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Pine Barrens Discovery Tour

A unique exploration on land and water in the Pine Barrens along the Mullica River at Goshen Pond.


Trek along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. Join Pinelands Adventures Naturalist and former Environmental Science Teacher John Volpa for our Pine Barrens Sampler, a three-hour exploration of Pine Barrens life. This program includes a nature walk to learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats, conduct a water quality survey, try dip and seine netting.

  • Discover native Pine Barrens plants and animals around every corner of the trail as you walk an easy pace.
  • Find out what fish, frogs, and bugs can tell us about their Pine Barrens home.

Your Guide:

The trip will be led by guide and naturalist John Volpa, Pinelands Adventures’ Education Director. John has a long history of Pine Barrens exploration as a former environmental science teacher with Shamong Township Public Schools and an instructor with Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s summer Teacher’s Institute. An Evesham Township resident, John has also been the catalyst behind the creation of the Black Run Preserve in Evesham. John is a highly skilled paddler and passionate about sharing the Pine Barrens.

New Jersey Pine Barrens ecology tour
John Volpa, Pinelands Adventures director of education, discusses Pine Barrens ecology during a recent trip.


“You are the Best Guide ever—and I have done many guided trips with great leaders. However, you surpass them all. Thank you for a terrific day … I will definitely sign up for more trips.”  — Joan R.

“John Volpa was the highlight of the trip. Truly outstanding in every respect.” — Terence G.

Each trip begins at Pinelands Adventures headquarters and lasts about 3 hours.