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  1. The Art of Bill Schnug

    January 23, 2020 - March 29, 2020 @ Warden's House Gallery

    Bill began making paper collages in his late teens. They are made from pictures and photographs found in various magazines, calendars and books. He arranges them to form another picture that flows into the next and never knows what the outcome will be. This simplistic approach has led him to make many complex pieces over the years and all are diverse. Bill enjoys piecing them together and the time and concentration involved. Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM and Sunday, Noon - 4 PM

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  2. South Jersey Crochet Guild Exhibit

    January 30, 2020 - March 15, 2020 @ Worker's House and Gallery

    Come see an array of talented artist creations. Some of the works on display will include blankets, hats/scarves; lap robes, afghans, prayer shawls, chemo caps and assorted holiday favors for children. It’s an opportunity to highlight this craft and to help it flourish into the future by sharing skills across generations. The guild was founded in 1995 in Willingboro, New Jersey, the guild was created to share information, skills and patterns with all who were interested. In addition, it would provide a chance for relaxing with social interaction and was a good way to keep physically active both mind and body. Thousands of items, over the years, have been donated to people in need through various local/national organizations, charities and hospitals. Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM and Sunday, Noon - 4 PM

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  3. Don't Label Me

    January 30, 2020, 10:00 AM - March 22, 2020, 4:00 PM @ Smithville Mansion Annex Gallery

    This exhibit will feature nine exceptional artists of divergent styles but with connecting sensibilities and aesthetic. Their objective is to show the depth of the culture and scope of art existing and powering the African American community. Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM and Sunday, Noon - 4 PM

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  4. Nature Adventures for Preschoolers

    February 21, 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    All About Deer – Share in this heartwarming story about a family holiday tradition for wildlife. Join us for an indoor/outdoor program that gets its weekly theme from a favorite storybook. Geared to preschoolers ages 3-5 accompanied by a parent or guardian, each session will include the reading of a nature-themed picture book and a short weather-dependent hike. Register online. There is no charge for this program, but participants need to be Rancocas Nature Center members.

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  5. Science And Nature Explorers Series: Trees Inside And Out

    February 21, 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    During the 2-hour session, students will explore trees as a factory. They will look at the parts of trees, how each part contributes to a tree’s health, and its annual cycles. This session will also include learning to recognize diversity in bark and buds. Students will assemble and take home a small twig ID collection. This environmentally-themed six-week series is aimed at homeschoolers, ages 6 to 11, and incorporates model making, science experiments, art, ecology, journaling, and nature study. Each session will involve indoor/outdoor learning and investigation, weather permitting, so please dress appropriately. In the case of severe inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled to the following Friday morning. Participants must register for the full 6-week series and be Rancocas Nature Center family members. Minimum class size is 10 students. Cost: $75 for the 6-week series. Register online. Series continues March 13, 27 and April 10.

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  6. Life that Glows: Observations from the Field

    February 21, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences

    Presented by Jen Bulava. Discover an intriguing hidden world of glowing organisms found right here in Burlington County! Some objects, when subjected to ultraviolet radiation, will emit another type of light, with lower energy and longer wavelength in the visible spectrum. This phenomenon is referred to as ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF). To find out what fluoresces in our area, Jen started a series called “Life That Glows” where participants walk in the dark with special UV flashlights to find glowing life. This presentation displays the photographic observations from the past 2 years of those outings and summarizes preliminary findings of Jen’s research in this exciting new field, UVIVF.

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  7. Saturday Naturalist Led Walk

    February 22, 2020, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences

    Studies show that taking a walk in a natural area is good for your physical and mental health. Adults and interested teenagers can join a naturalist for a Saturday guided hike in the Rancocas preserve. Register online. Program is free, but donations are encouraged.

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  8. Winter Camping Workshop

    February 23, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Long Bridge Park

    Let REI help you expand your camping season. Camping in the winter gives you year-round access to natural spaces, and the beautiful calm that comes with the coldest nights. In this hands-on workshop you'll get experience managing the freezing temperatures and staying comfortable outside in the cold. You'll get tips and tricks for setting up camp in the winter and sleeping warm, even on the chilliest of nights. All gear is provided. No experience necessary. $20 members, $40 non-members.

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  9. CONNECT WITH NATURE SERIES - MAPLE SUGARING

    February 23, 2020, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    What a tasty way to spend a winter afternoon! Bring the whole family and enjoy a program about maple sugaring, the oldest continuous industry in North America. Learn about the sugar maple tree and the history of maple sugaring, observe a tapping demonstration, and enjoy a maple syrup tasting. To ward off the chills, we’ll have an old-fashioned campfire burning. Register online. Cost: Rancocas Nature Center members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $9/person, $21/family (limit 5)

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  10. Tuesday Talk

    February 25, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Historic Smithville Park & Smith's Woods

    A series of nature walks led by Naturalist Jen Bulava on select Tuesdays and Fridays. This program will repeat on Friday February 28. This week’s topic will be on the species diversity found along the edge of Smithville Lake. From ducks and eagles to club mosses and winterberry, there is much to see! Meet at the Lake Parking Lot E off River St. Register online.

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  11. Tuesday Preschool Story/Music Time

    February 25, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    Dr. Seuss’ Birthday – Birthdays are fun to celebrate, so let’s celebrate Dr. Seuss and his animated storytelling. During this approximately hour-long program children, will enjoy hearing 3 short stories read aloud, separated by 3 songs that are played along with rhythm instruments. This program is geared toward children ages 2 - 5 years accompanied by a parent or guardian, but siblings are welcome. Register online. There is no charge for this program, but ?participants need to be Rancocas Nature Center members. Series continues in March.

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  12. Nocturnal Nature

    February 26, 2020, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Burlington County Fairgrounds

    Explore our parks while enjoying the sunset! Join Naturalists Jen Bulava and Kate Forte to learn about the crepuscular animals that utilize this time of the evening to hunt and gather food. We will scan the fields from the Fairgrounds parking lot with spotting scopes and binoculars in the hopes of finding a great variety of raptors and other animals that are active at dusk. Register online.

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  13. Speaking of Nature Series: CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE 60’s: A STORY OF STUDENT ACTIVISM AT SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

    February 27, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    “Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s” – This newly available biography tells the story of seven women and one man at the heart of a sit-in at Swarthmore College. It depicts student protests related to reduced Black student enrollment, decreased hiring of African Americans as staff members, and the lack of a Black Studies curriculum. Written by the Swarthmore students, the book also includes autobiographical chapters, providing a unique cross-sectional view into the lives of young people during the Civil Rights era. Co-author Harold Buchanan will share stories and read excerpts from the book. Signed copies will be available at the program. Register online. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.

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  14. Friday Forum

    February 28, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Historic Smithville Park & Smith's Woods

    A series of nature walks led by Naturalist Jen Bulava on select Tuesdays and Fridays. This is a repeat of the Tuesday February 25 program. This week’s topic will be on the species diversity found along the edge of Smithville Lake. From ducks and eagles to club mosses and winterberry, there is much to see! Meet at the Lake Parking Lot E off River St. Register online.

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  15. Cabin Fever Escape Art Series: Reverse Glass Painting of Insects

    February 28, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    Beat the winter blues – learn to think backwards as we paint on the back of a sheet of glass to create these captivating beauties. Choose your favorite insect be it a butterfly, bee, dragonfly or beetle, and we will learn how to transfer the image to glass, and then frame it to create an exquisite finished piece. A variety of insect images will be available to use, or feel free to bring your own (max 5”). Cost: $20 (includes materials fee) Register online.

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  16. Birding Brigatine Island with Rancocas Nature Center

    February 29, 2020, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    There is usually plenty to see in Brigantine in winter. It’s adjacent to Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, and just south of LBI. We will check the lagoon and back bay for winter ducks and the sea wall at the north end for winter diving ducks and shorebirds. There may be some beach walking on this trip if weather permits, so wear layers, winter gear, and comfortable shoes. Meet at the back of the Acme Shopping Plaza just off Harbour Beach and Brigantine Boulevards. Leaders: Sandra Keller and Mary Belko. Register online. There is no charge for this program, but donations are encouraged.

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