whitesbog Village

     

    Time & Place

    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Whitesbog Village, 120 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

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    Enjoy a power point presentation of our stunning winter visitors in the Pinelands of New Jersey. Topics will include: general characteristics, migration, nesting, breeding, feeding, and behaviors of these beautiful birds. Then walk or drive to their habitat for observations.

    **Wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Binoculars recommended. PLEASE NOTE: Meet at the General Store.

    Pre-registration is required. Fee $10. To register, call (609) 894-9311 x3027. Reference Course # CFG 447 80

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

    More Information, please call BCC PINES 609-893-1765

    More Information

    BCC Pines Program | 609-894-9311 ext 3027 | Web

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    Saturday, January 17th, 2015

    Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Fort Fisher and its tie to South Jersey -- Batsto

     

    Time & Place

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

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    Union General Ulysses S. Grant called the January 15, 1865 Union defeat of Fort Fisher “. . . one of the most important successes of the war.”

    A month later, on February 19, 1865, the 3rd Brigade, commanded by Colonel Wright, moved up the telegraph road toward Wilmington. On the 20th these men encountered the enemy. The 5th Regiment of this Brigade was deployed as skirmishers and a sharp skirmish ensued. Colonel Wright sustained a severe wound to his right arm, a wound that plagued him throughout the rest of his life.

    Discover how this distinguished officer, later Joseph Wharton’s farm manager, land agent, and surveyor extraordinaire, gained a reputation as a “military genius” whose strategic skill in maneuvering his regiment to save his men. . .” moved up through the ranks from 2nd Lieutenant of Company G, 4th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry to become a highly regarded officer leading a Brigade.

    More Information

    609-561-0024 | Email | Web

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    Sunday, January 18th, 2015

    Connect With Nature Series -- New Jersey Nesting Owls -- Rancocas Nature Center

     

    Time & Place

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

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    Owls, our nocturnal birds of prey, are an intriguing group. Join Rancocas staff and learn about the species found in our area, their mating and nesting habits, and their food preferences.

    This presentation is primarily an indoor hands-on program. If the weather is suitable, the afternoon will include a hike on the Rancocas trails to search the forested habitats for possible glimpses of nesting owls. Please dress suitably.

    Cost: 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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    Monday, January 19th, 2015

    3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service -- Dr. Still Education Center, Medford

     

    Time & Place

    9:00am to 12:00pm
    Dr. James Still Historic Site & Education Center, 211 Church Road, Medford, NJ 08055

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    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

    Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

    Help out the Dr. Still Historical Site and Education center with a clean up! Bring rakes, spades, shovels, etc. Wear heavy duty gloves and sturdy shoes.

    Lunch will be provided. Groups, families and individuals welcomed. Registration is required. Please contact via email drstillcenter@gmail.com with "MLK Day" in subject line. Provide name and phone number. Or call 609-975-8754.

    More Information

    609-975-8754 | Email

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    Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

    Environmental Steward Training Program -- Egg Harbor Township, NJ & other locations

     

    Time & Place

    9:30am to 12:30pm
    Atlantic County Utility Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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    Students will be taught to recognize the elements of sound science and public policy based in science while acquiring a sense of the limits of current understanding of the environment.

    The goal of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program is to give graduates knowledge to expand
    public awareness of scientifically based information related to environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community.

    Classes will be held on Wednesdays starting January 21st and continue through May.

    Other locations available. Please visit envirostewards.rutgers.edu.

    More Information

    Amy Menzel | 609-272-6950 ext 6934 | Email | Web

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    Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

    Speaking of Nature Series -- Burlington County Tree ID -- Rancocas Nature Center

     

    Time & Place

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

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    Our goal is to give you the background you need to identify local trees when walking in the woods, in your neighborhood, or in your backyard. Hands-on materials will be available during the presentation. This session will also help you to understand what to look for when using a key in a field guide.

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

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

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    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

    Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve -- Chatsworth, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    10 am
    Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth

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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.

    Hike will be an easy pace, 5 mile hike on the Yellow Trail. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location.

    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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    Saturday, January 31st, 2015

    Hike at Jakes Branch County Park-- Ocean County

     

    Time & Place

    10 am
    Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beechwood, NJ

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    Jakes Branch has a nature center with interesting hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360’ view of the Pinelands.

    Bring lunch and water. Hike is a 4 mile, easy pace. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels.

    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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