Club and Other Field Trips

There are many field trips held throughout the year.These are also open to the public and anyone is welcome to join.

Sometimes the leader will request that you get in contact with them before the trip so that they can get a head count.Please read the details provided for each individual trip.


Sandy Hook day hike – Birds, Butterflies, and Other Goodies: Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 9:30 am.

Meet trip leader Donna Traylor at 9:30 am at the K parking lot, which is the northernmost parking lot at Sandy Hook (DeLorme 39: K-18). Take exit 117 off the Garden State Parkway, then Route 36 for about 13 miles to Sandy Hook. Drive north on the main road for several miles to K lot. There are various porta-potty and bathroom locations along the way. Birders may want to arrive earlier to bird their way to the K lot. We will visit several locations in the Hook and may be walking on sandy trails; wear adequate shoes/boots.Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, water, dress in layers for the forecast weather, and bring or buy lunch en route.


Autumn Migrant Hikes: Monday, October 8, 2018 and Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 9:30 am.


Trip leader Erin Keller will be leading an Autumn Migrant Hike at the NJ School of Conservation on October  20th. The walk will span a four-mile loop including a portion of the Blue Mountain Trail along the Big Flatbrook and then follow an abandoned road back toward the school, offering an easy hike through hemlock and mixed hardwood forest. The group will meet at the entrance to the School of Conservation at around 9:30 am, light rain or shine. Waterproof shoes or hiking boots are a must; bug spray and water/snacks are suggested.  Dress in layers for the weather.  The trail is mostly level but has some rocky sections. The School of Conservation is located in Stokes State Forest and can be accessed via Flatbrook Road off Route 206, past the Lake Ocquittunk camping grounds. Most GPS applications will recognize the address as 1 Wapalanne Road, Sandyston, NJ. For any questions, please email Erin at


Northwest Waterfowl Watch: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 9 am.

Join leaders Marianne Ofenloch and Merle Tanis as we search the lakes in northwestern Sussex County for migrant and resident waterfowl species.  In our quest for anything avian, we will scan the open waters and forested and grassy shorelines of Swartswood Lake, Little Swartswood Lake, Culvers Lake, and others as time permits. Come enjoy a late fall day in the field – dress warmly in layers, bring binocs and scope (if you have one), and lunch.  We will meet in the large parking lot by the beach at Swartswood State Park at 9:00 AM.  Inclement weather date:  Thursday, November 29. For more info, contact Marianne at or Merle at