Free Guided Hike Offers Tips to ID Local Trees

A scene from Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Park (aka Municipal Park) in Port Murray. A guided tree hike will be held there this coming Saturday. Photo courtesy of MTEC.

Learn about the native and invasive tree species in your Warren County backyard with a fun and instructive hike this weekend.

This absolutely free Guided Tree Hike will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Park in Port Murray (meet in the left parking lot at the trailhead). The approximately one mile long walk begins promptly at 9 a.m.

Participants will be instructed on the basics of identifying local plant species while also learning ways to reduce the impact of non-native plants. Invasive species reduce biodiversity and can interrupt the ecosystem.

The hike is part of the “My Green Mansfield” initiative.

Led by certified New Jersey Forester Timothy Matthews, the Guided Tree Hike is made possible by a grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) to the Mansfield Township Environmental Commission (MTEC).

The $750 award was given to allow for hiking trail enhancements at the park, which is also known as Municipal Park. With the help of volunteers from the Environmental Commission and Green Team, the park trails will be surveyed and a five-year plan developed to further the scenic and educational aspects of this peaceful park location.

Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Park is located at 100 Port Murray Road, Port Murray, NJ. Views along its 128 acres include hills and farmland, woods, and peeks of the historic Main Street.

For more information about the Guided Tree Hike or to RSVP, please send an e-mail to

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