Signs of spring – applicable in March-April - This is a slide show of photos taken by Naturalist Jen Bulava at the end of March to illustrate signs of spring. Check out the plants that are blooming and the animals that are active in early spring, and other interesting things to look for when exploring the Burlington County Parks at the end of March and early April.
Species Spotlight: Spring Peepers - applicable in March and April - In this video series, you will learn about various species that call Burlington County Parks home. Naturalist Kate will highlight a local species to help better understand their behaviors, natural history, and significance in its surrounding environment. This video topic focuses on an amphibian that emerges early in the spring, the spring peeper!
Beneficial Insects – spring and summer - This presentation is a visual aid to help identify many of our common beneficial insects and understand the roles they play in the environment.
Amazing Plant Adaptations - spring and summer - Join Park Naturalist Jen Bulava as she walks around Smithville Park to identify some surprising plant adaptations found in the spring and summer. From strategies for attracting pollinators to deterring herbivores, many of these plants can best be described as innovative, deceitful, and even murderous!
April wildflowers - applicable in April - A slide show depicting what is blooming in April in Burlington County NJ.
May wildflowers - applicable in May - A slide show depicting what is blooming in May in Burlington County NJ.
Dragonflies and Damselflies – May-Oct - Discover the incredible hunters of the insect world: the dragonflies and damselflies. This presentation will focus on recognizing adaptations, behaviors, life cycles, and ecological significance of these beneficial insects. The slide show includes photographic examples of amazing species found in our Burlington County Parks.
Species Spotlight: Painted turtle – May-Oct - In this video series, you will learn about various species that call Burlington County Parks home. Naturalist Kate will highlight a local species to help better understand their behaviors, natural history, and significance in its surrounding environment. This video topic focuses on a native aquatic reptile, the Painted Turtle!
Species Spotlight: Eastern box turtle – May-Oct - In this video series, you will learn about various species that call Burlington County Parks home. Naturalist Kate will highlight a local species to help better understand their behaviors, natural history, and significance in its surrounding environment. This video topic focuses on another native diurnal reptile, the Eastern box turtle!
Species Spotlight: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - May-Sept - In this video series, you will learn about various species that call Burlington County Parks home. Naturalist Kate will highlight a local species to help better understand their behaviors, natural history, and significance in its surrounding environment. This week's topic focuses on a beautiful butterfly, the Eastern tiger swallowtail!
Plants and Pollinators in the Butterfly Garden – June-early July - In honor of National Pollinator Week, Naturalist Jen Bulava shares what is blooming in the butterfly garden from mid-June to early July in a short informative video. Learn which species of plants attract different kinds of pollinators and why.
Autumn Leaves - (Sept-Nov) Nothing says “Autumn” more than the striking colors of leaves. But why exactly do leaves change colors? What factors make leaves more vibrant one year, and duller the next? Naturalist Kate will dive into the science behind fall foliage in this video!
Species Spotlight: Goldenrods – Sept-Oct - In this video series, you will learn about various species that call Burlington County Parks home. Naturalist Kate will highlight a local species to help better understand their behaviors, natural history, and significance in its surrounding environment. This video topic focuses on a whole plant genus, the Goldenrods!
Species Spotlight: Hollies (winter) - In this video series, you will learn about various species that call Burlington County Parks home. Naturalist Kate will highlight a local species to help better understand their behaviors, natural history, and significance in its surrounding environment. This video topic focuses on American Holly and Winterberry.
Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses (winter) - Watch Kate Brown as she describes a method for reducing the spotted lanternfly population by scraping egg masses. You too can participate in scraping season by following the steps in this video.
Birds in Winter Series (winter) – In this video series, Naturalist Jen Bulava will highlight fascinating information regarding birds and bird behaviors that can be observed in the winter months in Burlington County.
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Birding 101 - This video is designed to help beginning birders learn a few tips and tricks! Park Naturalist Kate Forte goes over how to use binoculars, field guides, and what she finds useful when out birding in the parks.
Birds of Prey - Discover the hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, and owls that reside in Burlington County in this online photographic presentation. Learn about raptor adaptations, behaviors, migration patterns and conservation efforts to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction. Presented by Burlington County Park Naturalist Jen Bulava.
Invasive insects – Presented by Park Naturalist Jennifer Bulava. In this new PowerPoint presentation, learn about some of the invasive species of insects that have made their way to NJ, how to recognize them, how they got here, and what we can do to help diminish their spread. Spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer, Japanese beetle, Hemlock wooly adelgid, gypsy moth, and brown marmorated stink bug will be highlighted.
Long Bridge Park Prescribed Burn - Take a look at the two prescribed burns that took place as a part of the meadow restoration project to convert a field full of invasive plant species to a pollinator meadow at Long Bridge Park in Hainesport, NJ.
Long Bridge Pollinator Meadow - In 2014, the Burlington County Parks system embarked on a multi-year project in partnership with US Fish and Wildlife to convert a field full of invasive plant species to a pollinator meadow at Long Bridge Park in Hainesport, NJ. Get an in-depth look behind the scenes on the steps the Parks System underwent for this on-going habitat restoration project.
Nocturnal animals - Learn about crepuscular and nocturnal animals with naturalist Kate Forte! What does crepuscular mean? What are some advantages of being crepuscular or nocturnal? Kate will go over the answers to these questions through a video, while focusing on three different animals: skunks, opossums, and bats.
Rocks and minerals - Learn the differences between minerals and rocks, the most common types found here, how they are formed, and where all the rocks at Amico Island came from in this quick video, originally made for students in the Jr Ranger Program.
Secret world of plants and pollinators - This presentation focuses on the incredible ways in which plants communicate with animals. Flowers are not pretty colors and pleasant smells for us - it's all about the pollinators. Discover amazing strategies of plants, and the colors that pollinators see. Taking a much closer look at flowers can open up an entire hidden world that is more complex and fascinating than one ever imagined.
Species Spotlight Series: In this video series, you will learn about various species that call Burlington County Parks home! Naturalist Kate will highlight a local species to help better understand their behaviors, natural history and/or significance in the environment.
Virtual Geology tour of Main Street Mt. Holly - Experience a virtual guided geology tour of the historic buildings found along Main Street in Mount Holly! Presented by Pierre Lacombe, retired USGS geologist. Pierre will discuss the local rock used to construct the Historic Prison Museum and other early buildings of Mount Holly, as well as the bricks and other local building materials. Learn why there is a Mount in Mount Holly and lots of other interesting geologic facts pertaining to this area.
Wonders of Wetlands - Why are wetlands so important? What makes an area a wetland? Are all wetlands the same? Learn the answers to these questions and more while joining Naturalist Kate on a virtual walk and let her tell you about it!
Aquatic life - Park Naturalists Jen and Kate will show you some of the neat animals that can be found in the lakes and rivers in Burlington County. A lot of aquatic creatures that we may not think about like to live at the bottom of ponds, lakes, and streams and hide in the mud! The video shows examples of some of these creatures you can find with a net.
Color hike - Most things in nature try to blend in so they don’t get eaten. But sometimes we see other colors in nature! Learn why bright colors are found in nature in this video.
Beneficial insects (for ages 9-12) - Learn about beneficial insects and the important roles they play in the environment in this short age-appropriate video.
Rocks and minerals (ages 9 and up) - Students will learn the differences between minerals and rocks, the most common types found here, how they are formed, and where all the rocks at Amico Island came from in this quick video.
Trees as Artistic Inspiration on the Smithville Ravine Trail - This video introduces Jr Rangers to the Smithville Ravine Trail, the path that they will walk to see some of the biggest trees in the Parks system. Along the way, they can write, draw, and let their creativity flow as they inspired by these awesome trees.
A closer look at trees - Learn how to identify some common types of trees found in the Burlington County Parks, mainly by their bark and leaves. Suggested for ages 9+.
Butterfly life cycle - Children will learn all about insect metamorphosis and the difference between butterflies and moths. See real examples of butterflies changing as they grow!
Identifying trees: Key to ID - This is an introduction to the terms Young Naturalists will need to understand before using dichotomous key to identify trees.
Leave no trace - An introduction for teens to learn about respecting everyone and everything in the outdoors. This video highlights Leave No Trace Principle #2, travel on durable surfaces only.
Art of Bill Schnug – Watch as the camera pans across some of the complex works of local collage artist Bill Schnug. 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.
Art of Robert Cuff – Watch as Robert takes us on a tour through his gallery exhibit and discusses his thoughts behind the paintings. Robert has been interested in the way strong light defines spaces by producing dramatic shadows and highlights can also help to create atmospheres. He has been experimenting with that idea using street musicians he sees in center city Philadelphia and people in outdoor restaurants. The strong light helps to influence the narrative behind the figures. The subjects are representational – ranging from landscapes — which are both studio and plein aire — to figurative studies of people within environments in the city of Philadelphia. The landscapes are views from where he lives, which is along the Delaware River in Southern New Jersey. He feels fortunate because out back of his house are views of the river that range from saturated sunsets of brilliant color to misty, foggy, nearly monochromatic grays of a spring afternoon creating a wide range of outdoor atmospheres. Robert’s paintings are small to mid-sized oil paintings. The paintings are executed on canvas, linen, and museum board using brushes and palette knives.
Hugh Campbell Story – Hugh H. Campbell was a man of many talents. He expressly captured his own view of Mount Holly via his paintbrush. He was an artist, published author and philosopher who lived an extremely minimalistic life. Sometimes called the “Van Gogh of Mount Holly” Hugh Campbell was a man who painted voraciously and then lined his canvases in front of a wall on High Street. Hugh chose modest homes, spalling fields, and the winding Rancocas creek to paint, most of which were located right in and around Mt. Holly.
Hugh Campbell Through the Eyes of Art Smith - Three Part Miniseries Watch this extraordinarily unique opportunity with local artist and art instructor Art Smith, as he dives in depth on his thoughts and perspectives about a few carefully selected Hugh Campbell paintings. The best part, we are on location in the area of the painting subject. This three-part miniseries has us traveling to Green Street in Mt. Holly, the farm fields near the Agricultural center in Moorestown, and on the banks of the Rancocas Creek. Art Smith explains these works and sheds light into how Hugh Campbell might have approached these paintings. Part I: Green Street, Part II: The Farm, Part III: On The Rancocas This series can also be found on the Burlington County Arts Facebook Page
Framing 101 Whether you are entering a contest that requires artwork to be framed and wire hung, or have some art lying around that you just haven’t framed yet, let us show you how to put it together with a professional touch. In this introductory demo, you will learn how to properly assemble a framed piece of work from start to finish and have it ready for the gallery or your wall at home.
Hauntings in Burlington County Ever wonder what inmates still linger in their cells at the Historic Prison Museum? Are H.B. and Agnes Smith still enjoying their mansion at Smithville? And what happened to a young member of the Langstaff family that she is still playing at the Lyceum? Just in time for Halloween, hear stories of paranormal activity at three of Burlington County’s historic sites, the Prison Museum, Smithville Mansion, and the Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences.
Spring in Smithville Village A look at Historic Smithville Park in the springtime.
The Mysterious Widow of Mount Holly She has been described as the widow who saved a Revolution, but no one knows her name. A Hessian officer in 1776 described her as “…the exceedingly beautiful young widow of a doctor…” But is that really a clue to who she was, or a clue to whom she wanted them to believe she was? The famous Widow of Mount Holly did indeed aid the Revolution, though it is doubtful she knew to what extent. The existence of this widow was only discovered in 1979 with the publication of Johann Ewald’s personal diary written during the Revolution. Join Eric Orange as he unveils the identity of the widow.
Burlington County Lyceum Artifact Highlight: A Modern Mephistopheles In this video series, we take you behind the scenes of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences collections. This month features "A Modern Mephistopheles", a book in the collection rarely seen by the public. Learn how the artifact came into the collection, the history behind it, and the story it tells.
Burlington County Lyceum Artifact Highlight: The Catalogue of the Dunn Chinese Collection. Nathan Dunn traveled to China and collected extensively. He used his collection to bring China to America at his Chinese Museum in Philadelphia. We hope you enjoy learning more about Nathan Dunn and his collection.
A Jay's Wing - In the next episode of our archive series, we are featuring "A Jay's Wing", a painting by Daphne Allen. At the time this was created, Allen was only 12 years old. The painting is part of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Science's Levis collection. Hear how the painting came into the collection, the history behind it, and the story it tells.
A Walk Through History: Mount Holly. Join museum curator of history, Marisa Bozarth, for a virtual walk along upper High Street, Mount Holly. View the many architectural styles that make up this historic district. Along the way, you will hear stories of former inhabitants and events that took place in town. We hope you enjoy discovering this local gem.
Burlington County Artifact Highlight - War Ration Book and Coins - In the latest episode of our archive series, we are featuring war ration books and tokens. The ration books were issued between 1942 and 1945 as a way to conserve goods such as sugar, gas, and even shoes. Hear the history behind these books, how they were used, and the story it tells.
EVENTS IN THE PARK!
Music In the Parks Series The Music in the Parks Series provided small, pop-up, musical performances throughout the parks. We were not only able to offer healing music to our park visitors, but we were also able to offer these local and talented musicians an opportunity to play during a time when both were equally appreciated! This series ran from September 20th through today, October 31st with roughly 36 performances throughout the parks! We look forward to more music in the Spring!