Besides the regular field trips each month, the Nature Club conducts several special events throughout each year. 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 field trips, along with the Firefly Festival in June. In the Autumn, the Mad Hatter's Tree Party takes place in October, 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 back every few weeks for updates to this page.

Other events held in the past that could return at any time include the Gloucester County Environmental Commission Conference and the East Coast Vulture Festival.

Upcoming Nature Club Events

b>Program: Edible Wild Plants

A special online live presentation of the Gloucester County Nature Club

Presented by: Lee Allen Peterson, Author of the Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America
Thursday January 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Program Coordinator: Rich Dilks 856-468-6342

Web link:

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Foraging and gathering wild plants is a human activity that goes back beyond the mists of time. Many of the wild plants we encounter today are flavorful and nutritious. Others are deadly poisonous. “Gathering wild edible plants requires a variety of skills beyond simple species recognition. Not only must one know how to identify a plant, but also when and how to find it and what to do with it once it is found.”, Lee Peterson tells us. Join Lee Peterson and discover not only what wild plants in our region are edible and where to find them, but also learn the many culinary techniques that can be applied to transform them into elements of delicious and nutritious meals.

Lee Peterson is the younger son of famed naturalist, Roger Tory Peterson. A naturalist himself, Lee has traveled extensively throughout North America lecturing on his father and his own area of expertise - edible wild plants. He is the author of "A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants" in the Peterson Field Guide Series.

Lee, and his wife Courtney, currently reside in southeastern Pennsylvania and design and make an award-winning line of Natural History themed jewelry under the name- Courtney Design.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Gloucester County will take place on Saturday,December 18th. There are no state limitations to do this outdoor endeavor. We will be following the Audubon and CDC guidance trying to social distance and going out in familiar pods. Guidelines are basically the same as last year.

If you are interested and have not participated previously feel free to contact me @: 609-618-0635 or at I can put you in touch with one of our area leaders. There are 13 areas, a leader assigned to each one.

If your residence is in the ‘count circle’ and you can not join a group, you may participate as a ‘feeder watcher’ and submit your findings that way. Just contact me and I can get you info and checklist.

Weather will not stop us. Hope all leaders can attend once more and as well, all our colleagues who make this citizen science endeavor possible. There will be no wrap-up this year due to continued concerns over Covid. Area leaders please get results to me quickly so I might submit to National Audubon Society.

Hope you will join us!

Ron Kegel, compiler

Events by other organizations

Adult Naturalist Program at Scotland Run Park: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30am
• 10/14 - Late season pollinator plants
• 10/28 - Salamanders and frogs

Past Nature Club Events

The 2020 NW Gloucester County Christmas Bird Count was held on December 19, 2020.

The second annual GLOUCESTER COUNTY FIREFLY FESTIVAL was held on June 29, 2019 at Tall Pines State Preserve and was an even bigger success than the 2018 festival. The 2020 Festival was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, but you can check out the 2019 Firefly Festival Flyer to get an idea of what to expect in 2021!

The 2016 NW Gloucester County Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16, 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 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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