Monday, September 16, 2013

Come Celebrate with Us!

Nature Walk to the Rancocas

Presentation of
Thomas/Rich Award
Friends of the Rancocas
Nature Center

$40.00 per person
Includes Dinner Buffet,
Hors D’oeuvres,
Beer, Wine, Soda

For Ticket Information email or
call 609-744-5643

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Pledges Being Accepted for World Series of Birding

The Rancocas Conservancy is pleased to be participating in the World Series of Birding on May 11th. We’re already accepting pledges! Our team — the Brown Creekers — will be birding in Camden County — last time there they found 117 species in 24 hours! You can pledge a specific amount per species seen ($1.00/species, $.25/species, etc., whatever fits your budget!), or a flat amount — regardless of the results achieved. You can send your pledge to PO Box 2188, Vincentown, NJ 08088; email it to; or ‘donate now’ on our website at In mid-May, we will update you on the results — including a list of species seen — and let you know what you owe as a result. Pledges over $50 get you an annual membership with the Conservancy. The World Series is one of only two major fundraising events we will hold this year. Please help us out. The Conservancy currently owns or manages more than 1,900 acres of the 360-square-mile Rancocas Watershed.Eastern Phoebe, courtesy of Russ Campbell

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Rancocas Conservancy Honors Environmentalist John Volpa

Pictured from left are the Conservancy’s Chris Jage, Barbara Rich, John Volpa and Rancocas Conservancy President Laura Bishop.

At our Annual Meeting and Dinner on Monday, September 10, we presented our annual Thomas/Rich Award to John Volpa, Vice-Chair of the Evesham Township Environmental Commission.

The Thomas/Rich Award is named for Rancocas Conservancy founder Mark Thomas and past President and long-time member Barbara Rich. The Thomas/Rich Award was presented to John Volpa for his dedication and support of the Conservancy and the Rancocas Watershed. John recently retired from teaching after 37 years. Most recently, he taught at Indian Mills Middle School in Shamong where, year-after-year, he involved his students in the protection of and respect for native habitat and the Pinelands, in particular. John taught sixth-grade environmental science for the last 20 years and was responsible for developing the school’s environmental education program, coordinating the annual sixth-grade camping trip, and developing the middle school Act Locally Club. In addition to his work with the Evesham Township Environmental Commission, John is the Co-Chair of Green Team/Sustainable Evesham and the Chair of Friends for the Black Run Preserve.

Congratulations John — and thanks for all you do!

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Pre-Annual Dinner Info

We thought this blog might be a great way to keep everyone updated on our activities, things we learn, and information on the Rancocas Creek Watershed.

Our goal is to keep you informed about the Conservancy’s activities, local news of interest in the Watershed, and how YOU can get involved – so check back often. And, if you have something to share – we’d love to hear from you!!

Our big news right now is our upcoming Annual Meeting and Dinner on Monday, September 10th. This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and see old friends and Conservancy supporters and meet new ones! We’d like to see more new faces each year – the more members we have, the more we can achieve!

If you are feeling energetic, the evening kicks off with a little hike along the Creek at 5:00 pm. Not quite up to that? Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served starting at 6:00 – this is the perfect time to cruise around the auction tables and start making your bids on some pretty interesting items. A little bird told me that there this year’s auction has lots of things you can “do”…watch those bidding sheets to make sure you win! Christopher’s in Mt. Holly is catering the dinner…so you know it’s going to be good.

After dinner, we’ll update everyone on the Conservancy’s activities during the past year. And, there will be a representative from Burlington County who will provide us with information on its activities, programs and upcoming opportunities. Of course, the highlight each year is the presentation of the Rancocas Conservancy’s Thomas/Rich award. This year’s recipient is Mr. John Volpa, for his dedication and support of the Conservancy and the Rancocas Watershed. Mr. Volpa recently retired from teaching at Indian Mills Middle School where, year-after-year, he involved his students in the protection of and respect for native habitat and the Pinelands, in particular. Mr. Volpa is an active member of the Evesham Township Environmental Commission.

The Annual Meeting and Dinner is a key fundraising event for the Conservancy. If you can’t attend the dinner, but would like to make a donation to the Conservancy – or become a member – go to our homepage and click on the appropriate link! We’d love to have you join us!

Before we go…just a few things we wanted to let you know:

The Rancocas Conservancy now has a facebook page — check it out and PLEASE…LIKE us! There’s a button you click on our homepage too!

For the Conservancy…more later!

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21st Annual Meeting and Dinner

Rancocas Conservancy’s

21st Annual Meeting and Dinner
Monday, September 10, 2012
Lumberton Leas Community Center
Events Begin at 5 pm
Click Here for Details

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Welcome! This is the Official Blog of the Rancocas Conservancy.


The Mission of the Rancocas Conservancy is to preserve, protect, and enhance the ecological and cultural integrity of the Rancocas Creek watershed and its environs.


Since its inception in 1989, the Rancocas Conservancy has been a significant actor in the promotion of land preservation and water quality protection throughout the Rancocas Creek Watershed.  As a result, the Conservancy is now recognized as the leading land trust in the Watershed, responsible for the permanent preservation of more than 1,900 acres of land, an expansion of open space planning in the region and the education of thousands of residents on the importance of environmental protection.  Amazingly, all this was accomplished almost entirely through the work of an all-volunteer Board of Trustees.

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