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Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge covers 171 wooded acres of pinelands habitat. Camp groups can explore the refuge with hands-on activities by registering for an educator-led program. Outreach programs are also available. 4 Sawmill Rd., Medford, NJ 08055. Tel: 856-983-3329. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Camden Children's Garden

3 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103. 856-365-8733. Groups can visit a potting shed, see the Cityscapes Garden, ride the Arrow River Train, and much more. A hands-on garden lesson can teach groups about seeds and soil, birds, and other topics. Fee.

Environmental Education Center in New Jersey

190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. 908-766-2489. 425 acres of a variety of habitats that provide homes for diverse plant and animal populations, includes 8 miles of trails, wildflower, native plant sensory and touch gardens. Fee.

Leaming's Run Gardens

1845 Route 9 North, Swainton, New Jersey 08210. 609-465-5871. Offers 25 themed gardens, fernery and shady bamboo grove where students can observe a variety of plant, insect, and animal life in a natural environment. Fee.

Leonard J. Buck Garden

Somerset County Park Commission, 11 Layton Rd., Far Hills, NJ 07931. 908-234-2677. Offers alpine and woodland gardens situated in a 33-acre wooded stream valley. Free/Suggested Donation.

New Jersey Botanical Garden

Ringwood State Park, Morris Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456. 973-962-9534. Contains formal gardens, winding paths and a safe haven for unusual plant species from around the world. Fee.

Rancocas Nature Center

794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton, NJ 08060. 609-261-2495. This nature center runs through meadows, forests, and wetlands, and is the perfect place to teach your group about nature. Scouts can visit Rancocas to learn survival skills, and how to navigate the woods. Fee.

Schiff Nature Preserve

339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, New Jersey 07945. 973-543-6004. Includes exhibits, nature walks, butterfly and wildflower gardens. Fee.

Stony Brook, Millstone Watershed Association

31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington, NJ 08534. 609-737-7592. Includes four-acre research pond, arboretum, butterfly house, and nature center with hands-on exhibits. Programs on the oldest trees in central NJ, diverse wildlife, trails and wildflowers. Fee/Free.