Conferences

Registration OPEN!
6th Annual Pinelands Summer Short Course
Thursday, July 21, 2022

Description: A day long event featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology, and culture of the Pinelands. A day of learning together.

During registration - select your classes and/or field trips. 

Fee: $40.00

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Indoor classroom learning expereinces:

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Stormwater 101 - Presented by Rory Hogan and Alex Winterstein. This program will delve into the complicated relationship between communities and stormwater management, while defining stormwater, how it impacts local bodies of water, and the various efforts that can be taken to address and mitigate impacts. After participating in this program, participants will be able to connect their actions in everyday life to impacts on local water bodies.

Pine Barrens to Pinelands - Presented by Joel Mott, Principal Public Programs Specialist, NJ Pinelands Commission. Discover the Pinelands of today and learn how they evolved from the Pine Barrens of the past.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A Virtual Visit to the New Jersey Pine Barrens - Presented byBob Sprague, President, Native Orchid Conference. This presentation will provide an exciting, virtual foray into the Pine Barrens, including many sensory experiences of a live visit but without the chiggers, ticks and humidity. The presenter will discuss unique habitat types for birds, insects, and flowers (especially orchids), and he will discuss interesting research currently underway in this beautiful part of New Jersey.

The Dr. James Still and Still Family Story: Its Significance and Relevance to the History of South Jersey - Presented by Samuel C. Still III, Chairperson of the Dr. James Still Historic Office Site Association. This program will discuss the influence of the Still family on the culture and intellectual life of South Jersey over the years. The lives of illustrious family members, such as Dr. James Still (1812-1885), the "Black Doctor of the Pines," and William Still (1821-1902), author of The Underground Railroad, published in 1872, will be explored, as well as the lives of other less well-known family members. Efforts to preserve and restore the home and office of Dr. Still in Medford will also be discussed.

“Back to the Future” of Hammonton – Presented by Greg White, President of the Hammonton Historical Society. This presentation will describe the early area lumber, iron and glass settlements, as well as the arrival of railroads and the influx of New England farmers, and the establishment of a new town called Hammonton.


12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

A Virtual Visit to the New Jersey Pine Barrens - Presented by  Bob Sprague, President, Native Orchid Conference. This presentation will provide an exciting, virtual foray into the Pine Barrens, including many sensory experiences of a live visit but without the chiggers, ticks and humidity. The presenter will discuss unique habitat types for birds, insects, and flowers (especially orchids), and he will discuss interesting research currently underway in this beautiful part of New Jersey.

The Dr. James Still and Still Family Story: Its Significance and Relevance to the History of South Jersey – Presented by Samuel C. Still III, Chairperson of the Dr. James Still Historic Office Site Association. This program will discuss the influence of the Still family on the culture and intellectual life of South Jersey over the years. The lives of illustrious family members, such as Dr. James Still (1812-1885), the "Black Doctor of the Pines," and William Still (1821-1902), author of The Underground Railroad, published in 1872, will be explored, as well as the lives of other less well-known family members. Efforts to preserve and restore the home and office of Dr. Still in Medford will also be discussed.

“Back to the Future” of Hammonton – Presented by Greg White, President of the Hammonton Historical Society. This presentation will describe the early area lumber, iron and glass settlements, as well as the arrival of railroads and the influx of New England farmers, and the establishment of a new town called Hammonton.


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stormwater 101 - Presented by Rory Hogan and Alex Winterstein. This program will delve into the complicated relationship between communities and stormwater management, while defining stormwater, how it impacts local bodies of water, and the various efforts that can be taken to address and mitigate impacts. After participating in this program, participants will be able to connect their actions in everyday life to impacts on local water bodies.

Pinelands Flora and Fauna - Presented by Joel Mott, Principal Public Programs Specialist, NJ Pinelands Commission. This lively presentation includes sights and sounds while taking the audience on an insightful walk in the woods, familiarizing them with the flora and fauna of the New Jersey Pinelands.


1/2 day outdoor field trips: 

To make your field trip most enjoyable see the notes below:

It is best to wear:

Comfortable hiking or walking shoes and no flip-flops.

Wear layers: base/wicking layer, insulating layer(s), outer wind/rain proof layer.

It is best to bring:

Drinking water (a minimum of one liter per person), depending on weather conditions.

Lunch (if needed) and a snack

Extra clothing and/or rain gear (depending on weather conditions)

Any needed medication (Example: inhaler, EpiPen, etc.)

Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, lip balm)

Sunglasses

Insect repellent

Binoculars, if wanted

Morning Trips 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

A Walking Tour of Batsto Village: Ecology, History, and Pinelands Culture  - Presented by Ally Horan, Naturalist, Batsto Village and John Hebble, Historian, Batsto Village. The walking tours will meet and conclude at the Wharton State Forest State Visitor Center at Batsto. Topics will include the flora and fauna of Batsto and Wharton State Forest, the notable people who lived in the village, and the ways in which humans interacted with the natural resources of the Pinelands through different eras of Batsto’s history. Participants will drive on their own to Batsto, where you will be meet with the guides at the Visitor Center.

Mullica River Paddle Exploration Guided byJeff Larson and Monica Cahill form Pinelands Adventures. See the Pinelands in all of its summer glory on this short, guided kayak paddle. The Goshen beaver pond in the Mullica River is teeming with life in July. Experience this truly beautiful section of the river. Professional guides will point out the amazing flora and fauna and provide insight into the unique ecology of the Pinelands.  This trip will feature easy paddling on calm waters. Boats, life jackets and transportation will be provided. Just bring plenty of water, sunscreen and bug repellent, and a dry bag for any items you need to protect/keep. Transportation provided to and from Kramer Hall.

Hammonton Lake Nature WalkGuided by Josh Gant, Naturalists, Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation. Participants will be guided along the wooded trail at Hammonton Lake Park, exploring several habitat types that are representative of the Pine Barrens while learning about the typical plant and animal species found within them. The guide will also discuss the historic human use of the area’s natural resources.Transportation provided to and from Kramer Hall.

Tour of the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research - This field trip will include an in-person tour of the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension, a substation of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) of Rutgers University, located in Chatsworth, Burlington County. Field trip participants will tour the facilities and see learn about the research that is being conducted to ensure the continued production and availability of high-quality blueberries and cranberries. The Center is working to minimize the use of pesticides and is studying the health benefits of these two native Pinelands plants. Transportation provided to and from Kramer Hall.


Afternoon Trips 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Walking Tour of Batsto Village: Ecology, History, and Pinelands Culture - Presented by Ally Horan, Naturalist, Batsto Village and John Hebble, Historian, Batsto Village. The walking tours will meet and conclude at the Wharton State Forest State Visitor Center at Batsto. Topics will include the flora and fauna of Batsto and Wharton State Forest, the notable people who lived in the village, and the ways in which humans interacted with the natural resources of the Pinelands through different eras of Batsto’s history. Participants will drive on their own to Batsto, where you will be meet with the guides at the Visitor Center. 

Mullica River Paddle Exploration – Guided byJeff Larson and Monica Cahill form Pinelands Adventures. See the Pinelands in all of its summer glory on this short, guided kayak paddle. The Goshen beaver pond in the Mullica River is teeming with life in July. Experience this truly beautiful section of the river. Professional guides will point out the amazing flora and fauna and provide insight into the unique ecology of the Pinelands.  This trip will feature easy paddling on calm waters. Boats, life jackets and transportation will be provided. Just bring plenty of water, sunscreen and bug repellent, and a dry bag for any items you need to protect/keep. Transportation provided to and from Kramer Hall.

Hammonton Lake Nature WalkGuided by Josh Gant, Naturalists, Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation . Participants will be guided along the wooded trail at Hammonton Lake Park, exploring several habitat types that are representative of the Pine Barrens while learning about the typical plant and animal species found within them. The guide will also discuss the historic human use of the area’s natural resources.Transportation provided to and from Kramer Hall.

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 Past Conferences and Events

Saturday, March 12, 2022

An annual day-long event featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology and culture of the Pinelands. A day of learning together. 

Educators can earn 5 Professional Development Credits

Thursday, July 15, 2021

A day long event in Whitesbog and Wells Mills NJ, featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology and culture of the Pinelands. A day of learning together.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Paul Leakan and Joel Mott from the Pinelands Commission interviewed fellow Pinelands enthusiasts!

If you missed the event or want to revisit the day please click the link below. We recorded everything for you.

Click here for the recording

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 (This event was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.) 

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Friday and Saturday, April 17 & April 18, 2020 (This event was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.) 

An all-day event featuring educational seminars, arts & culture, films, professional development and more.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (This event was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.)

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Educators can earn 5 Professional Development Credits

Friday, April 12, 2019

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