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Program: "Along the Cooper River: Camden to Haddonfield"
by authors Robert A. Shinn and Kevin Cook
Sat. Sept. 12, 2015 2pm
This program will be held at the Haddon Township Environmental & Historical Center, 143 E. Ormond Ave. Haddon Township, NJ. The doors will open at 12noon and the program will start at 2pm. The Cooper River is a meandering tributary of the Delaware River in Camden County with a rich cultural heritage. Along the Cooper River, English Quakers found safe haven from religious persecution, and General Washington's soldiers fought for control of Coopers Ferry during the American Revolution. From 1925 to 1928, landscape architect Charles Leavitt Jr. designed plans for the 550-acre Cooper River Park. From 1935 to 1939, Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration (WPA) carried out plans to create open, gently sloping landscapes and wooded areas for recreation. In their slide show presentation, authors Robert Shinn and Kevin Cook will present historic photographs and discuss how the communities of Camden, Haddon Township, Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Pennsauken and Collingswood each played a unique role in the long and rich history of the Cooper River and its evolution into a nationally significant recreational area. Light refreshments will be served. Book will be available for purchase.This is a free event open to the public. Prior to the our guest speakers' program, the public is invited to arrive early and enjoy the environmental and historical displays at the Center. Sponsored by Saddler's Woods Conservation Association (SWCA), Haddon Township Historical Society, and Haddon Township Environmental Commission.

Seasonal Botany Tour: Fall, Sat. October 3, 2015 10am
Please join Robyn A. Jeney, Saddler's Woods Conservation Association's Director of Forest Management, for a botanical tour of Saddler's Woods on Saturday October 3, 2015 from 10 am to 12 pm. (Rain date is 10/4/2015.) Saddler's Woods is located at 250 MacArthur Blvd. Haddon Township, NJ 08108. For more information or to register, call 856-869-7372 or contact Robyn at robyn@saddlerswoods.org. Limit 15. Cost $2 per person. Please dress appropriately for weather and an easy hike.

Fall Stewardship Event: Sat. October 17, 2015 9:30am - 1pm
Volunteers needed to help us spruce up Saddler's Woods located at 250 MacArthur Blvd. Haddon Township, NJ 08108. We will pick up litter, refurbish trails, plant native trees, and weed invasive plants. A great event for families, scout troops, and clubs looking for community service opportunities. Tools and refreshments provided. Register by October 10, 2015. Email janet@saddlerswoods.org or call 856 869 7372. Limit 100. Click Here for Flyer

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About Saddler's Woods
Saddler's Woods is a 25 acre urban forest located in Haddon Township, New Jersey. Saddler's Woods surrounds the headwater spring of the main branch of the Newton Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River in Camden County, and is unique for its combined features of an old growth forest, young woodlands, a meadow, and wetlands all located within five miles of Philadelphia, PA. Every year, thousands of visitors enjoy Saddler's Woods for passive recreation and nature interpretation.

The old growth portion is a time-capsule, showing visitors the type of forest that once existed when the Arowmen and Erinwonek tribes of the Leni Lenape nation lived here. In the early 1600s, European settlers began to arrive and the forests were cleared for farms, timber, and fuel. In the 1800s, Joshua Saddler escaped a Maryland plantation to seek refuge among the large Quaker abolitionist population. Joshua Saddler found work with a local Quaker farmer, Cy Evans, and gained his freedom. He purchased a small farm and raised his family next to the woods. In 1868 Joshua Saddler wrote into his will that none of his heirs "shall cut the timber thereon". For this preservation ethic, the woods, were officially named in his honor in January 2004. Previously, the woods had never had any official name or designation.

Saddler's Woods Conservation Association
Saddler's Woods Conservation Association, SWCA, is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to education, restoration, and research of Saddler's Woods. Through programs, tours, hands on restoration, and field studies, we strive to promote the natural and cultural resources unique to this 25 acre urban forest.

Saddler's Woods Welcome Area
250 MacArthur Boulevard, Haddon Township, NJ 08108

The organization was formed by Haddon Township residents who were active in the movement to save the woods from an athletic fields development plan. But saving the woods was just the beginning. Unfortunately, Saddler's Woods had suffered decades of fragmentation and neglect. Since its preservation, SWCA volunteers have worked vigorously, logging hundreds of hours towards restoration and education. For its efforts, SWCA was honored by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, ANJEC, with an Environmental Achievement Award.

SWCA achieves its goals by partnering with community groups and area schools and by utilizing grant funds for restoration, education, and research. To date, SWCA has received grants from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Inc., the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Camden County's Open Space Clean Communities program, Conservation Resources Inc., REI, Marlton, the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation, Subaru of America Inc., Haddon Township Clean Communities program, and The Darden Corporation.

SWCA, is managed by a volunteer board directors; three Advisory Directors, a Director of Communications,a Director of Education and Community Outreach, a Director of Forest Management, a Director of Finance and an Executive Director.

Janet Goehner-Jacobs, Executive Director
Janet has over 20 years of management experience. Janet was active in the movement to save Saddler's Woods from development and worked to found an organization dedicated to Saddler's Woods when preserved. Janet pursues grants, executes restoration projects, oversees daily operations, and ensures that SWCA succeeds in its core initiatives of restoration, education and research.

David Jacobs, Director of Finance
In addition to assisting with activities in the woods, David maintains the financial records for the association. David received his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of New Jersey. He is a Senior Manager in Internal Audit at Vanguard.

Robyn A. Jeney, Director of Forest Management
Robyn has worked for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission since graduating from Penn State University in 2004. She earned a Masters degree in environmental studies at the University of Pennsylvania in December of 2008. Robyn is responsible for the active management of Saddler's Woods to restore and protect native habitat.

Jesse Buerk, Advisory Director
Jesse holds a Master's degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and a Bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is currently employed with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. As former Director of Communications, Jesse continues to assist with SWCA's publicity and communications.

Maggi Downham, Advisory Director
Maggi worked for many years to preserve Saddler's Woods, and was honored by the Delaware Riverkeeper organization and the Audubon Wildlife Society for her activism and stewardship. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. Maggi serves on many local boards such as the environmental commission, municipal alliance,and the planning and zoning board and offers her experience in civic relations to the managing directors of SWCA.

John Nystedt, Advisory Director
John applies his industry experience in an advisory capacity to the managing directors of SWCA. John is a Restoration Specialist for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, is a N.J. Certified Landscape Architect, and has 25 years of experience in landscape architecture and ecological planning.

Lisa MacCarrigan, Director of Communications
holds a BS from Rutgers University, New Brunswick where she majored in both Public Health and Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior. She is currently a Regulatory Programs Specialist for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Lisa works to manage the publicity and communications intiatives for SWCA.

OPEN, Director of Education and Community Outreach
SWCA is currently seeking a volunteer Director of Education and Community Outreach. Please contact
call 856-869-7372 to find out more.

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Contact Us

Saddler's Woods Conservation Association
P.O. Box 189
Oaklyn, NJ 08107
(856) 869-7372


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