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.

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 – Friday
9am – 5pm

10am – 5pm

1pm – 5pm

Center upcoming events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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


Offering unique programs for children ages 4 and up, Lorrimer Sanctuary’s summer day camp program is designed to foster environmental awareness and an appreciation for the natural world. They feature direct experience with the natural world through hands-on activities, games, crafts and nature exploration. Most of our day is spent outdoors on the sanctuary’s 14-acre property.

Camp is broken up into different age groups to ensure the age-appropriateness of the lessons and activities. All sessions are taught by trained and experienced environmental educators. Class size is limited to ensure each child has the opportunity to share his/her discoveries with the teachers and each other.

Contact Details:
For any questions about registration, please contact Laurie Hagman laurie.hagaman@njaudubon.org or 908-481-4090.

TADPOLE CAMP (Ages 4-6)  |  $295
Camps run Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Session I: July 9 -July 13
  • Session II: July 16 – July 20
  • Session III: July 23 – July 27

JUNIOR NATURALISTS (Ages 7-11) |  $295
Camps run Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Session I: June 25 – June 29
  • Session II: July 2 – July 6
  • Session III: August 6 – August 10
  • Session IV: August 13 – August 17

Do you like frogs, snakes, salamanders, and turtles? Did you know there are 72 species of reptiles and amphibians in NJ? Spend this week with our Sanctuary Director Pat Scheuer to see how many we find. We will travel by van to a different natural area each day in search of our slimy, scaly friends – no stone will be left unturned! Field trips include Ramapo Lake, Allendale Celery Farm, Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve, and Campgaw Reservation.

Camps run Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

  • Session I: July 23 – July 27
  • Session II: August 13 – August 17
  • Session III: August 20 – August 24

FISHING CAMP (Ages 8-12) |  $360
The Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary is proud to offer our special fishing camp for kids in the summer of 2018. Join our Sanctuary Director, Patrick Scheuer, for five days of fishing fun and instruction. Whether you’re already an experienced fisherman, or a beginner eager to learn, this camp is for you! We’ll cover all the basics from gear, bait and lures to proper fish handling and conservation ethics. Fishing is a great way to enjoy nature and you could catch a whopper! All fishing will be done at safe, publicly accessible ponds and streams in the local area, like Zabriskie Pond and the Ridgewood Duck Pond.

Van transportation provided daily. Bring your own gear – rod, reel, and a tackle box (if you don’t have your own gear ask us about loaners.)

Camps run Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

  • Session I: July 2 – July 6
  • Session II: July 9 – July 13
  • Session III: July 16 – July 20

June 25 – 29  |  8am-2pm

This week is for students ages 12-15 that already have the basic knowledge of fishing (casting, tying knots, baiting hooks, etc.). The week will focus on more in-depth skills such as fly fishing, fishing with artificial lures, identifying fish and fish habitats, and lure building. Students will also be participating in a fish habitat improvement project along the Ramapo River.

A Summer of Fun with Nature Register Today

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

Staff & Personnel

Patrick Scheuer
Sanctuary Director

Laurie Hagaman
Teacher Naturalist

Adam Greenbaum
Facilities and Grounds

Contact Us

790 Ewing Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417