about us



Palmyra Cove Nature Park (PCNP) is a 250-acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. Habitats included in PCNP are wetlands, woodlands, meadows, wild creek and river shoreline, and freshwater Tidal Cove.  By protecting this habitat, PCNP preserves the ecological richness of the local environment. 

Palmyra Cove Environmental Education Foundation (PCEEF) is a non-profit organization established in 1999 to preserve natural habitats and provide environmental education and passive recreational opportunities for all to visit. PCEEF provides support and direction for all PCNP programs. 




Clara Ruvolo

Executive Director, PCNP, 2002-Present

President, PCEEF, Inc., 2002-Present


Clara Ruvolo has served as President of Palmyra Cove Environmental Education Foundation, Inc. and Executive Director of Palmyra Cove Nature Park and Environmental Discovery Center since its inception in 2002.  She was hired by the Burlington County Bridge Commission as the start-up executive with a vision for developing an informal science center that would provide an opportunity for students to learn in a small group, hands-on experiential setting.  Students and teachers are drawn to Palmyra Cove from a residential population of over two million people from southern New Jersey and south eastern Pennsylvania.  

Ms. Ruvolo has held public and community offices in local and regional government since 1979, including serving as New Jersey Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority; Riverton, NJ Borough Council President; Board of Education Member and Vice-President of the Burlington County Institute of Technology; and Board of Directors Member of the Y of Burlington County.

Ms. Ruvolo was the 2001 recipient of the Burlington County Outstanding Women of the Year Award for her Outstanding Accomplishments in the category of Government and Public Service and was named "Person to Watch" by NJ Magazine in December 2004.  In 2005 Ms. Ruvolo received the Business Person of the Year Award from the New Jersey Business/Technology Education Association.

Ms. Ruvolo a former Registered Nurse, has an MA degree in International Relations and Foreign Policy from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a BA degree in Political Science also from the University of Pennsylvania.



John Moore

Director for Geoscience/STEM Education, PCNP, 2011-Present


John D. Moore, PCNP's Director for Geoscience/STEM Education since 2011, is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Emeritus, having served his fellowship year at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.

He was faculty member at the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford, NJ for over 28 years where he developed the Geospatial Technologies Program, a Career Major, workforce development program, for students grades 9-12 pursuing careers in STEM related fields. Mr. Moore began his career at BCIT designing and teaching the Environmental Studies Program with a particular focus on the use of real time data, satellite imagery, computer visualizations and other remote sensing data sets.

The State of New Jersey named Moore the NJ Conservation Teacher of the Year for four separate years. He is a recipient of the NJ Environmental Educator of the Year Award by the NJ Audubon Society, NJ AgriScience Teacher of the Year Award by the NJ Future Farmers of America, and NJ Wal-Mart/Phi Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year Award. Moore was also recognized by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers as the "Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year" in NJ and was named the Eastern Section OEST, spanning seven states.

Moore is a contributing author for two texts on Environmental Sustainability and has pioneered and lectured around the world on topics relating to the incorporating remote sensing and use of real time data in the pre-college classroom.  He is the NJ GLOBE Program Partner Director and an American Metrological Society Education Resource Agent; he is also a Local Implementation Team Leader for the American Meteorology Society (AMS) DataStreme Online graduate pre-college teacher courses.  Moore is also a Peer Trainer for the AMS Maury Project, a teacher enhancement program hosted by the US Naval Academy.

He holds undergraduate degrees in Urban Planning and Environmental Science from Stockton State College in NJ, a Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation and Education from Rowan University in NJ, and has completed requirements at Temple University in the pursuit of an Ed.D. in Science Education.