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Upcoming Programs- E.C. Env. Center
FSCD Annual photo contest
Roadside Geology Field Tour October 18!
Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!
Camcden Canoemobile Participant Recruitment
OctoberFest 2014-Env. Center
Upcoming Events at the Nature Center of Cape May
Hackensack Riverkeeper Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Earth Center Upcoming Events
Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program
OASIS Garden Tour 2014--sign up now
Take a Second Energy Contest!
FREE RAIN GARDEN FOR NESHANIC WATERSHED RESIDENTS!
Nominate an Exceptional Woman for 2014 Women & Wildlife Awards
Upcoming Public Programs at Pequest
Sandy photography exhibition
Application for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available
Fishing Fun Photo Contest
Registration for NPLD 2014 Opens
Time to sign up for our 2014 Greenway Walks!
NJ ES events, spring 2014
|Upcoming Programs- E.C. Env. Center
Upcoming programs at the Essex County Environmental Center
Live Hawk & Owl Program with Craft
Saturday, September 27 11:45am to 1:30pm
For ages 4 and up. Whether small or large, birds of prey utilize different techniques to find food. All require a set of talons to survive in the wild.
Create your own bird of prey after which they’ll be a live showing of a Barred Owl and a Red Tailed Hawk. Participants will observe these live birds up close and will
learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old.
Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child, $9 per adult
Health and Wellness Workshop
Saturday, October 4 12pm to 1:30pm
Adults and children ages 13 and older. Do you wonder if the things you get from the drug store — cough syrup, decongestants and antiseptics — might be doing more harm than good? In this workshop, we will search out natural and effective alternatives for treating family health issues and injuries using 100% plant-based essential oils. This introductory class will start a path of discovery to regain control of your own family's wellness for the upcoming cold and flu season.
Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 person
Soil Science: The Good Guys … We Can't See
Tuesday, October 7 7pm to 9pm
For adults. Marleny Franco from Grace Landscaping teaches how to garden chemical-free by using microbes to restore soil. With the addition of microbes, our soil will be
able to provide all the necessary macro and micronutrients, the plants that sprout and grow will be filled with minerals and vitality, the food you harvest will be
healthier, tastier and more diversified, and your intestinal microbes will wildly applaud your new, healthier diet. All this while creating a more ecologically balanced
earth and getting better and bigger vegetables.
Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $20 per person
MOVIE NIGHT: QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US?
Wednesday, October 8 7pm to 9pm
For adults. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting
film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world, including Michael Pollan,
Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together, they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Q&A session with
a local beekeeper and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agent will follow. Meet in Garibaldi Hall.
Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $9 per person
10th Annual Octoberfest Fall Family Celebration
Saturday, October 11 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 HOLIDAY CAMP
Monday, October 13 9:30am to 3:30pm
For students in grades 1, 2, and 3. 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 is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $60 per child
Tuesday, October 14 4pm to 5pm
For children ages 6 to 10. The Bug Club is devoted to young people who want to explore the wonders of insects through field walks, games,
stories and crafts. This club meets year-round.
Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child per session
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: PROJECT LEARNING TREE
Thursday, October 16 9am to 3pm
For adults. The curriculum guide, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood and music CD, engage children ages 3 to 7
in outdoor exploration and play. The many nature-themed lessons use hands-on activities to integrate the outdoors with art, literature, math, music, and movement.
Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $25 (limited scholarships available for Essex County urban aid district teachers; call the Center for details)
BACKYARD COMPOSTING MADE EASY
Thursday, October 16 6:30pm to 8pm
All ages. Learn everything you need to know to successfully compost organic waste in your own backyard. The fee includes The Earth Machine and a kitchen
scrap collection pail. An optional aerator is also available. Advance registration is required by Monday, October 13th; call 973.228.8776.
Fee: $69 (the bin retails for over $100 at Home Depot, plus shipping)
AUTUMN LANTERN CRAFT
Saturday, October 18 10:30am to 12pm
For families. Let’s create lanterns using leaves, glue and balloons while listening to the story of the lantern prince. Return for one of our night
hikes to help light the way. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child
THE BASICS OF TEACHING OUTDOORS
Saturday, October 18 10:30am to 2pm
For adults. Using New Jersey Audubon’s Bridges to the Natural World, we will explore ways in which the outdoors can be used to enhance teaching. Hear about the benefits of place-based learning, outdoor classroom management and general safety guidelines along with curriculum ideas that support STEM education and the arts. This workshop is great for home-school parents, after-school providers, scout leaders or anyone who loves the outdoors! This workshop will be led by
Kelly Wenzel, NJA Project Coordinator-Urban Education, and Jennifer Dowd, NJ Coordinator-Eco-Schools USA.
Advance registration is required; call 908.766.5787. Fee: $20
FALL HARVEST CAMPFIRE
Thursday, October 23 6:30pm to 8pm
For families. Find a seat around the camp fire to celebrate the fall harvest. Roast marshmallows and enjoy some popcorn and cider.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather.
Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child; $9 per adult
HEALTHY FOOD; HEALTHY BODY
Friday, October 24 3:30pm to 4:45pm
For children ages 8 to 12. Join us in celebration of National Food Day as we explore ways to eat and live healthier. We’ll learn how
to make healthy food choices every day so that we can stay fit in body, mind, and planet. We’ll make and enjoy a healthy snack together.
Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per child
David Alexander| Senior Naturalist, Environmental Educator
Essex County Environmental Center
County of Essex, Department of Parks
621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068
P: 973-228-8776 | F: 973-228-3793
|FSCD Annual photo contest
Photo Contest on Local Agriculture, Conservation and Wildlife
|Roadside Geology Field Tour October 18!
|Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!
|Camcden Canoemobile Participant Recruitment
There's a National Park Service project called the Canoemobile coming to Camden on October 6th and 7th (weekdays)! Flier is attached.This program is FREE to Camden public, charter, and private schools and provides funds to cover the cost of ALL transportation associated with the event. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to get your school's kids out on the river! Note: This project is for students in grades 4-12 only.
|OctoberFest 2014-Env. Center
Celebrate the Fall Season at Essex County Environmental Center's Annual OctoberFest Celebration!
|Upcoming Events at the Nature Center of Cape May
MOMMY AND ME CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
|Hackensack Riverkeeper Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest - Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Hackensack Riverkeeper Annual Awards Celebration & Sustainable SeafoodFest
|Earth Center Upcoming Events
Come Explore All That 4-H Offers at Open House on October 5
|Announcement for the 2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools Program
The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce that New Jersey will participate in the 2014-2015 federal Green Ribbon Schools Program and invites all school districts and both public and private schools to apply for this national recognition.
|OASIS Garden Tour 2014--sign up now
Join us for the 2014 OASIS SCHOOL GARDEN TOUR, Sept. 28, 1-4pm.
|Video and Essay Contest: TREES ROCK!
I am Doug Fischer, the Progam Supervisor for Trees Rock!
|Take a Second Energy Contest!
|FREE RAIN GARDEN FOR NESHANIC WATERSHED RESIDENTS!
Are you interested in protecting water quality in your community? North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development is currently recruiting residents in the Neshanic Watershed to sign up to receive a FREE rain garden!
|Nominate an Exceptional Woman for 2014 Women & Wildlife Awards
|Upcoming Public Programs at Pequest
A full schedule of programs at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Center is available to the public this summer. From today's Geocaching and Moth Night Adventures programs to "learn to fish" family programs, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife offers something for anyone interested in nature and the outdoors.
|Sandy photography exhibition
|Application for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available
Application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available. Completed applications must be received at DEP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.
Since the awards program was established in 2000, 135 entities have been recognized. Nominations can be submitted for the following categories: Clean Air; Healthy Ecosystems; Water Resources; Land Conservation; Healthy and Sustainable Communities; Healthy and Sustainable Businesses; Innovative Technology; and the recently added “Environmentalist of the Year” category. In addition, the category for “Environmental Education” has been divided into two awards: one for adult-led educational initiatives and one for projects that are student-led or have succeeded due to a high level of student involvement.
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
Award winners will be honored at a luncheon and program to be held in December. Last year’s event supporters included PSEG, Duke Farms, New Jersey Natural Gas, Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Greener by Design.
The 2014 application and other awards information can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards
Questions about the awards program can be forwarded to:
· Tanya Oznowich (609) 984-9802 Tanya.Oznowich@dep.state.nj.us
· Caroline Kirkland (609) 633-7821 Caroline.Kirkland@dep.state.nj.us
|Fishing Fun Photo Contest
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced a new state-wide contest focusing on fishing in the state, the Fishing Fun Photo Contest. The contest is designed for families and friends to share the fun and excitement of fishing through a photo of a child fishing or with a fish they've caught.
|Registration for NPLD 2014 Opens
|Time to sign up for our 2014 Greenway Walks!
|NJ ES events & Fwd: "Editor's Picks" for the Earth Science Site of the Week, spring 2014
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