Natural Area Care
The Open Space story in Moorestown began with its Preservations and continues with its care. Keeping open spaces healthy requires ongoing attention. STEM’s Natural Area Care (NAC) Committee, has taken on this stewardship challenge for a number of Moorestown’s Open Spaces in each of the four Township watersheds.
NAC stewardship projects planned for 2020 are listed on this page. These projects provide the opportunity for volunteers to help the community by caring for Moorestown’s preserved areas while exploring each site’s trails and waterways.
Volunteers tackle jobs such as trail blazing and maintenance, invasive plant control, stream clean – up, planting, and litter collection. Projects are scheduled to accommodate a group’s availability. Flexible days/times allow for the best use of volunteer time.
Families are most welcome. Younger children enjoy scouring the trails for bottles, cans and other trash. Participants should wear protective clothing and gloves to guard against poison ivy and thorns.
Those looking to schedule a stewardship project should contact one of the NAC chairpersons below. All contributions of time and energy are appreciated!
Natural Area Care Committee:
856 904-8231 or
856 495-4642 or
What We Do:
VISIT the natural areas annually to monitor their trails, vegetation, and waterways.
DEVELOP an action plan for the maintenance of each site determined by its needs.
COORDINATE with schools, groups, and businesses looking to volunteer and earn community service credits.
SCHEDULE seasonal stewardship projects to accommodate volunteer groups' availability.
EDUCATE organizations about the habitat needs of each open space; knowledgeable site leaders direct activities and stewardship projects.
CREATE public awareness and enjoyment of Moorestown's unique natural areas.
How You Can Help:
ASSIST with monthly opportunities for natural area care of preserved open space.
COORDINATE with your school, scout group, church, or business.
VOLUNTEER for one of the seasonal stewardship projects.
EARN community service credits and citizen action hours for helping the local environment.
LEARN about the open spaces in your neighborhood that offer well-maintained hiking trails for recreation and outdoor exercise.
Natural Area Care Schedule:
South Valley Woods
Volunteer Session: Friday, September 11; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Site Location: Oldershaw Avenue @ South Valley Elementary School [More Info]
Red-headed Woodpeckers and other vulnerable species use the habitat at South Valley Woods, which expends from Route 38 to Oldershaw Avenue, behind South Valley School. Its 100-acre woodland features trails, streams, and wetlands throughout.
Esther Yanai Preserve
Volunteer Session: Saturday, September 26; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Site Location: Garwood Road Past Albury Court; parking on site [More Info]
Largely wooded, the preserve offers wildlife habitat, wetlands, and natural trails along the Swede Run floodplain. A loop trail leads to beech woods in the rear of the 35.6 acres.
The Barbara Rich Preserve at Little Woods
Volunteer Session: Friday, October 16; 1 to 4 p.m.
Site Location: Creek Road, across from Laurel Creek [More Info]
Fronting on the Rancocas Creek, this 11-acre mature beech upland woods offers hikers scenic water views. The main trail loops to the creek where its not unusual to catch a glimpse of local Bald Eagles foraging for food along the Rancocas.