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Rancocas Creek Study Group

The intent of this group will be to study and catalog the edible vegetation and supportive ecology of the muddy creek known as the Rancocas, stretching roughly from Fort Dix, New Jersey to the Delaware River. I am sited roughly in the middle of the watershed in Mount Holly, and those who stopped by on the 13th of July 2013 got a glimpse of just a fraction of what it has to offer. Where I see this group making progress is not only in the identification of wild plant edibles, but also in the study of urban sprawl and its impact on the ecology of the Rancocas. There are thankfully several tens of miles of trails within the parks lining this creek, some better maintained than others, and no shortage of routes to cover or shortage of plant material to look at. Let's pool some ideas, pics and stories. I am Joe Kling at [masked]. Have at it! ;-D

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  • dirk558

    Our friend Carole Moore, who was a delight to meet yesterday after the Rancocas hike, is a performing middle eastern dance at the Bordentown Green Fair on June 14. I have a family reunion that day and can't make it, but here's the info if some other Wild Foodies want to see it and support Carol. http://i.imgur.com/yhrxDW2.jpg

    June 1, 2014

  • dirk558

    Had a great time learning some new plants with Joe. I'm amazed by the amount of knowledge shared.

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Robin

    This Meetup it was a phenomenal! Joe is extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about sharing his knowledge. I learned many useful things that I can start doing in my own landscaping as well as gaining knowledge on identifying wild edibles.

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • jesse t

    Thanks Joe, had a great time, your place is an awesome place to start also. When Vanessa and I had to head out early she was running by the garden area and almost stepped on a 4 foot black rat snake. He slithered away before I could take a good look at him.

    1 · May 31, 2014

    • Joe

      WOW! Didn't see him :-o Thanks for coming!!!

      May 31, 2014

  • James

    I've hiked this area for many moons.... LOTS of ticks!

    May 27, 2014

    • Will

      Yes the ticks are out. You should all come prepared. Apply Permethrin at least 2 hours prior to wearing your outer clothing; boots, socks, pants, shirt, hat, even your underwear. A little skin so soft on exposed skin is a good idea too.

      May 30, 2014

    • Joe

      Sulfur tabs or powder come in handy too...

      May 30, 2014

  • Joe

    FYI - We start at 157 Hickory St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060, then head over to the trails at Rancocas Nature Center

    May 30, 2014

  • dirk558

    See you all tomorrow morning!

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Joe

    If anyone needs it, my cell # is[masked]

    May 30, 2014

  • Joe

    We're still on for Saturday. Orientation prior to hitting the trail system down the road will be at my yard on Hickory Street, Mount Holly, NJ at 0900. I'll have a sign on my gate ("Joe's Yard"). Email me if you need directions. See you soon!!!

    May 27, 2014

  • Joe

    Hi Jeanne. At the Rancocas Nature Center there are accomodations for you. The trails are short as well...

    March 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am limited as to exposure to heat, sunlight exposure, and distance walking. Is there still a way for me to fit in? I'm willing to assist in other supportive volunteer manner.

    March 18, 2014

  • Joe

    If any are interested We can walk the western shores of Rancocas Creek Saturday morn 8 Feb. Looking at a 0900 start. If you can make it please respond to this forum and I'll send coordinating instructions.

    February 6, 2014

  • jesse t

    Thanks for the advanced notice! I will see if I can round up a few other people who may be interested. Can't wait to see what is around and growing by then! It would be nice to squeeze a trip in early spring too.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Lanette

    YAY, I'm excited!

    1 · February 4, 2014

  • Joe

    I'm good with that. A month after the last frost date in April for this zone. Open to suggestions on venue, itinerary, agenda...

    January 19, 2014

  • Elsa­ changed the date and time to Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    January 17, 2014

  • Elsa

    There is a great deal of beauty in the Rancocas area....great kayaking, hiking, bird watching, camping, Native American Pow wows...it is a gem that people don't really seem to know about...but should...b/c we need some support and once people see and enjoy...they will come and support. PS: tremendous wildlife rescue sanctuaries...unlike any other I have ever seen!

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Joe

    I have started volunteering at the Rancocas Nature Center - 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060 www.rancocasnaturecenter.org
    I should be around there on weekends and you are ALL welcome to stop by - walk the trails, hear the lectures, participate in events and support a good cause ;-D

    October 15, 2013

  • Joe

    Someone mentioned the lack of Monarch Butterflies, owing to a delay in the milkweed bloom. Apparently, that's not stopping all of them. Had a few fly through my yard this weekend. Also, turtle life and reptiles like small lizards are thriving in pine areas around Ft Dix and Pemberton along the creek. Frogs of a few species are as well. I have noted Leopard Frogs, a smaller black and smaller green variety as well... Good news locally, really, as amphibians are in decline in many areas of the US these days.

    July 16, 2013

  • Joe changed the location to Rancocas Creek Basin

    July 16, 2013

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