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CONTENTS:
Treehugger Daily News: Bugs are eating birds
Sustainability Summit Presentations Now Available
July Littoral News
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 06/29/2017 and more!
Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding and Community Engagement
River Buzz
SS4S: Final weeks for Summit Registration, Health Grants, & Certification Applications
treehugger: The Swimsuit Edition
Children and Nature Network Updates
SJ: June Sustainability Hero Announced
Treehugger Daily News: Dear World...
June is Great Outdoors Month®!
Great Places: Welcome the Baby Ospreys!
Gardener News
OCSCD's LML guide available in Spanish
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
June Littoral News
Backyard Gardening Tips and More
Green Knight newsletter - May 2017
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS NEWS
National Wildlife Federation News
Sustainable Jersey News
Children & Nature Network News
The Nature Conservancy: Updates from the Cool Green Science Blog
Treehugger Daily News
CWF: May E-News 2017
Why Do You Garden? 
Landscape Project Version 3.3 Released
SJ: May Sustainability Hero Announced
RH: May We Have Your Attention
SJ4S: What Would You Do with $4,000 to Improve Student & Staff Wellness?
Celebrating Garden for Wildlife Month
Great Places: Ask a Scientist
Watch Sage Grouse Live!
Certify your garden today and give a tree
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
NJ Eco-Schools April Newsletter
Treehugger Daily News: Bugs are eating birds             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Click HERE.

Sustainability Summit Presentations Now Available             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Click HERE.

July Littoral News             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Click HERE.

Notes from the New Nature Movement for 06/29/2017 and more!             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Click HERE.
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup.
Children & Nature Research Digest | June 2017.

Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding and Community Engagement             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Click HERE.

River Buzz             (Posted: 7-6-17)

July 2017
There's Something About a Kayak
  
There's something about being in a kayak, low in the water, that makes you feel part of the river. You see incredible wildlife - great blue herons, mink, bald eagles, painted turtles, kingfishers and more - that you might not spot from land.
 
Through the generosity of attendees who participated in the aptly-named "paddle auction" at our Earth Day fundraiser, RHA was able to purchase eight kayaks and life vests to introduce people to the river who might not otherwise have the opportunity. When folks develop a personal connection to the river, they become vigilant stewards of this precious resource.
 
Our new fleet of kayaks will allow more people to join our "Sojourn" series of paddles on the Raritan River; help volunteers reach trash in the middle of waterways during our annual stream cleanup; and make it easy to obtain water quality samples from harder-to-reach sites during RHA's annual stream monitoring program.
 
Interested in joining us on a kayaking expedition? Want to learn more? Follow our calendar for upcoming events at www.raritanheadwaters.org.  
Efforts to Help the Raritan River Pay Off
           
As an avid kayaker, 16-year-old Dionel Esteves knows the importance of having good information about the rivers he paddles. He also appreciates a clean and safe river, free of trash on its banks and in its waters. Dionel recently earned his Eagle Scout rank for his efforts to help the Raritan River.
Are You River-Friendly?
 
Find out by taking this simple survey! River-Friendly programs for residents, businesses, golf courses and schools introduce and encourage ways for individuals and institutions to reduce pollution, conserve water, restore wildlife habitat and become advocates for environmental stewardship. Learn more by contacting Lauren Theis.
Join Us at Fairview Farm on July 13
 
Stop by RHA's Open House at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 5:30-7:30pm for a sip of wine, spot of tea, something sweet and something savory. RHA staff will be on hand to tour the preserve with you--including a walk through our beautiful Bird & Butterfly Garden--and share some of the exciting work we're doing at Fairview Farm and throughout the watershed.
 
Events & Happenings

Save the Date!
Raritan Headwaters' Old Fashioned Country Fair - October 8, 2017
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.

Contact us to learn how to become an RHA Social Media Ambassador!

 

SS4S: Final weeks for Summit Registration, Health Grants, & Certification Applications             (Posted: 7-6-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
265 Districts     661 Schools     Participating

Sneak Peek: 2017 NJ Sustainability Summit
With one week until the June 21st New Jersey Sustainability Summit, we want to provide you with a sneak peek. The one-day summit attracts over 300 diverse participants from across New Jersey with 50 experts and practitioners providing sessions. Participate in thought-provoking conversations that focus on engaging government, community, schools, business and academia in sustainable action. The event will kick-off with a keynote address by Chris Daggett, President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. A total of 12 concurrent sessions are offered with topics ranging from "promoting a clean energy future at the local level" and "protecting our natural resources, local action/regional impact" to "strengthening leadership at the local level" and "waste not, recycle more."

Take a peek at the speakers and the 2017 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report:
2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit Speakers
2017 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report
Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2017SummitRegister

Final Deadline for Sustainable Jersey for Schools 2017 Certification
June 29th
 
If your school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and would like to be recognized for its sustainability efforts with bronze or silver certification at the October 2017 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop, please keep in mind that June 29 is the final deadline for certification applications.  Applicants for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification are supported through the process, with three opportunities to submit applications for review and feedback from January to June.  For more information click here or contact us at schools@sustainablejersey.com.  For those looking ahead to 2018, please check out our informative webinar series "Preparing for Certification"
Save the date!
New Jersey Electric School Bus Workshop

A free event co-sponsored by Sustainable Jersey, the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. At this workshop experts will present on the basics of electric school buses, funding and procurement, & best practices for deployment.

When: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: FEA Conference Center, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

In order to reserve your spot early please register here.

June 29th Deadline Approaching for Student & Staff Wellness Grants
 
If your district or school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and serves students in grades 6 and above, there is funding available to help you implement health and wellness actions.

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, is providing $120,000 for a Sustainable Jersey Small Grants 
Program cycle. The cycle will fund thirty $4,000 awards to complete specific Sustainable Jersey for Schools health and wellness actions. View the recorded webinar (see link below) to learn more about the programs and activities that could be funded by this grant and the online grant application process. 

The grant application deadline is Friday, June 29, 2017. Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of August, 2017 to implement actions in 2017-2018 school year.

RECORDED INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:  Available here.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Burlington County
Beverly City School District
Beverly Elementary School

Camden County
Mark Newbie Elementary School (Collingswood)
Mastery Charter Schools - Cramer Hill (Camden)

Essex County
Abington Avenue Elementary School (Newark)

Hunterdon County
Franklin Township Elementary School

Morris County
Hanover Park High School


PowerSave Schools
Get free support and resources to educate students about energy efficiency and save money on your school's energy costs.

Sustainable Jersey is partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) to bring the PowerSave Schools program to  32 schools that are within NJNG's service area.  Seventeen schools are returning for a second year in the program and 
15 additional schools will be admitted for the 2017-18 school year.  
NJNG will fund all direct program costs for the 32 schools, while the ASE will lead implementation of the PowerSave program in schools, providing the tools and resources to ensure a successful program outcome. 

Application deadline: Monday, July 31
Click here for application form and more information.
Carton Council 
School Carton Recycling Grant Program
Recycling Bins, Lesson Plans & Opportunities for up to $5,000 in grants available for interested schools!
(Rolling Deadline)

School recycling programs not only encourage children to learn about the importance of recycling, but they also enable communities to recover large quantities of valuable materials, like beverage cartons. If your local recycling facility accepts food and beverage cartons, we encourage you to consider adding them to your existing school recycling program. If your school does not currently have a recycling program, you can still start a carton recycling one. The Carton Council has resources to help start a program or promote an existing one to ensure everyone is participating. Please visit http://www.cartonopportunities.org/schools to find more information on how to get started recycling cartons in your school.

The Carton Council School Carton Recycling Grant Program is designed specifically to help schools across the country establish school carton recycling programs, with the objective of increasing awareness of school carton recycling and ultimately the amount of cartons recovered in a community. Through this program, the Carton Council is able to offer grants up to $5,000 to school recycling programs that meet the criteria. Milk carton shaped recycling bins are also available free through the grant program. If you are interested in either program, please contact Barbara Heineken, Carton Council East Coast Recycling Coordinator, at bheineken@recycle.com or 813-802-8036.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT @ Duke Farms, Hillsborough
"Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy" June 26-29th
"Environmental Problem-Based Learning: Water Pollution" July 17-18th
"Environmental Problem-Based Learning: Water Pollution" July 27-28th
"Learning & Teaching with Monarch Butterfiles" August 3-4th
Click here for registration and more information. 

USING PROBLEM BASED LEARNING & SUSTAINABILITY TO ADDRESS LOCAL & GLOBAL ISSUES (Stipends available)
JUNE 26-27, 2017 9:00 AM-2:30 PM, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
Training and support to primary, middle, and secondary educators and administrators on problem-based learning using sustainability themes. The two-day workshop is designed to show how critical content in the field of sustainability will focus on enhancing the teaching and learning of critical skills needed to solve problems. Using sustainable topics that deal with local and global issues, this workshop will show teachers how to develop units of study that involve students in solving authentic and local problems that are interesting and relevant. Click here to register.

PROJECT ADVENTURE TRAINING Sponsored by NJAHPERD & CDC
REGISTER BY JUNE 20TH (Scholarships are limited)
JULY 10 OR JULY 28, 2017, Pottersville, NJ
NJAHPERD has secured funding from the Department of Health through a CDC grant to provide professional development for Health and Physical Education teachers to improve nutrition, physical activity and physical education programs in schools.Funding is available to attend a Project Adventure Training in Pottersville, NJ in July. You must attend both days of the training and provide a written statement on how you will implement the training in your program. Click here to register.  

TOOLBOX TUESDAY  (3 LOCATIONS OFFERED- Washington Twp, Manchester Twp, & Sparta)
JULY 11, 18 or 25th  7:00AM- 1:00PM
A free event for NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association Members and their support staff. Training classes available.
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Autumn Conference: "From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors" Sept. 29, 2017
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

treehugger: The Swimsuit Edition             (Posted: 6-29-17)

Click HERE.

Children and Nature Network Updates             (Posted: 6-29-17)

Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement
6/23: This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
6/16: This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup

SJ: June Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 6-9-17)

Click HERE.

Treehugger Daily News: Dear World...             (Posted: 6-9-17)

Click HERE.

June is Great Outdoors Month®!             (Posted: 6-9-17)

Click HERE.

Great Places: Welcome the Baby Ospreys!             (Posted: 6-9-17)

Click HERE.

Gardener News             (Posted: 6-9-17)

Click HERE.

OCSCD's LML guide available in Spanish             (Posted: 6-9-17)

Ocean County Soil Conservation District is pleased to announce that our Low Maintenance Landscaping guide for the Barnegat Bay Watershed is now available in Spanish.
Click HERE.

This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 6-5-17)

Click HERE.

June Littoral News             (Posted: 6-5-17)

Click HERE.

Backyard Gardening Tips and More             (Posted: 6-5-17)

June 2017
Stream Monitoring Season Begins June 15
  
This year, we're especially excited to be monitoring sites in all 52 of our region's subwatersheds! So far, we've trained 37 new and returning volunteers, and will hold another training session for new volunteers on June 10, 9am-3pm at Fairview Farm
 
"Ride for the River" Is Just Around the Corner
 
On June 10, our 14th annual Motorcycle Poker Run fundraiser starts with a 60 mile ride throughout the watershed, followed by an afternoon picnic at Spruce Run State Park. Proceeds support RHA's mission protecting the water in our rivers, streams and homes.
 
Backyard Gardening Tips
           
If you're looking for flowers that look great, don't need to be fussed over and attract birds, bees and butterflies, consider "going native." RHA's Trish McGuire offers suggestions on which plants to select and how to get your garden going.
It's Just Not Summer Without Nature Camp
 
Open to children ages 3 to 16, RHA's popular Nature Day Camp programs are educational, inspirational and just plain fun!
 
 Sign up while there's still space available!   

Colgate Employees Help with Spring Cleaning
 
Twenty-eight volunteers planted trees and shrubs in our new rain garden and newly created wetlands, repaired the protectors around young trees in our forest, tackled the weeds in our budding pollinator garden and removed invasive species in our meadows. Thank you, Colgate!
 
To learn how your company can get involved in a workday with RHA, contact George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager.  
Tick Watch
 
Whether you're hanging out in the backyard, walking the dog, or hiking at one of our region's parks, you're sure to encounter these disease-carrying pests!
Here are some resources where you can learn about ticks, how to identify them and what to do if bitten.
On the Watchdog Front

Watershed Watchdog
Get out on June 6 to vote in the primary for Governor! If you're still undecided, here are the candidates.

And don't forget to show you care about the environment by joining us at Fairview Farm on June 15 (8:30-10:30am or 7-9pm) to learn from RHA's Director of Policy Bill Kibler how to contact elected officials and make your voice heard! RSVP to Bill with the session you're interested in attending.
  
Did You Know?

Water utilities are required by the EPA to send their customers an annual drinking water quality report,  known as a Consumer Confidence Report, by July 1. The report contains information on the source of the drinking water, regulated contaminants, and more. If you're on public water, watch for your CCR!
 
RHA's well testing program is also available to those on public water who may be concerned about the health of their drinking water.
 
Events & Happenings

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.

Green Knight newsletter - May 2017             (Posted: 6-5-17)

Click HERE.

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS NEWS             (Posted: 6-1-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
262 Districts     643 Schools     Participating
2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Session Spotlight: Strategies and Resources to Support Local Sustainability Initiatives
 
Plan now to attend the 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit and make sure to attend the 
SESSION SPOTLIGHT: Strategies and Resources to Support Local Sustainability Initiatives:
 
Green teams are on the front lines of the local sustainability movement across the state. Learn new strategies to expand the capacity and reach of your green teams. Hear about ways that green teams can build on resources already existing within the sustainability community.
 

NJ Sustainability Summit: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The College of New Jersey


What Would You Do with $4,000 to Improve Student & Staff Wellness?
 
If your district or school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and serves students in Grade 6 or above, there is funding available to help you to implement health and wellness actions.

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, is providing $120,000 for a Sustainable Jersey Small Grants 
Program cycle. The cycle will fund thirty $4,000 awards to complete specific Sustainable Jersey for Schools health and wellness actions. Join us for a webinar on May 11th from 3:00-4:00pm to learn more about the programs and activities that could be funded by this grant and the online grant application process. The grant application deadline is Friday, June 29, 2017. Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of August, 2017 to implement actions in 2017-2018 school year.

RECORDED INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:  Available here.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Atlantic County
Mullica Township Middle School
Mullica Township Primary School
New York Avenue School (Somers Point)

Cape May County
Dennis Township Middle School

Essex County
Glenwood Elementary School (Millburn)
Middlesex County
New Brunswick School District

Monmouth County
Hope Academy Charter School (Asbury Park) 

Somerset County
Hillsborough Elementary School 


NJ Dept of Environmental Protection 2017 Contests
Recycling Poetry Contest for Grades 4-6
 Recycling Logo and Slogan Contest for Grades 9-11

On this 30th anniversary of New Jersey's Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, young writers in grades 4 through 6 are challenged to submit original poems (100 words or less) and high school students in grades 9 through 11 are challenged to submit logo designs and slogans.  The poem and logos & slogans should inspire and motivate citizens of all ages to recycle their waste at home, school, work and in the community. 

Four winning poems per grade level, and one winning logo design and slogan will be used as part of NJDEP's future statewide recycling outreach efforts, which will include various print and online media.
 
The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 2.  

Poetry contest: click here for more information.
Logo and slogan contest: click here for more information.

"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

NEXT WEBINAR IN THE SERIES: 
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements. Click here to register.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

USING PROBLEM BASED LEARNING & SUSTAINABILITY TO ADDRESS LOCAL & GLOBAL ISSUES (Stipends available)
JUNE 26-27, 2017 9:00 AM-2:30 PM, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
Training and support to primary, middle, and secondary educators, and administrators on problem-based learning using sustainability themes. The two-day workshop is designed to show how critical content in the field of sustainability will focus on enhancing the teaching and learning of critical skills needed to solve problems. Using sustainable topics that deal with local and global issues, this workshop will show teachers how to develop units of study that involve students in solving authentic and local problems that are interesting and relevant. Click here to register.

PROJECT ADVENTURE TRAINING Sponsored by NJAHPERD & CDC
REGISTER BY JUNE 20TH (Scholarships are limited)
JULY 10 OR JULY 28, 2017, Pottersville, NJ
NJAHPERD has secured funding from the Department of Health through a CDC grant to provide professional development for Health and Physical Education teachers to improve nutrition, physical activity and physical education programs in schools.Funding is available to attend a Project Adventure Training in Pottersville, NJ in July. You must attend both days of the training and provide a written statement on how you will implement the training in your program. Click here to register.  
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

Final Deadline for Sustainable Jersey for Schools 2017 Certification
June 29th
 
If your school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and would like to be recognized for its sustainability efforts with bronze or silver certification at the October 2017 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop, please keep in mind that June 29 is the final deadline for certification applications.  Applicants for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification are supported through the process, with three opportunities to submit applications for review and feedback from January to June.  For more information click here or contact us at schools@sustainablejersey.com.  For those looking ahead to 2018, please check out our informative webinar series "Preparing for Certification"
2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Session Spotlight:
 Protecting Our Natural Resources: Local Action, Regional Impact

Plan now to attend the 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit and make sure to attend the breakout sessions. Water, energy, education, recycling, the arts - you name it and we have a session planned. A total of 12 sessions will allow you to dig deeper into the dimensions of sustainability. You'll come away with a clear sense of the state of the movement, new ideas about what can be done to make progress, an expanded network of fellow practitioners, and the inspiration to go back and continue to drive change one municipality or school at a time.

SESSION SPOTLIGHT: Protecting Our Natural Resources: Local Action, Regional Impact: Local efforts to protect natural resources become critical when state and federal resources are no longer guaranteed. Learn how vigilance at the local level can help preserve our state and regional ecosystems and protect human health.

NJ Sustainability Summit: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The College of New Jersey

June 29th Deadline Approaching for Student & Staff Wellness Grants
 
If your district or school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and serves students in grades 6 and above, there is funding available to help you implement health and wellness actions.

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, is providing $120,000 for a Sustainable Jersey Small Grants 
Program cycle. The cycle will fund thirty $4,000 awards to complete specific Sustainable Jersey for Schools health and wellness actions. Join us for a webinar on May 11th from 3:00-4:00pm to learn more about the programs and activities that could be funded by this grant and the online grant application process. The grant application deadline is Friday, June 29, 2017. Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of August, 2017 to implement actions in 2017-2018 school year.

RECORDED INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:  Available here.
PowerSave Schools
Get free support and resources to educate students about energy efficiency and save money on your school's energy costs.

Sustainable Jersey is partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and the Alliance Save Energy (ASE) to bring the PowerSave Schools program to  31 schools that are within NJNG's service area.  Fifteen schools are returning for a second year in the program and 
16 additional schools will be admitted for the 2017-18 school year.  NJNG will fund all direct program costs for the 31 schools, while the ASE will lead implementation of the PowerSave program in schools, providing the tools and resources to ensure a successful program outcome. 

Application deadline: Monday, July 31
Click here for application form and more information.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Hudson County
Patricia M. Noonan No. 26 Elementary School (Jersey City) 

Morris County
Butler Public School District

Somerset County
Hillsborough High School
Warren Middle School

Sussex County
Sussex County Charter School For Technology

Union County
Academy For Allied Health Science (Union Co. Vo-Tech Schools)
Academy For Information Technology (Union Co. Vo-Tech Schools)
Academy For Performing Arts (Union Co. Vo-Tech Schools)
Franklin Elementary School (Summit)
Jefferson Primary Center (Summit)
Lincoln - Hubbard Elementary School (Summit)
Union County Magnet High School (Union Co. Vo-Tech Schools)
Union County Vocational-Technical High School (Union Co. Vo-Tech Schools)
Wilson Primary Center (Summit)


NJ Dept of Environmental Protection 2017 Contests
Recycling Poetry Contest for Grades 4-6
 Recycling Logo and Slogan Contest for Grades 9-11

On this 30th anniversary of New Jersey's Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, young writers in grades 4 through 6 are challenged to submit original poems (100 words or less) and high school students in grades 9 through 11 are challenged to submit logo designs and slogans.  The poem and logos & slogans should inspire and motivate citizens of all ages to recycle their waste at home, school, work and in the community. 

Four winning poems per grade level, and one winning logo design and slogan will be used as part of NJDEP's future statewide recycling outreach efforts, which will include various print and online media.
 
The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 2.  

Poetry contest: click here for more information.
Logo and slogan contest: click here for more information.

Bergen Community College
 Sustainability Institute Student Challenge & Hackathon

Students in the Northern NJ region are invited to participate in two events:

The Hackathon for students in grades 7-12 on June 7 at 5:30-9:30 pm will address a question related to recycled, reclaimed or repurposed materials.

The Student Challenge for grades 1-6 on June 12, 5:30-8:30 pm, consists of four competitions in addressing the topic of turning trash to treasure. Student submissions may include posters, models, art or science projects.  

Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners in each category and include Suez Youth Summer Scholarships for kids summer programs.  
 
Registration Deadline:  June 3, 2017  

Click here for registration forms and more information.

"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements. Click here to register.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT @ Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Various Environmental & Project Based Learning Sessions from June 9th- August 4th
"Voices from The Land: Integrating Language & Landscape, Art & Culture" June 9-10th
"Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy" June 26-29th
"Environmental Problem-Based Learning: Water Pollution" July 17-18th
"Environmental Problem-Based Learning: Water Pollution" July 27-28th
"Learning & Teaching with Monarch Butterfiles" August 3-4th
Click here for registration and more information. 

USING PROBLEM BASED LEARNING & SUSTAINABILITY TO ADDRESS LOCAL & GLOBAL ISSUES (Stipends available)
JUNE 26-27, 2017 9:00 AM-2:30 PM, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
Training and support to primary, middle, and secondary educators, and administrators on problem-based learning using sustainability themes. The two-day workshop is designed to show how critical content in the field of sustainability will focus on enhancing the teaching and learning of critical skills needed to solve problems. Using sustainable topics that deal with local and global issues, this workshop will show teachers how to develop units of study that involve students in solving authentic and local problems that are interesting and relevant. Click here to register.

PROJECT ADVENTURE TRAINING Sponsored by NJAHPERD & CDC
REGISTER BY JUNE 20TH (Scholarships are limited)
JULY 10 OR JULY 28, 2017, Pottersville, NJ
NJAHPERD has secured funding from the Department of Health through a CDC grant to provide professional development for Health and Physical Education teachers to improve nutrition, physical activity and physical education programs in schools.Funding is available to attend a Project Adventure Training in Pottersville, NJ in July. You must attend both days of the training and provide a written statement on how you will implement the training in your program. Click here to register.  
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Autumn Conference: "From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors" Sept. 29, 2017
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

National Wildlife Federation News             (Posted: 5-31-17)

Help America's Wildlife Survive! HERE.
Two New Pathways Coming Soon! HERE.

Sustainable Jersey News             (Posted: 5-31-17)

Did someone say sustainability? Seven updates for you: HERE.
31 New Jersey Municipalities Receive a Sustainable Jersey Grant: HERE.

Children & Nature Network News             (Posted: 5-31-17)

Children & Nature Research Digest | May 2017: HERE.
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup: HERE.
Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement: HERE.
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup: HERE.
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup" HERE.

The Nature Conservancy: Updates from the Cool Green Science Blog             (Posted: 5-31-17)

Science Update: Planting Bear Scat: HERE.

Treehugger Daily News             (Posted: 5-31-17)

This may be over your head: HERE.
TreeHugger buys minivan!: HERE.

CWF: May E-News 2017             (Posted: 5-11-17)

AS SHOREBIRDS MIGRATE TO DELAWARE BAY, SO DO MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT TEAM
Red Knots in flight on Cooks Shoal. Photo by Stephanie Feigin.
ALL SIGNS POINT TO DELAWARE BAY
Each spring in Delaware Bay, from about the first week in May to the second week in June, the largest concentration of horseshoe crabs in the world comes onshore to spawn. At the same time, tens of thousands of shorebirds arrive at the Bay, emaciated and exhausted from what has been a non-stop, four-day flight from South America. They are en route on a remarkable roundtrip journey from southern wintering grounds to Arctic breeding territory, and Delaware Bay is their most critical stopover on this 8,000-mile trip. 

This year marks the 21st season for the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project. As the horseshoe crabs and shorebirds make their way to Delaware Bay, the project team has begun their journey from all parts of the world to Delaware Bay as well. Catch up on last year's study before this season is in full swing!

BAHAMAS PIPING PLOVER CONSERVATION PROJECT PAGE
Photo courtesy of Chad Anderson.
CWF HAS ADDED A NEW CONSERVATION PROJECT PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE
Have you been following senior biologist Todd Pover and wildlife biologist Emily Heiser as they travel to the Bahamas to study piping plovers on our blog and social media? Now you can read all about the project on our newest webpage. Essentially, an expansion to the already existing Beach Nesting Birds Project webpage, this new webpage focuses on the wintering habitats and distribution of piping plovers and the threats they face. Visit the webpage today to learn more about piping plovers in the Bahamas.
 
BECOME A MONTHLY SUPPORTER
AS THE FIELD SEASON BEGINS, WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO JOIN OUR MONTHLY GIVING CLUB

Join the dedicated group of supporters who are leading the way in protecting our most vulnerable wildlife by becoming monthly contributors to Conserve Wildlife Foundation and sustaining our work throughout the year. It's easy to join our monthly giving club and start making a difference right away.

As a monthly member, you will be helping stop species loss in a real and tangible way.
  • For $10 per month you will help build and install an osprey platform.
  • For $20 per month, your gift will buy 12 feet of fencing to protect terrapins along Great Bay Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor.
  • For a dollar a day, or $30 a month, you allow us to deploy a steward on Delaware Bayshore beaches to protect shorebirds from dangerous disturbances.
Join today and, as a thank you, we will send you a Conserve Wildlife Foundation baseball hat to wear and show your support for species in New Jersey.

You can start now...just choose an automatic monthly donation amount that works for you and maximize the impact of your support for wildlife. 

If you would like to subscribe at a different level, please contact Liz Silvernail or call at 609.292.3707.
 
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Promote wildlife conservation to win scholarships!
USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROTECT WILDLIFE AND WIN PRIZES 
It's not too late to enter this contest! CWF invites high school students from across the state to create an original social media campaign to promoting the critical importance of wildlife protection in New Jersey. The entry deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Sponsored by PSEG, this fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest  capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills.

Best of all, it's free - and gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prizes!

Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
  • 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
  • 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money

All registered participants will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.

Please read the contest rules and fill out the entry form that will be submitted with each entry.

YOUR DAILY DOSE OF WILDLIFE
Barred Owl by James Fiorentino
IN CELEBRATION OF SPRING, CWF HAS LAUNCHED "A SPECIES A DAY" SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN
This social media campaign will bring the stunning wildlife artwork of famed artist James Fiorentino to life online. Fiorentino has painted 25 watercolor portraits of endangered wildlife species across the Northeastern U.S. for our multi-year traveling exhibition, Rare Wildlife Revealed. Each day we will highlight one of his paintings - and the rare species he has spotlighted - currently exhibited at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum until July 30, 2017.

This daily dose of rare wildlife and art will be sure to brighten your every morning! Stay tuned on our social media pages to learn about New Jersey's unique wildlife.
NEW JERSEY'S RAREST REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
Join wildlife biologist Allegra Mitchell at the Cape May County Upper Branch Library on May 11 from 
6:00 - 7:00 PM to learn about the rarest of reptiles and amphibians in New Jersey. In addition to discovering all about the many different species of reptiles and amphibians in the state, we will also learn about the threats to these small, cryptic critters as well as how to help them cross the road! Come join us as we learn: Where exactly does a frog live? What does a snake do in the winter? How can you help create wildlife habitat?

Photo courtesy of Robert Lin.
PIPING PLOVERS: ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK AND BEYOND
Join CWF Senior Biologist Todd Pover at Island Beach State Park's Interpretive Center on May 13 at 1:00 PM to learn about endangered piping plovers - their fascinating nesting behavior, breeding trends in New Jersey, recent research on their migration and wintering grounds, and an update on their status at Island Beach State Park - where they returned to nest last year after a decade long absence. This will be an informative presentation followed by Q&A, appropriate for those who know little or nothing about piping plovers or those looking to expand their knowledge.


OYSTERCATCHER NESTING SEASON IS UNDERWAY
Many American oystercatcher pairs and other beach nesting birds have been busy laying their eggs over the last few weeks.


THE DRAMA CONTINUES AT UNION COUNTY FALCON NEST
The intruding female did not waste any time familiarizing herself with her new surroundings.

EAGLE NESTLING PROTECTED IN NEW OSPREY PLATFORM
Dedicated CWF biologists and volunteers replaced an old rotten osprey platform in order to protect an eagle nestling.

NJTV: OSPREY POPULATION CONTINUES TO REBOUND IN NJ
CWF's Ben Wurst and David Wheeler joined NJTV for this inspiring video and accompanying story about the continuing recovery of ospreys.

Why Do You Garden?              (Posted: 5-11-17)

Growing some of your own food might be the primary reason why you garden, and it’s a very good one! At Grow Your Lunch, however, we garden not only because we love to grow food, but also because we believe that growing food is one of the most effective ways to discover ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

These are the  primary reasons why we garden:

1.) To engage our five senses - In the garden, we see, touch, taste, smell and listen every day.

2.) To observe patterns and connections - In the garden, we see that living systems are composed of cycles, flows, and complex webs of relationships.

3.) To preserve cultural diversity - In the garden, we remember the food traditions of our ancestors, relatives, friends, and neighbors. 

4.) To find satisfaction in delayed gratification - In the garden, we are reminded that hard work can take time to pay off.

5.) To explore the natural history of a place - In the garden, we become aware of weather, climate, soils, water resources and native species. 

6.) To observe that waste is a uniquely human concept - In the garden, we are reminded that there is no such thing as “trash” - each individual’s waste is always another’s food.


7.) To embrace seasonality - In the garden, we develop a taste for foods that are fresh at different times of year. 

8.) To think about the impact of  our "food dollars" - In the garden, we are inspired to question how our food choices affect people and the environment.

9.) To preserve genetic diversity - In the garden, we have the power to build resilience in our food system by saving seeds for future generations. 

10.) To share food with one another - In sharing food, we help weave a durable social fabric that can hold us together when our differences threaten to pull us apart.

Could Your Community Benefit from an Edible Garden Site Assessment This Spring?

We'd love to help you take your edible garden program to the next level. 

Schedule an exploratory call today! 
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Landscape Project Version 3.3 Released             (Posted: 5-11-17)

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SJ: May Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 5-11-17)

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RH: May We Have Your Attention             (Posted: --)

May 2017
Ride for the River Set for June 10
  
Our 14th annual Motorcycle Poker Run fundraiser starts with a 60 mile ride through the watershed, followed by an afternoon picnic at Spruce Run State Park. Proceeds support RHA's mission protecting the water in our rivers, our streams and our homes. Learn more and register!
       
P.S. We need volunteers! If you can help, please contact Trish McGuire.
Calling All Municipal Decision Makers!
           
Join Dr. Chris Obropta, Rutgers Coop Extension, on May 18 at Fairview Farm to learn what he and his staff are doing to help municipalities address the problem of stormwater runoff, flooding and erosion due to impervious surfaces.
Find Out What's in Your Water
 
Several municipalities in the watershed have scheduled their spring Community Well Testing for May and June. View the schedule.

Residents can test their water any time through our Individual Well Testing program.

It's Just Not Summer Without Nature Camp
 
Open to children ages 3 to 16, RHA's popular Nature Day Camp programs are educational, inspirational and just plain fun!
 
 Sign up while there's still space available!   

Thank You for the Great Support!
 
More than 200 guests celebrated Earth Day at RHA's Boots & Bar-B-Q fundraiser. The evening featured delish barbecue, whiskey tasting, dancing to live music, a corn hole tournament, and auctions.
 
Many thanks to all who helped make this event a success, including sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, staff and trustees, the Boots & Bar-B-Q Committee, and Jenny & Greg Morris for hosting the event at their Hunt's End Farm in Gladstone. 
 
What a Haul!
 
More than 1,300 volunteers came out on Earth Day to pitch in at 61 stream cleanup sites, netting close to 14 tons of trash--including 1,542 plastic shopping bags and 5,630 plastic water bottles--along 63 miles of streams! Read all about it.
 
A big thank you to all who braved the chilly, rainy weather, and to our Stream Cleanup sponsors who made this important event possible.
  
Our Spring Appeal Is Underway
 
There is no other organization doing what we do to safeguard our watershed and its natural resources. But we wouldn't be as successful in our work protecting the water in our rivers, our streams and our homes without your support.
 
Donate to our Spring Appeal today and double your impact! Gifts received by May 30th will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to the generosity of one of our trustees.

On the Watchdog Front

Watershed Watchdog
On June 15, RHA's Policy Director Bill Kibler will provide tips and guidelines on how to talk to elected officials that are making important decisions affecting the health of our water. Show you care about the environment by attending either the morning session (8:30-10:30am) or evening session (7-9pm) where you'll be given the tools to make your voice heard!
 
RSVP via e-mail to Bill Kibler with the session you're interested in attending. Both will be held at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Bedminster.
  
Did You Know?

Spruce Run, April 4, 2017 (www.njdrought.org)
According to NJDEP, Hunterdon and Somerset--both in our watershed--are the only two of NJ's 14 counties still in a drought warning. Round Valley and Spruce Run reservoirs remain below normal capacity. Please continue to conserve water!
 
Events & Happenings

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.

Contact us to learn how to become an RHA Social Media Ambassador!

 

SJ4S: What Would You Do with $4,000 to Improve Student & Staff Wellness?             (Posted: 5-8-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
259 Districts     637 Schools     Participating

What Would You Do with $4,000 to Improve Student & Staff Wellness?
 
If your district or school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and serves students in Grade 6 or above, there is funding available to help you to implement health and wellness actions.

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, is providing $120,000 for a Sustainable Jersey Small Grants 
Program cycle. The cycle will fund thirty $4,000 awards to complete specific Sustainable Jersey for Schools health and wellness actions. Join us for a webinar on May 11th from 3:00-4:00pm to learn more about the programs and activities that could be funded by this grant and the online grant application process. The grant application deadline is Friday, June 29, 2017. Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of August, 2017 to implement actions in 2017-2018 school year.

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:  May 11th  3:00-4:00pm.  Register here
2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Session Spotlight: The Art of Sustainability: Turning Creativity into Problem Based Solutions
 
Plan now to attend the 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit and make sure to attend the breakout sessions.

SESSION SPOTLIGHT: The Art of Sustainability: Turning Creativity into Problem Based Solutions: The intersection of the arts and sustainability is becoming increasingly important. What is New Jersey doing in this area? We will highlight examples from participating schools using Integrated Science Technology Engineering Art and Math to prepare the next generation of sustainability leaders. Hear from organizations at the forefront of harnessing New Jersey's creative resources.

NJ Sustainability Summit: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The College of New Jersey
Let the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Website Show You The Money!
 
In addition to providing action guidance and best practices, the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website also has a free Grants Portal  listing resources that can be easily searched and customized to your interests. You can do a quick search, or create a profile that will automatically match your search preferences and will send weekly updates on new resources that match your preferences. Sign up today!
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Atlantic County
Dawes Avenue School (Somers Point)
Jordan Road School (Somers Point)
Mullica Township School District
Somers Point School District

Burlington County 
Willingboro Public School District


Gloucester County
Pitman High School 

Middlesex County
Sayreville School District

Morris County
John Hill Elementary School (Boonton)
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
May 10   10-11am  Education for Sustainability
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
USING DATA TO DRIVE BUY-IN & FUNDING TO REDUCE ASTHMA TRIGGERS: THE VALUE PROPOSITION OF SCHOOL IAQ MANAGEMENT
MAY 4, 2017  WEBINAR 1:00-2:30PM
This webinar will help participants to understand how to create a strategy for improving indoor air quality, with a specific focus on reducing asthma triggers.  Participants will learn how to identify, collect, and use data with low-cost, easy-to-use tools (e.g. the School IAQ Assessment Mobile App) to start, improve, or sustain a comprehensive IAQ & asthma management program.  This webinar is part of a series on Indoor Air Quality.  Click here to learn more about the series.  Click here to register.

NJSBA SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
MAY 24, 2017  The Conference Center at Mercer, West Windsor, NJ
Take your sustainability efforts to the next level!
NJSBA's Sustainability Leadership Conference will include breakout sessions, a keynote address, and a networking lunch which will offer participants the opportunity to participate in round table discussions on hot topics in green leadership. The day will also include a panel discussion on top ten essential sustainability questions your green team should be asking. This conference will arm you with information on best practices and solutions to help promote sustainable leadership in your district.
Click here for more details.

USING PRUBLEM BASED LEARNING & SUSTAINABILITY TO ADDRESS LOCAL & GLOBAL ISSUES (Stipends available)
JUNE 26-27, 2017 9:00 AM-2:30 PM, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
Training and support to primary, middle, and secondary educators, and administrators on problem-based learning using sustainability themes. The two-day workshop is designed to show how critical content in the field of sustainability will focus on enhancing the teaching and learning of critical skills needed to solve problems. Using sustainable topics that deal with local and global issues, this workshop will show teachers how to develop units of study that involve students in solving authentic and local problems that are interesting and relevant. Click here to register.

PROJECT ADVENTURE TRAINING Sponsored by NJAHPERD & CDC
REGISTER BY JUNE 20TH (Scholarships are limited)
JULY 10 OR JULY 28, 2017, Pottersville, NJ
NJAHPERD has secured funding from the Department of Health through a CDC grant to provide professional development for Health and Physical Education teachers to improve nutrition, physical activity and physical education programs in schools.Funding is available to attend a Project Adventure Training in Pottersville, NJ in July. You must attend both days of the training and provide a written statement on how you will implement the training in your program. Click here to register.  
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sponsors 


Celebrating Garden for Wildlife Month             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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Great Places: Ask a Scientist             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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Watch Sage Grouse Live!             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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Certify your garden today and give a tree             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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NJ Eco-Schools April Newsletter             (Posted: 5-5-17)

New Jersey Eco-Schools Newsletter - April 2017
Summer Learning Opportunities
July 24 to 28, 2017 - Bernardsville
Explore ecology and sustainability concepts while you discover forested regions of the NJ Highlands and Passaic River watershed. Practice over 20 field investigations aligned with the NJ Student Learning Standards for Science. LEARN MORE
Aug 28 to 31, 2017  -  Jersey City
Learn to integrate environmental issues in biodiversity, consumption and waste, climate change and energy into the curriculum and empower students to create sustainable communities. LEARN MORE
Upcoming Events 

$4,000 Health & Wellness Grants
Deadline: June 29, 2017
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is now accepting grant applications from  public schools serving middle and high school students to support health and wellness initiatives. Learn More!
Over 200 Participating NJ Schools!
Schools across New Jersey are engaging students in authentic learning experiences to positively impact their environments using the Eco-Schools Pathways and 7-Step Framework.
Eco-Schools USA in NJ is Supported by:
Contact Allison Mulch, Eco-Schools USA Coordinator 
NJ Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury, NJ
609-427-3052 x103    |   allison.mulch@njaudubon.org   |   education.njaudubon.org

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