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CONTENTS:
Healthy Landscapes and a Chance to Win Compost Tea
CWF Children's Summer Programs
Register Now -Sails on the Hudson River, July 7-10
D&R Greenway Land Trust: Time to Get Your Feet Wet!
Cheesequake State Park Kayak Tours Offer Close-Up Views of a Special Ecosystem
Learn about sustainable gardening for your home and landscape
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: June is Jumping!
GSWA Scavenger Hunt
Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ to Hold Eighth Annual Reservoir Challenge
2016 EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS: INVITATION TO NOMINATE
Summer Environmental Education Programs for Children - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt
Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Photo Contest
Invitation to join us at USGBC NJ at one of our great upcoming events
Campout for Wildlife!
Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer
Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!
St. Michaels Farm Preserve provides idyllic setting for Hopewell Campout
4-H Summer Camp Now Accepting Applicants
Healthy Landscapes and a Chance to Win Compost Tea             (Posted: 6-15-16)

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CWF Children's Summer Programs             (Posted: 6-15-16)

BAYSHORE ADVENTURE PROGRAM AT LEONARDO STATE MARINA ~ $125

July 11-15, 2016 (open) and August 1-5, 2016 (closed)

The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and CWF's educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery!

The Bayshore Adventure Program is $125/per week/per child. The Bayshore Adventure Program will take place at Leonardo State Marina off Route 36 in Leonardo, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Activities include:
o Crabbing at the marina
o Arts & crafts
o Birdwatching for kids
o Seining on the beach to discover the fish, crabs and other marine wildlife that call the bay home
o Friday Fun Day: tug of war, sandcastle building contest, making solar s'mores

WILDLIFE EXPLORER SUMMER PROGRAM AT DUKE FARMS ~ $350

Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, 2016

The Wildlife Explorer Summer Program at Duke Farms is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11 to connect with and explore the outdoors.

The Program is $350/per week/per child, cost includes reusable water bottle and t-shirt. Activities will run from 9 AM - 3 PM daily, rain or shine (bring rain gear). Duke Farms is located in Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey.

Register before Friday, July 1, as only the first 20 applicants will be accepted!

Activities include:
o Close-up encounters with wildlife like birds, bats and turtles!
o Get muddy exploring Duke Farms' ponds and streams
o Create nature-based art with famous artist James Fiorentino
o Daily talks with real-life scientists and hands-on projects!
o And much more!

BEACH. BIRDS. BIOLOGY. - A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE ~ $50

Wednesdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 2016

CWF is hosting a series of wildlife field experiences this summer for kids entering 4th to 6th grades. Kids will experience a day-in-the-life of a wildlife biologist and be up-close with endangered shorebirds such as Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers! Expert staff biologists will guide children in exciting adventures such as a beach scavenger hunt, wrack line investigating, nest searching, and earn the status of Junior Biologist (badge included)!

Adventures are available as a one-day session from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM:
o July 6th and July 20th: Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point, Cape May County, New Jersey
o July 13th and 27th: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Long Beach Island, Ocean County, New Jersey
o August 3rd: Belmar's Shark River Inlet, Belmar, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Click HERE for full details.

Register Now -Sails on the Hudson River, July 7-10             (Posted: 6-15-16)

 

For information
or to register
Email ANJEC
or call us at
973-539-7547


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Sail on the AJ Meerwald!
New Jersey's
Official Tall Ship
    

Hudson River Sails

Thursday, July 7 - Sunday, July 10 
  • View the majestic Palisades;
  • Hear featured speakers about New Jersey's history & nature;
  • Sail on a magnificently restored 1928 two-masted, 115-foot oyster schooner driven by over 3,500 square feet of sail!

 Register early since trips sell out quickly!    

To register for any sail,
call ANJEC, 973-539-7547

MeerwaldAlpine
All Sails depart from the Alpine Boat Basin unless noted.

 
Thursday, July 7
  • 9:30am - Skyline Sail Along the Palisades, $65 per person. Sail between Liberty State Park and the Alpine Boat Basin with Vanessa Smiley, of the Morristown National Historical Park (the first "National Historical Park"
    who are celebrating 100 years of service), Kevin Tremble, and Dr. Angela Cristini, Director of Education at the NJ  Meadowlands. Total time including bus transportation. Includes bus from Alpine to Liberty State Park.  
Friday, July 8
  • 9:30am - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 1:30pm - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 6:00pm - Music on the River
    $65 per person. Spend the evening on the river listening bluegrass duo,Cold Rain and Snow, to perform Grassroots music with
    banjo, fiddle and guitar. 2.5-3 hours.
Saturday, July 9
  • 9:30am - Rock 'n River Sail, $45 per person. Learn about the geology of the Palisades from Dr. George Harlow, of the American Museum of Natural History, followed by author Todd W. Braisted as we examine some
    of the exciting events of the Hudson's Revolutionary past!
  • 1:30pm - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 5:30pm - Brewery on the Boat, $70 per person. Spend the evening on the river enjoying a tasting of three different craft beers from local brewery BriXCity. 3 hours.
Sunday, July 10
  • 12:00pm -Children's Sail,$26 child(ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 3:30pm - Sunset Skyline Sail, $78 per person - Our most popular sail! Sail between the Alpine Boat Basin and Liberty State Park
    with Hugh Carola of Hackensack Riverkeeper and Palisades Interstate Park Historian and Kearney House Curator, Eric Nelson. Motor coachtransportation back from Liberty State Park to the AlpineBoat Basin isincluded.  Total time including transportation. ~5 hours
.

Please email ANJEC or call 973-539-7547 with questions or assistance with registration.

Hudson River Sails are sponsored by ANJEC and 
The Tenafly Nature Center 

D&R Greenway Land Trust: Time to Get Your Feet Wet!             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

Cheesequake State Park Kayak Tours Offer Close-Up Views of a Special Ecosystem             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

Learn about sustainable gardening for your home and landscape             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: June is Jumping!             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

GSWA Scavenger Hunt             (Posted: 6-14-16)

The Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt
June 18, 2016

Step #1 Pick Up Clues & GPS Points
Visit Home Base after 10AM to pick up your clues.

Step #2 Scavenge for Tokens!
Hunt as much or as little as you like by car, bike, or foot until 3PM!

Step #3 Return to Base
Return by 3PM or you’ll miss your reward!

Step #4 Divide the Booty!
Turn in your tokens to be eligible for special prizes!
Daily rations (burgers, dogs, etc.) and grog (soft drinks) await at our Scavenger Hunt Picnic. Feel free to bring a covered side dish to share!

Home Base & Picnic
Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
32 Pleasant Plains Road
Harding Township, NJ

Register and get more info at www.GreatSwamp.org or call (973) 538-3500 x22

Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ to Hold Eighth Annual Reservoir Challenge             (Posted: 6-2-16)

Over 150 paddlers - including 14 mayors - expected to participate

On Saturday, June 11, Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ - formerly United Water - will partner on their 8th Annual Reservoir Challenge. The event will feature 5K and 10K races, as well as the popular Mayors Cup and Corporate Cup Challenges. Food, music, and children's activities are also planned. Part of the Reservoir Paddle Series, Reservoir Challenge is the second of three special paddling events that give the public a rare opportunity to paddle the normally-restricted waters of the upper Hackensack River reservoirs.

The Challenge kicks off with 5k and 10k races at 9:00am. Upon completion of the 5K and 10K, teams representing local businesses will take to the water and compete for the prestigious Corporate Cup. On the roster this year are teams from United EVENTures and Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill (both from Oradell), Scarinci Hollenbeck from Lyndhurst, Star Ravioli from Moonachie, L.L. Bean from Paramus, and "home team" SUEZ from Haworth/Paramus. Companies looking for a fun team-building event are encouraged to call 201-968-0808 to join the Corporate Cup race.

At "high noon", mayors from the following towns will go paddle-to-paddle in the ever-popular Mayors Cup Challenge: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Demarest, Emerson, Haworth, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Oradell, Ridgefield, Tenafly, and Westwood.

Beginning at 1:30pm, open paddling will commence, giving people the opportunity to paddle the reservoir in either their own boat or one rented from Hackensack Riverkeeper. Pre-registration for all boats is required and available at www.HackensackRiverkeeper.org.

Coined the "Triple Crown of Paddling", The Reservoir Paddle Series includes Lake DeForest Day in Clarkstown NY; Reservoir Challenge in Haworth, NJ; and Lake Tappan Paddle Day in Old Tappan, NJ. All funds raised at the events support Hackensack Riverkeeper's ongoing mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River Watershed.

For additional information about the Reservoir Paddle Series, visit www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or call 201-968-0808.

2016 EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS: INVITATION TO NOMINATE             (Posted: 6-2-16)

Click HERE.

Summer Environmental Education Programs for Children - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey             (Posted: 6-1-16)

Click HERE.

Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt             (Posted: 6-1-16)

Click HERE.

Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Photo Contest             (Posted: 6-1-16)

Click HERE.

Invitation to join us at USGBC NJ at one of our great upcoming events             (Posted: 6-1-16)

8/10 - USGBC NJ Annual Summer Social - 5:30- 9:30 PM - Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Come out for this great ocean-front networking BBQ with fellow green building & sustainability professionals. BBQ Event Sponsorships will provide funding for the USGBC NJ Summer Green Education Program at Liberty Science Center for K-12 students in underserved communities. Each year, with your help, USGBC NJ hosts roughly 200 children (& chaperons) from not-for-profit organizations including NJ Boys and Girls Clubs, and urban summer school programs. We will also be accepting donations that can be added to an event registration or as stand-alone donations.

Campout for Wildlife!             (Posted: 5-18-16)

Click HERE.

Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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.

Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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! 
Visit www.LakeDeForestDay.com for details and registration. 
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!

Secaucus GreenFest, Secaucus- Saturday, May 7

Ridgefield Park Earth Day, Ridgefield Park - Saturday, May 7

Hooked on the Hudson, Fort Lee - Satuday May 7

St. Michaels Farm Preserve provides idyllic setting for Hopewell Campout             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

4-H Summer Camp Now Accepting Applicants             (Posted: 4-15-16)

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.