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Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Medford

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Come visit our nature center and view our resident wild animals. Hike trails throughout the refuge's 171 acres of Pine Barrens habitat.

Open 7 days a week. Free to members. Nonmembers: Adults $7/ Children $5

Elizabeth and James Woodford founded Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in 1957, on land they purchased in 1951 in what was then the wilds of Medford, New Jersey. Over the next 40 years they devoted their lives to Pinelands preservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Betty became an expert botanist, naturalist, nature photographer and wildlife rehabilitator. She was renowned for her Pinelands education programs. In 1997 the Woodford's dream was realized when a Green Acres grant preserved Cedar Run's land and buildings for future generations.

Today, Cedar Run staff and board members continue Betty and Jim's work, led by their daughter, Jeanne, who is the Refuge president.


* 171 wooded acres surrounding pristine Cedar Run Lake

* Wildlife rehabilitation hospital and outdoor animal housing area

* Elizabeth Woodford Environmental Education and Nature Center with classroom, hands-on exhibits, library and offices

* Wooded nature trails that link uplands and wetlands


More than 20,000 students participate annually in the Refuge's education programs and hundreds more join outdoor adventures in the Pine Barrens and attend family weekend workshops. Programs include group tours, Refuge on Wheels, weekend workshops for families, field trips and adult courses.

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Over 4,700 wild animals were treated at the rehab hospital in 2018, with a 30% survival rate. Many are returned to the wild. Others, whose injuries prevent release, remain in our outdoor Wildlife Housing Area to help the public learn about native species.

Habitat Conservation

Through the New Jersey Green acres Program the Woodford Family has preserved Cedar Run for future generations. We are working with state and local agencies and private non-profits to create a Greenway across the southern parts of Medford and Evesham townships. The Refuge has provided educational programs on behalf of the Rattlesnake Protection Coalition working to save endangered species habitat at "The Sanctuary."

Members and Supporters

Cedar Run Refuge has over 5,300 members, donors and Adopt-a-Wild-One "parents." Our quarterly publication, News and Events, reaches 7,500 people.
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  • The work that's done at Woodford Cedar Run is done so well and is so vital that my husband and I began volunteering at their wildlife refuge hospital after one visit to the refuge. We have...  more »
  • Great place for a few hours of entertainment. Kids will like the animals and you can walk the trails. The staff is very friendly and I love the message behind this place. Explained to the kids...  more »
  • Grand kids love this do I. Every member of the team here is gracious and outgoing . All have a tremendous knowledge of the wildlife there and enjoy sharing this  more »

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