"Birding along the Delaware" Field Trip, Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. to early afternoon.
"Connect with Nature - NJ Through the Seasons", Sunday, January 22, 1:30 p.m.
"FRNC Community Day", Sunday, January 29, 1:00 p.m.
(see below for details)
Pictures from 2016 Summer Camp
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.
Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Kain-Murphy Funeral Home
15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
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.
*HOLD THE DATE*
Saturday, March 18
Beef and Beer
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. More Information to follow.
Click Here for the Flier
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.
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.
Click Here for Details
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
FRNC COMMUNITY DAY ─ PUBLIC WELCOME
Sunday, January 29 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The Friends of the Rancocas Nature Center trustees will host a presentation in the Rancocas classroom. Learn about the highlights and accomplishments of 2016 and plans for the upcoming year. FRNC members and the public are invited to join the discussion – ideas and input are welcomed.
See Below for Programs and Trips at the Rancocas Nature Center through January.
(Click Here to see a complete listing of Winter Programs and Events at the Rancocas Nature Center.)
PRESCHOOL STORY/MUSIC TIME
Tuesday, January 17, 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 19, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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.
RANCOCAS NATURE CENTER SUMMER CAMP
Early-bird Discounts ─ January 8 to March 15;
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.
Call the Rancocas Nature Center at 609-261-2495 for information and visit our website at www.rancocasnaturecenter.org for photos from 2016 summer camp. Forms and more information will be available online and at the center soon.
"BIRDING ALONG THE DELAWARE" FIELD TRIP
Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. to early afternoon.
The Delaware River is a local flyway that offers the opportunity to observe a variety of winter birds. The trip includes stopovers in Gloucester County, including National Park, Riverwinds, and the Floodgates.
Meet in the Red Bank Battlefield lower parking area in National Park. Directions available when preregistering – call RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
CONNECT WITH NATURE—NEW JERSEY THROUGH THE SEASONS
Sunday, January 22 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Geographically, New Jersey is one of the smaller states, but don't confuse size with diversity. Within its borders, if you know when and where to look, you can find a variety of species-rich, natural habitats with great eye-appeal. Naturalist Mary Belko will guide us on a photographic journey through the seasons and share some of the natural spectacles you can see throughout the year. Preregister by calling the Rancocas Nature Center at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
SPEAKING OF NATURE SERIES
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Insights Into Winter Birding
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, January 27, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“My Favorite Bear”
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.