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CONTENTS:
EARTH Center Hosts Bee Keeping Workshop
Ewing Green Team's new Environmental Insights program in February
Eco-Comedy Video Competition "Clean Water"
Join Us for 1st Annual Run/Walk to care for the Coast
Youth Gardening Conference Aimed at Schools and Community Organizations to be Held in Middlesex County
Soil Education Programs, Jan-March, 2016, Hosted by the Ocean County Soil
Fixing Flooding: One Community at a Time Conference on February 26th!
Sustainable Jersey upcoming webinars
Teen Summer Programs At Sedge Island
EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Champion Awards
OCSCD: Introducing our 2016 Monthly Educational Programs Series
Join Master Gardeners for Annual Bird Count
2016 New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Winter Lecture Series Begins Sunday
Great Backyard Bird Count Events in February Hosted by Barnegat Bay Partnership
Relax & Enjoy PEEC's Winter Newsletter!
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
OCSCD: 2016 Poster Contest for Students
BirdSpotter Photo Contest Underway
Plant the Seed for New Possibilities
Free Student Eco Citizenship Project & Contest from Panasonic
NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!
EARTH Center Hosts Bee Keeping Workshop             (Posted: 2-3-16)

County Offers Beekeeping Workshop at the EARTH Center

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a free introductory beekeeping workshop.
Introduction to Beekeeping is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Avenue in South Brunswick.
At this workshop, participants will learn the basics of establishing a hive on their own property, and about the positive impact hobbyist beekeepers have had on the environment's honeybee population.
"This is another standout course from the EARTH Center," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I hope the focus on the environmental benefits of beekeeping will lead to improvements throughout the County."
"This class should generate a lot of interest in beekeeping, and allow those who have never thought about this traditional practice to understand its purpose and importance," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.
Another topic of discussion will be the best kind of plants to use as pollen sources in your garden, which is especially important if pollen is scarce in your area. A supply of catalogues will also be on hand to show the materials necessary for beekeeping and if weather permits, the lecture will be followed by a brief walk outside.
This is a free workshop, but registration is required, as space is limited. To register or for more information, please call 732-398-5262 by Feb. 24. No "walk-ins" will be permitted.

Ewing Green Team's new Environmental Insights program in February             (Posted: 2-3-16)

Click HERE.

Eco-Comedy Video Competition "Clean Water"             (Posted: 2-3-16)

Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2016 - CALL FOR ENTRIES
The 2016 Eco-Comedy theme is "Clean Water" **$2,000 Prize**
Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year's theme. "Connect the drops" between clean water and life. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.
Submissions must: Be humorous; Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of "clean water" and overall environmental conservation; Appeal to a broad audience; Be an original production; Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits); Be posted to EcoComedy Video Competition 2016 YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCpIIqbC-oshuQklx2xXoA Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.
For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: http://www.american.edu/soc/cef/eco-comedy-film-competition.cfm

Karen Walzer
Public Outreach Coordinator
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College
P.O. Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
Phone: (732) 914-8110
http://bbp.ocean.edu

Join Us for 1st Annual Run/Walk to care for the Coast             (Posted: 1-28-16)

Run/Walk to Care for the Coast

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 4 p.m.

Introducing the 1st Annual Lobster Run/Walk 5k to Care for the Coast. The event is for all ages and ability levels. Bring your spouse, kids, nature lovers or outdoor enthusiasts. Form a team with co-workers or denizens of your favorite bar. Whet your appetite for lobster with a spring ramble through beautiful Asbury Park, NJ.

Race registration proceeds will benefit the American Littoral Society. The race will be followed by a lobster bake on the boardwalk at Langosta Lounge. Click here to register for the run/walk and bake. Register before April 16 to get discount, price increase on April 17.

Start and finish: The Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue and Second Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

• 2:30 p.m. Registration Begins/Packet Pick-up

• 4 p.m. Run/Walk Start

• 4:45 p.m. Lobster Bake

• Live race results posted

Awards for top three male and female finishers, and age group winners 

Course Map

Parking available across the street and plenty of parking in public lots. Event is rain or shine.

Questions? Email Doug Rice at Race Forum (drice@raceforum.com). 

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

Youth Gardening Conference Aimed at Schools and Community Organizations to be Held in Middlesex County             (Posted: 1-28-16)

Gardening with Youth Conference Coming to Middlesex County

Middlesex County’s Office of Extension Services will present a new program that demonstrates how gardening can be used as an educational tool for young people.

“Digging Into Youth Gardens: A Conference for Educators and Community Leaders” will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Jersey Old Town Village, located at 1050 River Road, Piscataway. The conference fee will be $25 with early registration by Wednesday, March 2 and $30 for late registration.

Checks, made payable to Middlesex County treasurer can be mailed to or dropped off at the EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park located at 42 Riva Ave., which is geographically located in South Brunswick.

The purpose of the conference is to assist schools, community youth groups, churches, YMCAs and other groups in starting and maintaining a youth garden. This conference is intended for those in the early stages of garden planning, as well as those looking for new ideas on the care of an established garden. Faculty from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners and garden facilitators will offer presentations and workshops featuring their area of expertise, including soils and pest management.

Professional development credits will be available for those educators who attend the day’s entire program.

Some of the topics that will be presented at the conference include:

•           Making your garden sustainable- getting support from administration, staff turnover, funding opportunities.

•           Garden Basics- locating your garden, water considerations, soil testing, choosing plants for the school year.

•           School-based curriculum to support gardening efforts.

•           Activities to get kids interested in gardening.

•           Composting.

A panel of experienced youth garden coordinators from Middlesex County will present success stories and invite inquiries and discussion.

To register, or for additional information, call the Middlesex County EARTH Center at 732-398-5273 or e-mail Janice.tonkery@co.middlesex.nj.us.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an Equal Opportunity provider of programs and employment.

Soil Education Programs, Jan-March, 2016, Hosted by the Ocean County Soil             (Posted: 1-28-16)

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to announce our 2016 monthly series of educational programs: From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green. 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 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, education@soildistrict.org, 609-971-7002 ext. 114.   

Sunday, January 31 (12:30-2:30pm): Water Conservation in the Garden

Water makes our garden grow! Knowing how to water your garden is just as important as knowing when to water. In this program we will introduce you to some water-saving tips to significantly reduce the water requirements of your garden and landscape. Topics explored include: remediating stormwater runoff in your yard, amending garden soil, mulching, how plants take-in water from the soil, and appropriate plant selection. Presented by Shari Kondrup, Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. 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 education@soildistrict.org

Sunday, February 28 (12:30-2:30pm): Bees, Native Plants and Healthy Soil - a Sweet Garden Recipe

Soil provides the foundation in which all food grows - even food for bees! Bees and other pollinators depend on a healthy food source of nectar and pollen. Native plants growing in healthy native soil are the perfect choice for gardeners who want to support the life cycle of honey bees or attract native pollinators to their yard. Join us for an introduction to home beekeeping, healthy soil and native plants, and taste the sweet rewards of a sustainable yard and garden. Presented by John Zingis, Air, Land & Sea Environmental Management, Inc., and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. 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 education@soildistrict.org

Tuesday, March 22 (6:30-8:30pm): Winter Planning for a 3-Season Flower Garden

When the weather outside is frightful... it's a good time to begin planning your garden! Imagine your yard bursting with color from early spring to first frost in late autumn. By taking the time to assess your conditions, including soil, sun and moisture, you will have the foundational information on which to build your blooms. This program will introduce you to garden planning, design and plant selection using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website: www.jerseyyards.org. Bring your laptop if you have one! Presented by Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Pam Almeida, co-leader, Jersey Shore Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Jersey, and Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Toms River Library. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or education@soildistrict.org


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Education Outreach Specialist
Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, New Jersey 08731
609-971-7002 ext. 114
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Fixing Flooding: One Community at a Time Conference on February 26th!             (Posted: 1-27-16)

Join us on February 26th at our day-long conference from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Middlesex County Fire Department to bring together municipal leaders, leading professionals in planning and engineering, watershed associations, advocacy groups, environmental commissions, and state and federal agencies to learn from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program and its partners.

Over the last several years, green infrastructure practices have been implemented across New Jersey. These projects have demonstrated the effectiveness and resiliency of green infrastructure technologies. Water resources planning over the last 12 years has resulted in the creation of regional stormwater management plans, watershed restoration and protection plans, green infrastructure feasibility studies, and impervious cover reduction action plans. All of these plans are good tools to identify opportunities for retrofitting existing development with green infrastructure practices. Green infrastructure technology has proven to be a cost effective means to reduce the impacts of impervious surfaces. The final step is to further empower our local communities to advocate for green infrastructure and to implement practices.

To register and learn more about the conference, please visit our website by clicking HERE.

Fixing Flooding: One Community at a Time conference is cosponsored by Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Sustainable Raritan Collaborative, Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, Middlesex County Office of Planning, New Jersey Future, Jersey Water Works, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, and the Raritan Headwaters Association.

Sustainable Jersey upcoming webinars             (Posted: 1-27-16)

Stay In the Game! Strategize your Recertification

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Will be repeated again from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Click to REGISTER for the 1:00 PM webinar OR the 7:00 PM webinar at this link

Is your town's certification expiring in 2016, and/or does your municipality wish to maintain its green team activities and certification? Now is the time to start planning for recertification! This webinar will provide helpful information to help you avoid a lapse and/or maintain your certification including:
" An overview of the certification cycle for the year
" An update on new and existing action including a change to non-expiring actions, and an explanation of variable point actions
" Suggestions to prevent leaving actions "on the table"
" Accessing and using your online application
" Why actions are not approved

If you have questions that you would like us to answer during the webinar, please email them to fatton@tcnj.edu

Making a Game Plan for Getting Certified

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 1:00 - 2:00 PM

REGISTER

Calling all registered towns! Have you been thinking that 2016 is the year your town will join the 195 Sustainable Jersey certified municipalities that are making progress toward a more sustainable future? Would you like to receive the prestigious Sustainable Jersey certification at this year's League of Municipalities Conference? This webinar will share proven strategies and tools to help map out a path to certification within six to twelve months.

Learn how to:
" Mobilize your green team
" Navigate the Sustainable Jersey website
" Select "start-up" actions
" Get assistance completing actions from non-profits and other groups
" Track your progress and more!

Make your New Years' resolution to become a Sustainable Jersey certified community!

If you have specific questions you'd like us to answer during the webinar, please send them to fatton@tcnj.edu.

Teen Summer Programs At Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-27-16)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners is offering teens three exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. These unique, educational and fun programs include fishing, research and field experiences in a beautiful location.

For information, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/sedge_summer16.htm on the Division's website.

EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Champion Awards             (Posted: 1-13-16)

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. EPA is encouraging nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards event on May 13, 2016 at EPA's regional office in Manhattan. The Agency is accepting nominations for its Environmental Champion Awards until March 1, 2016.

"EPA's prestigious Environmental Champion Award recognizes the hard work, vision and courage exhibited by local leaders who are committed to environmental protection. Everyone is encouraged to nominate people who are stellar leaders in this arena" said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.

The awards recognize achievement in six categories:
" Business and Industry
" Individual Citizen
" Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group
" Environmental Education
" Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government or Agency
" Media

For award criteria, prior winners and nomination instructions, visit EPA's Environmental Champion Award webpage at http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/environmental-champion-awards.

For additional information, please contact Chris Sebastian, Public Affairs Division, at (212) 637-3597 or sebastian.chris@epa.gov.

OCSCD: Introducing our 2016 Monthly Educational Programs Series             (Posted: 1-13-16)

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2016 Monthly Series of Educational Programs and Workshops 
From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green!

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to announce our 2016 monthly series of educational programs and workshops, "From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green". Our programs are designed to educate the community about the importance of healthy soil, introduce healthy gardening and landscaping techniques, and inspire stewardship of natural resources. Each month features a new topic; all programs are free to the public. These programs are partially funded through a grant from the Barnegat Bay Partnership. For more information visit www.soildistrict.org or contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Education@soildistrict.org, 609-971-7002 ext. 114.  
Sunday, January 31, 12:30-2:30pm
Water Conservation in the Garden
Water makes our garden grow! Knowing how to water your garden is just as important as knowing when to water. In this program we will introduce you to some water-saving tips to significantly reduce the water requirements of your garden and landscape. Topics explored include: remediating stormwater runoff in your yard, amending garden soil, mulching, how plants take-in water from the soil, and appropriate plant selection. Presented by Shari Kondrup, Brick Municipal Utilities Authority and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. 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 education@soildistrict.org
Sunday, February 28, 12:30-2:30pm
Bees, Native Plants and Healthy Soil - a Sweet Garden Recipe
Soil provides the foundation in which all food grows - even food for bees! Bees and other pollinators depend on a healthy food source of nectar and pollen. Native plants growing in healthy native soil are the perfect choice for gardeners who want to support the life cycle of honey bees or attract native pollinators to their yard. Join us for an introduction to home beekeeping, healthy soil and native plants, and taste the sweet rewards of a sustainable yard and garden. Presented by John Zingis, Air, Land & Sea Environmental Management, Inc., and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation DistrictFREE! 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 education@soildistrict.org
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-8:30pm
Winter Planning for a 3-Season Flower Garden
When the weather outside is frightful... it's a good time to begin planning your garden! Imagine your yard bursting with color from early spring to first frost in late autumn. By taking the time to assess your garden conditions, including soil, sun and moisture, you will have the foundational information on which to build your blooms. This program will introduce you to garden planning, design and plant selection through the Jersey Friendly Yards website www.jerseyyards.org. Presented by Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Pam Almeida, co-leader, Jersey Shore Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Jersey, and Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Toms River Library, Home Town Dairy Room. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext 114 or education@soildistrict.org
Educational Programs, Workshops and Community Outreach
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District strives to lead efforts to protect and conserve our soil and water resources by providing educational programs to members of the community, including homeowners, teachers, students, scouts, farmers, public officials, various state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. For more information about the educational programs offered by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, or to schedule a program for your group, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, at education@soildistrict.org or 609-971-7002 ext. 114. A wealth of information can be found on our website: www.soildistrict.org.

Join Master Gardeners for Annual Bird Count             (Posted: 1-13-16)

County's EARTH Center Invites You To Great Backyard Bird Count

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County invite you to take part in the "Great Backyard Bird Count."

This free event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Davidson's Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date will be Sunday, Feb. 14. Beginning birders and experts are encouraged to attend.

Between noon and 2:30 p.m., Master Gardeners will offer guided tours led by advanced birders with "count sheets". These sheets will be filled in during the tour, and then collected and entered into the Cornell University database.

The event will be held simultaneously with the Audubon Society and Cornell University Lab's "Great Backyard Bird Count." Please bring your own binoculars and field guides and dress appropriately for outdoor hiking. Tour guides will be available to assist your party, or you can explore the park on your own. Please RSVP to evans@aesop.rutgers.edu.

The Master Gardeners will offer hot coffee for participants from noon to 2:30 p.m. within the park at the EARTH Center, home to Middlesex County's Extension office.

For more detailed information visit: http://birds.audubon.org/great-backyard-bird-count

For more information on programs offered by Middlesex County's Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260.

2016 New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest             (Posted: 1-12-16)

Click HERE.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Winter Lecture Series Begins Sunday             (Posted: 1-12-16)

Click HERE.

Great Backyard Bird Count Events in February Hosted by Barnegat Bay Partnership             (Posted: 1-12-16)

Have you ever wondered which birds live in your backyard? Then join us and be a part of a global bird-counting event organized by the Audubon Society and Cornell University! No single person or group of experts could count all of the species of birds on our planet; therefore, people from all over the world will be participating in February's Great Backyard Bird Count and entering their information to be reviewed by scientists. With all of the information provided by communities across the globe, experts can then get the "big picture" of bird populations around the world.

The Barnegat Bay Partnership and the Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador are hosting two free local events for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn more about birds and enjoy a craft-making session prior to the count by joining us on February 4th at the Toms River Library from 7:00-8:00 pm. We will be making bird feeders that you can hang in your own backyard! Then come to a bird walk and help us count the birds on Saturday, February 13th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Brown's Woods Preserve (117 Haines Road, Toms River, NJ 08753). Expert birder Becky Laboy, an Ocean County Park Naturalist, will lead the walk.

We hope to see you on the 4th and the 13th. Please RSVP if you plan to attend either or both of these events by emailing Lindsey Sigmund at ambassadorwma13@gmail.com. For more information about the global Great Backyard Bird Count visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

Relax & Enjoy PEEC's Winter Newsletter!             (Posted: 12-17-15)

Click HERE.

Get Out and Grow Garden Promotion             (Posted: 11-30-15)

GRAND PRIZE: THREE WINNING SCHOOLS.
WILL EACH RECEIVE A $5,000 CASH AWARD.
First Prize: 25 schools will receive Root Viewer Garden Kits to use in classrooms.
Click HERE.

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)

Click HERE.

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

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2016 POSTER CONTEST
for Students in Grades 2-12
WE ALL NEED TREES!
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, Education@SoilDistrict.org or visit the OCSCD Poster Contest webpage.


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

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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). 
 
Sign-Up: 
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:
 
- 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
email: fillprograms@outlook.com
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NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!             (Posted: 9-18-15)

Click HERE.