Meet At 9:00AM to carpool to the farm; will be gone until mid afternoon
J.B Duke, the RJR Tobacco scion, transformed more than 2,000 acres of farmland and wood lots into an extraordinary landscape which today includes 9 lakes, restored buildings (including one housing 1,500 orchids) and 18 miles of paved, gravel and mown-grass trails and pathways through a variety of habitats. Over 330 species of birds have been found on the property. It has been restored using sustainable restoration and management techniques to serve as a model of environmental stewardship and inspire people to start building a more sustainable future.
Meet us at Timberline Shopping Center in Mantua (Santini's, Mandarin Court) at 9:00AM to carpool. We anticipate leaving no later than 9:15am from the parking lot so we can arrive about 11:00am at Duke farms.
You may pack a lunch and beverage, but there is also a cafe located on the grounds, for more info on this exciting location see www.dukefarms.org
For those driving, the address for GPS or MapQuest is: 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ
Driving Directions: NJ-55 North to Rt 42N to I-295 N towards Trenton; continue onto I-95 S; take Exit 8B for County Road 583 N/Princeton Pike; continue and merge onto County Road 615/Mercer 615/Princeton Pike. Continue on County Road 615; turn left onto NJ-27S; Take the 1st right onto US-206 N/Bayard Ln; Continue to follow US-206 N; make slight right toward Dukes Parkway West and then straight on Dukes Parkway West; turn left (approximately 1 1/2 hours)
Trip Leader: Jayne Rhynard