National Moth Week kickoff event, 2013. National Moth Week is a global citizen science project being held during the last full week of July.
A new fence was installed around the East Brunswick Community Garden in preparation to the 2017 gardening season.
Moth Night
Salamander migration at Beekman Road
Spring Freecycling - April 22, 2017
Community Garden Plots available!
Upcoming lectures - March 29, Dr. David Moskowitz will talk about "Vernal Pools and Spotted Salamanders". April 26, Stephanie Alea, "Plants and You". May 24, Dr. David Robinson, NJ state Climatologist will talk about "New Jersey's climate variability and change". All lectures at 7pm at the East Brunswick Public Library.

News & Events

THE SALAMANDERS ARE COMING 
 
Join us at  Beekman Road (When the road is closed to traffic) to see the last population of spotted salamanders in East Brunswick migrate to their breeding pools.  While predicting the migration is always difficult, it's been an unseasonably mild winter and it's quite possible the migration is about to begin soon! For updates on migration and road closing click here.
Read more about the East Brunswick salamander here
 
 
 
NEVER WALK BEEKMAN ROAD IF THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED
 

 

 

EAST BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY GARDEN

Registration for new gardeners for 2017 is open.

To register click here

More information about the garden at www.ebcommunitygarden.webs.com

 

 


  

SPRING FREECYCLING

Date TBA    9am-2pm

Click for information

 

 


OPTION GREEN

Option Green is lecture series for anyone interested in environmental issues, co-sponsored with the East Brunswick Public Library. All lecture will be held at The Library, starting at 7pm.  Click on events for more information on upcoming lectures. 


 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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About the Friends

The “Friends” is a New Jersey and 501C3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to local environmental education and conservation. Projects initiated by the Friends have been widely recognized by the New Jersey Audubon Society, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, United States Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey Association of Landscape Architects, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions and the East Brunswick Department of Parks and Recreation and Mayor and Town Council. These projects have also received extensive media coverage from local, state, national and even international press.The organization is run by an all-volunteer board. Our Board includes environmental consultants, educators and researchers and allows for a wide-diversity of experience and backgrounds providing an excellent foundation for environmental projects in our community.

Friends' events and membership are Free and open to all.

Past and present Friends projects include:
Community garden
Freecycling

East Brunswick Environmental Commission and Friends Awards/Recognition
 
The Friends' are funded only by private donations.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
 
To donate to the Friends using a credit card or PayPal account - Click the 'donate' button below.
 

 

Friends Projects are sponsored by:

 

Ongoing support of the East Brunswick Community Garden


Website and other projects


Freecyling events
Monetary donations


Anonymous Families Butterfly Park, Salamander Migration, Option Green, Green Living, Monetary Donations.

 

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About East Brunswick

East Brunswick is a fast growing suburban town in Central New Jersey, situated midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Close to 50,000 people call East Brunswick home.

Much has changed in East Brunswick during the past 80 years. With modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Digital Historical Aerial Photographs, we can glimpse back in history and make comparisons to current conditions in ways we never were able to do before. I have attached two aerial photographs of East Brunswick, one from 1930 and the other from 2007. They are both at the same scale and are high resolution, so they can be enlarged to take a closer look at details.

In 1930, East Brunswick was a patchwork of small farms interspersed by woods and streams. Extensive tidal wetlands were present along the South River and the Raritan River. It must have been incredible to see at that time. A real breadbasket of farms on some of the most productive farmland in the state and with vast natural communities that were at the intersection of northern and southern habitats. A few roads bisected the township linking the small areas of development with surrounding towns, but most (if not all) of these were likely dirt at the time. During the next 80 years, East Brunswick, like most of Middlesex County, would undergo significant suburban development altering the natural landscape in many ways. Extensive forests and farms were converted to housing, commercial development and other uses (landfill, golf course, the NJ Turnpike, etc.), streams were channelized, diverted or piped and wetlands and vernal pools were filled in. This is not to be critical of these changes, but simply to acknowledge that they occurred and to understand the changes to the environment.

We are very fortunate that remnants and even extensive portions of these original habitats remain in East Brunswick providing a glimpse, if not an even a wider view, of what East Brunswick used to look like. Stroll through the incredible Pine Barrens habitats of Jamesburg Park, or through Frost Woods, or hike into the tidal swamp along the South River at Keystone Park, or explore the southern portion of the township near Dutch Lane, Church Lane and Fresh Ponds where a number of farms have been preserved and woods still dominate much of the landscape. This is our natural history, and although much has changed, there are still many gems that remain. We can also use the aerial photographs to learn from our mistakes and from our successes in terms of conserving our remaining natural landscape as well as setting priorities on preservation and restoration. As the saying goes, "Think Globally, but Act Locally." If we aren't stewards of what is in our own town, you can be certain no one else will either.

Check out the Parks Guide on the Friends website at www.friendsebec.com/ebparks to learn where some of our best remaining natural areas are. They are well worth exploring. The Parks Guide is a work in progress and new Parks will be featured over the next few months. There are also high resolution aerial photographs www.friendsebec.com/salamandercrossing of the vernal pools along Beekman Road where we have worked so hard to protect our migrating salamanders and frogs.

 

 

 
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March 9, May 3, July 5, 

September 6, November 1

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