Lawrence Nature Center

This 45-acre township-owned property offers a stream, forest, meadow, network of trails and a community nature center.

The Nature Center is located at  481 Drexel Avenue, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648.

TUESDAY NIGHT is FAMILY NIGHT at the Lawrence Nature Center (LNC), 2021

Summer 2021.   Fun and Educational for All Ages.   Programs last between 30 and 40 Minutes.   Rain or shine, but, in the event of heavy rain or dangerous storm, the event is cancelled.  

Tuesday June 29, 7 PM.  CICADAS, Pollinators, and other Bugs of Early Summer.   Group presentation.

Tuesday July 6, 7 PM  EIGHT SPECIAL GARDENS at the Lawrence Nature Center.  Participants will learn about the Butterfly Garden, the Straw Bale Garden, the Rain Garden, the Native Plant and Fern Garden, the Pinetum, the Rinck’s shade tree garden, the Bamboo Grove.  Plus, the Big Meadow is a kind of garden.  Gardeners Nick Bosted, Hakim Hachicha, & Dave Bosted will guide the tour.  Wear comfy walking shoes.  

Tuesday July 13, 7 PM.  Trail Walk to enjoy the RED, WHITE, BLUE & YELLOW TRAILS.  This includes the longest section of Boardwalk in the Woods at the Lawrence Nature Center.  An additional section of trail, the GREEN TRAIL, is optional at the end of the walk.   Suitable for all ages.  Wear comfy walking shoes.  Long pants are best.  Walking time:   about 35 minutes.   Your trail guide – either Nick Bosted, Hakim Hachicha, or Dave Bosted -- will note some points of interest along the trail route.

Tuesday July 20, 7 PM VARIEGATED PLANTS.   Dave Bosted and friends will talk about plants that are not just green, but have special coloration – or lack of color – in their leaves.  Participants will learn some interesting words that gardeners use, including VARIEGATED.    Many variegated plants will be on display.

Tuesday July 27, 7 PM.   Do Rocks Fall from the Sky?   Until the late 18th century, philosophers said NO, because There are No Rocks in the Sky.   Late July and early August are the best time of year to observe these extraterrestrials.  The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of August 11/12.  Are there different types of meteors and meteorites?  Find out at LNC.  An actual meteorite will be on display at LNC during this talk.  

Tuesday August 3, 7 PM.   “I Like Lichen” by Dennis Waters.  Lichens are amazing composite entities that have properties different from those of their component organisms.  Lichens come in many colors, sizes, and forms and are sometimes plant-like, but lichens are not plants.  Walk and Talk, wear comfy shoes.

Tuesday August 10,  7 PM.   Melissa Roe-Torres, Kids Activities.  Compost, Seeds & More.

Tuesday August 24, 7 PM   How Did Our Town figure in the Victory at Yorktown?  Yorktown was the Battle that Won the REVOLUTIONARY WAR for INDEPENDENCE.   On the way to Yorktown, both the French Army and the Continental American Army came through our town.  The Rear Guard unit of the Continental Army camped at the farm that is now occupied in part by the Lawrence Nature Center.  On Saturday August 28th, 2021, there will be a major Program at the 1719 William Trent House in Trenton explaining the events of late August, 1781.   Get a preview of this August 28th event at the Lawrence Nature Center.

Tuesday August 31, 2021.   Story-telling.

Presented by Lawrence Township Environment Education Foundation (LTEEF) 

For more information about the Lawrence Nature Center,  please contact the Lawrence Township Recreation Department at 609-844-7067.


  • Site Map and Information
    See the Brochure for a map of the Nature Center and Drexel Woods including trails.
  • Programs for all Ages
    Check for upcoming events!
  • Download the Nature Coloring Book for a fulfilled activity to enjoy nature and wildlife.
  • Where to Hike in Lawrence
    Use the guide to find local hiking trails.