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EARTH Center Hosts Bee Keeping Workshop
Ewing Green Team's new Environmental Insights program in February
Eco-Comedy Video Competition "Clean Water"
Join Us for 1st Annual Run/Walk to care for the Coast
Youth Gardening Conference Aimed at Schools and Community Organizations to be Held in Middlesex County
Soil Education Programs, Jan-March, 2016, Hosted by the Ocean County Soil
Fixing Flooding: One Community at a Time Conference on February 26th!
Sustainable Jersey upcoming webinars
Teen Summer Programs At Sedge Island
EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Champion Awards
OCSCD: Introducing our 2016 Monthly Educational Programs Series
Join Master Gardeners for Annual Bird Count
2016 New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Winter Lecture Series Begins Sunday
Great Backyard Bird Count Events in February Hosted by Barnegat Bay Partnership
Relax & Enjoy PEEC's Winter Newsletter!
Get Out and Grow Garden Promotion
Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife workshops are returning to Cape May County
Call for Nominations: 2016 Land Ethics Award
OCSCD: 2016 Poster Contest for Students
BirdSpotter Photo Contest Underway
Plant the Seed for New Possibilities
Free Student Eco Citizenship Project & Contest from Panasonic
NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!
|EARTH Center Hosts Bee Keeping Workshop
County Offers Beekeeping Workshop at the EARTH Center
|Ewing Green Team's new Environmental Insights program in February
|Eco-Comedy Video Competition "Clean Water"
Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2016 - CALL FOR ENTRIES
|Join Us for 1st Annual Run/Walk to care for the Coast
Run/Walk to Care for the Coast
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Introducing the 1st Annual Lobster Run/Walk 5k to Care for the Coast. The event is for all ages and ability levels. Bring your spouse, kids, nature lovers or outdoor enthusiasts. Form a team with co-workers or denizens of your favorite bar. Whet your appetite for lobster with a spring ramble through beautiful Asbury Park, NJ.
Race registration proceeds will benefit the American Littoral Society. The race will be followed by a lobster bake on the boardwalk at Langosta Lounge. Click here to register for the run/walk and bake. Register before April 16 to get discount, price increase on April 17.
Start and finish: The Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue and Second Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
• 2:30 p.m. Registration Begins/Packet Pick-up
• 4 p.m. Run/Walk Start
• 4:45 p.m. Lobster Bake
• Live race results posted
• Awards for top three male and female finishers, and age group winners
Parking available across the street and plenty of parking in public lots. Event is rain or shine.
Questions? Email Doug Rice at Race Forum (email@example.com).
|Youth Gardening Conference Aimed at Schools and Community Organizations to be Held in Middlesex County
Gardening with Youth Conference Coming to Middlesex County
Middlesex County’s Office of Extension Services will present a new program that demonstrates how gardening can be used as an educational tool for young people.
“Digging Into Youth Gardens: A Conference for Educators and Community Leaders” will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Jersey Old Town Village, located at 1050 River Road, Piscataway. The conference fee will be $25 with early registration by Wednesday, March 2 and $30 for late registration.
Professional development credits will be available for those educators who attend the day’s entire program.
Some of the topics that will be presented at the conference include:
• Making your garden sustainable- getting support from administration, staff turnover, funding opportunities.
• Garden Basics- locating your garden, water considerations, soil testing, choosing plants for the school year.
• School-based curriculum to support gardening efforts.
• Activities to get kids interested in gardening.
A panel of experienced youth garden coordinators from Middlesex County will present success stories and invite inquiries and discussion.
To register, or for additional information, call the Middlesex County EARTH Center at 732-398-5273 or e-mail Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an Equal Opportunity provider of programs and employment.
|Soil Education Programs, Jan-March, 2016, Hosted by the Ocean County Soil
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to announce our 2016 monthly series of educational programs: From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green. Programs are designed to promote low maintenance landscaping, highlight the ecologic and economic benefits of best landscape management practices, and inspire stewardship of natural resources. Program goals and objectives are supported by the Landscape for Life™ curriculum, which is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program. Each month features a new topic; all programs are FREE to the public. The From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green monthly educational program series is made possible in part through funding from the Barnegat Bay Partnership. For a complete list of topics, dates, times and program descriptions please visit www.soildistrict.org or contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, email@example.com, 609-971-7002 ext. 114.
Sunday, January 31 (12:30-2:30pm): Water Conservation in the Garden
Water makes our garden grow! Knowing how to water your garden is just as important as knowing when to water. In this program we will introduce you to some water-saving tips to significantly reduce the water requirements of your garden and landscape. Topics explored include: remediating stormwater runoff in your yard, amending garden soil, mulching, how plants take-in water from the soil, and appropriate plant selection. Presented by Shari Kondrup, Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 28 (12:30-2:30pm): Bees, Native Plants and Healthy Soil - a Sweet Garden Recipe
Soil provides the foundation in which all food grows - even food for bees! Bees and other pollinators depend on a healthy food source of nectar and pollen. Native plants growing in healthy native soil are the perfect choice for gardeners who want to support the life cycle of honey bees or attract native pollinators to their yard. Join us for an introduction to home beekeeping, healthy soil and native plants, and taste the sweet rewards of a sustainable yard and garden. Presented by John Zingis, Air, Land & Sea Environmental Management, Inc., and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or email@example.com
Tuesday, March 22 (6:30-8:30pm): Winter Planning for a 3-Season Flower Garden
When the weather outside is frightful... it's a good time to begin planning your garden! Imagine your yard bursting with color from early spring to first frost in late autumn. By taking the time to assess your conditions, including soil, sun and moisture, you will have the foundational information on which to build your blooms. This program will introduce you to garden planning, design and plant selection using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website: www.jerseyyards.org. Bring your laptop if you have one! Presented by Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Pam Almeida, co-leader, Jersey Shore Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Jersey, and Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Toms River Library. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Fixing Flooding: One Community at a Time Conference on February 26th!
Join us on February 26th at our day-long conference from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Middlesex County Fire Department to bring together municipal leaders, leading professionals in planning and engineering, watershed associations, advocacy groups, environmental commissions, and state and federal agencies to learn from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program and its partners.
|Sustainable Jersey upcoming webinars
Stay In the Game! Strategize your Recertification
|Teen Summer Programs At Sedge Island
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners is offering teens three exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. These unique, educational and fun programs include fishing, research and field experiences in a beautiful location.
|EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Champion Awards
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. EPA is encouraging nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards event on May 13, 2016 at EPA's regional office in Manhattan. The Agency is accepting nominations for its Environmental Champion Awards until March 1, 2016.
|OCSCD: Introducing our 2016 Monthly Educational Programs Series
|Join Master Gardeners for Annual Bird Count
County's EARTH Center Invites You To Great Backyard Bird Count
|2016 New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest
|Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Winter Lecture Series Begins Sunday
|Great Backyard Bird Count Events in February Hosted by Barnegat Bay Partnership
Have you ever wondered which birds live in your backyard? Then join us and be a part of a global bird-counting event organized by the Audubon Society and Cornell University! No single person or group of experts could count all of the species of birds on our planet; therefore, people from all over the world will be participating in February's Great Backyard Bird Count and entering their information to be reviewed by scientists. With all of the information provided by communities across the globe, experts can then get the "big picture" of bird populations around the world.
|Relax & Enjoy PEEC's Winter Newsletter!
|Get Out and Grow Garden Promotion
GRAND PRIZE: THREE WINNING SCHOOLS.
|Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife workshops are returning to Cape May County
Pat Sutton's Gardening for Wildlife Workshops return to Cape May County
What better way to shake off winter than to begin planning for your very own wildlife garden, and who better to lead the way than local naturalist and educator, Pat Sutton. Pat will share her wildlife gardening expertise through a series of six Saturday and Sunday workshops designed for property owners. These in-depth, all-day sessions are designed to be site specific to each situation. As in all of her workshops, native plants and wildlife-friendly practices will be emphasized, because as Pat reminds us: “Don’t count on landscapers or nursery owners for guidance since many of them are not well informed about native plants and wildlife gardening practices.”
The first workshop, “How to Create a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife,” on Saturday, February 27th serves as the backbone of the series. Each subsequent workshop will build upon the lessons learned previously. Pat will share valuable handouts and each workshop will include a question and answer session, plus time for sharing during a working lunch.
Subsequent workshops will include, “Lose the Lawn, Create a Wildflower Meadow” on Sunday, February 28th; “How to Create a Pollinator Garden” on Saturday, March 5th; “Battlestar Backyardia” on Sunday, March 6th; “How to Create a No-Fuss Wildlife Pond” on Saturday, March 12th and “Landscape Design with Wildlife in Mind” on Saturday, March 19th. Pick and choose or take all six and pay the discounted rate. The 2016 Gardening for Wildlife Workshop series benefits the Nature Center of Cape May.
Please remember, Pat Sutton’s workshops fill up quickly and are limited to the first 20 registrants, so preregistration is a must! Cost, which includes handouts, is $35 per session for NJ Audubon members and $45 for nonmembers. Sign up for any three workshops and pay the discounted rate of $75 for members and $105 for nonmembers. (It pays to be a member).
Workshops are held in Goshen at NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory Center, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. For more information or to preregister contact the Nature Center, 609-898-8848, or stop in during our monthly Birdseed Sales. It’s been a hard winter for our feathered friends, please remember them.
The Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM) is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May. One of 7 centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, the Center provides family oriented programming in the marine sciences and other nature oriented themes. Programs are scheduled throughout the year; public visitation is available 7 days per week, April through October. Visit our campus, shop at the nature store and view the breathtaking harbor and its environment from the Trucksess Observation tower.
|Call for Nominations: 2016 Land Ethics Award
|OCSCD: 2016 Poster Contest for Students
|BirdSpotter Photo Contest Underway
|Plant the Seed for New Possibilities
Enter the Smucker's Get Out and Grow Promotion on behalf of your school. Three winning schools receive a cash reward to be used toward a garden. Simply take a photo of where you'd put a garden on your school grounds and submit below, where you'll also find official rules and complete contest details.
|Free Student Eco Citizenship Project & Contest from Panasonic
FREE Student Eco Citizenship Project and Contest for New Jersey Classrooms
Panasonic Corporation of North America along with the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning (formerly the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation) are looking for New Jersey 4th-8th grade classrooms to participate in the NO COST Panasonic Eco Citizenship Project.
The project is aligned to common core state standards and will guide students to:
- Explore environmental issues.
- Discover what others are doing to protect the environment.
- Decide on what can be done to positively impact their local environment.
- Create an environmental action plan.
- Act on their plans.
- Create (as a team) as Eco-Diary Picture Diary that showcases their results.
Each diary is eligible to enter into the Eco Diary contest. See details below.
Students will work in teams (no more than 4 students per team). Students will document in their Eco Diary five entries that highlight what they did to protect and save the earth. Each entry will include a picture and paragraph to explain the action. Eco Diaries are the contest entry and will need to be mailed to the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning by 6:00 P.M. on April 29, 2016. All details for the contest will be available in the teacher resources that will be mailed and on the program website.
Prizes will be awarded to each student on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and their teachers! (Prizes will be described on the program's website).
This project is only available to teachers in grades 4-8 across New Jersey. The project is limited to the first 100 teachers that sign up. Teachers must sign-up in advance to participate in the project and contest. Once signed up, each participating teacher will receive the following items in the mail:
- 1 Teacher Guide
- 60 Student Workbooks
- 20 Eco Diaries (one diary for each student team)
Teachers will also be sent the link to the project's website when ready!
To sign-up: please follow this link: http://www.usatodaycharitablefoundation.org/ecocitizen-registration/
Foundation for IMPACT on Literacy and Learning
c/o ILA PO Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
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|NJNG Contests - Kids and Schools Win Cash and Great Prizes!