SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Springfield Environmental Commission invites the community to the 2018 Houdaille Quarry Walk, which will take place from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. on November 18, 2018.
“This is a once a year event. There is no public access to the Quarry except on this day," said Alyson Miller, Chair of the event. "We get to visit a completely natural, unspoiled area that is home to turkeys, raccoons, deer, foxes, coyotes and birds. At the bottom on the Quarry there is a pond and a tunnel under Route 78.”
The Houdaille Quarry was originally a vast lava flow from an ancient volcano. In more recent times, it was a site used for mining gravel and rocks used for road building. The Union County leaf composting facility is now located on part of the site and it is also the home of the Union County Model Airplane Club which builds and flies model airplanes.
The annual Quarry Walk is a guided 90-minute tour of the area. Appropriate clothing, including long sleeves, long pants and sturdy walking shoes, is necessary. This is a vigorous walk that is not for young children or anyone who is physically challenged. No strollers or dogs are permitted. The walk leaves promptly at 1 p.m. (late comers will not be accommodated) so plan to arrive at the Quarry early - it is located on Mountview Road off Shunpike in Springfield. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. for onsite parking and registration. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and there is no rain date this year.
For more information, visit the Springfield Environmental Commission’s Facebook page or the Town of Springfield Website: www.springfield-nj.us
The Springfield Environmental Commission works with the Township of Springfield and its citizens to educate and advocate for positive changes to our environment and plays a significant role in municipal master planning, land use ordinance development and site plan reviews. The Commission sponsors several annual events including the Houdaille Quarry Walk, Clean Community Day and an Arbor Day Tree Giveaway.