Field Trips
The Pinelands Institute for Natural & Environmental Studies, (P.I.N.E.S.), a program of Whitesbog Preservation Trust operates in Historic Whitesbog Village in cooperation with the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.
The Pinelands Institute at Whitesbog Village provides educational programs featuring the natural and cultural history of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Programs include school field trips, in-school presentations, adult group presentations, teacher workshops, and special events. Our goal is to provide opportunities for people to be immersed in local habitats, to foster awareness and stewardship towards all living things within those habitats, and to help people discover their past and present connection to the land.
We are located in Historic Whitesbog Village in the Pine Barrens located in Browns Mills, Burlington County, New Jersey. We are surrounded by beautiful forests, wetlands, blueberry fields and cranberry bogs.


Upcoming Events: 

Upcoming PINES Events (Click Here)

Full List of Whitesbog Events (Click Here)



Field Trips Offered:


Spring Adventures Field Trip (Pre-K - 4)

3 hours 30 minutes • Price varies 

Best scheduled for April – June.

The adventures in this lesson focus on what native plants and animals do after waking up after a long winter’s sleep. Students will discover frog and tadpole adaptations, catch dragonfly nymphs and other aquatic larvae in a pond, go on a microsafari through leaf litter, observe birds and their adaptations, and identify signs of spring growth in plants.

Autumn Adventures field trip (Pre-K - 4)

3 hours 30 minutes • Price varies

Best scheduled for September – November

The adventures in this lesson focus on what local species do when the weather turns chilly. Students will take a journey to explore migration, explore which local species hibernate, identify adaptations for winter survival, and investigate seasonal plant changes at interactive stations.

Winter Adventures field trip ( PreK-4)

3 hours 30 minutes • Price varies

Best scheduled for December-February

The adventures in this lesson focus on who is awake during the winter, and what discoveries we can make in a seemingly sleeping landscape Students will have the opportunity to observe rare Tundra swans, find hibernating insects in galls, practice animal tracking skills, build a hibernaculum, meet a tree, and listen to the sounds of winter during a nature hike.

Exploring Freshwater Wetlands (gr. 3-12)

3 hours 30 minutes • Price varies

Best scheduled for March - Octobe

Students will venture into the depths of 5 different wetland areas in order to learn about wetlands in general and about the vital rolr e wetlands play to the New Jersey Pinelands. Topics include wetlands plants, animal, soils, and ecological roles. By exploring the various forms of wetland habitats, taking measurements, recording observations, and investigating the plant and animal life in each area, students will become aware of the relationship between living organisms and their habitat.

Pond Ecology field trip (gr K-12)

3 hours 30 minutes • Price varies

Best scheduled for April – October

A lesson based on discovering the multitude of living things found in freshwater pond habitats. Students will perform a pond aquatic species survey, discuss how pollution affects species populations, and describe adaptations that allow them to live in a pond habitat. They will also observe and identify wetland plant species, and discover microorganisms that are small enough to live in a drop of water. Students will discuss the interdependence and adaptations of plants and animals that live in these wet areas.

Pine Barrens Ecology field trip (gr 6-12)

3 hours 30 minutes • Price varies

Available year round

Students will work in upland, lowland, and cedar swamp forest communities. Using scientific field study methods, they will collect information on water & soil pH, soil composition, nutrient percolation, habitat characteristics and pollution threats. The results of their investigations will assist students in understanding the characteristics of each community, the importance of each, and their connectivity to the local environment as a whole.

Lenape: Living in the Pines (gr. K-8)

3 hours 30 minutes • Contact us for pricing details

Available all year round

Discover the Lenape, the "first people", and the techniques they used to survive pre-European contact. As students travel our trails, they will learn how this society based its way of life on the environment and utilized natural resources for food, shelter and other necessities. Students will practice aspects of daily life (including food prep, traditional medicines, and games), become anthropologists and discern what they can about how people lived long ago through artifacts, and experience Lenape technology and how it relates to our own.

Life in a Company Town (gr. K-8)

3 hours 30 minutes • Contact us for pricing details

Available all year round

After its founding by J.J. White in the late 1800’s, Whitesbog became an important and thriving company town. Students will travel back in time to experience what life was like over a century ago, and become acquainted with our connection to the land through farming. Discover the stories behind the buildings in this historic village via a scavenger hunt, participate in house chores and light farm work in the cranberry bog, and learn of Elizabeth Coville-White, the woman behind the blueberry. Best for grades K - 8

New Jersey Cranberry Industry (gr. K-12)

3 hours 30 minutes • Contact us for pricing details

Only available in Octobe

Explore the soil and water in the wetland habitat of the native cranberry plant to find out where this iconic food comes from. Discover how cranberries took over after iron, journey into the bog to investigate cranberry ecology, learn of early cranberry farming at Whitesbog, observe a modern harvest (if in progress), and pick cranberries by hand from a historic cranberry bog to bring home! 



Upcoming Events: 

Upcoming PINES Events (Click Here)

Full List of Whitesbog Events (Click Here)



For additional information or to book a program, please call (609) 893-1765 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Whitesbog's recently renovated trails are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year as part of Brendan T. Byrne state forest.
Our trails offer a great place to walk, hike, bike, and explore, as well as birdwatch and other outdoor activities. Our gardens and trails host many of the Pine Barren's natural fauna, including:

  • Ferns such as the Royal Fern and the Cinnamon Fern
  • St Andrews Cross, Lily of the Valley, Pink Lady Slipper, Chokeberry, Mountain Laurel
  • Pine Barrens Tree Frog, Cricket Frogs, Spring Peppers and Fowler Toads
  • Buck Moth, Rosy Maple Moth, Io Moth, Luna Moth, Monarch Butterfly, Blue Azure Butterfly
  • Egrets, Hummingbirds, Titmouse, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Whip-or-Whil, Heron, Red-Tailed Hawk, Tundra Swans


Trails Include:                                                Gardens Include:

- Bluberry Trail                                                                                    - Elizabeth White Historic Garden (at Suningive)

- Cranberry Trail

- Union Pond Trail

- Holly Trail (Coming Soon)

- Rome VIllage Trail

- Nature trail


An interactive map of our trails is available On HikingProject (Click Here) 


We also host many scheduled nature events over the year on our trails, which can be viewed on our Events Page 


History and background of the trails can be (CLICK HERE).