Public Tour Schedule

We welcome the public to visit Hutcheson Memorial Forest on regularly scheduled tours which occur on Sundays throughout the year. These tours are led by Rutgers University faculty and researchers who volunteer their time. Depending on the expertise of the tour leader, the interest of the group, and what is flowering, flying, calling or crawling, various aspects of natural history, forest ecology, conservation issues and ecological relationships will be explored and discussed.

Tours typically meet at 2 PM and take between one and two hours. All tours leave from the main entrance of the woods located at 2150 Amwell Road (Route 514) about 3/4 mile east of East Millstone, New Jersey. The trail through the woods may be muddy in places except in dry weather, so persons should come prepared. There is no charge, and reservations are not required on these guided public tours. Have a large group? Groups of more than ten (10) people, or people whishing a tour at some other time, must arrange for a private tour. Such groups are invited to contact HMF Center staff well in advance for special guided tours to be arranged at other times. Please include "HMF Tour Request" in the subject line.

We regularly update the tour schedule, so please check back for updates!

Date Time Tour Guide and Theme

April 30th, 2017

9:00 AM

Bird Walk in Mettler’s Woods!

Jeff Brown, Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University

May 7th, 2017

2:00 PM

“History of HMF and Mettler’s Woods”

Emily Rogalsky, Hutcheson Memorial Forest Caretaker

May 21st, 2017

2:00 PM

“The Soils of HMF”

Dr. Alyson Salisbury, Rutgers University

June 11th, 2017

2:00 PM

"Forest Succession in a Changing World: Exploring changes in plant communities over time."

Max Piana, Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University

June 25th, 2017

2:00 PM


This week’s tour has been canceled and will be rescheduled for late summer. Check for schedule updates soon!

July 9th, 2017

2:00 PM

“Exploring forest management and human impacts over time. ”

Max Piana, HMF Land Manager, Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University

July 23rd, 2017

2:00 PM

“Invasive Plants of HMF”

Dr. Myla Aronson, HMF Research Coordinator, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources Rutgers University

August 20th, 2017

2:00 PM

“Trees of HMF.”

Max Piana, HMF Land Manager, Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University