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10/7/2020 - Lanternflies, Lantern Walks, and More!

Lanternflies, Lantern Walks, and More!

Spotted Lanternfly: A Danger to Our Forests

This summer and fall, you may have noticed a pretty dusky-colored spotted insect whose wings open to reveal brilliant scarlet underwings, and wondered if it was a moth. Don’t be fooled … this beauty is actually a beast! It’s a spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that threatens our area’s forests, orchards and vineyards.

The help of local residents is desperately needed this fall and winter to bring what has already become an infestation in some areas under control!


Raritan Headwaters offers drinking water testing year round at our Flemington and Bedminster offices as well as on designated days within communities throughout the watershed through our Community Well Testing Program. Private wells should be tested every year to ensure the well is free from harmful bacteria, nitrates and other contaminants. Residents on public water may also take advantage of our discounted pricing to test their water for lead and copper. 

Learn more about RHA's well testing program and how to order your kit. 

Raritan Headwaters' annual Lantern Walk will be held Sunday, Nov. 1. Continuing the tradition of an historic European festival celebrating autumn at the end of the agricultural year and the beginning of the harvest, we will carry our lanterns through the meadows of Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve on a moonlit night. This year, we invite children to arrive wearing costumes! 

Walks will be held at 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30. Advance registration is required due to limited capacity. Learn more and register.

Our popular Nature Pod Enrichment Programs are coming to Flemington! Exploring Dvoor Farm’s trails, the Walnut Brook and surrounding habitats, children in grades k-2 will discover the wonders of weather and climate, animal adaptations, and charismatic creatures! Mondays, Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2. 

And at Fairview Farm, the second five-week session, starting Oct. 28, is open for registration.

Learn more and register.

There are still a few spots left in our Restore the Forest volunteer event on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Fairview Farm from 9-noon and 1-4pm. We have carefully resumed our volunteer program, adhering to health and safety protocols, and are limiting the number of participants in each shift. Learn more about how you can join in this important stewardship project.