148D) The Herrontown Woods Experience: Hiking and Exploration (All 3 Classes)

Section A: Princeton Ridge Geology and Magnetic Rocks
Sat., 10:00 am–12:00 pm, March 2, 1 session                           

Hydrogeologist Jon Johnson discovered magnetic rocks in Herrontown Woods and tracked them back to the mother lode. We will retrace his journey, learning about the Princeton ridge's surprising geology and ecology along the way.

Section B: Woods Signs of Early Princeton Along the Ridge: Quarries, Smallholder Farms, Timber Harvest 
Sat., 10:00 am–12:00 pm March 9, 1 session
The mix of nature and culture at Herrontown Woods provides a window into the past. Hidden in what today is a forest are clues to a time, a century ago, when Princeton's ridge was a patchwork of small farms, woodlots and quarries. Participants will learn to recognize these clues, and the history behind them.

Section C: Salamanders and Frogs in Herrontown               
Sat., 10:00 am–12:00 pm, March 16, 1 session

Herrontown Woods is a center of amphibian life along the Princeton ridge. We'll visit some of the vernal pools where frogs and salamanders gather in the spring to lay their eggs, and learn about their varied life cycles.

NOTE: There is some hiking on trails so please wear appropriate footwear to each class. Please meet at the main parking lot for Herrontown Woods, 600 Snowden Lane, across from the Snowden Lane entrance to Smoyer Park.