Friday June 3 – Saturday June 4, 2016

White Lake Preserve – 97 Stillwater Rd, Hardwick, NJ and Ridge & Valley Charter School – 1234 RT 94, Blairstown, NJ

All are welcome to this family friendly event!

Join the challenge to document as many species as possible in the Ridge & Valley Bioregion in our 1st Annual BioBlitz. Meet naturalists, learn about the species at White Lake Preserve and become a citizen scientist by participating in data collection and observation.

Camping Registration (PDF)
Participation Release (PDF)
T-Shirt Order Form (PDF)

Ridge & Valley aerial

The preserve is recognized regionally by bird and insect enthusiasts for its abundance of observable species. And it is home to some of the rarest plant communities in the U.S.

Many BioBlitz activities will be offered at the White Lake Preserve located on Stillwater Road in Hardwick, NJ. The 394 acres of Warren County’s White Lake Preserve are home to some of the rarest plant communities in the U.S. In the center of the preserve is a 69-acre, spring-fed limestone sinkhole lake surrounded by marl fens, wetlands and meadows. In the upland areas are limestone forests, cedar glades, and rocky outcrops teeming with moss, ferns, and fungi.

BioBlitz participants are also welcome to will explore the various wetlands, meadows and streams on Ridge & Valley Charter School’s 18 acre campus located at 1234 Rt 94, Blairstown, NJ. Abbreviated activities will be spaced throughout Friday and Saturday to accommodate those who need a slower pace and the ability to stay close to a home base. Overnight primitive camping will also be available on the RVCS campus.

Primitive overnight camping will be available to the first 30 families for the event. A 10’x10′ area will be allocated to each family. Locations will include:

  • Lower Octagon area
  • Lower Meadow
  • Four Directions

Please see the attached registration form to list your preferences. Camping sites will be given by preference on a first come first serve basis to those who pay the $20 camping fee and fill out a complete camping registration form. No refunds will be given as this will pay for needed facilities.

Primitive Camping Agreements for RVCS Campus:

  • Rain or Shine
  • BYO dinner and snacks
  • BYO camping equipment and gear
  • No alcohol, drugs, smoking
  • No pets, grilling or open fires
  • No access to electrical outlets
  • Primitive camping with Portable Toilet Facilities only
  • Carry in, carry out
  • Shared fresh water available
  • Parental supervision of children at all times
  • Sites packed up by 11AM. Leave no trace

Join us on Saturday morning for a Fundraising Bake Sale. Coffee, Tea and baked goods will be available for purchase.