The Wattles Stewardship Center is a 51-acre wildlife sanctuary and is also the location of New Jersey Audubon’s northern Stewardship Program staff.
The Wattles Stewardship Center is flanked by a state wildlife management area (WMA) to the southeast and preserved farmland to the northwest. A trail from the Wattles Center parking lot leads visitors to the Musconetcong River and ultimately connects to Point Mountain Road and Hunterdon County's Point Mountain Park.
The Wattles Stewardship Center a model for blending environmental awareness, wildlife habitat, and agriculture. As such, this site has both agricultural fields and land dedicated to wildlife habitat. Two of the Wattles fields are managed by a local farmer for commodity crop production such as corn, sunflower seeds, and soybeans. Other portions of the property serve as critical wildlife habitat that also provides important natural resource benefits to the region and to the on-site farming activities.
NJA is working with several groups, including the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), on a number of on-site conservation-related projects. These include native grassland establishment, native scrub-shrub enhancement, pollinator habitat improvement, invasive vegetation removal and control, and vernal pool and riparian restoration.
The Stewardship Center Building is not open to the public - but the trails are open to the public everyday from dawn to dusk. There is a parking area, but no public restrooms. There is no fee to park or use the trails. Fishing access to the Muconetcong River is available via a trail from the Wattles Center parking lot. The property is managed by New Jersey Audubon to support and improve wildlife habitat, foster environmental education, and is available to the public for passive recreational use such as wildlife watching, hiking, nature photography, and nature study. Many rare species of wildlife can be found in the area of the Center as well as many resident as well as nontropical migratory birds.
New Jersey Audubon is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies, New Jersey Audubon has no connection with the National Audubon Society.
New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.