Join Us for an Amphibian Adventure on April 3

Turtle on Clark property

An Eastern Box Turtle at Clark Preserve

Take a walk on the wild side when the Hunterdon Land Trust hosts an amphibian event at the Idell Preserve in Kingwood on Thursday, April 3 at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Participants will likely see salamanders, American bullfrogs, spring peepers, turtles, birds, owls and some emerging plants.

Tom Thorsen, land steward at the Hunterdon Land Trust, will lead the walk with Dr. Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildflower Farm. He said early evening is the perfect time to meet the amphibians.

“Many amphibians are either crepuscular – which means they come out at dawn and dust – or nocturnal,” Thorsen said. “Hopefully we’ll catch them when they’re migrating from the vernal pools and to their upland habitat.”

Thorsen advises participants to wear waterproof footwear, bring a flashlight and not to bring pets. Visitors should park at the kiosk near 32 Barbertown-Idell Road.

Rain date is Thursday, April 10.

The Land Trust recently preserved additional acreage at the now 57-acre Idell Preserve. The additional land allowed for easier access onto the property.

“The first time I saw the property I thought it would be great for an amphibian event,” Thorsen said. “I’ve seen turkeys out there and all kinds of habitat, amphibian eggs, Eastern box turtles and more. There’s great birding, and the first time I visited I could hear spring peepers, and it was barely April. So, it’s really alive out there.”

For more information, contact the Hunterdon Land Trust at 908-237-4582 or email

Our Next Farmers’ Market is Sunday, April 27

The next Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market will be held Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historic Dvoor Farm on the Route 12 circle.

Farmers scheduled to appear at the market and their products are:

Apple Ridge Farm — artisan breads and hearty pastries.
Comeback Farm — organic vegetables.
Fulper Farms — cheese and yogurt.
Griggstown Farm — poultry and poultry products.
Headquarters Farm — lamb, lamb products and sheep skin.
Milford Farm — beef.
Purely Farm — pastured pork and turkey.
Sandbrook Meadow Farm — organic vegetables.
Tassot Apiaries — honey and honey products.
The Coffee Scoop — locally roasted coffee beans and fresh coffee.
Toadshade Wildflower Farm — native plants, teas and nuts.
Villa Milagro Vineyards — wine.
WoodsEdge Wools Farm — alpaca products, yak and aged beef.

Our regular Farmers’ Market opens Sunday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


2014 Schedule of Events



Date Event Location
DEC. 2-3, Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. Trail Maintenance Project Zega Lockatong Preserve
DECEMBER 15, Sunday 11 am-1 pm Winter Farmers’ Market Historic Dvoor Farm
JANUARY 11, Saturday 10 a.m. Hike the extended Zega-Lockatong trail. Park in lot in front of Bulls Island on Rt. 29.
JANUARY 18, Saturday 10 a.m. Hike along the Frenchtown Preserve Park  at DesignPlan building south of Frenchtown on Rt. 29.
JANUARY 19, Sunday 11am–1pm Winter Farmers’ Market Historic Dvoor Farm
FEBRUARY 16, Sunday 11am–1pm Winter Farmers’ Market Historic Dvoor Farm
MARCH 16, Sunday 11am–1pm Winter Farmers’ Market Historic Dvoor Farm
APRIL 3, Thursday, Time: 6:15 p.m. Amphibian Walk Idell Preserve, Barbertown-Idell Road, Kingwood
APRIL 27, Sunday, 11 am-1pm Farmers’ Market Historic Dvoor Farm
JUNE 28, Saturday 9 a.m. Treasure Hunterdon Starts at Historic Dvoor Farm

*The Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday, 9am–1pm, May 20–November 24, rain or shine. See the Farmers’ Market page for a list of vendors.

Click here to view our: Farmers’ Market Schedule

Dvoor Farm (111 Mine Street, Flemington): Headquarters of the Hunterdon Land Trust! Read more