Environmentalist and co-founder of Newman’s Own Organics.
Best-selling author and animal advocate, who adapted a Monmouth County farm into an animal rescue sanctuary.
Founding president of (RED), social impact pioneer/brand builder, connector of plants and people.
MARY ELLEN HANNIBAL
Award-winning science writer and contributor to the New York Times, Esquire and Elle.
Former CNN anchor and best-selling author.
Renowned philanthropist, CEO of Boon Supply and co-founder of Serena & Lily.
President of The Conservation Fund and proponent of integratedeconomic and environmental goals.
Internationally renowned food & wine critic and author.
Our Drinking Water – Keeping it Safe
A Day in the Life of a Park
Conserving Farms / Creating Parks
Monmouth County Photo Essay:
“Now & Then”
Recipes: Farm, Table, Fork
Monmouth Conservation Foundation serves as Monmouth County’s only land trust (a private, nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements) and was established in 1977 by change-makers, Michael Huber and Judith Stanley Coleman.
The ’70s and ’80s were becoming the Wild West of McMansions, strip malls and parking lots. The founders an visionaries initiated the land trust as the best way to save land and open space from being completely overcome by urban sprawl and at the same time protect wildlife, the natural habitat and our water supplies.
Monmouth Conservation Foundation has collaboratively saved over 22,500 acres of open space, farmlands, woodlands, wetlands and parks while protecting and creating vital natural havens for wildlife. Over the last 42 years, the Foundation has witnessed tremendous conservation gains including the expansion of Huber Woods Park to 381 acres of preserved open space and eight miles of trails, 200-acres of natural habitat added to Allaire State Park, and the acquisition of Flemer Entities (formerly Princeton Nurseries) – the largest tract of land preserved in Monmouth County totaling 1,200 acres.
Monmouth Conservation Foundation proudly continues its commitment to creating parks in underserved communities including Springwood Avenue Park in Asbury. We are currently working in partnership with the borough of Red Bank to develop Sunset Park in Red Bank, New Jersey. Park creation in urban areas illustrates it is not always the amount of land preserved, but the number of children and families who directly benefit.
TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
The Kids for Conservation STEM based educational enrichment program brings nature straight to kids! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The program reaches children by bringing conservation science into the lives of children in urban, suburban, and underserved communities. The inspiration behind Kids for Conservation is to grow future conservationists! By exposing children to nature, we are planting the seeds of curiosity – encouraging understanding and caring for the environment and the natural world for their entire lives.
ENSURING FUTURE FARMERS AND FARMLAND
Monmouth Conservation Foundation introduced the Field to Farm Project to help bring farmers and landowners together to ensure farms remain a vital part of our community. MCF serves as a conduit between farmers and landowners. Through confi dential consultations, providing resources, technical assistance, and brokering new relationships, the Field to Farm Project is keeping the land in Monmouth County farmed, so it remains undeveloped.
There has never been a more critical time to mobilize and personally make the case with local, state and national lawmakers and key state and federal agencies. We advocate for federal policies that support land conservation and allow our Foundation the opportunity to save and secure more land. As one of the leading members of the Keep It Green Coalition, we assisted in insuring a stable source of income to support open space acquisitions, and farmland and historic preservation funding. Recently, two public Foundation campaigns resulted in the successful passage of the county’s open space referendum – one for educating the voters and another lobbying for its passage.
WALK , HIKE AND CONNECT WITH NATURE
Nature has the power to heal our minds and bodies. As Monmouth Conservation Foundation works to preserve these natural places, we also offer a series of opportunities to spend time outdoors and allow nature to be your medicine through the Wellness Walks offered throughout the year at different parks. The annual schedule of Forest Therapy, Nature, and Yoga walks are open to everyone to experience the healing effects of the lands we have preserved and the wildlife we have protected.