September 2017 Events 

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Sussex Chapter North Chapter Bergen Passaic Chapter Highland Park Chapter Union 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


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North Chapter

To be announced



For more information contact Peter Birnbaum


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

Chapter Announcements

Summer and early fall work days will be held on the following dates. Mark your calendars; sign-up urls are coming soon: 

Our remaining workdays at NY-NJ Trail Conference Headquarters are on the following dates. Please use the links to register, and please join us for these fun and educational volunteer activities. You may even get some free plants!


Work Day at NY-NJ Trail Conference

Friday September 1, 9:00 -12:00 a.m.:

Sunday, Sept 24, 1:00 pm: Work day at Trail Conference headquarters. Weed, plant, and tidy in the beautiful native plant gardens surrounding the headquarters building. Register at


FALL 2017 MEETINGS: Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 7:30PM: "Native Ferns of Bergen & Passaic Counties" presented by Jeannie Epiphan. Ms. Epiphan is a staff ecologist for Rutgers University, Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, and advisor to The Ridgewood Wildscape Association, Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands, and Friends of the Glen Rock Arboretum (Thielke Arboretum).

This talk will focus on the fern species native to our area: specific species attributes such as soil, light, micro-climate requirements, and ecological relationships each species provides to the ecosystem. Ms. Epiphan will also describe how to identify and differentiate each fern species.  

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.: Elaine Silverstein will talk about sustainability in the home garden

Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.: John Black, President of NPSNJ, will talk about dragonflies

Wednesday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.: Holiday party and seed swap: save your seeds this fall!  


Bergen SWAN is presenting a workshop about backyard habitats on Sunday, September 17. Presenters will be Don Torino of Bergen Audubon and Elaine Silverstein of our group. This is a great opportunity to see a garden in the process of being turned into a backyard wildlife habitat and learn techniques you can apply to your own garden. Contact Bergen SWAN to register or for more information. 


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.

Rt. 202 is closed north of the Schoolhouse. Traffic detour signs will be posted by the Department of Transportation. Cars coming from the north (Route 17) should follow exit signs for MacArthur Avenue to Darlington Avenue. Cars coming from the south (Rt. 202) will not be affected.

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

They can be reached


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Highland Park Chapter

Greetings Everyone!

Our next two meetings, September 26 and October 24, will focus on enjoying native plants in Middlesex County's open spaces. Both meetings will begin at 7:30pm in the Highland Park Environmental Center at 20 River Road. There is a link for a map below.

Middlesex County has devoted over 8000 acres to conservation areas and preserves. These include more than 30 miles of trails in 11 different locations.

---- UP DATE --- On Tuesday September 26 ---
We are happy to welcome Martin Zorde, Ph. D. student at Rutgers, who is studying plant biology with a focus on natural products, human health and nutrition, and the use of hot and sweet peppers. Martin is president of the plant biology graduate student organization, Cook Researchers of Plant Science (CROPS). His topic for Tuesday is "Plant Medicine in the Backyard."

We will take a look at several places in Middlesex County nearby for hiking, walking and birding opportunities where the beauty of NJ native plants may also be appreciated. County maps will be provided.

On Tuesday October 24 we will welcome Eric Gehring, park naturalist and open space coordinator for the County of Middlesex. Eric will explain how the county went from 5 miles of semi-formal unmarked trails in 2006 to the 30 miles of marked, mapped and well maintained trails of today. The county used a combination of old footpaths, deer runs, dirt roads and newly developed trails through different ecosystems of field, forest, wetlands and waterways to enhance the formal trail system we currently enjoy.

Refreshments will be provided at both meetings.

Please let us know if you will join us.

Other Events

The Highland Park Regional Chapter of NPSNJ will be tabling at the borough's annual 'Arts in the Park' event on Sunday September 24 from 11:00am to 4:30pm. You are welcome to join or visit us. Our table will be on Raritan Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

As many of you know, our chapter helps to maintain a 3 acre Native Plant Reserve in Highland Park. We have workdays every Sunday. Starting on October 8 the hours will be noon till 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our August native plant swap. Let's consider this an ongoing event. Feel free to bring native plants or seeds to any of our meetings.

The wonderful Jersey-Friendly Yards is having an event in two weeks. Learn from the experts at the "Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" event on October 14th. More information can be found here.

Best regards, 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


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Union Chapter


Please join the Union County Chapter for our FIRST meeting:
Tuesday, September 12 from 7:30-8:30pm in the
Union County Engineering Building,
2325 South Avenue,
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

The Plainfield Garden Club ( web site ) will present on their on-going efforts to use native plants in the Shakespeare Garden. Visit the Shakespeare Garden! in Cedar Brook Park,Plainfield, New Jersey 07080. This presentation provides an introduction to the Historic Shakespeare Garden and the activities of the members.

We will kick-off our new chapter with introductions, nominations for officers and setting up our volunteer efforts.

Please RSVP for the meeting to Michael Brennan at or 908-370-9157.


NPSNJ Membership Membership covers one calendar year and makes a perfect holiday gift for the native plant gardener in your life! Your membership dollars help to support our mission: "To promote the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey." The Union County Chapter receives a portion of the funding to cover speaker fees and other supportive materials. Be sure to identify "Union County" as your local chapter, to continue to receive updated emails about meetings and other pertinent information regarding native plant related events in New Jersey.  


For more information contact Michael Brennan at


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Hunterdon Chapter

Join us for our next Chapter Meeting:
September 19, 2017, 7:00 pm
Hunterdon County Medical Center Auditorium
2100 Wescott Drive
Flemington, NJ

Lecture: Deer-Resistant Native Plants in the Landscape
Presenter: Michael Van Clef, Ph.D.
Ecological Solutions, LLC

Mike Van Clef will provide a talk on deer resistant native plants for the landscape. It will include lots of photos organized by best planting conditions for a variety of species. He will also discuss 'tricks and tips' to effectively grow non-deer resistant native plants.

Mike has a Ph.D. in ecology and over 25 years of experience working on the stewardship of rare and invasive plant species, white-tailed deer management, forest and grassland restorations, ecological health monitoring and natural resource policy. Mike prepared the "New Jersey Strategic Management Plan for Invasive Species", serves on the Hopewell Township Deer Management Advisory Committee and acts as the Stewardship Director for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and Science Director for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team.

Mike's website is:


September 30, 2017 10:00 AM

Guilded walk at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Wildlife Observation Center on Long Hill Road, Gillette, NJ. 
RSVP at:


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:

Chapter contact is Cinny MacGonagle

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


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West Central Chapter


Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 28th. This is different from our usual third Thursday meeting date because September 21st is Rosh Hashanah.

In the meantime, please be recording your discoveries of what flourished in your gardens this growing year so that you can share your knowledge with everyone. And, do be taking pictures that we can show at the meeting!

I will be sending out reminders for the meeting!

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

I look forward to meeting all of you.

Judith Robinson

For more information contact



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

Members and Friends

Please join us  
September Rancocas Chapter meeting  
Monday, September 25, 2017 7:00-9:00 pm
Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road Westampton, NJ
Our topic will be:
Join us for an introduction to wildflower identification using *Newcombs Wildflower Guide*.Basic plant structures will be studied 

INSTRUCTOR: Ryan Rebozo,Ph.D., Pinelands Preservation Alliance

***Bring a copy of " Newcombs Wildflower Guide" to the meeting.***

Thank you,
Toni Price, Chapter Leader  


For more information contact



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Jersey Shore Chapter


Please Join the Jersey Shore Chapter for our September Meeting on Sept 12, at "Insectropolis".

Due to the Labor Day holiday, we have changed our September meeting to Tuesday, September 12, from 2:00-3:30pm. Meet us at "Insectropolis" for a free tour of the museum and native plant gardens, and a special program about how to prepare your yard to attract beneficial insects and other pollinators, by coleader Pam Almeida. RSVP required to Mary Judge at, all are welcome. Meet at Insectropolis at 2:00pm: 1761 US Rt. 9, Toms River, 08755.  


Save the Date for Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard on October 14, 2017 

Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Soil Conservation District and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County are thrilled to announce: "Bringing Nature Home to your Jersey-Friendly Yard" Conference, featuring Kenote Speaker: Doug Tallamy, Saturday, October 14, 8:30am-3:00pm, Ocean County College. Registration is now open and seating is limited, so register now for this all-day conference designed especially for the home gardener. Explore the tools and resources available on the Jersey-Friendly Yards website designed to help you create an eco-friendly yard that supports butterflies, bees, birds and wildlife by planting natives. Learn how to assess your yard, test your soil, design your garden, select your blooms and install your plants. Be inspired by the teachings of Doug Tallamy, renowned author of "Bringing Nature Home", and advocate for lawn reduction and replacement with native flowers, shrubs and trees. **Volunteers needed to help set-up and staff the JSC-NPSNJ table during the breaks - FREE admission (a $35 value) offered to the first 2 volunteers to contact Mary Judge and offer your assistance,

NPSNJ Fall Conference: November 4 

The NPSNJ will be holding their annual Fall Conference on Saturday November 4, 10:00am-4:00pm, at Raritan Valley Community College. The list of speakers and vendors is still evolving, and of course, fall is the time for planting - there will be a native plant sale and native plant seed swap. Please start collecting seed. Seeds from south Jersey are especially needed: asters, gentians, woody plants and violets. For more information about the annual Fall Conference and how to register, please connect to the NPSNJ website


Volunteers Wanted!

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help exhibit the JSC-NPSNJ table at other events, please let Mary Judge know:; 732-255-0472 ext. 1. In particular, we need volunteers at the September 9 and 10 Wild Outdoor Expo in Colliers Mills, and the Beach Plum Festival on September 10 at Island Beach State Park. It's easy and fun! You would be engaging the public about the Chapter's upcoming meetings and events. Come help spread the word about the importance of native plants!


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:


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Delaware Bayshores Chapter

Del-Bay 2017 Calendar: click here

Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Monday Night 11 September 2017 from 7 PM-8:30 PM  

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts 22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332  

Next on the Guest Speaker Series
NPSNJ President John Black will present:
"Arachnids: The Unusual Story"  

John Black will do the unusual and give the lighter side of spiders and the wondrous and fun world of our eight legged friends. Forget the identification humdrum we promise you will never look at a spider with the same feeling after our next meeting.  

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 2017 - June 2018 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,
Doris, Lynn, Julie, Karla and Joe  

For more


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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.

September Meeting:

7 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2017
Stockton University
Room C136. 

Jean Riling  

"From Silent to Vibrant: Eight Years of Backyard Transformation" 

Our chapter's own Jean Riling will be telling the inspiring story of her backyard. In just eight years she has transformed it from its original state -- non-native shrubs, rock mulch, and lots of grass when she and her husband moved in -- to the delightful place filled with birds, insects, and native plants that it is today. One theme: you can do it too! 

Jean graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Natural Resources Management. Studying the ecology of her yard led her on to gardening for the birds and then on to gardening with native plants to provide for all wildlife.  


Our Fall Chapter Meetings will be in C-136, Stockton University: Directions: Park in Parking Lot #1 and bear right walking down the hill, following the signs to Alton Auditorium. Enter the A-D Building by the main doors (on your left, across from the Arts & Sciences Building). Go upstairs one flight: C-wing will be on your right halfway down the hallway, C-136 is on the right toward the end of the wing.

Alternative Route: Park in the Arts & Sciences Parking Lot and walk past the Arts & Science Building, then turn right just beyond it. Enter the A-D building on your left. Go upstairs one flight: C-wing will be on your right halfway down the hallway; C-136 is at the far right end of the wing.

See you soon!  

If you would like to be updated with details about our future meetings, please contact Jesse Connor at:  (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:


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Other Announcements

Save the Date for Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard on October 14, 2017 



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