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

GCNC Annual Picnic & Program
Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 P.M. at Alcyon Park, Pitman, NJ (directions below)
Program Coordinator: Rich Dilks 856-468-6342

After a two-year hiatus, the Gloucester County Nature Club will be celebrating spring with our annual club picnic on June 9. The picnic will be held this year at Alcyon Park on the shores of historic and scenic Alcyon Lake.

As a safety measure this year, attendees are asked to provide their own meals. As always we ask folks to also provide their own utensils, plates, and cups to cut down on the waste of disposables. Beverages will be available at the pavilion.

After the picnic there will be a short walk through the natural areas of the park.

As with all club functions, the picnic is open to the public so why not bring a friend?

Directions to Alcyon Lake Park.

From points south: From Broadway in Pitman, turn west onto W. Holly Ave. Go .6/10 of a mile, passing Alcyon Lake on your left. Turn left onto Carr Ave. and proceed to the park entrance.

From points north: From Woodbury-Glassboro Rd. (Rt. 553) turn west onto Lambs Rd. and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn east (left) onto W. Holly Ave. and go 3/10 of a mile to Carr Ave. Turn right onto Carr Ave. and proceed to park entrance.

After a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic, The GLOUCESTER COUNTY FIREFLY FESTIVAL will held on June 25, 2022 at Tall Pines State Preserve. You can check out the 2022 Firefly Festival Flyer to get an idea of what to expect in 2022!

Events by other organizations


Past Nature Club Events

Bird Quest is back!
BirdbQuest 2022 was held on Saturday May 7, 2022. Please go to the new Bird Quest website at for details.

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

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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