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CONTENTS:
ANJEE Annual Conference-Register Today!
Feeding Future Cities Contest
Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!
Upcoming Events at the Nature Center of Cape May
Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program
Take a Second Energy Contest!
Sandy photography exhibition
Fishing Fun Photo Contest
ANJEE Annual Conference-Register Today!             (Posted: 11-5-14)

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Feeding Future Cities Contest             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Competition Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Topic: Feeding Future Cities
The Challenge: Choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city borders to feed all of your citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city's size and location, you must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients.
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Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

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Upcoming Events at the Nature Center of Cape May             (Posted: 9-24-14)

MOMMY AND ME CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Fridays, October 3rd to December 5th 2014
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

It's never too early to start training a naturalist. This is a very special program for children aged two to four. Designed to engage that curious naturalists-to-be who is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or grandparent. Each week, we'll focus on a different aspect of nature with stories, songs, crafts, activities, outdoor experiences, and lots of fun! We encourage children and accompanying adult to explore the natural world together. Adult participation is required. Preregistration is required.
Cost: Per class: $7 members, $9 nonmembers

Create your own book about where you live, and win a pizza!
A contest for Cape May County school children grades K-6

Cape May County is like no other place on earth. Our peninsula serves as the perfect resting opportunity for thousands of migrating birds, bats, butterflies, and dragonflies. Even whales can be seen transiting off our beaches during their own migrations. New Jersey Audubon invites all Cape May County kids to learn more about what makes their home special by participating in this CAPE MAYzing Migration Book Contest.

This contest can be done as a group project composed of classmates, scout troops, packs, home school friends, really any group of five or more students. Create your book, fiction or nonfiction, about one or more of the creatures that migrates through or offshore Cape May County. All artwork is to be student originals, and various media are acceptable. After laminating each page, bind your book together, label it with the teacher or leader, identity and town of the group then submit it by 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18th to:
The Nature Center of Cape May
1600 Delaware Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204

All entries will be on display at Cape May Convention Hall during New Jersey Audubon's Autumn Weekend, THE BIRD SHOW, October 24th - 16th. In addition, one winning class, scout group, or home school group, based on grade level, will be entitled to a pizza party at date and time of their convenience. Winning groups will be recognized at a special ceremony during THE BIRD SHOW on Saturday, October 25th at 1:00. Free admission will be provided for each student and their parent at this event.

See our website for complete rules and conditions. Contact Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman with questions: 609-898-8848 or by email: Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

VOLUNTEERING IS FREE, THE REWARDS ARE PRICELESS
Be a Nature Center Volunteer

Jimmy Doolittle said, "There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer." New Jersey Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May needs volunteers! The Center simply can not exist nor carry on its critically important role of fostering environmental awareness in Cape May without volunteers. Not sure how you can help? Don't have the right training? All we need are people who are willing to help; we need volunteers. Ask us, we'll show you how you can assist with:
" Center reception, store sales, managing inventory, answering phones, greeting the public
" Computer maintenance and data entry, graphic design
" Mailings and stuffing envelopes
" Family programs, birthday parties, arts & crafts
" Cleaning, gardening and grounds maintenance
" Fairs and exhibits, school programs and special events like Harbor Fest
" Leading nature and birding walks
" The annual wildlife plant sale
" Assisting with our preschool program and summer children's programs
" Public relations
" AND SO MUCH MORE….

Benefits include but are not limited to:
" Invitations to special volunteer events & recognition of your contribution
" Nature Store discounts, annual volunteer picnic and holiday party
" New friends, a sense of belonging and the knowledge that as a volunteer, you are indeed part of the solution!

For more details, pick up a Volunteer Application at the Center, 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May, or call: 609-898-8848 or email us: nccm@njaudubon.org.

Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program             (Posted: 9-24-14)

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce that New Jersey will participate in the 2014-2015 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. For more information on Green Ribbon Schools, please visit www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools .

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.

New Jersey is permitted to nominate up to four schools and one school district to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for consideration. The USDE, in turn, will select the national award winners. Schools and districts that are considering applying should access the following link of the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) to obtain information concerning the Green Ribbon Schools program in New Jersey, and to download the application and supporting documents: New Jersey Green Ribbon Schools.

The timeline for submission of materials to the EIRC contact is included at the above link. A letter of intent to participate must be submitted by November 21, 2014 and a completed application must be submitted by December 19, 2014.

The winning schools and district will be announced on April 22, 2015 and recognized at a national ceremony in July 2015. The nominated New Jersey schools and school district will be recognized at a state ceremony in the spring of 2015, and will be asked to present a summary of their achievements.

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

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Video and Essay Contest: TREES ROCK!             (Posted: 8-27-14)

I am Doug Fischer, the Progam Supervisor for Trees Rock!

Did you know that Scotties Facial Tissues (which plant 3 Trees for Every 1 they use) puts on an annual Video and Essay Contest called TREES ROCK!?

The contest is for 3rd through 8th graders in the 50 United States and Washington D.C.

We are sure you are always looking for ways to engage your kids in the classroom or in a club. TREES ROCK! is an excellent way to get kids to be creative on their own or as a team when learning about trees and the environment.

There are lots of prizes to be won and 2 schools will receive $10,000.

To download all of the important documents to get started, go to www.scottiestreesrock.com

If you have any questions about the contest, just reply to http://www.edweb.net/.5a0bb16c and I can answer your inquiries here.

Take a Second Energy Contest!             (Posted: 8-22-14)

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Sandy photography exhibition             (Posted: 7-11-14)

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Fishing Fun Photo Contest             (Posted: 6-3-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced a new state-wide contest focusing on fishing in the state, the Fishing Fun Photo Contest. The contest is designed for families and friends to share the fun and excitement of fishing through a photo of a child fishing or with a fish they've caught.

The winning photos will be those that best capture the theme of the contest - kids know fishing is fun in New Jersey. First, second and third place winners for each category will be selected. Winners will receive fishing-related gear and be invited, with their immediate families, to fish at the Pequest Trout Hatchery's Fishing Education Pond on opening day of trout season.

For more information on the contest, including rules, suggestions for taking photos, a printable flyer, and the photo submission and release form to be submitted with the entry, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/photocontest.htm.