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Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Black Bear Lake Picnics

Located in the picturesque hills of Millstone Township, NJ, Black Bear Lake is the perfect place for your next school picnic, scout function, or group outing. The 33-acre space features a 5-acre lake, 3 heated pools, outdoor laser tag, sports fields and courts, 24-foot rock walls, and more. 457 Stage Coach Road, Millstone Township, NJ 08510. Tel: 609-259-6934. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Cheesequake State Park Interpretive Center

300 Gordon Rd., Matawan, NJ 07747. 732-566-3208. Cheesequake State Park is located in a transitional area between two ecosystems, providing groups with a diverse setting to learn about the natural environment. Fee/Free.

Dingmans Falls

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Old Mine Rd. and N. I-80, Millbrook, NJ 07832. Education Coordinator: 570-426-2429. Trails include a waterfall walk that addresses water quality, geology, forest eco-systems, invasive species and the National Park Service mission. Free.

Duke Farms

1112 Dukes Pkwy. W, Hillsborough Twp., NJ 08844. 908-252-7126. Learn about stewardship and sustainability at Duke Farms. Groups will use Eco-Kits containing a field guide, binoculars, and a compass to search for habitats, take ecology hikes, and enjoy scavenger hunts. Fee.

Forest Resource Education Center

95 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527. 732-928-0987. Groups can hike themed nature trails or attend the Forest Products program: see the sawing of logs into lumber, and make maple syrup at the sugar shack. Scouts have a chance to earn badges at the FREC’s special events. Free/Fee.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

247 Southern Blvd., Chatham, NJ 07928. 973-635-6629. Offers a mixture of marshes, meadows, drywoods and brush-covered swamps supporting a wide variety of plant and animal life. (Also see Maple Sugaring.) Free/Suggested Donation.

Huber Woods Environmental Center

25 Brown’s Dock Rd., Locust, NJ 07760. 732-872-2670. 366 acres of forests and meadows with over 8 miles of trails and an Environmental Center that features hands-on science and Native American activities. Fee/Free.

Meadowlands Environment Center

One DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. 201-460-8300. Focuses on the New Jersey Meadowlands marsh ecosystem. Fee/Free.

Merrill Creek Reservoir

34 Merrill Creek Rd., Washington, NJ 07882. 908-454-1213. Offers naturalist-led environmental education activities on a 650-acre reservoir surrounded by an environmental preserve, woods and fields. Free.

Rancocas Nature Center

794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton, NJ 08060. 609-261-2495. This nature center runs through meadows, forests, and wetlands, and is the perfect place to teach your group about nature. Scouts can visit Rancocas to learn survival skills, and how to navigate the woods. Fee.

Warren E. Fox Nature Center

109 State Hwy. 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. 609-645-5960. Offers a display of trees and their leaves, stuffed animals, Native American artifacts and local live animals. Free.

Wharton State Forest Annie M. Carter Nature Center

31 Batsto Rd., Batsto Village, Hammonton, NJ 08037. 609-567-4559. Offers over 110,000 acres of Pinelands ecosystem, nature hikes, slide/video programs, hands-on activities, and live animal displays. Free.