This park is the ideal setting to educate students and other groups on a variety of environmental issues and learn about the local history of New Jersey by examining one of the busiest canals in the country. The 70 mile path runs through five counties of New Jersey (Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, Somerset and Middlesex) making it easily accessible to most of the public. While walking on the path your group can pass through numerous historical towns that have 19th century bridgetender houses, remnants of locks and cobblestone spillways. The park is also an excellent area to examine pristine floodplain habitats, upland habitats as well as stream and pond ecology. Groups are encouraged to come and see what the D&R Canal State Park has to offer.
Groups can come and assess the water quality of the canal and a variety of streams and rivers. The naturalist can lead a hands-on program allowing the group to enter a water system in search of stream life. After identifying the species found, students will be able to assess the water quality. Educational active games showing the children special adaptations of some stream creatures and how pollutants effect these creatures is also available on request. The naturalist can assist in water testing for different parameters, but the participants will have to supply the materials needed.
Guided nature and historical walks are available. The path is wide and flat, so it is an easy walk for all ages. The naturalist will work with your group to tailor a program that is appropriate.
Introduce and reinforce your topics with age appropriate nature games. A variety of games that teach adaptations of plants and animals, the perils of migration, predator and prey relationships and more are available.
Outreach and school visitation programs are offered by the D&R naturalist. Many of the presentation are in alignment with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards. The programs include but are not limited to; food chains, forestry programs, the importance of diversity, habitats, watershed education and New Jersey's flora and fauna.
A site-specific educational kit is available to teachers for the Trenton Hamilton Marsh area. The kits' activities focus on the marsh habitat and all the creatures that live there. Contact the park naturalist for information on obtaining the kit and other information about this unique area.
- Current programs
General public, organizations, educators, students of all ages
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
625 Canal Road
Somerset NJ 08873
2185 Daniel Bray Highway
Teachers' Guide to Educational Programs with New Jersey State Parks, Forests,
Stockton NJ 08559
Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and the Forest Resource Education Center