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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
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|22nd Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally
NJ Land Conservation Rally
March 2, 2018
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
David Case - Author, "Nature of Americans"
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)
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Trust for Public Land
Raritan Headwaters Association
JM Sorge. Inc.
Monmouth Conservation Foundation
NJ Audubon Society
Normandy Real Estate Partners
Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings
Exhibitors (as of 2/12)
Association of NJ Environmental
Boucher and James
Brinkerhoff Environmental Services
Citizen Racecar (nonprofit videos)
Crossroads of the American Revolution
Friends of Sparta Mountain
JM Sorge, Inc.
Land Trust Alliance
NJ CHANJ (NJDEP)
NJ Corp. Wetlands Restoration Pgm.
NJ Dept. of Agr. Forest Pest Invaders
NJ Highlands Coalition
NJ Historic Trust
NJ Office Systems
Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Rahway River Watershed Association
Raritan Headwaters Association
Rowan U: NJ Conservation Blueprint
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water
Neshanic Valley Beekeepers
|Student Climate Conference May 12--call for proposals
|CEC Youth Innovation Challenge
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.
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
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
OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) invites students grades 3-8 to participate in SOLARJAM 2018, a solar car race, May 19.
|NJ State Park Events & News—February
|2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students
Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (http://drexel.edu/coas/academics/high-school-programs/desla/)
|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
Unique Programs Held In Beautiful Barnegat Bay
|CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!
|Blast Winter Boredom at Duke Farms!
|Terhune Orchards Read and Explore 2018
Read and Explore: Animal Tracks - Tuesday, January 30- 10:00am & Saturday, February 3 -10:00am
|Free "Great Backyard Bird Count" Event at Cattus Island County Park
Ocean County Parks 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 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 email@example.com.
Barnegat Bay Partnership
|See the Seals on Sandy Hook
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.
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