Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge provides year-round on and off site programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and families, focused on the habitats and wildlife of New Jersey. Discover our resident animals at during a visit to Cedar Run or we will bring our animals to you during a memorable and exciting classroom program.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge sits on 171 wooded acres on the edge of the New Jersey Pinelands. The Refuge includes the Woodford Nature Center, 3 miles of hiking trails, nature playscape, an outdoor housing area with more than 60 native residents, and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital.
Cedar Run engages in ecologically based land management; the operation of a licensed wildlife hospital that cares for more than 4,500 injured, orphaned or displaced native wild animals each year; the education of more than 20,000 students annually through our various on-site and outreach programs; and serves as an active resource to the greater New Jersey community on all wildlife and habitat related questions and issues.
Go Wild with Cedar Run
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge educates more than 20,000 students annually through our engaging on- and off-site education programs. All programs meet numerous New Jersey Core Curriculum Sci¬ence Standards and incorporate principles of STEM and NGSS. We can also help your school earn points to obtain certification through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Our certi¬fied teachers and education staff, along with live animals and artifacts, create an engaging and hands-on lesson that includes audience participation and Q&A.
Imagine your students looking into the large yellow eyes of a Great Horned Owl or feeling the scaly, dry skin of a snake.
Children are innately fascinated by the world around them. While visiting Cedar Run, students connect with the natural world and immerse themselves in the beauty and uniqueness of the Pinelands. Students feel a connection to the animals that call this region home, as well as the wildlife in our care.
Our staff also ensures that every off-site classroom program is special through our Refuge on Wheels program. Students experience a sense of awe and wonder after seeing various animals up-close in their school or classroom, creating a one-of-a-kind program.
Contact the Education Department at 856-983-3329, ext 103, to schedule a program or discuss how our programs can be adapt¬ed to fit your school’s existing science curriculum.
Nature Center OPEN DAILY (Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat and Sun. 10 p.m.-4 p.m.)
· 171 wooded acres surrounding pristine Cedar Run Lake
· Woodford Nature Center with hands-on exhibits, reptile room, picnic pavilion, nature playscape and gift shop
· Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children, children 3 and under and members are free
· Outdoor animal housing area with more than 50 native animals
· 3 miles of nature trails through the Pinelands
· Wildlife rehabilitation hospital (open only for animal drop-off)
More than 20,000 students participate annually in Cedar Run’s STEM-based school and scout programs. Programs include Educator-led field trips, Refuge on Wheels, and scout badges.
We also offer monthly homeschool programs, guided hikes, public programs, birthday parties and more.
Families can enjoy wandering our three miles of scenic trails, enjoying a picnic lunch in our covered pavilion, watching the bird feeders and observing the resident animals.
More than 4,500 wild animals are treated in our rehabilitation hospital each year. After treatment and care in our hospital many are returned to the wild. Others, whose injuries prevent release, remain permanent residents in our outdoor Wildlife Housing Area to educate visitors about native NJ wildlife.