Rutgers University Ecological Preserve in Piscataway, New Jersey: Nature at its Finest
Located in the Rutgers University Ecological Preserve, this nature trail is perfect for Rutgers students and community members to enjoy. The Rutgers University Ecological Preserve is a small area of preserved land that has been designated as an environmental education center. It’s located on beautiful Piscataway Creek and provides a tranquil setting for all who visit. Information can be found here.
The Rutgers University Ecological Preserve is a naturalist’s paradise. You’ll find the Rutgers Tree Nursery on the property, which contains more than 100 different tree species; as well as various kinds of native plants and trees that attract birds, butterflies, and other animals to their surroundings. See here for information about Exploring Johnson Park in Piscataway, NJ.
Other areas are designated for wildlife observation-only, providing an opportunity to take in nature up close without disturbing it or its inhabitants. There are also plenty of benches where you can sit and enjoy your surroundings or soak in some sun with friends while enjoying refreshments from Rutgers café!
Rutgers University Ecological Preserve has been around since 1997 when Rutgers assumed ownership over this land by Piscataway Township. Rutgers Ecological Preserve is home to more than 150 acres of land with a variety of ecosystems, including wetlands and the Great Swamp. Rutgers Eco-Preserve provides opportunities for Rutgers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the public to enjoy nature by exploring the preserve on foot or bike; observing wildlife in designated areas; renting kayaks at Lake Carnegie (a Rutgers University-owned lake) from Memorial Day through Labor Day; taking part in spring bird walks around Rutgers Stadium near football game days; enjoying native plantings during various seasons at an annual wildflower festival held each April since 2006; as well as various kinds of native plants and trees that attract birds, butterflies, and other animals to their surroundings.