January 2017 Events 

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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

To be announced

For more information contact Eileen Ferrer north@npsnj.org


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

Change of Venue and Leadership 

Starting in January 2017, the Bergen-Passaic chapter will hold its monthly meetings at the Headquarters of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, 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. 


Our January meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m., and our speaker will be Carolyn Summers, adjunct professor for Go Native U, a joint project of Westchester Community College's Continuing Ed Program and The Native Plant Center (based at Westchester Community College), and author of Designing Gardens with Native Plants of the American Northeast. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.

At the January meeting, we will also present the list of speakers for the remainder of 2017 and discuss a number of planned field trips. It will be a good opportunity for current and prospective members to learn about our chapter and to make suggestions about future activities. 

Starting in February, all chapter meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month. The February meeting date will be February 8, and the speaker will be Steven Yergeau, Ph.D., Environmental & Resource Management Agent for Ocean and Atlantic counties. Dr. Yergeau will talk about using native plants in the home landscape. 

Our chapter is very grateful to the Trail Conference staff for opening their beautiful new headquarters to us. The parking lot at Trail Conference headquarters is small, and overflow parking is next door at the Ramapo County Reservation with a short walk through the woods on a trail to the parking lot. This parking and trail are NOT lighted, so attendees should bring a flashlight, carpool, or arrive early to park near the building. In case of snow, both lots will be plowed, but the trail between them will not be cleared.

Our chapter owes a huge debt of gratitude to Bron Sutherland, who has served as our leader for three years and has been greatly responsible for the health and vigor of our activities.

The new co-leaders are Tom Bender, Josie Ko, and Elaine Silverstein. They can be reached at:bergenpassaic@npsnj.org. If you would like to carpool to the meeting, please contact the leaders at that email address.


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Highland Park Chapter

Greetings Everyone!

January chapter meeting
Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
"Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home, Part One"

Eugene Young Environmental Education Center
River Road in Highland Park

We will have a screening of "Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home." We have already purchased the film but also are required to purchase a screening license for 35 dollars to show the film to an audience of no more than 20 people. That much works out for our venue which has a legal capacity of 19.

Many thanks to everyone who expressed their preference for showing the film "Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home" in one or two sessions. The vote is in, and it will be two sessions. Part I will be on Tuesday January 24 and Part II will be Tuesday February 28. Both will begin at 7:30pm and the location will be the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center at 20 River Road, Highland Park.

"Hometown Habitat" is a 90-minute documentary that demonstrates the importance of native plants to our local ecosystems and the wildlife that dwell within them. The film features the research of renowned entomologist, author and environmental activist Dr. Douglas Tallamy and the award winning photography of producer and director Catherine Zimmerman. Catherine is also an author and sustainable landscape designer. More information about the film can be found at https://themeadowproject.com/hometown-habitat/

The screening license has been purchased and permits us to show the film to an audience of up to 20 persons. If you haven't already done so, please let us know if you plan to attend. There are still some seats left. Light refreshments will be served.  

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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Hunterdon Chapter

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:00 pm
Auditorium, Hunterdon Medical Center
2100 Westcott Drive
Flemington NJ
Invasive Species presentation by Laurel Gould

Laurel Gould is a long-time volunteer at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and has been an active member of the Great Swamp Strike Team since its inception in 2012.

At the Refuge, volunteers practice "early detection" by scouting for emerging invasive species and then "rapid response" to try to control these plants before they become widespread. Volunteers at the Refuge also work to control some of the more pervasive invasive plants, especially in public areas and in prime wildlife habitat.

She is a member of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team and also of the NPSNJ. Gould will talk about the mission of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team, identify some of the high priority target species, and review the Strike Team app.

This Program is free. Light refreshments will be provided.

Register in advance to attend this meeting at hunterdon@npsnj.org  


More information: hunterdon@npsnj.org


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


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West Central Chapter

To be announced

We meet 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.

Judith Robinson

For more information contact westcentraljersey@npsnj.org.



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

To be announced

For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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Jersey Shore Chapter

Jersey Shore Chapter's January meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Toms River Library, Hometown Dairy room,
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Our speaker will be Jason Austin, who some of you may remember from our bog garden workshop. 

His powerpoint program, entitled "From Bogs to Barrens" will take us on an adventure from the spongy peatlands, filled with orchids and pitcher plants, to the dry upland pine forests. We will learn about many hardy, underused plants that are native to our New Jersey pine barrens ecosystem, so bring your garden journals to take notes! 

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.

Please RSVP to Mary Judge at mjudge@ocean.edu, as seating is limited. 

We look forward to seeing you -- bring a friend! 

Kind regards, 

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

Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Monday Night 09 January 2017 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

The Delaware Bayshore Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey will hold their monthly meeting on Monday night beginning 7pm at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts.

Natural historian and Pinelands native, Mark Demitroff will present:
Earth, Wind, and Ice: Ancient Climate Change and Periglacial Landscapes

A fascinating program that explores southern New Jersey's Ice-Age legacy. The cold, dry, and windy conditions that existed here during the Pleistocene have few modern terrestrial equivalents.

Climate-driven movement of frozen and thawing ground, along with strong winds from the nearby Laurentide Ice Sheet, have helped to fashion the local terrain into the unique world-renowned landscape that we value today as the Pine Barrens.

Many periglacial (cold, non-glacial) features today provide critical habitat for rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals. Spungs, savannahs, cripples, blue holes, and dunes have played an important role in human history as well. Learn how these landforms were woven together in a geographic tapestry of interactions between nature and society.


Don't forget to bring November's list from the taxonomy lesson. We need to catch-up on the plants from 2016. There will be more botany previews and announcements for the upcoming 2017 calendar year programs and activities of interest for the Delaware Bayshore members.

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from September 2016 - June 2017 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

If you would like to check out the scheduled calendar for 2016-17 click here.

Hope to see you soon,


Del-Bay Chapter

The Delaware Bayshores NPSNJ chapter does not meet July and August.

We will no longer hold our meetings at the Littoral Society Office Building on High Street, but have moved across the street to the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332.

For more information:email:debayshores@npsnj.org


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Southeast Chapter

To be announced

We are excited about our local NPSNJ chapter that serves native plant enthusiasts in Atlantic County and Cape 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 College’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.

Directions to B-125:

Park in Parking Lot #1 or #2 and bear right walking down the hill, following the signs to Alton Auditorium. Enter the A-D Building by the main doors (will be on your left, across from the Arts & Sciences Building). Go upstairs one flight: B-wing is the first side-corridor upstairs, directly across from the upstairs entry to Alton Auditorium. Room B-125 will be on your right after you step into that wing.

Alternative Route: Park in Parking Lots #3 or #4 and walk through the Campus Center Building, then bear right as you exit. Go down the hill and enter the A-D building on your left and turn right as you enter. Go upstairs one flight: B-wing will be on your right at the far end of the hallway; Room B-125 will be on your right after you step into that wing. 

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 Jean Riling

For more information, contact Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, or Barbara Fiedler at email: southeast@npsnj.org


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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