Two fall events at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge held within the same week celebrate the season and benefit the nonprofit.
The family-friendly Autumn with the Animals takes place Sept. 17. Then, on Sept. 23, runners and families alike can enjoy the fourth annual Hoot, Waddle, and Stroll 5K Trail Run and Walk.
The 5K single-track trail run used for Hoot, Waddle, and Stroll is almost entirely on the property of Cedar Run. The course is flat with varied terrain and scenic views, and participants must maneuver through tree ruts, steps, bridges and soft sand. The top finishers in several age categories will receive awards
Those not feeling up to the 5K challenge can walk the ½-mile path or have fun in a nature-based play area. The route follows a less-rugged trail, which is perfect for strollers and young children. Cedar Run’s resident wildlife also will be nearby to hoot for the participants, and everyone is invited to walk to the wildlife housing area after the race.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race, and the 5K will start at 9 a.m. Walkers will begin at 9:15 with the award ceremony taking place at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Participants must register by Sept. 13 to secure a spot at the starting line. The cost is $25 per 5K runner, $20 per student runner and $10 per walker. Find registration forms at CedarRun.org/content/Visit_us/5k_trail.asp
Autumn with the Animals offers wildlife programs, live music, nature hikes, child-friendly games, crafts, food, canoeing and much more. This year, Cedar Run has welcomed NextStep Graphics as a sponsor and partner for both of the fall events. Special guest appearances for this year’s Autumn with the Animals include Cedar Run’s mascot Scout, and Smokey the Bear with his special sidekick.
Brother Bear BBQ & Catering and the Pop Shop Medford will serve food and ice cream treats. Companies and organizations that will attend and provide family-fun activities include the Adventure Aquarium, Home Depot, Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Elite Climbing, Children’s Discovery Museum, Cape May Nature Center, Marine Mammal Stranding Center and the Medford Lakes Police Department.
Autumn with the Animals will take place on Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase tickets at the entrance to the festival at $8 for Cedar Run members and $10 for all others. The refuge is at 4 Sawmill Road, Medford. For more information, call 856-983-3329