Restoration of Rider Woods Trails


Restoration of Rider Woods Trails


This project was originally started by former Rider students and faculty, and will be continued and completed by Bailey Adams, Ashley Murphy and Dr. Daniel Druckenbrod. The original Rider woods nature trail was created in 1974, when our school was ‘Rider College’. Since then, a plan to restore these trails has been developed by Dr. Druckenbrod’s ENV 340 and then Dr. Hunter’s SUS 400 classes. Our contribution to this restoration began during this spring semester with a goal to finish a third trail. With this trail addition, we will also be laying wood chips down on all three trails. The trails will be supplemented with QR codes that will take students, faculty and staff on three possible experiences for walking the trails. The codes will be linked to BroncNation, there they can see land history, native species, and exercises that can be done on the trail. A large entrance sign will be added along with benches, native species tags for trees and spotted lantern fly traps. Our third trail to be restored is currently mapped and does not require removal of large vegetation in the woods. The goal of this project is to bring students, faculty and staff back into nature during busy semesters. The completed trail is made to promote well being and mindfulness of the nature this campus is lucky to have.


Adams, Bailey
Druckenbrod, Daniel (Advisor)
Murphy, Ashley


Department of Earth and Chemical Sciences, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648







Bailey Adams and Ashley Murphy_ISCAP Poster_2023.pdf


Adams, Bailey Druckenbrod, Daniel (Advisor) Murphy, Ashley, “Restoration of Rider Woods Trails,” Rider Student Research, accessed September 25, 2023,

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