360 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747
Spring Peeper Walk
Saturday, April 8 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Ages 8 and up (under 18 with adult) are invited to come out for an old-fashioned spring peeper nighttime walk as we explore the woods and wetlands of Freneau Woods to listen for spring peepers seeking out mates in the marsh. If we get lucky we may even spot a few of these tiny, but often heard frogs. Our naturalist-led walk will also introduce us to other secretive amphibians that call Freneau Woods home including wood frogs and salamanders. Plus we will look for skunk cabbage, one of the earliest and smelliest plants to bloom. Waterproof boots, flashlights and warm attire are strongly suggested. FREE!
Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 155-acre park is comprised mostly of woodland and protects critical wildlife habitat and bolsters water quality in the region. Both historically and environmentally significant, the park provides open space in a densely populated area of the county.
No restrooms or other facilities are open at this time. The park is open for self-directed, passive recreation at the Greenwood Road access in Marlboro. Formal trails will be established throughout the park in the future. The former St. Basil Monastery property is closed except for scheduled Park System programs. The Monastery buildings will eventually host recreation, art and environmental education programs.
The park is named after a poet of the American Revolution, Philip Morin Freneau, whose family once partly owned the property. Known for his inspirational poetry and influential political articles in support of the American Revolution, Freneau played an important role shaping the country’s history.
From the South, take the GS Parkway North to Exit 105. Follow Route 18 North for 15 miles to Exit 29. Stay left onto Tennant Rd. for 3 miles. Then turn left onto Greenwood Rd. for 1 mile. Turn right onto Ticetown Rd/Wilson Ave. and follow for about 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Monastery Lane and follow to the end for parking lot.
From the North, take GS Parkway South to Exit 120 Matawan/Laurence Harbor. Stay right onto Middlesex/Morristown Rd. for about 0.5 miles. At second light, turn right onto Ravine Rd. Follow short distance, then bear right to stay on Middlesex Rd. for 0.7 miles. At intersection turn left at light onto Rt. 34 south for 0.7 miles. Then turn right at light onto Main St/Rt. 79 South. Follow Main St. which turns into Freneau Ave. for about 0.7 miles. Then, turn right at light onto Wilson Ave. and follow for another 0.7 miles and turn right onto Monastery Lane. For the Visitor Center, the parking lot is on the right. For the Activity Center, the parking lot is on the left.
From Route Rt. 34, north or south, head towards Matawan. Turn west onto Mill Rd. (across from Bowtie Movie theater ), and follow for about 0.4 miles. Turn right at light onto Freneau Rd. for about 200 ft., then turn left at light onto Wilson Ave. Follow for 1 mile, then turn right onto Monastery Lane. For the Visitor Center, the parking lot is on the right. For the Activity Center, the parking lot is on the left.