New Jersey

Watchung Reservation

 
The Watchung Reservation is the largest of Union County’s parks. 2,142 acres of mostly forested reserve feature 26 miles of bridle trails, 13+ miles of color-coded hiking trails, 40+ miles of unmarked trails, woodlands, fields, streams, three lakes and an abundance of wildlife. Facilities within the Reservation include, “The Loop” playground, picnic areas and facility building (with seasonal refreshment stand), and program destination sites, including the Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park, The Watchung Stable and Trailside Nature & Science Center. Other park features include trails, forests, fields, lakes, and more.
 
Contact Info
Address: Between route 22 on the south and Route 78 on the North; spans, Mountainside, Summit, Berkeley Heights, Springfield, Scotch Plains & Watchung, NJ (located off of Route 78, exit 44 eastbound; and exit 43 westbound). Union County. 
 
Tel: 908-527-4900. 
 
 
Website: www.ucnj.org
 
Hrs: Parks open daily dawn-dusk. 
 
SCHOOLS
Educational programs are offered at Trailside Nature & Science Center, Watchung Stable & Deserted Village of Feltville, located in the Watchung Reservation. All feature programs, which meet NJ Core Curriculum standards. Visit one or combine sites for a half or full-day visit.
 
Contact Info
Contact: Park Reservation Desk. 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. 
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies according to facility, program, age and interest level. 1-2 hours, ½ day, full day, etc. 
 
Cost: Fees vary by program, facility, activity, etc. Please visit website for fee schedule.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies, Science.
Topics Covered: Environmental studies, biology, ecology, ecosystems, animal habitats.
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can work on Hiking and Nature badges while taking hikes along the trails of Watchung Reservation. Wildlife sightings will allow scouts to learn how to identify different animals.
 
Contact Info
Contact: Park Reservation Desk. 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. 
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies according to facility, program, age and interest level. 1-2 hours, ½ day, full day, etc. 
 
Cost: Fees vary by program, facility, activity, etc. Please visit website for fee schedule.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Physical Education.
Topics Covered: Nature, environmental science, hiking.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue