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Using & Preserving Culinary Herbs Workshop
Student Science Video Challenge $250,000 Scholarship Prize
NWF: Celebrate Great Outdoors Month!
NJA: June Petty's Island Programs
Sedge Island Programs for Women/Families
Toes in the Sand, Hands in the Surf
Summer Shorebird Walk at Liberty State Park
Terhune Orchards Upcoming Events
Summer is Coming - Register Kids for Camp!
NJ State Park Events & News—June
This could be you...
Take the Pledge to Campout
Registration now open for Lake DeForest Day - Saturday, June 30!
Raritan Headwaters Events
NJDEP Events Throughout New Jersey
ALS: Get on the Bus; March 4 the Ocean
SAVE THE DATE- Fall Forestry Festival
2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Spring and Summer on Petty's Island
If You Plant It...They will Come!
Fun & Science at Littoral Society Coast Camps
New Jersey Skylands
Call for Applications for EPA Safer Choice Program 2018 Partner of the Year Awards
NJ State Park Events & News—May
March 4 the Ocean with the American Littoral Society
Summer Day Camp at NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Register Today!
Terhune Orchards Children's Educational Programs
Summer Camps & Pony Club at Terhune Orchards
May & June Events and more at PEEC!
Hackensack Riverkeeper 2018 Eco-Program Launch
Division of Fish and Wildlife Upcoming Events
|Using & Preserving Culinary Herbs Workshop
SOMERSET COUNTY - Herbs are all about flavor and reducing the need for salt, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS) invites you to attend its Herbs Add Flavor: Using & Preserving Culinary Herbs Workshop on Wednesday, July 17 at 10 am-12 pm or 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office, 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Learn about culinary herbs - how to pair them with food and use them in cooking, also how to preserve by freezing or drying. There will be demonstrations and tastings of pesto, salsa verde, herb sugar and cucumber soup with mint. Bring one stick of butter to make herb butter to bring home!
|Student Science Video Challenge $250,000 Scholarship Prize
Entries Sought for Science and Math Film Competition
|NWF: Celebrate Great Outdoors Month!
|NJA: June Petty's Island Programs
|Sedge Island Programs for Women/Families
Experience the magic of Sedge Island in Barnegat Bay as you gain skills in fishing, crabbing, clamming and kayaking. The New Jersey Outdoors Program offers day-long programs for Outdoor Women and Outdoor Families at the Division's Sedge House.
|Toes in the Sand, Hands in the Surf
Toes in the Sand, Hands in the Surf
Littoral Society Summer Coast Camp
Join the Littoral Society for a week of educational fun that includes seining, kayaking, marine life identification, fishing, crabbing, birding, shelling, field journaling, plankton discovery, coastal botany, and understanding nature through art. Camps are being held on Long Beach Island and Sandy Hook, NJ in July and August.
Our coastal camps allow kids to have a great time while exploring the natural world. They do this by getting sand between their toes and their hands in the water under the guidance of our trained staff.
Sitting at a PC or turning the pages of a book, kids can develop an interest in the coast. Standing in the surf with the wind in their face and a live fish in their hands, they can develop a passion for it.
Dates and Locations:
Barnegat Bay Coast Camp
July 23 - 27
10am - 3pm
Maris Stella Retreat Center
7201 Long Beach Blvd, Harvey Cedars
$250 per camper per week
Students entering Grades 5-8
Sandy Hook Coast Camp
9am - 2pm
American Littoral Society HQ
18 Hartshorne Dr, Highlands, NJ
$250 per camper per week
Students entering Grades 5-8
Teaching children and adults about coastal ecosystems, marine life, habitats, and threats to them is key to our mission. But we can't do it without your help. Please give to the Littoral Society Education Program through the 2018 OceanFirst Charity Challenge.
American Littoral Society littoralsociety.org Caring for the Coast Since 1961
|Summer Shorebird Walk at Liberty State Park
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
|Terhune Orchards Upcoming Events
4th Annual Ralph Copleman Neighborhood Bike Ride on June 9
|Summer is Coming - Register Kids for Camp!
|NJ State Park Events & News—June
|This could be you...
|Take the Pledge to Campout
|Registration now open for Lake DeForest Day - Saturday, June 30!
LAKE DEFOREST DAY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Lake DeForest Day returns to Clarkstown, NY on Saturday, June 30. Join us for the always-entertaining Supervisors Race and for one of three open paddle sessions. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours!
Don't delay - REGISTER TODAY!
REGISTRATION ONGOING FOR RESERVOIR CHALLENGE
We still have room in the morning races and afternoon paddle session at Reservoir Challenge in Haworth, NJ on Saturday, June 2!
Register for Reservoir Challenge.
|Raritan Headwaters Events
|NJDEP Events Throughout New Jersey
DEP Encourages Residents to Take to the Trail on Saturday, June 2
|ALS: Get on the Bus; March 4 the Ocean
|SAVE THE DATE- Fall Forestry Festival
|2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Please consider supporting this much-anticipated event where participants will have the opportunity to learn about water conservation, soils in their yards, attracting wildlife and enhancing their landscaping!
Saturday, October 20,2018 (8:00am-3:00pm)
Save-the-date for the 2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference – Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Featuring an array of workshops, exhibitors, keynote speaker and a native plant sale.
Registration opens in August. Conference location: Ocean County College campus, Gateway Building.
This Conference is being cooperatively organized by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
|Spring and Summer on Petty's Island
Connecting people with nature and stewarding the nature of today for the people of tomorrow since 1897.
Join New Jersey Audubon and our partner organizations
for some historic first looks at Petty’s Island!
Situated in the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, Petty’s Island is an oasis for birds and other wildlife.
Please note that registration may be limited to accommodate program requirements.
Access to the island is restricted;
directions are provided upon registration.
Registration is required – no exceptions.
To register please go to the registration link provided.
Registration links available 4 to 6 weeks prior to event.
Sorry, no phone or email registrations accepted.
All participants MUST be 12 years or older.
(grade 6 and up)
Email questions about programs or registration to:
Saturday, June 16
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks.Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Registration is open May 4 to June 14 at https://pijunehh.eventbrite.com
Bats of Petty’s Night Hike
Saturday, July 21
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Join us for this special evening program and learn all about bats and their many important roles in nature. With the oil tanks gone we have permission to walk the road and explore the field habitats of Petty’s Island. We know bats use the island, but we’ve never been out at night to explore. We will bust some common myths about these fascinating but misunderstood animals and discuss some of the ways we can help to protect them. As the sun goes down, we will head out and try to pick up their echolocation calls with our bat detector. There is nothing quite like a nature walk at night, so come get batty with us! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Registration is open June 8 to July 19 at https://batsofpettysisl.eventbrite.com
Registration Links for the following programs will be available soon.
Petty’s Island History Hike
Saturday, September 15
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Early Fall Birding on the Delaware River
Saturday, September 22
7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and shore birds. Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.
Petty’s Island Community Clean Up Day
Saturday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island. Join our team of enthusiastic volunteers to help clean up and restore the shoreline of this majestic island as part of the larger restoration project taking place. This cleanup is great for scout, religious, after school and other civic groups looking for a local volunteer project.
Children MUST be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration.
Artists in the Field
October Date TBD
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This 3-hour workshop is an introduction to creating art in the field. Our volunteer artist will show you how to use the natural world as inspiration for your next work of art. Our goal is to help you learn...and of course, have fun along the way! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited to 25. Details are given upon registration.
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For more information about New Jersey Audubon and Petty's Island Programs please visit
For more information about the NJ Natural Lands Trust and Petty's Island please visit
|If You Plant It...They will Come!
On Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 7-8:30pm, at the Jointure Creative Campus (Old York School) located at 580 Old York Rd. in Branchburg, Cynthia Hedin, a butterfly expert from the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, will present "If You Plant It, They Will Come", a guide to attracting butterflies to your garden and keeping them there! Hedin will discuss which plants will attract and sustain the butterflies found in New Jersey, and how to plan a garden to establish a butterfly paradise. The cost is $25 per person. Register by calling the Jointure Creative Campus at 908-722-1563. "Butterflies and their caterpillars, like humans, have particular preferences for the food they will eat. If you plant what a critter likes, it will be delighted to find its favorite in your garden," says Hedin.
|Fun & Science at Littoral Society Coast Camps
|New Jersey Skylands
|Call for Applications for EPA Safer Choice Program 2018 Partner of the Year Awards
EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is seeking applications for the 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. These awards recognize the leadership contributions of Safer Choice partners and stakeholders who have shown outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice-certified products over the past year.
Applications for the 2018 awards are due to the Agency by June 27, 2018.
Awards will be presented in these categories:
Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony in late fall of 2018.
Learn more about the 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards and how to apply:https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-choice-partner-year-awards
|NJ State Park Events & News—May
|March 4 the Ocean with the American Littoral Society
March 4 the Ocean with the American Littoral Society
Members Day Event
Ocean Activist Day in D.C. with the American Littoral Society
You’re invited to join the American Littoral Society on a Members Day trip to Washington, D.C. for the March for the Ocean. Ride with us on our “Bus for Big Blue” and march alongside fellow ocean lovers from all over the world to say NO to offshore oil drilling, NO to plastic and other forms of ocean pollution, and YES to protecting our coasts and ensuring clean water for all. Join us in celebration of the ocean and let Congress know that ocean and coastal issues matter to New Jerseyans. A group of more than 100 organizations are hosting the March for the Ocean, which includes a flotilla down the Anacostia River, a rally at the Washington Monument, inspirational speakers, musical performances, and a pod of inflatable whales ranging from 15-87 feet long. The event will cap off with a march around the National Mall and White House.
Our trip to the march will be in lieu of the Society's traditional members day celebration on Sandy Hook, which occurs annually on the second Saturday in June.
Departure: Charter buses leave from Rest Area Exit 100, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey at 6 a.m. We will send directions and where to park after registration.
Return: Our buses will leave Washington D.C. at 4 p.m. to return home to the same point (we expect a four hour ride each way).
How much: The Society wants to ensure our members and supporters can attend this great event. Seats on the bus are FREE until we hit capacity, but you must be a FIRM commitment to register.
What to bring: You will want to pack for a long day, so bring food for the trip down and back, sunscreen, extra clothes, etc. The buses will park nearby, but it’s unlikely we’ll have access to our things on the bus during the day until we return to head home.
Registration: Click Here to Reserve your seat now through May 24th. There are only 50 seats available for the event.
|Summer Day Camp at NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Register Today!
|Terhune Orchards Children's Educational Programs
Read & Pick Program! For more information call 609-924-2310 or visit www.terhuneorchards.com
|Summer Camps & Pony Club at Terhune Orchards
|May & June Events and more at PEEC!
|Hackensack Riverkeeper 2018 Eco-Program Launch
231 Main Street * Hackensack, NJ 07601 * 201-968-0808 * 201-968-0336 (FAX) * www.hackensackriverkeeper.org
Hackensack Riverkeeper’s 2018 Eco-Programs
New season features record number of Eco-Cruises & much, much more
Hackensack Riverkeeper is pleased to announce its 2018 Eco-Program schedule. The clean water advocacy group is again poised to provide 10,000+ people with enjoyable and educational experiences of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Riverkeeper’s Eco-Cruises, Guided Paddles, boat rentals, River Cleanups, Bird-Walks and indoor presentations combine environmental education with public service and fun. The new season begins Earth Day Weekend (April 21-22) with the re-opening of the organization’s Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park Kayak Center in Teaneck. The program season runs through late October.
“It’s coming up fast and we’re very much looking forward to our upcoming Eco-Program season,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “Everyone who knows me also knows that I am most definitely NOT a cold-weather guy; in fact nothing warms me heart more than knowing the days are getting longer and I’ll soon have a moving deck under my feet.”
Hackensack Riverkeeper offers a series of seven distinct Eco-Program opportunities:
This is Hackensack Riverkeeper’s signature environmental education program. A record forty-sevenOpen Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 5 through October 14 aboard the 30-foot research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II. Open trips are great for individuals, couples and families and the like. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered:Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, a nature + history trip that runs upriver to the center of Hackensack; and Excursion Around the (Newark) Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island past Port Newark and Port Elizabeth.
Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 24 adults for any available date/time May 1 through October 21. Charter leaders have their choice of itinerary. In addition, half-day Combo Programs, which include a pair of 1.5-hour Eco-Cruises plus age-appropriate landside EE activities, can be arranged for schools and other youth groups.
Reservations for, and complete information regarding both Open and Charter Eco-Cruises can be secured by calling Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 or emailing email@example.com. Most Eco-Cruises originate at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ.
New this year: Hackensack Riverkeeper no longer requests specific Eco-Cruise program donation amounts. While the IRS-registered nonprofit organization has never sold tickets nor charged fees for Eco-Cruises, it depends on donations from concerned individuals and groups to support its work and stay effective. All donations received support the restoration of the Hackensack River Watershed and Riverkeeper’s mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River.
Located directly on the river at Laurel Hill County Park, the Center is open weekends Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, October 21 weather permitting. It offers the use of canoes & kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. In addition, Center manager Russ Wilke and staff will conduct ten Moonlight Guided Paddles from May through September. Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those their own boat(s). Contact Capt. Carola to make reservations,
2018 marks the seventh year of operation for this popular paddling venue in Teaneck, NJ. Starting April 21, the Center will be open Wednesday-Friday from noon to sunset; and weekends from 9AM to 6PM. By summer, it will be open seven days; call or check www.hackensackriverkeeper.org for complete schedule info. Unlike the tidal waters of the Hackensack River, the impounded waters of Overpeck Creek are generally calm and easy for novice paddlers and families with children to handle. Program donation: $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours; $10 per paddler for each additional hour. Children canoe passengers ride as our guests.
Private Group Paddles at either venue can be arranged by inquiring with Captain Carola.
These active conservation events give people of all ages the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities. River Cleanups are scheduled at eleven different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 28 through November 4. Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105 or e-mail her at Outreach@HackensackRiverkeeper.org.
For groups interested in birding and nature study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead Bird-Walks or hawk watches at local birding hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call him at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration of trip. For up to 12 people.
Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola can conduct multimedia presentations for groups of any size or age range. They have a wealth of materials including PowerPoint slideshows and video screenings that are appropriate for all age groups. Presenters will provide informational literature for all attendees. Costs: $150 - $200 if presented within the Bergen, Hudson, southern Rockland, eastern Passaic or greater Newark areas; $200 - $300 if presented further afield. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.
Once again Hackensack Riverkeeper is partnering with Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR) to provide Eco-Cruises and paddling events on the Passaic River at Riverfront Park, located in the city’s historic Ironbound District. Unlike Riverkeeper’s Hackensack River-based programs, reservations for these activities can be secured by emailing NRR Program Director Marcy DePina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Info for all Newark-based Passaic River events is available at www.newarkriverfront.org.
“As usual this time of year, all of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper can’t wait for the new season to start,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “When it does, folks can do, learn, work out, or just sit back and let the boat and their captain do all the work. Whichever folks prefer, we know that they’ll go home with a new appreciation of our Hackensack River.”
All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info, including schedules, is available in hardcopy and atwww.hackensackriverkeeper.org.
Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy (Action, Advocacy, Education and Litigation) in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. Their Eco-Programs focus on environmental action and education.
|Division of Fish and Wildlife Upcoming Events