We are a non-profit organization situated on a 210 acre piece of the Rancocas State Park with 3 miles of hiking trails through varied habitats including meadows, forest, and wetlands. The Nature Center opened in 1977 and has provided environmental education for the community with programs both on and off-site for groups including schools, scouts, libraries, senior citizens, as well as the general public.
Visitors Center Hours
794 Rancocas Rd.
Westampton, NJ 08060
There are No Dogs or Bikes allowed on the Rancocas Nature Center trails. Speeding bikes and dogs can injure other visitors.
Dogs and Bikes are permitted on the rest of the Rancocas State Park trails.
STORY & MUSIC TIME
Tuesday, October 10
11 a.m - 12 p.m.
This free weekly hour-long program features a different theme
each week. Children 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. Call 609-265-5858 to register. MORE INFO
Wednesday, October 11
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This program for preschoolers and an accompanying adult focuses on gardens and plants, worms, soil/mud, and seeds. Each session will focus on a different aspect of gardening. Please dress accordingly. Preregister at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Wednesday, October 11
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come out for a brisk weekly hike in nature and enjoy the camaraderie. We will enjoy the views week to week as the natural world starts out at peak and gently surrenders to cool evenings and prepares for winter's slumber. There is no charge for this program, but donations and membership are encouraged. Please call us to pre-register.
WITH MOTHER NATURE
Thursday, October 12
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Join Certified Yoga Instructor Christine Black for yoga at the Nature Center. Take an hour for yourself every Thursday to connect with the beautiful outdoors when the weather allows.
ALL levels welcome. Please call us to pre-register.
$10 for RNC Members / $12 for non-members
NATURE IN ART FOR PRESCHOOLERS:
Friday, October 13
10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Nature is all around us. For the very young, their interactions with the natural world are learning experiences that can translate into art projects. This program is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each session will include an introduction to a nature theme and an art project. Preregister at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
PALMYRA COVE BIRDING CHALLENGE
Saturday, October 14
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Start early in the day to take advantage of the seasonal surge along the Delaware River migratory route. Everyone knows it’s a prime time to tally a record-breaking day list. It’s your call as to how long you stay. The group will break for lunch. Beginning birders are welcome. Meet in the Palmyra Cove Nature Center parking lot. Leader: Lloyd Shaw. Ask for directions when preregistering at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
SPEAKING OF NATURE SERIES:
BATS AT RISK
Tuesday, October 17
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Rancocas would like to welcome Dr. Catherine G. Haase from Montana State University who is visiting our area. Dr. Hasse is part of a traveling team of research scientists in the U.S. studying White-nosed Syndrome in bats. She will share her experiences and inform program participants of the latest findings associated with this wildlife challenge that has severely threatened the North American bat population. Preregister at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
L.L. BEAN HAUNTED HIKE
TO END HUNGER
Friday, October 20
7p.m. - 9 p.m.
Join us for this nighttime hike with the Jersey Devil and local ghost stories. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the South Jersey Food Bank and enjoy the provided apple cider and donuts for yourself! Meet in the Rancocas Nature Center parking lot and pre-register by calling the LL Bean store at 856-810-5560.
Your continued support is essential for the Rancocas Nature Center to survive and thrive. Please help by visiting the DONATE page to donate online or download a printable donation form to mail in. Your tax-deductible contributions are one of the most important ways we have to support all that the Center offers.
Every donation is deeply appreciated.
ABCO Federal Credit Union
Audubon Wildlife Society
Avancer Group, Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco & Stephanie A. Zarus
Bowman & Company LLC
Brown and Brown Insurance
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation
Garden Club of Mt. Holly
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill
Mt. Holly Moose Lodge #737
Our Continued Thank You to All For Your Generous Support!
Mark Your Calendars
Sunday, November 12
856-810-5560 to register
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Be sure to visit the Monarch Way Station at the Nature Center; a garden supporting the Monarch Butterfly, located behind the barn.