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CONTENTS:
Video and Essay Contest: TREES ROCK!
Take a Second Energy Contest!
USGBC NJ Announces Our End of Summer Kids Event
NJMC Auguest Pontoon Boat Rides!
FREE RAIN GARDEN FOR NESHANIC WATERSHED RESIDENTS!
Nominate an Exceptional Woman for 2014 Women & Wildlife Awards
Upcoming Public Programs at Pequest
Sandy photography exhibition
Upcoming events: Wildflower walk, blueberry picking & more
Application for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available
WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 13-14 - Save the Dates!
Fishing Fun Photo Contest
Registration for NPLD 2014 Opens
Time to sign up for our 2014 Greenway Walks!
NJ ES events, spring 2014
NJ WILD Outdoor Expo 2014 Registration
Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2014 Eco-Programs
Video and Essay Contest: TREES ROCK!             (Posted: 8-27-14)

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

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

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

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

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

To download all of the important documents to get started, go to www.scottiestreesrock.com

If you have any questions about the contest, just reply to http://www.edweb.net/.5a0bb16c and I can answer your inquiries here.

Lastly, mark your calendars for September 16 at 5 PM, when I will be presenting a webinar to tell everyone more about the contest and classroom resources from Scotties.

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

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USGBC NJ Announces Our End of Summer Kids Event             (Posted: 8-11-14)

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Letter from USGBC NJ Board Director Bill Gates and Central Branch Chair Rey Montalvo

August 21, 2014

We are hosting an exciting event on Saturday, September 6th. It is the "End of the Summer" Social, a daytime children's event to be held at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ. It will run from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We are expecting at least 150-200 kids to attend from urban areas, and schools throughout New Jersey.

Every year USGBC NJ holds this event and sponsors children from NJ Boys and Girls Clubs, and Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. In 2013, event sponsors and Summer Social attendees made it possible for 200 kids from NJ children's clubs to attend FREE OF CHARGE! We are expecting this year's event to be just as successful, even more so, as we are incorporating this event into USGBC's Green Apple Day of Service.

Terhune Orchards is a 200-acre, family owned farm in Central, NJ. The farm market is open 7 days a week, year-round in a 150 year old barn. Terhune Orchards is noted for its fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs, growing 25 varieties of apples and over 35 different vegetable crops. Terhune is owned by Pam and Gary Mount. Pam Mount has a long history of environmentalism and public service, as Committeewoman and Former Mayor for Lawrence Township, as well as the current Chair of Sustainable Jersey.

Just as with previous Kid's Summer Socials, there will a focus on Sustainability Education, as well as fun activities for the kids.

We are currently seeking sponsors to help cover the costs of this event, including apple picking, face painting, and lunch. Individual children will be charged admission, but we are expecting 80-90% of the attendees to be from Girls and Boys Clubs, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and from school green teams.

Please consider becoming a sponsor of this event. A $1000 "Children's Club" Sponsorship includes special recognition at the event; a plaque; and an exhibit table. A $350 Event Sponsorship includes recognition at the event and an exhibit table.

We are also seeking individuals and companies who would be like to participate with innovative presentations, fun environmental projects, etc. If your company has an environmentally focused "take your kids to work day" activity, that might work perfectly. We are open to your ideas.

Please contact Rey Montalvo at reym@cedinternational.com for additional information. We hope you will become a sponsor of our Summer Social today!

Sincerely,

Bill Gates, Board Director, Central Branch Liaison
Rey Montalvo, Central Branch Chair

NJMC Auguest Pontoon Boat Rides!             (Posted: 8-11-14)

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FREE RAIN GARDEN FOR NESHANIC WATERSHED RESIDENTS!             (Posted: 7-31-14)

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

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

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

Or give us a call 908-439-2518!

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

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

NJ Wildlife News & Views
ConserveWildlifeNJ.org
   July 24, 2014

WOMEN AND WILDLIFE AWARDS 2014
Nominations Open Until August 27th 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, contact Liz Silvernail at 609-292-3707 or liz.silvernail@conservewildlifenj.org.

 

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SAVE THE DATE

Women and Wildlife Awards, Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trenton Country Club, Ewing, New Jersey

 



Butterflies by Thomas Gorman

 

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

 

Please Save the Date and join us to  

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

 

Tickets will be on sale in August, 2014.

 

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PLAY AT ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK THIS SUMMER
Go Surf Fishing, Kayaking, Island Exploring, and MORE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full schedule, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/budding.htm on the Division's website.

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

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

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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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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         

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/ .

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.

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

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 National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2014, the 21st annual celebration will occur on Saturday, September 27.


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Celebrate public lands on Saturday, September 27, 2014Register


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

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

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

Go Exploring, it's Free!FeeFree 

2014 fee-free days on federal lands

 

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

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

 

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!



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

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

Events and Summer workshops for our region:

In 2014, Duke Farms will host 7 other Dark Skies Events.Each of these will feature educational activities and telescope observing, with information about the importance of protecting our night sky.Each event has 2 rain dates.Registration will be available approximately one month prior to each event at 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!

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

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