Highland Park Volunteers sought to help clean up Preserve

January 15, 2014 by  

Soon, it will be time for Highland Park families who love the outdoors to suit up and take the 32-mile trek to the Mapleton Preserve in Kingston to be part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service Work Session.

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will be holding this wintry cleanup afternoon, offering a way to enjoy the outdoors and burn off those extra holiday calories.

Volunteers will be picking up trash, trimming vines, and clearing small trees in the preserve. Participants are asked to bring their own tools, such as clippers, loppers, rakes, and saws, and to arrive wearing sturdy shoes, warm clothing, work gloves, and a hat. To drum up support for the day, contacting providers of local poster and flyer printing services might be an idea.

Established in 2000, the Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands is a non-profit organization with the aim of protecting, preserving, developing, and interpreting historical natural and horticultural resources of the 1,200 acres of the old Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site. As of this year, the organization has helped Plainsboro Township, New Jersey Green Acres, South Brunswick Township, Wm. Flemer’s Sons, Inc., and Princeton University to reclaim 240 acres of these historic properties and scenic landscapes. Future endeavors outlined include additional walking paths, a native plant garden, and a larger butterfly garden.

The event will be held on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, from midday to 3:00 pm at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters.