SMC selects new artistic director, team for Wildflower Sculpture Park

SMC selects new artistic director, team for Wildflower Sculpture Park

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — After nine years as artistic director/curator of the Wildflower Sculpture Park in the South Mountain Reservation, Tricia Zimic is handing over the reins to Newark artist Lisa Sanders.  Sanders, who has two permanent pieces in the sculpture park, will be supported by a team devoted to the visual arts and the […]

South Mountain Conservancy warns against building tepees in the reservation

South Mountain Conservancy warns against building tepees in the reservation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Building tepees in the woods from natural sticks can be an exciting team-building activity filled with imaginative play. Unfortunately, when these structures are built in protected areas, such as South Mountain Reservation, there are unforeseen negative consequences, the South Mountain Conservancy warns.  Tepees are generally built off-trail from fallen limbs. Removing […]

Amphitheater project halted in wake of COVID

Amphitheater project halted in wake of COVID

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped large gatherings from happening, Essex County residents spent months protesting a proposed 500-seat amphitheater to be built in the South Mountain Reservation northeast of the penguin pavilion at Turtle Back Zoo. As recently as March, residents held events at the entrance to the zoo, asking the […]

Nutley Scouts takes first place in Klondike Derby

Nutley Scouts takes first place in Klondike Derby

NUTLEY, NJ — Scouts from Troop 147, Nutley’s Beav-Haw team, sponsored by the Franklin Reformed Church, placed first in the Panner Division for younger Scouts in the Feb. 1 Lenape Trail District Klondike Derby held at the South Mountain Reservation for Essex County Scout troops, according to a March 3 press release from the troop. […]

Area residents, youths protest zoo expansion

Students speak out against proposed amphitheater at Turtle Back Zoo

Area residents, youths protest zoo expansion

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution that authorized the county Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs to apply to the state for a $4 million grant for the proposed “conservation pavilion,” a 500-seat amphitheater to be built in the South Mountain Reservation northeast of the […]

Get ready for Mayapple Trail Runs on May 16

Get ready for Mayapple Trail Runs on May 16

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Runners are invited to register for the 11th Mayapple Trail Runs to be held Saturday, May 16, in South Mountain Reservation. The races are organized by the volunteers of the South Mountain Conservancy with the support of the Essex County Parks Department. The USA Track and Field–sanctioned races provide an informal […]

Students to lead ‘Rally at the Rez’

Students to lead ‘Rally at the Rez’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A student-led rally to Save South Mountain Reservation will be held in front of the Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, on Sunday, March 1, at noon. Organizers are demanding that Essex County stop construction of a planned amphitheater in the reservation, construction of which would detract 1.5 […]

Community comes out in force to oppose amphitheater plan

Residents call for conservation of reservation land; Adams misses TC meeting to speak out against plan

Community comes out in force to oppose amphitheater plan

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County officials held a public meeting on Jan. 21 about the proposed “conservation pavilion,” a 500-seat amphitheater to be built on the South Mountain Reservation northeast of the penguin pavilion at the Turtle Back Zoo. The meeting, held at the Essex County Police Academy in Cedar Grove, saw more than […]

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