Now in its second year, “Observing Nature: Inward and Outward” is led by Peter Del Vecchio, using his training and life experiences as both a keen observer of the natural world and yogic mindfulness guide to enhance participant’s lives with practical instruction on how to develop both internal and external awareness and conscious powers of observation.
The weekend’s activities are specifically designed to increase awareness of your own abilities of observation, both internally (perceptions and feelings) and externally (increased awareness of the natural world which surrounds us). The very concept of “observation” itself and how to strengthen one’s awareness and daily application form the core of the program.
The instructor-led activities will include simple, yet powerful, mindfulness techniques, deep relaxation instruction, nature observation walks (some silent), private journaling, cell phone nature photography, as well as fun “camp” activities, such as a campfire with s’mores, stories, etc.
This program is designed for ages 12 to adult, and no prior experience is required– just a love of nature and learning. This is a two-day workshop (9 am on Saturday to 6 pm on Sunday), rain or shine.
Although this is a two-day program, single-day tickets are also available as space allows, for those who cannot attend the full program. Registration is limited to a maximum of 20 participants per day – with priority given to those who register for the full two-day program – in order to ensure the focus on personal guidance and experience that is at the core of this unique program. Saturday Overnight Lodging at NJSOC is included in the full 2-day program cost, and is also available for one-day participants at an extra fee (see Eventbrite ticket options).
Meals are not included, and no food service is provided at or by NJSOC. However, there is plenty of space for you to store a cooler with your meals, snacks, and beverages. Also, refrigerator space and use of the kitchen will be made available. We can recommend places to purchase food locally before you enter Stokes State Forest.
Additional details are available on this flyer.
Your event fee, minus Eventbrite Fees, is fully refundable if cancelled 7 or more days before the event. In the case of a multi-day event, you must cancel 7 or more days before the first day of the event. No partial refunds are given if you cannot attend all days of the event.
While we appreciate being notified if you are unable to attend an event, refunds are not given for cancellations within 7 days of the event.
For events that are weather-dependent, a raindate/reschedule date is included in the event description. We do not offer refunds if an event is rescheduled for the specified date.
If we must cancel an event, your registration fee, including Eventbrite fees, will be refunded.
The Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation is a U.S. tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. When NJSOC closed in July 2020, the Friends launched a campaign to save it. This ultimately led to negotiations with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, owners of NJSOC, to obtain an interim management agreement for the School. This agreement was finalized in April 2021, and the Friends of NJSOC are proud to offer limited programming at NJSOC with the help of dedicated and talented volunteers. We are pleased to register you for one of our programs!