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Upcoming Events from New Jersey Audubon’s Family Nature Programs

Family Nature Programs

Saturdays 2:30-4:00*

New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve

 

Welcome to the New Jersey Audubon’s Family Nature Programs.  Each program is designed to explore nature through a theme.  A portion of each program may be spent outdoors building a deeper connection to the natural world through fun and informative activities.  We provide a highly trained environmental educator for each of our programs.   Join us and create memories that will last a lifetime.  Educational and fun, these Family Nature Programs are perfect for beginning naturalists and their families ages 6 to adult.  Cost: members, $3 per person; nonmembers, $5 per person (unless otherwise noted).  Pre-registration is encouraged.  (609) 897-9400

*Unless otherwise noted

 

LIVE BIRDS & BIRD NEST BOX SURVEY

Saturday, May 28th

3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Join Naturalist Greg Hartman for a look at bird nest boxes and the birds that nest in them.  Learn to differentiate species nest types.  Nesting season will be well under way, and we should get a look at the birds, their nests, and young.  This is an up-close and personal view of nature that participants will certainly remember. 

 

ADOPT A BIRD BOX

Saturday, June 4th  

3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Join our naturalist as we decorate a bird box and place it on the preserve.  For an additional fee you can adopt a bird box and we will stencil your name on the box before we put it up and we’ll give you adoption papers.  Make an enduring difference at the preserve! 

 

LIVE BIRDS & BIRD NEST BOX SURVEY

Saturday, June 11th

3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Join Naturalist Greg Hartman for a look at bird nest boxes and the birds that nest in them.  Learn to differentiate species nest types.  Nesting season will be well under way, and we should get a look at the birds, their nests, and young.  This is an up-close and personal view of nature that participants will certainly remember. 

 

 

 

 

LIFE UNDER A LOG

Saturday, June 18th   

3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Trees can live for hundreds of years and may take decades to decompose.  Many animals utilize rotting logs on the forest floor as their homes.  Set out with our naturalist to search for and examine logs and the many animals that utilize these micro-habitats.

 

 

THE BASICS OF BIRDING

Saturday, June 25th 

3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

The plumage of our avian friends is at their summer peak.  If you have ever been interested in a basic look at the sport of birding from field guides to binoculars, this program is just for you!  Join Associate Naturalist Henry Schaefer on a short walk outside to test your newfound skills at the end of the session.

 

 

FIELD TRIPS & PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS AND TEENS

 

Please pre-register ten days in advance with a payment of $10 for NJA members or $15 for nonmembers.  Checks must be made out to “NJ Audubon”. Send payment to Plainsboro Preserve, 80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512, or pay with a credit card over the phone. 

 

BIRDING AT SIX MILE RUN

Saturday, June 4th    

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Moderate 3 mile hike

Join Associate Naturalist Arlene Oley and explore grasslands and floodplain forest of Six Mile Run while looking for breeding birds, summer sparrows, raptors, tanagers, and wildflowers.

 

AMWELL VALLEY GRASSLAND BIRDS

Saturday, June 11th  

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

The Amwell Valley is a beautiful area and the riparian corridors and grasslands attract a variety of birds each year including Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolinks, and American Kestrel.  We will explore the valley via carpool and short walks to see what birds are in the area.   

 

EXPLORE BALDPATE MOUNTAIN

Saturday, June 18th

8:00A.M. -11:00A.M.

Moderate hike

Baldpate Mountain is located on the south east end of the Sourland Mountain region where it rises from the banks of the Delaware River.  There are 10 miles of trails with mature hardwood forests and mixed grasslands.  Explore one of the best kept secrets in central New Jersey while looking for breeding birds.  Join Associate Naturalist Arlene Oley on this wonderful adventure.