The Rancocas Nature Center is situated on a 210 acre piece of the Rancocas State Park, and features 3 miles of hiking trails through varied habitats including meadows, forest, and wetlands. The Nature Center has been operating since 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 Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
There are No Dogs or Bikes allowed on the RNC trails. Speeding bikes and dogs can injure a visiting student or camper. Thank you.
Dogs and Bikes are permitted on the rest of the Rancocas State Park trails, accessed via Powhatan Indian Reservation Drive.
Friday, August 18
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Join a local Astronomical Society for a fun and informative evening under the stars. Knowledgeable society members will assemble an array of telescopes and other optics, and guide both the novice and more experienced observers through the summer night sky. Bring a flashlight and chair if you'd like. MORE INFO
Pre-Registration REQUIRED for this program.
RNC Members - $10 per person, $25 per family (limit 5)
Non-Members - $15 per person, $40 per family (limit 5)
EDWIN B. FORSYTHE
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Saturday, August 19
8:00 a.m. to Early Noon
One of the highlights of the NJ shore is Forsythe NWR, a premier location for wildlife viewing. The refuge's 8-mile loop and multiple upland and wetland trails offer the beginning and experienced birder/hiker a unique summer trip. Leader: Lloyd Shaw. Participants will meet in the refuge parking lot. Please bring lunch and insect repellent. Directions available when pre-registering at 609-261-2495. There's no charge for this program, but donations are welcomed.
STORY & MUSIC TIME
Tuesday, August 22
11 a.m to 12 p.m
This free 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
HUMP-DAY AFTER-WORK HIKE
Wednesday, August 23
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy end of summer evenings and autumn's arrival. Come on out for a brisk 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.
Saturday, August 26
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Join Certified Yoga Instructor Christine Black for yoga at the Nature Center. Take an hour for yourself to connect with the beautiful outdoors when the weather allows.
ALL levels welcome. Call us to pre-register.
$10 for RNC Members / $12 for non-members
BRINGING NATURE HOME
MUSIC & CRAFT FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 27
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rancocas State Park Fairgrounds
Powhatan Indian Reservation Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060
For our 2nd Annual Music & Craft Festival, guest of honor, Dr. Douglas Tallamy, University of Delaware Professor of Entomology and author of "Bringing Nature Home" and "The Living Landscape" will share his expertise during an open Q&A session/discussion, and a book signing. Come out to the beautiful Rancocas State Park Fairgrounds to hear live music, peruse nature-themed craft vendors, view environmental displays and presentations, take part in activities, & of course, eat great food.
$15 per vehicle / $5 per person (walk-ins)
INTERPRETIVE TRAIL HIKE
Sunday, September 3
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join a Rancocas staff member or associate naturalist
for a free interpretive hike through or varied habitats. It's a great way to become familiar with our well-maintained trails. Bring a camera 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.
Please call us to pre-register.
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
TO END HUNGER
Friday, October 20
856-810-5560 to register.
TURTLE PACED HIKE
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.