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Wednesday, May 24

"WILDFLOWER WALK IN THE WOODS" AT LOCHIEL CREEK COUNTY PARK - Bass River State Forest’s 2017 “Walk in the Woods” series continues with a free, guided, 3-5 mile hike through the Lochiel Creek County Park, in nearby Barnegat Township. Lochiel Creek County Park is a 177-acre park of forests and wetlands that opened in 2014 and has a connector trail to the 6.5 mile long Barnegat Branch Trail. The park’s highlights include a trail that traverses relic sand dunes and crosses Lochiel Creek. Visitors can observe carnivorous plants and other wildflowers along the trail. Meet Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner at the parking area off of Barnegat Boulevard in Barnegat Twp. Bring lunch and drink. Severe weather cancels. Plan on at least 3 hours for the hike.  Limit is 15 people and registration is required. Upcoming hikes include a Dog Walk on June 10th and a Nature Scavenger Hunt on June 24th.

Register and get directions by contacting Kathy at (609) 296-6574 (H) and (609) 405-0360 (C). You can also find information on the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry website at

Sunday, May 28

BLUEERRY 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 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24, 10/22, 11/12, and 11/26.

Saturday, June 3

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2017 - BATONA BEAUTIFICATION AT BASS RIVER STATE FOREST - 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Forest Office (762 Stage Road) by 9:30 a.m. Join Bass River State Forest staff and the Outdoor Club of South Jersey volunteers to celebrate the American Hiking Society's 25th Annual National Trails Day. Volunteer assignments include trimming trails and removing trash. We even have a project for younger volunteers - cleaning the interpretive panels along the forest trails. Bring work gloves, loppers, water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Free hot dogs, drinks and chips will be served at the Forest Office around 12:30 p.m. The forest has over 12 miles of marked trails.  Stop by the Forest Office for a trail map.  This is a great project for scouts and students to get community service credit.

Register by contacting the forest office at (609) 296-1114.  For our State Park Service Calendar of Events please check

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 7/8, 8/5, 9/9, 10/7, 11/4, and 12/2.

Saturday, June 10

MOONLIGHT WALK - 6:00 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.

Saturday, June 24 - Sunday, June 25

34th ANNUAL WHITESBOG BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Celebrate all things blueberry. Great family fun - blueberry picking, historical presentations and tours, arts and country crafts vendors, music, food, hayrides, tours of Suningive, and lots more. Load up the car. $10 carload. Please call 609-893-4646 or see their website for more information.

Saturday, July 8

BLUEBERRY CULTIVATION DEMONSTRATION - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Visit the birthplace of the commercial blueberry and larn by doing! Joseph Darlington, our farmer and the grand nephew of Miss Lizzy will teach about cultivation in our classroom then lead the group into the original triangle test field. Please call 609-893-4646 for reservations. Registration is $10 per person.

Sunday, July 23

BLUEBERRY LIVING HISTORY! - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. Visist all the village's interpreted museums and historic landscapes, pick vintage blueberries, take a wagon ride and more! The Village will come alive with workers and residents from the 1920's. Join them in their daily activities. Visit Suningive, he home of the "Blueberry Queen". Interact with those who helped make the blueberry one of America's favorite fruit. Please call 609-893-4646 for additional information.

Thursday, July 27

FIRST PINELANDS SUMMER SHORT COURSE - Kramer Hall, Hammonton, NJ - a daylong event that features educational fieldtrips and presentations that explore the unique history, ecology, and culture of the Pinelands. The event is sponsored by the NJ Pinelands Commission and Stockton University. Please click here for more information.


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