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Paddle the Marshes of Maurice River

September 24, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A person in a kayak paddling along the marshes with a cloudy sky overhead.

Paddle the calm tidal waters of the Maurice River, teeming with migrating and nesting bird species, including ducks, wrens, sparrows, blackbirds, and harriers—many of which feed on the lush wild rice fields there. 

Led by Natural Lands staff members Steve Eisenhauer and Brian Johnson, this journey offers participants a special perspective of this picturesque eco-system.

NOTE: Please use the intersection of Lilac Street and S. 2nd St. (aka rte. 47).  The Peek entrance is right across from the Lilac Street intersection. The 2100 S. 2nd Street (from google maps) address will send you a mile south.  



Harold N. Peek Preserve
South 2nd Street
Millville , NJ 08332


September 24, 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm

Located along the freshwater, tidal Maurice River, the Harold N. Peek Preserve is home to some of the healthiest wild rice marsh in southern New Jersey. This wetland habitat is an excellent place to observe a wide variety of birds, especially migrating waterfowl and raptors. The preserve is part of the Maurice River Corridor “Important Bird Area” (a National Audubon Society designation).

  • Be prepared to get wet.
  • Binoculars and cameras may be used at your own risk; best to bring a dry-bag to protect valuables.  
  • Bring a water bottle and a brown-bag lunch to enjoy at our picnic tables.
  • Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and life vests provided. 
  • Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Help us all stay safe: 

  • If you are sick, please stay home. 
  • CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings, especially if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised. 

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