Urban Waters & Trails

Urban Waters & Trails

We work to improve our urban streams, rivers, and estuaries. Groundwork has been working with the City, the County and the community to build the 2¼ mile Elizabeth River Trail. A new section is due to open this spring.

Travers Branch

Located adjacent to Phil Rizzuto Park, the woods along this brook is the only forested area left in Elizabeth. The Green Team has been exploring these woods the stream. Our field work has included water testing, and this fresh water stream is full of aquatic life. We have discovered fox, opossums, raccoons, screech owls, and various other species of birds in these woods. Native plants also grow here and we are engaging in restoration and trail building so that others can explore this forested gem in Elizabeth.


We are developing nature trails in along the Elizabeth River and along Trotters Creek. Both sites are in Elizabeth. The Green Team has gotten lots of trail building experience at Jockey Hollow National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and other National Parks across the country. The trails we are building here on our Elizabeth sites will include signage and electronic trail guides that teach about the habitats along the trail.

Nature tours of Elizabeth/Nature Guides

The Green Team nature guides take the reader on an exploration of Elizabeth’s flora, fauna and habitats. All the birds, mammals, insects, plants, and other nature discoveries contained in our guides were identified by our Green Team and are were found right here in Elizabeth. We also have developed lesson plans and children’s programs around our nature discoveries.

Through a partnership with Phillips 66, Union County Parks and Rec, The City of Elizabeth and the PSE&G Foundation, Groundwork Elizabeth is currently building a Nature Learning Outpost at this location.

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