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What is Happening in the Pines

Hikes, lectures, fairs, festivals and volunteer opportunities abound. Click on the links below to learn more about these great events:

Image of Blueberries ripe for the picking in Shamong.Blueberries ripe for the picking in Shamong. ©PPA

July is the Month to Pick Blueberries!

Blueberries are native the New Jersey Pinelands. In fact the blueberry was first cultivated under the guidance of Elizabeth White - you can learn more on the website for the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. See this list of farms in the Pinelands. This is by no means an exclusive list of blueberry farms in the Pinelands.


Get Outdoors in NJ State Parks

The state of New Jersey manages several state parks and forests in the Pinelands. These are fantastic places to hike, bird watch, swim, canoe/kayak, tent camp or rent a cabin.

 


New Jersey State Trail Blazing

Date: July 21st from 9am to 12pm
Location: Greenwood Wildlife Management Area, Cedar Bridge Firetower on Rt. 539 (north of Rt. 72)

There is an effort underway to create a North to South 380-mile trail through New Jersey. Help with this effort!

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We will be painting blazes and trimming the trail as part of the NJ State Trail Effort in Greenwood Wildlife Management Area. Work will include removing tree bark and painting blue blazes on the trees and trimming the sight line for hikers.

Google Maps Link:
https://goo.gl/maps/Y2UsJnrmPPB2

GPS Coordinates: 39.839669, -74.380564

Things to bring: Water, snack, gloves, clippers and/or small saw.

This is event is organized by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Contact Jason if you have questions at jason@pinelandsalliance.org or by phone at 609-859-8860 ext 125.


Moth Mania at PPA

Date: July 13th from 7pm -10pm

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Location: PPA Headquarters, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton NJ 08088

Join us for a nature program about the role of moths in the ecosystem followed by up-close observation of the fascinating insects attracted to a black light in our field and gardens. Speaker is Ann-Marie Woods. Great for all ages. This nighttime program is part of National Moth Week, a global citizen science project and celebration of nocturnal biodiversity. National Moth Week is July 21-29 so we are celebrating a bit early.

Moths are amazing - come see why!

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Movie Under the Stars at PPA

Date/Time: July 20th at 8:00 pm
Location: PPA Headquarters, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton NJ 08088

Join PPA for a fun family night as we show the movie Growing Cities: A film about Urban Farming in America outside and under the stars. Chirping crickets and shooting stars will serve as our backdrop.

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Popcorn and refreshments provided. Please bring your own chair. The movie will be shown indoors in the event of inclement weather. Follow filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette on a road trip to meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

FREE. Donations welcome. See a preview of the movie here.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please sign up here.

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Pinelands Summer Short Course

Date: July 19 from 9am to 3pm
Location: Stockton University, Kramer Hall, Hammonton NJ 08037

Sponsored by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and Stockton University, the short course offers guided nature hikes and van trips, blueberry tours and presentations on insects, history and winemaking. These educational programs showcase the history, ecology, culture and music of the Pine Barrens. A free continental breakfast will be offered to attendees, beginning at 8 a.m. Professional development credits are available to New Jersey teachers who attend. Registration is $60 per person. Space is limited, so it is critical for participants to register early, as the event may sell out.

Register online or by phone at 609-652-4227.

Full course descriptions are available on the Commission’s website

We are proud to support this event. Our Director of Conservation Science, Ryan Rebozo will lead a van tour through the core of the Pinelands Preservation Area. Pinelands Adventures Director of Education, John Volpa, will lead a daylong, four-mile hike along the Mullica and Batsto Rivers. And Pinelands Adventures guide, Jeff Larson, will lead a five hour van tour highlighting past industries in the Pines.


Burlington County Farm Fair

Date: July 17th to July 21st
Location: Burlington County Fairgrounds, 1960 Jacksonville-Jobstown Road, Columbus, NJ 08022

The Burlington County Farm Fair, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to promote agriculture, social life, and youth as well as educating the general public by conducting a yearly agricultural fair with exhibits, livestock, and farm products. Located at the Burlington County Fairgrounds, the fair offers a variety of activities to the 10s of thousands of visitors that attend each year.

Horses, cows, rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats and other animals are on display each day. Most of these are shown by 4-H members who hope their project animal will win a blue ribbon. Daily horse shows, open to the public, are also a major attraction. Old steam engines and antique farm equipment bring back memories for many. A very popular attraction is the tractor pull in a dedicated tractor pull arena.

Join the Pinelands Preservation Alliance at this celebration and festival. Stop by our table, browse our books, flyers and merchandise.


PINELANDS ADVENTURES: Get out and explore!

Pinelands Adventures is an initiative of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance offering guided and self-guided nature tours of the New Jersey Pinelands. Learn more or book your trip at www.PinelandsAdventures.org or call 609-268-0189.

Pinelands Adventures is located within beautiful Wharton State Forest at 1005 Atsion Rd in Shamong, NJ. See below for information about upcoming trips this spring. PPA members get a 10% discount on all trips!

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Canoeing on the Mullica River Beaver Pond.

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