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June 26 to August 11, 2017 for
(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.
Download & Print Forms for the 2017 summer camp at the links below:
Summer Camp Registration Form
Camper Information Form
Camper Health Form
Camper Photo Exclusion Form
These forms are also available at the Rancocas Nature Center Visitors Center.
Call the Rancocas Nature Center at 609-261-2495 for additional information.
Visitors Center Hours
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
Phone: (609) 261-2495
There are No Dogs or Bikes allowed on our preserve trails because they scare away the wildlife. Dogs and Bikes are permitted on the rest of the Rancocas State Park trails, accessed via Powhatan Indian Reservation Drive.
L.L. BEAN SPONSORED STARLIGHT HIKE AT RNC
Saturday, May 27; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This walk is for those wanting to experience hiking the Nature Center trails during the waning hours of daylight and through twilight. It is great for beginners and photographers. The slow pace will give you time to take in the beautiful Rancocas Nature Center environment in twilight. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and a flashlight.
Group size is limited so please pre-register at www.llbean.com/marlton
PRESCHOOL STORY & MUSIC TIME
Tuesday, May 30, 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
at the Rancocas Nature Center
Thursday, June 1, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at the "Worker's House" at Smithville Park in Eastampton
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.
HUMP-DAY AFTER-WORK HIKE
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
PRE-Register by calling 609 261-2495. Still trying to take off those pounds you imagined as your New Year's resolution? Like to hike, but don't like doing it alone? Come on out for a brisk hike in nature at the perfect times to enjoy spring's awakening. We weill enjoy the views week to week as the natural world comes alive again. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB MEETING
Thursday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 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. Co-chairs of the Photo Club, Harold Buchanan & Carl Doan, will lead the group and organize events. Email the Photo Club at: email@example.com
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
Saturday, June 3
Celebrate the day by exploring the Rancocas Nature Center trails. Our Yellow, Blue, Red, and Orange-blazed trails wind through woods, meadows, and wetlands.
INTERPRETIVE TRAIL HIKE at 1:30 p.m.
Join an Interpretive Trail Hike for a guided tour of the preserve. Bring binoculars, cameras, and sketch pads to view and
record the abundant flora and fauna.
Prefer a self-guided walk? Stop by the Visitors Center for a trail map and an interpretive guide. Cost: FREE, no pre-registration required.
RNC NATURE BOOK CLUB MEETING
Tuesday, June 6
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Rancocas Nature Center
The selection for the June meeting is
"What a Plant Knows - A Field Guide to the Senses"
by Daniel Chamovitz
All are welcome. If you have questions please contact Marilyn Fishman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden Donation Wish List:
Our vegetable garden is now our Children’s Garden. It will continue to be planted and utilized by our children's and family programs this year, including "Little Sprouts" for toddlers and our summer campers. Our butterfly house will be planted with annuals and butterfly host plants in June by our campers. We are also hard at work improving our Monarch Way Station. If you would like to help us out, we are looking for some things for our gardens this year....
~ Native plants for Monarch Way Station (Nectar Plants)
~ Spring bulbs for planting in fall
~ Hand trowels
~ Hand weeding rakes
~ Pitch forks
~ Outdoor children's garden bench
~ Bean trellis
~ Herb or vegetable plant donations
~ Marigolds, nasturtiums, zinnias
~ Aged manure-delivered or compost
~ Seed starting kits
~ Thermometers, rain gauges, animal garden statuary, etc.
email us at email@example.com if you would like to make a donation. Thanks!
ONE OF THE BEST
LOCAL TOURIST DESTINATIONS in 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