Our most ardent supporters derive their passion from having experienced the Pine Barrens up close and personal through recreation.
Canoe, Kayak, Hike and Explore
PPA's outdoor adventure and education program has a great lineup of trips and tours. Explore the programs below or visit Pinelands Adventures' website for a full rundown of programs and trips.
Members of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance receive 10% discount on trips and merchandize – its our way of thanking you for supporting our work.
Paddling on the Batsto and Mullica Rivers and Atsion Lake
Canoe or kayak on two of the Pine Barrens most pristine rivers. Rentals are also offered for campers and day-trippers at Atsion Lake. Pinelands Adventures provides boats and transportation if you are doing a half-day or full-day trip, camping at the Mullica River or Lower Forge campgrounds.
Naturalist guided paddling tours are available on the Mullica and Batsto Rivers. You can also paddle and explore on your own and even bring your own kayak or canoe if you wish. We'll provide the transporation. Of course, we provide boats, life vests and paddles if you don't have your own boat.
Pine Barrens Discovery Tours
[+ ZOOM] John Volpa with tour participants on the trail. © Bob Laramie
Trek and paddle along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. Join Pinelands Adventures Naturalist and former Environmental Science Teacher John Volpa for our Pine Barrens Sampler, a three-hour exploration of Pine Barrens life. This program includes a shore walk to learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats, conduct a water quality survey, try dip and seine netting. This guided adventure also includes a 90-minute canoe trip on Goshen Pond.
Ghost Towns of the Pine Barrens
[+ ZOOM] Ruins of Harrisville, a once thriving industrial village and paper mill. © PPA
A fascinating tour of many of the forgotten industrial towns that once thrived in the Pine Barrens, which, some say, contain more ghost towns than the entire America west. The group will learn about the unique places and villages that rose up around the iron furnaces, glass factories, paper mills, cranberry farms and brick-making establishments of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Many of these old towns will be explored on foot as we search for the remnants of villages that once turned the raw materials of the region into products needed by a new nation.
Pine Barrens Time Machine
[+ ZOOM] John Volpa in the field with tour participants. © Bob Laramie
Explore the Pinelands' geologic past to the present and learn about the human interplay with its natural resources, its unique flora and fauna. Change is the key to life on earth. Join Pinelands Adventures naturalist John Volpa, for a journey exploring the region’s geologic past to the present. We’ll focus on the human interplay with its natural resources, its unique flora and fauna, how it became the Pinelands National Reserve and what we can learn from its history as society grapples with today’s local and global environmental issues.
John McPhee's Pine Barrens Today
[+ ZOOM] Participants in the John McPhee tour at Buzby's in Chatsworth.
Step back in time to see the places made famous in John McPhee's book The Pine Barrens. Join local historian and author Barbara Solem on an autumn driving tour to visit many places described in John McPhee’s landmark book The Pine Barrens. Barbara’s extensive knowledge of the Pine Barrens will bring it’s history to life. Barbara Solem is a popular Pine Barrens speaker and the author of The Forks: A Brief History of the Area, Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and Batsto Village: Jewel of the Pines.
Pinelands Adventures is located here.
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