GOAL of Lawrence Center (LNC in Mercer County, NJ): To increase the community's knowledge and appreciation of NATURE, so that it will be enjoyed and preserved for future generations. This is accomplished through public education and demonstration of sound evidence-based practices. VOLUNTEERS: Under the direction of the Friends of LNC Officers, FLNC Board of Trustees, and Lawrence Township (NJ) Superintendent of Recreation - - -Volunteers helped develop the Lawrence Nature Center since its inception in 2003. Township officials purchased the former Rinck family home and land. LNC (NJ) officially opened its outside garage classroom on April 25, 2004, at Earth Day ceremony. By 2008, Lawrence Township and community volunteers had restored a three-bedroom bungalow into an open meeting center and nature center. It is complete with a great room for lectures, movies, and meetings; a mud room/ specimen room; storage closet and coat closet; library; naturalist/ education office; kitchen, and two handicap restrooms with an outdoor handicap ramp. LNC (NJ) land + Drexel Woods total 45 acres of family-friendly trails that were cleaned up, marked, and mulched. As of 2012, large parts of the trails have brand-new boardwalks, bridges over wetlands, and resting benches along the trails.
Lawrence Nature Center (NJ) is an "APPROVED SCHOOL TRIP SITE." We have a wonderful volunteer naturalist, supportive board of trustees & education committee; an additional onsite outdoor classroom, chimney swift tower, butterfly garden, mulching area, bee hives, rain barrel + rain garden, native plant garden, meadowland, assorted bird feeders and bird houses, American Kessel box, bat boxes, and wood duck box. Trees surrounding LNC are labeled with genus and species names to educate the public. Drexel Woods and Shabakunk Creek are great for more nature observations. Come visit us in central New Jersey! Email us for a tour inside the building. Grounds may be visited any day until dark. CONTACT US .
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