The Nature Club holds regularly scheduled events like the Environmental Commission Conference throughout each year. Some years on the first Saturday in March, we hold the East Coast Vulture Festival in conjunction with the Wenonah Environmental Commission. On the first Saturday in May, we hold Gloucester County Bird Quest. Also in May, we hold our annual plant sale at the regular May club meeting. In the summer we offer a series of special fieldtrips and every winter we hold the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. For more information on each of these events you can look to our most recent newsletter or check here again in the next few weeks for updates to this page.
Upcoming Nature Club Events
Field Trip - Family Moonlit Hike and Campfire at Scotland Run
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00pm
Trip Leader: Maria Keefe (cell/text: 609-315-4759)
We are hoping the weather will cooperate for a full moon walk. Join us as we experience the magic of walking in the woods by the light of the moon. We explore the music of the night as our eyes give way to our other senses and we share the night with owls, raccoons, and flying squirrels. Come out and see tree silhouettes, moon shadows and the stillness of the woods in winter. The walk is short but will include uneven and sloping wooded trails so sturdy walking shoes are recommended. The walk will last about one hour which will give us time for some stories as well. We will end with a campfire compliments of the Scotland Run staff. This event will be cancelled in the event of rain. To fully enjoy the splendor of the night keep your flashlights off and in your pocket. This event is open to all ages.
To reserve your spot for this special event please register by calling Scotland Run at 856-881-0845 or emailing email@example.com.
Directions: Make exit 45 off route 55 to Centerton- Clayton exit. Make a left onto Buck Road (Rt. 553). Make a right at the first traffic light onto Academy Road (Rt. 610). Take Academy Road for 2 miles crossing over route 47 and Fries Mill Road. Just beyond Fries Mill Road turn right into the Nature Center. Address for GPS: 980 East Academy Street, Clayton NJ.
Field Trip - Crystal Lake Park, Burlington County
March - Date TBD
Events by other organizations
Annual South Jersey Land & Water Trust Fundraising Dinner. March 14, 2017 (Tuesday), 6:00pm at Auletto’s Caterers (1849 Cooper St., Deptford Township, NJ, 08096. Tickets are $40 each, which includes a delicious Italian dinner. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sjlandwater.org/event-directory or by mailing a check with “Annual Dinner” in the memo line to 21 Main St. Swedesboro, NJ 08085.
The evening will feature a delicious Italian dinner by Auletto’s Caterers, an introduction to the Land Trust and its successes over the past 25 years, and a silent auction of fine art pieces donated by dozens of local artists and artisans. Art pieces include handmade jewelry and ceramics, paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media artwork in a range of styles. All proceeds from the evening will fund SJLWT’s ongoing work in land preservation, watershed assessments, volunteer training, open space stewardship, natural resource conservation and education about South Jersey’s cultural, historical, and natural treasures.
The following events are also sponsored by the South Jersey Land & Water Trust. Maps, directions, and more information can be found at www.sjlandwater.org/event-directory.
- Pinelands Short Course: Saturday 3/11 at Stockton University
- Vernal Pool Walk in the Woods at Wharton State Forest: Saturday 3/18 from 10:00am - 1:00pm (meet at Atsion Mansion, $3 per nonmember)
- Spring Workday at Oldmans Creek Preserve: Sunday 3/19 at 9:00am, 21 Main St./Auburn-Pointers Rd., Swedesboro, NJ 08085 (FREE)
- Community Cleanup at Laurel Ravine: Saturday 3/25 at 10:00am (meet near the intersection of Winding Way Rd. and Timber Creek Rd. in Stratford, NJ, FREE)
- Table at MOM's Organic Market in Cherry Hill: Wednesday 3/29 from 4-7 pm (1631 Kings Hwy N. Cherry Hill, NJ 08034)
- Spring Workday at Oldmans Creek Preserve: Sunday 4/2 at 9:00am, 21 Main St./Auburn-Pointers Rd., Swedesboro, NJ 08085 (FREE)
The following events take place at the Scotland Run Nature Center in Clayton. For details and to register, call the center at (856) 881-0845. All events are free.
- Nature Tots - Me & My Shadow - Groundhog Day: Wednesday 2/1 at 10:30am
- Bird Walk: Saturday 2/4 at 9:00am. Bring your binoculars and discover the many species of birds that call Scotland Run Park home.
- Nature Tots - Go as you Grow: Wednesday 2/8 at 10:30am
- Scout Saturday: Saturday 2/11 at 10:00am
- Nature Tots - To Nature with Love - Valentine's Day: Wednesday 2/15 at 10:30am
- Nature Tots - Wiggly Worms: Wednesday 2/22 at 10:30am
The Long Beach Island Foundation,120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies, NJ, 08008 hosts Science Saturday programs from January through April. For details and to register for programs, call the foundation at (609) 494-1241 or see www.LBIfoundation.org. All events are free for members and $5 for non-members.
- Saturday 2/18, 11:00am - 12:30 pm: Cooking Fresh Seafood
- Saturday 2/25, 11:00am - 12:30 pm: The Ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens
Past Nature Club Events
The NW Gloucester County Christmas Bird Count was held on December 17, 2016. See the CBC Wrap-Up page for details.
MAD HATTER'S TREE PARTY 2015 was held on Sunday October 25, 2015, and was a big success!
BIRD QUEST 2015 was held on Saturday May 2, 2015. See the Bird Quest 2015 Wrap-up Page for a wrap-up.
A TIRE CLEANUP was held on Sunday March 18, 2011. See the Tire Cleanup photo page to view some photos of the event.
THE MAD HATTER'S TREE PARTY was held on Saturday October 23, 2010, and was a great success. 169 people participated (including many families and children), and another 106 people had to be added to a waiting list and unfortunately turned away. See the Mad Hatter's photo page to see some photos of the event.
The EAST COAST VULTURE FESTIVAL was held on March 3, 2012. Go to www.eastcoastvulturefestival.org for details about the Vulture Festival.
BIRD QUEST 2009 was held on Saturday May 2, 2009.
The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Gloucester County Bird Quest. We had many special events to help celebrate this year. Thank you all for coming in the less than favorable weather. The response from the people who participated was – This Year was the best EVER! Our winning team saw 76 species while for the day we had 128 species seen by all groups. We had 285 people registered and amazingly despite the weather almost all of them showed up back at the park. For some pictures from the event, click on the following link: Bird Quest 2009 Photos.
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