Environmental Commission Speaker Series

Walk and Talk about Trees
When: Wednesday June 28, 2023 - 2 pm
Location: Riegel Ridge Holland Township Park - Holland Trail

Meet at the Holland Township Park sign.  You can park at the parking lot to the left of the Riegel Ridge Community Center or continue at the Y in the road past the Holland Township Park sign.  There is additional parking on the left past the sign.

Debra Reed, Hunterdon County Park Naturalist

Summer is almost here, and we are pleased to present a guided “Walk and Talk” to enjoy nature as you identify trees in our lovely Holland Park Trail. Join Debra Reed for a stroll around the trail to explore the season. This summer’s tree walk will take you along the wooded perimeter trail, noting the shapes, smells, and textures of the native species found in Hunterdon County. In addition to sharing her knowledge and love of the trees, she will also talk about the invasive flora and insects that are affecting the health of our forests and fields. We will also have David Harrison, our tree expert from the Holland Environmental Commission,joining the walk. He will have brochures of our local trees as he points out those identified with its name and a QR code to find out further information from our Website.  This is an easy 1.25 mile loop trail on grassy terrain with benches along the Way.  See www.hollandtownsip.gov/envronmentalresources for further trail information.

Presented by: Debra Reed, Hunterdon County Park Naturalist.

I'm Debra, a naturalist, fueled by curiosity, discovery, and a passion for the natural world. It is that passion of the natural environment that I share with our local community. I started my love of the outdoors when I was four years old, camping in the wilds of New Jersey. A local resident of Raritan township, I spent my childhood hiking the South Branch River and enjoying the pond at Echo Hill.

I joined the Hunterdon County Parks Division full-time as a Park Naturalist in 2018, after being the Seasonal Park Naturalist in 2017. As a previous teacher and master ecologist, I relish educating others and sharing about the environment. I run the nature club and am involved with our Summer Nature Program. I have created several new programs at the Parks, including Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing), an indoor insect program, Dragonflies, and a family-based nature club. I also volunteer in the community as a scout leader and ski patroller.


 2023 Speaker Schedule

Date Program Presenter Place / Room
Jan. 19, 2023 - 7pm Hiking the Highlands Trail NJ-NY Trail Conference - Zac Cole Holland Municipal Building / Meeting Room
April 26, 2023 - 7pm Musconetcong Wild and Scenic Musconetcong Watershed Association - Alan Hunt Riegel Ridge CC / Library
June 28, 2023 - 2pm Walk and Talk about Trees Hunterdon County Naturalist - Debra Reed Riegel Ridge Holland Park / Holland Trail
July 19, 2023 - 7pm Coexisting with Coyotes Hunterdon County Naturalist - Debra Reed Riegel Ridge CC / Library
Sept. 27, 2023 - 7pm Create a Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard Rutgers Wildlife Habitat - Kathleen Kerwin Holland Municipal Building / Meeting Room


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