D&R Greenway Land Trust protects over 20,000 acres of land in one of the highest population density states in the country. Hike, bike, paddle, and drive to explore these preserved green, open spaces. Here are some activities, available through the TravelStorys app, to help you explore, learn about the history of the land, and experience the positive health benefits of spending time outdoors!
Download the free TravelStorys app here to explore the stories behind the D&R Greenway Land Trust!
The stories of 16 leading “Women in Conservation” are told in a remarkable, newly released audio tour of D&R Greenway’s Cedar Ridge Preserve in Hopewell. The tour features international leaders such as Rachel Carson, Deb Haaland and Greta Thunburg. Local leaders include Sophie Glovier, Linda Mead, Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, Sharyn Magee and Hannah Suthers and Dr. Rosemary Grant.
Created by D&R Greenway, the stories are available on the TravelStorys app and play like a GPS-enabled podcast on your cell phone, or you can hear the stories using your computer at home. The tour is the 200th on the TravelStorys platform, which has been used by D&R Greenway for tours of the Abbott Marshlands, St. Michaels Farm Preserve and Greenway Meadows. Nationally marketed, this new tour has already attracted more than 1,000 remote visitors from around the country!
There is a growing body of evidence from around the world that contact with nature positively affects the physical and emotional health of adults and children. Walking in nature can alleviate problems from diabetes, asthma, arthritis and hip and knee injuries. Being outdoors lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, improves sleep, and increases energy and longevity.
For years, we have heard stories of people healing from surgery, illness or trauma by walking on our preserved lands. This first of its kind “Healing Trail” shares some of those inspiring stories with you. We hope that you may also find peace and perspective on this outdoor experience.
This tour was created in memory of Edie Howard. Sponsors include: Family and friends of Edie Howard, Horizon Foundation, Inc., The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.
The Abbott Marshlands is composed of 3,000 acres of wetlands and uplands located on the western edge of central New Jersey just below Trenton. The diverse habitats – freshwater tidal and non-tidal marshes and swamps, ponds, and woodlands – are home to many kinds of plants and animals, as well as several historic sites.
D&R Greenway has been active in protecting the Abbott Marshlands for 25 years. Working with partners, we were instrumental in establishing Mercer County’s Tulpehaking Nature Center, where you can learn about the archaeological, historic, and natural treasures of the Marsh. Visit the Marsh website or TravelStorys GPS to learn more about this local treasure, or click here to view an aerial video of the Marsh.
Do you remember what it felt like to be a child in wondrous awe of nature? At D&R Greenway, we believe it is crucial for youth to learn about the importance of preserved land and all of the amazing things present in their own backyards. Our children are the next generation of environmentalists!
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.