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Celebrate the Arrival of Spring with NJ Audubon at May Days in Bernardsville



Experience the new Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education, with an all new Nature Store, gallery and classrooms filled with activities

BERNARDSVILLE, March 10, 2010 — Celebrate Spring at the Grand Opening of New Jersey Audubon’s Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education on Saturday and Sunday May 1 and 2, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville. This free, two-day family event features something for everyone -- music and entertainment; hands-on nature activities; live animal demonstrations; and displays from local organizations, all surrounded by 276 acres of scenic woodland, field and floodplain habitat supporting some 200 species of wildlife ready for you to explore. Stop by the registration table and pick up an Event Program that will guide you through the May Days activities.

Several times throughout both days, special kids’ radio telemetry classes will take place, which will show how professional wildlife biologists track all kinds of species on their travels around the world by letting kids track “wildlife” on the grounds of the Sanctuary. There will be fun nature crafts for the little ones, a Natural Treasure Hunt and free face painting provided by local Girl Scout Troops.

The event line-up also includes entertaining and educational indoor presentations by specialists on dragonflies, birds, local history and some great storytelling. And, if a plant only blooms for one day, what good does it do in nature? Find out at a lecture by one of the state’s renowned experts on “ephemeral” plants. Enjoy live music outdoors and visit live animal exhibits by the Raptor Trust and NJ Audubon’s Weis Ecology Center, featuring birds of prey and other birds.

Come by and shop for special May Days discounts at the Nature Store, and tour a one-of-a-kind exhibition of indoor and outdoor contemporary art on threatened and endangered birds of New Jersey by award-winning New Jersey artist, Pat Brentano.

Admission is FREE and healthy foods and refreshments will be available both days, for sale by local vendors.

For more information please visit As we move closer to the event check back for an event schedule, directions to off-site parking and bike routes to the celebration. Bring your family and friends to this fun, festive event where you’ll discover a place where experiencing nature is pure fun.

For more on artist Pat Brentano, visit


New Jersey Audubon is a privately supported, statewide, not-for-profit membership organization.


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