George & Leona's
Friends of the PineyPaddlers Schedule....



Mar 4 (Sun): Hike at the Thompson Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4 – 5 miles, easy pace. Thompson Park stretches south from Thompson Park and Schoolhouse Road along the Gravel Hill. It is dominated by heavily wooded forests and lowland swamps along the Manalapan Brook. Parts of the area also continue to support local agriculture, with farmers growing corn and soybeans. The Park offers passive activities such as hiking, walking, bird watching and photography. We will meet at the Thompson Park Trailhead near the Off-Leash Dog Area on Fir Drive, Monroe Township. GPS Coordinates: N 40 20.062 W 74 26.143 Bring water, snacks and lunch.. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please RSVP. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or   (RV)


Mar 10 (Sat): Explore the Unique History, Ecology and Culture of the Pinelands (Atlantic Co).  Join me for a daylong event at Stockton University for the 29th Annual Pinelands Short Course.  There will be options for a guided van tour of the Mullica River Watershed, “virtual field trips” of the Barnegat Bay and Maurice River and many new presentations as well as popular ones from past years.  For further information and registration, etc. please contact Joanne P  (C)


Mar 11 (Sun): DST Hike at Turkey Swamp Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  This is our 8th annual Daylight Savings Time hike at Turkey Swamp Park. Park information and directions:  Turn into the Main Entrance - 200 Georgia Road, Freehold - drive to the Oak Point picnic area parking lot.  Bring lunch and beverage. Leashed dogs are welcome!   Bring lunch, water and snacks. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike. Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or  (W)


Mar 17 (Sat): St. Patrick’s Day Hike at the NJAS Plainsboro Preserve (Middlesex Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace. The Preserve has wildlife exhibits, a reference library and the Nature Store is a great source for field guides, optics, etc. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center, 80 Scotts Corner RD, Cranbury, NJ.  Directions:   Option for late lunch at Romeo’s Restaurant.  Inclement weather cancels.  Dogs are not permitted. Co-Leaders:  Leona F, 609-259-3734 or  Joanne P  (RV)


Mar 22 (Thurs): World Day for Water: Canoe/Kayak Lake Oswego (Burlington Co).  10am.  Join us as we enjoy a day on Lake Oswego and explore the upstream reaches too.  World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. New Jersey’s 17-trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer is a vast reservoir of fresh water that underlies South Jersey and all of the PinelandsOn October 27, 2017 the NJ Sierra Club filed its second challenge to a controversial plan for a 30-mile pipeline, known as the SRL, through the ecologically sensitive Pinelands Reserve region.  Along with the Sierra Club, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and other environmental groups have raised concerns that the project will impact clean water and contribute to climate change and urban sprawl.  Bring lunch and beverage and snacks.  Please contact leaders to confirm the trip and participation. Experienced cold weather paddlers only. Rental boats are not available.   Leona and George F.  609-259-3734  (W)


Mar 25 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware and Raritan Canal (Somerset Co):  10am.  Spring is here and our 7-mile round trip will be on the Griggstown – Blackwells Mills section of the canal.  Bring lunch and hot beverage.  Inclement weather cancels. Rental boats are not available; participants must have their own canoe or kayak.   Contact leaders to confirm participation and meeting location.  George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or  (RV))


Mar 30 (Fri):  Hike at Maurice River Bluffs Preserve (Cumberland Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace, some trails have moderate elevations.  The Nature Conservancy prides itself on protecting great places like the Maurice River Bluffs, a majestic preserve overlooking the river.  Directions: Take Route 55 south to Route 49 exit. Turn right onto Route 49 West. After you cross the Maurice River in Millville, turn left onto Cedar Street/Route 555 for 0.2 miles. Then bear left onto Route 627/Silver Run Road, and continue for 1.7 miles. Look for The Nature Conservancy sign on the left side of the road. /  Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Dogs are are not permitted in the Preserve.  Option for late lunch at the Maurice River Diner.  Inclement weather cancels. Contact leaders to confirm hike. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or  (W)


Mar 31 (Sat):  Clean-up Day at the Battlefield with the Princeton Battlefield Society, NJ Sierra Club & Civil War Trust (Mercer Co). 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  (Heavy rainfall date April 7 – 1-4 PM). Participate in the Civil War Trust’s Park Day, a nationwide clean-up day. Each participant will receive a free T-ShirtThis year we will have four teams – each with a team leader: Team 1 - Brush Removal from “Island” Between Clarke House & Institute Woods; Team 2 - Historic Back Road Pathway Removal of Small Brush & Bamboo; Team 3 – Removal of Invasive Porcelain Berry from Dogwoods near Colonnade; and Team 4 - Stick Picking-up Around Shed for Young Kids. Must RSVP with the name of the team you want to join. To register: For questions:  (C)


Apr 4 (Wed):  Bicycle the Edgar Felix Bikeway (Monmouth Co).  10am. 10 - 12 miles, easy pace.  The Edgar Felix Bikeway is on a rail trail in New Jersey between Manasquan and Allaire State Park. The trail was constructed on a former roadbed of the Farmingdale & Squan Village and Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad railroads.   Bicycle helmets must be worn.  Bring water and snacks.  Lunch break at the Allenwood General Store – buy or bring lunch. Contact leaders to confirm the ride and meeting location. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or  (C)