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Scout Badge Correlations 2014 Fall Forestry Festival

Scouts may attend Fall Forestry Festival to help fulfill badge requirements.

Scout Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to register for hikes?
A:There is no registration, but please remember to arrive on time to ensure a spot.

Q: Will any of the programs offered complete all the requirements for a scout badge?
A: No, there aren't any badges that a scout can complete by just attending. It is up to the scout to complete the badge, hikes only cover parts of the requirements.

Q: Will you have badge counselors?

Q: Do you have scout service projects at the FREC?
A:Yes, we will work with scouts to find a meaningful project. Contact Rick Dutko Rick.Dutko@dep.state.nj.us(732) 928-0987

Q: What other programs are available for scouts?
A.Scouts can attend full moon hike in Augustas well as other programs.

Q: Our group is not available on Saturdays, what other programs do you offer?
A. You may use the self-guided trails on any day from dawn - dusk. Trial guides are available at the interpretive center, which is open Monday–Friday, 7am to 3pm.

To be added to the scout mailing list, email the FREC at forestrycenter@gmail.com

Fall Forestry Festival 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10 am to 3 pm rain or shine

Fall Forestry Festival, an annual festival held by the NJ Forest Service's Forest Resource Education Center, features over 40 nature themed exhibits, hikes, programs, and activities. Explore the pinelands forest and discover unique plants and creatures on interpreter led hikes. Get crafty and paint a pumpkin or make a wooden Smokey helicoptor. Use your detective skills to find the cause of a wildfire. See foresters turn logs into lumber on sawmill and basket makers, chainsaw carvers, and traditional wood carvers demonstrate artistic uses for wood. The Fall Forestry Festival combines fun and learning for a enjoyable outing for the whole family.

Free parking, and admission
There is no reservation or fee for programs or activities.

Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring insect repellant.
Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Hikes and Programs

Bluebird Trail
Forest Discovery
Forest Products
Greenhouse / Tree Nursery Tour
Maple Sugaring
Nest Box Trail
Sensory Awareness
Swamp Life
Tree ID
Wildlife Habitats

Exhibits and Demonstrations

Asian long horned beetle
Basket making
Bee hive: honey, wax, and candles
Black Bear Awareness
Blacksmith demonstration
Chainsaw carving
Composting made easy
Dulcimer music
Insect ecology
Forest animals
Forest Health
Forest Pests
Forest Stewardship
Rustic Furniture Watershed Management Wheel of Water!
Traditional wood carving


Build a birdhouse
Climb a tree
Cut a “tree cookie”
Make a “Smokey” helicopter
Paint a pumpkin
Plant acorns
Simulate pollution on EnviroScape
Take a hayride

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are you located?
A:We have two entrances: the interpretive center is off Don Connor Blvd Jackson. You can also enter at the NJ Forest Nursery at 370 East Veterans Highway, Jackson.

Q: Do I have to register for hikes?
A:There is no registration, but please remember to arrive on time to ensure a spot.

Q: Do you charge a fee for hikes?
A:There is no fee for programs, admission, or parking.

Q: May I bring my pet?
A:Pets are allowed on a leash - please pick up after your pet. Pets are not allowed in the building.

Q: Should I bring lunch?
A:You may bring a lunch to eat at the picnic area. Remember to also bring a trash bag - as our facility requires you to carry out what you've brought in.