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 Ė Family Fun Stream Walk #2 (All ages are welcome!)
Tuesday August 13th at 6:30pm in Ceres Park, Mantua
Trip Leaders: Maria Keefe & Paula Hayes cell 609-221-5195 Email: email@example.com
This park is a great one for summer hikes since its tall trees provide lots of shade. We'll explore what is in, on, under and around the creek as we walk in the water. We'll look for fish, frogs, turtles, mussels, animal prints, flowers, birds and more. Wear appropriate water shoes or old sneakers to walk IN the water, shoes that offer some protection are best (not flip flops). The walk to the stream is a bit longer than some of our past stream walks, but itís a beautiful spot. We will get wet!! You may want to bring insect repellent.
Directions: From Rt 322 take Lambs Rd (635) to Pitman-Barnsboro Rd (553 Alt). Turn left onto Rt 553A. Watch for Ceres Park sign on your left after crossing over Rt 55. Weíll meet in the parking lot.
Field Trip Ė A Walk Through The Harold N. Peek Preserve, Millville, NJ
Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:00am to 12:00pm
Trip Leader: Rich Dilks
The Natural Lands Trustís Harold N. Peek Preserve is a 344 acre property along the east bank of the Maurice River, just south of downtown Millville and complements the Maurice River Bluffs on the riverís west bank. Trails provide excellent views of the Maurice River and one of the largest wild rice marshes in New Jersey. Our leisurely walk will pass through a variety of habitats including pitch and Virginia pine scrubland, a hardwood swamp, a white cedar swamp and a chestnut oak upland. Be sure to bring binoculars. The Peek Preserve is an excellent birding location and bald eagle sightings are not uncommon. There are two viewing platforms, one at the field office and one at Jenkinís Landing. In addition to birds, we will be looking at wildflowers, fungus, trees and insects.
Our walk should last about two hours and cover 2-3 miles on trails generally rated easy. Biting insects in late summer may be a problem. I strongly recommend bringing an insect repellant and dressing appropriately to minimize your exposure. Good walking shoes and a water bottle (particularly if it is a warm day) are also recommended.
Directions: Take Rt. 55 south to exit 24, then take Rt.49 west toward Millville. Follow Rt. 49 for a little over a mile to the intersection with Rt. 47 (2nd St.) in the center of Millville. Turn left (south) onto Rt. 47 and proceed for approximately 2 miles. The entrance to the Peek Preserve will be on your right just after you pass Lilac St. on your left. Pull into the small parking area in front of the closed gate For GPS use the address 2100 S. 2nd Street, Millville, NJ 08332.
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 Ė 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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