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: Exploration of Historic Smithville Park
Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Trip Leaders: Paula and Brian Hayes (Paula’s cell for day of the walk questions 609-221-5195)
Note: This trip occurs 4 days before the monthly meeting.
Come with us as we visit this gem of a park. This park has it all: a historic mansion, historic worker’s homes, a museum, remnants of a bicycle railroad, Smithville Lake, the Rancocas Creek, and a variety of habitats to wander. The Smithville Village was a mill operation sited on the Rancocas Creek from the 1860s to the 1920s. During the mill’s productive time it was known for its wood working machinery and providing a community for its workers. This industrial town provided its workers with recreational, artistic, and educational opportunities as well as housing. We will meet at the visitor’s center near the mansion and explore the historic and natural elements of Historic Smithville Park. We will walk 2- 3 miles through the park, stopping to enjoy the sites and finishing in the mature forest near the visitor’s centers. The mansion will not be open for tours during our visit but we will walk in the gardens. There will not be an opportunity for a light show, sorry for the change of plans.
Address: 803 Smithville Road, Easthampton, NJ 08060. There is a bridge out on Smithville Road in the park, you will have to pass a road closed barrier to arrive at the mansion and its parking lot, the closed bridge is beyond the parking area.
Events by other organizations
January 27 (Sunday) – Benefit for South Jersey Land & Water Trust - Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon with Love Alive. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Bogey's Club and Cafe, 501 Pitman Rd in Sewell, NJ 08080.. Enjoy hits of the 60s and 70s courtesy of South Jersey band, Love Alive. The concert will take place at Bogey's Club and Cafe where a light lunch will be served. There will also be some fabulous chance baskets and a 50-50 as well as a cash bar, $5 appetizers, and plenty of room for dancing! Please note that the bar is cash only! No debit or credit cards will be accepted Tickets are $25 before January 12th and $30 from January 13th to 27th Tickets sell out quickly, so get yours today!! Purchase tickets at http://sjlandwater.org.
February 2 (Saturday) – 2019 Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival 8:00am – 4:00pm at Mauricetown Firehall 9544 Noble Street, Mauricetown, NJ. $10.00 Adults, $5.00 Children (12 and under)
- At the Firehall: Speakers and presentations, Non-profit and commercial exhibitors, Local fare refreshments & lunch available, Live raptors exhibited by Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Hands-on art activities by Clay College.
- Along the Delaware Bay: Five staffed viewing sites with scopes & birdwatching experts, Bayshore Center at Bivalve walks, food & activities, Morning & evening owl watches, Guided trail walks, East Point Lighthouse, Leechester Hall
Past Nature Club Events
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 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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