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

Field Trip - Rowan Fossil Park Walk
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 8:00am
Trip Leaders: Rowan Staff

Please join us to explore the habitat on the site of the RowanFossil Park. Not yet open to the public, we have obtained special permission to explore the varied habitat around the park. Rowan representatives will orient us and we will and identify plants and birds as we walk around (not in) the fossil pit. The current plan is to eventually add a nature trail onsite. Note: This trip does not include a dig.

Most of this walk will not be on paved or groomed trails and we recommend closed footwear. Registration will be available using the club’s Facebook page, This trip will be open to the first 20 persons who comment on the post asking to register for this field trip on the club’s Facebook page. The first 20 will receive a response from by private message confirming their registration and providing driving and parking directions. Preference will be given to club members. Please reserve early!

Field Trip – Family Fun Stream Walk #1 (All ages are welcome!)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:30pm at Pitman Memorial School
Trip Leaders: Maria Keefe & Paula Hayes cell 609-221-5195 Email: pnbhayes@gmail.com

This stream walk is an old favorite, we do this one most years and it is always filled with a surprise or two. 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). We will get wet!! You may want to bring insect repellent.

Directions: From Lambs Road turn onto Hudson Avenue (near Total Turf Experience). Turn into Pitman Memorial School parking lot on the right

Gloucester County Firefly Festival
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Tall Pines State Preserve
Rain date: Sunday, June 30
Poets, scientists and people of all ages have long been fascinated by fireflies (lightning bugs). A familiar sight in some parts of the US, fireflies are the fairies of summer nights. Viewing “nature’s light show” is part of the magic of growing up in New Jersey. But there are fewer and fewer fireflies. Join us as we explore the world of fireflies… the Night Country… and how you can help fireflies be a part of our landscape for years to come.

The festival includes a number of fun, educational stations scattered along a three-quarter mile, self-guided, loop trail. We recommend people arrive between 8:00 and 8:15 pm and allow an hour to complete the walk. Some species appear at dusk; some appear later, as it gets darker.

The Firefly Festival takes place at the Tall Pines State Preserve, corner of Woodbury-Glassboro Rd and Barkbridge Rd, Sewell, NJ. Cars should enter the parking lot off Barkbridge Road. Our “Firefly Trail” begins and ends here at a Welcome Tent. Please car pool, as space for parking is limited. Bring a flashlight. No dogs please.

Field Trip – 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: pnbhayes@gmail.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 it’s 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. We’ll meet in the parking lot.

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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