Welcome! This site is intended to provide information about the Gloucester County Nature Club. Nature Club meetings are held at 7:00 on the second Thursday of each month (except July and August) at the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in Wenonah, unless stated otherwise in the newsletter.
Go to the Programs page to learn about upcoming or recent programs
Go to the Fieldtrips page to learn about upcoming or recent field trips. Field Trips are also listed on our new Meetup Page
Recent Field Trip Ė Painting in the Park (June 24, 2014)
We used watercolors to create our own unique masterpieces at Atkinson Park. This trip was not a lesson, but meant to be an exploration of your creative side, an opportunity to create. To see some photos from this trip, click on the following link: Painting in the Park.
BIRD QUEST 2015
BIRD QUEST 2015 was held on Saturday May 2, 2015. See the Bird Quest 2015 Wrap-up Page for a wrap-up.
Christmas Bird Count 2014 (December 20, 2014)
See the Christmas Bird Count 2014 Wrap-up Page for a wrap-up.
In addition to our own special events (both present and past), we've added a list of nature-related events scheduled by other organizations to the Events page.
For those of you who didn't see it in the Gloucester County Times or on our Facebook page, a TIRE CLEANUP was held on Sunday March 18, 2011. See the Tire Cleanup page to view some photos of the event.
There are two ways to become a member or renew a membership:
You may sign up and pay your membership dues electronically via PayPal. Click here. You can also download and print the membership form, and return the completed form with your payment to the address provided on the form or bring to a regular meeting.
The Gloucester County Nature Club is a private, nonprofit 501c3 organization of people who share a common interest, curiosity and love for the natural world. The Club strives to promote sound conservation practices and to educate others about nature and the environment.
Opportunities for Education and Participation
The Nature Club provides monthly programs, field trips, and newsletters from September through June and special field trips in the Summer months. In addition, the Nature Club holds special events throughout the year. For upcoming programs, field trips, or events you can check out our latest newsletter on the news page.
MAPLE RIDGE - SAVED! The effort to save the former Maple Ridge Golf Course property has been successful, and a purchase contract has been signed. For the latest details on the effort to save the property as well as how you can get involved and help, see the Friends of Maple Ridge webpage at www.friendsofmapleridge.org.
The Nature Club is also on Facebook. To go to our Facebook page please click on the blue Facebook icon to the left. You will need to have a Facebook membership, and new group members will need to be "approved" by the administrator.
Join Our Meetup Group! The Gloucester County Nature Club is now using the online tool, Meetup.com to advertise our field trips. We strongly encourage you to give it a try. By signing up you will be able to see up to minute information related to field trips (weather, changes or cancellations if needed), communicate with the leaders and others going on trips of interest. Simply sign up with an email address to join the group and you will be informed of upcoming trips and Nature Club events. It's a great way to be reminded of the trips you didnít want to forget and meet new members.! Click on the Meetup logo on the left to go to our Meetup page.
Check out our monthly Gloucester County Nature columns on the South Jersey Times website. A collection of present and past columns can be viewed on the South Jersey Times website at: http://www.nj.com/gloucester/voices/index.ssf/gloucester_county_nature_club/index.html.
Natural Events for the month of May
Jack in the pulpit, pink lady's-slipper, and mayapple bloom by mid-May in the County's remnant woodlands. Early spring flowers such as spring beauty fade rapidly, as trees leaf out and shade the forest floor. Princess tree, or Paulownia (named after an 18th-Century Russian princess) blooms with large clusters of pale purple flowers. It's an invasive species but still very pretty. By late May, monarch butterflies arrive from the south and begin laying their eggs on newly emerged plants of common milkweed. Young rabbits, gray squirrels, and other small mammals are leaving their home nests. Drive carefully. Horseshoe crabs spawn on Delaware Bayshore beaches from late May to early June. Red knots arrive for their stop-over at the Delaware Bay area to double their weight on horseshoe crab eggs in preparation for their nonstop journey to Arctic breeding grounds.
Past Nature Club Events
Check out more past club events by clicking the "Events" link above or by clicking the following link: Past Nature Club Events.
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