Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary At A Glance...
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- Jogging / Running
- Parking - Street Parking Only
Nature / Environmental Center
The Stone House
- Picnic / Sitting Area
- Flat / Easy
- Walking Paths
- Gardens / Arboretum
- Park (General)
- Pets *NOT Permitted*
- New Jersey Gateway Region Essex County
About Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary
A Brief History
Today, the CHA includes 16.45 acres of woodlands, 3 miles of trails, and a diversity of floral and faunal species. Our master gardener and woodland volunteers take great care to ensure that plant species indigenous to New Jersey are predominant.
Our goal is to promote an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment through programs that integrate arts, science, and the humanities. We provide many educational opportunities from school field trips, scout programs, family programs, adult workshops, summer camp, and more.
Trail & Path Info
The Arboretum* Boasts one of the state's greatest concentrations of native wildflowers (more than 150 species) and is home to 45 species of trees, 100 species of birds, rare ferns and 275-year-old Tulip trees. * Contains unique geological features, such as kettle moraines and a natural amphitheater created by glaciers. * Receives 17,500 visits from children and adults annually. 1,300 of these visits are field trips from township elementary schools. * Has a unique topography that creates many micro-habitats, allowing great diversity in flora and fauna in a relatively small area. * Is an oasis for migrating birds in the spring, giving refuge and food supplies on their journey north. * Offers semester-long nature & environmental classes, which is unique for a nature/environmental center.
The Stone HouseVisit the Stone House to view animal exhibits, including mounted specimens of birds and mammals, and a small collection of live animals.
* There is never any parking allowed on the side of the street opposite the Arboretum (this is a township ordinance).
* There are three no parking areas on our side of the street clearly marked with yellow lines and signs. These should not be used for drop off or pick up, even if you wait in your car.
* The best way to approach the Arboretum is to turn on Lupine Way, which is a right just before you reach the Arboretum building, and go around the block so you approach our building on the “correct” side of the street. This avoids “K” turns in the middle of Forest Drive S. and using our neighbors driveways.
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