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CONTENTS:
Register Today for the Camden Environmental Summit 2017
SEE 'EM, SMELL 'EM, COUNT 'EM!
Master Gardeners present Garden Tool Workshop
Spring Opening of our Native Plant Nursery!
Green Knight News and Events for April
Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2017 Eco-Program Schedule
RHA: April Happenings
Come Have Fun With Us
Get on Board With Littoral Society Excursions
Marine Science Day Camp at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 
Birds Program, Spring Music, & More at Terhune Orchards
Join us for a panel discussion on the new administration and the environment
Save the Date for the 2017 Camden Environmental Summit!
PEEC Seasons Newsletter - PEEC Rocks! and More
It's not too late to win a FREE garden!
Master Gardeners Offer Workshop on "Successful Gardens in Small Spaces"
Upcoming green events in Mt Laurel
Native Plant Sales - Spring 2017
Ocean Fun Days 2017
Science Behind the Scenes!
Take a Virtual Nature Adventure (and Win!)
SolarJam 2017-please advertise to school groups
High School Climate Change Conference April 23, 2017
March Events at the Preserve!
Learn the Basics of Horticultural Therapy To Aid Loved Ones.
Saps a flowin' which means Sugar Maple Celebration is right around the corner!
NWF: Celebrating Majesty through Photography (Contest)
Register for the 2017 NJ Envirothon!
Micro irrigation Workshop at the EARTH Center
NWF: Win a Free Garden -- Driven Straight to Your School!
Environmental Community Service Award
Build Your Own Terrarium at the Johnson Education Center
Best of Green Schools awards
DEP WARM WEATHER BARNEGAT BAY PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
2017 Lusscroft Hikes
Third Annual UL Innovative Education Award is Now Taking Applications!
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Author of Blue Mind To Speak at the Grand Hotel in Cape May on Wednesday May 31st!
Winter Weather Got you Down? Brighten your Day with a Great Class at Back to Nature
Register Today for the Camden Environmental Summit 2017             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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SEE 'EM, SMELL 'EM, COUNT 'EM!             (Posted: 4-18-17)



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Join experts as they find as many plant and animal species as possible!

On Saturday, May 20 we will host the first Mount Rose Bioblitz at the new preserve in Hopewell, NJ. Expert biologists and naturalists from around the state will lead programs on the plants and animals of the preserve.

SEE 'EM              SMELL 'EM          COUNT 'EM


All hikes will begin at our tent near the parking area
 
BIRDS 6-8am
with Sharyn Magee of Washing Crossing Audubon Society and Bill Lynch of New Jersey Conservation Foundation
 
BIRDS 8-10am
with Sharyn Magee of Washing Crossing Audubon Society and naturalist Landis Eaton
 
HERPS (reptiles & amphibians) 9-11:30am
with naturalists Mark Manning and Justin Lee
 
FUNGI 9:30-11am
with John and Nina Burghardt of NJ Mycological Association
 
PLANTS 10am-12pm
with naturalist Gemma Milly
 
NETTING INSECTS - KID'S PROGRAM 10:30am-12pm
with Dr. Emile DeVito of New Jersey Conservation Foundation & Jeff Hoagland of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
 
BUTTERFLIES & DRAGONFLIES 10:30am-12:30pm
with Diana Raichel of D&R Greenway
 
INVASIVE SPECIES 12:30-2:30pm
with Dr. Emile DeVito of New Jersey Conservation Foundation
 
HERPS (reptiles & amphibians) 12:30-2:30pm
with naturalists Mark Manning and Justin Lee
 
INVERTEBRATES 1-2:30pm
with Tyler Christensen of Washington Crossing Audubon Society
 & Jeff Hoagland of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association



Mount Rose Preserve's entrance is located across the street from 350 Carter Road, Hopewell, NJ

GPS coordinates: 40.363170, -74.734726
Mount Rose Preserve is owned and managed by
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It was preserved in partnership with the following additional organizations:
Hopewell Valley Citizens Group Inc., NJ Green Acres Program, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Lawrence Hopewell Trail, Hopewell Borough, Pennington Borough, Friends of Princeton Open Space, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Lawrence Township and Princeton

Master Gardeners present Garden Tool Workshop             (Posted: 4-18-17)

"Rethinking Tools for Common Garden Chores"

When you want the best results from your hard work, the right tools can make all the difference. If you need help choosing the right tools for your garden, Middlesex County's Master Gardeners will be sharing their knowledge in an upcoming workshop.

"Rethinking Tools for Common Garden Chores", is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 20 at the EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

The current market for gardening tools and supplies is a wide one, with countless options to choose from. This workshop will help you narrow down those options by demonstrating of some of the garden tools and techniques that are preferred by our Master Gardeners. You will learn tips for weeding large areas, how to move compost or mulch without a wheelbarrow and much more. These techniques are especially useful for gardeners who are older or who are looking to reduce strain on their legs and back.

"When you go to a garden supply or hardware store you are bound to find yourself faced with a wide variety of tools," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Let the Master Gardeners show you which ones can help make your job in the garden easier."

"This program will feature many useful techniques for local gardeners," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "Learn how you can save time and money by selecting the right tools, and how they can help reduce strain on your legs and back."

This program is free, but registration is required by May 17. To register for this event or for more information, contact the County Extension Office at 732-398-5262.

Spring Opening of our Native Plant Nursery!             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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 Join us on Earth Day to celebrate the Spring Opening of our Native Plant Nursery!
Schedule of Events
9-10am 
Members-Only Lecture Featuring Kathy Salisbury of Penn State Extension

10am-1pm 
Members-Only Exclusive Native Plant Shopping

10am-2pm
Make & Take Bog Garden

1pm-5pm
Native Plant Shopping Open to the Public

The Native Plant Nursery at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is open all season long, April 22nd through October (9am - 5pm) 
Closed Mondays (July - March)

In addition to the perks of the lecture and early shopping privileges, Members also receive a 10% discount on all plant purchases.

Join today to receive these exclusive benefits:

   

  
The Preserve is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations, admission, and membership support this special place. 
 
Open Daily in April, May, June. 
(Open Tues. - Sun., July - March) 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
 
Guided nature walks at 2 p.m. April through October!

Green Knight News and Events for April             (Posted: 4-18-17)

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Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2017 Eco-Program Schedule             (Posted: 4-18-17)

Public is invited to explore, enjoy and celebrate clean water advocate's 20th Anniversary year

Beginning this month, Hackensack Riverkeeper stands poised to provide upwards of 10,000 people with enjoyable & educational experiences of the Hackensack River, its watershed and wildlife this year. Riverkeeper's Eco-Cruises, Kayak Centers, River Cleanups, special events and more combine environmental education with public service and fun. What's different this time around is that the group is celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary.

"It's hard to believe that we've been on the job since way back in 1997," says Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. "I can only imagine that the reason why time has flown by so quickly is because our best times are spent on and about the water doing what we love the most."

The 2017 season begins Earth Day Weekend (April 22-23) with the re-opening of Riverkeeper's Kayak Centers at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park in Teaneck, NJ, both of which will be open through late October. Open boat and Charter Eco-Cruises aboard Riverkeeper's 30-foot pontoon research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II are available from May 1 through late October. Community River Cleanups take place from early April through early November.

o Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled on forty-three dates from May 6 through October 15. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered: Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands and creeks of the river's estuary; Boating through Bergen, which runs upriver to the center of Hackensack and the museum ship USS Ling; and Excursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and back passing the port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth. Suggested minimum donations are $25 for adults / $10 for children 4-12. Call Program Director Captain Hugh Carola to book seats.

o Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 24 adults for any available date/time; and can feature any itinerary or a hybrid of two. Youth Charters and special Combination Education programs are available for school groups. Those interested should call Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 for more info or to book a trip. Suggested minimum donations are $350 for Combo programs, $325 for Adult Charters and $275 for Youth Charters.

o Kayak Center at Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus, NJ - Located directly on the river in the heart of the Meadowlands, the Center is open weekends and holidays from Earth Day through Sunday, October 29 weather permitting. It offers the use of canoes and kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. Additionally, ten scheduled Full Moon (and near-full) paddles will be lead by Center staff each month May through September Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those with their own boat(s). Spots on Moonlight Paddles and Private tours can be arranged by calling Capt. Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102.

o Overpeck Park Kayak Center at Overpeck County Park, Teaneck, NJ - Located on the calm, quiet waters of Lake Overpeck, the Center is open daily Earth Day, April 22 through Sunday, October 29 weather permitting. Check Hackensack Riverkeeper's website or call for weekday hours as they change throughout the season. Kayaks and canoes are available for $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours / $10 per paddler for each additional hour. To arrange group events, call 201-968-0808 x102.

o River Cleanups - These active conservation events give people of all ages an opportunity to give back to the environment - and their communities. Community River Cleanups are scheduled at twelve different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 8 through November 5. For additional information, or to inquire about Riverkeeper's Corporate River Stewardship program, call Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105.

o Special Events - Hackensack Riverkeeper hosts multiple outdoor events each year designed to provide unique environmental and recreational experiences for individuals & families alike. Call or click for more information about the group's Reservoir Paddle Series, SPLASH events, RiverFest and more.

o And That's Not All - Hackensack Riverkeeper staff are available to lead Bird-Walks within the river's watershed region for small groups of adults or youth. For more information, call Capt. Carola at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration. Lastly, multimedia Indoor Presentations for groups of any size or age range can be arranged anytime for affordable honoraria. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.

"We invite literally everyone to join us and help celebrate the continuing recovery of the Hackensack River, its diverse habitats and i wildlife," says Sheehan. "Captain Hugh, Caitlin, our Kayak Center staffers and myself are looking forward to helping people of all ages enjoy, explore and take better care of their river. Come on down!"

Complete information including schedules for all Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Programs is available online at: www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling 201-968-0808.

Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. The group employs a fourfold clean water strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River and its watershed for the benefit of the people and wildlife that depend on it.

RHA: April Happenings             (Posted: 4-18-17)

April 2017
It's Spring Cleanup Time!
     
This year's (our 27th!) watershed-wide stream cleanup event will take place April 22, 9am-noon. What better way to spend Earth Day, knowing you are making a positive difference in the health of your watershed!
Sign up to pitch in at a site near you.
Don't Miss RHA's Party of the Year
 
Kick up your heels on Earth Day at our Boots & Bar-B-Q fundraiser. Join us the evening of Saturday, April 22 at Hunt's End Farm in Gladstone for dinner, bourbon and rye tastings, dancing to live music and some good old-fashioned fun! 
 
  

Join Us on the River
 
Paddle the upper reaches of the Raritan River over four weekends, starting on April 8 with a seven-mile trip down the North Branch.

Register for one or more of the four excursions in our second annual River Sojourn.

Exciting Research on Tap this Spring/Summer
 
We're organizing supplies and training volunteers in preparation for stream monitoring at 67 sites across the watershed. In addition, new research projects are planned, including a microplastics study on the Raritan and a project to identify and certify vernal pools, critical habitat for amphibians and other important species.
 
Read more and learn how you can get involved.
           
Seminar Series for Municipalities Continues
           
On May 18, Dr. Chris Obropta, with the Rutgers Coop Extension, will return to Fairview Farm to discuss what he and his staff are doing to help municipalities address the problem of stormwater runoff, flooding and erosion due to impervious covers.
RHA Membership Is Now Easier Than Ever!
 
RHA is inviting new and existing members to enroll in our new monthly giving program. It's easy, flexible, "green," and a consistent source of support for our science, education, stewardship and advocacy programs throughout the year. 
 
Consider becoming a sustaining member today.

Welcome New Staff and Board Members
           
We are pleased to announce that Trish McGuire has joined the RHA staff as Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Get to know Trish.
Recently joining our Board of Trustees are Candy Ashmun and George Cassa.
On the Watchdog Front

Watershed Watchdog
Make your voice heard! Join RHA's Policy Director Bill Kibler on Thursday, June 15th to learn how to contact your elected officials.  
 
Attend a morning or evening program where you (and family members) will receive tips and guidelines on how to talk to the folks that are making important decisions affecting the health of your water supply and quality of life. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for details!
  
Did You Know?

Our AmeriCorps Ambassador, Carmela Buono, provides free educational activities about water and the environment to scouts and school groups across the watershed. To learn more, contact Carmela at AmeriCorps@raritanheadwaters.org.
 
Events & Happenings

Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

Come Have Fun With Us             (Posted: 4-7-17)

Family Fun. Good Food. Great Cause.
Run with the American Littoral Society on April 15 in Asbury Park, NJ
It's not just a fun run, it's a family-friendly affair, at an amazing location, that is followed by good food from a great restaurant. All to support an important cause -- the American Littoral Society's efforts to care for the coast.

The 2nd Annual Lobster Run/Walk to Care for the Coast will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 9 a.m. on the Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk. Once again the Society will partner with Langosta Lounge and Split Second Racing for this fulfilling event.

The run/walk will be followed by an optional after-party at the relaxing Langosta Lounge, and feature a menu developed especially for the occasion. Participants can sign-up for food, the run or a combo of both. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Littoral Society, a 501c3 charity based at Sandy Hook, NJ that has been protecting and restoring the coast since 1961. Those who can't run or want to do more for the cause can fundraise or make a donation through the event registration page.

Specialties on the race day menu are Lobster Asparagus Strata with a lemon herb hollandaise, Fat Elvis Tiki Toast (banana peanut butter mascarpone, chocolate chips and praline bacon), Pineapple & Coconut Tiki Toast with mango maple syrup, and Breakfast Burritos (Chorizo or Vegetarian). There will also be a selection of croissants and pastries, Greek yogurt, berries and fruit, home fries, pork roll, and applewood smoked bacon.

New this year will be a time-trial format that will eliminate starting-line congestion and build a bit of suspense into the proceedings. Our chip-timing system allows participants to start at any point between 9 and 10 a.m. Overall winners and top age group finishers will be determined once the last participant crosses the finish line. A real-time electronic leader board will allow everyone to keep an eye on finish times while enjoying the food and a mimosa, bloody mary or beer from the Langosta's bar. Coffee, tea and juice are included with the food price.

The event will be held rain or shine and include live race results and awards for the top three male and female finishers, and age-group winners. This year the runner with the best lobster look will also win a one-year family membership to the American Littoral Society and the envy of everyone else at the event.

Online registration is available at Raceforum.com/Lobster. Register before April 8 for discounted entry fee and guaranteed race t-shirt. Event price will increase at midnight on April 7.

Early packet pick-up from 4-7 p.m. on Friday April 14 at Road Runner Sports, 490 Broad St Suite 1, Shrewsbury, NJ. On-site registration and packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. on race day.

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Get on Board With Littoral Society Excursions             (Posted: 4-7-17)

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Marine Science Day Camp at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium              (Posted: 4-4-17)

Click HERE.

Birds Program, Spring Music, & More at Terhune Orchards             (Posted: 4-4-17)

Click HERE.

Join us for a panel discussion on the new administration and the environment             (Posted: 4-5-17)

Click HERE.

Save the Date for the 2017 Camden Environmental Summit!             (Posted: 3-29-17)

Click HERE.

PEEC Seasons Newsletter - PEEC Rocks! and More             (Posted: 3-29-17)

Click HERE.

It's not too late to win a FREE garden!             (Posted: 3-22-17)

Click HERE.

Master Gardeners Offer Workshop on "Successful Gardens in Small Spaces"             (Posted: 3-22-17)

Warm weather is just around the corner, and soon it will be time to start planting fruits and vegetables. If you would like to grow fresh produce at home, but aren't sure if you have enough room for planting, join the Master Gardeners of Middlesex County for an upcoming workshop titled, Successful Gardens in Small Spaces.

This FREE workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick.

The workshop will explore square foot gardening, a type of gardening that concentrates on a small, clearly defined area and incorporates the use of compost. Advocates say this method works great for beginning gardeners or those with disabilities, and can help in areas with poor soil. Container gardening will also be discussed. This technique can often give urban gardeners a way to safely and productively grow their favorite crops.

"You don't need acres of land to grow your own fruits and vegetables," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "Even if you're not an experienced gardener, this workshop will help you learn how you can have a beautiful garden regardless of the size of your property."

"Learning how to grow your own vegetables can save money, is healthier and can be a great hobby to enjoy outdoors," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I encourage individuals and families to come to this workshop."

To register for this workshop, please call 732-398-5262 by April 19, or e-mail Carol.richiusa@co.middlesex.nj.us.

The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County. Residents can purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals or submit pest and disease samples for evaluation.

The County's Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to residents. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The EARTH Center is located in one of Middlesex County's most beautiful parks, Davidson's Mill Pond Park. The 300-plus acre park features ponds, wooded trails and open fields.

Upcoming green events in Mt Laurel             (Posted: 3-22-17)


Master Gardener Talk at the Mt Laurel Community Gardens
When: Sat March 25th at 9:30-10:30am
Where:  Community Gardens, 1256 Hainesport-Mt. Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Details: Certified Master Gardener, Joan Johnson, will cover items such as when to start to work the soil, seed planting vs. started plants, some beneficial things to add to soil, when to plant, some easy plants and herbs to grow and basic composting. Q&A will follow presentation. This is a free event, open to all, but registration is required.  Please contact Sandra Carleton at scf568@aol.com. To rent a garden plot at the Community Garden this year, stop by the Township Clerk’s office for an application and details.


Bee Aware and Honey Tasting
When: Thurs April 13th at 6:30-8:30pm Free Honey tasting starts at 6pm!
Where: Mt Laurel Library 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Details:Pollinators are crucial to the proper functioning of the natural world and our agricultural system. this important presentation will discuss the plight of insect pollinators, with a special focus on honey bees, detailing their serious decline known as colony collapse disorder, and what it means for our food supply, economy, and environment. Find out what you can do to help and what commonly used pesticides are toxic to bees and other beneficial insects. Event is free. Presented by Burlington County Parks Naturalist Jen Bulava. Sponsored by Mt Laurel Green Team, Mt Laurel Library, and Sustainable Cherry Hill Gardening Task Force.  Click here to register and help us plan, though registration is not required.

Local beekeeper, Joel Sternin will offer free honey tasting before the talk starting at 6pm. Joel began as a hobbyist in 2008 and now has his hives on a nearby farm and is supplying bees to new beekeepers in New Jersey. He is  a member of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association and his Jersey Devil, Habanero Pepper infused honey, was used by a local brewery. Read more about Joel and his company Spring Valley Honey LLC here.

Mt Laurel Cleanup Day
WhenSat April 29th at 9am-11:30am
Where:  Mount Laurel Community Center 100 Mount Laurel Road Mt Laurel 08054
Details: Help beautify Mt Laurel by cleaning up litter. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Gloves and bags will be provided. Please register with Jerry Mascia, Director of Municipal Services jmascia@mountlaurel.com  or calling (856) 234-0001 x 1223.  Join us back at the Community Center at 11:15am for snacks and prizes for unusual items found. 

Burlington County Parks System
When: Tues June 13th at 7pm-8pm
Where: Mt Laurel Library 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Details: This presentation is all photograph-based and focuses on each park property, where they are located, the amenities each park has, the best times to visit, what types of programs are held throughout the year, and the types of plants and animals you may find there.  Event is free. Presented by Burlington County Parks Naturalist Jen Bulava. Sponsored by Mt Laurel Green Team and Mt Laurel Library.

Native Plant Sales - Spring 2017             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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Native Plant Sales - Spring, 2017 - Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, March 18, 8:45am-4:00pm
Native Plant Society of New Jersey - Spring Conference and Native Plant Sale
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey (NPSNJ) will be holding their annual Spring Conference and "Sticks & Twigs" Native Plant Sale on Saturday, March 18, from 8:45am-4:00pm. Presentation topics include: "Native Bees", "Return to Hypsithermal", "Think Globally, Restore Locally", and "Gardening in the Shade". OCSCD will be exhibiting at this widely attended event. Registration is $55; members receive a discount. For more information and to register, please refer to the NPSNJ website:  www.npsnj.org.
Saturday April 22, 11:00am-2:00pm
Pinelands Preservation Alliance Earth Day Native Plant Sale
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) annual plant sale features an array of native perennials, shrubs, trees and more. The sale takes place on Saturday, April 22, 11:00am-2:00pm. Members of PPA are welcome to attend the Pre-Plant Sale on Friday, April 21 from 3:00-6:00pm to peruse the best selection. Become a member today! For directions and more information visit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance webpage. 
Saturday, May 6, 10:00-3:00pm
Ocean County Master Gardener's Native Plant Sale
Rain or shine, the Master Gardeners annual Native Plant Sale will be held on May 6 from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Rutgers Agricultural Center in Toms River. Plants are grown in the Master Gardener greenhouses and plants are suitable for Ocean County conditions. For more information, visit the Rutgers Master Gardeners webpage.
Saturday, May 20, 12:00-4:00pm
Yard, Garden & Native Plant Sale
Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood, NJ, will be hosting a "Yard, Garden & Native Plant Sale" on Saturday, May 20, from 12:00-4:00pm. OCSCD will be presenting and exhibiting. Visitors will learn how to attract and support wildlife in your backyard using Jersey Friendly native plants. Location: Jakes Branch County Park. For more information, please contact Naturalist Ben Ackerman, Jakes Branch County Park, 732-281-2750. 
Sunday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00pm
Barnegat Bay Festival and Native Plant Sale
On Sunday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, the Barnegat Bay Partnership invites you to enjoy a day of environmentally-focused activities, games and crafts that teach about the Barnegat Bay and the important natural resources in our watershed. Jason and Kelly Austin's the little plant company will be hosting a native plant sale. OCSCD will be exhibiting. For more information, visit the Barnegat Bay Partnership webpage.  
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.

Ocean Fun Days 2017             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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Science Behind the Scenes!             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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Jason Schein Shines! FSD Partners with Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute
As Assistant Curator of Natural History at the New Jersey State Museum, Jason Schein was instrumental in the creation of our early educational programs in 2012. Since then, he’s been one of our most popular “Superstars of Science” every season, sharing the stories of his adventures on dinosaur digs and his great knowledge of paleontology. He has been the featured guest at our annual Dinosaur Education Day at Citi Field and he even traveled to China to consult with the designers who create our dinosaurs.
All great science is a collaboration and the same can be said of a theme park. To be successful, we need partners like Jason who are ready to bring new, exciting ideas to the table and to share their knowledge and expertise with our guests. We are thrilled to announce that our long collaboration with Jason Schein will be continuing as we prepare to enter into a new era of growth.  
Starting this season, Field Station: Dinosaurs will partner with The Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute (BBPI), where Jason is the founding Executive Director. BBPI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to paleontology and earth science research and education.  The partnership will ensure that every Field Station program will be built upon a solid scientific foundation while providing guests with additional learning opportunities stemming from BBPI’s annual field expeditions and fossil digs.
“We’re proud to partner with the scientists working in the Bighorn Basin,” said Expedition Commander Guy Gsell. “We believe BBPI is the perfect fit for us. Led by Jason Schein, these are real scientists making important paleontological discoveries, but they’re also teachers, ready to share and explain their findings with our family audience.”

Learn More About BBPI!
CORE Curriculum and Groups
Did you know that every show we present at Field Station: Dinosaurs is built on a solid foundation of science and aligned with New Jersey and New York's CORE Curriculum standards?
For example, our "Feeding Frenzy" uses the Scientific Method (Science Practices 5.1) to teach kids about dinosaur eating habits (Life Science 5.3.B.), "Hey Ho Haddy" covers plate tectonics and North America's geological history (Earth Systems Science 5.4.B), while "What Color is Your Dinosaur?" is an investigation into animal colorization (Life Sciences 5.3.D) designed for our youngest scientists.
Our Field Trips are fun; that's a given. But we're also serious about the science behind the laughter. Call our Group Sales Department at 973-748-4561 for more information on how we incorporate the CORE Curriculum standards into every field trip at Field Station: Dinosaurs. 
Learn more about school field trips or receive a quote for your school by completing this form and returning to our Groups Department. Contact our Group Sales Team Today! Call 973.748.4317 or email
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Brooke Digs Dinosaurs!
Learn about the latest dinosaur discoveries and the most up-to-date theories in paleontology from our own resident "bone hunter" - Brooke Rowzee. Brooke will be on Facebook every Tuesday and Friday with another dispatch from the world of Dinosaur exploration and scholarship.
"It's amazing," says Brooke. "The dinosaurs have been extinct for over 65 milion years but they're still making news!"


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Take a Virtual Nature Adventure (and Win!)             (Posted: 3-16-17)

Click HERE.

SolarJam 2017-please advertise to school groups             (Posted: 3-16-17)

OASIS PRESENTS:
4th annual SolarJam 2017 -- Sat. May 20 (rain date Sun. May 21)
10-1:30pm

Build a car for the annual Solar Car Race (see attached for specifics)
Two age divisions: Lower (K-5) and Middle (6-8)

Also a Photon Fair: Make anything that uses the sun and demo it (non-juried)

Location: Princeton High School Tennis Courts, Princeton NJ

To info or with questions, contact: alloyd@pds.org

High School Climate Change Conference April 23, 2017             (Posted: 3-8-17)

All high school students are invited to join us for the Student Climate Change Conference. Teachers of registered students also welcome.

Pre-registration required (only 100 seats available!): http://www.pds.org/about-princeton-day-school/sustainability/climate-change-conference
Date: Sunday, April 23
Time: 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Host Location: Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, Pennington, NJ
Organized by: Princeton Day School students in partnership with Princeton University Energy and Climate Scholars
Cost: Free
Post-conference: Optional hike on the Watershed's 900 acres
Attend workshops by Princeton University Graduate Students and the Director of the Watershed, which will include:
Climate Change 101: Mythbusting What we know about climate change & how we know it.
Politics & Policy: The current state of climate change politics in the U.S. and the world, and policy options for addressing carbon emissions.
Water: How will the changing climate impact our water resources and what can we do to prepare ourselves?
Technical Solutions for Climate Change: What are the technologies currently available and on the horizon that can help solve the climate problem?
Food & Agriculture: What are the existing and potential future impacts of climate change on food production around the world?
Tour a highly energy and water efficient LEED platinum certified building.
Engage with students from other schools.
Create an action plan for your school and perhaps win a $500 grant for your project.
Great local food - FREE
Pre-registration required:
http://www.pds.org/about-princeton-day-school/sustainability/climate-change-conference
--
Liz Cutler
Sustainability Coordinator
Princeton Day School
P. O. Box 75
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-6700 ext. 1751

March Events at the Preserve!             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Another sign of spring appears at the Preserve. Corylus americana, commonly called American filbert or hazelnut, is a native Pennsylvania shrub. Hazelnut is one of the first flowers to emerge in the early spring. The male flowers (catkins) start to elongate on the stem and turn a bright yellow as the pollen matures. You have to look a little more closely for the female flower which is also attached to the woody stem in a scale like bud. The bright magenta-colored stigma and styles start to protrude to catch the wind borne pollen from the end of the scaled bud.An edible nut covered by a papery husk appears in late summer and is valued by small mammals and birds. Photo by Jean Barrell.
New Member Benefit
Members will now receive 10% off plants in our Native Plant Nursery, all season long! 
 
Learn about all the perks of being a member with BHWP by visiting our Membership page  


Plan Your Special Event at the Preserve!
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Makes a beautiful backdrop for your special event. Whether it's a birthday party, rehearsal dinner, or wedding, we have several rental spaces to suit your vision and budget.  For more information, click HERE or e-mail our rentals coordinator at  long@bhwp.org
    
Special thanks to the Bucks County Wedding Show for hosting us last weekend! 
What early signs of spring have you seen?  We want to hear about it! Share your pictures and stories with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


 


  
Signs of Spring
As the temperatures rise, so does our excitement for the classes, programs and events we're offering  here at the Preserve!  Mark your calendar for some of our March offerings listed below.  Join us! 
 
Please call 215-862-2924 to register for all events and programs

Night Sky Adventure
Fri, March 17, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
 (Cloud date: 3/19; check website or call to confirm) 
 Join members of the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association who will be on hand with telescopes and trained eyes to help you locate those mysterious, interstellar objects. Program meets at the Moore Pavilion.  Suggested donation: $3.
  
Hooray for Hummingbirds!
Sat, March 18, 10:00am - 11:30am 
Hummingbirds are known as "flying jewels." Our friends from Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand to present fun facts about these fascinating and quirky little birds. Find out how to attract them to your yard and make a whimsical feeder to take home in this hands-on workshop.  Members: $6; Non-members: $8.
Advanced registration by 3/16 required. 
 
Tales from a Naturalist's Diary
Sat, March 18, 1:30pm - 3:00pm 
Take a peek inside the diary of noted naturalist Pete Bacinski as he shares with you natural history facts and images about birds, wildflowers, ferns, mammals, herbs, natural history events and Mother Nature's oddities. This program can be enjoyed by the whole family including children 10 and older. Members: $10; Non-members: $12. Advance registration required.

Bagels and Birding for Beginners
Sat, March 25, 8am - 11am
If you've wanted to begin watching birds, but didn't know where to start, here is your opportunity. We'll open with bagels and coffee then learn the basics of field identification through visual and behavioral cues, as well as some common song recognition. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Members: $12; Non-members: $15.
Advanced registration with payment is required by 3/23. 

 Knowing Native Plant Series: 
Signs of Spring
Sat, March 25, 1pm - 4pm 
This program will focus on early-blooming species such as snow trillium, skunk cabbage, and hepatica. We will attempt to identify spring-blooming species from the shoots that will just be poking through the soil. Members: $15; Non-members, $20. Professional CEUs are available.  

Starlight Stroll
Fri, March 31, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
There's something special about exploring nature at night. Set your sense of adventure on high, and join us for an evening full of folklore and stories under the light of the moon and stars. Program will end with a marshmallow roast around the campfire. Members: $5; Non-members: $7. Advance registration by 3/29 required.

Call (215) 862-2924 to register for programs.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve inspires the appreciation and use of native plants by serving as a sanctuary and an educational resource for conservation and stewardship.
The Preserve is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations, admission, and membership support this special place.   

Become a Member
Click HERE to learn more about the benefits of Membership 
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Open Daily in April, May, June. 
(Open Tues. - Sun., July - March) 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Visit us at 1635 River Road, (Rt. 32) 
New Hope, PA 18938
phone: 215.862.2924       
www.bhwp.org  

Learn the Basics of Horticultural Therapy To Aid Loved Ones.             (Posted: 3-1-17)

Middlesex County EARTH Center offers "Horticultural Therapy at Home" Workshop

National Horticultural Therapy Week is March 19-25. To recognize this holiday and the benefits of this type of therapy, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is presenting a new workshop entitled, Horticultural Therapy in the Home.

This seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 18 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.
Horticultural Therapy can be administered by a professional, but many of its practices can easily be adapted for the home. Home therapy can be especially useful in caring for an aging or bedridden loved one.
Studying Master Gardener Althea McDonald LMHC, Psy.D., HT, will present an introduction to the art of Horticultural Therapy, followed by an immersive activity.

"Horticultural therapy can help strengthen muscles, improve coordination and balance and even help improve mood," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I hope many people will attend this event and learn how this type of therapy can help improve their lives and those of their families."
Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee, said: "The EARTH Center offers so many great examples on how gardening and agriculture can help the environment, and this class will offer many insights on how gardens can also help to improve health and wellbeing."
This seminar is free of charge, but registration is required by March 16. Call 732-398-5262. No "walk-ins" will be permitted. For more information, call the EARTH Center at 732-398- 5262.
Middlesex County's Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Saps a flowin' which means Sugar Maple Celebration is right around the corner!             (Posted: 3-1-17)

Click HERE.

NWF: Celebrating Majesty through Photography (Contest)             (Posted: 2-21-17)

Click HERE.

Register for the 2017 NJ Envirothon!             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

Micro irrigation Workshop at the EARTH Center             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

NWF: Win a Free Garden -- Driven Straight to Your School!             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

Environmental Community Service Award             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Click HERE.

See HERE for press release.

Build Your Own Terrarium at the Johnson Education Center             (Posted: 2-10-17)

Click HERE.

Best of Green Schools awards             (Posted: 2-10-17)

Friends,

I wanted to be sure you know that the Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network are again accepting nominations for the annual Best of Green Schools awards. These awards honor schools, districts, institutions, and collaborators who have moved the ball forward for the green schools movement. Please consider submitting your nomination at the link—the deadline is February 14th!

Honorees will be presented their awards on the main stage at the annual Green Schools Conference, coming up in Atlanta on March 21-22. Will you be there? We hope you’re able to join the amazing group of leaders and advocates gathering together. Please note that nominated individuals for the Best of Green Schools are not required to be present at the conference to be awarded.

One final note: we just launched a new look for the Learning Lab site, a platform for sustainability-focused K12 curriculum content. If you haven’t checked it out yet, get on and look around at the content from our fantastic curriculum partners: Nature Conservancy, STEM Hero, EcoRise, RIS, TerraCycle, NEED, and Global Oneness Project… with more on the way.

Thank you for your hard work to make our schools better, healthier, more sustainable places. Please let us know if we can assist in the future!

Anisa Heming  Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD&C  O&M
Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
2101 L Street NW, Suite 500 | Washington, DC 20037
(o) 202-742-3286 | (c) 202-701-0681

DEP WARM WEATHER BARNEGAT BAY PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES             (Posted: 2-10-17)

A FISHING PROGRAM, SUMMER CAMP AND WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
February 2017

A FISHING PROGRAM, SUMMER CAMP AND WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
Some of DEP's Warm Weather Barnegat Bay Program Opportunities

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will host three unique, hands-on outdoor programs this spring and summer that are designed to introduce adults and youth to the natural beauty and wildlife of Barnegat Bay.

First, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training April 28-30 in Waretown (Ocean County).

HOFNOD targets teachers, staff and volunteers of schools, community and faith-based organizations looking to engage youth in an ongoing or year-round fishing, conservation and aquatic education program.

HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing and their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. The program can be used by most organizations.

For more information or to register for this program, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2017/hofnod_train04-17.htm on the Division's website.

In addition, the Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners are offering for 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, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer17.htm on the Division's website.

Finally, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 3-day 2-night locavore program for adults interested in learning what's edible in and around Barnegat Bay.

The program will be held on August 11-13 at the Sedge House, a renovated ducking hunting lodge with 7-bunk rooms where participants will live a conservationist lifestyle.

Participants will spend time identifying and harvesting edible plants, algae, digging clams, netting crabs, and fishing, all while learning about the salt marsh ecosystem, conservation, and renewable resources. For more information view the page and/or flyer linked below:
* www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2017/baytobowl17.htm
* www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/education/baytobowl_flyer17.pdf

2017 Lusscroft Hikes             (Posted: 2-8-17)

Hi Hikers & Outdoor Enthusiasts:

The following is a summary of the 2017 hikes scheduled for Lusscroft Farm located in High Point State Park.
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Winter Trek (Snow or no snow)
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Vernal Pool Exploration (Rain or Shine)
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Autumn Leaves Hike (Rain or Shine)

Join other casual & novice hikers for fun and informative hikes, conducted by Kevin Mitchell, on some of the beautiful trails at Lusscroft Farm.

Please dress appropriately for hiking on the trails for up to 1 ½ hours.
We meet in front of the Turner Mansion located at 50 Nielson Road in Wantage, NJ 07461
Pre-registration is helpful. Contact Kevin Mitchell via email at kmitchel@ptd.net
Children must be accompanied by their parents/guardians.
Dogs must be kept on a leash.
There is no charge, but donations for Lusscroft Farm & trail restoration are appreciated.

Additional information about Lusscroft Farm is located on the website: www.lusscroftfarm.org

Third Annual UL Innovative Education Award is Now Taking Applications!             (Posted: 2-8-17)

UL and the North American Association for Environmental Education Host the Third Annual UL Innovative Education Award

The program honors organizations inspiring youth to take action, work together, and solve environmental challenges with $250,000 in prizes.

NORTHBROOK, IL and WASHINGTON, DC — February 1, 2017 — The third annual UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) recognition program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States and Canada. Awards will go to participants who best use innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricula to help students of grades K–12 solve real-world environmental problems.

A panel of environmental, science, research, and technical experts will determine one grand prize winner to receive $100,000; two second-tier winners to receive $50,000 each; and two third-tier winners to receive $25,000 each. The submission window closes on February 28, 2017, and organizers will publicly announce the winning applicants in August 2017.

UL, the global safety science leader, in collaboration with North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), founded the ULIEA recognition program in 2015 and have since awarded $500,000 to 10 non-profit organizations. The investment supports and encourages youth engagement in local environmental issues, community engagement, and interest in engineering, technology, science, and mathematics. “Thousands of kids from different backgrounds are getting excited about solving environmental issues in their communities,” said Cara Gizzi, UL Director of Education and Outreach. “These award-winning programs are producing our future engineers, scientists, inventors, innovators, and environmentalists, and we want to help ensure support for this world-changing work continues."

The 2016 grand prize winner, Sun Works Greenhouse Project, built hydroponic farming labs into public schools to help New York City students address urban food production challenges through engineering and problem solving.

“Hands-on, project-based learning hones problem solving and other 21st century skills," said Christiane Maertens, NAAEE Deputy Director. “There’s a real opportunity to shape future generations here — we hope to double our application pool in 2017 and reach organizations doing the most impactful work.”

For more information about the awards, eligibility requirements, and past winners, visit http://ulinnovationeducation.naaee.net or visit us here to apply immediately.

About UL

UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security, and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust, enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise, and train, and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit http://www.ul.com/.

About NAAEE

The North American Association for Environmental Education is a pioneering membership organization dedicated to accelerating environmental literacy through education. NAAEE supports a network of more than 16,000 educators, researchers, and organizational members working in environmental education across more than 30 countries through direct membership and 54 regional affiliate organizations. NAAEE provides resources for educators, professionals, volunteers, and researchers via sponsored community networks, publications, and employment development opportunities. For more information, visit http://naaee.org.

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Author of Blue Mind To Speak at the Grand Hotel in Cape May on Wednesday May 31st!             (Posted: 2-1-17)

Hello Friends of the Earth!

Please share with all environmental educators and any other friends of the Earth! I really want as many supportive people to be at the Grand Hotel in Cape May for the NJ Audubon Walk on the Beach and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, the author of Blue Mind keynote speech on Wednesday May 31st!

Attached is the registration for this special event at our conference. I also included the enrichment activities that we will
be offering at the conference, in case anyone would like to join us.
I really think that it will definitely make Dr. Nichols feel very welcome to the Jersey Shore!!!!!
Sincerely,
Kevin
609-775-7981

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind
www.wallacejnichols.org
Grand Hotel of Cape May
May 31, 2017 Registration Form
Please Print Name__________________________________________
Title_____________________________________________________
Organization_____________________________Phone Number______________
Home Address____________________________E-mail Address______________
City_____________________________________________________ST____ZIP______
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. A Walk on the Beach With a New Jersey Audubon Naturalist
12:15-1 p.m. Wednesday May 31, 2017 Buffet Lunch
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind www.wallacejnichols.org
1:45-2 p.m. Book signing of Blue Mind by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Going Deeper Workshop - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, the author of Blue Mind
ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-REGISTER! This event is pre-registration only!! There will be NO on-site registration available!!!
Early Registration: (Received by May 5, 2017): $30
Registration: (Received by May 25, 2017): $35
Special Meal Requests: Vegetarian Meals or Other Special Meals (Please Specify)
Enrichment Event Registration - If you plan to participate in any of the following optional Enrichment Events, please indicate and include the additional cost (if applicable) to your total registration check.
1. Wednesday: Kayak Tour of Cape May Harbor and Tidal Marsh - 5 to 7 p.m. $35 x__=________ or Single Kayak; $60 x__=________for Double Kayak
2. Wednesday: President Reception - Hors d'oeuvres and Live Music by Funkybone 8 to 11 p.m. Cash Bar $15 x __=________
3. Thursday: Sunset Dolphin Cruise Around Cape May (We will carpool to Miss Chris Marina located at 1212 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204.) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 x__=________

4. Thursday: Beach Party - Hors d'oeuvres and Live Music by Rhyme and Reason 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. Cash Bar $15 x __=________
IMPORTANT: Please make checks payable to the New Jersey Correctional Education Association. Please return the completed registration form and check to:
NJCEA
P.O. Box 252
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
NO registrations will be accepted after May 25, 2017!!!
NO On-site registration will be available. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.
Refunds will be given for the conference or activity if written request is received by May 5, 2017.
Total Payment Enclosed
$__________
All hotel reservations should be made directly with the Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey 08204!!!
Hotel room rates are $93 double occupancy per night plus tax. Attendees should call the hotel and identify that they are with the Correctional Education Association Conference at 1-800-257-8550 by March 31, 2017 to receive this rate. www.grandhotelcapemay.com
For further information about the 2017 56th Annual Region 1 Conference to be held at the Grand Hotel of Cape May on May 30 - June 2, 2017, please contact
Kevin Kavanaugh at njceapres@gmail.com or 609-775-7981.
Catch us on our CEA websites: www.CEANJ.org / www.CEAREGION1.org