Events

May
6
Sat
Full Moon Night Hike
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Experience the refuge in an exciting way, at night! Enjoy a guided hike at night to visit nocturnal habitats that are home to owls, raccoons, opossums and other wildlife that emerge after dark. Be there as the ‘night shift’ awakens. Program begins at the Nature Center. Hike is approximately 1 mile. $15/adult, $10/child. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Advanced registration required.

Please no birthday parties or scout programs for these events. If you are interested in hosting a birthday party or scout program at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, please check out our website links for Birthday Parties & Scout Programs.

$15 per adult
$10 per child
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May
7
Sun
Yoga at the Refuge: Healing Our Bodies In Nature
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for Yoga at Cedar Run! All levels are welcomed. This will be a slow vinyasa/yin class. Some flow movement with some deep juicy yin holds! Intentional movement progressing towards strength and healing to make you feel invigorated and relaxed.  Breathe in the healing energy of the natural surroundings, heal yourself as you contribute to healing the animals around you.

We will be enjoying our morning yoga in the nature setting of the Pine Barrens. Surrounded by the sounds of nature, the smells of the forest and the morning air, it is sure to calm your mind, body and spirit. This session we will be stretching out on one of our trails as we will take in the morning and the transition from the full moon that will be on the 5th. We will have tea at the nature center as well to help get your body and mind calm, replenished and ready for this session!

Please arrive 30 minutes early at our Nature Center if you would like to visit some of our resident wildlife prior to our classes start time, class will start at 10:00am. We would love to introduce you to our friends! 

Meet your instructor: Monica Walsh – High Vibrations Association

Monica was first introduced to yoga when her mom brought her to her first class that a friend was teaching at a Synagogue in the late 90s. They attended the class because Monica’s relationship to her newly developing teenage body was not a healthy one.  This beautiful, simple, practice opened her eyes to a new path with

which to approach the human condition both on and off the mat. Ever since, Monica’s desire for yogic knowledge snowballed –seeking out classes at local gyms and yoga studios turned into finding highly qualified mentors resulting in a lifelong regulated practice and a desire for something deeper, a taste for something higher than ourselves. For the last couple of decades Monica has spent thousands of hours on the mat at different vinyasa, hatha and 26/2 focused studios.  With a great deal of knowledge under her belt and a thirst to help others, Monica became a Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Certified Teacher in March of 2020 and began teaching yoga at Lavender Koi in Berlin, NJ immediately. Around the same time, Monica was introduced to Bhakti Yoga and began to deepen her knowledge in the ancient Vedic teachings of yoga philosophy. Today, Monica continues to teach at Lavender Koi Yoga as well as Studio 67 in Medford, NJ with the a focus of helping others, not only on a basic physical level in the body, but to also provide students with a tool box for the mind and spirit.

Please bring your own yoga mat as we do not offer rentals. Props are optional. Water will be available for purchase in the Nature Center, we also have a water refill station for any reusable water bottles. 

Limited space is available! Grab your spot before we sell out!

  • Children between the ages of 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult/parent.
  • No children under 16 may be permitted in the yoga session.

 


All proceeds from this event go directly towards supporting Cedar Run’s mission of the preservation and protection of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through education, conservation, and rehabilitation. When you attend a Cedar Run event, you make a direct impact in our community!

Please no birthday parties or scout programs for these events. If you are interested in hosting a birthday party or scout program at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, please check out our website links for Birthday Parties & Scout Programs.

General admission, promotional day passes (free-day passes/groupons) & library passes will not work for Special Events, such as this one.

$35 per Adult: Advanced Ticket
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May
12
Fri
CANCELLED-Paint Party- Adults Only
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to get your creativity flowing! Participants ages 21+ are welcome to join us for a night of painting and fun lead by our Membership Manager, Ashley. This makes a great gift! No painting experience is required. Beginners are welcome!

  • Smocks, canvases, and painting supplies will be provided
  • Please bring your own cups, snacks and beverages.
  • This event is for adults only. Must be 21+
  • This event will be held in our NEW Nature Center Community Room
  • 20 participants maximum.

Cedar Run Members receive a discount on this event. Your membership must be current to utilize this discounted rate. Not a member? Join here!

All proceeds go towards supporting Cedar Run’s mission of the preservation and protection of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation. When you attend a Cedar Run event, you make a direct impact in our community!

May
19
Fri
Endangered Species Day Lunch & Learn
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

To celebrate Endangered Species Day, we’ll have a fun visit with one of our resident ambassadors! Grab your lunch and come on over to hang out with a mystery feathered, scaly or furry friend. Questions welcome! 12:00pm. Suitable for all ages. This is a free program included with daily admission or membership, but donations to support our work are always welcome!  Advanced registration required. This event will take place outside so please dress for the weather.

Please no birthday parties or scout programs for these events. If you are interested in hosting a birthday party or scout program at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, please check out our website links for Birthday Parties & Scout Programs.

Questions? Email education@cedarrun.org for more info.

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ADULTS ONLY! New Moon Night Hike
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Experience the refuge in an exciting way, at night! Enjoy a guided hike under the darkness of the new moon to visit nocturnal habitats that are home to owls, raccoons, opossums and other wildlife that emerge after dark. Be there as the ‘night shift’ awakens. Program begins at the Nature Center. Hike is approximately 1 mile. 8:00-9:30pm. ADULTS ONLY! $15/person. 20 participants maximum. Advanced registration required.

This event is now full!

May
20
Sat
Citizen Science: Water Quality
May 20 @ 10:00 am

As part of a long-term citizen science project, Cedar Run aims to observe the quality and life of one of its most prominent features, Cedar Run Lake. What is Citizen Science? During this project, we will collect physical and chemical samples to determine the biological health and sustainability. This sampling will be done by means of collecting water in specimen cups and performing field tests, and will later entail a macroinvertebrate collection!

On May 20th our session will be combining Citizen Science and our Nature Journaling and Field Sketching classes! Registering for one experience gets you the other! The morning session, 10am, is geared toward ages 8-12. The afternoon session, 1pm, is for ages 13 and up. $15 ages 8-12 or $20 ages 13 and up. Pricing includes Refuge admission. Advanced registration required.

Registration for this event has ended.

 

Nature Journaling Kids’ Club
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Give your child a break from screen time and encourage a connectedness to nature by providing the skill of nature journaling! This journal is not only a record of observations in their natural surroundings, but one that has value in the process as well. It encourages your child to increase their mindfulness of their natural habitat and pay attention to detail. The goal is to increase an appreciation of nature’s beauty, improve recognition of different species, and have an understanding of their local flora and fauna. Classes will run once monthly, and participants are encouraged to come as often as they can. Nature is always changing! 10:00-11:30 am. Suitable for ages 8-12*. $15/child. Fee includes daily Refuge admission for the participant only. Add on a Cedar Run journal for an additional $10 (retails for $15). Advanced registration required. Please register each participant separately.

*Note: This is an optional drop-off program for children – parents will be emailed a contact form and waiver prior to class.

Please no birthday parties or scout programs for these events. If you are interested in hosting a birthday party or scout program at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, please check out our website links for Birthday Parties & Scout Programs.

$20 per class
$10 per notebook (optional) - retails for $15
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Raptor Photography Session @ Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Raptor Photography Session @ Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge | Medford | New Jersey | United States

This program offers participants the opportunity to hone their photography skills while capturing stunning images of our magnificent birds of prey. From soaring hawks to stealthy owls, Cedar Run’s resident raptors provide the perfect subjects for aspiring photographers to practice their craft.

In addition to capturing stunning images, participants will learn about the natural history, behavior, and conservation of Cedar Run’s resident raptors. Gain a deeper appreciation for these majestic birds as you observe them and learn about the important role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

The Raptor Photography Session offers a unique blend of education, adventure, and hands-on experience, making it ideal for photographers of all skill levels. Whether you’re looking to expand your portfolio, connect with nature, or simply enjoy a day of outdoor photography, this program promises an enriching and rewarding experience.

Join us and let your passion for photography take flight. Don’t miss this opportunity to capture the majesty of raptors in their and create lasting memories that will inspire and delight for years to come.

*Please note: photography will be self-guided. Our educators will bring select birds out of their enclosures for photographing up-close and personal on perches and in a natural setting and provide information about the species. Participants must bring their own cameras and materials.

This program will be limited to 12 participants. 10-11:30am. $60/member, $70/non-member. Advanced registration & pre-payment required.

This event is now full. Keep an eye out for our fall session!

Citizen Science: Water Quality
May 20 @ 1:00 pm

As part of a long-term citizen science project, Cedar Run aims to observe the quality and life of one of its most prominent features, Cedar Run Lake. What is Citizen Science? During this project, we will collect physical and chemical samples to determine the biological health and sustainability. This sampling will be done by means of collecting water in specimen cups and performing field tests, and will later entail a macroinvertebrate collection!

On May 20th our session will be combining Citizen Science and our Nature Journaling and Field Sketching classes! Registering for one experience gets you the other! The morning session, 10am, is geared toward ages 8-12. The afternoon session, 1pm, is for ages 13 and up. $15 ages 8-12 or $20 ages 13 and up. Pricing includes Refuge admission. Advanced registration required.

Registration for this event has ended.

 

Nature Journaling and Field Sketching
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Whether you’re looking for a creative spark for your artistic expression, a way to develop your observational skills, or an immersive and mindful journey through nature, this course will guide you with friendly art instruction and engaging practice sessions that will help you make the most out of your journaling. Joining an in-person nature journaling group can be an amazing experience. Sitting in nature with others and exploring the world brings community, connection and mutual support. Classes will run once monthly, and participants are encouraged to come as often as they can. Nature is always changing! 1:00-2:30pm. Ages 13 and up*. $20/person. Fee includes daily Refuge admission for the participant only. Add on a Cedar Run journal for an additional $10 (retails for $15). Advanced registration required. Please register each participant separately.

*Note: This is an optional drop-off program for children – parents will be emailed a contact form and waiver prior to class.

Please no birthday parties or scout programs for these events. If you are interested in hosting a birthday party or scout program at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, please check out our website links for Birthday Parties & Scout Programs.

$20 per class
$10 per notebook (optional) - retails for $15
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May
21
Sun
Kid’s Photography Workshop
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a morning of photography for KIDS ONLY! Our trained staff will help children ages 6-13 learn tricks and techniques for photographing wildlife. $10/member, $15/non-member. 10:00-11:30am. Space is limited to 10 children. Must bring your own camera. Advanced registration required.

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May
22
Mon
Founders Day: Tea with Jeanne Woodford & Guided Hike
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

We wanted to celebrate our founders, Betty & Jim Woodford and all that they created here at Cedar Run. Come spend an afternoon tea hearing some words from Co-founder Jeanne Woodford as she shares memories of growing up at the refuge, her work in conservation and preserving the 171 acres we know as Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge today! After tea we will take you on a guided hike around Cedar Run and our wildlife housing area to see how it all got started.

Celebrate our founders with us and share your memories of Betty & Jim and your adventures at Cedar Run over the years. We will have tea, light snacks and some prizes for everyone to win!

Space is limited, advanced registration required.

Our History

In 1951, Jim and Betty Woodford bought a 185-acre parcel of land, in what were then the wilds of Medford Township, to use as a summer getaway.

Jim-and-Betty-Woodford

They quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Pinelands and decided to live here full time. By 1957 they built their first home with a view of the lake, and founded Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Betty became a local authority on the flora and fauna of the NJ Pinelands, and quickly began teaching others what she knew.

Over the next 40 years, Betty and Jim devoted their lives to Pinelands preservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Betty became an expert botanist, naturalist, nature photographer and wildlife rehabilitator. She was renowned for her Pinelands education programs. In 1997 the Woodford’s ultimate dream was realized when a Green Acres grant preserved Cedar Run’s land and buildings for future generations.

$25 per Adult: Advanced Ticket
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May
23
Tue
World Turtle Day
May 23 all-day

Enjoy a special day at the refuge in celebration of World Turtle Day! Kids can make a special craft inside the Nature Center and check out our turtle-y cool artifacts. And don’t forget to say “hi” to our resident turtles while you’re in! All ages welcome. Program included with the price of admission. No pre-registration needed.

May
27
Sat
Memorial Day FREE Admission for Those Who Have Served
May 27 @ 10:00 am – May 29 @ 4:00 pm
A special THANK YOU to all those who have served our country; Military veterans, active duty military personnel, reservists, and national guard members will receive FREE general admission!
Service members can also purchase half-price admission for their dependents (up to 3).
To receive free and discounted tickets, you must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers, dependent IDs or other official military identifications.
Offer valid 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday, May 27th through Monday May, 29th.

Thank you for supporting Cedar Run’s mission of the preservation and protection of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation. You make a direct impact in our community!
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May
28
Sun
Campfire and Stargazing
May 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for some time around the campfire for some delicious s’mores and stargazing! Ages 8 and up preferred. Advanced registration required. Non-members – $15/adult, $10/child; members free.

Not a member, but want to be? Check out our membership page.

Please no birthday parties or scout programs for these events. If you are interested in hosting a birthday party or scout program at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, please check out our website links for Birthday Parties & Scout Programs.