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CONTENTS:
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
Sedge Island Sampler workshops for women
Rancocas Nature Center to host Festival with Dr. Doug Tallamy
Terhune Orchards annual Blueberry Bash, Sat. and Sun. July 8 -9, 10 am 5pm
Summer Events at PEEC
Events with NJ Fish & Wildlife
Come Along for World Oceans Week Activities
Sails on the Hudson River, July 13-16
Women and Family Outdoor Skills Programs at Hackettstown Fish Hatchery
Events from the Earth Center
Movers & Shakers, Garden Chefs and More!
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
Just Announced: NJ Sustainability Summit Keynote Speaker
Women and Family Outdoor Skills Programs at Sedge Island
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands             (Posted: 7-6-17)

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Sedge Island Sampler workshops for women             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Subject: Women and Family Outdoor Skills Programs at Sedge Island-Registration Deadline Extended!
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering Sedge Island Sampler workshops for women on August 5 and families on August 6 as part of its NJ Outdoors Program. The Outdoor Women of New Jersey (OWNJ) and Outdoor Families of New Jersey (OFNJ) workshops at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills like bay fishing, crabbing and clamming, kayaking and salt marsh exploration. Diamondback terrapin talks with live hatchlings will also presented!
The registration deadline for these exciting and educational workshops has been extended to July 14th. For more information, including to register for the workshops by July 14, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/njoutdoors.htm on the Division's website.
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Rancocas Nature Center to host Festival with Dr. Doug Tallamy             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Bringing Nature Home Festival with Dr. Doug Tallamy

The Rancocas Nature Center (RNC) is excited to host a fun festival sponsored by NPSNJ and featuring Dr. Doug Tallamy.

When:
Sunday, August 27, 2017
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where:
Rancocas State Park Fairgrounds
Rancocas Road (east of Westampton Municipal Building, on the right)
Westampton, NJ

Please click the link below to access a flier containing details on this must event for all native plant lovers. Bringing Nature Home Festival.

Terhune Orchards annual Blueberry Bash, Sat. and Sun. July 8 -9, 10 am 5pm             (Posted: 6-29-17)

Blueberries are New Jersey's official state fruit. Every year Terhune Orchards kicks off summer with the Blueberry Bash. On Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9 from 10 a.m. -5 p.m , the farm will hold a weekend long party to celebrate these plump and juicy berries. Enjoy a day of family fun including live music, farm fresh food, and a visit to the pick-your-own blueberry patch. Live country music bands will play on both days from 12- 4 p.m. On Saturday, Stonybrook Bluegrass and on Sunday, Barncats.

Children will delight in a puppet show presented by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre on Sat. and Sun. at 12 and 1:30p.m. There also games in the barnyard, tractor drawn wagon rides through the orchards and fields, pony rides, face painting, pedal tractors and lots more to explore. Stop by the barnyard to see the bunnies that are the farm's newest residents and all of the other animals who live on the farm.

Enter the annual Blueberry Bash Bake-off competition on Sun. July 9 at 1 p.m. The not-so-secret ingredient in all the entries is blueberries, of course! Winners receive a gift certificate for the Terhune Orchards farm store. Find the contest rules and registration form in the farm store or on the Blueberry Bash event page online terhuneorchards.com/event/blueberry-bash

Admission to Blueberry Bash is $8, age 3 and up. Free parking and access to farm store and winery. Admission fee includes wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors, puppet shows and children games. (Additional activities available for a fee). Blueberry picking available as supplies last.

Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton

Summer Events at PEEC             (Posted: 6-29-17)

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Events with NJ Fish & Wildlife             (Posted: 6-29-17)

Family Fishing Classes at Pequest
Learn the basics of fishing in this hands-on session at the Pequest Trout Hatchery this summer. The program is geared for ages 8 and older; all equipment is provided. For dates and more information visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/budding.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

Outdoor Skills Programs at Sedge Island-Registration Deadline Extended
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering workshops for women on August 5 and for families on August 6 as part of its NJ Outdoors Program. The workshops at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills like bay fishing, crabbing and clamming, kayaking and salt marsh exploration. Terrapin talks with live hatchlings will also presented!

The registration deadline for these exciting and educational workshops has been extended to July 14th. For more information, including to register for the workshops by July 14, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/njoutdoors.htm on the Division's website.

Sails on the Hudson River, July 13-16             (Posted: 6-5-17)


For information
or to register
Email ANJEC
or call us at
973-539-7547

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

Hudson River Sails

Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16 
  • View the majestic Palisades;
  • Hear featured speakers about New Jersey's history & nature;
  • Sail on a magnificently restored 1928 two-masted, 115-foot oyster schooner driven by over 3,500 square feet of sail!

 Register early since trips sell out quickly!    

To register for any sail,
call ANJEC, 973-539-7547

MeerwaldAlpine
All Sails depart from the Alpine Boat Basin unless noted.

 
Thursday, July 13
  • 9:30am - Skyline Sail Along the Palisades, $65 per person. Sail between Liberty State Park and the Alpine Boat Basin with VDr. Angela Cristini, Professor of Biology at Ramapo College of NJ and Kevin Tremble, of Crossroads of the American Revolution.  Total time including bus transportation. Includes bus from Alpine to Liberty State Park.  Approximately 5 hours.
Friday, July 14
  • 9:30am - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 1:30pm - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 6:00pm - Tavern Night on the River
    $65 per person. Join Palisades Interstate Park Historian and Kearney House Curator Eric Nelson and Thaddeus MacGregor as they introduce guests to the history of the area. 2.5-3 hours.
Saturday, July 15
  • 9:30am - Rock 'n River Sail, $45 per person. Learn about the geology of the Palisades from Dr. George Harlow, Department of Earth and Planetary Studies at the American Museum of Natural History, followed by a discussion of the Hudson Watershed with Hudson Riverkeeper staff. 3 hours.
  • 1:30pm - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 5:30pm - Brewery on the Boat, $70 per person. Spend the evening on the river enjoying a tasting of three different craft beers from local brewery BriXCity. 3 hours.
Sunday, July 16
  • 12:00pm -Children's Sail,$26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
  • 3:30pm - Sunset Skyline Sail, $78 per person - Our most popular sail! Sail between the Alpine Boat Basin and Liberty State Park
    Motor coach transportation back from Liberty State Park to the AlpineBoat Basin is included.  Total time including transportation. ~5 hours
.

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

Hudson River Sails are sponsored by ANJEC and 
The Tenafly Nature Center 

Women and Family Outdoor Skills Programs at Hackettstown Fish Hatchery             (Posted: 6-5-17)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering "Fishing, Birding and Outdoor Survival Skills" workshops free of charge for women and families as part of its NJ Outdoors Program. These Outdoor Women of New Jersey (OWNJ) and Outdoor Families of New Jersey (OFNJ) workshops at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery, located in Warren County, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills, like freshwater fishing, birding, and outdoor survival skills basics with wild edibles and game cooking.

In addition to the Outdoor Skills workshops, space is still available for the NJ Outdoors Program's Sedge Island Sampler workshops. For more information, including registration forms, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/njoutdoors.htm on the Division's website.

Events from the Earth Center             (Posted: 6-1-17)

Students Invited to Eco-Ventures at The EARTH Center

Middlesex County youth entering grades 3 through 6 are invited to attend a fun educational program that will help them learn about and care for the environment.

"Eco-Ventures at the EARTH Center," is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21-25. The program will take place at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Each day's events will have a different theme. Hands-on activities will explore topics such as ecology, water and resource conservation, climate change, alternative energy and earth-friendly gardening. Most days will begin with a team-building exercise to help students get acquainted.

Wednesday, Aug. 23 will feature a field trip, and later in the week, students will create public service announcements.

"This program is a great way to get children to make new friends, enjoy their summer outdoors, and to understand the importance of caring for the environment," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

"Programs like these are not only fun, but also aid the development of important life skills. I hope that families take advantage of this opportunity," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

The registration fee of $115 includes program materials, a peanut-free snack, beverages and a parting gift. Attendees are expected to bring their own brown bag lunch. The registration deadline for Eco-Ventures at the EARTH Center is Aug. 1. Arrangements can be made for attendees with special needs.

If you would like more information on Eco-Ventures or to register, please contact the Middlesex County 4-H office at 732-398-5261. For information on the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "extension."
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County Offers Seminars to Help Protect New Jersey's Native Species

June of each year is designated as "Native Plant Appreciation Month" in order to celebrate the diversity and value of New Jersey's native plants, recognize the critical role they play in the ecosystem and encourage citizens to learn more about these plants and how to protect them.

In observance of this event, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering two free seminars that will help residents care for their plants and identify and eliminate the invasive species that can threaten them.

The first seminar, "Invasive Species in Central Jersey," is scheduled to be held 10 a.m. to noon June 10 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

This seminar will discuss how invasive plants, insects and animals, not native to a given area, can cause harm to local ecosystems, human health and the economy. Learn how to identify these plants and how removing, or choosing not to plant them in the first place, will help make way for valuable, native flora and fauna.

The second seminar, "Plant This, Not That!" is scheduled to be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. June 14, also at the EARTH Center. Learn what native plant species can be added to a home landscape, in lieu of more common plants that home owners may not know are invasive.

"Invasive species threaten biodiversity and cause billions of dollars of economic loss and damage," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Here in Middlesex County, we are always looking to maintain a balanced and healthy environment and ask residents to do the same in their own homes. Workshops like these are a great way to start."

"I know all our residents appreciate the natural beauty and biodiversity of Middlesex County," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "That is why it is so important to be aware of factors that can threaten what we love most about our home, and to put a stop to dangers like invasive species before they cause serious damage."

The workshop is free, but registration is required by June 8 at 732-398-5262. For more information, visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "extension".

Movers & Shakers, Garden Chefs and More!             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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This Week in the New Jersey Skylands             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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Just Announced: NJ Sustainability Summit Keynote Speaker             (Posted: 5-5-17)

Click HERE.

Women and Family Outdoor Skills Programs at Sedge Island             (Posted: 5-5-17)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering Sedge Island Sampler workshops for women and families as part of its NJ Outdoors Program. The Outdoor Women of New Jersey (OWNJ) and Outdoor Families of New Jersey (OFNJ) workshops at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills, like fishing, crabbing and clamming, and kayaking.

For more information, including to register for the workshops, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/njoutdoors.htm on the Division's website.

[Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University] Register Today for GEO Explorers Summer Camp!             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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