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Events

2018 is upon us! Building on a very successful 2017, the Rahway River Watershed Association is poised to bring you an action packed year of educaitonal and recreational events. Check this page often as it is updated frequently.

Dont Be Afraid of the Dark –
Wednesday February 28th from 7 to 9pm

With 110,000 species of moths worldwide, approximately 3,200 in the Garden State, one can be kept pretty entertained during sleepless nights attracting, keying, and trying to get a peek into their secret lives. Rothauser will discuss moth biology with an emphasis on NJ's ecology and share a stunning array of images he has taken in a multitude of varied landscapes throughout New Jersey.

This educational event is FREE for children and adults. Registration is requested but not required.

For more information and to RSVP please call RRWA program manager Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229.

 

 

 

Join the Rahway River Watershed Association Stream Team!

As part of a new initiative by the Rahway River Watershed Association, and funded by a grant from The Watershed Institute, we are excited to be starting a Water Quality Monitoring Program in the Rahway River Watershed!

To kick it off, training sessions given by Rahway River Watershed Ambassador Chelsea Moxley will be held on Saturday April 21st and Saturday April 28th.

Please call RRWA Program Director Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229 to join.

 

 

 

 

Make a Difference in 2018: Environmental Stewards Program Comes to Union County

This 20 week program takes place on Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:30pm starting January 26th

Union County, NJ – Union County residents in search of a meaningful New Year’s resolution have one at their fingertips: the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program is now being offered in Union County.

“If working to improve the environment in your community is among your New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to sign up for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The program is conveniently located in Westfield, and we are looking forward to welcoming Union County’s very first class of Environmental Stewards.”

Environmental Stewards is an award-winning program run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, a division of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station supported in part by the Freeholder Board.

The program aims to provide local residents with an understanding of the science behind the environmental issues impacting their communities. The goal is to enable non-scientists to focus on effective conservation projects and other improvements.

On successfully completing the program, participants earn official certification as Rutgers Environmental Stewards.

“Every year hundreds of Union County residents volunteer to help with conservation projects in Union County parks,” said Bergen. “The Environmental Stewards program provides the tools and know-how to take this volunteer effort to the next level.”

Since the inception of the program in 2005, hundreds of certified Rutgers Environmental Stewards have engaged in projects statewide.

One outstanding example is the rain garden at the Cranford Municipal Building. Planted in 2014, the garden is designed to filter pollutants associated with stormwater runoff. It helps to protect the Rahway River, provides a habitat for valuable pollinators, and beautifies the property with native wildflowers including giant hyssop, cardinal flower and purple coneflower.

The Environmental Stewards program will hold classroom training sessions beginning Friday, January 26 at the Extension offices in Westfield, at the Colleen Fraser Building in the Union County complex, 300 North Avenue East.

Classes are held on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 20 weeks. Experts from Rutgers University and non-profit organizations will guide the participants through topics including energy conservation, climate change, invasive species, open space management, soil health, water resource pollution, environmental policy, protecting pollinators, and habitat conservation.

Applications are available online at envirostewards.rutgers.edu. A fee of $250.00 applies.

For more information, contact Michele Bakacs at bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu or 732-398-5274.

For information on all Extension programs offered in Union County, including 4-H, Master Gardeners and Master Tree Stewards, visit ucnj.org/rce.

Visit the Green Connection at ucnj.org/green-connection for all Union County environmental programs and activities.

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Annual Watershed Conferences

NJ Land Conservation Rally: This annual full-day conference, held in March, is organized by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, in partnership with many other NJ environmental groups.

ANJEE Environmental Education Conference: This annual conference, held each January, is geared towards both formal and non-formal environmental educators.

ANJEC Environmental Congress: This annual conference is geared towards environmental commissions, but is often relevant to watershed groups.

Land Ethics Symposium: This annual, full-day conference focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical and ecologically balanced landscapes with native plants and restoration techniques.

River Rally: This annual national conference, organized by River Network, focuses on both nonprofit management and river conservation.

NJ Invasive Species Conference: This conference, hosted by the New Jersey Invasive Species STRIKE Team, offers expert presentations about emerging invasive species science & management issues in the Garden State.

Environmental Events

Union County Bio-Blitz

Sustainable Jersey

Duke Farms

The Watershed Institute

NJ Audubon Hawk Rise Sanctuary