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ALS: Get on the Bus; March 4 the Ocean
Ocean Fun Days This Weekend at Island Beach State Park, Sandy Hook to Offer Plenty of Family Friendly Activities
SAVE THE DATE- Fall Forestry Festival
Spring Bird Walk at Liberty State Park
2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Pequest Open House/Flea Market June 2 & 3
Spring and Summer on Petty's Island
If You Plant It...They will Come!
EPA SMM Webinar Thursday, May 17 @10:00am EDT: Business Innovations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste
Fun & Science at Littoral Society Coast Camps
New Jersey Skylands
Call for Applications for EPA Safer Choice Program 2018 Partner of the Year Awards
NJ State Park Events & News—May
March 4 the Ocean with the American Littoral Society
RHA: Join Us for Betty Day, June 2nd
Poetry of Nature: Readings and Hikes on D&R Greenway Preserves
Summer Day Camp at NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Register Today!
Terhune Orchards Children's Educational Programs
Summer Camps & Pony Club at Terhune Orchards
May & June Events and more at PEEC!
Hackensack Riverkeeper 2018 Eco-Program Launch
Division of Fish and Wildlife Upcoming Events
News and upcoming events at Terhune Orchards
NWF: Enter Your Photos & Stand Out from the Crowd!
Register Today for the 2018 Camden Environmental Summit!
EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors, Exhibitors, and Recycled Regatta Teams
2018 Youth Fishing Challenge
Register Now for Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
CEC Youth Innovation Challenge
Solar Car Race for students 3rd-8th grades in Princeton, NJ, May 19
2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students
NWF: Photo Contest Warms Your Heart
High School Surf Fishing Opportunity
RH: Announcing 2018 Nature Day Camp Dates
CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!
|ALS: Get on the Bus; March 4 the Ocean
|Ocean Fun Days This Weekend at Island Beach State Park, Sandy Hook to Offer Plenty of Family Friendly Activities
|SAVE THE DATE- Fall Forestry Festival
|Spring Bird Walk at Liberty State Park
Spring Bird Walk
|2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Please consider supporting this much-anticipated event where participants will have the opportunity to learn about water conservation, soils in their yards, attracting wildlife and enhancing their landscaping!
Saturday, October 20,2018 (8:00am-3:00pm)
Save-the-date for the 2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference – Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Featuring an array of workshops, exhibitors, keynote speaker and a native plant sale.
Registration opens in August. Conference location: Ocean County College campus, Gateway Building.
This Conference is being cooperatively organized by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
|Pequest Open House/Flea Market June 2 & 3
|Spring and Summer on Petty's Island
Connecting people with nature and stewarding the nature of today for the people of tomorrow since 1897.
Join New Jersey Audubon and our partner organizations
for some historic first looks at Petty’s Island!
Situated in the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, Petty’s Island is an oasis for birds and other wildlife.
Please note that registration may be limited to accommodate program requirements.
Access to the island is restricted;
directions are provided upon registration.
Registration is required – no exceptions.
To register please go to the registration link provided.
Registration links available 4 to 6 weeks prior to event.
Sorry, no phone or email registrations accepted.
All participants MUST be 12 years or older.
(grade 6 and up)
Email questions about programs or registration to:
Saturday, June 16
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks.Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Registration is open May 4 to June 14 at https://pijunehh.eventbrite.com
Bats of Petty’s Night Hike
Saturday, July 21
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Join us for this special evening program and learn all about bats and their many important roles in nature. With the oil tanks gone we have permission to walk the road and explore the field habitats of Petty’s Island. We know bats use the island, but we’ve never been out at night to explore. We will bust some common myths about these fascinating but misunderstood animals and discuss some of the ways we can help to protect them. As the sun goes down, we will head out and try to pick up their echolocation calls with our bat detector. There is nothing quite like a nature walk at night, so come get batty with us! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Registration is open June 8 to July 19 at https://batsofpettysisl.eventbrite.com
Registration Links for the following programs will be available soon.
Petty’s Island History Hike
Saturday, September 15
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Early Fall Birding on the Delaware River
Saturday, September 22
7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and shore birds. Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Petty’s Island Community Clean Up Day
Saturday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island. Join our team of enthusiastic volunteers to help clean up and restore the shoreline of this majestic island as part of the larger restoration project taking place. This cleanup is great for scout, religious, after school and other civic groups looking for a local volunteer project.
Children MUST be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration.
Artists in the Field
October Date TBD
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This 3-hour workshop is an introduction to creating art in the field. Our volunteer artist will show you how to use the natural world as inspiration for your next work of art. Our goal is to help you learn...and of course, have fun along the way! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited to 25. Details are given upon registration.
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For more information about New Jersey Audubon and Petty's Island Programs please visit
For more information about the NJ Natural Lands Trust and Petty's Island please visit
|If You Plant It...They will Come!
On Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 7-8:30pm, at the Jointure Creative Campus (Old York School) located at 580 Old York Rd. in Branchburg, Cynthia Hedin, a butterfly expert from the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, will present "If You Plant It, They Will Come", a guide to attracting butterflies to your garden and keeping them there! Hedin will discuss which plants will attract and sustain the butterflies found in New Jersey, and how to plan a garden to establish a butterfly paradise. The cost is $25 per person. Register by calling the Jointure Creative Campus at 908-722-1563. "Butterflies and their caterpillars, like humans, have particular preferences for the food they will eat. If you plant what a critter likes, it will be delighted to find its favorite in your garden," says Hedin.
|EPA SMM Webinar Thursday, May 17 @10:00am EDT: Business Innovations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste
Thursday May 17, 2018 @ 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Business Innivations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste
Register here or below link for this FREE webinar
Reducing food loss and waste is an important issue in the U.S. and around the world. In support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which establishes a target to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030, the G7 countries have committed to facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned in reducing food waste as part of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. EPA is kicking off the U.S. contribution to this effort with a webinar highlighting the actions of three United States Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions that are leading the way in helping the U.S. reach its 50% food loss and waste reduction goal. Speakers from each company will share best practices, tools, and resources they have created to prevent food from going to waste, and will address how shifts in company culture have changed operations as well as the critical role measurement of food waste plays in achieving their goals.
The webinar will feature presentations from:
Conagra Brands, Inc:
Headquartered in Chicago, Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company's portfolio is evolving to satisfy people's changing food preferences. Conagra's iconic brands, such as Marie Callender's®, Hunt's®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim®, Orville Redenbacher's®, VH®, POGO®, Aylmer®, as well as emerging brands, including Alexia®, Frontera®, Duke's® and Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP®, offer choices for every occasion.
|Fun & Science at Littoral Society Coast Camps
|New Jersey Skylands
|Call for Applications for EPA Safer Choice Program 2018 Partner of the Year Awards
EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is seeking applications for the 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. These awards recognize the leadership contributions of Safer Choice partners and stakeholders who have shown outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice-certified products over the past year.
Applications for the 2018 awards are due to the Agency by June 27, 2018.
Awards will be presented in these categories:
Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony in late fall of 2018.
Learn more about the 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards and how to apply:https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-choice-partner-year-awards
|NJ State Park Events & News—May
|March 4 the Ocean with the American Littoral Society
March 4 the Ocean with the American Littoral Society
Members Day Event
Ocean Activist Day in D.C. with the American Littoral Society
You’re invited to join the American Littoral Society on a Members Day trip to Washington, D.C. for the March for the Ocean. Ride with us on our “Bus for Big Blue” and march alongside fellow ocean lovers from all over the world to say NO to offshore oil drilling, NO to plastic and other forms of ocean pollution, and YES to protecting our coasts and ensuring clean water for all. Join us in celebration of the ocean and let Congress know that ocean and coastal issues matter to New Jerseyans. A group of more than 100 organizations are hosting the March for the Ocean, which includes a flotilla down the Anacostia River, a rally at the Washington Monument, inspirational speakers, musical performances, and a pod of inflatable whales ranging from 15-87 feet long. The event will cap off with a march around the National Mall and White House.
Our trip to the march will be in lieu of the Society's traditional members day celebration on Sandy Hook, which occurs annually on the second Saturday in June.
Departure: Charter buses leave from Rest Area Exit 100, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey at 6 a.m. We will send directions and where to park after registration.
Return: Our buses will leave Washington D.C. at 4 p.m. to return home to the same point (we expect a four hour ride each way).
How much: The Society wants to ensure our members and supporters can attend this great event. Seats on the bus are FREE until we hit capacity, but you must be a FIRM commitment to register.
What to bring: You will want to pack for a long day, so bring food for the trip down and back, sunscreen, extra clothes, etc. The buses will park nearby, but it’s unlikely we’ll have access to our things on the bus during the day until we return to head home.
Registration: Click Here to Reserve your seat now through May 24th. There are only 50 seats available for the event.
|RHA: Join Us for Betty Day, June 2nd
|Poetry of Nature: Readings and Hikes on D&R Greenway Preserves
Join D&R Greenway Land Trust and renowned local poets for a day of paths, poetry and picnics. This unique series of readings is presented in conjunction with the Princeton Migrations Project, a community-wide investigation of the theme of migration, honoring diversity, which program is spearheaded by Princeton University Art Museum. At the land trust's St. Michaels Farm Preserve, Gael Gardner, Rosemary Wright, and Jeff Hoagland will read nature poems. Please RSVP at 609-924-4646 or email@example.com, By all means, register for all three.
|Summer Day Camp at NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Register Today!
|Terhune Orchards Children's Educational Programs
Read & Pick Program! For more information call 609-924-2310 or visit www.terhuneorchards.com
|Summer Camps & Pony Club at Terhune Orchards
|May & June Events and more at PEEC!
|Hackensack Riverkeeper 2018 Eco-Program Launch
231 Main Street * Hackensack, NJ 07601 * 201-968-0808 * 201-968-0336 (FAX) * www.hackensackriverkeeper.org
Hackensack Riverkeeper’s 2018 Eco-Programs
New season features record number of Eco-Cruises & much, much more
Hackensack Riverkeeper is pleased to announce its 2018 Eco-Program schedule. The clean water advocacy group is again poised to provide 10,000+ people with enjoyable and educational experiences of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Riverkeeper’s Eco-Cruises, Guided Paddles, boat rentals, River Cleanups, Bird-Walks and indoor presentations combine environmental education with public service and fun. The new season begins Earth Day Weekend (April 21-22) with the re-opening of the organization’s Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park Kayak Center in Teaneck. The program season runs through late October.
“It’s coming up fast and we’re very much looking forward to our upcoming Eco-Program season,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “Everyone who knows me also knows that I am most definitely NOT a cold-weather guy; in fact nothing warms me heart more than knowing the days are getting longer and I’ll soon have a moving deck under my feet.”
Hackensack Riverkeeper offers a series of seven distinct Eco-Program opportunities:
This is Hackensack Riverkeeper’s signature environmental education program. A record forty-sevenOpen Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 5 through October 14 aboard the 30-foot research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II. Open trips are great for individuals, couples and families and the like. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered:Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, a nature + history trip that runs upriver to the center of Hackensack; and Excursion Around the (Newark) Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island past Port Newark and Port Elizabeth.
Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 24 adults for any available date/time May 1 through October 21. Charter leaders have their choice of itinerary. In addition, half-day Combo Programs, which include a pair of 1.5-hour Eco-Cruises plus age-appropriate landside EE activities, can be arranged for schools and other youth groups.
Reservations for, and complete information regarding both Open and Charter Eco-Cruises can be secured by calling Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Most Eco-Cruises originate at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ.
New this year: Hackensack Riverkeeper no longer requests specific Eco-Cruise program donation amounts. While the IRS-registered nonprofit organization has never sold tickets nor charged fees for Eco-Cruises, it depends on donations from concerned individuals and groups to support its work and stay effective. All donations received support the restoration of the Hackensack River Watershed and Riverkeeper’s mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River.
Located directly on the river at Laurel Hill County Park, the Center is open weekends Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, October 21 weather permitting. It offers the use of canoes & kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. In addition, Center manager Russ Wilke and staff will conduct ten Moonlight Guided Paddles from May through September. Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those their own boat(s). Contact Capt. Carola to make reservations,
2018 marks the seventh year of operation for this popular paddling venue in Teaneck, NJ. Starting April 21, the Center will be open Wednesday-Friday from noon to sunset; and weekends from 9AM to 6PM. By summer, it will be open seven days; call or check www.hackensackriverkeeper.org for complete schedule info. Unlike the tidal waters of the Hackensack River, the impounded waters of Overpeck Creek are generally calm and easy for novice paddlers and families with children to handle. Program donation: $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours; $10 per paddler for each additional hour. Children canoe passengers ride as our guests.
Private Group Paddles at either venue can be arranged by inquiring with Captain Carola.
These active conservation events give people of all ages the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities. River Cleanups are scheduled at eleven different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 28 through November 4. Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105 or e-mail her at Outreach@HackensackRiverkeeper.org.
For groups interested in birding and nature study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead Bird-Walks or hawk watches at local birding hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call him at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration of trip. For up to 12 people.
Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola can conduct multimedia presentations for groups of any size or age range. They have a wealth of materials including PowerPoint slideshows and video screenings that are appropriate for all age groups. Presenters will provide informational literature for all attendees. Costs: $150 - $200 if presented within the Bergen, Hudson, southern Rockland, eastern Passaic or greater Newark areas; $200 - $300 if presented further afield. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.
Once again Hackensack Riverkeeper is partnering with Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR) to provide Eco-Cruises and paddling events on the Passaic River at Riverfront Park, located in the city’s historic Ironbound District. Unlike Riverkeeper’s Hackensack River-based programs, reservations for these activities can be secured by emailing NRR Program Director Marcy DePina at email@example.com. Info for all Newark-based Passaic River events is available at www.newarkriverfront.org.
“As usual this time of year, all of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper can’t wait for the new season to start,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “When it does, folks can do, learn, work out, or just sit back and let the boat and their captain do all the work. Whichever folks prefer, we know that they’ll go home with a new appreciation of our Hackensack River.”
All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info, including schedules, is available in hardcopy and atwww.hackensackriverkeeper.org.
Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy (Action, Advocacy, Education and Litigation) in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. Their Eco-Programs focus on environmental action and education.
|Division of Fish and Wildlife Upcoming Events
|News and upcoming events at Terhune Orchards
The Mount Family of Terhune Orchards Named Vegetable Farmer of the Year
|NWF: Enter Your Photos & Stand Out from the Crowd!
|Register Today for the 2018 Camden Environmental Summit!
|EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors, Exhibitors, and Recycled Regatta Teams
EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors,
Fifth annual Bergen County environmental celebration takes place May 20
Hackensack Riverkeeper and Bergen County Department of Parks are pleased to announce that the Fifth Annual Bergen County EarthFest Overpeck will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 1PM to 5PM at the Teaneck and Ridgefield Park sections of Overpeck County Park. The family-friendly partnership event is free for all to attend and enjoy.
The organizers are currently seeking EarthFest sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors, as well as Recycled Regatta teams. Sponsors will receive maximum exposure through a variety of attractive promotional packages. Vendors are projected to see at least double the foot traffic from last year’s estimate of 5,000+ festivalgoers. Booth space is available at affordable rates for retail and professional vendors; and gratis for nonprofit organizations and government agencies to exhibit. Complete details including all registration forms are available at www.EarthFestOverpeck.com or by calling 201-968-0808.
The highlight of EarthFest will be the Recycled Regatta: a race between teams and individuals who have designed and built boats out of ordinary, discarded household items. The Regatta’s green flag will wave promptly at noon. The day will also feature:
“It’s time to get on board and be a part of this great event,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “Folks can call or visit our website to get all the info they need to the sponsor, sell, exhibit, or enter the Regatta. Tell your friends and family. We look forward to seeing everyone at EarthFest Overpeck!”Founded by Sheehan in 1997, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues – from its headwaters in Rockland County, NY to Newark Bay. A founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River.
|2018 Youth Fishing Challenge
Free Fishing Day event to to be held Statewide June 9, 2018
Help us get New Jersey’s families “hooked on fishing” by hosting a Youth Fishing Challenge at a location near you.
The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program will be hosting its 3rd annual Youth Fishing Challenge (YFC) on Free Fishing Day - Saturday June 9.
AND WE NEED YOU!
The goal for 2018 is to have at least one YFC event in every county. This family-oriented event can be an introduction to New Jersey’s excellent fishing opportunities while encouraging youth to avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco by pursuing fun activities like fishing with friends and family.
For more information about this event AND to register your location as a host site, visit www.youthfishingchallenge.nj.gov
|Register Now for Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
|CEC Youth Innovation Challenge
There is still time! Join the North American Youth Innovation Challenge Today!
Submit your bold idea for the chance to receive C$5,000 in seed funding and present your innovation to North America’s top environmental officials in Oklahoma City, United States this summer.
North America is facing urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Citizen leadership—including youth—is more important than ever to keep the momentum going toward the adoption of cleaner, carbon-neutral technologies and policies that ensure sustainable growth and job creation across North America.
As today’s visionaries and tomorrow’s decision-makers, young leaders will drive the green growth innovations that are critical to a sustainable future.
Canada, Mexico and the United States need innovative science, technology and business solutions to North American's shared sustainability challenges. Students and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to share innovative ideas that:
· Create better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, business models, marketing, supply chains and/or partnerships for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment.
· Contribute to the natural asset base of North American economies, creating green jobs and/or economic opportunities for citizens in North America;
· Make good business sense in terms of profitability and potential for growth.
Show us what you've got! Submit your bright idea and benefit from the collective intelligence of youth across North America.
|Solar Car Race for students 3rd-8th grades in Princeton, NJ, May 19
OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) invites students grades 3-8 to participate in SOLARJAM 2018, a solar car race, May 19.
|2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students
Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (http://drexel.edu/coas/academics/high-school-programs/desla/)
|NWF: Photo Contest Warms Your Heart
|High School Surf Fishing Opportunity
|RH: Announcing 2018 Nature Day Camp Dates
|CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!