Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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. (

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.

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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 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.
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Websites with a Green Mission

March 7, 2010

If you are looking for websites providing environmental news, research, and viewpoints, you can find thousands of them by doing an online search.

Many web sites use interactive tools and social media that allow visitors to participate in learning activities.

At the No Impact Project, visitors are challenged to take a “one week carbon cleanse.” If you sign up, you’ll join a group of people for a seven-day experiment. Each day focuses on a particular topic and actions you will take to reduce your carbon footprint. For example, one day focuses on not buy anything except absolute necessities, another day focuses on not creating trash, etc. At the end of each day, you post a blog or video log and share it with friends and communities.

The website’s mission, as the No Impact Man and website founder Colin Beavan puts it, is to show viewers how each of us can “make a better place to live for ourselves and everyone else ….” If you want to learn more about the challenge, visit No Impact Project.

Visit the Repower America Wall to watch video clips made by individuals and to add your own video. When you visit the site, you’ll see a wall of photos. As you scroll over each photo it enlarges and, in most cases, includes a camera icon that you use to view the video clip.

If you want to see a message from a particular person, use the Search icon at the bottom of the screen. You’ll have several options. You can search by a person’s name, by most recent or most popular posts. The search box also includes an interactive US map where you can view participants from the state of your choice.

To submit your own video or comments, click on the Add Your Voice arrow.

Visit Repower America Wall.

To learn about other interactive green websites, read the complete article at