The Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck provides a peaceful and quiet environment. It is intended for walking, jogging, observing nature or just sitting and relaxing.
Access to the river provides an opportunity for young and old to learn about the ecology and history of the Hackensack River, its beauty, and the important role it plays in all our lives.
The Greenway Friends conducts guided walking tours (click here for our calendar) along the Greenway. The walks include discussions of the ecology and history of this unique part of the Hackensack River and Teaneck. There are special walks for families, students, birders, and photographers. The pace is slow to allow for pointing out the sights and for explanation and discussion. Walks are usually less than one mile per hour. The terrain is gentle, unless specifically mentioned. Most walks run between one and two hours, but you are free to leave at any time.
*If you have an organization that would like a special walk, e-mail us, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
In addition to our guided walks, Friends schedule lectures during the year on topics related to the ecology and/or history of the River. We want to help develop a community of aware citizens who will advocate for an environmentally safe and clean Hackensack River.
Wildlife Habitat: One of the goals shared by the Friends and the Township is to encourage the return of fish and wildlife indigenous to the area by restoring native vegetation. The Hackensack River is on the Eastern Flyway and is a stopping point for bald eagles, cooper’s hawk, ducks, egrets, swans, herons, cormorants, and loons, among others.
Water Quality: Native trees, shrubs, and grasses help control erosion of the riverbank, prevent flooding, and purify storm water by trapping sediments and absorbing pollution before it reaches the river.
Friends sponsor cleanups, clearing of invasive plants (click here for list of invasive plants) and planting of native species (click here for list of native plants) throughout the year. Working with Nancy Slowik, a research associate with Hudsonia Field Station and Naturalist/former Director of Greenbrook Sanctuary, we have complied a listing of"Wild Plants of the Hackensack," (click here for listing) All are welcome to participate in these conservation efforts.