The Nature Center is open Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The wildlife hospital for drop off is open 9 AM to 4:30 PM, 7 days a week.
The Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a pristine 184-acre refuge, dedicated to Wildlife Rehabilitation, Environmental Education, and Habitat Preservation. The habit sits amongst upland pine and oak forests, several cedar swamps, and a lake that hosts many species of mammals and birds.
Located on the western part of the Pine Barrens, It is currently one of the largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers and outdoor live-animal compounds on the east coast. The refuge hospital cares for about 3,000 to 4,000 animals each year with a 30% survival rate. Many have been rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Others, whose injuries prevent release, remain in the outdoor compound and are available to help the public learn about native species.
The refuge also has an environmental education and nature center with classrooms, hands-on exhibits, library and offices and wooded nature trails that link the uplands with the wetlands. Today, more than 18,000 students participate annually in the Refuge's education programs and outdoor adventures in the Pine Barrens and attend family weekend workshops. Programs include group tours, Refuge on Wheels, weekend workshops for families, field trips and adult courses.
Elizabeth and James Woodford founded the wildlife refuge in 1957, on land they purchased in 1951 in what was then the rural, pristine area of Medford, New Jersey. Elizabeth became an expert botanist, naturalist, nature photographer and wildlife rehabilitator. She was renowned for her Pinelands education programs. In 1997 the Woodford's dream was realized when a Green Acres grant preserved Cedar Run's land and buildings for future generations.
There are many education programs from nature tours to formal classes on pine barren flora and fauna. Wilderness Survival classes can be attended almost every week. Self-guided tours of the animal compound can be taken. Lectures, presentations, and travel programs are offered.
The refuge is popular with school groups looking for a wildlife field trip to learn about wildlife and our environment. The staff will work with teachers to develop age appropriate programs that can be provided at the Nature Education or outdoors on the property.