Rancocas nature center holds event for new programs

October 30, 2013 by  

New discovery programs were this month unveiled at the Rancocas Nature Center in Mount Holly near Hainesport, and will provide a great deal of knowledge into the rich past of the creek-side area. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing were used to announce this to the community.

During the day-long event, several lectures were given covering topics such as the Lenape Indians, ancient climate change, and the Rancocas Creek and its early settlements. Interactive trail walks were narrated by experts in archaeology and botany. AmeriCorps representatives also provided information about watersheds.

Activities for children included hands-on nature lessons with leaf rubbings and pumpkin painting and crafting Halloween masks using feathers and other earthy materials. Pianist Lore Constantine and folk singer Camille Peruto provided a backdrop of music for the event.

According to Susan Buffalino, director of the center, many other nature preserves cover attractions such as the Pine Barrens and the Delaware River, while Rancocas specializes in material about the Rancocas Creek. The center has been open since 1977 and has found a niche in presenting material about the history and culture that fills the area. The new discovery programs are designed to showcase the area and present its cultural and historic value to the community.

Buffalino added that the center has a regular collection of artifacts, fossils, gardens, and live animals, including turtles and snakes. The park has a cemetery dating back to the Civil War and, during the Revolutionary War, was part of a skirmish during the Battle of Mount Holly.