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CONTENTS:
Going Green Ocean Township: Schedule of Programs
Women & Wildlife Awards Nominations
E.A.R.T.H. Center Offers Environmental Summer Camp
Raritan Headwaters: Join Us on the River This Summer!
NE Regional NACD (Assoc. of Conservation Districts) Conference in August
Terhune Peachy Farm Festival Sat. and Sun., July 30 and 31, 10 am - 5 pm
Calling All Paddlers for Lake Tappan Paddle Day!
Family Celebrations at Liberty Science Center
Learn to Attract Birds and Butterflies to Your Yard
Monarch Butterfly Workshop in Freehold
Campout and Win!
NJ State Museum: We're having a Paleo Party and more!
Summer Youth Programs
Upcoming Events at the Earth Center
Coldwater Conservation School
Healthy Landscapes and a Chance to Win Compost Tea
CWF Children's Summer Programs
Register Now -Sails on the Hudson River, July 7-10
D&R Greenway Land Trust: Time to Get Your Feet Wet!
Cheesequake State Park Kayak Tours Offer Close-Up Views of a Special Ecosystem
Learn about sustainable gardening for your home and landscape
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: June is Jumping!
2016 EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS: INVITATION TO NOMINATE
Summer Environmental Education Programs for Children - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt
Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Photo Contest
Invitation to join us at USGBC NJ at one of our great upcoming events
Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer
Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!
Going Green Ocean Township: Schedule of Programs             (Posted: 7-22-16)

Creating a Green Home & a Greener Community

Join The Township of Ocean Environmental Commission at the Ocean Township Library, 701 Deal Road, for a free community environmental education series.
Join us and learn just how easy it is to create a green home and a greener community!

Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Presented by Master Gardeners of Monmouth County New Jersey Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County
Learn how to have the GREENest lawn on your street with time tested tips from Monmouth County Master Gardeners. Explore environmentally friendly alternatives for keeping your lawn healthy, beautiful and free from harmful chemicals.

Going Native: A Guide to Landscaping with Native Plants
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Presented by The Barnegat Bay Partnership
Discover the importance of incorporating native and “Jersey-Friendly” plants into your home garden for creating a beautiful and healthy ecosystem.

NJ Deer Control & YOU
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Christopher J Markham, Wildlife Biologist and President of NJ Deer Control, will provide insight into the behavior of deer, including their habitats, lifestyles, typical diet and natural migration patterns. He will introduce us to solutions to deer damage, including using the proper plant selections, topical treatments, and physical barriers.

A New Spin on Energy
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Presented by New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG)
Zap the energy vampires in your home! Join NJNG to hear about the latest on turning daily energy consumption GREEN.

Going Green: Creating a Green Home & a Greener Community is provided by The Township of Ocean Environmental Commission and hosted by The Ocean Township Library. This program is free and open to the public.

Ocean Township Public Library A branch of the Monmouth County Library system 701 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712 Telephone: 732-531-5092 www.monmouthcountylib.org

Women & Wildlife Awards Nominations             (Posted: 7-22-16)

Nominations for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ's Women & Wildlife Awards are being accepted through Monday, August 15. Individuals can be nominated in the categories of Leadership, Inspiration, and Education for achievements, advances made for women in their professions, efforts to increase awareness of rare species and the habitats they depend on, and contributions to New Jersey's wildlife. For information visit the CWF web site .

E.A.R.T.H. Center Offers Environmental Summer Camp             (Posted: 7-22-16)

Students Invited to Eco-Adventures at the EARTH Center

Middlesex County students entering grades 4 through 7 are invited to attend a fun summer program that focuses on the environment.

"Eco-Adventures at the E.A.R.T.H. Center," is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 22 through 26. 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, and hands-on activities will explore topics like ecology, water and resource conservation, climate change and issues such as alternative energy and earth-friendly gardening. Most days will begin with a team-building exercise to help students get acquainted.

Wednesday, August 24 will feature a field trip and later in the week, students will create video public service announcements.

"This program is a great way to get kids to 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 social interaction and other 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 $110 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-Adventures at the EARTH Center is August 15. Arrangements can be made for attendees with special needs.

If you would like more information on Eco-Adventures or to register, please contact the Middlesex County 4-H office at 732-398-5261. For information on Middlesex County's Extension office visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "extension."

Raritan Headwaters: Join Us on the River This Summer!             (Posted: 7-21-16)



Come Paddle the Raritan with Us! 

The Raritan River is the longest river that is completely within New Jersey, includes the state's largest contiguous stretch of wildlife habitat, and runs through one of the most populated areas of the United States. Get first-hand knowledge of the beauty of this river by paddling it!

Join Us for a Guided Tour

RHA and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) have partnered to launch the first ever Raritan River Sojourn, a 50-mile paddling expedition over six weekends this summer. If you missed Day 1 on July 10 (Clinton to Flemington), there's still time to join us for Day 2 on July 23, a 10-mile paddle between Three Bridges and Old York Road
  
Itinerary

You can sign up for any or all of the remaining five excursions (must bring your own boat):

Day 2: Saturday, July 23 (Alternate: Sunday, July 24), 10:00 am
Three Bridges to Old York Road in Branchburg - 10 Miles (boats under 12 feet recommended)*

Day 3: Saturday, July 30 (Alternate: Sunday, July 31), 10:00 am
Old York to Duke Park (Manville) - 6 Miles

Day 4: Saturday, August 6 (Alternate: Sunday, August 7), 10:00 am
Duke Park (Manville) to Johnson Park - 9 Miles

Day 5: Saturday, August 20 (Alternate: Sunday, August 21), 8:30 am
Johnson Park to Edison Boat Basin (boats over 12 feet recommended)

Day 6: Saturday, September 17 (Alternate: Sunday, September 18), 7:00 am
Edison Boat Basin to Perth Amboy (boats over 12 feet recommended)

*Discounted boat rental available for Day 2 from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) of Bridgewater.

Learn More
 
Get a more detailed description of each day's journey by visiting the Raritan River Sojourn web site. 

Contact Lauren Theis for more information!

 
Raritan Headwaters is on a mission to protect clean water in the 
north and south branch region of the Raritan River. Join us!

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NE Regional NACD (Assoc. of Conservation Districts) Conference in August             (Posted: 7-21-16)

Plans are well underway for the 2016 Northeast NACD Conference. It is being held at Seaview Golf and Country Club in Galloway Township. The full day conference is Monday, 8/15. Tour on Sunday (8/14) (hosted by OCSCD) includes Jakes Branch/SHIP; there is also a Tuesday tour (Coastal or Pinelands), and a Tuesday evening dinner event at Tomasello Winery in Hammonton.

The conference is drawing from 12 Northeastern States and their Soil/Water Conservation District staff, supervisors and partners. (States include: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, & Washington D.C.)

The Theme of the Conference is: "Recipes for Success - Adapting to Changing Environments" (Encompassing ALL environments - environmental, economical, cultural, social, regulatory, etc.)

Attendance is open to anyone interested in the conference theme.

Here is a link to all of the conference details: 2016 Northeast Regional NACD Conference.

There are Ala Carte options for attendance as well. Doug Tallamy is the KeyNote speaker on Monday and there is a special Jersey Fresh Dinner Extravaganza at Tomasello Winery in Hammonton on Tuesday evening.

Terhune Peachy Farm Festival Sat. and Sun., July 30 and 31, 10 am - 5 pm             (Posted: 7-21-16)

Celebrate with us as we enjoy the harvest bounty during our summer festival that offers fun for the whole family. Our "Just Peachy Farm Festival" will be held on July 30 and 31 from 10am to 5pm.

Enjoy live country music from 12-4 each day. Two bands will be performing this weekend. "Swinging Dixie" will be playing on Saturday and "Albo" will perform on Sunday. Families can take a tractor drawn wagon ride through the orchards and children can visit the barnyard animals and ride ponies.

Satisfy your craving for peaches at Pam's Everything Peach food tent. Along with our farm fresh BBQ chicken, homemade salads, hot dogs, favorite cider donuts, and apple cider. Our farm store will have peachy treats, including baskets full of peaches and nectarines, peach cobblers, peach salsa, nectarine salsa and more.

Join us for a special feature, our Summer "Farm to Fork Harvesting Tasting". Talented locals Chefs - including Chefs from the tri-state region who are known for delicious menus using high quality local ingredients will demonstrate their peach and seasonal recipes and offer samples of their food. Enjoy this unique experience to taste what some of the best area restaurants have to offer. Everything peachy, everything local, everything delicious!

Adults can also stop in at the Terhune Orchards Vineyards and Winery tasting room for a sample of our favorite "Just Peachy" wine. The wonderful aroma reminds you of just picked peaches. Also enjoy 11 other wines, made from our own grapes and apple cider.

Pam Mount's popular free canning class will be held during the festival at 10am on Saturday, July 30.

Admissions to the Just Peachy Festival is $5, children under 3 free. Admission fee includes music, wagon rides, pedal tractors, play tractors, barnyard, and children's games. Other activities available for an additional cost. Admission to the special food tasting is $15 per person. Free admission to the farm store and winery tasting room, and free parking at the farm. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Summer Harvest Farm to Fork Tastings
On Saturday July 30 enjoy tastings from:
Agricola (Mitresh Saraiya), Princeton, NJ
Dina Rata at Andaz (Chris Cummer), Wall Street, New York, NY
Emily's Cafe, Pennington, NJ
Frank's Pickled Peppers (Frank Schlesinger), Dayton, NJ
Fulper Family Farmstead (Gina Davio), Lambertville, NJ
Garden State Community Kitchen (Allison O'Brien), Monmouth Junction, NJ
Gretalia Hospitality Group (John Procacini), Princeton, NJ
Jammin Crepes (Kim Rizk), , Princeton, NJ
Masala Bay (Anita Patel), Somerset, NJ
Passanante's Home Food Services (Christine Stone), Bristol, PA

On Sunday, July 31 enjoy tastings from:
3 West, (Justin White), Basking Ridge, NJ
Agricola (Mitresh Saraiya), Princeton, NJ
Broad Table Tavern at The Inn at Swarthmore (Keith Ahern), Swarthmore, PA
Eno Terra (Sous Chef Frank Caponi), Kingston, NJ
Gretalia Hospitality Group (John Procacini), Princeton, NJ
Jammi Crepes (Kim Rizk), Princeton, NJ
Passanante's Home Food Services (Christine Stone), Bristol, PA
Triumph Brewing Company ( Nick Devine), Princeton, NJ
Urban Table (Corey Berger), Basking Ridge, NJ
Wildflower Bakery (Marilyn Besner), Lawrenceville, NJ

Calling All Paddlers for Lake Tappan Paddle Day!             (Posted: 7-21-16)

Third and final leg of Riverkeeper's 2016 Reservoir Paddle Series set for August 13

Lake Tappan Paddle Day is a family-friendly day of paddling on the Lake Tappan Reservoir in Old Tappan, New Jersey. This year's event takes place Saturday, August 13 (rain date August 14) and is a collaborative partnership between Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ - formerly United Water. The paddle day is an annual fundraiser that supports Hackensack Riverkeeper's mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. It is also the conclusion of Riverkeeper's annual Reservoir Paddle Series.

Now known as the "Triple Crown of Paddling in the Hackensack River Watershed", the Reservoir Paddle Series offers unique public access to Lake DeForest, Oradell Reservoir, and Lake Tappan - bodies of water normally off-limits to the public. A complete description of the event including directions, schedule, rules and age restrictions is available online at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling 201-968-0808.

Lake Tappan Paddle Day consists of morning and afternoon paddling sessions: 9:30AM to Noon and 12:30 to 3:00PM. Check-in begins an hour prior to each session. Paddlers may bring their own boat or rent one from Riverkeeper's fleet (single kayak, tandem kayak, or canoe). Paddlers are strongly encouraged to register online at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org. Those who register by July 25 will receive one free event t-shirt per registration.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all paddlers beginning at 11:30 AM, courtesy of Inserra ShopRite. A water station will be maintained by SUEZ throughout the event.

Hackensack Riverkeeper thanks its partner, SUEZ, and sponsors, including Inserra Supermarkets, PSE&G, Hackensack University Medical Center, Orange and Rockland Electric Company, Ramsey Outdoor Stores and Whole Foods Market.

Family Celebrations at Liberty Science Center             (Posted: 7-20-16)

Click HERE.

Learn to Attract Birds and Butterflies to Your Yard             (Posted: 7-20-16)

EARTH Center Offers Workshop on Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Home Gardens

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County invites you to participate in a free workshop designed to add life to your garden by making it friendly to pollinators.

Attracting Birds & Butterflies, is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 31 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

This workshop will teach participants about the plants and features that can be added to a backyard to make it more desirable to birds and butterflies. It is designed for the beginner or intermediate gardener who is looking to not only beautify their home, but also make a positive impact on the environment.

Many experts believe that the public can help end the current decline of monarch butterfly populations. These butterflies are in danger due to the eradication of milkweed, its larvae's host plant. Milkweed and other native plants can help any type of garden attract pollinators like butterflies, which in turn, helps to reduce chemical inputs, such as fertilizers or pesticides.

"The EARTH Center helps Middlesex County offer educational programs, like this one, to its residents, knowing that a personal hobby or interest has the potential to have a positive impact for our communities and on our environment," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education committee.

Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: "Every day, it seems we're reminded of how important it is to take care of our planet and its inhabitants. The Board of Chosen Freeholders and I are proud to support the efforts of our residents to do just that through programs like this that teach us all how we can make a difference in the health of our environment, starting in our own backyards."

This workshop is free but registration is required. Please call 732-398-5262 to register. No "walk-ins" will be permitted.

Even if you can't visit the EARTH Center this season, you can still get great gardening tips by calling the Master Gardner Helpline at 732-398-5220.

Monarch Butterfly Workshop in Freehold             (Posted: 7-6-16)

There is a unique opportunity to learn how to find Monarch eggs and caterpillars in the wild, plant host plants to encourage Monarchs to lay their eggs, and help them through their metamorphosis to butterflies to go on their incredible journey to survive the winter.

You DO NOT have to be a teacher to attend.

Although this workshop is given by the Monarch Teacher Network, you do NOT have to be a teacher to attend. Any concerned citizen can learn how to find Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars on milkweed in the wild, and raise them in rearing cages indoors to protect them from predators and harsh weather. You will have the amazing experience of watching them transform into butterflies that you will release back into the wild.

Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced presenters; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for butterfly gardens and "Monarch Parades"; Inquiry-based science activities for all abilities; Activities for Mexican/pre-Hispanic culture, history and Spanish language; Activities for language arts, math, social studies, drama, and fine arts; Distance learning projects with schools in Canada/Mexico/California; Proven models for engaging community support; Post-workshop support.

You can find the registration form and more details at bit.ly/monarchworkshopfreehold

Campout and Win!             (Posted: 7-6-16)

Click HERE.

NJ State Museum: We're having a Paleo Party and more!             (Posted: 7-1-16)

Click HERE.

Summer Youth Programs             (Posted: 6-29-16)

Three youth summer programs are being offered this summer by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ: The Bayshore Adventure Program at the Leonardo State Marina The Wildlife Explorer Summer Program at Duke Farms Beach. Birds. Biology. A Wildlife Adventure (three locations)
Information on all programs can be found HERE.

Upcoming Events at the Earth Center             (Posted: 6-29-16)

EARTH Center Open House Offers Fun for Whole Family

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date will be Aug. 21.

The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping and live music. This day will also celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Rutgers University.

Throughout the event, the Extension's Agriculture Office and Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children's Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden and the popular Butterfly House.

Also part of the event will be the "Greatest of the Garden" competition. Gardeners are welcome to bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce for a chance to win. Categories include but are not limited to:
" Biggest tomato
" Biggest cucumber
" Biggest squash
" Biggest watermelon
" Longest gourd
" All vegetables: Best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure.

"Come enjoy the beautiful gardens and educational presentations, while enjoying the sounds of local musicians in beautiful Davidson's Mill Pond Park," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee.

"Garden Field Day is a day of fun for the whole family," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "It's a great way to learn about gardening and enjoy the park and warm summer weather."

Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. For more information, please call 732-398-5268 or e-mail david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us.

For information on Middlesex County's Extension office visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "extension."

Help "Get Healthy Food to Those in Need" at the EARTH Center

Middlesex County's Office of Extension Services is presenting a new program designed to help feed the hungry in New Jersey.

Getting Healthy Food to Those in Need: A Symposium for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens is scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 at the EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick. The conference is free, but registration is required by July 1.

The purpose of the symposium is to assist food pantries, soup kitchens, social service agencies and churches throughout Middlesex County in being successful providers of food to those in need.

The first part of the evening will be an introduction to USDA programs aimed at low-income residents, and their families. Programs include EFNEP and SNAP-Ed. The relationships between food sources and distributors will then be discussed by two groups who rely on volunteer efforts, the Farmers Against Hunger division of the New Jersey Ag Society and MCFOODS, the County food bank.

The second half of the evening will focus on efforts by some food pantries to create community gardens, so that those they serve will have fresh produce. Advice on gardening practices and composting will be discussed during a tour of the Master Gardeners' demonstration gardens. A gardening Q & A session will follow.

"Here in Middlesex County, we are committed to better health for all our residents, and providing for those in need," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "This program is aimed at both of those goals. I applaud the EARTH Center for its outreach to local food banks and its mission to bring fresh produce and healthy meals to those who need them most."

Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee said: "Food banks, soup kitchens, and similar organizations are so very important to those who need their services. By working together with our Extension Services, we can bring healthier foods to tables across the County."

To register or for additional information, call the Middlesex County EARTH Center at 732-398-5273 or e-mail Janice.tonkery@co.middlesex.nj.us.

EARTH Center Presents Rain Garden Workshop

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County invites you to participate in: "Rain Gardens for Home Landscapes."

This workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Rain Gardens are used to help filter polluted rainwater, and to renew an area's groundwater. Rainwater runoff, also called storm water, can be directed from household downspouts or from impervious surfaces like driveways, rooftops, walkways and compacted lawn areas. When storm water is intercepted by a rain garden, potential pollutants like road salt, fertilizers, pesticides or motor oil, are prevented from entering our local waterways.

Participants in the workshop will learn how to plan, design and install a rain garden at home and will receive a Rain Garden Installation Manual.

"It is critical that we do everything we can to keep our environment healthy," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Rain gardens are not only a beautiful addition to a home landscape, but they can help us keep our lakes and streams clean. I encourage residents to attend this informative seminar."

"Rain gardens are not difficult to plan and can be installed on any size property," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. "With only a little effort, you can make a major impact on pollution control, flood protection and water conservation. Let the EARTH center show you how."

Registration and a $20 program fee are required and must be received by July 9 to reserve your space. Call (732) 398-5273 or e-mail Janice.tonkery@co.middlesex.nj.us. No walk-ins will be taken.

The program fee is payable by check or money order. Make checks payable to: Treasurer -- County of Middlesex.
Mail to: EARTH Center
42 Riva Ave.
Davidson Mill Pond Park
South Brunswick, NJ 08902

For more information on Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs in Middlesex County visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "extension".

Coldwater Conservation School             (Posted: 6-29-16)

The Coldwater Conservation School has been reformatted into two day-long sessions, one for youth 10-11 years of age (July 24), and one for youth 12-13 years of age (August 20) at the Pequest Trout Hatchery. Students will study aquatic insects, fly tying, fly casting, and fly fishing for trout in the education pond. This is a joint program between the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimited.

For more information and to register, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/conservation_school.htm.

Healthy Landscapes and a Chance to Win Compost Tea             (Posted: 6-15-16)

Click HERE.

CWF Children's Summer Programs             (Posted: 6-15-16)

WILDLIFE EXPLORER SUMMER PROGRAM AT DUKE FARMS ~ $350

Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, 2016

The Wildlife Explorer Summer Program at Duke Farms is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11 to connect with and explore the outdoors.

The Program is $350/per week/per child, cost includes reusable water bottle and t-shirt. Activities will run from 9 AM - 3 PM daily, rain or shine (bring rain gear). Duke Farms is located in Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey.

Register before Friday, July 1, as only the first 20 applicants will be accepted!

Activities include:
o Close-up encounters with wildlife like birds, bats and turtles!
o Get muddy exploring Duke Farms' ponds and streams
o Create nature-based art with famous artist James Fiorentino
o Daily talks with real-life scientists and hands-on projects!
o And much more!

BEACH. BIRDS. BIOLOGY. - A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE ~ $50

Wednesdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 2016

CWF is hosting a series of wildlife field experiences this summer for kids entering 4th to 6th grades. Kids will experience a day-in-the-life of a wildlife biologist and be up-close with endangered shorebirds such as Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers! Expert staff biologists will guide children in exciting adventures such as a beach scavenger hunt, wrack line investigating, nest searching, and earn the status of Junior Biologist (badge included)!

Adventures are available as a one-day session from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM:
o July 6th and July 20th: Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point, Cape May County, New Jersey
o July 13th and 27th: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Long Beach Island, Ocean County, New Jersey
o August 3rd: Belmar's Shark River Inlet, Belmar, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Click HERE for full details.

Register Now -Sails on the Hudson River, July 7-10             (Posted: 6-15-16)

 

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

Hudson River Sails

Thursday, July 7 - Sunday, July 10 
  • 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 7
  • 9:30am - Skyline Sail Along the Palisades, $65 per person. Sail between Liberty State Park and the Alpine Boat Basin with Vanessa Smiley, of the Morristown National Historical Park (the first "National Historical Park"
    who are celebrating 100 years of service), Kevin Tremble, and Dr. Angela Cristini, Director of Education at the NJ  Meadowlands. Total time including bus transportation. Includes bus from Alpine to Liberty State Park.  
Friday, July 8
  • 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 - Music on the River
    $65 per person. Spend the evening on the river listening bluegrass duo,Cold Rain and Snow, to perform Grassroots music with
    banjo, fiddle and guitar. 2.5-3 hours.
Saturday, July 9
  • 9:30am - Rock 'n River Sail, $45 per person. Learn about the geology of the Palisades from Dr. George Harlow, of the American Museum of Natural History, followed by author Todd W. Braisted as we examine some
    of the exciting events of the Hudson's Revolutionary past!
  • 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 10
  • 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
    with Hugh Carola of Hackensack Riverkeeper and Palisades Interstate Park Historian and Kearney House Curator, Eric Nelson. Motor coachtransportation back from Liberty State Park to the AlpineBoat Basin isincluded.  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 

D&R Greenway Land Trust: Time to Get Your Feet Wet!             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

Cheesequake State Park Kayak Tours Offer Close-Up Views of a Special Ecosystem             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

Learn about sustainable gardening for your home and landscape             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: June is Jumping!             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Click HERE.

2016 EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS: INVITATION TO NOMINATE             (Posted: 6-2-16)

Click HERE.

Summer Environmental Education Programs for Children - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey             (Posted: 6-1-16)

Click HERE.

Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt             (Posted: 6-1-16)

Click HERE.

Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Photo Contest             (Posted: 6-1-16)

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Invitation to join us at USGBC NJ at one of our great upcoming events             (Posted: 6-1-16)

8/10 - USGBC NJ Annual Summer Social - 5:30- 9:30 PM - Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Come out for this great ocean-front networking BBQ with fellow green building & sustainability professionals. BBQ Event Sponsorships will provide funding for the USGBC NJ Summer Green Education Program at Liberty Science Center for K-12 students in underserved communities. Each year, with your help, USGBC NJ hosts roughly 200 children (& chaperons) from not-for-profit organizations including NJ Boys and Girls Clubs, and urban summer school programs. We will also be accepting donations that can be added to an event registration or as stand-alone donations.

Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Children love learning about where their food comes from. They get such a thrill from going out into the orchards and farm fields at Terhune Orchards to pick fruits and vegetables they can take home to enjoy. During our unique, hands-on, Read and Pick educational programs, children (ages preschool to 8 years) gather around a storyteller to listen to a book being read about fruits, vegetables, pollinators or farming equipment. Then the children participate in fun crafts or pick the fruit or vegetables they just learned about, take a tractor ride or interact with the animals in our barnyard.

Read & Pick are held biweekly on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each session lasts about an hour. The cost is $7 per child and includes the activity. Full descriptions of Read & Pick classes are on the calendar at terhuneorchards.com. Pre-registration is requested. Please call (609) 924-2310 to register.

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Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Reservoir Paddles: Ready, set, go!
Lake DeForest Day - Sunday, May 22
Our second annual paddle on pristine Lake DeForest in Clarkstown, NY is up first! 
Visit www.LakeDeForestDay.com for details and registration. 
Reservoir Challenge - Saturday, June 11
Rain date Sunday, 6/12
Our day of races and paddles on the Oradell Reservoir, brought to you in partnership with SUEZ, is back! Information and registration coming soon!

Is your company a fan of friendly competition? Looking for a fun team-building activity?Enter a team in the 
Corporate Cup Challenge!
Lake Tappan Paddle Day - Saturday, August 13
Rain date Sunday, 8/14
Join us for "LaTaPaDa!", a family-friendly day of lesiurely paddling on beautiful
Lake Tappan in Old Tappan, NJ. Brought to you in partnership with SUEZ.
Information and registration coming soon!
Festivals that support #CleanWater and World Series of Birding
EarthFest Overpeck - Saturday, May 14
Rain date Sunday, 5/15
Music, food, green vendors, the Recycled Regatta, and more await you at EarthFest Overpeck, on 5/14 from 11am-4pm. Visit www.EarthFestOverpeck.com for more information!
World Series of Birding - Saturday, May 14
Show your support for Captain Hugh and the RiverCreepers! 
Visit our website for more information!
RiverFest - Saturday, September 24
Save the date for our first-ever RiverFest - this year's SPLASH event, set for September!
Information and registration up soon.
Awards Dinner & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Thursday, October 6
The date is set for the next annual Awards Dinner & Sustainable SeafoodFest. Mark your calendars! More information and registration soon.
Catch us at these other upcoming events
in and around your watershed!

Secaucus GreenFest, Secaucus- Saturday, May 7

Ridgefield Park Earth Day, Ridgefield Park - Saturday, May 7

Hooked on the Hudson, Fort Lee - Satuday May 7