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 – Night Walk at Alcyon Park
Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00pm
Trip Leaders: Kris and Erik Mollenhauer
Daylight savings time is past and the nights are drawing in. Come view the night sky. Let’s see if the moon is in the mill pond or if we can find Orion the Hunter (or as my grandsons call him, Old Brian).
Park in the upper lot. Bundle up if it’s cold. The paths are paved or gravel and the length of the walk is half a mile.
Directions: From Route 55 Exit 53A (or Exit 53 if coming from the south) take Route 553 (Glassboro Road) south for about 1.5 miles to Holly Avenue. Turn right (west) on Holly Avenue. Continue for 1.2 miles to the park entrance, which is on the left. There is a small sign. Sports Rd & Track Ave, Pitman
Past Field Trips
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 email@example.com or 609-476-2086 to RSVP and/or if you have any questions.
November 17 (Sunday) at 2:00pm - Join Freddie Patane and Charles White at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust for our “Walk in the Wild” on Sunday, November 17, at 2pm a fireside chat and workshop on How to Create Cordage and Tie Knots We will retrace the steps of our ancestors to learn how to create cordage (aka string and rope) out of natural fibers found in wild landscapes. This workshop will include identification methods for cordage plants and trees, harvesting techniques, and the most commonly used twists and splicing methods used to create material suitable for primitive nets, fishing lines, bowstrings and lashing materials. Learn the essential knots that will allow you to make good use of your new cordage. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice these skills "hands-on" with synthetic and natural materials and leave the class with a natural cordage bracelet or bookmark! Meet at the Willoughby House at the end of Pine Avenue, off Good Intent Road in Blackwood Terrace, or you can put "340 Pine Avenue, Deptford" into your favorite mapping service. Please check our Facebook for changes and directions. Information and questions: call Charles White, 856-217-9138 or see https://oldpinefarm.org. Car pooling is recommended due to limited parking. Free and open to all.
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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