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Petty's Island March Programs
Climate Change – Extreme Weather: What’s it about? Mar. 26, 7:30 p.m., Ramapo College
STILL TIME TO REGISTER! 2015 NPSNJ Annual Meeting Details
New tool for Earth Day released!
Environment Teachers can win $5,000 for their school
EARTH Center offers Keys to Healthy Eating Seminar
Registration is Open for the 2015 NJ Invasive Species Conference
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Dune Grass, Clean-ups, Water Festival, & More
Opportunity for Student Reporters
Exploring the Raritan River
2015 Poster Contest "Local Heroes - Our Hardworking Pollinators"
Master Gardeners to Buzz on Bee Keeping
Upcoming Events at RHA!
NJ Land Conservation Conference--Outdoor Rx
Save the Date: 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
NJ Envirothon - May 2, 2015 - Register today!
February Program - Gardening for Pollinators
Applications Now Being Accepted for EPA's Environmental Educator Award
Garden Cities: Urban Ag in the Garden State Conference
Community Garden Conference
Environmental Program for NJ Middle School Students (Grades 4-8)
NPSNJ Annual Meeting Details 2015 - Registration is Open!
February & March Events at PEEC
Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island
Get Ready for National Environmental Education Week 2015!
Winter Lecture Series Begins at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information
Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest
Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!
Petty's Island March Programs             (Posted: 3-3-15)


Led by Kelly Wenzel, Project Coordinator – Urban Education

Saturday, March 21 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

This is your chance to visit an island in transformation and to make a difference.  Help turn Petty’s Island into a safe place for people and wildlife by removing trash and debris from the shoreline and woods.  Children must be 12 and older to participate.  Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Details are given upon registration.

Location: Petty’s Island, Pennsauken, NJ

Cost: Free


Led by Lloyd Shaw, Associate Naturalist

Sunday, March 29 – 7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Discover this hidden treasure in the Delaware River!  With access granted only a few times a year this urban oasis offers a great variety of wading, shore and woodland birds in addition to views of Bald Eagles.  Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Location: Petty’s Island, Pennsauken, NJ

Cost: Free


Led by Lloyd Shaw, Associate Naturalist

Saturday, April 25 – 7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and shore birds.  Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary.  Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Location: Petty’s Island, Pennsauken, NJ

Cost: Free


Led by Kathy Salisbury – President, Native Plant Society of New Jersey

Sunday, May 3 – 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Adjacent to an active port and abandoned oil tanks live some interesting plants, both native and non-native. Discover what makes this island a unique habitat for some interesting plant life while taking in spectacular views of Philadelphia.  Children must be 12 and older to participate.  Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Details are given upon registration.

Location: Petty’s Island, Pennsauken, NJ

Cost: Free

Kelly Wenzel, MCRP
Project Coordinator - Urban Education
New Jersey Audubon
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ  07924
Phone: 908.766.5787 Ext. 41
Fax: 908.766.7775
Making New Jersey a better place for people and wildlife since 1897

Climate Change – Extreme Weather: What’s it about? Mar. 26, 7:30 p.m., Ramapo College             (Posted: 3-3-15)

You’re invited to upcoming event sponsored by North Jersey Public Policy Network (NJPPN),

WHEN:                 Thursday, March 26, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30)

REGISTRATION: or e-mail: 

SPEAKERS:           Dr. Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
                                 Robert Kopp, Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute

FEE:                       FREE and open to all. Optional tax deductible donations welcome

WHERE:               Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Rd
                               Alumni Lounges (SC 136-138)
                               Mahwah, NJ 07430


Institute for Sustainable Enterprise
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue, M-MS1-05
Madison, NJ  07940

STILL TIME TO REGISTER! 2015 NPSNJ Annual Meeting Details             (Posted: 3-3-15)

Native Plant Society 
of New Jersey

2015 Annual Meeting Details


There is still time, but not much, to register for the 2015 NPSNJ Annual Meeting.  Become an NPSNJ member by March 7 and receive a 50% discount off the Annual Meeting Registration fee AND access to members-only tours and discounts during 2015.


Our 2015 Annual Meeting "Native Plants and People" features the latest in NJ Native Fruit and Pollinator Research, a discussion of the role of Native Plants in Permaculture, an exploration of the role NJ Native plants played in early employment opportunities and a virtual tour through some of New Jersey's public native plant display gardens. You will leave informed and inspired, with information you can put to use right away whether planning your horticulture adventures or this year's garden. 

Please join us for our 2015 Annual Meeting 

"Native Plants and People"

Saturday March 14

10AM - 4PM

Medford Leas

One Medford Leas Way
MedfordNJ 08055
$25 Members; $50 Non-Members



Permaculture and Native Plants: 

          Building Resilience, Diversity and Opportunity

          Dale Hendricks, Green Light Plants

Native Bees and Cranberries

           Michael Roswell, PhD Student, Rutgers

Pine Belt Employments

Mark Demitroff, Buckhorn Garden Services

Native Plant Gardens on Display

Dr. Edith Wallace, Garden State Gardens


Annual "Sticks and Twigs" Plant Sale

NJ's FIRST Native Plant Sale of the season featuring plants from:

Pinelands Nursery and Supply

New Moon Nursery

Clemenson Farms Native Nursery

Toadshade Wildflower Farm

Paul W. Steinbeiser Farm and Native Nursery

Timber Creek Native Nursery

Rare Find Nursery

Ocean Wholesale Nursery


This unique opportunity to shop many NJ native plant nurseries all in one place is available only to Annual Meeting registrants! Don't miss it!




Saddler's Woods Conservation Association
Garden State Gardens Consortium
New Jersey Audubon
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
Barnegat Bay Partnership
New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership

For Complete Details and To Register for the 2015 Annual Meeting please go to:  


or visit our website: NPSNJ.ORG

Member rate of $25   Non-member registration is $50.

Become a Member by March 7 and receive a discount password via email.


Your membership is essential for us to be able to accomplish our mission and support the regional chapters throughout the state. Thank you for your support of the NPSNJ.

Activities like this are made possible through your membership. Thank you for becoming a member of the NPSNJ.

New tool for Earth Day released!             (Posted: 3-2-15)

Earth Day Network

Earth Day’s 45th anniversary is just around the corner! We have the opportunity to make 2015 the most exciting year in environmental history. On April 22 every year we come together to drive communities to a sustainable future. This Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It’s our turn to lead so our world leaders can follow by example.

Are you thinking about planning an event or getting involved for Earth Day? If you have just begun brainstorming—don’t worry! Take a look at our Leadership Guide. Here you will find Earth Day Network's ideas and resources to help you plan a memorable event and give you the tools to be a leader in your community.

More than one billion people will participate in Earth Day 2015. We want to help amplify our world’s multiple voices and unite communities in their efforts to protect the planet.

If you are organizing an Earth Day event or activity in your community, please register your event.

Let us know what you are doing and we may highlight your event to our entire network!  Contact us if you would like to be our partner this Earth Day!

After you have taken action at your event, make sure to record it on our Billion Acts of Green platform.

On April 18, we are also hosting a First Amendment event on the National Mall. We want you to join us in catalyzing change for the environmental movement!

Be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts to get all the latest on Earth Day Network.

Let’s get out there and show the world what we can do!

-- The Earth Day Network Team

Environment Teachers can win $5,000 for their school             (Posted: 3-2-15)






Win $5,000 for your school!


Celebrating ten years of raising awareness of environmental concerns with schools throughout the Delaware Valley.

Does your school have an environmental program that supports the community? If so, we want to know about it!


Wawa, 6abc and the environmental law firm of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP will recognize the efforts of two schools (6th grade or higher) with a $5,000 honorarium as the winners of the 2015 Environmental Community Service Award.   


It's easy to apply! Submit a short one-page application by the March 9, 2015 deadline. It must be signed by a school official. The application can be found here or you can also visit, or for more information.


Applications can be emailed to or be mailed to MGKF, Attn: Environmental Award, 401 City Avenue, Suite 901, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Sharla Feldscher or Ellen Weisberg at Sharla Feldscher Public Relations.  






EARTH Center offers Keys to Healthy Eating Seminar             (Posted: 3-2-15)

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 10AM Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer a nutrition seminar entitled, “Keys to Healthy Eating”. The class will take place at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ. Participants should register before March 11. The program is free with pre-registration and no walk-ins will be permitted.

This workshop will look at the hazards of processed foods and how proper portion size can help to maintain a healthy weight. Jennifer Shukaitis, MPH from the Family & Community Health Science Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension will offer tips on making this a reality. The goal is to help attendees make the right decisions when choosing and preparing meals for their family.

For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5262.

Registration is Open for the 2015 NJ Invasive Species Conference             (Posted: 3-2-15)

Click HERE.

Princeton Environmental Film Festival             (Posted: 3-2-15)

There is a great line up of films and they are as always, FREE!
Films run from Thursday March 19th to Sunday March 29th.
Click HERE.

Dune Grass, Clean-ups, Water Festival, & More             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Check your calendars, find your work boots and gloves, and join us to usher in spring by doing some outdoor projects! The NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Americorps Watershed Ambassador for the Barnegat Bay watershed is seeking volunteers to help out with stewardship projects this spring.

The first event will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 a.m. in Manchester Township. Ocean County Lands Trust has recently acquired 1,700 acres of undeveloped property. Over the years this space has accumulated garbage piles, especially from illegal dumping. Volunteers are needed to assist the Ocean County Land Trust staff and the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador to help clean up some of these sites. There will be a central location where volunteers will park and meet, then teams will separate and drive into the areas to carry out garbage. A BBQ meal will be held on-site immediately following the event as a thank you to volunteers.

On Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. (with a rain date of March 28), there will be a dune grass planting at Island Beach State Park. Volunteers will help plant American Beach Grass (Ammophila breviligulata) bulbs. This grass is essential to dune health. The park's coastal dunes provide good protection against raging storms that would otherwise damage the coastline. Participation in this stewardship project is also a great opportunity for participants to learn about dune and shoreline restoration.

Finally, if you enjoy exploring waterways and shorelines and learning about what lives in freshwater areas, come investigate what a macro-invertebrate is and why they matter. This spring there will be an event open to people of all ages, to be held at Stockton College, where participants will learn about sampling these bugs, identifying them, and learning about why they serve as environmental indicators. Participants will also be able to see these organisms up close as well as in their habitat.

To learn more about these events and/or to sign up to participate (RSVP is required), please contact GraceAnne Taylor, DEP's Americorps Watershed Ambassador for Barnegat Bay, at
To learn more about the Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program, please visit
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College
College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08753
Ph: 732-914-8102
Fx: 732-914-8100

STUDENTS (ages 9-22) TRASHION DESIGN WORKSHOP AND SHOW in Princeton             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Princeton Environmental Film Festival Trashion Show Entry Form Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Princeton Public Library Community Room
65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 (designers/models arrive by 6 p.m.)

Want a chance to design an outfit and walk the red carpet? All students 3rd grade through college are welcome to submit and model original fashion designs created from any items that would otherwise have been discarded or recycled.

Suggested materials include (but are not limited to):
Paper/plastic bags
Food packages/wrappers/labels
Tin/aluminum foil
Soda tabs
Incomplete decks of cards
Metal/plastic bottle caps
Plastic cups
Broken umbrellas
Lightweight cardboard
Plastic utensils
Wrinkled tissue paper
Empty tape rolls/spools of thread
Old lampshades
Foam peanuts/packing material
Transparent or revealing designs are prohibited. Students may choose to have a friend model their designs. For trashion inspiration, visit our Pinterest board: []
Participation is open to students in grade 3 through undergraduate university. To enter the trashion show, complete the registration form online.
The deadline to enter is Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Want to participate but don't know where to start? Come to our Trashion Workshops. Please bring materials that you would like to use to create your design. Start collecting now! Workshops will be held in the Princeton Public Library Conference Room on the following dates:
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10:30 - noon Workshops are drop-in. Participation in the workshops is not required for entry into the trashion show. However, registration is required for participation in the trashion show itself. Please complete the registration form below by Saturday, March 14, 2015 to enter your design into the trashion show.
For questions, please contact Erica Bess at 609-924-9529 x237 or [ ]

Opportunity for Student Reporters             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

Exploring the Raritan River             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

2015 Poster Contest "Local Heroes - Our Hardworking Pollinators"             (Posted: 2-26-15)

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District, in partnership with the New Jersey Natural Resources Program and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, is pleased to sponsor the annual "New Jersey Conservation 2015 Poster Contest". This year's theme is: "Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators". The Poster Contest is open to all students in grades 2-12. Researching the theme gives students an opportunity to learn more about pollinators, their benefits to humans, pollinator decline, and solutions to increase pollinator populations and protect their habitat. Designing a poster offers students the opportunity to have a voice in their community and raise awareness about this important conservation issue.

Attached are two PDF flyers. The "2-page" flyer can be printed out, posted on a community bulletin board, and distributed to visitors and interested participants. It offers a snapshot of the contest on the front, along with an entry form on the back.

The "4-page" flyer contains all of the rules and regulations of the contest, as well as the entry form. It can be uploaded to a website. In addition, complete information about the Poster Contest can be found at the OCSCD's website: This weblink can also be embedded in electronic media for distribution.

The Soil District invites you to distribute the flyer(s) to your constituents, share it on your organization's website, Facebook page or other social media, or otherwise share with students, teachers, parents and families. We thank you for your assistance in distributing the information!

OCSCD will declare a First Place winner from each of the grade groups. One Grand Champion Winner will be selected from all First Place winners and receive $250 towards an environmental project at their school, from OCSCD. All First Place winning entries are then submitted to the Statewide Competition where they will compete for cash prizes.

Thank you for promoting and supporting stewardship of our important "Local Pollinator Heroes"! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Becky Laboy
Education Outreach Specialist
Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, New Jersey 08731
609-971-7002 ext. 21
609-971-3391 Fax

Master Gardeners to Buzz on Bee Keeping             (Posted: 2-26-15)

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a free introductory workshop about beekeeping. Introduction to Beekeeping is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. Come learn the basics about establishing a hive on your own property.

With the pressures leading up to the recent "Colony Collapse disorder" outbreak, it has been said that hobbyist beekeepers have made a positive impact on the Honeybee population. The EARTH Center would like to help spark any resident’s interest in this age old environmental stewardship practice.

"This is another standout course from the EARTH Center," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I hope the focus on the environmental benefits of beekeeping will lead to improvements throughout the County."

"This class should generate a lot of interest in beekeeping, and allow those who have never thought about this practice to understand its purpose and importance," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

A supply of catalogues will be on hand to demonstrate the materials necessary.

Also to be discussed will be garden plants that can serve as pollen sources when naturally occurring sources are not easy to find in our area. Weather permitting, the lecture will be followed by a brief walk outside.

There are plenty of gardening topics and areas that benefit from off-season research, so feel free to call the Master Gardener Helpline even in the fall and winter at 732-398-5220 for assistance in Middlesex County.

Residents of other counties can find their Rutgers Cooperative Extension office and helpline at

Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required at 732-398-5262 by March 4. No "walk-ins"; are permitted. The size of these classes is limited, so register early to ensure a space.

For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

Upcoming Events at RHA!             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Winter is for the Birds! Winter Bird hikes with RHA

Monarch Migration and Milkweed
Friday, February 20th
7-9 pm (7-8 pm: Presentation, 8-9 pm: Milkweed Propagation Workshop)
Purnell School Dining Hall
Cost:  $10/person
Join RHA and Kate and Katherine Dresdner to learn about this mysterious and magical species!  This mother-daughter team will talk about the Monarch's amazing migration for thousands of miles to its winter home in a forest in Mexico, its developmental life-cycle from egg to caterpillar and caterpillar to butterfly, and how to grow milkweed, the sole host plant for Monarchs.
RSVP required! Space is limited. 
Please call Lauren at (908)234-1852 x314 or email her at with your name, a contact number and the number of people in your group.

Project WET Training for Teachers
Saturday, February 21st
9 am – 3 pm
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Cost: $25 per teacher (includes a light breakfast and lunch)
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)provides teachers with the necessary tools, resources and lessons to help teach students about the importance and value of water in everyday life. The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of more than 64 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans that are teacher-tested and classroom ready. Educators will receive the WET Curriculum Guide after completing the workshop.
Please click here to register.


Lauren Theis
Stewardship and Education
(908)234-1852 ext 314

Water is a great teacher that shows us how to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility.

NJ Land Conservation Conference--Outdoor Rx             (Posted: 2-26-15)

 19TH Annual New Jersey
Land Conservation Conference

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FRIDAY, March 6, 2015

Wyndham Garden Hotel
1 W. Lafayette Street, Trenton, NJ

24 Workshops 

Prescription Parks, Outdoor Rx, Walk with a Doc Programs

Meet Health Funders

Poetry Inspired by Land

Community Gardens 

Local Food & Nutrition Systems

Forum for Emerging Professionals

Controlling Floodwater for Community Health

Restoring Land To Health



To learn more & REGISTER, visit

Registration price will increase after 2/20. Register soon!
2015 Conference Sponsors

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 LTA logo
Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation
Environmental Waste Management Associates
JM Sorge Inc.

 2015 Conference Exhibitors
Trust for Public Land Land Trust Alliance 
Environmental Waste Management Associates E.T. Techtonics, Inc. 
Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Inc. * NJ Highlands Coalition 
Sourland Conservancy Astrum Solar 


 2015 Conference Planning Committee

Save the Date: 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Sustainable Jersey

2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
 June 10, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
The College of New Jersey, Ewing 
How is New Jersey doing in addressing our most pressing sustainability issues? What can local governments, schools and communities do about it?

With over 400 municipalities and nearly 100 districts and schools participating in Sustainable Jersey, now is the time to ask big questions.
Building on the outcomes of our first Sustainability Summit in September 2013, the 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will provide a big picture context for understanding how we are doing as a state and a movement, and give green team leaders and local officials concrete tools and support to make progress in their communities.


Highlights of the Summit include:

  • Release of the first "Sustainable State of the State" report defining Sustainable Jersey's vision for New Jersey.
  • Brainstorming to set the future direction for the Sustainable Jersey movement.
  • Tools and strategies for implementing sustainability practices in municipalities and schools. 

Click here for more information  

NJ Envirothon - May 2, 2015 - Register today!             (Posted: 2-25-15)

The NJ Envirothon is a natural resource problem-solving competition for high school students. Teams of five students complete in aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils, and current issue subject areas. This year's competition will be held at the Cape May 4-H Fairgrounds in Cape May Court House on May 2nd, and the current issue is Urban/Community Forestry. Resources available include online study guides, team training sessions, and hands-on materials to borrow. For more information or to register, visit

Rich Belcher
NJ Envirothon Coordinator

February Program - Gardening for Pollinators             (Posted: 2-25-15)

Ocean County Soil Conservation District presents, "Gardening for Pollinators" on February 28, from 12:30-2:00pm, at Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood, 08722. Pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are crucial to the vitality of our suburban gardens. They adorn our yards and provide important eco-services to humans. In this program you will discover ways to create backyard habitat that supports these beautiful creatures, starting with healthy soil and native plants. Presented by Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. Pre-registration requested: 609-971-7002 ext. 21,,

Applications Now Being Accepted for EPA's Environmental Educator Award             (Posted: 1-29-15)

Are you raising environmental literacy levels in your school? Are you inspiring members of your community to be environmental stewards?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Applications will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who demonstrate leadership, service, innovation and achievement in environmental education (EE). Winning teachers will receive an award of up to $2,500 to further their professional development in EE. The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund EE activities and programs.

Apply HERE.

Garden Cities: Urban Ag in the Garden State Conference             (Posted: 1-29-15)

Click HERE.

Community Garden Conference: Saturday, March 7             (Posted: 1-29-15)

9:00am to 4:30pm
Snow date of Sunday, March 8
$50 If registered before February 1
$60 If registered on/after February 1
Register online at
or call 973.326.7603

Interest in and demand for Community Gardens has grown explosively. The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are partnering for the fifth year in a row, to bring you an impressive list of topics taught by speakers who are all experts in their fields.

Lunch is provided.
Eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s
Please bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Pantry.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township, NJ 07962

Environmental Program for NJ Middle School Students (Grades 4-8)             (Posted: 1-28-15)

Panasonic Corporation of North America along with USA TODAY Charitable Foundation are looking for New Jersey 4th-8th grade classrooms to participate in the NO COST Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project.

The project is aligned to Common Core State Standards and will guide students in grades 4-8 to:

  • Explore environmental issues
  • Discover what others are doing to protect the environment
  • Decide what can be done to positively impact their local environment
  • Create an environmental action plan
  • Act on their plans
  • Create ( as a team) an Eco Picture Diary that showcases their results


  • Open only to New Jersey 4th-8th grade students
  • Students will work in teams (no more than 4 students per team)
  • Students will document in their Eco Diary five entries that highlight what they did to protect and save the earth
  • Each entry will include a picture and paragraph to explain the action
  • Eco Diaries are the contest entry and will need to be mailed to USA TODAY Charitable Foundation by 6:00PM on April 17, 2015
  • Prizes will be awarded to each student on the  1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and their teachers! (Prizes include: Televisions, digital cameras, compact stereo systems).

You must sign up in advance  to participate in the no-cost Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project, the sign up link is as follows:

All of the program and contest resources will be shared and mailed to participants in February 2015.

Kelly R. Creamer

Sales Operations Project Manager, Education

USA TODAY | P. 703.854.5933 | 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22108

3rd NEW JERSEY SCHOOL GARDEN OF THE YEAR CONTEST             (Posted: 1-28-15)

Entries for the third "New Jersey School Garden of the Year" contest, presented by Edible Jersey Magazine and the New Jersey Farm to School Network will be accepted starting January 21, 2015 running through March 31, 2015.

Eligibility to enter includes any New Jersey public or private pre-K-12 school or childcare center. Applicants must have had a school garden open during the 2013-2014 school year and be able to provide documentation through photos of its uses and existence.

Gardens must be in an established indoor or outdoor setting utilizing experiential, garden-based learning. Indoor, greenhouse, raised beds, aquaponic, hydroponic, rooftop and container gardens are considered acceptable for application for the contest.

Entries will be judged by a committee of representatives from the following organizations: Edible Jersey, New Jersey Farm to School Network, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, NJ Nursery and Landscape Association, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the NJ Alliance for Environmental Education.

The "Overall Winning Garden" will receive a $1500 prize at an award ceremony hosted at their garden in mid-May. Additional awards will be given to schools that represent notable practices in Nutrition Education, Environmental Education, Community Outreach and, new this year, "Best Rookie of the Year Garden". This new award will recognize newly established gardens under two years old.

This year's sponsors include Eastern Produce Council, Applegate Farms, Green Living Technologies, NJ School Nutrition Association, Sustainable Fare and AgWorks Consulting. All completed submissions to the contest will be entered into a drawing for a Mobile Edible Wall Unit, indoor grow wall valued at $3,000 donated by Green Living Technologies, Inc. of Rochester, NY.


Click HERE for more information and to submit your entry.

NPSNJ Annual Meeting Details 2015 - Registration is Open!             (Posted: 1-22-15)

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2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

10:00 Welcome, NPSNJ Update and Short Business Meeting

10:20 Dan Cariveau - Cranberries and Native Bees

11:30 Dale Hendricks Permaculture and Native Plants

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Mark Demitroff - Pine Belt Employment

2:30 Edith Wallace - Native Plant Gardens on Display

3:30 Wrap Up

3:45 "Sticks and Twigs" Native Plant Sale


Mark Your Calendars
November 7, 2015
NPSNJ Fall Conference 
Featured Speaker: 
Doug Tallamy

"Sticks and Twigs"

Thanks to these nurseries who have provided plants to our annual "Sticks and Twigs" Plant Sale - NJ's FIRST Native Plant Sale of the year!

We have 8 regional chapters! There is a monthly NPSNJ activity going on near you! Find out more details by visiting our website.

Happy New Year!

Native Plants and People is the theme of our 2015 Annual Meeting. Listen as Rutgers researcher Dan Cariveau connects the cranberries we eat to the native bees that surround us in our gardens. Dale Hendricks will challenge our thoughts about gardening and ecology with a look at the role of native plants in permaculture. Natural Historian Mark Demitroff joins us again this time connecting us to our historic use of native plants in NJ as means of employment. Finally, Dr. Edith Wallace, of the Garden State Gardens Consortium will walk us through a virtual tour of the Native Plant Gardens on Display in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta throughout NJ. 

Again at the Conference:
6th Annual "Sticks and Twigs" Native Plant Sale - the FIRST native plant sale of the year in NJ.

For more details, continue reading below.

Sounds great already? No nee to read more? Register Here!

See you at the Conference!

Kathleen V Salisbury
President, Native Plant Society of NJ

PS Again this year we are offering Registration Discounts for up-to-date members. Save $25 as an NPSNJ Member. Not sure if you are a member? Memberships run a calendar year, expiring in January. If you haven't renewed your membership this month - you're due!

2014 Fall Conference
Annual Meeting 
Saturday March 14
Medford Leas, Medford NJ
"Native Plants and People"

*Member Price - $25.00 
Non-Member - $50.00

Registration Fee includes Morning Refreshments and Lunch

*Current Members will be sent a password. Become a member by March 1 and receive member discount.

Cranberries and Native Bees 
Dan Cariveau


From crop pollination to conservation: linking native bees and native plants in New Jersey Dan will discuss the natural history, conservation, and ecological importance of native bees in New Jersey.


Permaculture and Native Plants - Building Resilience, Diversity and Opportunity 

Dale Hendricks


Permaculture provides us an opportunity to look at our landscapes and the native plant movement with fresheyes. How can the native plant and permaculture movements inform and enrich each other? Must we be at warwith invasive plants? Why are they moving and taking over so fast? Can we be a civilization of stewards and gardeners?

Pine Belt Employments
Mark Demitroff


Here Mark provides a natural science-based overview of forest resource utility. Pinelands plants are not only beautiful to look at, but for over 400-years provided the raw materials needed for America's rapid industrialization.


Native Plant Gardens on Display 

Edith Wallace 


The gardens of the Garden State Gardens Consortium feature historic houses and gardens, formal gardens, sculpture, and, of course, native plants displayed in this presentation.



February & March Events at PEEC             (Posted: 1-22-15)

Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-14-15)

Three exciting summer programs for teenage students will be held at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. Offered by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners, the three sessions include the Sedge Island Fishing Experience, the Sedge Island Field and Research Experience, and the Sedge Island Field Experience.

For more information on each session, including dates, fees and application forms, visit on the Division's website.

Get Ready for National Environmental Education Week 2015!             (Posted: 1-5-15)

Click HERE.

Winter Lecture Series Begins at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve             (Posted: 1-5-15)

Click HERE.

Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information             (Posted: 1-5-15)

HIKES for 2015:
A "Heads Up" about hikes for 2015 (Tentative - subject to approval by the NJ State Park Service).

Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: 6th Annual Winter Trek

Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: 7th Annual Vernal Pool Exploration

Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: Autumn Leaves Hike

These hikes begin at the 50 Neilson Road entrance in Wantage, NJ 07461 and are approximately 1 - 2 miles long.

Adults and children are welcome (Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian).

Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

This past Fall the Lusscroft Farm website was updated and revised. The new website address is

Additional information about the hikes and a trail map is included on the website. To access this information click on the Calendar of Events Tab on the left side on the website. Then click on the Hiking Tab. At the bottom of this page is a link to a file that contains a map of the trails.

Thank you for your support of Lusscroft Farms and I hope to see you at some (all) of the 2015 events at Lusscroft Farm.

OASIS SOLAR JAM 2015 INFORMATION             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Last year OASIS held our first, and very successful SOLARJAM graciously sponsored by PSEG. We will hold our second SOLARJAM on May 16 (raindate May 17), 2015 at Princeton High School. All NJ schools are welcome to join send students. Below (and attached) is the preliminary information so you can plan and share. Reimbursement for kits will be on a first come first served basis. Registration forms will follow in late winter.

Liz Cutler
OASIS Director
Made possible thanks to funding from PSEG.

SolarJam 2015

Preliminary Information
* Registration Details will follow - Contact person for questions and/or to volunteer is: Andrew Lloyd

Event Basics:
1. Event to be held at the outdoor tennis facility at Princeton High School on Saturday May 16th; Rain Date the next day, Sunday May 17th (Exact Time TBD - late morning to early afternoon) 2. Two age divisions: Lower (K-5) and Middle (6-8) 3. Two events: Solar Car Race and open "Photon Fair"
4. This is a No/Low Waste Event. Water Fountains are available inside the building. A small complimentary refreshment (like an ice cream cone) may be available to participating students, but as far as lunch/snack items people are welcome to bring their own food.
5. Each team must have at least one registered adult as on-site chaperone Car Race:
1. Materials: must use the stock panel and motor from either PITSCO or SolarMade (see links below) 2. Vehicle must carry an empty soda can, with its tab intact, as its cargo 3. Vehicles will race along wires ." from the ground - Therefore vehicles must have eyelets or other method attached either on their underside or at their sides, for wire to pass through.
4. Teams can use the kit to build the vehicle (see links) or create their own body - as long as it satisfies #1 and #2 above.
5. Teams can devise vehicles that can easily have panels placed and removed, so that panels can be shared while practicing and during race.
6. Vehicles must pass a "Drop Test" from 12 inches off of the ground. Vehicle must stay intact with motor and panel and all parts during test. Contestants are responsible for conducting their own tests, but race officials may ask to observe.
7. The vehicle will start from behind the starting line with all wheels touching the track. The solar panel will be completely shaded by a supplied opaque material cover held above the panel by a team member. When the MC signals the start of the race, the team member will remove the cover so the panel will be exposed to sunlight. Once the judge starts the race, team members cannot touch the car or guide wire until the race is final and vehicles are asked to clear the track by the MC. If a car is touched after the start of the race and it moves, it will count as a disqualification.
8. In both Lower and Middle divisions, awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as Most Innovative Use of Alternate/Recycled Materials Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $100 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.

Links for Car parts and build info: (link to kit and individual parts) ( for panel only) (to buy just the standard "280" motor). (link to kit and individual parts) (Link to the existing Junior Solar Sprint National events' page, with good design and build resources)

1. This is an Open opportunity to present anything a student or team has devised that derives its form and/or function from the Sun.
2. Each individual or team will be provided a table or suitable spot to present their project.
3. At least one member of the team should be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the project.
4. Suggestions for projects include but are not limited to: solar water heating, solar ovens, sundials, the use of light, color and shadow in solar art, etc. Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $30 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.

Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Click HERE.

Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.