Fall equinox celebration at Black Run

Celebrate the Fall Equinox at Black Run!

Celebrate the fall equinox

Welcome the fall on the equinox by spending it at the Black Run with a yoga & hike and a drum circle.

Our monthly Black Run yoga continues and we’ll have an adult class led by Ambassador Kimberly K. Friedman, OD and a family friendly class led by Ambassador Maureen Heenan.

After that join founder of Femmelody, Leanne Friendman, for a drum circle!  She invites everyone young and old to bring a drum, a rattle, or anything that makes sound to join in on the fun!!

We look forward to spending the equinox with you!

Kimberly K. Friedman, OD

In addition to being a proud Black Run Preserve Ambassador, Dr. Kimberly Friedman is an optometric physician at Moorestown Eye Associates and a yoga instructor (E-RYT) at Powerhouse Fitness and Yoga (formerly The Yoga Center of Medford). It is her hope to incorporate her love of the Pine barrens and her love of yoga by offering periodic nature themed yoga classes in Black Run Preserve!

When not hiking in Black Run with her dog Penny, she makes frequent television appearances on shows such as The Rachael Ray Show, Fox’s Good Day and Comcast Newsmakers to discuss eye care related topics and serves as a clinical director for the Lions Club International Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program.

Maureen Heenan

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.

Leanne Friedman

Leanne is a graduate student at NYU studying music performance and education. Leanne has played flute and piccolo in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, NJPAC, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and multiple venues throughout Europe. She is the founder and director of Femmelody Chamber Music Collective, a NYC based collective of female musicians performing works by women composers. Leanne also teaches instrumental and choral music for the Harmony Program in Washington Heights, NY and has also taught students in the Czech Republic. She invites everyone young and old to bring a drum, a rattle, or anything that makes sound to join in on the fun!!

Restoration / Native Planting was a Huge Success!

Thank you to the over one hundred fifty volunteers who helped plant 1550 native plants, removed four dump truck loads of concrete and debris, installed 300′ of barriers, and created space for a new informal parking lot. These hardworking volunteers exceeded our expectations for such a extensive multi-faceted work event. This level of success was completely unexpected. This was our first Restoration Project in the BRP.

Join us for photography Sunday, May 3rd

Wilderness Photography Workshop this Sunday. Come join our own Amy Golden at 5pm Sunday, May 3rd on the Green Trail. We’ll photograph spring flowers, the sunset and the full moon and whatever catches our fancy. A donation for the FBRP is requested. Please register via the Volunteer form on the Support FBRP web page and specify Photography Workshop in the comments section. Happy shooting!READ MORE

Fundraising is Fun!

You can help!  If you like to plan social events for a good cause, please come out to a Fundraising Committee Meeting.  The next one is:
Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm to 8pm at the Evesham Township Municipal Building (on Tuckerton Road) on the second floor in Conference Room B.
Everyone is welcome!!


Mountain Bike Ride March 29th

Join FBRP Chair John Volpa on Sunday, March 29th, 9:30-11:30am for a mountain bike ride on the trails of the Black Run Preserve.

Meet at White Trail near Borton’s Road. Helmet required. Donations accepted.

Please RSVP @ johnvolpa@verizon.net for more details.

March 16th is the Rescheduled General Meeting

General Membership Meeting of the Friends of Black Run Preserve

Monday March 16th, at 7:00pm
@ REI Marlton. REI is located at the intersection of Route 73 and Brick Road in Marlton.

Many plans are afoot providing lots of volunteering opportunities: Trail maintenance and development, Citizen Scientist projects, 5K run, Fundraising and More. Plus, an organizational milestone – we’re hiring! Come, learn, participate.
All citizens interested in protecting a local section of pristine pine barrens lands are welcome.  Bring a friend. We hope to see you!

POSTPONED – General Membership Meeting March 3, 2015


Dear Friend of the Black Run Preserve,

The FBRP’s next General Membership Meeting has been rescheduled @ 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 3rd, upstairs in the Community Room of the REI store in Marlton at the corner of Brick Road and Route 73 South.  Your input and suggestions are important to our organizational success.READ MORE

Read Our First Newsletter

January 2015

Dear Friend of the Black Run Preserve,

We are pleased to produce the first  FBRP Newsletter!  FBRP is also pleased to announce we are an official 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  With your continued support we will continue to make progress improving and expanding the educational and recreational opportunities within the Black Run Preserve.  Please see our “Support Us” page to become a member and/or made a tax-deductible donation.

Our next general meeting will be held in late January or early February at REI in Marlton (the date will be set when we know the date of the Evesham Township Budget Hearing.)  Volunteering for Trail Crew, Grant Writing, and Special Events are just some of the opportunities to become more actively involved in the FBRP mission. Please follow our website and our Facebook page for updates.  With your help the Black Run Preserve will become a safer and more enjoyable haven for all. 

Have a Happy and safe New Year!


John Volpa
FBRP Chair

Upcoming Events
  1. Fall Equinox Yoga at Black Run

    September 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Fall Equinox Hike

    September 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
  3. Fall Equinox Drum Circle

    September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  4. General Membership Meeting

    September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Come Eat With Us & Support Black Run Preserve

    September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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