Burlington County Parks System

Burlington County Parks System Historic Smithville Park hosts several FREE events throughout the year, such as Earth Fair, Arts in the Park, Fall Float Festival, and much more!
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Burlington County Parks System

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Burlington County
03/19/2021
Burlington County

Burlington County

ICYMI: Burlington County is partnering with the NJ Department of Community Affairs to distribute $13 million in rental assistance to Burlington County tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Hundreds of residents in Burlington County are facing the burden of owing thousands of dollars in back rent or utilities. Partnering with the State in this much-needed program allows us to quickly reach those who need it most and ensure that the maximum amount is available to our residents," said Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson.

https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/story/news/2021/03/17/burlington-county-allocates-13-m-residents-facing-eviction/4723216001/

Did you know about Amico Island Park? Have you been?  The beach accesses have some of the best views, including Philadel...
03/18/2021
Another hidden gem park in south Jersey

Did you know about Amico Island Park? Have you been? The beach accesses have some of the best views, including Philadelphia’s skyline!

Just about everybody is looking for places to get out and enjoy nature, so here's one not a lot of people have discovered yet.

03/11/2021
Beat the Bug

Burlington County Commissioner Linda Hynes joins forces with Park Naturalist Kate Forte to motivate volunteers to join in our efforts to rid South Jersey of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly. In this video, Commissioner Hynes and Kate Forte demonstrate how to scrape the egg masses.
https://youtu.be/w_BViAB-bCM
If you would like to join us in our parks, Saturday Scraping Sessions are now being held in various parks through March, before the eggs hatch. Young adults can earn service credit hours through the program.

Registration and more information for the program can be found here:
https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/burlington-county-nj-/catalog/index?filter=c2VhcmNoPXNwb3R0ZWQmcmVudGFsJTVCZnJvbSU1RD0mcmVudGFsJTVCdG8lNUQ9

Burlington County Commissioner Linda Hynes joins forces with Parks Naturalist Kate Forte to motivate volunteers to join a Scraping Saturday to help rid South...

Have you been to one of Kate's programs?  They're not only educational, but they're FUN!  Check out Kate's Species Spotl...
03/01/2021

Have you been to one of Kate's programs? They're not only educational, but they're FUN! Check out Kate's Species Spotlight Series and other educational programs in the March Program Guide:
https://view.publitas.com/p222-7429/march2021/
Page 3 of this month's guide spotlights our Naturalists and shows you all the things you may see in our parks this Spring!

Kate Forte grew up in Cinnaminson and has always been passionate about the outdoors. She graduated from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she received two Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. While at Salisbury, she interned at a small zoo as a conservation educator. It was there that she realized she wanted to be educating the public on environmental topics as a career.

She is a Park Naturalist for the Burlington County Parks System, where she has the pleasure of educating the public on environmental matters such as wildlife conservation, the importance of our ecosystems, and plant and wildlife identification. She leads various in person nature programs throughout all the county parks and regional trails, while also creating virtual programs that are available on the Burlington County Parks Youtube page. She enjoys teaching about wetland habitats and the species you can find within them, along with birds of prey (especially owls)! On her days off, you can likely find her birdwatching and hiking at her favorite county park, Amico Island. She hopes to see some new faces joining her during her nature programs, and if you ever see her out in the parks, make sure to stop and say hello!

The March Program Guide is here!  Inside you'll find things to do throughout the entire month of March! All of the progr...
02/26/2021

The March Program Guide is here! Inside you'll find things to do throughout the entire month of March! All of the programs listed are free! There's things to do from home, educational programs online and in-person, hikes, walks, cooking classes, outdoor line dancing and more! We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program!
https://view.publitas.com/p222-7429/march2021/

If you see it, scrape it!  Help us exterminate the Spotted Laternfly.  The Burlington County Park System and Rutgers Coo...
02/22/2021
Burlington County

If you see it, scrape it! Help us exterminate the Spotted Laternfly. The Burlington County Park System and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are joining efforts to remove Spotted Lanternfly egg masses from trees throughout the County before they hatch. We need your help to limit the amount of lanternflies in the county by scraping the egg masses from trees in our parks and in your neighborhoods before they hatch in May. This is something anyone can do in their own backyard.
If you'd like to join us in our efforts, sign up and receive a scraping card. Specific scraping sessions in individual parks may be offered.
Find out more information and sign up here: https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/burlington-county-nj-/catalog/index?filter=Y2F0ZWdvcnklNUIyMDQ3OSU1RD0xJnNlYXJjaD1zcG90dGVkKyZyZW50YWwlNUJmcm9tJTVEPSZyZW50YWwlNUJ0byU1RD0=

Burlington County Commissioner Linda Hynes says she wants everyone to play the role of exterminator. Destroying the eggs isn’t nearly as messy as stomping on the bugs.

"It really is a simple process. All it takes is a scraper, a little zipper bag and some alcohol or hand sanitizer. Anyone can do this," she said.

https://www.radio.com/kywnewsradio/news/local/nj-officials-want-people-to-destroy-lanternfly-eggs

Gabby brings a lot healthy and culinary programs to our department, particularly to the Burlington County Agricultural C...
02/22/2021

Gabby brings a lot healthy and culinary programs to our department, particularly to the Burlington County Agricultural Center. Her programs including cooking classes, workshops and yoga! You can find more information on the current programs being offered and what she’s got cooking up next on the Burlington County Agricultural Center page.

Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week, Gabrielle Terzano!

Gabrielle Terzano is currently the Events Coordinator for the Burlington County Agricultural Center in Moorestown. She has a Master’s in Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity and Nutritional Health and she is extremely passionate in advocating for other women to be the healthiest they can be. She schedules all of the cooking classes at the Burlington County Agricultural Center by working with local chefs, farmers and entrepreneurs in the area to promote local, in season produce and nutrition. She also created a run club that meets every Saturday morning during the County Farmers Market season. She also has her own blog where she opens up about her past eating disorder and why she is so passionate about helping others. Visit her blog at: https://livelaughyum.com/

02/19/2021

All County Parks are open and will close at dusk.
County offices are closed as of 3 PM today.

02/19/2021

Parks remain closed this morning as we are dealing with a lot of ice. Some parks may open before others and we will post updates on our progress later this morning.

At this time, all County Parks are closed and our staff is working hard to get things cleared.  Check back for updates.
02/18/2021

At this time, all County Parks are closed and our staff is working hard to get things cleared. Check back for updates.

Amico Island made the list!  We know many of you have been enjoying the trails during the pandemic.  Have you been to al...
02/16/2021
Burlington County

Amico Island made the list! We know many of you have been enjoying the trails during the pandemic. Have you been to all of the County Parks? Have you visited the newest addition - Willingboro Lakes? Where will you go next?

Amico Island Park, Delran
Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area, Moorestown
Burlington County Amphitheater, Westampton
Burlington County Community Agricultural Center, Moorestown
Burlington County Fairgrounds, Columbus
Crystal Lake Park, Mansfield
Historic Smithville Park & Smith's Woods, Eastampton
Laurel Run Park, Delran
Long Bridge Park, Hainesport
Pennington Park, Delanco
Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton
Rancocas State Park, Hainesport
Willingboro Lakes Park, Willingboro

Check them out here: https://www.co.burlington.nj.us/919/County-Parks

Get a pandemic refresh along some of New Jersey’s most scenic hiking trails! Amico Island Park made the list! Have you visited Amico Island before? Burlington County Parks System

Read more: https://www.jerseysbest.com/get-a-pandemic-refresh-along-some-of-n-j-s-most-scenic-hiking-trails/

02/15/2021

All County Parks have reopened as of 10 AM this morning.

02/14/2021

We continue to evaluate the conditions of the trails, which remain icy. We do not anticipate reopening the parks until Monday afternoon. Please check back for updates.

02/14/2021

Due to icy conditions, all County Parks are closed this morning. They will reopen this afternoon.

We are so proud to have Jen on our staff!  Have you participated in her programs or had the opportunity to learn from he...
02/08/2021

We are so proud to have Jen on our staff! Have you participated in her programs or had the opportunity to learn from her? She's always teaching us something about the outdoors and the environment! Visit the Nature Programs section of our website to see the latest things she's done and programs that are being offered.
https://www.co.burlington.nj.us/1345/Nature-Programs

Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week, Jennifer Bulava! Jennifer is the Lead Park Naturalist for the Burlington County Parks System. Jennifer is responsible for planning and conducting nature programs and all other aspects of environmental education for the public within the County Parks System. Her programming consists of outdoor, indoor, and virtual activities for people of all ages, including park visitors, schools, scouts, and local clubs/organizations. Jennifer also keeps a natural resource inventory of plants and animals within the Parks system and continually updates the lists by conducting scientific surveys throughout the seasons. She has worked for the Department of Resource Conservation for 20 years and for the Division of Parks for 13 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in Conservation and Ecology from Cook College, Rutgers University. In 2017, she was honored with the Outstanding Environmental Educator Award from the Alliance for NJ Environmental Education.

Jennifer has lived in New Jersey for all of her life and currently resides in the heart of the Pinelands. In her spare time, she loves to visit, hike, and photograph the National Parks with her husband. She is never without binoculars and a camera. Nature photography allows her to illustrate the diversity of life and scenic beauty we take for granted, while educating people about the importance of conservation and uses some of her photographs in the programs and lectures for the Burlington County Park System.

Burlington County Arts
01/29/2021
Burlington County Arts

Burlington County Arts

Stay warm inside this winter with an artistic display of many talented local fabric artists. In this exhibit, you can view the many different varieties of quilted art and stitching, exploring both vintage and modern, as well as, traditional and experimental. The artists showcased come from a variety of different skill sets, and backgrounds, and will include many award-winning pieces.
https://view.publitas.com/p222-7429/the-quilting-collective-exhibit/page/1

During the past year, parks became a very important place for our residents to get fresh air, to exercise, to take a wal...
01/21/2021
Virtual Programs | Burlington County, NJ - Official Website

During the past year, parks became a very important place for our residents to get fresh air, to exercise, to take a walk and get away from the stresses of our changing world. During this time, The Parks Division safely provided nearly 350 fun and educational programs for our residents, both in our parks and online!
Each month, more programs are added and all of the virtual programs have been cataloged and are available to view at any time!
Take a virtual walk with a Naturalist into the parks and learn about trees, birds, wildflowers, pollinators, and the different species found in our parks.
Learn about historical events in Burlington County or take a look at the artifacts on display at the Lyceum.
Interested in art? Go inside the galleries with local artists as they discuss their work and their meaning. It's not often you get to tour an art gallery with the artist showcased!
Things are always cooking up at the Agricultural Center with cooking classes happening just about every week! Learn how to make homemade pizza from scratch or delicious Macaroons right in your own kitchen!
Have you thought about signing the kids up for the Junior Ranger or Young Naturalist summer programs? For the first time ever, get a first-hand look at the program as Jen and Kate lead kids and teens through many of our parks to discuss topics and activities to earn their badge!

We certainly look forward to in-person events and prefer to see you all in the parks, but have enjoyed interacting with you virtually!

All of the online programming and virtual exhibits can be found online. Visit http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/1885/Virtual-Programs to check them out!

A listing of all videos, tutorials, power points or recordings that can be watched at any time.

01/04/2021
Burlington County Parks System

We would like to congratulate the winners of the First Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest!
Our first place winner with the most likes was There's No Place Like Gnome for the Holidays, done by the Smoliniski-Stouffer Families.
Our second place winner with 571 likes was the Future Engineers by The Dave/Awesare Families.
And, the third place winner was The Tree of Hope by the Bergudo-Hernandez Family.
There was over 1800 likes on the contest and we want to thank all that participated and voted for their favorites! Congratulations!

It's time to vote for the First Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest! We are once again overly impressed by the creativity and talent of all of those that participated in the contest. Smithville Park has extra beauty this year, as these trees are elaborately decorated and placed on the light poles throughout the village. Visit Smithville Park and see all of the trees during the day or enjoy all of the lights in the evenings.
Vote by liking your favorite tree in the comments below. The voting will be open until the end of business day on December 31. Thank you to all of the participants. We hope you had fun decorating your trees and good luck to all of you!
*Be sure to scroll down through all the comments to see all the trees - there are 14 entries!

While the New Jersey State Park Service has cancelled all organized First Day Hikes to ring in 2021, we encourage you to...
12/31/2020

While the New Jersey State Park Service has cancelled all organized First Day Hikes to ring in 2021, we encourage you to start a new tradition and get out in the County Parks this New Years Day and throughout the year. Your County Parks are open 365 days from 8 AM until dusk.
Restroom information can be found here: https://co.burlington.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/12612/BC-Parks-Restroom-Facilities
All further park information and any current announcements can be found on our website: https://www.co.burlington.nj.us/235/Parks

Happy New Year! We hope to see you in the parks!

As we wrap up 2020, we would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year from all of us at the Division of Parks.  We ...
12/28/2020

As we wrap up 2020, we would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year from all of us at the Division of Parks.
We look forward to 2021 and bringing you many programs throughout the upcoming year!
January's Program Guide is available now: https://view.publitas.com/p222-7429/january-programs-2021/

Happy Winter Solstice! Today marks the longest night and shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere - also...
12/21/2020

Happy Winter Solstice! Today marks the longest night and shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere - also known as the first day of Winter.
What’s even more unique about the Winter Solstice this year is that falls on the same day that Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky! This rare event is called the “Great Conjunction” or the “Christmas Star” where the two planets will be the closest they have been in almost 400 years. When viewed, it will look as though Jupiter and Saturn are on top of each other, forming one point of light. It may be visible to the naked eye depending on where you are viewing from, so make sure to get outside tonight and look up at the beautiful night’s sky!

Have you been to Smithville Park in the evenings?  Take a look at what is happening each night as the sun sets!  https:/...
12/16/2020

Have you been to Smithville Park in the evenings? Take a look at what is happening each night as the sun sets!

https://youtu.be/lRfS0gq2Gqo

The park is open until 9 PM daily. Bring the kids. Take a quick walk around the village and see all the fun!

12/07/2020

It's time to vote for the First Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest! We are once again overly impressed by the creativity and talent of all of those that participated in the contest. Smithville Park has extra beauty this year, as these trees are elaborately decorated and placed on the light poles throughout the village. Visit Smithville Park and see all of the trees during the day or enjoy all of the lights in the evenings.
Vote by liking your favorite tree in the comments below. The voting will be open until the end of business day on December 31. Thank you to all of the participants. We hope you had fun decorating your trees and good luck to all of you!
*Be sure to scroll down through all the comments to see all the trees - there are 14 entries!

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803 Smithville Road
Eastampton Township, NJ
08060

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 20:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:00

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Whether it’s history or hiking, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Burlington County Parks System! With more than 1,000 acres of developed parkland, 3,500 acres of land slated for park development, and a regional trail system that will provide a link between the parks, the residents of Burlington County can enjoy natural settings, recreational water access, picnic facilities, and play areas that are close to home.

The newly opened Kinkora Trail extends from Mansfield’s municipal park to Island Road, more than 2 miles of paved trail for hiking or biking. Bring a lunch and enjoy the picnic tables that overlook scenic forest and field. This is the third regional trail segment in what will be a system-wide trail network.

Parks are open daily from 8 AM to dusk.

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Add this tidbit to New Jersey’s rich history: The former King of Spain Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother) once lived here. Now, his once-grand estate will become a public space with walking trails and river views to uplift the soul.
On December 12 I spotted this immature red tail hawk while I waswalking!
Such a lovely story!
N Branch, Low Tide. Creek is Lively. Vibrant, Flowing Amber Waters Nicely. Mount Holly. It's Endless Treasures, Timeless Heritage and Connection to Burlington County Parks
Is hunting allowed in the parks?
Any update on when Willingboro Lakes will be reopened?
N Branch Rancocas Creek Water Trail Mile 14-20. Incoming tide. Mt. Holly, Westampton, Hainesport
Have there been changes to opening and closing times at the parks in the last couple of days? Any changes in the rules? We are loving our local parks and the wildlife within them.
Will the parks be opened Sat?
My husband Tom Hartman has been enjoying photographing in Boundary Creek Park.
Anyone in need of ticket
Bordentown Sewerage Authority is hosting their monthly meeting at the Carslake Community Center on January 21st, at 6pm this month in order to accomadate the company that wants to build 560 apartments and shopping next to the beautiful wilderness of Crystal Lake County Park. They will be presenting their sewage needs. Please remember Bordentown was awarded a Federal 501 grant that comes with the stipulation they do not run sewage through environmentally sensitive areas. Crystal Creek/Spring Hill Brook are pending NJDEP C1(highest protection level) designation by the state right now for the existence of critically threatened Easter Pond Mussels and the entire Crystal Lake Region were bought by the County for its sensitivity and role in our State ecosystem. 🌿This meeting is crucial!! 🌿 Please come out and help us speak for our beloved Burlington County Park System!