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 – Birding Along the Delaware River in Gloucester County
January 11, 2020 - 8:00am to Noon, starting at Red Bank Battlefield
Trip Leader: Lloyd Shaw
Check out three reliable Gloucester County sites with Lloyd Shaw in search of winter ducks, bald eagles, raptors and anything else we might find along the way. Sites covered will include Red Bank Battlefield, Riverwinds, and Floodgates. The area along the river will be cold in January; dress in layers for comfort. Snow or heavy rain will cancel this trip. This trip will be a joint trip with Rancocas Nature Center, the trip is free but donations are encouraged.
Directions: Meet in the lower parking lot at Red Bank Battlefield at 8:00am.
Address for GPS: 100 Hessian Ave, National Park, NJ 08063
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
November 9 (Saturday), 10:00am to 1:00pm – The South Jersey Land and Water Trust hosts a Maurice River Walk Join us as we walk along the upper tidal section of the Maurice River and learn about the plants and wildlife in the area. We’ll keep an eye out for bald eagles and otters! We’ll meet at Joe Buck Park off of Rt. 49 at the River; Buck St, Millville, NJ 08332 Please RSVP: Contact Michael Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-476-2086 to RSVP and/or if you have any questions.
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/.
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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