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CONTENTS:
Fly Fishing Clinic for Families & Beginners
Master Gardeners Get it Made in the Shade
Make a Date with the Great Outdoors!
Summer 2015 Programs @ Essex County Environmental Center
Birds-Bunkers & Brews: an awesome guide bike tour on both sides of the Bay
USGBC NJ Upcoming Events- Networking, Education + More
Free Family Fun at the Barnegat Bay Festival
Ready, set, register! Reservoir Challenge 2015 Registration is NOW OPEN!
Youth Writing & Art Contest Focuses on Nature
Calling All Paddlers! Paddle for the Edge in June
2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Events & News
World Oceans Day: June 8, 2015
Opportunity for Student Reporters
Save the Date: 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island
Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information
OASIS SOLAR JAM 2015 INFORMATION
Fly Fishing Clinic for Families & Beginners             (Posted: 5-26-15)

Fly Fishing Clinic for Families & Beginners
Sunday, June 14
Part I: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Part II: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.


Fall in love with fishing by joining us for this all-day hands-on workshop. Greg Becker of White Water Flies and volunteers will guide you step-by-step through the intricate art of fly tying a wooly bugger and the mellifluous casting technique of fly fishing for trout. Learn a new skill you can practice for life!

Part I will cover basic fly tying to make attractive fly fishing lures. Each participant will make at least two lures. After lunch, Part II will introduce the basics of fly casting techniques, and participants will get to try their skills on the Pequest Education Pond. Participants 16 and older must have a valid NJ fishing license with trout stamp which can be purchased upon arrival. Bring your lunch and plenty of water.

There is a $15 fee per adult and $5 per child payable to White Water Flies. For more information and to register call Greg at (201) 230-5455. SPACE IS LIMITED so register now. Dress for the weather. Heavy rain may cancel.

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Master Gardeners Get it Made in the Shade             (Posted: 5-26-15)

Start Your Summer Gardening With Native Plants

If you are a gardener looking to give back to the environment, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County" are offering a new workshop that focuses on the benefits of using native plant species.

This free workshop entitled, Made in the Shade: Shade Gardening with Native Plants, is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon and will take place at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Native plants are species found in a region that pre-date the original settlers of that region. Because these plants have evolved according to local conditions, they require less use of fertilizers or pesticides.

The "Made in the Shade" workshop is designed for the beginning or intermediate gardener, looking to make a positive environmental impact through the use of native plants. Attendees will learn how the cultivation of native species helps the environment. Students will be introduced to a variety of ornamental native plants that thrive in shade and can be grown at home.

"The Master Gardeners have done so much to help us improve Middlesex County's environment and natural beauty," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I encourage all local gardeners to attend this session. It will help you reduce the use of chemicals in your garden and learn how to utilize natural resources."

The program is free, but registration is required by June 3. Class size is limited. After the workshop's indoor presentation, participants should be prepared to work outdoors. For more information, call 732-398-5262.

"The workshop series at the EARTH Center is a great opportunity for those who cannot commit to the regular sessions of the Master Gardeners classes," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "Advice from local experts on all types of gardening issues can make any garden more successful."

Make a Date with the Great Outdoors!             (Posted: 5-26-15)

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Summer 2015 Programs @ Essex County Environmental Center             (Posted: 5-18-15)

Essex County Environmental Center

SUMMER 2015

Public Programs


The Essex County Environmental Center is located at 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland in Essex County West Essex Park and is a facility of the Essex County Parks System. 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. All programs require a minimum number of participants to run. For more information, please call 973-228-8776.


ONGOING CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

LITTLE SPROUTS SPRING GARDENING CLUB

Fridays—June 5 & 12; 1:30pm to 2:30pm

For ages 3½ to 5 years old. With a few seeds, some water, soil and light, we’ll be growing plants in no time. Each week, the children discover the magic of nature, the source of our food supply, and foods that are healthy. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per session/per child

LITTLE EXPLORERS SUMMER NATURE STROLL

Wednesdays—June 17; July 8 & 29; August 12; 10am to 11am

For children ages 2 to 5 years old. 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 to discover what we can find. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 per child/per class

LITTLE EXPLORERS SUMMER SERIES

Thursdays—June 18 & 25; July 16, 23 & 30; 1:30pm to 2:30pm

For children ages 4 to 6 years old. The Summer Series is back for Little Explorers. Join us for hands-on classes in the summer forest. Come rain or shine, so be dressed for a romp in the woods. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 per child/per class

4-H YOUNG GARDENERS CLUB

Tuesdays—June 9 & 23 4pm to 5pm

Tuesdays—July 14, 21 & 28; August 11, 18 & 25; 10am to 11am

For children in grades 1 through 10. Have you ever wondered how vegetables and flowers grow? Where spaghetti sauce comes from? How you can find a rainbow in a garden? Come join the Young Gardener's 4-H Club to find the answers to these questions and more. Learning and fun happen all the time here! Meet in Garibaldi Hall.

Advance registration required; please call 973.353.1337.


NJ AUDUBON

ESSEX COUNTY BIRDING FIELD TRIPS

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

GREENWOOD GARDENS

Thursday, June 11; 8am to 11am

For adults. 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 email info@greenwoodgardens.org or call 973.258.4026. Meet at Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ. Fee: $10 NJA members and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 non-members

ESSEX COUNTY BRANCH BROOK PARK

Thursday, June 18; 8:30am to 11am

For adults. Celebrate the summer solstice with a hike through this historic urban gem that features varied park scenes and holds a surprising variety of birdlife, from forest birds to ducks and herons. Meet at the Cherry Blossom Visitors’ Center located just north of Heller Parkway in the park. Visit the Branch Brook Park Alliance site for details and directions. www.branchbrookpark.org/Visit-the-Park/Map.aspx. FREE

TROY MEADOWS

Thursday, July 2; 8:30am to 11am

For adults. 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, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ. Fee: $6 NJA members, $8 non-members

GREENWOOD GARDENS

Thursday, July 9; 8am to 11am

For adults. 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 email info@greenwoodgardens.org or call 973.258.4026. Meet at Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ. Fee: $10 NJA members and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 non-members

ESSEX COUNTY BROOKDALE PARK

Thursday, July 23; 8:30am to11am

For adults. 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, Bloomfield, NJ. FREE

SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIPS

ESSEX COUNTY HATFIELD SWAMP

Saturday, June 13; 8:30am to 11am

For adults. We hope to find breeding birds in the wetland meadows and forests of this largely intact Essex County reservation. Footing could be wet or muddy, depending on the weather. Meet in front of Stop & Shop in West Caldwell, near corner of Passaic and Bloomfield avenues. We will carpool from there to different parts of this large reservation. Fee: $6 NJA members, $8 non-members

ESSEX COUNTY HILLTOP RESERVATION

Saturday, July 25; 9am to 11am

For adults. This is a great time to view nesting birds such as Indigo bunting and House wren. We also will explore the restored meadow habitat for Blue Birds as well as butterflies and other insects. Meet at Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane, North Caldwell, NJ. FREE


JUNE 2015

TUESDAY AFTERNOON YOGA WITH MEDITATION

Tuesdays—June 2, 9, 16 & 23; 3:30pm to 4:45pm

For adults. The focus of this class is on the many benefits of long-held, seated poses. We lengthen tissues that connect, wrap and interweave muscles, helping to increase our range of motion and free up areas of limitation. We cultivate a meditative state in each pose, as well as sit for a meditation at the end of class. All levels are welcome. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

CHAIR YOGA SERIES

Thursdays—June 4, 11, 18 & 25; 3pm to 4pm

For adults. Whether you are new to yoga, are an older adult, or know and love yoga but can no longer get up and down from the floor easily, chair yoga may be for you! All poses are done seated or standing next to a chair. Our breath guides us through class and we will end with a relaxing meditation. All levels are welcome. Dress comfortably. Advance registration and monthly pre-payment required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $36 for the month; $28 for those 65 and older

THURSDAY EVENING YOGA

Thursdays—June 4, 11, 18 & 25; 6:15pm to 7:30pm

For adults. This “all levels” yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. All levels are welcome. Advance registration and monthly payment are required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $40 for the month

FRIDAY MORNING YOGA

Fridays—June 5, 12, 19 & 26; 9:30am to 10:45am

For adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Join us weekly or for just one class. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

WELLNESS WORKSHOP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Saturday, June 6; 12pm to 1pm

For adults. Join us in learning how essential oils, including Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and Peppermint, can enhance your family's home medicine cabinet. This beginner class will discuss important safety tips and how best to start incorporating essential oils in your family's wellness solutions. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION WILDFLOWER WALK

Tuesday, June 9; 6pm to 7:30pm

Take a guided nature walk with a naturalist within the wildflower preserve. We’ll identify different plants and discuss their ecological benefits and traditional use as food, medicine and craft. Meet at the dog park entrance on Crest Drive in South Orange. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult; $8 per child

HORTICULTURE FOR SENIORS

Monday, June 15; 1pm to 3pm

For senior citizens. Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County for this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. This month’s topic is Plant a Plant and Watch it Grow. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required one week prior to program; call Helen at 973.731.0717 or Maya at 973-379-5548. FREE

WELLNESS WORKSHOP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Thursday, June 18; 6pm to 7pm

For adults. Join us in learning how essential oils, including Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and Peppermint, can enhance your family's home medicine cabinet. This beginner class will discuss important safety tips and how best to start incorporating essential oils in your family's wellness solutions. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

NEW JERSEY WOODTURNERS

Monday, June 22; 7pm to 9:30pm

For adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association! Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month; call the Environmental Center for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult; free for NJWA members

WILDERNESS SKILLS SUMMER CAMP

June 22 to June 25 & June 29 to July 2; 9:30am to 1:15pm

For grades 5 to 9. Join Traditional Earth Skills Instructor Mike Dennis for up to two weeks of outdoor skills building. During week one, we’ll take a traditional approach and, during week two, we’ll take a modern approach. We will identify plants, learn to track animals, create fire, go canoeing, make moccasins and natural rope, build shelters and more! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $175 per child per week

INDOOR KITCHEN GARDENING, YEAR ROUND!

Thursday, June 25; 6:30pm to 8pm

For adults. Join Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners to learn about the possibilities of harvesting in all four seasons. This is ideal for the urban and/or apartment dweller or for those without gardening space. Create a four season garden at home to supplement your supermarket trips. Our aim will be to keep it simple with a plan and guidelines for one crop each season. Learn what equipment you’ll need and how to get started! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

BIKE RIGHT – ADULT LEARN TO RIDE

Saturday, June 27; 10:30am to 12:30pm

For adults. Do you regret not learning how to ride a bike? Regret it no longer because TransOptions' Bike Right® coaches are here to help guide you to ride on two wheels in no time. You'll learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer as well as adjust a helmet for the proper fit, all in this easy, safe, and fun course. Class includes a free helmet for each participant! Minimum number of participants required. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult


JULY 2015

THURSDAY EVENING YOGA

Thursdays—July 2, 9, 23 & 30; 6:15pm to 7:30pm

For adults. This “all levels” yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. All levels are welcome. Advance registration and monthly payment are required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $40 for the month

YOUNG ENGINEERS SUMMER CAMP

July 6 to July 17, Grades Pre K and Kindergarten; 9:30am to 12:30pm

July 20 to July 31, Grades 1 and 2; 9:30am to 12:30pm

August 3 to August 14, Grades 3 and 4; 9:30am to 12:30pm

Calling all children who enjoy computers and science! This camp offers young children opportunities in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, Lego robotics, and game design. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. Call the Center for details. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776.

NATURE EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP

July 6 to July 17, Grades Pre K and Kindergarten; 1pm to 4pm

July 20 to July 31, Grades 1 and 2; 1pm to 5pm

August 3 to August 14, Grades 3 and 4; 1pm to 5pm

Enjoy exploring and discovering woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape life and much more. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. Call the Center for details. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776.

YOGA AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION

July 6, 13, 20 &27; 6:30pm to 7:45pm

For adults. Essex County celebrates Parks and Recreation Month with free weekly yoga classes at South Mountain Reservation. These classes are suitable for beginners and great for the seasoned yoga practitioner. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. Meet in the boat pavilion next to the paddle boat area on Cherry Lane. Classes held rain or shine. For more information call 973.228.8776. FREE

AROMATHERAPY FOR SUMMERTIME

Wednesday, July 8; 1:30pm to 2:30pm

For adults. Common outdoor activities – such as gardening, sports, entertaining or vacationing – can get uncomfortable when temperatures soar! Learn what essential oils can help ease tired muscles, energize, and help you cool off. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

FRIDAY MORNING YOGA

Fridays—July 10, 24 & 31; 9:30am to 10:45am

For adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Join us weekly or for just one class. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Saturday, July 11; 10am to 11am OR 12pm to 1pm

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 entry into our live butterfly tent. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $8 per child

BUTTERFLY TENT SAFARI

Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 24

Weekdays from 12pm to 3pm; Saturdays from 11am to 1pm

For all ages. Flutter on over and visit our live butterfly tent. All are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities. $2 per person suggested donation to the Essex County Parks Foundation

EXPLORING ESSEX COUNTY EAGLE ROCK RESERVATION

Wednesday, July 15; 6pm to 8:00pm

For families. Bring the kids for a naturalist-led exploration of Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation. We’ll begin at the ball field at the Eagle Rock Avenue entrance and take the glen trail toward the stream. Uncover a hidden natural playground within the forest! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult; $8 per child

BUZZ INTO ACTION with INSECT EDUCATION

Saturday, July 18; 10am to 11am OR 12pm to 1pm

For children ages 5 and older. Love insects? Join us for a family fun and hands-on presentation all about bugs n’ butterflies. This program includes entry into our live butterfly tent. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $8 per child, $10 per adult

AROMATHERAPY FOR A RELAXING SUMMER

Saturday, July 18; 12pm to 1pm

For adults. Come relax with us as we diffuse specific essential oils which can bring a sense of peace and calming. During this class, we will learn how essential oils are effective to uplift spirits and bring a deep sense of relaxation. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

CONTAINER GARDENING 101

Thursday, July 23; 6:30pm to 8pm

For adults. Join Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners to learn how to add color and fragrance to your yard, patio or deck with annual flowers. Regardless of how small (or large) your space – there is always room for flowers. You will learn what flowers are available, how to prepare a container, and – most importantly – maintain healthy plants. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult

BIKE RIGHT – LEARN TO RIDE

Saturday, July 25; 10:30am to 12:30pm

Children ages 5 and older. Make learning to ride a bike easier for your child with TransOptions’ Bike Right Learn to Ride class. Bike Right Learn to Ride will teach your child the safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride. Using this "balance first" method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Please bring a helmet and a bike (without training wheels) in good working order. In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $8 per child

BUTTERFLY GARDENING WORKSHOP

Saturday, July 25; 12pm to 1:30pm

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: $8 per child, $10 per adult

NEW JERSEY WOODTURNERS

Monday, July 27; 7pm to 9:30pm

For adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association! Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month; call the Environmental Center for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult; free for NJWA members


AUGUST 2015

BUZZFEST

Saturday, August 1; 11am to 1pm

For all ages. Have you ever wondered how honey goes from hive to jar? Come join our local beekeeper as he extracts honey from a real hive! You’ll even get a sample taste. We’ll have crafts, games, an observation hive and more. Learn about bees, their current challenges, and how we can help. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $5 per person for ages 2 and up

THURSDAY EVENING YOGA

Thursdays—August 6, 13, 20 & 27; 6:15pm to 7:30pm

For adults. This “all levels” yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. All levels are welcome. Advance registration and monthly payment are required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $40 for the month

AUGUST 2015

ESSEX COUNTY HILLTOP RESERVATION LETTERBOX FAMILY HIKE

Thursday, August 6; 6pm to 8pm

For families. Design a foam stamp before setting off into the reservation to uncover clues and discover the location of a secret letterbox using your navigational skills on this “treasure hunt.” Led by an Essex County Environmental Center naturalist. Meet at Courter Lane in North Caldwell. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult; $8 per child

FRIDAY MORNING YOGA

Fridays—August 7, 14, 21 & 28; 9:30am to 10:45am

For adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Join us weekly or for just one class. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

MEDITATION SERIES FOR BEGINNERS

Mondays—August 10, 17 & 24; 6:45pm to 7:45pm

For adults. Do you want to start meditating but don’t know how to begin? Some of the many benefits are stress reduction, improved relationships and increased health. Each session will highlight a different meditation technique – visualization, sound and breath, give various hints and suggestions for establishing a regular practice and include some chair yoga postures. Come learn the basics and see how meditation can increase your appreciation for nature around you as well as the nature within you. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $10 per adult per class or $25 for the series

PATIO & GARDEN DAY – OUR 10TH YEAR CELEBRATION!

Tuesday, August 11; 6:30pm to 7:30pm

For all ages. Patio and Garden Day was one of the first programs offered by the original Center for Environmental Studies (1972 to 1995). After a 10-year closure, the new and improved Essex County Environmental Center opened, thanks to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and we have been happily serving Essex County residents ever since. In honor of our 10th year anniversary, we’ll revisit the Patio and Garden Day program as a way to have fun, remember our roots, and to celebrate nature. Bring a hat, enjoy the grounds, join a staff naturalist for a guided walk, and enjoy a fresh cold cup of mint iced tea and iced fruit pops in the herb garden (adjacent to the frog pond). Parks still remain as one of the best things in life that are still for free. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. FREE

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DR. MOM

Saturday, August 15; 12pm to 1pm

For adults. With pool season in full swing and school starting in just a couple weeks, a mom's job is never done! Learn how to use safe and gentle essential oils for children as they face bumps, bruises, germs, and fears. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

NEW JERSEY WOODTURNERS

Monday, August 24; 7pm to 9:30pm

For adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association! Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month; call the Environmental Center for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult; free for NJWA members

AROMATHERAPY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Thursday, August 27; 6pm to 7pm

For adults. It is back to school time again! Be prepared for this season with essential oils! We will be discussing which oils are best to reduce stress and anxiety, keeping germs at bay, and maintaining energy and attention. Learning a few simple tips from this class can make this the best school year yet! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult


HATFIELD SWAMP HIKES

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 mazurma@aol.com or call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973.228.8776. FREE

LOOKING AHEAD

LABOR DAY PADDLE

Monday, September 7; 10:30am to 12:30pm OR 2pm to 4pm

For adults and children ages 10 and older. Take a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River! Paddlers will enjoy scenery and peacefulness as they paddle up the river and float down stream. Geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet in Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $30 per canoe

2015 ESSEX COUNTY PARKS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

Submissions are due by Wednesday, September 16, 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.

11TH ANNUAL OCTOBERFEST FALL FAMILY CELEBRATION

Saturday, October 3; 11am to 4pm

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.

FROG POND FUN

Monday, October 12; 9:30am to 3:30pm

For students in grades 1st through 5th. Explore the depths of our pond and wander into our wooded wetland to discover what’s there beyond first glance. Through outdoor and indoor activities, campers will uncover the adaptations that allow frogs and other wetland organisms to survive and thrive while learning how we can become stewards for these fascinating species. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $60 per child

SCOUTING DAY

Thursday and Friday, November 5 & 6; 10:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2:30pm

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. Fee: $8 per scout per class


FINE ART EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY

The Essex County Environmental Center supports the arts!  Artists in any medium are welcome to display their nature-themed work at the Center throughout the year.  Exhibits change on a monthly basis.  If interested, call 973.228.8776.

JUNE

For the Love of Animals.....Photographs Taken with Love

By: Jane Murphy

JULY

Essex County’s Bonanza of Butterflies

By: Janet Markman


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WOODTURNING

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.

GARDENING

Do you have garden related questions? Contact the Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners FREE helpline service! Helpline hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. Call 973.228.2210 or e-mail mastergardenerec@gmail.com


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 below 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/family 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 or visit www.essexcountyparks.org.


COUNTY OF ESSEX
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
ESSEX COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068
P: 973.228.8776  F: 973-228-3793

www.essexcountynj.org

Birds-Bunkers & Brews: an awesome guide bike tour on both sides of the Bay             (Posted: 5-15-15)

BIRDS - BUNKERS & BREWS
Finally, a guided Bike tour for everyone on Both sides of the Bay!
Saturday, June 6 (rain date, June7)

Join us for a very special tour designed for bird lovers, history enthusiasts, and beer aficionados alike. You don't have to be a serious biker for this day long tour, beach-cruisers are fine….but it will be a full day jam packed with ornithological wonders, scenic wonders and historic vistas.

Join naturalists from New Jersey Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May and Cape May Bird Observatory for a very different sort of bird walk. This "walk" (really a ride) will depart from the Cape May County Airport's Flight Deck Diner at 8:45, after an 8:00 A.M. optional breakfast. A short 2½ mile trek will bring us to Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area where we'll observe some of the many breeding birds that call this special place home, including nesting Prothonotary Warblers and Indigo Buntings. A series of ponds and a wonderful landscape of diverse regional fauna will complete the Cox Hall experience. After peddling a few leisurely miles along the preserve's paved and gravel trails we'll head south for about 4 miles along Bay Drive to the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal where we'll hitch a ride on a ferry to the other side. During the hour and half crossing we'll scan the bay for transiting whales and dolphins, not to mention a plethora of water birds including terns, storm-petrels, osprey and much more.

Once on the other side, we'll explore our sister cape, Cape Henlopen State Park. Known as Fort Miles during WWII, Cape Henlopen was the most heavily defended site in the United States with its huge 16" 12" and 8" guns protecting the entrance to the Delaware Bay. The history buffs among us will marvel at the bunkers, fortifications and spotting towers, one of which is open to the public and offers an unparalled panoramic view of both Capes. If time allows, we might visit the Seaside Nature Center and the mile long fishing pier where a German U-Boat surrendered to the Delaware National Guard during the war. We'll leave the Park via the Gordon's Pond Trial and peddle 5 miles into Rehoboth Beach where we'll sample some of the many brews at the world famous Dogfish Brewery. After lunch and rehydration, we'll follow the Junction & Breakwater Trail another 5 miles back to Lewes where we'll hitch our ride home across the Bay on the Ferry. The leisurely boat ride will give us the perfect opportunity to rest up for a final 5 mile push back to the County airport and that increasingly popular roost for local birders, the Cape May Brewing Company! Since this is our final destination, we can reward ourselves and update our checklists, one for the birds we saw, and a second one for the beers we tasted!

Expect to cover approximately 30 miles throughout the day, but rest assured that frequent stops will enable us to explore natural and historical gems throughout both regions. Bring your own bike or bike rentals can be arranged. A wide brimmed hat, long sleeves, sun block, and water bottle are recommended. Pack refreshments and lunch, or bring money for our stops at the ferry terminals and breweries. Meet at the Flight Deck Diner at the airport at 8am for breakfast or simply arrive later for the 8:45am departure. Top quality lender binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them. Preregistration is required. Cost: members $40, nonmembers $60, college student discounts apply with proper ID, call us for details (includes a round trip walk-on ferry pass).

Call the Nature Center of Cape May, 609-898-8848, for details and to preregister. Cost: members $40, nonmembers $60, college student discounts apply with proper ID; includes a round trip walk-on ferry pass.

And don't forget your camera!

USGBC NJ Upcoming Events- Networking, Education + More             (Posted: 5-14-15)




Evening Gathering: 5:30- 9:30 PM
Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Join us for this terrific signature event, with oceanfront networking. Sponsorship opportunities available. Details & registration coming soon.

Free Family Fun at the Barnegat Bay Festival             (Posted: 5-14-15)

18TH ANNUAL BARNEGAT BAY FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine)


Touch a bay critter, get out on the water, make a fish print, enjoy the waterfront view – do all this and more at the Barnegat Bay Festival on Sunday, June 7th from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wanamaker Complex in Island Heights.  This annual festival is sponsored by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, the National Estuary Program for the Barnegat Bay, and the Barnegat Bay Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the protection and restoration of the bay.

This year's festival theme is "Citizens and Science: Partners in Protection." From water-based activities like the canoe eco-tour to hands-on children’s activities like the aquatic touch tank and seining, attendees will have many opportunities to explore science in action while learning about the Barnegat Bay and its valuable natural resources.

Exhibitors at the festival will showcase the ways citizens can get involved in science and stewardship to help protect the bay and its wildlife.  There will be more than 60 environmental organizations represented:  the Watershed Ambassador will be displaying our interactive storm flood model; the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will update its successful Blitz (a watershed-wide clean-up); our Native Plant sale (with RareFind Nursery) will spotlight storm-sturdy yards; and many exhibits will focus on climate-ready endeavors and sustainability. There will also be an emphasis on continued support of the Jersey Shore with many of the wonderful ways you can enjoy the recreational aspects of the bay:  kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, fishing, crabbing, clamming, camping, birding, kite-flying...and so much more.

Other fun activities at the Barnegat Bay Festival:

·      Enjoy a free canoe eco-tour (pre-registration required) or a free pontoon boat ride on the Toms River. Take a kayak ride or learn to paddle board (special festival pricing) with Freekin' Creekin' at the Summit Avenue beach.

·      Relax to The ShoreSyde Duo with the sounds of summer or the traditional music of the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, Acoustic Musicians Guild, Top Hats, or a special children’s performance by YOSI and Johnny.

·     Touch sea life in Jenkinson's Aquarium touch tank, learn about raptors and reptiles with the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, make paper with seeds to growtry your hand at fish printing, or walk through the soil tunnel for an “underground” experience.

·      Visit the more than 40 eco-friendly vendors and enjoy all varieties of great festival food.

So if you are staying closer to home this summer…save gas and save money, but most importantly learn how you can protect our most treasured natural resource, be more prepared for the future, and support the communities of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.  Check out all that’s happening at the Festival on our website at http://bbp.ocean.edu/pages/208.asp.

If you would like more information or would like to pre-register for the canoe eco-tour, please call Betsy Hyle, Special Events Coordinator, at 732-914-8109.   

Ready, set, register! Reservoir Challenge 2015 Registration is NOW OPEN!             (Posted: 5-14-15)

Click HERE.

Youth Writing & Art Contest Focuses on Nature             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Click HERE.

Calling All Paddlers! Paddle for the Edge in June             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Click HERE.

2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 5-4-15)

 Register Now

Plenary Speakers

 

Keynote Speaker

Shelley Poticha

 

Director of the Urban Solutions Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council  

 

 

 

Sustainable State of 

the State Report
Dr. Melanie McDermott
 

Senior Researcher at Sustainable Jersey 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

 

Registration

 

$35: State, county, municipal, non-profit or green team volunteers

 

$75: All other attendees

 

 

Register online today!

 

Be Social


Building on the 2013 Sustainability Summit at Duke Farms and the feedback received, the objectives of the 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit are to:

  • Establish a vision for the movement by releasing our Sustainable State of the State Report 
  • Share resources and strategies that can be implemented in municipalities and schools today 
  • Discuss new things that Sustainable Jersey can do to support progress

Participants will come away with a clear sense of the state of the movement, new ideas about what can be done to make progress, an expanded network of fellow practitioners, and the inspiration to go back and continue to drive change one municipality or school at a time.

 

16 Concurrent Sessions

 

Discuss the Sustainable State of the State Report in more detail, share your perspective on the

the Sustainable Jersey program, and dig deeper into the dimensions of sustainability. To learn more Click Here for  session descriptions and presenters.

 

Networking

 

Network with Sustainable Jersey task force members, local and state officials, and green team volunteers committed to fostering a sustainable New Jersey.





 

A very special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this event possible.

 

     

 

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Events & News             (Posted: 4-29-15)

Save the date for Ocean Fun Days
You're invited to a movie screening and discussion
2014 NJSGC Annual Report

World Oceans Day: June 8, 2015             (Posted: 4-29-15)

I would like to invite the educators in this network to celebrate World Oceans Day this year!

We're reaching out to educators specifically because we want all kids, no matter where they're located, to develop a positive relationship with nature. June is near the end of the school year, and we think it could be a great opportunity for kids to have fun and learn at the same time.

If you'd like to get your group involved, check out 7 ways to connect kids with the ocean and our celebration planning pages.

Here are just a few ways any group can get involved:

·        Take the Better Bag Challenge – you can also make no-sew bags and give them out to help others reduce plastic pollution!

·        Organize a community cleanup. You can find a general community cleanup guide here. For older kids, you can hold Cleanup Drills or an“ABC” Cleanup to make it more fun.

·        Plan a sleepover or visit to an aquarium to get kids in touch with ocean animals.

In school:

  • A school-wide observance of World Oceans Day, with kids wearing blue in honor of the ocean
  • Optional classroom days for interested teachers/homerooms, a special day to focus on activities and/or lessons about the ocean, and how we can protect it
  • A great one time or ongoing project for the school’s environmental or nature club

You can visit http://WorldOceansDay.org/planning for more ideas and inspiration. Thanks very much for your time, and please feel free to email or call us if you have any questions or comments.

Lena Champlin  | Conservation Associate

The Ocean Project

401.709.4071 | lchampli@theoceanproject.org

www.TheOceanProject.org

Opportunity for Student Reporters             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

Save the Date: 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Sustainable Jersey

2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
 
 June 10, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
The College of New Jersey, Ewing 
 
How is New Jersey doing in addressing our most pressing sustainability issues? What can local governments, schools and communities do about it?

With over 400 municipalities and nearly 100 districts and schools participating in Sustainable Jersey, now is the time to ask big questions.
 
Building on the outcomes of our first Sustainability Summit in September 2013, the 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will provide a big picture context for understanding how we are doing as a state and a movement, and give green team leaders and local officials concrete tools and support to make progress in their communities.

  

Highlights of the Summit include:

  • Release of the first "Sustainable State of the State" report defining Sustainable Jersey's vision for New Jersey.
  • Brainstorming to set the future direction for the Sustainable Jersey movement.
  • Tools and strategies for implementing sustainability practices in municipalities and schools. 

Click here for more information  

Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-14-15)

Three exciting summer programs for teenage students will be held at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. Offered by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners, the three sessions include the Sedge Island Fishing Experience, the Sedge Island Field and Research Experience, and the Sedge Island Field Experience.

For more information on each session, including dates, fees and application forms, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer15.htm on the Division's website.

Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information             (Posted: 1-5-15)

HIKES for 2015:
A "Heads Up" about hikes for 2015 (Tentative - subject to approval by the NJ State Park Service).

Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: Autumn Leaves Hike

These hikes begin at the 50 Neilson Road entrance in Wantage, NJ 07461 and are approximately 1 - 2 miles long.

Adults and children are welcome (Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian).

Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

TRAIL INFORMATION:
This past Fall the Lusscroft Farm website was updated and revised. The new website address is www.lusscroftfarm.org

Additional information about the hikes and a trail map is included on the website. To access this information click on the Calendar of Events Tab on the left side on the website. Then click on the Hiking Tab. At the bottom of this page is a link to a file that contains a map of the trails.

Thank you for your support of Lusscroft Farms and I hope to see you at some (all) of the 2015 events at Lusscroft Farm.

OASIS SOLAR JAM 2015 INFORMATION             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Last year OASIS held our first, and very successful SOLARJAM graciously sponsored by PSEG. We will hold our second SOLARJAM on May 16 (raindate May 17), 2015 at Princeton High School. All NJ schools are welcome to join send students. Below (and attached) is the preliminary information so you can plan and share. Reimbursement for kits will be on a first come first served basis. Registration forms will follow in late winter.

Liz Cutler
OASIS Director
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Made possible thanks to funding from PSEG.

SolarJam 2015

Preliminary Information
* Registration Details will follow - Contact person for questions and/or to volunteer is: Andrew Lloyd alloyd@pennington.org

Event Basics:
1. Event to be held at the outdoor tennis facility at Princeton High School on Saturday May 16th; Rain Date the next day, Sunday May 17th (Exact Time TBD - late morning to early afternoon) 2. Two age divisions: Lower (K-5) and Middle (6-8) 3. Two events: Solar Car Race and open "Photon Fair"
4. This is a No/Low Waste Event. Water Fountains are available inside the building. A small complimentary refreshment (like an ice cream cone) may be available to participating students, but as far as lunch/snack items people are welcome to bring their own food.
5. Each team must have at least one registered adult as on-site chaperone Car Race:
1. Materials: must use the stock panel and motor from either PITSCO or SolarMade (see links below) 2. Vehicle must carry an empty soda can, with its tab intact, as its cargo 3. Vehicles will race along wires ." from the ground - Therefore vehicles must have eyelets or other method attached either on their underside or at their sides, for wire to pass through.
4. Teams can use the kit to build the vehicle (see links) or create their own body - as long as it satisfies #1 and #2 above.
5. Teams can devise vehicles that can easily have panels placed and removed, so that panels can be shared while practicing and during race.
6. Vehicles must pass a "Drop Test" from 12 inches off of the ground. Vehicle must stay intact with motor and panel and all parts during test. Contestants are responsible for conducting their own tests, but race officials may ask to observe.
7. The vehicle will start from behind the starting line with all wheels touching the track. The solar panel will be completely shaded by a supplied opaque material cover held above the panel by a team member. When the MC signals the start of the race, the team member will remove the cover so the panel will be exposed to sunlight. Once the judge starts the race, team members cannot touch the car or guide wire until the race is final and vehicles are asked to clear the track by the MC. If a car is touched after the start of the race and it moves, it will count as a disqualification.
8. In both Lower and Middle divisions, awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as Most Innovative Use of Alternate/Recycled Materials Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $100 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.

Links for Car parts and build info: http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Sprint_Deluxe_Solar_Vehicle?SKU=21211& (link to kit and individual parts)
http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Solar_Panel ( for panel only)
http://www.pitsco.com/Clubs_and_Competitions/Sustainable_Energy_-_Competition/Motor_280 (to buy just the standard "280" motor).
http://www.solarmade.com/JuniorSprint.htm (link to kit and individual parts)
http://jrsolarsprint.org/ (Link to the existing Junior Solar Sprint National events' page, with good design and build resources)

1. This is an Open opportunity to present anything a student or team has devised that derives its form and/or function from the Sun.
2. Each individual or team will be provided a table or suitable spot to present their project.
3. At least one member of the team should be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the project.
4. Suggestions for projects include but are not limited to: solar water heating, solar ovens, sundials, the use of light, color and shadow in solar art, etc. Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $30 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.