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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.
Below are some sites the Jackson Pathfinders are either affiliated with or recommend:
Ten miles of pure white sand beach attracts swimmers, sunbathers, anglers and surfers. Modern bathhouses, beach access ramps, a mile of beach with lifeguards, historic buildings, trails, naturalist programs, bike paths, wild foxes and facilities for people with disabilities combine to make Island Beach a popular place.
The state’s largest osprey colony, as well as peregrine falcons, wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl and migrating songbirds, are found here. Island Beach is nationally known as a unique resource with over 300 plants identified, including the largest expanses of beach heather in New Jersey.
Allaire State Park consists of 3,035 acres located in Monmouth County. 25 miles of multi-use trails in Monmouth County: 21.5 miles are suitable for day hikes, 17 for mountain biking, 17 for horseback riding and five for canoeing. Info: (732) 938-2371. Within the park, there are facilities for picnicking and camping. The park has a nature center that is staffed by a naturalist in the summer.
Allaire Village, which is inside the park, is a 19th Century village listed on the NJ and National Registers of Historic Places. It is named after James P. Allaire, who owned Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830s. Located within the village are a museum and gift shop, a carpenter shop and working blacksmith, a general store, a bakery, a carriage house, a church and row houses
Located north of Jackson in Manalapan, the Monmouth Battlefield offers year-round activities. There are interpretive and visitor centers, as well as picnic tables, a playground, and food concessions. There are trails for horseback riding and hiking; winter sports include sledding and cross-country skiing.
Information/links on other parks
- New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Marinas
The New Jersey Pinelands Recreational Guide A complete listing of parks in our area which offer historic sites, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and other activities.
Plants of the Pinelands This Pinelands Alliance website will help you put some names to the plants you’ll see in the Jackson area.