The Drew Forest Preserve is a significant island of natural woodland in a sea of suburban development. The Forest Preserve has several sections and includes the Zuck Arboretum and Hepburn Woods. At least 120 different bird species have been observed, including spring and fall migrants, nesting birds, and raptors. Both herons and human visitors are attracted by two ponds, ecosystems rich in amphibians, turtles, dragonflies, and more. The Drew Preserve has long been an important educational resource for college students, inner-city high school students, families, and visiting community groups. The forest is also used heavily for research on plant ecology, pond ecosystems, and wildlife by faculty, students, and other scientists. Thus restoring biodiversity to this forest has far-reaching educational and scientific benefits, alongside greater integrity, complexity and resilience.

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Nature Walk Request form

Visitors are welcome to tour Drew’s Forest Preserve. Guided nature walks are available on a very limited basis. Please complete the Nature Walk request form to request a guided nature walk for your group.

Completion of the below form does not secure or confirm a nature walk reservation. If the application is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter from the University.

Zuck Arboretum and Nature Walk Request
Nature tours are normally for 60 minutes. Allow at least 10 minutes to walk from the Tilghman parking lot.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the Rules and Regulations section carefully.

I, the undersigned, do hereby agree that I have read, understand, and agree to the rules and regulations stated on this application. The Undersigned hereby agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify Drew University, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and students from and against any and all claims and liability for losses or damage to property or injuries to persons, including claims, demands, judgments, costs, damages, expenses or similar liability (including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs of litigation) whatsoever occasioned in whole or in part by or resulting from the acts or omissions or willful misconduct of the undersigned, its entire party, guests, contractors, licensees and invitees arising out of or related to the activities of the scheduled nature walk, except to the extent that such personal injury or property damage is caused solely or in part by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of Drew University. The undersigned shall be responsible for any damage caused to Drew University's property as a result of their, contractors, licensees, invitees, and/or guests' activities conducted during nature walk and for any direct extraordinary grounds fees resulting from the use of the facilities.