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: Raptors and Reptiles-A Presentation with Live Animals
Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 P.M. at at the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, Wenonah, NJ (directions below)
Program Coordinator: Rich Dilks 856-468-6342

The Gloucester County Nature Club is pleased to begin its new year of in person programs with a live animal presentation from Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. This program is family friendly. Young people are encouraged to attend, meet and learn about some of the amazing wild creatures of New Jersey. Learn why raptors and reptiles are so well-suited to their habitats and which characteristics help them play an important role in our environment. Do these groups have similarities despite seeming so different from one another?

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through environmental education, conservation and wildlife rehabilitation. Established as a private, non-profit organization in 1957, Cedar Run operates the region’s busiest Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital, caring for over 6,000 patients annually. Cedar Run also engages in conservation efforts through environmental education and ecologically based management of our 171-acres of protected Pinelands habitats.

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).

Events by other organizations

The following events take place at the Scotland Run Nature Center in Clayton. For details and to register for programs, call the center at (856) 881-0845. All events are free.

Water Fest, Sunday September 18, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The 25th Annual Water Fest is Gloucester County's largest environmental fair featuring live animal shows, exhibits, crafts, food, music, canoeing and kayaking, will be held this year on Sunday, September 18th. Visit the Nature Center and participate in a lake study. Marilyn Henry will be leading a bird walk that morning at 11:15am from the beach area. Live Music throughout Water Fest will be provided by the Ian Good Trio.

- Animal Shows: 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm

- Balloon Animals: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

- Canoeing and Kayaking: 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Fall Migration Bird Walks at Scotland Run Park will be held from 8:00 to 9:30am on the first and third Thursdays of September and October (Sept. 1st and 15th, and October 6th and 20th). The walks are free, no registration is required, and the walks begin in the Nature Center's parking lot. Come help search for the many birds that pass through Scotland Run Park during fall migration. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.

Adult Naturalist Program at Scotland Run Park: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am. Pre-registration is required. Each session will include a presentation inside the Nature Center, as well as outdoor exploration (weather permitting). Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited; register today! Visit https://gloucestercountynj.gov/1370/Adult-Naturalist-Program for program details and registration Topics to be covered are listed below:

9/8: Insect Migration

9/22: Mushrooms and fungi

10/13: Late season pollinator plants

10/27: Salamanders and frogs

Past Nature Club Events

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

The 2020 NW Gloucester County Christmas Bird Count was held on December 19, 2020.

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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