October 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 sussex@npsnj.org


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North Chapter

To be announced



For more information contact Peter Birnbaum north@npsnj.org


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

Chapter Announcements

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

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.: "Sustainability in the Home Garden," presented by Elaine Silverstein, horticulturist and chapter co-leader. This talk will focus on the meaning of sustainability and on specific gardening techniques that make a backyard environment more ecologically friendly as well as more economical and easy to maintain.

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!  


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.

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

Greetings Everyone!

Our next meeting, October 24, will focus on enjoying native plants in Middlesex County's open spaces. The meeting 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.

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

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 highlandpark@npsnj.org.


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Union Chapter

To be announced



For more information contact Michael Brennan at union@npsnj.org.


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Hunterdon Chapter

October meeting: October 30, 2017, 7PM, Hunterdon Medical Center

Bats of New Jersey

Ethan Gilardi, Conserve Wildlife



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

To be announced



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

To be announced



For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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Jersey Shore Chapter

To be announced


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


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


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.

October Meeting:

7 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017
Stockton University
Room C136. 

Emile DeVito 

"Pickering's Morning Glory and Other Pine Barrens Rare Plant Potpourri"  

Emile has been the Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation since 1989. He develops management plans for NJCF's 20,000+ acres of holdings designed to protect and enhance biological diversity. He educates government officials, advocacy groups, land trusts, teachers, and students on forest-interior habitat and migratory stopover needs of Neo-tropical songbirds. He is a trustee of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the NJ Natural Lands Trust, and he serves on both the Endangered and Non-Game Species Advisory Committee (within the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife) and on the New Jersey Invasive Species Council. 

…And he is a dynamic speaker. No matter how much (or how little) you know about the New Jersey Pine Barrens he is sure to teach you more and jazz you up about our state's most intriguing natural area.  


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:  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



Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard

Anyone can create a beautiful and healthy Jersey-Friendly Yard!  Registration is now open for the "Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" event on October 14th at Ocean County College.  This event will feature the Jersey-Friendly Yards website's comprehensive "Landscaping for a Healthy Environment" resources and tools.  Learn from the experts about how to create wildlife habitat, improve soil health, and conserve water in your own yard. 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and author of “Bringing Nature Home," a book that has sparked a national conversation about sustaining healthy ecosystems by planting native species at home.  

Visit the Event Page and REGISTER NOW for this great event!

Click here to see the event schedule and to get more details about the speakers. The event includes a native plant sale by Pinelands Direct and others, plus multiple exhibitors, who will have plenty of information to get you started on your Jersey-Friendly Yard.  

The Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County are hosting this event.  We want to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible through their generous support:
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey, Pinelands Direct   and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.





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