Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning and Land Use | Distance Learning and Information

With Our Hunterdon County Park Naturalist Staff

In 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 28th when the Virginia Bluebells were at their peak. 

  • 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 1st 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 13th around 10am.  I would consider this hike a easy-moderate hike do to the slope and some minor rocks in the path.

  • On the Trails of the 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 before the heart of spring migration.

  • 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 before most of the spring activities.


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