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 – Parvin State Park Hike
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 11:00am
Trip Leaders: Paula and Brian Hayes
We will hike a four mile loop while exploring the state park. We plan to do the Thundergust Lake Trail and the long trail. The park is flat but parts of the trails have roots and ruts, sturdy shoes are recommended. Bring water and dress for the weather. While this trip is meant to be a walk, we will stop and enjoy plants or animals that interest the group. The walk will take about 90 minutes.
Directions: For GPS use Parvin Grove Park Office, Pittsgrove Township, NJ 08318. From Route 55 take exit 35B and follow West Garden Road for 2 miles. Then take a slight left onto Parvin Mill Road. Turn right onto Almond Road, the park office is ¼ mile. Parking is across the street from the park office. We will meet outside the office.
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From March throught November, the Scotland Run Park Nature Center and the Gloucester County Nature Club will be hosting bird walks 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 Scitland Run 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
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.
Nature Tots: Tuesdays, 9:30am to 10:30am
- March 3 – Bats
- March 10 – Bluebirds
- March 17 – Returning Spring Birds
- March 24 – Tiger Beetles
- March 31 – Gardening for Wildlife
March 15 (Sunday) at 2:00pm - Join Patricia Brennan at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust for our “Walk in the Wild.” on Sunday, March 15, at 2:00pm for a workshop on the many Benefits of Burning or Smudging. This workshop will cover the spiritual, cleansing, and stress relieving properties of ceremonial Sage. Come and join us to learn about the history and variety of materials used to get your home and body ready for 2020 Spring Cleaning. We will also highlight the sacred Palo Santo, which has similar meaning in smudging and beyond.
Ever wondered about the many benefits of burning or smudging sage? Patricia will be our workshop guide as we learn about these wonderful materials, practice techniques, and actually make our own bundles of sage to bring home. She has a background in western medicine, but has been living on and off grid in the jungles and mountain ranges of Central and South American jungles over the last few years. She is a student of shamanic and ceremonial healing, native plant medicine and practices a whole food plant based lifestyle.
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 the Old Pine Farm Facebook page for changes and directions. Information and questions: call Charles White, 856-217-9138 or see https://oldpinefarm.org/. Carpooling 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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