January 2018 Events 

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Sussex Chapter North Chapter Bergen Passaic Chapter Highland Park Chapter Union Chapter Hunterdon Chapter West Central Chapter Rancocas Nature Center Chapter Jersey Shore Chapter Delaware Bayshores Chapter Southeast Chapter Other Events

Sussex Chapter

To be announced



Our Sussex Chapter meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. The location is the Sussex-Wantage Library, 69 Route 639, Wantage NJ 07461.

For more information contact Cynthia sussex@npsnj.org


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North Chapter

After a bit of a hiatus, the North Chapter is active again. So mark your calendars for these winter meetings:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildflower Farm will speak on
"The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed: Why, When, and How"

It is not to late to give seeds the cold stratification period they need to germinate in 2018. Native plant seeds will be available for sale.  

All the meetings will be held in the second floor community room at the:

REI Store
280 NJ Route 10 westbound
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Meetings start at 7:00 PM

Feel free to come early to shop in the store of our gracious hosts.  

For more information contact north@npsnj.org


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

JANUARY MEETING: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: "Pruning Principles and Practice," a hands-on pruning workshop presented by chapter Co-leader Tom Bender. Winter is the best time to prune most woody plants. Come and have all your questions answered! 


TRAVEL ADVISORY: Rt. 202 is still closed north of the Schoolhouse. Cars coming from Route 17 should follow exit signs for MacArthur Avenue. From MacArthur, make a right on Darlington Avenue and follow it to the end; the Schoolhouse will be directly in front of you. Cars coming from Rt. 202 will not be affected. 

Also at upcoming meetings we'll be discussing upcoming field trips as well as some opportunities of buying native plants in quantity, from a reliable source, at low prices. Be sure to watch these announcements.

All chapter meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June at the Headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference 

The Headquarters of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is located at 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah (not Oakland, there's a similar address there). The building is located between Ramapo College and Ramapo County Reservation park.

Trail Conference headquarters is located on Route 202, Ramapo Valley Road, in Mahwah, just north of Ramapo Valley County Reservation and opposite the turnoff for Darlington Road. The parking lot is small, but overflow parking is available next door at the Ramapo County Reservation with a short walk through the woods. This parking and trail are NOT lighted, so attendees should bring a flashlight, carpool, or arrive early to park near the building. The path from the Reservation parking lot to the trail center begins just to the left of the "do not enter" sign.


Co-leaders are Tom Bender, Josie Ko, and Elaine Silverstein.

They can be reached at:bergenpassaic@npsnj.org


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Highland Park Chapter

Hi Folks,

Greetings All and Happy New Year!

We will have a chapter meeting this Tuesday January 23 at 7:30pm in the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center at 20 River Road. A map can be found here: click here for a map.

The topic is "Books." Please see below.

Our November organizational meeting and celebration produced a variety of ideas for upcoming chapter meetings, field trips and activities in general.

We welcome advanced environment and ecology students to speak at our meetings about their current research projects. Youtube is a wonderful source of short but informative native plant, ecosystem and pollinator videos. We will petition the Borough of Highland Park to provide us with Internet service. It was also suggested that many smartphones have a built-in mobile hotspot function that can create an Internet connection to use for Youtube.

Individual members are invited to give illustrated talks about a native plant that interests them. They are also encouraged to discuss native plants they have introduced into their own gardens. Would any chapter member be willing to offer a tour of their native plant garden to us? Field trips may be planned around a desire to explore a certain location, a desire to see a particular plant(s); e.g. bearberry, orchids, etc. Let's compile an "I want to see . . ." list. Small groups could meet at any designated location on any day of the week.

We should also become aware of the many resources available to us. One example is the Chrysler Herbarium and Mycological Collection at Rutgers. A Spring 2018 visit could be arranged.

Many outreach opportunities are available: cleanups, workdays, municipal Earth Day events, open house for youth, milkweed/pollinator seeding and planting. Organizations like Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, Middlesex County Parks Conservation Corps and Central Jersey Stream Team are just a few groups who need help in the field.

Belinda and Mary attended a planning session for the West Central Jersey Chapter that meets at Plainsboro Preserve. Our chapter will partner with WCJC in some events to be announced.

This Tuesday night we are asking everyone to recommend a book that they have found useful for introducing native plants to their home gardens and for identifying existing plants at home or on hiking trails. Please include specialized books - on ferns, mosses, grasses fungi, etc. Bring the book if you can so we may all see it. We'll compile and share a bibliography as part of our resource awareness effort.

Refreshments will be served.

Please let us know if you plan to attend.

All the best,

Mary and Belinda


Our meetings are held at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center, 20 River Road at 7:30pm. click here for a map

For more information contact Mary at highlandpark@npsnj.org.


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Union Chapter

To be announced



For more information contact Michael Brennan at union@npsnj.org.


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Hunterdon Chapter

January Meeting:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM
North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library
65 Halstead Street, Clinton. 

Speaker: John Black  
Topic: Spiders 

The North Branch of the library will be our new venue for meetings – all on the 3rd Tuesday, except April 24. 


Everyone is invited - you do not have to be a Hunterdon resident. Share this information with any others who may be interested. The program is free.

More information: hunterdon@npsnj.org

Chapter contacts are Susan Haake and Dawn Pogosaew: hunterdon@npsnj.org

Find out how this chapter has been supporting native plants: About Hunterdon Chapter


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West Central Chapter

West Central Jersey Chapter Meeting
January 9, 2018 7 pm at
Plainsboro Preserve
80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury.


Dear Members:

Please join us for what we hope will become an annual pot luck dinner after the holidays! We will socialize and discuss possible speakers and field trips for the coming year.

Please bring a dish and your list of topics you would like to learn about.

I will start off by offering to bring a vegetarian chili and lemon bars.

Please reply to me. Heidi Mass, Chapter Leader   hmass21@gmail.com


2018 MEETING DATES Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14, Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 13  

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. at the New Jersey Plainsboro Audubon Preserve at 80 Scotts Corner Road, Plainsboro, NJ.

Directions to the Preserve can be found at www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionPlainsboro/Directions.aspx

I look forward to meeting all of you.

Heidi Mass

For more information contact westcentraljersey@npsnj.org.



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

NOTICE!! No Rancocas Chapter January Meeting

Members and Friends

With apologies for the late notice, the RNC Chapter will NOT MEET in January. The next regular meetinG will be in February. Meeting details will follow. Again, sorry for any inconvenience.  


For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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Jersey Shore Chapter

Please join the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society at our Tuesday, January 9, 2018 meeting (note the change in the usual meeting date), 6:30pm at the "Hometown Dairy" 2nd Floor Conference Room at the Toms River Library. Our featured program is: "Endangered Plants of New Jersey", presented by Jason Hafstad. Jason will answer these questions: "Why are they endangered? How many are endangered? How can I learn more about them? What are we doing about them? Should I buy and plant some in my yard?"

northern jack in the pulpit

Jason Hafstad is a botanist with the NJDEP, working with threatened and endangered plant species. Jason recently graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and is currently in the Master's program at Stockton University for Environmental Science. For his thesis, he is doing research in northern New Jersey looking at the ecological effects of Forest Stewardship Plans on publicly owned lands. 

Please RSVP to Mary Judge (732-255-0472, or mjudge@ocean.edu ) .


Dear Jersey Shore Chapter members and native plant enthusiasts, as a reminder, the Jersey Shore Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm unless otherwise noted.

Jersey Shore Chapter Co-leaders,
Mary Judge, Karen Walzer, Pam Almeida and Becky Laboy

For more information: email:jerseyshore@npsnj.org


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Delaware Bayshores Chapter

Del-Bay 2017-2018 Calendar: click here


Due To The Predicted Freezing Rain Monday Night And Current Road Conditions the 08 January Meeting Has Been CANCELLED  

We are sorry for the inconvenience but due to current weather conditions the meeting for tomorrow has been cancelled.

We hope to see you next month 05 February 2018 for our next meeting and guest speaker.  


Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Monday Night 08 January 2018 from 7PM-8:30 PM
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

Next on the Guest Speaker Series

Lynn Maun and Julie Akers
NPSNJ Member
"All Pollen is not Equal"

Our program will include a presentation by Del-Bay Chapter members Lynn Maun and Julie Akers

Lynn and Julie love all kinds of insects and invertebrates! They will present the basics of planting and maintaining good pollen producing plants in our yards and environment, and how important good nutrition is for these essential animal populations. All pollen is not equal, so how can we help provide them with the best nutrition?  

Don't Forget!

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from September 2017 - June 2018 except for holidays (they will be the following Monday). the location is the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts 22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

Hope to see you soon,
Julie, Doris, Lynn, Karla and Joe  

For more information:email:debayshores@npsnj.org


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Southeast Chapter

We are excited about our local NPSNJ chapter that serves native plant enthusiasts in Atlantic County and Cape May County as well as anyone from areas west or north who would like to join us. We hold eight evening meetings a year on the 3rd Monday of the month (September, October, November, February, March, April, May, and June). We are delighted that Stockton University's Sustainability Program – specifically the Campus Farm Native Plant Project – is sponsoring us and making it possible for us to have meetings in an easily-accessible location and a comfortable setting with the necessary "smart room" equipment.

To be announced




Directions :


If you would like to be updated with details about our future meetings, please contact Jesse Connor at:  southeast@npsnj.org.  (Contacting this site will put you on the list for monthly meeting information, field trip info, and timely updates.)

Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, Barbara Fiedler, and Steve Fiedler

For more information, contact Jesse Connor at email: southeast@npsnj.org


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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