Get Outside!

August 28th, 2020

Looking for outdoor activities and ideas as you savor these final days of summer? Who needs to be cooped up indoors when there is so much to do at the Watershed Reserve?

The Watershed Institute has 10 miles of trails for hiking, strolling, dog walking, and running on clearly marked paths through open meadows, forests, and alongside streams. Bring your tree and flower guides to see what you can identify along the way!

Trail Guide Here

Our handicapped-accessible boardwalk leads past a small pond and meanders through meadows and forests. The boardwalk is adjacent to our Watershed Center, which remains closed because of the pandemic.

Bird watching right now is spectacular with the goldfinch, the state bird of New Jersey, alighting on Echinacea and other flowers in the rain gardens and meadows. Your binoculars will help you spot deer, rabbits, and other wildlife, too. Explore the Stony Brook and get wet as you catch crayfish, water pennies, and look for wildlife along the stream banks.


Use your creative, survival skills, and create a shelter using tree branches, bark, and leaves near our campfire circle. Bring some chalk and decorate our sidewalks with colorful creations or set up your own scavenger hunt. Later, enjoy lunch at one of our picnic tables.

Do geocaching using your cell phone find a suitable app to download and see how many of the permanent caches you can find on the Watershed Reserve’s 950-acre property by using the coordinates listed about halfway down this page. Find Geocaching Coordinates Here


Want to wander farther? Take our spur path and bike on the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail and check out the new bridge crossing over the Stony Brook near Rosedale Lake.

Just a friendly reminder to wear masks and keep at least six feet apart.

The Watershed Institute does not allow smoking on the grounds. Please pack in/out all of your stuff. Bring water and suitable footwear; we do have a porta-potty in the parking lot. We do not permit overnight camping, campfires, or bikes on our trails.

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