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 – Full Moon Drum Circle at Scotland Run Park
Saturday, September 14 at 7:00pm at Scotland Run Park, Clayton
Trip Leaders: Paula and Brian Hayes
Looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing and enjoy some time outside too? Come out and enjoy Scotland Run Park after dark. We’ve secured permission to use the park after dark and will enjoy a gibbous moon over the field. Join the Gloucester County Nature Club for a fun-filled evening of percussion. You don’t need to be a drummer or even a musician to participate. We will set up in a circle in a natural area not far from the parking lot. This event will include guided activities as well as time for improvisation and exploration of sound during the evening. We will take a short walk across the road and to the field in order to get away from road noise and lights.
It is recommended that you bring a camp style or folding chair and a drum if you have one. We will provide different of styles drums and other percussion in for instruments for participants to borrow. This activity is designed as fun for novices and families, although all are welcome. You may want a flashlight to help you navigate the area after it gets dark but we intend to drum in the moonlight so a flashlight and drums are optional.
Directions: Take exit 45 off route 55 to Centerton - Clayton. Make a left onto Buck Road (Rt. 553). Make a right at the first traffic light onto Academy Road (Rt. 610). Take Academy Road for 2 miles crossing over Route 47 and Fries Mill Road. Just beyond Fries Mill Road turn right into the Nature Center. Address for GPS: 980 East Academy Street, Clayton NJ
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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