What is a Naturalist?
“A naturalist is someone who studies the patterns of nature. Naturalists seek to observe the interconnected relationships between plants, birds, trees & ecology so we can understand the past, present & future of our local and global environments.”
What will we discuss and learn?
Journeys & Conversations will be an offering where we will meet once a week (socially distanced) on Wednesday evenings at 7PM to discuss a topic relating to the environment and our relationship to nature. We will start with a reading selection and discuss parts of the reading, the issues and ideas presented within.
Cedar Run will also present lectures and discussions with biologists, authors and people who work in relationship to the topic being explored. Whenever possible we will present meet and greets with our resident education ambassador animals and our education staff.
How is it structured?
- Meetings will take places at Cedar Run unless otherwise noted. Any online meetings will take place through Google Meet.
- Sign-ups will take place through Cedar Run’s Website (see below). Club fees are $35 per month (*reduced rates for members and Cedar Run volunteers) or $10/meeting – full session sign-ups preferred. Don’t miss out on anything!
- Reading suggestions will be linked through Bookshop.org, Amazon Smile and local libraries.
- Articles and essays will be linked online or provided via email whenever possible.
- Videos of the lectures will be archived online for later viewing.
Meeting Dates: July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7PM.
Our July Journeys and Conversations Nature Club topic will be all about the ecology of the Pine Barrens!
We begin the monthly meetings with a lecture on fire ecology in the Pine Barrens from Ryan Rebozo, the Director of Conservation Science at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. The meeting will take place on July 8th, sign up now for this meeting or for the whole month! We will be taking a socially distanced botany field trip on our property mid-month, discussing restoration ecology and restoration projects within the state and coming together at the end of the month to discuss everything we’ve learned and how we can apply these lessons to better understanding our land and how we can help preserve and protect it. There will be limited spots for some of these events, so sign up quickly!
Further details coming soon!
The Peregrine by J.A.BakerPurchase Book Here
Book can be purchased by the seller of your choice, but if you use Bookshop.org Cedar Run receives a portion of the sale.
Part 1: June 3rd at 7PM
- For our first meeting of our new club “Journeys and Conversations” we will introduce our reading material – The Peregrine by J.A.Baker. It is not necessary that you have read or acquired the book just yet as we will be discussing the general topic of Peregrine falcons and who J.A.Baker was.
Part 2: June 10th and 7PM
- Discussion will include the first part of the book Chapters Peregrine through November.
Part 3: June 17th at 7PM
- Discussion about Peregrine Falcon conservation within the state of NJ and local efforts to track and observe breeding pairs. GUEST SPEAKER: Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
Part 4: June 24th at 7PM
- Discussion will include the second part of the book chapters December through April.
- Meet and greet with Artemis, Cedar Run’s resident Peregrine Falcon.
- J.A.Baker: his life and impact on environmentalism past and present.