Purple Heart Digital Nature Trail Construction Day

Today on President’s Day 2017 we had a fantastic turnout and great weather (sunny and near 60 deg) for the installation and construction of the kiosk and digital nature trail posts at the Purple Heart trail.  This is a project where the Jackson Pathfinders are partnering with the Jackson Environmental Commission via funding by an ANJEC grant for the construction of an interpretive trail at the Bunker Hill Bogs in Jackson.  We expect to complete the project in the next 2 months.

Special thanks to the following:

  • Troop 152 who showed up with enthusiasm and helped with lugging of some equipment and supplies, trail trimming and for doing some long overdue bulk trash cleanup in the East Cranberry Bog
  • Earle Tree Service for donating some time and equipment for the main construction of the kiosk and digging of holes
  • Ocean County Votech of Brick for building of roof structure of the kiosk
  • Jackson Pathfinders and Jackson Environmental Commision for envisioning the project and helping during construction
  • ANJEC for the main funding of the project via the Open Space Stewardship Funding grant

FREC Full Moon Hike – Feb 10

February 10, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us at the Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) for a full moon walk amongst the trees followed by hot chocolate at the interpretive center.  This walk is sponsored by the FREC and co-sponsored by the Jackson Pathfinders.  Several walking options will be provided; a more vigorous hike for those who would like to walk briskly on the moonlit trails within the forest and a slower paced, guided interpretive tour during which our naturalists will talk about our forest’s beautiful features.  With Valentine’s Day just a few days later, join us to share your love for our healthy forest.   This event is free.  The walks will be approximately an hour or so; please dress for the weather.

Registration is required by calling (732) 928-2360.  Please provide name, phone number and the number of people, so that the FREC can contact you in case of inclement weather and/or cancellation.

For more information, visit the FREC website.

Mega Montage

A mix of both new and old photos…

Announcing our new website!

Whoa! Something has changed around here …

So it’s been long in the making, but we finally have a more modern and mobile-friendly look for our website.  We hope you enjoy the new format.

Please come to the events we have.  They’re lots of fun and what ultimately makes up a community of people sharing similar interests.  There are so many lovely trails in Jackson to explore, and new ones that await with a little help from our friends.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

So whether you just want to get some fresh air, a bit of exercise, take the dogs for a walk, venture out for a geocache, help on a trail beautification day, or simply explore some nature you haven’t seen in Jackson, please do take advantage of all the hard work the Pathfinders have put in over the years!

Continue reading “Announcing our new website!”

Volunteer to Help

If you are interested in volunteering or just wish to make a comment or suggestion use one of the following means of communication:

There are many opportunities to assist individually or as a group such as with the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.  Some ideas follow.

Get Involved by Participating

You or your organization can participate in any of our activities.

  • Join any of our trail work days throughout the year
  • Sign up for our “Adopt a Trail” or “Keep It Nice” programs
  • Approach the Pathfinders with a scouting project such as Eagle Scout project or to simply take your den or pack on a hike and bring some bags to do some cleanup.  Or the younger scouts can play “stick in the mud” where they can gather and throw sticks in the mud to help soak up water on some of the wetter trails.
  • Join us in our hiking or other group activities

Become an Active Member

We have a lot of committees (see About the Pathfinders for a complete list) where you can volunteer to be elected as a formal member of Pathfinders. Use your skills and/or learn some new ones.

  • Mapping (using Global Positioning System or GPS)
  • Grants, Land Acquisition
  • Trail Management
  • Bicycling, Hiking, Fishing
  • Membership, Publicity, Event Planning

Contact the Membership Committee for more information.

ANJEC Project @ Purple Heart

The Jackson Pathfinders in cooperation with the Jackson Environmental Commission have been awarded an Open Space Stewardship Funding grant from Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) in the amount of $1300 for an environmental awareness project at the Purple Heart trail.

The project includes constructing an informational kiosk at a midway point along the Purple Heart trail and a self-guided digital nature walk (interpretive trail) having numerous informational signs along the way to educate the public on local natural resources.  In addition to the informational signs themselves, there will be QR codes that you can scan using your mobile device to immediately obtain more details online for the given subject.  Links are expected to be hosted on the Pathfinders website.

The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2017.  As always we welcome any volunteers to assist with the project.  As an example, Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Brick is graciously constructing the kiosk off-site for us.

More details

Past Eagle Scout Project Photos

Shown are some photos taken from previous projects along the Silver Stream and Steve Kitay Living Trails.

Trail Beatification Day at Purple Heart Trail

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 9AM-noon
The Pathfinders held a trail beautification day and hike at Purple Heart Trail.

We met at the main entrance off East Veterans Hwy, but then drove over to the Butterfly Road entrance as we wanted to focus on trimming around the East Cranberry Bog which needed some widening and brush cutting. We also cleaned some trash, but there are 2 areas that require further work to remove some heavier and stuck items. All-in-all it was great day. The sun was shining and and spring was finally in the air!

X marks the spot

Posted by The Jackson Pathfinders on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sample Eagle Scout Project

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Alex Eisenschmied completed his Troop 82 Eagle Scout Project in December 2014, and was awarded the Eagle Badge at an Eagle Court of Honor on March 29th. For years people will enjoy the resting benches along the Steve Kitay Trail. Congratulations Alex on your fantastic achievement! — The Jackson Pathfinders

Posted by The Jackson Pathfinders on Tuesday, April 14, 2015