On this special nature walk for Untapped Cities Insiders led by Mandy Edgecombe, the co-Vice President of The Friends of Liberty State Park, Insiders will travel through some of the 235.9 acres of uplands, wetlands, and beach that make up Caven Point at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, the largest and one of the last remaining salt marshes in New York Harbor. Sam Pesin, the President of Liberty State Park, will give remarks on why this area is so important. Insiders will learn about the history of the park (along with some cool secrets), and about the environmental history and state of the harbor today. As a trained naturalist, your guide will also talk about the ecology of Caven Point and identify the flora and fauna you see along the way, with help from Pat and Mike Hilliard of the Bayonne Nature Club and Hudson County Sierra Club. As you walk through this unique landscape, you will notice at times that the reed grasses and taller upland shrubs block out the entire city, you will be greeted by Lady Liberty waving her torch, and you will see shells of myriads of creatures including oysters, clams, and moon snails on the dunes as well as little islands where ducks, snowy egrets, blue crowned night heron and black skimmers hunt during the summer.
The area was originally called “Kewan’s Point” by Dutch settlers. In the 1970’s, before the land was acquired by the State of New Jersey for what was then just called Liberty Park and only consisted of 35 acres further north, you would see hundreds of people fishing for striped bass or flounder, crabbing for blue claw crab, and picnicking on the beach. The water was not as clean then as it is now, but Caven Point was a welcome respite to Jersey City inhabitants who might not have afforded a tank of gas out of the city on the weekend. The abundance of wildlife seen today is the indication that waters are cleaner then in previous decades.
This tour is lead on behalf of the Friends of Liberty State Park, a non-profit that works to protect, restore, and serve Liberty State Park to keep it free and green for the public for many years to come. They have just recently saved Caven Point from development! There are many ways to get involved and volunteer or enjoy programs they offer. To see what they are up to click here.
DATE: Sunday, December 2nd 1:00PM–3:00PM
PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!
CAPACITY: 30 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.
WHAT TO KNOW: This tour is similar to a hike and requires sturdy shoes that are preferably waterproof. Dress warm! The harbor can get very windy. Terrain: We will be on a natural trail, raised walkway, then on the beach. Bring binoculars if you have them for bird sightings!
REGISTRATION: Monday, November 19th at 12PM EST
HOW TO BOOK:
If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 11/19 at 12 PM EST.
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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member.
Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!