February 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

February chapter meeting is Wednesday Feb 8, 2017 at 7:30, at the Headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference

Our February meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah. The speaker, Dr. Steven Yergeau, will discuss "Native Landscaping," focusing on the benefits to homeowners of using native plants and demonstrating a native plant database to help homeowners design their own native landscapes. Arrive at 7:00 for a tour of the historic Darlington Schoolhouse conducted by Trail Conference staff, including the geothermal plant.

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 reserve parking lot to the trail center begins just to the left of the "do not enter" sign.

Other Chapter announcements:

Our March meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., and the speaker will be Frank Mortimer, President, Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association, talking about "The ABCs of Honeybees" Save the Dates: Volunteer work sessions at Trail Conference headquarters on Sunday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, at 1:00. Please come help plant natives and remove invasives from the beautiful gardens that surround the headquarters building.


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


And some community announcements:

Parks Survey: If you live in Bergen County, take the Parks Survey. It only takes a few minutes, and it allows you to say what you would like to happen to our precious remaining open space.

Support a local farmer by joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) this season. CSAs allow you to support small-scale, sustainable agriculture and help limit the environmental effects of factory farming. A local one is Hesperides Organica, a family-run farm located in Hawthorne, NY. They deliver weekly to various locations in Bergen and Passaic counties.

Nature Program Cooperative: Our chapter belongs to this association of parks, natural areas, and environmental groups in Bergen County. For a calendar of events throughout Bergen County, go to http://natureprogram.org.  


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Highland Park Chapter

Greetings Everyone!

February chapter meeting
Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
"Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home, Part Two"

Eugene Young Environmental Education Center
River Road in 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

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Hunterdon Medical Center Auditorium,
2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ

Presenter: Sharon Wander  

Topic: "New Jersey Butterflies and Their Native Host Plants"  

Sharon Wander, President of the New Jersey Butterfly Club chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, will discuss the many native plants, both woody and herbaceous, that play an indispensable role in the life cycle of our state's 125 species of butterflies by providing food for their caterpillars. She will provide a handout to accompany her program, listing the butterflies and their caterpillar host plants. 

This Program is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Register in advance to attend this meeting at hunterdon@npsnj.org  

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 contact is Cinny MacGonagle cmacgonagle@yahoo.com

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


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West Central Chapter

Happy Winter Days for Everyone!

Our next West Central Jersey Chapter meeting will be:

Thursday, February 16th, at 7:00pm
Audubon Plainsboro Preserve
80 Scott's Corner Road

And, yes, there will be lighting in the parking lot so we don't have to feel our way in the dark!

John Black, the President of NPSNJ, will be coming to speak. Along with welcoming everyone to NPSNJ, he will also be speaking about "Pollinators in Peril - Natives to the Rescue".

Aside from being the President of NPSNJ, he is a Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretative Guide and has worked extensively with the Bureau of Land Management performing wildlife surveys and exploring caves. He also has volunteered for the National Wildlife Federation and served on the board of directors of Atlantic Audubon Society. 


Judith  judith.robinson1@yahoo.com


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

Rancocas Chapter Meeting
February 20, 2017

Members and Friends:

Please join us for our February Rancocas Chapter meeting.

When: Monday, February 20, 2017 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road Westampton, NJ

The Rancocas Nature Center Chapter of NPSNJ will host "Introduction to Wild Mushrooms" at the February 20th meeting at Rancocas Nature Center. The speaker will be Jim Barg, past president of the NJ Mycological Society.

All are welcome.

Thank you,

Toni Price, Chapter Leader  

For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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Jersey Shore Chapter

Please join the Jersey Shore Chapter for our February meeting on
Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30-8:00pm at the
Toms River Library, Mancini Hall.
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Ryan Rebozo, Ph.D.,
Director of Conservation Science at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

Dr. Rebozo will provide an overview of unique Pine Barrens habitats, introduce you to rare Pine Barrens plants, and discuss the impacts of habitat disturbance and threats to our fragile Pine Barrens ecosystem.

Mancini Hall has a large capacity so please bring a friend! No RSVP necessary.  

Also, SAVE THE DATE for the NPSNJ Spring Conference on Saturday, March 18 at Medford Leas in Medford, NJ. This Conference will take the place of our March Chapter Meeting. For more details and to register, please visit www.npsnj.org 

Also, please take photos of native plants that you run across during your winter vacation travels. We would like to create a travelogue slide show for a future meeting where we enjoy natives from around the world!

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, February 7!

Kind regards,

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


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.

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 Calendar: click here .

Chapter Meeting Monday Night
06 February 2017 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
22 North High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

Next on the Guest Speaker Series 

Naturalist and Proprietor of Flora for Fauna Nursery Karen Williams will present

Gardening with Natives Workshop 

Our program will include a presentation by Del-Bay Chapter member Karen Williams. She is a native gardener, naturalist specialized in marine education, and owner of "Flora for Fauna" in Woodbine, NJ. Her greenhouse and nursery was one of the first in South Jersey. It has been a resource supporting local wildlife gardening efforts for over 20 years. Karen has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she eagerly shares with anyone interested in creating a backyard stop over between open spaces.  

Don't Forget 

There will be more botany previews and updates 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

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

For more information:email:debayshores@npsnj.org


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Southeast Chapter

Our February Meeting

Our next meeting of the Southeast Chapter will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 in Room B-125 at Stockton University.

Our evening's featured speaker will be Jennifer Bulava, Burlington County Park Naturalist

"Lich-en the Fungus Among Us"

Fungi and lichens play a more important role in the environment, including your backyard, than most people realize. Tonight you will learn the three main kinds of fungi, with a special focus on the critical associations mycorrhizal fungi have with plants (and the plants' dependence on them). Discover also the many ways that people and animals use lichens -- and how beautiful they are in close-up views. Gain a better appreciation for the beneficial and amazing relationships of the fungi kingdom. 

We hope to see you at our first meeting of the New Year. If you attended either of Jennifer's previous two presentations for us (on plants, pollinators, and threats to them), you know she is a delightfully-engaging speaker with wonderful photos and lots for you to think about. 


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 on the walkway, 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. (As usual, we will have signs leading you to the meeting posted in the A-D Building.) 

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, Jack Connor, or Barbara Fiedler at email: southeast@npsnj.org


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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