FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Would you like to take a nature walk and see unique species of plants and animals right here in town?  

Then the township's open space program has what you are looking for. For the 13th consecutive year, it will be providing the community with free guided nature walks on the township's open space parcels. 

Local residents and avid birders, Chris and Paula Williams will be leading a walk this Friday, 7 p.m. Walkers will meet at 260 Skillmans Lane parking lot. Children are welcome to attend the walk, along an easily navigated terrain.

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Franklin Township is one of the most densely populated towns in New Jersey, yet it has over 9,000 acres of preserved land. This land provides beautiful and tranquil space for the community to enjoy.  

"The American Woodcock, a long-billed woodland bird probes in soft wet soil of wetlands and eats its weight in worms each day," according to a release from the township. "Woodcock return to Franklin Township in late winter or early spring to mate and nest. Males of the species begin calling and performing an aerial courtship-display-flight when the afternoon shadows are almost gone. We’ll hear more than we see. After the woodcock finish we may look for Spring Peepers."

Binoculars, waterproof footwear, and appropriate attire for current weather conditions are encouraged. The walk will be approximately 45-60 minutes in length.

For detailed directions to the parks, information, and updates please visit www.Franklintwpnj.org/openspace We ask that you kindly RSVP. Questions? Contact Fran Varacalli at franklintrails@twp.franklin.nj.us or 732.873.2500 x6279.

The walks will continue through the spring and summer months. TAPinto Franklin Township will update the community on future walks in our health and wellness section. 

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