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Jersey-Friendly Yards Resident Certification Program

February 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Jersey-Friendly garden at the home of Phyllis D., one of our Jersey Shore Chapter NPSNJ members.
Jersey-Friendly garden at the Ocean County Soil Conservation District.

Speakers: Karen Walzer and Becky Laboy

Do you reside in the Barnegat Bay watershed (Ocean County or certain areas of Monmouth County)? If you do, please join us for a special webinar to learn about the Jersey-Friendly Yards Resident Certification Program, and how you can get your yard certified. The Jersey-Friendly Yards Resident Certification Program encourages healthy landscaping for a healthy environment. Learn how you can utilize the Jersey-Friendly Yards website and use native plants to create a yard or garden that builds a healthy foundation of soil, conserves water, and attracts wildlife. We’ll show you how to apply for certification. Currently, this new program is focusing on Barnegat Bay watershed residents only. (Schools and municipalities in the watershed are also eligible for certification.) Future goals of the program include expanding certification statewide. 

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You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: Feb 23, 2023 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Jersey Shore Chapter – Jersey-Friendly Yards Resident Certification Program 

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Karen Walzer works as the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Barnegat Bay Partnership, a National Estuary Program working to protect and restore clean water and healthy wildlife habitat in the Barnegat Bay watershed. Karen helped to create and now manages the content for Jersey-Friendly Yards, a website with resources and tools that New Jersey property owners can use to landscape for a healthy environment. Karen is a long-time gardener and nature enthusiast, and she enjoys the native plant and animal wildlife in her home state of New Jersey and especially in her own yard. She is also an Ocean County Master Gardener and member of a trail preservation group in Jackson, NJ. Karen is a founding member of the Jersey Shore Chapter. 

Becky Laboy is the full-time Education Outreach Specialist with Ocean County Soil Conservation District. On behalf of the District, Becky has assisted Karen Walzer with implementing Jersey-Friendly Yards programs and garden projects throughout Ocean County. Becky holds an MA in Education, BS in Biology, and a BA in International Relations. Becky is also an adjunct professor at Kean University, she instructs the Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist course through the Barnegat Bay Partnership, and she leads birding tours as a naturalist with Ocean County Parks and Recreation. She enjoys birding, hiking and landscaping her own yard to attract and support birds and wildlife, and strives to inspire others to make small but positive changes at home, to help create a healthier planet.