Free and low-cost nature fun for families in the South Jersey area
Local arboretums, nature centers and parks in the South Jersey area offer free and low-cost family programming in the spring. Check out some of the fun ways to explore nature in your area.
Learn about and celebrate the migration of monarch butterflies as they make their way north from Mexico through garden exploration & crafts on May 11-12. Make a take-home vegetable planting activity and learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise & nutritious food on May 25-26.
Fish, hike & watch for wildlife throughout 250 acres of outdoor park, and explore interactive exhibits inside the Environmental Discovery Center, both free. Enjoy a guided Family Hike, the first Saturday of every month for $5 per person.
Scotland Run Park, Clayton
This park offers free bird walks, hikes & nature lessons, including scavenger hunts, sensory walks, a lake study and an insect search for all ages (pre-register). The 1,000-plus acres include a lake for boating & fishing (with a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier), trails & a picnic area.
Paws Farm Nature Center, Mount Laurel
Get up-close-and-personal with small animals like parrots, turtles & hedgehogs, and explore a butterfly garden & nature trails. The center also includes pretend play areas, including a veterinarian’s office and underground chipmunk burrow.