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CONTENTS:
4-H To Hold Alumni Reunion at Fair
Duke Farms Foundation: Marvelous Meadows and Revolutionary Will Allen
Networking on the Beach!! Join us for the USGBC NJ Summer Social 8/19!!!
August & September Events at PEEC
D&R Greenway Land Trust: Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party August 14
Announcing Lake Tappan Paddle Day, August 15
Summer Programs at Pequest
WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 12-13 - Save the Dates!
GCNJ DD- Monarch Butterfly Program Opportunity at Duke Farms
EARTH Center Open House Offers Tours by Master Gardeners
Women & Wildlife Awards Nominations Open
PEEC Newsletter - Winged Mammals of the Night and More!
DEP Commissioner Martin Leads Volunteers, Students in Barnegat Bay Blitz Cleanup
Christie Administration Announces National Trails Day Celebrations Across New Jersey on June 6
Summer 2015 Programs @ Essex County Environmental Center
USGBC NJ Upcoming Events- Networking, Education + More
Youth Writing & Art Contest Focuses on Nature
Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island
Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information
4-H To Hold Alumni Reunion at Fair             (Posted: 7-28-15)

Freeholders Invite 4-H Alumni To Reunion this August

Middlesex County's 4-H program has seen 75 years' worth of residents learn, grow and give back to their community. Now, Middlesex County is celebrating those who grew up with 4-H, and offering them a chance to relive their memories with the group.

The Middlesex County 4-H Association will be hosting a 4-H Alumni Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. as part of the Middlesex County Fair. The reunion will take place at the 4-H Youth Center at 645 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.

Participants in the 4-H program from years past are invited to reconnect with their 4-H friends, share their favorite memories of the program and see the first 4-H member graduation ceremony. Attendees are also encouraged to bring old record books, pictures and other 4-H Memorabilia to share.

Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: "This event is a great way to commemorate the traditions of the County's 4-H program, and to ensure the group will offer the same support to its future members. Not only does 4-H teach our youth about the environment, it also fosters social interaction, education and responsibility."

"So many people have fond memories of their time in 4-H; both of the experiences they shared and the lessons they learned," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "I hope that many alumni will attend and keep the program's spirit of goodwill alive."

To RSVP for this event, or for more information, please contact the Middlesex County 4-H office at 732-398-5261. You can learn more about the Middlesex County Fair online by visiting www.middlesexcountyfair.org.

If you are interested in becoming a part of 4-H in Middlesex County, please visit our website at www.co.middlesex.nj.us and search 4H.

Duke Farms Foundation: Marvelous Meadows and Revolutionary Will Allen             (Posted: 7-28-15)

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Networking on the Beach!! Join us for the USGBC NJ Summer Social 8/19!!!             (Posted: 7-27-15)

Join USGBC NJ for our 8th Annual Summer Social
Wednesday, 8/19/15
presented by the Central Branch  

PLUS Kids Speed LEED on the Beach

(Sponsorships Available) 





Kids Speed LEED on the Beach: daytime event for kids
from not-for-profit organizations such as local Girls & Boys Clubs. 

Evening Networking Gathering
: 5:30- 9:30 PM
Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Chapter Members: $45
Non-Members & Guests: $55
Emerging Professionals: $35

Join us for this terrific signature event, with oceanfront networking. Sponsorship opportunities available. 




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

D&R Greenway Land Trust: Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party August 14             (Posted: 7-23-15)

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Announcing Lake Tappan Paddle Day, August 15             (Posted: 7-16-15)

Lake Tappan Paddle Day
Saturday, August 15


Lake Tappan Paddle Day marks your third opportunity to participate in Hackensack Riverkeeper's 2015 "Triple Crown of Paddling" in the Hackensack River watershed. Come make a splash on Lake Tappan while supporting public access and clean water!

For more information, click here.

Volunteers Make Our Paddling Events Great


Volunteers make our paddling events and are a great way to get involved with Hackensack Riverkeeper. We'll have plenty of jobs with short shifts. Interested in helping out? E-mail Caitlin with your availability.

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/.

GCNJ DD- Monarch Butterfly Program Opportunity at Duke Farms             (Posted: 6-25-15)

Two Day Monarch Butterfly Program, partially funded, offered at Duke Farms in August, at a discounted rate of $ 25

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Diana Dove
Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden
doveenved@comcast.net
(908) 689-7771

EARTH Center Open House Offers Tours by Master Gardeners             (Posted: 6-25-15)

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, from garden tours to presentations on gardening and landscaping and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.

During the Garden Field Day, the Extension's Agriculture faculty and staff, alongside 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 should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win recognition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for categories not limited to:
Biggest tomato
Biggest cucumber
Biggest squash
Biggest watermelon
Longest gourd
All vegetables: best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure.

"Garden Field Day attendees also can enjoy samples of locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of local musicians," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee.

"Garden Field Day is great day of fun for the whole family at one of Middlesex County's most beautiful parks," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I want to thank both the Cooperative Extension and the Parks Office for making this special day a reality. They also work together to beautify this park, and to make it a destination for fun and education.

"Rutgers Cooperative Extension provides vital services to our state's farmers, provides educational programs on food, nutrition and health, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development and economic and workforce development," said Freeholder Director Rios. "It provides services that can benefit all Middlesex County residents."

Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. For more information call 732-398-5268 or e-mail david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us. Rain date for the event will be Aug. 16. For information on Middlesex County's Extension office visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us

And search using the word "extension."

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.

PEEC Newsletter - Winged Mammals of the Night and More!             (Posted: 6-25-15)

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DEP Commissioner Martin Leads Volunteers, Students in Barnegat Bay Blitz Cleanup             (Posted: 6-4-15)

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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.


ONGOING CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

LITTLE SPROUTS SPRING GARDENING CLUB

Fridays—June 5 & 12; 1:30pm to 2:30pm

For ages 3½ to 5 years old. With a few seeds, some water, soil and light, we’ll be growing plants in no time. Each week, the children discover the magic of nature, the source of our food supply, and foods that are healthy. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per session/per child

LITTLE EXPLORERS SUMMER NATURE STROLL

Wednesdays—June 17; July 8 & 29; August 12; 10am to 11am

For children ages 2 to 5 years old. Join us for a summer stroll through our wooded wetland. We’ll take time to stop and explore the wonders of the season. Join us rain or shine to discover what we can find. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 per child/per class

LITTLE EXPLORERS SUMMER SERIES

Thursdays—June 18 & 25; July 16, 23 & 30; 1:30pm to 2:30pm

For children ages 4 to 6 years old. The Summer Series is back for Little Explorers. Join us for hands-on classes in the summer forest. Come rain or shine, so be dressed for a romp in the woods. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 per child/per class

4-H YOUNG GARDENERS CLUB

Tuesdays—June 9 & 23 4pm to 5pm

Tuesdays—July 14, 21 & 28; August 11, 18 & 25; 10am to 11am

For children in grades 1 through 10. Have you ever wondered how vegetables and flowers grow? Where spaghetti sauce comes from? How you can find a rainbow in a garden? Come join the Young Gardener's 4-H Club to find the answers to these questions and more. Learning and fun happen all the time here! Meet in Garibaldi Hall.

Advance registration required; please call 973.353.1337.


NJ AUDUBON

ESSEX COUNTY BIRDING FIELD TRIPS

Led by Dave Hall, Associate Naturalist

Have you ever wanted to “bird watch” but didn’t know where to begin? Would you like to find some of the hidden gems in Essex County? Let New Jersey Audubon be your guide. Summer is the

time to see, hear and learn the species of birds that nest in Essex County. Walks encourage beginners and challenge experts. Space is limited; please contact Kelly Wenzel at 908.766.5787 for more information and to register.

THURSDAY MORNING FIELD TRIPS

GREENWOOD GARDENS

Thursday, June 11; 8am to 11am

For adults. We will tour Greenwood Gardens in search of summer residents. Explore several habitats including hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows. For more information about Greenwood Gardens, visit www.greenwoodgardens.org. Registration with Greenwood Gardens is required for this trip; please email info@greenwoodgardens.org or call 973.258.4026. Meet at Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ. Fee: $10 NJA members and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 non-members

ESSEX COUNTY BRANCH BROOK PARK

Thursday, June 18; 8:30am to 11am

For adults. Celebrate the summer solstice with a hike through this historic urban gem that features varied park scenes and holds a surprising variety of birdlife, from forest birds to ducks and herons. Meet at the Cherry Blossom Visitors’ Center located just north of Heller Parkway in the park. Visit the Branch Brook Park Alliance site for details and directions. www.branchbrookpark.org/Visit-the-Park/Map.aspx. FREE

TROY MEADOWS

Thursday, July 2; 8:30am to 11am

For adults. The combination of forest and meadow habitat makes for spectacular views of summer residents actively foraging. Footing may be wet. We will carpool to the trail head. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ. Fee: $6 NJA members, $8 non-members

GREENWOOD GARDENS

Thursday, July 9; 8am to 11am

For adults. Explore this wonderful estate and enjoy pond, forest and meadow birds while marveling at incredible architecture. For more information about Greenwood Gardens, visit www.greenwoodgardens.org. Registration with Greenwood Gardens is required for this trip; please email info@greenwoodgardens.org or call 973.258.4026. Meet at Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ. Fee: $10 NJA members and Greenwood Gardens members, $12 non-members

ESSEX COUNTY BROOKDALE PARK

Thursday, July 23; 8:30am to11am

For adults. Tour the Rose Garden and a search for late summer birds and perhaps hummingbirds. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the soccer/football grandstands near the entrance on Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ. FREE

SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIPS

ESSEX COUNTY HATFIELD SWAMP

Saturday, June 13; 8:30am to 11am

For adults. We hope to find breeding birds in the wetland meadows and forests of this largely intact Essex County reservation. Footing could be wet or muddy, depending on the weather. Meet in front of Stop & Shop in West Caldwell, near corner of Passaic and Bloomfield avenues. We will carpool from there to different parts of this large reservation. Fee: $6 NJA members, $8 non-members

ESSEX COUNTY HILLTOP RESERVATION

Saturday, July 25; 9am to 11am

For adults. This is a great time to view nesting birds such as Indigo bunting and House wren. We also will explore the restored meadow habitat for Blue Birds as well as butterflies and other insects. Meet at Mountain Avenue and Courter Lane, North Caldwell, NJ. FREE


JUNE 2015

TUESDAY AFTERNOON YOGA WITH MEDITATION

Tuesdays—June 2, 9, 16 & 23; 3:30pm to 4:45pm

For adults. The focus of this class is on the many benefits of long-held, seated poses. We lengthen tissues that connect, wrap and interweave muscles, helping to increase our range of motion and free up areas of limitation. We cultivate a meditative state in each pose, as well as sit for a meditation at the end of class. All levels are welcome. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

CHAIR YOGA SERIES

Thursdays—June 4, 11, 18 & 25; 3pm to 4pm

For adults. Whether you are new to yoga, are an older adult, or know and love yoga but can no longer get up and down from the floor easily, chair yoga may be for you! All poses are done seated or standing next to a chair. Our breath guides us through class and we will end with a relaxing meditation. All levels are welcome. Dress comfortably. Advance registration and monthly pre-payment required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $36 for the month; $28 for those 65 and older

THURSDAY EVENING YOGA

Thursdays—June 4, 11, 18 & 25; 6:15pm to 7:30pm

For adults. This “all levels” yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. All levels are welcome. Advance registration and monthly payment are required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $40 for the month

FRIDAY MORNING YOGA

Fridays—June 5, 12, 19 & 26; 9:30am to 10:45am

For adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Join us weekly or for just one class. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

WELLNESS WORKSHOP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Saturday, June 6; 12pm to 1pm

For adults. Join us in learning how essential oils, including Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and Peppermint, can enhance your family's home medicine cabinet. This beginner class will discuss important safety tips and how best to start incorporating essential oils in your family's wellness solutions. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION WILDFLOWER WALK

Tuesday, June 9; 6pm to 7:30pm

Take a guided nature walk with a naturalist within the wildflower preserve. We’ll identify different plants and discuss their ecological benefits and traditional use as food, medicine and craft. Meet at the dog park entrance on Crest Drive in South Orange. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult; $8 per child

HORTICULTURE FOR SENIORS

Monday, June 15; 1pm to 3pm

For senior citizens. Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County for this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. This month’s topic is Plant a Plant and Watch it Grow. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required one week prior to program; call Helen at 973.731.0717 or Maya at 973-379-5548. FREE

WELLNESS WORKSHOP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Thursday, June 18; 6pm to 7pm

For adults. Join us in learning how essential oils, including Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and Peppermint, can enhance your family's home medicine cabinet. This beginner class will discuss important safety tips and how best to start incorporating essential oils in your family's wellness solutions. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

NEW JERSEY WOODTURNERS

Monday, June 22; 7pm to 9:30pm

For adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association! Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month; call the Environmental Center for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult; free for NJWA members

WILDERNESS SKILLS SUMMER CAMP

June 22 to June 25 & June 29 to July 2; 9:30am to 1:15pm

For grades 5 to 9. Join Traditional Earth Skills Instructor Mike Dennis for up to two weeks of outdoor skills building. During week one, we’ll take a traditional approach and, during week two, we’ll take a modern approach. We will identify plants, learn to track animals, create fire, go canoeing, make moccasins and natural rope, build shelters and more! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $175 per child per week

INDOOR KITCHEN GARDENING, YEAR ROUND!

Thursday, June 25; 6:30pm to 8pm

For adults. Join Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners to learn about the possibilities of harvesting in all four seasons. This is ideal for the urban and/or apartment dweller or for those without gardening space. Create a four season garden at home to supplement your supermarket trips. Our aim will be to keep it simple with a plan and guidelines for one crop each season. Learn what equipment you’ll need and how to get started! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

BIKE RIGHT – ADULT LEARN TO RIDE

Saturday, June 27; 10:30am to 12:30pm

For adults. Do you regret not learning how to ride a bike? Regret it no longer because TransOptions' Bike Right® coaches are here to help guide you to ride on two wheels in no time. You'll learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer as well as adjust a helmet for the proper fit, all in this easy, safe, and fun course. Class includes a free helmet for each participant! Minimum number of participants required. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult


JULY 2015

THURSDAY EVENING YOGA

Thursdays—July 2, 9, 23 & 30; 6:15pm to 7:30pm

For adults. This “all levels” yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. All levels are welcome. Advance registration and monthly payment are required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $40 for the month

YOUNG ENGINEERS SUMMER CAMP

July 6 to July 17, Grades Pre K and Kindergarten; 9:30am to 12:30pm

July 20 to July 31, Grades 1 and 2; 9:30am to 12:30pm

August 3 to August 14, Grades 3 and 4; 9:30am to 12:30pm

Calling all children who enjoy computers and science! This camp offers young children opportunities in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, Lego robotics, and game design. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. Call the Center for details. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776.

NATURE EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP

July 6 to July 17, Grades Pre K and Kindergarten; 1pm to 4pm

July 20 to July 31, Grades 1 and 2; 1pm to 5pm

August 3 to August 14, Grades 3 and 4; 1pm to 5pm

Enjoy exploring and discovering woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape life and much more. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. Call the Center for details. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776.

YOGA AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION

July 6, 13, 20 &27; 6:30pm to 7:45pm

For adults. Essex County celebrates Parks and Recreation Month with free weekly yoga classes at South Mountain Reservation. These classes are suitable for beginners and great for the seasoned yoga practitioner. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. Meet in the boat pavilion next to the paddle boat area on Cherry Lane. Classes held rain or shine. For more information call 973.228.8776. FREE

AROMATHERAPY FOR SUMMERTIME

Wednesday, July 8; 1:30pm to 2:30pm

For adults. Common outdoor activities – such as gardening, sports, entertaining or vacationing – can get uncomfortable when temperatures soar! Learn what essential oils can help ease tired muscles, energize, and help you cool off. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

FRIDAY MORNING YOGA

Fridays—July 10, 24 & 31; 9:30am to 10:45am

For adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Join us weekly or for just one class. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Saturday, July 11; 10am to 11am OR 12pm to 1pm

For children ages 3½ to 5. Take a walk to our blanket in the grass and read the Very Hungry Caterpillar, search our gardens for these growing babies, and paint and create your own caterpillar craft. This program includes entry into our live butterfly tent. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $8 per child

BUTTERFLY TENT SAFARI

Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 24

Weekdays from 12pm to 3pm; Saturdays from 11am to 1pm

For all ages. Flutter on over and visit our live butterfly tent. All are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities. $2 per person suggested donation to the Essex County Parks Foundation

EXPLORING ESSEX COUNTY EAGLE ROCK RESERVATION

Wednesday, July 15; 6pm to 8:00pm

For families. Bring the kids for a naturalist-led exploration of Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation. We’ll begin at the ball field at the Eagle Rock Avenue entrance and take the glen trail toward the stream. Uncover a hidden natural playground within the forest! Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult; $8 per child

BUZZ INTO ACTION with INSECT EDUCATION

Saturday, July 18; 10am to 11am OR 12pm to 1pm

For children ages 5 and older. Love insects? Join us for a family fun and hands-on presentation all about bugs n’ butterflies. This program includes entry into our live butterfly tent. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $8 per child, $10 per adult

AROMATHERAPY FOR A RELAXING SUMMER

Saturday, July 18; 12pm to 1pm

For adults. Come relax with us as we diffuse specific essential oils which can bring a sense of peace and calming. During this class, we will learn how essential oils are effective to uplift spirits and bring a deep sense of relaxation. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

CONTAINER GARDENING 101

Thursday, July 23; 6:30pm to 8pm

For adults. Join Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners to learn how to add color and fragrance to your yard, patio or deck with annual flowers. Regardless of how small (or large) your space – there is always room for flowers. You will learn what flowers are available, how to prepare a container, and – most importantly – maintain healthy plants. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult

BIKE RIGHT – LEARN TO RIDE

Saturday, July 25; 10:30am to 12:30pm

Children ages 5 and older. Make learning to ride a bike easier for your child with TransOptions’ Bike Right Learn to Ride class. Bike Right Learn to Ride will teach your child the safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride. Using this "balance first" method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Please bring a helmet and a bike (without training wheels) in good working order. In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $8 per child

BUTTERFLY GARDENING WORKSHOP

Saturday, July 25; 12pm to 1:30pm

For adults and children ages 8 and older. Learn to garden for butterflies with Jean Greely, an Essex County Rutgers Master Gardener and butterfly enthusiast. Presentation and discussion will be followed by a planting of butterfly host and nectar plants within our gardens. This program includes a few minutes in our live butterfly tent. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $8 per child, $10 per adult

NEW JERSEY WOODTURNERS

Monday, July 27; 7pm to 9:30pm

For adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association! Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month; call the Environmental Center for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult; free for NJWA members


AUGUST 2015

BUZZFEST

Saturday, August 1; 11am to 1pm

For all ages. Have you ever wondered how honey goes from hive to jar? Come join our local beekeeper as he extracts honey from a real hive! You’ll even get a sample taste. We’ll have crafts, games, an observation hive and more. Learn about bees, their current challenges, and how we can help. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $5 per person for ages 2 and up

THURSDAY EVENING YOGA

Thursdays—August 6, 13, 20 & 27; 6:15pm to 7:30pm

For adults. This “all levels” yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. All levels are welcome. Advance registration and monthly payment are required; call 973.228.8776. No refunds for missed classes. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $40 for the month

AUGUST 2015

ESSEX COUNTY HILLTOP RESERVATION LETTERBOX FAMILY HIKE

Thursday, August 6; 6pm to 8pm

For families. Design a foam stamp before setting off into the reservation to uncover clues and discover the location of a secret letterbox using your navigational skills on this “treasure hunt.” Led by an Essex County Environmental Center naturalist. Meet at Courter Lane in North Caldwell. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult; $8 per child

FRIDAY MORNING YOGA

Fridays—August 7, 14, 21 & 28; 9:30am to 10:45am

For adults. This class will explore the many joys of yoga. Breathing synchronized with movement will warm the body and relax the mind. All levels are welcome. Join us weekly or for just one class. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat. Fee: $10 per class

MEDITATION SERIES FOR BEGINNERS

Mondays—August 10, 17 & 24; 6:45pm to 7:45pm

For adults. Do you want to start meditating but don’t know how to begin? Some of the many benefits are stress reduction, improved relationships and increased health. Each session will highlight a different meditation technique – visualization, sound and breath, give various hints and suggestions for establishing a regular practice and include some chair yoga postures. Come learn the basics and see how meditation can increase your appreciation for nature around you as well as the nature within you. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Minimum number of participants required. Fee: $10 per adult per class or $25 for the series

PATIO & GARDEN DAY – OUR 10TH YEAR CELEBRATION!

Tuesday, August 11; 6:30pm to 7:30pm

For all ages. Patio and Garden Day was one of the first programs offered by the original Center for Environmental Studies (1972 to 1995). After a 10-year closure, the new and improved Essex County Environmental Center opened, thanks to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and we have been happily serving Essex County residents ever since. In honor of our 10th year anniversary, we’ll revisit the Patio and Garden Day program as a way to have fun, remember our roots, and to celebrate nature. Bring a hat, enjoy the grounds, join a staff naturalist for a guided walk, and enjoy a fresh cold cup of mint iced tea and iced fruit pops in the herb garden (adjacent to the frog pond). Parks still remain as one of the best things in life that are still for free. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. FREE

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DR. MOM

Saturday, August 15; 12pm to 1pm

For adults. With pool season in full swing and school starting in just a couple weeks, a mom's job is never done! Learn how to use safe and gentle essential oils for children as they face bumps, bruises, germs, and fears. Minimum number of participants required. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per adult

NEW JERSEY WOODTURNERS

Monday, August 24; 7pm to 9:30pm

For adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association! Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month; call the Environmental Center for details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $10 per adult; free for NJWA members

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

USGBC NJ Upcoming Events- Networking, Education + More             (Posted: 5-14-15)




Evening Gathering: 5:30- 9:30 PM
Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Join us for this terrific signature event, with oceanfront networking. Sponsorship opportunities available. Details & registration coming soon.

Youth Writing & Art Contest Focuses on Nature             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Click HERE.

Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-14-15)

Three exciting summer programs for teenage students will be held at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. Offered by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners, the three sessions include the Sedge Island Fishing Experience, the Sedge Island Field and Research Experience, and the Sedge Island Field Experience.

For more information on each session, including dates, fees and application forms, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer15.htm on the Division's website.

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.