March 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


NPSNJ Krajci Preserve Volunteer Trail Work Day

The Trail Work Day is being Rescheduled to
April 21

March 24, 2018 10:00-4:00
Snow date March 31, 10:00-4:00  

Holland Township, Alfalfa Hill Road

Calling all NPSNJ. Come for a few hours or stay all day.

This is NPSNJ's very own piece of natural land in Holland Township.

Enjoy a day of friendship with a bunch of plant geeks and help create a trail system 

To volunteer, email us at

Come join other members of the NJ Native Plant Society and do something truly valuable this weekend: make a trail into the Krajci Preserve. Water and Chocolate Chip Cookies will be supplied.

Donated to the Native Plant Society of New Jersey in 1991, this .9 acre property is located in rural Holland Township. The lot has remained mainly in a natural state for a hundred years. A year ago volunteers removed most of the invasive multiflora rose that prohibited access to the property.  

Now we need a trail system to make it possible for visitors to access the property. 

We have mapped out a route for two loop trails but need volunteers to construct the trail with steps for steep areas and stepping stones for wet areas.

Please bring tools such as shovels, hoes, loppers, rakes, pruning saws, gloves and knee pads.

Directions. From Rt. 519, north of Milford, turn right onto Church Road. Church Rd. to Amsterdam Rd. on the right, Amsterdam Rd. to Alfalfa Hill Rd. Look for Mailbox 101 on the left.

GPS: 101 Alfalfa Hill Road, Milford, NJ  

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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


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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, March 27, 2018
Denise Hewitt will speak on our
Native Bee Pollinators: Why they Matter..

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


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Bergen Passaic Chapter


MARCH MEETING: Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. Linda Rohleder, Director of Land Stewardship, NY-NJ Trail Conference.. Linda, a PhD in environmental science, will talk about developing a native plant wildlife habitat in her backyard, starting with a traditional lawn and little knowledge of native plants. She will share lessons learned and look back on her experiences over 10 years of developing the habitat on her 1/3 acre lot in the middle of Red Bank, NJ.

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


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Highland Park Chapter

The next Highland Park Regional Chapter Meeting will be Tuesday March 27, 7:30pm, at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center, 20 River Road. click here for a map.

A most hearty welcome to spring and to our first spring speaker, Dr. Randi Eckel, founder and owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm, and Entomology Advisor to NPSNJ. Randi's topic will be "Native Plants and the Creatures that Love Them."

Randi brings over 30 years of native plant study and research and a PhD in entomology to this discussion of who eats what! Which plants are favored by butterflies (and caterpillars), birds, wildlife and people? How can we support and encourage beautiful wildlife in our gardens?

We've enjoyed Randi's lively and engaging lectures firsthand and want chapter members to experience at least one of them. A special invitation to Heidi Mass and the West Central Chapter to join us - we are not that far apart.

A link to Randi's blog can be found here.

Randi will have a timely selection of native plants and seed packets for sale.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Mary and Belinda if you plan to attend.

Mark your calendars for two more events: 

Saturday April 7 at 2pm
Tour of the Chrysler Herbarium on Douglas campus

The herbarium is only open to the public by special appointment and we are thrilled that Dr. Lena Struwe, director of the herbarium, will be guiding us through this vast collection on April 7. This event will come up quickly, so please let us know if you will attend so we can let Dr. Struwe know how many visitors to expect.

Tuesday April 24 at 7:30pm

Our April chapter meeting will host botanical artist Robin Jess who served as the executive director of the American Society of Botanical Artists from 2003 to 2016. She is now a consultant to that organization.

Robin will present "A Botanical Artist Explores New Jersey's Pine Barrens." Robin will use plant illustrations to demonstrate three major Pine Barrens habitats.

Robin created a series of 40 watercolors of Pine Barrens flora which toured New Jersey's major museums and arts venues. She will have prints for sale at the meeting.

Thank you, Hervé Barrier, for the delightful and informative winter tour at Davidson's Mill Pond Park - brisk weather, snowy trails and that late afternoon winter sunlight - beautiful!

All the best to everyone!

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 and Belinda at


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Union Chapter

To be announced



For more information contact Michael Brennan at


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Hunterdon Chapter

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. 

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

Speaker: Mary Anne Borge  
Topic: Spring Wildflowers in the Natural Web


Spring ephemerals bloom, set seed and disappear underground before the trees that they live with even finish leafing out. Wildflowers such as Dutchman's breeches, bloodroot, bluebells, spring beauty, and trillium carpet the forest floor while the temperatures are still cool.

How do these wildflowers reproduce, and who do they enlist to help disperse their seeds? How do they protect themselves from being eaten, and how does this benefit other animals, including people? Learn about the lovely and tenacious plants of early spring, and their survival strategies. 


About Mary Anne Borge
Mary Anne Borge is a naturalist, writer, photographer, and educator, based in New Jersey. She is the Associate Editor for Butterfly Gardener magazine, a publication of the North American Butterfly Association. She is also an instructor and naturalist at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, PA, and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications. She shares her love of nature through her writing and photography

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. 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:

Chapter contacts are Susan Haake and Dawn Pogosaew:

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


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West Central Chapter

March 3, 2018
For our March meeting we will attend the
NPSNJ annual meeting at Medford Leas.
Please save the date and watch for the announcement.

Please remember to pay your dues!


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

I look forward to meeting all of you.

Heidi Mass

For more information contact



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

March 31st at 1pm
Rancocas Nature Center
Proof Of Life: A Search for Signs of Spring

Are you feeling like Spring has been kidnapped? Join Christine Black for an afternoon walk in the woods and meadows as we search for signs of spring, talking about plants as we go. Bring your walking shoes in case it is muddy! After a walk (length to be determined by participants) we will stop by the native plant ex-closure in the meadow and the garden by the main building to discuss ideas moving forward with those spaces.

Meet Christine in the parking lot.

Feel free to bring a hot beverage to keep you warm.

For more information contact


Christine Black Chapter Leader

Rancocas Nature Center Chapter, NPSNJ  


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Jersey Shore Chapter

To be announced



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:


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Delaware Bayshores Chapter

Del-Bay 2017-2018 Calendar: click here

Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Monday Night 05 March 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

Flora for Fauna – Karen Williams
Workshop:Native Plant Propagation

Our next presenter will be member Karen Williams, 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.  

This month's program will focus on how to propagate native plant seeds from start to finish. The program will be composed of the March 2018 session on how to propagate and the May 2018 session on planting the native species you have grown. We have all the seeds, soil and plastic liners you will need. We just need you to participate, raise, and plant. The River Renaissance Center for the Arts has kindly offered to raise some of the plants, but we ask that you consider taking your tray home and bringing matured plants to the May planting session. 

Members from the Native Plant Society, the River Renaissance Center for the Arts, and CU Maurice River will be coming together to help grow the success of this community project.  

Registration is needed for the event so we can have enough material on hand.  

Click here to sign-up for the event.

The Garden's History 

In partnership with the Holly City Development Corporation and the City of Millville, over the last year CU Maurice River has been converting a once-abandoned lot at 213 North High Street, Millville, NJ into a Neighborhood Wildlife Garden. The Native Plant Society- Del-Bay Chapter is getting involved with the many volunteers, schools, neighbors, local community organizations, the municipality, businesses, and other residents have all taken an active role in making this project a reality.  

The gardening project aims to foster a heightened awareness of local vegetation and wildlife as well as revitalize an urban area employing green infrastructure and best management practices. The Neighborhood Wildlife Garden, rented from the City, will become a pollinator garden- a healthy outdoor living space where neighbors can gather and explore natural wonders.  

Green spaces in urban areas provide a variety of benefits for the community. In an age when youth suffer from a lack of contact with nature, gardens serve as exploratory learning classrooms without walls.  


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  

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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.

March Meeting:

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

Jennifer Bulava, Naturalist, Burlington County Park System: 

"Beneficial Insects."  

It's easy to forget that the vast majority of insects are irreplaceable creatures whose activities the natural world cannot do without. 

From pollinating plants, to keeping pest populations in check, to providing food for birds and other animals, to dozens of other activities, beneficial insects are crucial to life on Planet Earth. Jennifer will explain some of the most important roles they play and how to distinguish them from "bad" bugs. Find out also how to attract the most valuable insects to your yard -- as well as what we can do to help ensure they aren't poisoned by pesticides. 

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, 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:  (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, Steve Fiedler and Jean Riling

For more information, contact Jesse Connor at email:


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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