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    October 17, 2019 - December 1, 2019 @ Worker's House and Gallery

    William has worked in oils, pastel, charcoal, watercolor and printmaking for fifteen years before spending a decade hypnotized by encaustic paint–an ancient Greek process using beeswax, damar varnish and pigment. In addition to Knight’s encaustic works, will be works in pastel and in art glass.  The pastel pieces, on hand-made paper, were painted in an olive grove planted around 1600 in Assisi, Italy.  The ancient, gnarled trees are an arresting sight.  Other pastels were made on extended visits to Venice, Paris, and Bermuda. Art glass, the third medium in this solo exhibition, makes strong use of mouth-blown glass with its unique patterns and swirling colors created in the mouth-blowing process. 

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    November 7, 2019 - December 29, 2019 @ Warden's House Gallery

    When Art Smith moved to Mount Holly from Phoenix two years ago, he was immediately attracted to the waters of the creek and to those of the mill race. His first paintings here were of the Rancocas and he has continued to explore this subject with sketches and acrylic paintings. At the same time, Art became interested in the work of Mount Holly painter, Hugh Campbell. Art was inspired by his artistic interpretations of New Jersey landscapes, buildings, but most specifically, the Rancocas. Several of his paintings of the creek have been a visual reference for Art’s paintings. These paintings of the Rancocas Creek are his visual response to the beauty of these waters.

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  3. Wildlife Watch

    November 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Long Bridge Park

    Observe and explore the diversity of the animal kingdom throughout our park system. Find out where certain animals take shelter, and what tools they use to do so. Grab your binoculars and cameras and come see what we will find! The focus this month will be on mammals and how to identify specific tracks or signs that they leave behind. Register online.

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  4. Saturday Naturalist Led Walk

    November 16, 2019, 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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  5. Pinelands Natural Treasure, Past & Present

    November 16, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Join us for a fascinating perspective on the New Jersey Pinelands, a natural treasure in our own backyard. Learn more about its ecological wonders including the Black Run Preserve and its intriguing history going back to the bog iron industry of long ago. Sit  back as John Volpa, educator and outdoor enthusiast,  guides us down new trails in the Pine Barrens that we may have not explored  before. Registration requested. This slide show and discussion will be followed by refreshments.  Sponsored by the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences Association. Online registration requested.

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  6. Interpretive Trail Hike

    November 16, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    Join a Rancocas Nature Center staff person or associate naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. It’s a great way to get to know the park. Bring a camera and/or binoculars as we’ll be sure to stop at scenic spots along the way. The easy pace is suitable for all ages. Register online. Program is free.

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  7. Explore Burlington Island

    November 18, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences

    A history of Burlington Island covering almost 400 years will be presented by Judy Gauntt, President of Friends of Burlington Island. The island, considered one of the jewels of the Delaware River, is said to have the largest lake within an island on a river in the United States. The island is an amazing resource, but its future is in question. Come learn about the history and opportunities of this 400 acre island. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation is sponsored by the Mount Holly Historical Society.

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  8. Tuesday Talk

    November 19, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Burlington County Fairgrounds

    A series of nature walks led by Naturalist Jen Bulava on select Tuesdays and Fridays. This program will repeat on Friday November 22. The topic this week will focus on birds of prey. Register online.

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  9. Healthy Hike

    November 21, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Historic Smithville Park & Smith's Woods

    Did you know that getting out in nature for as little as a half hour a week can help improve your overall mood as well as reduce blood pressure? In this new series, hike along with Naturalist Kate Forte in various parks while learning about the natural world around us. Register online.

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  10. Friday Forum

    November 22, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Burlington County Fairgrounds

    A series of nature walks led by Naturalist Jen Bulava on select Tuesdays and Fridays. This is a repeat of the Tuesday November 19 program. The topic this week will focus on birds of prey. Register online.

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  11. Nature Adventures for Preschoolers

    November 22, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    “Down Come the Leaves” – Today will be a celebration of leaves. Through reading and exploration we will learn about evergreen and deciduous trees and why leaves are so important to trees. Join us for an indoor and outdoor program that gets its weekly theme from a storybook! For 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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  12. Turkey Talk

    November 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Long Bridge Park

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, learn more about our favorite November bird. Walk the trails looking for wild turkeys and signs of turkeys, while learning about their behaviors, biology, and reintroduction into NJ. Register online.

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  13. Women's Nature Club

    November 23, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area

    Join other women who are passionate and enthusiastic about the environment and experience the natural world in exciting ways! Meet once a month to learn about wildlife topics, the natural history of our parks, and to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna in your area. This month’s topic is about the importance of our wetland areas and what species utilize this habitat during the winter. Led by Naturalist Kate Forte. Register online.

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  14. Animal Adaptations

    November 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Crystal Lake Park

    Learn about the unique strategies that local wildlife and plants use when adapting to the environment around them. From stashing food away in hiding spots to burying beneath the frost line, learn how these species survive through the winter. Please dress appropriately and wear proper hiking shoes. Led by Naturalist Kate Forte. Register online.

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  15. Tuesday Preschool Music & Story Time

    November 26, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Rancocas Nature Center

    Children will enjoy hearing 3 short stories read aloud, separated by 3 songs that are played along with rhythm instruments. This series is geared toward children ages 2 - 5 year 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.

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