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In celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week we invite the young and the young-at-heart to join us for a very special event on March 2nd.

Join us for a TREE-ific Party

Saturday, March 2nd from 2pm to 4pm at our offices


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Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America week at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance! This free family event is full of fun activities about reading and the environment for you and your children to enjoy. Story time runs from 2pm to 4pm where guest readers will delight children with well-known stories from Dr. Seuss and friends. Children can make a craft to take with them and make their own snack! Please see the schedule of events listed below.

Space is limited for this FREE event. Registration is required.

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We are collecting non-perishable food items for the The Extended Hands Ministry in Mount Holly. They provide much needed meals and shelter to those in need and are in serious need of food items. Bring your donations to this event and we will deliver them to the Ministry.

Reading Corner

Guest readers will read classic stories out loud! There will also be music! Come to reading corner and enjoy a great story with your child.

2:00 - 2:15 pm - MUSIC
Start out with a live performance of fun favorite songs! Steve Makuka, retired New Jersey State Police detective and Canine Officer and active member of South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society, will welcome visitors at 2:00 pm with acoustic guitar and vocals of children’s favorite sing-along songs!

2:20 - 2:40 pm - The Lorax
Donna Eshelman, retired elementary school teacher from Moorestown Schools will read The Lorax.

2:40 - 3:00 pm - Horton Hears a Who
Dr. Bernadette Longo, Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology will read Horton Hears a Who.

3:10 – 3:20 pm - If I Ran the Zoo
Dr. Vito Germinario, retired Superintendent of Moorestown School District will read If I Ran the Zoo.

3:20 - 3:35 pm - Oh the Places You Will Go
Marion Godwin, retired elementary school teacher from Moorestown Schools, will read Oh the Places You Will Go.

3:40 – 4:00 pm - The Cat in the Hat
Dr. James Barnshaw, retired pediatrician and chair of the Board for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance will read The Cat in the Hat.

Tree-ific Party Activity Centers

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

Make a snow owl craft out of pine cones with the staff and volunteers from Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge! Plus visit with some real wildlife found in the Pine Barrens! Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge sits on 171 wooded acres on the edge of the New Jersey Pinelands in Medford. The Refuge includes the Woodford Nature Center, an outdoor housing area with more than 50+ native residents, and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital. Cedar Run operates a federally and state licensed hospital facility that cares for more than 4,700 injured, orphaned or displaced native wild animals each year. They educate over 20,000 students annually and serve as an active resource to the greater New Jersey community on all wildlife and habitat related questions and issues. Learn more on their website here.

The Real Story behind the Jersey Devil

Millicent Moore, retired teacher from Cherry Hill schools, has the unique experience of being related to many persons of great local significance, including Daniel Leeds, often credited to be the “Jersey Devil”. She will share her family history and discuss the unique story behind this well-reported and embellished legend. Ms. Moore is active in the Outdoor Living Club, Whitesbog Preservation Trust, and the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society.

The Cat in the Hat Photo Station

Stop by our photo booth and have your picture taken with The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Come in costume if you want!

Burlington County Library

Did you know that the Burlington County Library is the first county library system established in New Jersey? The county library system established in Mount Holly in 1921 has the distinction of serving the largest county geographically in the state. Staff from the Burlington County Library will have information on library services and programs for all ages including their newest service - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Families can also sign up for a library card, find out about local library branches and children can make a craft.

Michelle’s Healthy Cooking

Michelle Kearns is a certified instructor with Healthy Hands Cooking based in Medford. Cooking and healthy living have always been her passion. She loves to share good food and nutrition with others and especially with children. Michelle runs a preschool cooking club for children ages 2-5 years old. These cooking classes are designed to introduce children to healthy foods and spur their creative juices in creating good-for-you snacks and meals. Get a “taste” of what she does as your child makes their own healthy snack to enjoy! Learn more about Michelle on her website.

Become the Lorax!

The Lorax is a classic Dr. Seuss character who learns about speaking for the trees! Use our crafty supplies to make your very own Lorax disguise!

Take Action – Speak for the Pine Trees

At the end of it all we hope you feel motivated to take action! This center, managed by Becky Free, PPA’s Director of Membership and Communication, will allow participants the opportunity to explore a number of ways in which they can move forward with the shared mission of preserving the Pinelands. Participants will be encouraged to write their plan onto a large white banner that will then be displayed at PPA’s offices.

Native Seed Packet

Children who complete the Search Challenge during the event will go home with a packet of native seeds provided by Pinelands Nursery. Plant these seeds in your yard this spring and then watch these native plants grow!

Create your own action plan and earn a certificate of community service!

Thank You to our Volunteers!

PPA is honored to have the support of a number of volunteers to assist with this program: Cat in the Hat performer Joey Asztalos, educators Donna Eshelman, Marion Godwin, Bernadette Longo, Jeanne Woodford, Vince and Janet Giardina as well as students from Shawnee National Honor Society, Rowan College at Burlington County, area Scout troops, and Medford schools.

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