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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Enviro-Events Calendar for January 31, 2016




Environmental seminars, forums, education, networking and social opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York & Delaware 

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January 31, 2016  (Rescheduled)
The Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens in the Suburbs and City
Registration at 12:30 p.m.
Class - 1 p.m. to3:30 pm

Presented by Camden County Chickens 
Camden County Parks Department Environmental Center 
1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 (between Grove Street and Kings Highway)Learn how easy it is to set up a coop, select hens and care for them year-round as well as the legal issues in your town and what you can do about them. Speakers are Maureen Breen, Chair of Philadelphia Backyard Chickens and Gwenne Baile, Chair of Camden County Chickens. Cost is $10 per household and pre-registration strongly advised to reserve a seat. . For more information and to register email Gbaile@verizon.net or call 856-858-6644.



January 31, 2016
Rally Against Offshore Drilling      
1:30 p.m.
Asbury Park Boardwalk at Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory  Booker and Congressman Pallone will be joined by environmental organizations, fishing groups, businesses, and civic groups to oppose the Obama Administration’s plan to include sections of the Atlantic Ocean in the next 5-year oil and gas lease plan. Organizers say the plan would allow for offshore oil drilling off the coast of Virginia. A Facebook event has been created for online outreach: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680417738881807/.



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January 31, 2016
Mindfulness in Nature Workshop
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Center
Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has partnered with Trinity Counseling Services of Princeton to create a brand new “Mindfulness in Nature” workshop at the Watershed Center in Pennington, NJ.  Geared toward those who spend an excess of time indoors or at a computer, the workshop explores a connection to nature through mindfulness. Trinity Counseling Services’ own Robin Boudette, Ph.D., psychologist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor will be leading nature walks and meditation sessions at the Watershed Center.  The program includes an introduction to mindfulness practices that uplift and provide insight into our lives. Registration is $50 per person and can be completed online at trinitycounseling.org/nature
The program invites both new and experienced participants to join these mindfulness exercises, whether to learn new skills or to hone ones.  The 930 acres of Watershed Reserve is the perfect location to experience the earth, the sky, your heart and mind. The Watershed Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm at 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.



                               






February 3-4, 2016

2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Wilmington, DE
The 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference offers two days of exploration into the latest wetland research, innovations to outreach and education and conservation programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. Attendees will get the opportunity to learn, network and interact with their peers and leaders in the wetland field. http://de.gov/dewetlandsconference


February
 4, 2016

New Jersey Highlands Council Public Outreach Session

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 E Hanover Ave
Morris Township, NJ 07962
Haggerty Education Center
The Highlands Council will update the public on the RMP Monitoring Program and present draft indicators. This is NOT a public hearing, but rather informational sessions where members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about this process. A brief overview presentation will be given at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each session, with the remaining time available for attendees to review materials that will be available around the room and ask follow-up questions. The Monitoring Program evaluates progress toward achieving the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. The program requires identification of indicators and milestones to measure the impact of the Regional Master Plan on water resources, agriculture, housing, transportation, and economic development within the Highlands Region. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change due to weather conditions will be announced on the Council’s web site (www.nj.gov/njhighlands). 


February 9, 2016

New Jersey Highlands Council Public Outreach Session
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Warren County Technical School Cafeteria
1500 Route 57, Washington, NJ 07882 

The Highlands Council will update the public on the RMP Monitoring Program and present draft indicators. This is NOT a public hearing, but rather informational sessions where members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about this process. A brief overview presentation will be given at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each session, with the remaining time available for attendees to review materials that will be available around the room and ask follow-up questions. The Monitoring Program evaluates progress toward achieving the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. The program requires identification of indicators and milestones to measure the impact of the Regional Master Plan on water resources, agriculture, housing, transportation, and economic development within the Highlands Region. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change due to weather conditions will be announced on the Council’s web site (www.nj.gov/njhighlands).


February 10, 2016

Green Garden Cents
Camden County Parks Environmental Center
1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ  08002  
Sign-in at 6:30 p.m. and talk starts promptly at  7 p.m. Pre-registration is suggested.  Fee is $10 per household.  Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County, the first in our series of four Homeowners' classes.  Learn how to save money the sensible way in your garden.  Presentation by Becki Szkotak, Agriculture Program Associate and Program Coordinator of the Master Gardeners program. For more information and to register call the Master Gardeners office at 856-216-7130 or e-mail:
njgarden@camdencounty.com or go to the website: http://camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden.


February 11, 2016  
New Jersey Highlands Council Public Outreach Session
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wanaque Education
Passaic County Community College
500 Union Avenue, Haskell, NJ 07420 
The Highlands Council will update the public on the RMP Monitoring Program and present draft indicators. This is NOT a public hearing, but rather informational sessions where members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about this process. A brief overview presentation will be given at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each session, with the remaining time available for attendees to review materials that will be available around the room and ask follow-up questions. The Monitoring Program evaluates progress toward achieving the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. The program requires identification of indicators and milestones to measure the impact of the Regional Master Plan on water resources, agriculture, housing, transportation, and economic development within the Highlands Region. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change due to weather conditions will be announced on the Council’s web site (www.nj.gov/njhighlands). 


February 21, 2016
Get Sweet on Rancocas Nature Center
Annual Male Sugaring to pair with Community Day
RNC Visitors Center
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
Spend a tasty winter afternoon at Rancocas Nature Center’s Annual Maple Sugaring (1:30 to 3:00pm) and stay to learn about upcoming programs at the Annual Community Day (3:00 to 4:30pm). Learn about the sugar maple tree and history of maple sugaring, watch a tapping demonstration, then enjoy maple syrup tasting around an old-fashioned campfire.  “We combined our Annual Community Update Meeting with our Maple Sugaring event to give the public a double treat this year!” said Friends of Rancocas Nature Center Co-Chair Toni Price. Pre-registration is required: RNC Members $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); Nonmembers $9/person, $21/family (limit 5). Refreshments will be served. Call 609-261-2495 Rancocas Nature Center is supported through the partnership of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders; NJ State Park Service Division of Parks & Forestry; Westampton Township; Friends of Rancocas Nature Center; and Rancocas Conservancy. More info at www.RancocasNatureCenter.org













February 26, 2016  
Beer, Bluegrass and Bootleggers: the Dark Side of the Sourlands
83 Princeton Ave, State 1A
Hopewell, New Jersey 08525
Explore the Dark Side of the Sourlands - bootleggers, bandits and other unsavory characters - with Jim Davidson, President, East Amwell Historical Society; Sourland folk songs and mountain lore by The Reverend Truman Goines; and kick up your heels to the bluegrass music of The Backdoor Band. For more information, email lcleveland@sourland.org presented by the Sourland Conservancy.


February 28, 2016
Mindfulness in Nature Workshop
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Center
Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has partnered with Trinity Counseling Services of Princeton to create a brand new “Mindfulness in Nature” workshop at the Watershed Center in Pennington, NJ.  Geared toward those who spend an excess of time indoors or at a computer, the workshop explores a connection to nature through mindfulness. Trinity Counseling Services’ own Robin Boudette, Ph.D., psychologist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor will be leading nature walks and meditation sessions at the Watershed Center.  The program includes an introduction to mindfulness practices that uplift and provide insight into our lives. Registration is $50 per person and can be completed online at trinitycounseling.org/nature
The program invites both new and experienced participants to join these mindfulness exercises, whether to learn new skills or to hone ones.  The 930 acres of Watershed Reserve is the perfect location to experience the earth, the sky, your heart and mind. 



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March 9, 2016

Raised Garden Beds
6:30 p.m.
Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ  08002
Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County, the second in our series of four Homeowners' classes.  Learn how to construct a raised bed and successfully garden in it.  Mark Wellner, Master Gardener, class of 2010 will be the speaker.  Pre-registration is suggested. Fee is $10 per household.     For more information and to register call the Master Gardeners office at 856-216-7130 or e-mail:njgarden@camdencounty.com. Also see website: http://camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden
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March 12, 2016
All day
Stockton University, Galloway Township, Atlantic County
The 27th Annual Pinelands Short Course features presentations, lectures and field trips about all things Pine Barrens. Learn about Pinelands water quality, ecology, the pygmy forest, moths and butterflies, and so much more. There are also courses on photography, history and music.  Sponsored by the NJ Pinelands Commission and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Download an event brochure here.


March 13, 2016
 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Renault Winery
72 North Bremen Ave.
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Enjoy a wonderful day meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans! Free and open to the public. Over seventy talented Pine Barrens people will be on hand to sign their books, display their artwork or craft, play their music and in general, share their love of the Pine Barrens. After a full day of mingling with the exhibitors, opt for a delicious sit-down dinner complete with entertainment. Reservation and pre-payment required for dinner. For more information and a dinner reservation form, visit www.linesonthepines.org. Vendors and sponsors contact Linda Stanton at 609-561-1665.  Reservation and payment is required for dinner. SPEAKER: Ted Gordon: "The Forked River Mountains, Wells Mills and The Albert Brothers' Home Place" with musical entertainment by Gabe Coia.





March 16, 2016
ACEC-NJ's 45th Engineering Excellence Awards Celebration
6 p.m.
Forsgate Country Club
Jamesburg, NJ 
The American Council of Engineering Companies recognizes the top accomplishments and contributions of New Jersey's engineering profession to the State of New Jersey, and the nation. Registration & Sponsorship Opportunities



March 19, 2016
Beef & Beer for Birds & Blooms
Hosted by Mount Holly Moose Lodge #737 

Benefiting the Rancocas Nature Center 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  853 Woodlane Road, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060.For tickets ($25 each), make checks payable to ‘Rancocas Nature Center’ and either call, mail or stop with your payment at the Nature Center Gift Shop, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060 (Tues. thru Sun.) by Friday, March 4, at 4:00pm. For sponsor opportunities or information, call 609-261-2495 or emailinfo@rancocasnaturecenter.org. 




April 24, 20162016
Edison Earth Day Celebration   

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Papaianni Park
100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ 08817  
The free, outdoor, green/sustainable event will be co-presented by the Township of Edison, Edison Township Environmental Commission (ETEC), Edison Clean Communities Program and the Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team. Mayor Thomas Lankey has been invited to make the 2016 EEDC Opening Address, as well as comments from invited officials and dignitaries.  Later in the day, Council President Michael Lombardi and Members of the Edison Municipal Council shall plant a tree on the site to commemorate Arbor Day, as well as to acknowledge Earth Day. A number of green/sustainable Presenters, Exhibitors, Vendors and Speakers are also planned.  Event activities shall include: Volunteer Plantings, Site Cleaning, Organic Debris Consolidation and many other Green/Sustainable Actions; On-Site Air/Soil/Water Environmental Testing; Eco-Tour and Discussion of Papaianni Lake.  Food will be available to purchase on-site.  No registration fees are applicable to 2016 Event Staff, Volunteers, Presenters, Exhibitors or Vendors.  2016 EEDC Sponsorships are available at a graduating scale of support. Since 2011 Edison Earth Day Celebrations have drawn approximately 6,000 visitors and participants, en total.  This year (4/24/16) 2,000+ visitors and participants are anticipated, including numerous presenters and vendors.  Food will be available to purchase on-site. The 2016 EEDC Website will soon be updated at: www.EdisonNJ.org/earthday.  Also, a QR Cube shall be added to 2016 EEDC fliers with links to event information for iPhone users.  As with prior Edison Earth Day Celebrations, the event shall be video-recorded, edited and broadcasted by award-winning Edison TV to 100,000 GTV-viewing households throughout the Edison/Greater Edison area. Ample parking will be available for event participants and visitors. For more information as to event attendance, volunteer/ vendor/presenter participation and/or sponsorship, please contact Chris Mazauskas, Resource Development Officer, Dept. of Administration at732-248-7356 (Office Telephone), 732-287-6679 (Office Fax) and/orcmazauskas@edisonnj.org (E-mail).


Food Waste-to-Low Carbon Energy Conference
Rutgers Eco-complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ
Food waste is the largest portion of our waste stream, making up 21% of the material that is discarded. However, only 5% of the food waste generated is recycled. This two-day conference will share lessons learned from successful food waste-to-energy projects and address the challenges in establishing this industry in New Jersey. Check here for the schedule and registration.  






























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