Throughout the year, our chapters sponsor lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introductions to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more.
Are you interested in starting your own local chapter? Chapter leadership is a great way to express your passion for plants and the environment, get involved with a vibrant community of people with shared interests, or just have fun. Contact Kathy Salisbury - email:firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The Northern Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of the month with the exception of July, August, November and December.
7:00PM - 9:00 PM at REI East Hanover Community Room 280 State Route 10 (West bound side), East Hanover, NJ 07936.
email contact - North Chapter Leader Eileen Ferrer: email@example.com
The chapter meetings/activities are announced on the Upcoming Events page.
Please join us. .
We host speakers from many disciplines including plants, butterflies, birds, stewardship, conservation and gardening. Sometimes we select a topic for group discussion or gather for a tour of a garden or natural area. Each May we host a plant swap where members are encouraged to bring divisions from their gardens and take home new plants from other members.
We are always happy to entertain suggestions for new speakers or activities. Every meeting is a learning experience and we hope you will join us soon.
Our chapter was formed in February of 2010 to help serve the central New Jersey community. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Highland Park Environmental Center on River Road (Co. Rd. 622). Parking is available. For a map of the center click here.
The Environmental Center is on a three acre site that comprises Highland Park's Native Plant Reserve. The reserve offers our chapter and all visitors opportunities to appreciate, protect and study New Jersey's native flora and fauna.
The chapter meetings/activities are announced on the Upcoming Events page.
Please join us. For more information contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among our onsite events are removal of non-native species, establishment of native plants of New Jersey, creation of specialized gardens, river trail restoration, bird watching, nature walks, and native plant/seed exchanges.
Offsite events have included garden tours, joint meetings with other environmental groups, foraging for edible plants, and nature walks in other protected lands.
Monthly presentations have taught us about spring ephemerals, legislation to protect native plants, transforming a backyard into a wildlife sanctuary, foraging for native and non-native edibles and medicinal herbs, urban farming (beekeeping and chicken raising), and maple sugaring.
The Bergen Passaic Chapter began in September 2013 to serve the northern area and we are open to anyone who would like to join or just attend the occasional meetings.
We will hold 8 meetings a year on the second Thursday of the month.
Our meetings begin at 7pm in the Auditorium of the Bergen Regional Medical Center at 230 East Ridgewood Ave., Paramus NJ.
Please note Upcoming Events as posted on the NPSNJ web site.
The Bergen-Passaic Chapter is being led by Elaine Silverstein, Pat Knight and Bron Sutherland and can be contacted at BergenPassaic@npsnj.org
Our aim is to promote native plants in NJ thru education, to encourage the removal of invasive non-native species, to foster bird, butterfly and beneficial insect habitats, nature walks, and native plant/seed exchanges.
The Jersey Shore Chapter meets the first Tuesday of the month with the exception of August and December, from 6:30-8:00 pm. The chapter meetings are announced on the NPS Upcoming Events page.
We are always welcoming new members and interested native plant enthusiasts to join us for meetings or programs. For more information please contact us at email@example.com
The Jersey Shore is an enjoyable place to live! However, the shore ecosystem offers many challenges to the backyard gardener, specifically sandy, sometimes salty, nutrient-poor soil, summertime heat, drought, and humidity, as well as cold winter temperatures. Residents that live just inland from the shoreline maintain properties featuring unique and beautiful pine barrens habitat. In addition to the sandy, nutrient-poor soil conditions, and contrasting seasonal temperatures, the acidity of the soil and water in the Pines provides further obstacles to local gardeners. Although some choose to amend the soil, fertilize the plants, and heavily water the lawn and garden, the Jersey Shore Chapter would like to offer an alternative to the time, energy, money, and sometimes degradation of the local ecosystem -- to plant natives!
The Jersey Shore Chapter offers a host of monthly programs, workshops and field trips in support of our mutual passion for growing and caring for natives that thrive in the harsh conditions of the Jersey shore and inner-costal region of our state. We host speakers from many disciplines including horticulture, conservation, education, and stewardship, and we cover topics such as the ecological benefits of native plants for wildlife, native backyard gardening, proper care for soil, and home-composting. We swap seeds, transplant flowers, and share techniques and strategies for successful cultivation of native plants. Field trips target destinations that introduce members and interested guests to local native gardens, habitats, and agriculture.
Please join us for a meeting, program, workshop, or field trip! We are always happy to entertain suggestions for new speakers or activities. Every meeting is a learning experience and we hope you will join us soon!
Please join us. The chapter is being led by Mary Judge, Karen Walzer, Pam Almeida and Becky Laboy. Please contact them for more informationr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited about our 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 (Sept., Oct., Nov., Feb., March, April, May, and June). We are delighted that Stockton College'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.
Our meetings begin promptly at 7 p.m. at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Please plan to arrive early.
Our classroom for the fall 2014 semester is F201 (directions below).
If you would like to be updated with details about our future meetings, please contact Jesse Connor at: email@example.com. (Contacting this site will put you on the list for monthly meeting information, field trip info, and timely updates.)
We are looking forward to coming together again to promote native plants in southeastern New Jersey!
Directions to F-201: Park in either Parking Lot 2, 3, or 4 and walk through the main entrance of the Campus Student Center and then out the center exit. F-wing will be in the next line of buildings a few steps to your right. F-201 is on the second floor.
The Rancocas Nature Center Chapter of the NPSNJ was formed in October,2013. An organizational meeting was held then, and Toni Price will serve as President , Bill Beetle will be our Secretary-Treasurer, and Jeanne Woodford will serve as educational outreach coordinator.
Meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month at Rancocas Nature Center except July and August.
Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Road, Westampton,NJ
Highbush blueberry is a native, upright, 6-12 feet tall, crown-forming shrub. The common name refers to the relatively tall stature of these plants. Twigs are yellow-green (reddish in winter) and covered with small wart-like dots. Leaves are deciduous, alternate, simple, elliptic or ovate, 1 to 31?2 inches long and slightly waxy above with pubescence (hairs) at least on the veins beneath. The white or pink-tinged flowers are small and urn-shaped with 5 petals, and occur 8 to 10 per cluster. Flowering occurs February to June, sporadically in the southern portion of its range; fruiting occurs April to October, about 62 days after flowering. Fruits are 1?4 - 1?2” blue-black berries with many seeds.
Highbush blueberry in nature is found primarily in shady areas with wet acidic soils. This 4’-10’ tall shrub is adaptable in the landscape and while it still needs acid soil, it can tolerate drier, sunnier locations. Highbush blueberry is truly a plant for all seasons as it is loaded with small white flowers in the spring, delicious blue berries in the summer, crimson red fall foliage and bright red or blond stems in the winter. It can be somewhat tricky to grow, so make sure your soil is very acid and loaded with organic matter.
Highbush blueberry, a native North American shrub cultivated throughout the country, is the major blueberry- producing species in commerce. More than 50 cultivars have been developed, primarily for commercially valuable fruit characteristics and seasonality.
A few selections are used in landscaping, especially as plantings in wet areas or to attract wildlife.
Highbush blueberries are eaten raw, smoke-dried, sun-dried, boiled, and baked in a wide variety of culinary settings. They have one of the highest concentrations of iron of the temperate fruits.
Blueberries provide important summer and early fall food for numerous species of game birds, songbirds, and mammals.