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In order to continue operations during this time, Pinelands Adventures has developed a series of Online Adventures to bring New Jersey’s Pine Barrens to you with our most popular programs! Hosted by our seasoned instructors like John Volpa and Don “Ski” Sulewski, these interactive programs last about an hour each. You’ll need to be ready to learn and have fun with a good internet connection.

 

Population Ecology of the Pine Barren Gentian -Ryan Rebozo, Ph.D.

Watch Live on Tuesday, May 19 at 10am

The Pine Barren gentian is a both state and globally rare species that occurs in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. While this species is best known for its striking blue flowers in the fall, little information on its life history was known until recently.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

In this webinar we will discuss studies conducted with this species that examine its demography, pollination system, edaphic conditions and responses to varying management regimes. Learn how some of these results are being implemented in the management of this species.

Learn About:

  • Response to fire
  • Population Ecology
  • Seed set
  • Pollination Syndrome

 

Wilderness Survival 4: Making and Using Cordage -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch Live on Thursday, May 21 at 10am

Most people take tools into the wilderness to cut and separate things. Very seldom do people take tools to join or attach other items. Good cordage is just as essential as a good knife.

Length ~60 minutes  Cost $10

Register for this Online Adventure to learn about how to use our cordage and how to make cordage out of both natural and synthetic materials. The skills you will learn here can be practiced literally anywhere once you understand the fundamentals.

What you’ll learn:

  • Different types of cordage
  • How to make both natural and synthetic cordage
  • The basic knots everyone should know

Requirements

  • A length of cordage that is at least 3 feet long if you want to follow along with knots at home
  • A small roll of jute twine if you want to follow along with making cordage at home

I took my third class with Ski. Great stuff. I know this isn’t in my best interest, but I actually think you should charge more. I’d pay at least double. You guys are giving great value. – Mike S.

 

Amphibians & Reptiles of the Pine Barrens-Guide John Volpa

Watch Live on Thursday, May 21 at 2pm

As spring begins these cold-blooded animals emerge from hibernation ready for activity.  Frogs become the most obvious through their vocalizations calling for a mate.  Snakes are often misunderstood by people as evidenced when developments encroach upon their habitat.

Length ~45-60 minutes  Cost: no charge

Join our virtual tour to explore:

  • How do frog species find one another amidst a cacophony of calls?
  • What strategies do amphibians and reptiles use in order to survive and reproduce?
  • What roles do they play in the food web?
  • Which are the most common turtle species one sees while paddling in the pines?

 

Wilderness Survival 5: Map Basics -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch Live on Friday, May 22 at 10am Cancelled -will be rescheduled next week.

Whether it’s a simple trail map, or a detailed topographical map, having a map of the area you are going to is extremely helpful and sometimes imperative in finding your way around in the wilderness. Once you understand the fundamentals, maps can often provide information that basic GPS cannot.

Length ~60 minutes  Cost $10

Come hangout with Pinelands Adventures as we talk about half of the navigation process, The Map! Unlike a GPS, it doesn’t require batteries and it never loses reception. The skills you will learn here can be practiced literally anywhere once you understand the fundamentals.

What you’ll learn:

  •  Types of maps
  •  Map symbols and colors and what they mean
  •  Terrain features
  •  Finding your direction on a map
  •  Measuring distance on a map

Ski is a great instructor, he really wants to make sure you learn the course material. -James F.

 

The Nature of Public Lands –Jason Howell

Watch the Replay from May 2020
Explore the Pinelands, digitally,  with PPA Stewardship Coordinator
Jason Howell. During this webinar, we will explore public lands in the Pinelands via satellite imagery and discuss the categories of preserves, who manages them, what the rules are, and what you can see and do there. We will explore wetlands, uplands, dunes, spungs, large wet meadow savannahs, and more and you will begin to get a sense of the expanse of the Pines in the areas off-the-beaten-path.
Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10
This program will give participants a new understanding of the total breadth of the Reserve and all that it contains.

 

Rare Plants of New Jersey -Ryan Rebozo, Ph.D.

Watch Replay from May 2020

Rare species often capture the interests of professional and amateur naturalists alike. While rare species are sometimes well documented, information on their causes of rarity and life history traits are often lacking. These limiting data make it difficult to understand how rare species will be impacted by our land use and how to best manage for their viability.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

In this webinar we will discuss causes of rarity, how rarity is ranked and current trends in rare plants species of New Jersey.

Learn About:

  • State and Global Ranking of Species
  • Types of Rarity
  • NJ Rare Plant Species

 

From Columbus and Colonialism to Sustainability -Guide John Volpa

Watch the Replay from May 2020

This presentation examines our species’ place within the biosphere and our current window of opportunity to shape the future of life on Earth. We’re the only species ever to have control of its own future!

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

We’ll synthesize a wide variety of topics to hopefully create a new perspective.   Perhaps reaching a new level of critical thinking resulting in positive personal social action.  We’ll examine the following and their impact upon the future of our species:

  • Social evolution- steps forward and step backward
  • Misunderstanding of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
  • Sustainability: An S.O.S. for our planet, or does it stand for Save Our Species?
  • (Note: this presentation continues the timeline from Fire Sparks Humanity’s Journey, but can be understood and enjoyed separately.)

Another great program. -Tom D.

 

Wilderness Survival 2: Shelter Basics -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch the Replay from May 2020

The most important task in a survival situation, having a shelter can often be the determining factor in your survival. From keeping you warm to keeping you safe, it truly is your home away from home.

Length ~60 minutes  Cost $10

Join us as we discuss the basic techniques for building a shelter in the wilderness. The skills you will learn here can be practiced literally anywhere, and once you understand the fundamentals, you are only limited by your imagination.

What you’ll learn:

  • The importance of the shelter
  • The do’s and don’t
  • The fundamentals of setting up a shelter

 

Wilderness Survival 3: Fire Essentials -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch the Replay from May 2020

One of the most challenging tasks in the wilderness is getting a fire going. And weather and lack of materials and tools can make this even harder.

Length ~60 minutes  Cost $10

Sign up for this fire starting webinar to find out what it takes to get a fire going in the wilderness, and sustain it. The techniques provided here can be done in the safety of your own backyard and are skills that can last a lifetime.

What you’ll learn:

  • What materials you need for fire and where to find them
  • Different ways to start a fire
  • Tools to make the job easier
  • Basic fire safety

Great class! Thank you! -Lori K.

I loved this class! It’s like Bill Nye meets Grizzly Adams! Batteries and steel wool make fire! -Rob F. 

 

Climate Change in the Pine Barrens -Ryan Rebozo, Ph.D.

Watch The Replay from May 2020

Human greenhouse gas emissions are driving a rapid change in our climate and environment. Rising temperatures, sea level and changes to weather patterns are occurring around the world including south Jersey. Being located in the most densely populated state, the New Jersey Pine Barrens is limited in how some species and habitats can respond to these changes.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost no charge

In this webinar we will discuss trends in green house gas emissions, global temperature and sea level. We will also include examples of climate change impacting the habitats and species of South Jersey.

Learn About:

  • Temperature Anomalies
  • Feed Back Loops
  • Coastal Impacts
  • Southern Pine Beetle

 

Legendary Still Family of the Pines -Guide John Volpa

Watch the Replay from May 2020

If you’ve seen the 2019 Oscar nominated film Harriet, which chronicles the life of Harriet Tubman, then you were introduced to one of the Still brothers, William, an Underground Railroad station agent in Philadelphia. You may not know that William’s older brother, James, was known as the Black Doctor of the Pines.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

Travel back through time to discover some of the medicinal plants Dr. Still used in his practice. Along the way you’ll be enthralled hearing the amazing story of their parents’ bondage, then freedom, to create this family’s genuine American story which is unique because its set in West Jersey.  We’ll discover:

  • Why West Jersey had an early Underground Railroad network
  • How basic education can make a huge difference in one’s life
  • Which plants were commonly used by herbalists like Dr. Still

Thank you so much for this webinar, it was perfect. Took my mind off the virus for an hour. Really needed that. Faith B. 

John Volpa is a Storyteller extraordinaire -Leona F.

 

The Natural History of Life on Earth -Guide John Volpa

Watch the Replay from May 2020 

(Formerly entitled Journey Through Time) Take a journey back in time to the beginning of Earth. Explore how and what we know about our planet’s past. Discover what forces shape past environments and present ones, such as the Pine Barrens, and the challenges life in the pines face today.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

Together, we’ll stand on the shoulders of giants as we:

  • Examine fossils and rocks
  • Learn how scientists have pieced together the evidence of life’s evolution
  • Visualize the exciting tales of past life forms
  • Fathom the meaning of extinctions

This was a fascinating presentation, especially the overall view of NJ’s evolution and the Pine Barrens’ own birth. Exactly what was promised, and such an easy-to-follow format. The slides were fabulous. Such a mountain of info delivered so effectively! THANK YOU!! -Jane W.

It was a very educational, and fascinating talk, and I want to go back later tonight and listen to it again. -Kathleen S.

 

Wilderness Survival 7: Knot Tying for Novices -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch the Replay from May 2020

Knot tying is a fundamental skill that anyone headed outdoors should possess. From setting up your shelter to securing your gear, it is an extremely valuable skill.

Length ~30-45 minutes  Cost: no charge

Come hangout with Pinelands Adventures as we go over some of the basic knots that you can use in the wilderness. With step by step instruction and practical uses for each knot, you can’t miss out on this opportunity. The skills you will learn here can be practiced literally anywhere.

What you’ll learn:

  • Basic knots helpful for use in the wilderness
  • Practical applications for each knot
  • Requirements: A 2-3 foot rope to follow along at home

 

Pipelines, Progress and Problems in the Pines -Rhyan Grech

Watch the Replay from May 2020

Learn about some of the major issues that PPA is working on in the Pinelands! From development to amending rules, things are still moving forward in the Pines during the COVID shutdown.

Length ~45 minutes  Cost: no charge

You’ll hear about some of the largest development projects we’re tracking, and receive a status update. We’ll also discuss the laws that protect the Pinelands and how they’re vulnerable to change. The webinar will include:

  • The history and current status of the 2 Pinelands pipelines
  • PPA’s strategy with some of the Pinelands major issues
  • How you can get involved in advocating for the Pines

Wilderness Survival 1: Plan to Survive -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch the Replay from May 2020

More and more people are headed out to the wilderness. To explore beautiful places, to get away from city life, or to just reconnect with nature. Sometimes unprepared for what it takes to get to those amazing places.

Length ~60 minutes   Cost $10

The techniques provided here can be done in the safety of your own backyard. This class will provide basic instruction on how to plan and prepare for your next outdoor trip.

What you’ll learn:

  • Pre-trip planning
  • Recommended equipment for your travels
  • What to do if you end up in a survival situation
  • Improving your chances for rescue

Great practical intro to survival. Really enjoyed the talk. Thanks. I look forward to learning more from you. -Peter B.

 

A Quick Examination of Pine Barrens Insects -Guide John Volpa

Watch the Replay from May 2020

The uplands and wetlands of the Pine Barrens are the habitat of a tremendous diversity of insects. As one of Earth’s oldest animal classes, insects are the most diverse. We’ll take a look at some of the most obvious to be found in these two habitats.

Length ~30 minutes   Cost no charge

  • What roles do insects play within the ecosystem?
  • How are dragonflies and damselflies life cycles connected to water?
  • What are the odd, conical depressions one often sees in the sugar sand?
  • How are the Pine Barrens rare orchids co-evolved with insects?
  • Are there really dung beetles in the pines?

 

Wildlife Cinematography and Photography in the Pines –Jason Howell

Watch the Replay from May 2020

Learn how to create great wildlife videos and photographs on a budget with Pinelands cinematographer Jason Howell. Here are some of the topics that will be addressed during the webinar. This is designed for those just starting out in this field but may be of interest to those with some expertise in some but not all areas.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

  • First, do no harm
  • Gear Selection – What you might need and what you don’t for video and photography
  • Wildlife Behavior and how to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Where to go, wildlife blinds, and how to blend in with your environment.
  • Macro Photography Basics
  • Aerial Cinematography and drone usage and basic regulations
  • Video editing basics, Color Correction, and processing, software recommendations
  • General Question and answers

 

Get to Know the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA)/
Ask Me Anything
-Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director

Watch Replay from April 2020

Meet PPA’s Executive Director, Carleton Montgomery. He’ll present a brief history of the organization, explain the most important challenges facing New Jersey’s Pine Barrens and tell you about plans for the future. You’ll have the opportunity to ask Carleton anything about PPA and our mission to protect the Pine Barrens.

Length ~45 minutes   Cost no charge

  • Find out more about PPA
  • Be among the first to learn about our new initiatives
  • Discover the innovative ways we’re reaching constituent

 

Pine Barrens Primer/ Ask Me Anything -John Volpa

Watch Replay from April 2020

Discover New Jersey’s Pine Barrens! Our country’s first National Reserve, a Unesco Biosphere, is abundant in ecology, history, culture.

Length ~45-60 minutes  Cost: no charge

Pinelands Adventures Director of Education, John Volpa, has lived southern New Jersey his whole life. While his teaching career with Shamong Township Schools focused upon the Pine Barrens he began leading outdoor pursuits in the pines over twenty-two years ago. He knows a little bit about many things, so ask him anything about the Pine Barrens!

Discover:

  • The largest forested area on the Eastern Seaboard between Maine and the Florida Everglades.
  • Why they’re called “barren.”
  • How the Pinelands are protected and how they are still vulnerable.
  • The importance of protecting the aquifer which lies below the Pines.

 

Tips for Successful Organic Gardening -Rob Ferber

Watch Replay from April 2020

Learn what it means to be certified organic and why you should know your farmer. Discover interesting and productive plant varieties.

Length ~75 minutes   Cost $10

Techniques, Tools and Tips for success include basic soil amendments, mulching, rotation, spacing, inter-planting, and a show and tell of useful tools. Learn why a physical barrier can be your best bet against pests and compile a list of resources for seeds and supplies.

This program will focus on vegetable gardening. You’ll learn about:

  • The best time to plant different crops
  • Some of the  most destructive pests
  • Beneficial insects
  • Planting and pruning tomatoes

 

It Isn’t Easy Being Green: Unique Plants of the Pines -Guide John Volpa

Watch Replay from April 2020

Only green plants can make their own food.  How do they accomplish such a feat?  If humans could do that, think of the time and money we’d save!  Join us to explore some the unique traits all plants share.  We take a virtual tour of the Pine Barrens to take a look at some of the common plants, some with uncommon abilities.

Length ~45-60 minutes  Cost: no charge

We’ll explore:

  • Why is the Pine Barrens such a tough place for plants to make a living?
  • What does it mean to be a carnivorous plant?
  • Why (and how) would a plant eat an animal?
  • Are there ways plants cooperate with one another?

 

America’s Early Environmental Movement: 1749-1949 -Guide John Volpa

Watch Replay from April 2020

Benjamin Franklin

Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin spoke against the reckless and wanton slaughter of the woods in colonial America. In time, other scientists and activists recognized the connection between conquering the natural world and humanity’s dependence upon the little things that run the world and our need for natural places.

Length ~60 minutes   Cost $10

Join Director of Education, John Volpa, for a journey through America’s Early Environmental Movement to explore:

  • Who recognized the interconnectedness of ecosystems & their environmental services?
  • How did one scientist influenced Darwin and others to great discoveries?
  • What issue influenced the establishment of the Audubon Society?
  • When did people consider a “land ethic”?

 

Wilderness Survival 6: Compass 101 -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch Replay from April 2020

Many people head out into the wilderness with the essentials. Snacks, drinks, maybe a pocket knife. With the extensive amount of trail networks in our State and National parks, most people overlook the proper tools and skills required to navigate the wilderness.

Length ~60 minutes  Cost $10

Come hangout with Pinelands Adventures as we talk about half of the navigation process, The Compass! Unlike a GPS, it doesn’t require batteries and it never loses reception. The skills you will learn here can be practiced literally anywhere once you understand the fundamentals.

What you’ll learn:

  • The parts of both the base plate compass and the lensatic compass
  • How to find your direction
  • Finding your “back azimuth”
  • Keeping track of your distance

If was fun, informative and a wonderful learning experience. It was well worth it. I will be back for more. -TripAdvisor

 

Pine Barrens Fire Ecology -Ryan Rebozo, Ph.D.

Watch the replay April 2020

Fire is a natural form of disturbance that shapes landscapes around the world.  Fire adapted ecosystems, such as the New Jersey Pine Barrens, depend on periodic fire disturbance to maintain their characteristic habitats.  In addition to wildfires, prescribed fires have played an increasingly large role on the south Jersey landscape over the past century.

Length ~60 minutes   Cost $10

In this webinar we will talk about the role wildfires and prescribed burns play in the ecology and management of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  We will cover succession, plant and animal responses to fire, fire regimes and the globally important Pine Plains.

Learn about:

  • Pinus rigida, the pitch pine
  • Epicormic Shoots
  • Serotinous Pine Cones
  • Insulating Bark

All About Pinelands Adventures/ Ask Me Anything -Rob Ferber

Watch Replay from April 2020

Sit down with Director Rob Ferber to learn about how and why the Pinelands Preservation Alliance started Pinelands Adventures. We’ll tell you about our mission, some of our successes, the biggest challenges and plans for the future.

Length ~45-60 minutes  Cost: no charge

Did you know we offer over 23 different guided trips? Ferber will reveal which trips are the most popular, review the failures and discuss new adventures planned for 2020.

Discover:

  • The number of visitors Pinelands Adventures serves each year
  • Why and how Adventures provides scholarship programs for many underserved groups
  • Our plan to get (safely) back to business when the time comes

 

Fire Sparks Humanity’s Journey -Guide John Volpa

Watch Replay from April 2020

If you’re curious about what separates Homo sapiens from other animals, join this interactive presentation.  Fire Sparks Humanity’s Journey examines our species’ biological and cultural evolution to its population growth point of a half billion.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

Stimulating and inspiring! This was by far the best lecture I’ve attended in a long time. You had a rapt audience! I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed it. -Peggy M., Environmental Advocate

If you’ve taken a personal DNA test, then your curiosity should to be piqued to follow our ancestors’ footsteps as they reach major milestones such as:

  • Separating from the Great Apes
  • Welding fire and becoming creative planners
  • Mobilizing across the globe
  • Interbreeding with other Hominids

The webinar content is wonderful. -Carol W.

 

 

Serendipity: John McPhee’s The Pine Barrens -Guide John Volpa

Watch Replay from April 2020

John Mcphee - The Pine Barrens

Great writers influence others to do great things. John McPhee’s The Pine Barrens moved Governor Brendan Byrne to introduce legislation to preserve and protect the Pinelands.

Length ~75 minutes  Cost $10

We’ll focus upon each of McPhee’s nine chapters which condensed a story about the land and its people, with wider implications for the nation and the environmental movement.  The Pine Barrens is a microcosm for many environmental concerns:

  • It’s all about the water!
  • Creating balance between human needs and ecosystem needs
  • Visionary action can make a difference.

Adapted from our popular bus tour which is based on McPhee’s landmark book, this program was originally developed for the 2020 Pinelands Short Course. It was sold out when the annual conference was cancelled due to the pandemic.

I love learning about John McPhee’s Pine Barrens, it’s an interesting and fascinating story. John Volpa was great. -Elena C.

 

Creatures of the Pines: Mammals and Birds-Guide John Volpa

Watch Replay from April 2020

Take a virtual exploration to find some creatures that inhabit the Pine Barrens. Learn about their interesting and unusual characteristics.

Length ~45-60 minutes  Cost: no charge

Bring your curiosity to find out:

  • Why do they call the Pine Barrens home?
  • Where do we find them?
  • What do they eat?
  • How are they specially adapted for survival?

 

 

Wilderness Survival 6: Compass 101 -Guide Don “Ski” Sulewski

Watch Replay from April 2020

Many people head out into the wilderness with the essentials. Snacks, drinks, maybe a pocket knife. With the extensive amount of trail networks in our State and National parks, most people overlook the proper tools and skills required to navigate the wilderness.

Length ~60 minutes  Cost $10

Come hangout with Pinelands Adventures as we talk about half of the navigation process, The Compass! Unlike a GPS, it doesn’t require batteries and it never loses reception. The skills you will learn here can be practiced literally anywhere once you understand the fundamentals.

What you’ll learn:

  • The parts of both the base plate compass and the lensatic compass
  • How to find your direction
  • Finding your “back azimuth”
  • Keeping track of your distance

If was fun, informative and a wonderful learning experience. It was well worth it. I will be back for more. -TripAdvisor

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