South Jersey Land And Water Trust Offers Activities To Learn About And Help The Environment

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

SOUTH JERSEY – The South Jersey Land and Water Trust (SJLWT) is offering an array of outdoor activities to help people to learn more about the local environment while, at the same time, helping it out.

SJLWT is a non-profit conservation organization that works to protect and preserve land and water resources of South Jersey. They do this by preserving open space and farmland, hosting educational workshops, installing stream buffers and rain gardens while maintaining and enhancing the natural, cultural, and historic heritage of the region, according to their website. 

The following are planned activities for the month of May.

Swamp Pink Planting Day

Come learn about the amazing plant called Swamp Pink and help us plant some of this endangered species at our Oldmans Creek Preserve! We will also enjoy a nice walk around the property to see what other plants are starting to sprout.

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

Location: The Oldmans Creek Preserve; 21 Main St, Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Please RSVP: Contact Michael Hogan at to RSVP and/or if you have any questions.

Signal Hill/Big Timber Creek Cleanup

Join us in our effort to help cleanup around Bottom Lake and Big Timber Creek! Grabbers, gloves, and bags will be provided. Come enjoy a beautiful Spring today while we help cleanup this important waterway!

Date: Saturday, May 14th 2022.

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where: 39.80611791752731, -74.9887039325914

Meet at field along Garfield Avenue between Berlin Rd and Gibbsboro Rd.

RSVP Required. Please contact Michael Hogan at

Rain Barrel Workshop

We will be creating rain barrels in order to help save water and prevent flooding in our communities. You will receive a short presentation on the value of using rain barrels around your house and then be guided through constructing one of your own that you can take with you that day! All materials will be provided including the barrel, equipment, and tools. If you have your own tools that you would like to use you can feel free to bring them however electric outlet space may be limited. A standard 55-gallon water barrel measures 36” high x 24” wide. The barrel weighs roughly 22 pounds and 55 gallons of water weighs 460 pounds for a grand total of 482 pounds when completely full. Please make sure you have a way of transporting the rain barrel after the workshop is over. Space is limited!

The presentation and construction will take place outside unless there is rain in which case we will move to the barn.

PLEASE RSVP: Visit to purchase your ticket.

Cost: $30 per barrel.

When: Saturday May 21st from 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: Oldmans Creek Preserve, 21 Main Street, Pointers Auburn Rd, Swedesboro, NJ 08085.

Lady’s Slipper Walk and Macro Invertebrate Talk

Go for a stroll along the Batsto Trails as we look for the unique Lady’s Slipper Orchid! We will go over some of the history of Batsto and break for lunch at 12pm. At 1pm we will observe the methods to check for water health by looking at what macro invertebrates we can find. Come for half or come for all, all are welcome!

Date: Saturday May 21st

Time: 10am-12pm Lady’s Slipper Walk; 1pm-3pm Macro Invertebrate talk

Location: 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037.

Cost: Members/free, Nonmembers/$3

We will meet at the Visitor’s Center for the walk and outside the Nature Center for the macro invertebrate talk.

RSVP Required. Please contact Michael Hogan at

Kirkwood Lake Cleanup

Help us preserve natural habitats! Join us for a cleanup of the area around Kirkwood Lake!

Date: Saturday, May 28th

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

Location: Kirkwood Lake; meet at the end of Pinelawn Ave, Lindenwold, NJ 08021; Take Rt.30 east, make left onto White Horse Road, right onto Berlin Road, left onto Pinelawn Ave. We will meet at the end of the street. (39.8328395, -74.9901988)

As always, gloves and tools will be provided!

RSVP Required. Please contact Michael Hogan at hoganphoto@verizon

Upper Delaware Bay Driving Tour

Join us for a driving tour of the Upper Delaware Bay! On our route, we will visit Canton, Stow Neck Road, Mad Horse Creek, Stowe Creek Rd. Landing, Bayside/Caviar and end with a walking tour of the historic Village of Greenwich! At each stop, there will be opportunities for attendees to get out and take photographs while our host Michael Hogan gives details on the ecology and history of each location. Space is limited — there’s a 10 car limit — so reserve your spot today!

Date: Saturday, June 18th

Time: 10 AM-2 PM

Location: 960 Ye Greate St, Greenwich, NJ 08323, USA

Cost: $50 PER CAR Tickets available here:

If you have any questions, please send an email to

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