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The Dunham Trail, named in honor of Dr. Ann Dunham, follows along the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook between Grove Street and Spring Avenue.
About the Ridgewood Wildscape Association
The Ridgewood Wildscape Association was formed in 1976 as a living memorial to Dr. Ann Dunham, who was a Ridgewood resident for 60 years and a nature consultant for the public schools.
The purposes of the Association are:1. to promote, in cooperation with the Village of Ridgewood and the Board of Education, the preservation and maintenance of undeveloped Village-owned land;
2. to provide nature education services and enjoyment for all Village residents and friends;
3. to act as guardians of the undeveloped areas in the Village by encouraging residents to use the "wild" areas for birding, picnics and walks, and to experience the varied flora and fauna in each area in order to understand the value of open space.
News and Events
See details here on October 9th!
Spring, 2012 - The RWA brochure includes photographs, descriptions and maps of each of its wildscape areas.
Free copies of the brochure are available at these locations:Lester Stable, Village Hall or by contacting us.
Please click on the link below to visit the Archives.
The Ridgewood Wildscape Associationreleases descriptive brochure
SUNDAY, OCT. 8
1 - 3 PM
COMING SOON - WALKTOBER!
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 8, 2017 1 - 3 PM.
Members - this year we are taking a look at wonderful Grove Park, which is featured on our webpage.
Grove Park is a perfect example of the benefit of protecting our green spaces from development. Many years ago, there was a proposal to build almost 100 homes on the 32 acre site. Public interest groups proved that paving over this forest with impervious cover (sidewalks, roadways, driveways) would result in flooding, as it abuts the Saddle River. In addition, a new elementary school would have to be built in the area to house the extra students because the existing school was at capacity. For both reasons, our town applied for Green Acres funding to preserve Grove Park in perpetuity.
Right now Grove Park is littered with broken branches and downed trees as a result of several storms during the past two years which have taken their toll. We will be cleaning up trash, which has accumulated in several areas. All youngsters are welcome as we will not be going into the water.
Please wear long pants - pant legs tucked into your socks, long-sleeve shirts and caps. And, do spray yourself with bug repellent - we are always on the lookout for ticks!
All gloves, rakes, bags, etc., are generously provided by the Village of Ridgewood.
LOCATION: GROVE STREET TO BERKSHIRE. PARK ON BERKSHIRE AND WALK TO PARK ENTRANCE ON GROVE.
SEE WEBSITE UNDER: PARK LOCATIONS FOR MORE DETAIL.
Become a member of the RWAand help support its efforts ...
To join, please send a $5.00 annual family membership fee to:
139 Liberty Street
Ridgewood, N. J. 07450