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 self-guided tours, and 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 and discover how these non-releasable education animals benefit Woodlands.
This year’s event features several exciting scheduled presentations to foster an appreciation and understanding of wildlife. Woodlands presentations will include information about Woodlands Wildlife Refuge and the work it does for New Jersey’s wildlife, their public education, and all about how wildlife rehabilitation works. Snakes-N-Scales will be presenting a reptile program which seeks to bring an understanding of many magnificent species and their rescue stories. Zoo Jersey will be on site to present a unique mammal show which will compare and contrast possums and opossums and what makes mammals awesome. These thrilling shows will allow visitors to see these animals up close and learn about their natural habits and habitats.
All activities and refreshments are included in the requested admission donation. Environmental exhibitors include The Raptor Trust, Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County, New Jersey Audubon, Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation, Wildlife Control Specialist, LLC, Merrill Creek Reservoir, The Nature Conservancy New Jersey, and more! All proceeds benefit Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. Woodlands is a 501(c3 charity that receives no state or federal funding and relies completely on donations.
Today, Woodlands, under the direction of founder Tracy Leaver, cares for more than 1000 animals a year including raccoons, skunks, opossums, woodchucks, rabbits, coyotes, foxes, river otters, beavers, turtles, snakes and porcupines, among others. It 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.
CAPTION – Roomba, an African sulcata tortoise, is one of the education animals that Community Day attendees will meet at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge.