All posts by John

Advocate, Director Rancocas Pathways

Dispruption: A Theory Worth Considering

Reviewing a report issued by McKinsey & Company on the role of “disruptive” business models got me thinking about the potential role of non-profits. This necessarily raises iquestions about the potential impact of the Rancocas Creek as a national water trail. While progress has been made in recent months with the NWT Initiative, there is always room for refinement which necessarily flows from the constructive input of fully engaged citizens and community-based organizations. This is particularly true of various recommendations that have urged a disruption of the status quo thinking that too often constrains our field of vision. Local communities throughout the Delaware River Valley can be the beneficiaries of ‘outside the box’ thinking by interjecting new ways of rediscovering various advantages accompanying NJ’s well-earned ‘Crossroads of the Revolution.’ Similarly, friends of Rancocas Creek can justifiably argue that it has long served as the veritable heartbeat running through the historic county seat of Burlington County from the earliest days of old West Jersey.

Rancocas Pathways hosting a Barnegat Bay Salt Marsh Field Trip

Sunday October 20, 2019 – Rancocas Pathways hosting a Barnegat Bay Salt Marsh Field trip brings paddlers into the interwoven connections of NJ’s back-bay salt water tidal marsh ecosystem. The allure of the Barnegat Bay tidal marsh is a cherished landscape characterized by expansive October beauty. A vibrant interplay of sunlight, water, marsh, forest, bay, wind and tides. From your kayak you encounter many parts of the salt marsh up close and personal. Paddlers touch a serene beautiful view steeped in mystical heritage, a natural aura and an energetic ever-changing tidal marsh that never ceases to impress.

Registration Required. text 609-876-3086 Meet Parkertown Public Launch, Dock Street, Parkertown, NJ (RT 9 South) 10 AM. Shuttle from Mount Holly available.

Hugh Campbell’s Window on the World: Mount Holly’s Rancocas Falls

Hugh Campbell, a self-taught landscape artist who elegantly captured the natural beauty of Rancocas Creek, represents a vignette of Burlington County’s heritage. Whether playing his banjo creekside with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, or dabbling sublime images of local scenery, Campbell still echoes along the tidal waters of the North Branch. And his beloved Mount Holly continues to welcome visitors and paddlers alike to this historic village and seat of county government. Many are blessed to call such a place home. Paddle on down!

Oh Deer Me. Rancocas Creek Falls. Hugh Campbell spent many a day gaining inspiration from these tumbling waters that held him.