Plainsboro Preserve
Program Listings

Current Programming


Birthdays Programs

School Field Trips and Outreach Programs 

Nature Camps 

Boy & Girl Scouts of America

Family Adventures and Preschool Programs


 Every day at the Preserve

(Tuesday through Sunday)The Preserve: Be our guest on our deck and watch the wildlife around Lake McCormack.Exhibits: Enjoy interactive exhibits including our Under-the-Pond experience and the Tree of Life.Reference Library: Use the library to research topics or enjoy volumes of natural history information.NJAS Nature Store: Your source for field guides, bird feeders, kids' stuff, gifts for every bird lover, and more.Hiking Trails (open daily dawn to dusk, as posted): There are over five miles of trails at the Preserve in a variety of interesting habitats.


Birthdays*Download our Birthday Brochure (PDF)Pricing: $250 for a birthday party consisting of up to 20 children. 

Parties with more than 20 children or 36 people total require a second room. The cost is then $350 for up to 30 children and 60 people total.

Parties are a NJ Audubon membership privilege. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your party.

Schools* Our instructors use the forests, fields and streams that grace the property as an outdoor classroom for learning. Classes are tailored to meet each age group's needs. Download our School Brochure (PDF) with detailed information about our Environmental Science Programs for schools and groups.* School site visitations* Educator workshops in Bridges to the Natural World, NJWATERS and others.

NJ Audubon Summer Nature CampsWelcome to the New Jersey Audubon Society Camp experience. We provide a highly-trained Environmental Educator for each of our camps and limit class size based on optimal teacher-student ratios. A good portion of each day will be spent outside developing a deeper connection with the natural world through fun and informative activities. Campers can choose one week or join us for the entire summer. Space is limited so make your selection today. See you at camp! Pre-registration is mandatory. Visit our Nature Camp page for more information.

Cub and Girl Scouts

To schedule a visit contact our Education Staff at 609-897-9400 Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Programs are 90 minutes long and cost $100 for the first 10 scouts unless otherwise noted.  Each additional scout or sibling is $10.00. There is no cost for leaders and chaperones. A $50 per program deposit will hold your reservation. Deposits are non-refundable within 14 days of your scheduled visit.  Spring and Autumn dates fill up quickly so be sure to make your reservations early. Many programs are taught outside and run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Download our Cub Scout and Girl Scout Brochure for more information.

Families, Groups, and Adults

* Family Adventures and Adult Field Trips - for more information see the Calendar of Events


Beaver Moon Hike

Friday, November 3

Special Time:

7:30P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

The promise of winter is in the air, colorful autumn leaves are falling, and the moon will shine brightly on the lake.  What better night to try to catch a glimpse of our beaver? Maybe a loon will make an appearance, or an owl may be heard if we are lucky.


Harvest Moon HikeFriday, September 8 

Special Time:

7:30P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

In the gathering evening light, we will set out to see what we can see: songbirds gathering their final meal of the day, early migrating water fowl settling in for the night, maybe one of our resident red foxes. It’s Nature: always an adventure!



Twilight Trails

Appropriate for ages 7 through adults. 

Cost:  $5 for NJA Members; $7.00 for non-members. 

 Pre-registration is required by calling 609-427-3052 at least a day in advance.

The evening light is different in every season, and a full moon creates a special night.  In the gathering evening light, we will set out to see what we can see: migrating water fowl settling in for the night, maybe one of our resident red foxes.  It’s Nature: always an adventure! We’ll walk the trails after hours and see what can be found. 

 Summer Camp Reunion

Saturday, September 23

 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

 Calling all Campers!  If you were part of our Summer Nature Camp at the Preserve this summer, we want you back!  The weather is still warm, the stream is still wonderfully wet, and the fields are full of bugs and birds.  Bring your parents and siblings so that they can enjoy an afternoon of camp fun, along with s’mores around the fire pit.  And, check out our Lost and Found for those missing sneakers and water bottles.  Open to 2016 campers and their families.  

 Annual Open House

Saturday, October 14


12:00 PM – 4:30 P.M.



Whether you have never been to the Plainsboro Preserve, or if it is your favorite place to go on weekends or for programs, there will be something new to see and learn about today. Explore our Orange Trail close to the Building to learn more about our first residents, the Lenape, and how they used the resources of our Woodland Forests.  Get up close and personal with some of our live critters; and enjoy a 10% discount for all visitors in our gift shop. There is definitely something for everyone today.


Saturdays and Sundays, November 11 – April, when the Center Building is open

12:00 – 2:00 (one hour session required)

Each year, 15,000 people count birds at feeders for Project FeederWatch. With more than 1.5 million checklists submitted since 1987, FeederWatchers have contributed valuable data to scientists monitoring changes in bird populations. If you enjoy watching birds, we need your help, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned birder. Participating can take as little or as much time as you want—you decide! We invite you to be a FeederWatcher at the Plainsboro Preserve, one hour at a time.


Cost: $5 per person NJA members; $7 per person non-members. 

 Pre-registration is required at least a day in advance by calling 609-427-3052.

Educational and fun, each of the Family Adventures is designed for beginning Naturalists ages 7 through adults.  Join us to explore a different aspect of nature in New Jersey, led by one of our skilled Naturalists. 

Stream Search

Saturday, September 16

2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Join us for an exploration of Devil’s Brook as we try to discover the creatures that call it home. We will flip over rocks to look for hiding crayfish and use nets to catch stream invertebrates like whirligig beetles and water scorpions (they don’t sting!). Come prepared to get wet!

Animals of Halloween

Saturday, October 28

 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

 Are bats, bugs, spiders, and snakes scratched off of your cute and cuddly list? Come and learn about the life cycles, habits, and habitats of some of these amazing animals. After we learn some interesting facts about these misunderstood animals, you can build your own crafty creature to take home!

Family Geocaching

 Sunday, November 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Geocaching is the latest form of treasure hunting, using modern technology to find hidden caches.   Learn what it is all about, and how to use your smart phone or GPS in new ways. A short geocache trail at the Plainsboro Preserve will take it out of the classroom and into the field to test your skills. 


11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

Fridays, September 15

 October 6 & 20 November 3

 Bright pictures, lively stories, and learning about animals and nature – come hear an animated telling of a favorite children’s book, followed by meeting a live animal, a walk on our trails, or making a simple craft.  Appropriate for children ages 2 – 4 years old. 

 Cost: $5 per NJA member family; $7 per non-member family.

Pre-registration is required by calling 609-427-3052 at least a day in advance.

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