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CONTENTS:
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             (Posted: 5-17-18)

We're Adding a Second Bus

Get on the Bus to
March for the Ocean
Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are adding a second Bus for Big Blue to take you to the March for the Ocean. Those who get on board will 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. The day of activities will include 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 be capped with a march around the National Mall and White House.

If you'd like to help sponsor this trip, please contact Hillary Critelli at the American Littoral Society.
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.

Ocean Fun Days This Weekend at Island Beach State Park, Sandy Hook to Offer Plenty of Family Friendly Activities             (Posted: 5-16-18)

Click HERE.

SAVE THE DATE- Fall Forestry Festival             (Posted: 5-15-18)

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FREC EVENT

fall forestry


24th ANNUAL
FALL FORESTRY FESTIVAL
at the Forest Resource Education Center


SAVE THE DATE
Saturday October 6, 2018 
10am-3pm

Rain or Shine Event • FREE Admission


Come out and join us for a day of fun and learn more about the forest!



Forest Resource Education Center
495 Don Connor Blvd Jackson, NJ

For more information email FREC@dep.nj.gov
or call 732.928.2360


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Spring Bird Walk at Liberty State Park             (Posted: 5-15-18)

Spring Bird Walk
Sunday, May 20th, 2018
10:00 AM Noon
FREE; Pre-registration required

Spring is a great time to go birding in Liberty State Park. Many migrants are returning from their overwintering grounds, showing off their spring plumage and staking out nesting territory. Dress to be outside and bring binoculars if you have them. We will have binoculars available to borrow. The program will begin at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive.

For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
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2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!             (Posted: 5-15-18)

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             (Posted: 5-15-18)

Annual event a favorite for families
F&W Spring/Summer Ridge Banner

Fishing, archery, exhibits, demonstrations and flea market await hunters, anglers, children of all ages.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection · 401 E. State St. · Trenton, NJ 08625

Spring and Summer on Petty's Island             (Posted: 5-9-18)


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:
Kelly Wenzel
 
Petty’s Island History Hike
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
www.njaudubon.org

For more information about the NJ Natural Lands Trust and Petty's Island please visit
http://nj.gov/dep/njnlt/pettysisland.htm

If You Plant It...They will Come!             (Posted: 5-9-18)

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.

Rutgers Master Gardeners are volunteers who support Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County in its educational mission to provide research-based horticultural information to the public. For more information regarding The Rutgers Master Gardener Program visit http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden.

The Rutgers Master Gardener Program is a program of The Agriculture and Natural Resources Department within Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE), which is a division within Human Services of Somerset County. Visit RCE at http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu.

EPA SMM Webinar Thursday, May 17 @10:00am EDT: Business Innovations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste             (Posted: 5-9-18)

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
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7182742617092163074

Description 

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.

Sodexo: Sodexo is a worldwide leader in Quality of Life services. With nearly 427,000 employees globally, Sodexo is the only company to develop, manage and deliver a unique array of On-site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services for all our clients to improve the Quality of Life.

Ahold Delhaize: Ahold Delhaize is a world-leading food retailer with 6,637 stores worldwide and 369,000 people, serving 50 million satisfied customers a week. Retail Business Services, Inc. is the support organization for Ahold Delhaize USA and its U.S. brands of Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Hannaford, Giant/ MARTIN’S, Giant Food, and Peapod. The U.S. is Ahold Delhaize's biggest market segment, generating a revenue in 2017 of more than $43 billion.

Government representatives from all levels, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations are invited to participate.

Fun & Science at Littoral Society Coast Camps             (Posted: 5-9-18)

FUN, SCIENCE, FISH, LEARNING  
Littoral Society Summer Coast Camp
Join the Littoral Society for a week of educational fun that includes seining, kayaking, marine life identification, fishing, crabbing, birding, shelling, field journaling, plankton discovery, coastal botany, and understanding nature through art. Camps are being held on Long Beach Island and Sandy Hook, NJ in July and August.

Our coastal camps allow kids to have a great time while exploring the natural world. They do this by getting sand between their toes and their hands in the water under the guidance of our trained staff.

Sitting at a PC or turning the pages of a book, kids can develop an interest in the coast. Standing in the surf with the wind in their face and a live fish in their hands, they can develop a passion for it.
Dates and Locations:
Barnegat Bay Coast Camp
July 23 - 27
10am - 3pm
Maris Stella Retreat Center
7201 Long Beach Blvd, Harvey Cedars
$250 per camper per week
Students entering Grades 5-8
Sandy Hook Coast Camp
July 9-13
August? 6-10
9am - 2pm
American Littoral Society HQ
18 Hartshorne Dr, Highlands, NJ
$250 per camper per week
Students entering Grades 5-8
Click here for more information or to register, or call American Littoral Society Education Director Nicole Haines at 732-291-0055.
American Littoral Society     littoralsociety.org     Caring for the Coast Since 1961

New Jersey Skylands             (Posted: 5-9-18)

Click HERE.

Call for Applications for EPA Safer Choice Program 2018 Partner of the Year Awards             (Posted: 5-9-18)

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:


  • Formulators/Product Manufacturers of both Consumer and Institutional/Industrial products;
  • Purchasers and Distributors;
  • Retailers; and
  • Supporters (e.g., non-governmental organizations); and  
  • Innovators (e.g., chemical manufacturers).
A webinar with tips on how to apply and a discussion of how the applications are scored is available at: https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-choice-partner-year-awards#train

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             (Posted: 5-9-18)

NJ State Park Events & News—May
Liberty State Park's The Green Oasis Spring 2018 Edition

March 4 the Ocean with the American Littoral Society             (Posted: 5-8-18)

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             (Posted: 5-8-18)



BETTY DAY - THE EVENING

 
Our conservation trailblazer, Betty Merck (1920-2015)
   
 You are invited to Betty Day
to make a toast in Betty Merck's honor
 and to uncork the history of Fairview Farm 
with Historian Barry Thomson
Saturday
June 2nd, 2018
5:00 in the evening
Cocktails at the Barn
6:00 Lecture
7:00 Betty Tribute
Music by the Jugtown String Band
Catered by BEX Kitchen

$150 per ticket
All proceeds will support RHA's Science and Education Programs.

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

Poetry of Nature: Readings and Hikes on D&R Greenway Preserves             (Posted: 5-8-18)

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 rsvp@drgreenway.org, By all means, register for all three.

The series will take place at Cedar Ridge Preserve on Wednesday, May 23 and at the Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve on June 13, both from 10:30 until noon. The Cedar Ridge poets, selected by D&R Greenway's CEO/President Linda Mead, are Lois Marie Harrod, Maxine Susman and Carolyn Edelmann. The Sourlands poets are Linda Arntzenius, Winnie Hughes, and Jane McKinley.

Guests bring a picnic lunch, blanket and/or beach chair, water and a hat. For all New Jersey hikes, remember sun block, insect repellant, long pants tucked into long socks in closed shoes, and long-sleeved shirt. Picnic items will be left at the old barn during the guided stroll upon the preserve. The poetry will accompany lunch.

Summer Day Camp at NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Register Today!             (Posted: 5-8-18)

Click HERE.

Terhune Orchards Children's Educational Programs             (Posted: 5-8-18)

Read & Pick Program! For more information call 609-924-2310 or visit www.terhuneorchards.com

Farm Animals - May 22 - 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines hands on farm activity with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the fruit or farm area. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about farm animals. We will read books about farm animals followed by an educational component. Then everyone will participate in a farm craft activity with wool from Terhune Orchards sheep! The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the craft to take home. Pre-registration is requested.

Monarchs, Swallowtails and Honeybees - Oh My! - May 29 - 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines hands on activity with your young child and listening to a story highlighting that aspect of farm life. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about butterflies, bees and other helpful pollinators. We will read two books about flowers, gardens, honey and insects followed by an educational component. Then everyone will make a butterfly to take home. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the craft activity. Pre-registration is requested.

Strawberries - June 5 - 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines picking fruit with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the fruit. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about strawberries. We will read two books highlighting strawberries followed by an educational component. Then everyone will pick his or her own container of strawberries. Our farm staff will explain how strawberries grow and how they should be picked. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the container of strawberries. Pre-registration is requested. There are two sessions: 9:30 am and 11:00 am.

Cherries - June 19 - 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines picking fruit with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the fruit. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about cherries. We will read books about berries. Then everyone will pick his or her own container of cherries. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the container of cherries. Our farm staff will explain how cherries grow and how they should be picked. Pre-registration is requested.

Blueberries - July 10 - 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines picking fruit with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the fruit. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about blueberries. We will read the book: Blueberries for Sal followed by an educational component. Then everyone will pick his or her own small container of blueberries. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the container of blueberries. Our farm staff will explain how blueberries grow and how they should be picked. Pre-registration is requested.

Flowers - July 24 - 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines a hands-on activity with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the activity. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about Flowers. We will read a book about flowers, gardens and insects followed by an educational component. Then everyone will pick his or her own bunch of flowers. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the flowers. Pre-registration is requested.

Peaches - August 7 9:30 am and 11 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines picking fruit with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the fruit. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about Peaches. We will read two books about peaches and tree fruit followed by an educational component. Then everyone will pick his or her own small container of peaches. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the container of peaches. Our farm staff will explain how peaches grow and how they should be picked. Pre-registration is requested.

Pears - August 21 9:30 am and 11 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines picking fruit with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the fruit. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about Pears. We will be reading two books about pears and tree fruit followed by an educational component. Then everyone will pick his or her own small container of pears. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the container of pears. Our farm staff will explain how pears grow and how they should be picked. Pre-registration is requested.

Apples - August 28 9:30am and 11am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines picking fruit with your young child and listening to a story highlighting the fruit. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about apples. We will read books about apples and Johnny Appleseed followed by an educational component. Then everyone will pick his or her own small container of apples. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the container of apples. Our farm staff will explain how apples grow and how they should be picked. Pre-registration is requested.

Chickens - September 11 9:30 am and 11 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines hands on farm activity with your young child and listening to a story highlighting that area of the farm. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about chickens at 9:30 am and 11 am. We will read two books about chickens and learn the many ways chickens are useful to humans. We will visit our "lady hens," make a clucking chicken, and even learn a dance! The cost is $8 per child and includes the activity. Registration is requested. Please call to register.

Tractors - September 25 9:30 am and 11 am
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines hands-on activity with your young child and listening to a story highlighting that aspect of farming. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about Tractors. We will read two books about tractors and how they help farmers. Then everyone will participate in a tractor craft and take a tractor drawn wagon ride. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the craft. Pre-registration is requested.

Pumpkins - October 2 9:30 and 11
Read & Pick is an innovative program that combines picking with your young child and listening to a story highlighting that crop. Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about gourds and pumpkins. We will read two books about pumpkins. Then everyone will pick his or her own decorative mini-pumpkin or gourd. The cost is $8.00 per child and includes the gourd. Pre-registration is requested.

Summer Camps & Pony Club at Terhune Orchards             (Posted: 5-8-18)

Click HERE.

May & June Events and more at PEEC!             (Posted: 5-4-18)

Hackensack Riverkeeper 2018 Eco-Program Launch             (Posted: 5-3-18)

2018 Program Season Schedule: Eco-Cruises, Paddles, River Cleanups & More
Are you a green vendor? Boat builder? Eco-presenter?
It's time for the 35th Annual World Series of Birding!


Hackensack RIVERKEEPER

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: 

Eco-Cruises

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 hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.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. 

Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park  

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,

Overpeck Park Kayak (and Canoe) Center

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.

River Cleanups  

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. 

Bird-Walks  

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. 

Indoor Presentations

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. 

Passaic River Eco-Cruises & Paddling

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 newarkriverfront@gmail.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             (Posted: 4-13-18)

Sedge Island Education Programs
Pequest Open House Postponed To June 2 & 3
Help With Atlantic Brant Migration and Breeding Ecology Study

News and upcoming events at Terhune Orchards             (Posted: 3-15-18)
The Mount Family of Terhune Orchards Named Vegetable Farmer of the Year

NWF: Enter Your Photos & Stand Out from the Crowd!             (Posted: 3-6-18)

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Register Today for the 2018 Camden Environmental Summit!             (Posted: 3-6-18)

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EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors, Exhibitors, and Recycled Regatta Teams             (Posted: 2-28-18)

EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors,
Exhibitors, and Recycled Regatta Teams

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:

  • A festival midway featuring vendors, environmental nonprofits, and others;
  • Live entertainment, including Jamie the “Dinosaur Troubadour” from Field Station Dinosaurs, a performance by the Hackensack-based Center For Modern Dance Education and more;
  • Hands-on children’s activities including a fishing derby and more.
  • An assemblage of food trucks, each featuring distinct fare;
  • Free canoeing and kayaking from 2 to 6PM on Overpeck Lake courtesy of Hackensack Riverkeeper’s Overpeck Park Kayak Center; and
  • Live music by local artists

“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             (Posted: 2-26-18)

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Free Fishing Day event to to be held Statewide June 9, 2018


YFC 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             (Posted: 2-26-18)

Save on registration fees, faster entry into park and be eligible for early entry prizes!
FW Winter banner large

Tournament May 20 at Island Beach State Park


CEC Youth Innovation Challenge             (Posted: 2-16-18)

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.

Learn more about this challenge and view previous award winners.

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             (Posted: 2-16-18)

OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) invites students grades 3-8 to participate in SOLARJAM 2018, a solar car race, May 19.

Students can come as a school group or register on their own.

The Top Three Finishing cars in Upper Division (grades 6-8)
are invited to race in the TransOptions Junior Solar
Sprints' Inter-County Regional Race in Florham Park on Monday, May 21st.'

For information, registration contact: theandrewlloyd@gmail.com

2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (http://drexel.edu/coas/academics/high-school-programs/desla/)
GEO camp for high school students at the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute (http://www.bbpaleo.org/) and at Yellowstone.

Roger L. Thomas
Operations Manager
Drexel University BEES Department

Section Leader, Project Support Section
Patrick Center for Environmental Research
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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267.251.5869 (cell)
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Don't miss Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

NWF: Photo Contest Warms Your Heart             (Posted: 1-29-18)

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High School Surf Fishing Opportunity             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Division of Fish and Wildlife

High school aged students have a chance to participate in the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 20 as part of a team. The High School Team Category is for students who are part of a formal fishing club, members of a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs group, or a non-formal group. The tournament entry fee is waived for student teams, and admission to the park is free for registrants. For more information and to register, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm#teens.

RH: Announcing 2018 Nature Day Camp Dates             (Posted: 1-26-18)

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CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!             (Posted: 1-26-18)


Registration is Now Open!

Explore the Outdoors and Get in Touch with Nature through One or More of Our STEAM-Based Summer Learning Experiences 

CWF is offering kids summer programs throughout the Garden State!
Looking for outdoor opportunities for your young environmentalists to explore and learn about the world around them? Look no further than Conserve Wildlife Foundation's summer programs! We are thrilled to offer three different opportunities for your child across the Garden State.
BAYSHORE ADVENTURE PROGRAM -LEONARDO STATE MARINA, MONMOUTH COUNTY
CWF and Leonardo State Marina are taking
applications for the new 'Bayshore Adventure Program', an outdoor learning experience for children entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11.
 
Activities include crabbing at the marina, arts & crafts, birdwatching for kids, seining on the beach to discover the fish, crabs and other marine wildlife live in the bay, and Friday Fun Day: tug of war, sandcastle building contest, making solar s'mores, kayaking and more.
 
Program Dates:
Week 1: August 6-10, 2018
Week 2: August 13-17, 2018
Week 3: August 20-24, 2018


WILDLIFE EXPLORER PROGRAM - DUKE FARMS, SOMERSET COUNTY
CWF is partnering with Duke Farms to offer the new 'Wildlife Explorer Summer Program.' The program is a fun and exciting learning experience for children entering 3rd to 8th grade, ages 8-13 to connect with and explore the outdoors.
 
'Wildlife Explorers' will experience close-up encounters with wildlife like birds, bats and turtles, get muddy exploring Duke Farms' ponds and streams, create nature-based art with famous artist James Fiorentino, and participate in daily talks with real-life scientists! 

Program Dates:

Week 1: July 16-20 for ages 8 to 10

Week 2: July 23-27 for ages 11 to 13
 


 

BEACH. BIRDS. BIOLOGY.
A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE - MONMOUTH, OCEAN, CAPE
MAY COUNTIES

CWF is proud to offer the new 'Beach. Birds. Biology.' summer program, a wildlife-biologist-for-a-day experience for children entering 4th to 6th grade, ages 9-11The one-day sessions will run on Wednesdays for three weeks this summer. 

Our expert biologists will be leading campers in exploring coastal ecology and connecting them with the natural world. Children will have the opportunity to be up-close and personal with beach nesting birds and learn about their unique coastal habitat. This wildlife adventure will facilitate hands-on activities that will allow children to achieve Junior Biologist status!

Program Dates:

Day 1: July 11 at Barnegat Light, 9:30AM - 2:30PM

Day 2: July 18 at Belmar (Shark River Inlet), 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Day 3: July 25 at Barnegat Light, 9:30AM - 2:30PM