The Ecological Preserve is an existing virgin forest currently used for ecological research. The proposed design aims to create an opportunity for the public to experience the forest without disturbing the existing research or degrading the environment through limited, controlled access.
A perimeter meadow and trail will be developed to create a natural edge that will encourage habitat formation and enable guests to view and experience the forest from the edge. Viewing platforms and a raised boardwalk that meanders through the Ecological Preserve offer opportunities for low impact guided tours and University classes to experience this truly unique environment. These programs will assist in the mission of outreach and education and raise the profile of University research in the Newark community.