Non-profit nature center to remain open in Hainesport

January 14, 2013 by  

The Rancocas Nature Center, located along the Rancocas Creek in Westampton near Hainesport, New Jersey and managed by the New Jersey Audubon, stated last week that it will be able to keep its doors open for another three months after it had announced in December that it would have to close due to financial issues.

Flyer printing and poster printing were no doubt used to encourage members, volunteers, and other supporters to come together to agree on how to raise $55,000 to cover an operational deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Nature Center showcases the animals, birds, and plants that are found along the creek and holds a variety of environmental educational programs. It is home to the Mather House which also has terrariums, aquariums, exhibits, stuffed birds, and a gift shop.

According to the executive director of New Jersey Audubon, Eric Stiles, the group asked the society for time to raise funds to make up the immediate shortfall and develop a multi-year plan for fundraising. The group has until the end of March to come up with a plan. In addition, there will be discussions with the owner of the land, the state Department of Environmental Protection.

An environmental activist living in Westampton, John Anderson, has also formed a Friends of the Rancocsa Nature Center group and an accompanying web site. Andre Daniels, a Westampton Township Committeeman, also said that the township will do whatever it can to help with the financial problems of the center to bring in more partners.