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CONTENTS:
ISE-sponsored "ECONOMIC RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE”, Sept. 17, FDU Metro Campus
Biking and Brews by the Bay on September 26th....or the Pope Alternative.....
Free Events for the Public during BioBlitz at Sandy Hook
Environmental Congress, Friday, October 9th
Learn to Master Your Garden with Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Sustainable Jersey: We've got something new for you
Learn how to create new habits for healthy eating
NEEF's New Kid-Powered Fun Contest!
Learn to Stop Invaders at the EARTH Center
Get Ready for National Estuaries Week: Social Media Messages & Events Map
D&R Greenway Land Trust: Second Saturday Walks through December
Application Deadline Approaching : Environmental Achievement Awards
Pro Tour of 2 Solar & Wind-Powered Homes in NJ on 9/4
Announcing: Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Thursday, October 8 - TIckets on sale now
GO WILD AT THE WILD OUTDOOR EXPO ON SEPTEMBER 12-13
PEEC BIOBLITZ
Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2015-2016
Free Right Tree - Right Place Seminar
August & September Events at PEEC
Summer Programs at Pequest
WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 12-13 - Save the Dates!
Women & Wildlife Awards Nominations Open
Summer 2015 Programs @ Essex County Environmental Center
Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information
ISE-sponsored "ECONOMIC RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE”, Sept. 17, FDU Metro Campus             (Posted: 9-2-15)

You’re invited to a thought-provoking ISE-sponsored NJPPN event,

"ECONOMIC  RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE”


WHEN:                 Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30)

REGISTRATION:  NJppn.org or e-mail: info@njppn.org 

SPEAKERS:           Robert Kopp, Associate Director of Rutgers Energy Institute; Associate Professor,   
                              Rutgers Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
                              Brian Reynolds, Executive Director of Climate|Money|Policy

WHERE:                Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University,                                                              
                              140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ  07601


FEE:                       FREE and open to all. Optional tax deductible donations welcome


FLYER 

PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS:
  • The economic risks posed by climate change,
  • Its impact on American life
  • Ways in which citizens and businesses may prepare for the future.


SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE:

Varied levels of sponsorships are available for promoting your company or service.” Contact info@njppn.org.


Institute for Sustainable Enterprise
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue, M-MS1-05
Madison, NJ  07940
973-443-8577
www.fdu.edu/ise

Biking and Brews by the Bay on September 26th....or the Pope Alternative.....             (Posted: 9-2-15)

Biking and Brews By the Bay

September 26th 2015

If you’re not one of the millions who will be walking across the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Art Museum on September 26 to welcome Pope Francis, perhaps you'll join us for an interesting day of low impact biking. Not a serious biker? That's good because beach-cruisers are the preferred mode of transportation for this tour, a tour that is perfect for anyone interested in natural scenery, World War II history and local craft brews.

Meet up with Nature Center tour guides at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 26th at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal. From there we’ll start our trip with a relaxing boat ride over to Lewes. Once on the “other” side, we’ll take in the sights and history as well as the flora and fauna of our sister cape, Cape Henlopen. Established as Fort Miles during WWII, this patch of sand was the most heavily defended piece of real estate in the United States with its huge 16” 12” and 8” guns protecting the entrance to the Delaware Bay. The history buffs among us will marvel at the bunkers, fortifications and spotting towers, one of which is open to the public.

From the Park, we’ll head south via the Gordon’s Pond Trail. This unique trail only opened in 2014 and it winds through six miles of tidal flats, sand dunes and the outskirts of Rehoboth Beach. Once in Rehoboth Beach we’ll discover the world famous Dogfish Brewery. After lunch and rehydration we’ll head out of town via the shady and secluded Junction & Breakwater “Rail-to-Trail” and peddle another 6 miles back to Lewes. As the First City of the First State, Lewes is a very popular biking destination thanks to its deep history, eclectic shopping and diverse restaurant experience. Finally, by 6:30 P.M. we’ll head over to the Lewes Ferry terminal and hitch a ride back home across the Bay.

Expect to cover approximately 25 miles throughout the day, but rest assured that this is a benign trip with frequent stops. Bring your own bike or bike rentals can be arranged.  A wide brimmed hat, long sleeves, sun block, and water bottle are recommended. Pack refreshments and lunch, or bring money for our stops at the ferry terminals, breweries and local eateries.

Size of group will be limited to 25 bicyclists. Call the Nature Center of Cape May, 609-898-8848 for details and to preregister. The cost of your walk-on, round trip ferry ticket is included in your over-all cost of $40 for members ($60 for nonmembers).

The Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM) is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May. One of 7 centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, the Center provides family oriented programming in the marine sciences and other nature oriented themes. Programs are scheduled throughout the year; public visitation is available 7 days per week, April through October. Visit our campus, shop at the nature store and view the breathtaking harbor and its environment from the Trucksess Observation tower.  

Free Events for the Public during BioBlitz at Sandy Hook             (Posted: 9-2-15)

Free Public Events
Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19
18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ

There will be a number of free, public events as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit BioBlitz on Sept. 18 and 19. All events begin at American Littoral Society headquarters, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ. Come join us.

Friday, September 18

Sunset Seining, 6 - 7:30 PM: Participants are invited to help pull our 40 foot seine net through the bay, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and other marine life caught. Wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet.

Plum Island Natural History Hike, 6 - 7:30 PM: Walk with a park ranger around the marshes of Plum Island, and learn about the native flora and fauna.

Family Sky Watch, 9 - 11 PM: Learn tips, tricks, and stories of what you see, how best to see, and where to go to see the best the sky has to offer. Telescopes will be set up to look at the moon, planets and other celestial objects visible that night. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs, flashlights, binoculars, hot chocolate and to dress for the weather. The event will be led by Marc Rogoff of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Saturday, September 19th

Family Seining, 9:30 - 11 am: Participants are invited to help pull our 40 foot seine net through the bay, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and other marine life caught. Wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet.

Old Dune Trail Walk, 10 am - 11:30 am: Learn about the maritime forest, dunes, and swale environment.

Biodiversity Fest, 11 am - 3 pm: Learn about horseshoe crabs, plankton and shell ID, plant pressing and more from experts working to protect New Jersey's biodiversity.

Holly Forest Walk, 1 pm - 3 pm: Learn about the maritime forest, dunes, and swale environment.

The 24-hour BioBlitz event will conclude at 3 p.m. with a closing ceremony. For more information and to register for the event, click HERE.

Environmental Congress, Friday, October 9th             (Posted: 9-2-15)

Please join us for the 2015 Environmental Congress.

The Congress is a statewide gathering of municipal environmental commissioners, state and local officials, members of New Jersey's environmental organizations, and others concerned about our state's environment. The congress includes workshops, exhibits, speakers and much more.

Key Note Speaker: George Hawkins, CEO, General Manager of DC Water and Sewer Authority

2015 CONGRESS WORKSHOP TITLES
Water Supply: Acting Locally in the Absence of a Statewide Plan
New Tech Hacks for Environmental Data Gathering
Stormwater Management at the Municipal Level
Goal: Zero Plastic Pollution in Our Waters
NJ Open Space Policy Update
NJ's Energy Supply: Clearn or Dirty?
Getting Traction on Green Stormwater
Piplines! Pipelines! Pipelines!
Conversations with NJDEP about Water

Registration Now Open, click HERE.

Learn to Master Your Garden with Rutgers Cooperative Extension             (Posted: 9-2-15)

Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2015-2016

A new season of Master Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering both daytime and evening sessions for this program. Orientation (attendance is optional) will be on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for the evening class and Friday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. The program officially starts on Sept. 17 and 18. The class is open to all New Jersey residents.

The Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. Lecture classes meet once per week for 3 hours from mid-September through mid-April. These classes will incorporate some outdoor time in a County park.

The hands-on garden classes meet weekly from April through mid-September (every other week in summer). During these sessions, new students will create and care for demonstration vegetable and herb gardens.

Topics covered in the program include: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources, and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer some hours of service towards Extension projects, activities and events throughout the year.

"This looks to be another productive season for the Master Gardeners program," says Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County's Agriculture Department who supervise these classes deserve thanks for planning and teaching such a popular program."

"I hope that all County residents interested in gardening and the environment will consider taking this course," says Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "It's a great way to learn more about our local environment, and to collaborate with other residents in making our county greener, cleaner and more beautiful."

Those interested in joining the program can call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262 for more information or visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us and search Master Gardeners.

Sustainable Jersey: We've got something new for you             (Posted: 9-2-15)

On Friday, October 2nd, you'll get to dig deep into our new Community Information & Civic Engagement program actions at our inaugural Government Connext Forum.  Don't miss it!
We're embarking on a new journey and we would like to take you along for the ride.

On October 2nd, we're hosting our very first conference in West Windsor, focused on ways that municipalities can begin to digitally engage their residents in policy making, providing quality services, opening government, and sharing important updates.

Whether your responsibilities lie within administration, communications, finance, public works, elected office, emergency management or a green team, there's something for you at the Government Connext Forum.
  • Municipal representatives will learn about strategies and products to make government processes more efficient, streamline services and breakdown silos while saving money and more effectively engaging the public.
  • Green team members will become armed with tools and information on how their communities can begin implementing our new suite of civic engagement actions.

You'll have the opportunity to speak with national and local experts and learn about innovative solutions that can be brought back to your town to address community issues and enhance engagement & communications.

 

This Forum costs only $35, but space is limited.  See details about our sessions, speakers & exhibitor and reserve your seat now.  Contact Lauren with any questions at 609-771-3129 or skowronl@tcnj.edu.

Sustainable Jersey | (609) 771-2938 | www.sustainablejersey.com

Learn how to create new habits for healthy eating             (Posted: 9-2-15)

Click HERE.

NEEF's New Kid-Powered Fun Contest!             (Posted: 8-28-15)

Click HERE.

Learn to Stop Invaders at the EARTH Center             (Posted: 8-27-15)

Help Fight Invaders at the EARTH Center

The Middlesex County Freeholder Board invites you to participate in a free workshop on how to identify and prevent invasive species from crowding out more desirable native species in your landscape.

Identifying Invasive Species takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. The workshop is being conducted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and the County's Office of Parks and Recreation

Invasive species are plants, animals or pathogens that are not native to a given area and can cause harm to local ecosystems, human health and the economy.

"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 help us in this endeavor. Workshops like this one 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."

After the lecture, attendees will participate in an invasive plant control project within the park alongside the Middlesex County Conservation Corps. The Conservation Corps is charged with the care and management of Middlesex County's more than 7,500 acres of open space, by performing projects that maintain and improve the quality of the open space and allow public access.

Participants should dress for the weather, including hats and sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are suggested. Work gloves and other tools will be supplied.

The workshop is free, but registration required by Sept. 23.

For more information contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

The workshop is held as part of National Public Lands Day, which is made up of a series of projects completed at publicly owned properties throughout the country. Events will be held in every state. Last year more than 175,000 volunteers participated.

Get Ready for National Estuaries Week: Social Media Messages & Events Map             (Posted: 8-27-15)

National Estuaries Week (September 19-26) is less than a month away!  To celebrate, join us in a social media "blitz" about Barnegat Bay.  Attached is a "cheat sheet" with great social media messages and hashtags developed by the educators who attended the Partnership's Education and Outreach Retreat in March. Use these or create your own -- our goal is to use as many social media with focused messages about Barnegat Bay as possible during that week.

Remember to include the hashtags #estuariesweek #celebratethecoast and #barnegatbay when posting your messages. Let's celebrate the week in a big way and get lots of messages out there about our beautiful Barnegat Bay!

Add your National Estuary Week Events to the Event Map created by Restore America's Estuaries: https://goo.gl/82vIlU

Find events already on the map: www.estuaries.org/national-estuaries-week

Check out Restore America's Estuaries' National 2015 Toolkit for templates on how to make the most of your events and messages through social media and more:
https://www.estuaries.org/images/national_estuaries_week/2015/Natl_Estuaries_Week_Toolkit_2015.pdf

Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College
College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-914-8102
Fx:  732-914-8100
bbp.ocean.edu

D&R Greenway Land Trust: Second Saturday Walks through December             (Posted: 8-27-15)

Click HERE.

Application Deadline Approaching : Environmental Achievement Awards             (Posted: 8-21-15)


Deadline: Tuesday, September 8th.

 

The ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award program recognizes exceptional projects carried out by environmental commissions and groups.
Projects begun after 1/1/13 and completed by 8/31/15 are eligible for nomination for a 2015 award.

(ANJEC grant projects are not eligible for this award.)

The awards will be presented on Friday, October 9th, at the ANJEC Environmental Congress.

Award winners are invited to bring an exhibit for display at the Congress.


Evaluation criteria:

  • Project impact, originality, educational value, innovation, and response to a need
  • Clarity of application, supporting information

Awards are offered in the following categories:

  • Environmental commission project
  • New environmental commission project (for commissions formed after 12/31/2012)
  • Non-profit or community organization or board (local, regional or statewide)

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 8th, 5pm.

 

Click here for application. 

Pro Tour of 2 Solar & Wind-Powered Homes in NJ on 9/4             (Posted: 8-21-15)

Click HERE.

Announcing: Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Thursday, October 8 - TIckets on sale now             (Posted: 8-20-15)

Click HERE.

GO WILD AT THE WILD OUTDOOR EXPO ON SEPTEMBER 12-13             (Posted: 8-20-15)

If you love the outdoors, plan to attend New Jersey's annual Wild Outdoor Expo on Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County. The WILD Outdoor Expo is a terrific way for everyone, including families, to learn about New Jersey's great outdoors.

The WILD Outdoor Expo is hosted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Parks and Forestry and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. This year's event is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and the Trailblazer Adventure Program, and has several event supporters, including the NJ Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation, the NJ State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Monmouth County Park System and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Restoration Program.

The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free and so are most activities at the Expo, except for a few that are offered for a modest fee. Some activities and events require pre-registration.

The Expo is a one-stop information and demonstration event for a host of New Jersey outdoor adventure activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, backpacking, kayaking, wildlife watching and more. It features hands-on activities and demonstrations for the young and old, and novice as well as experienced outdoor adventurers. Some of the activities that can be learned and tried include archery, kayaking, animal tracking, fishing, rifle or shotgun shooting and bird watching.

Families looking for a great way to get outdoors together will love the camping demonstrations, WILD crafts, birds of prey flight demonstrations, a Kiddie Fishing Tank and a giant mobile aquarium filled with huge New Jersey game fish. The Expo also features an Outdoor Supply Flea Market for getting or resupplying the gear needed for outside fun. Food will be available from vendors or visitors can bring their own food.

For more information including a complete listing of programs and directions to the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, visit www.wildoutdoorexpo.com.

PEEC BIOBLITZ             (Posted: 8-20-15)

Click HERE.

Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2015-2016             (Posted: 8-20-15)

A new season of Master Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering both daytime and evening sessions for this program. Orientation (attendance is optional) will be on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for the evening class and Friday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. The program officially starts on Sept. 17 and 18. The class is open to all New Jersey residents.

The Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. Lecture classes meet once per week for 3 hours from mid-September through mid-April. These classes will incorporate some outdoor time in a County park.

The hands-on garden classes meet weekly from April through mid-September (every other week in summer). During these sessions, new students will create and care for demonstration vegetable and herb gardens.

Topics covered in the program include: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources, and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer some hours of service towards Extension projects, activities and events throughout the year.

"This looks to be another productive season for the Master Gardeners program," says Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County's Agriculture Department who supervise these classes deserve thanks for planning and teaching such a popular program."

"I hope that all County residents interested in gardening and the environment will consider taking this course," says Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "It's a great way to learn more about our local environment, and to collaborate with other residents in making our county greener, cleaner and more beautiful."

Those interested in joining the program can call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262 for more information or visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us and search Master Gardeners.

Free Right Tree - Right Place Seminar             (Posted: 8-6-15)

FREE Seminar! Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place the Right Way in a Post-Superstorm Sandy World 
Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW Supervisors, Environmental & Shade Tree Commissioners, County Officials and any other interested parties. Space is limited. First come first served.


Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 2nd by emailing Lisa Simms at 

August & September Events at PEEC             (Posted: 7-27-15)

Summer Programs at Pequest             (Posted: 7-15-15)

Free public programs at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Center are available to the public this summer, including "learn to fish" family programs, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife offers something for anyone interested in nature and the outdoors.

To view the full schedule, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/budding.htm on the Division's website.

The Pequest Hatchery is located in Warren County and is open to the public daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy the exhibit hall, trails and learning how trout are raised for the public waters of the state. For more information visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm , also on the Division's website.

WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 12-13 - Save the Dates!             (Posted: 7-6-15)

The NJDEP's sixth annual NJ WILD Outdoor Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

This fun-filled family event is designed for visitors to discover new ways to appreciate and enjoy New Jersey's great outdoors. Participants can try a many of the outdoor activities available within the state's forests, parks and natural areas such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, shooting sports, rock climbing, camping skills, compass navigation and wildlife watching. Demonstrations of sporting and tracking dogs, historical re-enactments, SCUBA dives, reptiles and raptors, turkey calling, nature photography and much more await.

Admission and parking are free. All activities are free with the exception of a $3 fee to use the climbing wall. For more information visit www.wildoutdoorexpo.com/.

Women & Wildlife Awards Nominations Open             (Posted: 6-25-15)

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ will again present Women & Wildlife Awards recognizing individuals for their achievements, advances they have 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 more information, visit HERE on the CWF web site.

Summer 2015 Programs @ Essex County Environmental Center             (Posted: 5-18-15)

Essex County Environmental Center

SUMMER 2015

Public Programs


The Essex County Environmental Center is located at 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland in Essex County West Essex Park and is a facility of the Essex County Parks System. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Essex County West Essex Park is open to the public every day from dawn until dusk. Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. All programs require a minimum number of participants to run. For more information, please call 973-228-8776.

AROMATHERAPY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Thursday, August 27; 6pm to 7pm

For adults. It is back to school time again! Be prepared for this season with essential oils! We will be discussing which oils are best to reduce stress and anxiety, keeping germs at bay, and maintaining energy and attention. Learning a few simple tips from this class can make this the best school year yet! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult


HATFIELD SWAMP HIKES

HATFIELD SWAMP HIKES BY ARRANGEMENT Led by Michael Mazur

For adults. The Essex County Environmental Center (ECEC) is pleased to offer hiking tours in the Hatfield Swamp, led by Michael Mazur, local outdoor enthusiast and West Essex Park Conservancy Member/Essex County Trailkeeper. These hikes are “seasonal adventures” that highlight the local ecology of Essex County West Essex Park and the surrounding area. Hikes are scheduled upon request and will run for two or more people. For more information or to schedule a hike, please contact Mike at mazurma@aol.com or call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973.228.8776. FREE

LOOKING AHEAD

LABOR DAY PADDLE

Monday, September 7; 10:30am to 12:30pm OR 2pm to 4pm

For adults and children ages 10 and older. Take a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River! Paddlers will enjoy scenery and peacefulness as they paddle up the river and float down stream. Geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet in Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $30 per canoe

2015 ESSEX COUNTY PARKS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

Submissions are due by Wednesday, September 16, so grab a camera and visit an Essex County Park! Anyone with a camera is invited and encouraged to submit photos that capture a part of your visit to the County Park System. For rules and regulations, please contact the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.

11TH ANNUAL OCTOBERFEST FALL FAMILY CELEBRATION

Saturday, October 3; 11am to 4pm

Come celebrate autumn at the Environmental Center! There will be fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy—hands-on nature games and crafts, farmer’s market featuring a variety of NJ Fresh seasonal produce, canoeing, Native American life, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food, and more. FREE EVENT; some items may be for sale.

FROG POND FUN

Monday, October 12; 9:30am to 3:30pm

For students in grades 1st through 5th. Explore the depths of our pond and wander into our wooded wetland to discover what’s there beyond first glance. Through outdoor and indoor activities, campers will uncover the adaptations that allow frogs and other wetland organisms to survive and thrive while learning how we can become stewards for these fascinating species. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $60 per child

SCOUTING DAY

Thursday and Friday, November 5 & 6; 10:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2:30pm

Calling all Scouts—Wolfs, Bear Cubs, Juniors and Brownies—this is your chance to work on belt loops and pins with environmental staff. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776 for more information. Fee: $8 per scout per class


FINE ART EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY

The Essex County Environmental Center supports the arts!  Artists in any medium are welcome to display their nature-themed work at the Center throughout the year.  Exhibits change on a monthly basis.  If interested, call 973.228.8776.

JUNE

For the Love of Animals.....Photographs Taken with Love

By: Jane Murphy

JULY

Essex County’s Bonanza of Butterflies

By: Janet Markman


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WOODTURNING

The NJ Woodturners Association would like to diversify its membership and gain more participation from women and children. The Association has half a dozen very talented female members, but is encouraging women and children to come to the meetings and learn about the wonderful world of woodturning. The Woodturners meet on the fourth Monday of every month from 7pm to 9:30pm in Garibaldi Hall. Contact Gualberto Malave at 908-310-3557 for more information.

GARDENING

Do you have garden related questions? Contact the Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners FREE helpline service! Helpline hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. Call 973.228.2210 or e-mail mastergardenerec@gmail.com


To register or to inquire about Essex County Environmental Center programs, please call us at 973.228.8776.  

To register or for more information about programs sponsored by our partner agencies, please refer to the contact list below and reach out to the agency directly. Thank you!


The Essex County Environmental Center is situated in a wooded wetland habitat with access to the Passaic River which makes for an interesting and affordable site to book a naturalist-led field trip for school groups, scouts, and community groups. Book our state-of-the-art facility and nature setting for an educational birthday party, community/family event, or a corporate business outing. Take advantage of this County facility, stay local and explore the nature of Essex in your own "backyard"!

For more information call 973.228.8776 or visit www.essexcountyparks.org.


COUNTY OF ESSEX
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
ESSEX COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068
P: 973.228.8776  F: 973-228-3793

www.essexcountynj.org

Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information             (Posted: 1-5-15)

HIKES for 2015:
A "Heads Up" about hikes for 2015 (Tentative - subject to approval by the NJ State Park Service).

Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: Autumn Leaves Hike

These hikes begin at the 50 Neilson Road entrance in Wantage, NJ 07461 and are approximately 1 - 2 miles long.

Adults and children are welcome (Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian).

Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

TRAIL INFORMATION:
This past Fall the Lusscroft Farm website was updated and revised. The new website address is www.lusscroftfarm.org

Additional information about the hikes and a trail map is included on the website. To access this information click on the Calendar of Events Tab on the left side on the website. Then click on the Hiking Tab. At the bottom of this page is a link to a file that contains a map of the trails.

Thank you for your support of Lusscroft Farms and I hope to see you at some (all) of the 2015 events at Lusscroft Farm.