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Get Out and Grow Garden Promotion
Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife workshops are returning to Cape May County
Call for Nominations: 2016 Land Ethics Award
Educational Program in December - Ocean County Soil Conservation District
OCSCD: 2016 Poster Contest for Students
BirdSpotter Photo Contest Underway
New EARTH Center program on Alternative Heating for Your Home
Environmental Insights Series: Understanding the Science of Climate Change
Plant the Seed for New Possibilities
Free Student Eco Citizenship Project & Contest from Panasonic
2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program Announcement
NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!
|Get Out and Grow Garden Promotion
GRAND PRIZE: THREE WINNING SCHOOLS.
|Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife workshops are returning to Cape May County
Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife Workshops return to Cape May County
What better way to shake off winter than to begin planning for your very own wildlife garden, and who better to lead the way than local naturalist and educator, Pat Sutton. Pat will share her wildlife gardening expertise through a series of six Saturday and Sunday workshops designed for property owners. These in-depth, all-day sessions are designed to be site specific to each situation. As in all of her workshops, native plants and wildlife-friendly practices will be emphasized, because as Pat reminds us: “Don’t count on landscapers or nursery owners for guidance since many of them are not well informed about native plants and wildlife gardening practices.”
The first workshop, “How to Create a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife,” on Saturday, February 27th serves as the backbone of the series. Each subsequent workshop will build upon the lessons learned previously. Pat will share valuable handouts and each workshop will include a question and answer session, plus time for sharing during a working lunch.
Subsequent workshops will include, “Lose the Lawn, Create a Wildflower Meadow” on Sunday, February 28th; “How to Create a Pollinator Garden” on Saturday, March 5th; “Battlestar Backyardia” on Sunday, March 6th; “How to Create a No-Fuss Wildlife Pond” on Saturday, March 12th and “Landscape Design with Wildlife in Mind” on Saturday, March 19th. Pick and choose or take all six and pay the discounted rate. The 2016 Gardening for Wildlife Workshop series benefits the Nature Center of Cape May.
Please remember, Pat Sutton’s workshops fill up quickly and are limited to the first 20 registrants, so preregistration is a must! Cost, which includes handouts, is $35 per session for NJ Audubon members and $45 for nonmembers. Sign up for any three workshops and pay the discounted rate of $75 for members and $105 for nonmembers. (It pays to be a member).
Workshops are held in Goshen at NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory Center, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. For more information or to preregister contact the Nature Center, 609-898-8848, or stop in during our monthly Birdseed Sales. It’s been a hard winter for our feathered friends, please remember them.
The Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM) is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May. One of 7 centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, the Center provides family oriented programming in the marine sciences and other nature oriented themes. Programs are scheduled throughout the year; public visitation is available 7 days per week, April through October. Visit our campus, shop at the nature store and view the breathtaking harbor and its environment from the Trucksess Observation tower.
|Call for Nominations: 2016 Land Ethics Award
|Educational Program in December - Ocean County Soil Conservation District
The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization has declared 2015 the “International Year of Soils”. Healthy soil is at the root of all life. It provides us with the food we eat, the fibers that make our clothing, and the fuel that runs our economy. It cleans our water and sequesters carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere. The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is dedicated to promoting awareness of this finite resource. Join us for educational and fun interactive programs as we explore the many roles of healthy soil in our lives. A new topic will be explored each month. Pre-registration requested. Connect to the Ocean County Soil Conservation District website for more information, or contact Becky Laboy at Education@soildistrict.org, or call 609-971-7002 ext. 114 for more details.
Saturday, December 12, 12:00pm-2:00pm
|OCSCD: 2016 Poster Contest for Students
|BirdSpotter Photo Contest Underway
|New EARTH Center program on Alternative Heating for Your Home
County to Offer Seminar on "Alternative Heating for Your Home"
|Environmental Insights Series: Understanding the Science of Climate Change
DATE: Wednesday, November 18th at 7 pm
|Plant the Seed for New Possibilities
Enter the Smucker's Get Out and Grow Promotion on behalf of your school. Three winning schools receive a cash reward to be used toward a garden. Simply take a photo of where you'd put a garden on your school grounds and submit below, where you'll also find official rules and complete contest details.
|Free Student Eco Citizenship Project & Contest from Panasonic
FREE Student Eco Citizenship Project and Contest for New Jersey Classrooms
Panasonic Corporation of North America along with the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning (formerly the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation) are looking for New Jersey 4th-8th grade classrooms to participate in the NO COST Panasonic Eco Citizenship Project.
The project is aligned to common core state standards and will guide students to:
- Explore environmental issues.
- Discover what others are doing to protect the environment.
- Decide on what can be done to positively impact their local environment.
- Create an environmental action plan.
- Act on their plans.
- Create (as a team) as Eco-Diary Picture Diary that showcases their results.
Each diary is eligible to enter into the Eco Diary contest. See details below.
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 the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning by 6:00 P.M. on April 29, 2016. All details for the contest will be available in the teacher resources that will be mailed and on the program website.
Prizes will be awarded to each student on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and their teachers! (Prizes will be described on the program's website).
This project is only available to teachers in grades 4-8 across New Jersey. The project is limited to the first 100 teachers that sign up. Teachers must sign-up in advance to participate in the project and contest. Once signed up, each participating teacher will receive the following items in the mail by November 2015:
- 1 Teacher Guide
- 60 Student Workbooks
- 20 Eco Diaries (one diary for each student team)
Teachers will also be sent the link to the project's website when ready!
To sign-up: please follow this link: http://www.usatodaycharitablefoundation.org/ecocitizen-registration/
Foundation for IMPACT on Literacy and Learning
c/o ILA PO Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
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|2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program Announcement
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) recently announced that New Jersey will participate in the 2015-2016 federal Green Ribbon Schools Program and invites all school districts and both public and private schools to apply for this national recognition.
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) launched the annual award in 2011 to recognize the highest performing green schools in the nation. This award recognizes exemplary achievement in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources that help to advance these complementary aims.
The recognition award is considered the first comprehensive federal program addressing the environmental impact, health and education of our schools and is a major milestone in the Green Schools Movement. The award lays out a thoughtful vision for schools and raises the profile of green schools and the states whose policies encourage them.
A letter of intent to participate should be submitted by November 20, 2015, and a completed application must be submitted by December 18, 2015.
Please contact Bernard E. Piaia, Jr., Director, NJDOE Office of School Facilities, at (609) 984- 5351 or Leonard Colner at (609) 943-5926 with any questions on this issue.
To review the NJDOE 2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program Announcement go to:
To review information about the 2015 NJ Green Ribbon Schools application, review process, partners and timeline, go to:
For information about U.S. Green Ribbon Schools please visit: www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html
|NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!