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RAMBLINGS OF A PARK NATURALIST
With Our Hunterdon County Park Naturalist Staff

Ramblings with our Hunterdon County Park Naturalist StaffIn March of 2020 when the COVID-19 Pandemic hit New Jersey and County Parks were closed by executive order of the Governor, our staff had to rethink quickly how we provide information and services to the public. We developed many new fun things for our residents and others interested in Hunterdon County Parks. Our first outreach was to assist schools and home-schoolers with environmental science programs and thus we developed our DISTANCE LEARNING PORTAL where staff created workshops, activities and recorded videos of interest for children and adults alike. 

We also started acting on a project we've been long wanted to do and that was to create a virtual video tour of our parkland, called RAMBLINGS OF A PARK NATURALIST. We had much fun with this, so please join on on taking a virtual video tour...

  • Hunterdon County Arboretum withTom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    The Arboretum serves as the main headquarters for the Parks & Recreation Division and offers about 1.5 miles of easy trails through its 90 acres.  This walk occurred on the morning of May 5, 2020.

  • Blue Bells Hike at the Uplands Reserve with Laura Kroon Bush, Senior County Park Naturalist
    Uplands Reserve is accessed through Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve on Capner Street in Flemington.  The property was once the home of Judge George Large, part of the prosecution with the Lindberg Trial in 1935.  This walk occurred on April 28, 2020 when the Virginia Bluebells were at their peak. 

  • Clover Hill Park
    Clover Hill Park is located in Readington Township, not far from Three Bridges. It offers a nice diversion on an easy walkway for County Residents. This walk occurred on July 10, 2020.


  • Cushetunk Mountain Preserve with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    Cushetunk is located on the north side of Round Valley Reservoir near Lebanon Boro on Old Mountain Road in Clinton Township.  This walked occurred on May 1, 2020 after a morning rainstorm and was active with birds calling from the spring migration.


  • Jugtown Preserve with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    Jugtown Preserve is located on Mine Road within Bethlehem Township and on the Musconetcong Ridge.  This walk occurred on May 13, 2020 around 10am.  We would consider this hike a easy-moderate hike do to the slope and some minor rocks in the path.

  • Minquin Woods with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    Miquin Woods is located up in Lebanon Township and is a woodland habitat that straddles the Spruce Run.  The walk occurred on the morning of June 26, 2020.

  • Musconetcong Gorge with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    This hike occurred on the morning of May 19, 2020.  Musconetcong Gorge is in Bethlehem Township.  The trail system winds through the forest of this mountain ridge.  Trails are moderate to difficult and appropriate footwear is needed.

  • Point Mountain with Laura Kroon Bush, Senior County Park Naturalist
    Point Mountain is in Lebanon Township, and this hike began at the Point Mountain Road parking lot.  It occurred on May 27, 2020.  From the parking lot, we took the blue trail up to the orange trail to the overlook, hiked along the ridge trail, skirted the edge of two fields, and walked along the river on the way back.  This is a challenging but rewarding hike. 

  • Sourlands with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    Sourlands is located in East Amwell Township on Rileyville Road (aka: CR-607).  It sits atop the Sourlands Ridge and is a deciduous forest with rock fields and wet area scattered about.  This walk occurred in the middle of the day on April 20, 2020 before the heart of spring migration.

  • South Branch - Central Areas with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    These sites are mostly riparian forest located within Raritan, Clinton and Franklin Townships.  All these locations offer easy trail access and hikes close to the Route 31 corridor.  Keep in mind that some areas may be muddy soon after a rainfall.  These walks occurred on the morning of June 10, 2020. 

  • South  Branch - North Areas with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    These sites represent are the northern access points to the river from High Bridge down to Franklin Township.  All these locations offer easy  access and/or hikes within the center of the county.  Please keep in mind that some areas will be muddy after a rainfall.  These walks occurred on the afternoon of June 17, 2020. 
  • South Branch - South Areas with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    These properties are along the southern leg of the South Branch of the Raritan River as it flows through Hunterdon.  The walk occurred on the morning of June 2, 2020.

  • South Branch - North Areas with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    These sites represent are the northern access points to the river from High Bridge down to Franklin Township.  All these locations offer easy  access and/or hikes within the center of the county.  Please keep in mind that some areas will be muddy after a rainfall.  These walks occurred on the afternoon of June 17, 2020. 

  • Wescott Preserve with Tom Sheppard, Chief County Park Naturalist
    Wescott is in Delaware Township on Raven Rock Road.  The park is bisected by the Lockatong Creek.  The property as a preserve predates the formation of the County Parks Department by five years.  This walk occurred on April 23, 2020 before most of the spring activities.

 

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
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