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Calendar Events

Dec 21 (Sun), 12:30 pm
Silver Singles Holiday Walking Tour of NYC
Dec 21 (Sun), 2:00 pm
Lower Landsdown Trail Solstice Hike and Holiday Potluck
Jan 3 (Sat), 3:00 pm
Longwood Gardens Holiday Display
Jan 7 (Wed), 7:00 pm
Defending Wildlife
Jan 10 (Sat), 10:00 am
Singles Hike - Sourlands Mountain Preserve, Hillsborough
Jan 10 (Sat), 1:00 pm
Chapter Executive Committee meeting
Jan 14 (Wed), 7:30 pm
Executive Committee/Planning Meeting
Jan 14 (Wed), 7:30 pm
New Jersey Bluebird Society
Jan 17 (Sat), 10:00 am
Singles Hike - Jockey Hollow
Jan 17 (Sat), 10:00 am
Columbia Trail Hike

Outdoor Outings
-- from The Jersey Sierran

The Sierra Group contributing each outing is shown at the end of the write-up.
Contact Information and Notes.

Consult the Chapter Calendar for a fuller list of all NJ Chapter and Group Activities


DECEMBER

Dec 3 (Wed):
Hike at Jakes Branch County Park (Ocean Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Jakes Branch has a nature center with hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360’ view of the Pinelands. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beechwood. Bring lunch and water. Leaders: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

Dec 7 (Sun):
Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co). 10am. Meet at Lake Oswego for an 8-mile paddle on the “Jewel of the Pinelands”. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

Dec 13 (Sat):
Whitesbog Village Fall Hike (Burlington Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace on sandy trails. Directions: www.whitesbog.org. Bring lunch and beverage. Meet in the parking lot across from the General Store. Leashed dogs are welcome. Optional, guided village tour after lunch for small fee. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

Dec 13 (Sat):
Sherman Hoffman Preserve, Harding Twp (Morris Co). 10am. http://www.njaudubon.org/sectioncenters/sectionscherman/thesanctuary.aspx. Moderately strenuous: 7 miles in 4 hours in hilly terrain. Hiking through the Audubon Center, the Passaic River brook and Jockey Hollow. No beginners. No pets. Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch required. Facilities: There is a rest room at the parking lot and another rest room during the hike. Registration required via web: http://newjersey.sierraclub.org/nj_calendar.asp. If you haven't hiked with The Hikist before, include a brief description of your hiking experience with your registration. Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register. Leader: Jimi Oleksiak, The Hikist.

Dec 19 (Fri):
Hike Historic Smithville and Tour Smithville Mansion (Burlington Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. After the hike we’ll tour the Mansion decorated for a Victorian Holiday. (small fee). Option, late lunch at Vincentown Diner. Meet at Smith's Woods at Historic Smithville Park, East Railroad Ave, Easthampton. Leashed dogs are welcome. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

Dec 20 (Sat):
D&R Canal Hike (Burlington/Mercer Cos). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. The first day of winter is tomorrow – we’ll end fall and celebrate Winter Solstice with a walk on the towpath from Bordentown to Trenton. Leashed dogs are welcome! Meet at the RiverLINE parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for late lunch at a local restaurant. Inclement weather cancels. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

Dec 21 (Sun):
Holiday Sierra Silver Singles Walking Tour in New York City. 12:30 pm. Join us for a two-hour walking tour led by N.Y.C. Discovery. The theme is "A Victorian Christmas". The cost is $22, payable in cash. Meet at Penn Station in New York next to the Amtrak ticket windows. We'll go for an inexpensive lunch and then walk to the tour site. Reservations are required. Call or e-mail the trip leader, Jay Dibble, by Dec 14: 908 289-8813 or jaydib41090@peoplepc.com. Please provide your name and phone number.

Dec 21 (Sun):
Celebrate the Winter Solstice – Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co). 10am. The trip section depends on weather conditions. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

Dec 26 – Dec 31 (Fri):
Patriots Week - History of the American Revolution in NJ (Mercer Co). Learn about the American Revolution during Patriots Week. This week offers fun and history for the entire family. See the First and Second Battles of Trenton Reenactments and participate in walking tours of the Trenton battlefields. Check website for events www.patriotsweek.com. More info: Leona F: leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

JANUARY

Jan 1 (Thurs):
New Year’s Day Paddle on the Oswego River (Burlington Co). 10am. Ring in the New Year with the NJ Sierra Club. Meet at Lake Oswego and paddle 8 miles on the “Jewel of the Pinelands”. Enjoy a tailgate get together after the trip at Harrisville Lake. Bring something to share. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Jan 4 (Sun):
Veterans Park Hike (Mercer Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. Enjoy a winter hike in one of our favorite parks. This 333 acre park was built in honor of Hamilton Township’s veterans in 1977. The park is now the home for an F-4 Phantom Jet which honors Veterans who have served in the US Air Force and other Armed Forces. Meet at the Kuser Rd entrance. Leashed dogs are welcome. Option for late lunch at Mastoris Diner. Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Jan 11 (Sun):
D&R Canal Hike (Burlington Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. We’ll hike over the Lock 1 “swinging bridge” as we walk along the towpath; perhaps see the resident Bald Eagles. Meet at the RiverLINE parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for lunch at Heart of Bordentown (HOB) Tavern. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: Leona and George F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Jan 15 (Thurs):
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: www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Plainsboro/ Option for late lunch at Romeo’s Restaurant. Inclement weather cancels. Dogs are not permitted. Leaders: George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Jan 17 (Sat):
Jockey Hollow Leader's Choice (Morris Co). Moderate paced hike with some ups and downs, 6 miles. Leader's choice of trails depending on conditions at Jockey Hollow National Park in Morristown. See http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/directions.htm for directions and information. Bring lots of water, lunch, and wear hiking boots. Meet at the visitors' center at 10am. Inclement weather cancels. Proper footgear required (sabilicers, crampons or snowshoes) if appropriate for the conditions. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com . Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

Jan 18 (Sun):
Canoe/Kayak Trip on the D&R Canal (Mercer Co). 9am. Let’s get some winter exercise – paddle 12 miles from Cherry Tree Lane to Kingston. Bring lunch and beverage. Experienced winter paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm participation. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Jan 28 (Wed):
Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve (Burlington Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace on the Yellow Trail. The acquisition of the Franklin Parker Preserve in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation was a momentous occasion in conservation. This 9400-acre preserve is a keystone piece of land, linking the expanses of Brendan Byrne, Wharton, and Penn State Forests and creating a more contiguous Pinelands National Reserve. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Jan 31 (Sat):
Hike Tallman Mountain State Park (Rockland Co, NY). 11:15 am. 7 miles. We will hike through the Park and view the berms and salt marsh. We will then walk the mile-long Piermont pier halfway across the Hudson! Trails include the Long Path. Bring lunch and water. Adverse conditions will alter the route. Meet in front of 450 Piermont Av. (building with mural, on the corner of Tate & Piermont Aves.) in Piermont NY. Park down Gair street in parking lot D. Leader: John P. Jurasek: 845-519-4247 (no calls after 10pm) orJurasek@optonline.net. (ACOC)

Jan 31 (Sat):
Hike at Jakes Branch County Park (Ocean Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Jakes Branch has a nature center with interesting hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360’ view of the Pinelands. Meet at Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beechwood. Bring lunch and water. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

FEBRUARY

Feb 2 (Mon):
Canoe/Kayak Wading River on Groundhog Day (Ocean Co). 10am. What was “Piney Phil’s” decision in NJ? The river section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Feb 7 (Sat):
Patriots Path Stroll (Morris Co). Moderate paced walk, almost flat, 5 miles. Come take an easy stroll on Patriots Path in Morristown. This 3-5-mile stroll will start out from the Speedwell Lake parking lot at 10am: across the street from Historic Speedwell. See the Morris County Parks website (http://www.morrisparks.org/) for directions. The path is wide, partly paved, partly crushed stabilized gravel with very little in the way of elevation gains. We will be strolling at a very moderate pace. Please bring plenty of water and a light snack. Great for beginners. No pets please. Inclement weather cancels. Proper footgear required (sabilicers, crampons or snowshoes) if appropriate for the conditions. Optional lunch afterwards. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

Feb 7 (Sat):
Whitesbog Village Winter Hike (Burlington Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. Whitesbog is a NJ historic site: a village built to house workers in the local cranberry bogs. Perhaps we’ll see wintering Tundra Swans as we hike around the bogs. Optional guided tour of the Village at 1pm (small fee). Directions www.whitesbog.org Bring beverage and lunch. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: George & Leona F: 609-259- 3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Feb 14 (Sat):
A Sweet Hike on Valentine’s Day (Burlington Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace at Historic Smithville Park in Vincentown. The Park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain and also offers Rancocas Creek vistas. Meet at the Smith’s Woods access parking lot, East Railroad Av. Option for lunch at Vincentown Diner after the hike. Leashed dogs are welcome. Leaders: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Feb 15 (Sun):
President’s Day Weekend Hike at Allaire State Park (Monmouth Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. George Washington’s birthday will be celebrated by volunteers in grand style at this Historic Village. After the hike, option to tour the village buildings and shop at the Allaire General Store. Bring or buy lunch. Meet in the Village parking lot. Leased dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels the hike. Leaders: George & Leona F: Leona@pineypaddlers.com or 609-259-3734 (W)

Feb 22 (Sun):
Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co). 10am. Meet at Lake Oswego and paddle 8 miles on the “Jewel of the Pinelands”. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Feb 25 (Wed):
Clayton Park Hike (Monmouth Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace on woods trails with some elevation. This rustic 421-acre site in Central New Jersey is located amidst the rolling farmland of western Monmouth County. For directions: www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2517 Leashed dogs are welcome! After the hike; option for lunch at La Piazza, Allentown. Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Feb 28 (Sat):
Clausland Mountain Hike (Rockland Co, NY). 11:15 am. 6 miles. We will climb 700 ft through historic Rockland Cemetery to an old Nike missile base. Bring hiking boots, lunch, 2 quarts of water. Adverse conditions will alter the route. Meet in front of 450 Piermont Av. (building with mural, on the corner of Tate & Piermont Aves.) in Piermont NY. Park down Gair street in parking lot D. Leader: John P. Jurasek: 845-519-4247 (no calls after 10pm), or Jurasek@optonline.net. (ACOC)

MARCH

Mar 1 (Sun):
National Peanut Butter Day Hike at Perrineville Lake Park (Monmouth Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Leashed dogs are welcome! Beautiful woodlands, natural fields and a picturesque lake meet here in the heart of quiet Millstone. Bring water; leaders will have Peanut Butter snacks. Meet at 23 Agress Rd, Millstone, parking lot. Leashed dogs are welcome. Option, lunch at Albivi Restaurant. Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Mar 7 (Sat):
Canoe/Kayak the Great Egg Harbor River (Atlantic Co). 10am. We’re paddling from Penny Pot to Weymouth Furnace. Meet at Harley Dawn Diner, Black Horse Pike/Rte 322. Arrive early for breakfast!! Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Mar 8 (Sun):
Hike at Turkey Swamp Park (Monmouth Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. This is our 6th annual Daylight Savings Time hike at Turkey Swamp Park. Park information and directions: www.monmouthcountyparks.com/ Turn into the Main Entrance - 200 Georgia Rd, Freehold - drive to the Oak Point picnic area parking lot. Bring lunch and beverage. Leashed dogs are welcome! Rain cancels. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Mar 14 (Sat):
Hike in Lewis Morris Park (Morris Co). Moderate paced, 7-mile hike with some ups and downs. We will start at Sunrise Lake, then hike to the upper parking lot and back down to the lake using a combination of the Yellow and Red trails. The pace will be a moderate to slow one. See the Morris County Parks Commission website http://www.morrisparks.org/aspparks/lmdir.asp for directions. Bring lots of water, lunch, and wear hiking boots. Meet in parking lot at 10am. Inclement weather cancels. Proper footgear required (sabilicers, crampons or snowshoes) if appropriate for the conditions. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com . Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike. TC Map Jersey Highlands Trails.

Mar 22 (Sun):
World Day for Water: NJ Sierra Club Walk for Water along the D&R Canal and the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co). 10am. Join Nicole, Leona and George and other Sierrans as we walk 3 miles on the Canal towpath from Bulls Island State Park to Prallsville Mills. On World Water Day join the New Jersey Sierra Club as we Walk for Water raising awareness about water issues locally and globally. We will be highlighting issues we are facing in our state and the issues facing the over 780 million people around the world who lack access to clean water. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Leashed pets are welcome. Meeting: Bulls Island State Park, 2185 Daniel Bray Hwy, Stockton 08559. Questions or information e-mail nicole.dallara@sierraclub.org or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Mar 27 (Fri):
Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co). 10am. Spring is here! Meet at Lake Oswego and paddle 8 miles on the “Jewel of the Pinelands”. Experienced cold weather/water Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

Mar 28 (Sat):
Hook Mountain Hike (Rockland Co, NY). 10:30 am. 7 miles, with excellent views of the Hudson River and Croton Point. Meet in the Rockland Lake South Parking Lot number 4 near the entrance booth. Rockland Lake is in Congers, NY, off Rte 9W. Bring lunch, hiking boots, and water. Adverse conditions will alter the route. Leader: John P. Jurasek, 845- 519-4247 (no calls after 10pm) or Jurasek@optonline.net. (ACOC)

Mar 29 (Sun):
Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co). 10:30am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

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