Day Volunteer Event: June 1, 2013 9:30am - 1pm
Volunteers are needed to weed invasive plants, pick up litter, and maintain
trails. Email email@example.com
or call 856 869 7372 to register by May 22nd. Limit 100.
Children's Program: Tracking
Nature: What's That Smell?
is a program about discovering evidence in wildlife. The class time
will be dedicated to learning about tracks, scat, nests, claw marks,
and other signs of wildlife. As part of the class, all age groups will
go on a hike throughout Saddler's Woods. On the hike children will identify
evidence of wildlife and track animals. Two adults will be present at
Fireflies class (19 - 23 months) will be held on Saturday
June 8th from 9 - 9:45am.
Grasshoppers class (24 - 36 months) will be held on
Saturday June 8th from 10:15am - 11am.
Chipmunks class (3 - 5 years) will be held on Friday
June 7th from 4:30 - 6pm.
Forest Explorers class (6 - 9 years) will be held on Friday June 14th
from 4 - 6pm.
Jr. Rangers class (10 - 13 years old) will be held on
Friday June 21st from 4 - 6pm.
Class Limits - 6 Fireflies, 6 Grasshoppers, 7 Chipmunks, 8 Forest Explorers,
and 8 Jr. Rangers.
Note: Location - Saddler's Woods, 250 MacArthur Blvd. Haddon Township,
for non- members, $10 for members. Registration in advance with payment
to download the registration form. Registration and membership
fees can be submitted online ( go to the donate page), please mail a
signed hard copy of the registration and release form as well. Thank
more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 856 869 7372.
House Days at the Environmental & Historical Center: Every
third Sunday 1 - 5pm
continues to expand displays and exhibits at the new Haddon Township
Environmental and Historical Center located at 143 E. Ormond Ave. Haddon
Township, NJ 08107. The open house days will feature a variety of enviornmental
and historical programs. You can also drop off your Terracycle items
and find out the many ways you can participate in the environmental
and historical issues in your community!
more information 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.
Joshua Hitchner, Director of Communications
Joshs fascination with the environment started at a very young
age and he has been captivated ever since. Josh served as one of SWCAs
first interns in 2011 earning college credits for his work. Josh is
responsible for media relations, community outreach, educational literature,
and the quarterly newsletter. He is currently attending Rowan University
for environmental studies. Upon graduation he plans to attend graduate
school for environmental science or natural resource management.
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 15 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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