Walk in the Woods With Bass River State Forest Naturalist

Apr 17, 2018

Woodsy smells delight the pooches, so grab your dog’s leash and head over to Bass River State Forest on Saturday, April 21 by 9 a.m. Bass River State Forest naturalist Kathy Gardiner takes the lead for this 3- to 5-mile leisurely walk around the forest. Late April brings wood violets to bloom, fragrant trailing arbutus and bright yellow pixie. But dogs are sure to find more heady fragrances such as rotting wood, toadstools and whatever animal has passed in the last 24 hours. Its fun for them and fun for you.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times and be comfortable around other four-legged pals. Bring your lunch, dog snacks and water. Register by calling the BRSF office at 609-296-1114 or Gardiner at 609-296-6574.  Meet at the forest office, located at 762 Stage Rd. in Bass River Township. Limit is for 15 dogs, but additional dog lovers without pets are invited to join.

Gardiner also facilitates a walk around Ocean County’s Cattus Island Park on Wednesday, April 25, starting at 9 a.m. This is a free, 7-mile, moderate hike. Cattus Island is a 530-acre park located on upper Barnegat Bay. It consists of pinelands, salt water marshes and beaches where you might see nesting ospreys. It also has Cooper Environmental Center open for visitors.

Bring lunch and water and meet at the office, 1170 Cattus Island Blvd. in Toms River (exit 82 off the Garden State Parkway). Heavy rain cancels. To register, call Gardiner, 609-296-6574, or Bass River, 609-296-1114, or visit the website njparksandforest.org. —P.J.

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