Our FBRP Ambassadors are volunteers who have been trained to know the Pinelands ecosystem and all about Black Run Preserve and its trails.
Be sure to say “HELLO” if you see them out and about on the trails. They’re happy to answer any questions and provide insight about the Black Run Preserve.
Mike Cannon has been volunteering at Black Run since retiring from State government in 2013. Mike grew up in Audubon and now hails from Laurel Springs, where he has lived with his wife Eileen for 30 years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Stockton University, Mike honed his teaching skills volunteering with the Peace Corps in rural Kenya. Mike's a frequent paddler in the Pinelands and took up trail cycling last year. He also sheepishly takes credit for the bad puns that occasionally pop up in Black Run's Facebook news feed.
Dan is a Marlton resident and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys camping, boating, fishing, and hiking. Hiking highlights include: Valley of Fire State Park - Nevada, Zion National Park - Utah, Grand Canyon's Bright Angel Trail - Arizona, and Black Run Preserve - New Jersey. See ya on the trails.
Sean has been an environmental enthusiast since childhood. He has explored the Pine Barrens throughout his life. Acting as a scout master for the Boy Scouts of America, Sean has been able to introduce a whole new generation to the Pine Barrens. Sean looks forward to the many opportunities the Black Run Preserve can offer to the community, and is ready to assist the preserve with their many projects and help the community learn about the preserve as an Ambassador to the Friends of the Black Run Preserve.
Dr. Amy Golden has a dual degree in Biology and Psychology from Trinity College, and a Dental degree from University of Pennsylvania. She is a board member of South Jersey Camera Club and avid outdoor photographer. She also is honored to serve as a Trustee for Black Run Preserve.
Bio coming soon!
Maureen Heenan has been volunteering in the Black Run Preserve since attending teacher camp at the Pinelands Alliance in 2009. Maureen is a teacher at DeMasi Middle School in Evesham Township. She has served as a resource for the school district to introduce students to the Black Run Preserve, and she and John Volpa, developed a middle school ambassador program in 2015. Maureen loves to introduce people to the beauty of the pine barrens, and looks forward to many more student projects.
John McPeak is a life-long lover of the Pine Barrens having grown up near the headwaters of the Mullica River (Back Run). He has camped, hiked, canoed and kayaked in the Pines since the age of 7 and often thinks of the Pine Barrens as “ So much beauty in such little air space” . John has a BS in Environmental Studies from Stockton University and is semi-retired from a career in environmental management, plant operations and business management. John is on the Board of the Walt Whitman Association (www.waltwhitmanassociation) and shares Walt's sentiments that “A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books” perhaps paraphrased as “A (cedar swamp) at my (kayak’s bow) satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books”! John lives in Mickleton, NJ in a restored 19th Century Queen Anne with his wife Jeanne and is an avid gardener with five grown children and two grandkids.
Patt Osborne is a life-long South Jersey resident and lover of outdoor adventures since being introduced to hikes in the woods at an early age. Patt comes from a background of 25 years as a successful educator in the Mt. Laurel School district. After her years as a teacher and inspired by her love of nature, she became a small business owner; organizing Boomer Chick Adventures which include hiking, kayaking, stand -up paddle boarding, and other outings for Baby Boomer-age women who have a yen for fun and play. Her adventures have been featured in articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Camden Courier Post, the Burlington County Times, and on 6 ABC’s “Art of Aging”.
As a Trail Ambassador at the Black Run Preserve, Patt enjoys helping others connect to their senses by co-leading “Forest Bathing” walks; a gentle, meditative approach to being in nature. Her favorite quote is: “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order” – John Burroughs
Joanne Maxwell is a lifelong environmentalist who feels fortunate to live steps away from the beautiful Black Run Preserve with her husband, John. She enjoys sharing her interest in the plants, animals and natural history of the Pine Barrens with visitors to the preserve. Joanne has a degree in water resources engineering from Villanova and works as an environmental manager for a transportation company. As a Trustee of the Friends of the Black Run Preserve since the beginning, Joanne hopes this special area will always be a favorite place for families to come to enjoy nature and learn more about the Pine Barrens.
John Maxwell (Max) lives near the Black Run Preserve with his wife and fellow ambassador, Joanne. He volunteers as an editor for BugGuide.net, helping people on line identify and learn more about insects and spiders. He has participated in “bioblitzes” at Whitesbog NJ and at Valley Forge National Park to identify all the species found in a 24-hour period, yet he often finds some of the most unusual insects right in his own backyard. He often leads bug walks for kids at nature camps in the local area. John has a degree in computer science from Rutgers and works in computer programming. He also enjoys bicycling, hiking and insect photography.