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Around the Pinelands

Wednesday, October 18

"WALK IN THE WOODS" ROAD TRIP TO THE FRANKLIN PARKER PRESERVE - Meet Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner at the Franklin Parker Preserve (Red Trail) by 9 a.m. for a free, guided, 7-mile hike along the Red Trail of the Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth, a village known as “the heart of the Pines”.  The Franklin Parker Preserve is over 10,000 acres in Woodland Township, Burlington County that is administered by the NJ Conservation Foundation. This former cranberry farm is a rare ecological treasure of wetlands and forests that provide critical habitat to more than 50 rare, threatened or endangered species. The hike is on mostly flat ground.  Bring lunch and drink.  Severe weather cancels.  Upcoming walks are scheduled on November 4th (Memorial Walk for George Morgan) and November 8th (Wednesday Walk). Register and get questions answered by contacting Kathy at (609) 296-6574 or cell (609) 405-0360. You can also find information on the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry website at www.njparksandforests.org.

Friday, October 20

2017 PINELANDS WORLD WATER CHALLENGE - 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Batsto Lake in Washington Township, Burlington County. Teachers and students are invited to join staff from the Pinelands Commission, NJ DEP and the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve to participate in the Pinelands World Water Monitoring Challenge. Teachers must pre-register classes by contacting the Pinelands Commission at (609) 894-7300 ext. 125 or via e-mail: info@njpines.state.nj.us. (schools are selected on a first-come, first-served basis). Students will sample water quality and experience the Pinelands’ natural and cultural resources firsthand. They are also asked to bring a bagged lunch for a picnic on the historic grounds of Batsto Village (carry in/carry out).

Saturday, October 21

SUNSET CRANBERRY BOG WAGON RIDES AND S'MORES - 5:00 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 West Whitebog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. The autumn harvest time is a great chance to visit Historic Whitesbog Village, as the leaves are changing colors, the air gets crisp and the berries are being harvested. Join us for an evening of campfires, smores, music and wagon rides into the bogs! The event is FREE admission, but wagon rides are $5 per person ages 3 & up. Tickets are encouraged so that we can have happy visitors. Wagons do fill up! Please dress for the weather, it can be cooler on the bogs during the ride and watching the sunset! The wagons will run in light rain, they do have a fabric top roof. Check with us for any questions: whitesbogpreservationtrust@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 22

CHATSWORTH CRANBERRY FESTIVAL - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Route 563 at Route 532, Chatsworth, NJ. The Chatsworth Cranberry Festival is a celebration of New Jersey's cranberry harvest, the 3rd largest in the United States! The Festival is a tribute to the Pine Barrens and its culture, especially that of the cranberry farm. The focal point of the Festival is the large field across from the White Horse Inn, where many artists and craftsmen will be displaying their art; some will also be demonstrating their crafts as well as offering them for sale. Directly behind the White Horse Inn across Route 563 is a huge outdoor food court with picnic tables; a band provides music all day long. For more information, please contact The Festival Committee of Chatsworth, 609-726-9237 or email lgiamalis@aol.com.

Sunday, October 22

BLUEBERRY MUSIC JAM! - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians. The open music jam is acoustic and FREE for musicians and listeners alike to enjoy and join. Please call 609-893-4646 for more information. Also held on 11/12 and 11/26.

Sunday, October 29

SPOOKY LANTERN TOUR, CAMPFIRE STORYTELLER JERSEY DEVIL OF WHITESBOG VILLAGE - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Our guide will lead intrepid visitors through some of our historic buildings, farm outbuildings and trails by lantern light at night in Whitesbog. $10/person, $8 each for members, not for the faint of heart. Haunted Lantern Tour, past the cottages, through the museum, into the woods along the Holly Trail, 6 pm - 7 pm. Scary Stories and Music around the Campfire with storyteller Russel Juleg, Jersey Devil tales with banjo and fiddle, starts at 7 pm. Haunted Wagon Ride to the Bog and Back with the Pinelands Antique Engine Association tractor drivers. Cider, hot chocolate and donuts in the vintage Halloween decorated General Store. Hike for the moderate skill level hikers ages 12+ (call to assess if appropriate younger hikers), through wooded trails, over tree roots and through old, uneven floored and dusty buildings, wearing long pants and closed toe shoes recommended. Scare Factor: Moderate. Event will go on in light rain, please dress for the weather. In heavy rain storytelling, music and snacks will be moved indoors to the Barrel Factory. Call 609-893-4646 for questions, limited number of tickets available. These tickets are non-refundable.

Saturday, November 4

WHITESBOG VILLAGE TOUR - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Step back in time and join one of our guides on a tour of Historic Whitesbog Village. Learn about what makes this old cranberry company so important to the history of NJ. Please call 609-893-4646 for reservations. Also held on 12/2.

MOONLIGHT WALK - 7:00 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Come explore the village and the bogs by moonlight. This special opportunity is scheduled on or as close to the full moon as possible. An experienced guide will share insights about Whitesbog and the nature that surrounds us with a different topic each month. Meet your guide in the General Store before the start time and look around prior to the start. All walks are 3-5 miles in length. Dress weather appropriate. Please call 609-893-4646 for reservations. The walk is $5/person. Also held on 12/2.

 

 

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