The environmental center was originally a pig farm and was acquired by Bergen County in 1962 with assistance from Green Acres. It was named the James A. McFaul Environmental Center in 1990 to honor a Bergen County parks director who did much to acquire this beautiful nature preserve.
The 2.5 acre pond was created in 1966 by impounding a Goffle Brook tributary.
A boardwalk extends out over wetlands and provides views of the pond.
The educational center, which looks out into the pond, includes freshwater aquariums, educational signage and live native animal displays.
In addition to live animal displays, the James A. McFaul Environmental Center provides much needed habitat to a multitude of birds and other native wildlife such as:
The preserve features a 2/3 of a mile interpretive nature trail which loops around a seasonal swamp and upland.
As you wind along the path, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as White-Tailed Deer, Eastern Chipmunks and Red-Tailed Hawks. Frequent signage appears on the trail to help the hiker to identify the surrounding flora and fauna.
Flora includes the below among others:
- Pin Oak
- Black Oak
- Scarlet Oak
- White Oak
- Red Maple
- Shagbark Hickory
- Tulip Poplar
- Skunk Cabbage
Check out Plant Communities of New Jersey.
NJ’s geology, topography and soil, climate, plant-plant and plant-animal relationships, and the human impact on the environment are all discussed in great detail. Twelve plant habitats are described and the authors were good enough to put in examples of where to visit!
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