Sunday, August 16, 2020

Coolest Summer Adventure: Staycation in Sourlands from D&R Greenway Land Trust

D&R Greenway's 21,000 Preserved Acres Await your ‘Summer Staycation’

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.” Robert Frost in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

More than 3,000 acres welcome you at D&R Greenway’s Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve.  Experience this cool, deep forest here in your backyard. The largest contiguous woodlands in the center of the State, the Sourlands have been called New Jersey’s “Central Park.” Discover weathered basalt rocks that once hid Revolutionaries. Find “Knitting Betty Rock.” Listen to the soothing babbling of Stony Brook’s headwaters. Stroll over mossy rocks along the stream. 

If children are with you, remind them of Mole’s decision in Kenneth Graham's Wind in the Willows, “One afternoon, ... he formed the resolution to go out by himself and explore the Wild Wood.” 

Salamanders, fox and even bear are found in this “reservoir of Central New Jersey biodiversity.” More than 150 species of birds arrive here from Mexico and Guatemala during spring migration, many nesting here now. This month, you will be treated to the notorious cacophony of “Teacher, teacher, TEACHER!,” from the male ovenbird high overhead.

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