Sip and Art Landscape, (bi-weekly)
May
31
to Jul 12

Sip and Art Landscape, (bi-weekly)

Join artist and art teacher Suzanne Montgomery for four Friday night lessons exploring landscapes through drawing and painting. Lessons will be held at a private barn in Hardwick, NJ on Friday, May 31, June 7, June 28, and July 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Donation: $60, all proceeds go directly towards RVC's efforts to preserve land. Lesson only, excludes materials.
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Spring Yoga at White Lake
Jun
2
to Jun 23

Spring Yoga at White Lake

  • 97 Stillwater Road Hardwick, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuinness for an all-level weekly outdoor yoga class at White Lake. Series includes four classes to take place Sunday, June 2, June 9, June 16, and June 23 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. (Check RVC's website or Facebook for weather cancellations. One make up class in case of inclement weather is scheduled for June 30.) Donation for the four-class series: $20.
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Summer Yoga
Jul
7
to Jul 28

Summer Yoga

  • 97 Stillwater Road Hardwick, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuinness for an all-level weekly outdoor yoga class at White Lake. Series includes four classes take place on Sunday, July 7, July 14, July 21, and July 28 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. (Check RVC's website or Facebook for weather cancellations. One make up class in case of inclement weather is scheduled for August 4.) Donation for the 4-class series: $20.
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Paddle Meditation
Jul
14
7:30 AM07:30

Paddle Meditation

  • 97 Stillwater Road Hardwick, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuiness for a 30-minute paddle on the quiet, early morning water of White Lake. With no focus on destination, we will explore rythmic breathing and paddling, as well as quiet meditation on the water. Registration limited due to number of kayaks/canoes available. Donation: $10.
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Monthly Guided Hike at Greendell Ridge Preserve
Jul
14
9:45 AM09:45

Monthly Guided Hike at Greendell Ridge Preserve

Join Stewardship Coordinator Carla Lee Lewis and Margaret Schiller to explore Greendell Ridge Preserve. The preserve is a large, unbroken forest complex, providing excellent habitat for interior forest species. Meet at the Frelinghuysen Township Municipal Bldg at 210 Main St., Johnsonburg at 9:45am to car-pool to the preserve. This event is family and pet friendly.
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Moonlight Paddle under the Buck Moon
Jul
16
8:30 PM20:30

Moonlight Paddle under the Buck Moon

  • 97 Stillwater Road Hardwick, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a moonlight paddle under the Buck Moon on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. A limited number of kayaks and canoes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak or canoe.
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Paddle Meditation
Aug
4
7:30 AM07:30

Paddle Meditation

  • 97 Stillwater Road Hardwick, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuiness for a 30-minute paddle on the quiet, early morning water of White Lake. With no focus on destination, we will explore rythmic breathing and paddling, as well as quiet meditation on the water. Registration limited due to number of kayaks/canoes available. Donation: $10.
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Summer Nature Walk
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Nature Walk

  • 97 Stillwater Road Hardwick, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander and her husband, Wade, to explore the amazing profusion of plant and insect life to be found in high summer in the flower-filled meadows of White Lake. Meet at 10:00 at the main parking lot. (Rain date 8/11.) Family and pet friendly.
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Moonlight Paddle under the Sturgeon Moon
Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Moonlight Paddle under the Sturgeon Moon

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a moonlight paddle under the Sturgeon Moon on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. A limited number of kayaks and canoes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak or canoe.
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Going Native
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Going Native

Tour a private residence in Hardwick where habitat restoration began in 2008. See garden, fields, and ponds while hearing about successful, and unsuccessful, efforts to improve wildlife habitat by promoting native plants and reducing lawn. Event includes lunch. Gather at 10 am for guided tour with lunch following tour around noontime. Fee - $15. Address will be provided directly to registrants.
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Fall Yoga
Sep
8
to Sep 22

Fall Yoga

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuinness for an all-level weekly outdoor yoga class at White Lake. Series incudes four classes take place on Sunday, Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22, and Sept 29 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. (Check RVC's website or Facebook for weather cancellations. One make up class in case of inclement weather is scheduled for Oct 6.) Donation for the 4-class series: $20.
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Walk with Watson - Dog Hike
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Walk with Watson - Dog Hike

Join Watson, our exuberant and experienced four-legged field guide, for a tour of the White Lake trails. Enjoy White Lake from a new - and lower - perspective as Watson points out some of his favorite spots to fellow canines and their human companions. Bring plenty of water for you and your pooch. There are doggie disposal bags available near the bulletin board in the parking lot. All dogs are required to be on leashes no longer than 6 feet. There must be one human companion for each dog. Dogs must be socialized for people and other dogs. Meet in the main parking lot at White Lake.
PS - some of Wilson’s favorite spots include water and mud. A towel for the car ride home is highly recommended.
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Fall Nature Walk
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Nature Walk

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As the growing season winds down, nature saves some of her most beautiful wildflowers for last, Monarchs and many birds are departing for points south, and other butterflies and insects are still busy living their brief, colorful lives to the full. Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander and her husband, Wade, to see all the nature that’s still happening at White Lake. Meet at 10:00 at the main parking. (Rain date 9/15.)
This event is family and pet friendly.
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Moonlight Paddle under the Harvest Moon
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Moonlight Paddle under the Harvest Moon

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a moonlight paddle under the Harvest Moon on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. A limited number of kayaks and canoes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak or canoe.
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Monthly Guided Hike at Gnome Hollow Preserve
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Monthly Guided Hike at Gnome Hollow Preserve

Join RVC President Bob Canace to explore Gnome Hollow Preserve and hike the connection between Gnome Hollow and the Paulins Kill Trail. Meet at preserve parking lot. Directions:  Go North on Route 94 (from Blairstown), past Marksboro, take a left on Lincoln Laurel Road, take first left onto Stillwater Road, go to bottom of hill and around the hairpin turn. Parking area for Gnome Hollow on the right. For directions use address 2000 - 2104 Stillwater Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825.
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Writing to Heal: Letting Nature Take Its Course
Oct
13
10:30 AM10:30

Writing to Heal: Letting Nature Take Its Course

  • Limestone Ridge (American Legion Parking Lot) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We have all been affected by illness, death, divorce, or career change and there is nothing like a trip to the woods to energize the healing process. Writing to Heal is a writers workshop led by Margaret Schiller that liberally applies the balm of nature to our emotional wounds for healing through inspired writing.
Writers of any persuasion - beginners, poets, diarists, novelists, songwriters, epic list makers - are encouraged to join Margaret Schiller for a hike throughout Limestone Ridge Preserve. We will be stopping at specific elements along the way to take notes and jot inspiration, before regrouping under the pavilion for lunch and an expended writing session. Writers will be encouraged to share their work with the other participants, though it is not required.
Please bring a notebook pen, and an open mind and/or heart. Hiking and tick appropriate clothing is a must. Luncheon and camaraderie will be served. Sign up required by October 6th. The workshop is $15 including lunch and is limited to 15 participants.
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Moonlight Paddle under the Hunter Moon
Oct
13
6:30 PM18:30

Moonlight Paddle under the Hunter Moon

Join us for a moonlight paddle under the Hunter Moon on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. A limited number of kayaks and canoes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak or canoe.
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Hawk Watch and Hike - Catfish Tower
Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

Hawk Watch and Hike - Catfish Tower

Join RVC Trustee Dennis Briede on a nature walk to the Catfish Firetower on the Kittatiny Ridge in Hardwick Twp. Hikers will enjoy peak hawk migration, as well fall colors. On a clear day, the view from the top includes the Catskills, PA's Camelback Mountain, NJ's Vernon Valley and the entire northern portion of Warren County's Ridge and Valley region. Participants will meet at the RVC office (16 Main Street, Blairstown) to carpool to hike. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch. Please be aware that this is a challenging hike.
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Monthly Guided Hike at Beech Ridge Preserve
Oct
27
10:50 AM10:50

Monthly Guided Hike at Beech Ridge Preserve

  • Belcher Road Blairstown, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join RVC Trustee Joel McGreen for the October “Hike of the Month” through Beech Ridge Preserve. We will meet at trail head at 10:50 am for an 11:00 am hike. There is a 1/2-mile hiking trail accessible at Belcher Road, just east of the intersection with Dry Road. The trail winds down through the forest and over-top a stream bridge. The 64-acres preserve sits at the headwaters of Belcher Creek, and hosts a mature deciduous hardwood forest with a large assemblage of mature and sapling American beech on sunny, south-facing slopes. Numerous mature oak and tulip poplar donate the higher canopy, with evergreens, including Eastern red cedar and hemlock.
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CANCELED: Moonlight Paddle under the Strawberry Moon
Jun
17
8:30 PM20:30

CANCELED: Moonlight Paddle under the Strawberry Moon

  • 97 Stillwater Road Hardwick, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Due to tonights weather forecast tonights paddle is canceled. Thank you for your understanding!
Join us for a moonlight paddle under the Strawberry Moon on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. A limited number of kayaks and canoes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak or canoe.

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1st Annual Women and Their Woods Workshop  - SOLD OUT!
Jun
15
8:00 AM08:00

1st Annual Women and Their Woods Workshop - SOLD OUT!

1st Annual RVC Women and Their Woods Workshop

“Connecting, educating and empowering women to take better care of their woods.”

sponsored by the NJ Conservation Foundation

This event is Sold Out. Please be sure to contact us to get on the mailing list for next year!

Join us for our first annual workshop for women landowners interested in learning more about why and how to take care of their forests. Topics will address forest health, best management practices, financial benefits of protecting the forest, including forestry stewardship plans and stewardship assistance programs. Learn about native woodland plants, holistic restoration, butterflies and insects, alternate treatment for invasive plants, practical applications and more. This women-only workshop will be held at private property with 142 acres of land in Hardwick NJ and begins at 8 am.

Some outdoor exploration will be included, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Registration is $35 and includes full day of programming, continental breakfast and luncheon.

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CANCELLED:  Guided Hike at Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

CANCELLED: Guided Hike at Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve

Due to wet trail conditions and high mosquito population on the trail, we decided to postpone this hike to a later date. Please be sure to look out for the new date. Thank you for your understanding.

Join RVC Trustee Dennis Briede for a guided hike through the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve. Preserved in 2011 by Freglinhuysen Township, this 161-acre woodland, once slated for development, is home to an informal network of hiking trails that cross scenic streams leading to a picturesque pond. Parking and meeting point will be at the Frelinghuysen Recreation Center located at 139 Lincoln Laurel Road in Frelinghuysen. 

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Volunteer Day
Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Day

Join RVC stewards at Greendell Ridge Preserve to work on clearing a newly remarked trail. Meet at 9am at the preserve trailhead. For GPS, use 98 South Street, Frelinghuysen, the closest street address. Limited parking at trailhead — roadside parking along the preserve-side of the street is suggested. Tools will be provided, but please bring your own gloves and water, and remember your tick repellent!
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Monthly Guided Hike at Gnome Hollow Preserve
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Monthly Guided Hike at Gnome Hollow Preserve

  • 2000 - 2001 Stillwater Road Blairstown, NJ 07825 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join RVC Trustee Liz Marshall and herbalist and plant enthusiast Reid Giacomarra on a casual walk and talk as they share stories about some of the amazing, local fauna. Directions:  Go North on Route 94 (from Blairstown), past Marksboro, take a left on Lincoln Laurel Road, take first left onto Stillwater Road, go to bottom of hill and around the hairpin turn. Parking area for Gnome Hollow on the right. For directions use address 2000 - 2104 Stillwater Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825.
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Moonlight Paddle under the Flower Moon
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Moonlight Paddle under the Flower Moon

Join us for a moonlight paddle under the Flower Moon on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. A limited number of kayaks and canoes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak or canoe.
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Spring Nature Walk
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Nature Walk

Wildflowers are in bloom, and birds, bees and butterflies are on the wing! Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander and her husband, Wade, to enjoy all that nature has to offer in the field and forest habitats of White Lake. Meet at 10:00 at the main parking. (Rain date 5/12.) This event is family and pet friendly.
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Support the RVC Wrenegades - World Series of Birding
May
11
12:00 AM00:00

Support the RVC Wrenegades - World Series of Birding

"The early bird catches the worm," just got a whole new meaning...

At 12:01 am on Saturday, May 11, The RVC Wrenegades will turn their attention to the Warren County sky for 24 hours non-stop competing in the NJ Audubon Society's 36th World Series of Birding -- and they need your support!

The RVC Wrenegades will bird Warren County from its mountains and valleys to its lakes and rivers participating in the country's largest and most prestigious birding competition. Not only will this competition allow the Wrenegades to enjoy the county's beautiful natural resources on the ground and in the air, but it will serve as a wonderful fundraiser for Ridge and Valley Conservancy. You can support the team by pledging an amount per species spotted or a flat donation for the team.

Challenge the Wrenegades with your pledge! Their efforts and your support will directly benefit the conservancy efforts of Ridge and Valley Conservancy. Complete your online pledge today.

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Pedal and Paddle
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Pedal and Paddle

Join RVC for a three-hour, open level bike and paddle tour of the local countryside. Start and finish will be at RVC office at 16 Main Street in Blairstown. We will bike primarily on the Paulins Kill Trail to the White Lake Natural Resource Area. At White Lake, participants can enjoy a leisurely paddle on the water or wander forest and meadow hiking trails before hopping on bikes for the return trip to Blairstown. Total bike mileage approximately six miles. Drinking water, canoes/kayaks and personal flotation devices provided by RVC at White Lake for no cost. Tour will leave promptly at 9:00 am. Please arrive early enough to park and prepare for ride. Be sure to leave time in your schedule for a post-ride lunch at local eateries including Gourmet Gallery, Post Time Pub, Blairstown Inn, Blairstown Diner and Buck Hill. (Rain date 5/5, 11 am - 2 pm.)
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Volunteer Day
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Day

Join RVC stewards at White Lake Natural Resource Area to help with the removal of invasive plants. Tools will be provided, but we welcome if you bring your own small hand saws and loppers. Bring water and gloves and make sure to wear tick repellent. Meet at the main parking lot at 9 am.
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Walk with Watson: Dog Hike
Apr
27
2:00 PM14:00

Walk with Watson: Dog Hike

Join Watson, our exuberant and experienced four-legged field guide, for a tour of the White Lake trails. Enjoy White Lake from a new - and lower - perspective as Watson points out some of his favorite spots to fellow canines and their human companions. Bring plenty of water for you and your pooch. There are doggie disposal bags available near the bulletin board in the parking lot. All dogs are required to be on leashes no longer than 6 feet. There must be one human companion for each dog. Dogs must be socialized for people and other dogs. Meet in the main parking lot at White Lake.
PS - some of Watson’s favorite spots include water and mud. A towel for the car ride home is highly recommended.
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Volunteer Day
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Day

Join RVC stewards at White Lake Natural Resource Area to help with the removal of invasive plants. Tools will be provided, but we welcome if you bring your own small hand saws and loopers. Bring water and gloves and make sure to wear tick repellent. Meet at the main parking lot at 9 am.
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Winter Nature Walk at White Lake
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Winter Nature Walk at White Lake

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander and her husband, Wade, to discover the fun of identifying plants in their delicate winter garb, as well as any other delights of nature that may cross our path along the trails of White Lake Preserve.  Meet at 1:00pm at the main parking lot on Rt. 521—and dress warmly! Sign up here.

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Writing to Heal: Letting Nature Take its Course
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Writing to Heal: Letting Nature Take its Course

We have all been affected by illness, death, divorce, or career change and there is nothing like a trip to the woods to energize the healing process. Writing to Heal is a writers workshop led by Margaret Schiller that liberally applies the balm of nature to our emotional wounds for healing through inspired writing. Sign up here

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Oktoberfest at Frelinghuysen Recreation Center
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Oktoberfest at Frelinghuysen Recreation Center

Bratwurst, Sauerbraten, Schnitzel, Spaetzle, Potato Pancake, Sauerkraut, Applestrudel and more!
Support RVC’s efforts to preserve natural lands in your area by celebrating Oktoberfest at Frelinghuysen Recreational Center. Experience authentic German food by Stella G’s and craft beers by Manskirt, Hackettstown. Explore the nearby Gnome Hollow Preserve. Music by Eric Kerssen, NJ’s Hardest Working Accordionist. Ticket includes Oktoberfest buffet, guided hike and music. Must be over 21 years. Beer sold separately.
​​​​​​​Guided Hike with RVC Trustee Dennis Briede. Begins at 12 pm
Limited seating, get your tickets early! Buy Tickets HERE

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Moonlight Paddle at White Lake
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Moonlight Paddle at White Lake

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a moonlight paddle on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. (Moonrise @ 7:04 pm). A limited number of kayaks will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak. Sign up here

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Sip and Art - Open Painting
Sep
14
to Nov 30

Sip and Art - Open Painting

Join artist and art teacher Suzanne Montgomery for six Friday night lessons exploring topics of your choice through drawing and painting. Lessons will be held at a private barn in Hardwick, NJ. Lessons will be held every other Friday, beginning September 14, 28, October 12, 26, November 9 & 30 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Donation: $90, all proceeds go directly towards RVC's efforts to preserve land.
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Bike Tour of RVC Preserves
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Bike Tour of RVC Preserves

Explore Ridge and Valley Conservancy's preserves by bike. Meet at the White Lake barn at 9:00 am for a pre-ride safety check.  4 Track Bike - Hike - Hobby from Blairstown will be on site. Stop by at their station for a bike & helmet safety check.  Need air in your tires? They’ll have you covered.  Departure is at 10:00 am. RVC Vice President George Schaberg will lead you through a 15-mile loop starting at White Lake Park. Sign Up Here

For more information on 4 Track Bike - Hike - Hobby go to their website 4trackrr.com

 

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Sunday Fall Yoga at White Lake
Sep
9
to Oct 7

Sunday Fall Yoga at White Lake

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join yoga teacher Kate McGuinness for an all-level weekly outdoor yoga class at White Lake. Classes take place on Sunday, September 9, 16, 23, 30 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.
(Check RVC's website or Facebook for weather cancellations. A make up class in case of inclement weather is scheduled for October 7, 8:30 am) 
Donation for the 4-class series: $20. Sign up here

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Late Season Wildflowers
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Late Season Wildflowers

  • White Lake Natural Resource Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As summer winds down, nature sends us a last array of beautiful wildflowers to remember through the winter. Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander on a ramble along the trails at White Lake Park to learn how to identify these colorful plants before autumn touches them with frost . Meet at the main parking lot on Rt. 521. Sign up here. Rain date September 9, check RVC's website and Facebook for weather cancellations.

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Moonlight Paddle at White Lake
Aug
26
8:00 PM20:00

Moonlight Paddle at White Lake

Join us for a moonlight paddle on the placid waters of White Lake. The park will remain open during these hours for other park activities. This is a FREE event. (Moonrise @ 8:03 pm). A limited number of kayaks will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Signing up for the event will not guarantee the availability of a kayak. Sign up here

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Butterfly Walk
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Butterfly Walk

Join RVC Trustee Sharon Wander and her husband Wade, to explore the amazing profusion of insect life to be found in high summer in the flower-filled meadows of the White Lake Preserve.
Because butterflies don't like rain, the walk will take place on its planned rain date on Sunday, August 5  Sign up here
 

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