March 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


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North Chapter

To be announced

For more information contact Eileen Ferrer


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

Bergen-Passaic Chapter of Native Plant Society Meets March 8

Our March meeting will take place on :

Wednesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.,
at the headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference,
600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah.

The speaker, Frank Mortimer,
president of the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association, will discuss
"The ABCs of Honeybees." 

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:

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.

April meeting: Wednesday, April 12, Eric Rohsler of Rohsler's Allendale Nursery

May meeting: Wednesday, May 10, Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildflower Farm  

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  



All chapter meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month 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.

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.

The new co-leaders are Tom Bender, Josie Ko, and Elaine Silverstein. They can be reached


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Highland Park Chapter

Hi Everyone,

Our March monthly meeting 

We will have our monthly meeting Tuesday March 28 at 7:30pm in the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center at 20 River Road, Highland Park.

Agenda will include community outreach ideas:

  • Scarlet Service Day / Food pantry collection on April 22 at Native Plant Reserve
  • How to encourage lawn reduction
  • Preparation of native plant presentations for kids
  • We will also plan field trips, speakers, native plant swap, and garden party

Refreshments will be served at our meeting on Tuesday. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Upcoming events:

  • Our chapter will table at two events in Highland Park:
    • Earth Day Celebration at the Native Plant Reserve, Sunday April 23, 11am-3pm;
    • Highland Park Street Fair May 7 11:30-4:30. Volunteers are welcome.
  • John Black, President of the New Jersey Native Plant Society, will present "Pollinators in Peril - Natives to the Rescue!" at the EEC, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. More information can be found here.
  • Backyard Composting: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15 A free composting seminar is scheduled at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. The class will run about 2 hours and feature an overview and explanation of composting techniques using yard waste and kitchen scraps.To register for this free workshop, please call the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or email Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshop. Call the Division of Solid Waste before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.

Best regards,

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


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Hunterdon Chapter

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00PM
Hunterdon Medical Center Auditorium,
2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ

Presenter: John Black: President of the New Jersey Native Plant Society

John has worked extensively with the Bureau of Land Management performing wildlife surveys and exploring caves. He has also worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service doing community outreach and reconnecting people with nature. John has volunteered for the National Wildlife Federation and has served on the board of directors of the Atlantic Audubon Society. 

Topic: "Dragonflies"  

Come and learn about these amazing and misunderstood creatures that patrol our ponds and waterways.  

John has been fascinated by dragonflies his entire life. He admires them to the point of creating a habitat in his yard just for them and has spent many hours studying them from that habitat. John has lost many hours of sleep watching them emerge and missed many meals studying their behavior. His program explains the many features and behaviors that make these insects so wonderfully amazing and beneficial.  

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

RSVP, if you plan to attend. 


Field Trip

Self-Drive Trip to Pinelands Nursery Columbus NJ Saturday, May 12 Tour of native plant nursery and production line by Don Knezick. Purchase native plants from Pinelands Direct with Tom Knezick Self-drive or carpool.

RSVP if you plan to attend.  


Upcoming Wildflower Hikes
RSVP if you plan to attend.  

Rockhopper Trail Guided Hike with Mary Anne Borge May 13 10:00-12:00 Rt. 518 , West Amwell about 2.1 mil East of Lambertville  

Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve A Jewel Near the Heart of Flemington Sunday May 21, 2017 at 1:00-3:00pm Bernadette Morales Nature Preserve 103 Capner Street, Raritan Twp, NJ


More information:

Chapter contact is Cinny MacGonagle

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


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West Central Chapter

Our next West Central Jersey Chapter meeting will be:

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

As spring and planting is near, let's share our successes and learning from planting choices that didn't flourish, with each other. So please bring your experiences of both to the meeting to discuss. We will also be talking about what to consider in planning and designing gardens that interact to support a sustainable system. 

A reminder: the annual meeting of NPSNJ is on Saturday, March 18th. Registration and speaker information is at Details 


We meet 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.

Judith Robinson

For more information contact



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

To be announced

For more information contact



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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 Calendar: click here

Just a reminder for our Monday March 06, 2017 Meeting  

Chapter Meeting Monday Night 06 March 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

Joe Arsenault will present:

"NJ Coastal Plain Vegetation"

A soils, geology and landscape approach to understanding NJ Coastal Plain plant communities"

This will be a 40 minute program showing Joe's take on Southern NJ's plant communities.

Joe is a Southern Jersey native, Rutgers graduate, botanist and plant ecologist (Senior Ecologist certified by Ecological Society of America), native plant nurseryman, father (4), husband (~>35), gardener, fisherman, archaeologist and amateur surface geologist.  

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


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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 20, 2017
in Room B-125 at Stockton University.  

Larissa Smith, Biologist and Volunteer Manager, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey:

Bats of NJ: What's not to Love? 

Conserve Wildlife Biologist Larissa Smith discusses the bats of New Jersey. Bats suffer from a bad reputation among those who do not know them. In fact, as you will learn in this talk, they are beneficial to humans and fascinating creatures. NJ bat populations have been on the decline, however, and CWF is working with researchers to study their causes – and to look for solutions. Find out what CWF is doing to help bats in the state and what you can do yourself.

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.)

Alternative parking is also available in new parking area outside the Arts & Science Building (near A&S Circle). If you park there, to reach our classroom: walk through the A&S Building and follow the path on opposite side into the A-D Building, then follow directions above.  

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, and Steve Fiedler

For more information, contact Jesse Connor at email:


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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