Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County December 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

December 2015 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.

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

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

Happy Holidays!

This month’s offerings are as follows.

Alternative Heating for Your Home

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South, Brunswick NJ.

Recently many homeowners have chosen to heat their home using wood or pellet stoves.

Rutgers agents will discuss these and other options as well, including solar energy and geothermal energy.

This program is free with registration. No “walk-ins” permitted. Call 732-398-5262

4-H Breakfast with Santa and His Furry, Feathered Friends

Saturday, Dec. 5, Seating’s at 8:30 & 11AM

Meet Santa & Enjoy Petting Zoo,

$8 for adults, $6 for children (ages 9 & under), and includes breakfast,

4-H Youth Center 645 Cranbury Rd., E. Brunswick

For tickets call 732-398-5261. All proceeds will benefit the 4-H program.

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Membership Meeting

Tuesday, Dec.15, 7:30 PM.

Speaker to be announced. For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-249-5297

Donations Accepted for 4-H’s Project GIFT

Project GIFT provides a free shopping day for our neighbors in need.

Would you like to help out? Before Dec. 11, bring NEW toys, or

monetary donations to the EARTH Center.

Gifts will go to needy kids throughout Middlesex County.

For more info call 732-398-5261.

COMING SOON FOR 2016

Rutgers Environmental Steward Program

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program aims to help residents expand their awareness of science based information on environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings starting in January.

Visit www.envirostewards.rutgers.edu or call 732-398-5274 or e-mail Bakacs@aesop.rutgers.edu for details and registration.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County August 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

EARTH Center, located in Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

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”.

August offerings are as follows.

August 3 - 9, at the Middlesex County Fair

655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Rutgers Master Gardeners Q & A in the Agriculture Pavilion

Monday – Friday 5:00 - 10:00 pm

Saturday- 2:00 - 10:00 pm

Sunday- 2:00 - 8:00 pm

Consult with experts face to face. Bring samples, solve problems.

4-H Community at the Fair’s 4-H Village

Monday - Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday- 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Sunday - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

More than 400 4-H Members will be showcasing their 4-H Projects, including small animals, dogs,

horses, livestock, remote control cars, crafts, clothing, dance and more during the fair.

Wednesday night is Kid’s Night with free arts & crafts face painting and tattoos.

Learn more on the program or sign your child up for 4-H in the 4-H Presentation Tent!

4-H Alumni Reunion Sat., Aug. 8 2 to 5 p.m. at the 4-H Youth Center at

645 Cranbury Road adjacent to the Fairgrounds

August 15, Saturday 11 am - 3 pm (rain date Aug. 16)

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 selections 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 –24-28 Monday - Friday 9 am – 2 pm

Register your 5 - 8th grader now for our

Environmental Summer Day program.

Spaces still available…. Call 732-398-5261732-398-5261

Friendly Reminder!

Master Gardener Program Orientation

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 pm or Friday, Sept. 11, 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.

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.

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Moth Nignht - July 18, Jamesburg park.

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Saturday July 18, 2015 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

jamesburg park, east brunswick

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to grab their cameras and head over to Port Street alongside Jamesburg Park at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, for the kickoff of National Moth Week, sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

A Mercury vapor light and white sheet will be set up and a long sugar bait trail will be created to attract moths after dark. The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area is part of the Middlesex County Parks system. It lies within the Spotswood Outlier—the northernmost area of New Jersey Pine Barrens habitat separated from the main area of the Pine Barrens to the south by about 15 miles. This protected area is situated in East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood and Monroe Township. It is rich in vegetation diversity and should be an interesting place to look for moths.

Attendees may park along Port Street off of Helmetta Blvd. Flashlights and closed shoes are recommended for walking along dark trails.

National Moth Week, celebrated this year from July 18 to 26, shines a spotlight on moths, calling attention to their beauty, biodiversity and ecological importance. It was started in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and quickly became an international event attracting citizen scientists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and over 40 countries.

Participants are encouraged to document their sightings and contribute their photos to organizations that partner with National Moth Week, such as Project Noah, iNaturalist and others. More information can be found here.

Moth Night to Kick Off National Moth Week July 18

Posted by Friends EB EC on July 3, 2015 at 10:45 AM

July 18, 8pm, Jamesburg Park

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to grab their cameras and head over to Port Street alongside Jamesburg Park at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, for the kickoff of National Moth Week, sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

A Mercury vapor light and white sheet will be set up and a long sugar bait trail will be created to attract moths after dark. The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area is part of the Middlesex County Parks system. It lies within the Spotswood Outlier—the northernmost area of New Jersey Pine Barrens habitat separated from the main area of the Pine Barrens to the south by about 15 miles. This protected area is situated in East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood and Monroe Township. It is rich in vegetation diversity and should be an interesting place to look for moths.

Attendees may park along Port Street off of Helmetta Blvd. Flashlights and closed shoes are recommended for walking along dark trails.

National Moth Week, celebrated this year from July 18 to 26, shines a spotlight on moths, calling attention to their beauty, biodiversity and ecological importance. It was started in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and quickly became an international event attracting citizen scientists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and over 40 countries.

Participants are encouraged to document their sightings and contribute their photos to organizations that partner with National Moth Week, such as Project Noah, iNaturalist and others. More information can be found at nationalmothweek.org.

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Parking is along Port Street just west of Helmetta Blvd. Anyone attending should park as far off the street on the grassy shoulder as possible and only on one side of the street so that traffic isn’t blocked.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County June 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on May 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM

The EARTH Center, is located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick, NJ.

For info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

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.

Saturday, June 6, 10 AM – Noon

Butterfly House Opens for the Season!

Every Saturday and Sunday, June – August

10 AM – Noon Free Family Fun!

Saturday, June 6, 10 AM – Noon

Made in the Shade: Gardening Without Full Sun

Shaded yards have their own special needs.

Planting native species will be a key strategy discussed.

Be prepared for outside time.

This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262732-398-5262

Wednesday, June 10 6:30 PM

Raising Chickens on Pasture – This workshop will be hosted by

Rutgers Professor Dr. Joseph Heckman, who has been raising chickens on

pasture since 2005. Topics discussed include: baby chicks, feeder systems,

protection from predators, and the collection and care of eggs.

A small flock of chickens in a movable coop will be on display.

This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262732-398-5262

Friday & Saturday, June 12 and June 13

4-H ‘Crop ‘Til You Drop’ Fundraiser

4-H Log Cabin, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ

This fundraiser will benefit the Middlesex County 4-H Association.

Crop the day & night away, gather with friends,

while preserving important memories. Call for 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for more information.

Friday - 7 – 11 PM - $5

Saturday – All Day Session 9 AM – 10 PM $40 (includes Friday night for free)

Saturday – Session 1 9 AM – 3 PM $25 Meals included with Saturday sessions.

Saturday – Session 2 4 PM –10 PM $25

Register by Monday, June 8, 2015.

Saturday, June 27, 10 AM

Growing, Harvesting and Preserving Your Herbs

Learn the basics of herb gardening, including harvesting,

freezing and drying herbs.

This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262732-398-5262

There is still time to register for

4-H Explorations Week Day Program

July 20 to July 24, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Register your 3rd – 6th grade child while there is still space.

Call 4-H in Middlesex County at 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for detailed registration packet.

”E-Week” takes place at the 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd. East Brunswick

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.

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"Rescuing the River, the Raritan", movie screening

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 PM: Screening of the documentary "Rescuing the River, the Raritan" at The Unitarian Society (176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ). Please join us! Jeff Tittel, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, will be a part of our discussion/question and answer session. Refreshments and meet & greet.

This documentary tells the story of New Jersey's Raritan River, a water source profoundly contaminated for over 200 years, and the extraordinary efforts to clean it up. The film reveals how government agencies, corporations, environmentalists, developers, scientists, and lawyers have clashed for years in their attempts to deal with the aftermath of extensive pollution and environmental neglect.

The Raritan is still the 14th most polluted waterway in the nation, with 20 federal Superfund sites and 200 state-registered toxic sites along its banks and the banks of its tributaries.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County April 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

April 2015

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the EARTH Center, located in

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

For 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.

Intro to Backyard Composting

April 11, Sat. 10 AM - 12 PM

Composting kitchen and backyard waste keeps organics out of our landfills.

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops.

Free, with registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

Intro to Vermi-Composting

April 15, Wed. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Using worms to turn kitchen waste into garden gold.

Great for residents of condos or apartments.

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshop.

Free, with pre-registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

Intro to Backyard Composting

April 19, Sun. 10 AM - 12 PM

A special Sunday morning edition.

Free, with registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

The Benefits of Companion Planting

April 19, Sun. 1 PM - 2:30 PM

Discover how to discourage garden pests without relying on synthetic pesticides

or harming helpful insects such as ladybugs and bees.

Will planting carrots really improve your tomato crop?

Join us to learn more. Register for free by April 15 at 732-398-5262.

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30PM

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting

For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-249-5297

Visit Middlesex County’s great new website at www.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.

Bill Introduced to Name the Io as Official State Moth of New Jersey

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM

Working with New Jersey Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, (D-18th District), The

Friends of the East Brunswick (NJ) Environmental Commission, which started

and coordinates National Moth Week, has launched an effort to name the Io

moth as the official New Jersey State Moth.

On March 26, Pinkin introduced the bill calling for the Io (*Automeris io*)

to be named New Jersey’s state moth. If approved, it would make New Jersey

the first state in the U.S. to name a state moth.

The effort also has the support of third graders from Lawrence Brook School

in East Brunswick, who are learning about moths as part of their science

curriculum and writing about them in their writing program.

The Io is a member of the Saturniidae family of silk moths. Its wingspan

can be up to 3.5 inches. Males are yellow with distinctive eyespots on the

wings; females are rusty brown. They are found throughout North America

and are very plentiful in New Jersey.

Dave Moskowitz and Liti Haramaty, who co-founded National Moth Week in

2012, said that having a state moth will call attention to the importance

and beauty of moths.

“The Io moth is one of the most beautiful moths in New Jersey and an

excellent spotlight on our incredibly rich, but very much under-appreciated

moth biodiversity. It also is the symbol of National Moth Week, a global

citizen science project that originated in New Jersey and is focused on the

appreciation and study of moths,” said Moskowitz, who is president of the

nonprofit Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

“By naming a state moth, New Jersey would show the rest of the country that

it values the role moths play in the ecosystem and recognizes their beauty,

biodiversity and importance to the environment,” said Haramaty, secretary

of the Friends of EBEC.

National Moth Week is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick

Environmental Commission, an all-volunteer organization. It grew out of

local “moth nights” in the township, and quickly went global. Events now

take place in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

This year, National Moth Week will be observed July 18-26. Registration on

the National Moth Week website is free for individuals and organizations

who want to register their moth-watching or educational events.

NJ Agricultural Experiment Station Mobile App

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 6, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Stay connected with the mobile application for the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, home of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Access our publications, news, events, county office locations, and more.

How to Get the App

Follow the links below to access our app on the https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rutgers-new-jersey-agricultural/id945484300?mt=8" target="_blank">Apple iTunes store and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.rumad.NJAESandroid&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play (for Android devices). You can also search for the app on both the App Store and Google Play by using the keyword: NJAES. Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

Click for more information

http://nja.rutgers.edu/app/

The Great Backyard Bird Count - February 13-16, 2015

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project (which means everyone can participate) that is easy and fun.You don't have to be a bird expert - use the Friends' online East Brunswick bird guide to help you identify the birds in your backyard. In past years East Brunswick came in first in the number of birds counted in New Jersey! Contribute your ovservations in 2015!

Click on these links for more:

Local backyard bird guide

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Backyard Bird Count for kids

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. Read more

Are you a Friend? Join the Friends as a member and you'll be getting email updates on projects and events and you'll be able to upload photos to our online gallery. Memership is alwasy Free. Most events and projects are Free.

Verona Township Council passes anti-idling ordinance

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 2, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Verona officials are cracking down on idling vehicles. Recently, the Township Council passed a resolution banning drivers from leaving their cars running while parked for an extended period of time.

The resolution approved at a Jan. 20 meeting reinforces existing state law, which prohibits idling in a car or truck beyond three minutes while parked, according to Verona Environmental Commission Chairwoman Gloria Machnowski. Read the article on northjersey.com

To learn more about idiling, watch an EB girl scouts video and sign an anti-idiling pledge click here.

Rutgers Geology Museum open house - Saturday, January 31

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Since 1968, the Rutgers Geology Museum has hosted an annual Open House and Mineral sale every January. The mineral sale is one of the largest in New Jersey, and has continued to draw hundreds of visitors every year.

Held every year on the last Saturday in January. Events take place between 9 am and 4 pm in the Geology Museum and Scott Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Check out the following links for the address and directions.

For more information visit the museum's website at https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/open-house" target="_blank">https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/open-house

The Friends' Freecyling in Japanese

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Can you read Japanese? Do you know of The Big Issue? The Big Issue is a not-for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. The Big Issue Japan is part of this global enterprise that offers a business response to a social problems. Established in 2003, The Big Issue Japan publishes a high-quality magazine that is sold by homeless people on the streets of major cities.

A few months ago Taro Iwata, a reporter for the Big Issue Japan, set out to write a story about Freecycling and how free exachnage of goods can help homeless people. When reserching material for the story Taro found a story on the SEBS Rutgers newsroom about Freecycling in East Brunswick, and contacted the Friends for more information.

A story about Freecycling was published in the December 15 issue of The Big Issue Japan. You can see the story below, including a photo from one of our Freecycling events. I can't read Japanese, but if you can - please translate for us!

For PDF click here: Page 1 Page 2

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County - Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 18, 2015 at 11:45 PM

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

January 2015 Happy New Year!

Calendar of Events

The following programs are available this month.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

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

This month’s offerings are as follows:

Rutgers Environmental Steward Program

Are you concerned about the environment? Become familiar with the sciences involved.

Classes take place on Wed. evenings, 6:30- 9:30pm January to May, 2015.

Call 732-398-5275732-398-5275 for details and registration. http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/

Attention Landscapers & Land Managers: January 12, 13, 14, 20, & 21

Rutgers Organic Land Care Certificate Course

Learn how to build healthy soil, reduce dependence on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers,

and protect the environment. Get the edge on your competition.

Call for details on credit categories. www.njaes.rutgers.edu/organiclandcare

Register today at 732-398-5275732-398-5275.

Tuesday, January 20, 7:30PM

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting

For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-846-4476732-846-4476

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.

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