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Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary
Website | 52 County Road 661, Newton, NJ 07860
Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, a 120-acre preserved farm located in Warren County is a wildlife rehabilitation center that provides vital care and treatment to sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Licensed by the state of New Jersey to care for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals, the Sanctuary is dedicated to rehabilitating these animals back to health so they can be returned to the wild where they belong.
Brook Hollow Winery
Website | 594 State Route 94, Columbia, NJ 07832
Brook Hollow Winery is a family farm nestled in the heart of the scenic Delaware Water Gap area of New Jersey. Each hand-crafted wine is fermented, aged, and bottled by the family. They pride themselves in delivering complex varietals that can be enjoyed alone or easily paired with your favorite meal. The family graciously invites you to visit the winery for a relaxing experience, filled with enjoyable conversation, pleasant wines, and a beautiful view of their vineyard. Let the stress of the day melt away as you enjoy a glass of wine on their 100-foot long covered porch. They are also proud members of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and The Pocono Wine Trail.
Lakota Wolf Preserve
Website | 89 Mount Pleasant Road, Columbia, NJ 07832
Lakota Wolf Preserve offers guided educational wolf tours of the preserve called a “Wolf Watch.” Howling of wolves echo through the mountains of the Delaware Water Gap in Knowlton Township.
Photo opportunities of a lifetime and the experience of watching and listening to packs of British Columbian, Timber and Arctic Wolves will be yours. View wolves here in a natural surrounding for the first time in over a century. Bobcats and foxes also reside at the preserve.
Land of Make Believe
Website | 354 Great Meadows Road, Rt. 611, Hope
Land of Make Believe was designed and built with the dream of providing affordable family fun in a clean, safe and wholesome environment. An amusement and water park on 30 beautiful acres located in northwestern New Jersey is most suitable for families and children of all ages. In addition to a day of rides, shows, and attractions, you can also have fun splashing in the water park, enjoying lunch in a picnic area, or sampling reasonably priced, delicious food.
Ridge and Valley Conservancy
Website | 16 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ 07825
Ridge and Valley Conservancy (RVC) is a private, non-profit local land trust, founded in 1992, that preserves natural areas within the Appalachian Valley and Ridge Region of northwestern New Jersey for the benefit of people and wildlife. They serve the public interest by protecting open space for ecological, recreational, aesthetic, agricultural and cultural purposes.
RVC protects forests, meadows, farmland and watercourses, and practices sound ecological management of the land they have protected. Many of their preserves are open to the public, so that people may commune with nature. RVC acquires both land and conservation easements. They also assist in the stewardship of public land and advise landowners as to their conservation options. RVC is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
SIDDHACHALAM® – Jain ashram
Website | 111 Hope Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825
Blairstown is home to a place of pilgrimage for the Jains, followers of one of the world’s tiniest, most austere and ancient faiths. Called Siddhachalam (abode of enlightened, omniscient souls), the Jain ashram (spiritual retreat and monastery) is located on 111 Hope Road, Blairstown.
Its significance for the Jains lie in its being founded in 1983 by one of India’s most revered spiritual masters, Acharya Sushil Kumarji. Guruji (“he who removes darkness”) – as he was lovingly called – was the first Jain monk in the modern history to travel outside India. He chose Blairstown to engage in deep meditation and perfect the secret science of sound behind the Namokar Mantra – an ancient Jain chant deeply regarded for its purifying effect and miraculous powers, that treats all spiritual leaders – regardless of their religion – as persons to be revered.
Siddhachalam is a nature and animal sanctuary focused on meditation and practice of Ahimsa (respect and love for all forms of life) and Anekantwad (Jain doctrine that truth depends on standpoint and no one has a monopoly on truth).