Cape May Service, New Jersey

Sierra Club Outings Trip # 13293A, Service/ Volunteer


  • Savor beach, river, and wetland habitats during conservation work with The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Enjoy and photograph impressive fall bird migrations
  • Explore charming coastal towns and mellow river estuaries


  • All meals and campground facilities
  • Scheduled excursions to places of interest
  • Conservation talks and presentations


DatesSep 22–28, 2013
StaffSandra Raviv

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Trip Overview

The Trip

Our purpose is to assist The Nature Conservancy’s Delaware Bayshores program in land, plant, and animal protection activities.

The Project

Trail development and maintenance, invasive plant removal, native plant replanting, and step building along river dunes are among potential projects that we will perform for and with TNC.


We will meet no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 22 at the Belleplain State Forest Campground in Woodbine, NJ and eat our first supper together after setting up camp.  During the week, we will gather at work sites identified by TNC staff and work about five hours per day.  Afternoons will be spent in recreational outings to places of interest or free time.  Our last meal together will be breakfast on Saturday, September 28th, after which we will break camp and depart.

We will follow the Sierra Club practice of carpooling during the week to work and recreational locations; participants without vehicles are encouraged to share gas expenses with drivers.



Getting There

It is the responsibility of participants to get to the base camp at Belleplain near Woodbine, NJ.  The nearest airports are located in Newark NJ, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City, with bus connections to the Woodbine area.  We can arrange pickup from the bus stop to the campground.  A trip roster and further directions will be provided several weeks before the outing to facilitate carpooling for participants who wish to share rides.

Accommodations and Food

The group will camp in the beautiful Belleplain State Forest Campground, which has spacious and well-maintained campsites, hot shower and toilet facilities, and running water for cooking. The campground also has a lake with beach for swimming and boating, as well as several hiking trails and opportunities for birding.

Trip Difficulty

This trip is rated easy to moderate.

Equipment and Clothing

Participants will provide their own tents, sleeping bags, and work clothing and gloves, as well as personal lunch containers, dinnerware, and eating utensils. The community cooking equipment will be provided. TNC will supply all necessary work tools.  A detailed list of what to bring will be sent to confirmed participants several weeks before the outing.


  • McPhee, John, The Pine Barrens. Ferrar, Straus, and Giroux. (1968).
  • Sutton, Clay and Pat, Birds and Birding at Cape May:  What to See and When and Where to Go. Stackpole Books. (2006).


Participants will assist in a variety of land and species protection activities in collaboration with TNC. The Cape May area has environmentally sensitive habitats that support biodiversity among wildlife and plant life, including species en route between summer breeding grounds and winter locations. Both plant life and animals are threatened due to rapid alteration and development.



Sandy Raviv has participated in or led Sierra Outings to a number of eastern coastal locations including Acadia National Park (ME), Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod (MA), the Maryland Eastern Shore, the Outer Banks (NC), Cumberland Island (GA) and the Florida Everglades. She lives in Warwick, NY where she pursues genealogy in the winter months and gardening in the summer.

Assistant Leader:

Jeffrey Black has been leading trips in the southwest – camping trips, backpack trips, service trips – for nearly 20 years. In 2011, he led a service trip to Ramsey Canyon Nature Preserve in southeast Arizona. Last year, he led a base camp trip to Capitol Reef and the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. A native of NJ, he lives in Berkeley, California and considers himself an outdoor enthusiast with interests in hiking, cycling, flowers, birds, and protecting the wilderness. He also is an excellent cook, and has over 20 chocolate cake recipes.

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