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National Trails Day Hike offered by D&R Greenway Land Trust

May 7, 2014

D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to join staff and volunteers for a  National Trails Day Hike, Saturday, June 7. Several more nature walks take place over the next few months. (www.drgreenway.org/walks.htm).

National Trails Day Celebration at Pryde’s Point
Co-hosted with Blue Ridge Mountain Sports

Saturday, June 7
10:30am – 12:00pm
Leader: Deb Brockway, D&R Greenway Volunteer and Trail Crew Leader

Every year on the first Saturday in June, organizations around the country celebrate National Trails Day with outdoor activities.  Join us for a walk on our Pryde’s Point Trail to celebrate this year! The trail begins at one of the highest points in Hunterdon County and loops about 1 mile down to Alexauken Creek, providing a connection with the Alexauken Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Location: West Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
Stony Brook Adventure & Family Picnic
Co-hosted with the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Tuesday, July 8
5:30 – 7:30pm
Leader: Jeff Hoagland, Educational Director, SBMWA
Cost: $5 per person

Join us for our annual family picnic and naturalist-led walk along the Stony Brook.  Bring your dinner (drinks and desserts provided) to enjoy a picnic on the terrace and then explore the brook! The walk will introduce you to aquatic plants and animals (bring your water-friendly shoes!), and teach you about vital ecological stream functions.

Location: Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

Meadow Restoration at Cadwalader ParkDate TBA: Mid to late summer
Leader: Diana Raichel, Conservation Biologist, D&R Greenway

At Cadwalader Park in Trenton, we’ve turned an old animal paddock into a native meadow!  This streambank and meadow restoration project (pictured right) improves water quality, increases biodiversity and provides environmental education opportunities for the local community. Join us to learn about our restoration techniques and outreach efforts.

Location: Cadwalader Drive, Trenton, NJ 08618

More hikes are slated this summer and fall.

From D&R Greenway: http://www.drgreenway.org/walks.htm

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Preserve open space in New Jersey

July 31, 2013

A recent news release from D&R Greenway Land Trust urges New Jersians to help preserve open space:

Urgent Action Needed for Open Space,
Farmland and Historic Preservation

The New Jersey legislature must act within the next week to give voters the opportunity to create a sustainable source of funding for critical land, water and historic preservation efforts!

The 2009 Bond Act provided funds for Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation.  Those funds are now fully allocated, and legislative action is needed now to continue New Jersey’s legacy of open space, farmland, and historic site preservation.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee held a public hearing on SCR160 on July 18th, clearing the way for a vote in the Senate and Assembly, but they must act before August 5th for the measure to be on the ballot this November.  SCR160 would dedicate $200 million annually in existing sales-tax revenues for the next thirty years to protect New Jersey’s natural areas, parks, water supplies, farmland and historic sites. 

Please contact your Senate and Assembly members today and urge them to bring SCR160/ACR205 to the floor for a vote as soon as possible!

2013 RON VELLEKAMP ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP

January 9, 2013

Guest Post from Hugh Carola

Group seeks the best, brightest and greenest students in their watershed to apply

Hackensack, NJ – Hackensack Riverkeeper is now accepting applications for the 2013 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its thirteenth year, the program was created in 2001 to support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment.

There is one additional requirement in order to be considered for the award: all who apply must either live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed; or attend a school located within that area. All told, seniors at sixty-six high schools in Bergen, Hudson and Rockland Counties are eligible to apply.

Teachers and guidance counselors are invited to submit applications on behalf of deserving students; and each school may nominate one student. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captain Bill Sheehan will review each application. The panel will consider each applicant’s academic achievements, environmental extra-curricular activities and future plans. The $1000 Scholarship is unrestricted and can be used for any required purchases during the student’s first year at college.

“Last year we received eleven applications from all across our watershed,” explained Program Director Hugh Carola. “But the one submitted on behalf of Ms. Ariana Schanzer of Englewood by her faculty advisor at the Frisch School in Paramus was a real winner. She truly stood out from the rest and is now studying Bioengineering and Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.”

Full scholarship application criteria are available online at http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling 201-968-0808. A list of all watershed municipalities is available on the Links page of the Website. For those residing in bi-watershed communities like Jersey City, Paramus or Ramapo some additional sleuthing (or a phone call to scholarship administrator Carola) is necessary to determine a student’s eligibility.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2013. The winner will be chosen no later than June 1.

The late Ronald Vellekamp was a science teacher in Ridgefield, New Jersey. During his life he also served as a Palisades Interstate Park ranger, Boy Scout leader, and trustee of Hackensack Riverkeeper. The scholarship that bears his name is fitting tribute to an educator whose life was lived in the service of others.

“One of the many things I learned from Ron during the all-too-short time he was with us was that you should never let a teachable moment pass by,” said Capt. Sheehan. “That’s something that I, Captain Hugh and the rest of our staff both understand and live by every single day.”

The Journey of the Universe

September 10, 2012

You’re invited to take a journey, “departing” from the Johnson Education Center, Princeton, NJ. October 25. A reception begins at 6:30 and the lecture, presented by Mary Evelyn Tucker, is slated for 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

D&R Greenway describes this lecture as a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights. From the Big Bang to the epic impact humans have on the planet today, this is the chance to ask one of the world’s foremost thinkers your most profound questions about the nature of the universe.

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Professor of World Religions and Ecology at Yale University and is currently serving as a visiting professor at Princeton University. She is co-author of the book and film, Journey of the Universe, which has been shown on PBS.

This event is sponsored by D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

D&R (Delaware and Raritan) Greenway Land Trust is nonprofit land preservation organization protecting open space in New Jersey by preserving watershed lands and large-scale landscapes.

The Princeton Environmental Institute is an interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education, and outreach at Princeton University.

Although the event is free, registration is suggested to insure your spot. Call 609-924-4646.
On the web: drgreenway.org

Environmental Schollarship

January 6, 2012

The Hackensack Riverkeeper is inviting college-bound students to apply for an environmental scholarship. Although this award is limited to students from participating New Jersey schools, I think this information is worth sharing. Hopefully it will serve as a model for other school districts.

From Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper:

2012 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship

 Group seeks the best, brightest – and greenest – students in their watershed 

Hackensack Riverkeeper is now accepting applications for the 2012 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its twelfth year, the program was created in 2001 to support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment.

All told, seniors at sixty-six Bergen, Hudson and Rockland County high schools are eligible for the award. Why those sixty-six schools and not all the high schools in those counties? Because in order to be eligible to apply, students must reside and/or attend school within the 210 square-mile Hackensack River Watershed.

Teachers and guidance counselors are invited to submit applications on behalf of deserving students; and each school may nominate one student. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captain Bill Sheehan will review each application. Among other criteria, the panel will consider each applicant’s academic achievements, environmental extra-curricular activities and future plans. The $1000 Scholarship is unrestricted and can be used for any required purchases during the student’s first year at college. 

“Last year despite our liberal application criteria and the fact that all sixty-six guidance departments were notified of the scholarship in early January, only two students applied,” explained Program Director Hugh Carola. “Unfortunately neither student lived or matriculated within our watershed, and so the 2011 scholarship went un-granted. We do not want a reprise of that situation this year.”

Full scholarship application criteria (in all its ease and liberality) are available online at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling 201-968-0808.  A list of all watershed municipalities is available on the “Links” page of the Website. For those residing in bi-watershed communities like Bayonne, Paramus or Ramapo some additional sleuthing (or a phone call to scholarship administrator Carola) is necessary to determine a student’s eligibility.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 23, 2012 – one day after Earth Day. The winner will be chosen no later than June 1. 

The late Ronald Vellekamp was a science teacher in Ridgefield, New Jersey. During his life he also served as a Palisades Interstate Park ranger, Boy Scout leader, and was a Hackensack Riverkeeper trustee. The scholarship that bears his name is fitting tribute to a life lived in the service of others. 

“One of the many things I learned from Ron during the all-too-short time he was with us was the value of education and of never letting a teachable moment pass,” said Capt. Sheehan. “That’s something all of us should understand because time is the best investment you can make in the life of a young person.”

 

 

Just Found Out about free listings with Green Resources New Jersey

January 1, 2012

Just found out that Green Resources New Jersey is compiling a Green directory and offering free listings in its publication through the month of January.

A listing includes your name and logo, address and phone number; your mission statement or purpose, and a brief description of your offerings.

A few of their clients include: Martindale’s Natural Market, Springfield, PA; Green Hospitality, Failte, Ireland; Historical Society of Princeton, NJ; and Fernbrook Farms, Chesterfield, NJ.

To learn how to enter your company or organization, visit the Green Resources New Jersey website.

The Carrotmob is coming!

March 15, 2010

Businesses are getting mobbed. And they’re glad. Carrotmob rewards socially responsible companies with new sales and publicity.

The organization describes itself as “a type of consumer activism in which businesses compete at how socially responsible they can be.” When a company is chosen as a winner, the “mob” shows up and spends lots of money on its products. What’s more, the store gets good press.

The Carrotmob has been focusing on environmental issues but founder Brent Schulkin is open to taking on other causes.

Learn more about Carrotmob’s mission, watch videos of past events, and find out about upcoming events worldwide at www.carrotmob.com.

Learn more about other groups working for a cause at webandofficeworks.com