The 930-acre Watershed Reserve serves as headquarters to the Watershed Association. Open to the public year-round, the reserve is maintained for conservation, education, enjoyment and research. The reserve is an outdoor classroom for our education programs, provides natural habitat for wildlife, connects the community to the natural world, and gives the Watershed Association one of the best platforms in New Jersey to feature responsible land stewardship. For example, the reserve includes the Honey Brook Organic Farm, the largest community supported organic farm in the country, and features several restoration projects that serve as models for land management.
The reserve began with the generosity of Muriel Gardiner Buttinger. Dr. Buttinger believed strongly in providing others with opportunities to explore, learn about and experience the natural world. Since her generous donation of 525 acres, the Watershed Association has preserved additional lands with the support and assistance of a number of preservation programs, other organizations and municipalities.
From dawn until dusk, visitors are encouraged to explore more than 10 miles of hiking trails, visit the pond, and enjoy the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. Learn about the animals and plants on our Reserve with our Nature Notes. We invite you to visit and share the serenity and wonders of our Reserve.
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The Watershed Association is taking a dramatic step forward in our long-standing effort to protect our 265-square-mile region of central New Jersey. Discover how we are working to transform the heart of our Watershed Reserve into a bold and inspiring model for all of New Jersey.Learn more ...
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