Our most ardent supporters derive their passion from having experienced the Pine Barrens up close and personal through recreation.
Kayaking in the Pine Barrens in the Fall. © Scott McCullough
2015 FALL OUTDOOR AND HISTORY PROGRAMS
PPA's outdoor adventure and education program has a great lineup of trips and tours planned for the next couple of months. 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
[+ ZOOM] Paddling on the Batsto River. © Russell Sparkman
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. The conditions are very good and Pinelands Adventures runs paddling trips until October 31. Don't miss out on this season.
Cranberry Farm Tour - Indian Mills Cranberry Company
[+ ZOOM] Dry harvesting cranberrie at Indian Mills Cranberry Farm
Tour the Indian Mills Cranberry Company bogs and get a unique and up close look at this "dry harvest" cranberry operation. The Adams are independent growers and dry harvest (as opposed to wet harvest and floating) their berries. They currently have 31 acres of bogs in production. Meet the farmers and get an up-close look at the operation from harvest to packaging. Each participant gets a bag of cranberries along with some great cranberry recipes. This program is led by Pinelands Adventures Director Rob Ferber, a graduate of the New Jersey Agriculture Leadership Development Program. Rob was previously the manager of Linvilla Orchards fruit and vegetable farm for 23 years.
Dates: Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov. 17
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.
Date: Oct. 24
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.
Date: Nov. 21
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.
Dates: Oct. 25, Nov. 7, Dec. 19
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.
Date: Dec. 12
Pinelands Adventures is located here.
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