Walk on the Wild Side
Join the Division of Fish & Wildlife for a series of conservation education hikes on some of New Jersey's most beautiful public open spaces. These staff-guided hikes will highlight significant landscape features and wildlife found on some of the more than 331,000 acres of New Jersey's Wildlife Management Area System.
Conservation Education Hikes
Hikes are generally oriented for ages 10 and up, but those marked "all ages" are ideal for children ages 5 and up. Most hikes are an easy to moderate trek. Bring your field guides, binoculars, water and an energy snack. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear; rain will cancel. Please check hike difficulty rating before registering.
Registration Opens 2 Weeks Prior to the Hike and is Required - No Exceptions. Groups will meet at 9:30 a.m.
To register, call 908-637-4125.
For specific information or questions regarding the hike, contact Liz Jackson at Liz.Jackson@dep.state.nj.us.
For information about the Wildlife Management Area System visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmaland.htm; for maps of Wildlife Management Area in PDF format visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmas.htm.
Hike Difficulty Rating Scale
The adapted information below is provided as a guide only. Each hiker assumes the risks associated with hiking in the great outdoors.
|Very Easy (VE)
||3 miles or less; mostly level ground or only slight
||3 - 5 miles; unlevel ground, rocky and/or sloped.
||Distance of 6+ miles with an elevation gain that will
generally not exceed 350 feet per mile, with a total elevation gain of no
more than 1000 ft.
|Moderately Strenuous (MS)
||This hike could be 7 - 10 miles in length, and could
include rocky trail conditions, tricky stream crossings and/or elevation gain
of more than 500 ft.
|HIKE PACE GUIDE
|Slow Pace (SP)
||1 mile or less per hour with frequent stops.
|Medium Pace (MP)
||1 to 2 miles per hour; less on steep or rugged terrain.
|Fast pace (FP)
||2.5 to 3 miles per hour or more and may not vary much
regardless of terrain