Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

170 Longview Road, Chester, New Jersey 07931

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center At A Glance...

About Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center was known originally as "Merchiston Farm," the home of William and Martha Brookes Hutcheson from 1911 to 1959. The Center's 100 acres include fields, woodlands and a formal garden designed by Mrs. Hutcheson, one of the first women to be trained as a landscape architect in the United States. The Park Commission is just embarking on an extensive restoration of the gardens at Bamboo Brook.

Visitors can see mature specimens of such trees like the Japanese Scholar Tree (Sophora japonica) and American Hophornbean (Ostrya virginiana), as well as many native plants. Water features and a White Cedar Dogwoods abound at Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Centerallee are some of the attractions that make wandering through the garden a delight. In addition to the formal areas, there are trails that wind through the fields and along the brook. A wide variety of birds, butterflies and other animal life can be spotted during one's visit.

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  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Skiing / Snowboarding
    • Walking
    • Bathrooms
    • Parking Lot(s)
    • Gardens
    • Nature / Environmental Center
    Park Type:
    • County Parks
    • Gardens / Arboretum
    • Park (General)
    • Pets *NOT Permitted*

Contact / Location

Primary Address:
Directions 170 Longview Road,
Chester, New Jersey 07931
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Our Personal Take...

We have not yet visited Bamboo Brook, but hope to this season. It looks very nice from what we see online. And the trail map for Bamboo Brook and Willowwood show a good bit of hiking. We can not wait!

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