Atlantic County Parks Programs January - June 2009 by grindin8839r


									                              Atlantic County Parks Programs
                                   January - June 2009
                                                                                                      Attention Schools and Groups:
    The                                               Recreational
                                                                                                   LOW ROPES, TEAM
                                                              Romps...                             CHALLENGE COURSE
            Niche...                                                                               Weekdays by advanced arrangement
                                                                                                   Atlantic County Park at Camp Acagisca
                                                 LITTLE LEARNERS’ CRAFT CLASS
CALL 645-5960 FOR INFORMATION                                                                      Want to have fun, practice problem
                                                 Once a month Fridays, Jan. 16; Feb. 20;
AND REGISTRATION.                                                                                  solving, while establishing group unity?
                                                 March 20; April 17; May 15; June 19.
                                                                                                   This outdoor experience can meet many
FRIENDS OF THE FOREST                            10 AM and 1 PM.
                                                                                                   objectives for an existing organized group
NATURE CLUB                                      Open to 4 & 5 year old preschoolers
                                                                                                   of 6-15 people, age 10 years and above;
Once a month. Ages 6 to 12 years old.            accompanied by an adult. Transform
                                                                                                   building leadership skills, improving
Saturdays, Feb. 7; Mar. 7; April 4; May 2;       everyday objects into works of art with
                                                                                                   communication, and developing consen-
June 6. 10 AM to 11:30 AM.                       Recreation Program Specialist Karen
                                                                                                   sus, to name but a few. The program
Get the kids away from Saturday morning          Zindell. Lots of fun, but potentially
                                                                                                   consists of physical warm-ups, trust
TV and into the natural world around             messy. Please bring a smock if you have
                                                                                                   building exercises, and course elements
them. Activities are both indoors and            one. Time permitting, children will have
                                                                                                   which encompass varying degrees of
outdoors and include crafts, games, and          the opportunity to “show and tell.”
                                                                                                   physical, mental, and emotional exertion.
walks, to name a few. Each month’s topic         Specify which session when registering.
                                                                                                   It takes at least 6 hours to complete a
is different and non-consecutive. Pre-           No fee.
                                                                                                   majority of the elements. All activities are
registration is required as space is limited.                                                      presented on a challenge by choice basis.
No fee.                                          HIKE LENAPE or HIKE ESTELL
                                                                                                   Group insurance is required. No Fee. For
                                                 Lenape: Sun. May 17; Sat. June 13.
                                                                                                   more information, contact Karen Zindell
LITTLE LEARNERS’ NATURE CLUB                     7:30 AM until 9:00 AM. Rain or Shine.
                                                                                                   at ext. 5378.
Once a month. Ages 3 to 5 years old.             Beat the heat! Meet at the Boathouse for
Thursdays, Feb. 5; Mar. 5; April 2;              a recreational hike through our Lake                         VOLUNTEER
May 14; June 4. 10 AM & 1 PM.                    Lenape tract. Explore new trails, redis-                    RECOGNITION
Open to preschoolers ages 3 to 5                 cover favorite spots. Pace is geared
accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration        toward ability of the group. Standard tick                 June-November 08
                                                 precautions are recommended, Binoculars           Atlantic County Parks would like to recog-
is required. Each class will introduce a
nature topic using stories, music, crafts,       may add to your enjoyment.                        nize the following dedicated volunteers: The
                                                                                                   ARC of Atlantic County, Julie Akers, Doris
games or walks. Each month’s topic is
                                                                                                   Dackonish, Tom & Joanne Judge, Dave
different. Please specify which session          Estell: Sat. Feb. 14; Sun. March 29; Sat.
                                                 April 18; 1:30 until 3:30 PM. Rain or             Keefe, Joan Liepe, Amanda Llewellyn and
you would like to attend when you sign
                                                 shine.                                            Rutger’s Master Gardener volunteers. These
up. No fee.
                                                 Meet at the Fox Nature Center for a               volunteers assisted with special events, pro-
WINTER RAPTORS/BALD EAGLES                       recreational hike through Estell Manor            grams, and Visitor Services, to name but a
ON THE GREAT EGG HARBOR RIVER                                                                      few of their valuable contributions. If you’d
                                                 Park. No fee.
Sunday, Feb. 8. Meet at the Lake Lenape                                                            like to lend us your services, please call 645-

Boathouse 8 AM. Participants can come                                                              5960 and ask for Karen Zindell.
as early as 6:30 AM to see the eagles on
the lake. We will explore different areas on                                                             VOLUNTEER OF THE
the Great Egg Harbor River to observe           Ticks can carry disease. As you venture                      QUARTER
wintering raptors and other wintering           outdoors, please take the following precations:                 (June - Aug. 2008)
                                                • Tuck your pant legs into your socks.
                                                • Wear light colored clothing                                Dave Keefe, Sr.
SPRING MIGRANTS                                    (easier to spot ticks).                         It has been a dozen years since this
Saturday, April 25. Meet at the Nature          • Check yourself frequently during and after a     volunteer first rolled in to inquire about the
Center at 7 AM. Explore various areas for        trip outdoors.                                    bicycle repair help wanted sign that he saw
spring visitors.                                • Use insect repellents. Read the product labels   posted out at the bike shed. Having
                                                   carefully.                                      experience assembling bicycles for a major
WINTER NATURE HIKES                             • Stay on the center of trails and avoid walking   toy store, he was interested in using his
Saturdays, Feb. 7, March 7, 1 PM.                 through the shrub layer of the forest.           knowledge to grease the wheels of our
Weather permitting, please dress for                                                               borrow-a-bike program. Whether patching
warmth. Ages 6 to adult. Children must                                                             flat tires, replacing pedals and seats, or
be accompanied by an adult. You never            PUBLIC ORIENTEERING                               changing ball bearings, no job is too
know what you may find. Pre-registra-            Sat. Jan. 17; Sun. Feb. 8; Sat. March 14.         complicated for this bike repair wizard. In
tion required.                                   11 AM - 3 PM.                                     last summer’s searing heat Dave found
                                                 Are your children learning to read a map in       extra time to help us move the bike repair
OWL PROWL                                        school? Put on your hiking boots, pack a          facility. This involved multiple trips up
Fridays, Jan. 16 & 23 6 PM. Rain/                trail lunch and head to the Estell Manor          and down stairs carrying heavy parts and
Snow Date Feb. 6. For ages 8- adult.             Park for a three mile orienteering course         accessories. Dave always makes sure there
Please dress for the cold and bring              through the woods. We provide the instruc-        are several back up bikes ready to roll to
flashlights. Come and learn more about           tions, maps and a loaner compass. A basic         replace any of the bikes that might need
our elusive, nocturnal birds. There is a         course for the beginner and an intermediate       repairs between visits.
brief indoor introductory program about          course for the experienced or more adven-
owls then take a short walk to listen for        turous are offered. Please specify course         Dave’s volunteerism is not limited to bike
any hooting. Pre-registration required. No       when registering. Children under 13 must          repair. His love of both the outdoors and
fee.                                             have an adult with them. Standard tick pre-       children has prompted him to act as a
                                                 cautions are recommended. No fee.                 “sweep” on hikes, the man in charge at the
                                                                                                   North Pole on the phone, and a prize
                                                 Attention School Groups: This makes an
 EXPLORE THE PARK                                                                                  redeemer at the Holiday Magic program.
                                                 excellent field trip. Available during the week
                                                 with advanced arrangements. Call Karen at         He has even recruited his own children to
 Have you wanted to hike the north               645-5960.                                         get involved with various volunteer
 end, but have been afraid of getting                                                              activities, and now that they are having
 lost? Want someone to show you what             MEMORIAL DAY 2009                                 children of their own, it is especially
 trails lead where? The Recreation                                                                 remarkable that Dave still finds time to
 Program Specialist will be available            Atlantic County Government                        continue his unswerving volunteer service.
 Monday through Friday, through                  will hold its annual Memorial Day service         Due to his outstanding commitment, Dave
 March by appointment to conduct                 on Friday, May 22, 2009 at 3:00 PM at             has become our first volunteer to earn the
 individual and groups on guided tours           the Atlantic County Veteran’s Cemetery            Volunteer of the Quarter award 5 times.
 of Estell Manor Park. Standard tick             located in Estell Manor Park. Please join         The Atlantic County Park System patrons
 precautions are recommended. Call               us in honoring our veterans and active            benefit in numerous ways from the efforts
 Karen Zindell ext. 5378.                        duty military personnel.                          of this fine and dedicated volunteer.
World Series of Birding                                                                         Borrow
Saturday, May 9, 2009 • 12 AM -12 AM                                                            Bikes
YES! Count on me for support.                                                                   and
q $.05/species      q $.10/species      q $.25/species                                          Equipment
q $25 flat donation q $35 flat donation q $50 flat donation q Other $ ____                      Free
Address:_________________________________________________ ______                                Visitors to the Estell Manor Park may
                                                                                                borrow bikes and helmets, volleyballs,
  Mail this form to: WSB, Atlantic County Parks, 109 State Highway 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
                                                                                                softball equipment, soccer balls, horse-
               Please make checks payable to: Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Inc.
                                                                                                shoes, jump ropes, frisbees and tetherballs
                                                                                                at the W.E. Fox Nature Center. An adult
SPRING NIGHT WALK                                                                               must be with any child borrowing
Friday April 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. For ages 7 to adult.                                           equipment and must present a valid
All children must be accompanied by an adult.                                                   driver’s license. Children 17 and under
Go out looking for anything from frogs to owls with Sr. Naturalist Margaret Atack-              must wear helmets while riding bicycles
Klewin. Anything is possible during these early spring nights, depending on the tempera-        as per New Jersey State Law. Note:
ture. Be prepared! Dress for the weather; coat, hat, footwear that can get wet, bug spray,      Individuals with special needs may
and a flashlight. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. No Fee.                     request the use of a three wheeled bike.
                                                                                                We reserve the right to keep this bicycle
EARLY MORNING BIRD WALK                                                                         available for special accommodations
Saturday May 2, 7:00 - 9:00 AM.                                                                 only.
Get ready to sharpen your birding skills! Join Sr. Park Naturalist Margaret Atack-Klewin on
a walk through Estell Manor Park looking and listening for any of our returning migrants.
Bring binoculars, your favorite birding guides, bug spray, and dress for the weather. Pre-
registration is required. No Fee.
                                                                                                Attention Groups
Atlantic City Area: 345-6700 • Mays Landing Area: 625-7000 • Northfield Area: 645-7700
                                                                                                Bicycles and helmets may be loaned
Park Naturalists: Ext. 5375/ 5373 • Recreation: Ext. 5378
                                                                                                to groups. A handout that explains
General Information / Veterans Cemetery: 625-1897
                                                                                                the procedures is available in the
                                                                                                Nature Center. Following these
Park System Reservation Office at Lake Lenape Park: 625-8219
                                                                                                procedures will insure a safer and
(camping, boating, pavillion & gazebo rental)
                                                                                                more enjoyable group riding
                                                                                                experience. Your cooperation as a
Atlantic County Web site: go to Parks and Recreation                             group leader is appreciated.
         January - June
                               Atlantic County Parks Programs
ATLANTIC COUNTY                                                                                                      NON-PROFIT
DIVISION OF PARKS & RECREATION                                                                                     ORGANIZATION
6303 Old Harding Highway                                                                                         U.S. POSTAGE PAID
                                                                                                                     PERMIT #90
Mays Landing, NJ 08330-4306                                                                                      MAYS LANDING, NJ
         Atlantic County Executive
              Dennis Levinson
               Atlantic County
            Board of Freeholders
                James Curcio

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