Children's Program: Living the Colonial Life
Fri. Dec. 6th 4:00-5:30pm for Chimpunks ages 3-5
will be taken back to a time when there was no electricity, supermarkets,
video games or computers! Children will become familiar with the history
of American colonists and the skills they used to survive. In this program
children will play colonial games such as "Tag", "Hopscotch",
and "Graces". They will also be introduced to wooden toys
such as "Jacob's Ladder" and the "Buzz Saw". This
is a drop off/ pick up program. Parents and guardians should not attend.
The program will be held at the Haddon Township Environmental and Historical
center. The program is $15 per child for non-members and $10 per child
for SWCA members. Pre-registration is required by the Monday Dec. 2nd.
Please email Kristen Kwasek for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 856 869 7372 to register. Click
here for program registration.
House Days at the Environmental & Historical Center: Every
third Sunday 1 - 5pm
15th, 1 - 5pm Holiday Gift Wrapping Fundraiser. SWCA elves will wrap
your holiday gifts for a donation. 2pm presentation on Foxes by Bobby
Brown, SWCA intern.
visit the Environmental and Historical Center in Haddon Township, NJ
where SWCA is working to expand displays and exhibits! The open house
hours are held every third Sunday of the month from 1 - 5pm, special
presentations begin at 2pm. Come enjoy a variety of programs and find
out the many ways you can participate in the environmental and historical
issues in your community! The address of the center is
143 E. Ormond Ave. Haddon Township, NJ 08107.
more information on open house programs or to schedule visits to the
center by appointment contact email@example.com
call 856 869 7372.
Saddler's Woods is a 25 acre urban forest located
in Haddon Township, New Jersey. Saddler's Woods surrounds the headwater
spring of the main branch of the Newton Creek, a tributary of the Delaware
River in Camden County, and is unique for its combined features of an
old growth forest, young woodlands, a meadow, and wetlands all located
within five miles of Philadelphia, PA. Every year, thousands of visitors
enjoy Saddler's Woods for passive recreation and nature interpretation.
The old growth portion is a time-capsule,
showing visitors the type of forest that once existed when the Arowmen
and Erinwonek tribes of the Leni Lenape nation lived here. In the early
1600s, European settlers began to arrive and the forests were cleared
for farms, timber, and fuel. In the 1800s, Joshua Saddler escaped a
Maryland plantation to seek refuge among the large Quaker abolitionist
population. Joshua Saddler found work with a local Quaker farmer, Cy
Evans, and gained his freedom. He purchased a small farm and raised
his family next to the woods. In 1868 Joshua Saddler wrote into his
will that none of his heirs "shall cut the timber thereon".
For this preservation ethic, the woods, were officially named in his
honor in January 2004. Previously, the woods had never had any official
name or designation.
Saddler's Woods Conservation
Saddler's Woods Conservation Association,
SWCA, is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to education, restoration,
and research of Saddler's Woods. Through programs, tours, hands on restoration,
and field studies, we strive to promote the natural and cultural resources
unique to this 25 acre urban forest.
Saddler's Woods Welcome Area
250 MacArthur Boulevard, Haddon Township, NJ 08108
The organization was formed by Haddon Township residents
who were active in the movement to save the woods from an athletic fields
development plan. But saving the woods was just the beginning. Unfortunately,
Saddler's Woods had suffered decades of fragmentation and neglect. Since
its preservation, SWCA volunteers have worked vigorously, logging hundreds
of hours towards restoration and education. For
its efforts, SWCA was honored by the Association of New Jersey Environmental
Commissions, ANJEC, with an Environmental Achievement Award.
SWCA achieves its goals by partnering with
community groups and area schools and by utilizing grant funds for restoration,
education, and research. To date, SWCA has received grants from the
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Inc., the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation, Camden County's Open Space Clean Communities program, Conservation
Resources Inc., REI, Marlton, the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation,
Subaru of America Inc., Haddon Township Clean Communities program, and
The Darden Corporation.
SWCA, is managed by a volunteer board directors;
three Advisory Directors, a Director of Communications,a Director of
Education and Community Outreach, a Director of Forest Management, a
Director of Finance and an Executive Director.
John Nystedt, Advisory Director
John applies his industry experience in an advisory capacity to
the managing directors of SWCA. John is a Restoration Specialist for
the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, is a N.J. Certified Landscape Architect,
and has 25 years of experience in landscape architecture and ecological
Maggi Downham, Advisory Director
Maggi worked for many years to preserve Saddler's Woods, and was
honored by the Delaware Riverkeeper organization and the Audubon Wildlife
Society for her activism and stewardship. She holds a Master of Arts
Degree from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. Maggi serves on
many local boards such as the environmental commission, municipal alliance,and
the planning and zoning board and offers her experience in civic relations
to the managing directors of SWCA.
Jesse Buerk, Advisory Director
Jesse holds a Master's degree in environmental studies from the
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and a Bachelor's degree in
communication arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is
currently employed with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
As former Director of Communications, Jesse continues to assist with
SWCA's publicity and communications.
Robyn Jeney, Director of Forest Management
Robyn has worked for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission since graduating
from Penn State University in 2004. She earned a Masters degree in environmental
studies at the University of Pennsylvania in December of 2008. Robyn
is responsible for the active management of Saddler's Woods to restore
and protect native habitat.
Maria Marchi, Director of Communications
Maria is a senior at Rowan University working toward her B.A. in Environmental
Studies with a concentration in Geoscience and minors in Geography and
Communication studies. She has interned for SWCA as an education assistant
where she demonstrated a strong work ethic and a great passion for environmental
conservation. Maria is responsible for overseeing SWCA's quarterly newsletter,"Leaflet",
managing SWCA's publicity, and increasing SWCAs community outreach.
David Jacobs, Director of Finance
In addition to assisting with activities in the woods, David maintains
the financial records for the association. David received his B.S. degree
in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and
is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of New Jersey.
He is a Senior Manager in Internal Audit at Vanguard.
Kristen Kwasek, Director of Education and Community
Kristen received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in biology from
Montclair State University. While in graduate school she was a graduate
assistant at the New Jersey School of Conservation where she taught
various age groups about the environment. With her passion for ecology,
conservation, and teaching she is working to expand the education department
and programs for SWCA.
Janet Goehner-Jacobs, Executive Director
Janet has over 20 years of management experience. Janet was active
in the movement to save Saddler's Woods from development and worked
to found an organization dedicated to Saddler's Woods when preserved.
Janet pursues grants, executes restoration projects, oversees daily
operations, and ensures that SWCA succeeds in its core initiatives of
restoration, education and research.
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