Time to Register for Summer Day Camp
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RANCOCAS NATURE CENTER SUMMER CAMP
Camp Starts Next Week!
Select Weekly Sessions from June 27 to August 12, 2016 for Children in Grades 1-7 (as of September 2016)
Check out these camp highlights
Childhood and the outdoors are a natural fit. Our summer campers have fun while learning about the world around them. A typical day at camp looks to blend environmental science with active outdoor
experiences under the guidance of knowledgeable educators. Group interaction and cooperation create a positive setting where learning is hands-on and fun. Whether it's through an age-appropriate hike, a craft or project, or a themed game or activity, campers gain an awareness of the natural world and the importance of a sustainable community.
Click Here to go to the 2016 Summer Camp Page
2016 Camp Brochure - Click Here
2016 Camp Registration Form - Click Here
2016 Camper Information Form - Click Here
2016 Health Form - Click Here
2016 Photo Exclusion Form - Click Here
Visitors Center Hours
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues-Sat
12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Gate to the trails is open dawn to dusk daily throughout the year.
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
Phone: (609) 261-2495
Work with Master Gardeners in Rancocas Nature Center's Gardens
The Master Gardeners of Burlington County support and maintain the various gardens at the Rancocas Nature Center. All require ongoing care and upkeep throughout the year. The Master Gardeners need interested individuals (you don't have to be a Master Gardner) to help in the garden. Anyone interested in gardening or learning more about maintaining a flower garden is welcome. Any amount of time you are able to help will be greatly appreciated. The group meets for several hours each Wednesday morning, starting at 9:00am, at the Rancocas Nature Center. There is no registration, just come to the Center on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am. If you have questions, please call the Center at (609) 261-2495 or email Toni Price at email@example.com .
4th ANNUAL RANCOCAS GARDEN DAY OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, August 7, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Rancocas gardens will be at their peak in August. Intended as educational displays as well as wildlife-friendly habitats, the gardens are an exciting blend of different themes that can easily be adapted to your backyard. Join Master Gardeners and Rancocas staff for an afternoon of visual ideas. Stations with educational handouts will be set up at each of the Rancocas managed areas. Take a guided tour of the Pollinator/Wildlife Garden, the Rancocas Historical Garden, the Dragonfly Pond, and the Monarch Waystation, or a self-guided walk and learn about the different habitats. Knowledgeable gardeners will be available to answer your questions. Cost: Free, donations accepted and appreciated.
PICNIC & A PROGRAM SERIES FOR FAMILIES
What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon than by spending it outdoors at the Rancocas Nature Center. Bring your own box lunch and use our picnic area from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (don’t forget to tour our Visitors Center). Then participate in a fun, educational program designed to engage the whole family. Call the center for additional details on each topic. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. Program cost: RNC members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $9/person, $21/family (limit 5).
Tuesday, July 19 – Amphibian Explorers 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 – Fun With Water 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9 – Bugs & Butterflies 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
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SPEAKING OF NATURE SERIES.
Wednesday, July 27– Celebrate National Moth Week, 7:30–10:00 p.m.
National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about and observe these fascinating nocturnal creatures. Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms─estimates suggest there are more than 150,000 species on earth. National Moth Week is being held worldwide, but what better place to experience these colorful insects than at the Rancocas Nature Center. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
2015 BEST LOCAL TOURIST DESTINATION
The Rancocas Nature Center was was voted Best Local Tourist Destination 2015 by readers of the Burlington County Times. Click HERE to see a copy of the award certificate that is posted in the Center.
Employer Matching of Your Donation
When you make a donation to the Rancocas Nature Center be sure to check with your employer, or if retired your former employer, to see if they will match your donation. The Friends of Rancocas Nature Center has Federal non profit status as a 501(c)(3) organization, a key criterion for matching. Employers may match some or all of the dollar amount of a donation, or in some cases will provide a donation based on volunteer hours of a current or retired employee
"Picnic & A Program"
Click here to learn about this new series of program offerings for families and adults this summer at the Rancocas Nature Center.
Some upcoming activities are listed below.
L.L. BEAN SPONSORED FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKE
Sunday, June 26, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Kayla, the Outdoor Discovery School Leader at L.L. Bean, Marlton invites you to join her on the Rancocas trails. Please pre-register at www.llbean.com/marlton. Limit 12 participants.
PRESCHOOL STORY/MUSIC TIME
Tuesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 30, 11:00 a.m. –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.
Please call 609-265-5858 to register. www.co.burlington.nj.us/parks
RANCOCAS MEMBERS BIRDSEED DISCOUNT DAYS
(Does not apply to S.A.V.E. Black Oil Sunflower Seeds)
Saturday, July 2, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. & Sunday, July 3, 12:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
INTERPRETIVE TRAIL HIKE AT RANCOCAS
Sunday July 3, 1:30 – 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. Pre-register by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
RNC OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All are welcome. Club meets the first Thursday of every month in the RNC classroom or at a designated alternative outdoor location. President of the Photo Club, Harold Buchanan, will lead the group and organize events.
FINDING FUNGI AT RANCOCAS
Sunday, July 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join the NJ Mycological Association (NJMA) on a walk to discover the variety of fungi found at Rancocas. Bracket fungi, typical mushrooms, jellies, cups and corals are some of the many groups to be seen. Collected specimens will be identified by NJMA members. The afternoon will feature a mushroom cultivation demonstration, and offer mushroom cultivation kits for those interested. (additional cost, $6 each). Pre-register by calling RNC at 609-261-2495.
Program cost: RNC members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $9/person, $21/family (limit 5)
SATURDAY NATURALIST-LED WALKS
Saturdays, July 16 & August 20, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Studies show that taking a nature walk is good for your physical and mental health. Adults and interested teenagers will join a Rancocas naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
PICNIC & A PROGRAM SERIES FOR ADULTS AND INTERESTED TEENS
What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon than by spending it outdoors at the Rancocas Nature Center. Bring your own box lunch and use our picnic area from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (don’t forget to tour our Visitors Center). Then participate in an environmental education program designed to engage adults and interested teens.
Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495.
Program cost: FRNC members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $9/person, $21/family (limit 5). Call the center for additional details on each topic. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495.
Thursday, July 21 – Stream Sampling/Water Quality 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 28 – Basic Birding ID 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11 – The Buzz About Bees 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
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L.L. BEAN SPONSORED INTERPRETIVE HIKE & CLEAN-UP
Sunday, August 7, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Kayla, the Outdoor Discovery School Leader at L.L. Bean, Marlton invites you to join her at Rancocas for a morning of environmental education and stewardship. Please pre- register at www.llbean.com/marlton. Limit 12 participants.
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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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.