Identified as a NJ Natural Heritage Priority Site, the preserve gets its name from the real Straders Pond found off site and upstream from the preserve. The preserve is most noted for the limestone marl conditions found within a former ponded wetland area. The areas unique ecology is host to a mix a rare species include several plants, butterflies and other insects. The rich upland forest is dominated by white oak, American beech and sugar maple. A remnant Eastern hemlock grove is a favorite haunt for the Great Horned owl and offers a good roosting spot for wild turkey.
Parking is limited on Sparta-Newton Road (Rt 616). No maintained hiking trails are available. The preserve is open to bow hunting only. The Trust allows registration for bow hunting only at its Straders Pond Preserve.