Events


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

Program: The Big Year Eco-Challenge
Thursday May 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, Wenonah, NJ (directions below)
Program Coordinator: Rich Dilks 856-468-6342
Presenters: Big Year Eco-Challenge Coordinator, Jeff Mollenhauer, Erik Mollenhauer and additional BYEC participants.

From January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, teams of volunteers regularly visited five local parks to document all the species of plants, animals and fungi found there. The five parks were Ceres Park (Mantua Twp), Elephant Swamp Trail (Pittsgrove Twp), Piney Hollow (Franklin Twp). RiverWinds Park (West Deptford) and Tall Pines State Preserve.

Participants used cell phones and cameras to document their finds. Photos and sound recordings were uploaded to the “iNaturalist” website for verification by local and international experts. iNaturalist technology enables ordinary people to become experienced naturalists. Their discoveries are now a permanent record of what was found in those parks in 2021.

Some teams documented over 1,000 species, including species not previously reported in Gloucester County… or New Jersey… or the world. An 18-minute film which tells the story of The Big Year Eco-Challenge can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/6852281599.

Big Year Eco-Challenge Coordinator, Jeff Mollenhauer will give a photo presentation on some of the interesting organisms seen at the 5 BYEC sites in our area. Several members of the 2021 Big Year Eco-Challenge observer teams will then share their experiences over the year and talk about the discoveries they made at natural sites here in Gloucester and Salem Counties.

Directions: The Holy Nativity Lutheran Church is located just off Rt. 553 (Woodbury Glassboro Rd.) immediately south of the traffic light at Mantua Ave. The church parking lot can be accessed by entrances on either Woodbury-Glassboro Road or Lenape Trail (first left off of Mantua Ave).

Bird Quest is back!
BirdbQuest will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022. Please go to the new Bird Quest website at https://birdquest.gcnatureclub.org/ for details.

Events by other organizations

TBD

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 and 2021 Festivals were 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 2022!

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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