What is the RUEP?

The Rutgers Ecological Preserve and Natural Teaching Area, created in 1976 by the Rutgers Board of Governors, is a 316 acre tract (within a larger tract of 400+ acres) of land that includes a stand of mature upland forest (known locally as Kilmer Woods), early to mid-successional woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. The preserve is located on lands formerly owned by the Johnson family and adjacent to the grounds of the former World War II Camp Kilmer. The EcoPreserve is presently bounded to the west by Route 18, River Road to the south and to the north and east by Rutgers University’s Livingston campus.

What Value Does This Preserve Hold?

  • A rich natural history and one of the largest contiguous patches of upland forest in the area.
  • Streams that provide fresh water to the Raritan River.
  • Wildlife habitat for animals such as wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, salamanders, foxes, red tailed hawks, and more.
  • Recreational value for hikers, bikers, and nature enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Intrinsic value: enjoy peace and quiet in the beauty of nature amidst the urban background of New Brunswick!