McFaul Environmental Center

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I visited the McFaul Environmental Center during Covid work-from-home restrictions. Each morning during quarantine I’d make an early visit to a local park for some outdoor time. Going early insured I’d encounter fewer people and that I’d be back home in time to start my work day.

New Jersey’s Bergen County purchased the 81 acres in 1962 and developed it into a park and wildlife center. It was previously a pig farm. The park was renamed for James McFaul who served as the Bergen County Parks director for many years.

A circular one-mile drive runs through the park and is a favorite with joggers. The visitor and educational center sits on the edge of a large waterfowl pond. On this side of the pond, there is a small zoo with enclosures for rescued animals.

From the main building, I took the short nature trail. There are a variety of trees and habitats along this path, with interpretive signs. I saw a few deer while walking this trail.

On the way back, I took the boardwalk around the pond to an elevated viewing platform.

Location: 150 Crescent Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Designation: County Park
Date designated or established: 1967
Date of my visit: 6/17/2020

6 thoughts on “McFaul Environmental Center

  1. Nemorino

    I’ve never seen the name McFaul before, but it looks strange because ‘faul’ means lazy in German.

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