Patcong Creek Foundation Invites Community to Wildlife Area Cleanup

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The Patcong Creek Foundation wants the community to join them in efforts to preserve nature. (Courtesy Patcong Creek Foundation)

Patcong Creek Foundation invites the community to join two events at the end of October that will make you feel proud and maybe even a little smarter, according to a foundation press release.

The first event is one of the foundation’s annual cleanup events. As always, members of the organization, community groups, and the general public will clean the Tuckahoe-Corbin City Wildlife Management Area (WMA) off of Route 50 in Corbin City. This year’s date is Sunday, Oct. 28. The cleanup time will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Since the trail to the WMA can be off the beaten path for some that aren’t used to visiting the area, there will be a meeting location at the City Hall of Corbin City located at the intersection of Route 50 and Griscom Mill Road.

Anyone who wishes to meet at City Hall may do so in the parking lot by 8:50 a.m. If you want to head out to the WMA on your own, meet up with everyone at the bird-watching platform by 9 a.m.

The foundation is looking for new members to join in their efforts to clean up the community and preserve nature. (Courtesy Patcong Creek Foundation)

“The clean-up is a fantastic opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. The area is beautiful, so you will enjoy the scenery while making it even more beautiful by removing debris,” said Lisa Bender, executive director of the Patcong Creek Foundation. “The group cleans along the impoundment road, which is nice as there is very little traffic. It is a great cleanup event for kids as it is not along a busy street, or fully out in the marsh. Gloves, pickers, and trash bags will be provided.”

The next event is the second Community Night featuring Tom Baum, a N.J. Fish & Wildlife biologist.

Patcong Creek Foundation’s Community Night is a chance “to learn something new about the world around you,” Bender said.

The Community Night will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the new Seashore Science Center site (formerly Somers Point Youth Center) located at 599 Marks Road (near the corner of Bethel Road).

Baum will speak about the fascinating marine wildlife of the Great Egg Harbor estuary. A question-and-answer session will follow.

In spring 2018, Baum joined the Patcong Creek Foundation aboard the Duke of Fluke for the group’s field trips run in conjunction with Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association. Children from sixth grade at Dawes Avenue School and seventh grade at Saint Joseph Regional School were lucky enough to learn so much from Baum as he taught about the critters that were caught in the trawl net while giving the kids a chance to touch and hold them.

Bender said members of Patcong Creek hope that many people in the community take advantage of these events on Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 to have fun with family and friends while becoming better stewards of the natural resources.

To learn more about the Patcong Creek Foundation or become a member of the organization, visit www.PatcongCreekFoundation.org.

The group heads to Corbin City to clean up the environment. (Courtesy Patcong Creek Foundation)