April 2017 Events 

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Sussex Chapter North Chapter Bergen Passaic Chapter Highland Park 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

Dear Northern Chapter Members,

Spring was getting an early start and suddenly we are back to snow and some unseasonable chilly nights. Those of us who were out exploring the landscape and getting our hands dirty will just have to take a break for our upcoming Northern Chapter meeting. Of course, sharing our knowledge with fellow members is one of the enjoyable benefits of membership in the NPSNJ.

Since Eileen decided to take a well deserved break from leading the Northern Chapter, and I agreed to step into the Chapter President role, I have been in contact with several local conservation groups about access to their properties. I am really excited about some of the programs we'll have at these "living classrooms" and look forward to getting your ideas for meetings and topics too.

Our first Spring meeting is Tuesday April 4 at 7:00 PM. We are meeting at the HQ of the Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) located at: 568 Tempe Wick Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960 (GSWA Website). It is near the entrance to the Jockey Hollow National Historic Park and there is onsite parking. 

The GSWA is one of the organizations who graciously offered us their facilities and "living classroom", more about that at the meeting. We also have several other venues to visit and explore as the year unfolds!  

The April 4 Meeting Agenda will be:

  • Bees and Their Needs: Native Annuals and Perennials for Pollinators
  • Chapter Business
  • 2017 Chapter Programs Discussion
  • Chapter Membership

The opportunities for us are limitless so please bring one or two program idea for our meetings. Just think about your #1 personal interest (related to native plants please) and then something you want to learn more about. Presto, you've two ideas for the meeting.  

I hope everyone can make the April 4 2017 kickoff meeting. We need everyone's participation to help send the our chapter off in the right direction. Please remember, this is YOUR chapter, I'll just drive the bus. I hope each of you will have one meeting program idea so I know what everyone interests are.

If you can't make the meeting please get in touch so I know what's important to you.


Peter Birnbaum

RSVP Coopershollowfarm@yahoo.com 

For more information contact Peter Birnbaum Coopershollowfarm@yahoo.com


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Bergen Passaic Chapter


The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference offers our chapter the use of their beautiful headquarters for FREE in exchange for gardening help. Our first volunteer work session at Trail Conference headquarters, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, will take place on Sunday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m. Please come help plant natives and remove invasives from the gardens that surround the headquarters building. 

April meeting: Wednesday, April 12, Eric Rohsler of Rohsler's Allendale Nursery will talk about native plants. Plants will be available for sale, and attendees will receive a discount coupon for the nursery. 

Work session: Sunday, April 30, 1:00 p.m

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


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.  


The NPSNJ is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, the group has hundreds of members across the state organized into county and regional chapters. Members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.  

NPSNJ conducts regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. The Bergen-Passaic chapter holds 8 or 9 meetings per year, always on the second Wednesday of the month, plus several field trips. All chapter meetings will take place at the Headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference 

All meetings include "You Should Grow This," an introduction to a little known native plant; information about future programming and other local events; an opportunity to meet like-minded native plant enthusiasts; and refreshments.  

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.


The new 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

To be announced



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, April 13, 2017 at 7:00PM
Hunterdon Medical Center Auditorium,
2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ

Presenter: Dr. Chris Obropta: Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resource

Program: Native Plants in Rain Gardens and Naturalized Detention Basins  

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 hunterdon@npsnj.org if you plan to attend.  


Upcoming Wildflower Hikes
RSVP hunterdon@npsnj.org 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


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 Hunterdon Medical Center auditorium and at 7:00 unless noted otherwise.  

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

To be announced



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

RNC Chapter Work Session: Saturday, April 8 - Native Plant Enclosure

Members and Friends:

Come out and enjoy the spring weather with other native plant aficionados helping to shape up the Native Plant Enclosure at the RNC.

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 12:00 pm - ??

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

We will spend a few hours of the afternoon together cleaning up and making adjustments to the Native Plant Enclosure on the RNC grounds - so grab your favorite garden gloves and join us Saturday.

Thank you for your help,

Toni Price, Chapter Leader  

For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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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: email:jerseyshore@npsnj.org


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Delaware Bayshores Chapter

Del-Bay 2017 Calendar: click here


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

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 17, 2017
in Room B-125 at Stockton University.  

"Plant Wars: How to Recognize and Deal with Invasive Non-native Plant Species," a program & book signing by Pat Sutton

Many people are surprised to learn that plants they'd assumed were native are in fact non-native, problem plants. Many gardeners are also unaware of the damage they can do when they plant invasives such as periwinkle (Vinca), English ivy, bamboo, and many others. In a very short time these plants can invade the neighbor's yard, properties down the street, and even nearby preserves.

These invasions have taken a big toll on butterflies and moths (that need to lay their eggs on native plants) and insect-eating birds looking for butterfly and moth caterpillars.

Sadly, most nurseries contribute heavily to this problem by continuing to sell many culprits, even species out-lawed in surrounding states and/or those that the State of New Jersey is trying to remove from natural areas. Because the nursery trade has had a long love affair with these exotic plants. the wise gardener needs to be able to recognize them.

This program will help you learn to identify them, offer suggestions on how to control or remove them, and showcase lovely native alternatives. 


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, 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.

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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