Map of the Sourlands

The Train Station Series

Sourland Conservancy presents

2016 Train Station Series

Sourland Conservancy’s Train Station Series is a Sourland Mountain-inspired series of educational and cultural programs. Advance registration is required, $5 donation suggested. Sign up for our eNewsletter at to receive registration informationPrograms take place at the Hopewell Borough Train Station, 1 Railroad Place, Hopewell, NJ  at 7-9  p.m.  Doors open at 6:45  ( unless otherwise noted below)

Wednesday, Sept. 14, Emerald Ash Borer Seminar – The invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle was discovered in NJ in May 2014 in Somerset County.  Infestations throughout the U.S. and Canada have killed tens of millions of ash trees since 2002.   Find out what’s happening in your municipality, and learn what – if anything – you can do to protect your trees.  Presented by Mark A. Mayer, Supervising Entomologist, NJ Department of Agriculture

Thursday, Sept. 22, There Used to be a Railroad – Mike Macanna reaches into his 20 years of experience research the NJDEP’s aerial photo library to provide a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone – one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail. Hear the story of the “Frog War” (the “holy grail of New Jersey railroadiana”) between the Mercer and Somerset Railway and the Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad near Hopewell, NJ. Presented by Mike Macanna.

Thursday, Sept. 29, Teachings From The Turtle Clan,The original inhabitants of the Sourland Region– Presented by Chief Chuck DeMund. Learn about Lenape history in the tri-state area, specifically the history of the Unami (Turtle Clan), from Chief DeMund whose Unami ancestors inhabited an area extending from what is now Hopewell to North of the Delaware Water Gap.

Thursday, Oct. 6, Lindbergh Family Part 1 – Presented by Jim Davidson.   Mr. Davidson coauthored

The New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial with Mark Falzini, archivist of the NJ State Police Museum. *Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 W Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ.

Thursday, October 13, Lindbergh Family Part 2 – Presented by Jim Davidson. Mr. Davidson coauthored The New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trail, with Mark Falzini, archivist of the NJ State Police Museum. *Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ.

Thursday, October 20, Cemetery John – From presenter, Robert Zorn:Long story short, as a 15-year-old boy growing up in the Bronx, my father unwittingly witnessed his German immigrant neighbor John Knoll planning the kidnapping with Hauptmann.  Not until decades later did my dad realize the significance of what he’d seen and heard one day at Palisades Amusement Park nine months before the crime took place. Knoll was never caught.”  From the Kirkus Review: “Debut author Zorn makes a compelling case that the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping was orchestrated by a Bronx deli clerk who got away with the crime scot-free.”

Thursday, October 27, Owls – Eight owl species can be found in NJ, the largest with a wingspan of five feet and the smallest able to fit (albeit snugly) inside a soda can.  This presentation will focus on the latter: the tiny and rarely-seen Northern Saw-whet Owl. Learn about the fascinating biology and habits of NJ’s owls, the migration ecology of the Northern Saw-whet Owl, and tips on finding owls during the winter months. Presenter, Tyler Christensen is a self-taught ornithologist, naturalist, and environmental educator.  As a licensed bird bander he directs several bird research projects, including a study of Saw-whet Owl migration in Pennington, the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve Bird Banding Station in Titusville, and the Nicoya Peninsula Avian Research Station in Costa Rica.

Thursday, November 3, What is Race and Systemic Racism? A Sourlands Perspective– Presented by Karen Gaffney. Karen Gaffney is Professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College, where she designed the course, “Race in American Literature and Popular Culture.” She’s currently writing an introductory manual on race and systemic racism with tools for action. She also works on racial justice in the community (with the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition), at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ (with the Meta Theatre Company), and through her blog “Divided No Longer” available at

Thursday, November 10, Early Recreation in the Sourlands – The Sourlands has long been a favorite destination for area residents to enjoy bicycling, picnicking and nature. Did you know that Hopewell Valley women found freedom riding the new “safety bikes?” Travel back in time through photographs from the George & Walter Frisbie Collection and hear the fascinating stories behind the images. Presented by Jack Koeppel of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society. *Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ.

Thursday, November 17, Rare Plants of the Sourlands – The Sourland’s special geology and location make it a hotbed of rare plant species. Join botanist Jared Rosenbaum as he describes the rarest species of the Sourland region, weaving together personal anecdotes and ecology. Learn about state-listed rare species, their special niches, adverse impacts on them, conservation strategies, and what to look for. Location TBD.


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