Black History Month: The People of Timbuctoo & the Case of Rachael Rivers, Thursday, February 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
Nature Adventure for Preschoolers - "Possum and the Peeper", Friday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m.
Get Your Tickets for the March 18th "Beef and Beer for Birds and Blooms"
See Below for Details.
Pictures from 2016 Summer Camp
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Saturday, March 18
Beef and Beer for Birds and Blooms
Mt. Holly Moose Lodge #737
853 Woodlane Rd. Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
The Mt. Holly Moose Lodge #737 in Westampton will host the second "Beef & Beer for Birds & Blooms" to benefit Friends of Rancocas Nature Center. The fundraiser will help the Friends' ongoing efforts to sustain the Rancocas Nature Center.
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Needed for the Beef & Beer
Completed Gift Baskets, Gift Certificates, Gift Cards and Specialty Items are Needed for the "Beef & Beer for Birds & Blooms" event. If you are able to donate a completed basket, gift certificate, gift card or other specialty item please call the Rancocas Nature Center at 609-261-2495, or email Center Director Susan Buffalino, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is with sadness that the Rancocas Nature Center shares the news that long-time Rancocas volunteer and associate naturalist John Courtney passed away suddenly on Friday, January 13, 2017. John was a tireless supporter of the center, devoting many hours of his time and expertise since the center's inception in 1977. Friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, he was always ready to answer a question, tell a story, or share information about the animals with visitors. We mourn his loss.
Click here to see John's obituary on the Kain-Murphy web site.
Click here to see a tribute to John on the FRNC Facebook page.
Join Us on a Bus Trip to the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Click Here for the Flier with details about the trip.
Visitors Center Hours
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues-Sat
12 p.m.– 4 p.m. Sunday
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Trails/Parking Lot: Open 7 days/week, dawn to dusk.
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
Phone: (609) 261-2495
Click Here to see a map of the Rancocas Nature Center hiking trails.
Click HERE to see the new Brochure about Adult/Senior program offerings at the Rancocas Nature Center.
The Rancocas Nature Center offers badge-focused programs and opportunities for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all age levels.
Click HERE to go to our Scout page to see new brochures and the activities available for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Birthday Parties at the Rancocas Nature Center
Invite friends to a wildlife adventure in our natural history museum and on our trails. With live animals to see, things to touch and feel, and diverse trails to hike, this will be a birthday party your child will remember.
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ONE OF THE BEST LOCAL TOURIST DESTINATIONS - 2016
Thank you for supporting the Rancocas Nature Center!
The Rancocas Nature Center was again voted One of the Best Local Tourist Destinations 2016" by readers of the Burlington County Times.
Click HERE to see the award certificate
RANCOCAS NATURE CENTER SUMMER CAMP
Click Here to Get the 2017 Summer Camp Brochure
Early-bird Discounts ─ January 8 to March 31;
Ask about our installment plan (discounts do not apply)
Select Weekly Sessions June 26 to August 11, 2017 for Grades 1-7 (as of September 2017)
Childhood and the outdoors are a natural fit. At Rancocas Nature Center Summer Day Camp, campers get to explore the preserve’s varied habitats and investigate its wildlife while learning first-hand about nature and our connection to it. These outdoor experiences are complimented by hands-on environmental activities with a natural history focus. Small group size ensures that each child has a unique summer experience guided by staff members who are trained environmental educators.
Download or print Forms for the 2017 summer camp at the links below. The forms are also available at the Rancocas Nature Center Visitors Center.
Summer Camp Registration Form
Camper Information Form
Camper Health Form
Camper Photo Exclusion Form
Call the Rancocas Nature Center at 609-261-2495 for additional information and see our website at www.rancocasnaturecenter.org for photos from the 2016 summer camp.
See Below for Programs and Trips at the Rancocas Nature Center through mid February.
(Click Here to see a complete listing of Winter Programs and Events at the Rancocas Nature Center.)
NEW** Click Here to see the Spring Programs and Events at the Rancocas Nature Center
Note the Site Change for the Thursday Program.
PRESCHOOL STORY/MUSIC TIME
Tuesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. at the Rancocas Nature Center
Thursday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the "Worker's House" at Smithville Park in Eastampton.
This approximately hour-long preschool program features a different theme each week. Children will enjoy hearing 3 short stories read aloud, separated by 3 songs that are played along to with rhythm instruments. Each session also includes an age-appropriate craft. The Tuesday program is repeated on Thursday in the same week. This program is geared toward 2 to 5 year-olds, but is designed for families--older and younger children are welcome. Cost: free.
Please call 609-265-5858 to register. www.co.burlington.nj.us/parks.
SPEAKING OF NATURE SERIES
Thursday, February 23
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Black History Month: The People of Timbuctoo & the Case of Rachael Rivers
Interested in nature and local history? The Rancocas Nature Center hosts a series of evening presentations that focus on a variety of topics related to the natural world and the history of the Rancocas area. Watch for details in the weekly email blast or visit the Rancocas website at www.rancocasnaturecenter.org. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
NATURE ADVENTURES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Friday, February 24,
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“Possum and the Peeper”
It’s never too early for young children to interact with nature. Rancocas offers this fun program which combines a nature-themed children’s book and an outdoor exploration. This program is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
HUMP-DAY AFTER-WORK HIKES
Wednesdays, March 1st and 8th,
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Still trying to take off those pounds you imagined as your New Year’s resolution? Like to hike, but don’t like doing it alone? Come on out for a brisk hike in nature at the perfect time to enjoy spring’s awakening. We will enjoy the views week to week as the natural world comes alive again.
Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495.
RNC OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Thursday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
All are welcome. Club meets the first Thursday of every month in the RNC classroom or at a designated alternative outdoor location. Contact email@example.com for details.
RANCOCAS MEMBERS' BIRD SEED DISCOUNT DAYS
(NOTE: This now applies to ALL bird seed, including sunflower seeds)
Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5, 12 – 3:30 p.m.
L.L. BEAN BEGINNER’S TRAIL RUN
Sunday, March 5, 9:00 a.m.
Interested in getting into trail running? Come out to the Rancocas Nature center for a beginner’s run with small breaks. Be sure to dress in layers of synthetic clothing and bring plenty of water.
Call the L.L. Bean - Marlton store at 856-810-5560 to register.
INTERPRETIVE TRAIL HIKE AT RANCOCAS
Sunday, March 5,
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Join a Rancocas staff person or associate naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. It’s a great way to become familiar with our well-maintained trails. Bring a camera and/or binoculars; we’ll stop at scenic spots along the way. The easy pace is suitable for all ages; please use a child carrier to transport small children.
Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Rancocas Nature Center NATURE BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. in the Nature Center Classroom.
The book selection for the March meeting of the Nature Book Club is "Bay County" by Tom Horton.
Contact Toni Price at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.