Beef & Beer For Birds & Blooms Fundraiser
Saturday, March 3, 7pm - 10pm
Join Rancocas Nature Center supporters for an evening of informal socializing and entertainment. The spring fundraiser will be held at Mount Holly Moose Lodge on Woodlane Road in Westampton. The event features the traditional beef and beer fare plus other food and drink. To insure its success and your fun, live music, a 50/50 raffle, and Chinese auction baskets are included. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Rancocas Nature Center.
No outside alcohol permitted
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Interpretive Trail Hike at Rancocas
Sunday, March 4, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
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. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Woodcock Display at Rancocas
Sunday, March 4, 5pm – 7pm
Each year, sometime in the late winter, the American Woodcock stops in New Jersey on its way north to its breeding area. The Rancocas meadow is a reliable spot tocatch this bird’s fascinating aerial display intended to impress the female of the species. Join Rancocas naturalist Patti Rehn for an information session and viewing opportunity at dusk. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. This is a joint program with DVOC.
Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. Thereis no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip
Wednesday, March 7, 12:30pm - 8pm
This year's theme for Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Philadelphia Spring Flower Show is 'Wonders of Water.' The trip is sponsored by RNC and includes bus transportation and entry ticket.
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Young Birder's Club Meeting
@ Rancocas Nature Center
Thursday, March 8, 6pm – 7pm
Do you know a student who is interested in nature and birds? This club is a new collaborative effort between Burlington County Parks and the Rancocas Nature Center for students in grades 5 and up. This first meeting will include handy tips for birding do’s and don’ts, and focus on upcoming fun field trips where naturalists and other birding mentors will help club members build observational skills. An adult must be present with students ages 12 and under for the duration of the program. Adults are welcome and encouraged to attend with students ages 13+.
Nature in Art With Preschoolers: Me and My Shadow
Friday, March 9, 10:30am – 11:30am
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 by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donationsare encouraged.
Saturday Naturalist-Led Hike
Saturday, March 17, 10:30am – 11:30am
Studies show that taking a walk in a natural area is good for your physical and mental health. Adults and interested teenagers will join a naturalist for a guided hike in the Rancocas preserve. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Connect With Nature: "Wee Folk" Houses
Saturday, March 17
Teens & Adults Only: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Families: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
It's St. Patrick’s Day and whether you are celebrating the “Luck of the Irish” or not, it can be fun to celebrate imagination and wee folk! We are offering two chances to get out and create woodland homes for fairies, elves, leprechauns or any mythical creature you chose. We will use natural materials to create these homes on the forest floor.
Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495.
There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Speaking of Nature Series: New Jersey Beekeepers
Thursday, March 22, 7pm – 8pm
Spend the evening learning about honeybees, their social structure, and beekeeping in NJ from George Sereduk, beekeeper and President of the Mid-State NJ Bee Keepers Association. He will discuss some of the current challenges, such as Colony Collapse Disorder, varroa mites, and honeybee diseases. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Nature Adventures for Preschoolers: "Tree"
Friday, March 23, 10:30am – 11:30am
Nature is all around us. For the very young, their interactions with the natural world are engaging learning experiences. Each session will include the reading of a nature-themed picture book and a short weather-dependent hike. This program is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Preregister bycalling RNC at 609-261-2495.
There is no charge for this program, but donationsare encouraged.
Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Workshop
Saturday, March 24, 9 AM - 1:30 PM
Project Learning Tree is a nationally recognized activity guide that provides educators with tools for increasing student environmental awareness. Whether you are a formal educator, 4-H leader, scout leader, or home school instructor. PLT activities will engage your students in interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, evaluation, literacy, and research. PLT supports Next Generation Science Standards and is correlated to both national and state standards.
TO REGISTER: Call 609 261-2495. $18, includes K-8 Curriculum guide & light breakfast. Workshops are scheduled throughout the year and across the state. For more information about workshops contact NJ Project Learning Tree at firstname.lastname@example.org. Project Learning Tree is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry.
L.L. Bean Beginners Hike
Sun, March 25, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
There’s no better way to spend a weekend than in the outdoors. Come join us and take the first step to building up your stamina for hikes. This slow-paced hike over easy terrain will give you time to take in the scenery and get a feel for the activity. Register Online or by phone at 856-810-5560.
Wednesday, March 28, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
This program for preschoolers and an accompanying adult focuses on gardens and plants, worms, mud, seeds, and work in the garden throughout the spring. Each meeting will focus on a different aspect of gardening. Please dress accordingly. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.
Mannington Marsh, Salem County Field Trip
Saturday, March 31, 9:30am – 1:00pm
Join Audubon Wildlife Society Naturalist Sandra Keller for a day of birding and nature observations at the Mannington Marsh during the early spring season. The day’s focus will be waterfowl, raptors, and cranes. Limit: 6 participants. Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495. Meeting location will be provided at time of preregistration. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.