Come join the Jackson Pathfinders, ANJEC, Jackson Environmental Commission and the local community at a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new Digital Nature Trail and Informational Kiosk on Sunday May 21 at 2PM at the main entrance of Purple Heart Trail. Refreshments will be served.
Also, here is a link to a recent Tri-Town News article about the Pathfinders and the new nature trail.
There are many opportunities to assist individually or as a group such as with the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Some ideas follow.
Get Involved by Participating
You or your organization can participate in any of our activities.
Join any of our trail work days throughout the year
Sign up for our “Adopt a Trail” or “Keep It Nice” programs
Approach the Pathfinders with a scouting project such as Eagle Scout project or to simply take your den or pack on a hike and bring some bags to do some cleanup. Or the younger scouts can play “stick in the mud” where they can gather and throw sticks in the mud to help soak up water on some of the wetter trails.
Join us in our hiking or other group activities
Become an Active Member
We have a lot of committees (see About the Pathfinders for a complete list) where you can volunteer to be elected as a formal member of Pathfinders. Use your skills and/or learn some new ones.
The Jackson Pathfinders in cooperation with the Jackson Environmental Commission have been awarded an Open Space Stewardship Funding grant from Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) in the amount of $1300 for an environmental awareness project at the Purple Heart trail.
The project includes constructing an informational kiosk at a midway point along the Purple Heart trail and a self-guided digital nature walk (interpretive trail) having numerous informational signs along the way to educate the public on local natural resources. In addition to the informational signs themselves, there will be QR codes that you can scan using your mobile device to immediately obtain more details online for the given subject. Links are expected to be hosted on the Pathfinders website.
The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2017. As always we welcome any volunteers to assist with the project. As an example, Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Brick is graciously constructing the kiosk off-site for us.
The Jackson Township offers several parks for athletic activities and recreation. It has 5 athletic fields, several playgrounds, and quiet areas for hiking, riding and biking. Except for Patriot’s Park at Bowman Road which is an Ocean County Parks and Recreation facility, all these parks are maintained by the Township’s Recreation Department.
Parks open at regular hours except when there are programs being held by the Township’s Recreation Department.
For more information, please contact Park, Playground and Athletic Field Maintenance at (732) 928-1200.
Athletic Fields(open 6 am – 9 pm)
John F. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Park
Cooks Bridge Road and Manhattan Street
soccer, baseball, tennis, fitness trail, picnic area with grills, playground
soccer, softball, basketball, playground
New Prospect Road
baseball, basketball, sand volleyball
Woodlane and Forest Drives
Jackson Township Justice Complex
West Veteran’s Highway
soccer, baseball, playground (The Jackson Jungle)
Neighborhood Parks (open 9 am – 6 pm; 9 am – 8 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Flair Ridge Park
softball, basketball, playground
Other Parks for Recreation (open 6 am – 9 pm)
Gil Putnam Memorial Park
West Veterans Highway (Route 528)
basketball, playground, picnic
Lake Enno Recreation Facility
fishing, boating, nature trail, picnic area with grills
Ten miles of pure white sand beach attracts swimmers, sunbathers, anglers and surfers. Modern bathhouses, beach access ramps, a mile of beach with lifeguards, historic buildings, trails, naturalist programs, bike paths, wild foxes and facilities for people with disabilities combine to make Island Beach a popular place.
The state’s largest osprey colony, as well as peregrine falcons, wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl and migrating songbirds, are found here. Island Beach is nationally known as a unique resource with over 300 plants identified, including the largest expanses of beach heather in New Jersey.
Allaire State Park consists of 3,035 acres located in Monmouth County. 25 miles of multi-use trails in Monmouth County: 21.5 miles are suitable for day hikes, 17 for mountain biking, 17 for horseback riding and five for canoeing. Info: (732) 938-2371. Within the park, there are facilities for picnicking and camping. The park has a nature center that is staffed by a naturalist in the summer.
Allaire Village, which is inside the park, is a 19th Century village listed on the NJ and National Registers of Historic Places. It is named after James P. Allaire, who owned Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830s. Located within the village are a museum and gift shop, a carpenter shop and working blacksmith, a general store, a bakery, a carriage house, a church and row houses
Located north of Jackson in Manalapan, the Monmouth Battlefield offers year-round activities. There are interpretive and visitor centers, as well as picnic tables, a playground, and food concessions. There are trails for horseback riding and hiking; winter sports include sledding and cross-country skiing.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 9AM-noon
The Pathfinders held a trail beautification day and hike at Purple Heart Trail.
We met at the main entrance off East Veterans Hwy, but then drove over to the Butterfly Road entrance as we wanted to focus on trimming around the East Cranberry Bog which needed some widening and brush cutting. We also cleaned some trash, but there are 2 areas that require further work to remove some heavier and stuck items. All-in-all it was great day. The sun was shining and and spring was finally in the air!