23 July 2008

Babes in the woods

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Tour
Sunday July 27th - 2:00 p.m.
Tour Leader: Maria Stanko

A kid-focused walk at the Hutcheson Memorial Forest with mother and community ecologist Maria Stanko. Come explore the plants and critters of this old forest, and witness the wonders of the natural world as they unfold before your very eyes!

"Ecology for Kids: Hands-on science at the Hutcheson Memorial Forest" *

* All children must be accompanied by an adult

The Hutcheson Memorial Forest (HMF) is a unique area consisting of one of the last uncut forests in the Mid-Atlantic States, along with the surrounding lands devoted to protection of the old forest and research into ecological interactions necessary to understand the forest. The tract is administered and protected by Rutgers. It is apparently the only uncut upland forest in the Piedmont of New Jersey, and appears on the National Park Service Register of Natural Landmarks.

Tours leave from the entrance of the woods on Amwell Road (Rt. 514) in Somerset. From New Brunswick, follow Hamilton Street west past JFK Blvd, Cedar Grove Lane and Elizabeth St. HMF is on the left past Spooky Brook Nursery. The driveway is located just past the guardrail over the brook. The trail may be muddy in places so come prepared. The tour through the woods and fields takes between one and two hours.

Tours are free and reservations are not required for these guided tours.*
Groups of more than ten persons may not attend the guided tours. Such groups are invited to write to the Director, Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
for special guided tours to be arranged at other times.

For more information visit: http://rci.rutgers.edu/~hmforest/

*HMF is not open to the public on a daily basis.

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