April 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, 10:00 to 4:00

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 hunterdon@npsnj.org

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 sussex@npsnj.org


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North Chapter

Tuesday, April 24, 6:00 PM
Field Trip to the Hammond Wildflower Trail,
Tourne County Park
299 McCaffrey Lane, Boonton, NJ 07005

Come explore this incredible site and see which ones of the more than 250 native plants are up and blooming. We hope to see Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), Blood Root (Sanguinaria canadensis), Bluebells (Mertensia virginiana) various Trlliums and other native plants.

We will meet in the second parking lot; it is on the left side of the road, near the pavilion and ball field. We will meet in the lot starting at 6:00 PM, but join us whenever you can. The park closes at sunset which is 7:47 PM that day.

We will be joined by some members of the Rockaway Valley Garden Club who have maintained the trail for years and can tell us the history of the project and help identify the plants.  

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes as parts of the trail can be steep or rocky. Bring cameras and close-focus binoculars if you have them. Porta-potty's available 

Direct any questions to north@npsnj.org


All indoor 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


APRIL MEETING: Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. Randi Eckel, Director of Toadshade Wildflower Farm will present "Gardens Alive! Habitat Gardening for Birds, Butterflies and Wildlife." Beyond beauty, our gardens support wildlife by providing food, shelter, habitat and home. Randi will discuss some key things you can do to welcome birds, butterflies and other friends into your gardens. She will also bring plants for sale.

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



Native Plant Sale : SUNDAY April 15 10AM-3PM LOCATION: 229 S. IRVING ST, (off corner of Spring) Ridgewood

Wildscape is most fortunate that our ecologist, Jean Epiphan has made arrangements to sell, at a great price, real native plants, guaranteed to last through the Fall, attracting not only Spring migration, but Fall migration as well.

This is the REAL thing! Natives as they are supposed to be. Carefully bred from native seeds, from one of the state's premier nursery. Planting and care instructions will be provided.

We will also be notifying you in mid May when some of the other natives are available. But this will get you started. No fertilizer needed, no chemicals wanted, lets get back to things the way they are supposed to be.

And, we would gladly say yes to any member who would like to help for an hour or two.  

MAY MEETING: Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 PM: A talk about bats, "Creatures of the Night," from the Conserve Wildlife Federation.

JUNE MEETING: Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 PM: end of year party  

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 at:bergenpassaic@npsnj.org


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Highland Park Chapter

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.  


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 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

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. 

April Meeting:

Tuesday, April 24 , 2018 at 7:00 PM
North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library
65 Halstead Street, Clinton

Speaker: Ruth Claus  
Topic: John Bartram's Garden 

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM
Guided Tour of Bartram's Garden
Reserve by April 24. 


John Bartram's Garden
America's first botanist

by Ruth Claus
Hunterdon RCE Master Gardener
Presentation Team  

To RSVP, email us at hunterdon@npsnj.org

John Bartram, an unschooled farmer in colonial Philadelphia, became an international plant entrepreneur and a respected scientist who was elected to The Royal Society of London. The speaker shows some of the plants that he found on expeditions which ranged from Lake Ontario to Florida. His discoveries transformed the appearance of 18th century gardens in England and are widely used in gardens today.  


Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM
Private Curator-Guided Tour of
John Bartram's House & Garden

Deadline to sign up is April 24

John Bartram (1699-1777) purchased 102 acres from Swedish settlers in 1728, and systematically began gathering the most varied collection of North American plants in the world. His travels-by boat, on horseback, and on foot-took him to the southeast colonies, as far south as Florida, and west to Lake Ontario. He collected seeds and plants, and established a trans-Atlantic plant business in partnership with London merchant Peter Collinson.  

Join us for a very special tour of his home and garden with emphasis on the garden.

Cost is $25

Self Drive or Car Pool.

We recommend that you bring a lunch as there are no facilities in the area  



April Walk with Mary Anne Borge:

Sunday, April 29 10:00 AM
Mimi Upmeyer Trail
Lockatong Preserve
Raven Rock Rosemont Road

Zega- Lockatong Preserve REVISED DIRECTIONS  

To RSVP hunterdon@npsnj.org if you plan to attend.


Come enjoy a walk on a trail with abundant spring ephemerals. The Lockatong Creek cuts a wide and rocky course from the uplands of Kingwood and Delaware Townships to the Delaware River. A vital freshwater source, and one of the Land Trust's principle project areas since the organization's founding in 1996, the Lockatong remains an unspoiled slice of rural New Jersey.

The trail enters the woods then descends toward the floodplain, where mature trees cast dappled shade over a growth of spicebush, mayapples, Jack-in-the-pulpit and other understory plants.

Named Mimi's Trail in honor of the late Mimi Upmeyer, a dedicated conservationist and founding Hunterdon Land Trust member. 



From Frenchtown, take Route 29 South. Pass Raven Rock/Bull's Island. Turn left at Federal twist Road. Take your next right onto Rosemont Raven Rock Road. The Preserve is on the left before the steel bridge.

From Stockton, take Route 29 North. Turn right at Federal Twist Road. Take your next right onto Rosemont Raven Rock Road. The Preserve is on the left before the steel bridge.

From the North, Take Route 519 South. Just after the gray apartment building and the curve in the road, bear right on Raven Rock Road. You will pass the Trailhead for the Wescott Preserve on your right. Cross the steel bridge and the parking lot will be on your right.  


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: 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

Meeting on April 10, 2018
Wow how time flies! I have had some feedback that some members wish to do more outreach.
Therefore, at our April meeting we will be formulating our outreach exhibit for use at 2 events this year.
The first is the Plainsboro Preserve Native Plant Sale on June 2 and 3.
The second event (TBD) will be in September.
This will be a portable exhibit that you can take with you if there is an event you wish to go to.
Please bring your ideas.

Please join us at 7 PM at the Preserve:
80 Scotts Corner Road
Cranbury, NJ 08512

I look forward to meeting all of you.

Heidi Mass, Chapter Leader


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, Chapter Leader

For more information contact westcentraljersey@npsnj.org.



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

April 21st 1:30PM
Rancocas Nature Center

Meet at 1:30 in the parking lot to work on our projects at the nature center and learn more about the plants in our gardens. We will be working on plant profiles and signage as well as adding new plant friends to our garden plots.

Come with garden gloves.

Cold beverages & snacks provided. 

For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.

Christine Black Chapter Leader

Rancocas Nature Center Chapter, NPSNJ  


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Jersey Shore Chapter

Please join the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society at a special event in April at Island Beach State Park.

Instead of our usual Tuesday evening meeting, we are teaming up with Friends of Island Beach State Park to co-sponsor the Conservation Talk and Walk on Sunday, April 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park's Interpretive Center

The program will be a native plant talk and walk led by Jason Austin, co-owner of the little plant company. Jason's talk is entitled "Sustainable Landscape Design for the Coastal Plain: What it really means to go native!" Take a trip with Jason from the bogs to the barrens, and the water to the woods. Get ready to embrace all of the regional flora of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and closely allied barrier islands. Learn about the habitat niches and regional adaptations that these plants occupy and have developed over time, and how they integrate seamlessly into the local landscape.  

Jason designs and installs native landscapes. He has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design from Delaware Valley University. He spent 10 years as production and greenhouse manager of a NJ mail-order nursery where he grew and hybridized numerous genera of NJ native plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants. Jason will guide us through the dunes at Island Beach State Park and enlighten us on how to create and install sustainable, ecologically sound home landscapes.  

Please register for this event through the  Friends of Island Beach State Park website.



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

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 02 April 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 Naturalist– Tony Klock
"Wildlife Gardening in Port Norris"

CU Maurice River Naturalist and Trustee Tony Klock will present Wildlife Gardening in Port Norris at our next Native Plant Society DelBay Chapter meeting.

Tony is not only a wonderful naturalist but also a educator by profession. His enjoyment of the great out-of-doors and bird watching helped inspire Tony to become an avid wildlife gardener.

For more than 20 years, he and his wife Marcia have been creating a backyard paradise for themselves as well as birds and pollinators that visit them.  

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  

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.

April Meeting:  

7 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 
Room B-126, Stockton University

Eric Schrading, Field Supervisor, US Fish & Wildlife Service, “Conservation in a Changing Climate.” 


Eric will give us an encore presentation – returning a couple of years after his last talk for us (about invasive plants.)  This time he will focus on a problem of concern to everyone.  He will begin with a brief background of what climate change is and its causes.  Next, he will identify impacts from climate change as they relate to wildlife resources, focusing on those in our area of the country -- the Mid-Atlantic States.  Finally, he will discuss mitigation and adaptation opportunities related to climate change.  As those of you who heard him last time know, he is a down-to-earth speaker who is sure to give us a new way to understand this very complicated issue, 


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:  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 at email: southeast@npsnj.org


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Other Announcements

To be announced



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