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
Field Trip – Inclusive Walk at Atkinson Park
Sunday, October 6 at 11:00am
Trip Leaders: Maria Keefe and Paula Hayes (cell 609-221-5195)
This month for the Gloucester County Nature Club’s field trip we are hosting our first inclusive walk for children with special needs. The walk will be held at Atkinson Memorial Park along a paved path. The path has slight rolling hills and may be up to a mile and a half in length past a lake, through woods, and along athletic fields with the option to leave the walk early if needed. We are planning to be on the path for 45 minutes to an hour. We will traverse along the paved path stopping to observe any wildlife or interesting plants we can find. Children need to be chaperoned by a parent or guardian. Please call (609) 221-5195 to register your child to participate.
Directions: From Woodbury Glassboro Road (553) take Lambs Road towards Washington Township. After you cross the dam stay right onto Bethel Mill Rd. The park is on the right. We will meet at the far end of the parking lot, drive past the bathrooms to the end of the lot.
Special Event: The Mad Hatter’s Tree Party
Sunday, October 27 at 1:00pm
The Mad Hatter’s Tree Party is a fun way for people to learn about the trees of our community and the critical role that trees play in a healthy environment. The Tree Party is a chance for families and people of all ages to share a whimsical adventure in a community forest.
This event consists of a self-paced, 45-minute walk in Wenonah Woods. This is more than an ordinary hike, though. You will stop at several locations to learn about specific trees along the trail and their role in the overall forest. All stations have been updated for this year and a children’s story telling station will be available near the tea house. Musicians will add an instrumental accompaniment to your journey. At the end, you can share light refreshments in the Tea House with the Mad Hatter himself. This event is great for family, and takes place rain or shine.
Walk begins at Eldridge Trail, at the intersection of E. Pine St and S. Princeton Ave. in Wenonah. Families can arrive at their convenience as walks leave regularly. No pre-registration is necessary.
Past Field Trips
Bird Walks - New Recurring Event!
The Scotland Run Park Nature Center and the Gloucester County Nature Club will be hosting bird walks year-round on the first and third Thursday of every month at 7:30 am. Come and explore the nature trails as we look for all different species of feathered friends that the park has to offer. This event is open to all ages and families are encouraged to attend together. Bird walks will NOT take place during snow or rain.
Events by other organizations
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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