February 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, February 27, 2018
Linda Rohleder, Director of Land Stewardship for the NY/NJ Trail Conference will talk about
the control of invasive plants.

Linda received her PhD in Ecology from Rutgers in 2013. She built the Trail Conference's Invasives Strike Force volunteer program and by 2014 the program had 200 trained volunteers who surveyed more than 870 miles of trail for invasive plants.  

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


Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.

"Native Mushrooms of Woods and Fields"
Jim Barg of the New Jersey Mycological Association

Meeting at the
NY-NJ Trail Conference 600 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

FEBRUARY MEETING: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Jim Barg of the New Jersey Mycological Association, will do a presentation on native mushrooms of the NJ woods and fields. Come learn about this very important component of our ecosystem.  

Save the Date:
ANNUAL MEETING of the Native Plant Society of NJ Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Medford Leas, NJ Check the npsnj.org website and watch your email for more details on the program and registration information.



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. All meetings start at 7:30 PM.

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

Hello Everyone,

POSTPHONED Sunday, February 18 at 2pm---- LEADER Hervé has a bad case of the flu ----- 

Please join us on February 18 at 2pm for a winter nature walk led by Hervé Barrier.

Objectives: Identification of trees without their leaves Observation of beech drops, ground pine, partridge berry, etc.

When: February 18 at 2pm

Where: Davidson's Mill Pond (County) Park, 40 Riva avenue, South Brunswick We'll meet in the parking lot.

Wear: Sturdy shoes (rocky trails may be snowy or muddy)

Directions: http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/About/ParksRecreation/Pages/PR/DMPPDirections.aspx

RSVP: Please let us know if you are joining us. In the event of rain cancellation, we would like to let you know. 

Thank you, Hervé, for providing us with opportunity.

Many thanks to all who attended our chapter meeting on Tuesday. We will compile a bibliography of the books you shared and make it available to all. At the meeting we also discussed a tour of The Chrysler Herbarium. Click here for more information: http://herbarium.rutgers.edu/ We contacted the director Dr. Lena Struwe and she suggested that we visit on a Saturday when parking at Rutgers is easier. A date has not yet been set. Anjanette's blog post on the Herbarium can be found hereTheChryslerHerbarium blog. Best regards and hope to see you on the 10th!

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

PERMANENT LOCATION: The North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library ,65 Halstead Street, Clinton, will be our new venue for meetings – all on the 3rd Tuesday, except April 24. 

February Meeting:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library
65 Halstead Street, Clinton

Speaker: Randi Eckel (Toadshade Wildflower Farm) 
Topic: Native Plants and the Creatures that Love Them 

A discussion of who eats what! Which plants are favored by butterflies (and caterpillars), birds, wildlife and people...and how we can support and encourage beautiful wildlife in our gardens. 

Everyone is invited - you do not have to be a Hunterdon resident. The program is free and light refreshments will be provided.

If you plan to attend, RSVP at  hunterdon@npsnj.org

NPSNJ Membership

Your membership dollars help to support our mission: To promote the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. The Hunterdon Chapter receives a portion of the funding to cover speaker fees and other supportive materials. Visit the NPSNJ website to find out more. Be sure to identify "Hunterdon Chapter" as your local chapter, to continue to receive updated emails about meetings and other pertinent information regarding native plant related events in Hunterdon County and the surrounding area.  

Share this information with any others who may be interested. The program is free. All our meetings will be at the North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, and at 7:00 unless noted otherwise.

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

February 22, 2018
For our February meeting we will attend
John Black's talk on Water in the garden at 7 pm at the
D&R Greenway Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place Princeton, NJ 08540
If you would like to meet for dinner before the talk please contact me.


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

February 19, 2018
Rancocas Chapter Meeting

Members and Friends

Please come out to help steer the Chapter's future.

When: Monday, February 19, 2018 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Rancocas Nature Center 764 Rancocas Road Westampton, NJ

Please come out to the meeting to help determine what direction we would like the chapter to take going forward. This can be a re-organization or "reboot" event for our group, guided by the interests of the participants.

Depending on our preferences and sense of shared focus, we can also invite volunteer(s) to lead our chapter.

Meeting hosted by John Black, President, NPSNJ.  


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, February 6, 2018 meeting at 6:30pm in the "Mancini Room" 1st Floor at the Toms River Library.

Our featured program is: "The Value of Birds in Your Garden", presented by Becky Laboy.

Birds not only delight us with their songs, flight and colorful feathery attire, they provide vital "ecosystem services". Pest control, nutrient cycling, pollination and seed dispersal are a few of the many services birds perform that are necessary for a balanced, healthy and functioning garden, yard and planet!

Join Becky for an exploration of the variety of birds that can delight you in your garden, and the native plants that will attract them to your yard.

Becky Laboy is the Education Outreach Coordinator for Ocean County Soil Conservation District. She holds a Master's in Education and will have earned a second Bachelors degree this May, 2018, in Environmental Biology, her first Bachelors is in International Relations. Her interests include native plant gardening and bird watching. She is excited to present this program that combines her interests with her passion to help save the planet.  

Please RSVP to Mary Judge (732-644-7018, or mfjudge@hotmail.com). **Note Mary's new phone number and email address! 

SAVE THE DATE: March 3, 2018 NPSNJ Annual Spring Conference will be held at Medford Leas.  



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 2017-2018 Calendar: click here

Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Monday Night 05 February 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

CU Maurice River Member – Christine Brown
"Medicinal and Edible Backyard Weeds,
Native and Non-native"

Join Native Plant Society and CU Maurice River members for a presentation by our very own Christine Brown. Many of you already know her and have had the pleasure of discussing particulars regarding plants and animals. If you haven't met Christine yet, she is a nature enthusiast, birder, and avid gardener who is always learning and ready to share her knowledge about the great outdoors with others in a most captivating manner. On February 5th you can join her for a presentation on medicinal and edible backyard weeds, native and non-native. She will share with us what she has learned from her own experience foraging on her property. You will be surprised to find that many of those plants you have been weeding and throwing away are actually quite useful!  

Don't Forget!

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from September 2017 thru 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.

February Meeting:

7 p.m. Monday, February 19, 2018
Stockton University (Room B-126 at Stockton University. )  

Jesse Connor: 

"Shade Gardening With Natives."  

Shade gardening makes a special challenge for gardeners and home landscapers. 

Are you just beginning to plant trees and shrubs in your yard and wondering which will work best? Or, does your property already have trees shading areas of your property – and so are now creating opportunities for you to enhance your yard with understory plants?  

Jesse will name and describe the best canopy trees, understory trees, and shrubs to create new shaded areas or to enrich those you already have. She'll also cover spring and fall garden gems that provide important ecosystem services in woodland borders. She will give special attention to perennials, ferns, and sedges that will naturalize or self-seed and can be maintained easily (and actually help reduce maintenance needs).  

Directions to B-126: 

Park in Parking Lot #1 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-126 will be the second classroom on your right after you step into that wing.  

Alternative Route: Park in the parking area next to the Arts & Sciences Building (red brick) and walk past it on your right. Turn right on walkway just beyond, then left into the A-D Building. Go upstairs one flight: B-wing is the first side-corridor upstairs, directly across from the upstairs entry to Alton Auditorium. Room B-126 will be the second classroom 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.)

See you all soon again.

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

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


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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