Buildings and facilities are closed to the public but trails remain open.  Please refer to our COVID-19 resource page for the latest information on NJ Audubon’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis, center closings and postponed programming.  

Please do not leave any animals at our centers.  Buildings are closed and staff are working remotely until further notice due to COVID-19 closures.

Lorrimer Sanctuary was bequeathed to the New Jersey Audubon Society by Ms. Lucine L. Lorrimer in 1956. The main house, parts of which date back to the late 1700’s, is the present visitors’ center and Sanctuary office.

The visitors’ center has an exhibit and lecture room, winter bird feeding station, interpretive displays, hands-on exhibits, and a gift shop, the proceeds of which benefit the Sanctuary. There is a self-guiding trail system that winds through the 14 acres of land. Much of the acreage is second-growth woods (mostly oak, maple, ash, and beech); and small stands of planted evergreens. The trails are open during Sanctuary hours.

As this is a wildlife sanctuary, all plants and animals are protected — they may not be harmed, harassed or removed.

While you are here please visit the Center, walk the trails, and browse through the gift/book shop.


Wednesday – Saturday
10am – 4pm

Check our Facebook page for any last minute announcements

Center upcoming events

Sat 15

Bird Days of Summer

August 15 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 20

Birds of Sunset

August 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Things To Do

  • Walking/Hiking
  • Birdwatching and Nature Study
  • Outdoor Photography
  • Organized classes for schools, scouts, and special groups
  • Browse the gift/book store
  • Picnicking

Special Programs

New Jersey Audubon is closely monitoring federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines related to our summer camp programs.  With the health and safety of our staff and community our top priority, New Jersey Audubon’s nature centers are currently closed and school programs, field trips and events have been postponed or reimagined using virtual platforms.  At this time, summer camps are on still on the calendar, but that may change.  We will provide updates as this situation continues to emerge. Thank you very much for your support!

Please click here ( for our latest updates in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Summer Nature Camp Quests

Nature at your own pace…in your own space


Keep in touch with your NJ Audubon summer camp teachers and counselors and meet new experts from across the state of New Jersey.  At home in northern New Jersey?  Explore the shore with Mr. B in Cape May.  Don’t have access to green space nearby?  Learn about New Jersey’s animals and plants and then explore your own space to see what you can find.  Never been to swamp?  Join us for a virtual slog.  All this and more for your summer adventure.

Bridges to the Natural World is a subscription series celebrating nature!  Subscription packages will focus on a different theme including Amazing Animals, Wonders of Wetlands, Creepy Crawlers and Outdoor Skills.  Each subscription includes exclusive access to a variety of short, exciting nature and how-to videos from NJ Audubon naturalists, an information-rich themed booklet mailed to your child with daily challenges, and nature quests that can be done in your own neighborhood or local green space. Each packet will also include surprise materials that support things your child can do to become a NJ Audubon Junior Naturalist.

If you have already registered for in person camp at our center, please contact us directly for any refund needed.


Lorrimer Sanctuary
790 Ewing Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ  07417

For more information call the main office at 908-481-4090 or 201-891-2185

For Children and Families

  • Summer Natural History Day Camps
  • Class Field Trips
  • “On-Site” School Programs
  • Boy Scout and Girl Scout Classes
  • Special Weekend Events
  • Summer Nature Day Camp
  • Birthday Parties

For Adults

  • Nature Study Workshops
  • Slide Presentations for Groups
  • Teacher Education Workshops
  • Birdwatching Field Trips

Pre-order your plants for Center Side pickup June 6th and 7th

Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary will be holding a spring plant sale to raise money for our butterfly garden and backyard habitat projects. We will be selling high-quality garden plants that are specially chosen to attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds to your backyard. Some perennial favorites include monarda, milkweed, phlox, aster, honeysuckle, and native trees and shrubs, plus many more!  Come out and show your support by buying a plant. Your contributions help support education, conservation, and research.


790 Ewing Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417



Staff & Personnel

Kirsten Holt
Sanctuary Director

Laurie Hagaman
Teacher Naturalist

Adam Greenbaum
Facilities and Grounds

Contact Us

790 Ewing Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417