EDISON, NJ -- Nearly three dozen Middle School students and parents from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in the first Middle School Service Learning Day of the new school year.

The W+H team worked on a trail maintenance project at Ashbrook Reservation by collecting large tree limbs and branches which will be trimmed for use in creating boardwalk areas to enable hikers to traverse the swampy areas of this local preserve.

The students and parents also learned a great deal about the reservation's ecosystem, native and invasive species, and some interesting history of the area from an experienced guide and instructor, Marc Grobman of the Union County Park System.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.