October 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 sussex@npsnj.org


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North Chapter

To be announced



For more information contact Peter Birnbaum north@npsnj.org


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Bergen Passaic Chapter

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Rt. 202 is still closed north of the Schoolhouse. Cars coming from Route 17 should follow exit signs for MacArthur Avenue. From MacArthur, make a right on Darlington Avenue and follow it to the end; the Schoolhouse will be directly in front of you. Cars coming from Rt. 202 will not be affected. 

Chapter Announcements

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

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.: "Sustainability in the Home Garden," presented by Elaine Silverstein, horticulturist and chapter co-leader. This talk will focus on the meaning of sustainability and on specific gardening techniques that make a backyard environment more ecologically friendly as well as more economical and easy to maintain.

Sunday, October 29, 10:00 a.m to noon: Work day at Trail Conference headquarters. Weed, plant, and tidy in the beautiful native plant gardens surrounding the headquarters building. Register at https://www.nynjtc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=8281

Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.: John Black, President of NPSNJ, will present "There be Dragons," a talk about the diversity and important of dragonflies

Wednesday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.: Holiday party and seed swap: save your seeds this fall!  

JANUARY MEETING: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: Co-leader Tom Bender will talk about pruning. Winter is the best time to prune most woody plants. Come and have all your questions answered!  

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, November 3: Invasive Species Summit at the New York Botanical Garden. For more information or to register, go to https://www.nybg.org/event/invasive-species-summit-restoration-long-term-management/ 


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.

Rt. 202 is 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.

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

Greetings Everyone!

Our next meeting, October 24, will focus on enjoying native plants in Middlesex County's open spaces. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm in the Highland Park Environmental Center at 20 River Road. There is a link for a map below.

Middlesex County has devoted over 8000 acres to conservation areas and preserves. These include more than 30 miles of trails in 11 different locations.

On Tuesday October 24 we will welcome Eric Gehring, park naturalist and open space coordinator for the County of Middlesex. Eric will explain how the county went from 5 miles of semi-formal unmarked trails in 2006 to the 30 miles of marked, mapped and well maintained trails of today. The county used a combination of old footpaths, deer runs, dirt roads and newly developed trails through different ecosystems of field, forest, wetlands and waterways to enhance the formal trail system we currently enjoy.

Refreshments will be provided at both meetings.

Please let us know if you will join us.

Other Events

As many of you know, our chapter helps to maintain a 3 acre Native Plant Reserve in Highland Park. We have workdays every Sunday. Starting on October 8 the hours will be noon till 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our August native plant swap. Let's consider this an ongoing event. Feel free to bring native plants or seeds to any of our meetings.

The wonderful Jersey-Friendly Yards is having an event in two weeks. Learn from the experts at the "Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" event on October 14th. More information can be found here.

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 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

Join us for our next Chapter Meeting:
October 30, 2017, 7:00 pm
Hunterdon County Medical Center Auditorium
2100 Wescott Drive
Flemington, NJ
RSVP @ hunterdon@npsnj.org


Get Ready for Halloween!
Join us for the next Chapter Meeting.
Bring the kids! This presentation is suitable for families.

Learn about Bats of New Jersey

Ethan Gilardi, Conserve Wildlife

All lectures are Free, and treats are available, but we ask that you RSVP at hunterdon@npsnj.org  


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

Dear Friends and Members:

Judith has retired as President of the West Central NJ Chapter of the Native Plant Society of NJ because of a recent job change.

The chapter will continue under new leadership. Heidi Mass, Master Gardener and Plainsboro Preserve Associate Naturalist, has agreed to take over the role of President. She will be moving in January to Monmouth Junction, only 5 minutes from the Preserve, and looks forward to being able to spend more time with the chapter and the Preserve's gardens.

Heidi is looking for involvement from other chapter members, helping to provide speakers, working on garden projects, and suggesting new ideas for chapter involvement.

We will discuss the future of our chapter at the next meeting, to be held on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 at the Plainsboro Preserve, 80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury.

Refreshments will be served. If you are coming directly from work, please feel free to bag dinner it! Since we have not had a recent meeting, please help us plan by letting us know if you are coming.

Please email Heidi at hmass21@gmail.com.



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.

Heidi Mass

For more information contact westcentraljersey@npsnj.org.



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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

Members and Friends

Please join us  
October Rancocas Chapter meeting  
Monday, October 23, 2017 7:00-9:00 pm
Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road Westampton, NJ
Our topic will be:
"SPOOKY NATIVE PLANTS: Elderberry, Rowan Berries, and hazelnut."
Plus some updates about JERSEY YARDS 

Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator for Barnegat Bay Partnership; licensed/NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist; Master Gardener; Co-Leader Jersey Shore NPSNJ

Come out and engage your Halloween spirit. 

Thank you, Toni Price, Chapter Leader  


For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.



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Jersey Shore Chapter

Please Join the Jersey Shore Chapter for our Meeting tonight,
Tuesday, October 3, 2017,
"Beautiful Butterflies and Crazy Caterpillars."

October 14 -- Bringing Nature Home Conference
November 4 -- Native Plant Society Fall Meeting
December 5 -- JSNPS Christmas Party  


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

TONIGHT! - October 3rd Meeting:

Discover the interesting and complex world of butterflies! Jen Bulava, Lead Park Naturalist for the Burlington County Park System, will focus her program on recognizing behaviors and life cycles of one of our most beloved insects. Never without her camera, she will share her own photographic examples of butterflies, caterpillars and moths commonly found in our area.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in Conservation and Ecology from Cook College, Rutgers University. As Lead Park Naturalist, Jennifer is responsible for planning and conducting nature programs, and all other aspects of environmental education for the public within the Burlington County Parks System.

The program will be held on October 3, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm, at Cattus Island County Park,1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms River, 08753. RSVP to Mary Judge at mjudge@ocean.edu; all are welcome!  

December Meeting - "Holiday Greens":

Join us for our annual "Holiday Greens" meeting and make-and-take your own holiday decoration using live, native evergreens. Bring a treat to eat and share. December 5, 6:00-8:00 pm, location to be determined.

Volunteers Wanted!

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help exhibit the JSC-NPSNJ table at other events, please let Mary Judge know: mjudge@ocean.edu; 732-255-0472 ext. 1. It's easy and fun! You would be engaging the public about the Chapter's upcoming meetings and events. Come help spread the word about the importance of native plants!  


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

Meeting Reminder for this Monday 02 October 2017  UPDATE ON STARTING TIME

Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting for this
Monday Night 02 October 2017 from UPDATE 6:30 PM 7PM - 8:30 PM
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts 22 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332  

New Jersey Mycological Association's Jim Barg will present:  

Hands on Fungus

Jim is an experienced mushroomer, great speaker, and excellent photographer. This talk presents us with a wonderful opportunity to marvel at one of autumn's natural wonders, mushrooms!

Jim's presentation will take us on a visual tour of wild fungi found right here in New Jersey. He will also be bringing some specimens to discuss and pass around for a hands-on experience in addition to the talk. Please join us for a brief venture into the often-mysterious Kingdom of Fungi!  

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

We will have a New Calendar for the Del-Bay 2017-18 Season soon so keep your eye on the "inbox" 

Hope to see you soon,
Karla, Doris, Lynn, Julie, 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.

October Meeting:

7 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017
Stockton University
Room C136. 

Emile DeVito 

"Pickering's Morning Glory and Other Pine Barrens Rare Plant Potpourri"  

Emile has been the Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation since 1989. He develops management plans for NJCF's 20,000+ acres of holdings designed to protect and enhance biological diversity. He educates government officials, advocacy groups, land trusts, teachers, and students on forest-interior habitat and migratory stopover needs of Neo-tropical songbirds. He is a trustee of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the NJ Natural Lands Trust, and he serves on both the Endangered and Non-Game Species Advisory Committee (within the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife) and on the New Jersey Invasive Species Council. 

…And he is a dynamic speaker. No matter how much (or how little) you know about the New Jersey Pine Barrens he is sure to teach you more and jazz you up about our state's most intriguing natural area.  


Our Fall Chapter Meetings will be in C-136, Stockton University: Directions: 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 (on your left, across from the Arts & Sciences Building). Go upstairs one flight: C-wing will be on your right halfway down the hallway, C-136 is on the right toward the end of the wing.

Alternative Route: Park in the Arts & Sciences Parking Lot and walk past the Arts & Science Building, then turn right just beyond it. Enter the A-D building on your left. Go upstairs one flight: C-wing will be on your right halfway down the hallway; C-136 is at the far right end of the wing.

See you soon!  


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



Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard

Anyone can create a beautiful and healthy Jersey-Friendly Yard!  Registration is now open for the "Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" event on October 14th at Ocean County College.  This event will feature the Jersey-Friendly Yards website's comprehensive "Landscaping for a Healthy Environment" resources and tools.  Learn from the experts about how to create wildlife habitat, improve soil health, and conserve water in your own yard. 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and author of “Bringing Nature Home," a book that has sparked a national conversation about sustaining healthy ecosystems by planting native species at home.  

Visit the Event Page and REGISTER NOW for this great event!

Click here to see the event schedule and to get more details about the speakers. The event includes a native plant sale by Pinelands Direct and others, plus multiple exhibitors, who will have plenty of information to get you started on your Jersey-Friendly Yard.  

The Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County are hosting this event.  We want to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible through their generous support:
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey, Pinelands Direct   and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.





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