Thursday, November 27, 2014–10 to 11:30 AM


Turkey Tail photo by Jim Barg © 2007

Join FPNL president Karen Linder for a Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve. Come work off some holiday calories, search for turkeys and enjoy the abundance and subtle beauty of late fall. Open to all, but preregistration IS requested. Call 609-683-0483 to reserve a spot.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

A small but enthusiastic group continued our effort to cut back the invasive Autumn Olives in the Nursery fields.  Warmest thanks to our determined volunteers!

To learn more about National Public Lands Day, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/



Ten teams took part in a family-oriented scavenger hunt with a nature/history theme, using the Mapleton Preserve as the search area. A good time was had by all.  Interesting finds included a praying mantis egg case, several cicadas and a wild turkey feather. It was a great way to get to know the Preserve and do a lot of learning in the process!


Invasive Tree Pests

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

emerald ash borer

Entomologist Paul Kurtz from the Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Program gave a fascinating presentation on invasive tree pests–such as the Emerald Ash Borer(above) and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.  He explained how they have been introduced to the US, how they spread through flight and human-aided dispersal, the different means by which they wreak devastation on our trees, why they are so difficult to eradicate, and what our State Forestry Service is doing to combat the problem.  If you wish to know more, please visit:




Arbor Day Celebration

Saturday, April 12 , 2014

Karen Linder led a leisurely walk in the Preserve, where particpants observed tree leaves, buds, bark, needles, pine cones, nuts, seeds, silhouette, and extra attractions, such as sapsucker holes and oak wasp galls.  Three Andromedas were planted in a group effort with attention to proper depth of hole, filling and tamping soil, correct mulching (NOT volcano style!), and watering in at the end.

Martin Luther King Day of Service Work Session in the Mapleton Preserve

Monday, January 20th, 2014

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Forty-three hardy and cheerful volunteers turned out to clear small trees, brush, vines, and trash in the Mapleton Preserve.  They made a significant dent in the invasive autumn olive population in the near fields, saved a very special Dawn Redwood from being buried in bamboo, made progress on a drainage issue for the Clivus Multrum, continued clearing efforts around the greenhouses, and picked up LOTS of litter.  The Mapleton Preserve is a better place for their efforts!

IMG_7925SIMG_7926SIMG_7928SIMG_7934SIMG_7939SIMG_7941SIMG_7942SIMG_7967SIMG_7981SP1200948Photo by Tari Pantaleo

And there was this dinosaur relic found during cleanup and captured by Paul’s magic iphone!

DinosaurRelic“Legendary Locations” Exhibit                    

October 11, 2013 – January 7, 2014

Heather Barros                                    Andee Orlando

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 Ellen Veden

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 Heather Barros                                      Catherine Martzloff

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 Catherine Gowen


Tari Pantaleo

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If you wish to purchase a work or to contact the artists for any other reason, go to: Legendary Artists

* National Public Lands Day Work Session

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2 to 4 PM


It was a gorgeous day to work outside, and an energetic crew cleared away small trees, brush, and vines, mulched trees and protected them with deer fencing, prepared the Clivus Multrum for grading with gravel, and collected litter along Mapleton Road.  We are grateful for the efforts of these tireless volunteers!Mapleton_preserve_2013_(11_of_23)


Photos by Jonathan Michalik

Princeton Nurseries 100th Anniversary Celebration in the Preserve

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Photo by Jonathan Michalik

A glorious day smiled down on a record crowd gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Princeton Nurseries and the preservation of the Princeton Nursery Lands.  Representative Rush Holt, South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gamabatese, NJDEP State Parks Director Mark Texel, NJ Historic Preservation Office Administrator Dan Saunders,  FPNL trustee Anne Zeman (reading remarks penned by Princeton Forrestal Associates Marketing Director David Knights, a partner in the preservation), and Bill Flemer (William Flemer IV) all reflected on the significance of the Nurseries, the cultural landscape it created, and the successful effort to preserve much of the Nurseries’ Kingston site.  FPNL Vice President Robert von Zumbusch introduced the speakers, and President Karen Linder welcomed guests, encouraging them to appreciate and help steward the land that now belongs to all of us.




















A new sign was installed the day before the celebration, crafted by Kane Brothers Restorations (pictured here are Connor, Pat, and Tim Kane) and paid for by an anonymous donor.  Photo by Vicki Chirco

A sparkling cider toast and a superb birthday cake decorated with 100 trees–an anonymous gift–followed the speeches.  Attendees perused displays detailing Princeton Nurseries’ history, operations, and achievements, and marveled at vintage tractors, one of which is still hard at work at St. Michael’s Farm Preserve in Hopewell under the guiding hands of Bill Flemer, who is the St. Michael’s Farm Manager for D&R Greenway.


Photos by Jonathan Michalik

Two sets of country music by the Bare Root Band (Bill Flemer, Doug Miller, Bernhard Geiger, Brandon Lewin and Lori Pantaleo) accompanied the festivities in high style.


Photo by Jonathan Michalik

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