Through volunteer activities and advocacy, the South Mountain Conservancy serves as a steward for the South Mountain Reservation and helps to preserve, protect, and enhance its ecology, infrastructure and natural beauty.
Join the Forest Regeneration Corps!
Sunday, April 19th, 9:30-noon. Ages 12+.
(Adult supervision required below age 15.) Help plant native species, remove invasive plants, and clear and line trails at the Forest and Wildflower Preserve. Location: The dog park off Crest Drive. (Input 10 Bear Lane, South Orange into smartphone, or search for Dog Park, South Mountain Reservation.) Call Tricia Zimic for more information, (m) 973-650-6106
Trail Work Crew
Sunday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Help build new, or reroute or repair existing, hiking trails throughout the South Mountain Reservation following sustainable trail guidelines. Trail building is very satisfying, but can be hard work. We use hand tools such as picks and adzes to create and shape the trail tread. Wear shoes with solid soles and long pants…and for early spring, dress in layers. You provide the strong back; we provide gloves, a snack, water, and instruction. In May, we will continue working on a new trail connecting Tulip Springs to the Orange Reservoir Promenade.
Ages 15+ Leaders: If there are questions, call John Verzani (973-223-3529), or Dennis Percher (973-868-6994). Location: Meet at the Boy Scout Parking area immediately on your left as you turn into the Tulip Springs Picnic Area.
0.4 miles north of South Orange Avenue on Cherry Lane (go to first parking area, 75 feet in front after you turn off Cherry Lane). Map of the Tulip Springs Picnic Area
South Mountain Conservancy board member, Tricia Zimic is the guest author and photographer for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s March Newsletter!
We are sorry to report the passing of Jay Leslie of South Orange – an SMC Board member during 2012 and 2013 – on January 14th after a long fight against leukemia.
We will miss his spirited assistance in clearing the trails, especially after Sandy (pictured) as co-coordinator of the Chain Saw Gang, and his keen sense of humor.
Our condolences go out to his wife, Tina, and family.
For the first time, the Conservancy is offering hikes during the winter months, weather permitting. Learn more HERE.