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Summer Youth Programs
Upcoming Events at the Earth Center
Coldwater Conservation School
Healthy Landscapes and a Chance to Win Compost Tea
CWF Children's Summer Programs
Register Now -Sails on the Hudson River, July 7-10
D&R Greenway Land Trust: Time to Get Your Feet Wet!
Cheesequake State Park Kayak Tours Offer Close-Up Views of a Special Ecosystem
Learn about sustainable gardening for your home and landscape
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: June is Jumping!
GSWA Scavenger Hunt
Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ to Hold Eighth Annual Reservoir Challenge
2016 EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS: INVITATION TO NOMINATE
Summer Environmental Education Programs for Children - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt
Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Photo Contest
Invitation to join us at USGBC NJ at one of our great upcoming events
Campout for Wildlife!
Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer
Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!
St. Michaels Farm Preserve provides idyllic setting for Hopewell Campout
4-H Summer Camp Now Accepting Applicants
|Summer Youth Programs
Three youth summer programs are being offered this summer by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ: The Bayshore Adventure Program at the Leonardo State Marina The Wildlife Explorer Summer Program at Duke Farms Beach. Birds. Biology. A Wildlife Adventure (three locations)
Information on all programs can be found HERE.
|Upcoming Events at the Earth Center
EARTH Center Open House Offers Fun for Whole Family
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date will be Aug. 21.
The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping and live music. This day will also celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Rutgers University.
Throughout the event, the Extension's Agriculture Office and Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children's Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden and the popular Butterfly House.
Also part of the event will be the "Greatest of the Garden" competition. Gardeners are welcome to bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce for a chance to win. Categories include but are not limited to:
" Biggest tomato
" Biggest cucumber
" Biggest squash
" Biggest watermelon
" Longest gourd
" All vegetables: Best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure.
"Come enjoy the beautiful gardens and educational presentations, while enjoying the sounds of local musicians in beautiful Davidson's Mill Pond Park," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee.
"Garden Field Day is a day of fun for the whole family," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "It's a great way to learn about gardening and enjoy the park and warm summer weather."
Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. For more information, please call 732-398-5268 or e-mail email@example.com.
For information on Middlesex County's Extension office visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "extension."
Help "Get Healthy Food to Those in Need" at the EARTH Center
Middlesex County's Office of Extension Services is presenting a new program designed to help feed the hungry in New Jersey.
Getting Healthy Food to Those in Need: A Symposium for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens is scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 at the EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick. The conference is free, but registration is required by July 1.
The purpose of the symposium is to assist food pantries, soup kitchens, social service agencies and churches throughout Middlesex County in being successful providers of food to those in need.
The first part of the evening will be an introduction to USDA programs aimed at low-income residents, and their families. Programs include EFNEP and SNAP-Ed. The relationships between food sources and distributors will then be discussed by two groups who rely on volunteer efforts, the Farmers Against Hunger division of the New Jersey Ag Society and MCFOODS, the County food bank.
The second half of the evening will focus on efforts by some food pantries to create community gardens, so that those they serve will have fresh produce. Advice on gardening practices and composting will be discussed during a tour of the Master Gardeners' demonstration gardens. A gardening Q & A session will follow.
"Here in Middlesex County, we are committed to better health for all our residents, and providing for those in need," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "This program is aimed at both of those goals. I applaud the EARTH Center for its outreach to local food banks and its mission to bring fresh produce and healthy meals to those who need them most."
Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee said: "Food banks, soup kitchens, and similar organizations are so very important to those who need their services. By working together with our Extension Services, we can bring healthier foods to tables across the County."
To register or for additional information, call the Middlesex County EARTH Center at 732-398-5273 or e-mail Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARTH Center Presents Rain Garden Workshop
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County invites you to participate in: "Rain Gardens for Home Landscapes."
This workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.
Rain Gardens are used to help filter polluted rainwater, and to renew an area's groundwater. Rainwater runoff, also called storm water, can be directed from household downspouts or from impervious surfaces like driveways, rooftops, walkways and compacted lawn areas. When storm water is intercepted by a rain garden, potential pollutants like road salt, fertilizers, pesticides or motor oil, are prevented from entering our local waterways.
Participants in the workshop will learn how to plan, design and install a rain garden at home and will receive a Rain Garden Installation Manual.
"It is critical that we do everything we can to keep our environment healthy," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Rain gardens are not only a beautiful addition to a home landscape, but they can help us keep our lakes and streams clean. I encourage residents to attend this informative seminar."
"Rain gardens are not difficult to plan and can be installed on any size property," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. "With only a little effort, you can make a major impact on pollution control, flood protection and water conservation. Let the EARTH center show you how."
Registration and a $20 program fee are required and must be received by July 9 to reserve your space. Call (732) 398-5273 or e-mail Janice.email@example.com. No walk-ins will be taken.
The program fee is payable by check or money order. Make checks payable to: Treasurer -- County of Middlesex.
Mail to: EARTH Center
42 Riva Ave.
Davidson Mill Pond Park
South Brunswick, NJ 08902
For more information on Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs in Middlesex County visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search "extension".
|Coldwater Conservation School
The Coldwater Conservation School has been reformatted into two day-long sessions, one for youth 10-11 years of age (July 24), and one for youth 12-13 years of age (August 20) at the Pequest Trout Hatchery. Students will study aquatic insects, fly tying, fly casting, and fly fishing for trout in the education pond. This is a joint program between the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimited.
For more information and to register, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/conservation_school.htm.
|Healthy Landscapes and a Chance to Win Compost Tea
|CWF Children's Summer Programs
BAYSHORE ADVENTURE PROGRAM AT LEONARDO STATE MARINA ~ $125
July 11-15, 2016 (open) and August 1-5, 2016 (closed)
The Bayshore Adventure Program is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11 to connect with and explore their marine environment. Program leaders from Leonardo State Marina and CWF's educators will facilitate hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery!
The Bayshore Adventure Program is $125/per week/per child. The Bayshore Adventure Program will take place at Leonardo State Marina off Route 36 in Leonardo, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
o Crabbing at the marina
o Arts & crafts
o Birdwatching for kids
o Seining on the beach to discover the fish, crabs and other marine wildlife that call the bay home
o Friday Fun Day: tug of war, sandcastle building contest, making solar s'mores
WILDLIFE EXPLORER SUMMER PROGRAM AT DUKE FARMS ~ $350
Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, 2016
The Wildlife Explorer Summer Program at Duke Farms is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11 to connect with and explore the outdoors.
The Program is $350/per week/per child, cost includes reusable water bottle and t-shirt. Activities will run from 9 AM - 3 PM daily, rain or shine (bring rain gear). Duke Farms is located in Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey.
Register before Friday, July 1, as only the first 20 applicants will be accepted!
o Close-up encounters with wildlife like birds, bats and turtles!
o Get muddy exploring Duke Farms' ponds and streams
o Create nature-based art with famous artist James Fiorentino
o Daily talks with real-life scientists and hands-on projects!
o And much more!
BEACH. BIRDS. BIOLOGY. - A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE ~ $50
Wednesdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 2016
CWF is hosting a series of wildlife field experiences this summer for kids entering 4th to 6th grades. Kids will experience a day-in-the-life of a wildlife biologist and be up-close with endangered shorebirds such as Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers! Expert staff biologists will guide children in exciting adventures such as a beach scavenger hunt, wrack line investigating, nest searching, and earn the status of Junior Biologist (badge included)!
Adventures are available as a one-day session from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM:
o July 6th and July 20th: Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point, Cape May County, New Jersey
o July 13th and 27th: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Long Beach Island, Ocean County, New Jersey
o August 3rd: Belmar's Shark River Inlet, Belmar, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Click HERE for full details.
|Register Now -Sails on the Hudson River, July 7-10
|Sail on the AJ Meerwald!
Official Tall Ship
Hudson River Sails
Thursday, July 7 - Sunday, July 10
- View the majestic Palisades;
- Hear featured speakers about New Jersey's history & nature;
- Sail on a magnificently restored 1928 two-masted, 115-foot oyster schooner driven by over 3,500 square feet of sail!
Register early since trips sell out quickly!
To register for any sail,
All Sails depart from the Alpine Boat Basin unless noted.
Thursday, July 7
- 9:30am - Skyline Sail Along the Palisades, $65 per person. Sail between Liberty State Park and the Alpine Boat Basin with Vanessa Smiley, of the Morristown National Historical Park (the first "National Historical Park"
who are celebrating 100 years of service), Kevin Tremble, and Dr. Angela Cristini, Director of Education at the NJ Meadowlands. Total time including bus transportation. Includes bus from Alpine to Liberty State Park.
Friday, July 8
- 9:30am - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
- 1:30pm - Children's Sail, $26 child (ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
- 6:00pm - Music on the River
$65 per person. Spend the evening on the river listening bluegrass duo,Cold Rain and Snow, to perform Grassroots music with
banjo, fiddle and guitar. 2.5-3 hours.
Saturday, July 9
Sunday, July 10
- 12:00pm -Children's Sail,$26 child(ages 5-12), $52 adult. Sail with a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a hands-on learning experience. 3 hours.
- 3:30pm - Sunset Skyline Sail, $78 per person - Our most popular sail! Sail between the Alpine Boat Basin and Liberty State Park
with Hugh Carola of Hackensack Riverkeeper and Palisades Interstate Park Historian and Kearney House Curator, Eric Nelson. Motor coachtransportation back from Liberty State Park to the AlpineBoat Basin isincluded. Total time including transportation. ~5 hours
Please email ANJEC or call 973-539-7547 with questions or assistance with registration.
Hudson River Sails are sponsored by ANJEC and
The Tenafly Nature Center
|D&R Greenway Land Trust: Time to Get Your Feet Wet!
|Cheesequake State Park Kayak Tours Offer Close-Up Views of a Special Ecosystem
|Learn about sustainable gardening for your home and landscape
|Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: June is Jumping!
|GSWA Scavenger Hunt
The Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt
June 18, 2016
Step #1 Pick Up Clues & GPS Points
Visit Home Base after 10AM to pick up your clues.
Step #2 Scavenge for Tokens!
Hunt as much or as little as you like by car, bike, or foot until 3PM!
Step #3 Return to Base
Return by 3PM or you’ll miss your reward!
Step #4 Divide the Booty!
Turn in your tokens to be eligible for special prizes!
Daily rations (burgers, dogs, etc.) and grog (soft drinks) await at our Scavenger Hunt Picnic. Feel free to bring a covered side dish to share!
Home Base & Picnic
Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
32 Pleasant Plains Road
Harding Township, NJ
Register and get more info at www.GreatSwamp.org or call (973) 538-3500 x22
|Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ to Hold Eighth Annual Reservoir Challenge
Over 150 paddlers - including 14 mayors - expected to participate
On Saturday, June 11, Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ - formerly United Water - will partner on their 8th Annual Reservoir Challenge. The event will feature 5K and 10K races, as well as the popular Mayors Cup and Corporate Cup Challenges. Food, music, and children's activities are also planned. Part of the Reservoir Paddle Series, Reservoir Challenge is the second of three special paddling events that give the public a rare opportunity to paddle the normally-restricted waters of the upper Hackensack River reservoirs.
The Challenge kicks off with 5k and 10k races at 9:00am. Upon completion of the 5K and 10K, teams representing local businesses will take to the water and compete for the prestigious Corporate Cup. On the roster this year are teams from United EVENTures and Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill (both from Oradell), Scarinci Hollenbeck from Lyndhurst, Star Ravioli from Moonachie, L.L. Bean from Paramus, and "home team" SUEZ from Haworth/Paramus. Companies looking for a fun team-building event are encouraged to call 201-968-0808 to join the Corporate Cup race.
At "high noon", mayors from the following towns will go paddle-to-paddle in the ever-popular Mayors Cup Challenge: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Demarest, Emerson, Haworth, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Oradell, Ridgefield, Tenafly, and Westwood.
Beginning at 1:30pm, open paddling will commence, giving people the opportunity to paddle the reservoir in either their own boat or one rented from Hackensack Riverkeeper. Pre-registration for all boats is required and available at www.HackensackRiverkeeper.org.
Coined the "Triple Crown of Paddling", The Reservoir Paddle Series includes Lake DeForest Day in Clarkstown NY; Reservoir Challenge in Haworth, NJ; and Lake Tappan Paddle Day in Old Tappan, NJ. All funds raised at the events support Hackensack Riverkeeper's ongoing mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River Watershed.
For additional information about the Reservoir Paddle Series, visit www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or call 201-968-0808.
|2016 EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS: INVITATION TO NOMINATE
|Summer Environmental Education Programs for Children - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
|Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt
|Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Photo Contest
|Invitation to join us at USGBC NJ at one of our great upcoming events
8/10 - USGBC NJ Annual Summer Social - 5:30- 9:30 PM - Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Come out for this great ocean-front networking BBQ with fellow green building & sustainability professionals. BBQ Event Sponsorships will provide funding for the USGBC NJ Summer Green Education Program at Liberty Science Center for K-12 students in underserved communities. Each year, with your help, USGBC NJ hosts roughly 200 children (& chaperons) from not-for-profit organizations including NJ Boys and Girls Clubs, and urban summer school programs. We will also be accepting donations that can be added to an event registration or as stand-alone donations.
|Campout for Wildlife!
|Read and Pick Programs at Terhune Orchards Engage Children all Summer
Children love learning about where their food comes from. They get such a thrill from going out into the orchards and farm fields at Terhune Orchards to pick fruits and vegetables they can take home to enjoy. During our unique, hands-on, Read and Pick educational programs, children (ages preschool to 8 years) gather around a storyteller to listen to a book being read about fruits, vegetables, pollinators or farming equipment. Then the children participate in fun crafts or pick the fruit or vegetables they just learned about, take a tractor ride or interact with the animals in our barnyard.
Read & Pick are held biweekly on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each session lasts about an hour. The cost is $7 per child and includes the activity. Full descriptions of Read & Pick classes are on the calendar at terhuneorchards.com. Pre-registration is requested. Please call (609) 924-2310 to register.
Calendar of Events.
|Lake DeForest Day kicks off our Reservoir Paddle Series, and we've got even more great #CleanWater events on the horizon!
Reservoir Paddles: Ready, set, go!
Lake DeForest Day - Sunday, May 22
Our second annual paddle on pristine Lake DeForest in Clarkstown, NY is up first!
Reservoir Challenge - Saturday, June 11
Rain date Sunday, 6/12
|Our day of races and paddles on the Oradell Reservoir, brought to you in partnership with SUEZ, is back! Information and registration coming soon!
Is your company a fan of friendly competition? Looking for a fun team-building activity?Enter a team in the Corporate Cup Challenge!
Lake Tappan Paddle Day - Saturday, August 13
Rain date Sunday, 8/14
Join us for "LaTaPaDa!", a family-friendly day of lesiurely paddling on beautiful
Lake Tappan in Old Tappan, NJ. Brought to you in partnership with SUEZ.
Information and registration coming soon!
Festivals that support #CleanWater and World Series of Birding
EarthFest Overpeck - Saturday, May 14
Rain date Sunday, 5/15
Music, food, green vendors, the Recycled Regatta, and more await you at EarthFest Overpeck, on 5/14 from 11am-4pm. Visit www.EarthFestOverpeck.com for more information!
World Series of Birding - Saturday, May 14
Show your support for Captain Hugh and the RiverCreepers!
Visit our website
for more information!
RiverFest - Saturday, September 24
Save the date for our first-ever RiverFest - this year's SPLASH event, set for September!
Information and registration up soon.
Awards Dinner & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Thursday, October 6
The date is set for the next annual Awards Dinner & Sustainable SeafoodFest. Mark your calendars! More information and registration soon.
Catch us at these other upcoming events
in and around your watershed!
|St. Michaels Farm Preserve provides idyllic setting for Hopewell Campout
|4-H Summer Camp Now Accepting Applicants
Middlesex County boys and girls who have completed grades 3 through 6 are invited to take part in Middlesex County 4-H's Explorations Week day camp program.
The Explorations Week (E-Week) program, hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development program, will run Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, with sessions lasting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at the 4-H Youth Center located at 645 Cranbury Rd. in East Brunswick.
The program aims to help the campers in several key ways: encourage creativity, promote self-confidence, help them make new friends and achieve a sense of accomplishment. The theme of this year's E-Week will be the Olympics.
Attendees can choose from a wide variety of daily activities, such as rocketry, theater, archery, scrapbooking, dance, cheerleading, wilderness survival and biking. Friday night includes an optional sleepover with campfire and dinner.
"Programs like these are not only fun, but also aid the development of social interaction and other important life skills," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "E-Week is a testament to Middlesex County's mission to help our youth to learn, grow and approach the future with confidence."
"I hope many families will take advantage of this opportunity for a summer of outdoor fun and creative activities," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Rutgers Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development program continues to provide the best in educational and family-friendly programs."
The price of the program is $160 for 4-H members and $170 for non 4-H members. This price covers program materials, daily lunch, T-shirt and field trip. Arrangements can be made for early or late arrivals. The cost for this service is a one-time fee of $25 per child.
To register, call 732-398-5261.
In past years, as many as 130 youths took part in this weeklong program. About 30 volunteer teen and adult counselors help plan, implement and evaluate the program. Each of these volunteers donates over 80 hours of their time during E-Week.