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Please Donate To The Lawrence Nature Center

If you, or your company, would like to donate to the LNC, please fill out this form.

Please go to the LNC Web site for our “Wish List” and “Volunteer Forms.” Send all check donations to Mr. Groeger at Lawrence Township Municipal Building, checks payable to Friends of Lawrence Nature Center.

How can you help the Lawrence Nature Center grow?

The LNC is actively campaigning to raise funds for the following needs:

  • Hire a full time staff person to run programming for the township. Currently, all education is organized and conducted by volunteers.
  • Repair damaged, impassable trails. Install boardwalks and bridges for easy hiking.
  • Provide increased parking for the Nature Center and Drexel Woods visitors.
  • Continue to enhance Lawrence Nature Center (Rinck House) as a community environmental resource building.

Why is the Lawrence Nature Center special?

The LNC is special because it provides location-based learning in a "backyard ecology" setting within a densely populated section of Mercer County, reminding community members that they don't need to travel far in order to experience nature.

"We have seen a significant need and interest for a nature center in Lawrence Township. For the past eight years, using all volunteers and guest speakers, LNC presented summer and autumn programs, family events, Earth Day and Mother Nature Festivals, and naturalist-guided hikes in Drexel Woods. These programs had steady attendance increases each year! Earth Day 2004, LNC garage classroom was dedicated as open to the public.  In 2012, LNC had 1,135 visitors from January through August! Our popular Summer Family Night programs consistently averaged 35 children and adults. One special Full Moon Hike in 2012 attracted 150 people to Lawrence Nature Center at Drexel Woods!"  Many thanks to the community families who support our events and continue to love and protect nature.

We continue to collaborate with local school officials, including the Superintendent of the Lawrence School District, and interest and support has been extremely positive. LTPS representatives are eager to enhance their environmental, science, and biology curriculua through programming at the LNC. Guest speakers and STEM education (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) are another focus of the LNC Education Committee.

There are approximately 20 schools located in Lawrence Township (nursery through university level). Our current goal is to develop educational programs that will enhance the ecology and environmental education curricula of area schools.

The Lawrence Nature Center is located at 481 Drexel Avenue on the south end of Drexel Avenue in Lawrenceville.


Rinck House

The Rinck House before being renovated into a Resource Center, including a library, meeting spaces, and outdoor patio overlooking the meadow.

Drexel Woods Trails

Some of the Drexel Woods trails become impassable due to mud and damaging ATV traffic, especially after heavy rains. Funds are needed to repair, develop signage, and maintain these trails.

Summer Program

Children from the Lawrence Township summer program learn about trees.

Family Programming

Learning about bats, meteors, trees, fossils, and much more, family programming in Summer 2006 was a great way to spend summer evenings.


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