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Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer
Save The Date For Ocean Fun Days!
Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!
Air Quality Awareness Week 2016
Noted Author Douglas Tallamy to lecture at Trailside Sat. May 14
St. Michaels Farm Preserve provides idyllic setting for Hopewell Campout
Geology of Fifth Avenue Walking Tour - Sunday May 22
EARTH Center Will Help You Prepare for a Fruitful Garden
Upcoming Events at PEEC
New NJNG contest for students grades 3 to 8
Lunch n' Learn - Spill Spotters
E.A.R.T.H. Center Invites You to Start Garden Season With Sound Advice
Teams sought for the Third Annual Recycled Regatta event
4-H Summer Camp Now Accepting Applicants
OASIS Solarjam 2016 for elementary and middle school students
Native wildlife plant sale, May 21 & 22
Watershed 10K/5K Trail Run & Festival
Educational Programs from the Ocean County Soil Conservation District
2016 Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest Opens!
Save the Date: 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Teen Summer Programs At Sedge Island
|Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer
Children love learning about where their food comes from. They get such a thrill from going out into the orchards and farm fields at Terhune Orchards to pick fruits and vegetables they can take home to enjoy. During our unique, hands-on, Read and Pick educational programs, children (ages preschool to 8 years) gather around a storyteller to listen to a book being read about fruits, vegetables, pollinators or farming equipment. Then the children participate in fun crafts or pick the fruit or vegetables they just learned about, take a tractor ride or interact with the animals in our barnyard.
Read & Pick are held biweekly on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each session lasts about an hour. The cost is $7 per child and includes the activity. Full descriptions of Read & Pick classes are on the calendar at terhuneorchards.com. Pre-registration is requested. Please call (609) 924-2310 to register.
Calendar of Events.
|Save The Date For Ocean Fun Days!
|Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!
Reservoir Paddles: Ready, set, go!
Lake DeForest Day - Sunday, May 22
Our second annual paddle on pristine Lake DeForest in Clarkstown, NY is up first!
Reservoir Challenge - Saturday, June 11
Rain date Sunday, 6/12
|Our day of races and paddles on the Oradell Reservoir, brought to you in partnership with SUEZ, is back! Information and registration coming soon!
Is your company a fan of friendly competition? Looking for a fun team-building activity?Enter a team in the Corporate Cup Challenge!
Lake Tappan Paddle Day - Saturday, August 13
Rain date Sunday, 8/14
Join us for "LaTaPaDa!", a family-friendly day of lesiurely paddling on beautiful
Lake Tappan in Old Tappan, NJ. Brought to you in partnership with SUEZ.
Information and registration coming soon!
Festivals that support #CleanWater and World Series of Birding
EarthFest Overpeck - Saturday, May 14
Rain date Sunday, 5/15
Music, food, green vendors, the Recycled Regatta, and more await you at EarthFest Overpeck, on 5/14 from 11am-4pm. Visit www.EarthFestOverpeck.com for more information!
World Series of Birding - Saturday, May 14
Show your support for Captain Hugh and the RiverCreepers!
Visit our website
for more information!
RiverFest - Saturday, September 24
Save the date for our first-ever RiverFest - this year's SPLASH event, set for September!
Information and registration up soon.
Awards Dinner & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Thursday, October 6
The date is set for the next annual Awards Dinner & Sustainable SeafoodFest. Mark your calendars! More information and registration soon.
Catch us at these other upcoming events
in and around your watershed!
|Air Quality Awareness Week 2016
|Noted Author Douglas Tallamy to lecture at Trailside Sat. May 14
IN HONOR OF TRAILSIDE'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY
SPONSORED BY TRAILSIDE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
Featured Lecture for Adults
"Bringing Nature Home"
By noted author Professor Douglas Tallamy
Saturday, May 14, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
"The wild creatures we enjoy and would like to have in our lives will not be here in the future if we take away their food and the places they live," writes Professor Douglas W. Tallamy.
Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He is the highly acclaimed author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, and the recipient of The Garden Writers Association of America Silver Medal in 2008. This lecture will offer critically important insights into the changes we are making to the environment and how we can make positive transformative changes on the small scale of our own backyards. How can we garden for insect diversity and help to support a native ecosystem? Learn what we can do to make our landscapes living ecosystems once again, restoring life to our residential properties.
Trailside Nature & Science Center
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
|St. Michaels Farm Preserve provides idyllic setting for Hopewell Campout
|Geology of Fifth Avenue Walking Tour - Sunday May 22
|EARTH Center Will Help You Prepare for a Fruitful Garden
Are you looking to expand your garden beyond flowers and vegetables? Spring is a great time to enjoy fresh fruit, and Middlesex County's Office of Extension Services can show you how to grow fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, in your own backyard with a new workshop.
This free workshop entitled, Growing Strawberries and Small Fruit, is scheduled for 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the EARTH Center located at Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave in South Brunswick.
Join Extension Services Director and Rutgers Professor Bill Hlubik for a discussion on easy-to-grow fruits that will provide you with a "berry" good growing season.
Discussions will include the best practices for growing strawberries, and insights on how the recently patented Rutgers Scarlet strawberry, with its exceptional taste and adaptability to local conditions, was developed.
"The new developments Rutgers has made in growing strawberries are very exciting for gardeners in New Jersey and beyond," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I know that all those interested in gardening and cooking will find this workshop very informative."
"Our local climate is prefect for growing fruit like strawberries and blueberries," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "I encourage people to come to the EARTH Center and learn more about working in harmony with the environment."
To register for this workshop, please call 732-398-5262 by May 6.
For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County invites you to participate in a series of workshops that will help improve both your garden and your health.
These free workshops will take place on Saturday May 14, 2016 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Avenue in South Brunswick.
10 a.m. to Noon: Putting Herbs to Work in Your Garden
Herbs are wonderful garden helpers and have a variety of uses. In this workshop, you will learn to use herbs for attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, improving your soil and as companion plants in your garden. The presenter will be Caren White, a certified Rutgers Master Gardener and longtime Rutgers Gardens herb garden steward.
1-2 p.m. Growing Figs in Containers
Figs are becoming a popular backyard favorite for their delicious flavor and high dietary fiber and potassium, but growing them at home can be difficult. This workshop will review the challenges of growing fig trees in New Jersey and why containers are better for the average gardener. The presenter for this workshop will be Master Gardener Fred Primich, longtime surgeon and container gardening expert.
"I encourage residents to attend these informative workshops," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "This is a great opportunity for cooks to add natural and healthy ingredients to their tables, and for gardeners to learn some new skills."
"The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Here, residents not only learn about different approaches to diet and gardening, they can also make their gardens healthier. Some of the Center's resources for healthier gardens include soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals, and the opportunity to send pest and disease samples to the Center for evaluation."
To register for these workshops, please call 732-398-5262 by May 11. Class size is limited, so register early to ensure a space.
|Upcoming Events at PEEC
|New NJNG contest for students grades 3 to 8
Picture This - Caption That!
Students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 have the opportunity to showcase their creativity through a photo and caption, depicting how they conserve energy and natural resources.
There will be two winners from both Monmouth and Ocean counties. Winners will receive guided field trips for their entire class to either Island Beach State Park or Sandy Hook.
Entering is easy, just submit the registration form below!
You can help us pick the winners just by attending Ocean Fun Days!
|Lunch n' Learn - Spill Spotters
|E.A.R.T.H. Center Invites You to Start Garden Season With Sound Advice
EARTH Center Garden Season Kick-Off
APRIL 15, 2016 -- The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host a Garden Season Kick-Off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. This event is an opportunity for gardeners to get insights from Master Gardeners on planting and caring for a successful garden and landscaping their home. The event will be held rain or shine.
Attendees can consult with Master Gardeners regarding garden plans or past problems and access their vast knowledge of horticulture. The Master Gardeners and Extension staff will deliver mini-lectures throughout the day, and literature such as fact sheets will be available to take home. Staff from New Jersey’s Department of Agriculture will also be on hand to offer information on the latest threat to New Jerseys trees, the Emerald Ash Borer.
Rutgers Soils Lab Test Kits will be available for purchase (by check only) and, as part of a special celebration for National Herb Day, a limited supply of free starter plants will be given out.
Schedule of events: 10:30 a.m. Seed Saving & Seed Testing
11:30 p.m. Designing and Planting a Large Container
12:30 p.m. Power Gardening –
Can gardening count as exercise?
1:30 p.m. Engaging Your Kids in Gardening
“This is a great opportunity for gardeners to get research-based garden tips, materials and insights,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “If you have never visited the EARTH Center, please come see what Middlesex County’s Extension service has to offer.”
“The center’s location in one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful parks makes for a fun and educational experience,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I encourage everyone to stop by and get in touch with the natural side of Middlesex County.”
You can learn more about Middlesex County’s Extension Office at www.co.middlesex.nj.us by searching “Extension.”
No matter what season, if you have questions on backyard environmental issues, Middlesex County’s Extension Office can assist you with its FREE Master Gardener Helpline. Residents of Middlesex County are encouraged to call 732-398-5220 with questions on plants, bugs and home conservation practices. Rutgers University trained Master Gardeners are available from 9 a.m. until noon, Mondays through Fridays, or residents can leave a detailed message and volunteers will get back to you. You can also e-mail your questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
|Teams sought for the Third Annual Recycled Regatta event
HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER ANNOUNCES THIRD ANNUAL "RECYCLED REGATTA" FOR BERGEN COUNTY EARTHFEST OVERPECK
Hackensack Riverkeeper announces the Third Annual EarthFest Overpeck Recycled Regatta, an event in which teams build paddle craft out of ordinary household trash. Teams are asked to also provide some information around the materials they used. The mantra being, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle", the event is held to help raise awareness on the importance of recycling. Honors will be presented in several categories, including the Leaky Bucket, Floating Van Gogh, and Show Boat awards. The event will take place at Overpeck County Park, in Ridgefield Park, NJ on Saturday, May 14, 2016, and the rain date is May 15.
Entry is $25.00 per team, payable to Hackensack Riverkeeper- deadline for entry May 10, 2016.
Rules are available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org , or by calling 201-968-0808
|4-H Summer Camp Now Accepting Applicants
Middlesex County boys and girls who have completed grades 3 through 6 are invited to take part in Middlesex County 4-H's Explorations Week day camp program.
The Explorations Week (E-Week) program, hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development program, will run Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, with sessions lasting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at the 4-H Youth Center located at 645 Cranbury Rd. in East Brunswick.
The program aims to help the campers in several key ways: encourage creativity, promote self-confidence, help them make new friends and achieve a sense of accomplishment. The theme of this year's E-Week will be the Olympics.
Attendees can choose from a wide variety of daily activities, such as rocketry, theater, archery, scrapbooking, dance, cheerleading, wilderness survival and biking. Friday night includes an optional sleepover with campfire and dinner.
"Programs like these are not only fun, but also aid the development of social interaction and other important life skills," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "E-Week is a testament to Middlesex County's mission to help our youth to learn, grow and approach the future with confidence."
"I hope many families will take advantage of this opportunity for a summer of outdoor fun and creative activities," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Rutgers Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development program continues to provide the best in educational and family-friendly programs."
The price of the program is $160 for 4-H members and $170 for non 4-H members. This price covers program materials, daily lunch, T-shirt and field trip. Arrangements can be made for early or late arrivals. The cost for this service is a one-time fee of $25 per child.
To register, call 732-398-5261.
In past years, as many as 130 youths took part in this weeklong program. About 30 volunteer teen and adult counselors help plan, implement and evaluate the program. Each of these volunteers donates over 80 hours of their time during E-Week.
|OASIS Solarjam 2016 for elementary and middle school students
SolarJam 2016 Information
* Contact person for Registration, Questions and/or to volunteer is: Andrew Lloyd email@example.com
1. Event to be held at the outdoor tennis facility at Princeton High School on Saturday May 14th; Rain Date the next day, Sunday May 15th (Registration is at 10:30AM, first race around 11AM, we should wrap up between 1:30 and 2:00)
2. Two age divisions: Lower (K-5) and Middle (6-8)
3. Main event: Solar Car Race. Space available upon request for open-ended "Photon Fair" (anything that uses the sun!), but this is non-juried, demo purposes only.
4. This is a No/Low Waste Event. Water Fountains are available inside the building. A small complimentary refreshment (like an ice cream cone) may be available to participating students, but as far as lunch/snack items people are welcome to bring their own food.
5. Each team must have at least one registered adult as on-site chaperone
Car Race Rules and Tips:
1. Materials: must use the stock panel and motor from either PITSCO or SolarMade (see links below)
2. Vehicle must carry an empty soda can, with its tab intact, as cargo.
3. Vehicles will race along wires ˝" from the ground - Therefore vehicles must have eye screws either on their underside or at their sides, for wire to pass through.
1 - Please practice getting your cars to run straight without the wire - if car does not go fairly straight, it will strain the fishing line and lose speed
2- In order to get cars on/off the fishing line, the eye screw will need to be bent slightly open - enough for the line to pass through. Please do this prior to race day. You may find you put too much stress on your vehicle if you try to bend the eye screw when it is attached to the car - doing so prior to screwing it to the chassis seems like a wise move here.
4. Teams can use a kit to build the vehicle (see links) or create their own body - as long as it satisfies #1 and #2 above.
5. Teams can devise vehicles that can easily have panels placed and removed, so that panels can be shared while practicing and during race.
6. Vehicles must pass a "Drop Test" from 12 inches off of the ground. Vehicle must stay intact with motor and panel and all parts during test. Contestants are responsible for conducting their own tests, but race officials may ask to observe.
7. The vehicle will start from behind the starting line with all wheels touching the track. The solar panel will be completely shaded by a supplied opaque material cover held above the panel by a team member. When the MC signals the start of the race, the team member will remove the cover so the panel will be exposed to sunlight. Once the judge starts the race, team members cannot touch the car or guide wire until the race is final and vehicles are asked to clear the track by the MC. If a car is touched after the start of the race, it will count as a disqualification.
8. In both Lower and Middle divisions, awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as Most Innovative Use of Alternate/Recycled Materials
Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $100 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.
Links for Car parts and build info:
http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Sprint_Deluxe_Solar_Vehicle?SKU=21211& (link to kit and individual parts)
http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Solar_Panel ( for panel only)
http://www.pitsco.com/Clubs_and_Competitions/Sustainable_Energy_-_Competition/Motor_280 (to buy just the standard "280" motor).
http://www.solarmade.com/JuniorSprint.htm (link to kit and individual parts)
http://jrsolarsprint.org/ (Link to the existing Junior Solar Sprint National events' page, with good design and build resources)
SolarJam 2016, third annual solar car race event for K-8th graders co-sponsored by OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) and PSEG
Teachers are not required to attend if there is another adult chaparone (such as a parent).
Students may work in teams as part of school or not.
When and where?
May 14 10:30 registration, 11 first race-2pm at Princeton High School tennis courts (May 15: rain date)
Registration Required by May 1
|Native wildlife plant sale, May 21 & 22
Not all plant sales are the same…..
This is a True Native Wildlife Plant Sale
Get your garden off to a great start after the long winter and come out to the Nature Center's Spring Weekend Native Plant Sale on 5/21 & 5/22 from 10 to 4. As always, the focus of this Wildlife Plant Sale is on native plants that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and songbirds, and that also have a strong ornamental appeal to many landscapes. In addition to 50 perennials and several species of milkweed, 10 species of native trees and shrubs will be available.
As always, the advantage of this plant sale is the opportunity to tap into the knowledge of long-time local gardeners, backyard habitat experts and Master Gardeners. New this year is the elimination of pre-orders, but all previous customers will be given a 10% discount voucher and invited to "early-bird" shopping on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00.
The list of plants expected to be available can be found on the website: www.njaudubon.org/centers/nccm. Lists can also be obtained by calling the center and requesting that one to be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you. 609-898-8848
Remember, the Nature Center's Wildlife Plant Sale focuses on plants that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and songbirds. Popular with locals and visitors alike this sale has a well established tradition of featuring plants that are native, adaptable, beneficial to wildlife and often not available anywhere else. But it is the opportunity for enthusiasts and neophytes alike to obtain advice from long time local gardeners that makes this plant sale a much anticipated event for gardeners throughout the State.
|Watershed 10K/5K Trail Run & Festival
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: The Watershed Reserve - 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
Format: Trail Run
Distance: 10K (6.2 mi) / 5K (3.1 mi)
|Educational Programs from the Ocean County Soil Conservation District
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to offer our 2016 monthly series of educational programs: From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green to home gardeners and soil enthusiasts. Programs are designed to promote low maintenance landscaping, highlight the ecologic and economic benefits of best landscape management practices, and inspire stewardship of natural resources. Program goals and objectives are supported by the Landscape for Life™ curriculum, which is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program. Each month features a new topic; all programs are FREE to the public. The From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green monthly educational program series is conducted in partnership with OceanFirst Bank and made possible in part through funding from the Barnegat Bay Partnership. For a complete list of topics, dates, times and program descriptions please visit www.soildistrict.org or contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, (609) 971-7002 ext. 114.
Saturday, May 21, 9:00-12:30pm: Rain Barrel Workshop
Rain barrels are a great water conservation tool for the home gardener or conscientious citizen. Rain barrels capture rain from rooftops and help prevent pollution from stormwater runoff from entering our creeks, rivers, bay and ocean. Join us for a "make-and-take" workshop, and start harvesting rainwater at home! All tools and barrels will be provided to build your own 50 gallon rain barrel. Barrels are 34 inches tall and 25 inches wide, and can be placed laying down in the backseat of most vehicles to be transported home. Presented by Shari Kondrup of Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority and Becky Laboy of Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Brick Township Municipal Utilities Reservoir, 811 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ 08724. To register, please contact Shari Kondrup, Watershed Education and Outreach, (732) 458-7000 ext. 4282. Pre-registration required, supplies are limited. For more information about educational programs through Ocean County Soil Conservation District, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or email@example.com
Saturday, June 11, 12:30-2:30pm: The Chemistry of Soil - a Primer for the Home Gardener
Soil is arguably the most important componenet in a gardener's landscape. Understanding the chemistry of your soil can help guide you in nurturing healthy plants and cretaing a healthy yard and garden. Join Dr. Stephanie Murphy, of Rutgers Cooperative Extension/Soil Testing Laboratory, as she breaks down the complexities of the science of soil for a fascinating look at the chemical processes that take place beneath our feet. FREE! Location: Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. To register, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, (609) 971-7002 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|2016 Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest Opens!
Calling all New Jersey High School Students:
Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest Now Open
Lights, camera, action: this osprey is ready for his close-up!
Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high school students from across the Garden State to submit an original video showing why wildlife protection in New Jersey is important.
The fun and educational Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest
capitalizes on high school students' expertise with technology, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and their project management skills.
Best of all, it's free - and gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prizes. All entries will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.
- 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
- 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
- 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money
We are even giving high schoolers a head start
! Visit our website for a collection of free video clips
provided by CWF for students to use in the contest.
All entries are due Friday, May 13, 2016.
The contest addresses various Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
|Save the Date: 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Save the Date!
In New Jersey, we're serious about achieving a sustainable state. We are setting goals for the future, and giving communities practical tools they can use to make progress. Last year, over 300 people attended the 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit to help us build consensus and implement the future we want.
Plan now to attend the 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit on June 15 at The College of New Jersey. Be part of the collaborative enterprise needed to ensure a sustainable future for New Jersey and beyond!
This year, with the help of our task forces, we have been digging deeper into the Energy and Waste dimensions and exploring what communities can do in these areas to help put New Jersey on the right track towards meeting our goals.
Summit highlights include:
- Keynote Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Strauss, Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central.
- More breakout sessions so you can bring home a wealth of practical knowledge and resources to help advance sustainability efforts in your town. Complete our 5-minutes survey to help us identify the topics most relevant to you HERE.
- Release of an updated Sustainable State of the State report. Read the 2015 NJ Sustainable State of the State report HERE.
- Preview the Sustainable Jersey GOLD standards for the energy and waste dimensions.
~ Registration Opens March 2016 ~