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 Night Walk at Pitman Golf Course
Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00pm
Trip Leaders: Kris and Erik Mollenhauer
Join us on Shrove Tuesday (day before Ash Wednesday) in the cool of the evening to take a leisurely walk to view the night sky from a wide-open space: Pitman Golf Course. The moon will be in a waxing crescent with about 4% visible. This easy walk will be star-watching so please make sure you bring a flashlight, dress warmly and wear shoes that will not damage the greens. Meet in the parking lot.
Directions: Address for GPS: 501 Pitman Rd. Sewell NJ; Meet in the parking lot.
Bird Walks - New Recurring Event!
From March throught November, the Scotland Run Park Nature Center and the Gloucester County Nature Club will be hosting bird walks 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
February 1 (Saturday), 8:00am to 4:00pm 2020 Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival Location: Mauricetown Firehall, 9544 Noble Street, Mauricetown, NJ. Adults $10, Children under 12, $5. Special Family Programs, Lectures, Exhibits, Vendors, Birdwatching, Food. For more information call 856-453-2177 or visit https://www.facebook.com/wintereaglefest/.
February 14 - 17 (Friday - Monday). Great Backyard Bird Count. Count birds in your backyard or other locations, submit highest daily species totals. Organized by the Cornell Lab Of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. For more information: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.
February 16 (Sunday) at 2:00pm - Join Charles White at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust for our Walk in the Wild. Charles will be discussing Bushcrafting The Art of smoothing or making easier ones time in the woods, or on the trail. We will discuss, demonstrate, and practice skills that will make our time away more enjoyable. Participants will be provided with a starting list of sources for further reading, along with a basic list of tools and equipment to pack along, on a day hike, and an extended stay. Meet at the Willoughby House at the end of Pine Avenue, off Good Intent Road in Blackwood Terrace, or you can put "340 Pine Avenue, Deptford" into your favorite mapping service. Please check the Old Pine Farm Facebook page for changes and directions. Information and questions: call Charles White, 856-217-9138 or see https://oldpinefarm.org/.. Carpooling is recommended due to limited parking. Free and open to all.
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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