2014 Rutgers Environmental Stewards program

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

The 2014 Rutgers Environmental Stewards program, which helps non-scientists to become citizen-scientists begins the first week of January and typically runs through May.

An innovative partnership between Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Duke Farms Foundation, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program teaches participants about land and water stewardship, best management practices, environmental public advocacy, and leadership.

The curriculum is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the New Jersey. Academics are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share understanding and insights with the students.

“Students don’t only receive facts, but also are introduced to a network of expert individuals and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with solving local environmental problems,” said Bruce Barbour, agricultural and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the program’s originator.

“This can be among the most meaningful six months in your life,” adds Barbour, who has led the program for years and well worth the $250 fee.

Training in Warren County is offered at RCE of Warren County, 165 Route 519 south, Belvidere. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from January to May. Cost is $250. For more information, contact Milly Rice at marnavy@hotmail.com or call 908-475-6505.

published at NJ.com http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2013/11/rutgers_environmental_stewards.html

Shopping at Amazon? Support the Friends.

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Shopping Amazon.com? Use this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-4714092 and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

Please share the link with your friends, with a few mouse click everyone can support the Friends!

Thank you for you support.

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Vote Yes on Plastic-Bag Bill

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Please support S-812, the "Carryout Bag Reduction and Recycling Act," and make the Garden State the leader in environmental responsibility by taking a stand to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.

Link to the petition - http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/vote-yes-on-plastic-bag.fb40?source=s.fb&r_by=6769131

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The Environmental Threat of Plastics with Anne Poole. November 17

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

The President of the New Jersey Environmental Lobby, Anne Poole, will speak to our congregation and and the public about the moral consequences of the continued use of plastic bags and plastics in general and about pending NJ legislation. Learn about the Pacific Gyre, how the use of plastics affects the food chain and how we can all reduce the use of plastics. This provocative talk focuses on our 7th UU Principle.

November 17 at the Unitarian Society of East Brunswick. More information on the Society's website.

Ireland Brook Cleanup - Nov

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Watershed Cleanup
Wed. Nov. 13, 1pm - 4pm.

Ireland Brook in East Brunswick. Parking at Parkview Court, East Brunswick.

Organized by NJ Region 9 Watershed Ambassador, Middlesex County Parks Dept. and

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership.

East Brunswick Hosting Close-Up Critter Encounters

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

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They’re a few longtime Central Jersey residents, who’ve largely gone unnoticed – that is until now.

The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) is inviting the public to an unofficial meet-and-greet with creatures like the damselfly, whirligigs and stoneflies Nov. 2, during several interactive workshops at the Ireland Brook Conservation Area in East Brunswick.

Understandably, Middlesex County residents may be entirely unfamiliar with their creepy, crawly neighbors, but that’s just what organizers of “The Stream and Its Critters” workshops are counting on.

“Now here’s a prime opportunity to give your children a greater appreciation and understanding of the environment that surrounds them,” said Freeholder Carol Barrett Bellante, a liaison to the MCIA. “This is more than just a hands-on lesson about bugs and wildlife. It’s also a way to underscore our impact on nature’s delicate ecological balance.”

The free activity, additionally sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, and led by the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, gives residents the option of attending one of four sessions that begin between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, Eric Gehring, a naturalist with the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, will guide short tours to the nearby Ireland Brook, where participants will both safely trap and observe a few of the local inhabitants before releasing them back into their natural habitats.

“Using a sein net, we’ll collect macro-invertebrates from the stream, place them in a pan of water and examine them with magnifying glasses,” said Rick Lear, division head of the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation. “Different types of insects need cleaner water than others, so what we find will be a good indication of the stream’s health.”

During these outdoor excursions, some of the “critters” that may cross any given group’s path include:

  • Damselfly: Akin to the dragonfly, this blue-tinted, carnivorous, airborne beauty feeds on spiders, mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Whirligig: A type of water beetle that can swim above and below the stream’s surface and proves difficult to hold, due to the waxy, water-repellent residue its body secretes.
  • Stonefly: Another flying insect that acts as a barometer for water quality and is one of approximately 3,500 species of its kind found the world-over, with the exception of Antarctica.

The workshop is open to families and individuals, as well as youth, 8-years-of-age and older, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants and accompanying adults will be required to sign a “volunteer agreement and release” form. Only a few pairs of hip waders, or waterproof boots that extend above the knee, will be available for rotation to attendees, who wish to venture into the brook’s shallow waters; so participants are encouraged to bring their own, if feasible.

Planners recommend attendees dress weather appropriate, bring a water bottle and prepare for a 10-minute or half-mile walk to the workshop’s site.

These workshops are part of the Days of Fun on the Raritan River: Things to Do Learn and Share on Our Riverfront programming, an initiative aimed at highlighting the Lower Raritan River’s many access points and increasing public awareness on general estuary use and care.

A New York/ New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program grant awarded to the MCIA and funding from the New England Water Pollution Control Commission have made this instruction possible.

Respectively, the 1.5-hour sessions will start at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visitors should park at the Riva Avenue entrance of the Ireland Brook Conservation Area.

To register and for detailed directions, contact MCIA Economic Development Senior Project Manager Denise Nickel at 609-409-5002 or by email at dn@mciauth.com.

--Middlesex County Improvement Authority

The Stream and Its Critters

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 27, 2013 at 5:50 PM
The Stream and Its Critters
For families and youth age 8 and up
See who lives in Ireland Brook; Caputre tiny critters, magnify and name them; Learn what they do; Find out how we affect them.
November 2, Four 1.5 hours workshops click for times
Irelend Brook Conservation Area, Riva Avenue, East Brunswick
Registration required - call 609-409-5002, email dn@mciuth.com

More information - click here

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County November 2013 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 25, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

November 2013

Calendar of Events

The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

unless otherwise noted.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

This month’s offerings are as follows.

Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape

Fri. Nov 1: 1 - 5pm; Sat. Nov. 2: 8am - 4pm

Aimed at teachers of pre-k to grade 12 (but open to all who may work with kids (scout leaders, Cooperative Extension volunteers and staff, local youth organizations, etc.),... this workshop teaches how to help children work in small groups to explore a natural site, using art concepts and skills to create art from natural materials, Uses math concepts and skills to sort, count, collect and graph. To register contact 732-398-5274.

Dogs in the Corn at Etch Farms

Nov. 2, Sat. 10am-4pm

556 Buckelew Ave. Monroe Township, NJ

Join a benefit for the New Jersey Ag Society’s award winning programs,

Learning Through Gardening and Farmers Against Hunger.

Make it a family day! 732-794-6785

Watershed Cleanup
Wed. Nov. 13, 1pm - 4pm.

Ireland Brook in East Brunswick. Parking at Parkview Court, East Brunswick.

Organized by NJ Region 9 Watershed Ambassador, Middlesex County Parks Dept. and

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership.

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Annual Meeting

Tues., Nov.19, 7:30 pm

Milltown Senior Center, 60 Violet Terrace, Milltown, NJ 08850

Speaker, Dr. David A. Robinson, State Climatologist, Rutgers Univ.

Coming in 2014

Rutgers Environmental Steward Program

Classes take place on Wednesday evenings from January 8 until May 14, 2014.

The goal of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program is for graduates to expand their awareness of science based information on

environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community. Call 732-398-5274 for details and registration.

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

ANJEC 40th Annual Environmental Congress

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

http://www.anjec.org/ConfWorkshops.htm#Congress

ANJEC 40th Annual Environmental Congress
Planning in a Changing Environment

Saturday, October 19
9:00am - 4:30pm
Middlesex County College
College Center
2600 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison
Click here for directions

Keynote Speaker: Mark Warner, Founder SunFarm Network

Energy and Climate Change

Featured Speaker: John Filippelli,

Director of Clean Air and Sustainability Division, U.S. EPA, Region 2

Enjoy a day jam-packed with information and resources you can use, with exciting workshops:

  • Power Tools for Sustainable Planning
  • Open Space and Ecosystems Management
  • Planning and the New Norm
  • Trends in NJ’s Tree and Plant Communities
  • Creating Complete Streets for All
  • Flood Preparation and Response
  • Asking the Right Questions in Stormwater Review
  • Big Solar: the Right Place for the Right Technology
  • Environmental Commission Success Stories

Read full workshop descriptions

Professional CEUs Available:

  • Community Forestry, 1 1/2 hours each for Trends in NJ Trees Workshop and Commission Success Stories Workshop;
  • ASFPM offers 6 core hours;
  • Six hours total for CPWMs: 2 hours each of Technical, Management and Government;

For details contact ANJEC by email or call 973-539-7547.

Special End-of-Day Networking Reception

-plus-

Exhibitors, Environmental Achievement Awards and more

Click here to register now

For more information email ANJEC or call 973-539-7547.

ANJEC thanks the following sponsors:

The Leavens Foundation -Major Sponsor

New Jersey Natural Gas -Contributing Sponsor

Wakefern Foods -Contributing Sponsor

Investors Savings Bank -Networking Reception Sponsor

Freecycling - 27 October 2013

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Freecycling - 27 October 2013
new location:
East Brunswick High School

Items accepted up until 1 pm
Pick up items until 3 pm

More information on the Freecycling page

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, October 2013 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

October 2013

Calendar of Events

The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

unless otherwise noted.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like” us.

This month’s offerings are as follows.

October

4-H Haunted House & Hayride

Every Friday & Saturday Night in October…7-11 pm

Only $4 for each, and proceeds go to support the 4-H holiday charitable event, Project GIFT.

4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Introduction to Vermi-Composting

Wednesday. Oct. 2 6:30 - 8:30pm

No room to compost outside?…Let the worms do the work for you…

Great for apartments or condos.

Free! Register @ 732-745-4170

4-H Open House

Sunday, Oct. 6 1pm-4pm

Come learn about 4-H and join a club or volunteer.

4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Call 732-398-5261 for info.

Saturday & Sunday Oct. 12 & 13 10am – 5pm

Master Gardeners & Extension Staff

attend the VonThun Fall Festival

Experience the festivities and consult with your local horticulture experts.

519 Ridge Road Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

Saturday, Oct. 12

4-H Halloween Tricky Tray Event

Doors - 6pm Drawing -7pm

$15 cost includes admission and tickets

4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, NJ 08816

All proceeds benefit 4-H Youth Development program.

For info call 732-940-9528

Saturday Oct. 19, 10am-Noon

Backyard Compost Workshop

Reduce solid waste by composting kitchen scraps and yard waste.

Register (and order compost bins for pick-up) at 732-745-4170

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer

.

Farmers Market - September 7th

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM


Fresh baked goods, produce, ice pops, grass fed beef and much more at the EB Fall Farmers Market.

Saturday, Spetember 7th, 10am-2pm at the Municipal Courtyard.

List of vendor and more information: www.friendsebec.com/farmersmarket2013.htm

Rutgers Cooperative Extension - September Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

September 2013

Calendar of Events

The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ unless otherwise noted.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260.

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

This month’s offerings are as follows.

4-H Scrapbooking Night

Friday, September 6 7-11pm

at the 4-H Log Cabin/Youth Center

645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick.

Come work on your projects along scrapbook veterans.

Call 732-398-5261 for info.

Master Gardener Program Orientation

Thursday, Sept. 12th- 6:30 pm or

Friday, Sept. 13th- 9:30 am

Interested in the program? We are the only County that has an evening class…

Open to all throughout the state. Come to these sessions to learn what it takes.

Orientation isn’t mandatory…call this number for class start dates 732-398-5278.

4-H Yard Sale

Sat. Sept. 28 8am – 2pm rain date 29

at the 4-H Log Cabin/Youth Center $15/space

645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick.

For vendor info call 732-398-5265.

Introduction to Vermi-Composting

Wed. Oct. 2 6:30 - 8:30 PM

No room to compost outside?…Let the worms do the work for you…

Great for apartments or condos..

Free! Register @ 732-745-4170

Backyard Composting Workshop on October 19.

Coming soon for 2014

Rutgers Environmental Steward Program

to be held at the EARTH Center.

Starting in February, call 732-398-5274 for details.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

Moth Night at the Plainsboro Preserve - August 17

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Moth Night at the NJ Audubon Society, Plainsboro Preserve

August 17, 8:00PM -10:00PM

www.njaudubon.org

From National Moth Week website:
“We scheduled a program late on August 17th when it will not compete with other events in the area and it should be getting dark a little bit earlier.”

EARTH Center Open House/Garden Field Day

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 14, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

EARTH Center Open House/Garden Field Day

A last minute reminder to join us.

The weather looks great!

This Saturday, August 17, The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, hosts our Garden Field Day/Open House from 10 AM to 3 PM. The event takes place in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick, NJ and is great day of fun for the family in a beautiful park setting. GPS Coordinates N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848

Extension Agriculture staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand, offering advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through their various teaching gardens and projects. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, and the popular Butterfly House.

Burgers and dogs will be available with proceeds benefitting the New Jersey Agricultural Society’s (a 501 c3 non-profit organization) Learning through Gardening program. Learning through Gardening provides materials and curriculum to schools to implement school gardens.

Also part of the event will be, the “Greatest of the Garden” competition, so bring your biggest or most outstanding home grown specimen to win recognition. Entries for this contest will be accepted from 11 am until the judging at 2 pm. Bring your entries for categories not limited to

Biggest Tomato

Biggest Cucumber

Biggest Squash

Biggest Water Melon

Longest Gourd

All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.

Garden Field Day attendees can also enjoy samples of locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of the Frigidairs, a classic rock and oldies combo. There will talks on gardening topics like Compost Tea and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.

Davidson’s Mill Pond park is a 380 acre park with fields, trails, ponds and a lake. It is truly one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful and undiscovered parks.

For more information call david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with “remove from IPCT”

in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

EARTH Center -Open House and Garden Field Day

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 8, 2013 at 12:40 AM

The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will host an Open House and Garden Field Day on August 17, from 10am to 3pm.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension - August 2013 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

August 2013

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. North Brunswick, NJ.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5262.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County” then “Like Us”.

This month’s offerings are as follows.

August

Rutgers Master Gardeners Q & A in the Agriculture Tent

August 5 – 9 Monday- Friday from 5-10 pm &

August 10-11 Saturday and Sunday 1:30- 9pm at the Middlesex County Fair

RCE staff and Master Gardeners will be available to answer all your gardening questions.

655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

August 17, Saturday 10 am -3 pm (rain date Aug. 18)

EARTH Center Garden Field Day/Open House- Join us for our biggest event all year.

Garden Tours, Butterfly House, Demonstrations, Taste Tests, Live Music & Family Fun!

*Bring outstanding selection from your garden for the “Greatest of the Garden” competition. *

Categories include… Biggest Tomato, Cucumber, Pumpkin, Squash, Water Melon,

Longest Gourd, All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.

Eco-Ventures at the EARTH Center

August – 26-30 Monday - Friday 9am – 2pm

Register your 5 - 8th grader now for our

Environmental Summer Day program.

Spaces still available…. Call 732-398-5261

Wednesday Aug. 28 from 3pm- Dusk at the Snyder research Farm, Pittstown NJ

The Great Tomato Tasting

Visit www.snyderfarm.rutgers.edu/tomatoes.html

Friendly Reminder!

Master Gardener Program Orientation

Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 pm or Friday, Sept. 13, 9:30 am

Interested in the program? We are the only County that has an evening class…

Come to these sessions to learn what it takes.

Contact Pat Evans evans@aesop.rutgers.edu

Join us for Moth Night on July 27, 8:30pm at Butterfly Park.

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Join us for Moth Night on July 27, 8:30pm at Butterfly Park.

A National Moth Week event, with the NMW team. NMW is a Citizen Science project and everyone can participate. Bring a camera, photographs moths, be a citizen scientist and contribute to the growing data base about moth distribution. More at www.nationalmothweek.org.

We use two methods to see what is flying in our parks; an extremely bright 175 watt Entomology Mercury Vapor Light and a sweet fermented mixture painted on tree trunks ie. what has been called "sugaring" for hundreds of years. The Mercury Vapor Light gives off light in wavelengths that are very attractive to moths and other insects, and the sweet mixture does the same through smell. We hang the light in front of a sheet suspended between two trees so that any insects that fly in toward the light have a place to perch so we can examine them. The sweet mixture is simply painted on the trees with a paintbrush an hour or so before dark.

Wear long pants, shoes for walking. Bring a flashlight. (more information and a map)

Since this event is weather dependent - check the website (www.friendsebec.com) for any last minute changes.

National Moth Week on Science Friday

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM

NPR’s Science Friday will discuss moths with Dr. Elena Tartaglia, a member of the National Moth Week team, who holds a doctorate in ecology from Rutgers. Listen on your favorite NPR station, 2-3 p.m., Friday, July 26.

Moth Night is canceled, July 20.

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Due to the severe weatehr forecast, Moth Night is canceled.

Please join us for Moth Night next Saturday, July 27, 8:30pm, at Butterfly Park.

Kids activites and Postal Station at Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and The United States Post Office in East Brunswick Invite the community to a Special Event at BUTTERFLY PARK, Corner of Winton Road and Rues Lane, East Brunswick SATURDAY, JULY 20 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

PLEASE JOIN US AS NATIONAL MOTH WEEK IS COMMEMORATED WITH A SPECIAL UNITED STATES POSTAL CANCELLATION.

  • Bring your stamped envelopes to be canceled at the special Butterfly Park Postal Station.

Read more about the special postmark

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: Starting at 10 a.m.

  • Write a letter and have it postmarked with National Moth Week stamp

  • Caterpillar and butterflies hunt.

  • Displays of amazing and beautiful moths found in New Jersey.

  • Butterflies and moth Crafts

  • Butterfly Park scavenger hunt


National Moth Week
is a global citizen science project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission that gives people an opportunity to observe and learn about moths and their amazing beauty and biodiversity. For more information, visit nationalmothweek.org.

Moth Night in the news

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

National Moth Week: N.J. gains an appreciation for the natural world at night

By Elisabeth Egan/For The Star-Ledger

My husband and I are trekking through the woods in East Brunswick with our three kids, stopping every six feet to paint tree trunks with a sticky solution of beer, brown sugar and bananas.

We are here for Moth Night -- organized by the Friends of East Brunswick Environmental Commission in anticipation of the second annual National Moth Week, the group's crowning achievement, which kicks off Saturday with more than 300 events across all 50 states and in 30 other countries.

Read more

Did you miss? EB Public Library

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Stop by the East Brunswick Public Library - in celebration of National Moth Week the current 'Did you miss?" display is a collection of books about Butterflies, pollinators and other insects.

Naitonal Moth Week is a global Citizen Science Project focus on moths and biodiversity. The project started here in East Brunswick with our local moth nights. Next week, durint the second annual National Moth Week, participants in all 50 states and 37 other countries will be looking for moths in their backyards, parks and nature centers.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension - July events

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

July 2013

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park 42 Riva Ave. North Brunswick, NJ

The following programs are available this month. For more info contact 732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

This month’s offerings are as follows:

Tuesday July 16 6:30 PM

Elijah’s Promise Farm to Table

A Seasonal Tasting of the summer’s best:

Register by July 12 at 732-545-9002 ext. 110

Following a tour of the garden, we’ll enjoy frozen treats and desserts prepared

by Promise Chefs, made from ingredients picked at the garden.

BYO- insect repellant and if it rains we’ll seek shelter in the EARTH Center.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 6PM

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Membership Meeting

Come out to learn about this local environmental group.

Master Gardener, Pat Evans will present some helpful gardening tips.

Friendly Reminder!

Eco-Ventures at the EARTH Center

August – 26-30 Monday - Friday 9 am – 2 pm

Register your 5 - 8th grader now for our

Environmental Summer Day program.

Spaces still available…. Call 732-398-5261

Now that your vegetable garden is in full swing…,

your questions about these crops, or any landscape concern

can be answered in Middlesex County on the

Master Gardener Helpline at .

For Help lines in other counties, see this page.. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/mastergardeners/helplines.asp

And don’t forget the upcoming Greatest of the Garden Contest.

Bring your biggest tomato, prettiest pepper or funniest looking fig..

to the EARTH Center’s Garden Field Day / Open House

Sat. August 17 (rain date 18), more details next month..

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

NMW Postal Cancellation and Kickoff Event at East Brunswick Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Our East Brunswick kickoff event for National Moth Week 2013 will be Saturday July 20th at the East Brunswick Butterfly Park (corner of Rues Lane and Winton Road). To celebrate, we, along with the post office, created an official National Moth Week stamp cancelation. A temporary U.S. Postal station will be set up in the Butterfly Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll also have moth-related events: a caterpillar walk, moth displays and later in the evening, black-lighting.

Area residents can bring stamped envelopes to be cancelled with the commemorative cancellation. The East Brunswick Post Office will continue to offer the special cancellation for 30 days for collectors who send stamped envelopes to the facility at 614 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ, 08816. Envelopes sent to the post office to be cancelled must be stamped with first-class U.S. postage and bear a complete address so they can be mailed to the sender or another recipient. Cancelled envelopes cannot be sent in a self-addressed, stamped envelope, according to USPS policy. Stamps issued by foreign countries are not eligible for this cancellation.

You can get more info on the event here.

Moth Night, June 21

Posted by Friends EB EC on June 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission will hold its first Moth Night of the season at the East Brunswick Community Park, also known as Dallenbach Lake, adjacent to Crystal Springs Aquatic Center on Dunham’s Corner Road, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, June 21. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.

White sheets and mercury vapor lights will be set up in the woods and trees brushed with a sweet, fermented moth bait to attract moths for observation. Parents are invited to bring children to learn about moths and their importance to the ecosystem.

There are hundreds of thousands of moth species around the world, many just as colorful and dazzling as their butterfly cousins. Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth. While they are best known as nocturnal insects, many fly during the day.

Additional mothing events will be scheduled during National Moth Week, July 20-28, a global citizen science event that was established by the Friends of EBEC last year. In its first year, National Moth Week registered more than 300 events in 49 states and 30 countries. For more information, go to nationalmothweek.org.

For more information about the Friends of EBEC, visit friendsebec.com or send email to friends.ebec@gmail.com .

We will be walking in the woods - wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a flashlight.

Please check the website for updates!


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Farmers Market - Today!

Posted by Friends EB EC on June 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

East Brunswick Farmers Market - 10am-4pm near the municipal pond.

click here for a vendor list.

Farmers market - Saturday June 8 10-4

Posted by Friends EB EC on June 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Come for the market - stay for the art!

Farmers market and EB Arts festival, near the municipal pond.

Click here for a list of market vendors.

June Events at the EARTH Center

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

June 2013

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park 42 Riva Ave. North Brunswick, NJ

The following programs are available this month. For more info contact 732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

This month’s offerings are as follows:

Sat., June 1, 10am – Noon

Butterfly House Opens for Season..

Saturdays and Sundays, June – August

Free Family Fun!

Sat., June 1, 12:30 - 2PM

Beneficial Insect Workshop

EARTH Center, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park

42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick, NJ

$15 register by 5/31 732-398-5262

Sun., June 2, 10AM -12:30 pm

Growing Culinary Mushrooms

Learn to grow Shiitakes for your kitchen

$15 register by 5/31 732-398-5262

Sat., June 15, 8AM – 2 PM

4-H Yard Sale

4-H Youth Center

645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, NJ

Vendors still wanted

Call 732-398-5261

Wed., June 19 Wed. 6:30 PM

Healthy Meals on a Budget

Learn to have healthy,

economic meals as a family

Advance register at 732-398-5262

$15 register by 6/14

The Nature of theMeadowlands - Book talk with author Jim Wright

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM

The Nature of the Meadowlands - With author Jim Wright

Tuesday May 14, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
East Brunswick Senior Center, 2 Jean Walling Dr East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (map)

Free talk and book signing

The Nature of theMeadowlands

Get an inside look at the new coffee-table book,"The Nature of the Meadowlands," with author Jim Wright of the NewJersey Meadowlands Commission. The lavishly illustrated, 128-page coffee-tablebook illuminates the region's natural and unnatural history -- from its darkest days of a half-century agoto its environmental revival. Wright's slide-show/talk offers highlights fromthe book, which combines striking nature photography with rare archival images.Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

May Events at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

May 2013

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park 42 Riva Ave. North Brunswick, NJ

The following programs are available this month. For more info contact 732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.

Last minute Reminder

Tuesday, April 30, 6 pm to 8 pm

Watershed-Friendly Resident Program with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership

Learn to manage your property in an environmentally-friendly way.

Register with LBWP to attend. 732-249-LBWP (5297)

EARTH Center, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park,

May’s offerings are as follows:

Wednesday, May 1, 6 – 9 pm

Beginner Farmer Series- Suburban Organic Homesteading

An exciting new program for those interested in farming or

implementing farming techniques on their residential property.

Monroe, NJ location disclosed upon registration.

Register at 732-398-5262

Saturday May 4, 10 am - 4 pm

Master Gardeners Garden Q & A Day

4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, NJ

Gardeners can learn about best gardening and landscaping practices.

Visit with our Master Gardeners and take home some great quality plants .

An enormous variety of vegetables, flowering vines, annuals and perennials will be available.

Saturday, May 11, 9 am- Noon

Beginner Beekeeping

Have you ever wanted to become an amateur apiarist? Try this introduction.

Learn the basics on establishing a hive on your own property.

Weather permitting there will be a brief walk outside.

Register by May 8 at 732-398-5262

Saturday, May 11, 8 am-2 pm,

May 11, 4-H Yard Sale

Looking for some good bargains? Join 4-H for this sale.(raindate: May 12)

4-H Log Cabin/Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick.

Saturday, May 18, 10 am – Noon

Organic Lawn & Landcare for Your Home

We will present surefire ways to have a beautiful lawn without pesticides.

Dress for some outside demonstrations.

Register by May 15 at 732-398-5262

If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with

“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

Project Move Out - recycling in Rutgers Students

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Join PROJECT MOVE-OUT: free bulk waste recycling initiative for Rutgers students living in New Brunswick

Rutgers University and the City of New Brunswick are partnering in Project Move Out to recover discarded furniture, appliances and textiles in order to keep these items out of landfills and reduce our carbon footprint.

Project Move Out provides for FREE curbside pick-up of bulk items ONLY for Rutgers students who pre-register between April 29 - May 22 (noon). The collection will take place between May 23-29. Items eligible for pickup include:

  • Appliances (refrigerators, window air conditioning units, microwaves)
  • Electronics (televisions, video game consoles, cell phones, computers, monitors, printers)
  • Furniture (mattresses, couches, chairs, tables, book cases, desks, rugs)

Registration for Project Move Out will open April 29. Be part of the solution and check back between April 29 - May 22 to register!

For more informaton visit the website - http://ruoffcampus.rutgers.edu/projectmoveout

Work Day at Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Butterfly Park is ready for butteflies and people!

Thanks to the many volounteers - youth council members, community garden members and other residents, all the flower beds are mulched, the paths are cleaned and the park looks beautiful!

See more pictures on the Friends gallery - click here.

The Cicadas are Coming to New Jersey - YAY!!!!!!

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 6, 2013 at 7:10 AM

This summer the 17-year cicadas will be emerging in New Jersey. If you have never experienced this amazing biological phenomenon where literally billions of these cicadas will emerge as adults from their underground larval stage almost all at once in a given area, you are in for an incredible treat! I can't wait!
This will be a huge news story. Here are a few links to some already posted by National Geographic, the Brian Lehrer show and a cool way to be a Citizen Scientist and help predict their emergence in New Jersey from NJ.com.

Salamanders in the news!

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

The recent road closing attracted lots of attention from the news media. Although the salamanders did not move on the nights the road was closed, the story of the East Brunswick Amphibian Protection Project was featured in news articles and videos. To see some of the articles and videos aobut the project since it started in 2005 - Click here.

To get email with informatoin on road closing and other Friends projects - join the Friends, it's easy, free and your information will never be shared. Click here!

Farmers Market - April 20, 10-2

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Join at the East Brunswick Farmers Market, April 20th from 10am to 2pm at the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center.

For more information and a list of vedors click here.

Big Day 2013

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Bald eagles over Edgeboro Landfill.

Photo credit: Dan Brill

Big Day 2013, East Brunswick’s winter bird count, was held on January 19th. Board members of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, The Friends of the Environmental Commission, ‘Friends’ members and local birders spent the day looking for and cataloging bird speciesat different locations in East Brunswick.

We met at 8am near the EB Public Library and made our way to the first birding location – the EdgeboroLandfill. Other locations visited during the day were: Keystone Park, Jamesburg Park, Dallenbach Lake, Duhernal Lake, Heavenly Farms, ‘Pig Farm’ near the Ireland Brook and Farrington Lake. By the end of the day we counted a total of fifty two bird species..

Thank you to everyone who participated – it was a fun and exciting day and our efforts addedto our knowledge of wildlife and nature in our town.

Click here to see list of bird species

Interested In Going Birding In East Brunswick?

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

For many years the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission has gone birding in early January to search for as many different species of birds as we can find in town. It is what is called a "BIG DAY" by birders and is basically a day-long avian treasure hunt. This year the BIG DAY will be on Saturday January 19th. Over the years we have found all kinds of great birds, from diving ducks, to sparrows to Bald eagles. No BIG DAY is ever the same and we just never know what we might find.

This year we are encouraging anyone that wants to join us to come along. We will be visiting all kinds of different habitats, including Duhernal Lake (great for waterfowl and herons), Farrington Lake (great for ducks), the Pig Farm (great for sparrows and other skulking songbirds), Heavenly Farms (hopefully bluebirds, pippits and who knows what else), woodlands like Jamesburg Woods (for winter songbirds), farmfields (horned lark?), Edgeboro Landfill (raptors) and anywhere else we think we will find some cool birds. Regardless of the birds we find, it will be an opportunity to explore some areas around town that many people don't regularly visit.

The only requirements are an interest in birds and having your own binoculars. Boy Scouts might find the Big Day useful for Birding Merit Badge too. We will have a spotting scope for distant birds and field guides to help with ID's. We will caravan around town but will not be providing transportation, so consider carpooling with a friend.

We will meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot of the East Brunswick Public Library. Check the Friends website for any weather issues and other updates on Friday January 18th. People can join us during the day if they can't make it in the morning - check the website or Facbook [link on the right side menu bar] for updates during the day.

Last year the Friends also developed an online field guide to common birds around town. It is a good resource for many of the birds we will likely find and a great guide for birds at your backyard feeders. It features photos and ecological notes about each species.

As with all Friends events and programs, the BIG DAY is free. Consider joining the Friends too, it's also FREE! Membership takes only seconds on the Friends website which also features loads of information about nature in and around East Brunswick.

Published on the East Brunswick Patch, 5 Jan 2013

Community Garden registration open for new gardeners

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Registration is now open for new gardeners at the award winning East Brunswick Community Garden. A limited number of plosts are availble for East Brunswick residents and employees..

Click here for information and registration form.

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