Van Saun County Park
Forest & Continental Avenues, Paramus, Bergen County, NJ

This park is popular for its many attractions; both the Zoo and the miniature railroad probably top the list. You will also find a 12-court concession operated tennis center and a four acre pond for fishing and ice skating. Picnic groves and play grounds provide activities for everyone.

Bergen County Zoo

Forest & Continental Avenues, Paramus

(201) 262-3771

The Bergen County Zoological Park, located in Van Saun County Park, Paramus, is a living museum focusing on North and South American animals. In addition to the attractions are interesting exhibits, an 1860's farmyard, seasonal events and year-round educational programs.


There is a famous spring named for George Washington. The American Army encamped near here in September 1780 and used the spring.

Walden Pond is named for Alfred S. Walden, Park and Recreation Chairman of Bergen County, 1961-1965.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

Acer negundo (boxelder maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula papyrifera (white birch) planted probably
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Cercis canadensis (redbud) 4/30/00
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus x hybrida (London plane)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Prunus sp. (weeping cherry)
Pyrus spp. (crab apples) 4/30/00
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak) 4/30/00
Salix babylonica (weeping willow)
Salix sp. (willow)
Taxodium distichum (bald cypress)
Thuja occidentalis (arborvitae)

Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Cornus kousa? (kousa dogwood)?
Forsythia sp. (golden bells) 4/30/00 waning
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Pachysandra sp. (pachysandra)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum sp. (snowball viburnum) 4/30/00 horticultural
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Rubus flagellaris (dewberry)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 4/30/00
Allium tricoccum (ramps)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack in the pulpit)
Asclepias syriacus (common milkweed)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 4/30/00
Cerastium arvense (field chickweed)
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy)
Cirsium sp. (bull thistle?)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) 4/30/00
Coronilla varia? (crown vetch)?
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 4/30/00 soon
Erodium cicutarium (stork's bill) 4/30/00
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/30/00 waning
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground) 4/30/00
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Myosotis sp. (forget-me-not) 4/30/00 in the lawn
Narcissus spp. (daffodils)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 4/30/000
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed)
Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil) 4/30/00
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion ) 4/30/00
Tulipa sylvestris. (red tulips) 4/30/00 in the woods
Urtica dioica (stinging nettle)
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Veronica sp. (speedwell) 4/30/00
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 4/30/00
Viola sororia var. (confederate violet) 4/30/00

Rushes and Sedges:
Luzula multiflora (wood rush) 4/30/00

Poa annua (annual blue grass) 4/30/00

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)