Environmental Education Centers
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Highland Park's outstanding natural asset is the Raritan River. Discussions on environmental education and open space have long centered on the river and floodplain as our best "environmental education tool." Now, a proposal would give residents throughout town access to natural sites, trails, and small "centers" such as pavilions or stone council rings.
The plan comes from a working group drawn from a larger committee of school and environmental representatives. The impetus for action now is our receiving a Middlesex County "environmental education center" grant. A first idea of a classroom/laboratory building at our River Road Green Acres site (Native Plant Reserve) appeared overly expensive, as well as emphasizing one site. Instead, the working group proposes site restoration and a modest center there, within budget. But this one very visible site would relate to others along the river, as envisioned in 1994's Greenway Feasibility Study. There, other grants and county actions would offer natural experiences to users from school children to senior citizens:
The working group welcomes comments via this web site. Members are Arnold Henderson (chair), Mike Rosenberg (Environmental Commission), Ruth Bowers (Shade Tree Advisory Committee), Loren Muldowney (Environmental Commission), and former councilman Gene Young (now deceased).
For more information, see Environmental Education Focal Points.
[Reprinted from Borough of Highland Park Newsletter]
Photo Credit for Raritan River from Donaldson Park: Leora Wenger