Walks Across Princeton

Join Friends of Princeton Open Space on April 14th for a series of walks to celebrate Princeton's natural areas.

The walks, over long, medium and short courses, will commence at three different starting points and traverse paths and trails leading to Mountain Lakes House in the Mountain Lakes Preserve.

The Long Walk, about 90 minutes each way, will commence at the Hun School at 1 p.m. Walkers will follow a trail along the Stony Brook to connect to a bike path, local sidewalks, and ultimately across Coventry Farm into Mountain Lakes Preserve to Mountain Lakes House. Meet at the flag pole by the Athletic Center parking lots.

The Medium Walk, about 30 minutes each way, will start at the Stuart School parking area at 1:30 p.m. Participants will walk through the woods and fields of the 280+ acre preserve that is Princeton’s “central park” on their way to Mountain Lakes House.

The Short Walk, about 20 minutes each way, will begin at 1:45 at the Community Park North parking area off Mountain Avenue. The walk will go through the “piney woods” and across the fields of Tusculum on the way to Mountain Lakes House.

Each walk will be have a leader to show the way, and routes will be clearly marked. Walkers are urged to wear sturdy shoes that can get muddy and to be prepared to navigate some rocks and tree roots along the way as they explore our local open space.

The event is designed so that all walkers will meet at Mountain Lakes House at approximately 2 p.m. for refreshments before completing the round trip back to the parking areas. At Mountain Lakes House, Steve Hiltner, clarinetist with the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble (sustainablejazz.com), will be joined by Janet Vertesi on harp to play original compositions and standards with a spring theme. Steve also maintains the nature blog princetonnaturenotes.org.

Thanks to Good Food Naturally and Whole Earth Center for providing delicious and healthy snacks for hungry walkers! Please follow the links to their websites for more information.

To register, click here. For more information, email info@fopos.org or call 921-2772