These plants are readily available at many nurseries, but they are invasive and can rapidly take over a natural area.  Native plants are easier to care for, require no fertilizer, and create habitats for wildlife.  There are many places to purchase native plants, such as D&R Greenway's Native Plant Nursery.

Celebrate National Trails Day, June 3rd

Saturday, June 3rd is National Trails Day! We invite you to grab your copy of Walking the Trails In and Around Princeton and go exploring the many miles of beautiful trails in our town.

ABOUT NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: National Trails Day is the only nationally coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. Every trail beckons adventure and has a story to share with any person willing to discover it, and American Hiking Society believes these trail experiences can improve the lives of every American.

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.

By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate trail advocates and stewards.

Click here for a list of National Trails Day events around New Jersey.


Mother's Day at Mountain Lakes

Bring Your Mother to Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve
Sunday, May 14
2PM to 4PM
57 Mountain Avenue

Stop by Mountain Lakes House between 2PM and 4PM on Mother's Day for tea and cookies on the lovely stone terrace overlooking the lakes.

We will have Frank Sauer's stunning photos of Mountain Lakes Preserve on display. And Sophie Glovier will be at the Mountain Lakes House with updated copies of Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton -- an invaluable trail guide to Princeton. And we will have a special treat for all moms!

We also invite you to take a Mother’s Day Trail Walk at Mountain Lakes Preserve. Maps will be available for family-friendly self-guided walks in the Mountain Lakes Preserve. Over eight miles of trails as well as lots of birds, wildlife, and spring wildflowers. Celebrate Mother's Day by spending some invigorating and inspiring outdoor family time!


Walk Across Princeton

Join us with a Walk Across Princeton to celebrate the release of the new edition of Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton.

Saturday, May 6th at 10:30 a.m.
Mountain Lakes Preserve
Book signing at Mountain Lakes House at 11:30 a.m.

Free, Please Pre-register at Eventbrite

Friends of Princeton Open Space will be offering two walks at Mountain Lakes Preserve on Saturday, May 6. Both will begin in the Community Park North parking lot on Mountain Avenue, leaving at 10:30, traveling through a pine forest, Tusculum fields, and around the lakes.

Each walk will include stream crossings, and some areas with rocks and exposed roots. The shorter route will be about 1.5 miles. The longer and more challenging route, approximately 2.5 miles, will also be traveling along a rocky, inlet stream. Both walks will end at Mountain Lakes House for a book signing.

Please arrive at the Community Park North parking lot 10 to 15 minutes early.

Register here.


Meet author Sophie Glovier at the Mountain Lakes House at 11:30.

Meet author Sophie Glovier at the Mountain Lakes House at 11:30.