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CONTENTS:
NWF: Celebrating Majesty through Photography (Contest)
Register for the 2017 NJ Envirothon!
Lecture on Fighting Tree-Killing Insect To Be Held in Monroe
Micro irrigation Workshop at the EARTH Center
NWF: Win a Free Garden -- Driven Straight to Your School!
Spring gardening workshops offered by Pat Sutton
Mercer Green Fest on March 18, 2017 at Rider University
Environmental Community Service Award
Build Your Own Terrarium at the Johnson Education Center
Best of Green Schools awards
DEP WARM WEATHER BARNEGAT BAY PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
2017 Lusscroft Hikes
Saving Jamaica Bay to Air on PBS
Third Annual UL Innovative Education Award is Now Taking Applications!
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Author of Blue Mind To Speak at the Grand Hotel in Cape May on Wednesday May 31st!
February Events at the Preserve!
Locavore Program In August
Winter Weather Got you Down? Brighten your Day with a Great Class at Back to Nature
Teen Programs At Sedge Island
Even though its the "dead" of winter, Duke Farms is very much alive!
ENVIRONMENTAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM IN FEBRUARY
Middle and/or High School Sustainability Engineering Design Challenge
Register for Trailside's Winter Workshops
Bergen County Zoo
National Wildlife Photo Contest!
PEEC Winter Newsletter - Superpowers and Survival & More!
Cape-Atlantic Conservation District Winter Spring 2017 Newsletter
Educational Events at Terhune Orchards
OCSCD: 2017 Poster Contest for Students
C&NN: Get Inspired to Take Action 
Conserve Wildlife Foundation - Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest
Call for Nominations: 2017 Land Ethics Award
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Student Video Contest for Environmental Science Students
Announcing Featured Speakers for 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference
NWF: Celebrating Majesty through Photography (Contest)             (Posted: 2-21-17)

Click HERE.

Register for the 2017 NJ Envirothon!             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

Lecture on Fighting Tree-Killing Insect To Be Held in Monroe             (Posted: 2-17-17)

An invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), has recently been discovered in several Middlesex County municipalities, and poses a potential threat to the County's ash trees.

In light of this environmental concern, the County Office of Extension Services and the Monroe Township's Shade Tree Commission are holding a presentation by Paul Kurtz, entomologist with New Jersey's Department of Agriculture and member of the EAB Task Force.

The lecture will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Ash trees naturally occur in many forests and are commonly planted as landscape trees for streets, yards, and parks. Rutgers University researchers have determined that all ash trees are susceptible to EAB, which can become a hazard within five years of discovery. EAB larvae harm trees by feeding on their inner bark, preventing the flow of water and nutrients. Infested trees eventually become brittle and can even die. Treatment for this devastating insect is possible, but only if detected early.

Mr. Kurtz will explain the cycle of the EAB and answer questions about susceptible trees in the landscape.

The presentation will help participants identify ash trees on their property, determine whether they are affected by EABs, and assess what course of action is available. The effects of the invasive species on municipal and residential budgets will also be discussed.

To attend the seminar, send an optional RSVP to Pbroskie@monroetwp.com.

For those who want to learn more about Invasive and Native Species, both insects and plants, a series of upcoming seminars is scheduled. For information, visit the County website at www.middlesexcountynj.us and search "extension" or call 732-398-5260.

Micro irrigation Workshop at the EARTH Center             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

NWF: Win a Free Garden -- Driven Straight to Your School!             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

Spring gardening workshops offered by Pat Sutton             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Nobody better understands the connection between gardening for wildlife and the use of native plants than Pat Sutton. A backyard habitat educator for over three decades, she returns to Cape May County with a full slate of her very popular workshops geared for property owners. These seven in-depth, all-day, fact-filled workshops will be site-specific and emphasize the use of native plants and wildlife friendly methods. The line-up is as follows:
* Saturday, March 11th: How to create a backyard habitat for wildlife
* Sunday, March 12th: Lose the Lawn and create a wildlife meadow instead
* Saturday, March 18th: How to create a pollinator garden
* Sunday, March 19th: Plant wars, how to recognize and deal with invasive plant species
* Saturday, March 25th: How to create a no-fuss wildlife pond
* Sunday, March 26th: How to make messy look good (Two all NEW topics for 2017: maintenance tips & advice and shade gardening)
* April 1st: Landscape design with wildlife in mind

These spring workshops are the perfectly scheduled to help you shake off winter and begin planning or enhancing wildlife gardens. The first workshop is the backbone of the series and will provide a good foundation for the six other workshops and each subsequent session will build upon the previous, but yet every workshop can stand alone.

The workshops are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 3 throughout March and concluding on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 and will be held at New Jersey Audubon's Goshen Center for Research and Education, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House. Cost for the workshops will be $40 per workshop for NJ Audubon members and $50 for nonmembers. Please note that there is a 20 participant limit and that preregistration is required so call today and reserve your space. There is a discount when signing up for three or more workshops. Sign up for five or more workshops and receive a free ticket to visit Pat Sutton's garden during the peak blooming time. (Dates to be set at a later time).

Full write ups and description for each workshop are attached and can be found on: www.PatSuttonWildlifeGarden.com.

Mercer Green Fest on March 18, 2017 at Rider University             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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The local area's green fair, the Mercer Green Fest (formerly known as the Living Local Expo) will be held on Sunday March 18, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

in the Rider University Student Recreation Center, which is located on the main campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville. The fair is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

After 10 years as the Living Local Expo, the annual event's name has changed to Mercer Green Fest to indicate the day is fun for the whole family and has expanded to partner with nine communities throughout Mercer County.

The Mercer Green Fest is presented by the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition which is comprised of Ewing Green Team, Hopewell Green Team, Lawrence Environmental Resources & Sustainabilty Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), Trenton Green Team, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, West Windsor Environmental Commission Mercer County Office of Sustainability and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

The popular event will feature sustainable local businesses, community groups, farmers market, electric care display, demonstrations and speakers throughout the day.

In addition to the many eco-friendly vendors at our green fair, visitors can learn about a variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as bike paths, food waste recycling, energy efficiency and wellness.

There's plenty for the kids to do too. This year's event will feature the Grammy Award nominated Miss Amy and we will also be bringing back the Eyes of the Wild traveling zoo as well as Art All Day.

A farmers market will feature local farms and local artisan food producers. A lunch celebrating locally sourced and seasonal ingredients will be available for purchase.

Program
Miss Amy's Band / Eyes of the Wild traveling zoo / Green Planet Band / Solar Man / Kinetic Solar Sculpture

Speakers Topics
Climate change / Energy / Solar Panels / Fracking

Small, local Central Jersey businesses and non-profits focused on sustainability are invited to reserve a spot to highlight your services and products through hands-on demonstrations or engaging coversations and make new customers at our eleventh annual green fair. Secure a spot through March 11 by contacting Joanne Mullowney of the Ewing Green Team at 609-883-0862 or jwmullowney@gmail.com

Look for more information about all of the participants from vendors to speakers to sponsors at www.mercergreenfest.org

Environmental Community Service Award             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

See HERE for press release.

Build Your Own Terrarium at the Johnson Education Center             (Posted: 2-10-17)

Click HERE.

Best of Green Schools awards             (Posted: 2-10-17)

Friends,

I wanted to be sure you know that the Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network are again accepting nominations for the annual Best of Green Schools awards. These awards honor schools, districts, institutions, and collaborators who have moved the ball forward for the green schools movement. Please consider submitting your nomination at the link—the deadline is February 14th!

Honorees will be presented their awards on the main stage at the annual Green Schools Conference, coming up in Atlanta on March 21-22. Will you be there? We hope you’re able to join the amazing group of leaders and advocates gathering together. Please note that nominated individuals for the Best of Green Schools are not required to be present at the conference to be awarded.

One final note: we just launched a new look for the Learning Lab site, a platform for sustainability-focused K12 curriculum content. If you haven’t checked it out yet, get on and look around at the content from our fantastic curriculum partners: Nature Conservancy, STEM Hero, EcoRise, RIS, TerraCycle, NEED, and Global Oneness Project… with more on the way.

Thank you for your hard work to make our schools better, healthier, more sustainable places. Please let us know if we can assist in the future!

Anisa Heming  Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD&C  O&M
Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
2101 L Street NW, Suite 500 | Washington, DC 20037
(o) 202-742-3286 | (c) 202-701-0681

DEP WARM WEATHER BARNEGAT BAY PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES             (Posted: 2-10-17)

A FISHING PROGRAM, SUMMER CAMP AND WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
February 2017

A FISHING PROGRAM, SUMMER CAMP AND WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
Some of DEP's Warm Weather Barnegat Bay Program Opportunities

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will host three unique, hands-on outdoor programs this spring and summer that are designed to introduce adults and youth to the natural beauty and wildlife of Barnegat Bay.

First, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training April 28-30 in Waretown (Ocean County).

HOFNOD targets teachers, staff and volunteers of schools, community and faith-based organizations looking to engage youth in an ongoing or year-round fishing, conservation and aquatic education program.

HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing and their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. The program can be used by most organizations.

For more information or to register for this program, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2017/hofnod_train04-17.htm on the Division's website.

In addition, the Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners are offering for teens three exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay.

These unique, educational and fun programs include fishing, research and field experiences in a beautiful location.

For information, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer17.htm on the Division's website.

Finally, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 3-day 2-night locavore program for adults interested in learning what's edible in and around Barnegat Bay.

The program will be held on August 11-13 at the Sedge House, a renovated ducking hunting lodge with 7-bunk rooms where participants will live a conservationist lifestyle.

Participants will spend time identifying and harvesting edible plants, algae, digging clams, netting crabs, and fishing, all while learning about the salt marsh ecosystem, conservation, and renewable resources. For more information view the page and/or flyer linked below:
* www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2017/baytobowl17.htm
* www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/education/baytobowl_flyer17.pdf

2017 Lusscroft Hikes             (Posted: 2-8-17)

Hi Hikers & Outdoor Enthusiasts:

The following is a summary of the 2017 hikes scheduled for Lusscroft Farm located in High Point State Park.
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Winter Trek (Snow or no snow)
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Vernal Pool Exploration (Rain or Shine)
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Autumn Leaves Hike (Rain or Shine)

Join other casual & novice hikers for fun and informative hikes, conducted by Kevin Mitchell, on some of the beautiful trails at Lusscroft Farm.

Please dress appropriately for hiking on the trails for up to 1 ˝ hours.
We meet in front of the Turner Mansion located at 50 Nielson Road in Wantage, NJ 07461
Pre-registration is helpful. Contact Kevin Mitchell via email at kmitchel@ptd.net
Children must be accompanied by their parents/guardians.
Dogs must be kept on a leash.
There is no charge, but donations for Lusscroft Farm & trail restoration are appreciated.

Additional information about Lusscroft Farm is located on the website: www.lusscroftfarm.org

Saving Jamaica Bay to Air on PBS             (Posted: 2-8-17)

"SAVING JAMAICA BAY"
documentary to 
make

PBS Television Debut
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Saturday, February 18
1:00 pm
New York/New Jersey public television station WNET 13

Sunday, February 26
9:00 pm
New York/New Jersey PBS affiliate Channel 21
Learn how a community fought government inaction over environmental issues, and overcame the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the largest open space in New York City.  

Gather your friends and family to watch this fascinating documentary, narrated by award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.
A prominent voice in the film is Don Riepe, Director of the Littoral Society's Northeast Chapter and a resident of Broad Channel. Riepe, who is the Littoral Society's Jamaica Bay Guardian™, has dedicated his life to protecting and restoring Jamaica Bay.
The location of Jamaica Bay, combined with the rich food resources found there, make it a regionally important fish, wildlife, and plant habitat. It's geographic location acts to concentrate marine and estuarine species migrating between the New York Bight portion of the North Atlantic, the Hudson River and the Raritan River estuary.
Jamaica Bay supports seasonal or year-round populations of 300 species of birds, 100 species of finfish, 50 different kinds of butterfly, and a host of human residents.
You can help save Jamaica Bay.

Please, click here to support the American Littoral Society and our efforts to protect and restore the critical ecology of Jamaica Bay.  

Third Annual UL Innovative Education Award is Now Taking Applications!             (Posted: 2-8-17)

UL and the North American Association for Environmental Education Host the Third Annual UL Innovative Education Award

The program honors organizations inspiring youth to take action, work together, and solve environmental challenges with $250,000 in prizes.

NORTHBROOK, IL and WASHINGTON, DC — February 1, 2017 — The third annual UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) recognition program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States and Canada. Awards will go to participants who best use innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricula to help students of grades K–12 solve real-world environmental problems.

A panel of environmental, science, research, and technical experts will determine one grand prize winner to receive $100,000; two second-tier winners to receive $50,000 each; and two third-tier winners to receive $25,000 each. The submission window closes on February 28, 2017, and organizers will publicly announce the winning applicants in August 2017.

UL, the global safety science leader, in collaboration with North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), founded the ULIEA recognition program in 2015 and have since awarded $500,000 to 10 non-profit organizations. The investment supports and encourages youth engagement in local environmental issues, community engagement, and interest in engineering, technology, science, and mathematics. “Thousands of kids from different backgrounds are getting excited about solving environmental issues in their communities,” said Cara Gizzi, UL Director of Education and Outreach. “These award-winning programs are producing our future engineers, scientists, inventors, innovators, and environmentalists, and we want to help ensure support for this world-changing work continues."

The 2016 grand prize winner, Sun Works Greenhouse Project, built hydroponic farming labs into public schools to help New York City students address urban food production challenges through engineering and problem solving.

“Hands-on, project-based learning hones problem solving and other 21st century skills," said Christiane Maertens, NAAEE Deputy Director. “There’s a real opportunity to shape future generations here — we hope to double our application pool in 2017 and reach organizations doing the most impactful work.”

For more information about the awards, eligibility requirements, and past winners, visit http://ulinnovationeducation.naaee.net or visit us here to apply immediately.

About UL

UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security, and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust, enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise, and train, and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit http://www.ul.com/.

About NAAEE

The North American Association for Environmental Education is a pioneering membership organization dedicated to accelerating environmental literacy through education. NAAEE supports a network of more than 16,000 educators, researchers, and organizational members working in environmental education across more than 30 countries through direct membership and 54 regional affiliate organizations. NAAEE provides resources for educators, professionals, volunteers, and researchers via sponsored community networks, publications, and employment development opportunities. For more information, visit http://naaee.org.

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Author of Blue Mind To Speak at the Grand Hotel in Cape May on Wednesday May 31st!             (Posted: 2-1-17)

Hello Friends of the Earth!

Please share with all environmental educators and any other friends of the Earth! I really want as many supportive people to be at the Grand Hotel in Cape May for the NJ Audubon Walk on the Beach and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, the author of Blue Mind keynote speech on Wednesday May 31st!

Attached is the registration for this special event at our conference. I also included the enrichment activities that we will
be offering at the conference, in case anyone would like to join us.
I really think that it will definitely make Dr. Nichols feel very welcome to the Jersey Shore!!!!!
Sincerely,
Kevin
609-775-7981

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind
www.wallacejnichols.org
Grand Hotel of Cape May
May 31, 2017 Registration Form
Please Print Name__________________________________________
Title_____________________________________________________
Organization_____________________________Phone Number______________
Home Address____________________________E-mail Address______________
City_____________________________________________________ST____ZIP______
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. A Walk on the Beach With a New Jersey Audubon Naturalist
12:15-1 p.m. Wednesday May 31, 2017 Buffet Lunch
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind www.wallacejnichols.org
1:45-2 p.m. Book signing of Blue Mind by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Going Deeper Workshop - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, the author of Blue Mind
ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-REGISTER! This event is pre-registration only!! There will be NO on-site registration available!!!
Early Registration: (Received by May 5, 2017): $30
Registration: (Received by May 25, 2017): $35
Special Meal Requests: Vegetarian Meals or Other Special Meals (Please Specify)
Enrichment Event Registration - If you plan to participate in any of the following optional Enrichment Events, please indicate and include the additional cost (if applicable) to your total registration check.
1. Wednesday: Kayak Tour of Cape May Harbor and Tidal Marsh - 5 to 7 p.m. $35 x__=________ or Single Kayak; $60 x__=________for Double Kayak
2. Wednesday: President Reception - Hors d'oeuvres and Live Music by Funkybone 8 to 11 p.m. Cash Bar $15 x __=________
3. Thursday: Sunset Dolphin Cruise Around Cape May (We will carpool to Miss Chris Marina located at 1212 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204.) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 x__=________

4. Thursday: Beach Party - Hors d'oeuvres and Live Music by Rhyme and Reason 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. Cash Bar $15 x __=________
IMPORTANT: Please make checks payable to the New Jersey Correctional Education Association. Please return the completed registration form and check to:
NJCEA
P.O. Box 252
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
NO registrations will be accepted after May 25, 2017!!!
NO On-site registration will be available. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.
Refunds will be given for the conference or activity if written request is received by May 5, 2017.
Total Payment Enclosed
$__________
All hotel reservations should be made directly with the Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey 08204!!!
Hotel room rates are $93 double occupancy per night plus tax. Attendees should call the hotel and identify that they are with the Correctional Education Association Conference at 1-800-257-8550 by March 31, 2017 to receive this rate. www.grandhotelcapemay.com
For further information about the 2017 56th Annual Region 1 Conference to be held at the Grand Hotel of Cape May on May 30 - June 2, 2017, please contact
Kevin Kavanaugh at njceapres@gmail.com or 609-775-7981.
Catch us on our CEA websites: www.CEANJ.org / www.CEAREGION1.org

February Events at the Preserve!             (Posted: 2-1-17)

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Signs of Spring 
As you're strolling through the woods on these mild winter days, you may stumble upon the unmistakable tip of Symplocarpus foetidus, or Eastern skunk cabbage. The young emerging plants are mottled maroon in color, and if you happen to step on it, its presence will be known by its distinctly skunky smell. 



 The odor benefits the plant as it discourages animals to nibble at the leaves while also attracting pollinators to aid in creating future generations.  The plant is commonly found in or at the edges of marshy wet areas.  Keep a look out the next time you're at the Preserve walking along Pidcock Creek!



New Member Benefit!
Members will now receive 10% off plants in our Native Plant Nursery, all season long! 

Learn about all the perks of being a member with BHWP by visiting our Membership page  


Save the Date!

Our 14th annual Spring Wildflower will be held April 29th! 

This year's theme, Regeneration, is timely as the Preserve transforms a 20-acre area from woods to meadow due to extensive damage the woodland area suffered during a microburst windstorm this summer. Proceeds from the Gala will go towards creating the meadow, which will also include a new trail loop for visitors!
 
Come dine, dance, and enjoy the spring splendor while supporting the preservation of native habitat!
 



 
February is here and there's so much to discover! 
Call 215-862-2924 to register for all events and programs!
February 4th 
Fun for kids of all ages!  

Marvelous Mammals 10-11 a.m. 
Winter Walk 1:30 - 3 p.m.
 
Mammals are marvelous! Join us for a hands-on, touch-and-feel program that uses real animal pelts and replica skulls to discuss individual mammal's adaptations and how they help the animal survive. Members: $5 for one child with adult + $3 for each additional child Non-members: $8 for one child with adult + $6 for each additional child. Advance registration is required by February 2.
Afterwards, explore the quiet beauty of winter habitats while learning how plants provide winter food and shelter for birds and small mammals. We'll investigate skeletal stems, diverse seed heads, buds that promise next spring's leaves and flowers, and look for signs of wildlife on this very special walk. Please dress for the weather. Members: $5; Non-members: $7. Advance registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 2nd. 

February 11th
Dried Flower Valentines 
3-4 p.m. 
Show your valentine you care with a gift from nature. Join us as we create a beautiful heart-shaped ornaments decorated with colorful dried flowers. Please bring a glue gun if you have one. $3 material fee due at class. 
Members: $8; Non-members: $10; Space is limited - registration with payment required by Thursday, February 9. 
February 18th
Outdoor outings for all!
Great Backyard Bird Count, 10-11 a.m.

FREE to all! Advance registration is requested. Join Michael O'Shea from Wild Birds Unlimited of Buckingham, PA for a GBBC event at the Preserve. It's FREE, fun, and easy - and it helps the birds! This annual four-day event (February 17-20) engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts.

Nature Play Day, 
1-4 p.m. 
Gather the kids and join us for an afternoon of play in nature! Our Visitor Center will be filled with fun and thematic self-guided activities, art projects, and opportunities for a guided hike. This is a drop-in, family program. Members: FREE! Non-members: $3 per person (includes Preserve admission). 

Registration Fee:
$149 - Early Bird Registration (by Feb. 9) 
$179* - Regular Registration (Feb. 10 through Mar. 1)
$99* - Full-time student (include copy of ID) 
* Registration and payment must be completed by March 1.
Click HERE to register; to learn more about LES; its mission, and to find out about this year's speakers!

Call (215) 862-2924 to register for programs.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve inspires the appreciation and use of native plants by serving as a sanctuary and an educational resource for conservation and stewardship.
The Preserve is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations, admission, and membership support this special place.   

Become a Member
Click HERE to learn more about the benefits of Membership 
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Open Daily in April, May, June. 
(Open Tues. - Sun., July - March) 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Visit us at 1635 River Road, (Rt. 32) 
New Hope, PA 18938
phone: 215.862.2924       
www.bhwp.org  

Locavore Program In August             (Posted: 2-1-17)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, is offering a 3-day 2-night locavore program for adults interested in learning what's edible in and around Barnegat Bay. The program will be August 11-13 at the Sedge House, a renovated ducking hunting lodge with 7-bunk rooms where participants will live a conservationist lifestyle.

Participants will spend time identifying and harvesting edible plants, algae, digging clams, netting crabs, and fishing, all while learning about the salt marsh ecosystem, conservation, and renewable resources. For more information view the page and/or flyer linked below:

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2017/baytobowl17.htm
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/education/baytobowl_flyer17.pdf

Winter Weather Got you Down? Brighten your Day with a Great Class at Back to Nature (Edited for content)             (Posted: 2-1-17)

3055 Valley Road ~ Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 ~ (908) 350-7506 ~ www.backtonature.net
Upcoming Events
We hope you'll join us at one of 
Back to Nature's new, fun programs! 
Be sure to register today - space is limited
New Series: 
Grow, Cook, Eat & Drink!
Grow, Cook, Eat & Drink! is a new workshop series at Back to Nature. Growing out of the natural connection between gardening & cooking, the classes are designed to show you how you can use herbs & produce from your own garden in healthy, delicious dishes for you, your family and friends. We'll cover a wide variety of foods, desserts, drinks and more! These interactive events will be for all levels of both gardeners and cooks. Grab some friends, bring your husband/boyfriend - come join us for a fun experience at Back to Nature. For more information and current class listings click here.
Make your Own Sweet Tweet Seed Ornaments
Saturday, February 18th-11:00 a
Cost: $15
We will teach you how to make a homemade seed ornament. We will supply all the ingredients. A great way for your child to give back to Mother Nature. Ages 5 and up.
Fruit Tree Care & Pruning 101
Sunday, February 19th-1:00 p
Cost: FREE
We'll cover the basics of maintenance and pruning for fruit trees. We'll discuss the important of the timing of pruning, importance of fertilizing, and pest control recommendations.
Winter Citrus
Saturday, February 25th-11:00 a
Cost: $50
When people hear citrus they usually think of the warm days of summer or sunny Florida, most would be surprised to know that citrus is at its peak in the middle of winter. In this class we'll shake, segment, and sizzle our way through recipes that are a little sweet & sour that will be sure to perk up your pucker.
Vegetable Garden Design
Thursday, March 2nd -
11 a
Cost: FREE
Learn about the advantages and basics of raised bed gardening including how to make a raised bed, site selection & preparation, shape and size options, and maintenance. Bring information about your outdoor gardening space-we'll help select the vegetables and plan the layout.
Winter Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays
www.backtonature.net

Teen Programs At Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-26-17)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners are offering teens three exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. These unique, educational and fun programs include fishing, research and field experiences in a beautiful location.

For information, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer17.htm on the Division's website.

Even though its the "dead" of winter, Duke Farms is very much alive!             (Posted: 1-26-17)

Click HERE.

ENVIRONMENTAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM IN FEBRUARY             (Posted: 1-19-17)

The Ewing Green Team Urges Residents to be on the Lookout for the Emerald Ash Borer
DATE: Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm
LOCATION: The Ewing Community and Senior Center, Community Room, 999 Lower Ferry Rd. Ewing

The Ewing Green Team announces the latest entry in their Environmental Insights Series, environmental presentations designed to engage area residents in a public conversation about critical environmental issues and to spark new ideas concerning sustainability. Join the EGT on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm for their program, An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Information Session with a presentation led by a panel of experts.

The Emerald Ash borer has been found in Ewing Township. As this invasive pest can easily spread to neighboring trees, all residents should check their ash trees for symptoms of infestation.

"The emerald ash borer will kill 99 percent of all ash trees within the next few years," said Bill Brash, NJ State Certified Tree Expert. "Residents should identify ash trees on their property and monitor for signs of damage or decline such as unusual woodpecker activity or missing bark."

The Ewing Green Team will hold an information session for residents at the Ewing Senior and Community Center on February 22nd beginning at 6:30 p.m. All homeowners and landowners are encouraged to attend. Contact Joanne Mullowney, Ewing Green Team Co-Chair at 609-883-0862 for more information.

Since the discovery of emerald ash borer in Michigan in 2002, the beetle has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In May 2014, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture confirmed New Jersey's first detection of the emerald ash borer in Bridgewater in Somerset County, NJ.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green, non-native invasive pest. Trees can be infested for years before the tree begins to show symptoms of infestation. Symptoms include canopy dieback, woodpecker activity, missing bark, D-shaped exit holes, shoots sprouting from the trunk, and S-shaped larval galleries under the bark.

If a tree is already infested or in poor health, it may be best to remove the tree before it becomes infested and poses a hazard to people and surrounding structures. But for those residents with high-value ash in good health, trees can be treated before they become infested.

A Certified Tree Expert can help residents evaluate, then treat or remove ash trees. Contact the Board of Certified Tree Experts at 732-833-0325 njtreeexperts@gmail.com for a list of professionals serving your area.

Report any signs. If any signs of the EAB beetle are found, call the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-406-6939. Visit http://www.emeraldashborer.nj.govfor more information.

The Ewing Green Team is an annually appointed Township Board and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Ewing Senior and Community Center. In 2016 it was instrumental in documenting Ewing's sustainable actions to achieve Silver Level certification and a Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable Jersey, an organization that provides 441 registered NJ municipalities with actions and resources designed to help them to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.

Free and open to the public.
No registration is required.
Email: ewinggreenteam@gmail.com
http://ewinggreenteam.org

Middle and/or High School Sustainability Engineering Design Challenge             (Posted: 1-19-17)

This is Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education. A small informal working group of my colleagues and I are developing an unofficial Engineering Design Challenge that we would like to pilot in Camden. Our vision is to focus on sustainability.

The details about the problem and challenge are still fluid. However, It is time to draw in individuals from Camden and Southern NJ to select a problem to be solved, define design criteria, identify professionals who would be willing to be emailed by students if they have questions, and identify individuals and/or organizations that may be able to contribute to the effort.

If you are intrigued by this little project, email me at michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us. Once we have a small army of folks, we will carve out some time to make this thing come to life.

Register for Trailside's Winter Workshops             (Posted: 1-13-17)

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Bergen County Zoo             (Posted: 1-13-17)

Dear Environmental Educator,

I am writing to you today to invite you to an important Bergen County Zoo event, Party for the Planet: an Earth Day Celebration. This will be the 10th year the Bergen County Zoo has hosted this wonderful event. Each year we have more exciting exhibitors come to the zoo to display and discuss the work their organization does to help improve the environment. As in the past there is no fee involved with attending and exhibiting. If you have any questions or comment please feel free to contact me, my information is below.

Carol A. Fusco
Park Naturalist/Education Program Coordinator
Bergen County Zoological Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 262-3771 x125
Fax (201) 986-1788
cfusco@co.bergen.nj.us

National Wildlife Photo Contest!             (Posted: 1-12-17)

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PEEC Winter Newsletter - Superpowers and Survival & More!             (Posted: 1-5-17)

Cape-Atlantic Conservation District Winter Spring 2017 Newsletter             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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Educational Events at Terhune Orchards             (Posted: 12-12-16)

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OCSCD: 2017 Poster Contest for Students             (Posted: 11-28-16)

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2017 POSTER CONTEST
for Students in Grades 2-12
HEALTHY SOILS ARE FULL OF LIFE!
 
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to sponsor the 2017 Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!". Productive soils are the foundation of any healthy ecosystem. As the world's population grows and demand for food production increases, it's essential that we work together to protect and enhance our soils.

At the county level, the Poster Contest is open to all students in grades 2-12. The Ocean County Soil Conservation District will declare a First Place Winner for each grade group. One Grand Champion Winner will be selected among the First Place Winners and receive a $50 cash prize, and a $200 prize will be awarded to their school to support a school-based environmental project. All First Place winning entries from Ocean County will be submitted to the Statewide Competition where they will compete for cash prizes. The State Grand Champion Winner will have their poster reproduced into a folder to be used for various educational events and activities throughout the state. Download the official  Rules & Regulations and Entry Form. Deadline for Ocean County entries is March 9, 2017. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext 114, Education@SoilDistrict.org or visit the OCSCD Poster Contest webpage.


C&NN: Get Inspired to Take Action              (Posted: 11-18-16)

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Conserve Wildlife Foundation - Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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Call for Nominations: 2017 Land Ethics Award             (Posted: 11-14-16)

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Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest             (Posted: 11-10-16)

The US Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest for students in grades K-12. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students express their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Information on the contest is available on the USFWS website at https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/junior-duck-stamp-contest-information.php .

The federal stamp is required of all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older.

Student Video Contest for Environmental Science Students             (Posted: 10-28-16)

World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your environmental science high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found HERE.

Announcing Featured Speakers for 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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