St. Michaels Farm Preserve

Now over 400 acres, the St. Michaels property, which was preserved in 2010 and expanded in 2017, is an expanse of farm fields and forests on the edge of Hopewell Borough. From many parts of this preserve the visitor has long views, lending the preserve a wonderful expansiveness which promotes a sense of well-being in anyone who walks its many farm roads and paths.  From 1896 until 1973 this was the home of St. Michael’s Orphanage and Industrial School which was operated by the Catholic Diocese of Trenton. After the orphanage was closed, the building where the children lived and went to school was torn down and most of the land was leased to a local farmer. Before the diocese divested themselves of the property through development they offered one last chance for preservation if D&R Greenway could raise the funds to purchase the property. Over $11 million was raised, and in 2010 D&R Greenway succeeded in purchasing the land through a public/private partnership.  It is now preserved as open space forever.

This audio trail is designed to help you give children ways to find a home in nature. Children for whom nature is a home have a place where they feel free to explore, to express themselves and to learn about the creatures, birds, rocks and water that share our planet. Explore the tour below!

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Our Mission: To Preserve & Care for Land and Inspire a Conservation Ethic, Now and Forever

Land Preserved
20,903 Acres
Upcoming Events
Apr 22

Poetry Workshop: “When Weeds, In Wheels, Shoot Long and Lovely Lush”

11:30pm - 2pm
1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

A D&R Greenway Poetry Workshop: When Weeds, In Wheels, > Read More

May 03

Walks with Friends: Migrants and Natives — Seeing Sourlands’ Birds and Plants

9:30am
Mountain Road Parking Lot, Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve

A D&R Greenway ‘Walk with Friends’: Migrants and Natives > Read More

May 09

2020 Greenway Gala Watch Party

5:30pm
Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

2020 Greenway Gala Watch Party Saturday, May 9, 2020 > Read More

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