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CONTENTS:
ENVIRONMENTAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM IN FEBRUARY
Middle and/or High School Sustainability Engineering Design Challenge
Register for Trailside's Winter Workshops
Bergen County Zoo
National Wildlife Photo Contest!
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: January Events at the Preserve!
Garden State Outdoor Sports Show Jan. 12-15
PEEC Winter Newsletter - Superpowers and Survival & More!
Cape-Atlantic Conservation District Winter Spring 2017 Newsletter
Educational Events at Terhune Orchards
OCSCD: 2017 Poster Contest for Students
C&NN: Get Inspired to Take Action 
Conserve Wildlife Foundation - Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest
Call for Nominations: 2017 Land Ethics Award
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Student Video Contest for Environmental Science Students
Announcing Featured Speakers for 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference
ENVIRONMENTAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM IN FEBRUARY             (Posted: 1-19-17)

The Ewing Green Team Urges Residents to be on the Lookout for the Emerald Ash Borer
DATE: Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm
LOCATION: The Ewing Community and Senior Center, Community Room, 999 Lower Ferry Rd. Ewing

The Ewing Green Team announces the latest entry in their Environmental Insights Series, environmental presentations designed to engage area residents in a public conversation about critical environmental issues and to spark new ideas concerning sustainability. Join the EGT on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm for their program, An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Information Session with a presentation led by a panel of experts.

The Emerald Ash borer has been found in Ewing Township. As this invasive pest can easily spread to neighboring trees, all residents should check their ash trees for symptoms of infestation.

"The emerald ash borer will kill 99 percent of all ash trees within the next few years," said Bill Brash, NJ State Certified Tree Expert. "Residents should identify ash trees on their property and monitor for signs of damage or decline such as unusual woodpecker activity or missing bark."

The Ewing Green Team will hold an information session for residents at the Ewing Senior and Community Center on February 22nd beginning at 6:30 p.m. All homeowners and landowners are encouraged to attend. Contact Joanne Mullowney, Ewing Green Team Co-Chair at 609-883-0862 for more information.

Since the discovery of emerald ash borer in Michigan in 2002, the beetle has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In May 2014, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture confirmed New Jersey's first detection of the emerald ash borer in Bridgewater in Somerset County, NJ.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green, non-native invasive pest. Trees can be infested for years before the tree begins to show symptoms of infestation. Symptoms include canopy dieback, woodpecker activity, missing bark, D-shaped exit holes, shoots sprouting from the trunk, and S-shaped larval galleries under the bark.

If a tree is already infested or in poor health, it may be best to remove the tree before it becomes infested and poses a hazard to people and surrounding structures. But for those residents with high-value ash in good health, trees can be treated before they become infested.

A Certified Tree Expert can help residents evaluate, then treat or remove ash trees. Contact the Board of Certified Tree Experts at 732-833-0325 njtreeexperts@gmail.com for a list of professionals serving your area.

Report any signs. If any signs of the EAB beetle are found, call the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-406-6939. Visit http://www.emeraldashborer.nj.govfor more information.

The Ewing Green Team is an annually appointed Township Board and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Ewing Senior and Community Center. In 2016 it was instrumental in documenting Ewing's sustainable actions to achieve Silver Level certification and a Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable Jersey, an organization that provides 441 registered NJ municipalities with actions and resources designed to help them to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.

Free and open to the public.
No registration is required.
Email: ewinggreenteam@gmail.com
http://ewinggreenteam.org

Middle and/or High School Sustainability Engineering Design Challenge             (Posted: 1-19-17)

This is Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education. A small informal working group of my colleagues and I are developing an unofficial Engineering Design Challenge that we would like to pilot in Camden. Our vision is to focus on sustainability.

The details about the problem and challenge are still fluid. However, It is time to draw in individuals from Camden and Southern NJ to select a problem to be solved, define design criteria, identify professionals who would be willing to be emailed by students if they have questions, and identify individuals and/or organizations that may be able to contribute to the effort.

If you are intrigued by this little project, email me at michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us. Once we have a small army of folks, we will carve out some time to make this thing come to life.

Register for Trailside's Winter Workshops             (Posted: 1-13-17)

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Bergen County Zoo             (Posted: 1-13-17)

Dear Environmental Educator,

I am writing to you today to invite you to an important Bergen County Zoo event, Party for the Planet: an Earth Day Celebration. This will be the 10th year the Bergen County Zoo has hosted this wonderful event. Each year we have more exciting exhibitors come to the zoo to display and discuss the work their organization does to help improve the environment. As in the past there is no fee involved with attending and exhibiting. If you have any questions or comment please feel free to contact me, my information is below.

Carol A. Fusco
Park Naturalist/Education Program Coordinator
Bergen County Zoological Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 262-3771 x125
Fax (201) 986-1788
cfusco@co.bergen.nj.us

National Wildlife Photo Contest!             (Posted: 1-12-17)

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Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: January Events at the Preserve!             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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Seed Cleaning in our Native Plant Nursery 
Even with winter upon us, things are bustling in our Native Plant Nursery. Seed work is in full swing, and we are in the process of cleaning many different locally collected seed. Some examples of seeds we are working with include: Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed), Hibiscus moscheutos (Rosemallow), Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower), and Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower).

Seed cleaning is simply removing the seed from its casing or shell. This may involve rolling hard objects over the casing, using a sieve, or simply opening casings by hand. The seeds are then placed in labeled envelopes and are ready to be sown.

To sow, we first fill seed flats with a special soil "Pro-mix" which is sterile and has been inoculated with mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae are fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. We wet the soil in the seed flats, disperse the seed, lightly cover with another layer of soil, and top with granules to prevent peat moss from floating to the surface.

We will leave the seed flats outside over the winter to undergo cold stratification. The cold temperatures, ideally under 40 degrees F and for 30-90 days, are a necessary trigger for germination.

Thank you to our renewing Members

We'd like to thank all of you that took time from your busy schedules to renew your annual membership for 2017. We hope you'll visit often throughout the coming year, and take full advantage of the benefits of membership. New this year: 
Your BHWP membership card grants you free admission and discounts at over 150 organizations nationwide through our participation in the ANCA reciprocal admissions program.

If you haven't had a chance to renew, it's easy to complete online through the Membership page of our website.

Thank you for your support! 
Though it's winter, it's never too soon to start thinking about a meaningful summer internship. Applications are now being accepted for our summer intern program. Interns work closely with Preserve staff and receive in-depth training in native plant propagation, trail maintenance and public education. Candidates should be entering their junior or senior year of college and have a background and strong interest in botany, horticulture and/or related environmental studies. Experience working with children and environmental education a plus. Full details and an application form can be found on our website by clicking HERE.



A Literal Winter Wonderland
For some, this time of year can take a little more inspiration to get outside on a cold frosty day. But with a few extra layers and a dash of curiosity, there's always a chance to see something new -- whether it be the crystallized shapes along Pidcock Creek; the showy buds of Rhododendron maximum, or the flash of a red-bellied woodpecker's crown, the Preserve is teeming with wonder!    
Winter Lecture Series Announced
Booklets are still available
 Purchase a booklet for all 8 lectures 
and save 20%!

Shake off the winter doldrums by joining us for our annual Winter Lecture Series. This popular series features presentations by fascinating speakers on eight Sundays in January and February, from 2 - 3 p.m. Members and full-time students: $8 per lecture; Non-members: $12 per lecture.

Knowledgeable lecturers address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants, native wildlife and other related topics. 
All lectures are held in the Auditorium in the Preserve's Visitor Center with general admission seating. Lectures often sell out, so call today to reserve your seat.   For more information, please call (215) 862-2924.

January 8th - Understanding Vultures
January 15th - Beyond Honeybees - Pennsylvania's Native Bees
January 22nd - Gardening to Protect Water: Mitigating Polluted Storm Water Runoff with Green Infrastructure
January 29th - Our Nighttime Neighbors: The Ecology and Behavior of Bats.
 
 
Call 215-862-2924 to register.  
 
Click HERE for full lecture descriptions and to check out our February lectures as well! 
QiGong: Awaken the Healer Within 
 
Qigong ("chee gong") is an ancient Chinese self-care practice and is practiced as a part of traditional Chinese medicine. This course will focus on physical postures and movements, slow deep breathing, and focused meditation as a way to circulate, chi, or universal energy for health and wellness. Qigong helps lower blood pressure, enhance the immune and lymphatic systems, improve balance and stability, and loosen stiff joints. No experience is necessary, just an open mind and a willing spirit. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

This program runs for 6 weeks: January 12 through February 16, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Series Fee: Members: $60; Non-members: $72. Participants must register for the entire series to attend.  


Family Fun
Nature Buddies Winter Wonders
Winter Birds

Sat, January 21, 2017, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Meet our resident feathered friends and make a tasty treat to take home just for the birds! Program includes a story, an outdoor walk, and a craft and is appropriate for ages 3 to 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Walks are weather dependent; please dress for the weather.

Members: Free!; Non-members: $7 for one child with adult + $3 for each additional child.

Advance registration required by Thursday January 19th.



Recycle your Holiday Cards
Sat, January 14, 2017, 3-4 p.m.

With just a little cutting and folding, holiday cards and calendars can be made into beautiful little boxes. Bring your large folded cards (6" min. measured from the shortest side), old calendars, and a long ruler if you have one. Learn how to transform them into cute little boxes, ready for re-gifting! Members: $8; Non-members: $10; includes all art materials. Space is limited - registration is required by January 12.

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
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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  

Garden State Outdoor Sports Show Jan. 12-15             (Posted: 1-5-17)

The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show is January 12 - 15, 2017 in Edison. The show provides an opportunity to view products, book trips and purchase fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation equipment from hundreds of vendors. Along with the Garden State Deer Classic demonstrations and seminars are ongoing.

Get your tickets early: for every ticket sold online, the show is donating $2 to Hunters Helping the Hungry. Along with the ticket, online ticket purchasers are offered a one year subscription to either Field & Stream or Outdoor Life magazine. Purchasing tickets in advance saves you $5 off the general admission price.

For more information visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2016/classicpromo17.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

PEEC Winter Newsletter - Superpowers and Survival & More!             (Posted: 1-5-17)

Cape-Atlantic Conservation District Winter Spring 2017 Newsletter             (Posted: 1-5-17)

Click HERE.

Educational Events at Terhune Orchards             (Posted: 12-12-16)

Click HERE.

OCSCD: 2017 Poster Contest for Students             (Posted: 11-28-16)

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2017 POSTER CONTEST
for Students in Grades 2-12
HEALTHY SOILS ARE FULL OF LIFE!
 
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to sponsor the 2017 Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!". Productive soils are the foundation of any healthy ecosystem. As the world's population grows and demand for food production increases, it's essential that we work together to protect and enhance our soils.

At the county level, the Poster Contest is open to all students in grades 2-12. The Ocean County Soil Conservation District will declare a First Place Winner for each grade group. One Grand Champion Winner will be selected among the First Place Winners and receive a $50 cash prize, and a $200 prize will be awarded to their school to support a school-based environmental project. All First Place winning entries from Ocean County will be submitted to the Statewide Competition where they will compete for cash prizes. The State Grand Champion Winner will have their poster reproduced into a folder to be used for various educational events and activities throughout the state. Download the official  Rules & Regulations and Entry Form. Deadline for Ocean County entries is March 9, 2017. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext 114, Education@SoilDistrict.org or visit the OCSCD Poster Contest webpage.


C&NN: Get Inspired to Take Action              (Posted: 11-18-16)

Click HERE.

Conserve Wildlife Foundation - Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest             (Posted: 11-16-16)

Click HERE.

Call for Nominations: 2017 Land Ethics Award             (Posted: 11-14-16)

Click HERE.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest             (Posted: 11-10-16)

The US Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest for students in grades K-12. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students express their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Information on the contest is available on the USFWS website at https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/junior-duck-stamp-contest-information.php .

The federal stamp is required of all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older.

Student Video Contest for Environmental Science Students             (Posted: 10-28-16)

World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your environmental science high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found HERE.

Announcing Featured Speakers for 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference             (Posted: 10-19-16)

Click HERE.