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“How Science Knowledge Shapes Our Changing World” POSTER CONTEST
Don't Miss These Fall Events
Service Learning Practitioners - Opportunities to Advance this Type of Work
NJF&W: Events
Announcing RiverFest: Pirates of the Hackensack - FREE Fishing Derby on the Hackensack River set for September 23
Sign Up Now for Sandy Hook BioBlitz 2017
Jersey-Friendly Yards Event on Oct. 14th Features Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home"
DEP Recycling Awards Program
“How Science Knowledge Shapes Our Changing World” POSTER CONTEST             (Posted: 9-22-17)

The competition is open to all students in grades 8-12. The winner will receive a $75 American Express gift certificate and have the honor of his/her artwork appearing on the cover of next year’s convention booklet.

Must be original artwork or non-copyrighted images- final posters must be computer generated.
Printed posters must be 11” x 17”
Student’s name and school name should not appear on the face of the poster; each poster will be assigned an entry number.

Due: 10/16/17
Format: PDF
Send to:

Include: email with student name, teacher name, and school address.
Note: The winner will be provided with a NJ Science Convention publicity release so that his/her name and artwork can be published on the booklet cover and website of NJSC. 10 semi-finalist posters will be displayed during the convention and voted on by the attendees for the winner.

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Service Learning Practitioners - Opportunities to Advance this Type of Work             (Posted: 9-22-17)

The Sixth Annual Rain works challenge presents itself as an opportunity for faculty and students to collaborate to advance both learning and policy objectives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This design competition is open to colleges and universities across the country.

This seems like an outstanding opportunity to engage with students to foster a dialogue about responsible storm water management, and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices, which can prevent pollution to our waterways. Especially as a combined means to encourage resiliency and better manage water flows across our critical infrastructure.

This seems like a reasonable opportunity for any one that wants to advance a concrete project that involves service learning and achieves concrete policy outcomes that advance green infrastructure and pollution prevention. It also complements our work on toxics reduction associated with our toxics mitigation partners.

Registration for the 2017 Challenge is open from September 1st through the 30th, which is a small window of opportunity. Student teams must register in order to submit their entries by December 15th. Winners will be announced in the Spring of 2018. Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $2,000 to be divided evenly among student team members and a faculty prize of $3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. Second-place teams will win $1,000 for student teams and a $2,000 faculty prize.

Water pollution associated with storm water runoff requires infrastructure solutions that are innovative, resilient, and affordable. Today's scholars are tomorrow's design professionals. The Campus Rain Works Challenge will harness their creativity and knowledge to jointly advance the agency's mission to protect public health and water quality.

Within out R2 pollution prevention and climate change section we are encouraging universities in faculty and student teams to work together to help solve pressing community problems the development of innovative student /faculty service learning platforms that speed social learning processes necessary to prevent pollution and that are locally relevant. For those interested in service learning advancement our next call will be on October 18, 2017.

Learn more at: . For additional information contact:
Mr. Matt King
Office of Water
Green Infrastructure Program

NJF&W: Events             (Posted: 9-6-17)

The NJ Forestry Association is holding the 6th annual NJ Woodland Stewards Program at YMCA Camp Linwood MacDonald in Sandyston, NJ, October 19-22. Volunteer forest enthusiasts will participate in 3 1/2 days of immersed resident training to become stewards of the forests. In exchange, the volunteers donate 30 hours of their time over the next year promoting forestry and good stewardship practices. Instruction is provided by professionals from partner organizations such as Rutgers University, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, NJ Forest Service, USDA-NRCS, Society of American Foresters, NJ Audubon and NJFA.

For more information and to register visit or e-mail .

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training September 15-17 in Waretown (Ocean Co). HOFNOD targets teachers, staff and volunteers of schools and community-/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 visit on the Division's website.

Announcing RiverFest: Pirates of the Hackensack - FREE Fishing Derby on the Hackensack River set for September 23             (Posted: 8-30-17)

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, is pleased to announce the second annual RiverFest: Pirates of the Hackensack. The event will take place on Saturday, September 23 at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ from 9AM to 2PM.

The highlight of the day will be a pirate-themed catch & release fishing derby. This free competition for children and adults will take place at the Laurel Hill Park Promenade, a 300-foot walkway located directly on the river at the southern end of Laurel Hill Park.

A limited supply of fishing tackle will be available for participants to use if they do not have their own. Prizes will be awarded for the First Fish, Biggest Fish, Most Fish and more. At last year's event, over fifty fish were caught and safely released.

Pirates will rule the day as all participants are encouraged to dress and talk like pirates for the Pirate's Parade. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Pirate.

The day will also feature FREE mini Eco-Cruises and kayaking courtesy of Hackensack Riverkeeper and FREE hot dogs while they last.

This fun learning experience provides children and adults an opportunity to learn more about the importance of clean water and protected wildlife habitats.

"As a child, I spent many days fishing the river and can recall when the river was nearly barren of all life. After 20 years as the Hackensack Riverkeeper, I'm happy to see the tides have turned," said Captain Bill Sheehan. "I hope children joining us at the derby will see a fishable and swimmable Hackensack River in their lifetime." He added.

Those seeking additional information should visit: or call Hackensack Riverkeeper at 201-968-0808.

RiverFest: Pirates of the Hackensack is presented by Hackensack Riverkeeper in partnership with Hudson River Fishermen's Association (HRFA), and is made possible through the generous support of our event sponsors including Inserra Supermarkets, SUEZ New Jersey, PSE&G, Hackensack Meridian Health, Whole Foods Market, XChange at Secaucus Junction, and Ramsey Outdoor Stores.

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Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working fulltime on Hackensack River issues. The group engages in a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River Watershed.

Sign Up Now for Sandy Hook BioBlitz 2017             (Posted: 8-30-17)


For the

Student & Family
Sandy Hook
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Scientists, naturalists, and nature Lovers: 
Join us September 29 
as we take a snapshot of Sandy Hook's biodiversity
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to conduct biological surveys and provide a snapshot of biodiversity in the park. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the "Base Camp" with general information, registration, food preparation, GIS, photography, and social media. 

Contact Lindsay Weil, Education Director at the American Littoral Society, for more information. Email: Lindsay@LittoralSociety.Org 
Phone: 732-291-0055
American Littoral Society
18 Hartshorne Drive
Highlands, NJ 07732

 Special thanks to OceanFirst, premier event sponsor for the Sandy Hook Student & Family BioBlitz. 

Jersey-Friendly Yards Event on Oct. 14th Features Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home"             (Posted: 8-20-17)

Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard

Anyone can create a beautiful and healthy Jersey-Friendly Yard!  Registration is now open for the "Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" event on October 14th at Ocean County College.  This event will feature the Jersey-Friendly Yards website's comprehensive "Landscaping for a Healthy Environment" resources and tools.  Learn from the experts about how to create wildlife habitat, improve soil health, and conserve water in your own yard. 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and author of “Bringing Nature Home," a book that has sparked a national conversation about sustaining healthy ecosystems by planting native species at home. 

Visit the Event Page and REGISTER NOW for this great event!

Click here to see the event schedule and to get more details about the speakers. The event includes a native plant sale by Pinelands Direct and others, plus multiple exhibitors, who will have plenty of information to get you started on your Jersey-Friendly Yard.  

The Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County are hosting this event. 

We want to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible through their generous support:

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey, Pinelands Direct   and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10
College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-255-0472
Fx:  732-255-0358

DEP Recycling Awards Program             (Posted: 8-3-17)

The NJDEP promotes recycling through the annual recycling awards program that is coordinated in conjunction with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR). The awards recognize the outstanding recycling achievements of municipalities, counties, businesses and industry and individuals, as well as schools and other institutions and are presented at ANJR's annual recycling symposium. For the 2017 NJDEP Recycling Awards Application and Information Packet visit on the DEP website.