August 2017 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

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 Peter Birnbaum


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

Chapter Announcements

Summer and early fall work days will be held on the following dates. Mark your calendars; sign-up urls are coming soon: 

Our remaining workdays at NY-NJ Trail Conference Headquarters are on the following dates. Please use the links to register, and please join us for these fun and educational volunteer activities. You may even get some free plants!

Work Day at NY-NJ Trail Conference
Sunday, August 13, 9:00 am:

Sunday, Sept 24, 1:00 pm:

FALL 2017 MEETINGS: Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m.

September 13: Jeannie Epiphan will talk about native ferns.

October 11: Elaine Silverstein will talk about sustainability in the home garden

November 8: John Black, President of NPSNJ, will talk about dragonflies

December 13: Holiday party and seed swap: save your seeds this fall!  

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.

Beginning around July 3, Rt. 202 will be closed north of the Schoolhouse. Traffic detour signs will be posted by the Department of Transportation. Cars coming from the north (Route 17) should follow exit signs for MacArthur Avenue to Darlington Avenue. Cars coming from the south (Rt. 202) will not be affected.

Other Announcements:

Flat Rock Brook (in Englewood) needs volunteers to help remove invasives and restore native plantings. Email for more information; please mention that you are a NPSNJ member.  


Co-leaders are Tom Bender, Josie Ko, and Elaine Silverstein.

They can be reached


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Highland Park Chapter

Greetings Everyone, ALERT:

Wednesday night's thunderstorms have played havoc with our schedule and we are forced to postpone our native plant swap and Highland Park Native Plant Reserve tour until Tuesday August 22 at 7pm. Actually, this is the fourth Tuesday of the month which is our regular chapter meeting night. The change also gives us two more weeks to prepare plants for swapping.  

Please join us for our native plant swap on Tuesday August 22 at 7pm. The evening will begin with a brief tour of Highland Park Native Plant Reserve and we look forward to your observations and suggestions.

For your convenience we will gather at the picnic table inside the main entrance off the parking lot. You won't have to carry your native plant offerings so far. This also places us in the heart of the HPNPR. Remember, you don't have to bring a plant to get one. We will meet at 7pm to take advantage of daylight.

Available so far are sycamore, persimmon, red maple, red oak and scarlet oak trees. Shrubs include button bush. Herbaceous offerings include viola striata, wild ginger and aster species. A surprise donation is prickly pear cactus. 

Hubert Ling has doubled the number of species by adding Redbud, Gray dogwood, Penstemon (digitalis), Greek Valerian, Elephant foot, Purple bergamot, Yucca, New England aster, Swamp milkweed(white form) and Solomon's seal. Thank you, Hubert! 

Please label your plants with the common and scientific names.

Only light refreshments will be provided 

If it rains or twilight descends too quickly, we will move to the Environmental Education Center at 20 River Road. Mosquitoes are tolerable during the day, but we can't predict what evening will bring. This would be another reason to move indoors.

A map can be found click here for a map.

Hope to see you soon, 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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Union Chapter

To be announced



For more information contact Michael Brennan at


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Hunterdon Chapter

To be announced



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


We will not be meeting on this month. I apologize for the lateness of this notice but I need to be out of town on business.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 28th. This is different from our usual third Thursday meeting date because September 21st is Rosh Hashanah.

In the meantime, please be recording your discoveries of what flourished in your gardens this growing year so that you can share your knowledge with everyone. And, do be taking pictures that we can show at the meeting!

I will be sending out reminders for the meeting!

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.



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

Bringing Nature Home Festival with Dr. Doug Tallamy

The Rancocas Nature Center (RNC) is excited to host a fun festival sponsored by NPSNJ and featuring Dr. Doug Tallamy.

New England aster & Monarch Butterfly When: Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Rancocas State Park Fairgrounds, Rancocas Road (east of Westampton Municipal Building, on the right) Westampton, NJ

Please click Bringing Nature Home Festival flyer to access a flyer containing details on this must event for all native plant lovers.

Thank you,

Toni Price, RNC Chapter Leader  

For more information contact


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Jersey Shore Chapter

August 5:

Join Jason Austin of "the little plant company" on Saturday August 5, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to create a unique, containerized bog garden filled with hardy carnivorous plants, orchids, and sundews. Your take-home creation will be a miniature replica of a natural peat bog that will feature North American Pitcher plants (Sarracenia sp.). Pitcher plants are colorful and beautiful, and generally easy to care for. Just give them full sun and plenty of water.

The workshop will include 3 carnivorous plants of your choice, 3 native bog perennials of your choice, and a 10" Campania fiber cement bowl filled with peat moss.  

The day will start at 10:00 AM for a one-hour tour of the little plant company's home garden and bog in Pine Beach, New Jersey ...

... followed by a one-hour bog workshop.

There will be a $75.00 fee for this workshop ($65.00 for JSC-NPSNJ Members in Good Standing (dues paid for 2017).  Checks can be made payable to:  "Jason Austin."  NOTE:  You are cordially invited to attend the garden tour portion, learn about carnivorous plants, and observe the workshop FOR NO CHARGE if you would like.  Please let Mary Judge know if you would like to attend.

This workshop itself will be limited to 9 people, so please RSVP as soon as possible to Mary Judge at or 732-255-0472, ext 1.  Directions will be provided at that time.


~Jersey Shore Chapter Co-leaders,

 Mary Judge, Karen Walzer, Pam Almeida and Becky Laboy



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


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.

To be announced




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:  (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

Save the Date for Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard on October 14, 2017 



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