Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Essex County Environmental Center Programs for June

A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of June that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center where they can enjoy an enriching recreational experience through nature and conservation activities.

"Our Environmental Center has become the premiere location for environmental education and nature appreciation. With the help of our partner groups, our dynamic schedule of events and activities will captivate all ages," DiVincenzo said. "Walk in our woods, discover habitats, get pointers on gardening, learn about nature photography and much more. It's all about nature and it's all at our Environmental Center," he added.

Events scheduled for June are as follows:

"Yoga and Hike" is geared for adults. Help renew your spirits as the class hikes through Essex County South Mountain Reservation, looks and listens for birds, and stays present with our surroundings. The hike will begin with breath awareness and will be followed by a dynamic restorative yoga class. Bring a light lunch or a snack and a yoga mat. All levels are welcome. Meet in the Locust Grove Parking Lot at South Mountain Reservation (across from the Millburn Library). Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $8 per adult. Yoga and Hike will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County South Mountain Reservation
Locust Grove Parking Lot
Millburn, NJ

"Little Explorers Summer Nature Program"
is a child-caregiver class that uses stories, walks and crafts to develop an awareness and appreciation for science and nature for the child as well as the caregiver. Each session, a different nature or science topic is covered. Space is limited. Advance registration and payment is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $6 per child per session (additional material fees may apply). Little Explorers Nature Program is scheduled as follows:

Ages: 2½ to 3½ years
Dates: Mondays, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 16
Times: 10 to 11 a.m.

Ages: 3 ½ to 5 years
Dates: Mondays, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23
Times: 10 to 11 a.m.

Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"4-H Young Gardeners Club"
is for children in grades 1-8. Have you ever wondered how vegetables and flowers grow? Where spaghetti sauce comes from? How you can find a rainbow in a garden? Come join the 4-H Young Gardener's Club to find the answers to these questions and many more. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-3785. 4-H Young Gardeners Club will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesdays, June 8, 15 and 22, 2010
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Garibaldi Hall
Roseland, NJ

"Sunset Paddle on the Passaic River"
offers wonderful opportuni ties to view wildlife awakening for a night full of activity. All equipment is included. Some paddling experience is required. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Cost is $15 per seat. Sunset Paddle will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Honey Bee Biology: Basic Hive Information"
will be led by Joseph Lelinho, President of Essex County Beekeepers Association. The program will focus on the organization of the hive, including the duties of the Queen, Worker and Drone. Participants will see that even though the colony can be a very precise instrument in its timing and the role each member plays, the Honeybee is also the master of flexibility, which helps make it an amazing survivor. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $10 per person and free for ECBA members. Honey Bee Biology will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Green Thumb Club – Gardening for Health and Nutrition"
is for children ages 7 to 12. Participants will learn how to garden for optimal plant growth, production and food quality and gardening methods that keep the soil and land healthy. Each class provides self-contained concepts, so you may choose individual sessions or join us for all classes. This program is part of a six-month series which provides a complete health and nutrition program for young gardeners. Advance registration and payment is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $8 per child per session (includes a $2 materials fee). Green Thumb Club will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesdays, June 9 and 23, 2010
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Birding Hike in the Great Piece Meadow"
is presented by the New Jersey Audubon Society. There will be many chances to encounter summer breeding birds and hear many different bird songs. Footing may be wet. Meet at the parking lot of Charlie Brown's Restaurant, 337 Fairfield Road, Fairfield. Space is limited. Cost is $6 for NJAS members and $8 for non-members. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 for more information and to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Meeting site: Charlie Brown's Restaurant
337 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ

"Pole Bean Teepee"
is for children ages 3½ to 5. Native Americans built teepees from tree branches and reeds, but participants will build one using a variety of climbing beans. Hopefully, there will be enough beans to take some home for a snack. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $12 per child (includes materials). Pole Been Teepee will be held as follows:

Date: Thursdays, June 10 and 24, 2010
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"A Garden of Giants"
is for children ages 4 to 6. Your friends may think you are telling them a story about giant plants, but wait until you show them pictures of what you grew! Try a few seeds in your own garden at home. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $12 per child (includes materials). A Garden of Giants will be held as follows:

Date: Thursdays, June 10 and 24, 2010
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Birding Hike in Essex County South Mountain Reservation"
is presented by the New Jersey Audubon Society. Participants will hike the trails of this large county park in search of nesting birds, including Orioles, Bluebirds and Woodpeckers. Meet in the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo parking lot. Space is limited. Cost is $6 for NJAS members and $8 for non-members. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 for more information and to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 8 a.m.
Meeting Site: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ

"Design a Sun-Catcher"
is for children ages 10 and up. Join GlassRoots to create a rectangular or circular fused sun-catcher. Each participant will cut their own glass and glue their own design to it. Back at their studio in Newark, GlassRoots will add the finishing touches to each sun-catcher. GlassRoots will mail the finished product to the participant (shipping fees will apply) or it can be picked up at their studio. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $25 per person (plus an additional shipping fee). Design a Sun-Catcher will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Garden Hideaway"
is appropriate for children ages 3½ to 5. Participants will create a special house from sunflower and morning glory seeds. The house will attract all kinds of visitors from hummingbirds to ladybugs to butterflies, but the best part is when you can hide inside. Participants will be able to take home some seeds and watch the plants grow above your heads. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $12 per child (includes materials fee). Garden Hideaway will be held as follows:

Date: Thursdays, June 17, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Peter Rabbit Garden"
is appropriate for children ages 4 to 6. Find out about this little rabbit that got into a lot of trouble in Mr. McGregor's garden. Participants will plant their own garden and see if Peter returns with his friends to nibble on the vegetables. Take home a little garden of your own! Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $12 per child (includes materials fee). Peter Rabbit Garden will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Lenape Day"
is an opportunity to discover the world of the Native Lenape people while participating in a variety of Native American activities, including crafts, cooking, fishing, farming and more. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $6 per child and $8 per adult. Lenape Day will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Hands-On Composting"
is geared for adults. Take "going green" to a whole new level and learn how to compost. In this hands-on workshop with Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension, learn the basics of home composting. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $8 per adult. Hands-On Composting will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Horticulture for Seniors: Flower Arranging for Summer Fun"
is a free horticulture class designed for senior citizens that is led by the Master Gardeners of Essex County. Weather permitting, the program will be held outdoors and include a picnic to celebrate this last program of the season. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration is required one week prior to program. For information, call 973-379-5488 or 973-731-0717. This program is free. Horticulture for Seniors will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Birding Hike in Essex County Branch Brook Park"
is presented by the New Jersey Audubon Society. Walk through some of the paths of this varied park scene that holds a surprising variety of birdlife, from forest birds to ducks and herons. Meet at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center at the north end of the park. This is a free hike. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 for more information and to register. Birding Hike is scheduled as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center
Essex County Branch Brook Park
Near the Mill Street Entrance
Newark, NJ

"Watercolors"
is for ages 16 and up. Experience the joy of painting and create your own original watercolor! As flowers are blooming all around, it is the perfect time to explore this beautiful artistic medium. In this course, learn about a seasonal flower and how to draw and paint it. Participants will take home their very own creation – fully matted and ready to frame. Professional grade materials included; just bring a camera. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $40 per person. Watercolors will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"New Jersey Woodturners"
is presented by the New Jersey Woodturners Association. Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood, wood species, and turning tips and techniques. Topics vary month to month; call the Environmental Center for details. Cost is $8 per adult and free for NJWA members. New Jersey Woodturners will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, June 28, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
Garibaldi Hall
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"Grow Your Own Salad"
is presented by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County. Participants will learn the basics of creating a small vegetable/salad garden. Harvest your own tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers this year to enjoy with your family and friends. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-228-8776. Cost is $8 per adult. Grow Your Own Salad will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, June 28, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Essex County Environmental Center
621B Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ

"NJ Birds Behaving Boldly"
is a photography exhibit by Janet Markman that will be on display at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of June. The Center is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 973-228-8776.

Registration is required for all programs at the Essex County Environmental Center, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, please call 973-228-8776.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 20 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

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