NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS


Events/Contests

Camping reservations can be made online or by calling 1-855-607-3075.
Check out our Facebook page and remember to "Like" us!

Return to EEdNews Homepage

CONTENTS:
22nd Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally
Student Climate Conference May 12--call for proposals
CEC Youth Innovation Challenge
Solar Car Race for students 3rd-8th grades in Princeton, NJ, May 19
NJ State Park Events & News—February
2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students
Save the Date: 2018 Annual Meeting of the Native Plant Society of NJ
NWF: Photo Contest Warms Your Heart
High School Surf Fishing Opportunity
RH: Announcing 2018 Nature Day Camp Dates
Summer Programs For Teens at Sedge Island
CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!
Blast Winter Boredom at Duke Farms!
Terhune Orchards Read and Explore 2018
Free "Great Backyard Bird Count" Event at Cattus Island County Park
See the Seals on Sandy Hook
REGISTRATION OPEN: Growing Healthy Communities
Fish & Wildlife Events
22nd Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally             (Posted: 2-16-18)

REGISTER FOR THE RALLY! 

Connect...Collaborate...Conserve

22nd Annual 

NJ Land Conservation Rally

March 2, 2018

at the

Hyatt Regency Hotel

New Brunswick, NJ

The Rally is a one-day educational conference about

open space and farmland preservation in New Jersey.

 Click here for the Rally Agenda & Program

27 educational workshops

5 roundtable discussions

Keynote speaker:

 David Case - Author, "Nature of Americans"

27 exhibitors 

Farmers Market

Earn Continuing Educational Credits:

NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours

NJ Recreation & Park Association CEUs

American Planning Assoc. Certification Maintenance Credits 

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Program CEUs

NEW THIS YEAR

Organized through the 2018 NJ Land Rally, the EnviroMentors program seeks to bring emerging 

conservation professionals and experienced conservation champions together.  Connections made at the Land Rally will lead to meaningful conversations and cultivate future environmental leaders.  

For more information, click here

Visit the Rally website  for more information about the conference.

Sponsors (as of 2/12)

Victoria Foundation

New Jersey Conservation Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

Citizen Racecar

Trust for Public Land

Raritan Headwaters Association

JM Sorge. Inc.

Monmouth Conservation Foundation

NJ Audubon Society

Normandy Real Estate Partners

Princeton Hydro

Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings

     Foundation

Rancocas Conservancy

Exhibitors (as of 2/12)

Association of NJ Environmental 

   Commissions

Boucher and James

Brinkerhoff Environmental Services

Citizen Racecar  (nonprofit videos)

Crossroads of the American Revolution

Friends of Sparta Mountain

Hackensack Riverkeeper

JM Sorge, Inc.

Land Trust Alliance

NJ CHANJ (NJDEP)

NJ Corp. Wetlands Restoration Pgm.

NJ Dept. of Agr. Forest Pest Invaders

NJ Future

NJ Highlands Coalition

NJ Historic Trust

NJ Office Systems

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association

Pinelands Nursery

Princeton Hydro

Rahway River Watershed Association

Raritan Headwaters Association

Rowan U: NJ Conservation Blueprint

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water

    Resources Program

Sourland Conservancy

Watershed Institute

Farmers Market

Robson Farms

Neshanic Valley Beekeepers

Martenette Farms

Morganics Farm

Student Climate Conference May 12--call for proposals             (Posted: 2-16-18)

Click HERE.

CEC Youth Innovation Challenge             (Posted: 2-16-18)

There is still time! Join the North American Youth Innovation Challenge Today!

Submit your bold idea for the chance to receive C$5,000 in seed funding and present your innovation to North America’s top environmental officials in Oklahoma City, United States this summer.

Learn more about this challenge and view previous award winners.

North America is facing urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Citizen leadership—including youth—is more important than ever to keep the momentum going toward the adoption of cleaner, carbon-neutral technologies and policies that ensure sustainable growth and job creation across North America.

As today’s visionaries and tomorrow’s decision-makers, young leaders will drive the green growth innovations that are critical to a sustainable future.

Canada, Mexico and the United States need innovative science, technology and business solutions to North American's shared sustainability challenges. Students and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to share innovative ideas that:

·        Create better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, business models, marketing, supply chains and/or partnerships for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment.

·        Contribute to the natural asset base of North American economies, creating green jobs and/or economic opportunities for citizens in North America;

·        Make good business sense in terms of profitability and potential for growth.

Show us what you've got! Submit your bright idea and benefit from the collective intelligence of youth across North America.


View the original press release below:

Skyrocket your green idea! Commission for Environmental Cooperation Launches Second Youth Innovation Challenge

 Green Idea Banner

Enter our challenge to compete for $5,000 in seed funding and present your green growth idea to North American environmental leaders in Oklahoma City

January 2018—Show us what you’ve got! North American environmental ministers are calling on youth to champion bold ideas for green growth to address the complex sustainability challenges we currently face. Visit cec.ideascale.com to submit your science, technology and business innovations and get the chance to present your idea to North America’s top environmental officials, receive C$5,000 in project seed funding, and meet with experts at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).   “Innovation is the key to North American sustainable growth, enabling us to use our natural resources to grow our economies and quality of life while preserving the environment, ecosystems and human health. North American youth are creative and innovative and we are looking forward to their ideas on green growth," said Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency and CEC Council Chair.   The CEC Youth Innovation Challenge is open to residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States (and its territories) aged 18-30. Participants are encouraged to look beyond incremental solutions and propose bold ideas to leapfrog to solutions that address the complex sustainability challenges facing North America. Ideas will be evaluated based on four criteria: innovation, impact, feasibility/replicability and profitability. Students and young entrepreneurs are invited to propose ideas on a broad range of green growth topics.   The challenge opens 15 January 2018 and idea submissions are due by 3 April 2018.   This is your chance to make a difference! Start posting your ideas, or commenting and voting on those of others today! Ideas can be submitted in English, French or Spanish. For more information and guidelines, visit cec.ideascale.com.   Make sure to tell us about your green idea on Facebook or Twitter using the #Youth4Innovation hashtag.

Solar Car Race for students 3rd-8th grades in Princeton, NJ, May 19             (Posted: 2-16-18)

OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) invites students grades 3-8 to participate in SOLARJAM 2018, a solar car race, May 19.

Students can come as a school group or register on their own.

The Top Three Finishing cars in Upper Division (grades 6-8)
are invited to race in the TransOptions Junior Solar
Sprints' Inter-County Regional Race in Florham Park on Monday, May 21st.'

For information, registration contact: theandrewlloyd@gmail.com

NJ State Park Events & News—February             (Posted: 2-5-18)

Click HERE.

2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (http://drexel.edu/coas/academics/high-school-programs/desla/)
GEO camp for high school students at the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute (http://www.bbpaleo.org/) and at Yellowstone.

Roger L. Thomas
Operations Manager
Drexel University BEES Department

Section Leader, Project Support Section
Patrick Center for Environmental Research
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.299.1105 (office)
267.251.5869 (cell)
________________________________________
Don't miss Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

Save the Date: 2018 Annual Meeting of the Native Plant Society of NJ             (Posted: 1-29-18)

null 
Native Plant Society 
of New Jersey

SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Annual Meeting
Preparations are underway for our Annual Meeting

We thank the wonderful folks at Medford Leas for allowing us to have our meeting at their facility:

 
Home of:

We will have speakers presenting information on native plant communities, plant related vendors and our "sticks and twigs" the first public native plant sale in the state.

Members who are current in their dues will receive a discounted admission price and will have first chance at registration.  So, if you haven't paid your 2018 dues yet, now is a good time to go to our website: The Native Plant Society of NJ and click on the "Become a Member" tab to renew or join for the first time.  


We look forward to seeing you there!


For more information contact

Activities like this are made possible through your membership. Thank you for becoming a member of the NPSNJ.
STAY CONNECTED:

NWF: Photo Contest Warms Your Heart             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Click HERE.

High School Surf Fishing Opportunity             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Division of Fish and Wildlife

High school aged students have a chance to participate in the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 20 as part of a team. The High School Team Category is for students who are part of a formal fishing club, members of a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs group, or a non-formal group. The tournament entry fee is waived for student teams, and admission to the park is free for registrants. For more information and to register, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm#teens.

RH: Announcing 2018 Nature Day Camp Dates             (Posted: 1-26-18)

Click HERE.

Summer Programs For Teens at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-26-18)

Unique Programs Held In Beautiful Barnegat Bay

Three exciting programs for teenage students will be offered this summer at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. Located just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, Sedge Island provides a beautiful location for these unique experiences which include the Barnegat Bay Field and Research Experience, the Sedge Island Field Experience, and the Sedge Island Fishing Experience. For program details and application information visit HERE.

CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!             (Posted: 1-26-18)


Registration is Now Open!

Explore the Outdoors and Get in Touch with Nature through One or More of Our STEAM-Based Summer Learning Experiences 

CWF is offering kids summer programs throughout the Garden State!
Looking for outdoor opportunities for your young environmentalists to explore and learn about the world around them? Look no further than Conserve Wildlife Foundation's summer programs! We are thrilled to offer three different opportunities for your child across the Garden State.
BAYSHORE ADVENTURE PROGRAM -LEONARDO STATE MARINA, MONMOUTH COUNTY
CWF and Leonardo State Marina are taking
applications for the new 'Bayshore Adventure Program', an outdoor learning experience for children entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11.
 
Activities include crabbing at the marina, arts & crafts, birdwatching for kids, seining on the beach to discover the fish, crabs and other marine wildlife live in the bay, and Friday Fun Day: tug of war, sandcastle building contest, making solar s'mores, kayaking and more.
 
Program Dates:
Week 1: August 6-10, 2018
Week 2: August 13-17, 2018
Week 3: August 20-24, 2018


WILDLIFE EXPLORER PROGRAM - DUKE FARMS, SOMERSET COUNTY
CWF is partnering with Duke Farms to offer the new 'Wildlife Explorer Summer Program.' The program is a fun and exciting learning experience for children entering 3rd to 8th grade, ages 8-13 to connect with and explore the outdoors.
 
'Wildlife Explorers' will experience close-up encounters with wildlife like birds, bats and turtles, get muddy exploring Duke Farms' ponds and streams, create nature-based art with famous artist James Fiorentino, and participate in daily talks with real-life scientists! 

Program Dates:

Week 1: July 16-20 for ages 8 to 10

Week 2: July 23-27 for ages 11 to 13
 


 

BEACH. BIRDS. BIOLOGY.
A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE - MONMOUTH, OCEAN, CAPE
MAY COUNTIES

CWF is proud to offer the new 'Beach. Birds. Biology.' summer program, a wildlife-biologist-for-a-day experience for children entering 4th to 6th grade, ages 9-11The one-day sessions will run on Wednesdays for three weeks this summer. 

Our expert biologists will be leading campers in exploring coastal ecology and connecting them with the natural world. Children will have the opportunity to be up-close and personal with beach nesting birds and learn about their unique coastal habitat. This wildlife adventure will facilitate hands-on activities that will allow children to achieve Junior Biologist status!

Program Dates:

Day 1: July 11 at Barnegat Light, 9:30AM - 2:30PM

Day 2: July 18 at Belmar (Shark River Inlet), 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Day 3: July 25 at Barnegat Light, 9:30AM - 2:30PM


Blast Winter Boredom at Duke Farms!             (Posted: 1-25-18)

Click HERE.

Terhune Orchards Read and Explore 2018             (Posted: 1-25-18)

Read and Explore: Animal Tracks - Tuesday, January 30- 10:00am & Saturday, February 3 -10:00am
Terhune Orchards Read and Explore Program is our winter education series, following the popular seasonal Read and Pick Program. Our second Read and Explore program is Animal Tracks. The program lasts about an hour and includes a craft program plus a story and educational segment. After story time, we will make bird feeders with wild bird seed to take home and help the birds through winter.
Everyone is welcome. Please call 609-924-2310 to register. Registration is requested. The fee is $7.00 per child.

Read and Explore: Fur, Feathers, Fluff: Keeping Warm in Winter - Tuesday, February 13- 10:00am & February 17 -10am
Terhune Orchards Read and Explore Program is our winter education series, following the popular seasonal Read and Pick Program. For our third Read and Explore program learn about how animals keep themselves warm in winter. We will read two stories about animals; explore the sense of touch with wool, feathers, etc. Each child will make paper bag animal to take home
Everyone is welcome. Please call 609-924-2310 to register. Registration is requested. The fee is $7.00 per child.

Read and Explore: Birds, Nesting and Birdhouses- Tuesday, March 20- 10:00am & March 24- 10:00am
Terhune Orchards Read and Explore Program is our winter education series, following the popular seasonal Read and Pick Program. Birds are getting ready for spring and new families. The program lasts about an hour and includes a story and educational segment. After story time, each child will make their own nesting materials and birdhouse to take home.
Everyone is welcome. Please call 609-924-2310 to register. Registration is requested. The fee is $7.00 per child.

Read and Explore: Getting Ready for Spring- Tuesday, April 10 - 10:00am & Saturday April 14 -10:00am
Terhune Orchards Read and Explore Program is our winter education series, following the popular seasonal Read and Pick Program. Our program is about Getting Ready for Spring. We will get ready to wake up from winter and prepare to start gardening. As Saint Patrick's Day is the traditional day to plant peas and spinach and get the garden ready! The program lasts about an hour and includes a story and educational segment. After story time, each child will plant seeds to take home.
Everyone is welcome. Please call 609-924-2310 to register. Registration is requested. The fee is $7.00 per child.

Read and Explore: Composting- Tuesday, April 24- 10:00am & Saturday, April 28 -10:00am
Terhune Orchards Read and Explore Program is our winter education series, following the popular seasonal Read and Pick Program. Our program is about Composting. We will talk about turning our "garbage" back into soil. Reading stories and looking at compost materials. Each child will make their own compost container to take home.
Everyone is welcome. Please call 609-924-2310 to register. Registration is requested. The fee is $7.00 per child.

Free "Great Backyard Bird Count" Event at Cattus Island County Park             (Posted: 1-22-18)

Ocean County Parks and Recreation and the Barnegat Bay Partnership are hosting a free Great Backyard Bird Count event on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Cattus Island County Park, 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River, New Jersey. The park is an ideal location for birding, with everything from songbirds to raptors to overwintering waterfowl.

 

Sponsored by Cornell University and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages people of all ages in counting birds in local communities around the world. Scientists use the count information to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations on a global scale. In 2017, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted more than 6,200 species of birds on more than 180,000 checklists!


Naturalists from Ocean County Parks and Recreation will start the event with a short lecture about birding at 9:00 a.m., then lead a bird walk and count starting at 9:30 a.m. Learn how to spot and identify bird species that spend the winter here and learn more about their lives in the colder months of the year. As “citizen scientists,” participants will help with the count, and the data will be submitted to Cornell and Audubon.

Everyone is welcome – from beginning birders to experts. Bring binoculars if you have them – there will also be a few pairs available for sharing. RSVP for the event by emailing Justin Linton, the Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador, at ambassadorwma13@gmail.com.

One of 28 National Estuary Programs, the Barnegat Bay Partnership comprises government, academic, business, and community partners working together to help protect, restore, maintain, and enhance the water quality and natural resources of the Barnegat Bay and its contributing watershed. 

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
bbp.ocean.edu

See the Seals on Sandy Hook             (Posted: 1-18-18)

Come See the Seals and Waterfowl
That Winter on Sandy Hook
Walks are Scheduled in January and February


Bring your binoculars and join us on a trek through Sandy Hook to observe the seals and waterfowl that overwinter in New Jersey. Seal and winter waterfowl walks are scheduled for 10 a.m. on the following days: Saturday, January 20, Thursday, February 15, Saturday, February 24, Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Meet for the excursion at American Littoral Society headquarters, which is Building 18 on Officer's Row in the Fort Hancock section of Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook unit. If navigating by GPS, use 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ. From there participants will car caravan to multiple locations on Sandy Hook Unit. 

The Society's experienced guides will not only help identify any creatures encountered during the trip, but are also knowledgeable about the history and ecology of Sandy Hook. Dress for the weather and expect to walk about a mile on sandy beaches. Cost is $5 per person.

Afterwards, take the chill off at Littoral Society Headquarters with snacks and warm beverages.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the American Littoral Society at 732-291-0055.


American Littoral Society     littoralsociety.org     Caring for the Coast Since 1961

American Littoral Society | 18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 1, Highlands, NJ 07732

REGISTRATION OPEN: Growing Healthy Communities             (Posted: 1-8-18)

Click HERE.

Fish & Wildlife Events             (Posted: 10-13-17)

Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest

The Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest empowers 5th grade students to advocate for a New Jersey endangered or threatened species through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece. Entries for the 2018 contest are now being accepted - for information, visit the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's website.