Palmyra Cove Nature Park (PCNP) is a 250-acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. Habitats include wetlands, woodlands, meadows, wild creek and river shoreline, and a freshwater Tidal Cove after which the park is named.
The Institute for Earth Observations at Palmyra Cove is a STEM educational initiative for students and teachers that studies Planet Earth. This is a unique and engaging facility where experiences can be shared…and innovative collaboration begins!

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 

Outdoor Nature Park: Dawn to Dusk Daily        Admission:  Free.           All Visitors are expected to comply with Park Rules & Regulations

Palmyra Cove Nature Park’s 250 acres comprise upland forest, meadows, and wetlands,

including the 125-acre freshwater tidal cove after which the park is named.

TRAILS

Our 9.5 miles of trails offer ample space for wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and even geocaching. They are also the perfect place to take an afternoon stroll or go for a run!

Fishing Brochure

 

Hiking Brochure

 

Trail Map

 

 

BIRDS & OTHER WILDLIFE

Palmyra Cove Nature Park/Institute for Earth Observations has earned the distinction of being designated an Important Bird and Birding Area (IBBA), with 215 bird species being observed in the park so far.  Other wildlife, including butterflies and dragonflies, are attracted to the park’s diverse habitats as well.

PCNP/IEO is one of 120 state IBBA sites…What is an IBBA? See below…

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are needed throughout the year for various projects like Beach Cleanup and to maintain the award-winning Nectar Gardens.

VOLUNTEER 

LEARNING-IN-THE-PARK ACTIVITIES

Exploring the Nature Park?  Learn while you’re there!  Use your smartphone or materials we provide here. 

SMARTPHONE SCIENCE IN THE PARK — TREE HEIGHT

Using a clinometer (downloaded from an app on your smartphone), you can estimate the height of objects, including trees. Clinometers measure the angle from the ground to the top of an object.

View the LESSON HERE

SMARTPHONE SCIENCE IN THE PARK — ALBEDO

Albedo is a measure of reflectivity that also plays a role in predicting weather and global climate. The higher the albedo value, the more energy is reflected. In this activity, you will explore the albedo of surfaces throughout the park.

View the LESSON HERE

PALMYRA COVE BINGO

Play bingo in the park, using your observations of animals, insects, and plants! Play alone or in competition with your friends (four different boards provided).

View the LESSON HERE

WILDLIFE OBSERVATION REPORT

What animals and organisms did you see in the park today? Record your observations and share them with us. 

View the LESSON HERE

What is an Important Bird and Birding Area?

IBBA sites provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds; these sites contribute to the long-term viability of native avian populations in NJ. The designation–recognized nationally–was carefully reviewed and checked against site selection criteria by an IBBA Technical Committee made up of professionals in the field. PCNP’s designation was due to the presence of several state endangered species, as an important area for regional species, and where species can be observed in significant numbers.

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