May 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


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North Chapter

The North Chapter is in need of a person or persons to assume the leadership.

The leader(s) will schedule and arrange the activities and events of the chapter, act as a local point person for the Native Plant Society of NJ and interface with the Board and other Chapter leaders.

You can assume the position by yourself or find some friends and become co-leaders. You will have lots of help and training from others in the Society.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested, in taking on the role, please respond to 



Email contact


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

May Activities

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 pm: Talk on Urban Trees at Ridgewood Library,Free to all 

May meeting: Wednesday, May 10, Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildflower Farm will give a talk about native shrubs and trees. Randi will also bring plants for sale.  

Friday, May 12, 11:00 a.m.: Walk on Ridgewood's Dunhar Woods Trail led by naturalist Tracy Hanson. We should see the last of the spring ephemerals and some nice birds. Park and meet in the lot in back of Temple Israel, 475 Grove Street, Ridgewood. The walk is approximately half a mile on a level trail. No rain date: we'll go unless it's raining hard. 


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.


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


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Highland Park Chapter

Please note our meeting has been postphoned to TUESDAY MAY 30.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday May 23

The topic will be "Urban Rain Gardens."

If you have experience planning and/or installing rain gardens, we would love to have you participate in the discussion. If you want to learn more, ask questions. If you have rain garden photos you would like to share, please send them to us.

Refreshments will be served. Please let us know if you plan to attend. Thanks.

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

To be announced



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


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:

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

West Central Jersey Chapter Meeting:
ON THURSDAY - May 18th
at 6:30 pm  

Flash!! David Hughes of WeatherWood Designs will be at the potluck to answer questions about his design of Susan's garden. Come on time if you want hear him and ask questions! We would love to see you all at Susan's house for this potluck sharing. If you know that you are coming, would you please send me an text at 551-655-8095--so that we have an approximate count. You are always welcome with a last minute decision to come.  


We are all invited to a member's house in Princeton, for a potluck sharing and a walk around her newly designed property. The former plantings have been replaced with native choices and a rain garden has been created that now catches the runoff that used to flood into her house.

She will "show and tell" us about how she decided who to hire to design the garden and how the whole process was accomplished. Valuable also to all of us will be what she communicated to her neighbors about the change and what their reaction has been to this new gardening concept. Many people think that using native species on their property primarily means a "messy" meadow. Seeing that a lovely design can be created is very important to change views.

So--bring a dish--simple and whatever you have time to do --and we will have a fun sharing evening. Bring a friend if you like.

If you are interested , please email me, Judith, at


Our meetings are free and open to everyone. Since NPSNJ is supported in its work by its member dues, please consider joining. Membership is $20.00 per year.  


I look forward to meeting all of you.

Judith Robinson

For more information contact


We usually meet at the New Jersey Plainsboro Audubon Preserve at 80 Scotts Corner Road, Plainsboro, NJ.

Directions to the Preserve can be found at


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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

Rancocas Chapter Meeting Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 10:30am

Members and Friends

Please join us for our May meeting at a special day and time:

Monday, May 22, 2017 10:30am

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

Our agenda will include a presentation on the


by Rita Yoo, Regional Forester, NJ State Forest Service.


Toni Price, Chapter Leader  


For more information contact



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Jersey Shore Chapter

Please join the Jersey Shore Chapter for our May meeting: (Location updated)

Wednesday, May 31
from 6:30-8:00pm (please note the change in meeting day).  

Location: Home Town Dairy Room at the TOMS RIVER BRANCH of the Ocean County Library  

Hubert Ling, the NPSNJ's official Horticulturist, will present on
Propagation of Native Plants: Low Cost and Low Labor Methods". 

This program provides an introduction into plant propagation. Hubert will be discussing traditional methods and modern tissue culture techniques, the advantages and disadvantages of sexual vs. asexual reproductive methods, tips on saving time and energy using low-cost methods, and a peek into the world of fern propagation. 

Please RSVP for the May meeting to Mary Judge at or 732-255-0472, as seating is limited. 

JUNE: SAVE THE DATE for the June 24 meeting - a lecture on bog plants and a Field Trip to Webbs Mill Bog (paid members-only). More information to come. Please RSVP to Mary Judge at or 732-255-0472, as seating is limited. 

JULY: SAVE THE DATE for the July 11 meeting. Join the Jersey Shore Chapter for BYO brown bag picnic supper at Cattus Island County Park in Toms River. Meet us at the picnic tables by the Nature Center at 5:30pm. At 6:30 we will enjoy a 45 minute presentation by Park Naturalist Jason Hoger. Jason will provide us with a tour of the newly renovated Nature Center, the new exhibits, the butterfly garden, the Center's "green wall" (the first indoor native plant green wall in Ocean County!) and the 3 new raised beds containing native seaside plants, native bog plants, and vegetables grown by the Nature Center staff to feed their turtles. NO RSVP required, all are welcome.  

Remember - no meeting in August!  

Kind regards,
Jersey Shore Chapter Co-leaders
Mary Judge
Karen Walzer
Becky Laboy
Pam Almeida  



Dear Jersey Shore Chapter members and native plant enthusiasts, as a reminder, the Jersey Shore Chapter usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm. Check events postings

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

Chapter Meeting Monday Night
we are starting a bit early
01 May 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
22 North High Street, Millville, NJ 08332

Next on the Guest Speaker Series
Renée Brecht will present:
"Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, the practical uses"

Renée Brecht conversationalist and amateur botanist, will show us with the right tools (e.g. Newcomb's Field Guide), anyone can identify plants. There will be a hands on presentation on how to use a dichotomous key to identify plant in the field. Please bring a copy of Newcomb's Wildflower Field Guide with you to the meeting. Bring an extra copy to share with a friend Next month a follow up tour with Renée Brecht at the Waltman Park in the heart of Millville will begin next month (June) at 7pm  

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.

May Meeting:  

7 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 
in Room B-125 at Stockton University.  

Jesse Connor:

“Lessons Learned:  Tips on How To Create a Wildlife Garden While Saving Money, Time, & Aggravation.” 

It’s a great time to begin gardening for wildlife or to fine-tune your backyard habitat -- because gardening for wildlife has actually become easier in recent years.  We’ve all gotten smarter about planting choices, design considerations, and maintenance practices. Jesse will share lessons she’s learned landscaping her current garden and yard in Port Republic for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife for 27 years…. and counting.

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

Doug Tallamy speaking at NJ Audubon in Cape May, May 20

This year marks the 40th Cape May Spring Festival, sponsored by New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory. From May 19 to 21, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers from around the country and the world will congregate in Cape May to witness many aspects of Spring bird migration.  

This year our Spring Festival also celebrates Cape Island's designation as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. A press event is taking place on Friday, and you will find some extra offerings that focus on wildlife gardening throughout the weekend. Our Saturday, May 20, keynote luncheon speaker is Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. Tallamy is an internationally-recognized expert on pollinators and creating wildlife habitat – and we were lucky to get him given his busy schedule! The luncheon is open to the public for $35 per person. Then top it off with a visit to the Nature Center of Cape May's Wildlife-friendly Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday.  

For all the details of Cape May Spring Festival, click here. To attend the Doug Tallamy luncheon, click here, and select registrant type: Partial Registrant.

If you have questions, please contact Cape May Bird Observatory's Special Events Director, Lillian Armstrong at 609-400-3844 or 



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