October is Pinelands Month
In 1996 the Pinelands Preservation Alliance asked Governor Christie Todd Whitman to declare the month of October as Pinelands Month.
This designation was a call to action to every member of the Pinelands community – residents, business owners, and organizations - to celebrate this incredible place. We picked October because it is an especially picturesque time of year – cranberries are being harvested, the leaves are changing, and the air cools down making exploring the Pine Barrens even more enjoyable.
We hope you will to take some time in October and get out and really experience the Pinelands. You won’t regret it and you certainly won’t forget it.
Art Gallery Show- New Jersey Pinelands
Dates: Oct. 14 to Nov. 23, 2016
Location: Art Gallery, Spangler Library, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Gallery Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 9:30 am to 7pm, Fri. 9:30 am to 4pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm. Closed SUNDAY.
Featured artists include Bill Benton (oils), Meed Barnett (mixed media), Albert Horner (photography), Jason Howell (photography), Kathy English (watercolor), Barbara Maxwell (oils) and Colleen Cornell (ceramics). For more information please call: Joyce Hagen, (609) 625-1111, ext. 5346.
Here is a short list of things to choose from.
Share your experiences with us on our Facebook page or in our Instagram feed and tag your post with #PinelandsMonth.
Start your adventure by getting a copy of our Pinelands Exploration Map!
This full-color map costs $5 and highlights 14 key locations to start your Pine Barrens adventure. You can get a copy at our offices, at Pinelands Adventures and at the Pine Barrens Store next to the Shamong Diner. Or call us 609-859-8860.
See the cranberry harvest!
There are a few ways to do this. Contact the Whitesbog Preservation Trust to join one of their tours or make a reservation with Pinelands Adventures to visit a working cranberry farm.
Join the Alliance
Become a member of Pinelands Preservation Alliance and help support our work preserving and protecting the NJ Pinelands!
Fairs and Festivals
Visit the many local fairs and festivals like the Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills County Park on October 8th or the Batsto County Living Fair on Oct. 16th from 10am-4pm in Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest. Another well-known festival is the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival on Oct. 15 and 16th in Chatsworth NJ. Buzby's General Store will be open!
Albert Music Hall
See a Saturday night show at the Albert Music Hall in Waretown, NJ. The Albert Hall hosts Saturday night shows featuring country, bluegrass and old time music. And don’t forget to grab a slice of pie!
Canoe or Kayak
Fall is a great time to canoe or kayak in the Pinelands. Take a self-guided trip down the Batsto River with Pinelands Adventures. You can also take guided small bus tours, hikes and visit a cranberry farm.
There are some very cool general stores in the Pine Barrens
Check out the iconic Buzby’s General Store in Chatsworth which will only be open during the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival on Oct. 15 and 16th. You can also visit the historic General Store at Whitesbog Village in Brendan Byrne State Forest. For a modern twist visit the Pine Barrens Store located next to the Shamong Diner in Shamong, NJ.
NOTE: R. Marilyn Schmidt the owner of Buzby's General Store in Chatsworth is trying to sell the business. Learn more in this article that appeared in the Oct. 4th edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
South Jersey Outdoor Club
Join the South Jersey Outdoor Club – this fantastic group offers all sorts of trips throughout the Pinelands and beyond. It is also a great way to get to know new people who share your passion.
Take a Short Hike
Walk around the perimeter of Pakim Pond, 1.4 miles, in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. How many plants can you identify?
Take a Long Hike
Make a plan to hike the only trail the crosses the entire Pine Barrens – the Batona Trail. At 50 miles it is the longest blazed trail in southern New Jersey.
Take the little ones (and the big ones) to Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford
This facility cares for more than 4,000 injured, displaced or orphaned wild animals. They offer kids programs, there are trails to hike and rehabilitated animals to see.
Visit the Franklin Parker Preserve
The largest nature preserve owned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Covering 16 square miles in the heart of the Pine Barrens you will have more than enough to do on the 21 miles of trails that are open for hiking and some for bicycling and horseback riding.
Visit a State Forest, Park or Historic Site
Visit the amazing state forests, parks and historic village found here – Brendan Byrne State Forest, Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest, Historic Whitesbog Village, Historic Batsto Village and Belleplain State Forest just to name a few.
Use New Jersey cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast!
There are a lot of local markets that sell New Jersey cranberries.
Attend a Pinelands Commission Meeting and get to know the staff and Commissioners whose job is to oversee the protection of the forests, wetlands, rivers and towns within the Pinelands boundary.
To get more information about any of these activities click on the links. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have an event or and idea that was left off this list email Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.