June 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

While we wait for someone to step up and take over the leadership of the North Chapter, there are other native plant events we can take part in.

This Saturday, June 3 from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM there will be a native plant sale at the NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Center at 11 Hardscrabble Road in Bernardsville, NJ. There will be a a wonderful selection of native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and small trees to turn your backyard into a haven for wildlife. In addition to the beautiful nectar plants and caterpillar food plants, there will be a nice selection of milkweeds to make a special place in your garden for Monarch Butterflies.

For more information call 908-396-6386  


The North Chapter is in need of a person or persons to assume the leadership.

The leader(s) will schedule and arrange the activities and events of the chapter, act as a local point person for the Native Plant Society of NJ and interface with the Board and other Chapter leaders.

You can assume the position by yourself or find some friends and become co-leaders. You will have lots of help and training from others in the Society.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested, in taking on the role, please respond to membership@npsnj.org 

  Save the Date! Moth Night June 24 in Mendham  

The North Chapter will host a Moth Night in Mendham on Saturday night, June 24.

Fun, Food, Plant Geeks and Moths -- what a combination!

We are expecting several moth specialists to be on-hand to help with identification. This year's moth night is several weeks earlier than our previous ones so we hope to attract different moths.

Pre-Order Plants for Moth Night 

Our organization's entomologist and plant grower extraordinaire, Randi Eckel, will be joining us on June 24 for moth night. As most of you know, Randi is the owner of Toadshade nursery. Randi has agreed to take orders from anyone attending moth night and bring them with her that evening. You can contact Randi at toadshade@toadshade.com  

If you want to join us, please contact Eileen at derfandleen@msn.com and I will send you the address. In the meantime, mark your calendar!


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

June, July Activities

Thursday, June 1, 10AM: Work day at Trail conference headquarters 10AM. 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. For carpools, contact Josie Ko at josie_ko1@hotmail.comBY MAY 26. Be sure to let her know your location and whether you would like to drive or need a ride. 

JUINE MEETING: Wednesday, June 14, 7:30: 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!. Bring cookies or fruit.

June 15:  Bergen SWAN is sponsoring a special talk by Carolyn Summers on Thursday, June 15, at Girl Scout Park, Third & Fourth Avenues, Westwood (park across the street at Westwood Middle School). The topic is "Planting for Pollinators, Wildlife, & Streams." Admission is $10 per person, and registration is required by June 9. Email bergenswan@gmail.com to register.

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

Summer and early fall work days will be held on the following dates. Mark your calendars; sign-up urls are coming soon: 
Sunday, July 9, 9:00 am
Sunday, August 13, 9:00 am
Sunday, Sept 24, 1:00 pm



All chapter meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June at the Headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference  

The Headquarters of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is located at 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah (not Oakland, there's a similar address there). The building is located between Ramapo College and Ramapo County Reservation park.


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

June Meeting Cancelled


We received an unexpected donation of 100 bare root native trees and 200 bare root native shrubs for the Highland Park Native Plant Reserve. Add to that our pre-planned purchase of 312 native plants from Pinelands Nursery this week and you can imagine how busy we are. There is an urgency to get the bare root plants in the ground, especially since they have been sitting in water for over a month.

We will soon announce plans for a July meeting.

We are having a volunteer work day tomorrow Sunday June 25 from 10am till 1pm at the Native Plant Reserve on River Road. Join us if you can.

Happy Summer!

Mary and Belinda  


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

June meeting with Ruth Claus has been cancelled.
We hope to reschedule at a later date. 

June Meeting:
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:00PM
Hunterdon Medical Center Auditorium,
2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ


Presenter: Ruth Claus: Hunterdon Master Gardeners

Topic: John Bartram's Garden  

America's first botanist
John Bartram, an unschooled farmer in colonial Philadelphia, became an international plant entrepreneur and a respected scientist who was elected to The Royal Society of London. The speaker shows some of the plants that he found on expeditions which ranged from Lake Ontario to Florida. His discoveries transformed the appearance of 18th century gardens in England and are widely used in gardens today  

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

There is still time to sign up for the
Curator-guided tour of John Bartram's House and Garden.  

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

Curator-guided tour of
John Bartram's House and Garden
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA
Monday June 12, 2017 11:00 am-12:30 pm  

John Bartram (1699-1777) purchased 102 acres from Swedish settlers in 1728, and systematically began gathering the most varied collection of North American plants in the world. His travels-by boat, on horseback, and on foot-took him to the southeast colonies, as far south as Florida, and west to Lake Ontario. He collected seeds and plants, and established a trans-Atlantic plant business in partnership with London merchant Peter Collinson. Join us for a very special tour of his home and garden with emphasis on the garden.

Registration and advanced payment are required. Deadline to sign up is June 10. Cost is $25.
Self-drive or carpool. Details and directions will be provided to those who register and prepay.
You can either bring a lunch or join the group at a local restaurant.


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
will be a
Plainsboro Audubon Preserve Garden Tour
Thursday June 15th 7:00pm

Greg Hartman will be taking us on a walk-around of all the beds he has established on the Preserve. He will be identifying the plant species and what pollinators they support and the wildlife habitat they provide. AND--since it stays light so long, he will extend the exploration to the native plants that grow around the lovely lake on the Preserve.

Greg has been in the nursery profession since he was fifteen and has volunteered at the Audubon Preserve for many years.

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.  

Our meetings are free and open to everyone. Since NPSNJ is supported in its work by its member dues, please consider joining. Membership is $20.00 per year.  

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

Rancocas Chapter POT LUCK June 19, 2017

POT LUCK at our June Rancocas Chapter meeting.

When: Monday, June 19, 2017 6:30-9:00 pm

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

Our June 19 meeting will be a light supper pot luck outdoor picnic at the Center starting at 6:30 pm. We'll move indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate. In addition to food/beverage please bring:

- Native plants or seeds to share
- Ideas for interesting topics starting in September
- Plans for how you can assist with our chapter overall
- Plans for your availability to help at our fundraiser on Sunday,August 27

PLEASE RSVP TO ME AT lavender.toni@gmail.com BY JUNE 17.
We will not get together if fewer than 10 can attend.

Thank you, Toni Price,Chapter Leader  



For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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Jersey Shore Chapter

Orchid Quest - Talks and Field Trip:
Saturday June 24, 2017; 1-4 PM
A Search For Orchids and Carnivorous Bog Plants. 

A presentation by Mike Hogan on orchids and other bog plants and a short presentation by Hubert Ling on carnivorous plants in action. Following these presentations we will car pool to Webb's Mill Bog to look for interesting plants that are available. Specifically we will be looking for rose pogonia orchid, grass pink orchid, all three sundews, curly grass fern, pipeworts, goldcrest, bladderworts, and pitcher plants.  

Registration required and paid members only.

Please RSVP to Mary Judge at mjudge@ocean.edu or 732-255-0472, as seating is limited. Mary Judge wil provide details.

Rose Pognia Horned Bladderwort Goldcrest Pipewort



Dear Jersey Shore Chapter members and native plant enthusiasts, as a reminder, the Jersey Shore Chapter 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 Rescheduled Monday Night 26 June 2017  

Chapter Meeting Rescheduled Monday Night 26 June 2017
Waltman Park in the heart of Millville
26 June 2017 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Guest Speaker Renée Brecht will present:"Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, the practical uses"  

Renée Brecht conversationalist and amateur botanist, will show us with the right tools (e.g. Newcomb's Field Guide), anyone can identify plants.

We will continue honing our skills on how to use a dichotomous key to identify plant in the field. Please bring a copy of Newcomb's Wildflower Field Guide with you to the meeting. Bring an extra copy to share with a friend

For the directions  click here. We will meet in the parking lot next to the playground.


Bringing Nature Home Festival with Dr. Doug Tallamy
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Rancocas State Park Fairgrounds, Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ  

Please click Bringing Nature Home Festival flyer to access a flyer containing details on this must event for all native plant lovers.

Don't Forget 

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.

June Meeting:

Monday, June 19, 2017
6-7 pm: Native Plant Swap
7-8:30 pm: Native Plant Identification Workshop

The Unitarian Universalist Center of the South Jersey Shore
75 S. Pomona Road, Galloway, NJ

All are invited, whether you are swapping plants or not.  Note different time and different site than our usual time and place. 


We will be swapping native plants for the first hour and then moving into our regular meeting with a hands-on identification workshop. 


If you intend to bring plants to swap, please:

  1. Make sure that your plants are really natives.
  2. Pot up plants ahead of time (no later than May 20th).
  3. Bring up to 10 potted plants by 6:00 pm. 


Directions:  For this meeting we will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Center at 75 S. Pomona Road, Galloway (on the corner of Liebig Rd and Pomona Rd, directly across the street from Stockton University’s North Parking Lot).  That will enable us to set up tables to make swapping easier.


We will swap from 6-7 pm and then begin our regular meeting. 


Again, you do not have to bring plants to swap to attend.  Come for the workshop or to see what native plants your friends have been growing. 

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


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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