Let us a little permit Nature
to take her own way; she better understands her
own affairs than we.
The Egg Harbor Township Arboretum
and Nature Center is located at 18
School House Rd. The tax map reference is Block 7502,
Lot 54. Longitude: 74.65988. Latitude: 39.36557.
The open space is composed of approximately 14.7 acres
which includes wetlands, wooded areas, a parking area
and a large meadow. It is bordered by a lake
and woodlands. It is open to the public from dawn
to dusk. Admission is free. It is patrolled by the Egg Harbor
Township Police Department. ATV's are not
a permitted use.
Alert: Neither Arboretum Drive nor the parking area are
ever plowed after a snow event. Please
keep this in mind if you are planning to visit during that
time. The parking area will experience repeated thaws
Summer, Autumn: This is a nature center and it is not
treated; expect numerous ticks and bees (they are gentle).
Poison ivy is also abundant.
The Egg Harbor Township Environmental Commission
partnered closely with the Eagle Academy and the Boy
Scouts to enhance the
experience of the Arboretum's visitors. These
enhancements included area clean-up, plantings, a
service shed construction and installation together with
an observation deck, a solar powered well with pump and
holding tank and composting toilet facilities.
fun ideas to do at the Arboretum
2010 the Arboretum was added to the New Jersey Birding and
Wildlife Trail System
Barrens and Beyond"
New Jersey Birding and Wildlife Trails
The Arboretum is used by geocachers
Bitsy Arboretum Spyder
The Arboretum enhancement project is a long term
activity composed of several phases.
Completed on Earth Day April 22, 2004
200 seedlings planted in a portion of the Arboretum.
The deck is handicapped accessible and complete with
tables and benches for relaxing and enjoying the quiet
solitude of the area.
The observation deck, with its handicap ramp was
dedicated Earth Day April 22, 2005.
began in late summer of 2004. In order to complete the
project volunteer labor was secured from members of the
Environmental Commission and students of Eagle Academy,
members of the school building department, Aspenberg &
Sons Construction Company, WorldWater Solar Power,
Clivus Toilets and Polistina & Associates Engineering.
The project was completed in July 2006 and the Ribbon
Cutting Ceremony was held October 5, 2006
The area was in a disturbed state from previous use of
the land and supported little in the way of beneficial
trees, shrubs or groundcover. With the help of a U.S.
Department of Agriculture WHIP grant, the area was
rehabilitated in accordance with natural planting
Work began in September, 2006.
Multi-faceted and still being conducted on an ongoing,
continuous basis. Some activities included in this
and mark a specific parking area
the several trails located throughout the property
some trails through the wooded area
a survey indicating meets and bounds of the area
benches for placement throughout the area, to be donated
by members of the community
the entrance and driveway
and mark existing trees, shrubs, plants and wildflowers
of meadow area
a program of planting Memorial trees for members of our
have developed a curriculum for Grades 1-6 “No Child
Left Inside”. The purpose of the project is to
introduce young children to the “great outdoors” in a
quiet, non threatening or scary way. The children will
learn about nature in the classroom and use the
Arboretum for field trips to supplement their
In order to more comfortably accommodate school
children and perhaps add adult classes, we added a
covered pavilion to the overlook.
Big Tree Census
Projects at Arboretum
Eagle Academy Projects at Arboretum