2018 Field Trip

SUNDAY APRIL 8 – Field Trip

PDF version: MAESA 2018 Field Trip Itinerary

Please note: pre-registration is required because space is limited.

Both Liberty State Park (LSP) and the Meadowlands offer a chance to explore the ecology unique to each site and learn about how the natural and anthropogenic history shaped the environment we see today. These places were selected not only because of their uniqueness but because of the wide range of research that has been conducted over the years at both parks. At LSP, we will explore the interior of the park and learn about the current research projects as well as the ecology of a brownfield. At the Meadowlands, we will have the opportunity to explore a heavily impacted tidal marsh. Both locations have views of the New York City skyline and will have opportunities for birding for those interested.

Logistical Notes
The field trip will occur rain or shine (or snow?) and we will be walking around outside. Some parts of Liberty State Park may be muddy and the site’s interior does have a substantial tick population during the warmer months, so please dress accordingly.

We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles. Restroom facilities and water fountains are available at both parks.

For lunch, you may pack your own or purchase food when we stop at a Wawa convenience store in Harrison. We will eat lunch at DeKorte park either picnic style or in the vans if it is raining.

Itinerary
8:30 am Attendees riding in a Rutgers van should meet at Paul Robeson Campus Center entrance at 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (parking for personal vehicles available in Washington Deck #2, 166 Washington St, Newark)

9:00 am Depart campus

9:30 am Arrive at Liberty State Park, park at the Liberty State Park Interpretive Center Parking Lot, Freedom Way, Jersey City (GPS coordinates: 40.699530, -74.054018)

Attendees driving themselves should meet us here.

11:30 pm Leave Liberty State Park

12:00 pm Stop to purchase lunch at Wawa Convenience Store (200 Harrison Ave, Kearny, NJ)

1:00 pm Arrive at DeKorte Park (1 DeKorte Park, Kearny, NJ)

2:30 pm Depart DeKorte Park

3:00 pm Return to campus (350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark)