Option Green

Option Green is a lecture series exploring local to global environmental topics.

Co-sponsored with the East Brunswick Public Library.

 All programs begin at 7 p.m, at The Library

Admission is free.



March 29: East Brunswick’s Butterflies from Azure to Zabulon (and some moths too!)

Dr. David Moskowitz

David Moskowitz, PhD will present a fun, photo-filled program on the Butterflies of East Brunswick and the East Brunswick Township-wide Butterfly Survey initiated in 2017. East Brunswick has a rich butterfly (and moth) fauna owing to its diverse habitats that range from the expansive pinelands of Jamesburg Woods, to the large meadows of Heavenly Farms, to the vast freshwater tidal marshes of Keystone Park along the South River, plus forested wetlands, streams, and even beautifully planted yards. Come enjoy an evening of dazzling butterflies and moths that is sure to surprise everyone by what is in our town!          

David has lived in East Brunswick for nearly 30 years, raising three children, and constantly exploring the wilds of our town. He is Chairman of the Environmental Commission and President of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. He received his PhD in Entomology from Rutgers University, as well as a Masters from NJIT, and a BA from George Washington University. Dr. Moskowitz was instrumental in creating the Butterfly Park, Community Garden and the Salamander project. He is also the co-founder of National Moth Week, a global Citizen Science program focused on moths that was started in East Brunswick from local moth nights. He also created the Facebook group Bug Addiction – Confessions of a Bug Addict. Dr. Moskowitz has published on a wide variety of natural history and entomological topics in peer-reviewed journals and popular outlets. His insect photographs have also been used in many social media groups and in journals and magazines including on the cover of American Entomologist four times. Dr. Moskowitz was also listed by Untamed Science as an “Entomologist Worth Following” for his entomology social media footprint. David is also an amateur beekeeper with two hives.    



The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and East Brunswick Public Library have been awarded a 2017 Environmental Achievement Award by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) for their jointly sponsored Option Green lecture series.







Past events (since 2017)

February 13: "Chasing Coral" Movie screening and discussion USA. 2017. 93 minutes. Not Rated. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. The screening will be followed with a discussion led by Liti Haramaty of Rutgers University.      More about the movie  More information about the screening at the Library - click here. Flyer - PDF JPG   Facebook event

Wednesday, November 8: Geocaching - A Modern-Day Treasure Hunt  Steve and Jessica Godun are a father-daughter team who have been geocaching under the username "JessicasDaddy". This presentation will introduce people to the activity known as "geocaching," a modern day treasure hunt with over three million geocaches hidden across the world.   Facebook event    Flier     News release

October 18, 2017  Birding in East Brunswick Steven Albert has been an avid birder for over 50 years, ever since a Downy woodpecker in a tree in his apartment courtyard caught his eye. He's lived in East  Brunswick for 30 years and frequently birds around town, and in his backyard.  As a member of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission he's been leading bird walks around town in the winter and spring. East Brunswick has a variety of habitats, from the grassy meadows of Heavenly Farms to the woodlands of Dallenbachs and small woodlots everywhere.  There are the open spaces of Edgeboro Landfill and its surrounding marshes, the lakes and ponds of Dallenbachs, Farrington, and Abraham Shalit Park.  Our town hosts a surprising variety of summer breeders, overwintering raptors and waterfowl, migrants and local residents.  Join him for a visual tour of these local birding hotspots and some of the more than 200 species that have been observed in East Brunswick.  Facebook event    Flier   News release

September 19, 2017  Discovering Natural NJ:  from High Point to Cape May with Jim Peck. Jim Peck will show his photos and discuss beautiful and little known natural areas found all across our diverse state. He has traveled through NJ for the past 12 years exploring and writing the Trail Mix nature column for the Home News Tribune. He has also visited 49 states with just North Dakota to go. Facebook event  News release   Flier

August 2, 2017 Honeybee Basics, An EB Public Library event, co-sponsored with the Friends EBEC. Find out what all the buzz is about in a ceybee hive! Join beekeeper Angela Juffey as you discover the social structure of these valuable pollinators, their process of making honey, and the role of the beekeeper (which may be YOU someday), in maintaining the balance.

July 2017 -  Reading to Action, An EB Public Library event, co-sponsored with the Friends EBEC.

July 26 - Unstoppable Book Discussion          July 29, 10 am - Park Cleanup at Heavenly Farms

May 24, 2017 - New Jersey’s Climate Variability and Change New Jersey State Climatologist and Rutgers Geography Professor David Robinson will discuss what’s happening to New Jersey’s climate in an era of heightened interest in climate change, its causes and impacts.   Click here for flier    Click here for Facebook event

April 26, 2017 - Hydroculture Stephanie Alea, a field researcher in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers, will discuss hydroculture – growing plants in a soil-free medium. She holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Rutgers and managed the display greenhouse at International Flavors and Fragrances, where she gained experience in hydroculture. She also holds a master’s in public health in epidemiology from Florida International University.   Click here for flier     Click here for Facebook event

March 29, 2017 -  Salamander Migration East Brunswick Environmental Commission Chairman Dr. David Moskowitz will discuss the annual migration of salamanders, an important ecological event. After noticing that salamanders were crossing Beekman Road in large numbers on rainy, early spring evenings to lay their eggs in vernal pools on the other side, Moskowitz urged the creation of the East Brunswick Vernal Pool Protection Plan, which features annual closures of Beekman Road to allow these amphibians to safely reach their breeding habitats. Each year, these closures draw people from throughout the area to observe this natural phenomenon.   Click here for flier              Click here for Facebook event

Past events

The Nature of the Meadowlands - With author Jim Wright 2013

Rain barrel workshop

Soil and soil science for gardeners 2012

Moth night with seabrooke lackie  2012

Green Purchasing with Dr. Kevin Lyons

Save our salamanders.

Wild New Jersey with author David Wheeler

Owls of NJ

Option green welcome to your foodshed 2011

Know the bear facts

Butterflies of EB 2011

Bag It – movie screening

Gardening in small spaces 2011





East Brunswick Community Garden


The award winning East Brunswick Community Garden was founded in 2009 and is located near the municipal building and public library.  You have to be an East Brunswick resident to rent a plot.

All plots are 10'x10' and can be rented for $10 for the growing season.

The garden is managed by the Friends EB EC and a board of volunteer gardeners.

For more information please visit the garden's website site at


Garden events and news

The annual Community Garden meeting for 2018 will be held on March 28, starting at 7pm, at the EB Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick. 

Registration for returning gardeners for 2018 is ongoing. If you were a plot owner in 2017 and would like to renew:

  • Each plot is $10 for the season. You need to fill out a short renewal form, click here.
  • Returning gardeners can renew their plot for 2 years, $10 per year. Please note with your payment that you are renewing for 2 years.
  • Gardeners are asked to participate in community garden service. For every plot, four hours of service are required. We need your help but if you prefer, there is a buyout option of $40 per plot. You can add this sum to your registration fee.  (Let us know if for medical reasons you cannot take part in the community work or pay the buyout fee).

Required Garden Borders for 2018

We will be offering another border building day pre-season in 2018.  The cost will be $35.00 plus $10 registration fee. Gardeners who participate in the 2018 border building day will receive a $10 plot discount for the 2019 growing season.

 You have three options to pay for 2018:

  1. To pay by PayPal or credit card - use the 'Donate' button below. Enter your plot number in the comments! 
  2. Send a check to 'Friend EBEC, 9 Camelot Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816'. Mark your plot number on the check.
  3. Drop off a check or cash with Lois at 9 Camelot Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Include a note with your name and plot number.

We cannot guarantee you will get the same plot if you register after  January 1, 2018.

New Gardeners registration is open for 2018 -   click here to register





  Pay for your plot or support the garden with a tax deductible donation

If you wish to be added to the waiting list (it is possible that garden plots will become availble later in the season) - click here


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