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

  • 21 Apr 2018

    Nature Infused Yoga Winter/Spring Series

    Yoga is a great way to relax, connect with yourself, and increase flexibility and strength.  Explore the connections between yoga…
  • 21 Apr 2018

    Edible Wild Plants

    Led by Dorothy Smullen, Teacher/naturalist Now is the time to review what wild plants you can eat from your own…
  • 27 Apr 2018

    Croaks, Trills, and Splashes!

    Led by Stephanie Punnett, Program Director Come for a night adventure to the world of amphibians!  We’ll start with a…

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 .

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.

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