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Hackensack Riverkeeper: Get out there: enjoy and support your river this fall!
SJ: Join us at the 101st NJLM Conference
ANJEC 2016 Environmental Achievement Awards
Hackensack Riverkeeper Presents RiverFest Pirates of the Hackensack & Fishing Derby
Become a Master of Your Garden at the E.A.R.T.H. Center
ALS: Join us for the 2016 Sandy Hook BioBlitz
ANJEC: Environmental Congress, Friday, September 30
Wilderness First Aid / WFR Recert
WILD Outdoor Expo September 10 & 11
Going Green Ocean Township: Schedule of Programs
Raritan Headwaters: Join Us on the River This Summer!
CROSSROADS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE             (Posted: 9-2-16)

Experiences and Explorations of Urban Plants and People

Join a global gathering next month (9/22-24) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA about experiences and explorations of urban plants and people. Poster submissions welcome + prizes available for best student work! The event includes a symposium (9/22), workshop (9/23), and field trip to sites of interest (9/24). You may attend on one or more days.

We will have 3 international and 1 domestic keynote speakers with talks spanning the main topics of ecology and evolution of urban plant species; globalization and migration of people and plants; the urban nature experience and landscape design; and plant science education and outreach in urban environments. Find more information & register here now:

Organized by Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources: Lena Struwe, Myla Aronson, & Lauren J. Frazee
Dept. of Geograpy: Laura Schneider
Dept. of Landscape Architecture: Wolfram Hoefer & Richard Alomar

Hackensack Riverkeeper: Get out there: enjoy and support your river this fall!             (Posted: 9-2-16)

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Events on the Horizon
Fall / 2016
FALL in love with YOUR River!
There are plenty of opportunities to recreate, advocate, and volunteer with us 
this fall. Join the movement. 
See you at these awesome events that support clean water!
Starting September
You can find us at these other upcoming events:

Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ
Monday 9/5/16

Hackensack UMC at
Pascack Valley
Saturday 9/11/16
E-mail Caitlin to join our volunteer water stop!

Main Street, Hackensack
Saturday 10/1/16
Paddling Centers
We are NOW HIRING paddling center staff to work through the end of October. Call Mary at 201-968-0808 or e-mail her and join our team!

Overpeck Park Kayak Center and Laurel Hill Park Kayak Center are open through the end of October! Visit our website for more information.

Weather look iffy? Download the RainedOut app, and get text/e-mail alerts ahead of weather-related delays and closures.

Pirates of the Hackensack
Saturday, 9/24/16 - Join us for Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH RiverFest: Pirates of the Hackensack - a FREE fishing derby (and more!) on.

Annual Gala Fundraiser
Thursday, 10/6/16 - Join us at this year's Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest. 

For tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, visit our
Saturday, 10/15/16 - Register today for the Hackensack River Autumn Canoe and Kayak Race, presented by Hackensack Riverkeeper and WANDA Canoe Club.

For more information and to register, visit the registration page.
Kayak Raffle
Drawing on Monday 12/19/16 - Enter to win your very own Old Town Heron XT kayak, compliments of Ramsey Outdoor Stores. 

Stop by 231 Main Street, visit us at these great events, or purchase your tickets online.
River Cleanups
Sat. 9/17    Oradell Reservoir Cleanup  
Sat. 10/1    Lake DeForest Reservoir Cleanup
Sat. 10/8    River Sweep Cleanup
Sat. 10/9    Wolf Creek Cleanup
Sat. 10/29  Make A Difference Day Cleanup

For more info on any of the above, or to get on our volunteer list, e-mail Caitlin!

SJ: Join us at the 101st NJLM Conference             (Posted: 9-2-16)

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ANJEC 2016 Environmental Achievement Awards             (Posted: 8-25-16)

Apply Now for ANJEC 2016
Environmental Achievement Award!
Deadline: September 6

The ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award program recognizes exceptional projects carried out by environmental commissions and groups. 

Projects begun after 1/1/14 and completed by 8/31/16 are eligible for nomination for a 2016 award.  
(ANJEC grant projects are not eligible for this award.)

The awards will be presented on Friday, September 30th, at the ANJEC Environmental Congress.   (Click here to register now for the 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 12/31/2013)
  • Non-profit or community organization or board (local, regional or statewide)

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 6th, 5pm.

Click here for application. 


Hackensack Riverkeeper Presents RiverFest Pirates of the Hackensack & Fishing Derby             (Posted: 8-24-16)

Fishing Derby on the Hackensack River set for September 24

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, is pleased to announce its 2016 SPLASH event: RIVERFEST - PIRATES OF THE HACKENSACK. The event is set to take place on Saturday, September 24 at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ from 11AM to 5PM.

The highlight of the day will be Riverkeeper's first-ever HACKENSACK RIVER FISHING DERBY. The competition is open to children from local communities and will take place on the newly constructed Laurel Hill Promenade, a 300-foot walkway located directly on the river at the southern end of Laurel Hill Park. The Promenade is the Hackensack River's newest enhanced public access point.

RiverFest - Pirates of the Hackensack is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by TOYOTA. It is also the first SPLASH event in the country to focus on fishing. All proceeds raised will benefit Hackensack Riverkeeper and its ongoing mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River.

Local sponsors of RiverFest and the fishing derby include Inserra Supermarkets, SUEZ, PSE&G, Hackensack University Medical Center, Whole Foods Market, The XChange at Sewcaucus Junction, and Ramsey Outdoor Stores.

The day will also feature free mini Eco-Cruises aboard Riverkeeper's custom-built pontoon research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II under the command of Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola, as well was free kayaking opportunities for adults, courtesy of the organization's Paddling Center staff.

Onsite event partners include the Hudson River Fisherman's Association (HRFA) and American Littoral Society, who will help ensure a great day on and about the water for kids and adults alike. Children and adults will also learn the importance of clean water, and many other issues - both historic and current - faced by the Hackensack River and its wildlife. Catch and release fishing will be strongly promoted and encouraged.

Pirates will rule the day, with all participants encouraged to dress (and talk) like a pirate. Prizes will be awarded for Best Pirate, First Fish, Biggest Fish, Most Fish and more. Many children will go home with their very own fishing rod, donated by the HRFA.

"Of course the best prize is the river itself. While it's certainly come a very long way since the days of factories and landfills, there's still a long way to go before people will be able to safely eat the fish they catch," said Captain Bill Sheehan. "But while that might discourage some people, it only makes Hackensack Riverkeeper work all the harder to go that long way."

Those seeking additional information about RiverFest or to sign up for the FREE event should visit: or call 201-968-0808.

Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working fulltime on Hackensack River issues. The group engages in a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River Watershed.

For more information on the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series presented nationally by Toyota please visit

Become a Master of Your Garden at the E.A.R.T.H. Center             (Posted: 8-24-16)

Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2016-2017

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. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for the evening class and Friday, Sept. 9 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. The program officially starts on Sept. 15 and 16. 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.

"Growing your own plants, vegetables and flowers can beautify your home, provide tasty produce and even reduce stress and improve health," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "To learn the newest techniques and get the best out of your garden, register now for one of these informative sessions."

"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."

There is a $425 tuition fee, which covers books and materials. Those interested in joining the program can call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262 for more information or visit and search Master Gardeners.

ALS: Join us for the 2016 Sandy Hook BioBlitz             (Posted: 8-24-16)

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ANJEC: Environmental Congress, Friday, September 30             (Posted: 8-23-16)

43rd Annual Environmental Congress
Responding to Climate Change Locally

Event Sponsors
Leavens Foundation
United Water
Wakefern Foods
Please join us for the 2016 Environmental Congress. 

The Congress is a statewide gathering of municipalenvironmental commissioners,state and local officials,members ofNew Jersey'senvironmental organizations,and othersconcerned about our state's environment. The congressincludes workshops, exhibits, speakers and much more.

Key Note Speaker:
Dr. David Robinson, State Climatologist, Rutgers University, Geography Department  Professor. 
Featured Speaker: 
Seth M. Siegel author,Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World 
2016 Congress workshop titles
  • Climate Resilience through better Stormwater Management
  • GO Solar NJ
  • Preparing your Community for Climate Change
  • The Municipal Blue Star Program
  • NJ: Garden or Pipeline State?
  • Legislative & Regulatory Update
  • Trash Free Waters
  • Clean Water Supply
  • Climate Change Mitigation Techniques
  • Planning for Climate Change through Site Plan Review

Wilderness First Aid / WFR Recert             (Posted: 8-23-16)

October 1 & 2, 2016
Manasquan, NJ

If you spend time in the outdoors you need to be prepared. Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. This course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association and United States Forest Service. Course is offered through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. Tuition is $225.

For more information or to register, contact Doug Caum, WMI Instructor at 802 952-9239 or

WILD Outdoor Expo September 10 & 11             (Posted: 8-3-16)

Plan now to attend the seventh annual WILD Outdoor Expo at the Colliers Mills WMA in Jackson Twp., Ocean Co. Admission and parking are FREE! New this year will be an Osprey Platform Building workshop, Bass Pro's "Bow Fishing" demo and seminar, and the Rainforest Reptile Show's mobile zoo. This family-friendly event is hosted by the NJDEP Divisions of Fish & Wildlife and Parks & Forestry, the State Forestry Services, and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. For details visit on the Division's website.

Going Green Ocean Township: Schedule of Programs             (Posted: 7-22-16)

Creating a Green Home & a Greener Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come Paddle the Raritan with Us! 

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

Join Us for a Guided Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Lauren Theis for more information!

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

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