D&R Greenway Open Space Open for School—NOW!
Find an Outdoor Classroom Near You!
With schools adjusting teaching methods due to the pandemic, this is a great time to introduce children to nature on D&R Greenway's Nature Preserves in our region.
The Charles Evans Children's Discovery Trail in Princeton is specifically designed for that purpose, complete with interpretive signs to educate children.
This wonderful corner of land holds a diversity of habitat types, including a pretty little wet meadow with Indian grass, switch grass, mountain mint and swamp milkweed; a wet woodland with musclewood and tuliptree; and a small bog with tussock sedge, winterberry holly and marsh fern.
The kiosk and entrance have been restored so it is easier to find and more inviting. Be sure to dress for ticks and sun, and park on the gravel portion of Province Line Road around the corner from the entrance—there is room for one or two cars and the road is a dead-end.
WHERE: D&R Greenway Land Trust, at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ
"Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature. Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities. Every child."
"The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: The child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable."
"Time in nature
is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health (and
also, by the way, in our own)."— Richard Louv
Other ideas for outdoor activities for children can be found here.
Remember social distancing—6 feet for low-risk groups, and 10 feet
for high-risk groups (age 60 and/or with underlying health condition).
If a preserve is busy, move on to another one or return on another day.
We all are in need of the outdoors for our health and well-being.
Hunting for deer population management is underway on D&R Greenway preserves.
Wear bright colors, stay on trails, and—as always—keep pets on leash.