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!

Exciting things are happening at St. Michaels Farm Preserve!

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

Land Preserved
315 stories of preservation and 21,196 protected Acres
Upcoming Events
Apr 17

Join D&R Greenway and Fyrefly Yoga Studio for OUTDOOR Yoga Stretch

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ
Outdoor Yoga with Fyrefly Yoga is back for 2021! De-Stress and > Read More
May 16

2021 Virtual Greenway Gala

4:30 - 5:30 pm
drgreenway.org

Join Us Sunday, May 16, 2021 4:30 – 5:30 > Read More

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