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CONTENTS:
NJ WILD Outdoor Expo 2014 Registration
Solar Jam for students
Ocean Fun Days Are Back May 17 & 18!
EE Week is Next Week!
Save the Date! Great American Backyard Campout
It's Earth Month! Here's how you can participate online
NWF - Wanted: Your Nature Photographs!
BUSINESSES INVITED TO HOST RAIN BARRELS THIS SUMMER
NASA Celebrates Earth Day with "Global Selfie" Event
Upcoming Events at D&R Greenway in April
Capture those April Showers: Events at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Planet Aid: 2014 Earth Day Art Contest!
PEEC Newsletter: Signs of Spring
Cast Your Vote in Rain Barrel Challenge
Hackensack Riverkeeper Announces 2014 Eco-Programs
Find out what's happening at Duke Farms before Spring Break comes!
Hike for National Trails Day and Lake Hopatcong Block Party
Ocean Fun Days & Science Fair
2014 NJ Bluebird Festival May 3rd, 8 am-4pm: Information and Request For Assistance
Bowman's Hill: Marching Towards Spring!
National Wildlife Week -- Tell us about your events
Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil! - NJ Poster Contest
NPSNJ Annual Meeting/Spring Conference: To Plant or Not to Plant
SolarJam 2014
Barnegat Bay Blitz Set for April 25
Sugar Maple Celebration and much more happening at Duke Farms!
STUDENT SUMMER PROGRAMS AT SEDGE ISLAND
Union County's 10th Annual Bio-Blitz June 13 and 14 save the date
Climate Change in Focus Video Challenge
Student Summer Programs Offered at Sedge Island
Make a Splash for Wildlife - National Wildlife Week 2014 Coming Soon
Game-On For The Environment; $56,000 to Schools
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.state.nj.us. 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!
wildoutdoorexpo.com

Solar Jam for students             (Posted: 4-11-14)

The time is nigh - Register Today for SolarJam 2014!

Please find attached the full details sheet for SolarJam 2014, and a flyer you can post around your school if you want to.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UT-vsIz3U1JYQ2FO3Q9E3-T6_U87kilIRe2UHcUaqwY/viewform

Here are a few websites to get you started off - Go For It, and Enjoy!

Open Solar Science Fair Presentation Ideas:
http://www.nrel.gov/education/educational_resources.html
http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/institute/lesson-clearinghouse/270-Make-a-Sundial.html
http://www.juliantrubin.com/fairprojects/renewableenergy/cookeroven.html
http://www.makeitsolar.com/images/Solar-Energy-Projects-NREL.pdf

Solar Car Race Resources:
http://jrsolarsprint.org/
http://www.solarmade.com/JuniorSprint.htm
http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Sprint_Deluxe_Solar_Vehicle?SKU=21211&

Ocean Fun Days Are Back May 17 & 18!             (Posted: 4-11-14)


EE Week is Next Week!             (Posted: 4-11-14)

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Save the Date! Great American Backyard Campout             (Posted: 4-11-14)

Great American Backyard Campout from National Wildlife Federation
SAVE THE DATE!


Enjoy a fun-filled night under the stars while making a difference for wildlife!

Pledge Now To Camp

Great American Backyard Campout: June 28, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce the exciting details for the 10th Annual Great American Backyard Campout!

This year’s official Campout date is Saturday,
June 28, 2014.*

That night, thousands of people like you all across the nation will head outside with their family and friends to enjoy a fun-filled night under the stars. It doesn’t matter whether you camp in your own backyard, with neighbors, in a local park or campground—what matters is that you get outside and enjoy the wonders of nature.

Pledge now to camp out for the Great American Backyard Campout.

This year, we’ve set a goal of getting more than 200,000 people across the country to camp out. AND, just in time for the 10th anniversary of the Great American Backyard Campout, National Wildlife Federation's Board of Directors and other friends have offered to donate $2 in support of NWF's wildlife conservation work for every person that participates in this year’s Campout—up to $400,000!

So, whether you’re an old pro or new to camping, the Great American Backyard Campout is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors, be part of a national movement AND help generate support for vital programs to protect wildlife and connect people to nature.

Click here to pledge to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout.

*Can’t do June 28th? No problem! You can still join the movement by camping whenever it’s convenient for you this year. Just sign the pledge by June 28th and your campout will still get counted towards this year’s goal!

It's Earth Month! Here's how you can participate online             (Posted: 4-11-14)

Happy Earth Month from EPA!

April 22 is Earth Day, but we’re celebrating all month, sharing a new tip each day to help you act on climate change.

Below, we've listed many ways you can take action yourself and spread the word to your friends and family. Try one or many, but either way, let’s all #ActOnClimate!

Help us get the message out
Please help us share a message at noon on Earth Day, along with the link to a page full of things everyone can do to act on climate. We’re using a new system called Thunderclap to coordinate, so a message will go out from everyone at noon on Earth Day. Here’s the catch: we need 500 people to sign up or the message won’t go.

The message is: “For Earth Day, I commit to protect the climate. Take small actions that add up! #ActOnClimate http://epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/

We need your help, both to send the message and to invite your friends to send it, too. Join the effort at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/10319-on-earth-day-actonclimate , or if you want more information about how it works, see our blog post: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/04/we-need-your-help-to-protect-the-planet

Share daily tips through our website and social media
We’ve created 30 daily tips to act on climate, and we’ll post one each day. Help us get them out there:

Join a Twitter chat about climate issues
We’re going to have EPA experts available to discuss various climate issues on our @EPAlive account every Tuesday in April:

  • April 8, 2:00pm EDT - What can I do to act on climate?
  • April 15, 2:00pm EDT - What is EPA doing to act on climate?
  • April 22, 2:00pm EDT - EPA Research and Climate: What does the research show about climate change and what we can do about it.
  • April 29, 2:00pm EDT - Why is climate action important for our water?

How can you join the conversation? Just follow @EPAlive and the #ActOnClimate hashtag on Twitter. Ask us a question or share your ideas, or just read along with the conversation. In addition to using Twitter, we’ll publish a blog post for each chat, and you can ask your questions or send your thoughts as comments on the post. Here’s the first one: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/04/lets-chat-about-how-to-act-on-climate/

We look forward to working with you to #ActOnClimate!

NWF - Wanted: Your Nature Photographs!             (Posted: 4-11-14)

The 44th annual National Wildlife® Photo Contest is underway, and entries have started pouring in. Your fellow nature and wildlife enthusiasts are stunning us once again with the breadth and beauty of the images they're submitting.
If you haven't entered yet, here are five quick reasons why you should-and the sooner, the better.

#5: Great Prizes! The Grand Prize is an incredible expense paid trip for two to Canada to see and photograph polar bears. There are cash prizes for first and second place winners in seven categories and the Youth Division.

#4: See Your Photos Published. Winners will get their photos published on our website and in the pages of National Wildlife® magazine, right alongside images by the world's most respected and renowned wildlife and nature photographers.

#3: More Chances to Become a People's Choice Finalist. Voting for the People's Choice Award is now open! The longer your photos are in contention, the more chances you have to get votes.

#2: Support Our Mission. Your $20 entry fee helps National Wildlife Federation fight to preserve wild spaces, protect wildlife, and reconnect children with nature.

#1: 10 FREE Photos! Enter the contest and pay the entry fee by April 30, 2014 and you get to enter 10 extra photos in the contest, absolutely FREE thanks to our Early Bird Bonus.
Plus, you can tweak your photo entries right up until the last day of the contest-so you have nothing to lose by paying the entry fee now-and 10 extra photos to gain!

Click HERE for full details.

BUSINESSES INVITED TO HOST RAIN BARRELS THIS SUMMER             (Posted: 4-11-14)

HAVE YOUR BUSINESS HOST A RAIN BARREL THIS SUMMER

Businesses that are located in the Barnegat Bay watershed are invited to host a rain barrel this summer and help teach residents and visitors about water and Barnegat Bay ecology.

This year, 35 schools and youth groups in the Barnegat Bay watershed are competing in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Rain Barrel Challenge by designing rain barrels that feature the recreational and harvestable resources of the Bay.

To be a host means that you are able to provide a temporary home for a barrel in a place that is frequented by the public but at the same time the barrel is secure and inaccessible to vandals. Possible host locations include restaurants, marinas, retail shops and malls, community centers, offices and libraries. As a thank you, your business will be recognized by DEP on our rain barrel marketing materials and rain barrel web pages.

If you are interested in being a host, please email barnegatbayblitz@dep.state.nj.us.

To learn more about the Rain Barrel Challenge, check out the barrels and vote for your favorite rain barrel design, please visit: www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/rbc.htm. Voting will end at 4:00 p.m. on April 11.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with "Global Selfie" Event             (Posted: 4-11-14)

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with "Global Selfie" Event
For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth-observing missions will be launched into space in a single year. To celebrate this milestone, NASA is inviting people all around the world to step outside on Earth Day, April 22, take a "selfie," and share it with the world on social media.

Upcoming Events at D&R Greenway in April             (Posted: --)

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Capture those April Showers: Events at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Click HERE.

Planet Aid: 2014 Earth Day Art Contest!             (Posted: 3-21-14)

Click HERE.

PEEC Newsletter: Signs of Spring             (Posted: 3-21-14)

Click HERE.

Cast Your Vote in Rain Barrel Challenge             (Posted: 3-19-14)

The Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge, an online poll in which voters can choose their favorite rain barrels designed by Ocean County youth as part of next month's Barnegat Bay Blitz festivities, is now open for voting.

Casting votes for these colorful student-designed barrels began online at noon on March 17. The voting website will be taken down at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11.

Rain barrels are generally 55-gallon barrels that are placed under a gutter's downspout to collect rainwater that can carry pollution. In addition to reducing the amount of runoff that is carried into waterways, the collected water can effectively be reused to irrigate gardens and clean garden tools. The use of rain barrels is just one method of reducing pollutants that can be carried into Barnegat Bay from waterways throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed (which includes all of Ocean County).

This year, 35 schools and organizations created barrels to compete in the Challenge. The school or group with the barrel that garners the most votes will win an educational Barnegat Bay Festival that will be held at their school or facility. In addition, all of the groups that participate in the Rain Barrel Challenge will be invited to and honored at the New Jersey Clean Communities Kids Day event which will be held in late May.

Many of the barrels will also be showcased at public venues throughout the watershed when they go on tour this summer to be seen by residents, summer tourists and daily visitors. If you would like to showcase one of the barrels at your business or public venue, please contact the Blitz coordinators at barnegatbayblitz@dep.state.nj.us.

Information about the Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge and related voting rules and directions can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/rbc.htm.

The upcoming Barnegat Bay Blitz, a volunteer cleanup of the 660-square-mile watershed led by DEP in partnership with New Jersey Clean Communities Council, will be held during Earth Week on Friday, April 25. The barrels will be on display during the opening ceremony of the Blitz and all of the groups that entered a barrel in the challenge will be recognized. To learn more about the Blitz or to volunteer, please visit www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/bbblitz.htm.

Public education is a key component of Governor Chris Christie's 10-point Comprehensive Barnegat Bay Plan for restoring the ecological health of Barnegat Bay from decades of decline. The Barnegat Bay Blitz, a popular watershed-wide trash and debris cleanup effort that raises awareness of the ecological stresses of the bay, is one of the hallmarks of the plan.

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

Click HERE.

Find out what's happening at Duke Farms before Spring Break comes!             (Posted: 3-18-14)

Click HERE.

Hike for National Trails Day and Lake Hopatcong Block Party             (Posted: 3-18-14)

Sun, 6/8 – “Lake Hopatcong Foundation National Trails Day Nature Hike.” 1:00 pm. Bring your family and friends to join the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a 501(c)3 dedicated to improving Lake Hopatcong, to explore the beautiful trail at Roland-May Eves Inlet Sanctuary overlooking Henderson Cove, Lake Hopatcong.  A narrated one hour moderate hike to learn about the geology of Lake Hopatcong, wildlife habitat and other interesting information.  Parking available at Sanctuary located at 401 Lakeside Avenue, Hopatcong.  No registration required.  For more information contact 973-663-2500 or donna@lakehopatcongfoundation.org.  

For Immediate Release

Contact: Robin Reenstra-Bryant Event Organizer, 201-321-2756
Marty Kane, LHF Board Chairman, 973-271-8659

Lake Hopatcong Block Party to bring lake community together on May 10

LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. (March 5, 2014) — As the state’s largest lake, Lake Hopatcong serves as a hub of recreation, business, and leisure for residents of northern New Jersey and beyond. It straddles the Morris-Sussex county line and its shores are split among four different towns, but no matter the zip code, people share a love for the lake and a sense of community. To celebrate that connection, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is aiming to bring together people from all around the lake for an inaugural “Lake Hopatcong Block Party” at Hopatcong State Park in Landing on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will include lake demonstrations, booths for local organizations and businesses, live performances, a children’s area, food trucks, antique and collectible vendors, craft vendors, and more. This block party promises to be an event that celebrates the many facets of Lake Hopatcong and brings a spectrum of its residents and visitors together to rally behind this beautiful natural resource that brings so much enjoyment to so many.

Those interested in being vendors, sponsors or volunteers, should call the event organizer directly at 201-321-2756 or the LHF office at 973-663-2500. Either way, save the date of Saturday, May 10 to enjoy this family-friendly, lake-oriented celebration.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is a 501(c)(3) focused on improving the lake environment and experience. On May 10, people from all over the area will have an opportunity to learn more about both at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s inaugural Lake Hopatcong Block Party. It will be the start of a new annual tradition on New Jersey’s largest lake.

The Lake Hopatcong Block Party
When: Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hopatcong State Park, Lakeside Boulevard, Landing
What: Lake demonstrations, food trucks, antiques and collectibles, nonprofit and business booths, children’s area, live entertainment, and more.

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Donna Macalle-Holly
Lake Hopatcong Foundation
37 Nolan’s Point Park Road
Lake Hopatcong, NJ   07849
973-663-2500
lakehopatcongfoundation.org

Ocean Fun Days & Science Fair             (Posted: 3-6-14)

 Celebrating Our Environment with Two Days of Free Family Fun!

Come to New Jersey Natural Gas's eleventh annual Ocean Fun Days and celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, classes, nature tours and children's activities. Learn from marine scientists, researchers and environmentalists how to preserve our coastal resources so we can all continue to enjoy them for years to come.

Saturday, May 17, Seaside Park
Island Beach State Park 

Sunday, May 18, Sandy Hook
NJ Sea Grant Consortium

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rain or shine both days.

Activities include:

- Coastal Crafts
- Eco Tours and Workshops
- Energy Scavenger Hunt
- Children’s Games and Prizes
- Youth Fishing Clinics
- Beachcombing 101
- Face Painting
- Touch Tanks and Exhibits
- NOAA Marine Lab Open House*
- Giveaways!
 
*Sandy Hook only

 If you are involved with Monmouth and Ocean County students in grades 3 to 6, you should also check out the Ocean Fun Days Annual Science Fair.   Click here to learn  how to enter the Science Fair

2014 NJ Bluebird Festival May 3rd, 8 am-4pm: Information and Request For Assistance             (Posted: 3-5-14)

Click HERE.

Bowman's Hill: Marching Towards Spring!             (Posted: 3-5-14)

Click HERE.

National Wildlife Week -- Tell us about your events             (Posted: 3-5-14)

Click HERE.

Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil! - NJ Poster Contest             (Posted: 2-27-14)

New Jersey's local soil conservation districts are now accepting entries for the 2014 NJ Conservation Poster Contest.
The theme for this year's contest is: Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil!

The contest is open to all students in grades 2-12. Students may submit posters from home, or as the result of a classroom lesson. The contest is sponsored by the NJ Association of Conservation Districts and partners. Deadlines are approaching in mid- to late March, 2014.

Poster entries must be submitted to your local soil conservation district. County-level winners are automatically entered into the statewide contest. Before creating your poster, please verify local participation and deadlines with the soil conservation district serving your area. For a contest brochure (including entry form, rules and a directory of local districts) please visit www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/anr/pdf/conservationpostercontest.pdf.

Help your students dig deeper and explore mysteries in the soil!

NPSNJ Annual Meeting/Spring Conference: To Plant or Not to Plant             (Posted: 2-19-14)

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SolarJam 2014             (Posted: 2-19-14)

O.A.S.I.S. (Organizing Action for Sustainability In Schools) is proud to present… SolarJam 2014 Overview This event has two main elements. The first is a solar-powered car race, in which students use vehicles they have built. The second is an 'open' solar science fair, for which students can display any project that uses solar energy - such as solar ovens, sundials, reconfigured electronics, etc. There will be food available from local vendors, but we are aiming for a "Zero Waste" event, so participants and spectators will have to bring their own beverage containers.

Logistics
SolarJam will take place on the grounds of Princeton High School, on Saturday, May 17th, from 11am-2pm, with a rain/cloud date of Sunday, May 18th. Final directions and parking details will be sent out prior to the event.

Details for Participants
Both the solar car race and solar science fair are open to grades 3 through 12, with participants divided into Elementary (3-5), Middle (6-8) and Upper (9-12) divisions.

OASIS will fund the first 40 teams to register, up to a maximum of $40 per team. Teams are responsible for providing receipts to account for the cost of materials, and are expected to return any unused funds.

Junior Solar Sprint Car Race: Prior to the event, teams build a solar-powered car. The requirements are that each team uses a solar panel rated at 3.2 Watts or less, and a DC motor of no more than 3 Volts.

Recommended sources for these materials are the "Junior Solar Sprint kit" available on [ http://www.solarmade.com/ ]www.SolarMade.com and the "Ray Catcher Sprint Kit" on [ http://www.pitsco.com/ ]www.pitsco.com. These online vendors also sell the materials needed for the vehicle's body, wheels, and transmission. However, there is no requirement that participants use these specific materials to build their vehicle. See the website [ http://www.jrsolarsprint.org/ ]www.jrsolarsprint.org for building tutorials, as well as resources for lesson plans. On the day of the event, teams will race their vehicles along a guide wire down a 20-foot long track. Please note that vehicles must include eyelets on the front and back through which the guide wire will be led. Multiple heats will be run for each age division, to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. Recognition will also be given to the team in each division that has used the most re-used materials.

Open Solar Science Fair: This fair is open to any project that uses the sun. Teams will have access to tables on which to stage their presentations. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to, solar ovens, sundials, solar phone chargers, and electronics reconfigured to run on small solar panels. Each team will be given recognition for participating, but there is not a competitive aspect to this part of the event.

To Register: Each team must have an adult associated with it - a teacher, a parent, etc. Please email Andrew Lloyd at [ mailto:alloyd@pennington.org ]alloyd@pennington.org before April 15th. He will send you a simple form to fill out, and communicate any further information closer to the event date.

Barnegat Bay Blitz Set for April 25             (Posted: 2-14-14)

PLEDGE NOW AND PLAN TO VOTE IN THE RAIN BARREL CHALLENGE

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection and partners will again host the spring Barnegat Bay Blitz, to be held on Friday, April 25. Become one of thousands of volunteers who help pick up litter and submit local cleanup data and photos for this watershed-wide cleanup effort. After the Blitz is over, all litter and recyclables that were collected will be included in a final tally and posted at the Blitz website.

If you are planning to volunteer at a cleanup or coordinate your own local cleanup, please let DEP and your municipality's Blitz team captain know. To do this, go online to the Barnegat Bay Blitz website to submit your Blitz pledge.

At the Blitz website you'll also find contact information for local Blitz team captains - find yours and contact that person regarding your interests. Clean-up tips for coordinators and volunteers are also posted at this site. Gloves and trash bags are available but supplies are limited.

Schools, scout troops and youth groups - classroom lessons, speakers and educational materials are promoted at the Barnegat Bay Blitz website and are available to educators and youth leaders to help link the Blitz experience with school curricula, after-school programs and badge requirements.

Blitz participants are also invited to join DEP Commissioner Bob Martin at the Blitz kick-off ceremony to be held on the morning of April 25. Ceremony details will be posted at the Blitz website later this spring.

Beginning on March 17, 39 rain barrels designed by dozens of schools and youth groups in the watershed will be posted online at the Barnegat Bay Rain Barrel Challenge website for viewing. You will be able to cast a vote for your favorite rain barrel through April 11. DEP will host a free Barnegat Bay Festival Day at the winning school or facility. All of the rain barrels will be on display at the Blitz kick-off event on April 25th and the rain barrel teams will be honored at the NJ Clean Communities awards ceremony in May. Finally, many of the barrels will be showcased at public venues throughout the watershed when they go on tour this summer to be seen by residents, summer tourists and daily visitors. If you would like to showcase one of the barrels at your business or public venue, please contact the Blitz coordinators at barnegatbayblitz@dep.state.nj.us.

To learn more about the Barnegat Bay Blitz visit: www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/bbblitz.htm.

To learn more about the Rain Barrel Challenge visit: www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/rbc.htm.

Sugar Maple Celebration and much more happening at Duke Farms!             (Posted: 2-14-14)

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STUDENT SUMMER PROGRAMS AT SEDGE ISLAND             (Posted: 2-14-14)

Sign up soon - applications are due in March

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering three exciting multiple-day programs this summer that are designed for teenagers and based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off the shore of Island Beach State Park in the beautiful Barnegat Bay.

These unique experiences are educational, exciting and fun and include all meals, lodging, instruction, equipment and interaction with researchers and mentors throughout the sessions. While the application deadlines for each program vary the dates are all in March and interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Sedge Island Fishing Experience: June 26-29, 2014
The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 4-day, 3-night program open to students going into grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend the first three days fishing the area while learning about the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night a parent or guardian will join the group and spend the last night learning from the students and then the following day, fishing with them.

Sedge Island Field and Research Experience: July 10-16, 2014
The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), is offering a residential research experience for students entering grades 10 and 11 in the fall of 2014. During this program students will be taught field research skills that will lead them to conduct team research projects on Barnegat Bay with a culmination of a sharing session on the last day of the program. The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown and the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center will be the settings where research will take place.

Sedge Island Field Experience: July 28-31, 2014
The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 4-day, 3-night program for students going into grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend their days immersed in the salt marshes of Barnegat Bay while exploring the ecosystem by kayak, living a conservationist lifestyle, and learning first-hand about research from biologists.

For additional information about the summer programs, deadlines, costs and application process, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer14.htm.

For information about the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge.htm.

For additional information about Island Beach State Park, please go to www.njparksandforests.org/parks/island.html.

Union County's 10th Annual Bio-Blitz June 13 and 14 save the date             (Posted: 2-6-14)

Dear Friends of Union County Parks and Fellow Blitzers:

Dreaming of springtime and what nature has in store for us during warmer days? Make it a New Year's resolution to get outside and help us to explore, sample, collect and identify all things living in Oak Ridge Park in Clark and Ash Brook Reservation in Scotch Plains during our 10TH ANNUAL BIO-BLITZ! Details below. Sign up today (it's never too early) online! We are always looking for new team members. See last year's video below.

We will be checking out the Blitz locations throughout the months ahead. Join us for relaxing informational, fun and inspiring walks chock full of natural history experiences! First scheduled site visit will be February 15 at 9:30 am. Let me know if you can come so we don't leave without you. Meet at Oakridge Park parking lot. -Betty Ann

Union County To Host 10th Annual 24-Hour Bio-Blitz Survey
June 13 & 14, 2014

SEEKING EXPERT & AMATEUR SCIENTISTS/NATURALISTS TO JOIN SURVEY TEAMS
Get out from behind that desk and into the field for an opportunity to be a part of Union County’s 10th Annual Bio-Blitz!
We need your skills, expertise and enthusiasm to help us sample, observe, identify and record fungi, plant & animal species that live in Oak Ridge and Ash Brook Reservation in Scotch Plains. Help us gain a “snapshot” of the area’s biodiversity and in the process raise awareness among the general public about the importance of parkland as outdoor classrooms and wildlife habitat.

Teams include but not limited to:
Environmental Monitoring (water quality testing) / Fungi / Plant / Aquatic Invertebrates / Insect / Amphibians & Reptiles / Fish / Birds
Meals, t-shirts and onsite camping available

Betty Ann Kelly
Environmental Specialist
Union County Dept. of Parks & Recreation
2325 South Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
w: 908-789-3683
c: 908-419-5800
fax: 908-789-3674
bkelly@ucnj.org
ucnj.org
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Climate Change in Focus Video Challenge             (Posted: 1-31-14)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency along with the National Environmental Education Foundation have just launched an exciting video contest for middle school students called Climate Change in Focus. This contest asks middle school students to make a video that expresses why they care about climate change and what they are doing to reduce emissions or to prepare for its impacts.

Please help us spread the word about the video contest.  Below is a sample newsletter blurb and badge image that can be inserted in newsletters, as well as sample social media messages for Facebook and Twitter.  Also, attached is a flier that can be printed and posted in schools to announce the contest.

Anything you can do to help get the word out is greatly appreciated!

Best wishes,

Isabel DeLuca

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

tel: (202) 343-9247

Calling all Middle School Students…Enter the Climate Change In Focus Video Challenge!

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have just announced a new video contest asks middle school students to produce a short video about climate change, why they care, and what they are doing about it.   Winning videos will be highlighted on the EPA website and the winners will receive cool prizes like a solar charging backpack.  The first 100 contestants to enter will also receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids Magazine. The deadline for submissions is March 10.   Visit the website for details on how to enter.

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Calling middle school #youngartists: learn, create, and win in the Climate Change in Focus #videocontest.  http://go.usa.gov/WtWV

Hey, middle school #youngscientists! Learn, create, and win in our #climatechange #videocontest .  http://go.usa.gov/WtWV

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Middle-schoolers, are you part of your school’s environmental club? Create a video to show what you are doing to act on climate change! Learn, create, win prizes, and be heard:  www.epa.gov/climatestudents

Middle school teachers: are you looking for a fun project for your science class? Have your students enter the Climate Change in Focus video contest! The winning videos will receive special prizes and recognition on EPA’s website. www.epa.gov/climatestudents

Calling young artists! If you’re in middle school, enter Climate Change in Focus video contest to learn about science, create your video masterpiece, and speak out on climate change.  Start now: www.epa.gov/climatestudents

Parents: Looking to encourage your budding scientist or aspiring filmmaker?  Have your middle-schooler enter the Climate Change in Focus video contest: www.epa.gov/climatestudents

Student Summer Programs Offered at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-31-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners will be offering teenage students three exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located within NJ's first Marine Conservation Zone. The facility is located just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay and provides a beautiful location for these unique, educational, fun and exciting experiences for teenage students.

These unique experiences include all meals, lodging, instruction, equipment, and interaction with researchers and mentors throughout the sessions. Deadlines to apply vary, but interested students are encouraged to apply early.

STUDENT SUMMER PROGRAMS AT SEDGE ISLAND
Sign up soon - applications are due in March

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering three exciting multiple-day programs this summer that are designed for teenagers and based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off the shore of Island Beach State Park in the beautiful Barnegat Bay.

These unique experiences are educational, exciting and fun and include all meals, lodging, instruction, equipment and interaction with researchers and mentors throughout the sessions. While the application deadlines for each program vary the dates are all in March and interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Sedge Island Fishing Experience: June 26-29, 2014

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 4-day, 3-night program open to students going into grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend the first three days fishing the area while learning about the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night a parent or guardian will join the group and spend the last night learning from the students and then the following day, fishing with them.

Sedge Island Field and Research Experience: July 10-16, 2014

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), is offering a residential research experience for students entering grades 10 and 11 in the fall of 2014. During this program students will be taught field research skills that will lead them to conduct team research projects on Barnegat Bay with a culmination of a sharing session on the last day of the program. The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown and the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center will be the settings where research will take place.

Sedge Island Field Experience: July 28-31, 2014

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, is offering a 4-day, 3-night program for students going into grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2014. Students will spend their days immersed in the salt marshes of Barnegat Bay while exploring the ecosystem by kayak, living a conservationist lifestyle, and learning first-hand about research from biologists.

For additional information about the summer programs, deadlines, costs and application process, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer14.htm.


For information about the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, please visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge.htm.

For additional information about Island Beach State Park, please go to www.njparksandforests.org/parks/island.html.

Make a Splash for Wildlife - National Wildlife Week 2014 Coming Soon             (Posted: 1-31-14)

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Game-On For The Environment; $56,000 to Schools             (Posted: 11-15-13)

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) would appreciate your help in spreading the word to New Jersey schools, or pass this along to some who can, about the Great American Can  Roundup School Challenge and the opportunity for one of your schools to win up to $6,000.  CMI is offering $1,000 to the school in each state and the District of Columbia that recycles the most aluminum cans per student enrollment.  The school that emerges as the champion recycling school receives an additional $5,000.  Registration is open at www.cancentral.com/roundup and is required.  While on the website, scroll down and click to on School Challenge Results.   In the third annual GACR School Challenge, Weymouth Township School earned top recycling school honors in The Garden State recycling 1.69 pounds of aluminum cans per student.  It would be great if more schools would step up to the challenge and demonstrate New Jersey’s environmental leadership.   

Let’s rally New Jersey schools to recycle between November 15 to April 22, 2013 to win.  Game-on at www.cancentral.com/roundup.

PUT CANS TO WORK FOR YOUR SCHOOL AND THE ENVIRONMENT

It’s time for schools to register to win at www.cancentral.com/roundup for the 4th Annual Great American Can Roundup School Challenge from America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) to Earth Day (April 22), 2014.  Registration is required.  At cancentral.com/roundup, you will find virtually everything to run a successful Roundup from a tool kit to posters even curriculum.   

The Can Manufacturers Institute is awarding $1,000 to the school in each state and the District of Columbia recycling the most aluminum cans per student and an additional $5,000 to the champion per capita recycling school nationwide that is on top of value of the aluminum cans.  Show your school’s green spirit and environmental leadership. 

It is easy as:  1) Register;   2) Record Pounds Recycled;    3) Submit Verification.

Sincerely,

Al the Can