Glacial White Lake Service, New Jersey

Sierra Club Outings Trip # 14286A, Service/ Volunteer


  • Enjoy unique habitats while working to protect Delaware River watershed areas
  • Visit historic sites on the Old Mine Trail along the Delaware River
  • Explore Appalachian Trail ponds, lakes, and wetlands and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area


  • Indoor lodging or outdoor tenting at field office overlooking scenic White Lake
  • All meals
  • Excursions to historic sites, nature preserves, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Appalachian Trail


DatesAug 3–9, 2014
StaffHerb Wolff

Trip Overview

The Trip

We will assist The Nature Conservancy in restoring the Delaware Watershed via conservation improvements at the glacial White Lake, which is the headwaters of a major tributary to the Delaware River in northwest New Jersey and an ecological setting with rare and endangered species.

The Project

Our group will develop a connector trail at the White Lake WMA, a prerequisite project for the creation of an outdoor education center.  Trail work involves substantial clearance and removal of brush and invasive plant species. A second project involves the eradication of invasive phragmites that now threaten the native phragmites and many other North American wetland plants.  A third project will involve the creation of pathways through brush areas to enable unimpeded flight of rare and endangered butterflies.


We’ll meet on Sunday, August 3 at the TNC field office in Hardwick, New Jersey, and have our first meal together for supper. Please plan to arrive on Sunday no later than 5 p.m. During the week, we’ll walk to nearby work sites identified by TNC and spend afternoons in group outings to visit places of interest or enjoy free time. Our trip ends shortly after our group breakfast on Saturday, August 9.



Getting There

The nearest airport is Newark Liberty International (Newark, NJ). The New Jersey Transit system runs light rail service from Newark Penn Station to the Hackettstown rail station near trip site.

A second airport possibility is the Lehigh Valley International airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Please let the trip leader know if you need assistance with getting from these airports to the work site.

Accommodations and Food

The group will lodge at TNC’s field office at White Lake.

All meals are included and will be vegetarian friendly. Site and work conditions prevent fulfillment of other special dietary requests.

Trip Difficulty

Moderate to strenuous

Equipment and Clothing

Participants should provide their own bed linen for indoor lodging, or appropriate tenting equipment for outdoor sleeping.

TNC will supply all necessary work tools.


  • Dale, Frank, Delaware Diary: Episodes in the Life of a River. Rutgers University Press, 1996.
  • Weslager, C.A., The Delaware Indians: A History. Rutgers University Press, 1972.
  • Boysen, Robert L., Kittatinny Trails. New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, 2004.
  • Dodds, Walter K., Laws, Theories and Patterns in Ecology. California: U Presses of California, Columbia, and Princeton, 2009.


Participants will perform a variety of land and species protection activities.

In 2014 America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Sierra Club, various other organizations with a wilderness focus, and the four federal wilderness management agencies are vigorously planning this celebration. The goal of the effort is to assure that a broader public knows about the concept and benefits of wilderness. Sierra Club Outings is a vital part of the celebrations for wilderness.
While the Act was far in the future when our outings program started, we were already promoting the principle behind it: to forever set aside from human developments certain special places, by civic agreement. This is the basic principle on which the Sierra Club was founded. The wilderness anniversary gives us an opportunity to highlight our organization’s leading role—in publicizing this principle, in passing the 1964 Act, and in achieving more designated wilderness since then.



Herb Wolff leads and participates in service outings along the eastern seaboard, and has special interest in ecosystem sustainability.

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