April 2017 Events 

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Sussex Chapter North Chapter Bergen Passaic Chapter Highland Park Chapter Hunterdon Chapter West Central Chapter Rancocas Nature Center Chapter Jersey Shore Chapter Delaware Bayshores Chapter Southeast Chapter Other Events

Sussex Chapter

To be announced



Our Sussex Chapter meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. The location is the Sussex-Wantage Library, 69 Route 639, Wantage NJ 07461.

For more information contact Cynthia sussex@npsnj.org


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North Chapter

Dear Northern Chapter Members,

Spring was getting an early start and suddenly we are back to snow and some unseasonable chilly nights. Those of us who were out exploring the landscape and getting our hands dirty will just have to take a break for our upcoming Northern Chapter meeting. Of course, sharing our knowledge with fellow members is one of the enjoyable benefits of membership in the NPSNJ.

Since Eileen decided to take a well deserved break from leading the Northern Chapter, and I agreed to step into the Chapter President role, I have been in contact with several local conservation groups about access to their properties. I am really excited about some of the programs we'll have at these "living classrooms" and look forward to getting your ideas for meetings and topics too.

Our first Spring meeting is Tuesday April 4 at 7:00 PM. We are meeting at the HQ of the Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) located at: 568 Tempe Wick Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960 (GSWA Website). It is near the entrance to the Jockey Hollow National Historic Park and there is onsite parking. 

The GSWA is one of the organizations who graciously offered us their facilities and "living classroom", more about that at the meeting. We also have several other venues to visit and explore as the year unfolds!  

The April 4 Meeting Agenda will be:

  • Bees and Their Needs: Native Annuals and Perennials for Pollinators
  • Chapter Business
  • 2017 Chapter Programs Discussion
  • Chapter Membership

The opportunities for us are limitless so please bring one or two program idea for our meetings. Just think about your #1 personal interest (related to native plants please) and then something you want to learn more about. Presto, you've two ideas for the meeting.  

I hope everyone can make the April 4 2017 kickoff meeting. We need everyone's participation to help send the our chapter off in the right direction. Please remember, this is YOUR chapter, I'll just drive the bus. I hope each of you will have one meeting program idea so I know what everyone interests are.

If you can't make the meeting please get in touch so I know what's important to you.


Peter Birnbaum

RSVP Coopershollowfarm@yahoo.com 

For more information contact Peter Birnbaum Coopershollowfarm@yahoo.com


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Bergen Passaic Chapter


The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference offers our chapter the use of their beautiful headquarters for FREE in exchange for gardening help. Our first volunteer work session at Trail Conference headquarters, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, will take place on Sunday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m. Please come help plant natives and remove invasives from the gardens that surround the headquarters building. 

April meeting: Wednesday, April 12, Eric Rohsler of Rohsler's Allendale Nursery will talk about native plants. Plants will be available for sale, and attendees will receive a discount coupon for the nursery. 

Work session: Sunday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. Work session at NY-NJ Trail Conference Headquarters, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah. Come to help remove invasives from the beautiful native plant garden surrounding the headquarters building. 

May Activities

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 pm: Talk on Urban Trees at Ridgewood Library,Free to all 

May meeting: Wednesday, May 10, Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildflower Farm will give a talk about native shrubs and trees. Randi will also bring plants for sale.  

Friday, May 12, 11:00 a.m.: Walk on Ridgewood's Dunhar Woods Trail led by naturalist Tracy Hanson. We should see the last of the spring ephemerals and some nice birds. Park and meet in the lot in back of Temple Israel, 475 Grove Street, Ridgewood. The walk is approximately half a mile on a level trail. No rain date: we'll go unless it's raining hard. 

June, July Activities

Thursday, June 1: Work day at Trail conference headquarters. Sign up at  (https://www.nynjtc.org/civicrm/event/info?id=5658&reset=1

Friday, June 2: Daytrip to Carolyn Summers' garden in the Catskills. Contact Josie Ko at josie_ko1@hotmail.com if you would like to carpool. Be sure to let her know your location and whether you would like to drive or need a ride. 

Wednesday, June 14: end-of-season meeting and party. We'll walk around the gardens to see the native plants and then come inside for a get-together. This is a chance to talk to fellow native plant enthusiasts about your garden. Bring photos to share!. 

Friday, July 7: Field trip to WildRidge Farm, grower of native plants. Carpool arrangements will be coming soon. 



Parks Survey: If you live in Bergen County, take the Parks Survey. It only takes a few minutes, and it allows you to say what you would like to happen to our precious remaining open space.

Nature Program Cooperative: Our chapter belongs to this association of parks, natural areas, and environmental groups in Bergen County. For a calendar of events throughout Bergen County, go to http://natureprogram.org.  


The NPSNJ is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, the group has hundreds of members across the state organized into county and regional chapters. Members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.  

NPSNJ conducts regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. The Bergen-Passaic chapter holds 8 or 9 meetings per year, always on the second Wednesday of the month, plus several field trips. All chapter meetings will take place at the Headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference 

All meetings include "You Should Grow This," an introduction to a little known native plant; information about future programming and other local events; an opportunity to meet like-minded native plant enthusiasts; and refreshments.  


Trail Conference headquarters is located on Route 202, Ramapo Valley Road, in Mahwah, just north of Ramapo Valley County Reservation and opposite the turnoff for Darlington Road. The parking lot is small, but overflow parking is available next door at the Ramapo County Reservation with a short walk through the woods. This parking and trail are NOT lighted, so attendees should bring a flashlight, carpool, or arrive early to park near the building. The path from the Reservation parking lot to the trail center begins just to the left of the "do not enter" sign.


The co-leaders are Tom Bender, Josie Ko, and Elaine Silverstein.

They can be reached at:bergenpassaic@npsnj.org


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Highland Park Chapter

Our meeting for tonight Tuesday April 25 is cancelled



Our meetings are held at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center, 20 River Road at 7:30pm. click here for a map

For more information contact Mary at highlandpark@npsnj.org.


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Hunterdon Chapter

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00PM
Hunterdon Medical Center Auditorium,
2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ

Presenter: Dr. Chris Obropta: Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resource

Dr Obropta is the Director of the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute, an Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. Dr. Obropta leads his highly specialized staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program to identify and address community water resources issues using sustainable and practical science-based solutions throughout New Jersey. Over the last several years, he and his staff have been working with communities to implement green infrastructure practices throughout the urban centers of New Jersey. These practices have been designed to be climate resilient and to help communities reduce their flooding risk. 

Program: Native Plants in Rain Gardens and Naturalized Detention Basins  

Dr. Obropta will discuss incorporating storm- water management practices such as rain gardens into existing landscapes. He will also examine how detention basins can be naturalized to enhance their ability to treat stormwater runoff and improve habitat. Both rain gardens and naturalized detention basins use native vegetation that is more resilient to climate change and increase the biodiversity of our state. Come learn how these beautiful systems can be created and how they help make our planet more sustainable. 

Everyone is invited - you do not have to be a Hunterdon resident. The program is free and light refreshments will be provided.  

RSVP hunterdon@npsnj.org if you plan to attend.


Self-Drive Trip to Pinelands Nursery Columbus NJ Friday, May 12 Tour of native plant nursery and production line by Don Knezick. Purchase native plants from Pinelands Direct with Tom Knezick Self-drive or carpool.

RSVP hunterdon@npsnj.org if you plan to attend.  


Upcoming Wildflower Hikes
RSVP hunterdon@npsnj.org if you plan to attend.  

Rockhopper Trail Guided Hike with Mary Anne Borge Saturday May 13 10:00-12:00 Rt. 518 , West Amwell about 2.1 mil East of Lambertville  

Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve A Jewel Near the Heart of Flemington Sunday May 21, 2017 at 1:00-3:00pm Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve 103 Capner Street, Raritan Twp, NJ


Everyone is invited - you do not have to be a Hunterdon resident. Share this information with any others who may be interested. The program is free. All our meetings will be at the Hunterdon Medical Center auditorium and at 7:00 unless noted otherwise.  

More information: hunterdon@npsnj.org

Chapter contact is Cinny MacGonagle cmacgonagle@yahoo.com

Find out how this chapter has been supporting native plants: About Hunterdon Chapter


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West Central Chapter

West Central Jersey Chapter Meeting:
Thursday - April 20th 7:00pm at the
Plainsboro Audubon Preserve  

Randi Eckel has said that if you want a particular plant, to call her and put in the order. She will bring it with her for you. P: 908.996.7500   Email: toadshade@toadshade.com  

An exciting change for our next meeting on April 20th!! Randi Eckel, owner of the Toadshade Wildflower Farm, will be coming to speak about "Landscaping with Colorful Native Plants". She will also be bringing her plants and seeds to sell. Don't miss this terrific opportunity! It will give us so much more information to apply to what we were going to concentrate on at this meeting but will now work on at our next meeting on May 18th.  

Our next West Central Jersey Chapter meeting will be on Thursday, April 20th, at 7:00pm at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve at 80 Scott's Corner Road.  

We will have a working meeting so bring a sketch of your property and identify which part you would like to work on. Everyone can contribute their expertise to create a plan for a planting system that will support the full range of pollinators. It would be a way to start creating choices of templates to share with others who are wanting to transition to using native species in their gardens.  

One of our members is working with David Hughes of Weatherwood Designs to transform her property that was flooded into one that has better drainage, native plants, and a rain garden. She is away right now but when she gets back we might be able to have a field trip to see the finished project. 


We meet at the New Jersey Plainsboro Audubon Preserve at 80 Scotts Corner Road, Plainsboro, NJ.

Directions to the Preserve can be found at www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionPlainsboro/Directions.aspx

I look forward to meeting all of you.

Judith Robinson

For more information contact westcentraljersey@npsnj.org.



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

RNC Chapter Work Session: Saturday, April 8 - Native Plant Enclosure

Members and Friends:

Come out and enjoy the spring weather with other native plant aficionados helping to shape up the Native Plant Enclosure at the RNC.

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 12:00 pm - ??

Where: Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road Westampton, NJ

We will spend a few hours of the afternoon together cleaning up and making adjustments to the Native Plant Enclosure on the RNC grounds - so grab your favorite garden gloves and join us Saturday.

Thank you for your help,

Toni Price, Chapter Leader  


Our April Rancocas Chapter meeting will take place on :

Saturday, April 29, 2017 1:30 pm ,
at Pinelands Nursery
323 Island Road, Columbus, NJ 08022

For our April Rancocas Chapter meeting, we will tour Pinelands Nursery, a local Burlington County firm focusing on the production of indigenous trees, shrubs and herbs for environmental restorations throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. Tom Knezick, Production Analyst, will show us the nursery grounds and operations and will arrange an opportunity to buy a few native plants. 

For directions, please visit the Pinelands Nursery website at: Directions  

Please join us for an interesting afternoon.
Toni Price, Chapter Leader  

For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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Jersey Shore Chapter


Please join the Jersey Shore Chapter for our April meeting on Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30-8:00pm (please note the change in meeting day). Location: Home Town Dairy Room at the Ocean County Library.

John Black, President of the NPSNJ will present on "ARACHNIDS!" and the many benefits they provide in our gardens.

This program is suitable for both arachnophobes and arachnophiles! Come learn about these amazing creatures who have unique and interesting capabilities. John will dispel some myths and show why you need not be afraid of spiders. He will share the many ways spiders are important and beneficial to our gardens - in ways you probably cannot imagine!

In addition to being President of the NPSNJ, John is a Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, and has worked extensively with the Bureau of Land Management performing wildlife surveys and exploring caves. He has volunteered for the National Wildlife Federation and served on the Board of Directors of Atlantic City Audubon.

Please RSVP for the April meeting to Mary Judge at mjudge@ocean.edu or 732-255-0472, as seating is limited.

MAY: We are working on our May meeting.

JUNE: SAVE THE DATE for the June 24 meeting - a lecture on bog plants and Field Trip to Webbs Mill Bog (paid members-only). More information to come. Please RSVP to Mary Judge at mjudge@ocean.edu or 732-255-0472, as seating is limited.

JULY: SAVE THE DATE for the July 11 meeting (note change in meeting day). Join the Jersey Shore Chapter for BYO brown bag picnic supper at Cattus Island County Park in Toms River. Meet us at the picnic tables by the Nature Center at 5:30pm. At 6:30 we will enjoy a 45 minute presentation by Park Naturalist Jason Hoger. Jason will provide us with a tour of the newly renovated Nature Center, the new exhibits, the butterfly garden, the Center's "green wall" (the first indoor native plant green wall in Ocean County!) and the 3 new raised beds containing native seaside plants, native bog plants, and vegetables grown by the Nature Center staff to feed their turtles. NO RSVP required, all are welcome.

Remember - no meeting in August!  

Kind regards,

Jersey Shore Chapter Co-leaders

Mary Judge, Karen Walzer, Pam Almeida and Becky Laboy 


Dear Jersey Shore Chapter members and native plant enthusiasts, as a reminder, the Jersey Shore Chapter usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.

Jersey Shore Chapter Co-leaders,
Mary Judge, Karen Walzer, Pam Almeida and Becky Laboy

For more information: email:jerseyshore@npsnj.org


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Delaware Bayshores Chapter

Del-Bay 2017 Calendar: click here


Chapter Meeting Monday Night
03 April 2017 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Meet at Waltman Park parking lot off of Brandriff Avenue, Millville NJ  

Next on the Guest Speaker Series
A Conservation Outing with . . .
Jane Galetto and Christine Brown
"WALTMAN PARK TRAIL - River, Wetland, Plants and Habitats"  

Jane was instrumental in the 1986 incorporation of CU Maurice River as a 501(c) 3, and in the designation of the Maurice, Manumuskin, Menantico, and Muskee Rivers as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. In addition to local efforts, she chaired the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee (ENSAC) and served additionally as a Fish and Game Councilwomen for that same period. She continues to serve on ENSAC and is completing her 27th year.

Jane has co-produced five NJN documentaries which highlight the wonders of Southern NJ. Jane is also a board member on the Galetto Family Foundation, a philanthropic entity that supports local non-profit organizations with an emphasis on health, education and the environment. Jane has received numerous State and National awards for her conservation contributions, including two EPA Environmental Quality Awards, the EPA's highest honor.

Jane attributes these and many unmentioned accolades to the many volunteers, the staff, and the consulting base who accomplish the work of Citizen United. Citizens United is fortunate to have many professionals devoting countless hours to each success, to each bit of fun in the great out-of-doors, and to every grain of sand,

For directions and map to Waltman Park please CLICK HERE

Don't Forget 

There will be more botany previews and updates for the upcoming 2017 calendar year programs and activities of interest for the Delaware Bayshore members.

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from September 2016 - June 2017 except for holidays (they will be the following Monday). the location is the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts 22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

Hope to see you soon,
Julie, Doris, Lynn, Karla and Joe  

For more information:email:debayshores@npsnj.org


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Southeast Chapter

We are excited about our local NPSNJ chapter that serves native plant enthusiasts in Atlantic County and Cape May County as well as anyone from areas west or north who would like to join us. We hold eight evening meetings a year on the 3rd Monday of the month (September, October, November, February, March, April, May, and June). We are delighted that Stockton University's Sustainability Program – specifically the Campus Farm Native Plant Project – is sponsoring us and making it possible for us to have meetings in an easily-accessible location and a comfortable setting with the necessary "smart room" equipment.


New Date for Bowman's Hill Field Trip 

The Southeast Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey

The steady rain predicted for tomorrow (Tuesday, April 25) has led us to change our field trip to Bowman's Wildlife Preserve in New Hope, PA, to the back-up date: Wednesday, April 26. The meeting time has also changed to 11 am. We will be meeting at the Preserve at 11 am for a personalized tour led by Teresa Knipper, beginning at 11:30 am. We will have time for lunch and/or a visit to the plant shop before Teresa joins us. Bring food and beverages. Admission is $6 ($4 for seniors).  

Bowman's Hill Wildlife Preserve

If the changed date means you can now join us, please email Barbara Fiedler at gal.recycles@gmail.com

(If you are signed up and can't make it now, we also would appreciate hearing from you at Barbara's email.)

Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, Barbara Fiedler, and Steve Fiedler  


April Meeting:  

7 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017
in Room B-125 at Stockton University.  

"Plant Wars: How to Recognize and Deal with Invasive Non-native Plant Species," a program & book signing by Pat Sutton

Many people are surprised to learn that plants they'd assumed were native are in fact non-native, problem plants. Many gardeners are also unaware of the damage they can do when they plant invasives such as periwinkle (Vinca), English ivy, bamboo, and many others. In a very short time these plants can invade the neighbor's yard, properties down the street, and even nearby preserves.

These invasions have taken a big toll on butterflies and moths (that need to lay their eggs on native plants) and insect-eating birds looking for butterfly and moth caterpillars.

Sadly, most nurseries contribute heavily to this problem by continuing to sell many culprits, even species out-lawed in surrounding states and/or those that the State of New Jersey is trying to remove from natural areas. Because the nursery trade has had a long love affair with these exotic plants. the wise gardener needs to be able to recognize them.

This program will help you learn to identify them, offer suggestions on how to control or remove them, and showcase lovely native alternatives. 


Directions to B-125:

Park in Parking Lot #1 or #2 and bear right walking down the hill, following the signs to Alton Auditorium. Enter the A-D Building by the main doors (will be on your left, across from the Arts & Sciences Building). Go upstairs one flight: B-wing is the first side-corridor upstairs, directly across from the upstairs entry to Alton Auditorium. Room B-125 will be on your right after you step into that wing.

If you would like to be updated with details about our future meetings, please contact Jesse Connor at:  southeast@npsnj.org.  (Contacting this site will put you on the list for monthly meeting information, field trip info, and timely updates.)

Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, Barbara Fiedler, and Steve Fiedler

For more information, contact Jesse Connor at email: southeast@npsnj.org


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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