Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February Events at the Essex County Environmental Center

Canoeing on the Passaic River at Octoberfest event
at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland.
A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of February that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment.

Visit the Essex County Environmental Center at 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland, NJ for environmental education and nature appreciation. With the help of partner groups, their schedule of events and activities include a walk in our woods, discovering habitats, getting pointers on gardening, learning about nature photography and much more.


 Some events scheduled for February include:

"The Colorado Rockies," a fine art photography exhibit by Fred Dammont, on display at the Center during the month of February. Admission is free.

"Little Explorers Winter 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 week, a different nature or science topic is covered. Cost is $6 per child/session (additional material fees may apply).

"Birding Hike in Essex County Weequahic Park" is presented by New Jersey Audubon and is geared for adults and children over 12. Visit an Essex County oasis while searching for wintering ducks, gulls and passerine birds. All can be viewed along an easy trail around the lake. Meet at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland and we will carpool to the park. This is a free hike. Space is limited. Hikes take place unless trails are impassable due to snow or ice. Hikes will be canceled is there is heavy rain or snow. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 for more information and to register. Birding Hike is scheduled for Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8 a.m.

"Maple Sugaring" is presented by New Jersey Audubon for children ages 4 to 12 and their family. Participants will "tap" a maple tree, collect some sap and make some maple syrup before returning to the Environmental Center for hot chocolate and sugar snacks. Cost is $5 for NJAS members and $7 for non-members. Advance registration is required. For information, call 973-226-6082. Maple Sugaring will be held Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

"Birding Hike in Essex County Hatfield Swamp" is presented by New Jersey Audubon and is geared for adults and children over 12. Hikers will spend the morning searching for birds and other animals of winter. Meet in the parking lot of Stop and Shop in West Caldwell. Cost is $6 for NJAS members and $8 for non-members. Space is limited. Hikes take place unless trails are impassable due to snow or ice. Hikes will be canceled is there is heavy rain or snow. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 for more information and to register. Saturday, February 18, 8 a.m. Meeting site: Stop and Shop Supermarket, Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell.

"Three-Day Short Course on Beekeeping" is presented by the Essex County Beekeepers Society for adults and children ages 12 and older. This short course is appropriate for new beekeepers as well as those who need a refresher. Participants will be taken through a full year of beekeeping, including purchasing and assembling equipment to harvesting, extracting, and bottling honey. Basics of disease and mite management and control will be covered. Scholarships for this course are available to young people ages 12-22. Visit www.njbeekeepers.org for more details. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $90 per person and includes ECBS/NJBA membership, continental breakfast, and afternoon snack. For more information and to register, contact Pat Gamsby at BJORNLASS@AOL.COM or 973-227-2808. E-Mail is the best means of contacting Pat. Beekeeping Course will be held Saturdays, February 18 & 25; Field Day TBA Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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


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