Public Programs

Programs are held on the third Monday of each month

Programs are held at Stainton Hall auditorium at the Pennington School on the 3rd Monday of each month, from September to May. Time: Refreshments served at 7:30 pm; program begins at 8:00 pm. We strive to feature engaging speakers and interesting topics for our lecture series. If you have any recommendations for topics or speakers for one of these programs, please visit our contact page and let us know. All our programs are free and don’t require advance registration!

Stainton Hall, Pennington School
112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

FYI:  There is a new entrance to The Pennington School campus off W. Delaware Ave just a few feet to the west of the old one.  It leads to a new parking lot immediately behind Stainton Hall.  For now, one can use both entrances, but parking at the new one is less crowded and conveniently close to the rear entrance near the south side of the building.

Mark Garland: Birds are Crazy!

Monday, May 20, 2019, at 8:00 PM

“Birds are Crazy” takes a lighthearted look at the incredible diversity of birds, in terms of appearance, sound, and behavior.  Delight in the “crazy” characteristics of some birds, and enjoy learning about some of the world’s more unusual species.

Mark Garland is a naturalist based in Cape May, New Jersey.  His work experience includes 6 years with the National Park Service, 17 years with the Audubon Naturalist Society, and 4 years with the Cape May Bird Observatory.  Since 2005 he has run his own small business, conducting nature-oriented tours, courses, field trips, and presentations. Birds are a special interest.  Since 1984 he has led more than 250 nature tours to various parts of the world, including more than 30 trips to Costa Rica.  

He is author of the book Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History, and he writes the “Birders Question Mark” column in Bird Watcher’s Digest.  He is director of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project.  He teaches week-long birding programs in Cape May for the Road Scholar program and in Maine for the Hog Island Audubon Camp.  He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Conservation and Environmental Education from the University of Maryland.

Stainton Hall Auditorium

Stainton Hall is on the campus of the Pennington School located on Delaware Avenue between Route 31 and Main Street in Pennington. Enter campus from Delaware Avenue between the brick lamp posts, proceed a short distance and turn right into the parking area. Parking is free. The walkway to Stainton Hall is evident at the end of the parking lot.


Top: Laughing Falcon
Below: Maribou Stork
Left: Crested Auklet
Bottom: Mark Garland

All photos © Mark Garland