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CONTENTS:
URBAN WATERSHED EDUCATION REACHES 20-YEAR MILESTONE
"Discover DEP" Podcasts Provide Public with Friendly and Familiar Format for Learning About DEP's Mission
Greater Newark Conservancy Receives EPA Grant
Planting a Rain Garden in Bernardsville - Video
EARTH Center Opens Butterfly House for the 2016 Season
DEP launches aggressive program to protect state-owned lands from emerald ash borer infestation
EPA Honors New Jersey Environmental Champions
The electricity equivalent of idling your automobile
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced
12 Ways NJ Kids Can Help Save the Earth
Baltimore student takes on gov't, saves town from more pollution
These Young Leaders Are Shattering the Age & Color Lines of the Mainstream Green Movement
Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season
Reversing the fear of the outdoors in N.J.
URBAN WATERSHED EDUCATION REACHES 20-YEAR MILESTONE             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Hackensack Riverkeeper-led program serves hundreds of urban/suburban kids annually


Ridgefield Park, NJ - When the Middle School students from Ridgefield Park finish up their Urban Watershed Education Program (UWEP) with Hackensack Riverkeeper this week, they will cap the field curriculum's Twentieth Anniversary. Originally called the Urban Fishing Program, it was designed to introduce students from New Jersey's more urbanized counties to their local waterways. With its newer name and wider focus, the program serves approximately 300 students and teachers each year. In 2015, Program Director Jodi Jamieson welcomed middle school groups from Bayonne, Carteret, Elizabeth, Jersey City and South Hackensack in addition to those from Ridgefield Park.

In addition to Riverkeeper staffers including Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola; dedicated Riverkeeper volunteers, and AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors, Harold "Howie" Nebling from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plays an important role in the program each year.

"Howie brings incredible expertise and knowledge of fish, their habits and natural histories to the program," said Jamieson, who's overseen UWEP since joining the Riverkeeper staff in 2006. "He's also a natural teacher with an infectious enthusiasm that resonates with our kids."

Here's how the three-day environmental education (EE) program works: Day One is classroom-based and introduced students to the twin realities of non-point source pollution and local fish consumption advisories - the latter of particular importance to the students' health and that of their families. Day Two sends the group into the field to engage in a Riverkeeper Eco-Cruise on the appropriate waterway (Hackensack River, Passaic River, Newark Bay or Arthur Kill) and has them conduct chemistry analyses to determine the water's Ph, salinity, turbidity, nitrates, phosphates, and dissolved Oxygen levels. On the final day, the entire group participates in a day of catch-and-release fishing; which doubles as a field biology / ichthyology course.

The evolution of UWEP began in the mid-1990s when NJ Audubon published Fishing For Answers in an Urban Estuary, a curriculum written in large part by Dale Rosselet, NJAS's current Vice President for Education. It was presented to Captain Sheehan who, in his pre-Riverkeeper days, embraced it as a means to focus specific attention on the Meadowlands, which at the time was still threatened with development. Two DEP staffers - Kerry Kirk-Pflugh and Lynette Luring - worked with him to finesse the original NJAS product so it could work with virtually any local middle or high school classes.

"Kerry and Lynette provided invaluable input which resulted in the then-Urban Fishing Program becoming known not just in Bergen and Hudson Counties, but throughout the entire Hudson-Raritan Estuary," recalled Sheehan. "It was real people doing real science in real-world scenarios - and it clicked. Thankfully, it still does."

The program originally included an additional day during which students conducted a campus cleanup and marked neighborhood storm drain catch basins with "NO DUMPING - DRAINS TO RIVER" medallions. Since then, upgraded stormwater rules require municipalities to do the marking - one result of years of environmental advocacy on the part of Riverkeeper and other clean water organizations.

"For us environmental advocacy and education go hand in hand, each one supporting the other," explained Jamieson. "For that reason alone I'm more than happy to see our program reach its Twentieth Anniversary."

Funding for UWEP is provided by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, which also lends the assistance of the Watershed Ambassadors each year. There is no cost for schools to participate in the program. Teachers and administrators wishing to learn more about UWEP can contact Jamieson directly at 201-968-0808 or by emailing Jodi@hackensackriverkeeper.org.

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For reporters wishing to attend please call Jodi Jamieson in advance (917-804-8390).

Wednesday, June 15 from 10AM-2PM: We will be conducting Water Quality experiments with the Ridgefield Park students at the Waterfront Park behind the DPW on Industrial Ave in Ridgefield Park. Students will also participate in an Eco-Cruise.

Thursday, June 16 from 10AM-2PM: We will be fishing with Harold Nebling of the NJDEP at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus at the new Promenade Deck.

"Discover DEP" Podcasts Provide Public with Friendly and Familiar Format for Learning About DEP's Mission             (Posted: 6-14-16)

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Greater Newark Conservancy Receives EPA Grant             (Posted: 6-14-16)

Project Expands Environmental Outdoor Learning for Newark Students

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $91,000 environmental education grant to the Greater Newark Conservancy to expand its environmental education program to include 1,750 kindergarten through sixth grade students in Newark Public Schools. The expansion focuses on teaching these students environmental stewardship, using outdoor hands-on learning as a learning tool. The project includes visits to the Conservancy's 1.3 acre Outdoor Learning Center, as well its 2.5 acre Hawthorne Avenue urban farm.

"This grant gives the Greater Newark Conservancy an opportunity to reach more children in Newark," said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. "By giving these students knowledge of their relationship with the environment, this project gives Newark elementary school students the tools they need to learn more about environmental protection."

The primary goal of the Greater Newark Conservancy's project is to increase environmental literacy among the participating students and encourage behavior that benefits the environment by demonstrating that care of trees, water resources and the natural environment is critical to a sustainable and healthy community. The project includes a "Sustainable Cities" curriculum of urban sustainable planning, lessons based on the protection of water ecosystems, and compositing among other environmental topics.

The Greater Newark Conservancy was one of three recipients to receive the 2015 round of environmental education grants from EPA Region 2, which is responsible for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight Indian Nations. A total of $222,000 was awarded in EPA Region 2 for the three grants and funding nationwide for this round of grants totaled more than $3.3 million. Nationally, EPA funded 35 grants from organizations in 26 states for the 2015 Environmental Education Grants.

Since 1992, EPA has distributed approximately $68 million supporting more than 3,600 projects. This competitive grants program supports environmental education projects that increase public awareness about environmental issues and provide participants with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.

For more information on the new awardees and on how to apply for future environmental education grant competitions, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.

Planting a Rain Garden in Bernardsville - Video             (Posted: 6-2-16)

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EARTH Center Opens Butterfly House for the 2016 Season             (Posted: 6-1-16)

The Butterfly House, located at the EARTH Center inside Davidson's Mill Pond Park will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 4. It will then be open for the public's enjoyment from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August (weather permitting).

This "hoop house" is filled with plants that feed and shelter butterflies and larvae native to New Jersey. The enclosed conditions allow visitors to take a closer look at these beautiful insects and be immersed in their surroundings. You can learn about butterfly host plants and how to attract butterflies to your own yard or garden. Interested children are welcome to grab a net and join the chase for butterflies to place into the house.

Visiting the butterfly house, which is maintained through the Master Gardener Program, is a free activity.

"The Master Gardeners have contributed their time and efforts to so many great programs for the County," said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "The butterfly house is a favorite for obvious reasons -- it's a fun and free outing that both parents and children will enjoy."

"Projects like the butterfly house allow all of Middlesex County, especially its children, to explore our connection to nature and appreciate its beauty," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

The butterfly house and other gardens are located inside the County's Davidson's Mill Pond Park located at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

Master Gardeners are trained by Rutgers Cooperative Extension experts to provide sound advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship to residents of their home county. The Middlesex County EARTH Center also hosts several demonstration gardens, including a huge vegetable display garden and a 13-bed hard-scaped herb garden.

Residents of Middlesex County are encouraged to call or leave a message on the free Master Gardener Helpline, all year round, at 732-398-5220 with questions on plants, bugs and home conservation practices. The Master Gardeners' training and access to reference material prepares them to identify insects and disease in gardens, and advise others on alternatives to herbicides and pesticides.

Rutgers University trained Master Gardeners are available from 9 a.m. until 12 noon Mondays through Fridays during the growing season. You can also e-mail your questions and concerns to mastergardeners@co.middlesex.nj.us.

DEP launches aggressive program to protect state-owned lands from emerald ash borer infestation             (Posted: 6-1-16)

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EPA Honors New Jersey Environmental Champions             (Posted: 5-18-16)

EPA Honors New Jersey Environmental Champions

Contact: Jennifer May-Reddy (212-637-3658), may.jennifer@epa.gov

(New York, N.Y. – May 13, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today honored six individuals and organizations from across New Jersey with Environmental Champion Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Murray Fisher, founder of the New York Harbor School, to present the awards to this year’s recipients at a ceremony at the EPA’s offices in Manhattan. Students from Freehold, NJ also won the national President’s Environmental Youth Award competition while students from Medford, NJ received an honorable mention in the same competition. The awards are presented annually.

“It is a privilege for EPA to be able to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of these environmental trailblazers,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “These individuals and organizations from across New Jersey are an inspiration, encouraging us to do our best to protect the environment every day.”

The Environmental Champion Award winners from New Jersey (in alphabetical order) are:

Camden Collaborative Initiative

The Camden Collaborative Initiative was established by government agencies in order to supplement limited resources in the City of Camden to deal with its environmental and quality of life challenges. The Camden Collaborative Initiative now has more than 40 partners who address specific areas of concern. Accomplishments include: New Jersey’s first sustainability ordinance; brownfield cleanups; stormwater infrastructure projects; youth environmental programs; an educational resource guide; and, a silver-level certification from Sustainable Jersey.

CRISIS

For 23 years, CRISIS has served as an environmental and health protection group for the residents of Bridgewater and Somerset Counties in New Jersey regarding the remediation of the American Cyanamid Superfund Site. CRISIS reviewed, monitored and suggested environmental testing for the site and provided technical critiques of cleanup alternatives proposed for site. When the site-wide cleanup plan was finalized in 2015, it reflected years of work to ensure that community concerns were addressed.

Medford Township Public Schools
Medford Township Public Schools was the first school district in the country to power school buses using biodiesel and is the nation’s longest continuous user of biodiesel in a student transportation fleet. Converting its entire bus fleet to biodiesel fuel, such as soybean oil, has reduced smog-forming emissions by over 123,000 pounds and cut diesel particulate pollution by more than 2,400 pounds, while reducing the cost of operating their fleet by $80,000 annually.

Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

Over the past five years, the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. provided resources, publications, trainings and technical assistance to communities, schools, and businesses throughout New Jersey. These programs have delivered innovative and sustainable solutions with measurable environmental results. These efforts have included tackling electronic-waste, recycling in schools, and composting and organics management, among other environmental issues.

Sandra Meola

Sandra Meola manages NY/NJ Baykeeper’s communications work and is currently leading their Plastic Reduction Campaign. Sandra is an advocate for the public’s interest to pursue a healthy, fishable and swimmable Hudson-Raritan Estuary watershed, as well as a coalition-builder and strategic planner. She is a major contributor to the Region 2 EPA Trash Free Waters Partnership. 

Wall Township Environmental Advisory Committee

The Wall Township Environmental Advisory Committee produced a pictorial book entitled “Life in Wall Township: Past and Present”, which is a 35th Year Commemorative Heritage book.  The book includes over 350 photographs, maps, documentation and illustrations covering all of the icons of Wall Township, including local plants and animals, water bodies, gardens, farms, and historic natural sites.

2015 PRESIDENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH AWARDS

Every year, students and educators compete nationally for the honor of receiving the President’s Environmental Youth Award. There is only one winner in each region, along with honorable mention recipients. This year’s winners and honorable mention recipients in EPA’s Region 2 are from New Jersey.

WINNER

Greenhouse Gladiators
“Fighting Deforestation of the Pine Barrens with Vertical Greenhouses”

Biotechnology High School

Freehold, New Jersey

Two high school students, Ranjan Pati and Michael Abelar, discovered that the Pine Barrens was suffering from deforestation due to its agriculture uses of growing cranberries and blueberries. Under the supervision of Ann MacLean, the students built the first-ever scale model of a cost-effective vertical greenhouse using plastic reflectors instead of the usual LED lighting. Their design has received national and international recognition and they have been awarded thousands of dollars in grants in order to expand their program. They are currently reaching out to NJ farmers and asking them to make a pledge not to expand into the Pine Barrens in exchange for help with making a full-size vertical greenhouse for their farm.

HONORABLE MENTION

Medford Memorial Middle School
Citizen Science Education Program

Medford, New Jersey

Medford Memorial Middle School’s Citizen Science Education Program is the brainchild of two 7th grade students and one teacher. The program has five facets, the two most important of which are improving the scientific literacy of the community and teaching 21st century workforce skills to the students. The program was created by students and continues to be run and organized by students. One big achievement is the Medford Science Summit; a student run program that teaches community members about climate change and its effect on the local environment. In the second year of this summit, over 200 community members attended, and the students ran 20 different stations. The program coordinator, Victoria Gorman, and the members of the Citizen Science Education Program are exploring ways to duplicate the program in schools across the country. 

For more details, visit: www.epa.gov/aboutepa/environmental-champion-awards.

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CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION'S CAMDEN COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE PROGRAM RECEIVES EPA ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION AWARD
PROGRAM'S SUCCESSES TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN CAMDEN CITY GAIN NATIONAL RECOGNITION

(16/P41) TRENTON - A partnership between the Christie Administration and several agencies to improve environmental challenges and quality of life in the City of Camden is the recipient of a prestigious Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today.

The Camden Collaborative Initiative was launched in 2013 as a partnership between the Christie Administration through the Department of Environmental Protection, Camden City, Camden County led by its Municipal Utilities Authority, the Cooper's Ferry Partnership and EPA. The partnership aims to improve the health, environment and quality of life in Camden through projects to reduce flooding, improve and establish parks, and more.

"It is an honor for the Christie Administration to receive this award, which recognizes the hard work and dedication the Camden Collaborative Initiative has undertaken to enhance and restore the environment in the City of Camden," said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. "Our work is not done, however. We will continue working to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in the city, while at the same time restoring parks and undertaking other projects that will help lead to economic revitalization."

As part of the DEP's efforts in Camden, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) has provided approximately $8 million in subsidized financing to pay for a significant majority of the Camden Collaborative Initiative projects.

The EPA Environmental Champion Award is the highest recognition the EPA presents to the public. Each spring, EPA honors individuals and organizations who contributed significantly during the prior year to improving the environment in their region. The Camden Collaborative Initiative is among 40 recipients that will be recognized during the awards ceremony today at EPA Region 2 offices in New York City. EPA Region 2 includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations in New York State.

The electricity equivalent of idling your automobile             (Posted: 5-1-8)16

Despite our having more efficient appliances, we are wasting increasing amounts of electricity. When we have the opportunity to turn things off, either (1) we do but they keep drawing power anyway or (2) we do not bother (e.g., our work computers and monitors).
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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

Award Honors Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs, Improving Health and Wellness, Offering Sustainability Education

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was joined by Managing Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss today to announce the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees on the Department's YouTube channel.  Across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. 

"I congratulate these schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health, and classroom practices," King said. "The healthiest, most inspiring school facilities can and should be another tool to level the playing field, particularly for underserved students. These honorees are 21st century learning environments that encourage every student and teacher to perform at his or her best."

"Earth Day reminds us of the great strides we've made to address climate change and protect our planet, but there is still a long way to go to ensure that our children and grandchildren can experience our earth's natural treasures just as we have," said Goldfuss. "By inspiring young people to connect with their environment every day, today's honorees are creating the next generation of environmental stewards."

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states, Washington, D.C., and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The honorees include 41 public schools and six private schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 27 elementary, 18 middle, and 14 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations. Fifty-one percent of the 2016 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. The postsecondary honorees include two community colleges and one work-college.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 73 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

Following is the list of New Jersey's 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability, and Postsecondary Award Honorees:

Whitehouse School—Whitehouse Station, NJ

Egg Harbor Township High School—Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Essex County West Caldwell Tech—West Caldwell, NJ

Triton Regional High School—Runnemede, NJ

Raritan Valley Community College—North Branch, NJ

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The mission of The Barack Obama Green Charter High School is to prepare students to become informed, engaged and independent critical thinkers and to inspire leaders for sustainable development with a focus on our environment. Students are educated in a school community that fosters high expectations for both achievement and conduct and facilitates clear connections between the curriculum, the community and the world.

Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season

 40 Open Eco-Cruises, 11 River Cleanups, 9 Full Moon paddles – and more!

Hackensack Riverkeeper is pleased to announce its 2016 Eco-Program schedule. The clean water advocacy group is poised to provide thousands of people with an enjoyable & educational experience of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Riverkeeper’s Eco-Cruises, Guided Paddles, boat rentals, River Cleanups, Bird-Walks and indoor presentations combine environmental education with public service and fun. The new season begins Earth Day Weekend (April 23-24) with the re-opening of the organization’s Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park Kayak Center in Teaneck. The Eco-Program season runs through the end of October.

“It’s coming up past and we’re very much looking forward to our upcoming outdoor season,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “During each of the past two years we brought more than ten thousand people to the water and the water’s edge and weather permitting we’ll reach that magic five-figure mark once again. Any way you look at it, the river awaits”

Hackensack Riverkeeper offers a series of eight distinct Eco-Program opportunities:


Eco-Cruises  This is Hackensack Riverkeeper’s signature environmental education program. 

Forty Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 1 through October 15 aboard the 30-foot research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II, which joined the fleet just last year. Open trips are great for individuals, couples and families and can be had for a program donation of $25-$30 per person for adults / $10 for kids 4-12. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered: Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, which runs upriver to the center of Hackensack and the museum ship USS Ling; and Excursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and back past the port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth. Open trips are not available for group charters.

 Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 28 adults for any available date/time May 2 through October 31. Hackensack Riverkeeper asks a donation of $325 per boat for Adult Charter Eco-Cruises and $275 for Youth Charters. Half-day Combo Programs are also available for youth groups of up to 34 persons for a donation of $350. Those interested can call Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 for more info or to book a trip.

 Passaic River Eco-Cruises are conducted in partnership with the City of Newark from Riverbank Park, located on Raymond Boulevard in the city’s Ironbound section. Eight spring and summer dates have been chosen for these unique tours, which include both waterfront excursions and trips up the Newark and Elizabeth Shipping Channels off Newark Bay. Those looking to participate in Passaic Eco-Cruises should visit www.newarkriverfront.org or contact Newark Riverfront Revival at 201-241-8311, 973-733-5868, or newarkriverfront@gmail.com.

Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park  Located on the river at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ the Center is open weekends Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, October 30 weather permitting. It offers the use of canoes & kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. Eleven scheduled Guided Paddles will be conducted by Center staff including nine popular Full (and near-full) Moon paddles. Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those their own boat(s). Private Group Paddle tours can be arranged by calling Capt. Hugh at 201-968-0808 x102 or e-mailing hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org. 

Overpeck Park Kayak (and Canoe) Center  2015 marks the fourth year of operation for this popular Bergen County venue. From April 23 through October 30, the Center will be open Wednesday-Friday from noon to sunset; and weekends from 9AM to 6PM. Unlike the tidal waters of the Hackensack River, the impounded waters of Overpeck Creek are generally calm and easy for novice paddlers and families with children to handle. Program donation: only $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours; $10 per paddler for each additional hour. Children canoe passengers ride as our guests.

River Cleanups  These active conservation events give people of all ages the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities. River Cleanups are scheduled at eleven different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 23 through November 6. Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105 or e-mail her at Outreach@HackensackRiverkeeper.org.

 Bird-Walks  For groups interested in birding and nature study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead Bird-Walks or hawk watches at local birding hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call him at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration of trip. For up to 12 people.

Indoor Presentations  Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola can conduct multimedia presentations for groups of any size or age range. They have a wealth of materials including PowerPoint slideshows and video screenings that are appropriate for all age groups. Presenters will be sure to bring informational literature for all attendees. Costs: $150 - $200 if presented within the Bergen, Hudson, southern Rockland, eastern Passaic or greater Newark areas; $200 - $300 if presented further afield. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.

“All of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper are getting pretty antsy waiting for the new season to start,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “When it finally does folks can do, learn, work out, or just sit back and let the boat and their captain do all the work. Whichever you prefer, we know that you’ll go home with a new appreciation of your Hackensack River.”

 All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info including descriptions and schedules is available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org.

 Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy (Action, Advocacy, Education and Litigation) in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. Their Eco-Programs focus on environmental action and education.

Reversing the fear of the outdoors in N.J.             (Posted: 3-9-16)

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