Upcoming Events

Nature Photography Field Session
Rahway River Park
Walter E. Ulrich Pool
Saturday October 19th
9am to 10:30

FREE! Union County photographer and educator Jacki Dickert ( is passionate about the beauty of nature. Her images reflect an open and creative way of viewing the natural world. She has exhibited at photography clubs, libraries and nature centers all over the state.

Using the Rahway River Park as an outdoor classroom, Jacki will supplement the information from the September 28 Workshop at the Rahway Library. On this guided photowalk, she will provide hands-on technical assistance and specific suggestions to realize your vision.

The Field Session will explore:
• Tips for finding and photographing wildlife
• Composing scenic images
• Using light to your advantage
• Useful tools and camera settings
• The “art of seeing”
• Creative options for portraying your subject

Meet in the parking lot near Walter E. Ulrich Pool.

The Field Session is free
Registration required: Call or text Clea at 908-892-7229, or email her at to register

*** Rain Date Oct 20 ***

Past Events


Nature Photography Workshop
Rahway Public Library
2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065
Saturday September 28th
10am to noon

The Classroom Session will explore:
• Local spots for finding wildlife and beautiful scenery
• How to get the most out of whatever kind of camera you have
• Best practices for photographing animals as well as landscapes
• Tips for creating compelling compositions
• Using light to your advantage
• Safety and ethics in the outdoors
• Basic photo editing
• Sharing your photos (printing, online, clubs, contests)

Union County photographer and educator Jacki Dickert will be leading this workshop. Jacki is passionate about the beauty of nature. Her images reflect an open and creative way of viewing the natural world. She has exhibited at photography clubs, libraries and nature centers all over the state.

She is an active member of the Camera Naturalist Photo Club, a delegate to the NJ Federation of Camera Clubs, and an Ambassador for the Adoramapix printing company.

Jacki’s work has been published in Backpacker, The Sun Magazine, numerous online blogs, and book covers. She won first place in the Ansel Adams contest at the Fenimore Art Museum. In her mission as an “Ambassador of Wonder,” Jacki self-publishes the annual "World of Wonder" photography calendar, and curated and judged many photography contests.

A Field Session will be given on October 19th. Hands on assistance will be given during a guided photo walk.

Her photos can be viewed on her website:


RRWA Watershed Learning Center Stream Big Celebration
337 East Milton Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065
Saturday, June 15th
1pm to 5pm

See home page for details











Big Community Cleanup - Rahway!
Saturday June 29th
9:30AM to 1:00PM
2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065

Come One! Come All! Join the Rahway River Watershed Association, the Central Jersey Stream Team, the Rahway Library and the Rahway Environmental Commission to help clean up the Rahway River! This year we are tackling the area just upstream from the Milton Ave Bridge.

Don’t like to see tires, shopping carts and other debris littering the bed of the Rahway River? JOIN US for a fun event where we will get down and dirty to get that stuff out! We again welcome the help of the Central Jersey Stream Team to provide their expertise with this type of cleanup. Let’s show them that Rahway Community Spirit by providing a great turnout!

• No registration is required!
• All ages are welcome!
• Please wear a long sleeved shirt, and long pants you won't mind getting dirty or wet.
• High boots or waders will also be appreciated.
• Bags and gloves will be provided.

Meet in back of Rahway Public Library,
2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065 at 9:30AM

Lunch provided for volunteers after the clean up
Call Clea at 908.892.7229 for more info


Come out and learn how to monitor
a stream, or simply gain a better
understanding about stream health.
An indoor classroom session teaches
you to conduct visual and biological
stream assessments, identify
macroinvertebrates, and recognize
environmental factors that may
impact stream health. An outdoor
session lets you practice your newfound
skills at a local stream site. By
afternoon, you will be a fully trained
visual-stream assessment volunteer
and ready to conduct an assessment!

Register online at
or call 973-538-3500
This is a FREE training session!

Registration is required.


Watershed Learning Center
337 East Milton Ave, Rahway
6:30pm to 8:30 pm

The Rahway River Watershed Association welcomes Stephanie Feigin from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ to give an educational presentation about the bats of NJ.

Bats have a reputation of being spooky or dangerous, but they are actually some of the most beneficial animals to people.

All of New Jersey's bats are insectivores. They feed on a huge variety of night-flying insects, including the beetles that devour our crops, the gypsy moths that denude our forests, and of course, those awful mosquitoes. A single little brown bat can eat 3,000 mosquito-sized insects per night!

Stephanie is a Wildlife Ecologist for Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. She is CWF’s lead ecologist running the bat project. She is responsible for projects designed to protect and enhance habitats for forest bats throughout New Jersey. Stephanie received her B.S. in Ecology & Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University in 2013. Stephanie will bring a LIVE BAT to the preentation!

$5 per person

Call 908-892-7229 for more information



Watershed Learning Center
337 East Milton Ave, Rahway
10am to 3pm

The RRWA and the Rahway Environmental Commission have partnered up on a project to put 3 demonstration gardens at the site of the Rahway River Watershed Associaiton's new office and environmental information center, the Watershed Learning Center. A day-time pollinator garden will attract birds, butterflies, bees and any manor of beneficial insects. The garden will provide food and a place for these important members of our biological community to live. A night-time pollinator garden will attract moths and other nocturnal insects, which will in turn attract bats, an important ally in our battle against mosquitos! A rain garden will function to reduce the amount of roof runoff by directing it to the garden. Native plants will soak up stormwater before it has a chance to make it to the river, thereby helping to reduce flooding. This project is made possible by a grant from ANJEC.

Volunteers are needed on SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH to prepare the beds and paths for the garden. Please come rested and prepare to do some work. No need to go to the gym this day! You can come any time within the 10am to 3pm window and stay as long as you wish. Any contribution of your time is appreciated! Proper attire would be – weather appropriate pants, shirt and shoes that you won't mind getting dirty.

Food and beverages will be provided for volunteers!

Please call Clea at 908-892-7229 for more information about Volunteer Day.


Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Ave, Cranford

10am to 1pm

The RRWA will be holding our FREE water quality monitoring training workshop on Saturday October 13th at the Cranford Community Center from 10am to 1pm. This will be our only training session this fall, so if you are interested in finding out more about the quality of the water in the Rahway River, and the condition of habitat that surrounds it, join us. This is your opportunity to Give Back by participating in a program that benefits the community in which you live.

Join our Stream Team and learn streamside tequniques for visual assessment monitoring. Perform your first assessment and get a free Stream Big t-shirt!

Registration is Required. Call Clea at 908-892-7229 to register




11:00AM to 2:00PM

We apologize for canceling the last scheduled cleanup, but the threat of thunderstorms, THE THUNDERSTORMS THAT NEVER CAME! made the prospect of doing it dangerous.

The plan for September 8th is – there will be 2 teams -- one "river team" to assist the Central Jersey Stream Team in locating and securing items from the riverbed to be pulled out of the river by ropes, and one "bank team" to pull the items up and out of the river.

For anyone else, there is ALWAYS trash that needs to be picked up, so everyone of all ages is needed!

A late lunch will be served after the cleanup at 337 E Milton, directly across from the cleanup site, in the new Rahway River Watershed Association office!

Call Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229 with any questions.

Call Tim Valente at 732-675-1426 if you would like to donate food for the event. Pot luck is welcome!


Water Quality Awareness Workshop
Wednesday May 9th, 7:30pm to 9pm
Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St. Chatham

The Loantaka Group of the Sierra Club, in collaboration with the Rahway River Watershed Association present . . .

A Water Quality Awareness Workshop

Sandra LaVigne, Director of Water Quality Programs at the Great Swamp Watershed Association, will present a brief talk on water quality in our region. Topics include the various ways pollution makes its way into our waterways, the types of contaminents we see in our water, what we test for, the results of recent testing and what we can do to improve the quality of our water.

Sandra will present the newly released 2017 GSWA Water Quality Report Card, including the new Downstream Passaic River expansion. The report card shows the status of streams and rivers throughout the Great Swamp Watershed and in the region of the Passaic River between Millington Gorge and Stanley Ave Park in Chatham and Summit. Sandra will also address how our own actions can affect water quality, and what simple life choices we can make to help preserve the quality of water that makes its way to our tap.


Join the Rahway River Watershed Association Stream Team!
April 28th/May5th (see flyer for more info on times and locations)

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 will be held on Saturday April 28th and Saturday May 5th.

Please call RRWA Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229 to register for training sessions.







Rahway River Earth Day Cleanup
Saturday April 21st, 9 am to 12 noon
** Meet at the parking area adjacent to the waterfall of the Rahway River by the dam at Winfield Park at 8:45am

All volunteers are invited to celebrate Earth Day with Boy Scout Troop 330, Cub Scout Pack 30 and members of the Rahway River Watershed Association, Rahway Environmental Commission and Clark Environmental Commission in a clean-up of the Rahway River on Saturday, April 21st (with a rain date of Sunday, April 22nd). The clean-up will focus on areas upstream and downstream of the dam at Winfield Park, New Jersey. It is our hope to have enough folks participate that we can have teams work as far upstream as the Garden State Parkway and downstream through Rahway River Park in Clark, Linden and Rahway all the way to Elizabeth Avenue. Plans are to meet at the parking area adjacent to the waterfall of the Rahway River by the dam at Winfield Park at 8:45. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and if you haven't participated in an event like this before, you will find it invigorating, and you will feel good about what you have accomplished . . . it is also a lot of fun . . . especially for scouts and young adults as they always find something interesting. This adds both education and adventure to the event.

The clean-up will generally be between 9-12, but any amount of time or effort that folks can volunteer is appreciated. There is always a large volume of floatable debris to pick up. This includes tires and of course floatables (cans, bottles, plastics, etc.). The County of Union generously supplies gloves and garbage bags, and we solicit material donations (donuts, bagels, coffee, bottled water, paper towels, hand-wipes, etc.) for all volunteers.

Last year, nearly 150 folks participated, including girl scouts, cub scouts, boy scouts, fishermen, local activists and citizens, and we pulled some amazing things from the river. Sponsors came through with coffee, bagels, danish, donuts, cookies, bottled water, and juice boxes, and we had grilled hot dogs for lunch. We also had other giveaways for the participants.

All participants should wear jeans, long-sleeved shirts, gloves and boots, and waders are welcome for folks who like to get a little wet. Each participant should bring a standard 5-gallon carry bucket with a handle (put your name on the bottom)...this makes for easy carrying of "stuff" for transfer to the large garbage bags. When we complete the event we do a basic inventory of the "big stuff" that we removed....and within approximately 24 hours Union County Parks removes and disposes of all the trash. There is no RSVP required but if you need more information or think you will attend please let us know by e-mail at

Please do not hesitate to forward or let us know if there are any questions . . . hope to see you on April 21st!

– Joe Seebode


Good Clean Fun!
Sunday April 15th, 10AM to 12PM
Rahway Library

Volunteers needed for a community clean up

Join the Rahway River Watershed Association, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Rahway Environmental Commission to help clean up the banks of Rahway River behind City Hall and the Library.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

• No registration is required!
• All ages are welcome!
• Please wear a long sleeved shirt, and long pants you won't mind getting dirty or wet. High boots or waders will also be appreciated.
• Bags and gloves will be provided.

Meet in front of Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065 at 9:45 AM

Lunch provided for volunteers after the clean up
Call RRWA Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908.892.7229



Green Earth Day at The Gallery Space
Sunday April 8th, 12 noon to 4pm
1670 Irving Street, Rahway

The Gallery Space, Rahway River Watershed Association and The Rahway Environmental Commission invite you to join us on Sunday April 8th from 12 noon to 4 pm for a fun, Earth themed event on the grounds of the gallery, located at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway.

Get a chance to sign up for fun upcoming events, learn about the BAG IT program and come inside to see the new Earth Month art exhibit inside THE GALLERY SPACE.

April is when we celebrate the Earth worldwide. Please join us at The Gallery Space and experience a visual appreciation of our only home in this galaxy, EARTH. The art exhibit will be up for the entire month.


Great Falls Tour - Patterson NJ
Saturday March 24th, 10 to 11:30AM

This tour will be led by Kirk Barrett, Asst. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College.

Call 908-892-7229 to register. Space is limited.

The Great Falls of the Passaic River is a prominent waterfall, 77 feet high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson. The falls and surrounding area are protected as part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, administered by the National Park Service. The Congress authorized its establishment in 2009.

Dr. Kirk Barrett, PE, PWS
Asst. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College

The fee for this tour is $15

*** Note - For those of you that bid on the tour at our silent auction in December, please confirm your attendance with Kirk. You should have received an email or a call. ***


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.






Environmental Steward Program

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 A fee of $250.00 applies.

For more information, contact Michele Bakacs at or 732-398-5274.

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

Visit the Green Connection at for all Union County environmental programs and activities.


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