Educational Programs

Are you interested in learning more about our local wildlife and how you can help conserve biodiversity in your own yard? If so, come join us for the Adult Naturalist Program at Scotland Run Park this fall. Programs are from 9:30-11:30am every 1st and 3rd Wednesday in September, October and November. Each session will include a presentation inside the newly renovated Nature Center, as well as outdoor exploration (weather permitting). For more information or to register please call 856-251-6710. 

2019 Dates
September 4th
– From South America to South Jersey: bird migration
September 18th – Fantastic Fall caterpillars
October 2nd – Mushrooms of Scotland Run Park area
October 16th – Native plants of the Coastal Plain and Pine Barrens
November 6th – Monarchs and other migrating insects
November 20th – Beyond bees: beetles, butterflies and other pollinators
FREE NATURE LESSONS - You can come to us
Join Gloucester County Park Naturalist Dr. Daniel Duran for a nature lesson. Dr. Dan has decades of experience exploring the natural world. His lessons are as entertaining as they are educational. The Nature Lesson Program at Scotland Run Park provides an outdoor experience that can’t be duplicated in the classroom. By exploring their natural world, students get a better understanding and appreciation of our environment that fosters care and concern in their daily lives.

1) SCAVENGER HUNT: This activity helps focus the student’s attention on how to observe nature. It is a good introductory experience for children. Adults are encouraged to participate.

2) GENERAL NATURE WALK: This walk offers a general overview of the Scotland Run Park nature trails. It is open ended and the subject matter is whatever is encountered on the trails. It can be conducted any time of the year and is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and explore a variety of topics.

3) LAKE STUDY: Students will catch small animals living in Wilson Lake using dip nets. Animals will be studied and identified, then returned to the lake.

4) DISCOVERING INSECTS: Students will learn about a variety of insects by catching, studying, and identifying them. All insects will be released at the end of the lesson.

FREE OUTREACH PROGRAMS - We will come to you

Dr. Daniel Duran will come to your classroom for a lesson! Our outreach programs are designed for classroom size groups (approx. 25). The programs last about 1 hour. The subject matter is geared toward elementary age groups, but can be enjoyed by everyone.

1) WHAT DO INSECTS DO: In this lesson we explore the countless ways that insects contribute to our everyday lives. We couldn’t live without them.

2) AMAZING SNAKES: This lesson focuses on snakes native to New Jersey.

3) WHY NATIVE PLANTS MATTER: Students will learn of the incredible benefits of using native plants in our environment. 

To arrange time and date
Contact: Kim Miller
At (856) 251-6710
For programing questions contact Teresa Brown at: