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Environmental Education Center


With more than 14,000 acres of open space that includes forests, waterways, meadows and fields, the Somerset County Park Commission is dedicated to being good stewards of the land.

Our parks and natural areas maintain biodiversity and preserve the natural landscapes. The state of New Jersey is ranked number one in population density per square mile, which highlights the importance of open space and land preservation.

The Somerset County park system consists of 24 park areas totaling 14,050 acres. In 2015, the County acquired two parcels totaling seven acres, and is on track to acquire another 250 acres by the end of the year. The current open space inventory includes:

     • 6 general use parks offering both active and passive recreation facilities
     • 5 golf courses
     • 3 special use parks
     • 1 developed natural area park which features an environmental education center
     • 10 undeveloped natural areas

Our ecological efforts include restoration projects, land stewardship practices, river friendly golf courses, solar energy, conservation and research. Parks also contribute to good air and water quality, and enhance the quality of life in a community. Each year we strive to make Somerset County a greener, better place to live and play.

Restoration Project Highlights
River Friendly Golf
Solor Energy
Conservation and Research