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Former Gov. Whitman and Senator Smith to discuss environmental leadership
Announcing Featured Speakers for 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Leap into Fall!
Annual Fall Conference
PEEC Girl Scout Badge Fest - Saturday, November 5
Classes at the EARTH Center
Trailside's Fall Programs-Mark your calendars
NJNG's energy conservation school contests
SJ: Join us at the 101st NJLM Conference
Former Gov. Whitman and Senator Smith to discuss environmental leadership             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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Announcing Featured Speakers for 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Leap into Fall!             (Posted: 10-12-16)

Leap into Fall! 
The air is cooling, the leaves are turning, and we have some wonderful events for you and your family to enjoy. Join us! 

Knowing Native Plants
Trees of the Preserve
Sat, October 15, 1-4pm

Learn about many of our native tree species in the glory of their fall color! Do you know which native tree was originally used to flavor root beer? Or why leaves change color? The class will cover these topics and more, as well as provide tips on how to identify the trees of the Preserve, both deciduous and evergreen. Presentation/discussion followed by outdoor tour. Professional CEUs are available.  Members: $15; Non-members, $20. Advance registration suggested.   


Whispers in the Woods
Sat, October 15, 7:30-9:00pm 
Come join us for a nighttime walk in Penn's woods and along Pidcock Creek under the light of a full moon. Listen to stories about Revolutionary war soldiers and notable historical citizens of New Hope and Washington Crossing whose lives still impact us today.  Advance registration by 10/13 required.  Members: $6; Non-members: $9. Ages 8 & up.

 Woodland Pumpkin Hunt
Sat, October 29, 2-4pm
Take a magical journey in the woods though the eyes of Mousekin, as he and the plants around him prepare for the coming winter. We'll search for food, watch for predators, then find our own "golden house" to decorate and take home. Members: $15 with non-paying adult; Non-members: $18 with non-paying adult. Advance registration by October 20th.


Slimy Snakes, Terrifying Tarantulas 
and Blind Bats?
Sun, October 30th, 2-3:30pm
Family Fun! Are bats blind? Do toads give you warts? Many myths like these have been around for decades, but are they true? Join Naturalist Pam Newitt and take on some common misconceptions about the animals that live around us. Some live animals will be available to help us uncover the truth! Short walk may follow an indoor presentation. Members: $6/adult; $4/child. Non-members: $8/adult; $6/child. Call to register by October 25. 

Guided Wildflower Walks
Join our experienced naturalists for a tour of the preserve!  
Tuesday-Sunday at 2pm until October 30th!

Call (215) 862-2924 to register for programs.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve inspires the appreciation and use of native plants by serving as a sanctuary and an educational resource for conservation and stewardship.

The Preserve is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations, admission, and membership support this special place. 
Become a Member!
Learn more about the benefits of Membership.
Open Daily in April, May, June. 
(Open Tues. - Sun., July - March) 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Annual Fall Conference             (Posted: 10-5-16)

It is around the corner!
Native Plant Society of New Jersey
Fall Conference
Saturday, November 5, 2015 Our Fall conference is just around the corner and we have some really great speakers lined up!

Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial
Topic: Dealing With Climate Change in Your Landscape

Becky Laboy of Ocean County Soil Conservation District
Topic: Healthy Soil - at the Root of Your Garden

Tom Knezick of Pinelands Direct
Topic: Seed Collection - From the Wilds to Your Garden

Ryan Rebozo of Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Topic: The State of Plant Protections in New Jersey

Our conference will be held at:
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876

We will meet from 10am until 4pm.

Lunch will be included with the price of admission. There will be vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options available. 

As always, we will also have some native plant nurseries on hand with lots of plants just in time for fall planting. Be sure to have room in your car to bring back some great plants!

Remember, members get a great discount on the registration fee, so if you have not paid your dues for 2016 be sure to renew or join  now. 

The conference agenda and registration instructions with the member discount password will be sent out soon!

Organization Name | Phone | Fax | Email | Website

PEEC Girl Scout Badge Fest - Saturday, November 5             (Posted: 10-5-16)

Classes at the EARTH Center             (Posted: 10-5-16)

County to Offer Composting Workshops

If you are a Middlesex County resident who is concerned about the environment, now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard.

Workshops are being offered to show residents how to cut down on trash and create a natural gardening resource by composting yard waste and kitchen scraps.

Two free composting seminars are being held at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. Classes run about 2 hours and feature an overview and explanation of two composting techniques:

Vermi-Composting (using worms) 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12
Backyard Composting 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

Please call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or e-mail to register for these free workshops.

Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste Office before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.

The backyard composting seminar will introduce the basics of collecting kitchen scraps and yard waste in a compost bin, and allowing the natural breakdown to create compost. If you do not have a yard of your own, you can still learn about composting and benefit from it at the second workshop, which teaches vermi-composting. In this process, the breakdown of waste is performed by worms in a plastic container.

"I encourage residents to attend one of these informative events," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "Keeping conservation in mind today will ensure that the County remains a beautiful and healthy place to live."

"The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Not only do the workshops offer knowledge on gardening, they also help residents learn how to safely use pesticides, identify unsafe conditions in their yards, and keep their plants and soil healthy using natural methods."

County's EARTH Center Invites You To Garlic Growing Workshop

The Rutgers Master Gardeners want to help you sharpen your food growing skills by offering a new gardening workshop called, "Growing Garlic in Your Garden."

This free workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The workshop will begin with an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor, hands-on planting session.

"The 2016 gardening workshops series at the EARTH Center is a great opportunity for those who cannot commit to the weekday sessions of the Master Gardeners classes," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I hope many people will register for this class; not just gardening enthusiasts, but anyone who wants to learn more about cooking or gardening."

"The Master Gardeners have created another informative and useful program," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. "Garlic takes up little space, can be planted in the fall and has many uses in cooking."

Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required. To register, call 732-398-5262 by Oct. 5. No "walk-ins" are permitted. The size of these classes is limited, so register early to ensure a space. For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

4-H Teens Turn Halloween Screams Into Good Deeds

If you are looking for a good scare this Halloween season, the 4-H Teen Council in Middlesex County would like to invite you to its Haunted House and Haunted Hayride fundraiser.

Join the 4-H teens every Friday and Saturday evening in October from 7 to 11 p.m. at the 4-H Center, located at 645 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.

Admission is $5 for each activity or $8 for both activities.

The proceeds will go to fund 4-H's next big event, Project GIFT. Project GIFT is a charitable holiday shopping event that takes place in December. Proceeds from the Halloween events enable the 4-H teens to buy presents and supplies needed for Project GIFT. At this year's event, 4-H will host 200 limited-resource families, who can choose from the presents and "shop" for gifts for their children at no cost to themselves.

"This event is a yearly favorite with our residents and with the 4-H Teen Council, who continue to put exceptional planning and work into the project," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. "For those who enjoy the scary side of Halloween, this is a great way to celebrate and to give back to others by contributing to Project GIFT."

"The 4-H Teen Council always strives to make every holiday a chance to give back, and that's a great example for County residents of all ages to follow," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I hope many residents will attend and enjoy the event. By doing so, they will help other families to celebrate later on with the help of Project GIFT."

Along with the Haunted House and Hayride there will be less spooky activities for younger guests, such as pumpkin decorating and remote control car demonstrations. The 4-H Tiki Hut will also be open for snacks and Halloween treats.

For directions to the Haunted House and the 4-H Center, check the County website at and search "4H".

Trailside's Fall Programs-Mark your calendars             (Posted: 10-4-16)

Trailside Nature & Science Center
Celebrating 75 Years of Environmental Education

2016 Fall Workshop Series
Registration is available online

To access the Union County online registration site, please follow the link below and save it to your favorites:    Trailside Online Registration

Visit the Trailside website for detailed workshop and special event information

Backyard Habitat – An Environmentally Sensitive Approach to Your Backyard
Saturday, October 8
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Learn what is happening to the balance of nature and how you can restore it in your yard. The lecture will be enhanced by a powerpoint presentation and a visit to Trailside's own backyard habitat. Participants will learn the importance of birds and the role that insects play in the well being of these creatures. The presentation will explain why a well kept lawn is really a desert, and what you can do to create a healthy corridor for wildlife. (High School Students Welcome.)

Flower Arranging by Christoffers Flowers of Mountainside
Thursday, November 10
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Encounter With Pluto with NASA Solar System Ambassador Paul Cirillo
Saturday, November 12  
2:00 - 3:00 PM

Teacher Training:  Project WILD
Thursday, December 8
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Whether you are a formal or a non-formal educator, Project WILD can assist you in teaching math, science, social studies, literacy and art to any grade level. You will acquire new teaching skills and practices that translate into more effective teaching. Prepare to get WILD in the classroom through a multitude of interdisciplinary, hands-on and educational activities, teacher tested and classroom ready for K-12 students. Project WILD lessons are correlated to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. Participants receive six (6) NJDOE credits. Morning refreshments served. Bring: Lunch. Fee: $20 /IC or OC. Curriculum guide included in fee. This program will spend some time outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Sensory hikes, stories, crafts and activities to acquaint adults and children with the natural world.
WHO: Adult with child/children up to three years of age.
WHEN: Thursdays or Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

An interactive program encouraging nature discovery through hikes and other indoor/outdoor activities.
WHO: 3 or 4 year-old child with an adult.
WHEN: Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 PM or Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

A drop-off program to foster awareness and appreciation of the natural world through nature hikes, exploration and activities. Dress for outdoors.
WHO: 4 - 6 year olds.
WHEN: Tuesdays, 9:45 -11:00 AM or Wednesdays, 1:15 - 2:30 PM

A drop off program designed to acquaint your child with nature explorations, hikes and outdoor activities.
WHO: 1st - 3rd graders.
WHEN: Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:45 PM

Sharing the World with Raptors
Saturday, November 19
2:00 - 3:00 PM

Star Party
The Big Dipper: Guide to the Sky
Saturday, November 19
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ  07092

NJNG's energy conservation school contests             (Posted: 9-30-16)

Calling all teachers and students! Show off your artistic talents for a chance to win big prizes through our CTP Kids and Conservation Poster and Video Contests.

The Poster Contest, is open to all fifth grade students who are in the New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) service territory. NJNG will award three lucky winners a personal tablet, their school an exciting and interactive Brain Show school assembly, and a $100 gift card for their teachers.

The Video Contest is open to all high school students, including those who are home-schooled, in NJNG's service territory. Students can submit videos as an individual or group project for a chance to win $500 for an individual video project, $2,500 for a group video project.

Plus, the schools of all the video and poster contest winners will receive a $1,000 contribution toward an energy conservation or environmental project for their school.

Teachers are encouraged to contact Carolyn to learn more by calling 732-938-1035. Entries are due by November 18, 2016.

View the official rules here:

SJ: Join us at the 101st NJLM Conference             (Posted: 9-2-16)

Click HERE.