Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 261-2495

Places Nearby:
Indian Heritage Museum
Margaret R. Grundy Museum
Johnson's Corner Farm
Medford Leas - Barton Arboretum
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The Rancocas Nature Center contains 120 acres of pristine land adjacent to Rancocas State Park.

The heart of the center is a 130-year old farmhouse, nestled in a grove of ancient trees. Here visitors can explore a small museum and take advantage of the many educational programs offered in the classroom. The Museum interprets the natural history of New Jersey and the Rancocas Valley and features two- and three-dimensional exhibits, formal displays, live animals, and objects for hands-on discovery.

The 40-seat classroom is the site of a wide variety of adult programs and workshops, as well as lectures, film presentations, and more. A gift shop offers one of the state's best selections of field guides and natural history books, as well as bird seed and feeders, and a nice selection of nature-oriented gift items.

Outside, Self-Guiding Trails radiate out into the habitats of the Center's grounds and the adjoining parkland. Thickets, conifer plantations, upland woods, oak-pine forest, floodplain forest, and freshwater marshes along Rancocas Creek provide diverse habitat for a wide range of small mammals, reptiles, and birds. Many of the Center's Family and Group Programs take participants through the trails for first hand lessons on the environment and wildlife. Family programs are normally scheduled on a monthly basis. Call for a calendar.

Adult Group presentations can cover a variety of topics, including the New Jersey Highlands, the Pine Barrens, Reptiles and Amphibians of New Jersey, Wildflowers Through the Seasons, and more.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 5. Center closes at 4pm from mid-November through mid-March. Closed Mondays and legal holidays. Groups may arrange different hours.

Admission: Donation. Family Programs vary.

Groups: School/Scout Groups: At Center $125.00 and up per class of 20-25.

Group Reservations: About 6 weeks in advance for Group Programs.

Lunch: Picnic areas in adjoining park.

Handicapped Access: Limited.

Directions: I-295 North. Take exit 45A, head east on Rancocas Rd. Center is on right, about 1¾ miles after exiting I-295. About 30 minutes from Philadelphia.

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