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CONTENTS:
NJMC: Seniors Program: Close Encounters With Birds of Prey
Sandy photography exhibition
Visit Pequest This Summer!
Summer at Your State Museum!
Upcoming events: Wildflower walk, blueberry picking & more
July 8th - Fourth Annual Picnic at Greenway Meadows and Stony Brook walk
Bold and Beautiful, Moths and Butterflies
Camden TreeKeepers Workshop Dates
Nature By The Yard: Calendar of Events-Summer 2014
There's still time to register for Marine Science Day Camp
Sail NJ's Tall Ship on the Hudson River, July 17-20
Think Differently Through Discovery and Dialogues & 2014 Bio Blitz at Dake Farms
Application for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available
Join Us for a Special Event: Catching the Rain
WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 13-14 - Save the Dates!
Registration Now Open! 7 Course Farm to Table Dinner
Fishing Fun Photo Contest
Free Family Fun and so much more......what the Nature Center has planned for this year's Harbor Fest....
Framing Climate Change - Watch live online
Registration for NPLD 2014 Opens
Time to sign up for our 2014 Greenway Walks!
Middlesex County to Host Workshop on Building a Rain Barrel
NJ ES events, spring 2014
Marine Science Day Camp at Sandy Hook and other Programs
NJ WILD Outdoor Expo 2014 Registration
BUSINESSES INVITED TO HOST RAIN BARRELS THIS SUMMER
Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2014 Eco-Programs
Student Summer Programs Offered at Sedge Island
NJMC: Seniors Program: Close Encounters With Birds of Prey             (Posted: 7-11-14)

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

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Visit Pequest This Summer!             (Posted: 7-3-14)

Looking for something different to do this summer? Something's that's FREE? Then plan a visit to the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center!

Located in Warren County and open seven days a week from 10 until 4, Pequest is the perfect destination for a trip to the country. Whether a toddler or a fly fisher with decades of experience, Pequest provides a unique experience. Children love seeing the monster trout in the demonstration raceway in front or with a fish eye's view of trout in the indoor tank. Interactive exhibits and displays will engage and inform children in a way no other facility in the state can. And adults will gain a new appreciation for the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's trout stocking program and how 600,000 trout are raised for public angling.

There are also hiking trails through a variety of habitats. Wildlife, including bald eagles, can be observed. Picnic areas provide a shady place for lunch, and a riverside parking area provides access for anglers or just viewing one of the state's top trout waters, the Pequest River.

A full schedule of family programs is offered, at no charge, for those looking to broaden their horizons. Pequest is the perfect place to learn basic fishing skills - equipment is provided!

For more information about Pequest, including directions, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm on the Division's website.

Summer at Your State Museum!             (Posted: 7-3-14)


  July Calendar of Events
  
Discover, Explore, and Learn at Your State Museum & Planetarium!
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Planetarium Summer Shows
Premiering July 5th 
 
New in the Planetarium: Black Holes!
Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of black holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one? This new program incorporates some of the most intense full
dome visual effects ever created on the subject. Suitable for general audiences.
 
Summer Schedule: 
Image Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
Tue. - Fri.
10 am "One World, One Sky"
11 am "Laser Kid Power"
1 pm   "Black Holes" (New) 
  
Sat. & Sun.
1 pm "One World, One Sky"
2 pm "Laser Kid Power"
3 pm "Black Holes" (New)
  
For a complete schedule and description of Planetarium shows, visit our website
  
Story Time: Ice Cream Cones for Sale!
July 12 & 13
2:00 pm
  
  
Learn about how the St. Louis World's Fair popularized the ice cream cone in 1904 and the many people who took credit for the idea. There is a New Jersey connection! Visit the exhibit, New Jersey on Display: World's Fairs and the Garden State to learn more about New Jersey at the St. Louis World's Fair.
 
New Jersey on Display: World's Fairs & the Garden State

Through January 4, 2015

Riverside Gallery, 2nd Floor

  

Explore unknown stories of innovation and liberty through the lens of New Jersey's participation in the world's fair phenomenon. New Jersey on Display examines the Garden State's participation in world's fairs between 1876 and 1964. The exhibit also reunites for the first time four historic, massive porcelain urns made by the Trenton Potteries Company. 

 

Along the way, discover fun New Jersey facts such as the origin of Hires Root Beer, how the Ferris wheel was invented, and more. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission and was developed as part of the NJ350th.

Drop In Family Activities

Throughout the Museum

  

Adults and families can drop in for fun, interactive and hands-on gallery activities that bring the Museum's collections to life. There is always something new to discover at the New Jersey State Museum!

 

The NANO! exhibit is an interactive, hands-on experience for children (and adults) that presents the basics of nanoscience and engineering and introduces real world applications.

 

Ask about Scavenger Hunts at the Information Desk on the main floor of the Museum. We have many themes to choose from so you can make a game out of visiting all of the galleries for clues! Look for in-gallery activities located throughout the Museum including a Natural History Journal, making your own state seal, decorating a Paleolithic pot and much more!

 

Every Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, join us for hands-on fun at our Museum Activity Cart on the main floor. Cart themes and activities change often but always have fun, hands-on lessons related to the Museum's collections. Cart activities are designed for families with children ages 5 and up.

The New Innovation Lab
2nd floor, Natural History Hall
 
Get up close with scientists at work on the Museum's latest fossil finds! Windows open so visitors can ask questions and get a closer view. Best days to visit the Innovation Lab are currently Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Upcoming events: Wildflower walk, blueberry picking & more             (Posted: 7-3-14)

2014 Step into Nature
July and August events!
 
WILDFLOWER MEADOW WALK
 
Bobolink male DATE: Thursday, July 10
TIME: 1 - 3 p.m.
PLACE: Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ, 07931
DETAILS: Enjoy a midsummer day's guided stroll while exploring the sights and sounds of a wildflower meadow in bloom. Bring binoculars!
COST: Free
REGISTRATION: Advance registration requested. Please register online at  https://donate.njconservation.org/2014-wildflower-walk 

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BLUEBERRY PICKING
 
DATE: Sunday, July 13 Pine Barrens Blueberries
TIME: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
PLACE: Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth, Burlington County
DETAILS: Join us on this former blueberry farm in the Pine Barrens for some old-fashioned fun! Bring your own basket and take home all you can pick!
COST: $5 per adult; children free
REGISTRATION: Advance registration requested. Please register online at https://donate.njconservation.org/2014-blueberry-pickin 

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MOTH NIGHT IN THE PINE BARRENS

DATE: Saturday, July 26
TIME: 8 - 11 p.m.
PLACE: Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth, Burlington County
DETAILS: Celebrate the wonderful diversity of moths during this fun nocturnal event! Light stations will be set up to attract moths and other insects.
COST: Free
REGISTRATION: Advance registration requested. Please register online at  https://donate.njconservation.org/2014-moth-night 

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BUTTERFLIES IN THE MEADOW
 
DATE: Friday, Aug. 8  Spicebush swallowtail butterfly
TIME: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ, 07931
DETAILS: The meadows of Bamboo Brook are filled with colorful wildflowers, butterflies and other native pollinators. Bring a magnifying glass and observe the remarkable details of flowers and insects up close.
COST: Free
REGISTRATION: Advance registration requested. Online registration coming soon at http://njconservation.org/njcfevents.cfm. 

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Questions?
For more information or registration assistance, contact Bill Lynch at blynch@njconservation.org or 908-997-0725.
 
These events are part of New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Step Into Nature series of walks, talks and fun outdoor events.  
 
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July 8th - Fourth Annual Picnic at Greenway Meadows and Stony Brook walk             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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Bold and Beautiful, Moths and Butterflies             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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Camden TreeKeepers Workshop Dates             (Posted: 7-3-14)

  

SIGN UP FOR
CAMDEN TREEKEEPERS! 

This July, the NJ Tree Foundation will host our ninth annual Camden TreeKeepers Workshop series with support from NJ American Water. Want to learn how to care for your community's trees? Join us for one, or even all four, of our summer sessions! Camden residents, partners, and tree recipients attend for free. Non-Camden residents attend for a small $20/session fee. 

Through classroom and hands-on workshops, you will learn about tree identification, proper pruning techniques, basic tree care, recognizing and preventing tree hazards, and environmental issues. At each session, attendees receive educational materials, free gifts, and dinner. 

Attend all four workshops to become a Certified Camden TreeKeeper, joining over 300 Camden and South Jersey residents like the 2013 graduates above! 

SESSION DATES AND TOPICS

Wednesday, July 9th from 5:30-7pm

Basic Tree Identification and Tree Biology

Wednesday, July 16th from 5:30-7pm
Proper Pruning and Tree Care Techniques

Wednesday, July 23rd from 5:30-7pm
Recognizing and Preventing Tree Hazards

Wednesday, July 30th from 5:30-7pm
Environmental Issues and Your Tree 

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jessica Franzini
at jfranzini.njtf@gmail.com or 856.287.4488. 

LOCATION

All sessions will be held at the
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
1645 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ 08104

Parking is available in the CCMUA's lot.

Nature By The Yard: Calendar of Events-Summer 2014             (Posted: 6-20-14)

Tuesdays: July 8, 15, 22 and 29. Discovery Walks 9:30-11am. Families
Families are invited to join me for one or all of these events as we explore the natural history side of Washington Crossing Historic Park (Pa. side). We will search for butterflies and other insects, learn about the trees, explore the pond and discover the diverse bird life of this beautiful park. 215.493.4076.

Tuesday July 8 Fireflies!!!!!! 7:30-8:30pm Families
Join me at Twin Rivers Library as we learn about these magical insects that light up the night sky. 276 Abbington Dr, East Windsor, NJ 08520 609.443.1880.

Wednesday July 9 Creatures of the Night 6:30-7:30pm Families
Come learn about all the creatures that wake as we go to sleep. This fun program will be sure to tempt you to stay up late. Riverton Library 306 Main St. Riverton, NJ 08077. 609.354.1177

Saturday July 12 Insect Safari 10am-12noon Families
Join me at in the meadow as we search for the amazing variety of insects at this beautiful Preserve. We will have a rare opportunity to venture through the wildflowers catching beetles, butterflies, moths and much more. Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. 215.862.2924.

Monday July 14 Toddler Walk 10-11am 18-36 months with adult
Budding naturalist can join me with their adult caregiver for a story, discovery, walk and craft. Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association. 609.737.7592

Tuesday July 15 Turtle Time 3:30-4:30 pm 3-6 year olds
New readers can join me as we learn all about turtles. Story, discussion, live animals, and craft will introduce your new reader to these ancient and lovely creatures. Lambertville Library. 6 Lilly St, Lambertville, NJ 08530 609.397.0275.

Saturday July 19 Animal Coverings 2-3pm Families
Join me as we learn about how animals are different and the same based on their body covering. Feathers, fur, skin and scales. Hightstown Library 609.448.1474.

Thursday July 24 Nature and Art 4:15-5:15 Families
Discover the wonderful relationship between nature and art. All things in nature are art forms and all art really is inspired by nature. Twin Rivers Library. 276 Abbington Dr, East Windsor, NJ 08520 609.443.1880.

Tuesday July 29 Nature and Art 2-3pm Families
Discover the wonderful relationship between nature and art. All things in nature are art forms and all art really is inspired by nature. Riverton Library 306 Main St. Riverton, NJ 609.354.1177

Tuesday July 29 Skull Identification 4:15-5:15pm Third grade and up
Join me as we learn about how teeth determine an animal's diet and get a hands-on opportunity to identify common animals by their skull and dentition. Twin Rivers Library 276 Abbington Dr. East Windsor, NJ 609.443.1880

Mon. Aug. 4-Fri. Aug. 8. Natural Inspirations 9am-12 noon. Rising 2-5 graders
Join me as we explore nature through an artists' eye. Each day we will focus on a particular aspect of the natural world and let nature inspire us as we create beautiful art with found objects. This camp will be held at Five Mile Woods in Lower Makefield Township. Visit http://pennsbury.k12.pa.us/pennsbury then click on the "Quick Links" titled "summer camp and community school registration. Scroll down to #12.

Mon. Aug. 18-Fri. Aug. 22 A Walk on the Wild Side 9am-12 noon 11-13 years.
In this half-day adventure camp, participants will get down and dirty as they learn about the natural world that surrounds them. With discussion, outdoor exploration, hands-on discovery and experimentation, kids will be immersed in the beauty of Five Mile Woods. Each day, we will focus on a particular aspect of the woodland, learning about the plants, animals, insects and the non-living components that make up a healthy ecosystem. . Visit http://pennsbury.k12.pa.us/pennsbury then click on the "Quick Links" titled "summer camp and community school registration. Scroll down to #13.

There's still time to register for Marine Science Day Camp             (Posted: 6-20-14)

Register Now for Marine Science Day Camp! 

To register for any session below, for more information, or to obtain a camp code please call 732-872-1300 x19 or email Rose Higgins. You can also download a registration form here.


For 5th & 6th Graders
Session 5: August 4 - 8, 2014
Session Time: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $300.00

During these sessions, campers explore Sandy Hook as scientists, historians and artists. Throughout the week each camper will discover the science of the sea by exploring Sandy Hook's marine habitats and learn to become stewards of these precious environments. "Hands-on" activities include seining, sieving, plant and animal identification, microscopic investigations, sand sampling, shell collecting and seashore crafts. These sessions also include guided tours of Fort Hancock's historic sites and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.


For 7th & 8th Graders

Session 2: July 14 - 18, 2014 or Session 6: August 11 - 15, 2014
Session Time: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $300.00

 

Geared toward older or experienced campers, these sessions feature an in-depth study of the science of Sandy Hook. Using the authentic tools of the research scientist, campers become marine biologists for the week, gathering data about New Jersey's coastal environment. "Hands-on" activities include animal investigations, dissections, marine habitat comparisons and water quality monitoring. Through direct observation and increased understanding, campers will expand their appreciation of the environment and learn many ways to protect it for future generations.  



For 3rd & 4th Graders

Session 3: July 21 - July 24, 2014

Session Time: Monday thru Thursday 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuition: $240.00


Introduce your child to the excitement of the ocean and launch a lifelong interest in science during these sessions developed especially for younger students. Each week includes laboratory investigations, arts and crafts and games. Campers will get a close-up look at many of Sandy Hook's exciting marine creatures including horseshoe crabs, fish and turtles. A portion of each day will be spent outdoors exploring Sandy Hook's bay and beach environments with a special emphasis on care and appreciation of the natural world.



New: Oceanography Week for 4th, 5th, & 6th Graders 
Session 4: July 28 - August 1, 2014
Session Time: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tuition: $300.00

 

Oceanography Week is for campers wishing to participate in a second week of camp or for sibling campers wishing to attend camp together. This week provides opportunities to explore new topics, concepts and experiments not covered during our other weeks of camp. A portion of each day will be spent outdoors exploring Sandy Hook's bay and beach environments with follow-up activities conducted in NJSGC's Sandy Hook classroom.



Sail NJ's Tall Ship on the Hudson River, July 17-20             (Posted: 6-20-14)

 

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register for a sail


For information and assistance with registration,
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or call us at 973-539-7547


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

Hudson River Sails

Thursday, July 17 - Sunday, July 20  
  • View the majestic Palisades;
  • Hear featured speakers about New Jersey's history & nature;
  • Sail on a magnificently restored 1928 two-masted, 115-foot oyster schooner driven by over 3,500 square feet of sail!

 Register early since trips sell out quickly!    

 

MeerwaldAlpineAll Sails depart from the Alpine Boat Basin unless noted.

 

Thursday, July 17

  • 9:30am - Hudson River Battlefield Tour- Skyline Sail, $70 per person. Stories of the American Revolution in, on andaround the Hudson River. Also learn about marine creatures' battle tosurvive in the Hudson. Sail between Liberty State Park & the AlpineBoat Basin. Featured speakers include Dr. Angela Cristini of RamapoCollege and Kevin Tremble, Immediate Past President, Crossroads of theAmerican Revolution Assn.  Includes motorcoach from Alpine to Liberty State Park.  

Friday, July 18

  • 9:30am - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. See fish, crabs &creatures of the Hudson River with a Tenafly Nature Center environmentaleducator. An easy, relaxing sail for parents & fascinating hands-onlearning experience for kids.
  • 1:30pm - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. See fish, crabs &creatures of the Hudson River with a Tenafly Nature Center environmentaleducator. An easy, relaxing sail for parents & fascinating hands-onlearning experience for kids.
  • 530pm - These are the times... to Relax and Unwind
    $65 per person. Enjoy Folk Music and Sea Shanties with Thaddeus MacGregor, Performer at the Kearney House & Tavern.  
     

Saturday, July 19

  • 9:30am - Rock 'n River Sail, $45 per person. Sail and learn about the geology of the Palisades from George Harlow,Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum ofNatural History, followed by a discussion about the Hudson watershedwith Dana Gulley of Hudson Riverkeeper.
  • 1:30pm - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. See fish, crabs &creatures ofthe Hudson River with a Tenafly Nature Center environmentaleducator.An easy, relaxing sail for parents & fascinating hands-onlearningexperience for kids.
  • 5:30pm - Music on the River, $70 per person. Sail on the Hudson and enjoy the music of Spook Handy, a NJ based folk singer.     

Sunday, July 20

  • 12:00pm -Children's Sail,$26 child(ages 5-12), $52 adult. See fish, crabs &creatures ofthe HudsonRiver with a Tenafly Nature Center environmentaleducator.An easy,relaxing sail for parents & fascinating hands-onlearning experience for kids.
  • 3:30pm - Sunset Skyline Sail, $78 per person - Our most popular sail! Historian, and KearneyHouse Curator, Eric Nelson will spin yarns about the river and itsdenizens. Sail departs from the Alpine Boat Basin. Motor coachtransportation back from Liberty State Park to the Boat Basin isincluded.  
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To register for any sail, click here.  
Please Note:  Online registration is hosted this year by the Tenafly Nature Center.  There is opportunity to select ANJEC as the benefiting organization
during the payment process.

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

Hudson River Sails are sponsored by ANJEC,
The Tenafly Nature Center and Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

Think Differently Through Discovery and Dialogues & 2014 Bio Blitz at Dake Farms             (Posted: 6-12-14)

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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 www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards 

Questions about the awards program can be forwarded to: 

·         Tanya Oznowich               (609) 984-9802                   Tanya.Oznowich@dep.state.nj.us          

·         Caroline Kirkland              (609) 633-7821                   Caroline.Kirkland@dep.state.nj.us         

Join Us for a Special Event: Catching the Rain             (Posted: 6-12-14)

Join Us for a Special Event

WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 13-14 - Save the Dates!             (Posted: 6-12-14)

The NJDEP's fifth annual NJ WILD Outdoor Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine.

This fun-filled family event is designed for visitors to discover new ways to appreciate and enjoy New Jersey's great outdoors.Participants have an opportunity to try a broad spectrum of outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, shooting sports, rock climbing, camping skills, geocaching and wildlife watching.Demonstrations of sporting and tracking dogs, historical re-enactments, SCUBA dives, turkey calling, nature photography and much more await.

Admission and parking are free. Most activities are free (a few require modest fee). For more information, visit http://www.wildoutdoorexpo.com/ .

Registration Now Open! 7 Course Farm to Table Dinner             (Posted: 6-12-14)

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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 www.njfishandwildlife.com/photocontest.htm.

Free Family Fun and so much more......what the Nature Center has planned for this year's Harbor Fest....             (Posted: 6-3-14)

CAPE MAY HARBOR FEST, 2014

June 13 & 14 (rain date 15th), 2014

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Nature Center of Cape May will again be the focal point of the City’s annual Harbor Fest celebration. Originally conceived as a means to raise the funds necessary to remove derelict vessels from the harbor, Harbor Fest has evolved into an annual celebration of the harbor, its culture, ecology, and the bounty that this precious resource provides to our City and region.

What is being planned by the Nature Center…….

  • Harbor Fest begins with a Friday evening (June 13th) “Blessing of the Waters” ceremony at the Fisherman’s Memorial. This ecumenical ceremony commemorates the loss of local fishermen while asking for blessings for a safe fishing and boating season. (See attached flyer)
  • As usual, Harbor Fest Saturday (June 14th) will be defined by a plethora of special children programs and activities including: arts and crafts, games, and a “Cornhole” tournament all of which will be held on the Nature Center lawn. Other planned activities include: Explore the Shore, featuring seining on the harbor; critter talks in the lab, the always popular, “Coastie Corner,” and even a visit by none other than, Santa Claus!  
  • This year’s Harbor Fest will feature two very special book signings from 2 to 4. Local reporter Carolyn Miller’s Counting the Fish in the Seais a non-fiction book for children 8-12 that tells the true story of how researchers are figuring out just how much wildlife is really in the sea. Doug Campbell’s Rescue of the Bountyrecounts the true life drama surrounding the loss of Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.
  • Sea food will again take center stage at the Nature Center when the world famous Lobster House sets up its raw bar. At 11 and 1 the “Lazy Chef”will demonstrate  “no-hassle” cooking methods utilizing “under-utilized” local seafood species.  
  • Nothing blends purpose and fun better than Paddle for a Purpose (*). Paddle a kayak, canoe or SUP through our local marshes all for the Purpose of raising funds to enable Coast Guard Dependent children to attend summer nature camp. Meet the other paddlers across from the Nature Center at 1:00.
  • For the second year, legendary “Philly Bill Culp” of Distinct Events Unlimited, will broadcast his Saturday “Down the Shore with Philly Bill” program on WIBBAGE” radio, 94.3. Additional live music will be provided by Cape May’s own “Singer Song Writers” beginning at 2:00 with Gordon Vincent on the Nature Center deck. The Square follows Gordon at 3:00 and Roy Baker wraps up at 4.
  • After “Philly Bill” finishes his live broadcast, a naturalist from the Cape May Bird Observatory will offer a special program featuring our favorite local avian, the Osprey, from the deck of the Nature Center!
  • Saturday culminates with a live water rescue demonstration by the Townbank Fire Department. The department will also showcase their new fireboat. After all, Harbor Fest first and foremost showcases Cape May’s harbor as an engine for economic activity and aquatic recreation.

Since its inception as a whaling village in the 17th Century, Cape May’s economy and culture has been linked to the sea. But with the promise comes a challenge. Harbor Fest is intended to heighten awareness and appreciation of this fragile resource.  Additional information about Harbor Fest is available on the web: www.capemayharborfestival.com.

(*) “Paddling for a Purpose” sponsorship dollars are earmarked for the Nature Center’s Good Neighbor Fund, which provides summer program scholarships for Coast Guard dependent children.

Framing Climate Change - Watch live online             (Posted: 6-3-14)

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

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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: publiclandsday.org. Have questions about hosting or planning a National Public Lands Day site? Contact us at: npld@neefusa.org

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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.  

 

Let's Play Outside 

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 http://myearthchangingmoments.org, 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 neefusa.org, follow us on Facebook at http://goo.gl/FidAX and Twitter @neefusa.

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

Click HERE.

Middlesex County to Host Workshop on Building a Rain Barrel             (Posted: 5-19-14)

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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 DukeFarms.org.Recommended 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: http://www.dukefarms.org/Programs/classesevents/
Information: Kirsten Holt - Phone 908.243.3605 / kholt@dukefarms.org
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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
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The NJ Astronomy Center for Education at Raritan Valley Community College has an array of summer workshops.Visit http://www.raritanval.edu/comm/njace-sei/teachinginstitute.html for more details.
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Project CONVERGE (http://coseenow.net/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!

Marine Science Day Camp at Sandy Hook and other Programs             (Posted: 5-14-14)


Interested in Marine Science Day Camp? Click here to view our new Oceanography program and additional information on camp dates, locations, and pricing. Ready to register? Click here to download the registration form. 


Ocean Fun Days is Almost Here!
 
One of the spring's most popular environmental education events, Ocean Fun Days, will be held this year on Saturday May 17 at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park and Sunday May 18 at the headquarters of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) in the historic Fort Hancock section of Sandy Hook. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

 

For the eleventh consecutive year, event admission and parking will be free. Visitors will be able to enjoy educational displays, eco-tours, classes and hands-on activities and exhibits that all celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore and how to preserve its natural resources for generations to come.  Activities at both locations include seining, coastal crafts, an energy-saving scavenger hunt, youth fishing clinics, face painting, touch tanks, a student science fair competition and the NJSGC's famous fiddler crab races. Additionally, there will be a new 'clamming the bay' activity at Island Beach State Park. Click here for more information. 

Register for our Girl Scout Programs!

Junior Girl Scouts: Animal Habitats
Scouts will learn first-hand about the homes of beach and marsh animals as well as sea creatures while on this interactive Sandy Hook program.  We will seine fish in the bay, discover secret clues to where the animals live, and make a marine animal house to take home.  We will also study the fish, crabs, and turtles living in our ten aquariums. Girls will earn the Animal Habitat Badge during this program. 
 
To register, contact Jody Sackett JSackett@njseagrant.org or 732-872-1300, ext. 20.


Brownie Girl Scouts: Letterboxer 

Letterboxing is an amazing adventure game played by people all over the world.  Scouts will create a marine-themed letterbox using a wide variety of actual maritime artifacts , which they will hide in secret places on Sandy Hook for their troop friends to find through encrypted clues. Each girl will also make her own unique maritime stamp to use when finding letterboxes, which she takes home.  Girls will earn the Letterboxer Badge during this program.

 
To register, contact Jody Sackett at 
JSackett@njseagrant.org or 732-872-1300, ext. 20.


Daisy Girl Scouts: Clover Petals

Scouts will learn about using resources wisely as they observe how the rainwater barrel collection system at the NJSGC saves water.  They will hike on the beach to collect shells which they will re-purpose during  a craft activity.  Scouts will earn the Clover Petal during this program.

 

To register, contact Jody Sackett at JSackett@njseagrant.org or 732-872-1300, ext. 20.



Scout Field Trip: Secrets of the Salt Marsh
Explore the most productive ecosystem on earth - the Salt Marsh!  We will go seining (fishing net and chest wader boots provided) to observe fish and other marine organisms native to Sandy Hook Bay.  Using a sieve and shovel, we will uncover bottom dwelling organisms from the sediments of Sandy Hook Bay.  Scouts will learn about local seashells as we create our own collections to take home.  While hiking, scouts will learn about marsh vegetation, marine life, and Sandy Hook. This is open to both boy and girl scouts. 
 
Additional Programs:
In addition to these programs we have 9 more Girl Scout, 9 Cub Scout, and 2 Boy Scout, and 4 more scout field trip programs available. For more info and to register please contact Jody Sackett at jsackett@njseagrant.org or 732-872-1300, Ext 20.


Save the Date: Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk
A once-a-year twilight walk of discovery at Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook will be held in 2014 on June 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Raindate: June 15th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm).  There will be a warm high tide, and  a full moon so it's the perfect time to see horseshoe crabs on the beach.  We will learn about this amazing living fossil through hands-on exploration and other activities.  Open to all ages of scouts and their families.  Scouts will earn a Fun Patch during this program. The cost is $9 per person and pre-registration is required.


NJ WILD Outdoor Expo 2014 Registration             (Posted: 4-11-14)

You are invited to participate in the DEP's 5th annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo to be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, 2014 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.The event will run from 10 am to 5 pm daily, rain or shine.This is a great opportunity to be part of a celebration of outdoor recreation and New Jersey's bountiful natural resources.

The Expo is a free event designed for visitors to discover ways to appreciate and enjoy New Jersey's great outdoors. The Expo helps people connect with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. With your support, visitors can learn about and try a wide array of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, rock climbing, camping skills, wildlife watching and much more.For more information, visit www.wildoutdoorexpo.com.

The 2013 WILD Outdoor Expo drew more than 8,500 participants from across New Jersey and received rave reviews. A report on the outcome of the 2013 Expo and visitor survey results can be viewed at www.njfishandwildlife.com/expo.htm . The event hosts are striving to make this year's event even bigger and better, so we hope you can attend.

If you would like to take part in this exciting event, please submit the attached Exhibitor Registration Form by June 13, 2014.We want this event to be as engaging and interactive for the public as possible. Therefore, in addition to setting up an educational table-top display or booth, you are encouraged to conduct demonstrations and provide hands-on activities if appropriate.

If you have questions, please call me at (609) 259-6961 or e-mail me at Michelle.Smith@dep.nj.gov.We look forward to your participation and rely on you to help make this event a success!

Michelle Smith
NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife
Office of Information and Education
One Eldridge Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
P: (609) 259-6961 F: (609) 259-8155

Get Outdoors at the 2014 NJ WILD Outdoor Expo!
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BUSINESSES INVITED TO HOST RAIN BARRELS THIS SUMMER             (Posted: 4-11-14)

HAVE YOUR BUSINESS HOST A RAIN BARREL THIS SUMMER

Businesses that are located in the Barnegat Bay watershed are invited to host a rain barrel this summer and help teach residents and visitors about water and Barnegat Bay ecology.

This year, 35 schools and youth groups in the Barnegat Bay watershed are competing in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Rain Barrel Challenge by designing rain barrels that feature the recreational and harvestable resources of the Bay.

To be a host means that you are able to provide a temporary home for a barrel in a place that is frequented by the public but at the same time the barrel is secure and inaccessible to vandals. Possible host locations include restaurants, marinas, retail shops and malls, community centers, offices and libraries. As a thank you, your business will be recognized by DEP on our rain barrel marketing materials and rain barrel web pages.

If you are interested in being a host, please email barnegatbayblitz@dep.nj.gov.

To learn more about the Rain Barrel Challenge, check out the barrels at www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/rbc.htm.

Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2014 Eco-Programs             (Posted: 3-18-14)

Click HERE.

Student Summer Programs Offered at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-31-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners will be offering teenage students three exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located within NJ's first Marine Conservation Zone. The facility is located just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay and provides a beautiful location for these unique, educational, fun and exciting experiences for teenage students.

These unique experiences include all meals, lodging, instruction, equipment, and interaction with researchers and mentors throughout the sessions. Deadlines to apply vary, but interested students are encouraged to apply early.

STUDENT SUMMER PROGRAMS AT SEDGE ISLAND
Sign up soon - applications are due in March

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering three exciting multiple-day programs this summer that are designed for teenagers and based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off the shore of Island Beach State Park in the beautiful Barnegat Bay.

These unique experiences are educational, exciting and fun and include all meals, lodging, instruction, equipment and interaction with researchers and mentors throughout the sessions. While the application deadlines for each program vary the dates are all in March and interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Sedge Island Fishing Experience: June 26-29, 2014

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 4-day, 3-night program open to students going into grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend the first three days fishing the area while learning about the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night a parent or guardian will join the group and spend the last night learning from the students and then the following day, fishing with them.

Sedge Island Field and Research Experience: July 10-16, 2014

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), is offering a residential research experience for students entering grades 10 and 11 in the fall of 2014. During this program students will be taught field research skills that will lead them to conduct team research projects on Barnegat Bay with a culmination of a sharing session on the last day of the program. The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown and the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center will be the settings where research will take place.

Sedge Island Field Experience: July 28-31, 2014

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 4-day, 3-night program for students going into grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend their days immersed in the salt marshes of Barnegat Bay while exploring the ecosystem by kayak, living a conservationist lifestyle, and learning first-hand about research from biologists.

For additional information about the summer programs, deadlines, costs and application process, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer14.htm.


For information about the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge.htm.

For additional information about Island Beach State Park, please go to www.njparksandforests.org/parks/island.html.