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Creating Healthy Family Meals on a Budget Workshop
UPCOMING PROGRAMS AT TRAILSIDE
Fifth Annual Reservoir Challenge event - June 1
Sail on NJ's Tall Ship in Raritan Bay or Hudson River! June, July Dates
Summer 2013 Programs at Essex County Environmental Center
Out and About NJ Skylands
You're invited to exhibit: New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo
Get "Your Nature On!" Union County's 9th Annual Bio-Blitz, June 14-15
Dietician Hopes to Bring Family Together for Healthy, Economic Meals
PEEC Seasons Highlights: May - June 2013
Ocean Fun Days 2013 - Save the Date
Show Us Your Funky Nests
FREE School Garden Events
Get more quality time with your kids--Get our No-fire-needed S'mores recipe
Cape May's YOUTH FISHING INITIATIVE for 2013
Trailside Adult Spring 2013 Programs
Spring 2013 Programs at Essex County Environmental Center
Spring is in the air at Duke Farms!
9th Annual Great American Backyard Campout
Register Now_Essex County Environmental Center 2013 Seasonal Nature Camps!
Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Award
Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center- Calendar of Events
|Creating Healthy Family Meals on a Budget Workshop
EARTH Center offers Nutrition Workshop Creating Healthy Family Meals on a Budget
|UPCOMING PROGRAMS AT TRAILSIDE
GENTLE BEGINNER YOGA
|Fifth Annual Reservoir Challenge event - June 1
The only day this year when Oradell Reservoir is open to paddlers
|Sail on NJ's Tall Ship in Raritan Bay or Hudson River! June, July Dates
|Summer 2013 Programs at Essex County Environmental Center
Essex County Environmental Center
The Essex County Environmental Center is located at 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland and is a facility of the Essex County Park System in Essex County West Essex Park. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Essex County West Essex Park is open to the public every day from dawn until dusk. Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. For more information, please call 973-228-8776.
ONGOING CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
LITTLE EXPLORERS SUMMER STROLL
Join us for a summer stroll through our wooded wetland. We’ll take time to stop and explore the wonders of the season. Join us rain or shine. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7/child/session
‘KITCHEN LITTLE’ COOKING CLUB
For children ages 3 to 5 who are accompanied by an adult. In this exciting class, we will explore how to cook some of nature’s produce. Join us in the kitchen as we measure, mix and bake some special healthy treats. The best part, of course, is the tasting at the end! Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10/child/session (includes a $3 material fee)
LITTLE SPROUTS GARDENING CLUB
OUTSIDE NATURE DISCOVERIES CLUB
For children ages 5 and 6. Come venture into our wooded wetland with magnifiers, trowels, containers and more to observe living things in their environment. The curriculum is not structured; we will discover as we explore. Dress for the weather as all classes will be outside. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7/child/session
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB
GREEN KIDS CLUB
Nature Discovery Garden CluB
Nature Crafts with Children
4-H YOUNG GARDENERS CLUB
4-H LEGO CLUB
Saturdays—June 8, July 13, August 10
ONGOING CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS
NEW! Tuesday afternoon YOGA
THURSDAY EVENING YOGA
FRIDAY MORNING YOGA
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB
HORTICULTURE FOR SENIORS
For senior citizens. Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County for this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. Join us this month for a Picnic and Plant Clinic. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required one week prior to program; call 973.379.5488 or 973.731.0717. FREE
NEW JERSEY WOODTURNERS
Mondays—June 24, July 22 & August 26
BIRDING FIELD TRIPS IN ESSEX COUNTY
Led by Dave Hall, Associate Naturalist
Have you ever wanted to “bird watch” but didn’t know where to begin? Would you like to find some of the hidden gems in Essex County? Let New Jersey Audubon be your guide. Summer is the time to see, hear and learn the species of birds that nest in Essex County. Walks encourage beginners and challenge experts. Space is limited; please contact Kelly Wenzel at 908.766.5787 for more information and to register.
THURSDAY MORNING FIELD TRIPS
We will tour Greenwood Gardens in search of summer residents. Explore several habitats including hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows. For more information about Greenwood Gardens, visit www.greenwoodgardens.org. Registration with Greenwood Gardens is required for this trip; please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.258.4026. Meet at Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills. Fee: $10 NJA and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 non-members
ESSEX COUNTY HATFIELD SWAMP
Celebrate the summer solstice with a hike through this wooded wetland habitat. Songbird viewing will be in full swing at this time. Footing may be wet. Meet at the Stop & Shop at 875 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell.. FREE
Explore this wonderful estate and enjoy pond, forest and meadow birds while marveling at incredible architecture. For more information about Greenwood Gardens, visit www.greenwoodgardens.org. Registration with Greenwood Gardens is required for this trip; please e-mail email@example.com or call 973.258.4026. Meet at Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills. Fee: $10 NJA and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 non-members
ESSEX COUNTY BROOKDALE PARK
Tour the Rose Garden and a search for late summer birds and perhaps hummingbirds. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the soccer/football grandstands near the entrance on Bellevue Avenue. Location: Bellevue Avenue and W. Circuit Drive, Bloomfield.. FREE
SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIPS
ESSEX COUNTY TROY MEADOWS
The combination of forest and meadow habitat makes for spectacular views of summer residents actively foraging. Footing may be wet. We will carpool to the trail head. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center. Fee: $6 NJA members, $8 non-members
ESSEX COUNTY BRANCH BROOK PARK
Walk through some of the paths of this varied park scene, that holds a surprising variety of birdlife, from forest birds to ducks and herons. Meet at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center located on Branch Brook Drive between Heller Parkway and Mill Street. Location: Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Franklin Avenue and Mill Street, Newark.. Fee: $6 NJA members, $8 non-members
ESSEX COUNTY HILLTOP RESERVATION
This is a great time to view nesting birds such as Indigo bunting and House wren. We will also explore the restored meadow habitat for Blue Birds as well as butterflies and other insects. Meet at Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane, North Caldwell.. FREE
GOING “GREEN”: ORGANIC LAND CARE FOR HOMEOWNERS
BUILD YOUR OWN RAIN BARREL
Wednesday, June 12
For adults. A rain barrel is placed under a gutter’s downspout next to a house to collect rainwater from the roof. The barrel holds about 50 gallons of water, which can be used to water your lawn, flowers, shrubs and trees. Rainwater harvesting can help save money on your water bill, prevent basement flooding, and reduce flooding in local rivers and streams. Rutgers Cooperative Extension staff will show participants how to build their own rain barrel and how to install it at home. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required; 973.228.8776. Fee: $60
Wednesday, June 19
For adults. Join Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County as they introduce the basics of tomato gardening. Learn how to harvest your own tomatoes to enjoy with your family and friends. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9/adult
WILDERNESS SKILLS SUMMER CAMP
June 24 to June 28
Enjoy exploring and discovering woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape life and much more. Sign up for one or two weeks/grade level. Call the Center for details. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.877
BUTTERFLIES IN THE CLASSROOM
Wednesday, July 10
For Pre-Kindergarten through 4th Grade educators. This exciting, hands-on workshop is designed for educators working in classrooms and nature centers with elementary students. We will engage and participate in educational lessons designed for student interaction with butterflies, learn tips and tricks on care and handling of butterflies in the classroom, and learn how to create a schoolyard butterfly garden that engages and educates young participants. Entry into our butterfly tent safari is included in this workshop. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $15 (Full scholarships available for Essex County urban aid district teachers; call the Center for details)
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Saturday, July 13
For children ages 3½ to 5. Take a walk to our blanket in the grass and read the Very Hungry Caterpillar, search our gardens for these growing babies, and paint and create your own caterpillar craft. This program includes a few minutes in our live butterfly tent. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7/child
BUTTERFLY TENT SAFARI
Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 26
GROW YOUR OWN SALAD
BUZZ INTO ACTION with INSECT EDUCATION
Saturday, July 20
For children ages 5 and up. Love Insects? Join us for a family fun and hands-on presentation all about Bugs n’ Butterflies. This program includes a few minutes in our live butterfly tent. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7/child, $9/adult
BUTTERFLY GARDENING WORKSHOP
Saturday, July 27
For adults and children ages 8 and older. Learn to garden for butterflies with Jean Greely, an Essex County Rutgers Master Gardener and butterfly enthusiast. Presentation and discussion will be followed by a planting of butterfly host and nectar plants within our gardens. This program includes a few minutes in our live butterfly tent. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7/child, $9/adult
Monday, July 29
Date and time for the 1-hour classroom portion: TBD (see below)
ADULT WILDERNESS SKILLS CAMP
For adults and children ages 16 and older. Join Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills (www.traditionalearthskills.com) on Thursday evenings in August for native Lenape life skills classes. Sessions will include a fire by friction workshop, canoeing the Passaic River, moccasin making and shelter building. This will be a fun, hands-on program for outdoor enthusiasts, scout leaders, or anyone looking to connect more with our history. Join us for one class or all four. Advance registration and payment is required by Thursday, July 25th; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $25/person/class, or $90 for the series.
BIKE RIGHT – DEFENSIVE BIKE SKILLS TRAINING
MEDITATION SERIES FOR BEGINNERS
BIKE RIGHT – LEARN TO RIDE
ORGANICALLY PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR NEXT SPRING
Wednesday, August 14
HATFIELD SWAMP HIKES BY ARRANGEMENT
Led by Michael Mazur
For adults. The Essex County Environmental Center (ECEC) is pleased to offer hiking tours in the Hatfield Swamp, led by Michael Mazur, local outdoor enthusiast and West Essex Park Conservancy Member/Essex County Trailkeeper. These hikes are “seasonal adventures” that highlight the local ecology of Essex County West Essex Park and the surrounding area. Hikes are scheduled upon request and will run for two or more people. For more information or to schedule a hike, please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973.228.8776. FREE
The NJ Woodturners Association would like to diversify its membership and gain more participation from women and children. The Association has half a dozen very talented female members, but is encouraging women and children to come to the meetings and learn about the wonderful world of woodturning. The Woodturners meet on the fourth Monday of every month from 7pm to 9:30pm in Garibaldi Hall. Contact Gualberto Malave at 908-310-3557 for more information.
LABOR DAY LIVE RAPTOR PROGRAM
Monday, September 2
For ages 4 and up. Tenafly Nature Center presents live raptors! Participants will observe several live raptors up close and will learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old. Advance registration and payment is required by August 21st; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7/child, $9/adult
2013 ESSEX COUNTY PARKS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
Submissions are due by Wednesday, September 18, so grab a camera and visit an Essex County Park! Anyone with a camera is invited and encouraged to submit photos that capture a part of your visit to the County Park System. For rules and regulations, please contact the Essex County Environmental Center at 973.228.8776.
9th Annual Octoberfest Fall Family Celebration
Come celebrate autumn at the Environmental Center! There will be fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy—hands-on nature games and crafts, farmer’s market featuring a variety of NJ Fresh seasonal produce, canoeing, Native American life, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food, and more. FREE EVENT; some items may be for sale.
THE EARTH AND ITS GIFTS ONE-DAY CAMP
9:30am to 3:30pm
Thursday and Friday, November 7 & 8
Calling all Scouts—Wolfs, Bear Cubs, Juniors and Brownies—this is your chance to work on belt loops and pins with environmental staff. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776 for more information.
To register or to inquire about Essex County Environmental Center programs, please call us at 973.228.8776. To register or for more information about programs sponsored by our partner agencies, please refer to the contact list on the next page and reach out to the agency directly. Thank you!
The Essex County Environmental Center is situated in a wooded wetland habitat with access to the Passaic River, which makes for an interesting and affordable site to book a naturalist-led field trip for school groups, scouts, and community groups. Book our state-of-the-art facility and nature setting for an educational birthday party, community event, or a corporate business outing. Take advantage of this County facility, stay local and explore the nature of Essex in your own "backyard." For more information call 973.228.8776. The Center is located at 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland NJ, 07068.
|Out and About NJ Skylands
Buttermilk Falls, at the edge of Stokes Forest
Out and About
You can find a good hike most anywhere Northwest New Jersey any time of year, but many prefer spring: cool temperatures, lots of birds and buds, not so many bugs. If you like rugged, try the trails at the Delaware Water Gap, the peaks of West Milford,or the Appalachian Trail. If you like long, the Highlands Trail can keep you busy for a week. For easy going walks there are many miles of flat graded rail trails or the former paths of the Morris Canal and the D&R. New Jersey's Division of Parks and Forestry maintains a seemingly endless maze of trails within the state parks, but also in New Jersey's network of wildlife management areas, like Wildcat Ridge in Hibernia.
You'll find dozens of hkes and outdoor tripson this map. Pick and click!
Should you traverse any stretch of woods, or even your backyard, alert eyes are usually rewarded. Coyotes have become commonplace, and more and more people are reporting bobcats in their presence! Check the reports at the end of these stories and you'll see how widespread they've become, thanks to persistent conservation efforts. In some places, it's important to keep your eyes on the trail in case of a rattlesnake!
|You're invited to exhibit: New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo
New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo
|Get "Your Nature On!" Union County's 9th Annual Bio-Blitz, June 14-15
Get "Your Nature On!"
|Dietician Hopes to Bring Family Together for Healthy, Economic Meals
Grow Your Own Culinary Mushrooms
|PEEC Seasons Highlights: May - June 2013
|Ocean Fun Days 2013 - Save the Date
|Show Us Your Funky Nests
|FREE School Garden Events
Riverside School in Princeton ALL ARE WELCOME, please RSVP to DorMullen1@aol.com
|Get more quality time with your kids--Get our No-fire-needed S'mores recipe
|Cape May's YOUTH FISHING INITIATIVE for 2013
YOUTH FISHING CAMP
|Trailside Adult Spring 2013 Programs
Programs are for adults, ages 18 and older, and will meet at the
Cooking with Wild Edibles
Thursday, May 16 7:00 - 8:30 PM
You’ll never look at a weed the same way. Learn to identify some common plants of the Watchung Reservation. Trailside Senior Park Naturalist Joe Filo will teach you how to collect, prepare and cook these familiar, backyard plants. Sample delicious foods including “cossack asparagus,” wild salad and mint tea. Fee: $15/IC, $20/OC.
Gentle Beginner Yoga
Tuesday, May 21, 28 & June 4,11,18 7:15 - 8:15 PM
Do you love Yoga, but have a hard time comfortably doing Yoga on the floor? Are you looking for simple exercises that you can do to help relieve stress during the workday?
Dusk Walks at the Deserted
Meet: Deserted Village parking lot on
Time: Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Fee: $10/IC, $12/OC.
June 6 History of the
June 13 Late Spring Stroll -Enjoy the sights and sounds of a late spring evening with a Park Naturalist who will identify late blooming flowers, common trees and local wildlife signs on a walk through the village.
June 20 Lenape Native Americans -Discover who the Lenape Native Americans were and how they lived off the land. Search outdoors for plants, trees and animals used by the Lenape to survive. Enjoy refreshments at Masker’s Barn while viewing a brief PowerPoint presentation and seeing Native American artifacts.
|Spring 2013 Programs at Essex County Environmental Center
|Spring is in the air at Duke Farms!
|9th Annual Great American Backyard Campout
|Register Now_Essex County Environmental Center 2013 Seasonal Nature Camps!
|Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Award
Earth Day Network, an environmental nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, has created the first annual Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Award, and we think the schools in your network might be interested.