Sunday, April 3: 

It’s a blustery day, and, yes, our 1st Sunday in the Park program, Native Americans of Montgomery, is still on.  You’ll be blown away by what our Native American expert, Jim Wade, has to say.   Dress warmly, and meet us at 2 p.m. at Stonebridge Park, at the 1860 House.


Two New Properties Preserved

The township recently acquired a 7.86-acre piece of land at the north end of Hollow Road, and straddling Rock Brook, Montgomery’s cleanest stream. Once occupied by two homes which are now demolished, the land has been vacant for some time and the forest has grown back. Long ago Rock Brook was used for water power and the remains of a dam can be seen in the stream as a picturesque little waterfall. Montgomery Friends of Open Space hopes to see a driveway with a few parking places for visitors and hikers, and a picnic table or park bench near the stream. A pathway may be constructed through this property and could someday become a link in a trail along the Rock Brook from the northern township boundary and extending south and east toward Skillman Park. Montgomery Friends of Open Space contributed a grant of approximately $100k from Green Acres toward the purchase of this property.

We closed on a second property at the end of June. MFOS has partnered with Montgomery Township and Somerset County to purchase an easement for a development rights to the 29.45-acre farm on Mountain View Road owned by Johan and Emily Firmenich. The farm is surrounded by preserved farmland and other preserved land, plus the family home. In addition, a two-acre lot has been designated for possible future construction of a farmhouse. MFOS contributed a grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee of almost $250,000 for half the purchase price of the easement. The farm will continue to be owned and run by the Firmenich family. Though it will not be open to the public, we hope you will drive past this newly preserved farmland and appreciate the lovely view.

First Sundays in the Park

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Native Americans of Montgomery:   2:00 – 3:30 pm @ 1860 House, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman.

Leader:  Jim Wade, Field Archaeologist

New Jersey’s Native Americans held deeply personal relationships with the world around them, closely aligned with the local landscape and available materials.   Montgomery continues to carry their legacy through roadways and Indian names of places, rivers, etc.   On this walk, Jim Wade will describe the way of life of local Native American Indians, point out…Read more here.

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Savage Dining:  Local Wild Edibles:    2:00 pm, Rock Mill Preserve,

Leader:  Debbie Naha

Adventurous eaters, this walk is for you. Debbie Naha will be leading a walk featuring local wild edible plants and ecology.  She will discuss plant I.D., safe and sustainable harvesting, and how to… Read more.