Sourland Conservancy Calendar of upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events!

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Stream Monitoring

Learn from NJ Watershed Ambassadors about the importance of stream health and gain hands-on experience collecting and identifying aquatic macro-invertebrates. This is a great class for anyone interested in water quality and protecting one of our most precious resources. There is an indoor and outdoor component to the workshops. The first day of the workshop will be held indoors, and the second day will be outdoors (make sure to pack your wellies!). Each workshop sessions are the same, so please register for only one session.

Session 3:
Indoor: May 16 at 7:00pm in the Barn at Hunt House
Outdoor: May 18 at 9am in Zion Crossing Park, Montgomery township.

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Spring Returns to the Sourlands

May 11, 10am-12pm, St.Michael’s Farm Preserve (Aunt Molly Road)

Walk to see nature returning to the Sourlands. Not that it is not there in the winter but in early May the song birds are returning from Central and South America and the lovely spring ephemeral wildflowers are blooming everywhere. The trees are leafing out and in many cases in flower. The Sassafras and Spice bush are perfuming the air. There may even be a few butterflies--Mourning Cloaks and Cabbage Whites at any rate. The earth is being re-born; let's be there!

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Ryland Inn Farmers & Families

Dinner & Guided Tour

May 19th at 3:00pm

“The Sourland Conservancy is delighted to give its members the opportunity to win complimentary tickets to the Ryland Inn's upcoming Farmers and Family Dinner, set for Sunday, May 19. 

The Ryland Inn has been a strong supporter of the Sourland Conservancy, including providing the VIP Service at the Sourland Mountain Festival and and will be hosting a unique three-course farm to table dinner in honor of the Conservancy. The Ryland Inn's renowned Executive Chef Chris Albrecht uses farm-to-table, local and sustainable ingredients making menus of fresh food and flavors that change with the seasons. 

To win two complimentary tickets, simply (TO ENTER: 1) Follow @sourland_conservancy and @therylandinn 2) like this post 3) tag two friends in the comments who would love to dine at the Ryland for a great cause and hashtag #savethesourlands

Not everybody can win these two tickets but we hope that all of our supporters will consider supporting the partnership between the Conservancy and the Ryland by joining us at the dinner. Tickets for this very special occasion can still be purchased by calling the Ryland Inn at 908.534.4011.

No purchase necessary to participate in the giveaway.

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History of a Delaware River Bluff: From Washington’s Visit to the Present

May 25, 10am-12pm, Goat Hill

Join Tom Ogren, author of The Story of Goat Hill, on a two mile hike atop a high bluff overlooking the Delaware River which was preserved by the State in 2009. The hike features a visit to the popular "Goat Hill overlook" which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the river valley. Another popular stop over will be "Washington's Rock," made famous by the legend of George Washington's visit to Goat Hill in 1778. Hikers will also get to see an old quarry and learn about Goat Hill's fascinating history as a quarry site, the retirement home of an Army colonel, a Boy Scout reservation, and the subject of a six year legal battle to save it from being "quarried to death."

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Nature Walk with Naturalists

June 1, 10am-12pm, Cedar Ridge Preserve

Naturalist Betty Horn will lead a walk to "read the landscape and talk about what we see" on the upland, western part of the preserve. Betty has been Curator of the Biological Collections of the University's Museum of Natural History since 1978. Her interests span the behavior of birds and insects, wildflowers from blooming and pollination to seed dispersal, and trees from twigs to forest structure to their effects on global climate change. Betty sees beauty in almost everything else, and love to share her joy in natural history.

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Geology of the Sourlands

June 8, 10am-2pm, Somerset County Sourland Mountain Preserve

Explore the rocks, boulders and soils of the Somerset County Sourland Mountain Preserve. Learn about the history and formation of the mountain on this challenging, long hike to Devil's Half Acre and Roaring Rocks. Led by David Harper, former President of the Geological Association of NJ and author of the book,, "Roadside Geology of New Jersey."

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African American Heritage Sites in the Sourlands

June 15, 8-11am, Stoutsburg Cemetery, Mt.Zion AME Church, Pennington African Cemetery

Start your morning with Tatiana Fulmer, Sourland Conservancy trustee and outdoors enthusiast as she brings to light the history and contributions of African Americans within the Sourland region. Participants will be guided through three significant locations: the Pennington African Cemetery, the Stoutsburg Cemetery, and the Mt. Zion AME Church. Learn about each site during a short walk around the grounds.

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Sourland Mountain Festival

June 22, 3:00 - 10:00pm

Hillsborough Golf & Country Club: Enjoy the best local music, food, beverages, activities, and crafts. Celebrating its 16th year, the seven-hour festival will host more history, critters, wildlife and outdoor activities with a spectacular view of the Sourland Mountain. Discounted tickets on sale now: Adult $20 ($30 at the gate); Young People (12-18) $10; Children under 12, free.

Volunteers needed! Help save the Sourlands, see the show for free, meet new friends AND score a cool tee!


Mushroom Walk

August 17, 10am-12pm, Hunterdon County Sourland Mountain Preserve

If you’re having trouble telling the difference between Hen of the Woods and Chanterelles, this is the foray for you! Experience the wonder of wild mushrooms with a local expert Nina Burghardt of the New Jersey Mycological Association.

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