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CONTENTS:
Spring Native Plant Sale May 19-20
April Showers Bring Native May Flowers!
EARTH Center offers "Hands on" Garden Tools workshop.
2017 "Species on the Edge 2.0" High School Contest in Full Swing!
Season's Highlights: Upcoming Events at PEEC
Bergen SWAN Events
SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair CANCELLED
Movers & Shakers, Garden Chefs and More!
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
Just Announced: NJ Sustainability Summit Keynote Speaker
Women and Family Outdoor Skills Programs at Sedge Island
[Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University] Register Today for GEO Explorers Summer Camp!
South Jersey's TRUE native wildlife plant sale
Ocean Fun Days 2017
Register Today for the Camden Environmental Summit 2017
SEE 'EM, SMELL 'EM, COUNT 'EM!
Master Gardeners present Garden Tool Workshop
Green Knight News and Events for April
Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2017 Eco-Program Schedule
RHA: April Happenings
Get on Board With Littoral Society Excursions
Marine Science Day Camp at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 
Save the Date for the 2017 Camden Environmental Summit!
PEEC Seasons Newsletter - PEEC Rocks! and More
Upcoming green events in Mt Laurel
Native Plant Sales - Spring 2017
Ocean Fun Days 2017
Science Behind the Scenes!
SolarJam 2017-please advertise to school groups
Spring Native Plant Sale May 19-20             (Posted: 5-8-17)

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April Showers Bring Native May Flowers!             (Posted: 5-8-17)

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Guided 2 p.m. daily Wildflower Walks 
 Which native plants have you been discovering? Share your pictures and stories with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


 

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Supporting the Preserve through membership makes these programs possible.  

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member (including saving 10% at our Native Nursery) by clicking HERE. 


 May Programs & Events at the Preserve!
Please call 215-862-2924 to register 


Sun, May 21, 1pm - 3pm
Plants have historically played a critical role in our health and wellness. Join Pat Coleman as we venture out to the Medicinal Trail, a very special woodland retreat tucked in a rather quiet corner of the Preserve. We will look for some of the most cherished medicinal herbs and talk about their history and their uses. Members: $5; Non-members: $7.
Wednesdays (4): May 24 - June 14, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Join Sandy Unger for this 4-part series as she shows you a variety of mindfulness techniques that will help you become more in tune with nature and yourself.  Members: $40; Non-members: $48. Participants must register for entire series to attend.
Members: $15; Non-members, $20. 
Sat, May 13, 1pm - 4pm
Flowering Shrubs
Sat, May 27, 10am - 1pm
May 19 Flowering Shrubs, 10am - 12pm
October 20 Trees, 10am - 12pm
This series of courses, presented at the Preserve by Penn State Extension - Bucks County, is designed for Landscape Professionals. Learn common and underused native plants that are well suited for a variety of residential and commercial landscape applications. Cost is $15 per class. Professional CEUs available. Registration is through the Penn State Extension Bucks Co. office. Contact Kathy Salisbury 215-345-3283 or kvs14@psu.edu for more details and to register.
Please Note
June Date Change:  Weed Patrol has moved from June 3rd to June 10th.  We hope you'll join us!
Our Native Nursery is Open for the Season!
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Spring Opening!
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 
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  

EARTH Center offers "Hands on" Garden Tools workshop.             (Posted: 5-8-17)

Master Gardeners present workshop on "Rethinking Tools for Common Garden Chores"

When you want the best results from your hard work, the right tools can make all the difference. If you need help choosing the right tools for your garden, Middlesex County's Master Gardeners will be sharing their knowledge in an upcoming workshop.

"Rethinking Tools for Common Garden Chores", is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 20 at the EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

The current market for gardening tools and supplies is a wide one, with countless options to choose from. This workshop will help you narrow down those options by demonstrating of some of the garden tools and techniques that are preferred by our Master Gardeners. You will learn tips for weeding large areas, how to move compost or mulch without a wheelbarrow and much more. These techniques are especially useful for gardeners who are older or who are looking to reduce strain on their legs and back.

"When you go to a garden supply or hardware store you are bound to find yourself faced with a wide variety of tools," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Let the Master Gardeners show you which ones can help make your job in the garden easier."

"This program will feature many useful techniques for local gardeners," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "Learn how you can save time and money by selecting the right tools, and how they can help reduce strain on your legs and back."

This program is free, but registration is required by May 17. To register for this event or for more information, contact the County Extension Office at 732-398-5262.

For more on Middlesex County's Extension Office, visit our County website at www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "Extension."

2017 "Species on the Edge 2.0" High School Contest in Full Swing!             (Posted: 5-8-17)

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Promote wildlife conservation to win scholarships!
USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROTECT WILDLIFE AND WIN PRIZES
Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high school students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing the importance of wildlife protection in New Jersey. 

The fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills. 

Best of all, it's FREE to enter - and gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prizes! All entries will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.

Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
  • 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
  • 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money
Questions? Contact our CWF Director of Education Stephanie DAlessio at stephanie.dalessio@conservewildlifenj.org or by phone at (609) 984-0621.

All entries are due Friday, May 19, 2017.

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The contest addresses various Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.  

Season's Highlights: Upcoming Events at PEEC             (Posted: 5-8-17)

Bergen SWAN Events             (Posted: 5-8-17)

Dear Friends of Bergen SWAN,

Here is a reminder of what we have planned for May and June…please come out with your friends and family to share your support for our watershed protection and environmental education work!

" THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017, 6pm to 8pm: Pollinator Garden in the Park: A Talk under the Tent, at Girl Scout Park, Third Avenue, Westwood, (rain venue - Westwood Library downstairs meeting room). An outdoor talk by author/Landscape Architect Carolyn Summers presented under a tent, within sight of the two small but colorful native plant gardens that we installed along the Musquapsink Brook in springs 2015/16. Learn how you can make your own eco-friendly garden.

For further details on these and other upcoming events, to find out more about our other projects, or to register to attend the garden talk (pre-registration is required!), please call us at 201-666-1877, or write to us at bergenswanrsvp@gmail.com.

Attention! Bergen SWAN needs new volunteers to help run the above two and other upcoming events, manage our office, and carry out ongoing nature education events and stewardship projects. If you have just one afternoon or a day each week to spare, we would love to hear from you. The more the merrier, and the lighter the load on each! If you can assist with flyering, correspondence, PR, set-up/breakdown, decorating, website updates, or general organizing, please call or email us!

SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair CANCELLED   (Posted: 5-8-17)

SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair, Saturday May 13, 2017

How have people interacted with and changed the environment over time? Experience five centuries of New Jersey's history all in one place at the annual SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair - a historical festival for all ages on Saturday, May 13th, Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ. Three Hours of Professional Education Credit is available for attending.

This free, award-winning event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey's past with living history demonstrations, military re-enactors, tours, exhibits, period music and dance, and historical organizations and museums from around the state. (Suggested Parking Donation/$10 per vehicle)

This year's fair will commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI with several special programs including music of the era, a one-man stage production featuring President Woodrow Wilson and a reading of New Jersey poet Joyce Kilmer's poetry. Other exciting new programs will feature the Princeton Swing Dancers and a presentation on Ann Baumgartner Carl, a Jersey girl who trained as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during WWII.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids and adults, from participating in historical games to plowing a furrow or participating in a military drill. Don't miss the opportunity to meet such historical figures as Harriet Tubman, President Teddy Roosevelt, Alice Paul, Dr. James Still, Walt Whitman, President Woodrow Wilson, Molly Pitcher and George Washington.

One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a Visitor Center with exhibits and media programs that interpret the Battle of Monmouth and its impact on America's fight for independence from England. The park is easily accessible from Routes 9 and 33.

For more information and a complete list of activities about the Fair, visit www.njhistoryfair.org or call (732) 462-9616.

The Fair is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Historic Sites, Division of Parks and Forestry, and its partners.

Movers & Shakers, Garden Chefs and More!             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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This Week in the New Jersey Skylands             (Posted: 5-5-17)

Click HERE.

Just Announced: NJ Sustainability Summit Keynote Speaker             (Posted: 5-5-17)

Click HERE.

Women and Family Outdoor Skills Programs at Sedge Island             (Posted: 5-5-17)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering Sedge Island Sampler workshops for women and families as part of its NJ Outdoors Program. The Outdoor Women of New Jersey (OWNJ) and Outdoor Families of New Jersey (OFNJ) workshops at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills, like fishing, crabbing and clamming, and kayaking.

For more information, including to register for the workshops, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/njoutdoors.htm on the Division's website.

[Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University] Register Today for GEO Explorers Summer Camp!             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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South Jersey's TRUE native wildlife plant sale             (Posted: 5-5-17)

South Jersey's True Native Wildlife Plant Sale
Not all plant sales are the same….

Get your garden off to a great start after the long winter and come out to the Nature Center's Spring Weekend Native Plant Sale on 5/20 & 5/21 from 10 to 4. As always, the focus of this Wildlife Plant Sale is on native plants that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and songbirds, and that also have a strong ornamental appeal to many landscapes. In addition to 50 perennials and several species of milkweed, 10 species of native trees and shrubs will be available. The list of plants expected to be available can be found on the website: www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm. Lists can also be obtained by calling the Nature Center of Cape May, 609-898-8848, and requesting that one to be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you. Feel free to stop by the Center at 1600 Delaware Avenue in the City of Cape May. Remember, there are no longer pre-orders.

Popular with locals and visitors alike this sale has a well-established tradition of featuring plants that are native, adaptable, and beneficial to wildlife; plants that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and songbirds. In addition, very often these are plants that are not available anywhere else.

As always, the advantage of this plant sale is the opportunity to tap into the knowledge of long-time local gardeners, backyard habitat experts and Master Gardeners. It is the opportunity for enthusiasts and neophytes alike to obtain advice from these long time local gardeners that makes this plant sale a much anticipated event for gardeners throughout the State.

Ocean Fun Days 2017             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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Register Today for the Camden Environmental Summit 2017             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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SEE 'EM, SMELL 'EM, COUNT 'EM!             (Posted: 4-18-17)



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Join experts as they find as many plant and animal species as possible!

On Saturday, May 20 we will host the first Mount Rose Bioblitz at the new preserve in Hopewell, NJ. Expert biologists and naturalists from around the state will lead programs on the plants and animals of the preserve.

SEE 'EM              SMELL 'EM          COUNT 'EM


All hikes will begin at our tent near the parking area
 
BIRDS 6-8am
with Sharyn Magee of Washing Crossing Audubon Society and Bill Lynch of New Jersey Conservation Foundation
 
BIRDS 8-10am
with Sharyn Magee of Washing Crossing Audubon Society and naturalist Landis Eaton
 
HERPS (reptiles & amphibians) 9-11:30am
with naturalists Mark Manning and Justin Lee
 
FUNGI 9:30-11am
with John and Nina Burghardt of NJ Mycological Association
 
PLANTS 10am-12pm
with naturalist Gemma Milly
 
NETTING INSECTS - KID'S PROGRAM 10:30am-12pm
with Dr. Emile DeVito of New Jersey Conservation Foundation & Jeff Hoagland of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
 
BUTTERFLIES & DRAGONFLIES 10:30am-12:30pm
with Diana Raichel of D&R Greenway
 
INVASIVE SPECIES 12:30-2:30pm
with Dr. Emile DeVito of New Jersey Conservation Foundation
 
HERPS (reptiles & amphibians) 12:30-2:30pm
with naturalists Mark Manning and Justin Lee
 
INVERTEBRATES 1-2:30pm
with Tyler Christensen of Washington Crossing Audubon Society
 & Jeff Hoagland of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association



Mount Rose Preserve's entrance is located across the street from 350 Carter Road, Hopewell, NJ

GPS coordinates: 40.363170, -74.734726
Mount Rose Preserve is owned and managed by
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It was preserved in partnership with the following additional organizations:
Hopewell Valley Citizens Group Inc., NJ Green Acres Program, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Lawrence Hopewell Trail, Hopewell Borough, Pennington Borough, Friends of Princeton Open Space, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Lawrence Township and Princeton

Master Gardeners present Garden Tool Workshop             (Posted: 4-18-17)

"Rethinking Tools for Common Garden Chores"

When you want the best results from your hard work, the right tools can make all the difference. If you need help choosing the right tools for your garden, Middlesex County's Master Gardeners will be sharing their knowledge in an upcoming workshop.

"Rethinking Tools for Common Garden Chores", is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 20 at the EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

The current market for gardening tools and supplies is a wide one, with countless options to choose from. This workshop will help you narrow down those options by demonstrating of some of the garden tools and techniques that are preferred by our Master Gardeners. You will learn tips for weeding large areas, how to move compost or mulch without a wheelbarrow and much more. These techniques are especially useful for gardeners who are older or who are looking to reduce strain on their legs and back.

"When you go to a garden supply or hardware store you are bound to find yourself faced with a wide variety of tools," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Let the Master Gardeners show you which ones can help make your job in the garden easier."

"This program will feature many useful techniques for local gardeners," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "Learn how you can save time and money by selecting the right tools, and how they can help reduce strain on your legs and back."

This program is free, but registration is required by May 17. To register for this event or for more information, contact the County Extension Office at 732-398-5262.

Green Knight News and Events for April             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2017 Eco-Program Schedule             (Posted: 4-18-17)

Public is invited to explore, enjoy and celebrate clean water advocate's 20th Anniversary year

Beginning this month, Hackensack Riverkeeper stands poised to provide upwards of 10,000 people with enjoyable & educational experiences of the Hackensack River, its watershed and wildlife this year. Riverkeeper's Eco-Cruises, Kayak Centers, River Cleanups, special events and more combine environmental education with public service and fun. What's different this time around is that the group is celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary.

"It's hard to believe that we've been on the job since way back in 1997," says Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. "I can only imagine that the reason why time has flown by so quickly is because our best times are spent on and about the water doing what we love the most."

The 2017 season begins Earth Day Weekend (April 22-23) with the re-opening of Riverkeeper's Kayak Centers at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park in Teaneck, NJ, both of which will be open through late October. Open boat and Charter Eco-Cruises aboard Riverkeeper's 30-foot pontoon research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II are available from May 1 through late October. Community River Cleanups take place from early April through early November.

o Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled on forty-three dates from May 6 through October 15. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered: Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands and creeks of the river's estuary; Boating through Bergen, which runs upriver to the center of Hackensack and the museum ship USS Ling; and Excursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and back passing the port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth. Suggested minimum donations are $25 for adults / $10 for children 4-12. Call Program Director Captain Hugh Carola to book seats.

o Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 24 adults for any available date/time; and can feature any itinerary or a hybrid of two. Youth Charters and special Combination Education programs are available for school groups. Those interested should call Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 for more info or to book a trip. Suggested minimum donations are $350 for Combo programs, $325 for Adult Charters and $275 for Youth Charters.

o Kayak Center at Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus, NJ - Located directly on the river in the heart of the Meadowlands, the Center is open weekends and holidays from Earth Day through Sunday, October 29 weather permitting. It offers the use of canoes and kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. Additionally, ten scheduled Full Moon (and near-full) paddles will be lead by Center staff each month May through September Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those with their own boat(s). Spots on Moonlight Paddles and Private tours can be arranged by calling Capt. Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102.

o Overpeck Park Kayak Center at Overpeck County Park, Teaneck, NJ - Located on the calm, quiet waters of Lake Overpeck, the Center is open daily Earth Day, April 22 through Sunday, October 29 weather permitting. Check Hackensack Riverkeeper's website or call for weekday hours as they change throughout the season. Kayaks and canoes are available for $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours / $10 per paddler for each additional hour. To arrange group events, call 201-968-0808 x102.

o River Cleanups - These active conservation events give people of all ages an opportunity to give back to the environment - and their communities. Community River Cleanups are scheduled at twelve different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 8 through November 5. For additional information, or to inquire about Riverkeeper's Corporate River Stewardship program, call Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105.

o Special Events - Hackensack Riverkeeper hosts multiple outdoor events each year designed to provide unique environmental and recreational experiences for individuals & families alike. Call or click for more information about the group's Reservoir Paddle Series, SPLASH events, RiverFest and more.

o And That's Not All - Hackensack Riverkeeper staff are available to lead Bird-Walks within the river's watershed region for small groups of adults or youth. For more information, call Capt. Carola at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration. Lastly, multimedia Indoor Presentations for groups of any size or age range can be arranged anytime for affordable honoraria. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.

"We invite literally everyone to join us and help celebrate the continuing recovery of the Hackensack River, its diverse habitats and i wildlife," says Sheehan. "Captain Hugh, Caitlin, our Kayak Center staffers and myself are looking forward to helping people of all ages enjoy, explore and take better care of their river. Come on down!"

Complete information including schedules for all Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Programs is available online at: www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling 201-968-0808.

Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. The group employs a fourfold clean water strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River and its watershed for the benefit of the people and wildlife that depend on it.

RHA: April Happenings             (Posted: 4-18-17)

April 2017
It's Spring Cleanup Time!
     
This year's (our 27th!) watershed-wide stream cleanup event will take place April 22, 9am-noon. What better way to spend Earth Day, knowing you are making a positive difference in the health of your watershed!
Sign up to pitch in at a site near you.
Don't Miss RHA's Party of the Year
 
Kick up your heels on Earth Day at our Boots & Bar-B-Q fundraiser. Join us the evening of Saturday, April 22 at Hunt's End Farm in Gladstone for dinner, bourbon and rye tastings, dancing to live music and some good old-fashioned fun! 
 
  

Join Us on the River
 
Paddle the upper reaches of the Raritan River over four weekends, starting on April 8 with a seven-mile trip down the North Branch.

Register for one or more of the four excursions in our second annual River Sojourn.

Exciting Research on Tap this Spring/Summer
 
We're organizing supplies and training volunteers in preparation for stream monitoring at 67 sites across the watershed. In addition, new research projects are planned, including a microplastics study on the Raritan and a project to identify and certify vernal pools, critical habitat for amphibians and other important species.
 
Read more and learn how you can get involved.
           
Seminar Series for Municipalities Continues
           
On May 18, Dr. Chris Obropta, with the Rutgers Coop Extension, will return to Fairview Farm to discuss what he and his staff are doing to help municipalities address the problem of stormwater runoff, flooding and erosion due to impervious covers.
RHA Membership Is Now Easier Than Ever!
 
RHA is inviting new and existing members to enroll in our new monthly giving program. It's easy, flexible, "green," and a consistent source of support for our science, education, stewardship and advocacy programs throughout the year. 
 
Consider becoming a sustaining member today.

Welcome New Staff and Board Members
           
We are pleased to announce that Trish McGuire has joined the RHA staff as Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Get to know Trish.
Recently joining our Board of Trustees are Candy Ashmun and George Cassa.
On the Watchdog Front

Watershed Watchdog
Make your voice heard! Join RHA's Policy Director Bill Kibler on Thursday, June 15th to learn how to contact your elected officials.  
 
Attend a morning or evening program where you (and family members) will receive tips and guidelines on how to talk to the folks that are making important decisions affecting the health of your water supply and quality of life. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for details!
  
Did You Know?

Our AmeriCorps Ambassador, Carmela Buono, provides free educational activities about water and the environment to scouts and school groups across the watershed. To learn more, contact Carmela at AmeriCorps@raritanheadwaters.org.
 
Events & Happenings

Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

Get on Board With Littoral Society Excursions             (Posted: 4-7-17)

Click HERE.

Marine Science Day Camp at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium              (Posted: 4-4-17)

Click HERE.

Save the Date for the 2017 Camden Environmental Summit!             (Posted: 3-29-17)

Click HERE.

PEEC Seasons Newsletter - PEEC Rocks! and More             (Posted: 3-29-17)

Click HERE.

Upcoming green events in Mt Laurel             (Posted: 3-22-17)


Master Gardener Talk at the Mt Laurel Community Gardens
When: Sat March 25th at 9:30-10:30am
Where:  Community Gardens, 1256 Hainesport-Mt. Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Details: Certified Master Gardener, Joan Johnson, will cover items such as when to start to work the soil, seed planting vs. started plants, some beneficial things to add to soil, when to plant, some easy plants and herbs to grow and basic composting. Q&A will follow presentation. This is a free event, open to all, but registration is required.  Please contact Sandra Carleton at scf568@aol.com. To rent a garden plot at the Community Garden this year, stop by the Township Clerk’s office for an application and details.


Bee Aware and Honey Tasting
When: Thurs April 13th at 6:30-8:30pm Free Honey tasting starts at 6pm!
Where: Mt Laurel Library 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Details:Pollinators are crucial to the proper functioning of the natural world and our agricultural system. this important presentation will discuss the plight of insect pollinators, with a special focus on honey bees, detailing their serious decline known as colony collapse disorder, and what it means for our food supply, economy, and environment. Find out what you can do to help and what commonly used pesticides are toxic to bees and other beneficial insects. Event is free. Presented by Burlington County Parks Naturalist Jen Bulava. Sponsored by Mt Laurel Green Team, Mt Laurel Library, and Sustainable Cherry Hill Gardening Task Force.  Click here to register and help us plan, though registration is not required.

Local beekeeper, Joel Sternin will offer free honey tasting before the talk starting at 6pm. Joel began as a hobbyist in 2008 and now has his hives on a nearby farm and is supplying bees to new beekeepers in New Jersey. He is  a member of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association and his Jersey Devil, Habanero Pepper infused honey, was used by a local brewery. Read more about Joel and his company Spring Valley Honey LLC here.

Mt Laurel Cleanup Day
WhenSat April 29th at 9am-11:30am
Where:  Mount Laurel Community Center 100 Mount Laurel Road Mt Laurel 08054
Details: Help beautify Mt Laurel by cleaning up litter. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Gloves and bags will be provided. Please register with Jerry Mascia, Director of Municipal Services jmascia@mountlaurel.com  or calling (856) 234-0001 x 1223.  Join us back at the Community Center at 11:15am for snacks and prizes for unusual items found. 

Burlington County Parks System
When: Tues June 13th at 7pm-8pm
Where: Mt Laurel Library 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Details: This presentation is all photograph-based and focuses on each park property, where they are located, the amenities each park has, the best times to visit, what types of programs are held throughout the year, and the types of plants and animals you may find there.  Event is free. Presented by Burlington County Parks Naturalist Jen Bulava. Sponsored by Mt Laurel Green Team and Mt Laurel Library.

Native Plant Sales - Spring 2017             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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Native Plant Sales - Spring, 2017 - Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, March 18, 8:45am-4:00pm
Native Plant Society of New Jersey - Spring Conference and Native Plant Sale
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey (NPSNJ) will be holding their annual Spring Conference and "Sticks & Twigs" Native Plant Sale on Saturday, March 18, from 8:45am-4:00pm. Presentation topics include: "Native Bees", "Return to Hypsithermal", "Think Globally, Restore Locally", and "Gardening in the Shade". OCSCD will be exhibiting at this widely attended event. Registration is $55; members receive a discount. For more information and to register, please refer to the NPSNJ website:  www.npsnj.org.
Saturday April 22, 11:00am-2:00pm
Pinelands Preservation Alliance Earth Day Native Plant Sale
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) annual plant sale features an array of native perennials, shrubs, trees and more. The sale takes place on Saturday, April 22, 11:00am-2:00pm. Members of PPA are welcome to attend the Pre-Plant Sale on Friday, April 21 from 3:00-6:00pm to peruse the best selection. Become a member today! For directions and more information visit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance webpage. 
Saturday, May 6, 10:00-3:00pm
Ocean County Master Gardener's Native Plant Sale
Rain or shine, the Master Gardeners annual Native Plant Sale will be held on May 6 from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Rutgers Agricultural Center in Toms River. Plants are grown in the Master Gardener greenhouses and plants are suitable for Ocean County conditions. For more information, visit the Rutgers Master Gardeners webpage.
Saturday, May 20, 12:00-4:00pm
Yard, Garden & Native Plant Sale
Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood, NJ, will be hosting a "Yard, Garden & Native Plant Sale" on Saturday, May 20, from 12:00-4:00pm. OCSCD will be presenting and exhibiting. Visitors will learn how to attract and support wildlife in your backyard using Jersey Friendly native plants. Location: Jakes Branch County Park. For more information, please contact Naturalist Ben Ackerman, Jakes Branch County Park, 732-281-2750. 
Sunday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00pm
Barnegat Bay Festival and Native Plant Sale
On Sunday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, the Barnegat Bay Partnership invites you to enjoy a day of environmentally-focused activities, games and crafts that teach about the Barnegat Bay and the important natural resources in our watershed. Jason and Kelly Austin's the little plant company will be hosting a native plant sale. OCSCD will be exhibiting. For more information, visit the Barnegat Bay Partnership webpage.  
Educational Programs, Workshops and Community Outreach
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District strives to lead efforts to protect and conserve our soil and water resources by providing educational programs to members of the community, including homeowners, teachers, students, scouts, farmers, public officials, various state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. For more information about the educational programs offered by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, or to schedule a program for your group, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, at education@soildistrict.org or 609-971-7002 ext. 114. A wealth of information can be found on our website: www.soildistrict.org.

Ocean Fun Days 2017             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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Science Behind the Scenes!             (Posted: 3-16-17)

Meet our Paleo-Partners
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Jason Schein Shines! FSD Partners with Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute
As Assistant Curator of Natural History at the New Jersey State Museum, Jason Schein was instrumental in the creation of our early educational programs in 2012. Since then, he’s been one of our most popular “Superstars of Science” every season, sharing the stories of his adventures on dinosaur digs and his great knowledge of paleontology. He has been the featured guest at our annual Dinosaur Education Day at Citi Field and he even traveled to China to consult with the designers who create our dinosaurs.
All great science is a collaboration and the same can be said of a theme park. To be successful, we need partners like Jason who are ready to bring new, exciting ideas to the table and to share their knowledge and expertise with our guests. We are thrilled to announce that our long collaboration with Jason Schein will be continuing as we prepare to enter into a new era of growth.  
Starting this season, Field Station: Dinosaurs will partner with The Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute (BBPI), where Jason is the founding Executive Director. BBPI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to paleontology and earth science research and education.  The partnership will ensure that every Field Station program will be built upon a solid scientific foundation while providing guests with additional learning opportunities stemming from BBPI’s annual field expeditions and fossil digs.
“We’re proud to partner with the scientists working in the Bighorn Basin,” said Expedition Commander Guy Gsell. “We believe BBPI is the perfect fit for us. Led by Jason Schein, these are real scientists making important paleontological discoveries, but they’re also teachers, ready to share and explain their findings with our family audience.”

Learn More About BBPI!
CORE Curriculum and Groups
Did you know that every show we present at Field Station: Dinosaurs is built on a solid foundation of science and aligned with New Jersey and New York's CORE Curriculum standards?
For example, our "Feeding Frenzy" uses the Scientific Method (Science Practices 5.1) to teach kids about dinosaur eating habits (Life Science 5.3.B.), "Hey Ho Haddy" covers plate tectonics and North America's geological history (Earth Systems Science 5.4.B), while "What Color is Your Dinosaur?" is an investigation into animal colorization (Life Sciences 5.3.D) designed for our youngest scientists.
Our Field Trips are fun; that's a given. But we're also serious about the science behind the laughter. Call our Group Sales Department at 973-748-4561 for more information on how we incorporate the CORE Curriculum standards into every field trip at Field Station: Dinosaurs. 
Learn more about school field trips or receive a quote for your school by completing this form and returning to our Groups Department. Contact our Group Sales Team Today! Call 973.748.4317 or email
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Brooke Digs Dinosaurs!
Learn about the latest dinosaur discoveries and the most up-to-date theories in paleontology from our own resident "bone hunter" - Brooke Rowzee. Brooke will be on Facebook every Tuesday and Friday with another dispatch from the world of Dinosaur exploration and scholarship.
"It's amazing," says Brooke. "The dinosaurs have been extinct for over 65 milion years but they're still making news!"


Field Station: Dinosaurs Overpeck County Park  | Leonia, NJ Phone 855.999.9010  | Fax 973.748.3010 | groups@fieldstationdinosaurs.com | FieldStationDinosaurs.com

SolarJam 2017-please advertise to school groups             (Posted: 3-16-17)

OASIS PRESENTS:
4th annual SolarJam 2017 -- Sat. May 20 (rain date Sun. May 21)
10-1:30pm

Build a car for the annual Solar Car Race (see attached for specifics)
Two age divisions: Lower (K-5) and Middle (6-8)

Also a Photon Fair: Make anything that uses the sun and demo it (non-juried)

Location: Princeton High School Tennis Courts, Princeton NJ

To info or with questions, contact: alloyd@pds.org