HELMETTA, NJ - The Spotswood Recreation Department is hosting a unique fall experience on Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m. Writer Jim Peck is leading a walking tour of the Spotswood Outlier in Helmetta. The Spotswood Outlier, located behind the former Helme Snuff Mill, is actually considered part of the Garden State's Pine Barrens. Peck will discuss the area's flora and fauna, Cohansey aquifer, history, soil, cranberry bogs, blueberries, impact of fire, cedar bogs and more.

For 14 years, Peck traveled extensively through New Jersey and the Pine Barrens while writing his Trail Mix column. The column appeared in the Home News Tribune as well as other publications for more than a decade. Peck is an amateur naturalist. During his career, he has worked as the Education Director of the American Littoral Society and as the Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills. 

The cost of the informative walk is $10 per person and is limited to the first 15 people to register online. Registration is open to residents and non-residents. The 90-minute walk will be help rain or shine, but will be rescheduled to November 2 in the case of extreme weather. Participants should not arrive later than 10 a.m. and should dress appropriately for hiking. Hikers will meet at the corner of John Street and John Place. The address of 41 John Street, Helmetta is the suggested location when using a GPS. Participants should bring water and a lunch.

Registration can be completed online at the Spotswood Recreation Department's website.