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CONTENTS:
Join Us for the Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival
Nominees for the 2018 Guardian of Barnegat Bay Awards!
Clean Water Celebration 2018
Petty's Island Fall 2018
Middlesex County Extension Office Open House: Garden Tours and Folk Fest August 18 FREE!
Women and Wildlife Awards
Environmental Excellence Awards Nominations Open
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
Upcoming August Events at PEEC!
NJ State Park Events & News—August
Back to Nature Reminds you to Water, Water, Water!
EDELMAN FOSSIL PARK SEVENTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY DIG DAY
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
FREE Native Plants for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Sedge Island Programs for Women/Families
Raritan Headwaters Events
SAVE THE DATE- Fall Forestry Festival
2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Join Us for the Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival             (Posted: 8-15-18)

13th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival  
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Shorebirds

During the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds (including rare and accidental vagrants) have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance usually occurring in August.

Come see these feathered visitors at the 13th Annual Shorebird Festival, held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (175-10 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY) on Saturday, August 25. Event activities include guided shorebird walks, family programming, and talks from experts on shorebird conservation, shorebird identification, and Jamaica Bay.

Free bus transportation from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay is available for NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Meet at 71 West 23rd Street at 7:30 a.m. Contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 to reserve a seat.

For more information, contact American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896, or Don Riepe at don@littoralsociety.org. The program is free, but suggested donations of $20 for adults (children are free) are most welcome to offset the festival cost.

The Shorebird Festival is a partnership program between the American Littoral Society, NYC Audubon and Gateway National Recreation Area.

American Littoral Society     littoralsociety.org     Caring for the Coast Since 1961

Nominees for the 2018 Guardian of Barnegat Bay Awards!             (Posted: 8-15-18)

To: Barnegat Bay Partnership Committees and Interested Parties; Education and Outreach Practitioners; Master Naturalists

 

The Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP)is soliciting nominations for the 2018 Guardian of Barnegat Bay awards.  The BBP plans to present the awards at the screening of "The Oyster Farmers" documentary at the Grunin Center at Ocean County College on September 23, 2018.  Visit https://grunincenter.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000KnTaTEAV for more information about this event.


We are accepting nominations for the Guardian of Barnegat Bay awards in the following award categories: 

 

1.      Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors an individual who has made outstanding, long-term contributions to protecting and restoring the water quality and natural resources of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed. 
 

2.   Pete McLain Young Environmental Stewards Award

This award recognizes a young person, or group of young people, for efforts to protect and restore the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.  Nominees should be in grades K through 12 or working towards an undergraduate degree (up to age 21).  The award is named in honor of Pete McLain, a dedicated steward of the bay’s resources and a mentor to generations of young environmentalists. 


Please submit only one nomination for each category.  A nomination should include the name(s) of the individual and/or group and a short paragraph about why you think that person or group deserves the award. Additional letters of support are also welcome.

 

Please note that previous award winners are not eligible to receive the award again. The names of previous winners are available on our website athttps://www.barnegatbaypartnership.org/barnegat-bay-festival/

 

Please email nominations to Karen Walzer (kwalzer@ocean.edu) by Monday, September 10th.   Members of the Barnegat Bay Partnership’s Advisory Committee will select the award recipients through a voting process.


Thank you for your nominations!  

 

Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10

College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-255-0472
Fx:  732-255-0358
http://www.barnegatbaypartnership.org/

Clean Water Celebration 2018             (Posted: 8-15-18)

Captain Bill Sheehan, Trustees, & Staff request you please save the date
for our upcoming gala celebration, honoring:

?Norman Guerra
Hudson County Improvement Authority
Excellence in Public Service Award

Sam Pesin
Friends of Liberty State Park
Lifetime Achievement Award

Samsung Electronics America
Corporate Environmental Stewardship Award

Thursday, October 18 @ 6:30pm • Estate at Florentine Gardens, River Vale, NJ

Petty's Island Fall 2018             (Posted: 8-15-18)

Welcome to the Petty's Island Newsletter.
Join New Jersey Audubon and our partner organizations
for some historic first looks at Petty’s Island!

Situated in the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, Petty’s Island 
is an oasis for birds and other wildlife.

Please note that registration may be limited to accommodate program requirements.

Access to the island is restricted;
directions are provided upon registration.

Registration is required – no exceptions.

 To register please go to the registration link provided.
Registration links available 4 to 6 weeks prior to 
event.
Sorry, no phone or email registrations accepted.


All participants MUST be 12 years or older.
(grade 6 and up)


Email questions about programs or registration to:
Kelly Wenzel
 
Petty’s Island History Hike
Saturday, September 15
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. Leafless trees will give opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration. Registration opens August 9.
Register Here: https://pifallhh2018.eventbrite.com
Register for History Hike

Upcoming Programs

Early Fall Birding on the Delaware River
Saturday, September 22
7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and
shore birds. Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary.
Registration opens August 16.
Register Here: https://birdpetty-fall2018.eventbrite.com
 
Petty’s Island Community Clean Up Day
Saturday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island. Join our team of enthusiastic volunteers to help clean up and restore the shoreline of this majestic island as part of the larger restoration project taking place. This cleanup is great for scout, religious, after school and other civic groups looking for a local volunteer project.
Children MUST be 12 and older to participate.
Registration opens August 29.
Register Here: https://fall2018-cleanup-pettys.eventbrite.com

Artists in the Field
Saturday, October 20
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This 3-hour workshop is an introduction to creating art in the field. Our volunteer artist will show you how to use the natural world as inspiration for your next work of art. Our goal is to help you learn...and of course, have fun along the way! Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited to 25.
Registration opens September 6.
Register Here: https://pettys-artists2018.eventbrite.com
www.njaudubon.org

For more information about Petty's Island Programs please visit
https://njaudubon.org/places-to-visit/pettys-island-preserve/

For more information about the NJ Natural Lands Trust and Petty's Island please visit
http://nj.gov/dep/njnlt/pettysisland.htm

Middlesex County Extension Office Open House: Garden Tours and Folk Fest August 18 FREE!             (Posted: 8-15-18)

EARTH Center Open House Offers Fun for Whole Family

Would you like to learn how spruce up your garden, spend a day at the park, or enjoy the fun of a fair? You can do it all at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County's Open House and Folk Fest! This event will be held Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date is August 19.

The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping, plus live music by members of The Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative and the Folk Project.

Throughout the event, the Agriculture Office and the Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens. Examples of their work include the Children's Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, a Native Plant Garden and the popular Butterfly House. Lectures will be offered on topics such as Newest Rutgers Fruit and Vegetable Varieties and Container Gardening.

Are your kids looking for adventure? Visitors age 14 and under can participate in the Master Gardener Scavenger Hunt. in the gardens throughout the park from noon to 3 p.m. There will be plenty of other fun activities for kids, like a bounce house, a 'paint a pot' activity, and free giveaways! Members of local 4-H clubs will also be on hand to show off their animals. In addition to demonstration gardens, Davidson's Mill Pond Park is a great place to boat or fish and is home to a growing network of hiking trails.

Gardeners, get ready to show off your most impressive produce in our 'Greatest of the Garden" contest! Categories include but are not limited to:
" Biggest tomato
" Biggest cucumber
" Biggest watermelon
" Longest gourd
" All Vegetables: Best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure

Does your family ride bikes together, or have a young rider who's still learning the ropes? Families are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets this year to take advantage of the South Brunswick Police Department's Bicycle Safety Course.

Attendees are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for MCFOODS, the County's food bank. Contributions will help restock MCFOOD's shelves and assist in providing nutritious food to County residents in need.

"I hope many families will attend this event at our County's EARTH Center," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "It's a great chance to enjoy the weather and spend time together as a family."

"This Open House offers more than just outdoor fun for all ages," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "You'll learn more about how to keep yourselves and our environment healthier, and have the chance to donate to a good cause! I hope many families will attend."

Many exhibitors who collaborate with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. For more information, please call 732-398-5268 or e-mail david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us.

Middlesex County's EARTH Center is home to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to residents. Offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County's educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

I hope you can join us at the E.A.R.T.H. Center's Open House and Folk Fest on August 18 from 11 am - 5 pm.

Women and Wildlife Awards             (Posted: 8-7-18)

Celebrate women for their valuable contributions to help protect New Jersey’s wildlife, especially endangered and threatened species.
F&W SpringSummer Banner

Nominate a woman who has distinguished herself in the service of New Jersey's wildlife.

Environmental Excellence Awards Nominations Open             (Posted: 8-7-18)

F&W Spring/Summer Ridge Banner

Awards honor individuals, programs and organizations

This Week in the New Jersey Skylands             (Posted: 8-7-18)

Click HERE.

Upcoming August Events at PEEC!             (Posted: 8-7-18)

Pocono Environmental Education Center | 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

NJ State Park Events & News—August             (Posted: 8-7-18)

NJ State Park Events & News—August

Back to Nature Reminds you to Water, Water, Water!             (Posted: 7-27-18)

3055 Valley Road ~ Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 ~ (908) 350-7506 ~ www.backtonature.net
An Important Message from Back to Nature:
Water, Water, Water!
The hot and sunny summer weather is great for trips to the beach, but not so for plants - especially new plantings! It's time to be sure your plants are getting enough water.

It's amazing how many questions we get about how to water. Believe it or not - watering can be complicated. There are ways to correctly water. Simply taking a hose out and splashing water on your plants is not effective for the proper growth and health of your plants. Check out out blog post summarizing important watering tips and techniques!

And to help, Back to Nature is offering 20% off all watering tools this weekend only! Plant nannies, watering cans, hoses, sprinklers and more!
Back to Nature's Pool Party Photo Contest!
Win a $100 gift card to Back to Nature
Join the party! Back to Nature's celebrating summer with a new cool pool scene - and we're asking you to be a part of the fun! Visit Back to Nature before the end of the month and take a picture among our summertime celebrators -  then post it to our Facebook page! The most creative will win a $100 gift card good at our store!
Contest ends 7/31/18
Upcoming Events
Make & Take: All Natural After Sun Soothing Spray
Saturday, July 28th - 11 a
Fee: $15
Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritation. Join us to Make & Take your own batch of after-sun soothing spray with essential oils!
Fee: $15
Do's and Don'ts of Watering
Wednesday, July 25th - 11 a
Fee: $5
The heat of the summer is here! Are you sure your garden is getting enough water? Just because it rains a little doesn't mean that you're plants have enough. Find out the tips and techniques to ensure your garden continues to thrive even in the summer heat!
Make & Take: All Natural Bug Spray
Saturday, August 4th - 11 a
AND
Tuesday, August 21st - 11 a
Fee: $5
Bug bites stink! We'll help keep the bugs away without chemicals by making all-natural bug spray!
Grow your Best Fall Veggie Garden
Friday, August 24th - 11 a
Fee: $5
For gardener's looking to get the best harvest out of the time left in the season, join us to learn how, what and when to plant fall growing vegetables!
Store Hours
Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
www.backtonature.net

EDELMAN FOSSIL PARK SEVENTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY DIG DAY             (Posted: 7-26-18)


This Week in the New Jersey Skylands             (Posted: 6-25-18)

Click HERE.

FREE Native Plants for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!             (Posted: 6-25-18)

June, 2018
Grow Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Join Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership, The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education and The Watershed Institute for our Jersey-Friendly Yards Series of Programs this growing season! FREE plant giveaways!
Tuesday, June 26 (2:00-3:00pm)
Showcasing the Island Heights Library's Jersey-Friendly Garden
Come explore the newly installed Jersey-Friendly Garden at the Island Heights Library. We will showcase native and Jersey-Friendly plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTRATION opens June 12, visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the calendar of events tab, search and register for program; or call (732) 270-6266. PROGRAM LOCATION: 121 Central Ave, Island Heights, NJ 08732. Program hosted by the Friends of the Island Heights Library and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Tuesday, July 10 (6:30-7:30pm)
Jersey-Friendly Yards: Landscaping for a Healthier Barnegat Bay
What we do in our yards has a direct impact on our health and the health of the Barnegat Bay. Learn how to create a beautiful, low-maintenance, bay-friendly landscape using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website. Be inspired by examples of successful Jersey-Friendly gardens. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTRATION opens June 26, visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the calendar of events tab, search and register for program, or call (609) 693-8566. PROGRAM LOCATION: 10 East Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731. Program hosted by the Lacey Library and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Sunday, July 22 (10:00-11:30am)
8 Steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard
The Jersey-Friendly Yards website is a tool for home gardeners to plan, design and install your own Jersey-Friendly garden. Explore the steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard and learn how to select plants appropriate for your own landscape. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Sunday, August 12 (10:00-11:30am)
Native Plants in the Landscape
Explore the benefits of native plants in the landscape. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to select native plants appropriate for your own yard. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Sunday, August 19 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Monday, September 17 (6:00-7:30pm)
Designing a Jersey-Friendly Garden for the Benefit of Wildlife
Jersey-Friendly plants offer myriad benefits to wildlife. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to design a garden or yard that will attract and support birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, September 15 (10:00am)
Showcasing the Pine Beach Jersey-Friendly Garden
Come explore the newly installed Jersey-Friendly Garden in Pine Beach. Join us for an indoor presentation and an outdoor tour of the garden. We will showcase native and Jersey-Friendly plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Juliane Esposito, pinebeachutilities@comcast.net. PROGRAM LOCATION: To be determined. Program hosted by the Pine Beach Environmental Commission and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Saturday, September 22 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, October 20 (8:00am-3:00pm)
Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference
"Inspiration for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard"
Save-the-date for our 2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference. Featuring an array of workshops, exhibitors, keynote speaker and a native plant sale. Registration opens in August.
Conference Location: Ocean County College campus, Gateway Building. More information to come! For questions email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114.


OCSCD | Education & Outreach | 609-971-7002 ext. 114 | education@soildistrict.org | www.soildistrict.org

Sedge Island Programs for Women/Families             (Posted: 6-5-18)

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Experience the magic of Sedge Island in Barnegat Bay as you gain skills in fishing, crabbing, clamming and kayaking. The New Jersey Outdoors Program offers day-long programs for Outdoor Women and Outdoor Families at the Division's Sedge House.
Learn more!

Raritan Headwaters Events             (Posted: 5-29-18)

Join Us!
Peddle For RHA
Sunday, September 9
Team RHA is taking part in the Gran Fondo NJ bike ride with a goal to raise $10,000 toward our mission protecting water in our rivers, our streams and our homes. 
 
Raritan Headwaters
908-234-1852
raritanheadwaters.org

SAVE THE DATE- Fall Forestry Festival             (Posted: 5-15-18)

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FREC EVENT

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24th ANNUAL
FALL FORESTRY FESTIVAL
at the Forest Resource Education Center


SAVE THE DATE
Saturday October 6, 2018 
10am-3pm

Rain or Shine Event • FREE Admission


Come out and join us for a day of fun and learn more about the forest!



Forest Resource Education Center
495 Don Connor Blvd Jackson, NJ

For more information email FREC@dep.nj.gov
or call 732.928.2360


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2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard!             (Posted: 5-15-18)

Please consider supporting this much-anticipated event where participants will have the opportunity to learn about water conservation, soils in their yards, attracting wildlife and enhancing their landscaping!

Saturday, October 20,2018 (8:00am-3:00pm)

Save-the-date for the 2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference – Inspiration for your Jersey-Friendly Yard! 

Featuring an array of workshops, exhibitors, keynote speaker and a native plant sale.

Registration opens in August.  Conference location: Ocean County College campus, Gateway Building.

This Conference is being cooperatively organized by  the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County