Wildlife Refuge Announces Annual Community Day

CAPTION – Whisper is a bear cub currently recovering at Woodlands following surgery to her jaw.

Tucked into a corner of Hunterdon County, Woodlands Wildlife Refuge has been caring for and releasing thousands of orphaned and injured native wild animals since 1986. On Sunday, September 17th, from 1 pm – 5 pm, Woodlands will hold its annual Community Day, offering the public a rare opportunity to visit one of New Jersey’s foremost wildlife rehabilitation facilities. Due to the nature of its work, Woodlands is normally closed to the public except for patient admissions and scheduled education programs.

Community Day is an interactive, fun and educational family day. The afternoon includes the Kid’s Den, an interactive area with wildlife focused activities and crafts. Wildlife experts will be on hand to discuss a variety of topics including your wild neighbors, solutions to wildlife concerns, black bears and the state’s threatened and endangered species. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Woodlands’ resident Sulcata tortoise, Canadian lynx, gray squirrel, Eastern box turtle, diamondback terrapin, and raccoon.

This year’s event features presentations about Woodlands Wildlife Refuge and the work it does for New Jersey’s wildlife and how wildlife rehabilitation works.  Also presenting are Snakes-N-Scales and Zoo Jersey.

All proceeds benefit Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. Woodlands is a 501(c3 charity that receives no state or federal funding and relies completely on donations. Woodlands is the only facility in New Jersey licensed to care for the state’s endangered bobcat and Timber rattlesnake, and the primary rehabilitation facility for black bears.

Event sponsorships and reservations may be made online at http://woodlandswildlife.org, by calling 908-730-8300 ext 8 or by check to Woodlands Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 5046 Clinton, NJ 08809. Tickets reserved before September 11threceive a $5.00 discount off the $25 requested admission donation. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Reservations are not required but will be helpful in planning. Event will be rain or shine. Visit http://woodlandswildlife.org/communitydayfor full sponsorship and event information.