Category: Events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

On Monday, January 15, NJSOC hosted a very special a program – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The program was hosted in partnership with Outdoors On Purpose, Natural Ground 1 and New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg. More than 25 volunteers braved the freezing temperatures to work

SOC Friends Appreciation Day

We Thank You! Sparks fly when like-minded people bound by a common purpose unite around a campfire! How symbolic that in this darkest time at SOC, we have been warmed by the light and love of so many Friends.  In recognition of the generosity and support extended while reopening the

Families frolicked at Forest Fun Day!

Who ever knew you could have so much fun in a single day? Any one of the almost 100 people who attended Forest Fun Day found this out for themselves and now know just how much there is to learn and enjoy in the great outdoors! As people gathered on

Wilderness Survival and Bushwacking

A young team of intrepid adventurers joined Dr. Jim Merritt on a hike through the woods of Stokes Forest.  Along the way, they paused to review their surroundings and determine what if anything was available in the forest for them to survive if need be. The young group talked about

Hiking Navigation Workshop

NJSOC was back action on Saturday in partnership with the National Association for Search and Rescue! John Rovetto, Mountain Travel and Rescue adviser for the NJ region of the National Ski Patrol, a NY State Licensed guide, a member of New Jersey Search & Rescue and a NY/NJ Trail conference

Dendrology and Tree Biology

Jon Connolly is the President of Sussex County Community College. He is also a research biologist with a Forest Science degree and extensive knowledge of tree anatomy and physiology. He shared this expertise on a walk through the forest with participants in a Dendrology and Tree Biology workshop sponsored by

Hooked on Fishing – A Day of Fish and Fun

They arrived with rods, reels, buckets, worms, and waders anticipating a day of fish and fun, and Lake Wapalanne did not disappoint. Within seconds of the start whistle and 38 anglers dropping their lines in the water, the first fish in the Friends of NJSOC’s first ever Hooked on Fishing,

NJSOC 72nd Anniversary Celebration and Open House

Despite rain, wind, winter like temperatures, and a power outage, the Friends’ Open House was a HUGE success. Thirty-nine stalwart souls braved the elements and joined us on tours, participated in rock art, learned about turtle research and even went boating. It was such fun to greet and spend time

Searching for Salamanders – A Perfect Day

Saturday, May 15, 2021 was a great Spring day in many ways. The sun was shining and a cool morning gave way to a warm 70 degree afternoon, a perfect day to look for critters. The best part was that the NJ School of Conservation opened its gate for the

I went into the woods…

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.  – Henry David Thoreau Friends– We’re

Spring Tree Planting 2017 Followup

Friends – We were so disappointed that the change in plans due to the weather meant that some of you were not able to join us for last week’s tree planting. Although Saturday’s weather was not quite as rainy as expected, a look at the Flatbrook confirmed that canceling the