Five short years ago,the acquisition of this AWESOME property was a dream come true for Gloucester County 4-H Leaders and then 4-H Program Assistant, Geri Leonarski. Having an easy to find location, a bath house in place, an indoor facility,and backing up to 8,000 acreas of the Winslow Wilflife Management Area, the possibilities and benefits are endless for 4-H clubs to: meet, hold clinics, shows, educate the public, explore and learn.
Two Recreational Trails Grants were applied for and awarded to the Gloucester County 4-H Association. The first encompassing to mark 30 miles of trails, create a trail guide complete with a map and acquire necessary equipment to maintain the property. The second is to refit the bath house and property to conform to ADA standards along with other trail head improvements.
Recently, the Gloucester County 4-H Association has reached out to surrounding 4-H communities and volunteer organizations for support in transforming this "diamond in the rough" into a self sustaining Community/Regional 4-H Center.
The goal is to have the bath house fully operational and the indoor arena ready..
To support and promote these endeavors, please contact the Gloucester County 4-H Office through this website and please put "4-H Nature Preserve" in the subject line.
Things have been busy at the 4-H Nature Preserve!! Two Eagle Scout projects have taken place: a NEW pumphouse and NEW Trail head and trail marker signs!!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Eagle Scout's Bryce DuBois and Andrew Festoff ! Both of these young men worked with their troop members, adult volunteers and Scoutmasters to complete their goals. Thank you BOTH so much for your time and support!!
Andrew Festoff & Troop 234 with their NEW trail head sign and trail marker project
Bryce DuBois and Troop 127 built a new pumphouse