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Field Trip -Duke Farms

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

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

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  • Jayne R.

    6 nature lovers saw a short movie on the site’s history & evolution to a model of environmental stewardship to inspire people to start building a more sustainable future. They use sustainable techniques - buildings architecturally designed to use light effectively & collect rainwater to recycle; solar & geothermal energy for all the property's power; plantings of native plants, rain gardens, grasslands & pollinator habitat. There is much more to explore here than you can see in one visit. We saw millions of gallons of water pumped from the Raritan River flow down the Great Falls, the ruins of the foundation of a mansion started but never completed, the arboretum housing thousands of orchid varieties & identified or tried to identify plants, trees, birds, butterflies & insects as we went. Duke Farms is truly inspiring & offers much to take away to apply to our individual lives as well as to our efforts as a club maintaining our natural areas in Glo Co & preserving new ones. Recommended.

    October 23, 2013

  • Jan G.

    Sad to miss this over a conflict. I am building my little wildlife garden in Westville, so bring back tips!

    October 18, 2013

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