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.
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Saturday, March 3, 2018
Beef & Beer & Wine
for Birds & Blooms
Food, Drink, Dancing, 50/50
+ Gift Basket Raffle
Mount Holly Moose Lodge
853 Woodlane Road
Mt. Holly NJ
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or mail us a check.
No Outside Alcohol Permitted
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Rancocas Nature Center
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794 Rancocas Rd.
Westampton, NJ 08060
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No Dogs or Bikes allowed on the Rancocas Nature Center trails.
Speeding bikes and dogs can injure other visitors and damage habitats. Dogs and Bikes are permitted on the rest of the Rancocas State Park trails.
Grades 1 thru 7
Early Bird Discount from now until
Ask about our installment plan!
(membership discounts do not apply)
Six Weekly Sessions from
Childhood and the outdoors are a natural fit!
At Rancocas Nature Center Summer Nature Camp, campers get to explore the outdoors while learning first-hand about nature and our connection to it.
Every day is a unique adventure!
We never know what we might find on the trails. Small group size ensures that each child has a fun-filled summer experience guided by staff members who are trained environmental educators.
"My daughter loved the camp, it was very well run, we will do this again!" - Week 3 Parent
"My son absolutely LOVED his week there. I think he would spend his summer there if he could!" - Week 5 Parent
"Our children had a great time learning about nature!"
- Summer Camp Parent
Saturday, February 17, 9:45am – 2:45pm
Holgate Hike Long Beach Island
Winter Birding Field Trip
It’s winter birding at its best! Holgate is Long Beach Island’s southernmost town−just north of Brigantine Island. If last year’s species make a return visit to the shore, Snow Buntings and Snowy Owls are just a few of the possibilities, in addition to Harlequins, other waterfowl, seabirds, and raptors. Join us for any or all, of the 6-mile hike. Leader: Lloyd Shaw. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Saturday, February 17, 10:30am – 11:30am
Naturalist-Led Saturday Walk
Studies show that taking a nature walk is good for your physical and mental health. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Sunday, February 18, 1:30pm - 3pm
Connect With Nature:
What a tasty way to spend a winter afternoon! Bring the whole family and enjoy a program about maple sugaring, the oldest continuous industry in North America. Learn about the sugar maple tree and the history of maple sugaring, observe a tapping demonstration, and enjoy a maple syrup tasting. To ward off the chills, we’ll have an old-fashioned campfire burning. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495.
Cost: RNC members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $9/person, $21/family (limit 5)
Friday, February 23, 10:30am – 11:30am
Nature Adventures for Preschoolers:
“What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?”
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.
Sunday, February 25, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Speaking of Nature - Black History Month:
Who's Really Buried in Timbuctoo
To commemorate Black History month, Rancocas has invited Timbuctoo Historical Society President Guy Weston to present on the topic: “Timbuctoo NJ: Who's Really Buried in Timbuctoo.” The program will include a Q & A and time to view the Timbuctoo artifacts and informational materials on display at the nature center. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Audubon Wildlife Society
Bowman & Company LLC
Brown and Brown Insurance
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Garden Club of Mt. Holly
Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation
Mt. Holly Moose Lodge 737
Native Plant Society of NJ
RNC Photography Club
A Continued Thank You to All For Your Generous Support!
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.