Register for Summer Camp or a Program, Visit the Museum or Walk the Trails
Come to the Third Annual Garden Day Open House
Sunday, August 2, 2015, noon to 4pm
“Gardens should be at their peak for the Friends of Rancocas Nature Center (FRNC)’s Third Annual Garden Day Open House, Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Rancocas Nature Center, so the public will be able to see all the great gardens we have to offer,” announced FRNC co-Chair Toni Price.
“This year's event will feature some really great gardens with the following new ones: a Native Plants garden, a Monarch Way Station garden, and the Historical Garden that features plants grown by the former residents of the park circa 1700-1850: the Lenni Lenape, Quaker farmers, and free African Americans from nearby Timbuctoo,” added Price.
The Historical Garden was created and planted by co-Chair Toni Price to hopefully engage different groups of people with the Center. Seeds were purchased from Monticello and Landreth Seed Company's African American historical collection for authenticity and have been researched for their uses on site. “This garden also features a short hike to identify the plants that our predecessors would have foraged,” added Price, who also had an archaeologist confirm these plants. “It's a work-in-progress but is a real labor of love!” said Price.
“Smokey the Bear has been confirmed to join us for some fire safety information, and we have several children's nature crafts planned, as well as trail hikes, demonstrations and displays,” said co-Chair Rich Chichester.
The gardens, serving as wildlife-friendly habitats and educational sites, offer an exciting blend of venues that visitors can easily adapt to their backyards: the Wildlife Garden, Rancocas Historical Garden, Dragonfly Pond, Monarch Waystation, and the Meadow with its beehives.
Cost: $5 per car for parking. Additional donations are always accepted and appreciated. Visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes and outdoor clothing.
Click HERE for the Garden Day Flier.
Summer Camp 2015
Summer Camp at Rancocas Nature Center is Entering The Final Two Weeks of the 2015 Season.
"No Legs, 8 Legs-Who's Got Legs?" is the theme of Week 6, which begins on Monday, August 3rd.
Spiders have eight legs, insects have six, and who has five? Some of our favorite wildlife don't have any. As campers investigate the Rancocas habitats, they'll see what they can find.
Week 7, the final week of camp, begins on Monday, August 10th, and will focus on "Survival in the Wild". What does it take to survive in the wild? How are animals and plants protected from predators? Campers will use their imaginations as they look for answers and try fun strategies on the trails while becoming familiar with our wildlife preserve.
There is still time to sign up for these final two weeks of camp.
Click here to go to the 2015 Summer Camp page on our website. You will find detailed information about the camp, including the topics for each week, and links to the forms you will need to register.
Click here To Meet Our Summer Camp Staff.
See You At Camp!
Star Watch/Astronomy Night At the Rancocas Nature Center
Friday, August 7, 2015, 7:30pm
Willingboro Astronomical Society to Help Launch New Evening Event
In partnership with the Willingboro Astronomical Society, there will be large telescopes and other optics available to guide the novice and more experienced observers through the summer night sky, while enjoying the unique natural beauty of Rancocas Nature Center at night, as Friends of Rancocas Nature Center host the First Star Watch/Astronomy Night on Friday, August 7, 2015, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights, lawn chairs and binoculars.
Pre-registration is required for this program, with a capacity of 60 people.
Cost: RNC members $10/person, $25/family (limit 5); nonmembers $15/person, $36/family (limit 5). Call 609-261-2495 to pre-register.
Rain Date is August 21st at 7:30pm.
See the flier for the Star Watch HERE.
FRNC MEMBERS 20% BIRD SEED DISCOUNT DAYS (Note: Does not apply to S.A.V.E. Black Oil Sunflower seeds)
Saturday, August 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Sunday, August 2-12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2015 BEST LOCAL TOURIST DESTINATION
The Rancocas Nature Center was recently notified that the Center was voted Best Local Tourist Destination 2015 by readers of the Burlington County Times. Click HERE to see a copy of the award certificate that is posted in the Center.
Attend our nature programs or go on a field trip.
Click on Upcoming Events or view the calendar below to see the Winter and Spring schedules at the Rancocas Nature Center with more details.
Our friends at GetOutsideNJ.com are enjoying our trails during these chilly months! Check out their Facebook page to see some beautiful pictures they've taken of our trails, then hike our trails for yourself! Enjoy!
Visitors Center Hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues-Sat
12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Gate to the trails open dawn to dusk daily throughout the year.
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
Phone (609) 261-2495
The Rancocas Nature Center has a busy calendar. To avoid conflicts, we ask that schools, groups, and other organizations visiting with 10 or more individuals call ahead.
A Volunteer is needed to work several hours each week to maintain the live animal exhibits in the Visitors Center at the Rancocas Nature Center. The volunteer must be 16 years of age or older.
If interested please call the Nature Center at 609-261-2495, email your interest to email@example.com, or stop by the Visitors Center at 794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton, NJ 08060.