Crane’s Mill Blog: Nature

Celebrating Earth Day

Today marks the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day! It’s hard to believe this “new” holiday is approaching its golden anniversary. Started in 1970, Earth Day began as a day to “honor the Earth and the concept of peace.” Today, the tradition continues as people gather to pay tribute to the planet, march for environmental causes, and gather for service projects like neighborhood cleanups. At Crane’s Mill, we have a special place for Earth Day. Our campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and sits alongside an area of protected wetlands. That means two important things: 1., we’re done building, so …Read More »


April is National Garden Month – Join Us in Celebrating!

Residents of Crane’s Mill, an Essex County Retirement Community, enjoy gardening as a fun spring activity. April is National Garden Month Although today may mark “April Fools’ Day,” we’re not joking when we tell you that that April is National Garden month. Considering we’re in the Garden State, and that our residents enjoy gardening, how can we not celebrate this colorful month! In the colder weather, all sorts of plants and flowers can be seen in our campus greenhouse, but as the weather warms, the ground thaws, and the days grow longer, you’ll begin to see many different gardens sprouting up all …Read More »


Did You Know? The Crane’s Mill Campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here’s more on that certification, and what it means to our residents. We are proud to share that Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. We have signs posted on our campus that read: “This habitat is certified in the National Wildlife Federation’s worldwide network of mini-refuges. Because of the owner’s conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, wildlife may find quality habitat.” To be classified as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the Crane’s mill campus has to continually provide the four basic basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to …Read More »


Crane’s Mill: a Certified Wildlife Habitat

If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you may have noticed small animals such as American Robins and Canadian Geese, and larger ones like wild turkeys and stunning families of deer who call Crane’s Mill their home. You may have also noticed the sign stating that the Crane’s Mill campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Certified by the National Wildlife Federation, Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ, contains “all the basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive,” including: Providing food for wildlife Supplying water for wildlife Create cover for wildlife Give wildlife a place …Read More »


About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at Crane’s Mill West Essex Park – next door to Crane’s Mill You may already know that Crane’s Mill is a 48-acre oasis that combines the natural beauty of a Certified Wildlife Habitat with an upscale residential retirement setting. What you may not know is that our nature walking trails on the west end of our campus lead directly into West Essex Park—home to over 1,300 acres of parkland including an environmental center, boating and canoe landings, golf driving range, and so much more! Plus, birdwatchers know West Essex Park …Read More »


Why Crane’s Mill Residents Love Our Location!

Crane’s Mill is located in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The retirement community’s location combines secluded nature with a convenient Essex County location. ‘459 Passaic Avenue’ sounds like a standard enough address. However, it’s anything but ordinary. Home to Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community, 459 Passaic Avenue reads like a dream destination for those who like nature AND the allure of being in the heart of all the action. The Crane’s Mill campus is situated on 48 beautiful acres with a Certified Wildlife Habitat and a picturesque pond. In addition, there are walking trails that lead to West Essex Park—a …Read More »


Fun Fact: Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

A Certified Wildlife Habitat … right in our residents’ own backyard! If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you may have noticed small animals such as American Robins and Canadian Geese, and larger ones like wild turkeys and stunning families of deer who call Crane’s Mill their home. You may have also noticed the sign stating that the Crane’s Mill campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Certified by the National Wildlife Federation, Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ, contains “all the basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive,” including: Providing food for wildlife Supplying water …Read More »



Did You Know? The Crane’s Mill Campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here’s more on that certification, and what it means to our residents. We are proud to share that Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. We have signs posted on our campus that read: “This habitat is certified in the National Wildlife Federation’s worldwide network of mini-refuges. Because of the owner’s conscientious planning, landscaping, and sustainable gardening, wildlife may find quality habitat.” To be classified as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the Crane’s mill campus has to continually provide the four basic basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to …Read More »


About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at Crane’s Mill You may already know that Crane’s Mill is a 48-acre oasis that combines the natural beauty of a Certified Wildlife Habitat with an upscale residential retirement setting. What you may not know is that our nature walking trails on the west end of our campus lead directly into West Essex Park—home to over 1,300 acres of parkland including an environmental center, boating and canoe landings, golf driving range, and so much more! Plus, birdwatchers know West Essex Park as a destination to see some of their more …Read More »