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CONTENTS:
Green Day Challenge - April 27, 2018 - various locations/times
Division of Fish and Wildlife Upcoming Events
News and upcoming events at Terhune Orchards
NWF: Enter Your Photos & Stand Out from the Crowd!
Register Today for the 2018 Camden Environmental Summit!
EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors, Exhibitors, and Recycled Regatta Teams
Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes
2018 Youth Fishing Challenge
Earth Day 2018 is Coming: Help End Plastic Pollution
Register Now for Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
NJ Audubon's annual World Series of Birding
Student Climate Conference 2018 proposal deadline extended
[Rutgers Geology Museum] Join in this year's Personal Bioblitz!
Solar Car Race invitation
Student Climate Conference May 12--call for proposals
CEC Youth Innovation Challenge
Solar Car Race for students 3rd-8th grades in Princeton, NJ, May 19
2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students
NWF: Photo Contest Warms Your Heart
High School Surf Fishing Opportunity
RH: Announcing 2018 Nature Day Camp Dates
Summer Programs For Teens at Sedge Island
CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!
Green Day Challenge - April 27, 2018 - various locations/times             (Posted: 4-17-18)

Each April, EarthShare NJ challenges the state's businesses to connect with our environment. Environmental Non-profit organizations across the state offer volunteer experiences for companies to sponsor. The volunteers from these companies are evaluated at the end of the project to determine the impact of their work, quality of the job completed, teamwork and spirit exhibited. Awards are given out to the top three corporate teams at a Leadership Breakfast in May. Spots are filling up quickly. For more information or to register your team, visit http://www.earthsharenj.org/programs/green-day-challenge/

Division of Fish and Wildlife Upcoming Events             (Posted: 4-13-18)

Sedge Island Education Programs
Landscape Project Webinar April 25 at 9:30am
Pequest Open House Postponed To June 2 & 3
HOFNOD Training in April
Help With Atlantic Brant Migration and Breeding Ecology Study

News and upcoming events at Terhune Orchards             (Posted: 3-15-18)
The Mount Family of Terhune Orchards Named Vegetable Farmer of the Year

NWF: Enter Your Photos & Stand Out from the Crowd!             (Posted: 3-6-18)

Click HERE.

Register Today for the 2018 Camden Environmental Summit!             (Posted: 3-6-18)

Click HERE.

EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors, Exhibitors, and Recycled Regatta Teams             (Posted: 2-28-18)

EarthFest Overpeck 2018: Call for Sponsors, Vendors,
Exhibitors, and Recycled Regatta Teams

Fifth annual Bergen County environmental celebration takes place May 20

Hackensack Riverkeeper and Bergen County Department of Parks are pleased to announce that the Fifth Annual Bergen County EarthFest Overpeck will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 1PM to 5PM at the Teaneck and Ridgefield Park sections of Overpeck County Park. The family-friendly partnership event is free for all to attend and enjoy.

The organizers are currently seeking EarthFest sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors, as well as Recycled Regatta teams. Sponsors will receive maximum exposure through a variety of attractive promotional packages. Vendors are projected to see at least double the foot traffic from last year’s estimate of 5,000+ festivalgoers. Booth space is available at affordable rates for retail and professional vendors; and gratis for nonprofit organizations and government agencies to exhibit. Complete details including all registration forms are available at www.EarthFestOverpeck.com or by calling 201-968-0808.

The highlight of EarthFest will be the Recycled Regatta: a race between teams and individuals who have designed and built boats out of ordinary, discarded household items. The Regatta’s green flag will wave promptly at noon. The day will also feature:

  • A festival midway featuring vendors, environmental nonprofits, and others;
  • Live entertainment, including Jamie the “Dinosaur Troubadour” from Field Station Dinosaurs, a performance by the Hackensack-based Center For Modern Dance Education and more;
  • Hands-on children’s activities including a fishing derby and more.
  • An assemblage of food trucks, each featuring distinct fare;
  • Free canoeing and kayaking from 2 to 6PM on Overpeck Lake courtesy of Hackensack Riverkeeper’s Overpeck Park Kayak Center; and
  • Live music by local artists

“It’s time to get on board and be a part of this great event,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “Folks can call or visit our website to get all the info they need to the sponsor, sell, exhibit, or enter the Regatta. Tell your friends and family. We look forward to seeing everyone at EarthFest Overpeck!”

Founded by Sheehan in 1997, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues – from its headwaters in Rockland County, NY to Newark Bay. A founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River.

Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes             (Posted: 2-28-18)

Click HERE.

2018 Youth Fishing Challenge             (Posted: 2-26-18)

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Free Fishing Day event to to be held Statewide June 9, 2018


YFC 2018

Help us get New Jersey’s families “hooked on fishing” by hosting a Youth Fishing Challenge at a location near you.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program will be hosting its 3rd annual Youth Fishing Challenge (YFC) on Free Fishing Day - Saturday June 9.

AND WE NEED YOU!

The goal for 2018 is to have at least one YFC event in every county. This family-oriented event can be an introduction to New Jersey’s excellent fishing opportunities while encouraging youth to avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco by pursuing fun activities like fishing with friends and family.

For more information about this event AND to register your location as a host site, visit www.youthfishingchallenge.nj.gov

Earth Day 2018 is Coming: Help End Plastic Pollution             (Posted: 2-26-18)

Earth Day Network is committed to catalyzing the movement to put an end to one of the greatest threats to the survival of our planet and every living being on it. On Earth Day, April 22, 2018, with your help, we will mobilize across oceans and continents to End Plastic Pollution.

ACTIVATE YOUR EARTH DAY 2018 NOW!
Be part of inspiring, informing and mobilizing your personal and greater communities. Your participation on Earth Day will help to inform others and start a process for all of us to take personal responsibility.

Get started by visiting our website, and choosing whether you want to activate your Earth Day as an individual or as an organization.

Then download your FREE Earth Day Toolkits offering critical information about the threat of plastic pollution and practical tips on things you can do to reduce your impact. You'll also find full action plans designed to help you organize Earth Day events or activities in your communities—whether that means work, school, place of worship, clubs or in your neighborhood.

Ready to take the lead in educating and activating others to End Plastic Pollution?
Here are some ideas to help you get rolling!

  1. Organize an Event on Earth Day:  Our Earth Day Action Toolkit and the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit give you both the content and process to organize an effective and powerful activity or event.
  2. Host a Teach-In: Involve your family, friends or co-workers; organize your local community; or develop an initiative in your organization to learn and agree on actions to reduce and eventually End Plastic Pollution. Find a Toolkit to help you organize here. Use it in combination with the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit.
  3. Take Part in Climate Education Week: Climate Education Week will start April 16th and the Climate Education Week Toolkit will provide a week of activities for K-12 students to learn about and act to prevent local plastic pollution. A toolkit will soon be available on our website on this page
  4. Mobilize your Campus: For teachers and students at higher education institutions, check out the MobilizeU Toolkit that takes you step by step to organize a teach-in on your campus to address plastic pollution.
  5. Register your Event and Activity: Earth Day Network will give visibility to your event or activity. By collating information of events around the world we give global significance and amplify the effort that millions of people and thousands of organizations will be doing to protect the environment on Earth Day. If you are an individual, you can register your event/activity here and if you are an institution here.
  6. Spread the word and help grow the community: Please share with your network using #EarthDay2018 #EndPlasticPollution and @EarthDayNetwork to connect with other Earth Day events across the world. We want to hear what you are doing for Earth Day! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag us @EarthDayNetwork, and you might get a shout-out!

Together we can End Plastic Pollution!

Thank you for your continued support of Earth Day Network, and of our planet.

Sincerely,

Valeria Merino
Earth Day Network

Register Now for Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament             (Posted: 2-26-18)

Save on registration fees, faster entry into park and be eligible for early entry prizes!
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Tournament May 20 at Island Beach State Park


NJ Audubon's annual World Series of Birding             (Posted: 2-26-18)

An opportunity to use for a fund raiser and/or to involve groups of young people in getting outdoors and birdwatching!

May 12, 2018

SEARCHING FOR A UNIQUE WAY TO RAISE $$ FOR YOUR CONSERVATION CAUSE OR PROJECT?
ADULTS…NATURALISTS…KIDS… TEACHERS…YOUTH GROUPS… SCOUTS…ENVIRONMENTAL CLUBS

Go birdwatching and be part of the largest conservation event in the state of New Jersey. The 35th annual World Series of Birding provides a backdrop for teaching about birds, habitats, environment, and one of New Jersey’s greatest and most visible phenomena – bird migration!

While this event was originally designed as a 24-hour competition, there are many ways to participate – so whether you work at a nature center, oversee an afterschool nature club or have a group of scouts or other young people, think about connecting kids with nature through birds and birdwatching.

IS IT A COMPETITION?
YES and NO. There are many teams that participate at a very high level and are competing for recognition, but other teams do it for FUN and to raise money for conservation.

DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERT BIRDER?
NO. You can raise money with a few species or with many species, it depends on what your fundraising strategy is and how you want to play the game.

CAN KIDS PARTICIPATE?
YES, absolutely! There is a Youth Division where teams of young people in Grades 1 to 12 can participate (with an adult mentor).

DO I HAVE TO BIRD WATCH FOR 24 HOURS?
NO. Participate for the number of hours that best meets your needs. For youth teams there are restrictions on the number of hours the team can be out in the field.

DOES NJ AUDUBON GET THE MONEY?
YES and NO. There is an event entrance fee per team, so yes, you need to pay that. You keep every cent you raise unless you choose to donate it to NJ Audubon to support our conservation, research, education and environmental advocacy efforts.

worldseriesofbirding.org
Questions? Contact:
Lillian Armstrong Special Events Director
Email: lillian.armstrong@njaudubon.org
Phone: 609-400-3844

Student Climate Conference 2018 proposal deadline extended             (Posted: 2-26-18)

May 12th, 2018 from 12:30-5:30pm @ Princeton Day School

The Student Climate Leadership Conference is a free conference created by high school students for high school students to share and learn about climate change and sustainability.

Call for Proposals --DEADLINE MARCH 15

We invite any high school student or team of students to submit a proposal for a 10 minute presentation. Each presenter / team must have a faculty advisor.

Presentation categories are:
Sustainability Practices at Your School
Personal Green Activism
Programs, Internships, Conferences You've Attended and Recommend Climate Change and ....(water, desertification, migration, biodiversity) To submit a proposal: https://docs.google.com/a/pds.org/forms/d/

[Rutgers Geology Museum] Join in this year's Personal Bioblitz!             (Posted: 2-26-18)

Join in this year's Personal Bioblitz, a fun challenge to find and see as many species as possible during 1 March - 15 May, anywhere in the world, any time of day. You take photos and upload them using an app on your phone to the iNaturalist website (or on computer), and then get help to identify them. iNaturalist will automatically create a life list of observations for you, and also count all the species we see. EVERYONE is welcome to join!

For more information, go to the following website: http://herbarium.rutgers.edu/personal_bioblitz_Spring_2018.html
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Geology Hall, 2nd Floor
85 Somerset St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone- 848-932-7243
Fax-732-932-1789
Email- geologymuseum@sas.rutgers.edu

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Solar Car Race invitation             (Posted: 2-22-18)

SolarJam 2018 May 19 Info (our 5th annual!!)

The Top Three Finishing cars in Upper Division (grades 6-8) are invited to race in the TransOptions Junior Solar Sprints' Inter-County Regional Race in Florham Park on Monday, May 21st

Where:
Outdoor tennis courts at Princeton High School
Navigate to 16 Walnut Lane, Princeton
Parking available in small lot on site and along adjacent streets

When:
Saturday May 19th (Rain/Cloudy Date is the next day, Sunday May 20th)
10:00-10:15 Register, practice, make last minute repairs
10:30-10:45 Races begin
12:30- 1:00 Final races and awards

Who: Two age divisions: Lower (3-5) and Middle (6-8)
What: Solar Car Race. Space available upon request for open-ended "Photon Fair" show-n-tell (anything that uses the sun!)
* This is a No/Low Waste Event. Restrooms and Water Fountains are available inside the building. A small complimentary refreshment (like an ice cream cone) may be available to participating students, but as far as lunch/snack items people are invited to bring their own food and beverages or fill up bottles with water inside. Please attempt to generate as little waste as possible - for example, use reusable containers for food/beverages.

Contact Point for Questions or to volunteer:
Andrew Lloyd theandrewlloyd@gmail.com Registration Form.

Student Climate Conference May 12--call for proposals             (Posted: 2-16-18)

Click HERE.

CEC Youth Innovation Challenge             (Posted: 2-16-18)

There is still time! Join the North American Youth Innovation Challenge Today!

Submit your bold idea for the chance to receive C$5,000 in seed funding and present your innovation to North America’s top environmental officials in Oklahoma City, United States this summer.

Learn more about this challenge and view previous award winners.

North America is facing urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Citizen leadership—including youth—is more important than ever to keep the momentum going toward the adoption of cleaner, carbon-neutral technologies and policies that ensure sustainable growth and job creation across North America.

As today’s visionaries and tomorrow’s decision-makers, young leaders will drive the green growth innovations that are critical to a sustainable future.

Canada, Mexico and the United States need innovative science, technology and business solutions to North American's shared sustainability challenges. Students and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to share innovative ideas that:

·        Create better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, business models, marketing, supply chains and/or partnerships for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment.

·        Contribute to the natural asset base of North American economies, creating green jobs and/or economic opportunities for citizens in North America;

·        Make good business sense in terms of profitability and potential for growth.

Show us what you've got! Submit your bright idea and benefit from the collective intelligence of youth across North America.


View the original press release below:

Skyrocket your green idea! Commission for Environmental Cooperation Launches Second Youth Innovation Challenge

 Green Idea Banner

Enter our challenge to compete for $5,000 in seed funding and present your green growth idea to North American environmental leaders in Oklahoma City

January 2018—Show us what you’ve got! North American environmental ministers are calling on youth to champion bold ideas for green growth to address the complex sustainability challenges we currently face. Visit cec.ideascale.com to submit your science, technology and business innovations and get the chance to present your idea to North America’s top environmental officials, receive C$5,000 in project seed funding, and meet with experts at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).   “Innovation is the key to North American sustainable growth, enabling us to use our natural resources to grow our economies and quality of life while preserving the environment, ecosystems and human health. North American youth are creative and innovative and we are looking forward to their ideas on green growth," said Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency and CEC Council Chair.   The CEC Youth Innovation Challenge is open to residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States (and its territories) aged 18-30. Participants are encouraged to look beyond incremental solutions and propose bold ideas to leapfrog to solutions that address the complex sustainability challenges facing North America. Ideas will be evaluated based on four criteria: innovation, impact, feasibility/replicability and profitability. Students and young entrepreneurs are invited to propose ideas on a broad range of green growth topics.   The challenge opens 15 January 2018 and idea submissions are due by 3 April 2018.   This is your chance to make a difference! Start posting your ideas, or commenting and voting on those of others today! Ideas can be submitted in English, French or Spanish. For more information and guidelines, visit cec.ideascale.com.   Make sure to tell us about your green idea on Facebook or Twitter using the #Youth4Innovation hashtag.

Solar Car Race for students 3rd-8th grades in Princeton, NJ, May 19             (Posted: 2-16-18)

OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) invites students grades 3-8 to participate in SOLARJAM 2018, a solar car race, May 19.

Students can come as a school group or register on their own.

The Top Three Finishing cars in Upper Division (grades 6-8)
are invited to race in the TransOptions Junior Solar
Sprints' Inter-County Regional Race in Florham Park on Monday, May 21st.'

For information, registration contact: theandrewlloyd@gmail.com

2018 Drexel University GEO Camp for high school students             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (http://drexel.edu/coas/academics/high-school-programs/desla/)
GEO camp for high school students at the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute (http://www.bbpaleo.org/) and at Yellowstone.

Roger L. Thomas
Operations Manager
Drexel University BEES Department

Section Leader, Project Support Section
Patrick Center for Environmental Research
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.299.1105 (office)
267.251.5869 (cell)
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Don't miss Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

NWF: Photo Contest Warms Your Heart             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Click HERE.

High School Surf Fishing Opportunity             (Posted: 1-29-18)

Division of Fish and Wildlife

High school aged students have a chance to participate in the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 20 as part of a team. The High School Team Category is for students who are part of a formal fishing club, members of a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs group, or a non-formal group. The tournament entry fee is waived for student teams, and admission to the park is free for registrants. For more information and to register, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm#teens.

RH: Announcing 2018 Nature Day Camp Dates             (Posted: 1-26-18)

Click HERE.

Summer Programs For Teens at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-26-18)

Unique Programs Held In Beautiful Barnegat Bay

Three exciting programs for teenage students will be offered this summer at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. Located just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, Sedge Island provides a beautiful location for these unique experiences which include the Barnegat Bay Field and Research Experience, the Sedge Island Field Experience, and the Sedge Island Fishing Experience. For program details and application information visit HERE.

CWFNJ: Time for Summer Fun!             (Posted: 1-26-18)


Registration is Now Open!

Explore the Outdoors and Get in Touch with Nature through One or More of Our STEAM-Based Summer Learning Experiences 

CWF is offering kids summer programs throughout the Garden State!
Looking for outdoor opportunities for your young environmentalists to explore and learn about the world around them? Look no further than Conserve Wildlife Foundation's summer programs! We are thrilled to offer three different opportunities for your child across the Garden State.
BAYSHORE ADVENTURE PROGRAM -LEONARDO STATE MARINA, MONMOUTH COUNTY
CWF and Leonardo State Marina are taking
applications for the new 'Bayshore Adventure Program', an outdoor learning experience for children entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11.
 
Activities include crabbing at the marina, arts & crafts, birdwatching for kids, seining on the beach to discover the fish, crabs and other marine wildlife live in the bay, and Friday Fun Day: tug of war, sandcastle building contest, making solar s'mores, kayaking and more.
 
Program Dates:
Week 1: August 6-10, 2018
Week 2: August 13-17, 2018
Week 3: August 20-24, 2018


WILDLIFE EXPLORER PROGRAM - DUKE FARMS, SOMERSET COUNTY
CWF is partnering with Duke Farms to offer the new 'Wildlife Explorer Summer Program.' The program is a fun and exciting learning experience for children entering 3rd to 8th grade, ages 8-13 to connect with and explore the outdoors.
 
'Wildlife Explorers' will experience close-up encounters with wildlife like birds, bats and turtles, get muddy exploring Duke Farms' ponds and streams, create nature-based art with famous artist James Fiorentino, and participate in daily talks with real-life scientists! 

Program Dates:

Week 1: July 16-20 for ages 8 to 10

Week 2: July 23-27 for ages 11 to 13
 


 

BEACH. BIRDS. BIOLOGY.
A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE - MONMOUTH, OCEAN, CAPE
MAY COUNTIES

CWF is proud to offer the new 'Beach. Birds. Biology.' summer program, a wildlife-biologist-for-a-day experience for children entering 4th to 6th grade, ages 9-11The one-day sessions will run on Wednesdays for three weeks this summer. 

Our expert biologists will be leading campers in exploring coastal ecology and connecting them with the natural world. Children will have the opportunity to be up-close and personal with beach nesting birds and learn about their unique coastal habitat. This wildlife adventure will facilitate hands-on activities that will allow children to achieve Junior Biologist status!

Program Dates:

Day 1: July 11 at Barnegat Light, 9:30AM - 2:30PM

Day 2: July 18 at Belmar (Shark River Inlet), 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Day 3: July 25 at Barnegat Light, 9:30AM - 2:30PM