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Open House Days at the Environmental & Historical Center: Every second Saturday 1 - 5pm

  • Feb. 8th features Nature Poetry Workshop with Harriet Rola
  • March 8th features Watershed Awareness with Newton Creek Watershed Association and Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • April 12th features Earth Day Celebration! Eco tips, kids' games and crafts

Come visit the Environmental and Historical Center in Haddon Township, NJ where SWCA is working to expand displays and exhibits! The open house hours are held every second Saturday of the month from 1-5pm, special presentations begin at 2pm. Come enjoy a variety of programs and find out the many ways you can participate in the environmental and historical issues in your community! The address of the center is 143 E. Ormond Ave. Haddon Township, NJ 08107. For more information on open house programs or to schedule visits to the center by appointment contact kristen@saddlerswoods.org or call 856 869 7372.

FREE Special Program: Saturday February 22nd 2 - 3:15pm
The "Bear" Necessities, Ages 5+
Who’s afraid of the big bad…bear? Although they should be treated with respect and caution, black bears really aren’t so scary after all. In fact, they are very interesting and there is so much to learn about black bears. Did you ever wonder how good a black bear’s sense of smell is or if they can climb trees? During this presentation children will learn all about he NJ black bear and its lifestyle. Through crafts, interactive learning and discussion, children will understand the real facts about black bears.This program will be offered at the Haddon Township Environmental and Historical Center, 143 E. Ormond Ave. Haddon Township, NJ 08108. So we may plan crafts and activities please register by Feb. 19th with Kristen Kwasek, kristen@saddlerswoods.org or call 856 869 7372.

Wild and Wonderful Watershed Walks in Saddler's Woods
Saturday March 29th 2 - 3:30pm, Ages 6 - 8, Parents/ Guardian must attend
Saturday April 5th 2 - 3:30pm, Ages 9 - Adult.
This program will include a hike and watershed awareness activities such as macroinvertebrate surveys, water quality testing, and a hike. $5 per participant. Register kristen@saddlerswoods.org by the Wednesday prior ( March 26 and April 2) or call 856 869 7372. Limit 15.

Seasonal Botany Tours: A Burst of Spring
Saturday, April 12, 2014 10am (Rain date Sun. 2/2 at 10am)

Seasonal botanical tours are led by Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association (SWCA) Director of Forest Management Robyn A. Jeney. Robyn is an amateur botanist in progress who enjoys learning and sharing her knowledge about the incredible diversity of native plant life found in New Jersey.

Botany Tour Information:

• Tours will be approximately 1.5 to two hours long.

• Please meet by 10 AM at the Saddler’s Woods Welcome Area, which is directly across MacArthur Boulevard from the Haddon View Apartment Complex. For Google Maps directions, please use 250 MacArthur Boulevard, Haddon Township, NJ 08108.

• SWCA requests a $2 donation for the tour.

• Please pre-register with Kristen Kwasek at kristen@saddlerswoods.org or call (856) 869-7372.

• Tours are limited to 15 attendees so that everyone can hear and participate

. • Please dress appropriately for the weather and hiking. Trails are fairly level with occasional roots, rocks and slopes. Trails may be muddy or ponded after rain.

• Children under 13 are welcome if accompanied by an adult; please note that tours are generally prepared for an adult audience.

• In case of inclement weather, please check SWCA’s Facebook page or your email, if you pre-registered, for notice by 6 AM if a tour is to be postponed to the noted rain date.

Future Botany Tour Dates Are:
Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10 AM: Summer (Rain date: Sun. 6/29 at 10 AM)

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10 AM: Autumn (Rain date: Sun. 9/28 at 10 AM)

Earth Day Stewardship Event: Saturday April 26th 9:30 -1pm
Volunteers Needed!

Come celebrate Earth Day and give Saddler's Woods some TLC. We will pick up litter and weed invasive species. Please wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy, waterproof boots for work in the stream area. So we may plan tools and refreshments please register in advance (by April 22nd) with Kristen Kwasek, kristen@saddlerswoods.org or call 856 869 7372. Limit 100.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Robyn 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.

Maria Marchi, Director of Communications
Maria is a senior at Rowan University working toward her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Geoscience and minors in Geography and Communication studies. She has interned for SWCA as an education assistant where she demonstrated a strong work ethic and a great passion for environmental conservation. Maria is responsible for overseeing SWCA's quarterly newsletter,"Leaflet", managing SWCA's publicity, and increasing SWCA’s community outreach.

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.

Kristen Kwasek, Director of Education and Community Outreach
Kristen received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in biology from Montclair State University. While in graduate school she was a graduate assistant at the New Jersey School of Conservation where she taught various age groups about the environment. With her passion for ecology, conservation, and teaching she is working to expand the education department and programs for SWCA.

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.

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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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