Adult Naturalist Program

Are you interested in learning more about our local wildlife and how you can help conserve biodiversity in your own yard? If so, join Rowan Professor and Park Naturalist, Dr. Daniel Duran for the Adult Naturalist Program at Scotland Run Park this fall. Programs are from 9:30am - 11:30am every 2nd and 4th Thursday in September and October. Each session will include a presentation inside the Nature Center, as well as outdoor exploration (weather permitting). Pre-registration is required. Call 856-251-6710 to register. Click here to register.

Setember 8 - Insect Migration
Every year Monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles between Mexico and the United States and Canada. The average butterfly can travel upwards of 100 miles a day. The longest observed single day flight for an individual was 265 miles; quite a feat for a bug that only has a four-inch wing span! If you’re curious as to why and how this species and many others travel across entire continents each year, this lesson will cover the topic in detail.

September 22 - Mushrooms and Fungi
When most people talk about the circle of life they talk about the half of the circle that contains plants and animals. It’s no wonder why this occurs, titanic sequoia trees generating entire ecosystems in their branches, and regal prides of lions pack hunting zebras are exciting and appealing. The other half of the circle, the portion containing mildew, mushrooms, and carrion feeders, might not be as appealing, but it certainly can be exciting! Even more than that, it is absolutely essential for every ecosystem on the planet. If you’re interested in the plumbing and processes that allow the circle of life to continue, come out for this lesson!

October 13 - Late Season Pollinator Plants
There is an abundance of flowers that bloom in the spring and summer that are both stunning to look at and essential for native pollinators. There are plenty more flowers that are just as beautiful and important that bloom in fall, and we don’t think they get enough love or attention. If you’d like to know what plants you can use to spruce up your garden in October or November, or how you can help out your local pollinators, come and see us for this lesson.

October 27 - Salamanders and Frogs
Did you know the Mid-Atlantic is a global hotspot for amphibian biodiversity? You do now, and you can learn many other things about local amphibians in our final lecture. This lesson will cover a wide range of topics including identification of local frogs and salamanders, how the ice ages concentrated amphibian species in our local area, how frog species are imperiled by an invasive fungus, and much more. Be sure to see us for the final lesson in the series before the program croaks and you have to wait until next year.