Welcome to the homepage for the Charles Evans Children's Discovery Trail in Princeton, New Jersey!
The Charles Evans Children's Discovery Trail, located on Drakes Corner Road in Princeton, is designed to engage the young (and young-at-heart) in the wonders of nature. Along the trail, interactive signs guide explorers through different habitats. The trail was dedicated on October 22nd, 2011 and is made possible through the Charles Evans Foundation.
Continue on for a virtual tour…
Check out the kiosk sign at the beginning of the trail to learn about Charles Evans, trail safety, and see the trail map.
The trail begins in a meadow, where you can sit on a bench, and watch and listen for birds. Diverse plant species take advantage of the abundant sunlight like New England Aster (Aster novae-anglia), and Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), below.
Next, the trail enters a swampy area, where plants that are adapted to wet conditions live, like sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis), below. Walk on the boardwalk to stay dry!
Continuing on, you’ll cross a stone wall that was once the boundary of a pasture (right), and enter a rocky area (below).
You’ll pass a large standing dead tree, with a sign about mushrooms, fungi and lichen (below); the holes in the tree were made by woodpeckers looking for food (right).
Next, you’ll come to a stream crossing (right). Look for crayfish and water striders (below) in the water and on the surface.
From 206 heading North - Turn left on Elm Road (Great Road) and then another left onto Drakes Corner Road (look for the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart sign). Take Drakes Corner to the T junction with Province Line Road. The trail is on your left and you can park on the street.From 206 heading South - Turn right on Cherry Valley Road and then left on Great Road. Take a right onto Drakes Corner Road (look for the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart sign). Take Drakes Corner to the T junction with Province Line Road. The trail is on your left and you can park on the street.