Poetry/Trail Walk/Picnic Cedar Ridge w. D&R G (May 23)

Poetry/Trail Walk/Picnic Cedar Ridge w. D&R G May 23

RESTING TREE, Cedar Ridge, by Carolyn Foote Edelmann

Cedar Ridge Meadow Habitat by Jay Watson

On Wednesday, May 23, at Cedar Ridge Preserve in Hopewell, join D&R Greenway Land Trust and renowned local poets for the second event in their Poetry of Migration series, involving trail walks with poetry and a picnic.

At 10:30 a.m., guests will take a guided hike, then picnic and enjoy recent nature poems of Lois Marie Harrod, Maxine Susman and Carolyn Edelmann. Following nature’s migration routes on D&R Greenway preserves, participants actively connect with the Princeton Migrations Project, a community-wide celebration of diversity spearheaded by Princeton University Art Museum.

Guests bring lunch, blanket and/or beach chair, water and a hat. For all New Jersey hikes, D&R Greenway strongly recommends sun block, insect repellent, long pants tucked into long socks in closed shoes, and long-sleeved shirt. To register, D&R Greenway parking lot on Stony Brook Rd. north of #518 Hopewell. Directions and parking information will be conveyed upon registration. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the RWJ Room of the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton.

Poets of this series were selected from D&R Greenway’s Poets of Preservation roster by D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. Mead organized the project around the idea that D&R Greenway lands preserve habitat for migrating species; and, when we are walking on these preserves, we ourselves are migrating.

At D&R Greenway, there is a symbiotic relationship between poetry and nature. The Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail begins behind D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, winding up through an allee of sycamore and chestnut trees. Walk out past poems of Emily Dickenson, Rumi, Walt Whitman and others, up a hill blooming with aster, thistle and milkweed, to a place where the birds and insects sing a salute to the season. There are benches from which to contemplate Mary Oliver’s question, “Who made the world?” and the ground is fertile with inspiration.

Established in 2010, the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail loops a meandering mile through a native plant meadow on D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus. Forty-nine poems feature the work of poets from 14 countries and cultures. The common thread is each poet’s intense response of some aspect of the natural world.

Many notable poets, from Pulitzer Prize-winning C.K. Williams and Paul Muldoon to American Academy of Poets Chancellor Jane Hirshfield, American Book Award winner Joseph Bruchac and Rumi interpreter Coleman Barks have all participated in D&R Greenway poetic events.
D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 29TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship — caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity — D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 miles of trails open to the public. The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land