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Sustainable Energy Lab Meeting & Tour at Burlington County College Nov 12th
Feeding Future Cities Contest
October is Spooktacular at the State Museum!
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for October
Upcoming Programs- E.C. Env. Center
FSCD Annual photo contest
Recycle-Bowl Contest
Roadside Geology Field Tour October 18!
Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!
Camcden Canoemobile Participant Recruitment
OctoberFest 2014-Env. Center
Upcoming Events at the Nature Center of Cape May
Hackensack Riverkeeper Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Earth Center Upcoming Events
Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program
OASIS Garden Tour 2014--sign up now
Take a Second Energy Contest!
Nominate an Exceptional Woman for 2014 Women & Wildlife Awards
Upcoming Public Programs at Pequest
Sandy photography exhibition
Application for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available
Fishing Fun Photo Contest
Registration for NPLD 2014 Opens
Time to sign up for our 2014 Greenway Walks!
NJ ES events, spring 2014
Sustainable Energy Lab Meeting & Tour at Burlington County College Nov 12th             (Posted: 10-22-14)

Sustainable Energy Lab Meeting & Tour at Burlington County College

Come learn about how the NJ Green Program of Study interfaces with BCC's "green" associate degree and certificate programs in energy management, alternative energy technologies, and sustainability. Take a lab tour and see BCC's facilities for student hands-on learning and training.

When:   Wed Nov 12, 2014   6:15 to 8:00 PM

Where:  Burlington County College
             601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road
             Pemberton, NJ
             Lewis M. Parker College Center, Cranberry Room
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Agenda6:15 - 7:00 Meeting (Light Food & Refreshments)

o NJ School Boards Association - Overview of Green Program of Study (GPOS)

o BCC - Green Degrees Overview, Dual Accreditation & Student Opportunities

             7:00 - 8:00 Lab Tour

o Building Energy Management Lab  - Demonstration of building automation system (BAS). The BAS controls building energy use on BCC's four campuses and use of various features is incorporated into several BCC energy management courses.

o Sustainable Technologies Lab  - Tour of renewable energy training equipment, plus PowerPoint presentation of outdoor equipment.

Teachers: please assure board approval (if applicable) before RSVPing

RSVP by Thurs Nov 6th to Marianne Leone, NJGPOS Coordinator

Feeding Future Cities Contest             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Competition Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Topic: Feeding Future Cities
The Challenge: Choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city borders to feed all of your citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city's size and location, you must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients.
For more information, click HERE.

October is Spooktacular at the State Museum!             (Posted: 10-1-14)

  October Calendar of Events
Discover, Explore, and Learn at Your State Museum & Planetarium!
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Celebrate Earth Science Week!
October 14 - 18

Starting October 14, 2014, the New Jersey State Museum will celebrate Earth Science Week. Every day this week we will be offering gallery talks, workshops and activity carts. Be sure to visit our new Innovation Lab to meet expert paleontologists and see them working on real fossils.  

Story Time: How The Dinosaur Got To The Museum
October 18 & 19
2:00 pm

In honor of Earth Science Week, learn what it takes to display a dinosaur. Children delight in the repetition and explore the many different people it takes from paleontologists to conservationists to curators. Visit our own working Paleo Lab and make a dino craft to take home. 


Story Time is designed for families with children ages 4 - 8 and is held the 3rd weekend of every month. 

Halloween Spooktacular at the NJSM
October 25
10:00am to 3:00pm

Celebrate Halloween with a day of fun activities at the museum. Get your FREE TerraCycle Trick-or-treat bags while supplies last! Visit the Riverview Court to make and take crafts inspired by New Jersey's spooky history.

1:00 pm FREE Mad Science Halloween show
Join us in the auditorium for the FREE Mad Science Halloween show! Through a mixture of science and magic the children will see a paper spider turn into a 'real-live' spider.  Hear the tales of Count Eggbert and Countess Eggberta as they battle the wicked witch.  Watch as the wicked witch is melted right before your eyes!  The audience will find out how the seemingly sane Mr. Bernoulli helped the Mad Scientist float an eyeball in the air.  Then, as a grand finale, the Mad Scientist will introduce the audience to the eerie world of Dry Ice, making bubbling potions and lots of fearsome fog.  All will have an afternoon of gruesome goodness and fun!

2:00 pm Children's Halloween Costume Contest
Don't forget to come in costume and sign up for our costume contest! The contest will be held immediately following the show in the Museum auditorium. Every child will have the opportunity to parade across the stage and show off their costume creations. Prizes will be awarded in 3 age categories (adults not eligible for the contest). Points are given for creativity and imagination.  

3:00 pm FREE Laser Halloween Planetarium show
Plan to stay for our brand new Laser Fright Light Halloween show! Tickets are limited and go fast, so make sure to get yours early in the day. The show is recommended for ages 7 years and up with an adult.

Please note: Some songs may contain lyrics or images considered scary by young visitors.


Planetarium Shows
October 5 - November 2

Planetarium public showings are weekends only during the school year.
Fall Public Program Schedule: 
Saturday & Sunday only

12pm  The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

1 pm   STARS!

2 pm   Back to the Moon

3 pm   Laser Fright Light

Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season...if you dare!

The New Jersey State Museum is horrified to present Laser Fright Light! This terrifying laser experience will send chills up your spine as you witness prowling vampires and haunting demons. Dazzling lights jump out from the darkness in fun renditions of seasonal music such as Purple People Eater and Feed my Frankenstein. Recommended for ages 7 and up with adult. Please note: Some songs may contain lyrics or images considered scary by young visitors.

Visit our website for detailed show descriptions and a printable coupon valid for $1 off all public Planetarium shows. 
America, through Artists' Eyes
October 25 - April 5, 2015
East Gallery
Works in the exhibition were created by contemporary New Jersey artists who were asked to define and depict America in the visual manner most appropriate to their own personal ideology, style and convictions.

The exhibition, which includes painting, photography, sculpture, documentary video, installations, prints and handmade paper, features a myriad of ideas and styles. Artists who generally deal with the natural world looked at America through that lens, others have approached the topic from a personal narrative, some have taken on historical events, while still others are exploring current social and political issues. Each is unique. Some are challenging. All provoke thought. Just like America.


The exhibition was the idea of Princeton artist Nancy Lee Kern. Kern visited Morven Museum and Garden in 2011 to view the exhibition, "The Stars and Stripes: Fabric of the American Spirit," which featured one hundred flags from The Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags. She came away from that exhibit thinking about the flag as symbol, as well as the long American history it represents.
Kern, a member of the Princeton Artists Alliance (PAA) asked NJSM's Curator of Fine Art Margaret O'Reilly if the State Museum would consider an exhibition asking artists to consider "America" and what that idea means or represents to each of them. O'Reilly encouraged PAA members to collaborate with artists who had very different life experiences then they themselves had. In addition, she invited artists not involved in the group to participate in the exhibition, to present a broader range of ideas from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for October             (Posted: 10-1-14)

Click HERE.

Upcoming Programs- E.C. Env. Center             (Posted: 9-26-14)

Upcoming programs at the Essex County Environmental Center

Live Hawk & Owl Program with Craft

Saturday, September 27    11:45am to 1:30pm

For ages 4 and up.  Whether small or large, birds of prey utilize different techniques to find food. All require a set of talons to survive in the wild.

Create your own bird of prey after which they’ll be a live showing of a Barred Owl and a Red Tailed Hawk.  Participants will observe these live birds up close and will

learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history.  Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child, $9 per adult

Health and Wellness Workshop

Saturday, October 4        12pm to 1:30pm

Adults and children ages 13 and older.  Do you wonder if the things you get from the drug store — cough syrup, decongestants and antiseptics — might be doing more harm than good? In this workshop, we will search out natural and effective alternatives for treating family health issues and injuries using 100% plant-based essential oils. This introductory class will start a path of discovery to regain control of your own family's wellness for the upcoming cold and flu season.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 person

Soil Science: The Good Guys … We Can't See

Tuesday, October 7    7pm to 9pm

For adults.  Marleny Franco from Grace Landscaping teaches how to garden chemical-free by using microbes to restore soil. With the addition of microbes, our soil will be

able to provide all the necessary macro and micronutrients, the plants that sprout and grow will be filled with minerals and vitality, the food you harvest will be

healthier, tastier and more diversified, and your intestinal microbes will wildly applaud your new, healthier diet. All this while creating a more ecologically balanced

earth and getting better and bigger vegetables.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $20 per person


Wednesday, October 8   7pm to 9pm

For adults. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting

film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world, including Michael Pollan,

Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together, they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Q&A session with

a local beekeeper and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agent will follow. Meet in Garibaldi Hall.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 per person

10th Annual Octoberfest Fall Family Celebration

Saturday, October 11     11am to 4pm

Come celebrate autumn at the Environmental Center! There will be fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy—hands-on nature games and crafts,

farmer’s market featuring a variety of NJ Fresh seasonal produce, canoeing, Native American life, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food, and more.

FREE EVENT; some items may be for sale.


Monday, October 13       9:30am to 3:30pm

For students in grades 1, 2, and 3. Explore the depths of our pond and wander into our wooded wetland to discover what’s there beyond first glance.

Through outdoor and indoor activities, campers will uncover the adaptations that allow frogs and other wetland organisms to survive and thrive while learning

how we can become stewards for these fascinating species.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $60 per child


Tuesday, October 14      4pm to 5pm

For children ages 6 to 10. The Bug Club is devoted to young people who want to explore the wonders of insects through field walks, games,

stories and crafts.  This club meets year-round.

Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child per session


Thursday, October 16    9am to 3pm

For adults. The curriculum guide, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood and music CD, engage children ages 3 to 7

in outdoor exploration and play. The many nature-themed lessons use hands-on activities to integrate the outdoors with art, literature, math, music, and movement.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $25 (limited scholarships available for Essex County urban aid district teachers; call the Center for details)


Thursday, October 16    6:30pm to 8pm

All ages. Learn everything you need to know to successfully compost organic waste in your own backyard. The fee includes The Earth Machine and a kitchen

scrap collection pail. An optional aerator is also available. Advance registration is required by Monday, October 13th; call 973.228.8776.

Fee: $69 (the bin retails for over $100 at Home Depot, plus shipping)


Saturday, October 18     10:30am to 12pm

For families. Let’s create lanterns using leaves, glue and balloons while listening to the story of the lantern prince. Return for one of our night

hikes to help light the way. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child


Saturday, October 18     10:30am to 2pm

For adults. Using New Jersey Audubon’s Bridges to the Natural World, we will explore ways in which the outdoors can be used to enhance teaching. Hear about the benefits of place-based learning, outdoor classroom management and general safety guidelines along with curriculum ideas that support STEM education and the arts.  This workshop is great for home-school parents, after-school providers, scout leaders or anyone who loves the outdoors! This workshop will be led by

Kelly Wenzel, NJA Project Coordinator-Urban Education, and Jennifer Dowd, NJ Coordinator-Eco-Schools USA.

Advance registration is required; call 908.766.5787. Fee: $20


Thursday, October 23    6:30pm to 8pm

For families. Find a seat around the camp fire to celebrate the fall harvest. Roast marshmallows and enjoy some popcorn and cider.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child; $9 per adult


Friday, October 24        3:30pm to 4:45pm

For children ages 8 to 12. Join us in celebration of National Food Day as we explore ways to eat and live healthier. We’ll learn how

to make healthy food choices every day so that we can stay fit in body, mind, and planet. We’ll make and enjoy a healthy snack together.

Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per child

David Alexander| Senior Naturalist, Environmental Educator

Essex County Environmental Center

County of Essex, Department of Parks

621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068

P: 973-228-8776  |  F: 973-228-3793

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FSCD Annual photo contest             (Posted: 9-26-14)

Photo Contest on Local Agriculture, Conservation and Wildlife
Freehold Soil Conservation District is sponsoring an annual Photo Contest and is asking photographers to capture subjects promoting the beauty and uniqueness of the natural environments found within Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. The contest is open to adults (ages 18+).

Photo Contest Prizes: 1st place: $200; 2nd Place $100; 3rd Place $75

Photo Contest Rules:
" Photos must be taken in Middlesex or Monmouth County
" Photo sizes: 8"x10" or larger
" An Entry Form must be included with each photo (Limit 2 entries per person)
" Photos can be submitted by mail or in person to Freehold SCD, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ, 07728 or by email to . Photos will not be returned. The photographer does retain photo rights. Winning photos will be used in Freehold SCD (non-profit) educational and outreach programs
" Entry Deadline is October 11, 2014

The Photo Contest rules and entry form can be found online at under Events, by contacting Holly Reynolds at 732-683-8500 or by email at

Recycle-Bowl Contest             (Posted: 9-26-14)

Click HERE.

Roadside Geology Field Tour October 18!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.

Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.

Camcden Canoemobile Participant Recruitment             (Posted: 9-24-14)

There's a National Park Service project called the Canoemobile coming to Camden on October 6th and 7th (weekdays)! Flier is attached.This program is FREE to Camden public, charter, and private schools and provides funds to cover the cost of ALL transportation associated with the event. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to get your school's kids out on the river! Note: This project is for students in grades 4-12 only.

You can sign up for one 2.5 hour session (or more if you want), you can bring as many as 108 students and chaperones at a time, and transportation costs are covered (you just have to arrange it).

Camden School Day & After School Programs:
Dates: Monday, October 6 & Tuesday, October 7
Locations: Pyne Poynt Park & Petty's Island (Oct 6) & Wiggins Park Marina (Oct 7)
Participants: Up to 108 students and chaperones per 2.5 hour session
Ages: We can engage students as young as 4th grade, but the target is 6th grade and up
Experience: No prior swimming or boating experience is necessary
Transportation: We have funding to cover transportation costs (by reimbursement), but schools and rec centers will have to make their own arrangements
Schedule: We will divide each day into three sessions. We can accommodate up to 108 students and chaperones per session. Here are some approximate times that can be modified based on what works best for the schools and recreation centers.
" Morning session: 9:00 am to 11:30 pm
" Afternoon session: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
" After school session: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wilderness Inquiry can take 54 participants canoeing at one time. The canoe program (safety talk+ paddle + loading & unloading the boats + reflection) is flexible, but generally takes 1-1.5 hours. In addition to the canoe program, we are working with local partners through the Camden Environmental Education Working Group to run land-based programming stations around the ecology, cultural history, and water quality of the river. This will not only enrich the canoeing experience, but will allow us to do rotations so that we can engage as many as 108 participants per session. Based on the schedule above, we would divide each session into two, 1 hour and 15 minute shifts. While one group of 54 students and chaperones are paddling, the second group can rotate through the programming stations.

General Info about Lower Delaware Canoemobile: The Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile is a roving fleet of six 24-foot, 10-passenger Voyageur canoes that travels the country on a mission to get as many youth as possible out paddling on their local urban waterways. As part of its national tour of over 20 cities, the Canoemobile will be stopping along the Lower Delaware River and its tributaries from October 4-19. The Lower Delaware Canoemobile will create opportunities for minority and underserved youth in the four largest cities along the Lower Delaware River (Camden, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Chester, PA; and Wilmington, DE) to experience, enjoy, and learn about the Delaware and its tributaries. Each canoe holds up to nine students/chaperones and one highly trained boat captain, allowing participants who have never been on the water to have their first paddling experience. Wilderness Inquiry provides PFDs, safety & paddling instructions, and takes care of insurance and permission forms. They are a well established organization that has been doing this work nationally and internationally for 35+ years.

The Lower Delaware Canoemobile program is a multi-partner effort, and is coordinated by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Last year the Canoemobile spent one day in each of the cities listed above, and engaged nearly 500 youth and 35 partner organizations. This year, Wilderness Inquiry was awarded an EPA Urban Waters Small Grant for the Lower Delaware Canoemobile program, allowing the partners to expand their impact by spending 3-4 days in each city. Over this time, as many as 2,400 underserved school children will paddle the Delaware River or a major tributary, learn about the watershed and their community, and collect water samples for analysis and study.

If you have any questions, please contact Sophie Sarkar at or call 267.216.4218. I hope you'll all take advantage of this incredible opportunity!

Sophie Sarkar
Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
National Park Service
200 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Office: 215.597.2136
Cell: 267.216.4218


Explore the Delaware River with Canoemobile! Wilderness Inquiry staff will greet you at the meeting place. Throughout the event you will rotate among land-based activity stations and the canoe program for a total of two and a half hours. Programming partners will lead land-based activities around urban water topics. The stations might include:
• Watershed modeling
• History of the river and surrounding landscape
• Water quality testing
• Fish and wildlife
• Team building

Wilderness Inquiry will facilitate the paddling experience. Before getting in a boat, you will be fitted into a life jacket and sized for a paddle. WI staff will provide you with important canoe instruction and safety tips. Everyone will wear a life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (“PFD”) during the entire trip. If you are not comfortable with swimming, no need to worry—the canoes are safe and your lifejacket will protect you. The paddling experience will include:
• Water safety
• Paddle/equipment instruction
• A paddle lasting about 30-45 minutes
• Reflection and closing activity

Participants are expected to follow the WI rules and behave in a respectful manner toward each other, staff and other people on the river. You will travel in 24-foot handmade Voyageur canoes. Each Voyageur canoe holds 6-10 paddlers. They are very stable boats, and they move quite fast when paddlers work together. These boats are designed specifically for trips on big or moving water.
This is an outdoor event, so you may have rain, wind, and hot or cold weather. It can be significantly cooler on the water than on land, and temperatures can change throughout the day. Be sure to bring clothing appropriate for these varied outdoor conditions. After we finish the canoe route, we will unload boats and gather together to share thoughts and reflections on the experience. We guarantee that you will never cross another waterway without thinking about this day. Then it’s time to drive home and tell your friends!

Wilderness Inquiry's Canoemobile is a fleet of vans each with six, handmade, 24-foot Voyageur canoes, safety and paddle equipment, and a crew of outdoor educators. The centerpiece of the Canoemobile is integrated classroom and outdoor education experiences utilizing under-appreciated urban resources, especially urban waterways. Canoemobile programming and educational activities operate in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners. Enjoy the company of others, work as a team, and learn about the watershed in your backyard!

• You must have your signed permission slips to participate!
• Jacket or sweater
• Shoes that you are willing to get a little dirty
• Water bottle--plastic water or soda bottles work fine
• Baseball cap or other brimmed hat to protect you from sun and rain
• Small day-pack or dry bag to hold your belongings
• Note: You won’t need cell phones, iPods or other electronic devices. If you bring them, consider putting them in a plastic bag to keep them dry.

For more information, please call: 215.597.2136 or email, you can also visit

OctoberFest 2014-Env. Center             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Celebrate the Fall Season at Essex County Environmental Center's Annual OctoberFest Celebration!

Canoeing * Petting Zoo * Hiking * Native American Life * Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations * Woodturning * Live Beehive Display * Free Admission & Refreshments

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Invites Public to Attend Fun-Filled and Nature-Themed Event

Roseland, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. is inviting children, adults and families to the Essex County Environmental Center's Tenth Annual OctoberFest Fall Family Celebration. This exciting and fun-filled event is a great way to learn about the environment as you celebrate the arrival of Fall. The free day-long activities will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center 621B Eagle Rock Avenue Roseland, NJ

OctoberFest will be held RAIN or SHINE
*Note some activities may change due to weather

"OctoberFest is a great opportunity to visit our state-of-the-art Environmental Center and meet our environmental partners," DiVincenzo said. "I invite you to celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Essex County Environmental Center's Annual OctoberFest Fall Family Celebration! Take a walk in our pumpkin patch, enjoy the garden harvest and paddle down the Passaic River at a leisurely pace," he added.

Visitors to OctoberFest can go on canoe trips on the Passaic River or nature walks in Essex County's West Essex Park. There will be a petting zoo, gardening tips, a live beehive display, woodturning demonstrations, pumpkin carving demonstrations, nature arts and crafts, face painting, free refreshments provided by Whole Foods of Montclair & Aramark, a pumpkin patch maze, display tables from a variety of eco-vendors and live music. Participating in OctoberFest with the Environmental Center are the County's partner agencies: New Jersey Audubon, Essex County Master Gardeners, Essex County Beekeepers, 4-H Club, Essex County Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Woodturners Association and the Essex County Environmental Commission.

OctoberFest is sponsored by Whole Foods Market of Montclair, Aramark and TD Bank Charitable Foundation. Admission throughout the day is free, but vendor items will be for sale. For more information, please call 973-228-8776.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.
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Maria Robinson
Office Administrator
Essex County Environmental Center
Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
621-B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Tel: 973.228.8776
Fax: 973.228.3793

Upcoming Events at the Nature Center of Cape May             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Fridays, October 3rd to December 5th 2014
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

It's never too early to start training a naturalist. This is a very special program for children aged two to four. Designed to engage that curious naturalists-to-be who is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or grandparent. Each week, we'll focus on a different aspect of nature with stories, songs, crafts, activities, outdoor experiences, and lots of fun! We encourage children and accompanying adult to explore the natural world together. Adult participation is required. Preregistration is required.
Cost: Per class: $7 members, $9 nonmembers

Create your own book about where you live, and win a pizza!
A contest for Cape May County school children grades K-6

Cape May County is like no other place on earth. Our peninsula serves as the perfect resting opportunity for thousands of migrating birds, bats, butterflies, and dragonflies. Even whales can be seen transiting off our beaches during their own migrations. New Jersey Audubon invites all Cape May County kids to learn more about what makes their home special by participating in this CAPE MAYzing Migration Book Contest.

This contest can be done as a group project composed of classmates, scout troops, packs, home school friends, really any group of five or more students. Create your book, fiction or nonfiction, about one or more of the creatures that migrates through or offshore Cape May County. All artwork is to be student originals, and various media are acceptable. After laminating each page, bind your book together, label it with the teacher or leader, identity and town of the group then submit it by 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18th to:
The Nature Center of Cape May
1600 Delaware Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204

All entries will be on display at Cape May Convention Hall during New Jersey Audubon's Autumn Weekend, THE BIRD SHOW, October 24th - 16th. In addition, one winning class, scout group, or home school group, based on grade level, will be entitled to a pizza party at date and time of their convenience. Winning groups will be recognized at a special ceremony during THE BIRD SHOW on Saturday, October 25th at 1:00. Free admission will be provided for each student and their parent at this event.

See our website for complete rules and conditions. Contact Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman with questions: 609-898-8848 or by email:

Be a Nature Center Volunteer

Jimmy Doolittle said, "There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer." New Jersey Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May needs volunteers! The Center simply can not exist nor carry on its critically important role of fostering environmental awareness in Cape May without volunteers. Not sure how you can help? Don't have the right training? All we need are people who are willing to help; we need volunteers. Ask us, we'll show you how you can assist with:
" Center reception, store sales, managing inventory, answering phones, greeting the public
" Computer maintenance and data entry, graphic design
" Mailings and stuffing envelopes
" Family programs, birthday parties, arts & crafts
" Cleaning, gardening and grounds maintenance
" Fairs and exhibits, school programs and special events like Harbor Fest
" Leading nature and birding walks
" The annual wildlife plant sale
" Assisting with our preschool program and summer children's programs
" Public relations

Benefits include but are not limited to:
" Invitations to special volunteer events & recognition of your contribution
" Nature Store discounts, annual volunteer picnic and holiday party
" New friends, a sense of belonging and the knowledge that as a volunteer, you are indeed part of the solution!

For more details, pick up a Volunteer Application at the Center, 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May, or call: 609-898-8848 or email us:

Hackensack Riverkeeper Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Tuesday, October 7, 2014             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Hackensack Riverkeeper Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest

Organization to honor Haworth, NJ Mayor John Dean DeRienzo, The Inserra Family and Inserra Supermarkets

Members of the press are invited to Hackensack Riverkeeper's Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Florentine Gardens located at 97 Rivervale Road in River Vale, New Jersey. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 7:00 PM and runs until approximately 10:00 PM.

The annual gala event honors people and institutions that have assisted Hackensack Riverkeeper in its mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. The 2014 honorees are:

John DeRienzo, Mayor of Haworth, NJ - Excellence in Public Service Award

Mayor DeRienzo is being honored for his many years of public service to the citizens of his community as well as the people of Hackensack River's upper watershed, the source of drinking water for nearly one million people. Municipalities like Haworth have responsibilities that go far beyond their borders. Mayor DeRienzo was an early - and strong - supporter of protecting the undeveloped woodlands that surround Lake Tappan and he continues to be a leader not just among his and neighboring communities, but throughout Bergen County.

The Inserra Family and Inserra Supermarkets - Corporate Environmental Stewardship Award

Inserra Supermarkets and the Inserra Family, led by Mr. Larry Inserra, Jr. are being recognized for carrying on the good work begun by his father, Larry Inserra, Sr. and for greatly expanding that work. Because of their commitment, ShopRite is known throughout New Jersey as the epitome of an environmentally responsible corporate citizen. While the ShopRite logo is a familiar sight in support of a wide range of charitable endeavors, particularly environmental initiatives, Inserra Supermarkets goes beyond even the high bar established by the cooperative.

"This year's honorees are people who have proven themselves time and time again to be both co-laborers with Hackensack Riverkeeper and committed to making our watershed communities more sustainable and livable," says Captain Bill Sheehan. "Mayor DeRienzo was one of the first mayors in Bergen County to embrace the creation of the Open Space Trust Fund and Haworth was among the first towns to buy land for water protection. Mr. Inserra, his family and his company are the finest examples I've ever met of exactly how good corporate citizens should be, both in the marketplace and everywhere. Hackensack Riverkeeper is proud to honor them all."

The fundraising event once again features NBC News4New York correspondent Brian Thompson as special guest emcee. Whole Foods Market is the official sustainable seafood purveyor for the both the cocktail reception and the dinner.

A list of confirmed VIPs is being compiled at this time. A final media alert with the current list will be sent to you by Monday, October 6.
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Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. Their mission is to protect, preserve and restore the river and its 197 square-mile watershed for the benefit of the people and wildlife that depend on it; and to secure the promises made by the Clean Water Act for a fishable and swimmable waterway.

Earth Center Upcoming Events             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Come Explore All That 4-H Offers at Open House on October 5

If you've ever wanted to learn more about, or get involved with the local 4-H program, here is your chance.
The Middlesex County 4-H Open House is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at the 4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.
Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering and technology programs as well.
There are over 25 different 4-H Clubs within Middlesex County. Attendees can learn about these clubs, meet 4-H members and volunteer leaders, enjoy petting zoos and demonstrations or even join a 4-H club.

"This is a great event for kids to see what clubs might interest them," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "The program is always looking for adult volunteers, too, so this is a good time for grown-ups to see what 4-H has to offer."
The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.
"Programs like these are not only fun, but also emphasize the development of social interaction and other important life skills," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I commend the Rutgers Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development program for all of the educational and family friendly programs that they provide."
The 4-H program is centered on experience and is education for life. 4-H gives youth an opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment and success, key ingredients to gaining a sense of self-esteem.
For more information on the Open House, please contact the Middlesex County 4-H office at 732-398-5261. For more information on local 4-H clubs, visit

County to Offer Composting Workshops

If you are a Middlesex County resident who is concerned about the environment, now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard.
Workshops are being offered to show residents how to cut down on trash and give back to the land by composting yard waste and kitchen scraps.
Two free composting seminars are being held at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. Classes run about 2 hours and feature an overview and explanation of two composting techniques:
Backyard Composting: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18
Vermi-Composting (using worms): 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29
Please call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or e-mail to register for the free workshops.
Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste Office before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.
The Backyard Composting seminar will introduce the basics of composting kitchen scraps and yard waste in a compost bin. If you do not have a yard of your own, you can still learn about composting and benefit from it at the second workshop, which teaches vermi-composting, where the actual breakdown of waste is performed by worms in the soil.
"I encourage residents to attend one of these informative events," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "Keeping conservation in mind today will ensure that the County remains a beautiful and healthy place to live."
"The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Here, residents can not only learn about composting, but can also purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals, or submit pest and disease samples for evaluation."
For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County's Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

County 4-H Plans Fun Events For Halloween

If you are looking for a good scare this Halloween season, the 4-H Teen Council in Middlesex County would like to invite you to its Haunted House and Haunted Hayride fundraiser.
Join us every Friday and Saturday evening in October from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, on the corner of Cranbury and Fern Roads in East Brunswick.
There is a $4 admission fee for each event, the proceeds of which go to fund 4-H's next big event, Project GIFT.
Project GIFT is a charitable holiday shopping event that takes place in December. Proceeds from the House of Horrors allow the 4-H teens to buy presents and supplies to host 200 limited- resource families at a holiday event where they can "shop" for gifts for their children at no cost to themselves.
Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee, said: "The 4-H Teen Council has a lot to be proud of. I know they enjoy putting together and running this event, and those of us that enjoy the scary side of Halloween will have a great time attending and making Project GIFT happen."
Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios agreed: "Events like this prove that the 4-H Teen Council realizes that doing good can become part of every holiday. I hope many residents will attend the event and contribute to the fun of Halloween and the goodwill of Project GIFT."
Along with the Haunted House and Hayride there will be less spooky activities for kids such as pumpkin decorating and remote control car demonstrations. The 4-H Tiki-Hut will also be open for snacks and Halloween treats.
For directions to the Haunted House and the 4-H Center, check the County website at

Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program             (Posted: 9-24-14)

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce that New Jersey will participate in the 2014-2015 federal Green Ribbon Schools Program and invites all school districts and both public and private schools to apply for this national recognition.

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) launched the annual award in 2011 to recognize the highest performing green schools in the nation. This award recognizes exemplary achievement in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources that help to advance these complementary aims. For more information on Green Ribbon Schools, please visit .

The recognition award is considered the first comprehensive federal program addressing the environmental impact, health and education of our schools and is a major milestone in the Green Schools Movement. The award lays out a thoughtful vision for schools and raises the profile of green schools and the states whose policies encourage them.

New Jersey is permitted to nominate up to four schools and one school district to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for consideration. The USDE, in turn, will select the national award winners. Schools and districts that are considering applying should access the following link of the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) to obtain information concerning the Green Ribbon Schools program in New Jersey, and to download the application and supporting documents: New Jersey Green Ribbon Schools.

The timeline for submission of materials to the EIRC contact is included at the above link. A letter of intent to participate must be submitted by November 21, 2014 and a completed application must be submitted by December 19, 2014.

The winning schools and district will be announced on April 22, 2015 and recognized at a national ceremony in July 2015. The nominated New Jersey schools and school district will be recognized at a state ceremony in the spring of 2015, and will be asked to present a summary of their achievements.

Please contact Bernard Piaia, Director, Office of School Facilities, at (609) 984-5351 or Len Colner at (609) 943-5926 with any questions on this issue.

Click HERE for more full information.

OASIS Garden Tour 2014--sign up now             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Join us for the 2014 OASIS SCHOOL GARDEN TOUR, Sept. 28, 1-4pm.

Free and sponsored by OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools).

We will visit The Lawrenceville School Farm, Princeton Community Park School, and Princeton Friends School. At each school there will be a presentation by the garden/farm coordinator to discuss garden development and curricular tie-ins. There will be time to tour each garden and ask questions after the presentation.

Bus transportation between gardens provided courtesy of Chapin School.

Meet at Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton, NJ for a 1pm departure by bus. We will return to Chapin School by 4:10.

To reserve your space or for more information, contact Liz Cutler,

Video and Essay Contest: TREES ROCK!             (Posted: 8-27-14)

I am Doug Fischer, the Progam Supervisor for Trees Rock!

Did you know that Scotties Facial Tissues (which plant 3 Trees for Every 1 they use) puts on an annual Video and Essay Contest called TREES ROCK!?

The contest is for 3rd through 8th graders in the 50 United States and Washington D.C.

We are sure you are always looking for ways to engage your kids in the classroom or in a club. TREES ROCK! is an excellent way to get kids to be creative on their own or as a team when learning about trees and the environment.

There are lots of prizes to be won and 2 schools will receive $10,000.

To download all of the important documents to get started, go to

If you have any questions about the contest, just reply to and I can answer your inquiries here.

Take a Second Energy Contest!             (Posted: 8-22-14)

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Are you interested in protecting water quality in your community? North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development is currently recruiting residents in the Neshanic Watershed to sign up to receive a FREE rain garden!

Rain Gardens are beautiful, engineered gardens that protect water quality by reducing flooding and preventing pollution from entering our waterways.

To see if you are eligible, residents that live in Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, East Amwell and Delaware Township can e-mail their address to Blaire Langston at

Or give us a call 908-439-2518!

NJRC&D is a nonprofit organization working to protect New Jersey's natural resources.

Nominate an Exceptional Woman for 2014 Women & Wildlife Awards             (Posted: 7-28-14)

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   July 24, 2014

Nominations Open Until August 27th 


Women and Wildlife BirdFor the 9th year, we will present Women & Wildlife Awards to special individuals for their achievements, the advances they have made for women in their professions, their efforts to increase awareness of rare species and the habitats they depend on, and their contributions to New Jersey's wildlife. 


By acknowledging these special individuals, we hope to encourage more young women to strive to make a positive impact on species and habitat protection, especially through the biological sciences.


We encourage you to take this opportunity to nominate a woman who has distinguished herself in the service of New Jersey's wildlife.


Nominations will be accepted in five categories: Leadership, Inspiration, Education, Legacy and Service. The nomination form will be accepted through Wednesday, August 27, 2014.


For more information, contact Liz Silvernail at 609-292-3707 or





Women and Wildlife Awards, Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trenton Country Club, Ewing, New Jersey


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We will be honoring outstanding women for their contributions to wildlife conservation at a wonderful cocktail party and silent auction on Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.


Please Save the Date and join us to  

celebrate New Jersey's wildlife and the women who protect our unique biodiversity.


Tickets will be on sale in August, 2014.






Go Surf Fishing, Kayaking, Island Exploring, and MORE!

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Island Beach State Park is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in the northeast and home to an amazing diversity of wildlife and plant communities. We are thrilled to offer programs that showcase this wonderful ecosystem.

Try surf-fishing or kayaking, or enroll your child in a WILDCHILD Program such as Island Explorers or Nature Toddlers. 

HARVEST THE BAY programs showcase the riches of Barnegat Bay. Explore clamming, crabbing, and fishing; learn about their role in the Barnegat Bay ecosystem, discover how they are impacted by the health of the bay, and learn proper techniques for harvesting.  

HARVEST THE BAY programs are made possible through a generous grant from Barnegat Bay Partnership.




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Upcoming Public Programs at Pequest             (Posted: 7-28-14)

A full schedule of programs at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Center is available to the public this summer. From today's Geocaching and Moth Night Adventures programs to "learn to fish" family programs, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife offers something for anyone interested in nature and the outdoors.

Upcoming programs include Family Fishing Basics, Moms and Kids/Dads and Kids Fishing Fun, Beginner Fly Tying & Fishing and more.

To view the full schedule, visit on the Division's website.

The Pequest Hatchery is open to the public daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Enjoy the exhibit hall, trails and learning how trout are raised for the public waters of the state. For more information visit, also on the Division's website.

Sandy photography exhibition             (Posted: 7-11-14)

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Application for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available             (Posted: 6-12-14)

Application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available. Completed applications must be received at DEP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.

Since the awards program was established in 2000, 135 entities have been recognized. Nominations can be submitted for the following categories: Clean Air; Healthy Ecosystems; Water Resources; Land Conservation; Healthy and Sustainable Communities; Healthy and Sustainable Businesses; Innovative Technology; and the recently added “Environmentalist of the Year” category. In addition, the category for “Environmental Education” has been divided into two awards: one for adult-led educational initiatives and one for projects that are student-led or have succeeded due to a high level of student involvement.

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

Award winners will be honored at a luncheon and program to be held in December. Last year’s event supporters included PSEG, Duke Farms, New Jersey Natural Gas, Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Greener by Design.

The 2014 application and other awards information can be found at 

Questions about the awards program can be forwarded to: 

·         Tanya Oznowich               (609) 984-9802                   

·         Caroline Kirkland              (609) 633-7821                  

Fishing Fun Photo Contest             (Posted: 6-3-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced a new state-wide contest focusing on fishing in the state, the Fishing Fun Photo Contest. The contest is designed for families and friends to share the fun and excitement of fishing through a photo of a child fishing or with a fish they've caught.

The winning photos will be those that best capture the theme of the contest - kids know fishing is fun in New Jersey. First, second and third place winners for each category will be selected. Winners will receive fishing-related gear and be invited, with their immediate families, to fish at the Pequest Trout Hatchery's Fishing Education Pond on opening day of trout season.

For more information on the contest, including rules, suggestions for taking photos, a printable flyer, and the photo submission and release form to be submitted with the entry, visit

Registration for NPLD 2014 Opens             (Posted: 6-3-14)

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Register for National Public Lands Day 2014

Celebrate public lands on Saturday, September 27, 2014Register

Saturday, September 27 marks the 21st annual celebration of the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for our public lands. 

Sites are organized by federal land management agencies, state and local park and recreation departments, friends groups, outdoor recreation clubs and more. 

For more information, visit: Have questions about hosting or planning a National Public Lands Day site? Contact us at:

Go Exploring, it's Free!FeeFree 

2014 fee-free days on federal lands


The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service announced their fee-free days for 2014, including National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27. A fee-free day is when parks, refuges and rangelands offer free entry or waive the standard amenity fee for visitors.

Explore a new park on a fee-free day this year! View the list of free days by clicking here.  


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Every Day Events that keep you moving throughout JuneJuneEDE

Calling all hikers, bikers, boaters and recreation enthusiasts! June is a great month to get outdoors on public lands. Search our Every Day Events Calender and discover where you can participate in fun events such as an Alice in Wonderland themed hike

Every Day Events are being added every day so check in to view our June events as well as future Every Day Events. 

Have events of your own that you want to add? Visit the Public Lands Every Day website and submit an event!


Partner Spotlight: Bureau of Land ManagementBLM

This year marks 21 years of partnership between National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This year also marks the 21st anniversary of NPLD, which means BLM has been a partner since the very beginning!

More than 120 BLM sites have already registered and are preparing for events all over the nation. Below are a few of the awesome BLM projects occurring on Saturday, September 27:

Discover a BLM site that is hosting an NPLD event near you by searching our online map.  


Learn more about the BLM's involvement with National Public Lands Day on our partner page.

My Earth Changing Moments

How does nature inspire you?Share your moment!MECM


Do you remember when you first felt a personal connection to the Earth? My Earth Changing Moments is a platform to collect photo, video or written stories of the "aha" moments people experience that forever connect them to the environment.

Visit, share your story and inspire others to share their own!

National Environmental Education Foundation

NEEF is the nation's leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. To accomplish this, NEEF provides knowledge to trusted professionals and other leaders who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve every day environmental problems. NEEF sees a future where by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people.
Learn more at, follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @neefusa.

Time to sign up for our 2014 Greenway Walks!             (Posted: 6-3-14)

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NJ ES events & Fwd: "Editor's Picks" for the Earth Science Site of the Week, spring 2014             (Posted: 5-14-14)

Events and Summer workshops for our region:

In 2014, Duke Farms will host 7 other Dark Skies Events.Each of these will feature educational activities and telescope observing, with information about the importance of protecting our night sky.Each event has 2 rain dates.Registration will be available approximately one month prior to each event at minimum age is 10 years, unless otherwise indicated.All children must be accompanied by an adult.The events will take place in the Farm Barn Orientation Center.

See our other future Duke Farm Dark Skies Event Dates:
July 14 (Raindates July 17, 19) - Observing Saturn and Mars - 7:30-9:30pm
July 31 (Raindates Aug 1, 2) - Phases of the Moon - 8-10pm
August 15 (Raindates August 16, 17) - Planets - 7:30-9:30pm
October 3 (Raindates October 2, 4) - 405 years through a 'scope with Galileo- 5:30-8pm
October 18 (Raindates October 17, 20) - Worlds in Comparison- 5:15-7:30pm
October 28 (Raindates November 1, 2) - Phases of the Moon - 6-8pm

Price: $5 per adult
To Register:
Information: Kirsten Holt - Phone 908.243.3605 /
Summer Audubon Workshops at Duke Farms:
July 16-17: School Ground Habitats: An Eco-Schools In-depth Workshop
July 28 through August 1: Summer Institute-Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed

Visit the Duke Farms website and click on "Programs" and then "Educators" and then "Professional Development" for more information
The NJ Astronomy Center for Education at Raritan Valley Community College has an array of summer workshops.Visit for more details.
Project CONVERGE ( will connect teachers and students with research scientists to learn about interdisciplinary oceanographic research taking place on the West Antarctic Peninsula. The research team is looking into the relationship between the movement of water and how that influences all components of the food web up to penguins. Your students will learn about ocean currents, phytoplankton, zooplankton, penguins, ocean science technology, and much more!