Get Outdoors – Experiencing and Appreciating Princeton’s Natural Wonders

ISSUE #4 – June 15, 2020

Editor’s Note

To say the past few months have been trying is putting things lightly. There is so much for us to consider right now, about ourselves, about others, about our towns and our society.

The re-entry into a world that is covered by clouds of both COVID-19 and racism gives us all a lot to think about and decisions to act on. There are important matters at hand that must get our attention, yet sometimes we can have the most clarity when we step away.  Read more…

  • Rules of the Outdoors by Lisa Jacknow - The sounds of the jackhammer cutting up nearby driveway pavement. The temptations of the newly filled inflatable pool in your neighbor’s unfenced backyard. The sight of embers burning from an evening campfire.… Read more...
  • See, Hear and Touch: Communing with Nature by Jeff Hoagland - I take time to listen to the sunset. Sitting next to quivering cattails, at the edge of the marsh at the Watershed Reserve, I listen to a shifting symphony. An occasional green… Read more...
  • Tracks and Trails – The Hidden Gems All Around Us by Lisa Jacknow - After being cooped up at home for several months, people are yearning to get outside. The warmer weather is allowing lovers of nature to get back to their happy place. For those… Read more...
  • Creative Creations: Artistry in the Forest by Susan Hoenig - For many years, I have walked the trails of the Bunker Hill Environmental Center at Graeber Woods Preserve in Franklin Township, New Jersey observing wildlife. I envisioned how an art project could… Read more...

The Pulse of Princeton: What are your favorite local outdoor sites?

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Perspectives Revisited

In Issue #2 One Person, One Family, One Town – Our Roles in Sustainability we shared in the article To Go Reusable or Use Plastic Bags? That is Again the Question that the NJ State Senate had approved a state-wide ban on single-use plastic and paper bags last March. While the COVID pandemic questioned the safety of reusable bags by many, the environmental issue has now moved forward. Earlier this month, Governor Phil Murphy signed it into law. If you’re concerned with the pandemic or not already accustomed to carrying bags with you, there’s a little time to adjust. The ban on single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as disposable polystyrene foam food containers and cups begins May 2022.

In Issue #5 When the Dust Settles – How a Community Turns Awareness into Action, a lot of desires were discussed with regards to advancing racial literacy and social justice in the article Schools in Princeton: Their Roles in Combatting Racism. Since then, John Witherspoon Middle School was temporarily renamed Princeton Unified Middle School (with a new name expected by June 2021) and at that school, a new course in racial literacy has been offered for each of the three grades. Additionally, Princeton Public Schools have engaged staff in more equity and antiracist training and added a Racial Literacy Project for grades PreK-1 (with plans to extend it through 5th Grade).