• Naturalist Notes: October, 2018

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:Every season has its own special basket of gifts from nature, but in my mind fall takes the cake. With the coming of cool nights and ample rain, the fungi of the forest start to fruit and make their reproductive structures: Mushrooms! October is typically the highlight of the mushroom hunter’s […]

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  • Newsletter — October, 2018

    >>October Events and Activities –>October After-School Classes:  Bones, Bats and Black Cats Nature with a taste of Halloween! This month we will learn about skeletons, nocturnal animals and mythical creatures. Please dress for the weather. Pre-K and K – Tuesdays – 9th – 16th – 23rd 1st and 2nd Gr. – Wednesdays – 10th – 17th – 24th 3rd […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: September, 2018

    >> Naturalist Notes & Musings:Another round of summer programs is in the books, and it is time to look back and reflect on the last 9 weeks. First off, being the front man of the Nature Center, I too often end up getting more credit than I deserve. It is all too easy for people […]

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  • Newsletter — September, 2018

    >>September Events and Activities –>Forest Stewardship Update     During the summer, the Forest Stewardship team has been sporadically busy in the forest, despite the very wet weather.  Rutgers graduate students have completed spring and summer assessments of vegetation in their 6 study plots scattered throughout the Nature Center.  Three of the six research plots will […]

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  • Newsletter — June, 2018

    JUNE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>JUNE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Pond Life  This month’s after-school program will focus on pond animals.  Who lives in the pond, and why? Come find out!  We will spend as much time outside as possible, so please dress for the weather. Pk-K : Tuesdays, June  5th and 12th  1st and 2nd: Wednesdays, June 6th and 13th  3rd through […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: June, 2018

    >> NATURALIST NOTES: June, 2018What would The Nature Center be without Ruckman Pond? I have a hard time even imagining it. I often hear people referring to the nature center as “The Pond”. Although Ruckman Pond is far from being our geographical center on the map; it is definitely the heart of it. People of all […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: May, 2018

    >> NATURALIST NOTES: May, 2018Last May while out walking the trails with my then 5 year old, Willow, we came across one of the Nature Center’s many low-lying areas. What made this one special is that the forest floor in this particular spot is plastered with small yellow flowers. Willow was quickly mesmerized by the fact […]

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  • Newsletter — May, 2018

    MAY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES –>SPRING BIRDING EXPERIENCE: Saturday, May 5th 8:00- 10:00 AM Come join the “early birds” at the Nature Center cabin from 8:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning, May 5th, for a birding adventure with Naturalist Nancy Slowik.  While seasoned birders are welcome, no experience is required. A pair of binoculars is most helpful.  […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: April, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES: April, 2018Some of my favorite frequent visitors to the Nature Center aren’t people, but dogs. There are quite a few dog walkers and their four legged friends that come for a stroll daily, and some that come less often, but all greatly enjoy the time they spend here. The combination of a taste […]

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  • Newsletter — April, 2018

    APRIL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIESTHE SOUP SUPPER  IS BACK! April 15th 5-7 PM One of our most popular events, the Soup Supper has brought members and friends together for more than 30 years. A great variety of homemade soups and breads is our speciality. You get a bowl and spoon to sample as many soups as […]

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  • Naturalist Notes: March, 2018

    NATURALIST’S NOTES: March, 2018 As the days lengthen and the air temperatures warms, nature gives us many signs that spring is on the way. The harbinger of spring that has the most profound effect on me and on my natural history calendar is the first sighting of aquatic turtles. During winter, ponds and lakes don’t seem like hot beds […]

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  • Newsletter — March, 2018

    MARCH EVENTS AND CLASSES “Last Chance Winter Hike” March 18that 2 PM Come one, come all! Layer up your winter clothes and join us for an afternoon forest adventure. With no leaves on the trees, finding wildlife becomes much easier! You never know what you may find around the next bend in the trail… MARCH […]

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