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Spring Activities at Saddler’s Woods

Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association (SWCA), a nonprofit dedicated to education, restoration, and research involving the 25-acre urban forest, Saddler’s Woods, will celebrate spring with a packed April schedule.

During the Wonderful Watershed Walk, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., April 5, hikers will discover the importance of good water quality and how to protect our watersheds. A Burst of Spring botany tour in Saddler’s Woods, from 10 a.m. to noon, April 12, will demonstrate how to identify native flora by their spring foliage and flowers and how animals benefit from plants.

Also on April 12, from 1 to 5 p.m., SWCA will host its Spring Festival Open House at the Haddon Township Environmental and Historical Center (HTEHC). The educational lineup includes games, crafts and unique nature exhibits. The interactive program, Hop into an Amphibian World, starts at 2 p.m.

SWCA will host its annual Earth Day Stewardship event from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 26. Volunteers are needed to nurture Saddler’s Woods by removing litter, debris and non-native, invasive plants. Such forest restoration efforts have significantly improved the health of the woods’ ecosystem.

Capacity is limited; pre-registration is required for most events; please call for age and chaperon requirements. Cost: Apr. 5, $5; Apr. 12, $2; other events, free. Locations: Saddler’s Woods, 250 MacArthur Blvd., Haddon Township. HTEHC, 143 E. Ormond Ave., Haddon Township. For more information and preregistration, call 856-869-7372 or email [email protected]. To learn more about SWCA, visit SaddlersWoods.org.

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