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Pinelands Adventures

PPA offers paddling, hiking, and history tours in the Pinelands for individuals, groups and schools.


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Young kayaker explores the Mullica River with Pinelands Adventures. ©PPA

Pinelands Adventures, located across from Atsion Lake at 1005 Atsion Road in Shamong, provides paddling trips on the Batsto and Mullica Rivers, as well as hikes and other land-based expeditions throughout the Pine Barrens.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) launched Pinelands Adventures in 2015 to provide fun, informative nature experiences that bring people to love the Pinelands as much as we do.

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Why Pinelands Adventures?

Members of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance get 10 percent discount on trips – it’s our way of thanking you for making a charitable donation to support our work.

As the primary advocate for Pinelands protection, we have a big challenge to protecting the Pinelands forever: too few people have experienced the Pinelands up close and come to really love this place.

For many, it’s that odd forest you drive through at 60 miles an hour on the way to the Jersey shore. It’s the big area of green woods you see out the jet window as you fly in or out of Philadelphia International Airport, wondering “what is that down there?” It’s where the Jersey Devil lives.

Our goal is to help you get to know the Pine Barrens by offering fun and educational experiences.

We recognize that much of the Pine Barrens is difficult to experience on your own if you don’t already know where to go and what to do.  The Pine Barrens can be intimidating.

Our goal with Pinelands Adventures is to help you get to know the Pine Barrens by offering fun experiences that have a low impact on nature and a high impact on people. We hope these experiences inspire, educate and encourage even more people to become defenders of this very special place.

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How did it happen?

When we realized that Wayne Adams had decided to sell his home and the canoe livery he ran for more than 40 years, we saw an opportunity to educate more people about the Pinelands in support of PPA’s conservation mission. Through our Brendan T. Byrne Fund for the Pinelands campaign, we were able to connect with several foundations and convey our vision of building the public constituency for conservation through active recreation, as well as helping more young people and underserved communities get into the outdoors for healthy, nature-based recreation.

The following foundations and companies have provided the grants that enabled PPA to create Pinelands Adventures:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • William Penn Foundation
  • Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • The Victoria Foundation
  • The Carvel Foundation
  • Holman Enterprises
  • 1772 Foundation
  • PSEG Foundation

We continue to raise funds so Pinelands Adventures can provide outdoor experiences to schools and community service organizations regardless of their ability to cover the costs of these programs.  In addition to anonymous personal donations, the following foundations have provided grants that have enabled Adventures to take thousands of young people, teachers and youth leaders on great Pine Barrens trips:

  • Donald Rentschler Foundation
  • Holman Enterprises
  • International Order of Odd Fellows
  • Investors Bank Foundation
  • Odd Fellows
  • PSEG Foundation
  • Roma Bank Foundation
  • Subaru of America Foundation
  • The Victoria Foundation
How do I learn more?

We hope you will join us on a paddling or land-based trip!  Visit www.PinelandsAdventures.org. You can sign up on their email list so you are always in the know about special programs, events and other activities.

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Contact Pinelands Adventures by email at info@pinelandsadventures.org or by phone 609-268-0189.

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