New Jersey Pine Barrens Adventure!

To celebrate a successful Symposium, the Fellows decided to explore the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Last Friday, April 30th, all ten Fellows set out for an epic canoe trip. We watched the landscape change from urban Wilmington and Philadelphia, to sandy and shrubby South New Jersey. The weather was perfect and we all loaded into five canoes for a trip down the Wading River.

Taking a break in cranberry-laden waters.

The narrow river was an enlivening obstacle course of steering, with many small beaches and lagoons to pull off on. In the picture above, we pulled off to see some small water lilies and ended up snacking on some cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpa) growing below the water’s surface.

Everyone poses at the end of the trip!

It took about five hours to complete the trip. Afterward, we stopped at Batsto Village, a historic village with several hiking trails. We got a chance to get up close to the flora and discuss what we had seen during the canoe trip.

The gals at Batsto Lake.

Botanical highlights included swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum), summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), and highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum).

One of our favorites, Quercus marilandica