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CONTENTS:
Join us in-person for the USGBC NJ Summer Social
Voices from the Land: Integrating Language, Landscape, Art and Culture for educators at NJSOC
Essex County Environmental Center Summer Events
Sail the Hudson River!
Upcoming events with NJDEP
PUPS - Pick Up Plastic Stuff
July Nature Programs at Liberty State Park
July History Programs at Liberty State Park
Climate Conversations: Water Justice (June) & Urban Transportation (July)
Community Tree Recovery Starts April 9th
Fishing Programs at Pequest
Pre-College Programs
CAMP ALLAMUCHY
Somerset County 4-H Fair 2022
4-H TOPS CAMP 2022
In Your Neighborhood Registration is Now Open - City of Water Day 2022
Student Programs at Sedge Island
Join us in-person for the USGBC NJ Summer Social             (Posted: 7-18-22)

 
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Come back to the beach! Join us in-person and outside for networking, food, drinks, and fun

Join the USGBC New Jersey community for an evening of networking and connecting outside on the boardwalk at Jenkinson's, complete with an ocean view and sea breezes! A casual dinner will be provided, and there is a cash bar. Thank you to HLW for sponsoring this event! Additional event sponsorships are available.

Summer Social

USGBC NJ Summer Social
When: August 10 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant, NJ
 
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SAVE THE DATE
Resiliency Summit 2022

Join us for this full-day hybrid summit and hear from a variety of experts on topical resiliency issues, featuring experts from diverse disciplines as we explore topics including community vitality, hazard adaptation and integrated long-term master planning. Sponsorships available. Thank you to our first event sponsor STANTEC.

Resiliency Summit

SAME + USGBC Resiliency Summit 2022
When: October 12
Where: West Point, NY & Online


Registration coming soon!
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Greenbuild scholarship


Apply for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild in person or online

Deadline July 29

USGBC and Greenbuild's scholarship application to the 2022 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is now open. The annual scholarship program brings community and sustainability leaders to the table to encourage and empower individuals to transform the way we do business in the building industry. Greenbuild will take place digitally, as well as in person in San Francisco, California, Nov. 1-3, and scholarships are available to attend in either format. Please help spread the word!

Learn more ?
Product Solutions Showcase


Product Solutions Showcase

July 26-28 | Online
 
Learn about 90+ sustainable products, network, and hear from green experts at the inaugural USGBC Product Solutions Showcase! This online event convenes the market to highlight noteworthy sustainable products that reduce negative impact and increase LEED performance in health, resilience, equity, energy, water, waste, carbon and human experience. The event includes thought "speed green" sessions featuring products, leadership panels, networking, virtual booth viewing and more! Tickets are FREE for USGBC members; $10 for nonmembers.

Thank you to our sponsors National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, CarbonCure, NextGen Wood Protection and Helvex USA, and to our partners ecomedes, BuildingGreen, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, mindfulMATERIALS, Central Coast Green Building Council and USGBC Louisiana. Interested in supporting this event as a sponsor or partner? Contact Sarah Boren.

Learn more ?
The Future of LEED


ICYMI – The Future of LEED: 2022 Update


Last month at USGBC Live, alongside staff, stakeholders and volunteers, we developed the Future of LEED, a set of principles that will guide how LEED moves forward for years to come, addressing the imperatives of climate, health, equity, scalability, resilience and biodiversity. These conversations are ongoing, and it will take our collective knowledge, passion and commitment to achieve these goals; we ask that you join us in this process.

Learn more ?
Business Case for Green Buillding


Business Case for Green Building

August 25
 
We hear a lot of myths about LEED. Everything from cost to effectiveness and yet, it's the most used green building rating system worldwide and LEED buildings are proven repeatedly to offer a greater return on investment, healthier, more productive occupants, and a greatly reduced impact on the environment. So why can it be so hard to broach that conversation with clients? Join us to discuss the business case for LEED. We'll discuss the dollars and "sense," return on investment, and ESG/CSR all while talking through ways to start that conversation with your clients and follow through on the results. 

Register ?
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Partner events

GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green presented by Urban Green Council
July 26 | Online (Zoom)

New Gravity Housing Conference

New Gravity Housing Conference 2022 presented by Green Building United
August 11 | Online

Sessions will feature case-based studies on Passive House, low-carbon, multi-family housing, workforce development, and more! Early bird tickets on sale now, register today.
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Congratulations to all project teams with LEED certifications in New Jersey in May + June!

1000 H Building except auditorium, Raritan, NJ, LEED v4 ID+C: CI, Certified
Barclays B100, Whippany, NJ, LEED v4 BD+C: NC, Certified
Port Imperial South Building 8-9, Weehawken, NJ, LEED-NC v2009, Silver
Barclays Fitness Center, Whippany, NJ, LEED v4 BD+C: NC, Silver
VRH Offices – 1st and 2nd floor, Englewood, NJ, LEED v4 ID+C: CI, Certified
NJSDA Camden High School, Camden, NJ, LEED v4 BD+C: SC, Silver
Seward Johnson Center for the Arts, Hamilton, NJ, LEED v4.1 O+M, Gold
461 11th Street, Hoboken, NJ, LEED-HOMES MR v2010, Platinum
Sheila Y. Oliver Academy, East Orange, NJ, LEED v4 BD+C: SC, Silver

There are numerous ways to showcase your achievement. Completed a project you would like to celebrate? Let us know. Contact Medea Villeré.
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Voices from the Land: Integrating Language, Landscape, Art and Culture for educators at NJSOC             (Posted: 7-11-22)

Dear Friends,
As we know, planning ahead is the key to any successful endeavor, and at the NJ School of Conservation we are already thinking about educators and their needs for the 2022-2023 academic year ahead. With this in mind, we are so pleased to be able to offer you an inspiring workshop designed especially for educators at the NJ School of Conservation this Fall season.

On Friday, September 30- Saturday, October 1st, Erik and Kris Mollenhauer will present "Voices from the Land: Integrating Language, Landscape, Art and Culture for educators at NJSOC". This two-day workshop uses the natural landscape as inspiration for students to explore the power of written and oral language, digital photography, performing arts, online publishing… and the power of working collaboratively with other people. Through the Voices process, students create ephemeral art using only what nature has to offer and write poetry based on their artwork. They then design and publish books and/or posters showcasing their art and poetry and share them with their school, community, and beyond.

In the" Voices process", your creative team will:

1. Explore and engage in a local landscape

2. Create and photograph art from natural materials

3. Use poetry to give “voice” to their art and the landscape.

4. Use dramatic arts to share their art and poetry.

5. Use technology to design books or posters.

Retired NJ educators and originators of “Voices from the Land”, Erik and Kris Mollenhauer have conducted Voices projects across the US and several countries. In 2018, Voices was recognized by the Virginia Master Naturalists as “Project of the Year” for its effectiveness.

This is a two-day session (9am-3pm), rain or shine. Registration is required for this workshop.
Please go to:

https://friendsofnjsoc.org/event/voices-from-the-land-integrating-language-landscape-art-and-culture/

Purchase orders from your school district are accepted.

A box lunch will be provided each day, and each participant will receive a Voices from the Land guide containing examples and instructional materials.

NJDEP does not currently permit overnight stays at the School of Conservation. Participants who need lodging can find options in nearby Newton, or may be able to reserve a nearby campsite or lean-to in Stokes Stoke Forest (these book quickly for weekend nights, so act fast!).

Let us know if we can answer any questions for you! You can contact us at info@friendsofnjsoc.org.

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Jessica Shea
908-635-6365 (texts always OK)
Program Coordinator
Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation
http://www.friendsofnjsoc.org/
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"In wilderness is the preservation of the world."

-Henry David Thoreau

Essex County Environmental Center Summer Events             (Posted: 7-8-22)

Butterfly Tent Safari @ Essex County Environmental Center
Summer Programs @ Essex County Environmental Center

Sail the Hudson River!             (Posted: 7-8-22)

Sail on the
Hudson aboard
The Sloop Clearwater
July 15-17, Alpine NJ
Sail on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
  • View the majestic Palisades;
  • Hear featured speakers about New Jersey's history & nature;

Register early since trips sell out quickly!   
All Sails depart from the Alpine Boat Basin.
To register: email ANJEC (info@anjec.org)
Sail Schedule
Friday, July 15
  • 10:00am Tideline Exploration -Does Not Go On the Boat -Participants will be guided through interactive learning stations including: seining, fish study, macro-invertebrate study and beachcombing as they enjoy themed music as they reflect on the river and its connection to our community. (3 hours)
-$40 per person

Friday, July 15
  • 4:00pm - Children's Sail -Engage in hands-on learning and learn about the river. Guests will help raise the sail, sing sea shanties, haul up a trolling net to investigate river life and rotate through interactive learning stations. (3 hours)
-$45 per child, $70 per adult

Saturday, July 16
  • 10:00am - - Children's Sail -Engage in hands-on learning and learn about the river. Guests will help raise the sail, sing sea shanties, haul up a trolling net to investigate river life and rotate through interactive learning stations. (3 hours)
-$45 per child, $70 per adult

Saturday, July 16
  • 5:00pm - Brewery on the Boat,Spend the evening on the river enjoying a tasting of three different craft beers from local brewery Brix City. (3 hours)
-$95 per person

Sunday, July 17
  • 10:00am - - Children's Sail -Engage in hands-on learning and learn about the river. Guests will help raise the sail, sing sea shanties, haul up a trolling net to investigate river life and rotate through interactive learning stations. (3 hours)
-$45 per child, $70 per adult

Sunday, July 17
  • 5:00pm - Tavern Night on the River, Join Palisades Interstate Park Historian and Kearney House Curator, Eric Nelsen and Thaddeus MacGregor as they introduce guests to the history of the area through reenactment , music and stories. (3 hours)
-$95 per person
 
To register for a sail,email ANJEC (info@anjec.org).
To register for any sail, email ANJEC or call 973-539-7547.

Upcoming events with NJDEP             (Posted: 6-21-22 - Updated 7-8-22)

New July Nature Programs at Liberty State Park
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new FREC

JULY FREC Events

Tune into nature, it is the best way to relax!
The team at FREC are ready to show you how with 
many forest-focused educational experiences.
Peruse and pre-register for our small-group outdoor nature programs here:

To register, go to http://forestresourceeducationcenter.eventbrite.com 
and choose the program you would like to register. 

*******PLEASE NOTE TIMES VARY*******

All programs are held outdoors so dress for weather.

Please remember to cancel if unable to attend.

Registration is free.

Come meet out front of the Forest Resource Education Center,
495 Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson, NJ.

Thursday, July 7 at 10 a.m.

Wildlife Habitat Tour (Kids)

Forests can seem quiet and unoccupied but animals are often
just hiding or waiting until we leave. Learn how to see and identify
the signs of numerous mammals and reptiles.
Learn more about all the animals that are really living here!

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 15 people per hike.
Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.


 

Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m.

Nature Journaling

We sometimes need to just slow down and notice what we "see"!
Through drawing and notetaking, the art of Journaling compels
us to observe our Natural World in detail. Bring your own drawing pad or notebook and pencils or we will have some drawing supplies for you.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 12 people per hike.

 


 

Sunday, July 10 at 10 a.m.

Shinrin - Yoku Forest Therapy

Welcome the Summer with Forest Bathing. Immerse your senses
with the touch, smell and sounds of Spring. Wear soft shoes and dress for the weather for this mindful stroll through our trees. Bring a cool drink.
Ages 15 and up. Please do not sign up for more than 1 class per month.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 15 people per hike. Open to all persons 15 years plus.

 


 

Tuesday, July 12 at 10 a.m.

Summer Tree, Shrub and
Vine Identification (Adults)

Explore the Pineland woods and see how to identify some of our local trees, shrubs and vines. Easy 1-mile walk on our wide, grass-free trails.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 20 people per hike.

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Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m.

Pollinator Palooza

The FREC pollinator garden has a bounty of bee balm
and milkweed in full bloom for July. The garden will undoubtedly
be humming with insect activity. Let's see what !

We will help you download and get started
with I-Naturalist, aa easy, effective app for identifying insects
and almost any other creature in our Natural World..

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 12 people per hike.

 


 

Sunday, July 17 at 10 a.m.

Shinrin - Yoku Forest Therapy

Welcome the Summer with Forest Bathing. Immerse your senses
with the touch, smell and sounds of Spring. Wear soft shoes and dress for the weather for this mindful stroll through our trees. Bring a cool drink.
Ages 15 and up. Please do not sign up for more than 1 class per month.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 15 people per hike. Open to all persons 15 years plus.

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Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m.

Insects at FREC (Adult)

Learn insect life cycles and survival strategies.
We will look for their tell-tale signs and learn how important
these amazing creatures are to our human lives.
Our investigation will be around building and garden area.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 20 people per hike.

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Thursday, July 21 at 10 a.m.

Wildlife Habitat Tour (Adults)

Forests seem so silent when we enter them but animals are here,
but hiding or waiting until we leave. Learn how to see and identify
the signs of numerous mammals and reptiles. Learn more about
all the animals that are really living here!

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 20 people per hike.  

 


 

Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m.

Dr. Dolittle and Animal Talk (Kids)

We will tour different forest habitats and learn about the
sounds that animals use to communicate . Our naturalist will use
various whistles to simulate critter calls. Participants will also have the
chance to practice "calls" on your own and be like Dr. Dolittle.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 15 people per hike.

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Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m.

Owls and Their Prey! (Kids)

Join us for a talk about our local owls.
What are their habits ? How do they live ?
This program is geared towards kids 9-15 years old.
We will be set up at outdoor picnic tables dissecting owl pellets
(similar to cat hair balls) to see what these night creatures have been eating.

Pellets have been sterilized and are safe for classwork.
Kids must be accompanied by an adult but kids only for hands-on
portion of program and masks are required during dissection.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 10 people for this event.
Kids need to be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m.

Owls and Their Prey! (Kids)

Join us for a talk about our local owls.
What are their habits ? How do they live ?
This program is geared towards kids 9-15 years old.
We will be set up at outdoor picnic tables dissecting owl pellets
(similar to cat hair balls) to see what these night creatures have been eating.

Pellets have been sterilized and are safe for classwork.
Kids must be accompanied by an adult but kids only for hands-on
portion of program and masks are required during dissection.

Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 10 people for this event.
Kids need to be accompanied by at least one adult.



Forest Resource Education Center
495 Don Connor Blvd Jackson, NJ

 

Like us on Facebook! 
www.facebook.com/forestrycenter/

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 Wharton State Forest Trails Status

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As you probably have heard, Wharton State Forest was severely impacted earlier this week by a wildfire that was started by an illegal campfire set along the Mullica River. As a result, all recreational trails along the Mullica and Batsto Rivers between Atsion and Batsto Village are closed indefinitely.  This includes all hiking and mountain biking trails. In addition, the Mullica and Batsto Rivers are also closed in this area as is the Mullica River Campground.

In order for these trails and rivers to reopen to recreation, State Park Service personnel and volunteers must inspect them for hazards like downed trees and trees in danger of falling and remediate the hazards. In addition, many of the trail markings and signs were destroyed by the fire and will need to be repainted or replaced.

We're working now to get these trails inspected, remediated and open again to the public. When they are ready for recreation, we'll let you know.  

Until the trails reopen, stay safe and stay off the trails.

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In the meantime, Wharton's four new hiking trails are still open:

The 1808 Hiking Trail 
(1.6 miles, green blazes) follows a road that ran in part between Crowleytown–where the Buttonwood Campground is today–and Batsto Village more than 200 years ago. The 1808 Hiking Trail is lined with massive, towering Atlantic white cedars in several places and cuts through Mordecai Swamp affording fantastic views deep into it. The 1808 Hiking Trail will provides two hiking loops from the Batsto Visitor Center: a 1.7 mile loop and a 7 mile loop via the Batona and other connecting trails including the new Sand and Water Hiking Trail (0.9 miles, orange blazes). This trail is easily accessed from the Batsto Visitor Center Parking Lot located just off of Burlington County Road 542 in Washington Township.

The Whispering Pines Hiking Trail 
(1.7 miles, white blazes) meanders along the edge of an Atlantic white cedar swamp then passes through upland pitch pine and oak forest before returning to the trailhead. The Atlantic White Cedar Hiking Trail (5.2 miles, blue blazes) is reached via the Whispering Pines Hiking Trail and skirts Atlantic white cedar swamps, abandoned cranberry bogs and follows along tributaries of the Rancocas Creek as it traverses the area.  Both trails are loops with the Whispering Pines Hiking Trail starting and ending at the parking lot which is located at the intersection of Burlington County Road 532 and Patty Bowker Road in Tabernacle Township.


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Guided Nature Hike at Cheesequake State Park
DATE 6/23/2022
TIME 10:00 am
FREE! starts at Trailhead Parking
Take a 1-2 mile hike with our Park Naturalist. Ages 8 and up. No registration needed. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Dogs allowed on leash. Contact (732) 566-2161 for weather cancellation or information.
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July Kayak Eco Tours
July 1, 2, 10, 24, 29 & 30, 2022
10:00 AM - Noon
$20 per person
SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

PLEASE NOTE THIS SEASON WE WILL BE RELEASING KAYAK TOUR DATES PERIODICALLY - THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL EMAIL SENT OUT WITH A SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST.
Come explore the natural beauty of the Hudson River Estuary by kayak. Tours will embark from the canoe/kayak launch located at the south side of Liberty State Park near the Park Office and will highlight the local wildlife and habitats of Caven Point.
Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required however participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required.
This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. Children 16 and older need to be accompanied by a legal adult.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. No spaces can be reserved until payment is received. For more information or to request an application for registration, please contact the Liberty State Park Nature Center at lspnaturecenter@dep.nj.gov.
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Lunchtime "Walk & Talk" At D&R Canal State Park
Thursday, June 16, 2022
11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. FREE
Please register via Eventbrite (15 people maximum): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunchtime-walk-talks-tickets-349465419477

These leisurely lunch hour walks at various locations within the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park will last about 90 to 120 minutes and progress at a comfortable pace. All walks will return to the original meeting location.
Participants will meet at the parking areas listed for each of the programs promptly at 11:30 AM and will be required to register, providing their contact information (see link above). For those interested, bring a bag lunch which will be eaten as a group after the walk. Bring your own portable chair, if desired.
Registered participants will be contacted if program is to be canceled due to inclement weather, insufficient interest or other unforeseen circumstances. Programs will take place with mild rain.
Smell the Roses at Colonial Park Gardens and Walk to East Millstone - 2.0 Miles

The roses are in bloom! Come join our trail interpreter at lunch time, bring a bag lunch and plan to take time to smell the roses! Enjoy these beautiful early summer blossoms with us and then afterward we will walk the D&R towpath to East Millstone to visit the newly restored Bridge Tenders Station. Upon returning to the Colonial Park Gardens, we'll pass through the area's outstanding arboretum. This will be a leisurely mid-afternoon outdoor program, so plan to be with us a few hours. This lunch hour "walk and talk" will begin at Colonial Park in Somerset. Registered participants will meet at Colonial Park Garden's Parking Lot F, near the Lilac Garden at 11:30 AM.
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June Kayak Eco Tours
Saturday, June 18th
Friday, June 24th
Sunday, June 26th
10:00 AM - Noon $20 per person
SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

PLEASE NOTE THIS SEASON WE WILL BE RELEASING KAYAK TOUR DATES PERIODICALLY - THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL EMAILS SENT OUT WITH SCHEDULES FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST.
Come explore the natural beauty of the Hudson River Estuary by kayak. Tours will embark from the canoe/kayak launch located at the south side of Liberty State Park near the Park Office and will highlight the local wildlife and habitats of Caven Point.
Trips will run approximately two hours and will include a brief safety and paddle instruction. No prior paddling experience is required however participants need to be comfortable navigating in relatively deep water. Life Jackets (PFDs) will be provided and are required.
This program is appropriate for adults and children 16 years and older. Children 16 and older need to be accompanied by a legal adult.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to request an application for registration, please contact the Liberty State Park Nature Center at lspnaturecenter@dep.nj.gov.
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JUNE FREC Events

Tune into nature, it is the best way to relax!
The team at FREC are ready to show you how with many forest-focused educational experiences.
Peruse and pre-register for our small-group outdoor nature programs here: http://forestresourceeducationcenter.eventbrite.com and choose the program you would like to register.

Forest Resource Education Center
495 Don Connor Blvd Jackson, NJ
*******PLEASE NOTE TIMES VARY*******

Thursday, June 23 at 10 a.m.
Dr. Dolittle and Animal Talk (Kids)
We will tour different forest habitats and learn about the sounds that animals use to communicate . Our naturalist will use various whistles to simulate critter calls. Participants will also have the chance to practice "calls" on your own and be like Dr. Dolittle.
Come meet out front of the Forest Resource Education Center,
495 Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson, NJ.
Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 15 people per hike. Registration is free.
All programs are outdoors so dress for the weather.
Please remember to cancel if unable to attend.
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Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m.
Shinrin - Yoku Forest Therapy
Welcome the Summer with Forest Bathing. Immerse your senses with the touch, smell and sounds of Spring. Wear soft shoes and dress for the weather for this mindful stroll through our trees. Bring a cool drink.
Ages 15 and up. Please do not sign up for more than 1 class per month.
Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis. Accepting 15 people per hike. Registration is free and open to all persons 15 years plus.
If unable to attend please cancel order.
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Tuesday, June 28 at 10 a.m.
Magical Mystery Tour! (Kids)
Meet the Beatles !....Tiger beetles, Ant Lions and Wooly Bears, that is.
These are just a few of the fascinating insects inhabiting the FREC property. Explore with us on an Insect Safari to learn more about these critters and why they live here.
This program meets out front of the Forest Resource Education Center,
495 Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson, NJ.
Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 15 people for this event and registration is free.
Kids need to be accompanied by at least one adult.
Please remember to cancel if unable to attend.
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Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m.
Summer Galls ! (Kids)
What the heck are all those funny growths on our trees, shrubs and vines? Learn how these natural objects are formed, why they exist and if they have any useful purposes.
This tour is a clear case of science being stranger than fiction.
This program meets out front of the Forest Resource Education Center,
495 Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson, NJ.
Pre-registration only, accepted on first-come basis.
Accepting 15 people for this event and registration is free.
Kids need to be accompanied by at least one adult.
Please remember to cancel if unable to attend.
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Entry to all of New Jersey's state parks, forests and recreation areas this summer will be free of charge, Governor Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced.
Park entrance fees will be waived for all visitors arriving by foot, bicycle, motorcycle or passenger car. Anyone who already purchased a 2022 annual State Park Pass will be receiving a full refund.
Other individual park fees remain in place, including but not limited to camping, entry to historic buildings, interpretive programs and mobile sport fishing permits.
Read Governor Murphy's Press Release: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562022/approved/20220526b.shtml
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Kayak Ecotours at Cheesequake State Park

DATE June 25, July 17,24,30 Aug 7,13
TIME 9:15 -- 12:15
$20.00 all equipment supplied
Kayak tour of marsh with Park Naturalist. Ages 14 and up. Call for details.
Contact (732) 566-3208
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Become a Team Leader!

Fish and Wildlife's Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs program is offering a leadership training for classroom educators and volunteers of youth-centered community and/or faith-based organizations willing to provide an on-going and sustained engagement in youth fishing activities throughout the year. This training will prepare you to lead a group of youth in the program from beginning to end, as well as supply you with what you need to get your team started.
This two-day training will take place July 30-31, 2022 at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Education Center.
Registration deadline is July 18, 2022.
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Bring Your Summer Campers to Pequest!

Looking for a special place to bring you summer campers or scout group? Look no further than the Pequest Natural Resource Education Center and Trout Hatchery in Warren County. Summer is just around the corner and staff are excited to teach your group about trout, fishing, cold water conservation and more! Choose from six different programs to for kids in grades K-12!
More information
Schedule your group's visit today!
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Bring Science to Your Classroom

Trout in the Classroom registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Consider joining this hands-on science-based program that currently reaches 40,000 students a year! Raise rainbow trout from eggs to fingerlings to release while discovering the importance of clean, cold water not only for trout but also for other organisms - including people!
Registration Information
Equipment Needed (pdf)
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PUPS - Pick Up Plastic Stuff             (Posted: 6-21-22)

I am writing to let you know of a new children's plastic pollution project called PUPS - Pick Up Plastic Stuff, developed by our non-profit organization.

You may be interested in our program due to your interest in conservation and environmental literacy in New Jersey.

The program, on the web at PUPS123.org, helps kids learn about the worldwide plastics problem, encourages them to help reduce pollution by collecting single-use plastics before they enter surrounding surface waters or degrade into microplastics, and bring attention to the problem by posting short videos of their efforts on social media.

A prize of $250 is being offered each quarter for videos with the best creative content and social messaging.

Please help us spread the word of this project to any organizations or groups that may be looking for educational environmental projects for kids. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!

Ciara O'Brien
Project Director
PUPS - A Project of Grassroots Environmental Education
184 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883-0887

July Nature Programs at Liberty State Park             (Posted: 6-21-22)

Click HERE.

July History Programs at Liberty State Park             (Posted: 6-20-22)

Click HERE.

Climate Conversations: Water Justice (June) & Urban Transportation (July)             (Posted: 6-20-22)

Click HERE.
Register Now: Climate Conversations - Water Justice

Community Tree Recovery Starts April 9th             (Posted: 4-4-22)

Fishing Programs at Pequest             (Posted: 4-1-22)

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Pre-College Programs             (Posted: 3-31-22)

The Columbia Climate School is running two pre-college programs with Putney Student Travel this summer for high school students. The first is our Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains program, a 2-week campus-based program in Castleton, Vermont to mobilize action, drive impact, and effect change in response to our warming planet. The second is our Columbia Climate Corps program, a series of small group climate and sustainability-focused traveling programs. This program combines intentional travel with in-depth educational opportunities, taking students to experience a destination through the lens of climate change and focus intently on one or two location-specific themes. Scholarships are available for both offerings and all participants receive a certificate of participation from the Columbia Climate School.

The Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains will be running one session, and the dates are:

The Columbia Climate Corps will have one traveling program, and the date and theme is:

  • Iceland: July 20th – August 1st, 2022 – Carbon Capture Technology

Learn more about both offerings in this info session recording, or contact Cassie Xu (cassie@ei.columbia.edu) for more information.

CAMP ALLAMUCHY             (Posted: 3-30-22)

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CAMP ALLAMUCHY

7 Action Packed Sessions

Discount registration open until May 1st

Sign up for an amazing summer!

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Somerset County 4-H Fair 2022             (Posted: 3-22-22)


Exciting News! The Somerset County 4-H Fair is back! Join us August 10, 11 & 12 for three days of free family fun. The 4-H Fair has become an annual cornerstone of Somerset County, drawing in a diverse and ever growing attendance. The Fair allows 4-H youth to present all of their hard work throughout the year and a chance to celebrate and look ahead to the future. Somerset County 4-H is currently looking for vendors (Food and Commercial):

For more info visit:

https://4histops.org/vendors-and-nonprofits

4-H TOPS CAMP 2022             (Posted: 3-22-22)

Join Somerset County 4-H for TOPS Day Camp. TOPS (Totally Outrageous Program for Summer) is 5 fun days of outdoor challenges, science, games, a trip to the Turtle Back Zoo, and so much more! Camp is held at the Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm June 27 - July 1.

Open to grades 1 - 5.$300 per child


Contact: Amanda Hess ahess@co.somerset.nj.us  

In Your Neighborhood Registration is Now Open - City of Water Day 2022             (Posted: 3-14-22)


The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) and the Waterfront Alliance are excited to announce that the In Your Neighborhood registration for this year's City of Water Day is now open! City of Water Day will take place on Saturday, July 16, 2022.  
 
This year's In Your Neighborhood theme centers on how the power of the creative arts can help us address the climate crisis. We want to create a space where stewardship organizations and artists can explore and innovate as they engage the public about climate change and its impacts. And like every year, we are eager to work with our partners in neighborhoods across the estuary to uplift work that advances equitable access to the waterfront and educates the next generation of climate leaders. 

For a limited number of participating organizations, HEP can provide funding support ranging between $1,000-$4,000. Grants are prioritized for programs serving environmental justice and higher-need communities. This year, we encourage organizations to work with one or more local artists as part of their In Your Neighborhood program to creatively engage community members in climate change and resilience. To be considered for funding be sure to 
apply by June 8, 2022


We are lo0king forward to coming together with our partners to raise awareness about the risk we all face from floods and rising seas, and to champion climate resilient shorelines and waterfront communities. The climate is changing. And so must we. Be sure to join us this year in celebrating the resilience of our Harbor by registering to host an In Your Neighborhood program. 
 
Register Here
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Student Programs at Sedge Island             (Posted: 3-14-22)

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