Please refer to our COVID-19 resource page for the latest information on NJ Audubon’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis.

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.

There is a deer management program underway at the Preserve; for more information click HERE

The Plainsboro Preserve is a collaboration with the Township of Plainsboro, the County of Middlesex, and New Jersey Audubon. Close to 1,000 acres of lands preserved by the County of Middlesex and the Township of Plainsboro support a diversity of habitats and wildlife, with one of the largest lakes in the area. The Preserve is a natural jewel for residents and visitors to the area and an ecological legacy for future generations.

New Jersey Audubon operates the Preserve’s Rush Holt Environmental Center from April through October, with the Township operating the Center from November through March. There are environmental education programs, nature experiences, and recreational offerings throughout the seasons. The Center houses program space, a variety of exhibits, live animals and a reference library.

Enjoy over five miles of trails meandering through mature beech woods, wet meadows, and the shoreline of scenic 50-acre McCormack Lake. Walk the floodplain of Devil’s Brook in search of the more than 150 species of birds that call the Preserve home during the year. Plants on site consist of a diverse showing of spring wildflowers and also include over ten species of rare or endangered plant species found sparingly elsewhere in the state.

Hours

Rush Holt Environmental Center Hours:
Wed – Sat
10am to 4pm


Trails Open Daily
Winter Hours – 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Critter Talk with Miss Anne

Monarchs

Pileated Woodpeckers

Raccoons

Groundhogs 

Beavers

Center upcoming events

Thu 24

Nature Buddies Beautiful Butterflies Pre-K Program

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thu 24
Oct 01

Full Moon Walk

October 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Things To Do

  • Over 5 Miles of trails
  • Environmental Education Center
  • Indoor tree house
  • Under the pond room
  • Lake view deck
  • Reference library

Special Programs

School and Youth Environmental Education Programs

Please call 609-427-3052 x102 or email [email protected] for information

Scout Programs

We offer a variety of badges that relate to the Plainsboro Preserve and Central New Jersey wildlife and natural environments. Programs are scheduled at least one month out from the initial request. Please call 609-427-3052 x102 or email [email protected]

Staff & Personnel

New Jersey Audubon operates the Plainsboro Preserve from April through October.

For inquiries from November 1 through March 31, please contact us via phone/email.

Contact Us

80 Scotts Corner Road
Cranbury, NJ 08512

609-427-3052
[email protected]

Regulations

  • No smoking, except in the parking area.
  • No picnicking, fires, camping or woodcutting.
  • No alcoholic beverages on the property.
  • No vehicles, bicycles, skateboards or horses on the trails.
  • No hunting or fishing.
  • No collecting of plants or animals.
  • No pets.
  • Leave only footprints — Take only pictures and memories.