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Get Out and Grow Garden Promotion
Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife workshops are returning to Cape May County
Call for Nominations: 2016 Land Ethics Award
Educational Program in December - Ocean County Soil Conservation District
OCSCD: 2016 Poster Contest for Students
BirdSpotter Photo Contest Underway
New EARTH Center program on Alternative Heating for Your Home
Environmental Insights Series: Understanding the Science of Climate Change
Plant the Seed for New Possibilities
Free Student Eco Citizenship Project & Contest from Panasonic
2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program Announcement
NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!
Get Out and Grow Garden Promotion             (Posted: 11-30-15)

First Prize: 25 schools will receive Root Viewer Garden Kits to use in classrooms.
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Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife workshops are returning to Cape May County             (Posted: 11-30-15)

Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife Workshops return to Cape May County

What better way to shake off winter than to begin planning for your very own wildlife garden, and who better to lead the way than local naturalist and educator, Pat Sutton. Pat will share her wildlife gardening expertise through a series of six Saturday and Sunday workshops designed for property owners. These in-depth, all-day sessions are designed to be site specific to each situation. As in all of her workshops, native plants and wildlife-friendly practices will be emphasized, because as Pat reminds us: “Don’t count on landscapers or nursery owners for guidance since many of them are not well informed about native plants and wildlife gardening practices.”

The first workshop, “How to Create a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife,” on Saturday, February 27th serves as the backbone of the series. Each subsequent workshop will build upon the lessons learned previously. Pat will share valuable handouts and each workshop will include a question and answer session, plus time for sharing during a working lunch.

Subsequent workshops will include, “Lose the Lawn, Create a Wildflower Meadow” on Sunday, February 28th; “How to Create a Pollinator Garden” on Saturday, March 5th; “Battlestar Backyardia” on Sunday, March 6th; “How to Create a No-Fuss Wildlife Pond” on Saturday, March 12th and “Landscape Design with Wildlife in Mind” on Saturday, March 19th. Pick and choose or take all six and pay the discounted rate. The 2016 Gardening for Wildlife Workshop series benefits the Nature Center of Cape May.

Please remember, Pat Sutton’s workshops fill up quickly and are limited to the first 20 registrants, so preregistration is a must! Cost, which includes handouts, is $35 per session for NJ Audubon members and $45 for nonmembers. Sign up for any three workshops and pay the discounted rate of $75 for members and $105 for nonmembers. (It pays to be a member).

Workshops are held in Goshen at NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory Center, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. For more information or to preregister contact the Nature Center, 609-898-8848, or stop in during our monthly Birdseed Sales. It’s been a hard winter for our feathered friends, please remember them.

The Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM) is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May. One of 7 centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, the Center provides family oriented programming in the marine sciences and other nature oriented themes. Programs are scheduled throughout the year; public visitation is available 7 days per week, April through October. Visit our campus, shop at the nature store and view the breathtaking harbor and its environment from the Trucksess Observation tower. 

Call for Nominations: 2016 Land Ethics Award             (Posted: 11-24-15)

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Educational Program in December - Ocean County Soil Conservation District             (Posted: 11-20-15)

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization has declared 2015 the “International Year of Soils”. Healthy soil is at the root of all life. It provides us with the food we eat, the fibers that make our clothing, and the fuel that runs our economy. It cleans our water and sequesters carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere. The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is dedicated to promoting awareness of this finite resource. Join us for educational and fun interactive programs as we explore the many roles of healthy soil in our lives. A new topic will be explored each month. Pre-registration requested. Connect to the Ocean County Soil Conservation District website for more information, or contact Becky Laboy at, or call 609-971-7002 ext. 114 for more details.

Saturday, December 12, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Soil Supports Life on Planet Earth!
Soil is truly the foundation of our lives – the rock that keeps us grounded. Soil supports our food crops, cleans our drinking water, provides a place to live, work and play, and keeps our planet functioning properly through its many systems and cycles. Join the Ocean County Soil Conservation District and guest presenter, Fred Schoenagel III, Resource Soil Scientist with NRCS, for a hands-on exploration, discovery and celebration of the gifts of the soil. FREE. Location: Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or

OCSCD: 2016 Poster Contest for Students             (Posted: 11-20-15)

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for Students in Grades 2-12
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to announce the 2016 Poster Contest. This year's theme is "We All Need Trees!". Trees are a vital part of our world and essential to all living organisms. 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 from each grade group. One Grand Champion Winner will be selected from First Place Winners and receive a $250 prize for an environmental project at their school. 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. Read the official Rules and Regulations and download an Entry Form. Deadline for Ocean County entries is March 14, 2016. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext 114, or visit the OCSCD Poster Contest webpage.

BirdSpotter Photo Contest Underway             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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New EARTH Center program on Alternative Heating for Your Home             (Posted: 11-12-15)

County to Offer Seminar on "Alternative Heating for Your Home"

NOV. 6, 2015 -- Everyone is looking to stay warm this winter, but many residents are concerned about the fuel they use for heat. If you're looking for an inexpensive and easy way to keep warm, while also helping the environment, the Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County has an exciting new program that can help.

Alternative Heating for Your Home is designed for all those interested in alternative methods of heating their residential property. This seminar will take place on Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South, Brunswick NJ.

This free workshop will be hosted by William Hlubik, Director of the County's Extension Service and Rutgers Professor.

In recent years, many homeowners have chosen to heat their homes using wood-burning stoves or pellet stoves. This seminar will cover these options, as well as contemporary forms of energy, such as including solar and geothermal power.

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: "This is another great and informative seminar from Extension Services. With winter approaching, I know many residents will be interested in the topic of staying warm while preserving the environment of Middlesex County."

Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee, said: "Helping the environment doesn't have to be a daunting task. Here in Middlesex County, we have programs that will help residents learn how they can make a few small changes to their routine, which will help us conserve resources over time. Alternative home heating is a great way to start.'

Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required by calling 732-398-5262 by Nov. 24. No "walk-ins" are permitted. Class size is limited. Register early to ensure a space. For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

Environmental Insights Series: Understanding the Science of Climate Change             (Posted: 11-12-15)

DATE: Wednesday, November 18th at 7 pm
LOCATION: The Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road

Ewing, NJ - The Sustainable Ewing Green Team announces the latest entry in its Environmental Insights Series, environmental presentations designed to engage Ewing residents in a public conversation about critical environmental issues and to spark new ideas concerning sustainability. Join the team on Wednesday, November 18th when Professor Dan Steinberg of Princeton University speaks about Understanding the Science of Climate Change.

Learn about the causes of climate change, the science behind it, and some of predicted effects of global warming/climate change. Dr. Steinberg will also cover the social implications of communicating climate change and suggest some resources for learning more. Work done by researchers at Princeton University will be highlighted as well as their efforts in developing technologies that will help reduce carbon in the atmosphere. The talk will also include a local focus on the effects of climate change in the state of New Jersey.

A former Operations Astronomer for the Hubble Space Telescope, Dan Steinberg holds a PhD in Geophysics from Binghamton University and has conducted research at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He was recently named a 2015 Fellow by the American Physical Society for his work at the Princeton University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, where he has held the position of Education Outreach Director since 2000. Steinberg is the creator and leader of dozens of educational initiatives that bring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to a broad public each year, including K-12 teachers and students, undergraduates and local families in the Princeton and Trenton regions.

Free and open to the public.
No registration is required.

Plant the Seed for New Possibilities             (Posted: 11-12-15)

Enter the Smucker's Get Out and Grow Promotion on behalf of your school. Three winning schools receive a cash reward to be used toward a garden. Simply take a photo of where you'd put a garden on your school grounds and submit below, where you'll also find official rules and complete contest details.

Submit HERE.

Free Student Eco Citizenship Project & Contest from Panasonic             (Posted: 11-12-15)

FREE Student Eco Citizenship Project and Contest for New Jersey Classrooms
Panasonic Corporation of North America along with the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning (formerly the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation) are looking for New Jersey 4th-8th grade classrooms to participate in the NO COST Panasonic Eco Citizenship Project. 
The project is aligned to common core state standards and will guide students to:
- Explore environmental issues.
- Discover what others are doing to protect the environment.
- Decide on what can be done to positively impact their local environment.
- Create an environmental action plan.
- Act on their plans.
- Create (as a team) as Eco-Diary Picture Diary that showcases their results.
  Each diary is eligible to enter into the Eco Diary contest.  See details below.
Contest information:
Students will work in teams (no more than 4 students per team). Students will document in their Eco Diary five entries that highlight what they did to protect and save the earth. Each entry will include a picture and paragraph to explain the action. Eco Diaries are the contest entry and will need to be mailed to the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning by 6:00 P.M. on April 29, 2016. All details for the contest will be available in the teacher resources that will be mailed and on the program website.

Prizes will be awarded to each student on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and their teachers! (Prizes will be described on the program's website). 
This project is only available to teachers in grades 4-8 across New Jersey. The project is limited to the first 100 teachers that sign up. Teachers must sign-up in advance to participate in the project and contest. Once signed up, each participating teacher will receive the following items in the mail by November 2015:
- 1 Teacher Guide
- 60 Student Workbooks
- 20 Eco Diaries (one diary for each student team)
Teachers will also be sent the link to the project's website when ready!
Foundation for IMPACT on Literacy and Learning
c/o ILA PO Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
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2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program Announcement             (Posted: 11-10-15)

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) recently announced that New Jersey will participate in the 2015-2016 federal Green Ribbon Schools Program and invites all school districts and both public and private schools to apply for this national recognition.

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) launched the annual award in 2011 to recognize the highest performing green schools in the nation. This award recognizes exemplary achievement in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources that help to advance these complementary aims.

The recognition award is considered the first comprehensive federal program addressing the environmental impact, health and education of our schools and is a major milestone in the Green Schools Movement. The award lays out a thoughtful vision for schools and raises the profile of green schools and the states whose policies encourage them.

A letter of intent to participate should be submitted by November 20, 2015, and a completed application must be submitted by December 18, 2015.

Please contact Bernard E. Piaia, Jr., Director, NJDOE Office of School Facilities, at (609) 984- 5351 or Leonard Colner at (609) 943-5926 with any questions on this issue.

To review the NJDOE 2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program Announcement go to:

To review information about the 2015 NJ Green Ribbon Schools application, review process, partners and timeline, go to:

For information about U.S. Green Ribbon Schools please visit:

NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!             (Posted: 9-18-15)

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