The Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, and Harding Township, NJ, has its beginnings in the 1965 donation of 125 acres by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Scherman to the New Jersey Audubon Society.

Later, in 1973 and 1975, Mr. G. Frederick Hoffman donated parcels of land. The Hoffman estate house and caretaker’s house were added to the Sanctuary in 1981, at the time of Mr. Hoffman’s death. This completed what is now the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 276 acres of woodland, field, and floodplain habitat supporting over 200 species of wildlife over the course of a year.

The Hoffman estate house, added on to and renovated in 2004-5, is now New Jersey Audubon’s magnificent Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education. The Center, located in the foothills of the Highlands, boasts an environmental learning center, tree-top level observation deck, bookstore, and exhibits. The Center also houses the Sanctuary offices, as well as the office of the NJAS President. The bird-feeding station next to the building is a popular attraction for birds and bird-watchers alike, and can be viewed in comfort from the inside of the building.

Well-maintained and marked trails traverse the Sanctuary, ranging in length from 0.3 miles to 1.3 miles and passing through upland deciduous forest, fields, woodland, and the floodplain along the headwaters of the Passaic River. The Sanctuary is home to more than 60 species of nesting birds, and over 200 species of birds have been sighted at the Sanctuary, including as many as 25 species of warblers during spring migration. Nesting birds of interest include Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Wild Turkey, and Great-horned and Screech owls. Red Fox, Long-tailed Weasel, Mink, numerous White-tailed Deer, Eastern Chipmunk, Gray and Red squirrels, Coyote, and many other mammals inhabit the diverse habitat at Scherman-Hoffman.

Scherman-Hoffman is conveniently located within minutes of the Morristown National Historical Park (Jockey Hollow preserves more than 2,500 acres, including the Cross Estate), the 7,000 acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Somerset County Environmental Education Center, the Raptor Trust, Washington Valley Park’s Chimney Rock Hawk Watch, and Montclair Hawk Watch.

Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
9am – 5pm

Sunday
12pm – 5pm;

Closed Mondays and Holidays

Center upcoming events

Thu 18

Grover Cleveland Park Birding Field Trip

October 18 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Thu 18

Hawk Rise Looking for Late Fall Migrants Walk

October 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fri 19

Things To Do

  • Trails
  • Nature Store
  • Art Gallery
  • Guided Walks
  • Field Trips
  • Yoga

Special Programs

Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary Summer Nature Camps

We offer nine weeks of on-site day camps for children entering 1st-6th grade and a four day pre-k and kindergarten camp. We also hold overnight camps at Sedge Island in Barnegat Bay (grades 6-9) and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mohican Outdoor Center (Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area) (grades 6-10). We are a state-certified summer camp and our camps are all taught by teachers and other professionals who have worked with kids for many years. Your children will explore nature, learn about the environment, and have a great time!

CONTACT DETAILS:
For any questions about registration, please contact Stephanie Punnett, Program Director, at stephanie.punnett@njaudubon.org or call 908-396-6594

CAMP RELATED DOCUMENTS:
Universal Child Health Record Form
What to Bring to Day Camp
Sedge Island Liability Waiver
What to Bring to Ridge Explorers
Directions Ridge Explorers
What to Bring to Island Explorers
Directions Island Explorers

CANCELLATION POLICY:
30 days or more before the camp session start date:
If you cancel 30 days or more before the starting date of the camp session, NJA will issue a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee, for each camp session cancelled.

Less than 30 days of the camp session start date:
There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 30 days before the start of the camp session.

Short notice medical/disaster cancellations will be reviewed on a case by case basis. In the event that such a cancellation is made through special consideration, NJA will refund the camp fee, less a $25 processing fee, for each camp session.

Please note that NJA does not refund membership fees or donations made in association with the original booking.

School and Youth Environmental Education Programs

Bring your students to our Sanctuary for a hands-on outdoor program.

Sensing the Seasons
Pre-K thru K 90 minutes

Students will use their senses to explore the natural habitats of the Sanctuary. After reviewing our 5 senses, we will go on an exploratory walk and look, touch, smell, and listen to nature all around us.

Sensing the Seasons
Pre-K thru K 90 minutes

Students will use their senses to explore the natural habitats of the Sanctuary. After reviewing our 5 senses, we will go on an exploratory walk and look, touch, smell, and listen to nature all around us.

School and Youth Environmental Education Programs

Bring your students to our Sanctuary for a hands-on outdoor program.

Sensing the Seasons
Pre-K thru K 90 minutes

Students will use their senses to explore the natural habitats of the Sanctuary. After reviewing our 5 senses, we will go on an exploratory walk and look, touch, smell, and listen to nature all around us.

Sensing the Seasons
Pre-K thru K 90 minutes

Students will use their senses to explore the natural habitats of the Sanctuary. After reviewing our 5 senses, we will go on an exploratory walk and look, touch, smell, and listen to nature all around us.

Native Plant Sale June 2 from 9am to 4pm

Turn your backyard into a haven for wildlife. We have a wonderful selection of native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees. These plants have been selected especially for appeal to wildlife. Attract birds, butterflies and beneficial native pollinators to your garden. We’ll have knowledgeable staff and volunteers available on the day of the sale to help you with your plant selections.

Download our full 2018 Plant Sale Catalog

Staff & Personnel

Mike Anderson
Sanctuary Director

Susan Garretson Friedman
Nature Store Manager

Adam Greenbaum
Maintenance/Property Worker

Tim Lynch
Nature Store Associate

Stephanie Punnett
Program Director

Michael Skagerlind
Administrative Assistant

Dorothy Smullen
Teacher Naturalist

Regulations

  • No litter
  • No picnicking, fires, or camping
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No pets
  • No vehicles, bicycles, skateboards or horses on the trails
  • No hunting, trapping, or woodcutting
  • Fishing by special license only

Contact Us

11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

908-396-7409
shws@njaudubon.org